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Published Since 1976 The Woodlands High School 6101 Research Forest Drive Volume 36 Issue 1

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

Vanishing vending machines

TWHS students given new, healthy snack options What’s Inside:

joey ramos

staff writer

All the junk food has vanished. This is thanks to Hometown Vending, the outside vender that sold the machines to TWHS. H o w e v e r, new comes with a price. Old, unhealthy options such as Poptarts and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are no longer available. Due to new Texas state regulations, almost all junk food has been banned. In response to these new laws and pressure from society in general the school has purchased two new

vending machines in order to make the students diets healthier. “Some of the foods in the machines were admittedly not as healthy as could be,” assistant principal Charles Pincumbe s a i d . “ T h e s e n e w machines a r e healthier and more reliable, it was just time to move on from PHOTO BY ARJUN PAI the older machines.” All those Milky Ways and Fritos that loaded up the rings have been replaced by protein shakes and Clif bars.

“I’m happy about the machines because they give us a wide variety of foods to pick from between classes,” sophomore Merit Marshall said. There are several upsides, such as the brand new credit/debit card slot that allow students to purchase food when they do not have cash. Also, these new machines are supposed to prevent that irritating part where your bag of chips gets stuck on the glass and forces you to shake the machine for your Payday. Not to mention the fact that the new items are much healthier and will not leave you feeling guilty after you eat a days worth of carbs in one sitting. “It’s like buying jeans, do you want GAP or Wal-Mart,” Pincumbe said. “You want the quality, so that is why we got the new machines.” Now instead of reaching for a soda or unhealthy versions of potato chips, you can grab a fruit juice or some baked chips. “I love the new Doritos,” junior Aaron Meritt said.

Ring, ring serita patel

staff writer

Since the rise of texting, students have found it the most convenient form of communication out there. Obviously teachers soon caught on and began to use texting as a medium of contacting students, especially students in clubs and/or

extracurricular activities. This year, CISD has implemented a policy that makes this communication more of a challenge. A parent signed form must be taken home and signed by a parent in order for a member of CISD staff to contact a student via phone. The form also states that strict guidelines must be followed for a teacher to communicate with student by use of

Microsoft Office C e rt i f i c at i o n alex powers staff writer


WHS is now the first school in the district to offer Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications. Students looking ahead to college and future careers know that anything one can do to give one a leg up on the competition is priceless. Now, in our modern technology-run world, a Microsoft Office Specialist certification can do you wonders. “This certification can get you better jobs and a better salary,” Microsoft Certified Trainer Patricia Gutknecht said. In fact, according to Time Magazine, people with a MOS certification earn an average of 10-15 percent higher

pay. And according to, over 1,000 jobs in Houston require some sort of MOS certification. Many students are excited about the new opportunity. “I’d like to have a MOS certification,” senior Austin Murray said. “It would really help to have something like that on my resume.” This certification is even required at some colleges. “Many business schools require a MOS certification,” Gutknecht said. Some colleges even give a free college credit to students with MOS certifications. Training for these certifications is offered for students who have taken BIM 1 but preferably BIM 1 and BIM 2. Any students interested should see Mrs. Gutknecht in room 252.

a social network such as Facebook or Twitter. “I don’t see why this policy should be implemented, I’ve been communicating with faculty members since my freshman year using my phone,” senior Soraya Herbert said. “These first few weeks of school it has been difficult to organize events and contact teachers for after school events.” Other students hold a different opinion on the matter. “I can see why, legally, this policy is a good idea,” junior Molly Much said. “However, if a teacher with bad intentions wanted to get a student’s phone number, this policy would do little in the way of stopping them. It just seems really inconvenient for everyone.” This policy has affected staff members as well. Many factulty members use cell phone communication in order to contact students in one of TWHS’ many clubs and organizations. “I advocate whatever is best for the safety of the students,” World and European History teacher James Rowland said. Until this year, Facebook groups have been a huge part of organizing club meetings, alerting members of changes in activities, and acquiring recruits. Though not much more than a hassle at the moment, concerns have been raised that CISD may soon move to nix off-campus studentfaculty communication permanently.






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