Happenings at the Tech Center!
Rebuilding America's pool of construction workers
When the 2008 recession hit homeowners - and homebuilders - hard, more than 1.5 million residential construction workers left the industry. Fewer than half of those jobs have since been recovered, and few young people are looking to careers in construction, plumbing, welding, and other skilled trades. Mark Strassmann looks at the shortage of skilled labor (desperately needed to build or repair housing in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria) and talks with "This Old House" veteran Norm Abram and Mike Rowe, former host of the series "Dirty Jobs," about reconstituting America's blue-collar work ethic.
Students are busy preparing their senior projects; which are phenomenal! Examples of projects are:
- design dream home with floor plans using AutoCADD
- building functional robots
- overhauling a heavy duty engine
- studying the effects music has on Alzheimer patients
- 3D animation
- creating a business
- Every Fifteen Minutes video
There's An App For Us!
In case you haven't downloaded it yet, here is information about our CJSD 151 App. It is how we can best communicate with you!
Use the links or the QR code below to add it so you can...
- View news stories
- View calendar information
- View sports scores
- Access school and staff information
- Receive important alerts
Cassia County School District is working to meet the needs of our children in a number of ways. These unprecedented times have caused us to look for additional tools that keep students connected to positive messages of hope and resilience. Strong emotional health helps all students reach their potential as caring, contributing and responsible friends, family members, coworkers and citizens. Our district seeks to support students and families in comprehensive ways.
For students in grades 7-12, we have partnered with SchoolPulse to support encouragement through weekly inspirational messages that come to your child and you, if you opt in, through text messages. The messages provide skills for coping with daily challenges and promote productive skills for communication and relationships. This tool is intended to strengthen a student's built-in support system along with encouraging personal resilience.
This program is optional and is only accessed if someone opts in. There are no passwords or logins and it is free. Phone numbers and responses are completely confidential and anonymous and will not be used or shared for any reason.
Students, families, and teachers, are dealing with a broad range of personal difficulties that may be causing distress and some issues take more time and more specific help. The district continues to encourage students and families to reach out to our school counselors or utilize our Connect program (1-800-926-9619), when needed. SchoolPulse is a complement to other resources for students and families. The district encourages you to utilize your benefits through the district's EAP.
If you have specific questions, please contact your school counselor.
Students and parents can opt-in starting October 8. Subscribe to shortcode 78573 using the following keywords for your home school to receive positive content.CASSIAHS - Cassia High School
BURLEYHS - Burley High School
BURLEYJR - Burley Jr High School
RAFTRIVER - Raft River Jr./Sr. High School
OAKLEY - Oakley Jr./Sr. High School
DECLOJR - Declo Jr High School
DECLOHS - Declo High School
Safety is one of our district's top priorities. Tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism or any safety issues you're concerned about can be reported through our SAFE SCHOOL ALERT system.
Every report that is recieved through the SAFE SCHOOL ALERT system is immediately reported to our school administration so that they can investigate and take appropriate action. And,tips may also be submitted anonymously if you prefer.
If you have information about a threat to our safety, or the safety of an individual, do your part and report it!
New Books in The Sora Reading App
The librarians throughout the district have been working to add the newest and most requested titles to the Sora Reading App. New titles and additional copies of titles with many holds on them are added every Friday.
Here is a list of the 50 ebook and 20 audiobook titles added during the month of September.
Ebooks and Audiobooks for Everyone!
All Cassia students, faculty, and staff now have free access to checkout and place holds on books and audiobooks from the Burley, Rupert, and Jerome Public Libraries through the Sora Reading App by adding the Libri Systems Library to your App.
See this flyer for instructions.
See your school librarian if you need help.
When Should I Stay Home?
The district leadership has created a graphic to help parents determine when they should consider keeping their children home and when they should consider having them return to school. Both English and Spanish versions of the charts are available for downloading below.
Suicide Prevention Resources
Call 911 for an immediate emergency
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline
Contact the Hotline if you or someone you know is in crisis or emotional distress. The Hotline is available 24/7, TEXT support is available Monday through Friday from 3:00 PM to Midnight, but CHAT support is currently unavailable due to COVID-19.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. It is available to everyone, is free, and is confidential.
Student CONNECT Program
Connect is a resource to help address a broad range of personal difficulties that may be causing distress. This benefit is free to any Cassia student grades K-12.
It's OK to say I need help.Contact Blomquist Hale Student Assistance for help. 800-926-9619