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WHS Tea: Advisory

Hanna Moore

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

It is my fourth year at Woodland High School and right now, advisory seems to be the talk of the school. My freshman and sophomore year advisory was right before lunch. It worked well before lunch for students who had “rewards”. Rewards was for students who had a certain grade point average and meet attendance requirements, so every Friday they would get to skip advisory and have an extra-long lunch as a “reward” for doing well in school. That remained the same until my junior year, the administration moved it to after 6th period due to students skipping advisory with their friends, even if they didn’t have rewards. I’m now in my senior year here, and advisory has been changed once again to after second period due to students skipping advisory to leave school early. The school board decided to move advisory to after 2nd period to avoid students getting a long lunch, leaving school early, or students who have late start getting to sleep in through advisory too.

Over the course of a week, I interviewed Stacy Gould in special education aid, and our principal Mr. Shoup on their opinion on the change of advisory. I asked them each six questions, some being the pros and cons of switching the time, and how the students who attend Clark College, LCC and, Cascadia Tech are affected by this. Gould is for and against the advisory change. She feels it would be more convenient between fourth and fifth period but also likes the idea of having it after second period so less students will skip to go home early. Shoup doesn’t believe that it should be changed to between fourth and fifth period, because the Clark College, LCC, and Cascadia Tech students have an advisory set up at the end of the day for any information they missed in advisory that day. Shoup has a similar view as Gould of how less students will skip class if it is not at the end of the day.

There are many opinions floating around the school this year about the change of advisory and if we can change it back this year. During the meetings between the staff and the school board representatives they came to two options: having advisory after second period or between fourth and fifth period, because if it’s after second period then you only have 2 classes to do homework for . Even with all these different opinions around the school, hopefully we can come together and make a sensible decision.

DIY Costumes For Halloween

Olivia Grey

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

For the 2018 school year, choosing a fabulous costume to wear for Halloween can be quite stressful. So here are a couple ideas for costumes:

“When Life Gives You Lemons”

A classic saying, this costume will be sure to get a couple of giggles out of people. Just simply walk around and hand lemons to your peers to make the joke just that more ironic.

What you’ll need:

  • White shirt with “Life” printed/taped on the front
  • Multiple lemons
  • Bowl (to hold the lemons)
  • Your choice of shoes & pants

“It’s Jake, from State Farm”

From the famous State Farm commercials, you can be your favorite “agent” from State Farm! This will get a lot of attention and many people will know the reference at first glance.

What you’ll need:

  • Red polo shirt
  • “Hi! My name is” name tag/sticker with “Jake” filled in
  • Khakis
  • White converse (or any white shoes)

“Mr. Shoup”

Just a quick and special surprise costume to really jazz up any event, dress up like the man, the myth, the legend!

What you’ll need:

  • A white button up shirt
  • Bald cap (no hair club)
  • Fake goatee
  • A red tie
  • Black pants with a belt
  • White sign that says “Hello, my name is Shoup.”

“Minnie Mouse”

The classic girl (or boy) costume for all ages! Bring out your inner Disney star with this great costume!

What you’ll need:

  • Black “Minnie/Mickey Mouse” ears
  • A black long sleeved shirt
  • Red shorts with two white dots (buttons)
  • Yellow shoes
  • White gloves

WHS Tea - New Grading Scale

Evelyn Roehn
October 22, 2018

Students on Laptops

During the first few weeks back to school, many students noticed a new page in their Woodland High School (WHS) handbook. Upon reading the handbook in advisory class, several students noticed the new universal grading system. All of the students agree this is a fantastic change. Especially with the addition of D’s back into the grading scale. If you are unfamiliar with the system it goes:

A

100%-93%

A-

92.99%-90%

B+

89.99%-87%

B

86.99%-83%

B-

82.99%-80%

C+

79.99%-77%

C

76.99%-73%

C-

72.99%-70%

D+

69.99%-60%

D

66.99%-60%

F

59.99%-0%

Unlike previous years, a universal grading system is used throughout every class in the school regardless of a teacher’s previous scale. Many students wondered what brought the school to the decision of the communal grading system. Nelean Warndahl, the Biology and Medical Science teacher at WHS states that, “Parents were complaining about keeping track of their student’s grades for each class.” It’s not hard to imagine how parents felt not being able to remember if the 70% on their student’s test in Algebra 2 was passing or not depending on the class.

This is just one of the ways the grading scale has made life easier here at WHS. Zoë McCarthy, a sophomore, was happy for others when the news came about the grading scale. McCarthy shared that “she believes it will help a lot of students who struggle in classes, to still give them the opportunity for some credit for their course.” She is completely correct, we have all stressed at some point about not being able to pass a certain class, due to the different standards for each course. It is nice knowing there is some leeway in every class, in case you are really struggling with a certain topic.

Will we continue to have this grading system for years to come? Of course we don’t know this now, but in the future we could see some changes to accommodate with new standards. Just as McCarthy stated when asked this question she said, “I think it might change through the years because they might be testing this system out and see if the students that struggle will improve.” Although this change may seem small, many believe that it will do great things for our high school.

Relieving stress from students, teachers, and parents has never been discouraged. As a school we can see, now more than ever, that our staff is looking out for us. Warndahl has a great outlook on the situation “I think that it is fine and much easier for parents and students to understand. This way students don't have to know what each teachers' separate grading scales are if they are all the same.” With that, what do you think? Overall, this change could be a resourceful tool in stressful times. That’s the tea WHS.


Meet Your Homecoming Princesses

 McKaden Woodward
October 12, 2018

Meet Your Homecoming Princesses

Hannah Landrigan

Hannah Landrigan is the ASB President and one of the five homecoming princesses this year. Hannah is a cheerleader, soccer player, and a track and field athlete. She says that being a homecoming princess has been a dream of hers ever since she was a little girl. She’s looking forward to the senior lip sync where they will be performing scenes from “High School Musical”. When asked about her favorite high school memory, she explained that her favorite memory was going to state in cheer for the first time in Woodland high school history. She’s had a very busy four years being involved in sports and many out of school activities. Her little sister will be Addison Landrigan. Hannah loves that she gets to experience the fun with her. Hannah’s advice for any high schoolers now or upcoming is to be involved and have fun!

   

Elyse Booker

Elyse Booker is a high school athlete who is looking to being on this year’s 2018 homecoming court. She is involved in club volleyball, beach volleyball, and is the varsity libero for Woodland High School. She is very excited to graduate but very sad to leave all of the students and faculty members. Her favorite high school memory is going to state and placing second in her sophomore year. She said that her favorite part about being on homecoming court is getting to dress up. Her little sister will be Leanna Russell. Her advice to underclassman is to be nice to everyone, stay out of the drama, and don’t talk about other people behind their backs.

 

Audrey Adams

Audrey Adams is another one of the princesses this year and she’s very excited to be on the Homecoming court. She is very happy to get to spend the experience with a great group of girls and she’s happy with all of the support she has gotten from other students. She was a varsity soccer and basketball player whose favorite memory was getting to play with her sister (Grace Adams) and having her support through every game and every decision she made on and off the court. She spent her junior year in Brazil where she had a very fun time and would love to go visit there again soon. After high school she hopes to attend a university on the East Coast and focus on studying international relations and economics with a concentration in social work. She later hopes to study abroad. Audrey’s little sister will be Genesis Sanders.

 

Taylor Foster

Our next princess is Taylor Foster, a volleyball athlete who is excited to be on court with her friends. She loves Woodland and is very sad to say goodbye to all of the students and staff that have been apart of her school and outside life when she graduates. She has been on the varsity volleyball team since her freshman year and her favorite memory was going to state twice! Taylor’s little sister will be Payten Foster. Once she graduates, Taylor is looking to get a scholarship for volleyball and go to a 4-year university and majoring in a medical field.

 

Ashlyn Daughtery

Our last princess is Ashlyn Daughtery who is a varsity wrestler and soccer player. Ashlyn describes her experience at Woodland High School as very accepting and welcoming and says that her classes always kept her challenged. Her plans for after high school is to possibly wrestle in college or attend WWU. She wants to cherish every moment with her friends before school ends and will miss the “small town vibe”. Her best memory was placing third in wrestling at the Tacoma Dome. She is very excited to be on Homecoming court and be a part of the tradition. Her little sister will be her best friend, Cassidy Upson.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE PRINCESSES AND GOOD LUCK!!

 


Meet the WHS Foreign Exchange Students

Malin Dyybvik Alnes
October 12, 2018

Meet The WHS Foreign Exchange StudentsMeet The WHS Foreign Exchange Students



"Hi, I´m Smile, I come from France. The reasons why I wanted to be an exchange student are : I wanted to discover a new culture, improve my English,  be more open minded, make new friends and especially make unforgettable encounters."

"Hi I´m Alessia and I’m from Italy, the reason I chose to do an exchange program is to learn English and to know more about the American culture. I like American movies and American snacks, though my favorite food is gelato (a type of ice cream). I´m so happy to be here in Woodland. I love the school system and I love the people I've met so far. This is a small city, but with a lot of kind people."

"Hi, I’m Malin from Norway. There are multiple reasons why I chose to live abroad in a foreign country. I think that an exchange year forces you to think different, live different and act different. Through only a year you develop friendships and memories that will last forever, and that wouldn't be possible if I didn't dare go on an exchange year."

"Hi, I’m Ida from Sweden. The reason I chose to go on an exchange year were because I wanted to experience new things, visit new places and better learn the language. I also wanted to meet new people and see the difference between the countries from my own perspective. During the year I think that I am going to grow as a person and get to know myself even better."

"Hi my name is Andjela and I’m from Montenegro, I became an exchange student because I’ve always liked finding out more about different cultures and I wanted to see a piece of this one. I’ve found out a lot about the american culture from the books I’ve read, and the movies I’ve seen, but I really wanted to experience it myself. Another reason I became an exchange student was because it can be great practice for becoming independent before going away for college. That’s why I decided to join an exchange program and now every day I have the opportunity to learn something new."

"Hi, I’m Marlene from Germany. I went on an exchange year because I wanted to learn about the culture and the way of living in America. I also did it because I wanted to experience how it is to be a student in an American high school."

  


High School Do's and Don'ts - Advice From an Upperclassman

Olivia Grey
October 8, 2018

High School Do's And Don'ts - Advice From An Upperclassman

Here are some of the basic guidelines for ALL WHS students to follow. By following these rules below, you will be prepared for success!

 

DO:

  • Show up to ALL of your classes on time:

    • As easy and normal as this sounds, showing up to class on time is vital for success. Even if you miss 5 minutes of the beginning of class, you have the potential to be excluded from a lot of information. If you miss out on your teachers assigning you in group projects at the beginning of class, you’re not going to be able to collaborate with Becky on how the Declaration of Independence affects everyone in Utah.

  • Bring a filling lunch to school:

    • This may sound extremely elementary and childish, but trying to study or focus on an assignment when you’re constantly thinking about the leftover Los Pepe’s tacos in your refrigerator is difficult. By packing or buying a lunch, your body is able to gain the necessary (or not so necessary) nutrients it needs in order to obtain the necessary knowledge from your classes. This way, you won’t be so worried about your tacos and if your sibling will eat them while you’re not home.

  • Participate in all of the spirit weeks and as many sporting events as you can:

    • Listen, spirit week can be so much more fun when EVERYONE participates and doesn’t think they're too cool to dress up in all pink or cheer on our athletes. Supporting all WHS athletes will only make our community even more proud of how successful we can be. Not to mention every athlete also appreciates every fan that comes out to support them playing, you can even get a free hot dog or pom pom sometimes on special game nights.
  • Respect your classmates & all upperclassmen:

    • Respecting your peers isn’t something you should be reminded of, but too many times there are rude interactions in the hallways and in the classroom. Respect that others have different ideas and views than you, don’t begin to chase them with how your ideas are better than theirs or even how you believe that they’re wrong. Have decency and don’t be rude. With upperclassmen however, understand that they have been in school longer than you, and they have more piled up stress than underclassmen. If an upperclassmen tells you to stop doing something, stop. Don’t make a fuss and be impolite and continue to be annoying.

  • Follow all WHS social media on twitter:

    • Staying in the know about what’s going on with our school and athletics is so important! Not only will you be alerted whenever our Woodland athletics do something amazing, but you will also be prepared for any events while staying in the loop with other students. Plus, occasionally Paul will post pictures of the student section and you can see yourself at the games shoving skittles in your mouth proudly while cheering.

 

DON'T:

  • Be rude to your teachers, secretaries, and custodians:

    • Listen, I get it. We all get frustrated with people in our lives, but literally no one gets paid enough to deal with bratty students who think they’re more respectable than the adults in the room. All of Woodland’s teachers are great people and they definitely don’t get paid enough to hear you complain on how even though you have over 10 missing assignments because you didn’t “feel” like doing them, you should have an A. Have respect for the secretaries in the office as well. Custodians also have to deal with much more than many think. Students that feel the need to toss garbage on the floor or throw it on the walls are making their lives much more difficult. The custodians are all such nice people and they don’t leave until everything is cleaned up. Respect them and the school.

  • Stand in the middle of the hallway:

    • Okay this is something that bothers everyone. I don’t care if you are in a deep conversation on how your significant other didn’t reply to your text for two minutes or how hurt you are that they “don’t care” anymore or anything like that, that doesn’t mean you have the right to just stand in the middle of the hallway of passing period while others are going to class. Throw it back to the 80’s and go in the bathroom and cry about it, not when people are just trying to go to class and mind their own business.

  • Waiting until the last minute to complete assignments:

    • Now that we’re all in high school and we all understand how much homework we all get, let’s stop the procrastination and actually get the assignments done. Waiting until the last minute to complete your AP US History notes or even your Algebra II homework will only make you more stressed out. By just getting your homework out of the way, you will have much more time to get back to your Netflix time or your vine compilation videos on YouTube. The more you wait to complete assignments, the worse your grades will become because you’ll be rushing all your work. Procrastination is not the key in these situations.

  • Vandalize the bathroom or any school property:

    • Seriously? We still have to bring this topic up? Vandalizing property that isn’t yours should not bring you actual joy. That's plain disrespectful and what are you really gaining? Letting everyone know that you and Mindy are best friends forever to the moon and back to infinity? Irrelevant. Vandalizing is so unnecessary and that's another added jobs the custodians don’t need to be worrying about.

  • Don’t show more skin than clothes:

    • According to the WHS student handbook, all students should be abiding by all of the dress code regulations. All boys and girls must consider before they leave for class every day, if their grandmother would like to see them in this outfit on Sunday mornings. Self-expression and being true to yourself is very important, but we do go to public school and we fortunately don’t have to wear a uniform. We have the right to wear whatever we feel, just make sure whatever that is that it passes everything in the student handbook.

  • Run in the hallways:

    • This is one of the most juvenile things you can do in a high school. There is absolutely no reason why ten seconds after the bell rings, that you should begin sprinting to get out of the door. The school campus is not that big and you’re being a huge disruption to everyone who’s minding their business and walking to class. You may not think it is that obnoxious, but when you’re sprinting and your backpack is flying everywhere and hitting random students, others are not happy with your behavior. This isn’t even middle school behavior, this is how a five year old acts when their mother calls for them for dinner. Just stop running and simply walk to class like a high school student should.