High School News - EDHS Wins Big, ORHS Named an Honor Roll School, Math Steeplechase

by Placerville Newswire / Jun 06, 2016 / comments

EDHS Wins Big

Congratulations to El Dorado High School for winning the Sierra Valley Conference All Sports Pennant for the second year in a row! This is the first time EDHS has won this award back-to-back as a member of the SVC.


ORHS Named an Honor Roll School

Oak Ridge High School has been named an Honor Roll school for the 2015 California Honor Roll presented by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE). The 2015 Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Oak Ridge has received this distinction from leaders in the California academic and business communities for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, reduction in achievement gaps, and high college readiness in students.


Math Steeplechase

The 32nd Annual Math Steeplechase was held May 17, 2016 in beautiful Coloma. Five county schools (Oak Ridge,El DoradoUnion MinePonderosa and Golden Sierra) sent teams to the event. Teams are organized by grade level and consist of 5 students each. The teams rotate through 10 different stations around the park and students have 15 minutes at each station to solve a problem. The problem is usually hands-on and requires logical thinking and for the team to work cooperatively. For example, in the top photo, there is a group of students working to find the area of a large, irregular shaped tarp on the ground. In another problem titled “Domino Effect,” students are asked to create a Domino course given a set of rules (certain lines must be crossed at 90 degree angles) using the least number of dominos. The students are asked to topple their dominoes as proof their course works. Each of the 10 problems is worth 100-pts to total 1000-pts. The team with the highest score wins.

Raleys helps to provide morning donuts for competitors. Placerville Kiwanas barbeques hamburgers for lunch. Math teachers and Intel volunteers help to monitor stations. 1st place winners this year included Union Mine 9th grade with a score of 830, Ponderosa 11th grade with a score of 885, and El Dorado 12th grade with a score of 867. The overall team award (combined 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade scores) went to El Dorado.


By Rachael Osborn.