Thursday, February 9, 2017

Val-o-Grams

Senior, Angela; Writing a thoughtful message to a friend. 
Leadership students have been working on Valentine's Day grams. Val-o-Grams will be sold during lunch for 50 cents each. You can buy one up until February 14th.  Leadership students will deliver them to Springwater students on Valentine's Day. So don't forget to purchase a thoughtful Val-o-Gram for your friends or loved ones! 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Canned Food Drive Success!


Student throwing pie at staff.
The annual Canned food drive took place before winter break. Although the school was closed due to extreme weather reports. The weather did not stop the spirit of giving to Springwater Trail students. Over the course of two weeks we were able to collect over 300 donations of a mixture of cans and clothing. Students were able to feed eight families in desperate needs of a holiday dinner. Springwater students were happy to provide that for those families in need. Little did the staff know that they were in for a treat.. As promised for the class that would bring in the most donations; leadership arranged a pie throwing contest! At the end of the day it was nice to give even though Springwater students didn’t expect anything in return. It’s the season of giving not receiving. It was an exciting afternoon!

Stinky School

on January 23th, confusion arose early morning as students and staff were greeted by an unpleasant stage odor. Around 7:06 the principal Ryan Blaszak, had speculations that the smell could be a possible gas leak. In little to know time head secretary, Kim made an announcement over the intercom. Students were asked to evacuate the building as soon as possible and bring all their belongings along with them. Students were asked to wait outside the building as the principal got a hold of Northwest Natural.
Students gathered in curiosity until further notice.
While school busses started arriving, more and more students began to grow in curiosity on what the smell could be. I interviewed one student sophomore, Student Acuna, who thought the smell could have been some sort of prank caused by students. “I think it’s a stink bomb, an old middle school classic prank.” I also interviewed Social Studies teacher, Mike Lurie on safety procedures. “I’m glad that we’re outside right now, I believe you have to arrow in the side of caution.”
Principal Blaszak, came outside to give an announcement to alarmed students. In his announcement he talked about the possible odor and the school’s district next step to resolve the situation. Students were told informed that Hogan Cedars elementary, the school next door kind-heartedly offered to let us stay in their gymnasium.
Principle Blaszak later decided the best decision was to send students home since the odor was still unknown. Around 9:30 students were loaded onto the busses. The following days after, school went back to normal. Staff will remain aware for any future changes in the air quality.

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Garden Club, is it there

Wait there is a Garden Club

You're hearing this right there is a garden club. For those who don't know The Garden Club isn't new it was was started about four years ago by Ex STHS English, and Environmental Science teacher Mr. Kramer. The "club"  would eventually be called The Children Of Gaia. It also wasn't really a club, you didn't have to sign up or anything you just had to say you were going to Children Of Gaia on the Wednesday School form. The Children Of Gaia made different types of food, and also helped take care of the school garden. Except Mr. Kramer left STHS at the end of the school year in 2016. But good news one of the teachers in the portables outside Mathias Mantel has taken over and now runs The Garden Club. In an email he was asked what they did at the garden club and he responded with "explore the world of horticultural and culinary possibilities." From the sound of it not much has changed and since it's there why not go to the Garden Club it's there for everyone and if you don't like it you don't have to go back but give it chance before you decide not to go.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Back to School - Again

Welcome back students! I hope you all had a terrific winter break. I know it’s hard to get back in the school routine after a long break, but don’t forget that the end of this first semester ends in 3 weeks. Do your best to get your work done as soon as you can so you won’t have a stressful finals week!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Bees?

Yes, bees. Listen, I’m not going to beat around the bush here, you know the drill well by now: The bees are dying. You’ve heard it over and over again, the various ways our fuzzy fairy friends are being killed off-- it’s gotten boring by now, right? Right. Well, even if it is boring, you should care. The human race is wiping out an entire species, one that provides us with much of the food that we consume on the daily. Honestly, it’s pretty preventable, too.
Of course, unpreventable things will happen and species populations will naturally fluctuate throughout the years and everything and everyone’s dying anyways-- but besides this, the drastic nearing to bee extinction is our fault. I’m talking pesticides, insecticides, CCD, radiation, habitat destruction, and the irrational fear of fuzzy, wuzzy, sweet-toothed bugs.
Is this still not a good enough reason for you to take action? Do you still not really care? Here, let me appeal to your narcissistic human qualities: Without bees, the human race would have an estimated four years to live before our own mass extinction. Yes, that’s right. In four years, YOU would die. Do you care now? If not, you should probably see someone about that will to live of yours-- it's dwindling. If you do care about the mass extinction of bees and humans, here are some things you can do:

Go local: Buy raw honey, fruits and veggies from within your community - it’ll help those yellow fuzzy farmers!

Plant things: Plant flowers and sweet smelling flora that you know those little flying lint balls will enjoy. If you're looking for some bee building blossom species, you can find some ideas here!

Don’t use pesticides- or at least pesticides that hurt bees. (Hint: Most pesticides are awful for the environment and for you!) Instead, you can even try introducing some beneficial insect species into your growing garden for a natural pesticide alternative!

Set out some water: A little, shallow bowl of some quality H20 outside your of house will do. Our yellow buzzy buddies get thirsty from all that hard work, you know!

Realize that bees aren’t out to get you and that accidents happen: If you squish a bumble’s home, step on, or scare one by freaking out, you might get a sting- but beyond that, our little fluffers just want to sniff the flowers and see what’s going on. BEES ARE YOUR FRIENDS and it’ll do you some good to remember that.

Speak up!: Sign a petition, yell at your neighbors, do something! Your voice matters and you can do so much with it. Hey, I’ll even get you started- there’s a petition going on and you can sign it here to join the wave of voices attempting to ban bee harming pesticides!



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