Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
There is a dark and dingy prison cell, an area of confinement, rats crawl and skamper the floors of the cells, gnawing on the corpses of the previous prisoners. There are three other prisoners in the surrounding cells, all of their worldly possessions have been confiscated in exchange for rags and a single bucket with a handle. Their urgency to escape has been heightened due to the fact that they haven’t been getting food, and hunger begins to drive their every action.
Physical science and biology teacher April Idar as well as the Jeffco School Board and Golden High School, organize a trip to Hawaii in June for students called the Big Island Marine Science course. Students must complete a full year of biology with a 90% or higher before the trip and must be picked by the instructor.
As finals week approaches, freshmen are left to try and conquer this new experience, with only Cram Fest to help guide them. All other grades have at least a year of experience, so sophomores have advice for freshmen about surviving through finals week.
MAD Week is an annual event that is planned and run by the Community Relations Club. The president is Gabi Ahles ’18 and the Vice President is Ellie Callahan ’18. Its sponsors are Mrs. Allison Smith from the Language Arts Department, Mrs. Jaclyn Peach from the Social Studies Department and Mrs. Jessica Ferris from the Science Department.
This summer, two teachers at Heritage have decided to take the opportunity to allow students to go on a comprehensive trip throughout Europe. The two teachers, Mrs. Cantwell from the Math Department and Ms. Peach from the Social Studies Department, have a strong enthusiasm for traveling, and want to give students an inclination to find the same. This will be Cantwell’s first time going on this trip, and Peach’s third time. The trip begins in Switzerland, and then goes through Northern Italy, Southern France, and the coast of Spain, led by the company EF Tours.
For the first time ever, Heritage puts on Guys on Ice, a musical comedy of three friends ice fishing in Wisconsin, alone with their hopes and dreams.
Green Club is a small but determined group of environmentally-focused students hoping to make a change in the Heritage community. One of the more recent missions of the Green Club is reminding teachers to turn off and unplug their lights when leaving their classrooms. They ordered stickers that read, “Please Turn Lights Off” and have placed them on light switches in every room.
On December 14, LINK hosted their annual Cramfest event in the Student Center from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. The event serves to help freshmen prepare for their finals by having the upperclassmen LINK leaders tutor them in various subjects.
In the 2017-2018 school year, a shift has been made clarifying the differences in the behavior that should be expected in the different days of advisory. Generally, enrichment days, Mondays and Thursdays, are the time to see teachers for help and focus on academics. During these more academically focused days, teachers can call in student’s who are struggling with a concept or just need an extra push in the right direction in a class. In some advisories, the other days are used as “social days”, for instance, Mr. Bernal’s advisory. However, certain classes are stricter and all days are to be used as homework days. Jill Montgomery, second year English teacher, has a freshman advisory this year and says she can see a “clear difference in the days”. However, she had a senior advisory last year, and she highlighted the differences in value of enrichment days dependent on the class.
The basketball season at Heritage High School has kicked off with a bang. One standout player on the Varsity team is turning heads. Matthew Lawrence ’18 is averaging 18 points and 5 rebounds per game. Lawrence is attracting the attention of all sorts of people.