Dilligently working with their caclulators and skittles, Shannon Goode works in Mrs. Widsom's 5th hour AP Statistics class.

A taste of what’s coming

As the Common Core State Standards curriculum nears its arrival, the question has changed from "What's CCSS" to "Are we ready for CCSS?"
Taylor Balleau, feature writer April 15, 2014

While students are the demographic of public education they are completely unaware of how much teachers put into the preparation to teach every day. "I think teachers get an idea of what to teach when...

photo illustration featuring Faith Reynolds (11) by Katie Rippe

Cleaning out closets for a cause

Medical club collects shoes for the underprivileged
Taylor Balleau, feature writer February 14, 2014

Everyone's closets have that certain corner, area or bin filled with dust-bunny ridden shoes. Covering the floor are 1/2" heels that haven't been worn since fifth grade graduation or DC skating shoes...

5 things to Know for the week of 2/3

5 things to Know for the week of 2/3

Taylor Balleau, Feature Writer February 3, 2014

1. Online Course Enrollment: The Infinite Campus Portal will close at 4 p.m., Feb. 3. Be sure to sign up for 2014-2015 classes or the counselors will choose your courses for you. The guidance office will...

5 Things to Know for the week of 1/13

5 Things to Know for the week of 1/13

Forrest Nettles, Online community manager January 13, 2014

Boys Basketball: Boys Varsity Basketball has a rivalry matchup against the Lafayette Lancers at home in Gym A at 7:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13. Girls Swimming: The Girls Varsity Swim Team competes in...

Mr. Victor Trujillo and Mrs. Ann Trujillo stand inside their home holding an old family portrait of their children, Rachel, Erin, Emily and Jacob, Nov. 7.

One empty chair at the dinner table

Students adjust to a new family dynamic
Taylor Balleau, feature writer December 10, 2013

His picture hangs on the fridge, family photos decorate the walls and conversations seem to sway towards the topic of him. Mr. Richard Altice lives in Texas five days of the week, traveling home every...

Samantha Buchanan, Lexie Beckermann, Bryce Bond, Abbie Lakey, Anthony Carrizales and Nathan Arata (9) work as a group to understand a detailed model of DNA in Mrs. Jeanette Bosomworth's 4th hour Biology class, Nov. 8.

Altering the make-up of learning standards

New state/national standards shift the emphasis of student learning from content to skills
Taylor Balleau, feature writer December 3, 2013

American students rank 25th in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading compared to students in 27 industrialized countries, as reported by The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development...

Long distance family

Taylor Balleau, feature writer October 10, 2013

The smell of freshly cooked lasagna wafts through the open house of Anna Altice (12). As her mother, still in work clothes, scrambles around the kitchen, their dog’s barks echo throughout. Meghan, Anna's...

Using her 2013-2014 student ID, Hannah Busch (12), signs into the library, Sept. 22.

Scanning in

Taylor Balleau, feature writer September 29, 2013

Student IDs: a piece of plastic with a student’s face, grade and person-specific barcode on it. These cards previously found their home at the bottom of a backpack but are beginning to dig their way...

Searching for a book of choice, Ryan Atwood (11) scours the library, Sept. 9.

Escape with a book

Taylor Balleau, feature writer September 12, 2013

Reading: a touchy topic in the area of education. With the strict classroom curricula, recreational reading became a burden to students instead of an escape and an adventure, as it was initially meant...

Image of hope

Image of hope

Taylor Balleau, feature writer September 11, 2013

Seventy-two separate student-drawn pieces create a patriotic mural entitled “Images of Hope, Pieces of the Whole.”  The mural remembers the terrorist attacks that shocked the world 12 years ago. The...

5 things to know for the week of 9/3

5 things to know for the week of 9/3

Taylor Balleau, feature writer September 3, 2013

Boys Varsity Soccer: Gear up for the annual Beef Jerky Drive. All of the proceeds benefit troops overseas. If you can’t donate jerky, cash donations are also accepted. Stop by the Welcome Center this...

Taylor Balleau, feature editor August 30, 2013

College. It’s either sneaking up faster than imagined or the next four years are already carefully calculated. Although applying for college may seem ages away, deadlines creep closer with each passing...

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