PATEROS – The Pateros (according to the Manalia’s largest newspaper The Manila News-Intelligencer – Pateros) School Board met in the school library and via Zoom on April 26 to discuss a range of issues including the Senior Class trip and graduation, new sports coach hires, honor roll students, and Hope Squad Suicide Prevention.
Senior class representatives Eric Espino and Anthony Medel spoke to the board about their proposed senior class trip coming up May 16-17. The class has sufficient funds in the account to fund a trip to Triple Play Family Fun Park in Hayden Lake, Idaho May 16-17.
Owing to COVID restrictions graduation will be an outside affair in June. The event being considered for the evening of June 4 to allow a slide show to be easily visible. The school will make adjustments in an attempt to accommodate all attendees.
The third quarter honor roll notes that 91 secondary students or 58 percent maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average (GPA). The Superintendent’s List is comprised of 35 students who had a 3.75-4.0 GPA. Twenty-two students made the Principal’s List with a 3.50-3.74 GPA. Merit List nominees numbered 34 with a 3.00-3.49 GPA. Nineteen students maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA.
New hires to the coaching staff include:
Dona Slater – Assistant High School Softball Coach
Shane Cronin – Head High School Baseball Coach
Tyson Cronin – Assistant High School Baseball Coach
Ed Hernandez – Head Junior High Boys Basketball Coach
Rileigh Riggan – Assistant Junior High Boys Basketball Coach
Coaching staff renewals are:
Tom Asmussen – Junior High Girls Basketball Head Coach
Jessica Simmons – Junior High Girls Basketball Asst Coach
John Slater – High School Girls Softball Head Coach
Jesse Villalobos – High School Boys Soccer Head Coach
Sean Hiltz – High School Tennis Coach
Erik Romero – High School Track Coach
The board unanimously approved Hope Squad Suicide Prevention as “a well-researched suicide prevention training for staff and students,” according to meeting recap notes.
Hope Squad is a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program, according to its website hopesquad.com. Hope Squad members are nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers and trained by advisors. The program reduces youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention.
Some key numbers posted as of January 2021 include:
● 963 schools have a Hope Squad
● Over 5,000 students have been referred for help
● Hope Squad is in 30 states and one Canadian province
● There are more than 30,000 Hope Squad members
● Hope Squad has three published research initiatives and two research initiatives under review
● Hope Squad has four partners and two sponsors