Senator Square: Honor Orchestra rehearses and performs with Jose Flores

From Dr. Brian Fox

(Editor’s note: Fox is Orchestra Director at Carson High School) The Northern Zone Nevada Music Educators Association Honorary Orchestra, grades 6-9, gathered at the Carson City Community Center for two days of intense rehearsals with guest conductor Jose Flores, followed by a Performance on Saturday morning. Jose Flores has taught at the Washoe County School District for over 14 years, and in 2002 he started the only public school mariachi program in Northern Nevada. Carson City School District students Troy Bruhn, Mason Cherpeski, Jordyn Deusenberry, Victoria King, Izabell McCullen, Marisa Mendoza-Romero and Pablo Salgado Gutierrez participated with other Fernley students. The group rehearsed five pieces of music, including a traditional French dance, a reworking of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” with suspense chords, and Italian post-romanticism by Enrico Toselli. The students were inspired by Mr. Flores’ humor and kindness. The students, in turn, inspired Mr. Flores with their enthusiasm and perseverance. Mr. Flores estimates that he has taught approximately 6,000 students in his career to date. Drawing from in-depth experience, he still brings fresh ideas and energy to the podium. Flores has guest conducted several honors bands and serves as a judge at solo and ensemble festivals throughout northern Nevada; he also gives private saxophone lessons to students in the area. Impressed by Mr Flores’ teaching, Principals Brian Fox of Carson City School District Orchestras and Lisa Causey of Silverland Middle School in Fernley are returning to the classroom with renewed strategies for curriculum and practice. The students saw a film at the Galaxy Theaters Fandango on January 7th and returned to the stage the next morning to cap off their experience with a memorable performance.

CCSD students Bruhn, Cherpeski, Deusenberry, King, McCullen, Mendoza-Romero and Salgado Gutierrez perform with Jose Flores


January 11th provided a rousing, welcoming and inspiring event when CHS teachers and staff Jessica Calderon, Daylan Rhea and Justin Barlow joined band director Mr. Jacques and the CHS Pep Band to play their own instruments at the evening basketball games for band students. Although not all CHS teams won, their inspirational music motivated the varsity boys to win against McQueen High School.

CHS math teacher Jessica Rhea and other teachers and staff meet with CHS Prep Band teacher Nick Jacques at the basketball game January 11 at Carson High


The Carson High Cheerleaders will be hosting a Jr. Cheer Camp for girls and boys in grades kindergarten through 8th on January 21 from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the high school that will include learning to dance and cheer as well as leadership skills. Registration fees include cheer, dance and stunt instruction, and a cheer bow to wear at Mr. Carson High. Registration forms are available at [email protected] and can be mailed to CHS, 1111 North Saliman Road, Carson City, NV 89702 or dropped off at CHS, or register the day of camp with CHS. The cost of the camp is $35 but there is no charge for children with special needs. All proceeds directly benefit the Cheer program. Please call Coach Sheila Story or email 283-1675 or [email protected] for more information.


Older ads are due February 28th or earlier if space runs out. It’s a first come, first served situation. Go to, search for Carson High School, make sure it says Carson City, Nevada, click Shop, then click Senior Ads. Choose from the available sizes and prices and design the ad online. Yearbooks are also purchased online. Prices increase on March 1st.

~ Contributed by Cynthia Mills, Yearbook and Digital Media Consultant.


CHS student Aiden Grime with his Scholastic Art and Writing Competition

The December 4 issue of Senator Square featured the artwork of Brandon Thompson and Elena Brugger – two CHS graphic design and SkillsUSA students in the classes of advisor Patricia Ababio – and then the January 8 issue featured the work of the CHS student Emma Lobsien with her scholastic art and writing competition entry “Bruno is Orange” and Yanizia Herrara with “Charro” were shown. This issue features the works of Charlotte Albin with “Unnamed”, Aiden Grime with “Step into the Ring” and Noah Sa with “Joyful Maiden”.

CHS student Charlotte Albin with her Scholastic Art and Writing Competition

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and showcase their remarkable work to the world . The awards give students opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. In 2021, students from across America submitted nearly 230,000 original works in 28 different categories of art and writing. The Art Awards exhibition is February 5-25, 2022. Gold Key Art will be on view at the Sheppard Contemporary Gallery at the University of Nevada, Reno, in the Church Fine Arts building. American Vision’s nominated art will be on display at the Nevada Museum of Art award ceremony will take place on February 10th, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

CHS student Noah Sa with his Scholastic Art and Writing Competition


Before you know it, the conclusion will be here. Time to get busy planning and discussing SafeGrad Night, fundraising needs and vacancies to be filled this year and next. Please attend the meetings in person at the Carson City ReMax office, 2nd floor, or via Zoom (please call for the Zoom link). Contact Safe Grad President Kyra Hinton at 434-760-0635 and go to the Carson High Safe Grad Booster websites [email protected] or to volunteer. This year’s volunteer coordinator is former CHS teacher Wendy Tims 775-741-3918.


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French teacher Madame Sharon Miller will accompany a group of students to France and Switzerland in June 2023. It will be an 11-day trip that includes flight, hotels, two meals a day and a full-time tour guide to Paris, the Loire Valley castles, Mont-St-Michel and the D-Day beaches of Normandy, and Switzerland. For information and details see or contact Madame Miller at [email protected]

CHS students Jaylen Chapman and Aurelia Bailey deliver high school announcements of a new year


On January 18, CHS junior varsity girls and boys basketball at 3:30 p.m. vs. Bishop Manogue Catholic High School at CHS, freshman girls at 5:00 p.m., varsity girls at 5:15 p.m., freshman boys at 6:15 a.m. and boys’ varsity at 7:00 a.m. On January 19th, military recruiters will visit CHS in front of the library, athletes Covid testing will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the mezzanine floor, all state choir auditions will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. in the choir – and Acting Room, and a multi-school junior varsity and varsity wrestling tournament at 4:00 p.m. at Galena High School. Finally, on January 20th, the freshman girls at 5:00 p.m. and freshman boys at 6:15 p.m. will play Spanish Springs High School Basketball in Spanish Springs.


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Congratulations to CHS Sophomore, Tori Stauffer, on being named Student of the Week. According to Angela Maw, teacher of total body conditioning, cardio dance and freshman seminar and health, “Tori saw a student from another gym class who was clearly upset and Tori asked if she could hug her; She also sat and chatted with the student, which helped her feel accepted and important.” Maw added, “Tori’s kindness was so appreciated.” Staffers at the Carson City School District nominate CHS student of the week , and often it is the teachers who make the nomination, although anyone in the district can do so by emailing [email protected] Congratulations to Toriana Stauffer on being named CHS Student of the Week.

CHS Student of the Week is Toriana Stauffer, a sophomore

Phil Brady is an English teacher at CHS.