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November, 2012

Library adds new e-books by Emily Burleson, staff writer

A student looking to do research for a project will most likely head to the library. With its many resources - such as autobiographies, encyclopedias and the Internet - the library helps to make research simple and efficient. Soon, students may add another resource to this growing list. The library will add several hundred more e-books to their list resources, in addition to the 2,500 shared with other high schools campuses in Katy ISD today, for students to take out on their own devices. “I’m going to buy some just for this school,” Librarian Denise Bassham said. “Some of the e-books are going to be research books, like ‘Opposing Viewpoints’, and novels for students, things they need for class. The others are going to be interesting, fun fiction books the kids like to read. It’ll be a variety of things.” According to sophomore Andrea Brunal, students would like the new additions to the library because of the convenience of e-books and that backpacks could potentially be lighter. However, she would not use e-books for English class. “I would take out some books on my Nook – if I were reading the book for fun, then yes, but if I had to annotate it, then I would need a hard copy,” Brunal said. The e-books will be available for students to use on more than just Kindles; any smart device with internet access will be able to support

e-books. “There will soon be directions [on the KISD website] about how to download them onto a Kindle, iPhone or iPad - pretty much anything,” Bassham said. “Some books are one person use and some are unlimited [meaning several people can view it at the same time]. You check them out just like you check out a book, with your ID number and your username and password, and after three weeks it just kind of disappears from your device.” Most of the physical books in the library are not being replaced by e-books. Instead, new electronic books are being added in along with their paperback versions, and some are new to the library altogether. “Not every single book is getting upgraded to an e-book,” Bassham said. “A lot of people like to read on their device, and I’m hoping teachers will use e-books on their SMART Boards in the classroom. I have a list [of] the English Department gave me; I’ve got all the required reading and summer reading for every single grade.” Despite the new additions coming to the library, some students are still devoted to traditional novels. “I prefer the amount of books you can have on a tablet and how easy it is to buy the books, but nothing will ever replace the comfort of a paperback book,” sophomore Kyle Kraatz said.

Halloween hallway parade Best Buddies holds walkathon

by Trevor Nichols, News Editor The Best Buddies club held its “Best Buddies Walkathon” on Saturday, October 27. The Halloween-themed walkathon serves as the primary fundraiser for Best Buddies. “I think it’s a fun event to start our school year off,” Best Buddies sponsor Katie Dolan said. “The walkathon is our only fundraiser, so it’s especially important. But really, all of our events are important because they help the students of the school to connect.” During the walkathon, Best Buddies members walked around the school’s hallways wearing Halloween costumes, in a parade, collecting Halloween candy along the way. The walkathon raises funds through donations for the activities that the club will have throughout the rest of the school year. “It’s my first year of doing the walkathon,” sophomore Kevin Hughes said. “It’s going to be fun because of all the candy.” The Best Buddies Walkathon is an annual tradition for the Cinco Ranch branch of Best Buddies. “We’ve been doing the Best Buddies Walkathon at Halloween every year for at least as long as I’ve been a teacher at Cinco Ranch High School,” Dolan said. According to the official website for the

Texas chapter of Best Buddies, “the mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for oneto-one relationships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” It is a nonprofit organization. The Cinco Ranch branch of Best Buddies is comprised of students who make friends with their “buddies” from the school’s Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP). “I’m glad to be in a group that makes friends for people with disabilities,” freshman Daniela Delatorre said. “It’s my first year in Best Buddies, but I’m already excited about everything we’re doing this year.” Prior to walking around the school, Best Buddies members made Halloween-themed crafts, decorating paper trick-or-treat bags to carry the candy they collected during the walkathon, while Halloween songs such as “The Monster Mash” played in the background. The walkathon lasted from about 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. “I think that Best Buddies is really important because it’s a great way to integrate students with disabilities with other students,” best Buddies president senior Allie Cash said. “Best Buddies is a great way to get the entire school involved in the spirit of friendship.”

Cougar Nation

Organization to increase school spirit by Michelle Chong, Co-Editor in Chief In an effort to raise school spirit, a student-led group called Cougar Nation will meet frequently in order to discuss and collaborate about school events. Members of Cougar Nation include a representative from each school sponsored group, as well as five students who have not joined any activity at all. “Cougar Nation is a brand new organization that focuses on supporting and celebrating all school sponsored groups,” senior class president John Liner said. “In addition, Cougar Nation strives to help make CRHS a better place by teaching core values such as respect, compassion, and leadership.” According to Liner, the idea of Cougar Nation began back in 2009. At that time, the class presidents noticed a lack of school spirit and wanted to do something about it. “We had a high level of success but a low level of spirit, and we knew that we had to fix it,” Liner said. “Over the next few years each and every class president has stepped up and contributed into this idea. Past presidents include, Paige Hegedus, Claire McMullan, Courtney Reid, and Jake Elkins. I have the honor of putting all of the presidents’ work into action.” For senior and softball representative Jordin Trimmins, she hopes that Cougar Nation will be impactful to students.

“I believe that this organization has the potential to dramatically raise school spirit,” Trimmins said. “Not only for sports, but also for activities like: debate, robotics, and all of other unrecognized and unappreciated activities. I hope that it will also affect the way we treat our peers because we have such a great school and the way we treat each other does not reflect that.” According to Trimmins, students might be skeptical about the organization’s efforts to increase school spirit. “I’ve heard some students say that they don’t think Cougar Nation will work and I think that is mainly because they don’t know what Cougar Nation is about,” Trimmins said. “But I believe that once the student body sees Cougar Nation in action, they will lose their doubts and then Cougar Nation can really make a difference.” The overall purpose of Cougar Nation, is to unite students in hopes of creating a supportive environment for every student and to increase school morale. “I hope to see more fans in the stands for any event, from the debate team to the drill team and to the football team,” Liner said. “I hope to see a new energy, a buzz, around Cinco Ranch. I hope to people excited about what is going on here at CRHS. I hope to see a better Cinco.”

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