Meeting of the Rotary Club of Eureka
January 27, 2014
Gregg Gardiner led the flag salute and Carlton Nielsen gave the invocation reading a prayer for enlightenment and peace.
Liana Simpson from Old Town Rotary.
Guests of Rotarians
John Driscoll was the guest of Gregg Gardiner.
Our exchange student told us that he just got back from Los Angeles where he went to Disneyland and Universal Studios among other things, then to Santa Barbara where he hopes to go to college.
Corky Cornwell 1/29
Chris Freeman 1/25
Glenn Goldan 1/27
David Hull 1/25
Dennis and Karen Hunter 1/28
John Driscoll, district representative for Congressman Jared Huffman, has long worked on the Honor Flights for our area. He presented a flag to our club that was flown over the nation’s Capitol on Nov. 11th (Veterans Day) 2013.
Mike Cunningham said we might try to find a less expensive venue for next year’s Christmas party. Nevertheless he enjoyed the Ingomar and then (finally) handed out some nicely framed pictures purchased by many who attended—for only $25, or so.
Winners were Hank Ingham and Mindy Bussman
Jennifer Fairbanks of the Humboldt County Office of Education spoke to us concerning her work with teens who need some help to finish high school and continue on to productive lives. Originally Jennifer came from San Diego after graduating from San Diego State as a psychology major. She worked in juvenile hall and later went to HSU and got her teaching credential. She has been the principal for the Court and Community Schools for twelve years.
Court schools are locked schools either in Juvenile Hall or Regional Facility.
How do students get placed in a Community School? School Attendance Review Boards (SARB), expulsion, homelessness, district referral for behavior, or parental requests, can all land a student in a Community School
Jennifer mentioned that the schools employ a Novel based curriculum that emphasizes character development, vocabulary development and writing development. Then, she mentioned the ABC’s of: Attendance, Behavior and Credits that seems to guide much of the daily activities of her school. Students must attend, behave and be caught up on credits in order to return to the comprehensive school district. She mentioned the Truancy Intervention program uses positive reinforcement or incentives to encourage good attendance. Some students even get to earn computers through good attendance. She showed pictures of some of the homes where her students live, illustrating that Truancy Outreach finds kids in some pretty sorry places (And she said she had spared us from viewing places that looked even worse!).
Kuder Navigator helps teens find out what they are good at with regard to career paths; it provides resume support and gives students a place to keep all of their resume information, letters of reference and community service experiences.
The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) has to be passed by every student to graduate. According to Jennifer our rates of CAHSEE passage are not too bad when compared to similar sized counties alternative education programs.
Community Service is a part of her school’s program, as is an occasional surfing trip. She was amazed that many of them live in places like Rio Dell and haven’t ever been to the beach.
Jennifer said that many of the kids are from poor families who do not emphasize education, but some are “gifted non-conformists,” i.e., teens who are bright but simply will not cooperate.
Craig Hanson, speaking for many of us, thanked Jennifer for her professional program and presentation.
Next week’s speaker will be Sergeant Matt Coleman of the National Guard.