The Buzz

First Fire Drill of the New Year

By: Kaili Feller

January 9, 2023

School fire drills are a necessary part of school life. They are required by law and they help keep students safe.

Fire drills are required by law in all states, but the frequency of these drills varies from state to state. In some states, schools must have a fire drill at least once every three months, while in other states schools must have a drill at least once every six months. The frequency of these drills is determined by the local fire department and the school district.

Assistant principal, Mr. Call said, “We have to do an evacuation-type drill within ten school days of a winter break.”

The responsibility for conducting fire drills falls on the shoulders of the school administration or faculty members who work with students daily.

A fire drill is a practice exercise that is done to prepare for an emergency. It is usually done in schools and other public places. The purpose of the drill is to make sure that people know what to do in case of a fire. It also helps people prepare for the worst and be more aware of their surroundings.

Though, not all students know where they are supposed to go to be accounted for on roll call.

Sophomore, Aiden Benford said, “If I were in a special situation such as the auditorium, I’m not really sure where I’m supposed to go, what to do, positioning..”

In this situation, everyone should leave the building as quickly as possible, without running or pushing each other. Once outside, people should stay away from the building and wait for further instructions from their teachers or supervisors.

Resources are always available to students who may feel underprepared for this severe situation at BEHS Counseling Office.

Lunch Staff Serves up Smiles

By: Brooklyn Harward

November 18th, 2022

The lunch staff at BEHS are always happy to serve you breakfast, lunch, and a smile to go with it! The crew spends around 2 ½ hours preparing lunch for students and the facility every day.

The team serves lunch to around 340 students each day. They always try to have a good attitude and work hard to make sure lunch is ready on time.

They prepare the food by planning ahead and making sure they thaw frozen foods in just enough time to have it ready for lunch. They steam the vegetables themselves and bake the cookies and bread from scratch.

The lunch staff love to work at BEHS because of the students and the friendships they make. The manager of the kitchen, Teresa Roubidoux, said, “My favorite part of my job is, I love working in the school with the kids and the people I work with in the kitchen.”

Friendships are the key to staying upbeat when making lunch for students.

The BEHS lunch staff looks forward to seeing the students at lunchtime. Their favorite thing is when a student smiles at them as they are grabbing their lunch. A cook at BEHS, Scott Tervort, expressed that he likes seeing students smile at him. Tervort added, “...just like I try to smile back at them.”

Show the lunch staff some appreciation and smile!

Hello Thanksgiving!

By: Haylee Marshall

November 18th, 2022

Thanksgiving is arriving soon. With the weather getting colder, holiday decorations are going up. BEHS students shared what they do for Thanksgiving.

Sophomore Colby Bradshaw said, “For thanksgiving, I always go to my grandma's house, and we will cook Thanksgiving dinner.”

He added, “We will just talk, and then we usually go to a movie later in the day.” He said that watching a movie with his family is his favorite part of Thanksgiving.

A junior, Becca Everton, said, “I don't really do much but have Thanksgiving with both sides of my family, but like, separate ones.” She continued, Then we just get fat, and also we watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV.”

The excitement to feast and gather with family is going around. Many students celebrate this holiday in some way. However, not everyone does.

“I don't celebrate Thanksgiving. I have not had a turkey for 3 years now. But I do eat food with the fam (Family), but it’s just Hispanic food,” said Melanie Thorsted, a sophomore.

Thanksgiving has been around for many years and has come to be a very big holiday. People gather to give thanks and feast around the world.

“The German equivalent of Thanksgiving is Erntedankfest (“harvest festival of thanks”). This religious holiday often takes place on the first Sunday in October,” said an article by HISTORY.

The article continued, “Japan’s variation of Thanksgiving, Kinro Kansha no Hi (Labor Thanksgiving Day) evolved from an ancient rice harvest festival, Niinamesai, the roots of which go back as far as the seventh century A.D.”

Happy Thanksgiving and Fall Break.

Snow day preparation

By: Cole King

November 18th 2022

As we head into winter, BEHS is preparing the sidewalks and parking lot for snow.

BEHS custodians come in extra early to make sure that the sidewalks and parking lots are clear and safe for the faculty and students. Sometimes, when it snows, BEHS custodians will come to the school between 2 and 3 a.m. to shovel the snow and clear parking lots.

Keeping students safe is a priority at BEHS, and that includes in the parking lots. One of the primary goals for clearing snow is to keep the parking lots clear and ice-free.

Students can help keep the lots safe by parking between the lines to avoid a parking disaster. Officer Johnson stated that he would work with the students to figure out whether or not the student deserves a ticket.

BEHS has just enough custodians and equipment to move the snow. Custodian Preston Thomas said, “We use three snow plows, two on four Wheelers, and one on a truck.”

Thomas continued, “We also use a tractor, but that’s not technically for that purpose, but we still use it. And we have around 15 snow shovels. We use more salt than I would like to.” With the number of custodians and equipment they have, they are able to get the job done.

It takes a lot of hard work and long hours to move snow around for the students and the facility. Show some appreciation for the BEHS custodians for all their effort to make Box Elder safe for everyone.

Honoring Vets

Emma Bybee

Novemember 11, 2022

Col. Brockbank, keynote speaker, poses for a photo between assemblies.

BEHS celebrates Veterans Day with a school-wide assembly on November 11, in the school auditorium. Col. Dixon Brockbank was invited to be a guest speaker to teach the students about the importance of being a Veteran and why the holiday is honored.

The BEHS student president, Isaac Brockbank, stated, “It is easy to take for granted the freedoms and liberties that we have always had. Veterans Day allows us to step back and recognize the sacrifices people have made to protect those freedoms.”

Every year as a school, Veterans Day is celebrated through a school-wide assembly. Guest speakers who are local veterans come and teach the school about what it was like to serve the country. Musical tribute is also used to honor these veterans. With the presentation of colors, the national anthem, and the Armed Service Medley, it is an assembly that creates “a lasting impression on our school.” Brockbank said.

Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, started as a day to reflect on the heroism of those who made sacrifices during war. The holiday fell upon the 11th day of the 11th month because that was the day that the Armistice was signed, which ended World War 1.

“Veterans Day is a special day and a good opportunity to learn about our past and honor those that sacrificed for us. The purpose is to remind students of the sacrifice that may have been made to give us our freedoms and to give students a sense of the honor and dignity of our veterans,” stated Tom Davidson, a faculty member.

This year the main speaker was Col. Dixon Brockbank, commander of the 90th Sustainment Brigade. The purpose of guest speakers is to give the students firsthand accounts of what it was like in wars overseas and what it means to each individual to be a veteran.

Being a veteran is not fame and glory on the battlefield, but a place of sacrifice and hardship, a hard-learned life lesson. Rachel Williams said, “Being the daughter of a veteran means having an emotionally and mentally tough person as a parent, but also someone who cares a lot about life in general, because he has had to see a lot of death. I am very grateful to have a veteran as a dad.”

The purpose of the assembly is to teach the student body what the veterans have done and sacrificed. For some students, such as Brockbank, the assembly is “one of the most important days of the year.”

Students and staff will be able to take what they learn from the assembly and remember to honor the living Veterans. “By honoring those who have given their time, resources, and lives for their country, we become stronger individually, as a school, and as a nation.”

During the assembly, Aaron Dooley stated, “The best way to give gratitude to our country is not the way we die, but the way we live.”

Speaking of Anxiety

Arianna Marble

Novemember 11, 2022

Speaking on the concept of dealing with anxiety, Jenny Howe hosted a seminar at BEHS on November 10th. Howe is a therapist who specializes in anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders. She has 22 years of experience, three of which she spent working at an inpatient anxiety disorder treatment center. Howe now works as a mental health consultant for her company, Jenny Howe Consulting.

Megan Mueller, a counselor at BEHS, spoke about how excited the staff was to sponsor Howe's presentation and, through emails, encouraged everyone to attend. “We are excited to sponsor an educational night focused on dealing with anxiety in school! One of our own BEHS parents, Jenny Howe, is a therapist who specializes in anxiety disorders.”

“Jenny [Howe] simply wants to give people a chance, hope where they otherwise might feel like there is none. Whether this is on a one-on-one basis, or helping larger groups, she wants to help you!” stated the Jenny Howe Consulting website.

Howe explained her purpose with this seminar and the importance of the science behind anxiety, introducing the idea of truly understanding what anxiety looks and feels like. “When we talk about anxiety, we generally talk about how to feel calm and how to feel soothed. And those are all really helpful things, but that's not how we treat anxiety,” Howe expressed.

Wanting to connect to the audience on a more personal level, she talked about who she is outside of work. She spoke about her children and the difficulties that came with raising a child with a disability. As well, she shared how her father’s improvements when she was little taught her that people are capable of change. She told everyone how important it was to her that she be on this personal level with everyone. “I want to make sure that I don't just tell you how to live your life; I want you to know I'm living this with you. That's really important to me.”

“Rule number one when we talk about anxiety is that it doesn't go away,” Howe explained, speaking on the science behind feeling anxious. She explained the process the brain goes through that causes the natural anxiety of a person, expressing that anxiety is a normal part of being.

Howe closed off her seminar by explaining that triggers should not be avoided. She explained that avoiding the things that made you anxious would only make things worse. Instead of feeding into the cycle of avoidance, she encouraged her patients to participate in an activity that made them anxious. Howe emphasized, “We learn how to treat our anxiety, we learn how to feel our anxiety, by actually living it.”

After the seminar, the principal of BEMS, Lewis Whitaker, expressed his thoughts on Howe’s presentation.

He had decided to attend in hopes of finding new ways to help the students at his school deal with their anxiety. Whitaker believed that he had gained a lot of good and useful information. When asked what his biggest takeaway from the night was, Whitaker stated, “You can face your fears, and it will help you overcome them.”

Bee Time Changes Affect Students and Teachers

Kaili Feller

Novemember 11, 2022

BEHS altered its bell schedule this year to eliminate daily Bee-time in favor of in-class interventions.

Principal at BEHS, Jamie Kent, addressed positive and negative effects of the new schedule.

Kent explained the original, intended purpose of Bee Time, was to reteach a group of students the procedures of a lesson they either missed or didn’t understand. It became a misunderstood program. A lot of students and teachers abused this privilege, using it for free time.

Kent said, “There’s guidelines we have to follow from the state of Utah for how much instructional time students have and that is if you are working with a teacher.”

BEHS students weighed in on the issues. Students were asked to complete a short survey including the questions of if Bee Time would be beneficial every day for at least thirty minutes and if we are provided enough intervention time in school.

All of the students unanimously said it would be beneficial to have at least thirty minutes a day to receive a mental break or interventions in class to help the students in need. Most students agreed that having Bee Time one day a week is not enough time to be retaught the necessary skills that they didn’t understand in order to pass their classes.

Senior student Samantha Huggins described how it was stressful not having Bee Time daily.

Huggins said, “I just don’t think it’s enough… once a week, it’s not enough.”

Alissa Stone explains how without the extra time every day she likely won’t be able to graduate due to missing tests and assignments she doesn’t understand.

Stone said, “I need it, if I don't [have Bee Time] I'm not going to graduate.”

Sarah Larsen, a special education teacher, provided feedback in favor of the new system using her teaching experience over the past two years.

Larsen said, “I really like how it is now, because I can get my whole class involved in the intervention, and last year I really couldn't do that because a lot of them would just hang out with friends.”

Last year, Bee Time allowed students to either go to a class of their choice or go around the commons area to participate in activities and socialize. A lot of students used Bee Time as a mental break.

Mrs. Larsen says, “The stress relief… a lot of them really need that mental break-just to stop thinking for a few minutes and be a kid.”

Academics are crucial in high school and should be taken seriously. Mental breaks and socialization are needed as well to help students perform better in school. Clubs have also had a difficult time with the new schedule excluding Bee Time. Bee Time allowed students involved with clubs to meet together and plan their activities.

Kent states, “It's hard for clubs to find times to meet now because a lot of them were using Bee Time and now there is only Bee Time on Friday.”

Mrs. Larsen said, “Instead of just the Friday choice Bee Time I would add at least one more day. We can do effective interventions in class and still give more free time for the kids.”

Counting on Calculators- New Math Resources available in the Library

Alexander Titus

November 7, 2022

In High School, people work on assignments almost every day. An exercise of concepts is taught by teachers, and sometimes people need help to understand these concepts and apply them. In Box Elder High School, there are plenty of resources available to those who struggle with math.

In the library, there are calculators to check out to be used for homework, the ACT practice test, and other uses that include math. The period you have in order to use a calculator per checkout is one week.

Also, the many math teachers that are here in the school could help students with math. They are accessible during your class time with them, before or after school, and most definitely during Bee Time. On top of that, there are also a lot of videos that teachers make when they are not available to help the students.

“All the teachers are glad to help out, you can send an email to them as well!”, Mrs. Nielsen has said.

When it comes to resources available to students, BEHS has no shortage of said resources. Calculators that are available to be checked out in the library, videos on Canvas free for viewing, and teachers who will surely help you if you contact them. Go for the best grade you can!

The Doctor is In- BEHS Welcomes a New School Therapist

Ethan Ingels

November 7, 2022

Therapy has become an essential part for many lives in the world, and BEHS has its very own therapist too.

Jason Jones is the school therapist, and can be found in the counseling office. Anyone can go see him if they are having mental health problems, or if they just really need someone to talk to.

“Most of us at some point need some help working through different problems that we have related to our mental health,” stated Jones

If another student is having many mental health issues, other students are able to leave a tip and get them an appointment.

“Most of the students that I meet with, there's a referral either through the school counselors or their parents reach out to the school administration in some way... I also have students that have just come in because their friends were worried about them or they felt like they needed to talk to somebody,” said Jones.

There’s no need to pay any money or worry about insurance either, as it’s done through the school already.

Jones stated that, “It's actually all done through the school district. And so to come and meet with me, really all that we need is a parent consent form signed that students can meet with me, and it doesn't go through insurance or anything like that,”

It’s not hard to get an appointment with him either. All that’s needed is to go into the counseling office and ask for an appointment, and it’s done just like that.

Jones stated, “Anybody can come into the counseling center and ask for an appointment. And I'm here all day, every day, so it's pretty easy. They can talk to Mrs.Carstens in the front, or if she's busy, then they are welcome to just come back to my office and see if I'm available,”

“He’s really nice, and it’s easy to talk to him. He really helps you through your problems, and it doesn’t feel like he’s pressuring you or anything,” stated one student.

“I would just encourage students that are struggling with any kind of mental health issue, whether it's depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, trouble at home, motivation, self-esteem, whatever it is,” Stated Jones.

Anyone can go in whenever they feel like they need to talk to someone, or whenever they need help with their mental health.

“If they feel like it's something they would like to address and work on, then come and visit with me and we can see what we can do about it,” said Jones.

Salsa Is A Food Group

Gavin Kraus

November 7, 2022

The food and nutrition 1 classes held a salsa competition within their class periods in the past week. Teachers and students were invited to taste salsas created by the students. “Students get to be creative and work together to produce something they are proud of while learning at the same time,” explained Mrs. Stimpson.

Food and nutrition is a class where you make food and learn how to cook and learn about things such as cross-contamination where the food groups are how long you cook things.

Kian Kupter said “the point of the activity was to define fruits and vegetables”. Kians favorite part was to work together and collaborate. She also said her salsa was like a “mexican radical salsa.” Tasters claimed it had a sweet spicy texture

There were many different groups or salsas each creatively named by students such as Berry Spicey, Coco Ono, Peach Days, All the Salsa, and Rainbow salsa. The salsa took an hour to make and present.

Annie Bennett's group had the peach salsa. She said it was a fun activity and she took food and nutrition because she thought it was fun and she wanted to learn how to cook.

Stimpson said she came up with this idea because she wanted to find a way to make boring subjects fun. She loved the activity to see how creative her students were.

Mr. Gold said his favorite was the berry spicy salsa.

It was a fun way to see how creative people were with some of them spicy or sweet salsas.

HIVE Letter Creates A Buzz

Jenna Cornelius

October 28, 2022

The HIVE newsletter at BEHS contains student and faculty nominees who have been recognized for HIVE characteristics.

Jennifer Madsen stated, “HIVE newsletter is a compilation of nominations that have come in for the month, in a link they have on the school website and that link is sent to parents and families as well as to faculty members and students.”

Madsen went on to explain, “Anyone in the community including in and out of the school can nominate those that they see exhibiting one of the HIVE characteristics, which are hard work, integrity, engagement, vision.

Hard work takes a lot of time and effort. You need to keep going no matter what because in the end it's worth all the sweat and tears.

Jaron Gold, an english teacher, stated that there is a “group of us that put together Google Doc for students, faculty members, and commissioners.” Students can nominate people they see exhibiting one of the HIVE characteristics.

By nominating students or teachers for the HIVE newsletter can help make a huge difference in the school.

Madsen said, “You can fill out a google form for a student, staff, or member- so, anyone in the school- that you see is doing really well in one of those areas to let them know. It's a fun way to highlight those good things that are happening.” Madsen expressed that pointing out good things encourages them.

Gold said that the HIVE community takes the names that have been submitted for certain subjects, and they “make them a part of our hive hall of fame, which get displayed across the school.” In Gold’s opinion, the HIVE newsletter “displays what our school is about, what our values are, and what our culture is about.”

Trash “ Bee” Gone

Katelyn Morris

Oct 28, 2022

Parking lot cleanliness has been improving greatly but might still need some work.

Assistant Principal Brandon Nelson stated that there is too much trash, and it's a problem created by students not putting trash in the garbage cans.

Nelson stated that this year has been an improvement compared to previous years, having more students picking up after themselves. Nelson continued, “There are still some students doing it, and we need to focus on that a little more.”

Nelson said that the administration's intention was to write a littering policy. “It might actually be a part of the parking policy for second and third trimesters.”

Senior, Nataleah Smith, said “I haven't seen someone physically throw something, but I've seen trash on the floor.” A lot of the time, trash is found near the trash cans, but not inside of them.

Several people interviewed indicated that most of the litter they see is left over from lunch-time.

Ceramics teacher, Tim Lloyd, stated, “Littering is very annoying and quite embarrassing.” Lloyd also said, “It is better this year compared to previous ones.”

Part of the improvement is from students taking care of the area and picking up after themselves and others.

Everyone can do their part to help this problem. If you see some garbage on the ground, pick it up and put it in the trash can or leave your lunch bags in your car until you get home.

The problem may seem big, but if everyone picked up one piece of litter every day, it could make a huge difference.

BEHS H-Hall Bathroom is Back in Business!

Haylee Marshall

October 28, 2022

For most of the school year, the bathroom in H-hall has been closed due to plumbing issues. However, the bathroom re-opened on Monday, the 17th.

Teachers and students alike were frustrated with the temporary closure. Now that the bathroom is open, students can be on time and in class. All of these issues are now resolved.

“Even for me it's been a pain because a lot of the time the teachers' bathrooms are occupied and as a teacher, I don't have a lot of time to run to another bathroom, so having those bathrooms closed has been a real pain.” said Mrs. Jones, whose classroom is in H5, “ It has caused my students to be gone longer from class because they are having to find another bathroom.” Jones said.

This has also impacted students' daily lives.

“We only have 5 minutes between class but then this one's closed so everyone that would normally come into this, would go downstairs so that one was just super, super, full.” Mckynlee Glover said, recalling life before the re-opening

Students are relieved and excited to have their bathroom back. It has not gone unnoticed that the bathrooms are a big deal to have back.

Mrs. Kent explained why the bathrooms were temporarily closed stating “It's waiting for some parts to get fixed,” According to her, there were parts ordered and they just took longer than expected.

Thankfully, the bathrooms are now open and back in business. Students are excited to have their bathroom back.

Sterling Scholarships

Kimani Salazar

October 28, 2022

Sterling scholarships aren’t easy to earn and require a lot of consistent, hard work. Sterling Scholarships will be awarded to hard-working, exceptional students, according to the Sterling Scholar page.

The scholarships will be awarded to students in any of the 14 categories, English, Math, World Languages, Social Science, Science, Computer Tech, Skills and Technical Science, Family and Consumer, Business and Marketing, Speech Theater, Vocal performance, Visual Performance, Instrumental and Dance.

It is completely up to each department to nominate one student that has applied, after the application is reviewed by the judges those students will receive an interview. The deadline was October 28, 2022. The students are going to be required to submit an electronic portfolio including pictures, copies of the students writing or art, letters of recommendation, and anything else that may catch the judges attention.

It is recommended by Jamie Kent, the principal of Box Elder High, that the teachers encourage students to apply for the scholarship. Judges would be looking for incredible social skills, professionalism, growth, and they would be checking your area of expertise. The judges are looking for someone who leaves evidence of a positive influence in their school, and with their peers. The judges will be looking for growth, as well as record-high citizenship. According to the Sterling Scholarship page.

For more information or questions email Sarah Bliesner. The Sterling Scholarship is a great opportunity for those who would like to apply. To apply its as easy as going to the Box Elder webpage and searching for “Sterling scholarship application”.

Dress Code Violations in Decline

Tessa Weyand

October 21, 2022

Dress codes are set in place to maintain a safe disruption-free learning environment. New policies may change the way we think about dress codes.

Despite the idea that dress codes are overly strict and detract from the learning environment, BEHS rarely cites students for dress code violations. Only four students have been cited so far this year.

“We have haven't had a repeat offender yet,” Assistant Principal Brandon Nelson stated.

The administrator’s main goal is to make sure that the dress code is as fair and unbiased as it can be, which has been a main issue in dress codes for years.

“When I first came here as an assistant principal, we looked at our dress code and tried remove any thing that was sexist. We try to make it something that female teachers would feel comfortable having a conversation with a male student about, or a male teacher would be comfortable having a conversation with a female student about,” stated Nelson.

But in a school full of diverse students, finding a way to categorize them all in a way that doesn’t infringe on their own freedom to self-expression, can be very challenging.

“They're [dress codes] hard, because we have 1600 students, and everyone has different values and every student's parents does too, so taking all these people and trying to make something that they can all agree on…We have to have something to make people feel like they can come to school and be comfortable, finding a happy medium is hard,” stated Principal Jamie Kent.

Last year, current junior Arianna Marble was dress coded and felt that it was unjust. This was before the recent update.

Marble explained, “I came into the office, and they told me I needed to change because my skirt was too short, even though nothing broke the dress code…I feel like [dress coding] is more of a distraction than the clothes themselves. Often I didn’t realize that someone’s outfit broke the dress code until it was pointed it out.”

In comparison with Bear River’s dress code, BEHS has considerably less restrictions when it comes to our clothes.

“Tank tops, bandanas of any color or design, see-through clothing, excessively low necks, abbreviated clothing, and underclothing showing” are all restricted by Bear River. In addition, “Advisors or coaches…may dictate standards”.

In contrast, BEHS dress code restricts tops that have no shoulder straps, see-through or mesh clothing without proper covering underneath, and clothes that depict obscene or racist messages.

Teachers are exclusively in charge of deciding whether or not outfits are appropriate.

“I do not dress code very often, but if I were, it would probably be for offensive graphics. While I believe in the right to express your individuality, I do not believe that right should make someone uncomfortable,” stated math teacher Stacy Church.

The administrators hope to continue to improve the dress code’s fairness.

Kent said that they hope to get a group of students together and talk about ideas for dress codes. “I think it would be good to get some more input.”

Input can be a very powerful thing, especially when it comes from the people it affects.

“I think that we need to understand that people’s bodies aren’t a picture, they're not for you to view and critique. People want to dress the way they want to dress, and that’s the way it should be,” said Marble.

Minds on Mental Health

Izabella Camarena

October 21, 2022

Sally, a Junior at Box Elder High, has been struggling with loneliness due to isolation at lunch. She spends those thirty minutes watching youtube with her earbuds in waiting for the bell to ring. This has caused her depression and anxiety to skyrocket. But after seeking help with the school counselors, she’s been doing a lot better.

The mental health of students is one of BEHS number one priorities. The students have many resources, counselors, and even an in-school therapist for help.

Megan Mueller, a councilor at BEHS, spoke on the topic of mental health and thinks that keeping your mental health in check starts with a good sleep schedule, eating well, and just being socially and physically active.

“I’m a big believer in just trying to do the basic things; eating right, getting enough sleep, going outside even when you want to hide in bed. Those are important things,” said Mueller. She added, “We all have our good and bad days, but if you are feeling that struggle is impacting your life—like with your learning, or sleeping, or with your general outlook on life on a day-to-day basis then you need to seek help.”

Kyson Glover, a Junior in student government, says he thinks that for students to be able to learn, their mental health needs to be under control so their heads aren’t cloudy. He also adds that the medical system isn’t doing enough for its youth and schools also need to work on how they deal with mental health issues with students as well.

Glover said,” I do not think the medical system is doing the people justice. I believe our medical system in the United States is very flawed. I think that for a child to be able to learn they have to be mentally capable to gain the knowledge. They won’t be able to truly learn what they need to.”

Savannah Christopher, a sophomore, said she liked to take a mental health day from school every now and then to focus on herself. She feels as though if you are having mental health issues that it can affect a student’s capability to focus, their performance, and it can even put more pressure on them as well.

“Mental health can affect a student's concentration, their energy levels can even affect their performance in a class. In my opinion, taking days off of school or even just a day to focus on yourself and your mental health can really help.” said Christopher.

Mueller said she thinks you can tell when someone’s having issues when they are doing poorly academically. But that doesn’t mean that students with good grades aren’t going through something either. Since quarantine she thinks that the mental health of the youth has gotten better but we could, as a society, make it better.

Mueller said,” I think I can stand by that the majority of students who do poorly in school have a mental health issue. But that’s not to say that students who get good grades don’t just because they're doing well.” She adds, “ It’s too hard to put forth adequate effort if you’re depressed.”

When asked how she feels about how mental health affects students in a learning environment, she responded,” What we know about mental health issues is that when students struggle with mental health, they’re less likely to be able to focus. Just overall, they're more lethargic. And so it makes basic functioning difficult and learning is a basic function.”

According to in 2021, 33% of the 70,000 Utah youth said they felt anxious, sad, or hopeless due to coronavirus. Glover said he could relate while he was quarantined. He said he had no one to talk to and spent most of his time alone. But he has overcome it by talking to people he knows supports and cares for him.

Glover explained,” My anxiety and depression was the worst during quarantine. That was before I learned great ways to cope. A thing that was bad was there was no one I could talk to and nobody that was there for me. I think that it has definitely been better for students with anxiety because now they have a support system and people that they know care for them.”

Mueller also felt that since quarantine that students' mental health has improved, but it could always be better. She just wants to spread awareness and help in any way possible.

“We need to let people know that hard things are okay and that they can do hard things. Whether that’s coronavirus or etcetera, it’s easy to get stuck in the “oh poor me, lifes too hard” state of mind. And I think we need to try and change that conversation to, “this really sucks, but I can do it and I have the tools to do it” and then can reach out and get the support that they need.” explained Mueller.

Mueller would also like to add that mental health issues need to be addressed more frequently to normalize that everyone struggles.

Megan concludes,” You might escape one hard experience and then you get slammed with a different one. So we’re all going to experience those hard things and learning how to deal with them is important.

A new Suicide and Crisis Lifeline number has been developed recently in July of 2022 where you can call or text for help. For any other information, you can visit their official website at Another local tool for help is Safe UT. You can download the Safe UT app or contact someone at 1-800-273-8255.


Seniors - Follow your heart

Blane Davis and Afton Alldredge

May 27, 2022

Seniors will be graduating at the Dee Events Center on May 31, 2022 at 6:00. Graduates should arrive by 5:30 to check in.

There will be a graduation rehearsal on Tuesday morning for Seniors may be nervous about where to walk at graduation.

Shannon Cheney, a language arts teacher, and graduation organizer, said, “So on the day that you get your yearbook, and we have the senior slideshow and all of that, we will have about a 30 minute session where we can go over the process for graduation. I will be there and I will present a slide presentation that shows the movement diagrams of where to go and how to walk. … And so paying attention during that time will really help students to feel at ease when they go to graduation so they know what they're supposed to do.”

While the graduating class is leaving this school, this year's sophomores and juniors are preparing for their senior year. Cheney stated, “My advice for [future] seniors preparing for graduation is to think about it well in advance. Don't wait until the last minute. Don't put everything off and then say, Oh, I do want to graduate, but I haven't met this qualification or I'm failing this class. Think about it as you go each year leading up to your senior year. If you're sure that you have all the credits you need and you've filled all the requirements up to that point and you're not going to be panicked at the end you know, those last couple of weeks before graduation. And nothing will get in your way. So, have that plan. Follow your plan and make sure that you understand those requirements and that you're actively trying to fulfill them.”

Many students are excited for graduation including Emilie Caldwell who said “I am super excited to graduate. I can't wait. I am headed to Utah State to study engineering after high school. I feel like I have had some great opportunities in high school that have prepared me and some things that I feel a little iffy about heading into the real world.”

While many students are excited about graduation some are more nervous. Isaac Hammond said this about his next step in life, “I’m Scared. I don’t know. It's an excited [kind of] scared. It’s just a big chapter of your life that’s ending. From this point on it’s hard to know what’s gonna come. All you’ve really known your whole life is going to school.” Which could be hard for some people’s career paths, but it has really helped Hammond since he is planning to work in education. “I aspire to be the teachers I like” He looks up to Nolin Crook the most.

While all the seniors are getting ready, other things are needed for a good graduation. Shannon Cheney said, “Successful graduation requires all of the teachers and faculty and staff to work together as a team in order to make sure that we can help students know where to go and to have the movement happen in a timely way. So ahead of time, we talked to the teachers about what their different roles would be and the process for those roles. So I have a lot of descriptions that I've written up and slide presentations with diagrams that I send out to teachers so they know where they should be and when and what they need to do in order to help students with their graduation day.”

If students want to strive for more than just graduating then they should learn from one of the valedictorians, Grace Johnson. She had this to say about how she became valedictorian, “That wasn't my sole goal of high school, but I worked hard in my classes. I studied a lot for the ACT, like 60 hours for it. Because I wanted to get a good score. My goal wasn't to take a bunch of AP classes, but they were topics I enjoyed, and I really liked those classes. So I guess I was just doing what I love, and that happens to be school and academics.”

With that The Buzz would like to congratulate all graduates for all the hard work they have done to get to this point.

Road MAP for the Future

Afton Alldredge and Braxton Cummins

May 13, 2022

The Sophomores and Juniors took the MAP test on May 9 in order to help the administration know how to better help students of Box Elder High.

The administration believes the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test will be beneficial to the school.

Jamie Kent, principal of Box Elder High School, sent an email to students and parents about MAP testing which said, “MAP Growth is the most trusted and innovative assessment for measuring achievement and growth in K-12 math, reading, and language usage. It provides teachers with accurate, and actionable evidence to help target instruction for each student or group. This data will help our teachers identify students' needs, close gaps, and help students grow.”

The administration has discussed plans to administer the MAP more than once in a given school year.

Jonathan Call, Vice Principal, said, “The plan would be to give the test 2-3 times in a year to see how the students are progressing.”

Some students aren’t sure about having the test that often.

“I feel like it [the MAP test] is a good idea, but every trimester? I feel like that’s a little much.” said Abby Smith. She then explained that the test would be better for the students, in her opinion, only at the end of the year. Then the school would still be able to improve for next year.

Teachers are able to see where their students need help near immediately after the test as scores are given back the next day. Many teachers are optimistic about the MAP test and the information it will give to them.

Caden Burrell, a Math teacher, stated, “I think the MAP test is going to help next year’s teachers a lot in assessing where their students in their classes are missing basic necessary math skills for what they are going to be learning that year.”

Joy Jones, a Language Arts teacher, stated, “I feel that it will be good to help students know where they’re at with Language Art skills.” Jones also added, “If we can know how to better help our kids with the skills they need then it’s worth it.”

Not every teacher shares those views and expressed hesitation about the MAP test.

Jarom Gold, a Language Arts teacher, stated, “I am not sure what state legislature says we have to do in regards to it. So I can’t really argue one way or the other. I preferably would rather have the time in class, but that’s just because I’d rather have time with my students.”

Brock Durfee, a History teacher, said, “I’m here with [the students] every day. I know which [students] actually try and which ones don’t and I know who struggles with stuff and who doesn’t struggle. … I really don’t need a test to show.”

The school will have to wait and see how much this will help everyone.

Peter Gerlach, a History teacher, said, “It can help students know where they are. So it has a lot of potential.” Gerlach added, “I don’t know if it will reach that potential, but it has the ability to be really helpful.”


Emma Ogden and Kendal Jensen

April 29, 2022

Like many schools, Box Elder High School strives to keep their school a safe and happy environment.

With the SafeUT app, anyone can anonymously report anything, from bullying to domestic abuse. By downloading this app you are giving yourself resources to help protect yourself and others.

SafeUT is a very helpful app where you can quickly report. Throughout the 21-22 school year, 208 things have been reported to the app. Everyone involved works quickly on getting all tips solved.

SafeUT has a mobile app as well as a website. With the app you can report at tip through texts, emails or you can call the number. The SafeUT phone number is also on the SafeUT website. SafeUt is available at any time twenty-four/seven.

SafeUT allows students to have easier and simpler communication access with the administration. If you report through an email or a text message on the app, the admin has the ability to keep you updated on your tip. The admin will update you and let you know once your tip has been completed.

Admin requests that anytime you feel a fellow student or friend is in any form of danger, report a tip to the SafeUT app or website.

As administration, SafeUT tips go straight to them. Tips can be submitted at any time and the admin will immediately be notified by a text from their app along with an email through the school email. The principal and both assistant principals are notified. From there the admin can start assessing the tip and can include the school resource officer if needed.

Stephen Johnson, the school resource officer, has to deal with the criminal activities reported on safeUT. “If someone does a safeUT tip it gets texted to me and emailed to me” Johnson says. Johnson deals with “weapon offense, anything drug related, anything on the road I would deal with”. When asked what should be reported, Johnson says “If you feel that it's wrong, it's probably wrong”. “No one wants to be a snitch,” Johnson says. “SafeUT makes it where it's anonymous”.

Jamie Kent, the principal at box elder, is one of the first people notified of any safe utah tips. In an interview Kent stated “We will work with the student to help them, and we will work with their parents too.”

Here at Box Elder we appreciate your help in making box elder a safer place to be. SafeUT strives to help all those in need.

April 1, 2022

Parent Teacher Club Loves Treats

Afton Alldredge

April 1, 2022

The Parent‌ ‌Teacher‌ ‌Club‌ ‌food‌ ‌and‌ ‌treats‌ ‌table‌ ‌at‌ ‌sports‌ ‌games concession money goes to the school as opposed to going to the respective sports team.

Some‌ ‌students‌ ‌including‌ ‌Kale‌ ‌Kline,‌ ‌Devon‌ ‌Montgomery,‌ ‌Arden‌ ‌Cook‌ ‌and‌ ‌more‌ ‌that‌ ‌were‌ interviewed‌ ‌thought ‌that‌ ‌the‌ ‌money‌ ‌goes‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌the‌ ‌sports‌ ‌teams,‌ ‌but‌ ‌it‌ ‌may‌ ‌be‌ ‌surprising‌ ‌to‌ ‌hear‌ ‌the‌ ‌money‌ ‌helps‌ ‌the‌ ‌school.‌ ‌ ‌

Inside‌ ‌the‌ ‌school‌ ‌building‌ ‌“It‌ ‌[the‌ ‌money‌ ‌earned]‌ ‌does‌ ‌not‌ ‌go‌ ‌to‌ ‌any‌ ‌sports‌ ‌team,‌ ‌besides‌ ‌football‌ ‌concessions,‌ ‌that‌ ‌one‌ ‌is‌ ‌separate,”‌ ‌stated‌ ‌Noreen‌ ‌Mortensen,‌ ‌the‌ ‌PTC‌ ‌President.‌ ‌The‌ money‌ ‌made‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌red‌ ‌truck‌ ‌is‌ ‌not‌ ‌sponsored‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌PTC.‌ ‌

Other‌ ‌things‌ ‌they‌ ‌do‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌school‌ ‌include‌ ‌paying‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌senior‌ ‌all-night‌ ‌party,‌ ‌emergency‌ ‌buckets,‌ Halloween ‌and‌ ‌occasional‌ ‌treats‌ ‌for‌ ‌students,‌ ‌and‌ ‌parent‌-teacher‌ ‌conference‌ ‌dinners for‌ ‌the‌ ‌teachers‌ ‌and‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌appreciation‌ ‌week. Students‌ ‌enjoy‌ ‌the‌ ‌treats‌ ‌and‌ ‌love‌ ‌

what‌ ‌the‌ ‌PTC‌ ‌does.‌ ‌ ‌

Cook‌ ‌says,‌ ‌“I‌ ‌usually‌ ‌only‌ ‌buy‌ ‌the‌ ‌cinnamon‌ ‌rolls‌ ‌because‌ ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌so‌ ‌good.”‌ ‌ ‌They‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌only‌ ‌sell‌ ‌treats,‌ ‌they‌ ‌also‌ ‌have‌ ‌Box‌ ‌Elder‌ ‌T-shirts.‌ ‌On‌ ‌February‌ ‌8‌, ‌the‌ ‌cheerleaders‌ ‌for‌ ‌Bonneville‌ ‌High‌ ‌School‌ ‌bought‌ ‌oversized‌ ‌Box‌ ‌Elder‌ ‌tees‌ ‌to‌ ‌wear‌ ‌as‌ ‌pajamas.‌ ‌The‌ ‌PTC‌ ‌says‌ ‌this‌ ‌isn’t‌ ‌an‌ ‌uncommon‌ ‌occurrence,‌ ‌other‌ ‌schools‌ ‌often‌ ‌buy‌ ‌Box‌ ‌Elders‌ ‌tees‌ ‌as‌ ‌well.‌ ‌ The‌ ‌PTC‌ ‌is‌ ‌happy‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌extra‌ ‌money‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌the‌ ‌school‌ ‌out.‌ ‌ ‌

Why‌ ‌are‌ ‌they‌ ‌the‌ ‌PTC‌ ‌now‌ ‌even‌ ‌though‌ ‌they’ve‌ ‌been‌ ‌called‌ ‌PTA‌ ‌before?‌ ‌The‌ ‌PTC‌ ‌was‌ ‌formerly‌ ‌known‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌PTA,‌ but ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌now‌ ‌known‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌Parent‌ ‌Teacher‌ ‌Club.‌ ‌ ‌

“The‌ ‌reason‌ ‌why‌ ‌we‌ ‌are‌ ‌Parent‌ ‌Teacher‌ ‌Club‌ ‌is‌ ‌so‌ ‌that‌ ‌all‌ ‌the‌ ‌money‌ ‌we‌ ‌get‌ ‌donated‌ ‌stays‌ ‌at‌ ‌our‌ ‌school.‌ ‌If‌ ‌we’re‌ ‌a‌ ‌PTA‌ ‌association,‌ ‌then‌ ‌we‌ ‌have‌ ‌dues‌ ‌and‌ ‌fees‌ ‌to‌ ‌go‌ ‌to‌ ‌national‌ ‌that‌ ‌doesn’t‌ ‌stay‌ ‌at‌ ‌our‌ ‌school,”‌ ‌said‌ ‌Kira‌ ‌Alldredge,‌ ‌a‌ ‌member‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌PTC‌ ‌board.‌ ‌ ‌

It’s‌ ‌nice‌ ‌that‌ ‌the‌ ‌PTC‌ ‌is‌ ‌looking‌ ‌out‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌school‌ ‌by‌ ‌keeping‌ ‌the‌ ‌money‌ ‌localized.‌ ‌

Thomas Burger‌, ‌a‌ ‌seminary‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌who‌ ‌comes‌ ‌out‌ ‌to‌ ‌every‌ ‌sports‌ ‌game‌ ‌he‌ ‌can‌, ‌says,‌ ‌“I’m‌ ‌thankful‌ ‌they’re‌ ‌there‌ ‌to‌ ‌support‌ ‌the‌ ‌kids.‌ ‌You‌ ‌know?‌ ‌Maybe‌ ‌so‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌a‌ ‌good‌ ‌experience‌ ‌for‌ ‌everybody.‌ ‌Helping‌ ‌everybody‌ ‌out.”‌ ‌

The Story of the Library

Blane Davis

April 1, 2022

The Box Elder High School library is used for many things and can be a helpful for a lot of people. The computers in the library can be used for researching homework or doing school work during bee time or lunch if the library is open and thankfully it is open most days.

To check out books in the library students find the book they want, which is quite easy thanks to the fact that all fiction books in the library are ordered by alphabetical order alternating up and down the aisles making it easy to find books by the same author or in the same series. When students find the book they want they can go up to the desk and check the book out. “You can have up to three books checked out at one time,” said Marsha Sparks, the school librarian.

If a student has an overdue book they will get emails, and if the book is not checked in after they graduate they will get fined. However, they can renew the book. If students need a calculator or chromebook for homework they can check one out at the library as well. It's just the same as checking out a book, so not too much hassle.

Even if students don’t want a book or need a calculator the library is still a great place to hang out with friends. If students need a quieter place than the commons and they want to play board or card games, have a meeting with friends, plan a weekend or talk in private, the library is the perfect place.

However, most students still go to the library for books. Though if there is a book that you want, but it is not in the library you can always place a request. However, because Miss Sparks has to make sure the book is school appropriate it will take a little bit of time. Even if students do not request books, more will still be added to the library every once in a while. New books are being put out on the shelves with the “NEW BOOKS” sign at the top.

If students like the idea of helping out in the library and they are a senior they can apply to be a library aid.

“We put books away, we put the covers on them, and the bar codes so we can scan them,” said Afton Alldredge, the current library aid.

Besides just helping sort the books and get them ready to be put on the shelf, library aids can sometimes help out Language Arts classes that may come in during class time. If you decide that you want to help out it shouldn't be all that hard. Sparks said, “I only get one or two applications a year”.

With that in mind, make sure to go and check out our library.

Box Elders' Real Opinion on The ACT

Reyn Kiesel

April 1, 2022

The junior class took the ACT for free on March 15 of this year, as a part of Utah State initiative to prepare all students for college. Several juniors discussed their feelings about the test with The Buzz.

“I think it went very well. I like taking tests, I’m weird that way. I liked it because we got out of school at 12. I think it was relatively easy, not too bad,” said Rowan Conner.

Other students like Conner had relatively neutral feelings about the test. Haylee Munns, a junior, shared her thoughts, “The ACT was pretty decent. It was kind of weird because it’s like you expected to do this big thing like a big milestone in your life, but it was really no big deal when I went in for it.”

Students continued to say that they don’t really care much for the ACT, and if colleges would look at GPA or other accomplishments instead of the annual testing scores, Box Elder students would be more successful.

“I think we could do away with the ACT. I think there’s a lot of other criteria you can look at, GPA definitely for sure. I think the difficulty of classes would be a big one that colleges could look at more,” Conner explains.

Alice Compton goes on to talk about how a student's GPA would be a better resource than the ACT, “It would make more sense, because if people are looking at my test-taking ability, then sure look at that.”

Compton passionately goes on, “You want to look at how I’ve grown? Look at how I’ve grown, not that one test.” Compton continues to say she doesn't really know how well the education system is actually doing with our generation.

All three students said they didn't prepare for the ACT, but also gave advice to other students to study. “Study, studying is important, especially with them [Box Elder School District] not doing much preparation in school.” Conner continues, “ I don’t think the school prep was enough. Like, I had Honors Math even, and I don't think we did much prep for the ACT at all.”

On the other hand, Conner thinks that the ACT prep they had after school, which is what the school had to offer for preparing for the ACT, would help. “If you really wanted to attend those and do that, I think it would be very beneficial.”

Compton explains that she didn't prepare, and she regretted it. Compton felt the ACT has some design flaws for students who learn differently. “There was no way I could have succeeded….it did not feel possible. So was it built to be failed or what?”

Compton goes on to say that if we had more accommodations then the ACT would be a lot more successful for students. Such as, if the system worked around the way students learn so one could show what they were capable of. “The way that it is stationed is very strict. And if we had more options like, okay, this is how my brain works, so I need the test to work a little more like this, I need more time, I work better on paper, I need all these different things, but no they don’t work around many accommodations.”

The students also point out the fact that they wish some subjects were taught more thoroughly throughout high school. “I think that the science test wasn’t quite what I was expecting. There was a lot of trying to look for information and search for that, as opposed to just recalling information about science. I would definitely like some more preparation from the science department,” says Conner.

With the exception of Conner, all the students reported they did not feel confident when they finished with the ACT.

February 7, 2022

Coping with COVID-19

Erika Wonson

Febuary 7, 2022

As cases rise, BEHS exposure to COVID-19 does too.

Last year there were 155 cases reported, 16 of those being staff, this year there are 195 cases reported, 29 of those being staff, even then, some parents and students did not report, causing this number to become undetermined. Masks have been worn all last year, which most students disliked. The district works with the health department, and they have determined that masks are not required.

Jonathan Call, Vice Principal at BEHS, responds to the question about masks by saying, “My personal opinion, at this point in the pandemic, I think that it’s okay to not wear a mask… everyone has almost been exposed after this point…anyone who feels they should wear a mask absolutely should.”

Hazel Ashby, a senior at BEHS disagrees saying “The point of wearing masks is to make sure you don’t get other people sick. They don’t prevent you from getting sick, but they stop other people from getting sick.”

Some students voluntarily reported their own opinions, “They’re fashionable.” Tracen Chaloupka states, Madison Mcclellan follows up with, “I like them, they hide my face.”

“Masks aren’t going to protect you, the cloth masks, only unless you wear the N95 masks” an anonymous staff member at BEHS said.

Online school is rough for many students; only a few find success in online school. Madison Mcclellan, a BEHS Junior says “kids need to be in a learning environment to be able to learn properly. For some people, it works, but some kids need to be in school.”

Teachers are concerned with the difficulties online school presents to connect with their students, “There was little to no interaction” says Bradley Williams.

Closure, however, is not likely as it goes through a long process due to a bill that passed making the process of going into closure more complex and locally controlled by the senate. The state has the power to decide if the school should go into yet another closure, but it has to go through several sources to move online.

As COVID-19 hit last year some teachers left. Hiring replacement teachers didn’t present as big of a problem as finding people to substitute for teachers according to Call.

Jamie Kent, BEHS Principal, adds that it has been very challenging for teachers who fill in for subs during prep hours. “The teachers and staff have been amazing at covering for each other, and continuing to keep working their best … students have been amazing this year, it can be really frustrating not having their teacher in their class … but everyone keeps trying to do their best.” Kent commented

Kent adds, “Teachers haven’t had prep this 2nd trimester until this week because they’ve been covering. The past 2-3 days subs filled, which is like a miracle.” Kent explained that teachers not only have to cover for one another— they also have to post everything online for the quarantined students.

Call states “We talked to our Parent Teacher Club, asking if they could help sub, some stepped in... The community has been supportive, the best they can, but COVID-19 has been a challenge in some places.” This also brings up that the pandemic leads to a lot of stress, even a change in the lunch menu.

“The lunch menu is based on supply and demand issues.” The plastic trays that BEHS now uses are mainly based on the fact that they can’t get disposable trays, which affect the utensils as well. Call states, “If supply and demand issues continue, we may be switching to metal utensils next year.”

“I feel like Box Elder has done a really good job with the pandemic, we’ve been able to stay in school a lot longer than other schools.” Jamie Kent says. But with the new shutdown restrictions it is unlikely we will be moving online anytime soon.

Keep Calm and Enjoy HIVE Week

Jaiymee Conger

February 7, 2022

HIVE week took BEHS by storm. Students were all challenged to show Hard work, Integrity, Vision, and Engagement. Students worked hard last week to reach their goal and enjoyed the many activities.

New this year to BEHS, HIVE week set different goals for each hour. Mr. Burell, a math teacher at Box Elder and the staff member organized the event. Second hour worked on missing assignments. Third hour worked on an integrity tracker, where students work on core values. Fourth hour was engagement, the hour with the least tardies won this competition. 5th hour was vision, where students wrote a goal on a sticky note.

Though teachers and admins set the competitions, the students competed to help their class win. Students have worked hard to turn in assignments, post goals and not be tardy. This has helped the school even to get closer to our school spirit and culture.

Brynlee Johnson explained. “ I know it's time for competition in different classes. I am starting to get all my assignments in.”

Laura Whitaker, a senior, told The Buzz, “ I know that the different classes are doing different challenges. I still try to turn in my assignments.”

Not only have the students gotten into their bee spirit, the teachers all have as well. Staff members want to win the competition, but they also want their students to feel like they are doing something amazing for their school.

The newer teachers and the other teachers alike have enjoyed these activities, such as Mrs. Robinson, “The culture in our school and I would love to see kids have more school spirit. I am a bee from way back in 1978. I ask all of my classes to do their challenges each day.” Students should feel like they belong here with Box Elder High School.

The winners of the competition were announced on Monday.

HIVE week for the bees allowed students to show school spirit and learn more about the HIVE. This school has shown a lot of spirit this week and there is more to show in the coming years.

So in Mrs. Robinson’s words, “Go Bees!!!!”

Instagram or Insta-ban?

By: Sammy Caldwell

February 7, 2022

Have you seen yourself on one of the unofficial BEHS anonymous Instagram pages and didn’t know you had your picture taken? That's what has happened to many people, and some of them feel like their privacy isn’t very private.

There are a lot of people who really don’t like being on the @BEHS_PDA, @BEHS_tea or the @BEHS_Parking_Police instagram pages. Dillon Dial is one of those students. “Me and my girlfriend have been on the PDA page at least 10 times and it makes me feel stocked and paranoid.” Students snap pictures without permission and submit them to the anonymous accounts who put them on the Instagram page.

Mr. Nelson and Mrs. Kent, are trying to figure out who keeps creating the PDA page, and why they are creating these pages. That investigation takes time, Mr. Nelson said “investigating these takes more than a day”.

But they think that maybe there is something that is motivating these kids to keep making the page, and maybe that could be one of their friends pushing them to keep posting on it, or they could be doing it because they think it’s funny, but nobody knows who is running it or, why they keep making the page after it gets taken down.

Nelson also said that students should not make these pages, as it invades students' privacy and makes our school feel unsafe. If you see a new Instagram page posting things like this, students should report it to Instagram as bullying to get it taken down again.

If you have any information about who is creating these pages to contact Mr. Nelson or Mrs. Kent via email at: or make an anonymous tip on the SafeUt app.