Griswold High School only offers three electives (four if you count Study Skills); a survey was sent out asking which, if any, electives should the school should offer besides the three it already has?
Twelve GHS students (three from each class) took a survey asking about course electives, and out of that twelve, four are currently enrolled in study skills, three are in band, three in Woodshop, and two are in Publications.
Seventy five percent of the student who took the survey said that Helix needs to offer more electives. When asked to rank the currently offered electives from classes that they were most likely to take to least likely to take, Woodshop came out as the most likely to be taken with 42% of the students ranking it as number one; whereas, Publications was the least likely to be taken, with only 25% of the students ranking it as a number one.
The survey offered 12 options as electives that students want to see at Helix: art, drama, creative writing, choir, orchestra, home economics, leather working, drivers ed, CPR, programming, survival skills, and dance. Each student who took the survey chose four of the options. Sixty seven percent of students chose art as one of their choices; creative writing, choir, home economics, drivers ed, and survival skills tied for second place, all being chosen by 42% of students. Programming and drama were both chosen by 33% of students, CPR was chosen by 25% of the students, dance by 17%, and both leather working and orchestra were chosen by 8% of the students.
Fifty percent of the students who chose art as one of their answers, also chose either creative writing or drama (or both). Eighty percent of those who chose programming were male while 57% of females chose drama as one of their options. The survey also offered an answer box that allowed the person taking the survey to add an elective that wasn’t on the list, but one they thought should be offered at Helix, only one option that wasn’t on the list was provided: psychology.
Analyzing the results of the survey it could easily be said that Helix High School needs to offer its students more electives, yet it should be mentioned that as well as the 75% of students that said “Yes, Helix needs more electives,” 25% said “maybe, but only if they are done right.” The students of Helix want more electives to be offered, but they want them to be done well; the school shouldn’t offer a bunch of half-prepared electives, but instead it should take time and prepare maybe two or three more than it already does, perhaps only offering them for a trial period of a quarter at a time to see which ones actually hold the student’s interest.
Hayao Miyazaki and the creators of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, discuss the making of the movie.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a timeless and beautiful movie about the consequences of war and greed. Growing up, this movie had a very important place in making me the person I am today; it teaches the importance of kindness and understanding above all else. The movie shows the danger in letting anger consume you and that even though it may hurt, in the end, kindness is stronger than hate.
The movie was written and produced in 1984 by Hayao Miyazaki; it was the second movie that he had worked on and it set the path for all of his future films. The movie features hand drawn animation and deals heavily with themes that are still relevant today.
The graphic novels that the movie was based on were first released in 1982 in Japan, Miyazaki was 41 at the time. He was four years old when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed in World War II, and he grew up in the aftermath of the event, so it makes sense that the movie deals with the effects of war on people and the earth and shows the consequences of anger.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind begins in a world 6,000 years after a great war destroys the earth and spawns a toxic jungle that has taken over the world. Glimpses of the war are spread throughout the movie; the characters are constantly walking through ruins and the skeletons of the giant warriors are often seen buried in the ground, turned into giant habitats for the mutated insects of the jungle.
From the beginning, the consequences that the war brought on is clear. In the beginning of the movie, Lord Yupa, an adventurer and friend of Nausicaä’s, visits a village that has been completely infected by the toxic jungle and finds a house full of skeletons and a child's doll that falls apart as he picks it up.
That symbolism of the destruction of innocence via war is prevalent throughout the movie. It is used to highlight the destruction and filth of war and also the importance of growing up and fighting for change instead of just passively hoping for the better.
Even though the movie was released 35 years ago, many of its themes are still relevant today. In the current political climate, the threat of war, as distant as it may seem, looms in the back of people's minds and the consequences of war are terrifying unknowns. Miyazaki capture the reality of this fear almost perfectly, and while he addresses that there is no perfect solutions to bringing about peace, he stresses the importance of understanding one's enemy and sympathizing with them and how doing that is the first step towards peace.
Another theme that is found throughout the movie, is environmental conservation. The war may have caused the destruction, but the effect that it had on the world is what is killing the people. The toxic forest, the blight that is spreading over the world, was caused by pollution. The toxins that filled the soil, air, and water caused by the war, are the reasons that the forest has become toxic, and, as Nausicaä discovers, the water and soil deep in the earth, untainted by human destruction, is pure. Miyazaki show the destruction that humans have on the planet and through Nausicaä he shows how, through research and compassion, we can see the earth, not as an enemy, but as a protector that has been here long before us and will be here long after us.
Environmental conservation, to me, has always been an important ideal, and it is partially thanks to this movie. I’ve grown up watching Miyazaki movies, and environmentalism is a constant theme throughout most of his films. His characters, such as Nausicaä or San (from his movie Princess Mononoke) were my heroes and it was there ideals that sparked my love for nature. With the way that Miyazaki portrays the beautiful and sometimes the terrible things that nature is capable of, who wouldn’t fall in love?
That brings me to how he portrays it; the animation in the movie is completely hand drawn, this allowed him a freedom that computer generated animation does not allow. Practically every frame in the movie is unique, making it feel like it came straight from your imagination, even the backgrounds are full of life and detail. Miyazaki is able to bring to life creatures (such as the ohmu) that could never exist in the real world, yet he makes them feel real. He brings to life every aspect of the movie, even the unseen wind, which plays a big part in the movie, is illustrated in such a way that makes it feel real.
The final piece of the puzzle that makes this movie so real and so beautiful is the sound design. Every scene is filled with life and not just that which is on screen. The ambient noise and music in this movie is beautiful, from the reverent reverb in the beginning of the movie when Nausicaä finds the ohmu shell, to the beautiful flashback scenes in which a child's voice sings a simple but sweet song. Joe Hisaishi, the composer for the movie, is able to perfectly capture the mood for this story and it is his music that brings it to life.
All in all, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, while not perfect, is a beautiful movie, both aesthetically and thematically, and I would recommend it to anyone, no matter their age.
I give this movie 10/10 Ohmu shells.
Played throughout South Asia and in Europe and Australia, kabaddi is practically unheard of in the U.S.
Kabaddi is the national sport of Bangladesh and is popular throughout South Asia. It is a team game which consists of two teams, each with twelve players. The goal of the game is to score as many points as possible by raiding the opposing team and defending one’s own team from the other’s raiders.
The first kabaddi competitions were held in 1921 in Maharashtra and from there, the sport spread. By the 1930’s, it was played all over India and South Asia. In 1950, the All India Kabaddi Federation was formed in order to look after the promotion of the game and two years later, the Senior National Championships began. Presently, the sport is played all over south Asia and with the rise of immigration, it has spread to Europe and Australia.
In order to play Kabaddi, not much is needed besides about 26 people. Each kabaddi team consists of twelve players, the two teams toss a coin and the winner gets to decide whether they are raiding or on defense, or they can decide which of the two courts they play in, and the loser gets to decide the one that the winner does not choose. The point of the game is for one team to send a raider out from their court to the opposing court, while chanting "Kabaddi" the entire time. The raider has to touch as many of the defenders as he can and then return safely to his own court; the defending court must stop the raider by tackling him as soon as he touches one of them.
The rules of kabaddi are as follows: If any part of a player's body leaves the court, that player is out, except during a struggle, then the player is only out if their entire body leaves the court. The raider must chant "Kabaddi" the entire time during the raid or they will be out and the opposing team will gain a point. Only one raider can enter the opponent's court at a time, if two raiders enter an opponent's court both raiders are out and the opposing team gains a point.
For someone who hasn't played the game, it can be difficult to describe "It is kinda like tag, in a sense, just a little more violent," said Helix student Kyleen Stahancyk. Others describe it as similar to football or rugby, but in reality it is a sport all its own. Kabaddi combines endurance, speed, and strength in a way that few other sports do. By only allowing the raider one breath per raid and making them chant the entire time, and having so many players in a confined space, this contact sport really does make itself unique.
"Football players or people who are athletic and okay with getting physical or violent would play it," said Stahancyk. The unique sport attracts unique players. Kabaddi is a sport that is taught to schoolchildren all over South Asia, but also has a highly aggressive pro league. Many say that because of how enjoyable and in-depth the game is, people across all ages and professional levels can enjoy it.
In 2010, the Oregon Department of education adopted the Common Core State Standards. These standards were put into action as part of a nation-wide project that strove to help students, no matter where in the United States they lived, be prepared for college and a career. Even though the intentions behind these standards were good, Common Core State Standards have been at the center of many controversies, especially when it comes to math.
From the time that they were put into place, parents, students, and even teachers have had problems with the standards, and with these problems comes strong opinions.Cassandra Myrick, mother of two students in the Helix School District is a critic of Common Core. "There should be no future to Common Core," she said.
The standards have brought about much controversy. One of the main reasons is because of the math curriculum. According to Helix Student Camryn Flerchinger, most of the math that students are taught is never needed. "Honestly, most of the time the math they teach us, I find really isn't needed much in later life," Flerchinger said.
While basic math is used by everyone in later life, many people consider a majority of the math taught (especially at the secondary level) to be useless, unless students enter very specific fields.
Many people consider one of the biggest flaws within Common Core is that the curriculum spends a majority of the time introducing new, more difficult, and abstract concepts instead of taking time to make sure that students fully understand the fundamentals of what they are being taught. Flerchinger feels that the lack of time and explanation is a crucial part of the learning process that is being overlooked. "I believe that we need to go over more than just a few question before heading on to the next topic...we need to push it farther and go slower when explaining it," she said.
One of the most discussed points when talking about Common Core is how it relates to the math of the past? When shown two standardized tests over sophomore and freshman level math, one from 1999 (before Common Core was implemented) and one from 2016 (after common core was implemented), Flerchinger and Myrick seemed to be in agreement; "The older test was easier and had clearer instructions," said Myrick, Flerchinger agreed, saying, "The older test was easy to comprehend and it was more precise."
The test from 1999 was 10 pages long and had 30 questions, while the 2016 test was 40 pages long and had 70 questions. At the root, both tests went over the same basic concepts, but the newer of the two had many added concepts and processes. It is believed by some that these added concepts should not be taught to students until they reach a college level, but others believe that it is good for students to start learning the concepts as soon as possible.
While Common Core is highly controversial, it is believed by people on both sides of the debate that something needs to change. Some say that the concept of Common Core should be kept, but how it is practiced should be changed; others say that it should be done away with completely. Those questions will be need to be addressed by the Oregon Department of Education, whose job it is to prepare all Oregon students to meet their future.
Hard work, trust, and perseverance: this is what a cheerleader is made of; these are also the same traits that Shaylee Roberts is made of.
Shaylee Roberts, a freshman at Helix High School, is one of the co-captains of the GHS cheer team and has been cheering for over four years.
Ever since she was five years old, Shaylee has wanted to be a cheerleader. “I was, like, five and I would watch football with my dad and I would always want to be one of those cheerleaders on the sidelines,” said Shaylee.
Shaylee first started cheering when she was seven years old, but it didn’t last long. By the middle of the school year, she dropped out because of the overwhelming amount of homework. Even after this Shaylee kept her love for cheerleading, and in the sixth grade she started again.
Shaylee was a student in Milton-Freewater when she started to cheer again. It was also at this time that her sister approached her, asking for advice on how to start a cheer program.
While helping her sister, 2017 Helix graduate Kyla Roberts establish the GHS cheer program, Shaylee transferred schools from Milton-Freewater to Helix.
Shaylee was in seventh grade when she transferred schools and became a cheerleader in Helix. Now she is a high school freshman and is one of the co-captains of the cheer team.
Shaylee hopes to continue cheering well through college, where she plans on studying to become a pediatric doctor.
Being a cheerleader is no easy task. ”Even just being the co-captain is a lot of work, especially if you’re getting behind on school work,” commented Shaylee. There is a lot of different tasks that cheerleaders do besides cheering at games. The cheerleaders at Helix are in charge of making the locker signs, making the signs for in the gym, all while coming up with new cheers and new dances.
Being a cheerleader can be difficult for other reasons also; one wrong move during a stunt is all it would take for an injury to occur, and an injury is bad news for a cheerleader. Being injured while doing a stunt can be very serious and also stop someone from being able to cheer again.
Keeping up on homework while being a cheerleader can be difficult; practice can cut into much needed homework time. “It is a lot of late nights honestly, like, doing your homework you stay up until past twelve or if you get home from a basketball game at twelve, then you are up till three doing homework, and then you only get, like, two hours of sleep,” said Shaylee.
Even with all of the struggles, according to Shaylee, “It is always worth it in the end.”
Cheerleading continues to provide many joys in both the lives of the cheerleaders and the lives of those who witness them. Cheering encourages players to do their best and not just anyone can be successful at it; cheering takes hard work, trust, and perseverance; cheering takes someone like Shaylee Roberts.
Hello, my name is Brianna Myrick. I am a high-school sophomore at Helix High School and I have a sister here in the sixth grade. This is my second year going to school at Helix, but my first year taking Publications and so far I really enjoy it. I like photography, art, and theater; I also enjoy reading and writing. My favorite things to take pictures of are flowers and animals. I like to garden and I have two cats, named Sophie and Gingie. When I graduate I would like to become either a beekeeper or possibly a voice actor.