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The Record mherst Steele High School VOL. XCII No. 16 Wed., May 4, 2011

Lunchroom Restrictions Set for Next Year Alex Farmer, Staff Writer

Did you know many of the items served to students today will be gone next year? Senate Bill 210 is causing changes that will have a great affect on Amherst’s lunch and breakfast programs.  The goal of the bill is to increase the overall health of American students by limiting access to unhealthy foods and beverages. Government officials believe that the healthy environment will promote higher test scores and graduation rates. The restrictions will apply to “a la carte” items. These are individually priced food and beverages sold to students in school lunch facilities, vending machines, stores and any other location in the District during regular school hours. The permitted items will be chosen based on the nutritional value of the food. The beverages allowed through grades 9-12 will include fatfree milk, 100% fruit juice and 12 ounce beverages with less than 66 calories if they contain carbonation and added sweeteners. That means any regular soda, Gatorade, sweet tea and/or coffee products will be gone next year.

“The the regular school day. restricIn order to make sure tions will the school system is folaffect the lowing regulations, the Junior staff will have to present an High and annual report to the Ohio High Department of EducaSchools tion. The information will the most,” have to be reviewed by a said school nutrition specialist Wanda to make sure standards Warford, are met. Amherst’s Warford is Amherst’s Cafeteria current nutrition specialist Superviand will have her work cut sor. out for her as she prepares Food for the new changes. items Warford will make the currently decisions on all the new sold will Cookies, a popular item at Steele, will be among the many items removed from the cafeteria items that will be served next year. {Photo A. Farmer} be gone to students next year that by next meet the bills requireyear unless they contain a won’t have a lack of items for tions set by the bill. ments. minimum of five grams of students to choose from, they The restrictions will not Certain parts of the bill protein, 10% recommended will just be reformulated,” said affect food and beverage sold still have yet to be discussed value of fiber, calcium, iron Warford. outside of the regular school for the district such as which and vitamin A or C. The The only beverages that day however. Anything sold computer program to use for items will be restricted for will be allowed kindergarten in connection with a schoolcategorizing items that do or sale to students the foods do through Fourth grade other sponsored fundraiser held do not comply with regulanot meet at least two of these than water will be low fat outside the regular school day tions. Warford will have to requirements. milk that contains less than or any interscholastic athletic decide on a program that is Items like cookies, dan170 calories per 8 ounces, events held during the day are user friendly to simplify work ishes, muffins, donuts and or 100% fruit juice without exempt from the restrictions. for staff. pop tarts that are served in added sweeteners and do This means that any food Senate Bill 210 is caustheir current sizes will be not contain more than 160 restricted by the bill can be ing a large change in a short removed. calories. Most of the items sold at a concession stand or amount of time and will “Companies produce prepared for students between even a vending machine as require hard work for all staff enough products that we K-4 already meet the restricsoon as the bell rings to end involved. Steele has already

undergone changes in their lunch program to give students healthier meals. All the food prepared in the main lunch line is currently baked. Steele is also set apart from most schools because of the Sub Station incorporated into the kitchen. It allows the lunch staff to prepare handmade subs with fresh ingredients for students. The Sub Station creates a healthier alternative than that of a pizza station which was what Warford had in mind when first designing the kitchen. Warford is still coming up with new ideas to better accommodate the kitchen with healthier alternatives. Eventually she is hoping to eliminate most, if not all, of the fried food served at lunch with new stoves and equipment. Time will only tell how the change will affect the schools and their programs that prepare food for the students of Amherst next year. “It’s going to be really interesting to see what happens next year,” said Mrs. Powell, who prepares lunch for the students at Amherst Steele High School.

Gifted Courses Present Great Opportunities

Lego Olympians Excel

In Amherst, gifted services are provided for students in grades 4-8 to provide gifted students with a more rigorous course load. Students are screened in grades 1, 3, and 5 using the Cognitive Abilities Test and the Terra Nova Test. If a student scores high enough on cognitive ability and scores in the 95th percentile for reading and/or math, he or she is eligible for the gifted program. Cognitive ability score requirements are currently 127 for the 4th grade gifted class and 125 for the 5th-6th grade gifted class, but the scores change yearly as percentiles shift. Harris Elementary School offers both reading and math accelerated courses taught by Jennifer Call. Call said that in the reading course she creates novel units that use higher level thinking skills. “The students respond to their reading in a wide variety of ways,” she said. Harris gifted math students are grade accelerated, which means they work out of the fifth grade math book rather than the fourth grade math book. Fifth and 6th grade gifted math students are also grade accelerated. These students are taught by Diane Beetler and Amy Jackson. The 5th and 6th grade gifted teacher, Rosemary Hesmond, also helps run activities for these students such as Lego Olympiad and Math 24 Club. Hesmond teaches the gifted class at Nord which is

Amherst’s 5th and 6th graders took home multiple trophies from Lego Olympics on Friday, April 15. Lego Olympics is split into two events, the Theme Division and the Open Division. Students compete in individual and team competitions against schools from all over the county. The topic for the Theme Division this year was “Something Useful Underground” and all designs had to be original ideas. The teams had to build their machines, explain to the judges how they work and demonstrate the function of their machine. The 6th graders took 1st and 3rd places. The 1st place winner was team Lego Lobsters with Michael Rakar, Emily Hutlock, Ally Kelling, and Ryan Murray with “Night Shadow”, a drill that swims through water. The 3rd place winner was team Lego Ladybugs consisting of Halle Brosky, Hailey Fox, Cara Guannuzzi, and Shelby Prieto who also built an un-

Devin Velez, Staff Writer

a substitute for the English classes. These students are challenged with more difficult literaMatt Trame, Chase Beetler, Cara Giannuzzi, and Hailey Fox participate in this year’s ture and Mock Trial at the Elyria Municipal Court. {Photo R. Hesmond} vocabulary and also take part in aca- Nord. into their work. Students in demic events such as Young Academic Enrichment Academic Enrichment are Authors and Mock Trial. students must retest when exposed to material such Fifth grade gifted student entering Junior High and as archeology and philosoKatie Harcula is glad to be in be identified as having phy that they would not be the gifted program. Harcula superior cognitive abilexposed to in a traditional said that her favorite part of ity. To qualify, students classroom. the program this year is the must “score two standard The gifted program benacademic field trips. Harcula deviations above the mean, efits children in high school said she is glad to have taken plus or minus the standard and college. According to the class “because it chalerror of measurement, on a the National Association for lenges me, and I have a lot of nationally-normed stanGifted Children, “gifted and opportunities I didn’t have dardized intelligence test or talented students thrive in before.” score in the 95th percentile an environment that values At the junior high level, on a ‘composite battery of a advanced content, rigor, and gifted students are offered nationally-normed achievehigher-order thinking”. The both Academic Enrichment test’,” Schneider said. National Association for ment and gifted Language The gifted Language Arts Gifted Children also menArts courses. Students who class moves through material tions that AP is a popular are gifted in math can also quicker than other Language high school track for gifted take higher level courses Arts classes. They are also students and the gifted prosuch as algebra in 7th grade required to read more chalgram helps prepare these and geometry in 8th. Katie lenging works, and there is students for this track. Schneider teaches both Acamuch emphasis on improved Not only does having a demic Enrichment and gifted research skills. Gifted Langifted program present gifted Language Arts. guage Arts introduces stustudents with a comfortable To qualify for the gifted dents to MLA format writing environment for them to Language Arts program, 7th before high school and helps thrive in, it helps them build and 8th graders must score prepare these students for and maintain skills needed to in the 95th percentile in the AP English track. prosper in higher level coursreading and language on a Academic Enrichment es and better manage high nationally-normed standard- requires students to implework loads in all situations. ized test,or have been in the ment much critical thinking gifted language arts class at and problem-solving skills

Aaron Opel, Staff Writer

derground drill. The 5th graders also took 1st and 3rd places in the Theme Division. Chloe Brattoli, Hanna Starbuck, Sarah Wiegand, and Fletcher Goozdich of the Lil‘ Ninjas took 1st place with their “Rescue Roller” that was designed to save miners trapped underground. Rhyan Opel, Emma Macartney, Katie Harcula, and Natalie Stiwald of the Rainbow Kit Kats took 3rd place with their Volcanic Coal Collecter. The Open division is an individual competition where a student draws and designs a device and arrives at the competition ready to build it. Grace Semon, a 5th grader, used her legos to build a baby grand piano with a person sitting next to it. Semon’s piano won 3rd place in the Open Division. “The Lego Olympiad was a really fun experience because I got to build legos with my friends and I liked seeing all the computerized legos,” said Anna Hornyak a student who attended the competition.

Chloe Brattoli, Hanna Starbuck, Sarah Wiegand, and Fletcher Goozdich of the Lil‘ Ninjas take home the first place trophy at Lego Olympics. {Photo D. Beetler}

Texting While Driving Takes the Lives of Many Teens Angelica Bucci, Staff Writer November 10, was a typical day for 17 year old Alexandria “Alex” Brown. It was early in the morning and Alex had been on her way to Seagraves High School in Texas. While driving, Alex received a text message that would forever change her life and the many family and friends affected by her presence. Like many teenagers, Alex considered herself “a professional driver,” able to maneuver a vehicle and respond to texts with great ease. Sadly, Brown found that her skills were not as superior as she believed, when

she rolled her truck and was ejected from the drivers seat. Not only was Brown not wearing a seatbelt, but also her cell phone records proved she had been responding to a text moments before the accident. Brown’s tragic accident, inspired her parents to found Buckle Up and Stop Texting (B.U.S.T), which is a program that intends to educate teens and young adults about the dangers of texting while driving. Even though Brown’s death occurred over 1200 miles away from our small town, according to AAA, between 4000-8000 drivers

are involved in accidents that involve distracted driving. In a survey taken in Amherst High School, 50 out of the 60 people surveyed admitted to texting while driving. Junior Corissa Faria said that the reason why she texts while she drives is because she feels as though she would lose her train of thought if she did not promptly return a text. Junior Steven Forbush stated that the reason he avoids texting while driving is because he hit a mailbox when trying to return a text message. Thirty states have joined

the pledge to ban texting while driving, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. But Ohio is not one of these states. Currently, Ohio does not have any laws that ban cell phone usage for school bus drivers or legal drivers, but many foundations and pledges have been set up around the state to try to enable drivers to not text while driving. The Klaben Teen Text pledge is an effort to try to stop drivers from texting while operating a vehicle in Ohio. Sponsored by Pepsi, Channel 3 news and Geauga Lake, this pledge states that

the driver will commit him or herself to complete focus on the road and not use his or her cell phone while driving. The Klaben pledge states that everyday 11 teens die in a car crash and that texting and driving makes a person 23 times more likely to crash his or her car. With the efforts of every member of the community, Amherst can keep their residents and student drivers safe. By simply commiting to signing one of these pledges, our city will be one step closer to the goal of achieving safe roadways.

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