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THE PELLA COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL NEWS PUBLICATION
PAGE EDITOR: Gregory Frommelt
10. 29. 2013
Career Academy building plan changes Last year the school released the idea of building a Career Academy that will support new classes that cover a broader spectrum. This year the school district has decided the original size of the academy was not large enough to support the ideal programs that are intended to be in the building. â€œWe are doubling the size of this building to maintain it with programming. The facility is larger than originally planned due to proper programing in the career academy,â€? said Principal Eric Nelson. Safety and security is also on the minds of the school board as they made the decision to increase the size. Before this increase the size would not have held the intended classes safely. â€œThe academy needs to be built to safety and secure design of such a facility,â€? said Nelson. With the large increase in size, there is an equal increase in cost as it has increased to
five million dollars. Last year the community voted to accept a $38 million dollar bond issue that over the next 10 years will show many improvement in the district. The extra money will come out of this fund. â€œThe cost of the building will be covered under the bond passed, and we should be fine providing for all of the other planned facility needs,â€? said Nelson. Students are very keen to the idea of increasing the size as it gives more opportunity to increase knowledge. â€œI think that it was a great idea to increase the size of the Career Academy. It wouldnâ€™t be smart to build a building that isnâ€™t substantial for the programs NFBOU GPS JU É¨BU KVTU XPVMEOU NBLF sense,â€? said sophomore Brady Cox. t"MFYBOESJB(PPEZL BHPPEZL!QFMMBEJVNDPN
Teachers enhance student learning with e-books With the implementation of the 1:1 laptop program, many changes have emerged in how teachers teach. More assignments are online, different programs are being used, and more classes are using the laptops as a resource. One of the more recent teaching innovations is the use of online workbooks. For years language and math classes have used workbooks that were disposed at the end of each semester or school year. Online assignment books allow students to do the same assignments, but in an environmentally friendly way. â€œThe school bought the online workbooks in May, but unfortunately we didnâ€™t get the information we needed. We are all learning how to use them,â€? said Spanish teacher Paloma Soria. â€œThere are options that require extra time for the teacher to figure out how to use, like quizzes, tests, games. Right now, we are working on writing practice. We will start listening practice very soon.â€? The program has been viewed as successful so far. Being able to hear as well as write a foreign language allow students to advance at a faster rate of learning than past years. So far, Soriaâ€™s college Spanish class is the only class of hers using online books. These new tools have also been helpful for math classes around the school. Math teacher Wade VanVark offered some insight on why the faculty made the choice of going in the direction of online books. â€œWe knew the paperbacks would not survive going in and out of bags, being left in the back of cars, etc. The e-version also offered some valuable features, such as text highlighting, taking notes within the text itself, and a mobile version students can access on their phones or tablets. And, the timing was right with all students having laptops this year.â€?, said VanVark. Just as in the Spanish classes, these books are only being used in Core math classes. These classes have become an experiment of sorts for the school to test and see if online textbooks will work. Fortunately, the results have been mostly positive in both classes. â€œSo far, theyâ€™ve been working pretty well as a textbook. Some of the students seem to really be utilizing the highlighting and note taking features. In a math class, there is still a lot of pencil and paper work, but as a text book e-version is great,â€? said VanVark. t+3%PSNBO KEPSNBO!QFMMBEJVNDPN
Math curriculum expands to meet more needs The math program, like many other aspects of the high school, have experienced changes this school year. A new class, Core Math 1 has been added to the curriculum, which is the first of three classes that make up a new program to be added over three years. The book used for the course is an e-book that students download onto their laptop. The only fundamental change, however, is the order in which parts of the curriculum JTUBVHIUÉ¨FTBNFNBUFSJBMJTDPWFSFE KVTUPOBOFCPPLBOEJOBEJĂŞFSFOUGPSNBUBOE order. .BUIUFBDIFS%PVH$VUMFSIBTNBEFDIBOHFTJOUIFXBZIFUFBDIFT HJWJOHTUVEFOUT more of a chance to construct their own knowledge. â€œI no longer spend much class time giving formal notes. Â Notes are taken and concepts understood while doing problems or answering questions that come up,â€? said Cutler. 5FBDIFSTBOETUVEFOUTBMJLFBSFBEKVTUJOHUPUIJTQSPHSBN â€œAny change takes time to perfect. We are in the transition of perfecting our lesson plans for the books. This always causes a bit more difficulty for students at first, but as time passes, both teachers and students will become accustomed to the expectations,â€? said Cutler. Although transitions from one program to another can be difficult, the new program has had a positive impact on studentâ€™s grades and confidence in their math skills. â€œThe grades are much higher compared to the course that Core Math 1 replaced. I think the new program will definitely have a positive impact on studentsâ€™ confidence and how they apply the math they learn, and hopefully that leads to students achieving a level of success beyond what they maybe would have otherwise,â€? said math teacher Wade VanVark. Students in Core Math I agree and are positively impacted by the new class. i*FOKPZUIFOFXQSPHSBNCFDBVTFJUTTUSVDUVSFEJOBXBZUIBUIFMQTNFVOEFSTUBOE NBUICFUUFSBOEXJMMIFMQNFXJUINPSFEJĂŻDVMUNBUIMBUFSPO wTBJEKVOJPS.JDIFMMF Nieuwsma. t$ISJTUJOB(VBMUJFSJ DHVBMUJFSJ!QFMMBEJVNDPN
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3 Current From Oreos to invisible ropes Page Editor: Derrick Akers
From students baiting kids with Oreo cookies, to having students standing across the road from each other acting like they were holding an invisible rope. Sociology students are required to have one experiment that they test numerous times with different people. The students either worked alone or in a small group. Some students experimented with students from the school while others ran their experiment on random people in the community. Sociology teacher Jerod Garland said he enjoys seeing students out of their comfort zone, which results in this project each year. â€œPart of sociology is understanding how theories about people are created and tested. I love these experiments because my students get to become sociologists as they gather real-life data. I also enjoy seeing my students have to get out of their comfort zones and interact with people, which I think students like. The interesting part is always seeing the results. How many people in Pella complain about bad parking? How many people donâ€™t enjoy having their personal bubble invaded? Are people treated different because of their physi-
cal appearance? There were experiments covering all of these topics, and the results often surprise us as a class. We usually discover that Pella is filled with a lot of good people,â€? said Garland. Senior Tara Schuring conducted an Oreo cookie experiment with partner Sierra Williams. She gave a kid an Oreo in a room and told them that if they waited 10 minutes they could have another one. She was really surprised what results she got from her experiment. Â â€œMy little sister waited in the room and acted like she was doing home work. Most of the little kids didnâ€™t wait the 10 minutes. Most actually ate it a few seconds after my partner and I left. I really enjoyed doing this experiment, and I really like the resultsâ€? said Schuring. Senior Sean Rennich decided to go a different route. Rennich and his partner Levi Azinger decided to do an experiment involving him and his partner standing across the road from each other. The two acted like they were holding an invisible rope. He was very surprised and excited with his results. â€œMy partner and I were trying to see if people would stop or slow down because they thought something was there. It was funny to see how some people would completely stop and some would drive through it. I was very surprised by my results,â€? said Rennich. t$PSFZ&MMJPUU DFMMJPUU!QFMMBEJVNDPN
study hall productivity
Students expand knowledge through classes at Central
Going to study hall and being expected to abide by what the name says, studying, has not been the norm at the high school until the decision this year was made to transform the culture of the class. The attempt to change the feel of the previously known time for students to â€œmess aroundâ€? started at the surface with a name change. Now, in iStudy, students are expected to take the initiative to better their study habits and their grades. The effect on students so far seems to be a positive one. 4UVEFOU "TTJTUBOU $FOUFS 4VQFSWJTPS Lisa Vande Lune supervises iStudy periods throughout the day while providing students with homework help when needed. â€œI am here to assist students if they need it. I watch studentsâ€™ grades, check missing assignments, and basically try to keep them from falling behind,â€? said Vande Lune. Vande Lune formerly substituted in last yearâ€™s study halls. She has noticed a change in studentsâ€™ productivity in the improved iStudy. â€œThe consistency of what happens in study hall is much better now. Students are coming and getting their work done for the most part,â€? said Vande Lune. Part of the consistency is credited to 1:1 laptops. Instead of students requiring a pass to sign out to the library just to go to socialize, they have everything at their fingertips.
â€œPreviously, most students would check out to the library, but this year everyone has a computer, so thereâ€™s no need,â€? said VandeLune. However, teachers are not the only ones noticing a difference in studentsâ€™ habits. Students are also realizing the change for the better. â€œFrom last year, my study habits have changed because I can get work done. Last year in study hall I used it as a reading time; I couldnâ€™t focus on my homework because of all the distractions around me,â€? said TPQIPNPSF$BOEBDF.JUDIFM Less distraction and smaller amount of students in an iStudy is credited to another change. iStudy is divided, and the two sections are completely dependent on certain criteria which includes the studentâ€™s GPA and attendance. The â€œprivilegedâ€? iStudy is located in the library. â€œBeing in the library has affected me positively because I am able to get quieter work time with less noise to distract me,â€? said sophomore Adam Sievers. Although the new system may have its flaws, the effects have been positive. â€œItâ€™s certainly not perfect yet, and maybe it never will be, but itâ€™s a better atmosphere,â€? said Vande Lune. t.FHBO ,PPLFS NLPPLFS!QFMMBEJVN DPN
Leaving school, driving 10 blocks and starting an advanced, college level class at $FOUSBM$PMMFHFUIJTJTBMMBQBSUPGEBJMZMJGF for a student here. Senior Nathan Boertje, who is enrolled JO$BMDVMVTBU$FOUSBM$PMMFHF TBJEUIJT class includes reviewing and learning new equations. #PFSUKFT NPUIFS $ZOEJ #PFSUKF JT UIF IFBE PG 4UVEFOU 4VQQPSU 4FSWJDFT 444 which allowed Nathan to enrol in this class. The S.S.S. is â€œin chargeâ€? of studentsâ€™ academic lives in high school and in college, including things like tutoring students in and out of school, giving advice on course selection and numerous other services. Boertje leaves at noon and arrives back to the high school halfway through sixth period, driving to-and-from the high school. â€œIâ€™m just there for 50 minutes, so I really donâ€™t know the difference [between high school and college],â€? said Boertje. He was accepted because he had already enrolled and completed one year of $BMDVMVT B IJHI TDIPPM MFWFM DMBTT )F chose to do this class is simply because he felt â€œless challengedâ€? at the high school than BU$FOUSBM â€œThere wasnâ€™t a class that challenged me
enough [at the high school], so I chose to UBLFUIFDMBTTBU$FOUSBM wTBJE#PFSUKF Boertje isnâ€™t the only one taking a collegelevel class, numerous other students of all grades are enrolled at college-level classes here. Some of the classes include Principles PG &OHJOFFSJOH "NFSJDBO -JUFSBUVSF 8FTUFSO$JWJMJ[BUJPOBNPOHPUIFS Not only that, but some students are enrolled in a pre-education class. One of the TUVEFOUTFOSPMMFEJTTFOJPS/BUBMJB&TQPOJTB â€œ8F OFWFS BDUVBMMZ HP UP $FOUSBM UIF class is here in the high school. The class itself is different from a high school class because it expects more out of you,â€? said &TQJOPTB Students have earned 3,004 college credits GPSUIFTDIPPMZFBS BWFSBHJOHPVU to students at the high school receiving over 15 college-level credits per student. â€œI would say [the class is] difficult of course, because itâ€™s a college class, but I do FOKPZJUwTBJE&TQJOPTB t+BDL4ZUTNB KTZTUTNB!QFMMBEJVNDPN
Current Where Are They Now? Band takes flight
10. 29. 2013
Page Editor: Ben Konfrst
Marielle Gaiser graduated Pella High School with the class of 2012. She transferred from Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University Purdue-University of Indianapolis (IUPUI) and is currently attending the University of Northern Iowa.
What are the major differences between an art school and a state school? â€œA section of the college was an art school. The big difference is the people. Every day at art school you can wear whatever you want, and nobody will look at you twice. People at art school are more interesting to talk to; I could see eye to eye with them better.â€? What is your current major? â€œMy major is currently communications, focusing more on communications and e-media, so more like radio, TV, broadcasting and things of that nature.â€? What are you involved in at UNI? â€œI have a couple different things I do. I go to the radio station and DJ once a week on 94.5 KULT, and I am also involved in a morning show position. You have to build a personality as a person on the radio that people want advice from. Also, I started a
track club at UNI, where people who enjoy track can get together on a club team.â€? What is it like being a DJ? â€œItâ€™s really interesting because you have to solely rely on your voice to communicate with people, and canâ€™t use your hands to interact. I like it because you donâ€™t have to look good; you just have to show up wearing whatever. It can be boring unless youâ€™re with great people.â€?
Any advice you would give to high school students? â€œThere are people that say they donâ€™t have time in college for anything besides a job. In college there arenâ€™t any people who are cool and nerdy. If youâ€™re interested in a major it requires experience. Join a club that a) you enjoy; and b) is beneficial to you. Think about your future. The clubs Iâ€™m doing benefit me for future employment. An undergrad is only four years, so get involved, join a club, get an internship and meet cool people.â€? t"BSPO 7BO .BBOFO BWBONBBOFO! pelladium.com)
â€œOn Air,â€? this yearâ€™s band show, is about the wonderment of flight and angels. Thatâ€™s for the general public. To others, the show celebrates Blake Van Varkâ€™s life. Blake Van Vark was a sophomore when he was killed in a car accident during February of 2012. He played percussion in band and was an involved student at the high school. â€œâ€˜On Airâ€™ is also a show that honors Blake Van Vark and what he meant to us as a band, school and as a community,â€? said band director Jason Pentico. The marching band is performing â€œ1000 Airplanes on the Roof â€? and â€œTo Tame the Perilous Skies.â€? Many forms appear during the show, such as a propeller and wings created at the grand finale. Color guard also portrays the elements of flight. The silk flags are shaped like wings and during the ballad, sophomore Tiffany Olson is lifted by other members representing flight. Although many talented seniors were
lost to graduation, this is not stopping the Marching Dutch. Every year has its challenges, but the band is still standing strong with 163 members. Senior Joe Criscuolo and juniors Colin Jones and Klaire De Vos are this yearâ€™s drum majors. â€œThe goal of this yearâ€™s season is to maximize the potential of the show, have everyone grow and work harder than they ever have and show what we can be as a group,â€? said Pentico. The Marching Dutch has participated in the Pella Invitational and took home the win for Class 3A in Urbandale, Valley and Ankeny. The band also earned a division one rating at the IHSMA Marching Competion in Pella. In addition to a division one rating, the Marching Dutch received first overall at Ankeny, fourth overall at Valleyfest and second overall at Urbandale. t-BVSFM4UFMUFS MTUFMUFS!QFMMBEJVNDPN
Students adjust to new program LanSchool
Now that teachers have LanSchool, teachers are able to use this educational tool in their classrooms. LanSchool is a network that staff members are using to view studentsâ€™ screens via their computer. It is also used to control screen at certain points when a teacher wants to give directions. â€œI think LanSchool is useful because teachers can make sure students arenâ€™t doing bad stuff. If they are doing bad things, teachers can turn the website off on the studentâ€™s computer,â€? said junior Jack Meyer. LanSchool includes a screen monitor, keystroke monitor, teacher-to-student chat feature, URL monitor and other features. â€œI think it can be a useful learning tool depending on how itâ€™s used. Being able to show everyone at the same time the exact directions is a useful learning tool. I think
teachers need to remember that it is an educational tool and not a punishment tool. For example, I donâ€™t stare at my screen just to find someone to get in trouble.â€? said chemistry teacher Erin Yoder. The reasoning behind this network is that teachers are wanting to make sure students are on task. Itâ€™s also a helpful tool for students to get a better understanding of directions when theyâ€™re using their computers. Teachers also use it for quizzes. â€œLanSchool is useful in multiple ways, from teachers giving out quizzes and tests to being able to demonstrate things to students and being able to observe the students as well,â€? said Principal Eric Nelson. t"MFUUB7FSIFZ BWFSIFZ!QFMMBEJVNDPN
>>>VALLEYFEST TIME. Tuba members gather before the competition to encourage each other through jokes and prayer. Drum Majors Klaire De Vos and Colin Jones, juniors, and Joe Criscuolo, senior, salute the audience at awards. Color guard captains Sydney De Nooy, Carrie Vande Haar, Regan Nelson and Bri Buzick, seniors, join the drum majors for a group shot. Freshman Hannah Emmert plays her clarinet during the bandâ€™s performance. Sophomore Nathan Henry, freshman Jessa Bokhoven, and sophomore Paige Munson engage in pre-competition warm-ups. Senior Carrie Vande Haar executes a color guard solo toward the end of the performance. Senior Tom Palmer and junior Mikayla Huston make last minute adjustments before they take the field. t1IPUPTCZ"OESFX1BWMBU
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Debate members: Juniors Colin Jones, Hannah Smart, Leah Wilborn, Matthew Sutija, Christina Gualtieri, Jeannie Etnyre and Anna Jaarsma, Sophomores Adam Sievers and Kate VanRoekel, Freshmen Bellara Huang and Mark Sutija
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10. 24. 2013
PAGE EDITOR: Garret Jansen
Boilermakers lure Jansen
Every athlete has the dream of playing their favorite sport past their high school years. field training to not only be a great high school football player, but to also be a recognized With the talent, determination and heart, this dream can be achieved. by some of the better universities of the midwest. Purdue University was one of the first to Several Pella high athletes have accomplished these dreams and are playing at various contact Jansen. universities and colleges across the nation. The class of 2013 produced several outstanding Jansen was invited to the Northern Illinois vs Purdue game at Ross-Ade Stadium to sit athletes in several sports including, football, track and field, soccer, softball, baseball and on the Boilmakers’ sideline. cross country. “I had a positive experience at Purdue. Even though the game was not in their favor at One of these student athletes looking the end I really enjoyed my visit to West for the next level is junior Garret Jansen. Lafayette. The coaches were very nice and I Jansen has been playing football for as really got to see what they were like in the long as he remembers. heat of the moment. The field was very nice “My first memory of football is and the weather was beautiful for a football putting on the pads and my ISU jersey game,” said Jansen and I went downstairs and played Jansen has also been contacted by several football against the imaginary players. other schools in the Big Ten and Big Twelve Also playing tackle football against my conferences. But he learned that if he wanted neighbors on the football field we made the recruits to notice him, he would have to in our yard,” said Jansen put his name out there. Jansen started out by playing flag “Summer camps have given me an idea of football in the local recreational league what college coaches are looking for as well before joining a tackle football team as new techniques that I have never heard that played in Marshalltown every of before. They are also humbling because Saturday morning. He continued from there are so many good players at these camps that point on and really got after it. being recruited by major colleges around the “I lifted a lot of weights and was nation. I have been to the ISU, Nebraska involved in basketball and track in and FCA. This summer I plan to make a order to better my top speed and agility. big circuit to wherever has been showing the I also went to camps in the summer and >>>Junior Garret Jansen waits for the ball to snap against Norwalk. Jansen had six tackles, two solo sacks that most interest in me,” said Jansen conditioned with the football team this night. •Photo by Ashley Kirkland •Andrew Pavlat (firstname.lastname@example.org) summer in the mornings.” Jansen has put in countless hours in the weight room and on the
The time commitment to coach high school sports is considerable. Football coach Dave Bensink has taken it to a new level. Despite having moved to Cody, Wyo., this past summer, Bensink returned in order to help coach the varsity football team. Dave and his wife Jan decided to move in order to be closer to family. “Our oldest daughter and children live there and have lived there for 15 years. We had been thinking about moving there for 10 years, and when Jan retired, we knew we could do it,” said Bensink. Returning to Pella from Cody is not a short trip. “The drive is 14 hours, about 1,050-some miles,” said Bensink. The reason for returning to coach the team is quite simple. “I like watching this team play, and I like the coaching staff. Next year my granddaughter goes into high school and plays
•Photo Credit Drew VandeLune
volleyball, so it may change things,” said Bensink. The current senior class is also the group that Bensink coached during their seventh and eighth grade years. This influenced him to return this year. It has not all been easy being away from his new home in Cody. “The hardest part is being away from Jan and being away from home, because that is our home now,” said Bensink. “He [Mr. Bensink] has a great respect for all the guys. He brings wisdom, knoledge, and a sense of really caring for the guys and for football. His feelings for the kids are valuable,” said Coach Jay McKinstrey. Bensink is not certain about what his future in coaching holds but he is keeping an open mind. “I don’t know. I always say ‘Never say never’. To coach in Wyoming I would need to get a new coaching certification. We will see,” said Bensink. Despite all the challenges that arose with coaching this season, Bensink says it is all worth it. “It is worth it. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the team play,” said Bensink. “I will miss his presence and his interaction with the kids. It will be hard (without him there),” said McKinstrey. •Gregory Frommelt (email@example.com) >>>Coach Dave Bensink (left) shakes hands with offensive and defensive line coach Brian Huddle after the game against Oskaloosa Oct. 18. The Dutch won the game 35-7 to claim the district champion title.
>>>Volleyball players were among the athletes who wore pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness. “I do have a personal connection to breast cancer .... I think it is a way to honor people who have either battled it or lost something from it,” said senior captain Regan Nelson.
Supporting good causes...
Breast Cancer, Haiti Pella and Pella Christian squared off in early October for volleyball bragging rights, but the two rivals came together to be better together. “Many Hands for Haiti (MH4H) is a Pella-based, non-profit organization that works in the North Central Plateau region of Haiti,” said volleyball coach Catie Brand whose husband Tim leads the group. Their program’s focus on youth development, economic development, ethical feeding, clean water and health care. The event included cutting up old t-shirts and making them into diapers for young children in Haiti. “It was really awesome to play our rivals in a game we both love, yet at the same time, we were coming together for a bigger and better cause. It was amazing to see the impact,” said senior Taelor Rempe. The event raised $400 for MH4H. •Andrew Pavlat (firstname.lastname@example.org) Pink attire and accessories on the field or court have shown up all through October to support Breast Cancer Awareness. “I do participate in breast cancer awareness donations and am always willing to support the cause even though I don’t have a personal affliction with it nor does anybody that I really know of, ” said sophomore quarterback and defensive back Noah Clayberg. Recently, freshman Jordan Rempe’s mom Joyce was diagnosed with breast cancer. Jordan broke the news to the volleyball team Oct. 1 and gave all the players ribbons to wear while playing Pella Christian. “It means a lot that people show support of breast cancer because you don’t always think about cancer until it happens to someone you love,” said Rempe. •Garret Jansen (email@example.com)
10. 29. 2013
WHAT IT TAKES ... to be a Pella High student
â€œYou have to be smart and athletic.â€? Senior Anna Van Roekel â€œCommitment. You have to be very dedicated to your education and extracurriculars because we take it very seriously here.â€? Sophomore Emily Masek â€œYou have to make a lot of friends.â€? Freshman Austin Lemons â€œThe relationships and a daily commitment to improve if you come with these things in mind, most every student can be successful.â€? XC Coach, iStudy supervisor Mike Buchheit â€œDedication, respect for other people and willingness to learn.â€? Senior Trevor Sterk
Coach Garland makes sure that if people are spending their time in the off-season to better themselves that he uses that to the teams advantage. â€œI think, in general, there are many more opportunities for athletes to improve all over the state. If coaches donâ€™t take advantage of them, their teams are going to get passed by teams that are,â€? said Garland. If someone is a high school athlete, most of the time that means that they have played that sport before and are experienced at what they do. â€œToday, I do expect kids to show up physically ready to play, which means we spend less time doing that in practice. I also have an expectation kids do know more about the game themselves, so I do probably start them at a higher level of technique,â€? said Huddle. The expectations for athletes to use their resources to the fullest as well. With new scouting technology, athletes are expected to use it the fullest. â€œ Right now we just ask kids to watch and try to get them to learn from it. Some kids obviously do more than others. A lot of it comes down to time, and the time we ask of kids,â€? said Huddle. The main thing to realize is that this is just high school sports, who they are in competition is not what defines them as a person. â€œI expect my players to remember that basketball is just one aspect out of many of their high school lives and that wins and losses do not define them as an individual,â€? said Garland. t(BSSFU+BOTFO HKBOTFO!QFMMBEJVNDPN
For all, a challenge to live up to national recognition
he high school strives for success in anything it is involved in. It shines in both athletics and fine arts, and academics are no exception. All that students and faculty members have given to be a successful part of the school district certainly pays off. It was recently released that the school is ranked the 13th best public high school in the state of Iowa according to research conducted by U.S. News and World Report. This placement is an accomplishment considering there are 356 public high schools in Iowa. What does it take to be a high school ranked in Iowaâ€™s top 20? The list was tabulated using four factors: student-to-teacher ratio, college readiness, and,
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the math and reading proficiency scores on the state exit exam taken by seniors. With a student-to-teacher ratio of 15:1, the high schoolâ€™s ratio was larger than most schools. However, the next deciding factor was college readiness. This was based on the percentage of seniors who were tested and passed an AP exam. With a percentage of 19.5, the high school placed 13th in this category reflecting the overall placement. The last component for placement was studentsâ€™ average proficiency in math and reading on the state exit exam where the high school resulted in 84% proficiency in reading and 85% in math proficiency. These above average scores resulted in the high ranking. However, test scores and student-to-teacher ratios are merely the surface of what makes the school excel academically. Principal Eric Nelson believes the root of success is much deeper than test scores alone. â€œI think we have great kids who are committed along with parents, the community and outstanding staff. We have kids that come in and are held to high expectations, and they achieve those expectations,â€? said Nelson. Not only does the administration take pride in the recent ranking, but students recognize their success in the effort they put forth. Students weighed in on what they believe the reason is that the school is ranked so high on the list. Junior Mandy Nossaman believes the community of Pella is an important factor. â€œThe culture of Pella is a culture striving for excellence,â€? said Nossaman. For the complete list of Iowa high school rankings, visit: http://www. usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/iowa/rankings?int=9038ff t.FHBO,PPLFS NLPPLFS!QFMMBEJVNDPN
he pressure to succeed is never higher than during oneâ€™s high school years. Here, this pressure is even greater, due to the schoolâ€™s reputation for academic excellence. GPA, ACT and class rank are more important than at many schools, and the criteria for doing well in these fields is higher than many places. College is a constant issue looming overhead, and knowing what it takes to make the cut is important. Automatic admission to major universities is determined by a studentâ€™s Regent Admission Index (RAI score). In Iowa, the minimum RAI score for automatic admission is 245 for all three of the major universities. This number may seem high, and somewhat confusing, but the formula for finding your RAI score is easily available. For this yearâ€™s senior class, the average GPA (the GPA that gets you to 50% class rank) is just under 3.2. In comparison, the average GPA at Knoxville for their senior class is 2.8. A 3.2 GPA in Knoxville would put you at about 65% for class rank. The average ACT score here last year was 25.1. This is only .2 less than the average ACT of 25.3 at Ames High School, ranked #3 in the state. Having completed the minimum number of core classes and having the average GPA for the senior class, oneâ€™s RAI score would be a 179 before figuring in ACT composite score. In order to get to 245 and receive automatic admission, your ACT score would have to be a 33, a full 7.9 points above the average here. In comparison, the same GPA at Knoxville would get you to 245 with an ACT score of 25. Seeing how high Pellaâ€™s expectations are can be both a blessing and a curse. It is important to realize that automatic admission is far from the only way into college. Most students are admitted to college after their application is reviewed by an admissions officer, NOT by automatic admission. If one has a solid GPA and a good ACT score, even if the RAI score is low, one can still be accepted into most state schools. This schoolâ€™s high average GPA and high average ACT helps students strive for excellence. Although many may feel inadequate here, one must see that at Pella excellence is the norm. It is important to look past class rank and judge on academic performance, rather than in comparison to others. t$MBJSF"OEFSTPO DMBJSFBOEFSTPO!TUVEFOUQFMMBLJBVT
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xpectations. These seem to be piling up on athletes today as opposed to previous generations. Parentsâ€™ stories from back in their day seem to be the opposite of athletes today. Coaches today have noticed a change in their expectations for their athletes even at the high school level. Much of this is because of the opportunities athletes have today. â€œThe expectations are much more that in years past. Most of that is attributed to off-season conditioning and off-season availability to sports like AAU and club teams,â€? said coach Brian Huddle, who is in his 34th year of coaching. This is not saying that the past generations were less competitive; they still wanted to win just as bad as athletes today do. â€œI would say that there are more expectations now. Thatâ€™s not to say previous generations were less competitive. Athletes from previous years wanted to win just as badly as athletes do now. I just think that there are so many more opportunities for athletes to take advantage of today,â€? said basketball/ baseball coach Jerod Garland. If the players have more expectations, one would think that the coaches may have to change their coaching strategies. â€œI have not changed much coaching-wise, but I think we do feel that kids are expected to come to practice and be in shape. There is no doubt that offseason conditioning has better prepared kids,â€? said Huddle.
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eing a student in Pella creates a busy schedule as it is, but most students manage to fit a job into their hectic schedules. Itâ€™s even crazier when a student participates in an extracurricular activity. Some people donâ€™t have much time to spend time with their friends or family, even in their free time due to projects, homework, jobs, and extra curriculars. Senior Dakota Schnell works 15 to 20 hours a week at Fareway, but during football season he works about six hours a week. He usually works on Saturdays because thatâ€™s the only day he is available. â€œWorking a job can get busy, but I like being busy. I like my schedule now because I can sleep Saturday and wake up and go to work,â€? said Schnell. Junior Lori VanHeukelom works 25 hours or more at Dairy Queen during every weekend and at least two nights during the week. â€œItâ€™s not hard to balance my schedule out because my boss works with my hours I can work. Itâ€™s easy, and I get enough hours to have a good paycheck.â€? said junior Lori VanHeukelom. Some students go from practice for a sport straight to their show choir practice, meaning they donâ€™t get home to relax or hang out with friends until later that evening. Having a busy schedule can cause stress, both good and bad. Once a person has adapted to their new schedule when school starts,
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they will no longer have the stress they once had. Junior Travis Baker works at Pella Motors cleaning after closing he also works at Culverâ€™s. He goes to football after school and works afterward for a couple hours three days a week. He cleans the shop on Saturday mornings as well. â€œMy schedule gets crazy because I have show choir after football and donâ€™t get to clean until nine, which means I get done around 11 at night. Then, I have homework until around midnight to one in the morning,â€? said Baker. t"MFUUB 7FSIFZ BWFSIFZ!QFMMBdium.com)
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â€œIt takes a lot of hard work and dedication. This school has been built on a strong base of intelligence. To be a good student here, it is important that you go to school.â€? Senior Jordan Pingel
â€œYou have to do cross country or let the cross country team mock you.â€? Sophomore Brad Bortscheller
â€œSchool spirit, and show all six pillars of character.â€? Freshman Hannah Emmert â€œYou have to be motivated.â€? Sophomore Brian Parr â€œPride, self esteem and dignity.â€? Freshman Kaitlyn Fairchild â€œPerseverance and Pella Pride.â€? Freshman Sophia Steenhoek
â€œAthletic talents.â€? Sophomore Cameron Miller
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â€œAthletic ability.â€? Sophomore Kenzie Nossaman â€œJust live in Pella.â€? Junior Matthew Sutija â€œYou have to have an understanding that youâ€™re a student first, not an athlete.â€? Freshman Josh Van Dusseldorp â€œIt takes a lot of commitment.â€? Senior Amber Williams
â€œTime.â€? Sophomore Dylan Tigne
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â€œTests are stressful because the expectations to get good grades is high. â€? Freshman Ben Tysseling
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â€œBeing expected to get good grades ... and to perform well in sports.â€? Sophomore Jordan Meyer
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â€œFinishing all of the homework on time,performing well on tests and sports.â€? Junior Megan Atkins
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â€œManaging time with activities outside of school and homework.â€? Senior Savannah Stralow
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With Halloween right around the corner the Pelladium staff has decided to address a critical part of Halloween. Costumes. Editors Greg Frommelt and Sarah Muller took it upon themselves to dish out a serving of fashion Halloween fashion advice.
gear. Meanwhile, â€œBreaking Badâ€? is off air and the best way to celebrate itâ€™s good run on television would be zipping up a yellow jumpsuit and putting on a beard. No extra props please.
POPULAR NOW. While we still are not quite sure what the fox says, no one will be BIG FOOT. I really donâ€™t understand why this is not a more common costume. I am not questioning who you are when you enter in a furry red costume. â€œThe Great Gatsbyâ€? may have been released in May, but everyone was reminded how great it was when it was recently released on DVD. Plus, it gives you an excuse to wear a nice suit or a flapper costume.
talking about the guy who thinks he is really cute and just wears big feet shoes. I want to see someone literally dressed up as the ape man that Big Foot is. I attempted this costume once and failed miserably. I would love to see someone try to pull it off.
HISTORIC. Almost anyone can go into their parentsâ€™ closets and find shameful clothes
around but no one feels the need to represent the guys who started the entire country. Throw on a hat and blazer and walk around with a copy of the Declaration of Independence. VOILĂ ! You can literally say you are any of the guys who signed their names on that paper. I suggest Elbridge Gerry. What a man!
from when their parents graced the halls of high school. If youâ€™re looking for something more unique, think recruitment posters. A red polka-dot bandana and a rolled-up jean shirt screams â€œWe can do it,â€? by Rosie the Riveter. Red, white and blue along with an iconic top hat and grey beard will pull off Uncle Samâ€™s â€œI Want You.â€?
KIDSâ€™ MOVIES. Did you ever participate in Boy Scouts? Time to pull out those well-
earned badges again and show them off as Russell from â€œUpâ€? along with a khaki button up and brown shorts. According to the minions from â€œDespicable Me,â€? overalls are trending with yellow shirts and goggles.
TV ICONS. â€œGleeâ€? is back on TV this month, which means the return of Sue Sylvester and her track suits. Head into your local Nike and pick out McKinley High red jogging
THE FOUNDING FATHERS. Seriously. Why can I see a hundred Snookis running
YETI. I kid! I kid! I am not putting two mythical creatures on my costume list, although I guess that is what I just did. They could be great costumes. Chupracabra? Centaurs? Fairies? I am kidding about the last one ladies. Fairies may make you look cute, but they are certainly not original.
AARON VAN MAANEN. My final idea. Throw on a crown and some wavy golden locks and have fun being the most liked and popular kid in the school. Despite popular belief, the drawn-on six pack is not required. However, it is recommended. t(SFHPSZ'SPNNFMU HGSPNNFMU!QFMMBEJVNDPN 4BSBI.VMMFS TNVMMFS!QFMMBEJVNDPN
Whether you curl up in fright or grab a bowl of popcorn, horror movies have been a tradition of Halloween for many years. Some movies may be awful, terrible and a disgrace to the moviemaking world, while others are seen as legendary, thought-provoking and imaginative. This may help you decide which horror movies to watch during this Halloween holiday.
1. â€œSinisterâ€? É¨JTNPWJFJTDSPXOFEUIFCFTUPGUIFCFTUi4JOJTUFSwIBTTIPXOXIBU every personâ€™s nightmare is.. and more. A novelist finds a box of old homemade films, but what he finds on them is too much to bear. If one wishes to be TRULY frightened, this film will surely make you jump. â€œEvil Deadâ€? É¨FSFNBLFUPUIFIPSSJGZJOHĂŤMNCSFBLTCBSSJFST BOEGPSNF is the only remake worthwhile to see. The movie which just came out this summer, shows what NOT to do when faced with a demented book the Naturon Demento. If one should read from the book, possesses the victimâ€™s body and torments those around him or her. â€œMamaâ€? É¨JTIPSSPSNPWJFJTPOFPGUIFGFXIPSSPSĂŤMNTNBEFSFDFOUMZUIBUJTOU complete trash. Although â€œMamaâ€? may have a few things that arenâ€™t completely amazing, it still deserves to be in the top five. After three children get abandoned by their father, they take shelter with a fictional mother Mama. But, Mama turns out to be not-so-fictional after all. 4. â€œThe Ringâ€? *GTPNFPOFXFSFUPMPPLGPSBOBCTPMVUFMZHPPEIPSSPSĂŤMN UIFOUIFZ should turn to â€œThe Ring,â€? the horrifying movie inside a movie. According to legend, there is an old videotape, which if someone were to view it, they would die seven days from that exact moment. This film is one of the most horrifyingly shocking films ever made. If you even consider yourself to be a horror movie junkie, â€œThe Ringâ€? should be considered a classic when it comes to horror films. 5. â€œInsidiousâ€? 1FPQMF IBWF CFFO UBMLJOH BCPVU UIJT ĂŤMN TJODF JUT SFMFBTF8JUI UIF second part out now, one shall see why the producers decided to make a second one. When a mother checks in on her sleeping son, she finds a disturbing fact- her son will not wake up! â€œInsidiousâ€? shows you the truly disturbing and frightening aspects of staying asleep and never waking up again.
1. â€œRubberâ€? É¨JTLJDLTPĂŞUIF5PQ'JWF8PSTU)PSSPS.PWJFT-JTU/VNCFSPOFHPFT to â€œRubber.â€? This â€œhorrorâ€? movie is anything but horrifying. The entire film is about a tire that rolls around and blows things up. With a tagline of â€œLittle tire, big dreams,â€? you canâ€™t expect too much out of this movie. The tire, named Robert, is found by a policeman and is taken in by the staff, but if you make Robert angry, it goes from Jekyll to Hyde in less than a second, taking the cake for the #1 worst horror film made in the past decade. â€œCabin in the Woodsâ€? É¨FDPODFQUGPSUIJTĂŤMNXBTHPPE CVUUIFBDUJOHBOETDSJQU ruined the chances for this movie ever getting off this list of awful horror movies. A cabin JOUIFNJEEMFPGUIFXPPET IFODFUIFOBNFi$BCJOJOUIF8PPETw XIFSFBGFXVOMVDLZ college students venture to. From there, it is up to the â€œgamemakersâ€? who will decide which people die and how they will die. This is still a little better than â€œRubber,â€? but still is a terrible excuse for a movie. â€œHuman Centipedeâ€? i)VNBO $FOUJQFEFw UBLFT ZPV JOTJEF UIF NJOE PG B GBJMJOH surgeon who takes up a new hobby, combining victims together one after another until they make a â€œhuman centipedeâ€?. This film is yet another mistake in the movie-making XPSME XIJDIJTXIZJTJUPOUIFUPQĂŤWFBXGVMĂŤMNTPGUIFEFDBEF 4. â€œV/H/Sâ€? &WFOUIPVHIUIFTQFDJBMFĂŞFDUTBSFJNQSFTTJWF UIFTUPSZMJOFCFIJOEUIF film is a little less-than-impressive. In fact, the storyline is so bad itâ€™s close to nonexistent. The story is pretty confusing because The only exciting part of this movie was the credits. 5. â€œParanormal Activity the Seriesâ€? É¨FGBNPVTTBZJOHiUIFZTIPVME have stopped after the first oneâ€? comes into play here. There is supposedly a fifth installment to the unwanted series. If you wish to waste your time waiting for a frightening moment for an hour-and-a-half.. go ahead and watch any film from this series. t+BDL4ZUTNB KTZUTNB!QFMMBEJVNDPN
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With the return of fall, the tank top and short shorts season is over. Included with the changing of the seasons are the foods and drinks that people are consuming. The following items have been deemed the best of fall and embody the spirit and feel of fall. Caramel Apple Cider Steamer: This drink just screams fall. One sip of this puppy brings back the days of melting caramel on the stove and dipping freshly picked Granny Smith apples and sprinkling toppings of your choice over this delectable item. This drink, available at Smokey Row, is made with exactly what you think it is caramel and succulent apple cider. These ingredients are steamed to a delightful temperature that will chase the chill out of every nook and cranny of your body. Chili: Chili is just fall food, simple as that. With its assortment of beans and ground meat, chili was specifically made for fall. Chili contains wholesome and filling ingredients, which is just what you want when youâ€™re freezing your tuckus off at a tailgate. Another great thing about chili is that there is no set way to make it. Say you like beef, you put beef in it. Youâ€™re a fan of tofu? No problem. Throw that stuff in. Chili is just a hearty collaboration of tastes that you enjoy thrown together into one scrumptious stew.
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Pumpkin Pie LattĂŠ: The pumpkin pie lattĂŠ craze is back. Simply put, this beverage is a liquified version of grandmaâ€™s best pumpkin pie. But, this drink is NPSFUIBOUIBUJUJTBIFMQGVMBOEDPNGPSUJOHSFNJOEFSUIBUGBMMJTCBDL7FSTJPOT PGUIJTMBUUĂ?DBOCFGPVOEBU.D%POBMET UIF#SFXBOE4NPLFZ3PXÉ¨JTJTKVTU the drink for a chilly night to warm your bones and give you a little energy if you need it. Cinnamon Rolls: Cinnamon rolls are a staple for every fall. The sweet taste of the melted frosting drizzled over a steaming roll with just enough cinnamon to give your taste buds a friendly hug, but not enough to smother them. These enticing treats can be found at both of the bakeries uptown, Smokey Row and the Windmill CafĂŠ, among other fine establishments. Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkin. This close relative of the winter squash embodies the whole essence of fall. What better way to celebrate this great vegetable than to bake it into a mouth-watering pumpkin pie? This pie is more than just a pie; this is a monument of what fall means. This is what the pumpkin is grown for; all the other pumpkin products are good, but pie is its main purpose. All said, pumpkin pie is just a succulent treat to enjoy in the fall. t$PMJO+POFT DKPOFT!QFMMBEJVNDPN
Youâ€™re in study hall and need some kind of song to listen to on Youtube to pass the time and get homework done. These 10 songs will pass the time and will aid you in getting homework done for class. They are not in any particular order; they are just 10 great songs.
with Josh Da
1. Â â€œWalking on a Dream,â€? Â Empire of the Sun The electronic beat for this is rhythmic and gets your body moving to the beat. 2. Â â€œTake A Walk,â€? Â Passion Pit This song is amazing. Anything by Passion Pit is moving and enthralling to the ears. 3. â€œPursuit Of Happiness,â€? Â Kid Cudi Instant classic. This song never gets old no matter how many years itâ€™s been out. 4. â€œElectric Feel Remix,â€? Â Justice Original song is great, but the remix by Justice makes it 10 times better. 5. Â â€œLondon Calling,â€? Â The Clash I never get tired of this song and am always hitting the replay button. 6. Â â€œSun Hands,â€? Â Local Natives Another instant classic a must listen to that will make your day anytime, anywhere. 7. â€œThe Winner Is,â€? Â Danna/Devotchka No words, but the harmonizing effect each instrument brings will make anyone notice how beautiful the world really is. 8. â€œ1901,â€? Â Phoenix %SJWJOHUPTDIPPMMJTUFOJOHUPUIJTXJMMNBLFJUGFFMMJLFZPVSFTUSFFUSBDJOHPSJOUIF midst of a Nascar race. 9. â€œMidnight City,â€? Â M83 Once you hear this you donâ€™t want it to end. Just keep hitting the replay button. 10. â€œD.A.N.C.E,â€? Â Justice Electronica pop to its finest, its so catchy and the music video is a must watch. t+PTI%B KEB!QFMMBEJVNDPN
Top Tweets for October
1. Seth Johnson- @Seth_Johnson007
5. Macy Nossaman- @macynossaman
Yay fall I canâ€™t wait for sweaters and leaves and pumpkin spice lattes! ..Jk I just donâ€™t want to shave my legs anymore.
6. Megan Reinier- @meganreinier
Just tried to unlock my locker with my car keys. Itâ€™s gonna be a long day. #tired
7. Jay Belding- @JayBelding
Iâ€™m so glad I could show the whole student body how well I can twerk & shake my booty in the lip sync. Oh & my mom too, she was there also
What is soy milk is just regular milk introducing itself in Spanish...
2. Samantha Wassenaar- @sami_wassenaar
Iâ€™ve used yesteryear in a legitimate sentence. The day is over, everyone go home.
Some little girl at the game: â€œis the king your husband?â€? #lawl
3. Ryan Wichhart- @ry_wich16
You know itâ€™s been a good day when you get your butt stuck in the desk as you try and sit down.... #datbooty
4. Mackenzie Gustafson- @KenzieGus15
Iâ€™m stuck with an old Blackberry that only works plugged in, so I hope all of you break your iPhones tonight.
8. Zach Corwin- @JoshCunningham69 9. Ross Vande Weerd- @RossyAllen
Sometimes I just wanna get out of bed and walk around outside. Then I realize that the bad guys can get me out there.
10. A nna Van Roekel- @annavanroekel23
After 3 sandwiches, winning our volleyball game, and 3 scotcheroos.. Iâ€™m satisfied
PAGE EDITOR: Sarah Muller
... is important in todayâ€™s society, especially social networking. In a tech-savvy world we KDYHVRXUFHVOLNH)DFHERRN7ZLWWHUDQG3LQWHUHVWDWRXUĂ€QJHUWLSV:HDOVRKDYHWKHDEOLOity to send a message in seconds to anyone in the world. Eighty-four students completed a survey Sept. 26 addressing different sources of technology and their uses.
Do you use Pinterest for school?
â€œIâ€™m a foods teacher and tend to work with creative students. I use it for students to see ideas and recipes for the class. It can be used as an educational and organizing tool. Itâ€™s a good site for students to collaborate.â€? -Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Kathy VanNorden
If Facebook was allowed during school hours, would you visit the Pelladium Facebook page?
â€œIt [the results] doesnâ€™t shock me because Facebook would be widely used around the school.â€? 6RSKRPRUH$QQH:LOOLDPVRQ â€œFacebook is too much to keep track of; Twitter is more VLPSOLĂ€HG)DFHERRNLVWRRFOXWWHUHGZLWKLQIRUPDWLRQ I like simple.â€? -Freshman Ben Tysseling
How many hours do you spend on Facebook per week? 100-Above: 16.5% 76-100: 7% 51-75: 3.5% 26-50: 32% 0-25: 41%
0: 49% 1-2: 38% 3-4: 3.5% 5-Above: 9.5% â€œTwitter has more advantages because nobodyâ€™s parents are on Twitter so you can say whatever you want, unlike Facebook.â€? - Senior Ethan Butler
8-Above: 10% 4-7: 20% 0-3: 70%
83% No â€œThis doesnâ€™t surprise me because with everyoneâ€™s activities, I think people have so much going on that they donâ€™t have time to text.â€? -Senior Kayla Bentz
â€œI spend two hours a week on Facebook. I am too busy to spend that much time on Facebook.â€?-Junior Megan Atkins â€œI spend no time on Facebook. Facebook is boring to me now.â€?-Freshman Josie Vroom