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eturning 23 years after his own graduation with a composed, yet optimistic demeanor, Pattonville High School welcomes back Joe Dobrinic. Earning a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lindenwood, and maintaining employment within the Hazelwood School District for almost 20 years, Dobrinic has been working with adolescents his entire career. “That was a special time in my life,� said Dobrinic. After spending five years at Kirby Middle School as a social studies teacher, Dobrinic took the opportunity to become assistant principal at Hazelwood East Middle School. He chose to take the position to be able to “have a greater impact upon the school.� Dobrinic also has experience working with high school students. He was an associate principal with an emphasis on seniors at Hazelwood West High School. Later, he became the building principal in 2008. Dobrinic has spent the majority of his career in the Hazelwood District. “I don’t know what I miss. I’m so focused on Pattonville right now.� Over the course of 20 years, a lot has changed at Pattonville. Dobrinic stresses that although Pattonville was never disadvantageous, now there is “a lot stronger focus on providing students with resources they need.�

Pattonville Briefs Compiled by Gabby Pirrie Eight students from the AP Studio Art class won first place in the “Walking on Art Chalk Drawing Challenge� at the St. Louis Art Fair on Sept. 14.

In regards to policy changes at Pattonville, Dobrinic assures students that his intentions are anything but tyrannous. His main focus right now is to get to know Pattonville’s staff and students. For future reference, Dobrinic explains that he cannot make alterations all on his own accord. “Ultimately, the board decides.� He does, however, explain that he holds the position that which relays any potential policy adjustments to the board, but states, “A wise principal looks to the kids and teachers for changes to be made.� As far as long-term goals go, Dobrinic is aiming efforts at students’ lives following high school. “I think we need to improve connection between high school and college. That transition should be smoother.� He also hopes to see a higher graduation rate, more student participation in advanced courses, and an increase in the percentage of kids who pursue further education after graduating. As far as expectations for students go, Dobrinic says, “Everything we do, we do it through hard word; we do it first class.� He wants to see every student take advantage of every opportunity available at Pattonville by getting involved and becoming well-rounded, competitive individuals. In addition to hard work, Dobrinic claims that

T he Pattonville Board of Education is one of eight Missouri school boards to be named finalists for the 2011 Outstanding Boards of Education Program sponsored by the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA).

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have access to a computer. “I can do my homework when it’s convenient for me, so I always have it,� said junior Rhiannon Beckley. It gives the teachers a chance to be creative with their Moodle and students will be engaged in a completely different way. “I think the biggest advantage is that this is kind of the wave of the future,� Adam said. Students will be more willing to learn on an iPad or MacBook Air than they would if they were learning from a textbook, Adam stated. Disadvantages are that if the mobile device is left at home, it will be treated like leaving a textbook at home. A replacement will be available, but it will not have all of the student’s documents on it like their own computer would.

Every device will be equipped with a GPS tracking device so that if it gets lost or stolen, it will be able to be tracked within a 50-foot radius. There is a good probability that there will be some kind of an insurance policy on the mobile devices, but the details are still undetermined. Also, certain websites will be blocked at the school, but there is still some debate about if they will be blocked directly on the device, which will mean they will also be blocked at home. In January, a recommendation will be made to the school board where they will decide which device to purchase. Teachers will then be given the chosen device in preparation for the transition in 2012-2013 when all students will receive the device. Y

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continued with her new dancing career, she gained great experiences that will help her with her future. For Wright, his rapping career is continuing after the help of MADE. “I have a lot more likes on Facebook and I’m doing shows now too,â€? said Wright. Before he auditioned for the MTV television show, Wright had recorded a couple of mix tapes, but “it would have taken me a lot longer to be as popular without the three biggest letters behind me [MTV].â€? With McGhee, she enjoyed the time she spent dancing but sports seem to still maintain the No. 1 spot on her priority list. Before MADE, Wright was already looking for something to spark his rapping career. So, when he had the opportunity to get it going with MADE, he took what they gave him and continued with it. Y 2SHQDÂśEDUFRGHVFDQQHU¡DSSOLFDWLRQRQ\RXU 6PDUWSKRQH PDQ\DUHDYDLODEOHIRUIUHHRQWKH $QGURLGPDUNHW

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He has also received some items related to sports, which is only fitting since the capsule is likely to be placed in a new athletic facility. Schulte believes the students will be able to fill up the 3 feet by 4 inch PVC tube capsule, acknowledging that there is a possibility they will receive more than they can fit. Pattonville’s NEA club donated the money to purchase the PVC tube. Schulte hopes to have the capsule full and sealed up by the end of October. Once completed, the capsule will be placed somewhere within the new construction, although the exact location is unknown. If all goes to plan, Pattonville High School will leave its mark on history and give future students a look at how things were in 2011. Y

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he main goal for Pirate Football this year: improvement. After finishing the 2010 season with a record of 7-4 and making district playoffs, the returning Pirates are setting their sights on a rebuilding season. “My focus is solely on this team right now,� said head coach Steve Smith. Although the team graduated most starters, including its receivers, center and quarterback, the players are up for the challenge of building the team’s unity. “Regardless of adversity, we will stay together,� said Smith. Smith elected to not establish any captains for this season, instead wanting to see which players step up to become leaders. One of the expected leaders is returning wide receiver and defensive back senior Matt Wilkes. Wilkes wants to see his team go above .500 for the season. Wilkes said, “I would like to see the team continue to improve every time we step on the field.�

Although the Pirates were outscored 123-7 in the first three games, the Pirates are still coming out tenaciously going 1-1 the past two games including an overtime victory over Riverview Gardens. Stefan Seals, Wilkes and Jeremiah Wilkins acknowledge this year will be a growing season, but they look forward to helping younger, more inexperienced players become comfortable on the field. “It makes me feel good to know we are helping the underclassmen improve for the future seasons. They are getting valuable playing time,� Wilkes said. Their youth and inexperience would be considered their major weakness; their strength lies in team togetherness. Wilkes’s favorite part about being on the team this year is the sense of fellowship and family. “We know when to get serious and when we can goof off,� said Wilkes. Concurring with Wilkes, Stefan Seals agrees this year will be a rebuilding season. Although the team has grown closer, returning inside linebacker

Wilkins believes there could be more camaraderie within the team. “We were much closer last year; we all had experience playing the game at the varsity level.� Keeping a positive approach, Wilkins believes with time the team will eventually create a stronger bond. Seniors agree there is more that can be done to improve their last season. As upperclassmen, they expected more from their season and hope to see progress. “I thought that the underclassmen would come out and make a better effort for us [seniors], but at times it seems like they are settling,� Wilkes said. Fortunately, the team has seniors that may go on to play at the collegiate level. Wilkins made his verbal commitment to Northern Iowa prior to the football season. Although he looks forward to playing college ball, he is focused on making the best of his senior year. Wilkins was second in the area with 59 total tackles through the first four games of the season. Y

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attonville Stadium was in disrepair. It was decades old and included multiple areas that were not functional. The consistent level of the playing field caused problems for drainage and created inabilities to play soccer. The concession stands were not up-to-code and forced food to be sold from stand-alone shacks. Accessibility to the stands by the handicap was difficult. These problems will be alleviated with the new facilities currently under construction. With the approval of the zero tax rate increase bond issue by voters in November 2010, the Pattonville Board of Education was able to award bids to start the construction projects. Funds from the bond issue can only be used for bond projects and are prohibited by law to be used for the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operational budget such as salaries and textbooks. The bond issue, commonly referred to as Proposition K, gave Pattonville $41 million and did not increase taxes. It was passed with a 75.79 percent vote and will include multiple improvements all around the school district, including the high school. Construction has already begun on the high school campus as the old stadium and softball field were torn down. A softball field has been built next to the soccer field. The removal of the old field was made to create room for the addition of the new natatorium. The new football stadium will have 2,700 seats on the home side, increasing the capacity by 500 spectators. The stadium will not be completed for a while as that is a much larger project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every day is an adjustment,â&#x20AC;? Athletic Director Bob Hebrank said, explaining how there is no exact timeline for the construction, but more of an approximate one. Ron Orr, Pattonvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chief Financial Officer, said work on the construction will begin to pick up in early October. Work on the track and field will start, with the hope that the track will be ready for the team to practice on March 1. When the field eventually begins taking shape, there will be one very noticeable difference. The green grass will actually be artificial turf.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We realized we had a need to provide more field access,â&#x20AC;? Orr said. Most high schools that have grass fields only allow use during games because the field will get very beat up. Turf will give the football team the ability to practice on the field without the worry that it will get worn out. In order for all of the construction to get done as quickly as possible, multiple projects will be in progress at once. According to Orr, retaining walls will begin at the stadium along with foundations for the locker rooms, concession and utility buildings. The foundation of the natatorium will also begin in October. Once the natatorium is finished, the possibilities are endless. The swim team will no longer have to practice and compete away from home. There is also a chance that swimming classes will be offered. Orr stated that there are other high schools in the area that offer those types of classes. One class he described dealt with all kinds of water activities, such as snorkeling and rowing. There are no official plans for a class like this but it is definitely an intriguing possibility. There are a lot of things to be excited about with the construction, but there is one thing that is a bother to many of the juniors and seniors that drive. Parking for students has been made very difficult since a large chunk of the lot has been fenced off. Some students have been forced to park at Grace Church and walk down to the high school, while students that have parking passes have only a limited amount of parking to share. The fenced off area also reduced access to the athletic fields that are still in use. In order to get to the fields now, spectators and athletes must either walk up Creve Coeur Mill Road and enter through a gate or walk up a path behind the activities center. During games there will be golf cart shuttles to the fields for the elderly and disabled. According to Orr, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The overall cost of everythingâ&#x20AC;Ś will be about $17 million.â&#x20AC;? After all is said and done, Pattonville High School will have a new football stadium, track, field, natatorium, and locker rooms that will give the campus a fresh, modern look. Y

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Freshman Breonnia Wea admits that the biggest change she has had to adapt to in her transition from middle school to high school was â&#x20AC;&#x153;learning where all my classes are.â&#x20AC;? If there are any students still struggling with navigating campus, there are maps available in the counseling office. Freshman ZoĂŤ Blaesing also had trouble adjusting to â&#x20AC;&#x153;having to carry a lot of books and having classes all over the place.â&#x20AC;? She added that, in comparison to middle school, â&#x20AC;&#x153;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more homework.â&#x20AC;? Senior Jaedyn Bonner remembers her first experience in the green locker-lined hallways. She recalls her most difficult task being finding her way around school. After about a week-and-a-half, she was able to navigate her way to classes with no trouble. Some freshmen feel overwhelmed with the change in the amount of assignments expected of

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Sept. 23 - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moneyballâ&#x20AC;?: Catch your last baseball fix of the season in this true story starring Brad Pitt as GM of the notorious Oakland Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

Glee: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Fox: Glee is a musical comedy that depicts Will Schuesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Matthew Morrison) efforts to save McKinley Highâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Glee Club from cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester

Supernatural: 8 p.m., Friday, CW: Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as Dean and Sam Winchester, two brothers who travel the country looking for their missing father and battling evil spirits along the way.

Oct. 21 - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paranormal Activity 3â&#x20AC;?: The prequel horror film that returns to the roots of the hauntings of Katie and Kristi.

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New Girl: 8 p.m., Tuesday, Fox: Zooey Deschanel stars as a woman who moves in with three single male roommates.

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every Thursday at 8 p.m. After Charlie Sheenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disturbing series of interviews in early 2011, executive producers have removed Sheenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character, Charlie Harper, from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two and a Half Men.â&#x20AC;? In the season premiere, Harper was secretly killed off in Paris by an oncoming train. With the primary character of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two and A Half Menâ&#x20AC;? killed off, the audience was left questioning who the lead actor would be. Sheenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role was replaced by â&#x20AC;&#x153;That 70s Showâ&#x20AC;? comedian, Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher will play Walden Schmidt, a wealthy Internet billionaire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two and a Half Menâ&#x20AC;? premiered Sept. 19 on CBS. One television station features multiple drama shows. This month CW will return two of its hit drama series: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gossip Girlâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;90210.â&#x20AC;? Manhattan socialites are relocating to Los Angeles in this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gossip Girl.â&#x20AC;? The series finale will bring its audience romance, wedding bells and pregnancies between the intertwined groups of friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gossip Girlâ&#x20AC;? airs on CW at 7 p.m on Mondays. Also returning to CW with its 4th season, â&#x20AC;&#x153;90210â&#x20AC;? will bring back similar events to the original â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beverly Hills, 90210.â&#x20AC;? After high school graduation in Season 3, the cast will begin a new chapter in their lives as they enter adulthood. Suicidal thoughts, pregnancy scares and drug abuse are all elements of this hot L.A.-based drama. â&#x20AC;&#x153;90210â&#x20AC;? is aired at 7 p.m on Tuesdays. Y

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parking lot passes. Another portion of students who have parking passes are enrolled in classes where they must leave campus for credit (i.e. students as mentors). Some of these students donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have authority to park on the lot. When they have to leave school early, they have to walk off-campus and to their car. The main issue with this is that walking up to Grace Church is a safety issue and takes precious time from being in their elementary classrooms. Not only does this affect students, but it affects visitors too. There have also been multiple complaints from parents that there is a lack of directions to park and signs leading to sporting events as they navigate through Pattonvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus. After searching hard for a parking spot, parents are guided through the commons and into the F-Wing where most underclassmen hang out before practices and usually at this time of the day students are acting up and show no respect, causing our visitors to become annoyed looking for the game. The walkway to the fields is paved along the softball field and continues through the outdoor science classroom then wraps around the tennis courts. Walking up the path near the outdoor science classroom is also a safety hazard. The slope of the walkway is extremely steep. There have been many students, athletes and parents who have trouble as they walk on it. The new stadium and other construction will be great additions to the campus in the future, but for now it creates many headaches that impede everyday activities. Y

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The Pirate Press is the open forum newspaper of the Pattonville High School. The opinions published are of the publication and are open to criticism. As the members of the 2010-2011 staff, we dedicate ourselves to the accurate and objective dissemination of information to all readers. We will protect and exercise our First Amendment rights. The viewpoints of all staff members are to be regarded as being separate from those of our administration, faculty, peers and adviser.


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o not play at home for Homecoming, or any game, is a different experience but when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all said and done, we just want to have a chance to play football,â&#x20AC;? Steve Smith, head football coach, said. Due to the construction on the new stadium and field, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homecoming was different from past ones. The pep rallies were held in the main gym, and the football game was played at Lindenwood University. Smith felt bad for Pattonville fans that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;realâ&#x20AC;? Homecoming. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bad because our fans wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to be at our stadium, our fans wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to have the atmosphere that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re accustom

to, and we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to come out of our own locker room and listen to our own music; things that get us excited.â&#x20AC;? As upsetting as it was to not have their own field to play on, players still stayed positive. Senior Zach Brown said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter. I play for the love of the sport, and I will always give my all whether Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on my home field or not.â&#x20AC;? Many students were disappointed that Homecoming was not really at â&#x20AC;&#x153;home,â&#x20AC;? but still had faith in their Pirates. Junior Isaac Caverly said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is disappointing, but I believe that Pattonville fans will pull together and support our boys.â&#x20AC;? Ultimately, the Pirates fell to McCluer 32-20 on Sept. 24. Football was not the only event affected during Homecoming week. Pep rallies that in the past had been held at the stadium, were moved to the main gym instead. Even so, student council sponsor Jessica Muckerman-Presson

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stated that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We still followed the same schedule.â&#x20AC;? The faculty and class competition games still took place, along with performances from the Varsity Cheerleaders and Drill Team. After points from all events including Green and White Day to a lip sync competition were tallied, the Class of 2012 placed first in the class competitions. To end the week, students filled the main gym for the Homecoming dance. With the theme â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wish Upon a Starâ&#x20AC;? came new decorations. Senior Kimberly Hulse, the dance coordinator said, â&#x20AC;&#x153; Instead of doing the four corners, we did columns. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not doing the four big decorations like we had.â&#x20AC;? The Homecoming court appeared at the dance led by Homecoming Queen Sarah Marx who was crowned earlier that day. Next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homecoming will be played at Pattonville if the construction of the new stadium is completed on schedule. Y

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