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february 12, 2010


Spring production promises suspense, mystery, and humor BY CRISTINA TERAN SPORTS EDITOR

One of the most popular movies in 1985, with its cleverness and entertaining story line, students now get the pleasure of having it come alive in the auditorium— this year’s spring play, Clue.

Also, something new to the play is that there are double casts—a cast A and a cast B. “If we had just gone with one cast, it would have only been 18 students in the show. This way we have many more involved in it,” said Cox.

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Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the pesky butler, played by senior, Max Wingert, and additional staff. In some odd way or another, the six of them are all connected whether they are a salty war veteran like Colonel Mustard, the flustered Mrs. Peacock, inquisitive Professor Plum, reserved Ms. White, fidgety Mr. Green, or the sultry Ms. Scarlet. “Just like the movie we will have three different endings,” said Danny Cox, theatre teacher and director. “However, we will be doing them at random and the audience will not know which ending they will view until we reach it.”

With practices Monday- Friday 2:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and then also a practice on Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the actors and actresses put in loads of time and devotion into the play. “The play is flowing really well for a very challenging type of production,” said sophomore Annie Souza, one of the narrators in the play. Accompanying Cox directing are students Jasmine Lagrand, senior, and Sierra Vaughn, sophomore. The ladies run through scenes, help the actors memorize their lines and do character work. “I’m surprised at how much more work it is than I thought it would be; they are working really hard so I think it will be a really good show,” said Lagrand.

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Cast members of Clue practice with their other cast counterparts to improve memorization and perfect their roles. With last year’s spring play Grease , being a funny, quirky musical, it can only add on to the same humorous and enjoyable entertainment with Clue. “I think its a really fun show, because its going to keep the audience on the edge of their seats,” said Claire Cambron, junior. It costs $3 for students with an ID, otherwise with no ID, it costs adult admission of $5.The play runs Feb. 25-27 and March 4-6 at 7 p.m.

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Trip allows students to explore Teachers ponders district testing methods for students BY NICOLE WOLSKI

PBA continued from page 1 “There are some students who have test anxiety, and there are students who are just not good at one form of testing,” said Francis. “It’s hard to say if one student is good at something based on just one test.” At the same time, Francis offered an alternative way to judge student growth and teacher performance. According to Francis, a student portfolio following student progress would function as an “ongoing measurement.” According to Lauren Colombo, English teacher, the test has its benefits. Like the majority of those surveyed, however, she recognizes its downfalls as well. “PBAs provide continuity to departments as well as a solid writing foundation,” said Colombo. “The part about PBAs that I find frustrating is that they ‘feel’ as though they are all that matters about a teacher at times, which is ludicrous. Sound teaching should be judged on a myriad of factors, district tests being just one of them.” Additionally, Kaye said the overall spending on the assessment is frivolous.

“It’s not a wise time to spend for teachers to sit and grade PBAs when it does not even test the important parts of the curriculum,” Kaye said. While the negative reviews prevail, some teachers find good use and application of the tests in their classrooms. Linda Boothe, culinary arts teacher, recognizes that she uses the assessment as preparation for the state test. “I don’t approve of any standardized tests. They minimize intelligence and don’t push students to strive for excellence, but I use the test as my final because it tests the curriculum and reassures me that I did my job,” said Boothe. Brian Davis, marketing and business teacher, also finds benefit in the assessment. According to Davis, the scores give constructive criticism to teachers in order for students to exceed. “I don’t think [the PBA] is there to evaluate students. Really, it’s there to give me feedback on how I can teach students how to write a better business letter,” said Davis. “The results make me think ‘what can I do to help this individual student and motivate them to work for their best.’”



eeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris and watching Flamenco dancers in Spain are just two activities students will experience this

students will see El Entierro del Conde de Orgaz (The Burial of Count Orgaz) —one of El Greco’s great achievements. “I hope that by traveling my students learn to accept and embrace other cultures, as well as learn about themselves along the way,” stated Kast. After the Spain experience, another night train leads to Paris, France. Students will explore important museums like the Louvre and historical monuments such as The Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Versailles Palace. “Travel takes you out of your comfort zone, and you really get to push yourself and test your limits,” said Kast. While on the trip, students will enjoy free time where they can walk around, go to shops, and visit museums. “I’m going to hear French spoken fluently outside of the classroom and explore new cultures,” said Annie Souza, sophomore. Contact Gretchen Kast for more information.

summer. The non-school sponsored trip offers students who are taking French and Spanish classes an opportunity to test out their language skills and experience the culture they are studying with their teacher. “Traveling the world opens our eyes to see the world differently,” said Gretchen Kast, French teacher. The trip consists of a nine day visit overseas on June 30 to July 8. Participants fly to Spain where they will tour Madrid. “ We become more open and understanding about different people and their cultures. These are important qualities to have,” said Kast. According to Rachel Brunsman, sophomore, she is going to eat gelato and hear French in a new country. In the evening students will experience a Flamenco performance to get a feel for the Spanish culture. After a night Gretchen train to Toledo, Spain,

Youcan’t help butgrow “from the experience. ” Kast, French teacher


Clue play, PBA cont., France/Spain trip