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
Sora Sweet Reads Summer Reading Program
The libraries in the Cassia County School District are gearing up for summer break. While summer presents an opportunity to relax and enjoy the sunshine, we want our students to continue to find ways to read while away from the classroom.
We have an exciting reading service available through Sora, the student reading app, which provides free 24/7 access to eBooks and audiobooks. What better way to engage your student’s mind than through reading?
Starting May 5 and running until August 20, 2021, the Sora Sweet Reads program will offer a collection of Juvenile and Young Adult titles that will be prominently displayed in Sora for quick and easy unlimited access. You can explore the title offerings and learn more about the program here.
Sora provides the quickest and easiest way to get started with digital titles from our school district. Students can simply log in using their school Gmail address and password and instantly access tens of thousands of eBooks and audiobooks on virtually any device. Get started today here or download the free Sora app for Android or iOS.
Our library name is Cassia County School District. Students should also add the IDEA by ICfL (The State of Idaho Library) and the LIBRI Systems, Inc. (The Burley, Rupert, and Jerome Public Libraries) Libraries to their app. The can also borrow books from these collections.
Questions? Contact your school librarian or David Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie's Clothes for Kids Book Drive
New Books Needed
Books to be distributed in conjunction with JULIE'S CLOTHES FOR KIDS--in memory of Julie Breshears--providing school clothes and educational resources for children in need.
Books should be appropriate for students grades K thru 8
Drop-off books by May 15th to:
- Young Buick GMC
- Young Chrysler Jeep Dodge
- Young Power Sports
The Mini-Cassia Event will take place on August 13, 2021 and is brought to you by Young Caring For Our Young, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization
Click HERE for more information.
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