Inyo Council for the Arts announces Shyann Padilla as Poetry Out Loud Champion
Submitted by the Inyo Council for the Arts
February 11, 2016
Bishop, CA — For the second year in a row Shyann Padilla from Owens Valley High School in Independence, received the title of 2016 Inyo County Poetry Out Loud Champion at the county finals held in Bishop on February 3, 2016. The runner-up was Cianni Benson, also from Owens Valley High School.
This was the sixth year that Inyo Council for the Arts has collaborated with the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools office to offer the Poetry Out Loud program, which is sponsored by the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Retired English teacher, Harold McDonald, was the county coordinator in the schools.
At the county finals, Poetry Out Loud contestants recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems. Poetry Out Loud gives students an opportunity to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Shyann’s readings of “Drowning in Wheat” by John Kinsella and “Domestic Situation” by Ernest Hilbert, wowed the guest judges, who evaluated student performances on criteria including presence, evidence of understanding, and accuracy.
Padilla moves on to compete in Sacramento at the end of this month representing Inyo County in the California State Championship.
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Submitted by Ilissa Twomey, Spelling Bee Coordinator
January, 28, 2016
Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer is pleased to announce that Rose Bracken from Bishop Elementary School won first place in the Inyo County Spelling Bee, sponsored by Altrusa. Twenty-five students from local elementary and middle schools participated in the 2015-16 countywide Spelling Bee last week at Jill Kinmont Boothe School. Sixteen students made it to the final rounds. The winners of the competition were: 1st Place Rose Bracken Bishop Elementary 2nd Place Mahdi Ayman Home Street 3rd Place Lyndsey Rowan Home Street After much fierce competition with words like desuetude, obeisance and exuviae, the winning word was: punchy. The spelling contestants included: Rainah Dewey, Ashley Fitt, Rocko Moore and Bodie Steinwand from Big Pine; Dev Bhakta, Graciela Gutierrez, Korina Isidro, and Jenna McGuire of Lone Pine; Sarah Faircloth, Erik Martinez, Mark McAlister and Orion Nash of Owens Valley; Branden Gardea from Bishop schools; Rylee Arcularius, Jilly Maurice, Braeden McGrale and Alex Morales from Round Valley. Several students also joined the preliminary competition as alternates to get practice for next year: Paul Rodriguez from LoInyo, Carlos Roriguez-Gonzales from Bishop, Dante Allen and Julian Carter from Owens Valley, and Greg Tordoff from Round Valley. Thank you to coaches Melinda Dardenne-Ankringa, Megan Fuchs, Carmen London, Victoria Hamilton, Rory Winzenread, Bryan Mack, Gemma Arana and Lidia Rubio for working with their students to prepare them for the bee. The local Altrusa chapter sponsored the competition. Margee Neer, Sarah Sheehan and Vi Tripp were on hand to distribute awards to students and judge the competition. Lynne Almeida of Spellbinder Books graciously accepted the position as the Pronouncer for this year’s competition. The Round Valley PTO donated $5 to the “last person standing” from each of the five districts competing. The recipients of those awards were: Clarissa Castro – Owens Valley Hana Hogan – Round Valley Tyler Mahlum-Hambleton – Big Pine Angelica Mendoza – Lo-Inyo Ace Selters – Bishop Representing Inyo County at the Elementary State Bee in April will be Lyndsey Rowan and Rose Bracken. Ace Selters and Mahdi Ayman will represent Inyo county at the Junior High State Bee in May. Congratulations to all the student participants.
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Inyo County Superintendent of Schools and Altrusa of the Eastern Sierra are proud to announce the expansion of Read With Me, a literacy program for select elementary students. Read With Me is designed to: share the joy of reading; foster lifelong readers; support literacy development; and expand students’ home library.
Organizers are currently seeking volunteers in two main capacities to work in each school – Round Valley, Bishop, Big Pine, Independence, and Lone Pine. They need Readers to read aloud one on one with students and a Site Coordinator to work with adult volunteers and school staff. Reading volunteers must enjoy children and reading aloud. Reading sessions will be much like reading a bedtime story to a child: relaxed, informal and fun! It is their hope that volunteers will read with his/her student once or twice per week in half hour sessions. Site coordinators will facilitate communication between ICSOS, school staff and volunteers. They will also assist in scheduling between teachers and volunteers.
For more information, please contact Ilissa Twomey at 760-873-3262 ext. 429 or Sarah Sheehan at 760-920-8762
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Inyo County Superintendent of schools Dr. Terry McAteer and Mono County Superintendent of schools Dr. Stacey Adler have signed an agreement with National University to offer a local teaching credential program. Dr. McAteer says the effort is in response to a “severe shortage of teachers”. The collaboration with National University is described as a one-time opportunity to grow the next crop of teachers from within local communities. National University, the largest teacher credential institution in the state, will offer a Multiple Subject (K-8th grade) and Single Subject (9-12th grade) Credential Program. The tuition-based program, starting this September, is ten months in length and classes would be a mixture of classroom-based along with on-line instruction. The local college classes will be offered in the evenings and will alternate between Bishop and Mammoth. Two informational meetings have been set.
Wednesday, May 27th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Mammoth Lakes Library, 400 Sierra Park road.
Thursday, May 28th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Jill Kinmont-Boothe School, 166 grandview drive, Bishop.
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Inyo County Superintendent of Schools is pleased to announce that Naiya Warren of Owens Valley School won first place at the 63rd Annual Inyo County Speech Contest held on March 12th at Jill Kinmont Booth School and sponsored by Coldwell Banker.
The second place winner was Steven Mather also of Owens Valley. Third place went to Arianna Pope from Home Street Middle School.
Each participating school held their own Speech Contest where one or two winning students were selected to compete in the Inyo County Speech Contest, open to students in grades 6-8. In addition to Mather and Warren, 8th grader Shawnau Johnson also represented Owens Valley. Estreya Federman, Taylor McCormick, and Haley Yarborough represented Round Valley. At the county speech contest, students were evaluated on speech content and delivery by a panel of three judges. These seven students representing three schools in Inyo County presented thought provoking and well-prepared speeches. “Should the National Park Service be recruiting more visitorship?” was the topic for the evening. If students took the position in favor of increased visitorship, they were required to indicate what would
increase visits from his or her age group and families. In preparation for the contest, students recalled personal experiences with National Parks and conducted research on various aspects of the National Parks including visitor statistics. Participating students took varying stances on the issue – some believing that a cap
should be placed on certain overly accessed parks while others felt that in order to preserve such treasures as Denali, Yellowstone and Yosemite the next generation needs to become familiar with the parks. Deputy Superintendent and speech contest judge Pamela Jones shared her perspective on the evening: “I found what the students were able to discover about our National Parks enlightening.” Jones and the judges were impressed with the
students’ obvious preparation, composure and content of their speeches. “The quality of the speeches this year was exceptional.”
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools would like to offer special thanks to the judges for their time and expertise: Lo-Inyo middle school teacher Bob Heist; Deputy Superintendent Pamela Jones; and retired teacher and ICSOS board member Mary Kemp. ICSOS would also like to express their gratitude to the school
coaches for all the time, effort and support they provide to our students: Meghan Fuchs, Vivian Hanson, and Jennifer Morales.
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