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Schwendemanns: Mr. and Mrs. Schwendemann met at school. Mrs. Schwendemann said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He came around my room all of the time!â&#x20AC;? Their first date was right before the graduation of the Class of 2003. Mr. Schwendemann picked Mrs. Schwendemann up in his corvette. They have been married for 7-and-a-half years and have two children, their daughter Taylor is 6 and their son Carter is 4.

Lambs: Mr. and Mrs. Lamb met at a first day teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting in 2005. Their first date was for pizza at Balducciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and then a movie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was not expecting a date,â&#x20AC;? said Mrs. Lamb. She said their first â&#x20AC;&#x153;realâ&#x20AC;? date was to the Art Museum and dinner at Puckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. They have been married for 4 years-and-one month and just recently had their first child. Gnarls Barkleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crazyâ&#x20AC;? is one of their special songs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not because we wanted it to be, but when we were dating, it was on the radio all of the time,â&#x20AC;? said Mrs. Lamb.

Hahns: The Hahns are certainly the longest relationship here at Pattonville; they will have their 22nd anniversary in August. After almost 22 years, they have a daughter, Emily, and a son, Matt. Although they went to high school together at Pattonville, they did not start dating until they both became teachers. On their first date, Mr. Hahn taught Mrs. Hahn how to golf.

Heyman and Waldrop: Mr. Heyman and Ms. Waldrop met while both teaching summer school in 2010. Their first date is up for debate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was when we went to play golf, but Ms. Waldrop thinks it was when we went to see â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty and the Beastâ&#x20AC;? at the Muny,â&#x20AC;? said Heyman. They have been dating for over a year and a half; Heyman and Waldrop are planning a wedding after having been engaged since May 2011. According to Heyman, the song that reminds them of one another is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stuck like Glueâ&#x20AC;? by Sugarland.

Hauser and Wynn: Ms. Hauser and Mr. Wynn have been dating a little over a year; they met while teaching at Pattonville. Their first date was to Stone Cottage Soup. They are now engaged and busy planning a wedding.

Grimshaws: Like the rest of the teacher couples at Pattonville High School, the Grimshaws met at school. For their first date, they went to Gian-Tonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on The Hill. They have been married for 2 and a half years. Wanting to make their wedding dance more special than just swaying back and forth, they went to dance lessons before the big day. Their wedding song was Moondance. Together they have a 15-month old named Audrey and a baby boy expected in April. They also have another girl named Elise; she is 3 years old.

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of computers that stay here,â&#x20AC;? technology specialist Jamie Richter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We almost have a computer for every kid (in the school). So this is the first time ever that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll provide students with a resource like this.â&#x20AC;? According to Richter, there are many additional opportunities that come with the MacBook Air. Obviously it will help teachers educate the students, but he also believes it will increase out-of-class work tremendously. Richter believes the MacBook Airs will be beneficial for the school because they will provide digital learning environments for the students. This has been tested through using the Moodle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like giving the students a book. This educational tool will be a really nice crockpot device, which

can help students store all of their information and learn.â&#x20AC;? In addition, the device comes with many of the same programs the school offers. The Microsoft Office, Apple iWork and Apple iLife suites will all be installed on the provided computers. There will be programs with textbooks, homework practice and assignments, and documents for improved projects. Most importantly, each department will need different programs for their particular learning environment. Some classes may only use the Moodle, but departments met during the Professional Development day on Jan. 13 to decide what other programs and applications would need to be installed on the laptop computers in order to successfully teach their courses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the math depart-

ment will use Pages, Keynote, and Numbers mainly,â&#x20AC;? said geometry teacher Tammy Hasheider, an iLearn pilot teacher participant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyone who teaches geometry will want Geometer Sketchpad and MathType would be helpful, too.â&#x20AC;? Each program can help educate students in specific ways. Hasheider considers MathType as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;icing on the cake documentâ&#x20AC;? because it will help students type complicated math equations, symbols and data. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think using different programs will help students show knowledge in a more professional way and investigate more,â&#x20AC;? Hasheider said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being able to organize work on a computer, it will also teach students how to be more organized electronically.â&#x20AC;? The MacBook Air was

chosen over the iPad through student and staff feedback from surveys and focus groups. Parents will be able to sign a permission form to enable their child to receive the laptop for use at school and at home. Families will also have the option to purchase insurance to help cover the cost of theft, loss or accidental damage. A content filtering system will be in place both at school and at home and students will be expected to adhere to Pattonvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s electronic communications policy regardless of where the computer is being used. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eventually, students will have to learn how to be functional globally,â&#x20AC;? Hasheider said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so I think learning how to use the MacBook Airs will help students prepare for their future.â&#x20AC;? Y

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he Future Educators Association (FEA) held its 23rd annual conference from Feb. 17-19 in Baltimore, Md., and senior Christian Johnson was elected as the International FEA Vice President. The conference offers a network for FEA students to convene and campaign for national roles. Johnson, current Missouri State FEA President, ran for the vice president position at the national level. Before the conference, she had to fill out a huge packet in order to get her name on the ballot. The packet requires signatures from administrators and teachers, transcripts, completion of a financial sheet and letters of recommendation. The process was something similar to what college-bound juniors and seniors are, or should be, doing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty much like a huge scholarship,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. Although this procedure seems extensive, it is not all that was required of Johnson.

Candidates were able to start campaigning Friday at the conference. Part of what made Johnson decide to run in the first place had a lot to do with her already being a successful member of FEA. Not only Pattonvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s FEA president, but she is currently the Missouri State FEA President. Even with this accomplishment, Johnson wanted to do more to make her name known. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a lot of good ideas that I want others to use, not just me,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. Johnson approached the campaign with a very grounded, realistic outlook. Instead of running for president, she chose to campaign for the vice presidency because she wanted to set practical, obtainable goals. Johnson said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather accomplish all the goals I set than be let down.â&#x20AC;? Seniors Kristen Dehner, Kelly Gall, Allison Lamb and LeAnn Bucheit also attended the conference. Sophomore Joe Johnson, Christian Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, joined the

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!!!6HQLRU events for students to participate in. Some of the events include inflatable rides, video games and karaoke. Along with the variety of activities, there are also many different prizes. Lammers said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone comes out with at least a goodie bag that covers the cost of the ticket and T-shirt.â&#x20AC;? Lammers said that he will need between $22,000 and $25,000 every year to host the event. He raises that money through senior hoodie sales, long sleeve T-shirt sales, trivia nights, the adult dance, ticket sales, and a spring donation campaign. As of right now, Lammers has approximately $7,000 with his biggest money maker, the spring donation

campaign, yet to come. Lammers may be in a bind this year, though. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since the economy is low, instead of money, we are getting items,â&#x20AC;? Lammers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay the magician in decks of cards.â&#x20AC;? Last year, there were exactly 300 seniors at the party. If 300 people attended this year, that would be about 87 percent of the senior population. Although Lammers does the bulk of the work for the party, he said he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it without all the parent help. There were about 20 parents that helped with the adult dance. Senior class president Audrey Masek would love to see her fellow seniors attend. She said â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good way to start summer. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely going to be a lot of fun.â&#x20AC;? Y

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able to graduate in just four years. It would be worth job shadowing if a college student could actually decrease their amount of debt and money spent on college. Aside from saving time and money, job shadowing can also reassure students that this is in fact the right career. Junior Asia Allen wants to be a physical therapist and athletic trainer. Allen said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to actually be hands-on and not just spend time reading about it.â&#x20AC;? After leaving her job shadow, she was much more confident and reassured. Allen said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was told things that made me uncertain at first, but after I went, everything got cleared up and now I know for sure that is what I want to do.â&#x20AC;? Hamilton felt similar once she was done shadowing established nurses. She felt a sense of excitement and a newfound desire. Hamilton said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My job shadow gave me motivation and reassured me that nursing is what I really want to do.â&#x20AC;? Y

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l 3,5$7(35(66l)(%58$5< Pattonville Briefs Compiled by Gabby Pirrie Pattonville High School science teacher Rob Lamb was named a Peabody Logos Leader in Education for the 2011-12 school year, a press release stated. Award organizers surprised Lamb and presented him with a $1,000 check â&#x20AC;&#x153;for his compassion and commitment to students.â&#x20AC;?

Pattonville students Danielle Siegel, Warren Li, and Madison Farrar placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the Optimist Oratorical Speech Contest, which included speeches from all of the participants. The top two will go on to compete for scholarship opportunities at the regional competition in March.

The Robotics Club advanced to the state competition after finishing the St. Louis qualifying tournament. Team 2866 took second place in the competition. Team 2867 took third place and won the PTC CORRECTION: In The Varsity Hockey Cheerleaders placed the article â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A day in the Design Award. The team was also a finalist for the 1st in Chant and 2nd life of a POS studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, we incorrectly identified Think and Inspire Awards in Cheer at the MidThe teams are sponsored by States Hockey Cheer- the school counselor. Lori Cole with the help of Her name is actually leading competition held at Fort Zumwalt Jenni Eagan. We apolo- mentors Jonathan Cole and Brian Bateman. gize for the mistake. East High School.

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million from its budget, without harming classrooms. Schools across the nation have been forced to cut teaching jobs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For example, some schools are cutting Spanish and other foreign languages at the middle school level from their curriculums,â&#x20AC;? Fulton said. If these classes are being cut, then the teachers will be too.

Why should Pattonville make these budget cuts if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re spending money on construction and MacBook Airs? Recently, Pattonvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Proposition K was passed. Prop Kâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essential goal is to maintain/repair aging building, enhance safety, and provide facilities that support

lifetime fitness. The funding for assets is separate from Pattonvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The bond issue cannot be used for our everyday run. It can only be used for improvement,â&#x20AC;? Board of Education Director Cindy Candler said. How do budget cuts affect our students? Teaching positions across the nation have been cut due to lack of funding. With the $3 million cut, Pattonville authorities are trying to keep the academic achievement rate up by keeping the classroom changes to a minimum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our test scores are generally proficient and we want to protect our learning environment,â&#x20AC;? Fulton said. Y

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The following PHS students earned the following medals for the annual Special Olympics Bowling Tournament held at Bruinswick Lanes in Valley Park on Jan. 27: Gold - Zachary Concialdi, Justin Emch, Brittany Cockrell, Scarlett Hayes, and Alexis Keller. Silver: Austin Reynolds, Emily Lindsay, Christain Spicer, and Donna Buus.

The Pattonville Education Foundation will host its annual Diner/Dance/Auction on Saturday, March 3. The event will feature a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Candylandâ&#x20AC;? theme, according to Pattonville School District.

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n Feb. 9, Pattonville High School invited students from multiple middle schools within the district to attend the Eighth Grade Interest Day. This is one of many ways that Pattonville equips incoming freshman to the new environment. The eighth graders came curious, ready to explore what high school held for them on this field trip. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before I went to the high school, I was really nervous that people and teachers would be mean and unlikable,â&#x20AC;? said Remington eighth grader Samantha Wright. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But while I was there, they were the complete opposite. They were so inviting and comforting.â&#x20AC;? A wide variety of high school teams, groups and clubs attended to inform the middle schoolers on what their club is generally about. The clubs set up stands in the multi-purpose room, and many of them passed out flyers to promote information. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I became interested in STUCO, newspaper, soccer, basketball and softball through the event,â&#x20AC;? Wright said. Many school-sponsored organizations such as the Spanish National Honor Society, bowling club and student council found success in gaining the interest of these incoming freshmen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We brought attention to our stand by putting out food and setting up a bunch of the material for the classes,â&#x20AC;? Spanish National Honor Society sophomore Alex

Students from Holman visited the stands around 12:30 p.m. for approximately half an hour. Then all students from the middle schools gathered in the main gym to hear speeches, get involved in a few games and watch performances. During this assembly, Assistant Principal Cara Hiripitiyage informed students on living up to the expectations of the Pirate Code. Activities Director Bob Hebrank talked about eligibility for sports and clubs. A few seniors also gave tips for making the high school experience easier and enjoyable for the new students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best part was the student speeches,â&#x20AC;? Wright explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They shared real-life experiences, which helped me learn that everyone goes through things in high school. They really helped me look at high school in a better way.â&#x20AC;? The assembly ended around 2:15 p.m., and the eighth graders not enrolled at Holman got to walk around and view all of the clubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stands in the multi-purpose room. Due to the assembly running over time, this part of the field trip was shortened. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall, it went really well,â&#x20AC;? said sophomore Heather Dubman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of kids were interested in the bowling club, and I think we will have more members next season because of it.â&#x20AC;? Year after year, a new class of freshmen enter Pattonville looking for opportunities to get involved. This event provided the chance to get started before even taking their first day of classes. Y



     





          


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Bowl. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was shaking and I was so excited,â&#x20AC;? Glankler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an amazing feeling because it was the highest [score] I ever got.â&#x20AC;? A 300 is accomplished by bowling a strike in every frame for a total of 12 strikes. Before his 300, the bowling team was in second place overall in the standings, but with the help of the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new high game bowled by Glankler, the team jumped over Hazelwood Central and into first place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;300 is the highest I ever got,â&#x20AC;? Glanker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My bowling average was a 189, and now it is a 195.â&#x20AC;? Glankler is very excited that

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two of my favorite songs, and I was a little reluctant to hear the remakes on the new album. After listening to a preview of each, however, I was far from disappointed. Nunes adds a little twist to each of the two tracks that are anything but unimpressive. So far, the most popular song on the album is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stay Awake.â&#x20AC;? With its catchy sound and relatable lyrics, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stay Awakeâ&#x20AC;? is an album-opener that creates a feel-good vibe and accurately sets the mood for the rest of the album. The song has received so much good feedback that Nunes performed it live on Conan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk show on Jan. 24. To avoid taking out loans to produce another album, Nunes established a Kickstarter to help fund â&#x20AC;&#x153;Settle Down.â&#x20AC;? Kickstarter is an online community that allows artists, writers, and musicians alike to set out a virtual piggy bank in which their fans can donate to help fund whatever project the artist is working on. Nunes originally asked for $10,000 from her fans to help produce â&#x20AC;&#x153;Settle Down.â&#x20AC;? By the end of the collection, proceeds for Nunesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; album totaled a whopping $77,888. Overall, Nunesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new album embodies her growth as a musician and as a person. It exhibits a more mature sound compared to her once amateur, casual YouTube videos that ultimately helped build her success to what it is today. Y Check out Nunesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; YouTube videos here:

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hearsing, but the crew does as well. These students help with costume design, the making of props, the lighting and many other things. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We spend a lot of time in the costume closet looking for costumes,â&#x20AC;? costume crew lead Ana Cruz, 11, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not there, we either order them or go to thrift stores.â&#x20AC;? Although students stay busy memorizing lines, finding costumes, and locating props, they still make time to have a little fun together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Starting the Monday before

the musical, someone will bring speakers backstage and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have music playing for those who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t on stage at the time,â&#x20AC;? said senior Nate Bassman, who plays the role of Marcellus Washburn. Students also have fun participating in rap battles and small pranks said senior Meagan Galluzzo. The theatre crew exemplifies how even though the musical can be hard work they can still have fun together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the down-low, but one of the cast members tee-peed the set the other day,â&#x20AC;? Bassman said. Y

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hen we were growing up, the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;acceptanceâ&#x20AC;? was thrown around a lot. Making sure you included other kids in your game or allowing them to join your lunch table was something that adults made sure you did. Today, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accept others as we should. We make fun of people who are different from us or who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit in with our group. We shun those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit in with the typical stereotype. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let others join us because we think that it would make us look uncool. We strive to keep this image of ourselves when we should be giving everyone a chance. If Rachelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Challenge has taught us anything, it would be to give everyone a chance. People can surprise you by what they can do or what they know. Seeing people after the assembly, you could tell that many people



embraced it. There were tears and hugs exchanged after. Many people began to change their views upon people and opened themselves up to the idea of making new friends and being nicer. There are more smiles exchanged in the hallways and there is more willingness to cooperate with others. The people who surprise you the most are the ones that you would least expect. Just by talking to someone new, you can find out you have more in common with them than you thought. Opening up your heart and letting your guard down will allow you to let others feel comfortable around you. We have to look for the best in people before you start judging them. It might take some time to look beyond our differences, but we have to try and make everyone feel welcomed. Everyone has their differences and once we learn to appreciate and accept what others bring to the table, we can truly start to change the atmosphere of our school. Y

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nimal cruelty is something that is overlooked in society today, and that is not OK. The government should pass laws regarding cruelty to animals. I could make it real simple and say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;People should have a license to have pets.â&#x20AC;? Even then though, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no guarantee the cruelty will end because people are cruel to animals that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even theirs. Just the other day, I read a

story about a dog named Athena in Springfield, Mo., whose family left to get groceries and when they came back, they found her in the backyard skinned and with her heart removed. Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death should not be in vain. What she went through should teach us all a lesson. She isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only animal to go through something so awful, and we need to prevent things like this from happening ever again. Sarah McLachlanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial about abused animals in the shelters is overlooked because people think, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is sad, change the channelâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;They just want us to feel bad and

give them money.â&#x20AC;? Well, it is sad, and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just want money, they want help. They need help. So think, if you could take just a little time out of your day to help an animal or just give a little money out of your pocket to donate to a humane society, or even donate old pet toys, you could make a difference for an abused animal. Animals are just like children, they need to be raised with food, water, shelter, and most importantly, love. If there are laws regarding child abuse, there should be laws regarding animal abuse. People should feel compassion toward animals. Y

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s decades pass, words and their proper use seem to diminish. Today, I often hear girls rave about how attractive it is when guys have great grammar. Not that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anything wrong with this, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d really like to know when the use of proper English switched from a given to a desirable attribute. Maybe I was born in the wrong time period, or maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just not â&#x20AC;&#x153;with it,â&#x20AC;? but last time I checked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;swaggerâ&#x20AC;? meant to strut oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stuff. You know, there are days when you wear a new outfit, or someone youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a huge crush on shoots you a smile in the hall. After which, you tend to walk with a bit of a boost. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;swaggerâ&#x20AC;? is how one carries or presents oneself. Sure, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m open to evolution and a bit of change, but not to blatant ignorance. So no, just because you just sharpened your pencil, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean you all of a sudden

have â&#x20AC;&#x153;swag.â&#x20AC;? Then there are the infamous Twitter hashtags. Such a tweet may read: â&#x20AC;&#x153;LOL! Just made a sandwich. Guess I got that #HungrySwag.â&#x20AC;? Although Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still debating whether or not I just formatted that fake tweet correctly, I am secure in the fact that I know thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no such thing as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;hungry swag.â&#x20AC;? Back when swag had some dignity to its name, there werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t several types of it. Also, there was no obnoxious declaration of it. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apply todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meaning of the word to some of the classics. Would you assume every time Ray Charles finished a brilliant, chill-inducing song, he and his band would yell â&#x20AC;&#x153;swagâ&#x20AC;?? Do you believe every time Marilyn Monroe blew a kiss to the president, she belt out a â&#x20AC;&#x153;SWAGâ&#x20AC;?? If you think that any time James Dean made a girl swoon, he felt inclined to scream, â&#x20AC;&#x153;SWAAAAGâ&#x20AC;?? Then you are sorely mistaken. There was no need to say it. Genuine swagger was and is present in the people who possess it. Y

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If you, too, have noticed the constant revolving door in the nursesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; office and feel inclined to lean in and hear more, share a bit, get a quick remedy or receive a smile or wave, join us in thanking them for making all feel welcome, cared for, and important. Kudos, pats on the back, highfives and rounds of applause to Heidi and Val! -The Counseling Department

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It is the opinion of the Pirate Press that students need to get more involved and increase their school spirit. These past few months, several school improvement teams have discussed the lack of motivation students have to show school spirit. One side will argue that the student leaders are to blame. And that side will claim that it is not 100 percent their fault that students do not have school spirit. This past October was one of the most remarkable Homecoming weeks in school history. All of the usual Homecoming activities took place indoors due to stadium construction, and making that transition was nothing but a hassle. Class competitions changed and the whole school was initially upset. But by the end of the week, the gymnasiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s atmosphere was full of students ready to battle it out for class competitions.

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tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become that time of the year where senioritis takes its toll and every other person in grades 9-11 are playing catch up as advisers slowly begin evaluating them. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out with the old and in with the new. Application packets are being distributed and interviews are taking place to see who has â&#x20AC;&#x153;the best fit.â&#x20AC;? Pretty soon campaigns will begin and the students who are the most passionate about the future of Pattonville will occupy the halls with their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vote for meâ&#x20AC;? signs. And the question unanswered to the student

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n Jan. 23, students at Pattonville accepted Rachelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Challenge and were encouraged to start a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chain of Kindness.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dave [Gamacheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] message was very powerful and emotional,â&#x20AC;? said Rick Lehman, one of the faculty sponsors of SPEAK, about the presenter at the school-wide assembly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It had an immediate impact on many of our students. In order not to lose the momentum of Daveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation, that very same day, SPEAK started constructing a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Chain of Kindness.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The faculty sponsors of SPEAK, PALS, STUCO, and Pirate Code met with the administration to plan and coordinate upcoming events related to Rachelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Challenge. The goal is not let Daveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message and its impact die out.â&#x20AC;? Having the chance to have Gamache come to Pattonville and talk about Rachel Scott, the tragedy at Columbine High School and Rachelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream to make a difference in the world made an impact on many students at Pattonville High School. Although, Rachelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, Craig Scott, and her father, Darrell Scott, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the chance to join students and teachers at Pattonville, Gamache made a difference at Pattonville. He informed students about the terrible day Columbine High School experienced on April 20, 1999, along with Rachelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Challenge. The Columbine High School massacre took the lives of not only Rachel, but also 11 other students and one teacher. The tragedy is considered one of the deadliest high school shootings in United States history. There were a lot of emotions all over the school as Gamache was speaking. Students were silent and tears everywhere were

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February 2012 Pirate Press  

February 2012 Pirate Press

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