The SERRF students at Plum Valley School recently had the opportunity to participate in the California State Parks PORTS Program. These live virtual field trips have been inspiring to students, offering them a glimpse into our beautiful California State Parks, while exploring some exciting scientific careers. They were even able to get some hands-on experience, examining fossils and petrified wood!
The Kirkwood S.E.R.R.F. Expanded Learning Program started their "Go Far" program this month. Go Far (Go Out For A Run) is a unique and fun fitness program. Our goal is to get children active and excited about healthy living. We are teaching students the importance of physical activity, goal setting and good nutrition, all while teaching students how to safely train for a 5K event. This year is a little different, due to not having our annual Go Far Fun Run event we have a program wide goal in place. That goal is to complete 7,000 miles within the 8 week period of the program. Pictured here are a few of the Kirkwood SERRF students running on Day two of the program. The students completed a combined total of 222 laps which equaled 31.7 miles just on Day two. Every one of these students are amazing and they will definitely "Go Far!"
As part of Olive View SERRF’s academic letter “K” theme, the TK-Kinder students got to make and fly their very own kites. Olive View SERRF’s K-2 students focus on a letter each week with activities that support language arts, math, science, social studies, art & music skills!
Lassen View Serrf Students harvested broccoli from their winter garden. Students learned by harvesting the central head, the plant will continue to produce editable side shoots for several more weeks. The students enjoyed tasting this member of the cabbage family as a culmination to their life cycle of a plant-themed garden experience.
Jackson Heights SERRF students made "Kindness Matters" posters to draw attention to and celebrate "The Great Kindness Challenge" week. Students made a special poster for every teacher or staff member at Jackson Heights School and hung them on their classroom or office door. Students spent time discussing ways they could express kindness to others and/or how it felt when someone showed kindness to them. Each year students look forward to practicing how easy it is to be kind to others during this week long event in January. Students shared how rewarding it was to give and receive compliments and encouraged everyone to show kindness all year long!
Every year,students all over the world celebrateThe Great Kindness Challenge, January 25th- 29th. Gerber SERRF celebrated by working to complete an “Acts of Kindness” checklist, making friendship bracelets and completing the “One Word” activity where we picked a focus word for the year such as love or happiness. The Great Kindness Challenge is such a positive start to the new year, we look forward to all the activities and fun for next year!
In an effort to promote student voice and leadership, Flournoy SERRF (Safe Education and Recreation for Rural Families) has CREATED a Student Council. With One student from each grade level; 5th through 8th grades.
The Student Council will meet once per month to go over ideas that students would like included in their after school program. This month, students got to select the enrichment kits that they will be studying for the rest of the school year. The kit chosen is “GEMS: Earth, Moon and Stars”.
By coordinating this exciting opportunity for students, the SERRF Program is providing and supporting intentional opportunities for students to play a meaningful role in program design and implementation, as well as providing ongoing access to authentic leadership roles.
Pictured left to right are:
Brayden Schenk 7th, Wyatt Hill 6th , Kaycee Murphy 8th and Alex Turri 5th grade.
Antelope 4th grade SERRF students are studying John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. They are participating in activities that explore plant life cycles, fractions and data analysis. In addition, students also are given an opportunity to compare and contrast the taste and appearance of a variety of apples These lessons are a great example of engaging hands-on learning that supports Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, (STEAM).
Students in Ms. Montana's 3rd-5th grade Reeds Creek SERRF class "chilled out" while they explored some beautiful science. They observed the ice ball as they learned about water chemistry, phase changes, and density.
SERRF is rolling through Tehama County this summer with their two new "SERRF On Wheels" Expanded Learning Program vans. First stop was Los Molinos on Josephine Street in front of the Mutual Water District's building. Families enjoyed visiting with staff, receiving a packet filled with enriching activities and new books for every child. SERRF will roll into Los Molinos and Vina, in front of the Post Office, every Monday, 11:30-12:30 through July 20th. Come by and see us!! For a complete "SERRF On Wheels" schedule visit the Tehama County Department of Education's Facebook page.
Mrs. Wilson's kindergarteners in the Olive View SERRF Program are enjoying exploring a variety of careers. Students even got to make their own career portfolios.
This is a great example of how the SERRF Expanded Learning Program supports activities in which participants develop and demonstrate 21st century skills.
Ms. Katheryn's 4th and 5th grade SERRF students are working with coding instructor
David Gonzalez to program "Sphero" robots. Students work in teams to write Code that causes the "Sphero" to change color, travel in a predetermined path or make
animal sounds. Students are enjoying these lessons.
Rancho Tehama SERRF visits the Chico Air Museum
As the culminating event to a 6 week lesson series, Rancho Tehama SERRF students experienced an afternoon filled with historical information and interactive activities. Students particularly enjoyed learning about the part Northern California played in the growth of aviation in America.
Mr. Tyler’s 4th, 5th & 6th Grade students at Olive View SERRF recently celebrated as a class consistently reading 20 min per day during “Read to Self” time. This is part of SERRF’s homework hour. Monday-Thursday students receive homework assistance and play games that build math and language arts skills! while having FUN!
Berrendos SERRF students are participating in "CATCH My Breath", an E-cigarette prevention campaign. The program teaches students to identify why young people might start using e-cigarettes, practice skills for resisting peer and advertising pressure, while also holding peer discussion groups to identify harmful consequences of using e-cigarettes. After the four "CATCH My Breath" lessons, a culminating event "The Great American Smokeout",
hosted by the Tehama County Youth Coalition STATUS - Standing Tall Against Teen Use, will be held in December at Berrendos Middle School for more than 300 students from nine different SERRF sites throughout Tehama County.
Antelope students are enjoying "Tinker Time: Discover Pumpkins". In this club students learn about renewable and nonrenewable resources, and environmental sustainability. Students worked together to count pumpkin seeds and roast them for a fun snack.
Los Molinos SERRF students learned computer science coding skills while playing with a Sphero Spark robot. Ms. Kristin's 4th - 8th grade students successfully created programs using block code that caused the Sphero to blink, beep and roll.
TK-Kinder students at Olive View SERRF enjoyed building bridges using the Brick Lab STEM-based (Science Technology Engineering Math) curriculum. Students were engaged and working collaboratively to develop their 21st century skills, while having FUN!
In preparation for the Lights On celebration, held on October 24th, Lassen View SERRF was busy in the garden picking lots of squash! Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating after school programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities.
Vineyard Christian Fellowship along with other local community programs partnered to provide sack lunches to those impacted by the recent power outages. Making a special stop at Antelope School, volunteers handed out lunches to all the SERRF students.
Woodson Summer SERRF students created thank you cards for the Corning Police officers after learning more about K9s and their care, one was even written in braille. This was done in conjunction with the "Vet Clinic Tinker Time" SERRF curriculum. In addition, the students got to explore a patrol car and hand-deliver the thank you cards to the police officers. Thank you Corning Police Department!
Completing a six week lesson plan on Water Safety, Rancho Tehama S.E.R.R.F. students visited the Forebay Aquatic Center. It is as the students say “one of the best days ever” and “their favorite field trip” of the year. Students are able to kayak, paddle board, peddle boat. Students also received an important lesson on how to ‘self rescue’. The field trip was organized through the Feather River Center, a new nonprofit program. Their mission is to promote education, recreation, tourism, boating and water safety. For more information visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vina SERRF students are learning cool things with STEM based projects. Students created prosthetics prototypes that were on display at the County Fair, and now are learning about water tension and how soap changes that tension.
Rancho Tehama SERRF Expanded Learning Program students participated in an unforgettable experience as they explored all the amazing exhibits and planes the Chico Air Museum had to offer. Students were given a history lesson on what part Northern California played in the growth of aviation in American history. Every room in the hangar was filled with historical, interesting and interactive activities. The museum has an outdoor and indoor museum, research library, gift shop, world-class aviation speaker series, special events, group visits, and school field trips by arrangement. For more information please go to Chicoairmuseum.org.
After learning about prosthetic engineering, Los Molinos SERRF students work together to build prototypes of prosthetic devises for a "bionic animal". After the prototypes are complete, they will be entered into the Tehama County District Fair in May 2019.
Recently, SERRF students from three Tehama County Middle Schools, Maywood, Vista, and Berrendos, worked collaboratively to promote philanthropy in their programs! The students sold 240 lollipops to raise money to purchase supplies for the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oroville, CA. Several students were selected to personally deliver the supplies to the sanctuary, and were also treated to an amazing tour of the facilities!
“We are so grateful for the donations and love what you are teaching your students!” said Mrs. Barry Kirshner.
Richfield SERRF students celebrated the Great Kindness Challenge! This is a proactive and positive celebration, devoting the week to perform many acts of kindness. They celebrated in many ways, one way included dress up days! Their favorite dress up day was crazy sock day!
Thanksgiving may be over but not the fun. Students from Rancho Tehama SERRF Expanded Learning Program weighed and measured the height and circumference of pumpkins donated by Julia’s Fruit Stand on Hwy 99. While exploring, some students found that’ their’ pumpkins weighed more than ‘they’ did. When challenged to find out if a 6-ounce pumpkin had more seeds than the 58-pound pumpkin, they needed to use a sledgehammer to break the big one, creating laughter and screams of joy. Final steps were harvesting the seeds and carving the pumpkins.
Young Marines Trevor Kain and Nicholes Heise, talk with Berrendos SERRF students about the importance of leadership and the options that youth have to step up and make a difference in their communities.
Antelope SERRF 1st grade students are enjoying the "Doors To Discovery- Healthy Me" curriculum. Students are learning the difference between a Medical Doctor (MD) and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).
Richfield SERRF Expanded Learning Program Is Incredible
Richfield SERRF students have been learning about what it means to be Brave! We all know being brave isn't easy, but we practice bravery almost every day! Students have shown us they have the ability to be brave, and can show this by practicing mindfulness, kindness and respect.
Plum Valley SERRF students have been participating in CATCH ( Coordinated Approach To Child Health) Parachute Games and Challenges. They have learned cooperative strategies and team building skills, while having fun being physically active.
We are fortunate to have instructors come to SERRF to teach students various extra-curricular skills. Metteer SERRF students enjoyed 6 weeks of American Sign Language Instruction. Juliska Eklund, sign language instructor, taught Metteer 1st, 4th and 5th graders how to sign the alphabet, numbers, and different animals. It is amazing how quickly the students learned how to communicate with their hands and how engaged they were in learning a new skill.
Antelope SERRF strikes a pose for the "Lightbulb Challenge Project" on behalf of The Afterschool Alliance. On October 25th, all SERRF sites will celebrate Lights ON! Afterschool, the only national celebration of afterschool programs!
Lassen View SERRF Summer program had some very special visitors. George Zimmerman and Bessie Heggie, with their dog Winkie, brought a working bee hive to share. Students were able to find the queen bee, observe honey in the honeycomb, and watch bees dance!
Richfield SERRF heads to Oroville Forebay after studying water safety and conservation. Students enjoyed time on the water, learning how to use different types of water equipment: Kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, and paddle boats.
Java Lanes host Rancho Tehama S.E.R.R.F.
Principal Paula Panfilio, students and families from Rancho Tehama S.E.R.R.F enjoyed a field trip to Java Lanes bowling alley in Corning. Students participated in a six week lesson plan to prepare for the trip. The families that attended appreciated that the S.E.R.R.F program often provides many of these very educational and exciting field trips.
Lassen View SERRF students have been hard at work making a raised flower bed and planting the beautiful floral plants donated by The Home Depot in Red Bluff. The primary students have been learning about gardening and plant life cycles.
Berrendos SERRF students enjoy playing "Spike Ball" with Sports Instructor Adrian Hernandez. Recreation, including Moderate to Vigorous Activity (MVPA), is a required component for the California Department of Education After School Education and Safety (ASES) Grant, that helps fund SERRF.
The 4th-8th grade SERRF students of Reeds Creek School enjoyed a special visit from Michelle Ackley of the Red Bluff High School Temple Grandin Team. Students listened to a presentation based on the book, “Temple Grandin, How The Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism And Changed The World”. Reeds Creek SERRF students had spent 6 weeks learning about the life and accomplishments of Temple Grandin who was diagnosed with autism when she was a child. Dr. Grandin is a professor of animal science, a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and an autism spokesperson.
During the Great Kindness Challenge Week in January,students are challenged to do as many acts of kindness they can in one week. As an “act of kindness”, Rancho Tehama SERRF students, chose to raise money for Operation Smile. Operation Smile is dedicated to changing the future of children with cleft lips/pallets one smile at a time. One in five children born in this country will be affected by this. Fortunately surgeries are easily available for children in this country. However, this is not the same for children in other countries to get these life altering surgeries. These children are often shunned from their communities. With one 45 minute surgery only costing $240.00, their lives are changed from a lifetime of sadness to a life filled with hope. Please help Rancho Tehama SERRF students change the life of a child. Donation centers are located in Red Bluff at House of Design and Dandy Lion Children’s Shop. In Rancho Tehama the two local stores, the Rancho Tehama Association office, and the Rancho Tehama Elementary School office. Deadline to donate is April 30, 2018.
Richfield SERRF students have been able to enjoy the nice weather outside by participating in parachute games. These games not only help students improve their locomotor skills, but provides the opportunity for all students to be continuously and vigorously involved regardless of their fitness level and skill ability. Students are actively participating, building cooperative skills and most importantly, having fun! Pictured: Layla Hansen, Keeli Smith, Owen Votaw, Trey Votaw
Manton SERRF students researched a Hugelkultur garden bed (raised garden bed that doesn't require irrigation or fertilization) and decided it would be a beneficial addition to our garden. The students gathered and layered leaves, grass clippings, twigs, branches, corn stalks, and compost to create it. It will be ready for planting in April!
During the week of January 22nd The SERRF Expanded Learning Program celebrated "The Great Kindness Challenge". The 126 students that go to Bidwell SERRF spent the week trying to spread kindness throughout their entire school. Bidwell SERRF students wanted to make sure the lunch room staff felt the kindness. They made some posters to hang around the cafeteria to remind them how thankful they are for what the staff does for them and their classmates. Pictured are: Ms. Brittany, Alex, Carter, Carson, and Neila.
Maywood SERRF expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Maywood Staff by creating "thank you" posters during the week-long "Great Kindness Challenge". The SERRF students also created and posted posters challenging all students to perform acts of kindness, creating a culture of compassion on their campus.
Los Molinos SERRF students want to give a big shout-out of appreciation to Luigi’s Pizza, in Red Bluff, for donating pizza boxes to our “Unicorn Pizza Parlor”. For 3 weeks, students learned about the math and the science involved in running a pizza parlor. To culminate these lessons, SERRFers opened a pizza parlor on Friday for teachers and support staff at school. Although it was paper pizza, with paper toppings and even a paper oven, it was a “REAL” fun turnout!