Reverse Job Fair a Major Success
March 26 more than 250 Post Falls High School, New Vision Alternative High
School and Genesis Prep senior students participated in the annual Post Falls
Chamber of Commerce Reverse Job Fair. The Reverse Job Fair is an event in which
students conduct research for a career field they are most interested in after
graduation. The students create a portfolio and display that they present on
the day of the event, and then are given the opportunity to practice their
interview skills with professionals in their chosen career field. Approximately 150 business professionals
representing a variety of occupations were on hand to meet with and interview
the students regarding their chosen occupation. In turn the students
interviewed the adults to gather more information. The following fourteen scholarships were
awarded to the top performing students.
North Idaho College $1,000 Emily Christensen, Genesis Prep
North Idaho College $1,000 Devin Dresser, Post Falls High School
North Idaho Manufacturing Consortium $1,000 Kalyla Glasgow, Post
Falls High School
Kootenai Health $500 Christina Duran, Post Falls High School
Post Falls Chamber of Commerce $500 Sydnee Hancock, Post Falls
Post Falls Chamber RCLA $500 Justin White, Post Falls High School
STCU $500 Moesha Gray, Post Falls High School
North Idaho Higher Education $500 Colton Gardner, Post Falls High
Idaho Forest Group $500 Nicole Dutton, Post Falls High School
Post Falls School District $500 Amy Nelson, Post Falls High
Express Employment Professionals $500 Jordan Hargrave, Post Falls
Local 2856 Firefighters $500 Jacob Driscoll, Post Falls High
Local 2856 Firefighters $500 Ryan Chisum, Genesis Prep
Post Falls Rotary $250 Megan Garber, Post Falls High School
Arnold Named American Legion Educator of the Year
Post Falls High School
Counselor Mike Arnold was recently named the American Legion Educator of the
Year. Mr. Arnold started his educational
career nearly 40 years ago and has been a Guidance Counselor at PFHS for the
past 20 years. His responsibilities include helping students set the class
schedule that will be the most helpful for them to achieve their high school
academic goals as well as plan for future education and the world of work. Mr. Arnold has helped numerous students that
plan to enlist in military service stay focused and meet the criteria for
entry. He has provided assistance to
over 6000 students during his years of service.
Congratulations Mr. Arnold!
Post Falls Students Show that Math is Cool!
Post Falls School District middle school students were
recently involved in a regional math competition at Mount Spokane High
School. They competed with Division 2 Washington schools.
Congratulations to the following talented students and teachers Lori Stephens
and Ann Cunningham: Ali Carpenter,
Corbin Cockerill, Isabelle Doyle, Colby Gennett, Jackson Headley, Kaydin
Henderson, Carson Jacobsen, Tatum Jones, Madigan Landrum, Alex McCabe, Terrell
Mitchell, Kayla Mueller, Keeley Nelson, Micah Sharples, Laney Smith, Rachel
Taggart, Jacob Vasquez and Mary Wiecks.
Qualifying for Math Counts state competition is Dane Ford, Hannah Maag,
Brock Zeller and Dalynn Kenerson.
Armstrong Selected as a Community Star
Sid Armstrong, Post Falls School District Director of Business Services, was recently chosen as a Community Star for his service to the community. The award, given by Panhandle State Bank, includes $1000 that the recipient can donate to a charitable organization of his/her choice. Mr. Armstrong selected the Post Falls Food Bank to receive the donation. Mr. Armstrong has served several terms as the President of the Post Falls Rotary Civic Club as well has delivering meals on wheels to seniors for over a decade. These are just two of his many long term volunteer activities that has helped make Post Falls a better place.
Idaho Students to Take Idaho Core Pilot Exam
The Idaho State Department of Education recently announced that all students in grades three through eleven will be required to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) field test this spring. The SBAC is replacing the Idaho Standard Achievement Test (ISAT). The SBAC will measure student achievement as it relates to the newly adopted Idaho Core curricular standards in language arts, reading and math. Idaho and 44 other states have adopted the Common Core curricular standards and the SBAC test.
These new assessments are the next generation of assessments and will differ from the previous Idaho Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT) in several ways. Whereas the ISAT measured student knowledge based only on multiple-choice questions, the new test will include different question types such as open-ended responses, technology-enhanced items and performance tasks, to measure what a student knows and is able to do at the end of each grade level.
The purpose of the field test is to “test the test” and help prepare schools, teachers, and students for the full implementation of the new assessments in spring, 2015. Because this field test is similar to a pilot, students will not receive scores. However, taking this field test will still benefit your child because he or she will experience the new test a year in advance and become more familiar with the different types of questions.
To see the different types of test questions that will be on the new assessments, go to https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/ and click the “sign-in” button or go to http://sampleitems.smarterbalanced.org/itempreview/sbac/ELA.htm
Please note that if your child is in 5th, 7th or 10th grade, he or she will still be required to take the statewide ISAT in science this spring.