The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa on December 22, 1973 · Page 4
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Student! vote Sheree Ebeling smiles as she serves punch at the Student Senate to* la honor of the Humboldt merchants.—Review Photo. Steeling rituals begin Oh what fun it is to ride...? Alas, winter comes to Iowa's countryside, just as sure as the Israelis having it out with the Arabs. It's a time of Christmas cheer and all it's trappings, cars sliding around, snowballs being thrown from the back of Walt Jensen's house, and catching a cold. The worst thing about winter, however, are those pagan rituals-sledding parties. "There's nothing like to- bagganing down the pure wind-drifted snow," I was told. Gullible as I am, I was taken---fn by this friendly propaganda. .It wasn't long, however, before foreboding invaded my subconscious. Every winter it is always hard to find gloves, hats and other cold weather paraphanalia. It was no different this time. I found my army surplus pants to insulate me, but my boots and gloves were missing. Still I was resolved to prove my courage. Grimly I left the house with my $19.95 Hush Puppies. I got into Zud Zuck's For*d wagon (he was about the only one who had his license at the time), and off we went to Winter Playland. After waiting in line, we got a tobaggan, and proceeded to the slope. I crashed, plain and simple. I went off a rise into the air, sans cap, sans courage, sans tobaggan. Fortunately I hit a tree with my impregnable cranium, so I survived. Sledding parties end in strange ways. Like being hit from behind by eight people on an innertube. On being dragged by the foot all the way down the hill causing friction between me and some of the boys. This year, I'll probably be lured into the same trap, but I'm going to wear my wool greatcoat. I don't care how I look . .. just so I'm safe from my friends. Recreation center proposed to senate Barb Vogt, Humboldt County Extension Office worker, presents a program on a "recreation center" to the HHS Student Senate, Tuesday, Dec. 18.—Review Photo. Deck the Halls . . . by Deb Duffy "Are teenagers in Humboldt interested in creating a recreation center?" This question was posed to the HHS student senate by Barb Vogt, from the Humboldt County Extension Office, Tuesday, Dec. 18. Barb and her associates are concerned with the teenagers in Humboldt. With their free time, they would be willing to work- along with any students who would like to form some kind of "recreation center," Barb stated. It was proposed before the student senate so we, as a group could present some arrangement to the students, stated Susan Stoner, student senate member. Among the list of questions concerning the project are: what type of building would be most feasible and beneficial; what types of recreation could be considered; who would be head administrator and how would he be chosen; who would make and enforce the regulations and rules; and how would this project be financed? These were submitted by Ms. Vogt for senate consideration. Although there are many things to decide, discuss and determine, the student senate thinks this is a topic worth looking into. With the cooperation of other students, along with the gracious help of Barb Vogt, maybe this project will get off the ground and put an end to the proverbial statement, "There's nothing to do in Humboldt." Ho, Ho, Ho Merry Christmas "Deck the halls with boughs of holly. . ." The snow and ice of winter brought along with it to HHS, the conventional Christmas cheer and seasonal greetings. A sign of student spirit is the Christmas tree in the cafeteria bedecked with sparkling tinsel and colorful bulbs. Windows are being decorated for the holiday with simulated stain-glass artwork by the Schwendemann's art students. Door decorations will soon be underway. This year, fifth period classes will embellish the doors of their class rooms. The judging will be by the senate and members of the faculty. Prizes will be awarded to the class with the most ingenious decorative idea. Halls will be ornate with bright decorations and an overwhelming bouyency from light-hearted students. The girls basketball team is planning to hang up their basketball socks in the gym this year hoping they will be filled on Christmas by that jolly man with his cheery little helpers.. .Mr. Wickett and his managers? No—Santa and his elves. Time is running out, and afl of those traditional "last minute shoppers" are on the loose. And before you know it it will be time for returns, complaints and/or exchanges. About now questions like "What should I get Uncle Bob?" and "Does Alice have pierced ears?" are repeatedly being asked. Weighted grading system defeated Around the School fey Satan A weighted grading system (WGS) for "honor classes'* »uppefti4d by the HHS student senate was reputed by the student body, in special election held Monday, Dec. 1?. ft was defeated by a vote of 241 (for proposal No. 3), to 108 (proposal No. 2), to 39 (proposal No. 1). "The senate has worked on the present grading system for a number of weeks," said Deb Duffy, senate member. "We feel our present system needs some alterations, in order to improve our academic education." Senate, in a written statement, expressed their belief that Humboldt High School has provided for both a excellent scholastical and vocational education. "But, 'our grading system needs revision," it said, "Students who take harder courses which have a tougher grading system are being penalized." Senate contends students take these "harder courses" in order to meet graduation requirements, college preparation, and for various personal reasons. In conclusion senate said, "Whatever the students reasoning, those in tougher grading systems and classes over the students in easy elective cuuues are being hurt," In otder to correct this situation, senate proposed WOS which is based on a Simula* system in Illinois, according to Karen Mickey, senate president. Grades now are given a numerial value of A equals four; B equals three; C equals two; and P equals zero. Senate endorsed a WGS which included a 2-point plan. It was to first, change some of the "harder courses," to "honor courses," and then give those courses a superior status. This would mean those courses selected as "honor courses" would have a numerical value of A equals five; B equals four, C equals three; D equals two; and F equals one. Those classes not under the honors program would retain their present status. Senate was quick to point out there are various advantages and disadvantages to the WGS. Advantages include the encouragement and stimulation of scholastic progress and encouragement of the student not to take an "easy elective," just to receive higher grades. It would motivate evaluation and improvement of the classes and their grading system. As it stands now, if a pupil receives an P, no credit .is given towards graduation or grade average, but under the WGS one point is received toward grade average, The reasoning is, that although a student's work has not merited a graduation requirement, he still gains something from the fact he was in class, senate indicated. Disadvantages would include: students taking a course on the WGS maybe satisfied with an F because it does not Count on his grade average. The student whose interest is in the subject matter of "easy electives" would be hurt if he took such courses. Also due to trends and circumstances, classes and faculty may change their teaching methods and grading systems. Student senate presented three proposals, to the HHS students, in order to gauge reaction on a WGS and how to rank courses for the program. Proposal No. 1 said, the tousrher courses from each department would be on the WGS. Proposal No. 2 maintained only the tougher courses in the school would be included. Each department would 'not necessarily be incorporated in the program. Proposal No. 3 stated that the grading system would stand as it does now, but a dourse evaluation would be taken. Student senate in a regular session on Tuesday, Dec. 16, discussed the defeated issue. Ms. Mickey, summing up the defeat, said, "although, WOS did not go through, we were pleased with the fact that many students who had once opposed the WGS, had voted in it's favor in the election," Senate has decided the grading issue should not be dropped. As of now, no definite programs have been established. It does plan to work on proposal No. 3 in accordance with' student body voting results. Although, I have not stated my opinion on the controversial WGS, I feel it's important for HHS students and faculty members, along with the citizens of Humboldt to recognize that the senate is working on programs to improve the quality of our education.' Even though the senate did not accomplish its plan, at least it should be thanked for its time and consideration for its interest in a better quality of education for HHS students. To this I say, "Bravo student senate, and thank-you for trying." Wildcat Review Humboldt Senior High School Editors-in-chief Dean Crist and Gene Crist Managing Editors Mary Hadar, John Riches and Susan Stoner News Editor Jack Dreyer Advisor <: Meredith Case Photographers .... Dan Dodgen, Steve Fox and Kurt Stoebe Citrus fruit sold The citrus fruit sold by the music department arrived Thursday, Dec. 13, from Edinburg, Tex., according to Gary Currie, band director. Arriving at 3:15 p.m., many music students were asked to stay after school hours to help unload two-thirds of a semi load. Students could then pick up the fruit Saturday morning, along with the cheese, for delivering. The fruit is guaranteed, says Currie. Anyone receiving bruised or spoiled fruit or cheese should contact his salesman. The actual fruit sales this year was about the same as last, but the over-profits were up, due to the cheese sales. Gross income was approximately $6,500, with the band receiving not quite 40 per cent. Mr. Kuhlman won't have to worry about cleaning up pine needles. His tree is only on the door of his office.—Review Photo. Calendar days are anxiously being X'd out-counting down to that day we've all waited for when blanket of snow covers roof-tops and there is a trace of Christmas Eve's jolly traveler. Footsteps in the front yard, deer tracks on the roof, and an empty glass of milk with a plate ot cookie crumbs will be tale-tell signs along with bright packages left under the Christmas tree. At this time of year harsh realities like the energy crisis with its possible gas rationing are softened. Midnight services and inspiring nativity scenes remind us of the real beauty and truth of Christmas. We are filled with good-will and fellowship. So, as Dec. 25th nears. . . remember. . ."you better be good, you better not cry, you better not pout. . .". No, that isn't Mr. Cram all dressed in red!! It's just a picture of old Saint Nick. Ho! Ho! Hoi-Review Photo. Light up to give! A can goods drive, sponsored by the Humboldt chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), will take place on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those wishing to contribute are asked to turn on their porch light and a FCA member will pick up your donation. If you are going out of town and wish to contribute, please contact Gene Crist at 319 2nd Street .North, or call 332-3807. The can goods will be distributed to the needy families of the area, to help the less fortunate have a Merry Christmas. Active band member Diane Ernst puts in a little overtime as she sorts fruit.-Review Photo. To our students, their parents and faculty members: We extend our warmest Christmas greetings and our sincere wishes for peace and understanding in the year to come. We appreciate your generous cooperation in our school's attempts to maintain a program that will be beneficial to everyone. The Humboldt High School Administrative Staff Poet's Corner I'd like to tell a story to youngsters everywhere, The reason for the story? Well, let's just say I care. It's not a fiction story, just cold hard fact. It's not a pretty story, it can't be told with tact. It's my story. I'm a dope fiend. Just call me "Misery". Go on with what you're doing, and I'll have company. Think twice before you fill that rig and take a seat in hell. For 20 years I've had that seat, in and out of jail. "Don't knock it till you've tried it," seems to be the thing today. I've tried it all, I've shot it all, each and every way. I'm qualified to knock it, and that's just what I do. It's wrecked my life believe me, it will yours too. I started out like you, with just a little grass. It wasn't long till I moved on. The kick just didn't last. Next came the pills to pep me up, and drive me day by day. Then came the birds, and after that, downhill all the way. I've done a bit of everything I quess there is to do. Don't think it brought me happiness I've got news for you. It may seem smart while you're a kid, but as the years go by There'll come a' day when, just like me, you'll sit down and cry. Today I met a group of men who talked to me like dirt. Defend myself.' I couldn't!! That's what really hurt. My fate lies in the hands of these men I met today, Will I have the chance to try again, or will I have"to stay? Three days that seem like three long years I have lo wait to see. What will they say I am to do, what will become of me? What will they say I am to do, what will become of me? I sit here now behind locked doors, my mind is in a haze. Thinking back on other times, all those long lost days. They are gone forever. I cannot get them back. Stop!! Look around you young one, are you on this same track'.' When I was out there on those streets, I had loads of friends. But now that I am locked up here, not a postcard do they send. Each day I wake with just a spark of hope for some small word. Each night I go to bed again, and still I haven't heard From anyone mat 1 held dear out there in the free. They're too busy doing their own thing to give a thought to me. You'll say, I know, it isn't so, with friends you've had for years. Someone will be there waiting, to help you dry your tears. Pushers will be so glad to see me out they'll rush to welcome me. With another shot of that same stuff that stopped me being free. I pray I'll have the strength i time, to tell them all to K" Straight to hell with all of it. That's where it leads. I know!!!! v Jeanne Gilley Graphic arts ••&;•*•& * Christmas cards are being made in graphic arts claw according to instructor Richard fr'urst. We are also making programs for boys and girls basketball and wrestling, absent slips and student panes/* stated Purst. Senate sponsor* coffee A coffee sponsored by Humboldt High School Student Senate was held Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the basement of Humboldt Trust Community Room. The purpose of the coffee was to thank Humboldt county merchants for services to the school system as well at the community. The merchants were welcomed at any time of the working day by senate members. The tables were supplied with refreshments for the coffee break. To study money and banks A test over different economic systems in the world was taken by economics students last Tuesday, according to instructor Cal Muller. The test was six pages long with a possible 117 points. The test included questions over Russian Communism, Democratic Socialism in England and Facism under Hitler, along with some of the history of these systems. The class will now start a unit on money and banks. This unit will tell how money circulates and how banks are used. The students will learn about Federal Reserve System and how it functions. Reads top ten novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" is being read in the English 10 classes at HHS. Instructor Gerald Christensen pointed out that this is the only novel that will be studied in depth by the whole class. "This book is rated as one of the top 10 novels in high schools across the nation," stated Christensen. Along with the book will be a study guide. Christensen plans to have five students discuss the novel while the other students observe. "It will be a circle within a circle," explained Christensen, "we call this a fishbowl." He plans to have each student write a theme paper dealing with putting himself into someone elses shoes. "The novel is told from a little girl's point of view," added Christensen, "and I want the students to write from some other character's point of view in the novel. This will take a bit of imagination." Energy crisis depicted By making a mural and several posters Lyle Schwendemann's art classes contributed to National Energy Awareness Week, Dec. 10-14. The mural was constructed by students to show the many differing uses, and misuses of energy. Those who wanted could make posters on any aspect of the energy crisis. National Energy Awareness Week was proclaimed to alert the public to the energy shortage. During the week many classes have done special projects and offered ways to cut down on energy use. Freshmen typists hit keyboard "Twenty-four freshmen typists, now working on learning the keyboard, enter the halls of HHS first period every day for one semester to participate in the freshman typing program," stated Carol Jensen, course instructor. "The course, introduced last year is worth one high school credit. Students ride busses up to the high school from the junior high before school starts, and a special bus is provided for them to return to classes at the junior high after first period," said Mrs. Jensen. By the end of the month Mrs. Jensen expects class to be working on rough draft typing, centering, and tabulation. The final objectives of the students will be, "know the keyboard, and have the ability to type a simple letter or report at the rate of 25 to 35 words per minute." said Mrs. Jensen. Mrs. Jensen announced, "Six new electric typewriters were recently added to the program. This is the first step in making the entire room electric." Drivers Ed covers insurance Insurance premiums, financial responsibility and auto policy coverages are being studied in Douglas Lundberg's driver's education class. The class has also discussed snowmobile ordinances. The driving test will be covered soon, in preparation of obtaining a TOP (Temporary Driving Permit). Students are practicing parallel parking and quick stops on snowy and dry surfaces. Lundberg commented that a new rear view mirror checking system has recently been installed in the car. Study linear functions Carl Warrington's math-algebra class are studying linear functions. After finishing a chapter that introduced graphs and polynomial functions, they are now graphing equations. Todo this, an equation must be formulated into a linear function. There are numerous ways in which to achieve this, most commonly using multipication. Students are also learning that the slope of a linear function is on the graph and how to chart it. Included in the chapter is when to apply linear functions in business. World development studied A study of world development from 1763-1914 was recently completed in Bob Pattee's world civilization classes. "The students spent-time learning why Europeon countries developed as they did," explained Pattee. They also discussed the Renaissance, reformation and Europeonization of the world, which was the highlight of the unit. "Most students have a good grasp of how Europe developed and controlled the world during this era," said Pattee. "They gained an insight into the numerous Europeon contributions to today's world." Insurance policies studied Consumer economic classes, taught by Cal Muller are presently studying life insurance policies, and how they work and differ. It is based mainly on the three most common policies which are: straight life, limited life, and term insurance. The next unit to be studied will be health insurance. Students will learn about the differing types of health policies, and how the policies pay, the cost of premiums and how often they are paid.

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