Sierra Sands honors Rose Award winners

“We are fortunate to live in a community where parents and community members take a vital interest in the lives of their children — whether it is in their activities at home or at school,” said Sierra Sands Unified School District Superintendent Ernie Bell.

As a way of recognizing individuals going “above and beyond” to make a difference to students, Sierra Sands honors one individual from each school site.

Bell was joined by SSUSD Board President Amy Castillo-Covert, along with the principals of each school, to honor the following school-nominated winners:

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Faller Elementary School — Cassie Seals was selected as Faller’s Rose Award recipient because of her extensive commitment to the school over the past eight years. She began volunteering in fall 2010 when her oldest daughter started at Faller. Cassie first volunteered in the classroom assisting with small groups of students, teacher projects, and field trips. She then joined the PTO and her involvement grew into being a committee chairperson, then secretary and now vice president. While serving on the PTO, she has assisted with Family Nights, fundraisers, T-shirt deliveries, Jr. Olympics, book fairs, the Fall Carnival and teacher luncheons. She also continues to volunteer every week in both her students’ classrooms. Asked why she is so involved, she responded that the teachers work so hard on a daily basis that she wants to give back to them. Since Cassie’s youngest child is just finishing kindergarten, we have the good fortune to have many more years of her volunteer work at Faller. Thank you, Cassie, for your loyalty and dedication to Faller School.

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Gateway Elementary School — We are pleased to honor Jerome Goebel as the Gateway Rose Award recipient. He has served our school in many capacities from field trips and classroom volunteer to Junior Olympics volunteer at Gateway and Cerro Coso. Thank you, Mr. Goebel and your family for all of their support.

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Inyokern Elementary School — Mrs. Belinda Nunez is Inyokern Elementary’s 2017-18 Rose Award recipient. The gift of time is precious, and Belinda Nunez has been truly generous when it comes to investing her time in our students and school. She can be found tutoring kindergarteners in a wide variety of subjects and inspiring them with her soft-spoken and encouraging attitude. She has the wonderful ability to meet each child at their level and work to help them improve. She has spent countless hours helping over the past year, and we appreciate her dedication!

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Las Flores Elementary School — Brooke DeWolf is the Las Flores Rose Award recipient. She epitomizes all that we value in our volunteers. Even as a busy military wife, Brooke always finds time to help our school. She volunteers in all three of her children’s classes, serves on both PTO and School Site Council and is active in all of their projects. She leads and works for a plethora of schoolwide projects, including Treats for Teachers during twice-yearly Teacher Appreciation Weeks, sales after school and yo-yo sales after the Ned Show. She is always finding people and companies to donate supplies to teachers and students. She is co-leader for our Anchored 4 Life program, supporting students in transition, including those who are entering or leaving our school. By far her biggest project is Santa’s Secret Shop, which gives our students the opportunity to shop for holiday gifts for their families each December. Brooke has planned and run this event for the past two years. As part of this program, students without the resources to shop for gifts are sponsored by the PTO to choose gifts for their families. In everything Brooke does, she gives generously of her time, effort and love. Brooke and others like her make Las Flores a loving family and a fun, effective place for our students to learn.

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Pierce Elementary School — Mrs. Kenny is our Rose Award recipient. You can always count on her to brighten up the room with her beautiful smile. She makes each student feel like they are the most important person in the room. She has faithfully worked in classrooms on a consistent basis since her child started kindergarten. As the PTO president this year, she has been willing to try fresh ideas and knows how to delegate just enough to encourage others to participate and get involved. Even while juggling a new position at work that requires frequent travel, she has remained faithful as the chairman of our School Site Council meetings. With the help of PTO Vice President Ashley Lemmons, she has even been known to run a PTO meeting or two over a conference call while she was on travel. In addition, she has tirelessly orchestrated volunteers to raise several thousand dollars this year. It is encouraging to know that there are parents such as Mrs. Kenny demonstrating the importance of being involved in a learning community. Thank you Mrs. Kenny for being a great example to us all.

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Richmond Elementary School — We are proud to honor Erika Kubischta with our Rose Award. Erika has spent a tremendous amount of time supporting our classrooms and students over the past four years, volunteering to help with reading groups and fundraisers and helping extensively with schoolwide programs including making a presentation to the Navy Chiefs Association to help fund a Science Day and creating a coding presentation and activity. Erika has assisted with our FAME program, our Battle of the Books program as the coordinator, our Read-A-Thon program, our garage sale program, and our teacher appreciation program. She spearheaded our Krispy Kreme donut fundraiser for the last two years and has been our fourth grade fundraising chairperson. She has been a field trip chaperone and currently serves on our school site council. Erika has been a great positive influence on our students, our staff and our school. We are proud of and extremely grateful for the tremendous dedication that Erika has shown to Richmond students.

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James Monroe Middle School — The James Monroe Tiger family is honored to recognize Mrs. Misty Siebert as our Rose Award recipient. Misty has spent countless hours volunteering at James Monroe. She currently serves as president of the Monroe PTSO. This year, she has organized a Fall Carnival, a Valentine’s Dance, food and decorations for the Superintendent’s Council, and our reading incentive program. Misty has a calm, quiet leadership style that the other members of the PTSO appreciate. With her assistance, students at Monroe are able to experience fun school activities. The staff and students appreciate her generous service.

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Murray Middle School — Our Rose Award recipient is Chris Hill, our PTO president. He has been instrumental in finding and facilitating others in finding amazing fundraisers, through which we have made more than $10,000 this year. He is helping us get stage drapes for the new gym stage and is working with a fantastic local artist to create murals for the outside and inside walls. He is always positive and upbeat and has a great sense of humor. One of the fun things about Chris is that he will tell you straight up he is not going to build a bench or figure out how to hang the curtains. But what he can do is amazing graphics. We started the PBiS (Positive Behavior intervention Systems) program this year, so last year we created posters for areas on campus. We needed them to be fancy. Chris made such a fantastic poster template that we use it for many of our products. We have new banners on all of the lights and each one sports the Chris Hill graphic design. Chris is a can-do kind of guy and we are so thankful that he will be a Murray Mustang for at least five more years!

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Burroughs High School — Mrs. Kris Hayes, our Rose Award recipient played a key role as treasurer in the reorganization of the Burros Boosters organization eight years ago. Using the skills she has acquired in the banking profession, Kris audited the books and set up new processes and procedures to ensure that the organization is compliant and running efficiently. She meticulously prepares reports and tracks spending, bringing a new level of integrity and confidence to the organization. She meets with the athletic director weekly to ensure that purchase requests are processed in a timely manner. She also attends the monthly Boosters meetings and will come to campus for unscheduled business if she knows a coach or the AD needs assistance. Last spring all of the Booster officers retired from their positions except Kris. The fact that Kris did not step down was exceptionally selfless considering that both of her children had graduated at that point and her husband had retired from coaching. Kris recognized that new officers would need a tremendous amount of support with the transition. She has played an integral role in making that transition go as smoothly as possible. Kris interfaces with and supports nearly all of our student-athletes, 19 head coaches and many assistant coaches, the athletic director, and the administration. We are so grateful for her service and, maybe more importantly, her positive attitude and commitment.

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Mesquite High School — We would like to honor Sgt. Jacob Gamboa with our Rose Award. Sgt. Gamboa has gone way beyond his duties as the Army recruiter assigned to our site. He stops by regularly to interact with the students. He tutors math classes every week, has attended all of our community events, and has helped serve the students our traditional holiday meals. He has even contributed items out of his own pocket. He volunteers for all of these events — they are not part of his job. He is an excellent role model – kind, polite and respectful to all he meets. As a recruiter, he never gives the “hard sell.”Instead, he listens. The students know that he is interested when he spends time with them. All of our faculty would like to thank Sgt. Gamboa – we have never had a recruiter so dedicated.

Story First Published: 2018-06-01