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Exeter Student Plants Winning Garden Idea

Senior Brenden Woods enjoys working in the greenhouse with classmates at Kaweah High School in Exeter. But amidst the succulents, flowers and other ornamental plants, he wished there was a way to grow something that could benefit people in need more than brightening up their window sill.

“I wanted to grow fresh fruits and vegetables that could be donated to the Exeter Food Closet,” he said. “It’s kind of like a community garden that is run by students.”
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Exeter Teacher Named CCEA State Teacher of the Year

Beth Micari of Kaweah High School was named California Continuation Education Association 2017 State Teacher of the Year for her work at the small, rural school.

Micari teaches English, Leadership, Floral Design, Greenhouse, and Cross-Age Tutoring at the continuation high school in Exeter.

During her time at the school, she has authored, implemented and developed funding for several academic programs for students, and has received 15 grants for those programs she created.
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Setting the PACE for Alternative Ed

A local school administrator is setting the pace for continuation high school success on a statewide level.

Last month, the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) announced that Kaweah High School Principal Darin Pace is the Tulare County and regional award winner for the Continuation/Educational Options Administrator of the Year. Pace’s award for ACSA Region 11 — which encompasses Tulare, Kings, Kern, Inyo and Mono counties – makes him eligible for the statewide award as well.
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Exeter Teacher, Beth Micari, Receives State Award

It takes a special type of dedication to teach continuation high school students. More than traditional teenage classrooms, continuation high school teachers must urgently engage students while patiently working with delicate dynamics. Few have walked the thin line between gentle nudges and strongly encouraging at-risk students better than Beth Micari.
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Learn from the best

By Reggie Ellis

@Reggie_SGN

exeter – A high school diploma is often something we take for granted. For many graduates, the commencement ceremony is an inevitable step in their journey from adolescence to becoming and adult. But by mid-way through their teenage years, some high schoolers are faced with the possibility they may not graduate because they struggled to understand concepts, fell behind on units due to absences or couldn’t get the individualized instruction they needed.

That’s where Kaweah High School comes in, and they are some of the best in the State at what they do. Twenty-six graduates received their diplomas from the alternative education program on May 31 at the Exeter Union High School Auditorium as Principal Darin Pace tried to acknowledge the best attributes of many of his students by name.

“Your success will be based on what you can do rather than languishing on what you cannot,” Pace said.

Lead Teacher Beth Micari presented two students with the Optimist Club of Exeter’s annual scholarship, but not before Pace introduced her to the crowd as the 2017 Continuation High School Teacher of the Year for the State of California. Earlier this year, Pace was announced as the Tulare County and regional award winner for the Continuation/Educational Options Administrator of the Year. Pace’s award for ACSA Region 11 — which encompasses Tulare, Kings, Kern, Inyo and Mono counties – makes him eligible for the statewide award as well. Academically, KHS was granted the maximum six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), was named a Model Continuation High School last March by the California Department of Education and has received numerous Golden Bells from the California School Boards Association.

In 2015, Evelia “Eve” Alvarez, former office manager and guidance associate for KHS, was awarded the Tulare County Office of Education’s Excellence in Education Awards for School Employee of the Year.

Exeter Unified School District Superintendent Tim Hire concluded the ceremony by certifying the diplomas and imparting some words of wisdom.

“We learn skills and knowledge, to grow emotionally, to overcome adversity and to grow resilient,” Hire said.
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Exeter May Have 'Model Continuation High School'

Continuation high schools aren’t usually known for having model students. But there isn’t anything usual about Kaweah High School in Exeter, which is the final stage of earning a “Model Continuation High School” designation.

Kaweah High School (KHS) Principal Darin Pace said Exeter’s continuation high school has made huge gains in attendance and academic achievement over the last two years.
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