Wi-finally have Wi-Fi BY Thomas Oide & Cliff Djajapranata HUB Staff
September 6, 2013
Volume 88/Issue 1
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Administrators, teachers and students have been advocating for free wireless access for several years. And their pleas have been answered: Wi-fi is now available to the entire DHS student body and staff. The Library Wireless Project was the brainchild of the District Technology Advisory Committee. The committee funded the project with Patch.com money, $80,000 raised through the efforts of a Davis family. However, due to financial limitations, Wi-Fi is centered around the library area, since administrators believed that the library would be the most logical choice if access was limited. “They serve all students in a school and function as a hub for information, instruction and collaboration,” said Kim Wallace, the Director of Instructional Technology. “It is our hope that students and teachers will be able to use mobile devices like tablets, smartphones and laptops to conduct learning activities,” Wallace said. “So far we’ve been largely limited to wired access [...] This opens up the playing field to all kinds of new devices and the hundreds of educational apps that are out there.” Students at DHS agree that having Wi-Fi access on campus could benefit them. They say that Wi-Fi could save time and make class less stressful because research can be done quickly during classtime, according to sophomore Varun Kota. To combat abuse, administrators have put restrictions in place: students will only have access to the Guest network, which is monitored by the filter on most of the DHS computers. However, Wallace says that the access is fairly generous, and most educational websites will be accessible. While cheating could also be a problem as a result of this project, according to sophomore Sophie Chertok, this concern is irrelevant because students already have data plans that can access sites to cheat. Administrators are pleased to offer the Wi-Fi. “We are excited about this initial launch and hope that it serves to expand the way we teach and learn in DJUSD,” Wallace said. The DTAC will evaluate the Library Wireless Project at the end of the year, and according to librarian Bruce Cummings, the district would eventually like to expand its wireless access to other locations.
Construction crews clear mounds of debris during the building of an outdoor shelter. Originally intended for completion before the new school year, setbacks forced work to continue into the early days of school.
Outdoor shelter still under construction BY Rana Eser Editor-in-Chief
Ever since the school district discovered a mold infestation in the multi-purpose room in October 2010, an abandoned MPR sat on the DHS campus, sitting alone to rot. But this summer, construction workers began to tear down the 50-year-old building. They initially intended to complete the construction Aug. 16, but there were some setbacks that forced the work to continue into the school year. “Whenever you got construction, the
one thing you can guarantee is delays. Even if you schedule extra days into it, you’re still going to have delays,” DHS Principal Will Brown said. Construction has continued past its second estimated completion date. It is still undetermined when it will be finished. In replacement of the MPR, the school board has decided to build an outdoor eating area with a rain-shedding shade structure. “I think that we are going to get significantly more use out of the new pa-
tio area than we ever did with an actual building there,” said Renee Hannah, who is in charge of the cafeteria. “ I think it’s going to be prettier and a lot more welcoming.” As for whether the school will ever get a new MPR, Brown says it’s possible, but probably not for a long time. “I have heard rumors that there is a plan for one, but I know for a fact there’s no money for it,” Brown said. “It’s probably down the line in ways.”
New teachers on campus BY Skyler Blume & Nathan woo
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Rachel Doller Social Studies
Ashley Hamrick English
As a new class of sophomores floods onto campus and a new principal takes over, six new teachers will also take their spots at the heads of classrooms. Rachel Doller, Amber Palomores, Ashley Hamrick, Holly Istas-Thomsen and Daljeet Gill are all new hires for DHS this fall. The teachers come from a diverse background of experience, ranging from first-time teachers to veteran educators. English teacher Gill received his teaching credential two years ago and spent the last year working at Holmes Junior High in the library. He comes to DHS to teach mostly sophomores with a mix of nervousness and excitement that comes with a new job. Along with trying his best to create a positive classroom experience, Gill believes that the students play a role in adding to the class. “Students need to be involved in it, it can’t just be from me,” Gill said, “Just a lot of student involvement is the best I could ask for.” Joining Gill in the English department is Hamrick, who will be teaching sophomores, juniors and seniors. Hamrick believes that this will be a great year and looks forward to meeting both students and staff. This is not her first time running a class, having taught at the middle school, high school and college levels for five years. Her advice to students is to work hard, make the right decisions and be sure to have a great year. Splitting her time as a yearbook teacher at Emerson Junior High and as a World Civilizations and psychology teacher at DHS, Istas-Thomsen previously taught at Gridley High School and in Chico. She took time off to raise her kids and take on other jobs before returning to teach. Having worked as a substitute teacher last year, Istas-Thomsen is already familiar with the campus and some of the teachers and is ready to take charge of her own classes. “I’m really looking forward to teaching psychology and World Civ at DHS. Those are two things I’m really passionate about,” Istas-Thomsen said.