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By Brendan Everson n the 2010-2011 school year, Pattonville High School has seen the least amount of tardies since data started getting collected in the 2007-2008 school year. Through April, there have been 3,802 tardies recorded compared to 8,880 in the 2007-2008 school year. According to Assistant Principal Luke Lammers, that stark difference may be attributed to this yearâ€™s newly implemented policy â€˜Walk and Talk.â€™ â€œFrom day one we have bombarded students and staff with â€˜Walk and Talkâ€™ and â€˜Stay to the Right,â€™â€? Lammers said. When compared to the 2007-2008 school year, the year with the most recorded tardies, student tardies have dropped by 5,072 in 2010-2011. In 2010-2011, Pattonville began the Pirate Code designed to use data to identify student behaviors that needed improvement. Students were taught how to avoid tardies by
â€œwalking and talkingâ€? and â€œstaying to the right.â€? Students were recognized and rewarded for exhibiting positive behaviors related to getting to class on time. When data was first collected by Pattonville High School, teachers kept track of tardies and wrote referrals when students reached four tardies or more. Tardies began to decrease in the 2008-2009 school year when principals became responsible of tracking tardies. According to data released by Pattonville High School, â€œIn 20082009, principals began screening for tardies and assigning disciplinary consequences once students reached four tardies to a given class.â€? That policy continued in the 20092010 school year. In 2009-2010, only 211 less tardies occurred. In an effort to reduce tardies even more, â€˜Walk and Talkâ€™ was created. The committee for Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) focuses on teaching what is right before offenses happen instead of disciplining students after they do wrong.
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The groundbreaking ceremony for the new athletic facilities at Pattonville will be May 31 at 6:30 p.m. on the 50-yard line of the high school stadium. The world did not end on May 21, 2011.
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Seniors Hannah Johnson and Geri Farrell qualified for the State track and field meet to be held in Jefferson City May 27-28. Johnson finished third in the 1-mile run at Sectionals with a time of 5:31.51 placing her fifth on the Pattonville all-time leaders list. Farrell qualified in the 2-mile run by finishing in fourth place.
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and losing two starters from last year. But on May 17, the girls played the first round of Districts against Hazelwood Central. One goal the team accomplished for itself is winning the District title for the third year in a row. Head coach Tom Iffrig and the team set many goals at the beginning of the season and are working to accomplish them.
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â€œWe wanted to win conference, which we already have, win District champions and then make it back to the Final 4,â€? Iffrig said. Many of the girls who have returned this season bring their previous experience to the field which includes a State runner-up title in 2010. â€œThe beginning of the season was a little rough for us. Weâ€™ve been losing games that we shouldnâ€™t have been losing,â€? sophomore Erin Collier said. After losing so many key players, many of the girls had to step up this season. Juniors Kailey Utley and Mikala McGhee are two of the four team captains. â€œKailey really helps us when we want our goals and when Mikala does her throw-ins she gets the ball where it needs to be,â€? Collier said. McGhee is known as a strong motivator. â€œMikala is always giving everyone tips during the game and keeps every-
one upbeat and energetic,â€? junior Kacie Hulse said. The team has a strong bond. One of their greatest advantages is their communication with each other. â€œThose girls get along really well. Their togetherness and team bonding &DSWDLQMXQLRU0LNDOD0F*KHHFRQWUROVWKH is what stands EDOODJDLQVWWKHRSSRVLQJWHDPLQWKH'LVWULFW out and itâ€™s very Ă€QDOV3KRWRE\-DFTXHOLQH1HLO useful going into playoffs,â€? Iffrig said. The girls started the season off with two wins, preceded by three consecutive losses. â€œItâ€™s like a rollercoaster ride, it goes up and down. They play good at times and they play poorly at times,â€? Iffrig said. The team next plays Incarnate Word Academcy on May 24 in the Sectionals. The game will be held at Incarnate Word Academy at 4 p.m. Â™
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attonville varsity baseball finished the year with a record of 18-6 and was Suburban North Conference champs. With the title on the line, the Pirates had to win the game on May 5. â€œWe had to win against Hazelwood Central to win in our conference,â€? senior Brad Ridings said. â€œThat was a huge win for us.â€? This is the 17th Suburban North Conference title for Pattonville and the 8th championship since 2000. The season this year was a success with 14 seniors on the team and all players playing a huge part in making the season what it was. â€œThe team worked well with each other,â€? head varsity baseball coach Mark Hahn said. â€œThere were 14 seniors on the team that knew what it took to win games. All the players supported each other and pushed one another to succeed.â€? The win over Hazelwood Central put Pattonville in the District tournament. â€œThe first District game [against Parkway Central] was my favorite game this year,â€? senior Jimmy Benoist said. â€œWe won after 11 innings with a score of 3-2.â€?
After winning its first game, the Pirates advanced to the next round to play Francis Howell North. After a difficult and intense game, the boys ended up losing 4-2. â€œThe team never gave up. They worked hard until they very end,â€? Hahn said. This was a good year for the Pattonville baseball organization. Next year, the team returns four
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fter a season full of many injuries, varsity boysâ€™ volleyball did not do as well as it hoped. The team pulled through until the end with its positive mindset though. â€œDan Johnson was always encouraging,â€? senior Chris Guzdial said. â€œEven if we were down he still stayed positive to push us and bring us up.â€? Health was an issue for the volleyball team. During the season, â€œour team was pretty banged up. Most of the team got hurt in some way,â€? senior Dan Johnson said. But they did not let this affect their playing. Most of the athletes played through their injuries. Johnson and Guzdial both rolled their ankles. Senior Billy Schultz and junior Mark Bozada also had injuries throughout the season. This gave students like junior Quincy Usry a chance to step up and play on varsity during Districts. â€œI got to play a lot and I got along well with everyone, so it was pretty fun,â€? Usry said. This helped him determine a lot of what he needed to work on for next season. â€œI need to work on passing for sure,â€? Usry said. Usry is not the only one who is looking to improve for next season. â€œWe need to start working better together as a team,â€? Guzdial said. The players all enjoyed playing with each other, but when it came to being on the court, they did not communicate very well. â€œThe team has got to learn how to play till the end of the game, we canâ€™t
just quit after 15 points,â€? Johnson said. Players will need to fill the voids left by this seasonâ€™s leaders which include senior Max Browne and Johnson, Underclassmen Bozada and junior Sam Decker will take their roles next year and be the voice of the team. â€œBoth Sam 6HQLRU5\DQ6KDHIIHUWDNHVWKHVHWIURPKLVWHDPPDWH and Mark are DQGVSLNHVWKHEDOODJDLQVWWKH3LUDWHVÂˇRSSRQHQW3KRWR very talkative FRXUWHV\RI.HOOH\0H\HUV and good at communicating â€œNext season everyone is comwith the team,â€? Johnson said. pletely ready to play and to win.â€? Usry The boys are ready for the next Pattonville HS ad-4x4_Layout 1 3/8/11 said. 4:06Â™ PM Page 1 season already.
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arped Tour. To some, itâ€™s just another day in the humid St. Louis weather. But to others it is the focal point of our teen years. They brave heat, sunburn, and the fury of a thousand mosh-pits to see a show they hope to never forget. But, when your Warped schedule has a few holes in it, here are a few bands you should keep your eye out for. Put on your slipons and stretch out a little bit, because Big D and the Kids Table is exactly who you want to see if you are a diehard ska junkie. For those who arenâ€™t familiar with the art of ska, it is a genre that consists mainly of upbeat guitar and horn sections. Big D and the Kids Table have mastered this delicate art, and deliver explosive shows and a vibe that remains unmatched by any ska band to this date. For the ska scene in St. Louis, this is heaven considering last year Big D and the Kids Table were on the Warped lineup, but simply didnâ€™t play at St. Louis with a large portion of other ska bands following the same footsteps. Being a man of the ska scene, I feel obligated to introduce one of my personal favorites on the lineup: Less Than Jake. Now, what separates Less Than Jake from Big D and the Kids Table is pretty
simple. Less Than Jake has an explosive way of getting the kids to have fun. Instead of Big D and the Kids Tableâ€™s oft political lyrics and more serious lyrics, Less Than Jake provides quality music that you just have fun listening to. An example of this is the TV/EP, which includes covers of everything from the Scooby Doo theme song, the Toys R Us Kids song, to those catchy Freecreditreport. com commercial jingles! Iâ€™ve personally seen Less Than Jake on multiple occasions, and I believe it is safe to say that this is one band you want to go out of your way to see. If ska isnâ€™t your groove, and maybe youâ€™re feeling a little bit of hiphop, then check out MC Lars with Weerd Science. Now, MC Lars isnâ€™t your typical rap artist. The factor that sets him apart from most rap artists is that he studied English at Stanford University and Oxford University. He later would move on to join the â€œnerd-core rapâ€? scene with others such as MC Chris and MC Frontalot. MC Larsâ€™ music is often sophisticated, humorous, and pretty catchy if you give it the shot it deserves. Remember, you can always view the Warped Tour lineup at vanswarpedtour.com. There will be tons of bands, merchandise tables, and good times to occupy your day. Donâ€™t forget the sun-screen though, the only thing more powerful than the music is the unforgiving sun. Â™
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oul Surfer, which premiered on April 8, is a movie based on the true story of a girl named Bethany Hamilton. Hamilton started surfing when she was 3 years old and entered her first surf competition at age eight winning both the short and long board divisions. On Halloween morning in 2003, Hamilton, 13, was bitten
by a 14-foot tiger shark when she was surfing with her friends near Tunnels Beach. With immediate medical assistance, her life was saved after losing more than 60 percent of her blood but she lost her left arm. Since surfing was her passion, Hamilton had the motivation to get back in the water quickly. Just one month after the attack, she was back to surfing. Her goal was to become a professional surfer with only one arm and to win competitions. Just one year after the ac-
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cident, Hamilton won her first National Title and turned pro in 2007. Throughout the whole movie, especially when Hamilton (Anna Sophia Robb) was recovering in the hospital, her family displays a very spiritual connection with God. The plot is very emotional but predictable at specific times. The actors portray the story well starring Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid as Hamiltonâ€™s parents and Carrie Underwood as her church counselor. The background music also provided a dramatic setting for the movie. Soul Sufer is rated PG for some material that may not be suitable for children. It features an intense sequence during Hamiltonâ€™s accident and some thematic material. In my opinion, the movie deserves a 9.5 out of a 10-point rating system The only main problem of the movie is that the plot is only suspenseful during the moment the shark bites Hamiltonâ€™s left arm. Other than that, the movie is great and portrays Hamiltonâ€™s life story very accurately. So swim and surf into the summer season with Soul Surfer. Â™
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oward the end of second semester, specifically the last few weeks of school, everyone gets agitated. Students are done, teachers are done, and everyone just wants school to be over. Naturally, people are going to get snippy with each other. I completely understand, I feel the same way. However, there is a fine line that shouldnâ€™t be crossed. This line is being crossed increasingly. Teachers need to stop riding students. At the end of the year, Iâ€™d expect students to be annoying each other. This time around though, it is the teachers that are badgering the students. I have noticed that a lot of teachers are nagging on students. Teachers go on and on about how seniors are graduating and moving on to postsecondary education but when teachers start talking about how a student is failing and will not graduate during class, it is not right. Teachers need to be supporting and encouraging students to achieve passing grades; not embarrassing them in front of their peers. And the rumor-drama is worse than High School Musical. Students talking about other students is
whatever, but teachers talking about students in front of other students is not cool. At this time of year, students need more encouragement to help them get by. Seniors, especially, need help as â€˜senioritisâ€™ is in full swing. Every day I am infuriated by teachers that are not supportive. Itâ€™s one thing to joke and use sarcasm with students, but when humor is not involved, itâ€™s childish. Many teachers are always dead serious. There arenâ€™t any underlying winks or chuckles to indicate a joke. No, these teachers bite hard and donâ€™t let go until they taste blood. Many underclass students are catching an early case of â€˜senioritisâ€™ around this time of the year, which is normal. However, these students need encouragement as well. Teachers are riding students about working harder and not slacking off. This is not the right approach. I understand tough love, but thereâ€™s a time for it, and now is not that time. Right now, students need to know that they can count on their teachers to help them make it. To me, itâ€™s getting harder and harder to find those teachers. Â™
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efore I leave this school, I feel I should address something that is still an issue, even though it shouldnâ€™t be. The goal is that I accomplish this without sounding like a Pirate Code video. High School is a unique and deeply transformative experience in the lives of almost all American teens. It takes a bunch of moody insecure human beings from all different walks of life, all of which are trying to figure out where they belong, and tosses them all into a confined building for hours on end, day after day. It sounds like a sick and twisted psychology experiment, and often thatâ€™s what it feels like. In some ways itâ€™s fantastic for us. America is a melting pot and going to high school with a diverse and interesting population of kids is an amazing experience, one that makes most of us more accepting of others. Yet high school leads to an indulgence of one of the strongest human instincts - the forming of distinct, exclusive group identities. The band kids, the
sporty kids, the partiers, the art kids, the gifted kids, the anime kids; the list is an infinite one. Teenagers, and humans for that matter, have an unstoppable need to label themselves and others. When I was much younger, my best friend was my momâ€™s best friendâ€™s son. That was back in the day, where that sweet wool of childhood innocence was over our eyes and we saw the world in a more pure way. We didnâ€™t judge anyone - they were just another kid on the playground. Christopher Osbourne and I were close for years, until we were around 15 or 16. We lived a fair distance away, attended different schools, had vastly different groups of friends. Socially, we each ended up developing wildly different lifestyles. We slowly grew apart, as a lot of friends do. But we didnâ€™t have to, and thatâ€™s what eats away at me the most. I judged him for his long hair and his gothic clothes and chains, he judged me for my preppy attire and the way I acted, even though both of us hadnâ€™t really changed underneath.
The fact that I havenâ€™t talked to Chris since I was 16 and wonâ€™t ever get another chance to is something I will never get over. Last October, I got a call from my mom when I was on my way home from work. At first nothing she said really registered. The truck came on so fast. He didnâ€™t feel a thing. Chris was dead, sitting passenger in a car that no longer had a passenger side. The feeling was a strange hodgepodge of regret and loss and sadness and anger at myself with a nice mix of numbness to top it off. The worst part was we grew apart because neither of us were mature enough to look past the groups we identified with and now neither of us could say goodbye. The memorial was held the next night at a house I was unfamiliar with and filled with people Iâ€™d never met in my life. It struck me that Chris had a whole life, a whole family of friends that loved him. I felt out of place, an imposter. What right did I have to be there? None of his
friends had ever met me. I didnâ€™t dress like them and I didnâ€™t act like them. How could I claim to care about Chris Osbourne? Chris and his friends were what a lot of people would call social outcasts, yet at the memorial, I was the outcast. They were the kids most kids judge and make fun of to feel better about themselves. This was a group of kids who cared deeply for each other, and I realized that this was rare for Pattonville. At our high school, there tends to be a lot of fake relationships based on labels and superficial groups. I made my way to the bonfire in the back, where everyone began to circle. They had all written letters to Chris that they read aloud and tossed into the fire. As each of these kids threw their letters in the fire, I began to see each of these quirky teens as a unique human with memories and feelings, and I found myself casting away the judgment I had had when I first met them. I didnâ€™t bring a letter, but I said what I wanted to. Afterward, I got to know Chrisâ€™ friends,
7KHUHÂˇVQRSODFHOLNHKRPH ,WLVWKHRSLQLRQRIWKH3LUDWH3UHVV VWDIIWKDWVWXGHQWVQHHGDVWDGLXPWR FDOOKRPH:LWKRXWDQ\KRPHJDPHV RQWKHVFKHGXOHQH[W\HDUVWXGHQWVZLOO ORVHSDUWRIWKHHVVHQWLDOKLJKVFKRRO H[SHULHQFH ne of the biggest concerns next year is our student support at football games. With Novemberâ€™s passing of Proposition K, a new football stadium will be built along with a natatorium on the campus of Pattonville High School. The construction will begin this summer with a groundbreaking scheduled for May 31 at 6:30 p.m. When all the football games are away, students will not feel comfortable at â€œhomeâ€? games. Those games are not exactly at our home field. It is the little things that make Patton-
ville Pirate Nation. Another problem students will have with â€œhomeâ€? football games is the distance required to travel. Every student has their route to the high school that is perfectly timed, and they know when exactly to leave from their initial location. The problem with moving home games is no one wants to drive where they are not welcomed. The atmosphere at every away stadium is different. Football players have adapted to the askew football field, along with its many ditches. Behind one of the goal posts is the track where future Pirates are found socializing and supporting the team. Getting told by the school resource officers and administrators to evacu-
ate the walking paths is somewhat of a right of passage to these students. Students remember pep rallies, football games and other events hosted at the stadium. They remember the cheering and the booing. Itâ€™s not just a place where games are held. It is a place that generations of Pirates have made memories. It has already been established that Homecoming 2011 will not be at Pattonville and that has already been discussed between administrators, but one thing that students are concerned about is Spirit Week. Usually, the Homecoming assembly is held at the football stadium. Next year, the assembly will be in the gym. This means the events usually held for students, like pie eating, will be changed.
and they got to know me. I saw something that night that changed the way I looked at everyone, especially at Pattonville. In his death, Chris taught me a lesson that Iâ€™ll never forget, and in the end he was a better friend than me for it. So whether itâ€™s the kid rapping at the top of his lungs as he slowly swags down the hallway, or itâ€™s the freshman with the backpack with the wheels who sprints down the hallway like a frightened squirrel, donâ€™t be quick to judge. Laugh about it, befriend them; turn on the part of your brain that tries to relate, to understand. Theyâ€™ve gone through a lot of what you have, and no doubt have some interesting stories to tell. Youâ€™re spending four years in this high school with all these strange people, and trust me, youâ€™re better off spending it appreciating your peers than judging them. Itâ€™ll make people more like you, and youâ€™ll be happier for it. Â™
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Another use of the football stadium is the track. The Pattonville track and field team warms up as an entire team at every practice. The track team will have to move their practices off the track and perhaps be practicing at a middle school. The completion date of the stadium is set for August 2012 which will mean that no events will be hosted at the stadium during the 2011-2012 school year. Â™
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