Bean Bribery

For you?

Students have been offering teachers coffee ever since Starbucks opened. It has proved to be an effective strategy to keep on teacher’s “good” sides.

It happens to the best of us, running into fifth hour late, the teacher gives you that dreaded “tardy” look. All you did was get lunch, how were you supposed to know it wasn’t an advisory day?

There are many strategies to keep on your teachers’ good side, but the one that seems to work better than others is an offering from the local coffee shop.

There are two things that will ensure your offering’s quality: it must be appropriate and seasonal. Appropriate refers to the fact that teachers have different preferences regarding their coffee.

“It depends on the time of day. If it’s before noon it can have caffeine, if after noon, it cannot,” says Mrs. Katie Krumm.

Many teachers also have favorite selections. For example, Mrs. Krumm prefers a (decaf) iced vanilla latte, Mrs. Jane Diamond-Martin prefers a hazelnut macchiato and Mr. Jay Grenawalt prefers a Grande coffee with half-and-half.

The offering must also coincide well with the weather outside. Giving an iced drink on a cold day will probably not go over as well as a warmer selection.

“It helps because they don’t count me tardy… or at least they don’t yell at me,” states Khaki Fleck ’14.

Despite Fleck’s optimism, gifts from the local coffee shop will not erase the tardy mark next to your name. However, this tradition can give just as much to the classroom as it does teachers. These priceless “brownie” points can add up to good student/staff relations and better classroom morale.

While a popular practice, this offering does not always work. Some teachers condemn coffee amelioration as bribery, and giving coffee will only make things worse. In addition, it would be rather foolish to bring coffee offerings to PE classes.

Coffee offerings are not universally accepted, but they are a good practice to not only show respect for teachers’ time but are also a good start at removing the dreaded “tardy gaze” when walking in late.

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Concerts in the Denver area

Heritage students enjoy concerts in the Denver area. Concerts provide a suitable activity for any student. Continue reading for a list of upcoming concerts.

Heritage students enjoy concerts in the Denver area. Concerts provide a suitable activity for any student. Continue reading for a list of upcoming concerts.

Concerts in the Littleton and Denver area provide Heritage students with a suitable activity for the fall and winter months.

The Pepsi Center, The Buell Theatre, Ogden Theatre, The Fillmore Auditorium, Wells Fargo Theater, 1st Bank Center or even small coffee shops are popular concert venues when it starts getting too cold for Fiddlers Green or Red Rocks.

Concerts provide the unique experience of being able to connect not only closer with the artist who is playing but also connect with the people who are there to enjoy the same music.

A helpful place to check to see if any certain artist is coming to and/or around the Denver area is to check TicketMaster.com and TicketHorse.com. These sites provide updated tour schedules of artists and offer a secure way to buy tickets.

 

Upcoming Denver Concerts:

November 5-The Word Alive-The Summit Music Hall

November 7-Pink Floyd Laser Show-Fillmore Auditorium

November 8-Lee Brice-Fillmore Auditorium

November 8-Judy Collins-Paramount Theatre

November 9-Rihanna-Pepsi Center

November 13-Sleeping with Sirens-Fillmore Auditorium

November 15-Black Crowes-Ogden Theatre

November 16-Selena Gomez-1st Bank Center

November 16-3OH!3-The Summit Music Hall

November 17-Trans-Siberian Orchestra-Pepsi Center

November 20-Michael Buble-Pepsi Center

November 21-John Legend-Ellie Caulkins Opera House

November 21-Vanessa Carlton-Gothic Theatre

November 22-Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves

December 2-Jay-Z-Pepsi Center

December 20-OneRepublic-Ogden Theatre

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Football season comes to a close

The eagles snaps the ball for another drive down the field. The team finished with a record of 5-5.

The Eagles snap the ball for another drive down the field. The team finished with a record of 5-5.

The Heritage Eagles football season has come to an end. The team finished with the record of 5-5. They clinched a playoff spot yet this year but fell to Mountain Range in a dramatic loss, losing by only 4 points (24-20). The seniors, some who will never play football again, are emotional with the end of the season.

“This season as a whole has been bittersweet. I love the team so much that it’s hard remembering that I won’t play a game with some of them ever again,” says Austin Porter ’14.

Even though the team did not make it as far as they had hoped they feel very positive about the fall.

“The season was the best yet; I am so much closer with the team and have friendships that will last a lifetime, and I couldn’t have asked for more heart during that last game. I love all the guys so much,” says Kris Medina ’14.

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Mystery Inc. unmasks best costumes

Before class on Halloween, the gang poses for a quick picture as Shaggy reveals their supply of Scooby-Snacks.

Before class on Halloween, the gang poses for a quick picture as Shaggy reveals their supply of Scooby-Snacks.

   When they walked in on Thursday, the hallways lit up. Mystery Inc. was one of the many groups that dressed up for Halloween, but what makes them special is that they have been planning this for weeks.

   “Yeah we bought our costumes last week, but we’ve been planning this way before then,” says Daphne.

   They have all the characters of the characters of the famous group except for a Scooby. This makes sense though because they are portraying the classic case of “Where are you, Scooby-Doo?”

   Daphne found all the pieces to her costume from various stores including Party City and thrift shops like Savers. Shaggy’s realistic costume is complete with the right colored wig and also a well-practiced walk to accompany his goofy character.

   Fred is the leader and has the ascot to prove it. The original sweater and the classic line, “Let’s split up, gang,” came together to create the Mystery Machine driver.

   Jinkies! Velma came into school adorned in her favorite color, orange. She looked as smart as ever while wearing her wool skirt and the over-sized orange sweater.

   The gang went trick-or-treating on Halloween night and they also had a very yummy Halloween dinner at Shaggy’s house.

The upperclassmen at Heritage know exactly how to show spirit, and Halloween was the perfect example.

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Colorado Ballet aims to entertain

The Colorado Ballet dancers come together to perform in their annual production of The Nutcracker

The Colorado Ballet dancers come together to perform in their annual production of “The Nutcracker.”

Only one performing arts company has been “lifting you out of the every day,” since 1953.

Colorado Ballet is Colorado’s most elite professional ballet company. They artfully demonstrate the magic of ballet through four productions per year.

To start off this season, they staged “Giselle,” a classic ballet featuring a peasant love story and a girl gone mad. Ghost-like willies are also prominently featured in the ballet, making it perfect for its October run in the Halloween season.

Their next ballet will be the holiday favorite “Nutcracker” running from November 30 to December 28. With 25 performances, “Nutcracker” is the company’s longest running show of the season. Its annual production draws in a larger audience interested in getting into the holiday spirit.

In February, another well-known story will come to the stage with CB’s production of “Cinderella.” Running from February 14 through 23, its romantic themes make it perfect for the Valentine’s Day season.

These three more classical productions are performed at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Colorado Ballet will close out their season with Ballet Director’s Choice, a more contemporary show consisting of three separate ballets. Its four performances will take place from March 28-30 at Newman Center for the Performing Arts, with an encore production on April 5 at Lone Tree Arts Center.

 

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Helping the hungry

   Walking out of the Student Center, it is hard to miss the stacked cans of food in the display case directly across the hallway. But these cans of food are more than meets the eye, or mouth rather.

canned food drive

On the first week of the competition, students have raised over 200 cans. There are still two more weeks in the food drive.

   The Student Government and Class of 2014 have joined forces to conduct a food drive benefiting the less fortunate. Under the guidance of Ms. Amanda Hurley and Ms. Brittmarie Solís, the joint venture plans to raise two hundred cans of food per advisory class. If all goes according to this plan, each student would have to bring in an average of ten cans of food and then reach an astonishing 14,000 cans for the entire school.

   Instead of just bringing in cans and leaving them without a second thought, each advisory will be in a competition with each other to see who can raise the most. The class that wins will get rewarded with prizes such as doughnuts, bagels and a hot chocolate bar.

   “All the food is staying in the Littleton community and is being sent to St. Mary’s Food Pantry. It is important for students to know that there are those less fortunate in their backyards,” says Hurley.

   The efforts of both Heritage and St. Mary’s Food Pantry to donate well needed food to the less fortunate eases the pressure on the 11,167 homeless in Denver alone (mdhi.org). While the food drive here starts on Monday, November 4, and continues through the first three weeks of November, people can still donate nonperishable food to St. Mary’s Pantry year round.

   “It’s important for leadership to do this because it brings us together as a unit and it’s always a plus to feed people who are less fortunate,” says Solís.

 

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A new love for BMX

 

Spaulding competes in a recent BMX race. "I love compepeting in BMX and the aspect of winning," says Spaulding.

Spaulding competes in a recent BMX race. “I love competing in BMX and the aspect of winning,” says Spaulding.

Connor Spaulding  ’17 has been riding BMX for almost five years.

“It’s been about four years since I’ve started but I have been riding competitively for only a year now,” says Spaulding.

BMX, the competitive motor bike sport, is something that was introduced to Spaulding by a friend.

“It was actually my friend Dakota who introduced me to it. He took me to a race and I have loved it ever since,” says Spaulding.

Riding BMX has proved to be a large commitment to Spaulding who practices at least once a week.

“Then on the weekend I ride in one or two competitive races,” says Spaulding.

“I really like doing BMX because I like the competitive edge it has to it and I love winning in races,” comments Spaulding. “I also like that I get to travel around Colorado. I just competed in a race in Grand Junction. I go to Colorado Springs a lot and I hope to start doing races outside of Colorado too,” says Spaulding.

Racing isn’t just a hobby for Spaulding; it’s something that Spaulding hopes to continue to keep up with.

“I definitely want to continue to race in college, it will always be a part of my life in some way or another,” says Spaulding.

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Cultural school differences

Heritage students going to school

The Heritage school day looks very different from those in different areas of the world.

Students from North America to Australia to China have varied times, months, and frequency of when they come to school.

  From about seven until two, Heritage students are at school where they learn from multiple teachers. The teaching lasts five days a week constantly until the weather changes and holiday breaks give students a time to refresh themselves. In America, this is the average school life for every child. In some countries, this time is considered too early and some Heritage students agree.

  “Trying to learn at seven in the morning isn’t exactly fun or the easiest thing to do when you’re still trying to open your eyes,” says Kelsea Castor ‘15.

   But in different countries around the world, depending on their weather and their laws, students go to school later or earlier, which could affect their global educational standings.

  Students in Australia go to school a total of 200 days, with breaks between their terms for two weeks. They have four terms that last about nine to eleven weeks. They usually start school at about nine in the morning and go until half past three in the afternoon.

  In China, the seasons are very similar to America and other Northern Hemisphere countries. Students go to school from half past seven and go until five in the evening. But even though their summer is during the same months as America, students in China usually go to summer classes as well. Most kids despite their good grades are forced to go to school during this time.

  “I think it’s too much pressure to be in school for anymore than eight hours. I get that you have to study to succeed, but that’s a lot of time at school,” says Cameron Graves ‘14.

  In South Korea, students go to school for two semesters. One goes from March until July, and the next goes from September until February, with a couple weeks for their breaks. Their start time for school is at eight with a morning and lunch break and then ends at four. Even though South Korea doesn’t sound like it is a lot more pressure than America; they have very strict rules make the curriculum around nine principal ideas. The rate of suicides in this developed country for students is shocking since it’s the highest rate for high schoolers. All the pressure put on the students to have success cause them to be in a depressing state of mind.

  In other countries, the pressure isn’t as high, but school still lasts a longer amount of time than America. In France, school is from eight and goes until five with no school on Sundays or Wednesdays, but a partial day of school on Saturday. Since they have the same weather as America, they also follow the same duration at school within the sames months with a couple weeks of vacation between their terms, which last seven weeks.

  The trends and traditions of certain countries vary depending on their culture, but in America, school isn’t as much of a pressure as other countries like South Korea and China. The ranking of America on a worldwide scale isn’t as high, but the suicide rate isn’t as much either.

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Pumpkin spice and everything nice

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cakes

Ingredients:

Bundt Cake:photo

  • 1 box of Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix

  • 2 tbsp of flour

  • 1/4 cup of oil

  • 1 cup of water

  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin (canned)

Icing:

  • 1 cup powder sugar

  • 1 tsp of pumpkin spice seasoning

  • 3 tbsp of water (may add one extra tbsp if different consistency is wanted)

Directions:

Preparation

-Heat oven to 350 degrees

-Spray the bundt cake pan with a non stick spray ( I recommend Pam)

  1. Combine the cake mix, flour, oil, water, and pumpkin and mix together.

  2. Pour the mixture into each mold.

  3. Place the pan in the oven and let bake about 20 minutes. Check at 20 minutes, if needed let it bake longer.

Icing:

  1. Combine the powder sugar and pumpkin spice seasoning, then add the water into the mixture. (If needed there can be 4 tbsp of water, depending on the consistency that is preferred)

~For a decorative touch a marshmallow or other type of candy can be put on top of each bundt cake~

 

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One-Way to disaster

  Getting a feel for navigating the labyrinth of hallways and staircases is an imperative part of high school and one that is visibly bewildering to the inexperienced freshman class.

  But as the four staircases that lead the masses of students to their classes get clogged up and anxiety of putting the fate of your punctuality in the hands of other students builds, the proposition of a one-way staircase could fix these issues; however, I’m not sure how much it will fix the traffic issue and benefit the school.

one-way staircase

Students line up in front of the B staircase to get to their classes. This jam is an everyday occurrence.

  First of all, unless there will be signs to indicate which direction you should walk on the staircase, the one-way staircases would become a confusing mess of dumbfounded students milling around, which won’t help the traffic issue any. The simple task of figuring out which staircase to take to get to your class will disrupt the routine routes that students are accustomed to. Additionally, to keep from having to wander around the school to find the staircase that corresponds to the direction you want, it is only logical that the staircases be placed somewhat near each other, which would end up rendering the one-way staircase obsolete.

  Then there is the issue of space and funding. Putting new staircases into Heritage isn’t impossible, but it is potentially costly. Even though they would be installed during an extended break from school, the entire structure of an area to be augmented with the stairwell would have to be changed to make it feasible for a staircase to be there. But with the existing staircases distributed evenly throughout the school, it is hard to find space to put in a new one without scrapping the old one.

  A one-way staircase could possibly improve the time issues of getting to class. But with its cost and need of nonexistent space and close proximity, the proposed staircase would not benefit Heritage as a whole. With five minutes to get to class between periods, it isn’t hard to push past the crowds and get to your class without being tardy.

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