The phrase “in with the new, and out with the old” does not begin to describe the first lengthy construction of the existing Englewood High School that ran from 1949 to 1960. When the final building was dedicated for the 1,235 students enrolled at the time, the $1.5 million addition wowed the students and families of Englewood. With a complete intercom system and a state of the art auditorium ceiling, the school was a place where students wanted to be. Although Englewood High School was new and modern at one time, the
58-year-old building that was once state of the art is now challenged to meet the needs of its present students. In November, the citizens of Englewood will vote for the bond election, which if passed, will be used to construct a new combined middle school high school campus, while retaining the existing auditorium, pool and field house complexes. In its May 9, 1960, special dedication issue, the Englewood Herald newspaper described the amenities that made EHS “a beautiful contribution to the educational system of Colorado.” This glimpse of times past provides a stark contrast to current facilities use and to the proposed future building.
• Some class rooms were in the basement. • Students learned Spanish and French by sitting in a booth and listening to an audio tape. • The auditorium ceiling was praised for being so modern at the time. • When the final wings were added in 1960, the new addition had 757 incandescent bulbs and 2,342 fluorescent bulbs. • The school was designed to be added on to. • Intercom system was included. • The appearance of the new common area cut down on pranks and violations to EHS. • The last addition cost $1.5 million. • The new addition needed 750 gallons of wax to polish the floors. • The home economics area was set up like an actual house, so the girls could learn and practice cooking and cleaning.
• G aps exist between the windows and walls. • Falling/missing ceiling tiles appear throughout the school. • The stadium has an excellent turf sports field. • EHS has a full-sized pool, with diving board on campus. • A modern weight room was added last spring and will remain. • Overall, the school has inadequate plumbing, electricity, parking, safety and security features. • Many features may be educationally unsuitable. • The existing 50-60-year-old buildings may be at the end of their life span.
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This month’s focus:
• T he new construction would be a shared 7-12 campus. • One proposal includes two separate buildings containing both a middle school, and high school. • The new building would feature efficient energy usage. • The new building(s) would be less costly to maintain. • CFAHS would be housed in an actual building suited for proper education. • The new school would feature netbooks and a smart lab. • The new campus would be unique, modern. • Students and staff would have complete access to wifi around the building. • Kids would want to be in this completely new building (with the existing auditorium, pool, field house, and sports fields being retained.)
Looks-wise it would be nice if we could fix some stuff in the auditorium like the broken arm rests for example.”
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I would like EHS to stay traditional. Maybe do a little remodeling, but otherwise it should stay how it is.”
I like the way we have an older feel at the school, but some things need to be fixed up. For example the auditorium, the bathrooms, and a few classes too.”
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Issue: 1, Volume: 52, Date: Sep. 30, 2011
Out with the old
and in with the NEW
p Option 1 Overview: Most likely to be bigger and better. Price: $$$ Pro: Middle school and high school fully separated. Con: Expensive
What do you want your school to look like? Below are three different plans for the proposed high school/middle school complex with some information about each. Vote on the web on www.pirateer.net or check your favorite option in the box, clip out this ballot and turn it in to the Pirateer by October 7. Be sure to look for the results in the new Pirateer web site: www.pirateer.net
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Overview: Most likely to keep Englewood’s needs in mind at a cheaper price. Price: $ Pro: Cheapest Con: Middle school on lower level, high school on the upper level.
Overview: Most likely to be chosen, but not set in stone. Price: $$ Pro: Medium Price Con: Commons furthest from high school classrooms
1951 West wing construction was completed
1953 West wing was used for the first time
1958 Last addition contract was acquired
1959-1960 Classes moved in
2000 Last addition contract was acquired for library computer lab
2 breakdown Proposed Timeline of Changes if bond passes
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November 2011 to January 2012 Community input on final design of 7-12 campus.
Phase one demolition (north end of campus)
June 2012 to August 2013 Phase one and two construction completed
Spring of 2014
Total completion of project
VeroniqueBarbour When high school seniors turn the ripe age of eighteen, they enter into the world of adulthood. However, turning eighteen does not just mean that one can now to go out to nightclubs or buy lottery tickets. High school seniors who turn eighteen gain a more significant right, the right to vote in political elections. This year, the Englewood School District is trying to pass a bond and mill levy that will affect Englewood Schools. The bond, 3D, will raise $50 million to rebuild a new combined campus for the middle and high schools. Furthermore, 3E, will be a $1.5 million dollar mill levy to help support school operations. Who will this affect? The students. If citizens approve the bond issue, Englewood High School campus will be rebuilt over the next two years. “I think it stinks that it does not apply to us, but it is cool that we get to vote for future EHS students,” eighteen-year-old senior Dustin Beisel said. Since the new construction is thought to be beneficial to students, all eighteen-year-old students are being encouraged to vote this coming November on the bond issue for their fellow classmates. “The school district wants all our eighteen-year-old students and all citizens to get registered to vote, as we want them to participate in the political process. We believe it is everyone’s civic duty of vote. From the perspective of the school district, how a student votes is up to them,” Ewert said. Beisel plans on voting in the coming election. “Like my dad always says, ‘If you do not vote, you do not get to complain.’ I just want to make an impact on the United States Government in general. However, [with
regards to the bond issue] the only choice that matters is ours, they [the school district] can always tell us to vote ‘yes,’ but we can always vote ‘no’ if that is what we want,” Beisel said. While the school district may be encouraging students to vote, they are not allowed, by law, to tell students how to vote. “The Fair Campaign Practices Act prohibits teachers and staff from advocating to students to vote ‘yes’ during the work day,” Ewert said. However, teachers and staff can advocate for the bond on weekends and after their work day. Since the staff is not allowed to advocate, a group called the Citizens for Englewood Schools has formed. Their mission is to promote the election to residents in the Englewood area. Furthermore, they are working to gain support from the students at EHS. “We’ve met with several school groups to help support our cause. We have been at Back to School night, and we plan on being at all of the sporting events with information,” Citizens for Englewood Schools coordinator Duane Tucker said. Their hope is that the students will report back to their parents about the voting for the bond issue. Continually, they encourage students who are eighteen-years-old to go out and register to vote. “The legacy you can perpetuate by voting will help for the future. Having a vibrant school community helps the community as a whole. This [the new school] will be better on all fronts,” Tucker said. For any student eligible to vote, registration will close on October 3. Computers for registration are located in the main office.
I want my school to be... Students around the school give their opinions of the new Englewood High School to come.
Haley Frazier 12th
Morrigen Donaldson 9th
Tyler Doherty 11th
Jason Pacheco 10th
What do you What is your want the school opinion of to look like in the the school future? changing?
“I’d like to see air conditioning in the gym, and cleaner everything.”
“I want the bond election to pass so Englewood will look nicer.”
I’d like to see more normal light as opposed to fake light.”
“I like the idea. The only bad things could be finding out new ranks and finding our way around the school.”
“I want the new building to include color, and to be cleaner outside with flowers.”
“I hope it goes through. I won’t be here for it, but my brother will.”
“I’d like better lockers, that’s for sure. They’re hard to open. Also, bigger and better practice fields.”
“I don’t know if I’ll be here, but I want it to happen.”
State budget impacts district Get by with a little help... MarissaCoomer and RandyKloewer
A difficult economy and a small school district make it hard for Englewood Schools to stay afloat. Compounded by the fact that many buildings in the district are pushing 60 years of- age, the district is looking for opportunities to save money while providing the best education possible. In an effort to provide a quality 21st century education to its secondary students, Englewood Schools is proposing a bond to finance a new 6-12 campus on the site of the current Englewood High School campus and renovations to the Englewood Middle School building to house Colorado’s Finest Alternative High School. The new twenty-first century campuses will provide a better solution to the district’s increasing woes of security, savings, and sustainability. The bond totals $50 million and entails a 20-year payback period. According to the Englewood Schools Fact Sheet, a bond is a financial loan issued for the purpose of financing the infrastructure needs of a school district. Accompanied by the bond issue, a mill levy of $1.5 million is also being proposed.
Englewood Schools Fact Sheet states that a mill levy is an assessed property tax rate used by school districts, local governments and other jurisdictions to raise revenue in order to cover annual expenses. The difficulty lies in the trust of the Englewood people in such a challenging time to vote in such drastic changes. The Englewood School’s budget is not too flush. Many elementary schools in Englewood have had to close due to the dwindling budget. The district has had to reduce $2 million from the current year’s already minimal budget. The pay roll cost for teachers has decreased 1.5 to 2 percent. The overall pay roll has decreased by $2.2 million since 2008-2009. There is also a decrease in benefit costs for the Englewood employees. This has saved the district over $250,000 annually. The teachers in EHS have now teach six of seven periods instead of five and will lose some pay because of the four furlough days scheduled for this school year. The decrease in budget has also restricted maintenance projects. Citizens can vote by mail before November 1 on the bond and mill levy elections.
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KaylaEickmann When you hear about the phrase “support center” most people think “help”. This year Englewood Schools has started a new program that offers more than “help.” The new program called Ombudsman Student Support Center (OSSC) is housed in the northeast end at the Maddox building and provides guidance for learners to proceed at their own pace in order to complete graduation requirements or to get back into a school environment. The small learning community allows students to receive one-on-one teaching, and it encourages them to make positive choices. Tiara Fulton, a student at EHS said, “I go there to make up classes that I failed from past years and I feel like it helps me a lot better rather than if I would of did compass learning online to make up my classes.” During the summer, Englewood came together with both Ombudsman Educational Services and Colorado Youth For a Change so that Englewood would have a support center necessary for
students who need additional instruction. Diana Zakhem, the district’s Director of Post Secondary and Workforce Readiness said, “The OSSC program offers individualized attention, the ability to work at your own pace, counseling and guidance services.” The support center is able to have 30 middle and high school students per session. One session is in the morning and the other is in the afternoon for about four hours each, for a total of 60 students per day. Jennifer Trujillo, the director of OSSC said, “When students arrive, they are greeted by their teachers and instructed about their coursework for that day. All coursework at Ombudsman is self-paced and self-initiated, giving students greater accountability for their learning. At the end of each session, students spend time writing in their journals about a topic that typically deals with social skills.” The center gives students the opportunity to succeed and get work done for any purpose. The Ombudsman Support Center is not only for drop out students but also for
students who are seeking an alternative environment to meet graduation requirements or for students who are at risk of expulsion or long-term suspension. OSSC is also for students seeking personalized instruction. The reason for the program is to address the behavioral, academic, social and emotional needs of at-risk students in grades 6-12 and to try to resolve the suspensions, expulsion and any other withdrawals. Fulton said, “My favorite part of the support center is being able to make up those classes and graduating with my class” The Support Center is meant to help connect the students who need that opportunity. The small staff at Ombudsman is very excited for the program and for it to succeed. “I am very excited about the new Englewood Ombudsman program and the opportunity to help students who have been disconnected in some way from school get back on the right path with their education,” Trujillo said.
PIRATEER September 30, 2011
The highs and lows of EHS
Age is only a number...to some
Relationships have always been a major part of a teen’s life. One no longer thinks of boys as “icky” or girls having “cooties”. Those thoughts are replaced by romantic feelings of lust and desire. However, with these new feelings come a whole new responsibility and level of maturity. No one thinks twice about dating someone their age or maybe a year older or younger. But how old is too old? A freshman girl dating a senior boy, for example, is a relationship tilting on the age appropriate line. Most people would agree that this situation is not a very good one considering the age and maturity difference. “I do not think freshmen and seniors are well-suited. The reason that I think it is a bad idea stems from years of watching freshmen students become involved with someone that has a totally different maturity level,” English teacher Faye Manceaux said. “Generally speaking, a senior is expecting a different level or commitment. I have seen and heard the heartbroken voice of freshmen, because they thought this was ‘real’ love. I have also known a few seniors who willingly took advantage of a freshman’s naive perspective on life. Let freshmen date sophomores, or even juniors. The age difference does not seem so drastic. I have taught freshmen and seniors in the same year. There is a world of difference in most of their behaviors,” Manceaux said. Manceaux believes it is the same case for a freshman boy dating a senior girl. Freshman and seniors just don’t mix. Manceaux has admitted she has seen some of these relationships work, but it is rare.
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Josiah Sowell, a junior, also agrees that these two different age groups don’t mix well. “I think, as a freshman, girls are not ready to date a senior, and some times seniors get pushy and tend to use freshmen girls. Girls can be just as pushy as guys and freshman guys are immature. It just makes the relationship end in drama.” Dating older people should wait until both are out of high school. That way, they both can acquire proper reasoning skills so they don’t end up ruining each other’s relationships. It is already hard enough to deal with a relationship between two people of the same age. If you throw an immature and mature person together, the result will not be very favorable and will most likely end up with someone getting a bad case of heart ache. However, dating someone of the same age does not guarantee perfect harmony. High school is practice for adult life and one must not rush head first into unknown waters. As both Manceaux and Sowell pointed out, older people can easily take advantage of the younger person, therefore providing a bad example for the younger generation. Overall, it is a tricky situation to be in and should be examined thoroughly before going through with it. Some people date older people to seem cool or more mature, but it all comes down to what is best for both teens. A senior is about to leave high school while a freshman is just beginning and while seniors may be ready for a committed relationship; a freshman is not even close to that stage. Therefore, either way, seniors and freshman should not date due to major differences in maturity and reasoning.
“Anyone in high school can date anyone else. A three-year difference tops. It’s better if the guy is older. It seems better. “ –Chris Gutierrez, sophomore “Dating someone older should be appropriate, but about a four year difference. If your parents approve, then that is better. Love has no limit but at a point it is sketchy. Personally, I think the guy should be older for maturity reasons.” –Dani Jameson, senior “I think that an older guy could date a younger girl, but not the other way around because guys are more immature. It should be between a 5-8 year age difference, maybe ten years. I would take my parents’ thoughts into consideration, but that wouldn’t completely persuade me.” –Alexandra Mullen, freshman
For the 2011- 2012 school year, Englewood High School is excelling. Unfortunately; not everything at EHS is good.
EHS currently has around 610 students enrolled.
Students are complaining about too short of a lunch.
Students are luckily greeted with five new enthusiastic teachers to EHS.
Dysfunction Junction still 4 thrives despite security’s efforts to thwart its outbreaks. Students can now sleep in 35 minutes extra due 5 for to the new late start. After school clubs conflict with athletic practices.
EHS has a new convergent media room led by teacher Sean Duffy.
Inappropriate and repulsive PDA infests the hallways.
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4 speak out
Remembrance Flag Symbolism The Remembrance Flag flew over the New York state capitol and at the entrance to the World Trade Center memorial site to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
• The 40 stars represent the lives taken on Flight 93. • The 5-sided figure represents the Pentagon where 125 people died. • The two columns represent the Twin Towers.
Flights that changed our lives
Faye Smalley, senior
Do you remember what you were doing when you found out about 9/11? I was sitting in my first grade classroom. My teacher was reading a whale book. My mom pulled me out of class, and we went to her friend’s house. What were your emotions like? I was confused about everything that was going on. I was sad when I actually found out. How has 9/11 changed your life? I am afraid to fly now. It made me more aware of what is going on in the world.
Faye Manceaux, English teacher
Do you remember what you were doing when you found out about 9/11? I had a foreign language student living with me. I was driving to school, listening to the radio. They had said that a small plane flew into one of the Twin Towers. I was very confused. While I was parking the car, the radio then reported that it was intentional. I immediately went to see Mr. Barber to watch TV. I saw the second plane fly into the tower. The night before my husband had flown in from the East Coast. What were your emotions like? I was confused. I felt betrayed by people who wanted to harm us. I wondered and questioned why they wanted to hurt us. How has 9/11 changed your life? When my husband leaves for job purposes, I get up now to say goodbye. He has to call me when he lands at his destination. I never used to do that. He just used to leave me notes on the counter.
Josh Donaldson, senior
Do you remember what you were doing when you found out about 9/11? I was pulled out of class and sent home with the rest of my class and school. What were your emotions like? I was confused, but excited to be getting out of school early. How has 9/11 changed your life? [It] didn’t change my life besides making the U.S. economy suffer because we got into a pointless war.
PIRATEER September 30, 2011
Advisement returns to boost communication KadieKavinsky
After a three-year hiatus, Advisement is back at Englewood High School. Advisement is returning due to Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP) that have to be taken by high school students statewide. Advisement has more than one purpose for the high school. “The mission of advisement is to establish positive studentstudent and student-staff relationships, teach school-wide expectations, create ICAPS and share communication between student, staff, and home,” Principal Jon Fore said. “We want the school divided into small groups with one adult that the students can trust to tell their problems too. An adult who they can communicate with, without having to worry,” Teacher Helen Rief said. The high school wants to be more united and build relationships within the school so that students feel safer. Bullying has been a problem at EHS and the high school is trying to limit that by having students get close to each other to realize what people are really going through. The school wants all students to have a safe and welcoming place. Advisement is where that will start and hopefully it will expand from the classes to the entire school. “Advisement is also being
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Do you remember what you were doing when you found out about 9/11? I was waking to my alarm in the morning, which is the radio. It was 6:30. They had said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. No one knew what was going on. I turned on the TV and seen the imprint were it had hit. I was watching the TV and seen the second plane hit and I knew it was more then just an accident. What were your emotions like? I was confused, overwhelmed, sad, and angry when I realized what was going on. How has 9/11 changed your life? It woke me up to reality, to people around the world and the resentment and hate of the United States. Trying to kill as many people as possible. Trying to make us afraid. It was a huge impact on the economy.
New World Trade Center emerges EduardoVelazquez
Construction has begun for the new 16-acre World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City with six new buildings featuring a six-story shopping center and services. It will be the tallest building in the United States, standing 1,776 feet tall and will include a WTC transportation hub, a performing arts center, and the memorial for the previous World Trade Center. Reflecting Absence is the name of the new memorial site that consists of a two water fountains–the footprints of the Twin Towers. On the walls of the fountains are the names of the 3,000 people who died on September 11, 2001. The new site will also host a museum in the center that will bear solemn witness to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2011, and February 23, 1993. It will contain artifacts from spectators, workplace memorabilia, photos, videos, recovered property, voice messages, clothing and other personal effects, incident specific documents, and other writing such as email, letters, and diaries to help illuminate peoples’ experiences during and after the attacks. When the sun goes down, lights will illuminate the water fountains and the names of those who lost their lives. The one-acre fountains are the largest man-made water fountains in North America.
P IRATEER STAFF Editors-in-Chief Veronique Babour T.C. Scaggiari Managing Editors Eduardo Velazquez Tayler Searcy Web site Editor Josh Ferge Business Manager Gretta Collins Photography Editors T.C. Scaggiari Kristina Cowell Graphics Editor T.C. Scarggiari
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used for getting the school wide expectations across to all students,” Fore said. Continually, these expectations are known as EHS -- Effort, Honor, and Spirit. These three expectations will help lead EHS to being a better school. To enforce these expectations the school is going to be having Advisement sessions covering EHS and the meaning of it, to help students interact with each other to truly understand the meaning of EHS. “We made EHS our expectations because they are very clear for both students and teachers to understand,” Rief said. Furthermore, ICAPS are a statewide requirement where all high school students have to finish ICAP sessions for each grade. The purpose is to get all high school students ready for college and even their career by finding out what they want to do in life earlier than right before they go to college. It also helps them apply for any scholarships that they might be interested in. Finally, the last criteria for Advisement are communication between staff, student and home. The high school wants there to be better communication within school and families. They want the parents to know what is going on with their students and the high school.
Chris Worek Pirate Pete Homecoming
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What is your favorite Homecoming event and why?
their high school.
Chili’s because its affordable and it’s a great place to connect before the big dance.
The dance, Powder puff I love all the The bonfire because most and the Homecoming because who people attend bonfire just events. doesn’t love it and it’s just because. crowding a good time. around a huge fire in the middle of a field.
“The pen is mightier than the sword, but we Pirates get to use both.” Sports Editors Tucker Horan Jasmine Peters Artists Isabelle Vamvakias Kayla Eickmann Connor Shearrer Photographers Lindsay McNorton Beccah Sheppard Kadie Kavinsky Sannah Pham Elida Schultz Faculty Adviser Sheila Jones
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Pirates, speak your minds! The editors of the Pirateer would like to invite both Pirates and the community to submit any comments or concerns they may have in the form of Letters to the Editor by the second Friday of each month. Letters to the editor may be left in Mrs. Jones’ mailbox in the main office, brought to room 113, or sent by email to EHS_Pirateer @englewood.k12.co.us. The Pirateer does not accept unsigned letters, but may consider withholding names upon request. Englewood Public Schools Non-Discrimination Policy: .....The Englewood Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, or age in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for discrimination concerns. Inquiries concerning any of the above or Title IX and the Rehabilitation Act Regulations (504) should be directed to Brian Ewert, Superintendent, 4101 South Bannock Street, Englewood, CO 80110; phone (303) 761-7050.
Letters to the editor serve as a public forum for student opinion. No unsigned letters or pseudonyms will be accepted. All signed letters will be considered for publication. Letters to the Editor are not necessarily the opinions of the Pirateer. The Pirateer reserves the right to edit or reject any letter. The deadline for all letters to the editor is the second Friday of every month. Any written expression in this publication is not an expression of Englewood Public School Board policy. The school district and employees are provided immunity from civil or criminal penalties for any expression made or published by students in this publication.
PIRATEER September 30, 2011
From EPD cop to MLB scout, this Pirate brings his game to head EHS security
Mitchell is changing the lives of the students at Englewood High School, just by being here. “He’s put a lot of smiles on peoples’ faces. He cracks a lot of funny jokes, and he keeps the school safe and fun, ” senior Joey Montgomery said. Officer Mitchell’s goal may be to keep the school safe, but he works just as hard to keep the school fun. Although it is only his second year, Mitchell is looked to by many of the high school students. “He’s been a role model for me and my decision to be a police officer,” Montgomery said. What makes this one man so admirable by the students and his peers? “What sets Officer Mitchell apart is that he is respectful and fair. He cares about the safety of students, the school and the community,” Security guard Kaitlin Moomaw said. It seems as though Mitchell enjoys every aspect of his job, but there is one thing that bothers Mitchell. “The hardest part of my job is watching kids with a lot of talent throw away high school, and be less than adequate.” Mitchell said. In his free time, Mitchell is also a baseball coach at Thunder Ridge High School. Mitchell’s dedication can be measured by the lives he has changed just by showing he cares.
Many changes are happening at EHS, including new classes in the schedule. These classes span from language arts workshops to physical education classes and even accounting. Check them out today and if you would like more information on them, talk to your counselors. Accounting This class is designed for students who would like to practice and learn the theory of accounting principles and procedures used by business. One credit is offered for both Accounting 1 and 2 but college credits are available to those taking Accounting 2. This is only offered to tenth, eleventh, and twelve grade students.
Intro to Convergent Media In this elective students will experience various aspects of convergent media. This course covers print journalism, broadcast journalism, and web communication. While taking the course, students will enhance their basic journalism skills. This course is offered to all grade levels.
After an extremely successful year at state competition, Englewood Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter had five students qualify for the National Leadership Conference (NLC) held this summer in Orlando, Florida. The students were senior Josh Ferge, junior Randy Kloewer and graduate Nick Steverson. They competed in Cyber Security, FBLA Principles and Procedures and Business Communication, respectively. “Principal Jon] Fore and Athletic Director Paul Evans were gracious enough to assist us with funding for nationals. Englewood FBLA also raised some of the money,” FBLA Adviser Vickie Kennedy said. In late June, the FBLA pirates flew to the Sunshine State for a week of relaxation, enlightenment and competition. “Before I took my test, I was in a room with some of the smartest, computer-savvy kids in all of the United States,” Ferge said. The nationals competition is definitely a step up from state competition, and proved to be much more competitive. “I was within six points of the winner; however, I was not in the top ten, so it was really close,” Ferge said. Over 10,000 students attended this year’s NLC; making the conference in
Zoo tricks and then some for Fido
positive reinforcement. Bridges are a term such as “good” given before the animal is given its positive reinforcement; positive reinforcement is the treat the animal is given for doing well. Here are some cool tricks that can be beneficial to Denver Zoo animals and to domesticated animals at home.
Animals can be seen performing amazing tricks on many television networks, such as Animal Planet. Most people do not know that even wild animals at the Denver Zoo are trained similarly to the way dogs and cats are trained at home. Animals are trained using bridges and
• What’s the trick?
The orangutan exhibit at the Denver Zoo is next to a golf course, so it is not uncommon for golf balls to end up on the wrong side of the fence. Zookeepers have trained the apes to deliver golf balls in exchange for sweet treats. The orangutans have also figured out that breaking the golf balls and delivering tiny pieces ends up in more than one treat.
• How is this beneficial?
Golf balls could be very harmful to both the orangutans and other small animals that may live in the exhibit.
• What’s the trick?
Target training is a very common form of training for most of the animals at the Denver Zoo. Animals are trained to touch their noses against human hands. This is what Hyena’s are trained to do. Wherever the keeper places his hand, the hyena is trained to quickly put its nose to the keeper’s hands and hold until given permission to move away. Target training is beneficial for things related to veterinary care. Hyenas at the Denver Zoo are
trained to put their nose to the zookeeper’s hand and remain still while a vet draws blood from their jugular vein when necessary.
They can cause many injuries by being eaten or by causing falls. Having the orangutans trained to get rid of the golf balls, also gets rid of a lot of hidden dangers.
• How can you use this at home?
Getting the daily newspaper may seem like a hassle. You can train your dog to bring you the newspaper or other useful items in exchange for treats, just like the orangutans.
• H ow can you use this at home?
This can be used at home the same way it is used at the Denver zoo, for veterinary care. You can target train your dog, which will help keep the dogs still while being examined for physicals or other veterinary care. It can lead a dog into a place where it may not feel comfortable going, such as a scale at the vets office.
It’s as easy as 1-2-3, even 4 1. 2. 3. 4.
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Randy Kloewer and Josh Ferge, FBLA officers, will use their experience at nationals to inspire more students to qualify. most fun activity to the three Orlando larger than in years was exploring Disney World’s past. With big competition, comes an even bigger mission of EPCOT. “The firework finale at self-discovery. EPCOT was definitely the best “I learned a lot about moment of the trip. They had leadership, myself and some crazy special effects with confidence. I also learned that a globe; it was really amazing,” traveling is hard,” Ferge said. Kloewer said. Englewood FBLA’s chapter The conference, however, hopes to improve upon their proved the most challenging success at state and national and rewarding aspect of the levels, and send more members trip. next year. Aside from the Even though the qualifiers activities at the conference, the did not place in their events, group partook in the exciting opportunities that surround the they truly represented EHS well. The experience far city of Orlando. exceeded any expectations “We are going to do a lot. the three held. The two still Hopefully we will have study attending EHS are now officers sessions, and possibly guest who will take this summer’s speakers that will improve our expedition to Orlando and the chances at nationals,” Ferge National Leadership Conference said, speaking as the new FBLA as building blocks for an even president. better year. Aside from the conference, the
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Reader’s Workshop This one semester class is designed for students who score low on the MAPS or any other standardized tests in the reading category. Students will use the Reading plus system to improve their independent reading skills. It is offered to all grade levels, but students must have a teacher recommendation. Training For Athletes This semester long class is designed for the competitive athletes looking to improve athletic skills through strength, speed, and conditioning exercises. Students can individualize their workouts to their particular sport. The class is offered to all grade levels, but students must have the prerequisite of weight training.
The safety of Englewood Schools is important to every parent and student in the community; however, some would say that the safety of our school is most important to head of security,Officer Tim Mitchell. Not only does Mitchell care about the safety of Englewood Schools, but also about the success of the students. “Officer Mitchell has a genuine interest in the students completing their education,” teacher Brian DeHerrera said. Mitchell spent 30 years of his life working for the Englewood Police Department, retiring in 2008. He has spent the last 20 years of his life scouting for the MLB; first, for Indiana Chiefs , and now for the Chicago Cubs. “I spend time at spring training every year, and I have to really know baseball and what to look for.” Mitchell said. Over the years Mitchell has scouted a catcher from Bryant University in Rhode Island, and Heritage High School’s Jake Opittiz. When not scouting, Mitchell is in charge of security and truancy at Englewood Schools. “I really liked Englewood, so after I retired they [ Englewood Schools] called me, I thought about it, and agreed to come work here.” Mitchell said. Growing up in east Denver, Mitchell has a true passion for Colorado, and he actually connects to the Englewood community. “It’s interesting that I know a lot of the students’ parents from my rookie days at Englewood Police Department.” Mitchell said. Now, Mitchell spends his days throughout Englewood, and at truancy court with students on Friday afternoons.
FBLA takes on Orlando
Start by throwing a newspaper and having your dog fetch it. Make sure there is a big reward when the newspaper is returned in the condition it was when you threw it. Advance to throwing the newspaper in the exact spot where it usually lands every morning, and continue the positive reinforcement when the dog returns. Use a special command every time you throw the paper like “fetch,” so your dog understands what that command means. Place the paper where it usually lands and let your dog outside. Use the command you have taught and give it some time to find it. The only difference is you haven’t thrown the paper; they now have to fetch it on their own. After a few days of repeating this, your dog should be trained to fetch the paper.
Pirate who cares
Hold your open hand in front of your dog, and their automatic instinct should be to sniff. If they don’t, than rub your pet’s favorite of food onto your palm so it will be tempted to. Once its nose hits your hand, give your bridge, than your form of positive reinforcement. After trying step one a few times, add a cue before holding your palm out, such as “Touch.” Say your cue, then hold your palm out and repeat step one. Add distractions. Start small, with maybe another dog around, and increase the amount of distraction every week, depending on the progress of your dog. Once your dog is trained to touch your hand no matter what is going on around it, you’ve successfully target trained your dog.
Hennes & Mauritz, better known as H&M and one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, will soon open two stores in Denver. Swedish-owned H&M is known for having trendy and affordable, European-style clothing for women, men and children, opened their first store in Stockholm, in 1947. Since then, this youth-oriented retailer has expanded—establishing more than 2,300 stores in 40 countries around the world. For years now Coloradans have been trying to get H&M to open their first store in the Rocky Mountain region, focusing on Denver. Facebook groups were created, and have currently topped off at 1,000 members and growing. Many “fashionistas” sent H&M emails wishing for a local store in Colorado. In summer 2010, an H&M representative scouted numerous locations around Denver including the Denver Pavilions, Cherry Creek Mall and Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree. Debating whether or not to take a hold of Denver’s market, H&M did not officially confirm their decision to open a store in Denver until mid Spring 2011. It was not until late spring when H&M announced the opening of Colorado’s first store. “I have been excited about H&M since I first heard about it,” junior Story Wilkes said. The new store will open in Fall 2011 in the Denver Pavilions taking Niketown’s place in an historic building
Look for H&M coming to.... • Denver Pavilions Downtown in Fall 2011 • Cherry Creek Mall in Spring 2012
• Founder Erling Persson founded the store for women only, naming it Hennes, which means “hers.” • Later, when H&M added a men’s line, they also sold hunting equipment.
H&M:Fighting to save the world Starting in 2008, H&M partnered with the nonprofit organization, Designers Against Aids. Since their collaboration, H&M and Designers Against Aids have launched an annual ‘Fashion Against Aids’ collection successfully combining the awareness of safe sex and fashion. These collections have been featured in dozens of countries around the world and supported by numerous celebrities such as Rihanna, Katy Perry, Good Charlotte, Timbaland and Ziggy Marley. All T-shirts from this collection are made with organic cotton, and 25% of the sales price is donated to HIV/ AIDS prevention projects. The Fashion Against Aids collections have raised more than 6 million. “I’ve had a lot of friends who’ve been in the situation where their friends and family have been affected by HIV. As I travel the world, I see how much HIV affects people. It’s not like we have a cure for HIV, we only have prevention. Make sure you are protected so that you don’t ever have to worry about it. Ever.” Akon.
All for Children: All for Children is a 5-year project that started in
November of 2009. This project started when H&M donated $4.5 million dollars to UNICEF, or the United Nations Children’s Fund, and set a goal of providing education over work for children in cotton producing areas. The project aims to reach 1.2 million children aged 14 and under in two major cotton producing districts of southern India. An estimated 35,000 of those children will be the focus of this project as they have been put to work in the cotton fields as well as other child labor sectors.
Steps to Owling: 1. Find a good spot in the mall or on the sidewalk to owl. 2. Crouch down into a squat, fold your arms over your legs, and be as still as possible.
WaterAid: Since 2002, H&M has supported WaterAid and has raised over $2.6 million dollars. WaterAid is an international NGO, or non-governmental organization, that works to help some of the world’s poorest communities in countries like Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. H&M has developed summer collections to promote WaterAid, and 25% of product sales have been donated directly to WaterAid’s mission of improving access to safe water, hygiene, and sanitation
H&M will be a great place not only to shop, but to also to find great places to go owling with your friends. This big store will provide an adventurous playground for owlers alike to improve upon their skills.
Owling at H&M
Fashion Against Aids:
in the midst of downtown Denver. It is expected that the opening of H&M will have hype similar to Ikea’s recent opening. H&M will enlarge its Denver presence with a second store estimated to open Spring 2012. “I’m really excited for H&M to open a store in the Cherry Creek Mall, because I love to go there,” junior Monica Torres said. This store will be located in the Cherry Creek Mall and will be a bit smaller than the Denver Pavilions location. “The Cherry Creek Mall location is great considering it’s really close to where I live,” junior Cinthia Esparza said. Because H&M has yet to announce a store opening date, feel free to check out H&M’s website.However, signage exists at the Pavilions site announcing its upcoming presence. On the web site H&M fans can check out the ‘H&M Life’ section, which features everything from the latest fashion news to picks of the day and even quick fashion tips. Even though Denver area shoppers can not actually try on close just yet, they can go into the virtual ‘Dressing Room,’ on the website, where they can create outfits on virtual mannequins. They can select to mirror their own body style and start pre-shopping to experience the hype that makes H&M’s clothes unique compared to most other retailers.
3. Make your eyes as big as possible and slowly move your neck when people walk by you and look at them.
Save the Oceans: In May 2010, H&M partnered with WWF, or the World Wildlife Fund, to launch a new collection titled “Save the Oceans.” The $310,000 proceeds of this campaign went to the World Wildlife Fund’s ongoing campaign to protect South East Asia’s Coral Triangle. Compiled by Kristina Cowell
4. When your owling is complete, get up by spreading your arms out and pretending to fly away. 5. Walk away like you did nothing out of the ordinary,
Need an idea of what to do at IKEA other than shopping? Here is a fun thought, go planking. With beds, tables and couches galore, IKEA proves to be a great place to go planking with your friends on a rainy day.
Planking at IKEA
PIRATEER September 30, 2011
IKEA IDEAS T.C.Scaggari The line stretched as far as the eye could see from the entrance to what seemed to be oblivion. Furniture paradise awaited ahead, eager to open its doors to customers. The July 27, 2011 grand opening of the well known store had been anticipated for quite some time. Four sky-scraping yellow letters stared down at the excited customers. I-K-E-A. The wonders it beheld drew people into the line as a magnet would a paperclip. Some customers had been camping out in line for two days ahead of time. “The Swedish company is allowing shoppers to camp out on the property beginning at 9 a.m. July 25, although it’s not known how many people will likely share shut-eye,” reported Penny Parker, a Denver Post columnist. Inside there were play areas for children, a cafeteria with delicious Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce, and two floors packed full of furniture. Along with delicious food and enticing entertainment, news had spread of IKEA’s environmental growth. Geothermal panels, flat-packing shipping, and cooperation with organizations, including UNICEF are a few of the steps IKEA has taken toward becoming a more environmentally and community-friendly business. “TIME listed IKEA as one of the top eight most global eco-conscious companies,” IKEA’s website reports. However, some might think this eco-friendly pitch is a cover up for less friendly practices in IKEA’s business. “IKEA is the target of racial discrimination complaints, a heated union-organizing battle and turnover from disgruntled employees,” the LA Times reported. Workers have attempted to rally and form unions to protect themselves from bad wages and surprise over-time. According to the LA Times, IKEA workers in Europe are paid $19 an hour, while American workers in Danville, Virginia are paid $8 hourly. On top of that, European workers are allowed five weeks of paid vacation while Danville employees are allowed twelve days. The company chooses eight of those days and overtime is mandatory for workers. Late this summer, Danville employees voted for their right to unionize despite the company’s best attempts to convince them that labor unions are bad. “IKEA has held numerous meetings with employees, all designed to give them negative impressions of labor unions. This is a common practice of companies seeking to avoid unionization,” Michael Shatz, a Word Press writer said. Many believe that because of racial discrimination, factory dangers and low wages, IKEA workers had the right to unionize. Before the store’s opening, Denver-based American Furniture Warehouse owner Jake Jabs questioned IKEA’s background and tax paying in a letter written directly to IKEA. Apparently, IKEA’s owner Ingvar Kamprad, who was born and raised in Sweden, turned over ownership to a foundation in the Netherlands called INGKA. This company is officially labeled a charity according to many reports. That means that IKEA does not have to pay the same taxes as competing U.S. furniture stores. Kamprad himself stated that he wanted IKEA to be run by the foundation to avoid double taxation. IKEA U.S.’s web site notes, “IKEA U.S. has been ranked
IKEA has a self-serve storage room that allows customers to easily access furniture. The self serve area directly corresponds to the check-out area to ease the burdens of the crowds. on Fortune magazine’s annual ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ List and Working Mother magazine’s annual list of ‘100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.’” IKEA also informs curious readers that IKEA includes family benefits, including medical, dental, vacation, maternity and paternity leave among other benefits for its workers. IKEA spokesperson, Joseph Roth assured the public that IKEA pays all taxes. Some critics think that IKEA has the right to exploit American workers and dodge taxes through loopholes. America is no different when it comes to exploiting other countries in their opinion. “All that’s new is that the first-world country is Sweden and the third-world country is rural Virginia,” Mark Kleiman reported in Washington Monthly. Some agree that the U.S. has dug itself into a hole with anti-worker policies. “Yep, thanks to anti-worker policies in the U.S., we’re offering the low-wage workforce for foreign companies to exploit and mistreat,” the Washington Monthly reported. It is unknown whether IKEA is as backwards as some say, or as straight as others argue it to be. However, judging by the huge line of people and tents that wrapped around the new IKEA in Centennial, Colorado, it is obvious that American citizens are prepared to ignore the debates and get past the dilemma to get great furniture deals.
IKEA is going GREEN The Steps to Planking: 1. Walk around and find stable objects that would be safe to plank on. 2. Lay flat on your stomach on these objects. 3. Don’t move. 4. Once planking is complete, carefully unplank yourself from this object. 5. Roam around the are to find other objects that would be enjoyable to plank on. 6. Have your friends take funny pictures of you planking.
Sources: Washington Machine Wizard, Polyvore, The Doctor’s Closet, Josifer Lions Club, Gossip Fashion, HMFAAcollection, IKEA website, H&M website.
• T he new IKEA in Centennial is the first IKEA store in the country to use geothermal cooling/heating system. • Solar panels are a feature of the building’s construction. • IKEA is using nothing but green products in their store. • IKEA is using a new method of furniture shipping called Flat Packing, which reduces weight in trucks which decreases fuel use.
All photos by Veronique Barbour and T.C. Scaggari
Compiled by T.C. Scaggari
PIRATEER September 30, 2011
–Erika Deboer, ’12 “I have had a spiritual barrier in my life; being a Jesus Freak. People will judge me right off the start if I even just wear a Jesus shirt. People have mocked me because of these things. Yet, there is not a Jesus Freak in the world who hasn’t experienced a spiritual barrier in his or her life. In this life, we’re supposed to be persecuted and go through trials. That’s how our relationship with Jesus Christ gets stronger. Barriers come but never stay. How we overcome them is by the power of the Lord. Now that could mean everything works out or that peace is felt while going through the storm. What I mean is when something happens you’re not worried because you know God will supply all your needs according to his riches and glory. If I had any advice for anybody it would be trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” - Micah Scott, ’14
“I had to have surgery sophomore year to fix my ACL, and I ended up on crutches for eight weeks. I had the surgery to stop the pain that was occurring every day, and I didn’t really care if I was able to play sports. With six months of physical therapy after the surgery my doctor told me that I was going to be able to play softball again. People were pretty rude when I was on crutches by yelling things like, ‘What would you do if I kicked your crutches out from under you?’ I discovered that the easiest thing to do was just ignore them and continue on my way. For any athlete who is in pain after an injury, I would tell them to go to the doctor, and not just one but two or three doctors. A second opinion is always good.”
“Growing up, my dad was an alcoholic and drug addict and was not around much. At the time, my brother was busy with high school and football. Sometimes my mom had to give her undivided attention to my brother without [me] being around. Therefore, a lot of the time I was stuck with my dad. I know my mom loves me and so does my dad. However, even though my dad is recovering well and has been sober and clean for a while, sometimes it can be extremely
JasminePeters In many movies, TV shows, and books, characters are forced to rise above the barriers set in front of them and create a better life for themselves. Sometimes these characters set the barriers themselves, and other times society barricades them into a tight corner where the choices are either to run and hide or to hold their ground and fight back. Either way, the character is the only one who has the power to decide which course of action he will take. One example is the movie “Captain America.” Most people forget that all of the super heroes that we watch and read about had to break through the toughest of barriers before they became who they were. Captain America was just a regular person before he became a super hero. He was chosen to become super not because of the physical powers he possessed, but because of the values that had been growing inside him everyday of his life. The values that grew in Captain America during the hard times of life —the times when he had to put all his effort into getting up for another day of fighting just to stay afloat in an ocean
“ We certainly have emotional and social barriers that we break through every day of our lives at high school. I do not think I have ever gone a day without having felt like I have crossed over some figurative wall representing the differences in my own social beliefs or another person’s emotional threshold.
hard not to resent both of my parents. I felt overlooked and felt [that] I came second to my brother and the alcohol and drugs. I just have to try on a daily basis to not resent either of my parents because they are both there for me now, and I know they both care. Advice I would give to someone in the same situation is that as hard as it may be; forgive. Do not resent others because resentment doesn’t fix the problem. It just makes things worse.”
of mediocrity; the times when someone would give him an opportunity to prove to the world what he could be, only to fall short; the times when all he had was the hope, faith, and belief that he could do something amazing with his life—something that would change the world; something that would inspire people and give them hope. However, all of that hope and belief and faith was useless without the courage it took to keep striving for his dream, even after all of the barriers had been thrown his way. The message emerges from the movie. If that one normal, mediocre, scared, bullied, scrawny kid could rise above the life society expected him to live, then anybody could. Each movie, TV show, and book shares the stories of characters. Some believe that these stories stop on the line between fiction and reality. But the story of Captain America and all other stories such as this, tell of the many possibilities and opportunities that are out there for all who dare to break the barriers set before them. Here are some of the barriers that Englewood High School students have faced and overcome.
I feel like the most important thing to do is to try to overcome those barriers. There may be times where it seems awkward, imposing, or maybe even rude, but in the long run, it feels good to know that you made the effort to crash through the walls of adversity.”
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–Chris Davis, ’12
–Cassidy Ransom, ’13
“In high school, I have been through some rough paths. But also some very good ones. Some emotional barriers I have been through are with school. It is hard to keep grades up and it puts a lot of stress on me and all the people who just talk [about you] and start drama. Drama is a huge one, but I have learned to just get over it and not listen to anyone.” –Ashley Crane, ’13 When I went to Littleton High School, I used to make this social barrier where I only talked to people I trusted or that I was already friends with because I didn’t know anyone, and they were all so condescending and judgmental. I was afraid of what they would think of me, so I would always just listen to my music and outcast myself. But now that I go to Englewood, the people are much more welcoming and laid back, so I just started talking more and listening to music at school less, and now I feel like I can be myself around anyone. If someone was afraid of being judged or afraid of being themselves, I would tell them that people can be cruel, but no one can stop you from being yourself, so just get out there and go for it and do not be so afraid of what may happen.
–Anna Schultz, ’13
9 Balancing work, school possible
PIRATEER September 30, 2011
Best friend do’s and don’ts EduardoValazquez and MarissaCoomer
Over the years, friendships bloom and bonds are forever formed. These three sets of seniors have made connections with their lifelong best friends, sharing secrets and creating memories that cannot be touched. Each has some advice in keeping a good and healthy relationship with your best friend.
• W hen it comes to boyfriends, try to get to know them. • B e there when you need, and support each other. • T ell your friend what is on your mind.
• D on’t trash things you borrow. • When it comes to boyfriends, don’t get too involved. • Don’t be rude in serious situations.
• W hen it comes to boyfriends, accept whoever they are dating. • T alk it out when something is wrong. • E njoy the time you spend together.
• Don’t ignore serious issues. • Don’t ignore when you break something. • Don’t be judgmental about boyfriends.
• M ake them laugh when they need to be cheered up. • Treat girlfriends nicely.
• L isten when they need to talk. • Laugh about each other’s differences.
Henry Andrykowski • S ay what you need to say. • Make fun of each other and remember everything is a joke.
• Don’t become too close with each other’s girlfriends. • Don’t joke around when you need to be serious.
In modern day society, jobs are becoming more vital to a teen’s life. A job is a chance to feel independent. Teenagers find that having a job means more extra cash for after school activities and, in some cases, putting food on the table. Joshua Donaldson, a senior, has worked at IHOP since his freshman year and plans on continuing to work there. “I work about 8-10 hours per week on the weekends, 1012 with a holiday; it all depends on when I get let off the clock. More hours, more money, right?” Donaldson said. Many may wonder how Donaldson juggles schoolwork and his job. “To me, balancing school and work is easy. It’s all about time balance, really. If I spend X amount of time at work, that means I have X hours less to do my homework, and will adjust to balance my time accordingly,” Donaldson said. For many students with jobs, time management is very important. Work is important and offers teens an opportunity to earn their own cash, while school is the basic training for bigger and better opportunities. Some teens wishing to acquire a job sometimes do not know most of the challenges that come along with it. “Challenges to having a job and being a full time student are: balancing time, keeping
• Don’t flirt with their girlfriends. • Don’t ask to borrow everything. • D on’t say anything out of context. • When it comes to relationships, don’t get into their business.
• Be open and honest. • Recognize the times when you need to be serious. • Tell them when they are getting on your nerves, so you can resolve it.
Poetry, Art and More
Let your voice be heard.
Do’s Don’ts • S hare, because sharing is caring. • Accept them no matter what. • Be honest.
Englewood Poetry Slam 2011 October 20
Girl-boy friendship... Wyatt Maloy
work and school separate, stress, and remaining yourself on top of trying to do your best in both,” Donaldson said. However, when faced with these challenges, Donaldson says that stress is the main contributor when it comes to difficulties balancing school and work. Luckily, Donaldson has a very tactful way of dealing with the stress. “To reduce stress between school and work is actually fairly simple. A good way is to try to get as much school work done before you get home. This way, you can have more play or down time at home so you can relax. Another way is to pick up an easy hobby, like riding a bike. A hobby can calm you down, and give you something to do that you like. From another angle though, you could just vent to your friend,” Donaldson said. Any student balancing work and school could use some advice. “No job is more important than an education. Don’t be hard on yourself, if you mess up one day at work, don’t let that bring you down at school, and vice versa,” Donaldson said. Work is a new adventure worth looking into, but school is also important. It is important to know how to balance both while being successful in both. Starting work and doing well in school mark the start of something teenagers look forward to; adulthood.
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10 game time
Goals for the season:
“We need to grow as a team in attitude, in appreciation of each other and in competitive spirit.” –Coach Randy Penn
Reasons to watch:
“We have multiple weapons this year, more than we did last year.” –Coach Penn
Favorite part of the sport: “I enjoy watching the growth of individual players.” –Coach Penn
Boys’ Tennis Goals for the season:
Boys’ Soccer Cross Country
As fall sports started, all the teams had high expectations. Anticipation filled the air as EHS began another sports season. After the first couple weeks, all EHS varsity sports were undefeated. Even as some of the teams lost, the expectations were set. Coaches and players comment on play so far.
Boys’ Golf Goals for the season:
“My goal is to help the new young ones improve. My personal goal is go to the state championships or to win three out of five games.” –Devin Greer
“My goal for the boys is to have four boys score under 100 in a match. I also want to have Nate Medina and Garrett Heidrick qualify for state.” –Coach Brian DeHerrera
Reasons to watch:
Reasons to watch:
“We are energetic and we have the best spirit of any team, ever. We also have a lot of potential.” –Henry Andrykowski
Favorite part of the sport: “I enjoy that I get outside every day and I am active, and I get to see my friends. I also like competing against other schools.” –Ian Pederson
The ball’s in my c urt
“People should follow our team because a few of us might make it to state.” –Garrett Heidrick
Favorite part of the sport:
“I love how challenging it is. If you put in the effort, you will succeed and succeeding is as G as it gets in life.” –Nate Medina
Goals for the season:
Goals for the season:
“Our goals for this year are to feel competitive as a team. I am also not going to have expectations this year and I want young players to grow throughout the season.” –Coach Bill Gilmore
“We certainly would like to see everyone improve throughout the season by completing hard workouts and challenging themselves.” –Coach Stu Howard
Reasons to watch:
“People should watch our team this season because we are going to win a couple of games and try hard.” –Captain Zach Scally
“We have a lot of new runners this year who make a good addition to the team. Cross country is one of the hardest sports; cross country is other sports’ punishment.” –Eric Almanzar
Favorite part of the sport:
Favorite part of the sport:
“The thing I enjoy most about soccer is it is fun, and we get to play as a team. I also enjoy celebrating and winning.” –Anthony Rosales
Softball Goals for the season:
Reasons to watch:
“I enjoy cross country because the people are very easy to get along with.” –Natalie Pena
Volleyball Goals for the season:
“My goal for the season is to just improve my skills all around.” –Maddie Smith
“Our goals for the season are to have at least three league wins.” –Coach Ken Anderson
Reasons to watch:
Reasons to watch:
“People should watch this season because we’re doing really well this season and we have a good team.” –Maddie Smith
Favorite part of the sport: “My favorite part of softball is being able to play with all of my teammates.” –Karly Korinek
“People should watch our team this season because we have improved this season.” –Coach Anderson
Favorite part of the sport: “What I enjoy the most about this sport is when the game is played to its fullest. It is very intense and entertaining.” –Coach Anderson
Three athletes speak their minds
Girls CC in need of runners to be legit Big fish, little pond NataliePena The 2011 cross country season has had a large decrease in the number of female participants. This season the team fields only four runners, as opposed to last year when the season began with eight girls. A 50 percent decrease is not good for the team. Girls need to step out of their comfort zone and try something new. Sometimes high school girls are too worried about looking cute or impressing a boy so that they keep themselves from working hard. “I think girls are afraid that they will not be able to run three miles, but they would be surprised how much they could accomplish with the proper training,” cross country runner Maddie Avjean said. Assistant cross country coach Stu Howard agrees. “I think some of the girls are overwhelmed when they hear they have to run 3.1 miles. If they actually try it, they will find
that they will be able to do it.” Three miles does seem like a daunting task at first. However, commitment and proper training can get someone a long way. The most important thing is that they try before they decide they are incapable of distance running. One problem with the girls’ team is simply promoting the sport. Some people say they are interested in running, but they never actually come to a practice and give it a try. Others may not even know about it. “I do not know what we can do differently to promote girls’ cross country. Band is a factor in the lack of girls this season. We lost two girls this season because of it. Softball and volleyball also take care of a lot of the girl athletes,” Howard said. Similarly, Athletic Director Paul Evans said, “It has been difficult to attract girls into cross country for several years now. Cross country has some different physical demands than other sports, and it takes
a unique kind of athlete to be successful.” No matter what is keeping the female athletes back, it is taking a toll on the team. The girls only have four runners, which is not a “complete” team. This means their scores do not count nor matter in all of their races. In order to get a score in any of the meets, a team must roster at least five runners. “I am disappointed that girls are not willing to represent their school by running cross country,” Avjean said. Girls this season are disappointing the coaches as well as the athletes. “We have a big enough school that we should be able to field a whole team. There’s just not enough people willing to make a commitment,” Howard said. Whether the girls’ team is complete or not, they have to find a way to make it through the season. Hopefully, just one or two more girls will make a commitment to join to fill in the empty spaces.
When did practice become optional?
“I do not want to go to practice… I am too tired.” “I have too much homework to go to practice.” Every athlete has avoided sports practice with some lame excuse that athletes have passed off in their minds as legitimate when in actuality, they are just being lazy. Then on the day of the game, because of an athlete’s laziness, he or she is benched for the first half or even the whole game. It’s frustrating and some athletes take it personally. Truth is, they did it to themselves. By missing practices or not participating in practices, athletes better be okay with watching the game more than playing in it. This year coaches are cracking down on rules because it is not fair to the players who are attending practice and are committed to the sport. In soccer if an athlete has an unexcused absence from a practice, that athlete will then have limited playing time during the next game or will not be playing at all. If the absences continue then that athlete will be dismissed from the team. If a soccer player has any grades lower than a C in any
class, that player will have a one-week suspension from everything related to soccer. Because of this rule eight athletes were suspended from the soccer team in the first week of practices. “If a player has an unexcused absence or D’s or F’s, they will receive a week suspension, limited playing time or no playing time at all. If the athlete keeps skipping practices and does not get his grades up, then he will be dismissed from the team,” coach Bill Gilmore said. In volleyball when athletes have three unexcused absences, they will be dismissed from the team. Athletes with a severe attitude toward coaches or other athletes will be dismissed from the team as well. If athletes have failing grades in any class, they must go to after school tutoring sessions for that class until the grade is brought up. “The rules are not that hard to follow and are easy to remember. Players just need to not be lazy and practice,” said sophomore Brianna Hankel. In short, athletes need to be team players by being on time, going to class, and succeeding in academics.
TuckerHoran “This team is not good enough for me...I am too good for this team...I want a new team.” Normally these statements are only made in the professional athletic world, but now they are seeping into the high school sports world. High school athletes are starting to feel the need to change schools in order to change teams. One might hear a story about a star athlete at Englewood High School leaving the school to go play at Littleton or Heritage because those are more successful programs with an allegedly better opportunity for college recruitment. “No one should transfer schools because of athletics. Teams at any school can be successful with the right kids,” Athletic Director Paul Evans said. Littleton and Heritage and others are sometimes considered ‘power’ programs, but this could change if athletes went to their schools in their home districts. “If more kids stayed at their ‘home’ school, you would see quite a difference in the balance of power. The playing field would be far more even, and there would be quite a bit of variety in which schools win championships. You would not see quite so many ‘power’ programs as you do now,” Evans said. Some athletes also feel the need to change schools because they are given more ‘exposure’ at bigger schools. “Far too many of our student athletes think that they will be better off at a ‘big school’ —more exposure,
college scholarships, etc.” Evans said. There are also many benefits to playing at a smaller school like EHS. Perhaps the most significant benefit of athletics at EHS is everyone is given an opportunity. This is not the case at bigger schools. “The biggest difference [between EHS and bigger schools] is opportunity. We run no-cut programs, so there is room for everyone. Most other schools, especially the larger schools like Littleton and Heritage, cut kids every year. Those kids will never experience the benefits from participation, and that is a tragedy,” Evans added. Another difference between athletics at EHS and bigger schools is the level of play. Most teens who play varsity sports at schools like Heritage or Littleton also play club sports. This is an extremely high level of sports; a higher level than sports at EHS. Just because an athlete is varsity at EHS does not mean he or she will be varsity at another school. At EHS, athletes are like big fish in a little pond. When they are swimming around the pond, every other fish knows who they are. If those fish go to join a bigger pond, they may not have the same effect or the same opportunities they used to have.
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Athletic recruiters looking for more than game DamasjaeCurrington Recruiting is not as simple and inexpensive as most parents and athletes think. Recruiting takes time, patience, and cooperation. A recruiting tape needs to look good and be edited to catch recruiters’ eyes. This is where the patience and cooperation comes in. It also takes some money to purchase a quality video camera to record the athlete’s skills. To be noticed, athletes need to complete a step-by-step plan. The first step to being recruited is the easiest step, getting NCAA clearance. The NCAA/Eligibility Center needs to clear the athlete before he/she can be recruited. This step is very simple. The athlete must go online to EligibilityCenter.org and register. Once registration is complete, the athlete should continue on and complete the personal questionnaire. The questionnaire includes required information about grades, experience, transcripts, ACT/SAT scores and personal information about the athlete. After receiving NCAA clearance, recruiters can officially talk to the athlete and receive their film. Now that the clearance is done, it’s time for the main part. Having a quality video recording camera is important to complete the next step. The camera must include a tripod to keep the camera steady. During games, have a parent or someone trusted to do a good job record the athlete’s skills. After obtaining footage, edit it to highlight the athlete. Only focus on the athlete and not on the whole team. Once burned
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to a disk, send copies to colleges of interest. To get noticed, an athlete must market his/her talents to the colleges. To do this, put video clips of the athlete’s skills online. YouTube is a great website to place videos for recruiters to see. When recruiters see athletes, they can choose to pursue and will try to contact the athlete. Recruiters look online to search for athletes good enough to play on their teams. They also look in the city newspaper because they will point out skilled athletes. If recruiters are interested, they will do their research to try to contact the athlete they want. Having
coaches mention a player’s name helps tremendously. If the athlete needs help getting noticed, ask a coach to help get the athlete’s name out there. Even though Englewood High School is small, it is filled with many talented student-athletes who are in the process of being recruited. Mariah Holman is one studentathlete who has been recruited. “We have the talent to compete against the bigger schools. We just have to believe,” Holman said. Englewood High School does have the potential; it just takes effort. Mason Brainard is also in the
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process of being recruited. “Even in a tiny school we can still go somewhere in life even if the team doesn’t,” Brainard said. Other than the ladies, many males are striving for success as well. Jamel Crocker is on the road to college and has experienced the recruiting process. “Getting scouts to show up is the easy part. Making them stay is the hard part,”Crocker said. While striving for success on the field, athletes must transcend in the classroom as well. The key to being successful in getting recruited is grades. Without good grades, recruiters most likely will not pursue the athlete. Grades are the most important factor to going to the college of choice. Therefore, it is very important that homework gets done every night. Most grades are made up of completed homework and tests. It’s highly important that the finals at the end of junior and senior year are passed. Colleges require transcripts to be given in the recruiting process. Some teachers depend on the final exam score to enter as an overall grade. This step starts freshmen year in high school. Most teens make the mistake of blowing off their freshmen year. This too can jeopardize the recruiting process. Athletes should understand that grades are the key to success. The player must complete these steps to the best of their ability to complete the recruiting process. It takes commitment and cooperation to get through. It is not easy, but with your mind set on it, anything is possible.
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ConnorShearer In the past few years, a new type of skateboard, the “longboard,” has arrived on the streets. This new trend of longboarding has spread to Englewood, and many are wondering whether skateboards or longboards are the better choice. Zumiez, which has a store located in Park Meadows, is a popular longboard provider. “The difference [between] longboards [and] skateboards is that they are longer and more for cruising on sidewalks or streets,” said Zumiez store manager, Daniel Sandonka. Sandonka said that one advantage of longboarding over skateboarding is the smooth, faster ride. “Longboards,” he said, “are better for transportation. In the past three sales seasons, longboards have grown in sales at his store, a tell-tale sign of rising popularity.” For junior Anna Schultz, the difference is the feeling of the wind in her hair. “It’s more laid back than skating; I don’t have to think of any tricks,” she said. Many find that the hardest part of longboarding is braking. As for medical injuries, both boards pose
many risks, but Dr. Elwood Meredith of the school-based clinic believes skateboarding is more dangerous. “I think since longboarding doesn’t include doing high velocity tricks like on a skateboard, it’s safer,” Dr. Meredith said. “Although,” Meredith said, “both options come with the possibility of serious injury, the most dangerous is a traumatic brain injury or a closed head injury; that includes concussions.” It depends on how the rider is cruising. “For cruising on flat ground, it’s safe, but for riders who ride down steep, sloped streets, it can get wrecked a lot faster,” Sandonka said. It is possible that longboards are a more universal option due to their advantage of transportation. “I went through all of Cherry Hills Village and ended up longboarding all the way to Kent Denver High School,” Schultz said. With gas prices rising, teens are looking for alternatives to driving; longboarding is one. As for one being better than the other, skateboards are ideal for people who like tricks like kick-flips and grinding. In the end, it is what the boarder prefers that matters.
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Englewood Pirates softball team is all smiles with its record of 11-4. For her efforts, senior pitcher Karly Korinek received the first ever female athlete of the month award at the Homecoming Kick-off assembly. said. TiannaPeters “Even though the softball team has gone through so much, we have The Englewood softball team great attitudes. We have welcomed has overcome much adversity this the new girls on the team, and even year. The first challenge has been when we have to go to a different integration of new teammates. place to practice, we make the Because not enough girls conscious effort to be there no tried out for the softball team at St. matter what. Our dedication has Mary’s Academy, the girls who did paid off. The Englewood softball join the EHS softball team. team and its great record will “At first we didn’t know what to undoubtedly have a great season,” expect, but as we got further into Holman said. the season, we got to know them, For some, another challenge and they are actually really cool has been getting to practice. Every people,” third baseman, Miranda day they have to drive or walk to get Holman said. to their softball field. “I think they are a good addition “I hate driving because we don’t to the team. They are really nice get compensated for gas money, and friendly,” catcher Maddie and it can be really expensive, but Smith said. it’s nice to carpool,” senior Erika Although many high points DeBoer said. about the St. Mary’s team were “It has its ups and downs. When I recognized, some negative affects was a freshman I was really looking still exist. forward to when I could drive to the “It’s great to have them on the field, and now I can, and it’s pretty team, but it does take playing time away from some girls,” DeBoer said. cool,” team captain, Karly Korinek said, “You play for the spot. If a St. The district is discussing the Mary’s girl is a better player, then, need for a campus-based field. yes, she will get the spot,” Smith
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Calculus teacher, and attendee of University of Nebraska and Wheaton College, Tiffany Carlton, is one of the newest pirates on board the EHS staff. Carlton talks to herself when she cooks. She likes to cook, run, and travel. She would love to go to Greece someday. She grew up in Englewood. Then her family moved to Ogallala, Nebraska. Before she came to Englewood High School, Carlton was a math teacher at Clear Creek High School. She became a teacher because she likes to work with high school students. Carlton’s favorite movie would have to be “A Few Good Men,” staring Tom Cruise. Carlton’s pet peeve is people who are always negative. Her role model is her grandmother, because she was a “feminist before the word existed.” Carlton is excited and pumped to be back in Englewood.
Alexandra McLean is a fresh new face for theater and English classes. Having attended Eastern Michigan University, McLean majored in secondary education, language, literature and writing, with a minor in theater. This die-hard Detroit Tigers fan enjoys walking her dog, writing, reading and biking. McLean wants to travel to Italy, Paris, London and northern California, far from her hometown in Ann Arbor, Michigan. McLean’s biggest pet peeve is teens arriving late to her class and those who don’t understand the purpose of education. McLean’s philosophy of life is “Always do your best and push yourself.” Pleasantly different from her previous restaurant job, EHS is McLean’s first teaching job. Her biggest role model is her father because he raised her and her siblings by himself and always pushes her to do her best. McLean became a teacher to show the importance of engaging a student in literature and writing. Her love for teens and connecting to a better education make the teaching field a priority to McLean.
Cheri Frederickson studied at Northwestern College where she majored in math education and minored in history. Although Frederickson grew up in rural Chester, Montana, she has big ambitions to backpack through Europe one day. She loves hiking, camping, and skiing when she has the time to. Frederickson also enjoys the excitement of concerts and music is one of many of her passions. Her philosophy on life is to be as good as she can be and to help others do the same as well. “My biggest role model is my grandmother because I admire her for being a strong women with sassy side,” Frederickson said. Before EHS, Frederickson taught for eight years in Wisconsin. She moved to Colorado and held a job as an accountant for two years. Last year Frederickson taught at Deer Creek Middle School. “Teaching runs in my family; my mother, brother, and several other family members are teachers,” said Frederickson. This partly explains why she became a math teacher but a passion for working with high students is her true motivation.
Sarah Fuller is a new English teacher. She attended Elon University in North Carolina. She majored in Corporate Communications and English. Fuller won an essay contest about the D.A.R.E. program in the fifth grade. Her favorite comedy is “Pretty Woman,” and her favorite drama is “To Kill a Mockingbird.” She believes that Gregory Peck portrayed Atticus Finch perfectly in the movie. Fuller’s hobby is photography. If she could travel anywhere, she would go to Greece. Fuller was born right here in Denver. Fuller’s pet peeve is cell phones in movies. “I believe that people come to see a movie, and it should not be interrupted,” Fuller said. Her philosophy on life is to learn from mistakes. Her role model is her beloved grandmother. “She is always devoted to my happiness,” Fuller said. Before EHS she taught in North Carolina for six years. Fuller started teaching English because she likes the curriculum. “I like to teach kids what I know.”
Travis Brenner joined the Englewood High School community to pursue a career as a Social Studies teacher. “Learning is awesome,” Brenner said in describing his motives for becoming a teacher. He said he is willing and enthusiastic about helping the Englewood student body. Teaching is just one of the many activities that make up Brenner’s life. He has spent the past four years traveling, helping at-risk students, substitute teaching and even working for Southwest Airlines. Growing up in Athens, Ohio has not stopped Brenner from looking for exotic travel plans. He wishes to travel to the Moldova and the Czech Republic, claiming that there are meteor fragments he wishes to hand mine there. Teaching may have put Brenner’s enthusiastic travel plans on hold, but he is still enthused to be teaching social studies at EHS.
New Staff & New Student Teachers Mandy Miller returns to EHS to refill the position Dean of Students that she left two years ago, handling all discipline and attendance as well as all campus security. Miller was born and raised in the Englewood community. She has an undergraduate degree in K-6 elementary education from Metro State. She also has a masters degree in K-12
Tim Luth is the new technician
who helps students get onto the server, fixes broken computers, answers technical questions, among his other duties. Luth is a Colorado native from Sterling, Colorado, where he worked on his family farm for 25 years. In school, Luth’s favorite subject was computer programing. He studied at CU-Boulder where he received a degree in computer science. After college, he had
various jobs in the computer science field, including a computer programing job at Apple. This is the first time Luth has worked at a school, but he said he really likes working with the kids. In his spare time he likes to surf the Internet as a video game fanatic. Wii, Playstation and Xbox are just some of the gaming systems he has. Be sure to welcome him to the school and have patience whenever he is helping solve technical problems.
Robin Harris is the new Registrar.
She is responsible for students’ registration, transcripts, credits and enrollment. Harris has worked in administration for twenty years, but only began working in schools four years ago. Previously, she worked as an Office Manager for a Denver charter school. Harris attended Davison Elkins College in West Virginia, graduating in 1991 with a degree in fashion. She has been married for
Andrew Lacrue is the new
Education Intervention Specialist through Colorado Youth for a Change. He does early intervention with freshmen who have a failing grade in any class. Lacrue finds the source of the failing grades and helps rectify the grade as much as possible. Lacrue was born and raised in Commerce City and graduated from Adams High School. Lacrue attended Trinidad State Junior College and loved it. He was involved in student government in his
Administration from the University of Phoenix. Miller is married to her high school sweetheart who is employed at the Denver Sheriff’s Department. They do not have any children yet, but Miller hopes they will. Miller is a major sports fan. She loves the Broncos, especially John Elway and the Nuggets. She loves dancing and reading in her free time.
twenty years to T.J. Harris, who is a coach at EHS. They have three kids, one of whom is a sophomore attending at EHS. Robin Harris is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Englewood, Colorado three years ago. She enjoys hiking and reading. She still remains a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, even though she currently lives in Colorado She enjoys working for the school and finds it fun to work around teenagers and children.
time there. After two years, Lacrue returned to Denver and enrolled at Metro State College. He graduated with a Bachelors in Human Services with an emphasis in Mental Health and Counseling. Lacrue is now working on his masters in Education Counseling. Lacrue has two boys, with whom he enjoys watching sports and playing golf. He also has coached baseball for over ten years. Lacrue is also an active alumni of Sigma Lambda Beta International Latino Fraternity.
Edd ie Eifler is Ms. Jones’ new student teacher. He works mainly with the senior English and classes. Eifler was raised in Greeley and Aurora During graduated from Eagle Crest High School in 1998. hopes he and ct, subje te favori his was school English State to teach it one day. He is currently going to Metro at ing teach nt stude his with done be College. Eifler will . the end of this semester. A big interest of his is music , music write can Eifler band. a in bass He even plays through poetry slams. but not lyrics. In the past, he has worked with teens slams. His family poetry for times e In fact, he traveled out of state a coupl cool thing he can One rs. brothe half er young two and sister consists of one at EHS. here time his to rd forwa g do is wiggle his ears. Eifler is lookin
Taylor Brackin, math student teacher, is originally from Philadelphia, and a dedicated baseball fan. Brackin loves the Rockies, but at heart he is a faithful Phillies fan. Brackin never misses a chance to see his hometown favorites play Denver’s own. “I also enjoy the numbers and statistics of baseball. It’s very interesting to me,” Brackin said. Besides seeing the Rockies and the Phillies duke it out, Brackin went to CU-Boulder for his under-graduate degree. “I am a student teacher this year, so that means I’m in my last year of becoming a full-time teacher,” said Brackin. Mrs. Hankle, mentors Brackin. “I’m excited for her classroom expertise,” Brackin said. When it comes down to it, Brackin is a math wiz and an East-to-West baseball fanatic. a Greg Urman originally came here from nRussi in the
when he was ten-years-old. His father was a captai who was Russian Army, but Urman takes after his mother, was a he since d worke has he ca Ameri In r. teache a math l. schoo teenager, even as a janitor in high Urman “I spent many years doing office jobs in college,” ng. teachi not when said. He enjoys playing the guitar , but Urman is mentored by ADAPT teacher Mr. Clarry h, is also assigned to six other classes, including Englis rn Northe of rsity Unive the for e Degre r’s Maste his Math, and Science to finish his of se becau system Colorado. Urman wants to be part of the education anor. “For teaching, its not desire to teach students to have a superior deme ng them to behave better,” just about teaching Math or English; its about teachi it is much more than that. ts; subjec about just not is he said. For Urman, school