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Volume IX, Issue 5 â€˘ May 6, 2009
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Friday the 6th: The Band Booster Club is holding a silent auction and dessert banquet at Timberline.
Wednesday the 11th: Early release day. School ends at 12:20.
Monday the 16th: Beginning of WASL testing. The first part of testing will continue through March 29.
photo by Anthony Collins
[From left to right] Steven Berube, a junior, Patrick Stanton, a freshman, and seniors Angie Grizzle and Matt Hubbard play with the band during the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 11. The event introduced the completed Timberline facility to the community.
Saturday the 21st: The Band Booster Club is holding a pancake feed at Timberline beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday the 25th: Parent-teacher conferences. No school from March 25 to March 27.
Friday the 27th: No school. Tolo is being held from 9 p.m. to midnight in the commons.
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Tuesday the 17th: Choir concert in the Timberline theater at 7:00 p.m.
By Staff Writer Nicole mercer
Student Store funds M.D.A. Muscular dystrophy, a disease that attacks the spinal cord and makes people unable to walk, is becoming increasingly common throughout the world. Students at Timberline are being given Zach Heying, the chance to help fight junior MD in a fundraiser conducted by the student store and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Timberline students will be able to donate money to help the children and adults who suffer from MD. The fundraiser began on Feb. 10 and will end on March 17. The student store will be selling green shamrocks for one dollar, gold shamrocks for five dollars, and platinum shamrocks for a ten dollars, to raise money for this cause. “Our goal is to raise at least 1,000 dollars to help the people who suffer from MD,” said Zach Heying, a junior. The funds will contribute to research for the development of the cure, which has yet to be discovered. “I think it is a good idea, it helps out people
and it is a good cause. I think I will donate,” said Gabe Escobar, a senior. At the end of the competition, the 4th period that has donated the most money will win an ice cream and pizza feed. Fishing Club Sportsmen’s Night Timberline’s fishing club will host a “Sportsmen’s Night” on March 21. This event encompasses a fun variety of activities ranging from a spaghetti feed to a Chase Brown, silent auction and senior even, yes, casting lessons in a fish tank. The entertainment begins at 12 p.m. and isn’t over until 8 p.m. Junior Chase Brown said, “We do this because it helps bring in donations from businesses because we show that we are involved in the community. But, ultimately, we do this to bring fishing to the community.” ‘Club 6120’ theme for Tolo On March 27, Tolo is being held from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tolo is a semi-formal dance, for which girls ask guys. This year’s dance will be held on a Friday, because there is no school that day. This year’s theme will be “Club 6120 Flashing Lights.” “Tolo is fun because you get to hang out with friends. It is also fun that you don’t have to dress up if you don’t want to,” said Caitlin Thurman, a senior.
Just suck it up and donate On March 13, Timberline High School will host an annual blood drive. It will be held in the auxillary gym and students can sign up any time after March 4. “It is good to give people that are sick some blood,” Kristian Dumé, a sophomore, said. There are a few restrictions on blood donation. Before they can Kristian Dumé, sign up, students must sophomore be at least 16 years of age, have parental consent, and weigh over 110 pounds. “I have wanted to do it ever since I saw it as a freshman, but couldn’t because of the age limit, and now I can,” Hailey Hilligoss, a junior who looks to donate blood, said. “It is kind of nerve-racking, but at the same time, I would rather go through that to save somebody’s life,” she added. Due to the construction around campus, Timberline hasn’t participated in the blood drive for the last two years, but students plan on making up for it this year with record numbers. “Timberline generally has a very sucessful drive with over 100 donors on a regular basis, and is considered the largest donor group in Thurston County,” Pat Geiger, activities coordinator, said. Sam Aguirre, a senior on leadership says that so far, the donation calender is “filled.” “That is tight because it is for a good cause,” he added.
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mar ch 6, 2009
Is the WASL now a fossil?
Recently, the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP) was proposed to replace the WASL. This new test is broken into two sections – one for grades 3-8 and one for high schoolers. Does the frequent changing of test standards help or hinder student achievement?
By Staff Writer Erin Adams
he WASL, a whirlwind of bewilderment for students with its ever-changing requirements, may soon be relegated to the ages. This test has been a source of inflammation among parents and students alike, and has thus been an important issue in the Washington state legislature. “I was elected on a promise to replace the WASL with a fairer, less expensive system of measuring student learning,” said Randy Dorn, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a press release on Jan 21.
As of spring 2010 Dorn would like to see a new system, the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP), with two new tests: the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) for grades 3-8 and the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE).
passed one or more sections of the WASL, and will be able to forgo it entirely if they have passed the entire thing.
Student reactions to the new change In the past, students have had many complaints against the WASL system. One of apparently dire imNew changes for the WASL The new tests are shorter, with fewer constructed portance that would be solved by the new test is the sheer size of the previous evaluresponse questions in all categories ation. According to Taylor May, and a faster turnabout due in part to sophomore, “After too much you the increasing use of computers for After too much kind of forget what you did wrong the test. In addition, in the 2010you kind of forand what you did right.” 2011 year, elementary students will get what you did Aaron Knighten, junior, said, have tests once at the beginning of “It’s difficult for me to remember the school year and once at the end. wrong and what everything.” These were commissioned under a you did right. Peter Cleveland, junior, confive-year assessment contract as of curred with Knighten in this reOctober 2008. – Taylor May gard. They both agree that the While legislation is still out on sophomore reading and writing tests seemed some changes, it seems that too easy as well, but that changby 2010 there could be computer tests in some ing the WASL would not be good, because it increases elementary grades for all pressure. “There will be people who struggle with it,” but writing, which will be Cleveland said. moved into high school The rather distressing state of the math passing rate the next year. Statewide (only 45.6% for Timberline high school) could partly computer testing is ex- be accounted for by its concurrence with the new math pected to be in effect by curriculum. “I would blame it on the books that we 2012. “Our tests need had,” said junior David Lawrence. “The new system to be tied to technology made it difficult for teachers to teach because they were and provide immedi- learning it too.” ate feedback to teachers so they can better WCAP could minimize feedback time One complaint that students have is that the tests assist their students. Computerizing the return far too long after the test. According to Dorn, tests will also require “Our view is that it should be in two weeks.” If this is far less resources, possible, teachers will be able to alter student learning both in time and plans based on results before the end of the year, and money,” said Dorn students will know what they need to review before in the same press they forget it entirely. Even in its final throes, the WASL manages to crerelease. “The use of technology may ate a challenge. As of 2006, freshmen were allowed to register and take the test a year early, but this year they rock your world.” After this year were informed that this option was cancelled in order it will not be man- to avoid nearly $500,000 in unfunded testing costs. Dedatory to pass the spite the additional start-up fees, the new tests would be cheaper to maintain. Illustration by Pascuala Esteban HSPE if they have
The WASL: Does it help or hinder learning? “If you want to use it to show a student has done well at math, great. I disagree with it being used as a punitive measure denying graduation.” John Wilson, Math teacher
“The WASL has helped set goals and I’ve seen students improve their learning, but it eliminated electives that I think are important to be more well-rounded.” Diane Weston, Social Studies teacher
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