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PAGE 12 -- THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016 CLOVERDALE REVEILLE CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA Sculptor s Dan Good DAN GOOD Dan Good, from San Francisco, has a sculpture in Cloverdale on the west side of Cloverdale Boulevard across from City Hall. The sculpture, "The Drifter" cre- ated from stainless steel is 87 inches high, 48 inches wide and 25 inches deep. "The Drifter" is a blank and adventurous figure; each viewer can find within this sculpture someone they know. Dan describes how he creates his sculptures: "My sculptures begin with the cerebral, but they don't end there. I want them to inspire and create joy. They are about balance and form, logic and chaos, ideas and emotions. They are inspired by the elegance of geome- try and the deep weirdness of the mind." Each block might be an arm or a leg, a tree or an air- plane. The sculptures are about relationships - the emotion behind the angle formed by two blocks, the way the lines connecting the blocks draw your eyes around the piece. They attempt to catch a little bit of the world like a sidelong glance, never quite resolving into focus." "The Drifter," which balances comfortably on its baseplate on Cloverdale Boulevard, is sponsored by Erickson Fine Art Gallery in Healdsburg. For more information on the Sculpture Trail, a unique sculpture exhibit in Cloverdale and GeyserviUe, visit www.101sculpturetrail.com, where there is a map with the location of the sculptures in the Sculpture Trail, a year-round exhibit. Enjoy the exhibit, which is produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance and the Geyserville Community Foundation. - Joyce Mann "At this point our job market has changed so much that what a computer programmer needs to know is so different than a landscaping engineer or a teacher or anything, so we're really trying to make some shifts in the school system to diversify what our students are learning." Kirsten Sanft Real-world experience for the new economy By HEATHER BAILEY Staff Writer This school year a major new direction of study will be implemented at Cloverdale High School, as "work-based learning" comes to CHS. For the 2016-2017 school year, teacher Christi Calson will be stepping up as the Work-Based Learning Coordinator, and she and Principal Kirsten Sanft will be examining how best to roll out and expand this new curriculum. "The school system that we currently function under was developed about 150 years ago, when we were really training people to work in factories, to do rela- tively simple work that required basic levels of read- ing and writing and a com- mon skill set that an employer (anywhere) could be relatively certain of, if (an applicant) had a diploma," Sanft said. "At this point our job market has changed so much that what a computer programmer needs to know is so different than a land- scaping engineer or a teach- er or anything, so we're real- ly trying to make some shifts in the school system to diversify what our students are learning." The program would involve real-world learning experience with students both out in the community and in the classroom. ' qhat I would like to have happen is bring things both onto campus, but also have stu- dents do things off campus. So bring in guest speakers, career presentation-type things and even hands on learn- ing opportunities from profession- als in the com- munity that are able to come here," Calson said. "I'm also excit- ed about the idea of giving our stu- dents more action in the community; whether it's with internships or job shadowing or dif- ferent opportunities to see how what they are doing here really is relevant to their life and beyond," she concluded. Sanft visited other schools CHRISTI CALSON KIRSTEN SANFT ing to work with our professional community to see what our kids need to be able to fill those posi- tions." Concrete plans are still forming, but student sur- veys are already pointing to possi- ble directions. "I know from past surveys there's been a strong interest in the medical field on our campus and that would cer- tainly be some- thing for them to pursue, and then everything were told as educators is that technolo- gy is where the jobs are going to be in the future, but that's a huge field with so many options," said Calson. Sanft and Calson are both looking to establish a pro- gram that's unique to currently experimenting Cloverdale and the realities with these types of pro- grams, and was compelled by the students' experiences. ' When I have spoken to stu- dents who have this pro- gram, that attend other high schools, they have been real- of the community. "Some places get very formalized and have very strict stan- dards of.what the program needs to be and what the students need to accom- plish," said Calson. "But, at ly excited and feel that they this point its still in the for- are getting a lot of benefit mative stages here. One of out of it," she said. "The oth- our big issues is transporta- er thing is that we are talk- tion and, being a small com- ing to employers in Sonoma munity, how much is actual- County about what they ly here that students can need; what kind of appli-do?" cants are they getting for While acquiring practical open positions? We are try- experience is important, there is also an interest in educating students on less academic skills. "I also think we'd like to do some basic job skills stuff. How do you interview, how do you apply for a job, how do you present yourself in the work place - that's an opportunity we can apply here on campus," Calson said. "The program is about getting students out to job sites, acquiring some of the soft skills such as how to communicate in a work envi- ronment, how to collaborate with different people, but to also give them concrete skills that can be used in the workplace," agreed Sanft. "So much of what our cur- riculum is based on, while important, is very different than the workplace. We're trying to make sure the kids get some of those other skills." It's the exploration of real world options that Calson is focused on. "What I'm most excited about is connecting students with professionals out in the world and having them be able to see what it's like. Having the ability to say 'I thought this would appeal to me, it did but it doesn't,' or 'I love this and I didn't know there were all these branches with this job that I could consider.' Students don't have the knowledge to know exactly what is out there. I think they're young to be locking themselves in to a particular career at this point, but opening them up to a lot of opportunities is my goal," said Calson. CONT now take biology as freshmen, chem- istry as sophomores, and as juniors they will take a new AP Environmental Science course. "We're doing something different than anybody else I know of," Decker said. "We've come up with something component." As Decker looks forward to the coming year, he sees a chance to real- ly refine the programs and allow the teachers to lead the conversation. "I've put a lot on our teachers with programs and initiatives and I've specific to Cloverdale; it embeds all of really pushed hard," Decker said. "It's the next generation science stan-been interesting - Cloverdale came dards, which is like common core but from a place where we had to make so for science. It's pretty cool. It com- many cuts five or six years ago, we bines all the sciences together and were just decimated with cuts. But really is the culmination of all their then we were at a point where the knowledge. It also has a hands onstate was increasing money every year, so we were putting in more stuff every year. Well, that is flat now; our funding is exactly the same as last year. Now, you're no longer adding things, you're really looking at the programs you've put in to place and ensuring that they are the best. "That's what this year is about; ensuring that the programs we've added are the best ones to continue to move on with. And the only people who can really tell us that are our teachers, they're the ones implement- ing these programs," he said. SLLL II LcL CreelLo s Beautiful, Unique, locally Handmade Creations Open: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 707-975-9134 80 Industrial Drive, Cloverdale Buying. 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