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Lassen County Times, Westwood PinePress Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 711 Lassen Ruth Ellis Staff Writer Rebekah Barakos- Cartwright will complete her first month as Lassen Union High School District Superintendent and principal this Thursday, Nov. 1 and she's fitting into the commu- nity well, so far. Barakos-Cartwright said her first month has been won- derful, the staff and commu- nity have been welcoming and she has met a lot of par- ents passionate about educa- tion. In addition, Barakos- Cartwright said the students are polite, She said she has introduced herself to some students, while other stu- dents have come up and intro- duced themselves. Prior to moving to Lassen County, Barakos-Cartwright was a superintendent for a year-round elementary school in the San Diego area. el She said it is interesting to be back in a high school again. She was hired at the LUHSD Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and is replacing former superintendent Dan Lewis, who retired. The board has been dis- cussing the possibility of con- structing a swimming pool on Credence High School's cam- pus and even has a prelimi- nary drawing of what that swimming pool could look like. Barakos-Cartwright said she thinks the community should have a swimming pool. The issue is on the agen- da for the Tuesday, Nov. 13 LUSHD board of trustees meeting and the board will discuss the next steps. While working as the LUHSD superintendent, Barakos-Cartwright said she plans to continue to support the work Lewis and LHS Assistant. Principal Tom comes Ready have put in place, which includes implementing research-based strategies teachers use in the classroom to support or impact student learning. Some of the implemented research-based strategies are connecting learning to a stu- dent's personal experiences, engaging students through a variety of teaching methods and repetition. Barakos-Cartwright said she will continue working with teachers as a team and supporting them in the class- room to ensure students are learning. She also said she wants to support student awareness about the value of education, whether academics or learn- ing skills for a job, and how those values can build bridges to a career and going to college. Barakos-Cartwright also enjoys kayaking, running and hiking and said one rea- son she was interested in applying for the position is because the job is in an area superl in Northern California, near a national forest and provides easy access to nature. In addition to teaching at San Luis Obispo High School, Barakos-Cartwright spent time in Nagoya, Japan teach- ing at a kindergarten through 12th-grade Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredited interna- tional school. Living and teaching in Japan was one of the most amazing experiences, said Barakos-Cartwright. She took karate and Japanese language classes and coached three sports. Upon returning to the United States, Barakos- Cartwright began teaching English at Coronado High School and served as a trainer for beginning teachers. During her time at Coronado High, she earned her master's in education and an administrative credential. In 2000 she took over the prin- cipal/teacher position of the an continuation school, Palm Academy, which is in the Coronado Unified School District. While serving as a princi- pal/teacher, Barakos- Cartwright said she support- ed students who were having problems in a traditional school setting and were mak- ing poor decisions. Barakos-Cartwright said she was able to turn a lot of students around, have them focus on academics and allow them to see what the next step in their education would be, whether attending communi- ty college or finding a job. In 2002, Barakos- Cartwright moved to Point Arena, Calif. when she was offe/'ed the principal position at Arena Union Elementary School, a kindergarten through eighth:grade school. She was hired to help devel- op a plan to begin the process of moving an underperform- ing school out of program improvement status. prlncl I In addition, Barakos- Cartwright wrote the Reading First grant for the district, which continues to positively impact the education of Arena Union's students by ensuring all students are sup- ported to become readers by third-grade. Barakos-Cartwright also had the opportunity to open Salt Creek Elementary, the 42nd school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District in 2004. While establishing commu- nity connections, creating a team and hiring staff mem- bers to support a current stu- dent population of 950 stu- dents, Barakos-Cartwright ensured the rigorous academ- ic programs were established. Her husband is a former teacher at Modoc High School and they have two children who are in college. She said she is thrilled to be in Susanville and thrilled to continue the work that has already been established. Rebekah Barakos-Cartwright is the new Lassen Union High School District superinten- dent. Photo by Ruth Ellis Annual Safe and Sane Halloween is tomorrow HUSA UPDATE Don MacVitie Historic Uptown Susanville Association President The annual Safe and Sane Halloween, spp,^ns0red by the His-foric Up~c~wn Susanvllle Associatiorb isset for 3-5 p.m tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 31. This very popular annual event will see hundreds of costumed children and their parents descend upon the Historic Uptown District. There will be best costume contests for the kids and also for their pets, a contest for fhe best decorated Uptown busi- ness, performances by J&J Performing Arts Classified Dancers and singing duo Night Owls Production, very scary haunted houses at both U.S. Bank and Mt. Lassen Properties, numerous booths dispensing delicious foods and selling must-have items, and of course trick-or-treat- ing at all the participating businesses. - "- In an attempt to promote children's oral health, this year there will be two differ- ent types of signs posted indi- cating that a business is par- ticipating in the trick-or- treating. . One is a picture of a purdp- kin printed on orange paper that has been used in prior years, and this year's new one is a picture of a pumpkin and a fairy printed on white paper indicating that this pat:tici- pating business is giving treats that are Tooth Fairy approved. Treats that are Tooth Fairy approved include any non- food item such as stickers, pencils, or tattoos, Also on the list is sugar free gum and even candy that does not stay in the mouth for more than five minutes, like a chocolate candy bar! Treats not on the approved list are hard candies, suckers, and sticky candies that remain in contact with the teeth for prolonged periods. Thanks to the Susanville Police Department, Main Street will be closed to traffic during the event, so get your costume ready and come and join in the fun. 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