• Education has been thrown a lot of curveballs in the past year, and we know that our students are working hard as they transition back to full-time learning. In addition to their school-level recognition programs, the OUHSD would like to recognize students who are making a difference, whether it’s by helping others, reaching higher in their academic and personal pursuits, and more. The help may have been a small gesture or a large undertaking; we want to hear all about it!

    May 2022 Student Spotlight

    Each student received a Yeti tumbler and a $10 Taco Bell Gift Card

    Anthony Carola (OHS Sophomore)  Nominated by Jeff Reid:  Anthony is a great asset in class.  He is positive and friendly and makes his classmates feel welcome.  He also takes his schooling very seriously and works hard.

    Ruby Rusk-Zavala (CIS Junior) Nominated by Lisa Johnson:  Ruby has never missed a meeting and she turns in all of her work.  She is a pleasure to have in class.  I have told her many times, 'I wish all students were like you!"

    Hayden Saechao (LPHS Freshman) Nominated by Keely Frazier:  Hayden is an excellent example of what it means to be a safe, respectful and responsible Thunderbird here at LP.  He is kind and thoughtful of others and always willing to help his classmates. He is respectful to his peers and myself. He is responsible when it comes to his studies and completes all of his work on time and does a high quality job on his assignments. He is a pleasure to have as a student.


    May 2022 Staff Spotlight

    Each staff member received a Yeti tumbler and a $10 Starbucks Gift Card

    Sammy Burnett (LPHS Teacher) Nominated by Ray Sehorn:  Sammy has given his all to LPHS as a classroom teacher, wrestling and football coach, and Teacher On Special Assignment for the past 20+ years. In my opinion, and with the staff who I have talked with, he has consistently done a highly commendable job in each assignment. Sammy went into education for all the right reasons, the main one being he loves kids. In 2022-23, he will assume leadership of the OUHSD College Connection Program. This is a very critical program and I feel that Sammy will give it his all and work well with students, staff, and Butte Community College. The program is good now and Sammy Burnett will make it even better! 

    Mike Davis (Transportation Lead) Nominated by Susan Swartz:  Mike has been a bus driver for many years at OUHSD but is new on the job as Transportation Lead. Even before he applied for the position, he was in the office helping out wherever he could. He always makes sure everyone is in and safe at night and I truly appreciate that, as sometimes things can happen, you end up getting back to the yard late, it can be kind of scary at night by yourself. He is very easy to work with, has a great personality, and I think he is a great fit for the position of Transportation Lead. 

    Kimberlie Kinney (PHS Targeted Case Manager) Nominated by Marisol Navarro:  She goes above and beyond for our kiddos (and me) and PHS.  She is beyond amazing and I am so lucky to have her as a partner in the Wellness Center!

    Christina Olson (OHS Administrative Secretary) Nominated by Diana Castillo:  I don't know what we would do without Christina. She makes our school run smoothly! She does many things in the office. This year has been especially hard with the lack of substitutes in our district. Every morning she makes sure that classes have coverage. I know it is stressful to find teachers to cover classes on a daily basis and she does it gracefully. There have been a couple of times I have needed coverage due to family emergencies and she has been so kind, and despite the stress of finding someone, she will just say "go take care of your babies, we'll take care of it!"  In addition, Christina helps me with anything ASB: requisitions, checks, ordering supplies, making fliers for me....you name it.  I could not function without her.  And how could I forget Friday night football games? Christina also volunteers to take care of the snack bar for home football games.  She sets up everything in the snack bar and supervises until the end of the game, cleans up and puts everything away.  This makes for 16 hour Fridays for her.  Despite her busy schedule, Christina always has a smile on her face and is ALWAYS willing to help everyone.  I can't say enough wonderful things about her.  I am extremely lucky to work with her!!!!