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Working it out
the courier staff
A behind-the-scenes look at the construction of Homecoming
emily partida When Homecoming comes around, most people only think of the music and dancing. If any thought at all is given to the things leading up to Homecoming, it is usually only focused on getting ready or about the restaurant beforehand. However, Student Senate puts in a tremendous amount of work into putting Homecoming together. They have spent the past month and a half planning an event for the entire school. Student Senators planned Homecoming up at their annual retreat. This year, the retreat was August 5th and 6th at Windy Peak. Mrs. Tennessen, Senate advisor, said that 90 percent of the planning is done during the retreat. “Senate is putting so much time and effort into making Homecoming awesome!” Tennessen said. “The assembly and dance are going to be amazing. I am so proud of these kids!” The Senate students put about 16 hours into pre-decoration for Homecoming. Pre-decoration is the process of getting everything ready to put up the night before the actual dance. They then spend between five and seven hours
decorating the commons on the Friday afternoon before the dance. More goes into Homecoming, however, than just decorating. Senate is also responsible for financial planning and budgeting, making the decision on whether or not to have food at the dance, choosing a photographer and DJ, and selling tickets. Andy Cole, a junior senator, said, “We put a lot of time and effort into planning a dance for the school to enjoy.” Even though the Homecoming dance is the main event, Senate also puts in a lot of work to make the entire week of Homecoming special. They put on the Friday assembly and spirit week as well. Senators arrive at the school at six in the morning on the Friday of the assembly to make sure everything is in order. Before the actual assembly, however, there is much work to be done. Senate has to design the assembly, plan the sports parade and make posters for it, plan the games, contact the Poms and Cheer teams for their routine, design Mr. De’s costume and grand entrance, and, on top of everything else, get it all approved by the ad-
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ministration. Along with the assembly, Senate is in charge of spirit week. It is their job to come up with a variety of spirit days for the Columbine population to vote on and for administration to approve. Spirit days are either decided up at Windy Peak on the retreat or at the beginning of school. This year’s spirit days are “I Was There” Day, PJ/Snuggie Day, Salad Dressing Day, Superhero Day, and Spirit Day. ”I’m very excited that I’ll be able to fulfill my life’s dream to come to school dressed like a salad,” said Junior Mary Harris. In all the Homecoming preparation, there will be something missing this year that has around for the past two years: the Homecoming bonfire. “I can’t believe the school would do that. I was so looking forward to it. It’s a major social event that they cut out. Unbelievable,” said Bradley Crowler, sophomore. In fact, Senate had the bonfire planned out to almost the last detail. However, According to Junior Representative Jenni Robinson, there would be a $600 fine issued to anyone who lit a fire due to the recent fire in Boulder.
FRIDAY: SPIRIT DAY
When braniacs attack More students are pushing themselves to take harder classes
trevor ogborn Brain drain has not been a problem in past years. But with AP and Honors enrollment numbers on a rise , and IB right around the corner, the population at Columbine is certainly not dumbing down. Advanced Placement courses have drawn large numbers this school year. “Over 200 students requested AP World History [alone],” Counselor Mr. Lentini said. AP programs across all departments have seen a combined enrollment of 296 applicants. “These were all significant increases over previous years’ requests,” Lentini said.
Honors class enrollment numbers are on a rise as well. Mrs. Martin, who teaches Honors Biology, said that there was a gain of about 130 students to Honors tenth-grade science between this year and last. This is a 533 percent increase, an enormous jump for the Honors science program. “The tenth-grade growth can be explained by the removal of the Honors tests that had been previously required by some of the departments,” Lentini said. There has never been a test to enroll in either of the AP English courses, nor is see
HONORS & AP on page 3
news editor: heidi roberts senior executive director of freelance reporting and editing: lauren elder staff writers: daniel bernal-rubiano analisa holden trevor ogborn emily partida stephanie reichlin jennifer robinson adviser: mr. friesen
policy The Courier is the official student newspaper of Columbine High School.
THURSDAY: SUPERHERO DAY
WEDNESDAY: SALAD DRESSING DAY
editor-in-chief: abbey borchers
Expression made by students in The Courier is not an expression of Jefferson County Public School’s Board policy, and the school district and its employees are immune from any civil or criminal action based on any expression made or published by students.
on the cover
Students in Ms. Young’s AP Calculus class work on their daily notes and homework. Students in this class had plenty of summer homework to prepare them for the course. photo by trevor ogborn
Sophomore Jordan Visser works with fellow student senators painting a Homecoming decoration, part of transforming the commons for Saturday. photo by analisa holden
Solar panels being installed at several Jeffco schools, including Columbine
heidi roberts Fall brings a cornucopia of change, with falling leaves and cold winds. Come November, however, the Jefferson County School District is still counting on lots of sunshine. This fall the school district will install solar panels on the roof of Columbine. The move is part of a greener district policy toward energy. This new addition will not be just for Columbine, but for â€œmany schools within the school district,â€? said Principal DeAngelis. According to the Jeffco School District, one 100-kilowatt solar panel system will be installed at 30 schools in the district. â€œSolarhome.orgâ€? stated some of the main reasons to switch to solar power as being: it is a renewable resource, it creates no pollution, energy generated from the sun has no cost, solar cells are relatively low-maintenance and can last a lifetime, and it is very versatile. Solar panels will bring not only a wide variety of benefits to the Earth, but to Columbine and to other schools in the district directly. DeAngelis said that the solar panels could be a great asset to our school in that they could be used â€œto help conserve energy, and in the long run, cut costs with utility bills.â€? DeAngelis also said that when utility bills are less, that would mean more money for the schools to spend on
different needs. According to a release by the Jefferson County School District, â€œThe panels will generate about half the electricity for an average elementary school, saving an estimated $1 million in energy costs over the next 20 years.â€? And while such installments do not run cheap, the solar program will have no initial cost as a result of state, federal, and Xcel Energy renewable energy incentives. Another aspect which made this stride towards ecofriendly schools possible was the partnership between the district and CEI Roofing Colorado. According to the release of solar panel information by the Jefferson County School District, CEI Roofing Colorado â€œwill own and maintain the solar panels and sell the electricity the panels produce to the district at a price below its current utility rate.â€? While the solar panels have not yet been installed at Columbine, they will be implemented sometime in the near future. DeAngelis explained that when they do become a part of Columbine, they will be installed on the roof above his office in the north wing. While Columbine does not have existing solar panels yet, there are schools in this area that already have these beneficial collectors. â€œIf you go to Ken Caryl, theyâ€™ve installed them there,â€? DeAngelis said. Outside the realm of schools, Jefferson County as a
News in Brief IB In October, a team of IB representatives will be visiting Columbine to evaluate whether or not the site will be suitable for implementing the IB program beginning next year.
Emilyâ€™s Parade Emilyâ€™s Parade will take place on Sunday, September 26--the first year the parade will happen on a Sunday. Motorcyclists will meet at Columbine High School and ride together to Platte Canyon High School. Emilyâ€™s Parade is an opportunity for all members of the community to join together to support a common cause.
Challenge Day On September 28, Columbine will be participating in its first-ever Challenge Day experience. Challenge day will be held in the gymnasium from periods one through seven, and its participants will include students and parents who received invitation to attend. According to the Challenge Day mission statement, the purpose of Challenge Day is to â€œprovide youth and their com-
munities with experiential programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth, and full expression.â€? When talking about Challenge Day, Mr. DeAngelis stated, â€œAs principal, I want to make sure all 1600 students at CHS feel welcome.â€?
PSAT/SAT Workshop Juniors and Seniors have the chance to sign up for an PSAT and SAT preparatory course offered by RMASS educational seminars. The course involves two classes after school from 6:30 pm-9:00 pm on September 27th and 28th in SS-10. The cost is $89, scholarships are available for students who qualify.
Fall Play This yearâ€™s fall play has been decided and cast, This years production will be Dracula. Rehearsals began September 13th, and performances will be held in November on Thursday the 4th, Friday the 5th, and Saturday the 6th. compiled by heidi roberts and lauren elder