Talk of the Trail

March 2015

Talk of the Trail is written by students at Forest Trail Academy. For more information, please visit or call 800.890.6269.

Welcome New Teachers!

FTA would like to welcome our newest faculty members!

Ms. Karen Barraza, Spanish Teacher

  • M.S. Instructional Design and Technology
  • B.S. Ed, Spanish Major and French Minor

Ms. Emeline Briley, English Teacher

  • Doctoral Candidate in Ethnolinguistics
  • Master's degree in Theoretical, Descriptive and Automatic Linguistics

Ms. Amanda Boisvert, English Teacher

  • Master's of Education (May 2015)
  • Master's of Art in English Literature
  • Bachelor's of English

Ms. Jennifer Ndegwa, Math Teacher

  • B.S. Plant and Soil Sciences

Ms. Ledy Scott, Math Teacher

  • B.A. Psychology

{ Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo }

by Amber H.


· 6 skinless, boneless, chicken breast halves -- cut into cubes

· 6 tablespoons butter, divided

· 4 cloves garlic, minced, divided

· 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

· 1 pound Fettuccini pasta

· 1 onion, diced

· 1 (8 ounce) package sliced mushrooms

· 1/3 cup all purpose flour

· 1 tablespoon salt

· ¾ teaspoon ground white pepper

· 3 cups milk

· 1 cup half and half

· ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese

· 8 ounces shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

· 3 roma (plum) tomatoes diced

· ½ cup sour cream


· In a large skillet over heat combine chicken, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 cloves garlic, and Italian seasoning. Cook until chicken is no longer pink inside. Remove from skillet and set aside.

· Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dente, drain.

· Meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons of butter in the skillet. Sauté onion, 2 gloves garlic, and mushrooms until onions are transparent. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper; cook 2 minutes. Slowly add milk and half-and-half, stir until smooth and creamy. Stir in parmesan and Colby-Monterey Jack cheeses; stir until cheese is melted. Stir in chicken mixture, tomatoes, and sour-cream. Serve over cooked fettuccini.

Extra Tips

· Garlic Bread can be very delicious with this creamy pasta

· Salad can make this pasta healthier

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by Katie J.

The weather’s starting to get warmer; all the snow is melting. You know what that means? That’s right, it’s spring! March 20 is the vernal equinox, marking the beginning of spring. There are many signs that spring is coming, including worms emerge from the earth, ladybugs start coming out, green buds start appearing, the birds begin chirping, and flowers begin blooming.

There are many poems about spring; here is a good one:

“One swallow does not make a spring.

Bluebirds are a sign of spring; warm weather and gentle south breezes they bring.

In spring, no one thinks of the snow that fell last year.

Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies.

Spring-time sweet!

The whole Earth smiles, thy coming to greet.”

Works Cited

“First Day of Spring 2015: Vernal Equinox” The Farmers Almanac N.d. web March 20, 2015


Ms. Karen Barraza

  • Lead a trip to Belize over Spring Break for 12 people from my face to face school and community March 13-21....stay tuned for some exciting pictures!
  • My dad is 70 this year and getting married in Mexico so I am trying to go to Mexico in mid-April for his wedding...this is exciting for me since I am a Spanish teacher but stressful since I have a full-time job and this part-time job! Nonetheless I am super excited for a 2nd week away from the routine of the spring!

Dr. Theresa Bogema is beginning the process for adopting a little girl!

Ms. Alessandra Paganin is getting married September 5th of this year!

Ms. Elizabeth Szczypka

Here's a link to my blog: . It follows me from 2011 after I moved to Switzerland, through my RTW trip, and finally to my new home in Scotland.

Ms. Amanda Boisvert plans to earn her second Master's degree in April 2015.

Ms. Stefanie Neumer is expecting a baby girl this month (March)!

Ms. Marcy White

1. I have caring and understanding students. Many have emailed me about my dad's passing. They were very understanding and are sending me notes of cheer!!!!

2. Kudos to Caleb Smith. He subbed for me while I was offline.

3. There will be a tree planted in my dad's memory. This makes me feel better, knowing that the tree represents not only my dad's memory but also giving life to us.