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The new face of Englewood discipline:

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“He had an excellent reputa tion as a teacher at Colorado’s Finest. He played a big leadership role at the sch ool.”

“I think that he [the dean] is a nice man who will turn this school around.” Keenan Cowger (11)

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ConnorShearrer “Dean” is a word that most students automatically categorize under authority. To students, “dean” means punishment or condemnation. Students see the dean as someone who does not know or care about them and whose job is to make them miserable. However, starting this school year, “dean” means something different. It means “Justin.” For the 2013-2014 school year, Englewood High School is taking on a new Dean of Students, Justin Johnson. Formerly an English teacher at Colorado’s Finest Alternative High School, Johnson replaced Mandy Miller. On the issue of respect, Johnson noted that whether students call him “Justin” or “Mr. Johnson” is irrelevant. “When I went to Colorado’s Finest, everybody goes by first names,” Johnson said. “What I found was that the name didn’t equate respect. They weren’t going to respect you just because they called you ‘Mr.’ or ‘Ms.’ They were going to respect because of how you acted and how you treated them and the relationships that you build.” Johnson spent nine years at Colorado’s Finest Alternative High School, gaining disciplinary experience. “All teachers over there deal with discipline, so pretty much

everybody is part dean,” Johnson said. “Also, I was in charge whenever the principal was out of the building.” Johnson had been searching for a position as principal, assistant principal, or dean when a position at EHS opened up. “When I saw the dean position over here was open, I jumped at it,” Johnson said. Principal John Fore said that Johnson was the best candidate for the position. “He had an excellent reputation as a teacher at Colorado’s Finest,” Fore said. “He played a big leadership role at the school.” As for the attitude he is bringing with him to the position, Johnson said empathy and passion are the best qualities a dean should have. “We’re all in this together. It’s not administration versus students,” Johnson said. Also, Johnson said his top priority is safety. “Everyone has the right to come to school and not feel they’re going to be picked on, and I’ll enforce that,” he said. With the start of the 2013-2014 school year, EHS has required everyone in the building to wear an ID at all times.


“I expect them to create the environment they want to live in. If they want to be in an environment where people treat each other with respect, where bullying is not tolerated, where we’re all in this together helping each other out, this is going to be a great place,” -Justin Johnson, Dean


According to Johnson, his arrival did not create this protocol. “It’s district policy. It comes from the superintendent,” Johnson said. “We’re not the only school that’s doing it. Every school is doing it, including, for the first time, Colorado’s Finest Alternative High School.” As for his expectations of the student body, Johnson leaves it up to the students to determine their high school experience. “I expect them to create the environment they want to live in. If they want to be in an environment where people treat each other with respect, where bullying is not tolerated, where we’re all in this together helping each other out, this is going to be a great place.” Johnson said.

TCAP attendance sparks state intervention TCAP percentage of proficiency and advanced scores: Englewood vs. Colorado average



JustinWillson The state has put Englewood High School on priority improvement because of a lack of attendance during TCAP. The state allow a school to have a five percent absence rate for their standardized tests like the TCAP and ACT. “The school was assigned to this plan type, not due [to] low-performance on assessments; instead the plan type was based on low Englewood (Classes of State Average 48.73% 2017, 2016, 2015) participation rates where the school did not meet state expectations of 95 percent or better,” Superintendant Brian Ewert, wrote in a letter sent home to parents. There are four levels of accreditation in Colorado, Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement and Turnaround. When a school Englewood (Classes of 32.26% 2017, 2016, 2015) reaches the Turnaround level, the state intervenes. State Average Because of last year’s tests, Englewood is only one step above Turnaround status. For a small school like Englewood, attendance for TCAP testing can become a problem. According to Principal Jon Fore,the Colorado Department of education expects a 95 percent Englewood (Classes attendance rate. Eight EHS students opted out of 14.7% of 2017, 2016, 2015) the test for individual or political reasons. These State Average students choosing not to take the test, in a class of 150 immediately puts EHS over the threshold set by the state. This is what put Englewood on a priority improvement plan. “The beauty of our country is we have a lot of


51% Math


Information from Colorado Department of Education

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opinions going around. I don’t like the high school being penalized politically because of optouts,” Fore said. Teachers advise that TCAP scores could place students in Math Lab or reading plus but besides that the tests have little to no impact to students. Shawna Eldridge (11)did not take TCAP. “I choose not to participate in TCAP because I thought it wasn’t going to benefit towards my future accomplishments and was a waste of time,” Eldridge said. Aside from the lack of participation, the school’s test scores have been improving. “Well it is very nice to see improved TCAP scores as far academics,” Fore said. The writing test went from 29.7 percent proficient or advanced to 37.6 percent. This is a step toward the state average, 51 percent proficient or advanced. However promising these scores may be, the scores for the class of 2016 went down six percent in math. Two years ago, when the class was in its freshman year, the class of 2016 had a 24.60 proficiency rate, but last year the same class only had a 18.3 percent proficiency rate. Both of these scores are well below the state average of 72 percent proficiency. “I would like to encourage everyone, when it comes around to next years testing season, that we do our best and give it your best shot. Help yourself and help the school,” Fore said.

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September 27, 2013



Freshman class dominates student body



This year Bionic obtained a new advisor, Michelle Hirschy. She is looking forward to becoming acclimated with students and staff. Currently Ms. Hirschy is awaiting a meeting with the Director of Bionic in order to plan what will occur this year. “If you are interested in joining come to talk to me for details” Advisor Michelle Hirschy said.

Knowledge Bowl:

Knowledge Bowl is a new club to the Englewood High School this year. It is part of the Colorado 7 League. “We are still searching for an advisor at the moment,” Activities Director Paul Evans said.


Dan Carlson is looking forward to his second year as the Drama/Theatre advisor, as well as his first year in the improved theatre. Some new events this year will be improvisation nights. “We are planning on completing three shows this year which will be very exciting,” Director Dan Carlson said.


FBLA is pushing to get more involved students this year. “We are building up to the Fall Conference in Greeley this October,” FBLA Advisor Vicki Kennedy said. Englewood will be in charge of the District 5 Leadership Conference for the 2013/2014 year. Meetings are held Wednesday mornings before school in room 239.

Gay-Straight Alliance:

“GSA is hoping for more events as well as more members for the year,” Advisor Amanda Workman said. GSA is pushing for an environment with less stereotypes as well as an accepting place. Meetings will be held on Mondays at lunch; food will be provided.

Link Crew:

This year Link Crew received two new advisors, Sarah Fuller and Vincent Knight. They plan to have Link Crew Leaders go to freshmen advisement classes and run activities. Another change to this year is the new “exam cram” to prepare for finals. “Our biggest goal this year is to keep contact between our link crew leaders and our freshman,” Advisor Sarah Fuller said.

Photo by : Connor Shearrer With 167 students, the freshman class tops the number of students in EHS halls.

WyattLong This year at Englewood High School, the incoming freshman class has become the largest class of the student body. There are one hundred and sixty-seven freshmen this year, trumping the hundred and fifty-seven sophomores, hundred and fifty-two juniors, and hundred and forty seniors. “I think the reason for the bigger class is that we had more ELA kids come in from last year, and we also had more freshmen transfer into the class this year,” Principal John Fore said. “We’re a year away from the new facility, so we’ll have more room to accommodate them. We typically look to have around 25-30 kids in a class, so if we start to go over a little bit, we can juggle them around a bit, considering not all the classes are as big so we can have some teachers take the load off of other’s.” With all the consequences of having a bigger freshman class, teachers are still optimistic of the idea of having more kids wanting to learn. “It’s nice to see Englewood’s numbers increasing. I think the community is starting to see exciting things happen at Englewood and that this large freshman class is a result of

those exciting things,” said English teacher Vincent Knight. “Hopefully, it is starting a trend. I have a lot of freshmen in my Theatre Arts class, and so far they are a fun group of people to work with. I hope we continue to have large groups of students so excited about learning.” Whether or not the class is big, it brings along pressure to be the best class at school. “I think the freshman class has a lot of young spirit, but they’re also a little immature, so it may affect the school’s image,” Jonathan Schroeder (10) said. With the bigger class, students may see some adjustments in class organization. Depending on the size of the class, the teacher will act according to the number of students they have. “There may be some larger class sizes, but that does not affect teaching style at all. I believe that all students can succeed, whether their class size is 2 or 2000,” History/ Psychology teacher Travis Brenner said. Brenner also believes the new freshman class brings along the hope of having more strong leaders for the future. “We will have more awesome leaders in the future. I’m no mathematics teacher, but I believe that is what is known as the ‘law of averages’,” Brenner said. Photo by: Connor Shearrer


MESA is planning on competing in multiple competitions this year. Their two biggest ones will be the Cardboard Boat Races in the fall and the State Engineering Competition in the spring. “Meetings will be held Monday at lunch in room 121,” Advisor Heather Waldron said.

Mu Alpha Theta:

Mu Alpha Theta will be attending a math contest in the fall and then will have Pi Day in the spring. Cherri Fredrickson recently became the new advisor. Meetings for Mu Alpha Theta are still to be arranged.

Speech and Debate:

Speech and Debate (forensics) currently has no advisor. Although if students are interested, talk to Paul Evans for information.


This year Englewood High School has a new club, UNICEF. Sarah Fuller and Grace Poll are proud to be the advisors of this new club. “This club is to educate people on global issues and to work on the prevention of infant death,” Advisor Sarah Fuller said.

National Honor Society:

“National Honor Society is excited for a new year,” Advisor Megan Noraddin said. Throughout the year members will be hosting multiple bake sales to raise money. Their big project right now is Race for the Cure, which is September 29th. In the spring there will be another Blood Drive hosted at Englewood High School.

Fisher Auditorium gets make-over Following major renovations, Fisher Auditorium gained new seats, aisle lighting and carpeting. Other upgrades include new equipment and dressing rooms backstage.

ShelbyMoore While the new school has been under construction, Fisher Auditorium has been completely renovated, with new high tech gadgets. Over this past summer, workers labored endlessly, trying to finish the complicated job that was the old theater. “ We have brand new lighting and sound equipment which is state of the art. The sound board is digital which is good. We’re getting brand new seats installed. We have a new lift that will make getting things on stage easier,” Theater Director Dan Carlson said. With proper, up-to-code instruments and facilities, the new theater is expected to bring in more revenue and a larger audience. “ There are people in recent years that have been saying they won’t come to anything in Fisher auditorium while it was still in the state that it was in. Hopefully now, those people will come back and we can use this as a springboard to grow the program and do great things,” Carlson said.

To spread the word about the ‘new’ Fisher auditorium, Carlson has planned a ‘Miscast Alumni Concert’ to take place on October fifth. “ The alumni concert is, like, redoing songs from plays that you normally wouldn’t be doing, and it’s going to take place in the new auditorium,” Correen Martinez (10) said. Although the inside of the theater is finished, there is still work around it to be done. “There is going to be a new fishbowl entrance, because it’s got to work where the parking lot will be, so we will have a new entrance with double doors. There is also going to be a black box theater, which will be close to the Fisher, and that black box theater room will be a little bit bigger than a normal classroom, basically like a mini theater classroom. It’s going to take place next year, so when we move into phase one, they will begin the demolition of phase two,” Principal Jonathan Fore said. Although the theater still has work, much improvement has already been made.

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PIRATEER September 27, 2013

Internet block useless for EHS students Staff Ed

Comic by Connor Shearrer

Username: L0gM31n, Password: R3m0ve4us. The internet block is considered obsolete and is viewed as simply an inconvenience for students at Englewood High School. Most of the student population know the login and password to work around the block. The last time the username and password were changed students were able to gain access to the new login information within a week. Very few of us use this knowledge to wreak havoc on the Englewood server. Every class usually has one required research based project, whether it is a paper or presentation. The web-block poses a large imposition when trying to find viable information to create an interesting, readable presentation. Teachers cannot expect full research information in such projects when that information is not even available to the student body. The question is who exactly is blocking access and restricting students? According to an eNews Magazine interview with Sarah Houghton-Jon, information and web services manager for the San Mateo County, California, Library helps explains this annoyance. “The way filters work is by blocking IP addresses; keyword analysis; and pixel

EHS’ network lacks 21st century strength JustinWillson

The new school will be switching to an almost entirely electronic curriculum, everyone will have an iPad, every thing will be online, but Englewood is not ready for the digital age. Our current network is not robust enough to handle every student being connected throughout the school day. Even though the school has the money and desire to make the switch to a 21st century school, Englewood will trip over the wires along the path to the 21st century. EHS is stretching the limitations of its netbooks. The minicomputers should be great for lightweight office work, but over the past year it has suffered from abuse. The little netbooks do not have the resources to run Google Docs, Englewood’s primary web service, properly, the screens are too small to view all digital content, and they are left on all night burning their hardware. While it can be argued that leaving a computer on at all times is good for it, this is untrue when they are locked in a cabinet with 30 other active devices all radiating heat. The computer carts turn into saunas, when they are removed from the cart, the computers are warm to the touch. Being exposed to these temperatures can cause overheating and slow down the computers. If Englewood cannot take care of our current machines, there will be plenty more abuse to the much more fragile iPads. Connecting to the Englewood network is iffy; a device may be able to connect, or it may not. The current network will fracture under the weight of 700 iPads. With all the computers in the library, stem and

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computer labs added to all the netbooks in the school. There are more then 700 devices currently connected to Englewood’s network. Doubling that number could be catastrophic. Hopefully the new building will have a better network, but currently it would be impossible for Englewood to handle a school full of iPads. These problems can be fixed with money; EHS can buy faster Internet and keep a better watch on their machines. What cannot be fixed are their users. At EHS, the user is the root of tech problems. Teachers and students do not know how to use the software on the machines, some even struggle to turn the computers on. While some teachers are adept enough to get by, even more struggle with the technology. Last year it was impossible to do ICAPs in advisory because none of the teachers knew how to use it. While teachers have gained experience with computers over the years, very few of them have used iPads or similar touch screen technology. The user interface is far more complex than what they are used to. Google Docs, which students and teachers already struggle to effectively use, is even harder to use on an iPad with one button and an entirely touch based interface. Students will struggle to turn in their assignments that teachers will have a hard time finding to grade. All the new technology that comes with the new school has the potential to be wonderful, but Englewood will not be ready for it when it arrives.

“The pen is mightier than the sword, but we Pirates get to use both.” Sannah Pham Faculty Adviser J.J. Ogrin

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analysis for things like skin tone and body parts. But all filters differ based on how expensive and sophisticated they are,” HoughtonJon said. Houghton-Jon said that even the best of filters is only 83 percent effective for link analysis and IP addresses, and only 50 percent effective for images and videos. She also made the point if vendors say their product is 99 percent effective, it probably means they are over- blocking. According to eNews interview with Deborah Stone, deputy director of the ALA’ Office of intellectual freedom, the CIPA or web blocking was created to “protect” against sexually explicit images. “The issue with CIPA is that it cannot suppress ideas such as gay and lesbian information…But it’s the vendors many of whom often have an agenda-for example, religious missions-that block access to information,” Stone said. The web- block is useless. It is just a way for vendors and the school to censor students to “controversial” ideas and images when in reality many students embrace these topics in their daily lives.



Photo by Russell Windholz

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. Ogrin’s mailbox in the main office, brought to room 113, or sent by e-mail to EHS_Pirateer 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.

4Fresh at EHS


The most recognized pirate has recently been retired after more than 10 years in use.

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Englewood shows pride through a new pirate. Voted in by advisement classes.

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“After 15 years I switched from engineering to education where I actually thought I could make a difference.”

Faces to EHS

“I’m really excited to be here. I have two dogs that I love, they’re like my children. I love to ski and snowboard. “


“It’s [EHS] a small district I like that. Larger districts can be hard to get things done.”



“It’s [Englewood] a cool community. It’s smaller, small enough to know everyone and have support for every kid.”



“My husband Is from here and we met in china so we decided to move here.”

“I was teaching in Washington DC [before I came to Englewood ]. I wanted a new adventure so we moved to Colorado.”

EHS makes time for advisement


This year, students were presented with a new block schedule, as well as changes to lunch and advisement classes. A newsletter was sent out this summer to all the students that are attending Englewood High School. The newsletter talks about the changes this year, including the schedule change. According to the newsletter, the reasons for the block schedule are to allow for more instruction time, give students more options for classes, teachers more planning time and align with Englewood Middle School’s schedule.

This schedule change also has students attend advisement every day, except Mondays. The material for advisement consists of college and career planning, teaching school-wide expectations, staff-student and student-student relationship development, academic intervention, Reading enrichment, information literacy and cyber safety. This curriculum was created by a group of teachers and administrators for teachers to use each day. Math and advisement teacher Elizabeth Sedalnick likes the change to advisement. “It took less time to prepare to teach it,” Sedalnick said. “We also get to see students four days a week, compared

to last year and allows us to have a better relationship with our advisory students.” With the change to advisory, lunch periods also changed and now split up the upper and lower classes. “When we move to the new school, we’ll be 7-12 grade,” English Teacher Grace Poll said. According to Poll, the change of the classes and lunch is to prepare students for the new school and different lunch periods. “It’s[Advisement] alright, I wish we had more activities to do,” said Savannah Chavez (10). Principal Jonathan Fore said ”We’re still getting feedback on it. Google Docs has a copy of this”

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English teacher Vincent Knight reviews school regulations with his advisment class.

EHS builds through the years

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This pirate still may be recognized on the anouncment board seen from Logan.

“I thought it [Englewood] was moving in the right direction. There’s a great staff and it’s an exciting environment.”

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“Buckey” still holds his ground with traditions on the redtop.

“It’s [Englewood] a cool community. It’s smaller, small enough to know everyone and have support for every kid. It’s neat too because the community supports the school and really values public education.”

“EHS had programs and other things that my old school had. I loved my old school so it was an easy transition.”

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The never outdated pirate is still well utilized in the athletics.


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“I chose EHS because it’s small and feels like a family. It’s nice to be a part of something like that.”

“Last year I taught half of the time at Charles Hay, I still do [teach there] but before that I taught English in Italy.”


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Englewood’s first pirate was not establihsed when the school was.

New Additions To Englewood



Pirate pride since 1913

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Front view of EHS before it received a makeover.

Aerial view of the EHS football field and fieldhouse.

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Englewood creates a new foundation by building from the bottom up.

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Englewood gets a make over. Here is a sneak peek into the new school.

Compiled by: Kayla Steffens, Sage Sherman

PIRATEER September 27, 2013

EHS band works overtime

ElidaSchultz While every other student attending Englewood High School was sleeping in, lounging on the couch, EHS’s band was up bright and early five days a week for four weeks before school started. Stretching and cardio were the norm at eight and nine in the morning leading into demanding marching routines for three to four hours designed to make them the best in the state. “Four hours a day, five days a week, seven am every morning, six to nine pm every Wednesday, band is always practicing,” Emily Hinger (12) said. Over the summer, band conducted a freshman camp, full rehearsals, five days a week, from nine to noon, and then school started. In school, practice is three days a week starting in zero period and going through first period and after school for three hours. Band is has a winning attitude this year, hoping to lead them to many wins. “I really hope we win

because the whole band has been working hard and non-stop. It’s fun but it’s been physically difficult this year,” Mara Nuemann (11) said. Englewood’s band has already placed second in the annual Welcome Western Week Parade held in Littleton during the summer. In the last three years, Englewood has placed first, second, and third in the state competition. “I look forward to state the most in Grand Junction because that’s where we won the first time,” Hinger said. Band will be proudly displaying their talents at football games, pep rallies, and seven competitions including state this year.

{ } Four hours a day, five days a week, seven am. every morning, six to nine P.M. every Wednesday, band is always practicing. -Emily Hinger

Photo by Shawna Eldridge EHS band practices hard every morning on the football field during zero period.

lifestyles 6 Dynamic duo hits EHS counseling department Michelle Hirschy

Englewood’s newest counselor, Michelle Hirschy, came to the school with an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Stony Brook University and has also pursued a degree in counseling from Long Island University. The highly qualified newbie has enjoyed her time at Englewood so far. “I am loving EHS so far. It has been exciting getting to know staff and students. I’m looking forward to a successful year of collaborating with students, parents and teachers,” Hirschy said, When Hirschy is not guiding students through the

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Patrick Maschka Patrick Mashka has been a counselor at Englewood for three years now and has felt that Englewood has been a great fit for him. He is now the full time school school psychologist. Mashka went to Benedictine before his time at the high school. “I attended Benedictine College in Atchison Kansas for my Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Psychology and minoring in music. I received my Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver, where I also completed the requirements to become a school Psychologist,” said Mashka. During free time, Maschka

challenges of high school, she enjoys many hobbies such as skiing and playing with her dog. “My hobbies outside of school are playing with my dog Blue, skiing in the Winter, camping in the Summer and flying to New York and San Diego to visit family,” Hirschy said. Hirschy is looking forward to getting to know students and help them on their journeys through school. “I do enjoy having Mrs. Hirschy as a counselor, she’s doing a great job for being here for such a short period of time,” Seande Sandos (12) said.

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does a variety of things. “I have always been one to try new things, so I have many interests, including singing, drama, cooking and baking, hiking, camping, playing card games, photography, knitting, and home improvement projects,” Mashka said. In his three years, Mashka has helped many students with problems spanning from bad peer to peer relations or schedule mistakes. “Mr. Mashka is pretty cool. He seems to be able to figure out what’s wrong and fix it whether its a schedule problem or a problem with a kid you don’t like.” Alex Deboer (10) said.

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“We’re stacked this year with lots of great players. I know we’ll do awesome this year” Ethan Vasquez (10) said. This is shown through the team’s record.

Varsity: 3-1


The girls got a new coach this year, Coach Crystal Kostiew, but the girls call her Lady K. “Lady K makes us work and focus on our weaknesses,” Hannah Frazier (12) said. “She’s just really awesome! We’re going to do very very well this year!” Dominique Daughtry (10) said.

Boys’ Tennis

Boys’ tennis currently has seven athletes on the team. “It has grown over the years yet its student body is not as large as it once was. We’ve lost all of our matches, but we’ve made up for it in heart. For every match we play, we gain a synapsis of family,” Gage Silfast (12) said.

Varsity: 1-6

Varsity: 0-4

Cross Country

Boys’ Golf

“Cross country is running their hearts out this year,” Coach Stu Howard said. At the Liberty Bell Cross Country meet at Heritage High School, Chad Glover (11) ran 17:13, Mitch MacDonald (12) ran 20:32, Cole Horan (12) ran 21:41, Zach Avjean (9) ran 22:58, Collin Owens (12) ran 23:19, Robert Agapito (9) ran 23:25, Shawna Eldridge (11) ran 24:09 and Natalie Peña (12) ran 25:32.

“Boys’ Golf is already talking about regionals,” Nate Medina (12) said. “We’ll perform great this year and do very well in regionals.”

Boys’ Soccer


Boys’ Soccer this year is “young, energized, and ready to go out there and do their best,” Zane Miller (10) said. Coach Kavinsky agrees. “We’re a fairly young team this year. I think we’ll keep building and continue to get better through the season,” Kavinsky said.

The JV girls got a new coach this year, Tim Rasmussen; coach Regaina Downing became the varsity coach. “They both know a lot and help varsity out so much. ” Miranda Holman (12) said. Coach Downing had coached for 3 years so she is very experienced. Rasmussen is the new P.E. teacher and also very experienced in softball according to Coach Dave Chapman.

Varsity: 1-4

Varsity: 11-2

Drawing by Sannah Pham Compiled by Kyla Barela and Kayla Steffens

Long summer disrupts athletics StevenTravan

Photo by Trevor Willson Constuction crews begin the process of demolition. Construction is set to be finished in 2016.

August 12, 2013. A day of summer for most Englewood High School students. Classrooms were emptied, desks were cleared; however, fall athletes were in mandatory practice, although some were not happy with the dilemma.    “It really kind of affected my experience going into in the year and not knowing the plays,” Football Player Wyatt Long (11) said.     With construction in full swing at Englewood High School during the 2012 summer, the fall sports teams Get wereMore not as up You as it Want was hoped Ofset What due to the late start.      “It wasn’t so much of a challenge scheduling

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Sometime in the near future, the brand new softball field will f be opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony and be broken in with r the first home game. o “We’re really excited,” Captain Maddie Smith (11) said in an interview about the game. n Softball has started the season with a bang, winning three t games, and beating Elizabeth, a rival. Now softball gets to play in a completely new field that has been under construction all summer. A lot of work has been put into the new softball field for the Lady Pirates. Construction went smoothly at first, but had a few delays along the way like putting in the back stop polls over the draining system in the field. Also, the roof panels for the dugout got delayed because of the weather, and putting in the bases was also delayed. “The girls deserve to play on the new field,” Athletic Director Paul Evans said. Coaches and players are hoping the new field will help the team with spirit, transportation, and recruiting new players.


games as it was getting enough players,” Athletic Director, Paul Evans said.    The Englewood Pirates returned to classes September 3, this semester; however, EHS students athletes suited up for Fall sports as early as three weeks before. This created a problem for some fall teams.      “The kids that didn’t communicate all summer are the kids that didn’t know what was going on in the beginning. We had 10 or 15 new kids on the roster when school started,” Head Football Coach Jay Graves said.     Lacking in numbers, lower level teams struggled to find players     “The biggest thing has to do with roster

numbers, some of the lower levels do not have enough players. At the start there were some [differences in] programs. The number of players got better, but it took some time,” Evans said. Adjustments were made among many of the fall teams.    “We were all expecting a homecoming game, and we’ve been switching practice fields because our new one is being built.” Softball Player, Brittany Hall (11) said.     Mistakes played a role in the construction as well.     “When they were finished with the field, they noticed they forgot the bases,” Softball Player Tori Harris (10) said.

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EHS commits to tougher eligibility requirements ChadGlover The benches at Englewood could seat a record number of players this year. Englewood High School athletes will be confined to the bench if they fail to meet the new, tougher eligibility standards implemented for the 2013/2014 school year. One F will result in not one minute of playing time. “The new eligibility standards are set pretty high because most students last year played with an F. I think a lot of good athletes will be ineligible, but it should help them become better students and be leaders on their team,” Varsity Football player Justin Wade, (12) said. Last year eligibility requirements were far more relaxed, with students being allowed to have one F and an unlimited amount of D’s. This year students may have unlimited D’s but no F’s. Englewood has decided to raise the bar for many reasons, even though CHSAA’s (Colorado High School Activities Association) set its bar lower. By CHSAA’s rules as long as a student is passing five classes he or she can have unlimited F’s. For example, a student could be taking seven classes and failing two of them, but he or she would still be able to participate in athletics. “[We are doing this] One, to get in line with the schools we compete with. Two, it was the general consensus that eligibility standards were too low. Three, the NCAA increased their standards so to prepare students, we felt we needed to raise our standards as well,” Athletic Director Paul Evans said. The NCAA (National College Athletic Association) recently increased its requirements for students to be eligible for college athletics based off their high school performance. This played a large role in the update of athletic eligibility policies so students would be on par with NCAA guidelines if they choose to pursue college athletics according to Evans. A combination of the athletic advisory council, coaches, administration, and community members made the decision to change the athletic eligibility standards. “Athletes represent our school and should be held to a higher standard,” History Teacher Travis Brenner said. The school has implemented a new grade verification card program that goes along with the new policy. The point of the card is to foster communication. If the student has an F or a D, the student then has to take the card to the teacher of the troublesome class. The teacher is able to write missing assignments, notes about behavior and anything else concerning the student. After this, the card is taken to the coach and then the parent of the students according to Evans. Most importantly the card will make students proactive about improving their grades. Although deemed by Evans as achievable, there is concern if the new policy will reduce numbers due to more students being unable to meet their requirements. “Initially there may be a jump in students that are ineligible but as students get use to it they will be fully capable of being eligible. We talked with other schools that have the same policy and numbers are very similar to ours,” Evans said. As the school implements the change this year some student athletes are on board with the changes. “I agree with it because it’s a big push for people to get their grades up and help more people graduate. Also it will teach people not to slide by and work hard,” Marissa Johnson (11) said. Evans believes that teachers and administrators have an obligation to the students to make sure they are prepared for whatever may greet them and higher eligibility standards is an aspect of this obligation. “Our job school wide is to prepare our students for whatever opportunity they want, athletic or not. This includes college athletics. We shouldn’t close these doors on them because of low expectations,” Evans said. As the school implements the new standards, students will be forced to do better academically or not play. “Since the new eligibility standards are more strict it’s going to to help me keep my head in the books and that school comes first before sports,” Wade said.

Photo Illustration of Justin Wade (12)

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Pirateer Issue 1, Volume 54, Date: September 2013