Students at MEHS had the pleasure of dissecting Octopi during WhaleFest. Here is a link to the story and photos of the students in action.
The Edge: Frontier Services
WHO'S THIRSTY?!? The Mt. Edgecumbe Business Class is now selling 16 oz.
all black travel mugs with the Edgecumbe Braves logo. Part of the proceeds
will go to the SAFV Shelter in Sitka. The shelter helps women and children
who were victims of family violence. Please help the Mt. Edgecumbe Business
Class support a good cause. They are $15 a piece. Please see Nelson Kanuk,
Daniel Alexie, Russ Lawrence, Laurie Shellabarger, Huey Samuelson, Hope
Kiunya, Kayleen Teeluk, Nathan Brown, Eden Cronk, Jacob Alikar at
Or stop by Mr. Winslows' classroom at the ETT Room.
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This coming May 3rd,
2012 the Mt. Edgecumbe High School seniors will be walking across the stage to
receive the diplomas they’ve worked so hard for. The journey has been long, and
they’re not done yet, but soon all will pay off for these dedicated seniors. As
they get ready for the big day, each student has duties they need to complete
to keep the process moving. The biggest priority for every one of them right
now is to order their cap, gown, tassel, and class stole from the Josten’s
Graduation Guide they received at a senior class meeting. Pricing is as
cap/gown/tassel package $33
class stole $16.
Announcements $1.10 each
The deadlines for the Josten’s package are OCTOBER 31st
Turn them into Mrs. McCrossin or Mrs. Drake. Next on the graduation
list is the cute, little baby pictures that
everyone loves to see at the slideshow presented during graduation. Each senior
can have a maximum of three baby pictures to show off, and one of these
pictures will be selected to be in the 2011-2012 yearbook. Baby pictures must be turned into Mrs. Drain before DECEMBER 10th
If pictures are not submitted they will not be included in the slideshow or
yearbook. Seniors: make sure graduation is celebrated the way it should be; do
what needs to be done to walk across the stage in May!
out this year’s ETT class! We are all now CPR certified ; alreaddy a very
successful year! We all hope to become certified Emergency Trauma Technicians
by the end of the semester! In this class we are hardworking and positive
students. I have high hopes for many of the students and their futures, so does
Mr.Winslow. He has been a supportive teacher for all of us and makes this class
worthwhile and exciting. I send out a sincere Thank you to Mr.Winslow and my
fellow classmates for making ETT a fun class.
Robotics II by
Playing with Legos and
experiencing a wide variety of programming technology was only the first step
for us in robotics I. Robotics II is more critical and challenging. You have to
really think “outside the box”. The challenges in robotics II take critical
thinking and patience. Aaliq Rowland, Andrew Kingwell, Bill Jones, David
Boyayok, Mr. Nance and I have all stepped up for a new challenge. The
challenges of robotics I were teamwork, variables and estimations. Robotics II
has the challenges of creativity, experiments, teamwork and patience. These
challenges are difficult to overcome especially when you only have a few months
to do it. The robotics II team will be traveled in February and March to
compete in a region and statewide competition called “first tech challenge.” A
lot of rules, studying and brainstorming was necessary for the competition, but
the MEHS robotics team didn’t hesitate at all.
Reading the rulebooks and
assigning roles was our first step. When we first got to robotics II class we
had no clue what we were going to be doing. When Mr. Nance told us about the
competition we didn’t know how much work it would take. We voted on team
captain (Sean), co-captain & book recorder (Aaliq), designer (Andrew &David),
programmer(Bill) and our advisor was already Mr. Nance. Most of our days in the
beginning of the semester were all reading the rules, searching for ideas, and
brainstorming how we were to build our robot. In Robotics I it was all about Legos,
but in robotics II it was all medal and screws. Towards February we found out
more about the competition and were about a quarter done with our robot. It had
taken us weeks to figure out a foundation model for our robot and how we were
going to make everything fit. Our robot was going to be 100% original and, as
Mr. Nance says, “K.I.S.S.” keep it simple stupid.
Designing the robot and building took a lot of teamwork, brainstorming and a
series of multiple tests and patience.
Bill Jones, the head programmer,
worked on programming for almost a month straight. Bill helped with many ideas
on the building but had to study many ways for the robot to move as well as how
to set the robot up with joysticks. Mr. Nance, who kept educating Bill with
more programs, provided a device called the “Samantha unit” that would give the
robot’s program wireless internet to the joysticks we would use in the
competition. After hours and hours of staring at a computer screen to learn new
programs, variables and statements, Bill was very competent in programming
Aaliq and I, the captains of the team, floated around the classroom to
help where we could. We suggested many ideas for the building. I spent much
time with Andrew, the head builder, putting on screws and nuts to connect the
robot’s structure together.
Andrew and David, the builders, spent most of their time brainstorming
and trying out different structures and movement methods for our robot. They
were always in a race against time to find a K.I.S.S. structure that would work
The robotics II class
has many different challenges that test our ability to remain working and
focusing on the task at hand. If you like the way this class sounds than you
should think about participating in robotics I to get a feel for the techniques
and smaller challenges that will prepare you for robotics II.
The ANSEP computer builds are coming to MEHS the last week of March (28-1). The build is open to Seniors, Juniors and a select group of Sophomores. To participate in the build see either Mr. Arnold or Mr. Nance for an application. The applications for the ANSEP build are due on Wednesday March 16th. All application need to be turned in on time. If you are traveling during the build time, arrangements can be made to build at an alternative time, but you need to talk to Mr. Arnold or Mr. Nance.
ANSEP does more than help students with computer builds and scholarships, they have donated money to help with travel and equipment for the Robotics classes. They also offer some real cool summer oppertunities.Our goal is for each Summer Acceleration Academy student to:
- Earn $2,000 in scholarship support good at UAA, UAF, or UAS
- Complete two of the following classes: biology, chemistry, physics or
- Or complete 2 of the following classes: Calculus 1, Introduction to Engineering, or Introduction to Biology
- Develop a peer group
- Get to know University faculty and staff
- Take classes not otherwise available
- Understand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) career opportunities
- Understand the importance of a supportive community/study group
- Learn to navigate at the University
- Become college ready
- Learn to become independent by managing time and resources
- Earn college credits
- Graduate with a B.S. in a STEM discipline
The concept behind the Summer Acceleration Academy developed as a direct
result of our Pre-College component. ANSEP places high expectations on
our students and we provide them every opportunity to succeed. Students
are expected to complete biology, trigonometry, chemistry, and physics
before graduating from high school.
Many schools across Alaska do not offer these courses on location, which
requires students to take them through a web-based program. ANSEP
believes these students should have the opportunity to take these
classes and be taught directly by a teacher. ANSEP’s Summer Acceleration
Academy will provide this missing link.
Eligible students who have completed one or more of the courses offered
during Summer Acceleration Academy may select from the Introduction to
Engineering or Introduction to Biological Sciences class instead.
Students who are ready with their math can take Calculus 1. This means
you will be even further ahead when you arrive as a college student!
Here is a link to the ANSEP site for the SUMMER ACCELERATION PROGRAM
Also offered this summer is the SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM:
How the Summer Bridge component works
Summer Bridge is aimed at recent high school graduates who will be
attending the University in the fall. The Summer Bridge was started at
the University of Washington in the mid nineties as a way to mitigate
some of the problems Indigenous students had due to poor math
preparation as well as issues related to career awareness and
transitioning to the University from rural communities. The University
of Alaska adopted the Summer Bridge in 1998. The success of the
Pre-College component has dramatically improved both the quality and the
quantity of students applying for the Summer Bridge.
Students spend their first week doing a campus orientation and team building activities developing a cohort.
Anchorage Based Students:
Starting the second week and throughout the rest of the Summer Bridge
these students spend 2 hours every morning from 8 am to 10 am in a
college level math course that prepares them for University level math
at UA. The students work the remainder of the day on engineering or
science internships within our partner organizations. They come back to
ANSEP for dinner and work in teams on their homework. The students also
attend Friday morning field trips to different industry service
companies adn participate in lunchtime presentations which broaden their
knowledge of the engineering, construction, and sciences.
Field Based Students:
The students spend the second week doing safety training to ready
them to work in the field. The students then spend 4 weeks in the field
doing a full-time internship with engineers or scientists. The
students come back to UAA for their final 4 weeks for a calculus math
preperation course to ready them for UA math.
On the weekends the students are in town they participate in fun team
building activities such as rock climbing, hiking, go carting, and
movies. At the end of the summer the students present their project
results to supervisors, mentors, and the other team members. Students
who successfully complete the program are awarded scholarship support.
The pace of the summer is tough, but students enjoy it and rise to the
challenge year after year.
Here is a link to the Summer Bridge Program
Here is a GOOGLE Docs version of the Computer Build Application
By Adam Merculieff
They come, and they go. They are
yours and then they are someone else’s’. You burn bridges and you cross
bridges. They can either make you or break you. You could either be going out
with the person just because of their appearance or they have caught your
attention and are firmly holding on to it. They can just be another notch on
your belt, or your million dollar bill. Relationships at Mt. Edgecumbe High
School are different because you can spend time with your significant other at
anytime of the day, unless you’re on restriction, of course. You can make your
schedule identical to theirs, if your classes permit you to do so. This effect can
either strengthen your relationship, or destroy it.
Relationships: Noun. A connection, association, or
involvement. A connection.
Relationships begins with a connection, the certain feeling you get when you’re
around them would be called a “connection.” Association. Before you plunge into a relationship, think, are you
willing to be associated with them? Do they embarrass you? Do they dress
sleazy, or are they too loud? Involvement.
It’s heavy to be part of someone’s life; for example, meeting their parents or
just being able to be there for them 24/7. It should enjoyable, since they caught
your attention somehow, they should be able to hold it. Relationships come with stress, troubles,
and pressure: stress to make enough time to spend together and setting your
priorities straight. Being in a relationship is hard, sometimes impossible, but
going through all of it is worthwhile. It’s a drop of happiness in the cloudy
cup we call life. They surprise you with gifts, words and actions. High school
is when relationships begin to actually matter. People aren’t in middle school
anymore, no more passing notes, pecks on the cheeks, or not being allowed to
hold hands in the hallways. Mt. Edgecumbe is full of relationships, full of