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principal for the challenge of turning things around in terms of discipline. “It’s hard for teachers (when students misbehave) in a class with 25 or 35 other kids they have to teach,” Briggs acknowledged, but went on to say that simply assigning them punishments like detention “doesn’t work.” At Hueneme High School, Briggs said, he would ask his colleagues who were having trouble with certain students if they knew anything about the kids. When a teacher builds relationships with their students, he said, the children then know someone is advocating for them. “A red flag (behaviorally) means something is happening,” Briggs noted. “When you dig deeper, you can get them extra support.” Briggs looks forward to leading CMS in part because “with middle schoolers the cement is still wet in their brains” he said. “Going to school is tough,” Briggs noted, “but it makes it easier if there

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ing some woodshop courses, design and technical classes, and coordinating with Carpinteria High School Principal Gerardo Cornejo to create programs  13 that Thursday, would “lineApril up” 18, with2019 established pathway certificate programs at the high school, such as culinary arts and other disciplines. Having grown up in Ojai and going through the public schools there, Briggs said that his family didn’t put a big emphasis on education, but after about five years of differing jobs and vocations after high school—“ski bum,” commercial fisherman, car salesman and martial arts among them—he went to Ventura College then transferred to UCSB where he majored in environmental studies and philosophy. Intending to pursue a career in environmental law, a two weeks teaching engagement changed his trajectory. At 48 years old, Briggs brings more than 20 years of teaching experience to his job at Carpinteria Middle School— Thursday, September 7, 2017  3 those years in the more economically and socially challenged areas of south Ventura County. “I’m interested in kids with emotional, behavioral and academic challenges,” Briggs said. Coming to Carpinteria Middle School, Briggs said that he was not interested in seeing his future staffs’ teaching records, preferring instead to start his job with high expectations of both teachers and students. “If you have low expectations of someone,” Briggs explained, “they’re going to meet those, too.”

Mrs. Gheen’s class visits the community garden

Photos by Robin KaRlsson

Canalino School teacher Allison Gheen’s fourth-grade class took a walking field trip to the Carpinteria Community Garden on April 16. Students worked with garden members to plant kale, broccoli and flowers in the garden’s edible landscape, and learned about organic gardening, composting and worm composting. Before heading back to school, they visited the garden’s honeybee hives. The community garden is expanding its work with local schools and is available for more school Coastal News • Tel: (805)Contact 684-4428 field tripsView and hands-on learning. Alena Steen, or visit

Avofest unveils groovy poster

By Lea Boyd

“Who doesn’t love avocados?” queried Emily Crosby when asked about her feelings for the scaly-skinned, green-fleshed fruit Carpinterians celebrate every year with a three-day festival. Crosby, a graphic designer, loves avocados enough to have produced an avo-honoring poster UCL Join the conversation. design that was selected to represent the C UCLA California Avocado Festival in its 31 st Above, garden volunteer Jennifer Wienke, center, shares a stalk of celery with Mrs. Gheen’s fourth-grade class. Date year. Mater Insert Rena VanKirk, the festival’s executive at left, taking the lead on digging SCRAP GOLD & SILVER WANTED. PDFX administrator, said that among the many are Kelly Dominguez and Dennis ANY CONDITION, ANY QUANTITY entries into this year’s poster design con- Charco. test, Crosby’s graphics drew the support of all the decision-makers. “The colors below, garden dog Maybelle suns and are fun and vibrate, and the ‘waves’ with new pals, from left, lizeth 4939-B Carpinteria Ave around the avocado gives it a groovy Car- Reyes, Elder bernal and TEL 566-0455 Fa pinteria Beach feel,” she said. neri Manriguez. Secondhand dealer’s lic. #42991928 Qu Crosby will attend her first California Avocado Festival this October. The celebrated artist behind the design said It’s the Gift that Destined she was thrilled to be chosen and looks for Gives Both Ways forward to eating, drinking and admirGrace ing all things avo when she attends the festival, scheduled for Oct. 6 through 8. Local Thrift Stores Last year, Crosby submitted a poster with a Global Impact entry similar to this year’s winner. “I really liked the last one I did,” she said. “It CARPINTERIA just needed tweaking.” 5406 Carpinteria Ave. As a graphic designer at Whatever (Behind Zooker’s) Company, which makes novelty items Mon-Sat. 10-5 pm and customized apparel, she’d been assigned a project to make shirts with 1960s GOLETA and 1970s band names, like Jefferson 5960 Hollister Ave. Airplane and Janice Joplin. The retro let(Near Fairview Ave.) tering and throwback patterns appealed Mon-Sat. 10-6 pm, Sun. 12-5 pm to her despite her typically minimalist aesthetic. She worked that mood into her Avofest poster. Love Oso Growing up in the Northridge area, • Earn up to a 9% Return Crosby didn’t take a liking to avocados • Guaranteed Life Income as a kid. The 2014 Loyola Marymount • Significant Tax Benefits BUY USED ... graduate, who holds a degree in anima5473 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93111 Help yourself and Haiti at the same time • Improve Our Local Community tion, said that when she tried the fruit • 805-681-4369 • ID #A412496 again a few years ago, she fell hard. She Northridge resident Emily Crosby designed this805-681-5285 WWW.DESTINEDFORGRACE.ORG year’s winning poster buys avocados regularly—despite their design. To learn more, call Shanna Taylor JIM WITMER steep price this season—and orders them at 805.965.8591 ext. 120 or email on the side of restaurant meals. Also, she purchase posters, T-shirts and other mer805-448-3921 | said, “Since I’m a millenial, of course I eat chandise with the design. To see more of | CalBRE 00425344 avocado toast.”LIQUID DAMAGE? BROKEN SCREEN? Crosby’s work, visit Crosby’s groovy design was unveiled Also, the festival chose an honorable at a California Avocado Festival party mention design this year: Anne Whit- AND RECOVERY REPAIR VIL held on Sept. 6 after Coastal View News taker’s whimsical avocado tree will be went to print. The October festival of- printed on limited merchandise available fers opportunities galore for readers to at the Avofest.

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