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Parking lot and traffic patterns to upgrade throughout the year

As the new school year began, students and staff were welcomed to a new parking lot that changed the way traffic flow in the school used to be in years past.

For over a decade, the high school had some issues with the parking lot such as an insufficient number of parking spaces available for staff and students during the year. The overall increase in parking included around 200 new parking spaces for staff, student and community use during the school day or for local events.

New renovations took place such as a newly paved section of the parking lot in late July and the process took no longer than 2 weeks to complete. New parking spaces were opened up as a result and an area was designated to staff only parking. Blocked off by bolted orange guards, only facility have access in and out of this area.

A parking gate was put up at the entrance to the staff parking lot and works much like an EZPass on the turnpike. The gate only opens up when a car that has an ID badge with a transponder. Staff and facility now have a secure parking area where they are able to have a space available when they arrive to school each morning.

The high school currently has two parking lots that are gravel because it takes about a year to allow the topsoil to set. If black top was added before the soil has time to harden, then the area will sink as a result. When the area has cured black top will be added, creating more parking.

“This year, we spent $261,000 to improve the high school parking lot by paving a very large area, excavating the hill at the stadium, making utility vehicle access more logical, replacing soft fill with clay under the newer parking area to provide a better and stronger base, and running power to the new gate system,” superintendent Tom Bratten said.

Funds to allow this and many other district­wide modernization projects to happen comes from the General Funds.

“We currently spend about 1.5 million dollars a year trying to update our schools. Keep them repaired and maintained. We have about $350,000 to do it with. We are the only school in Summit County that does not have a permanent improvement levy,” Bratten said.

To explain further, a permanent improvement levy something taxpayers pass in order for the school to have the funds to renovate and improve buildings within the district.

Another issue the high school has faced for many years is the traffic. With buses, parent drop­offs, student drivers and facility members trying to enter the school using the same entrance, this caused major traffic down the main road with drivers coming from both directions. It has been an ongoing issue in which the district is working hard to fix.

Currently, the district is testing out a new method to try to help improve the morning traffic. Parent drop-offs, staff and student drivers all enter the school through the front entrance while the buses are to drop off students in the back of the building by Joshua’s restaurant. If this method works to help improve the traffic then it will continue.

 

“The majority of the teachers that park in the front lot are happy with [the parking lot]. The only concern I have heard from students is the fact that you have a bit of a walk if they park in the far reaches of the parking lot,” principal Jeff Hartmann said.

Overall, the new parking lot seems to be a major improvement for many students and staff who were worried about parking space. The traffic is an ongoing issue that is currently being addressed; however, improvements are going to take a while.

Pep rally recognizes winter sports teams

Loud music and a cheering crowd greeted students as they entered the upper gym for the Winter Sports Pep Rally.

On Fri., Jan. 29, all of the winter sports teams gathered together and entered the gym team by team. The cheerleaders started as the first team to enter only to be followed in by girls bowling. Next up was boys bowling along with girls and boys swimming, gymnastics and wrestling. Lastly was the girls and boys basketball teams.

The highlight of this event was the dance-off between the freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and teachers. The name of the game was to have the ten best dancers from each grade to perform a dance to a chosen song. This did not go to plan as there were not many eager volunteers. While the dancers exited the gym to prepare their routine, the remaining classes went head to head in a dodgeball game.

“Out of all of the pep-rallies we do, this is one of my favorites because of the dance-off,” biology teacher and student council advisor Alex McMahan said.

The dodgeball game went along the same lines as the dance-off as there were to be the ten best dodgeball players from each class. Unlike the dance-off, there were more people who were excited to participate.

First up was the freshmen versus the sophomores. Although they fought hard, the freshmen were unable to beat the sophomores.

For the next match, it was the juniors and seniors who went next head to head. Juniors tried their best, but the seniors took the win.

After the dodgeball game, all of the dancers entered in the gym to show off what they have come up with. Freshmen started the contest by dancing to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” with five members to their group.

Up next was the sophomores with three members in their crew.

Following them was the juniors dancing to “Radio Star” with six members.

Finally, the seniors come in with eight members dancing to Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time.” Seniors won by popular demand. They were given a trophy for their routine.

To end this event, all of the winter sports players gathered to the center of the gym, armed with their neighbor and sang the school’s “Alma Mater.”

Homework’s not as bad as you think

     Weekends are days where students can sleep in and relax, but homework can get in the way of those relaxing days.

     Homework, whether during the week or on the weekend, is something most students are not looking forward to doing. Getting home from a 7-hour school day to look at 2-3 hours of homework a night can be a drag. While most students dread homework over the weekend, it is also okay to bring school somewhat into students’ lives outside of the classroom.

    “[Homework on the weekends] is sort of debatable, some students do not even think about school on the weekends while there are some students who are in honors classes who get homework over the weekend.”said freshmen Jason Liu.

     Unfinished projects or papers sometimes need that extended time the weekend offers. Some students work after school or are involved in extracurricular activities, so they are not able to get what they need to get done during the week. It is true in which some students have events that take the entire weekend and homework over those days are added stress, but those are not very often. On top of that, most teachers are lenient on giving extensions for unplanned circumstances.

    While it can not be helped, homework should not happen all the time over the weekend, only when it is necessary. Most students do not mind doing a little bit of homework here and there sometimes, but when it starts to get in the way of their family life and such, then it starts to become a problem for them. Students would much rather go and hang out with their friends then do homework, but there are times where students have to sit down and get work done.

     “[Teachers should not give students homework over the weekend] because that is the student’s only free time during the week. It is [their] only two days off from school during the week,” said sophomore Brianna Erler.

    It is not a bad thing for students to bring home work from school but some students believe that school work should stay in school. Although this is understandable, there is not enough time during the school day to finish all that needs to be learned. Going home and doing some school work helps students remember what they were taught in school. It also allows them to get help from older siblings or parents if there is something they do not understand.

Even though most students would disagree, having homework over the weekends is not as troublesome as they think.

Homework becomes unwanted necessity

Weekends are days where students can sleep in and relax, but homework can get in the way of those relaxing days.

Homework, whether during the week or on the weekend, is something most students are not looking forward to doing. Getting home from a 7-hour school day to look at 2-3 hours of homework a night can be a drag. While most students dread homework over the weekend, it is also okay to bring school somewhat into students’ life outside of the classroom.

“[Homework on the weekends] is sort of debatable. Some students do not even think about school on the weekends while there are some students who are in honors classes who get homework over the weekend.” freshmen Jason Liu said.

Unfinished projects or papers sometimes need that extended time the weekend offers. Some students work after school or are involved in extracurricular activities, so they are not able to get what they need to get done during the week. It is true some students have events that take the entire weekend and homework over those days are added stress, but that is not very often. On top of that, most teachers are lenient on giving extensions for unplanned circumstances.

While it can not be helped, homework should not happen all the time over the weekend, only when it is necessary. Most students do not mind doing a little bit of homework here and there, but when it starts to get in the way of their family life and such, it starts to become a problem for them. Students would much rather go and hang out with their friends than do homework, but there are times where students have to sit down and get work done.

“[Teachers should not give students homework over the weekend] because that is the student’s only free time during the week. It is [their] only two days off from school during the week,” sophomore Brianna Erler said.

It is not a bad thing for students to bring home work from school, but some students believe that school work should stay in school. Although this is understandable, there is not enough time during the school day to finish all that needs to be learned. Going home and doing some school work helps students remember what they were taught in school. It also allows them to get help from older siblings  or parents if there is something they do not understand.

Even though most students would disagree, having homework over the weekends is not as troublesome as they think.