Student Life

Ice fishing proves cold, delightful
AMBER WALTERS
of The Flathead Arrow

    Either sitting on a boat on a blazing hot day or sitting on the ice on a freezing cold day, fishing is a very common hobby in Flathead High School
 students.

   Most students have about four favorite ice fishing lakes they go to. Some of the popular ones include Smith Lake, Flathead Lake, Bitterroot Lake, Lower Stillwater Lake, Echo Lake, or sloughs of the Flathead River. They go for everything from trout, to perch, to the big pike.

    Some of the favorite tackle and bait used are Swedish Pimples, Rapalas, or a simple treble hook with some maggots, or worms, or corn, or smelt.

    Of course the biggest difference between winter fishing and summer fishing in Montana is the cold. Students layer up in lots of cold-weather gear, and sit on a hole they’ve augured out, and sit in the freezing cold for hours on end for the chance to catch a big one.
    Junior Alla Kigilyuk caught the biggest trout of her life while ice fishing on Bitterroot Lake with her dad, brother and sister, freshman Tatyana.

    “I have never caught a big fish before that I actually had to fight,” Kigilyuk said. “But this one, I hooked it and my dad and brother were cheering me on. I fought it for like five minutes. When it came out of the ice hole, it fell right off the hook and almost back into the water. It was so exciting.”

    Freshman Grant Gauthier ventured off to Fort Peck, in eastern Montana, on a hunting trip and did some fishing, as well. He caught a 15-pound pike with his dad. He used a very large spoon lure to catch it.
 
 
“I felt really excited for a while, then after I got it, I felt really proud of myself and knowing people are going to see pictures of the fish is a good feeling,” Gauthier said.

    Senior Ross Calhoon has fun catching pike on Smith Lake.

    “Most of the time, I hang out with my family, just having ourselves a good time, then see a tip up go off,” Calhoon said. “So then, I make my merry way over, and I bring ‘em up

­Skiing

Ryan Vosen

of The Flathead Arrow


            Flathead students will kick off the 2018 ski season as Whitefish Mountain opens on Thursday Dec 6.  

            Skiers and snowboarders at Flathead have been abuzz all week leading up to the mountains opening weekend.  Only the backside of the mountain will open for the first weekend.

For Senior Yance Hendershott it has become a tradition to go up skiing on opening day.  Hendershott plans to spend the night on the mountain in his truck to get in line for first chair.

“Its basically like a holiday for me so its more important than school,” said Hendershott.

Due to the attendance policy implemented this year many Flathead skiers and snow boarders who have gone up on opening day in the past decide not to. 

Senior Riley Jochim said, “The new policy won’t allow for a day skiing.  This would give me an absence causing my grades to go down.”

Jochim and other students plan on skiing Dec 8, which is the first weekend Whitefish will be open this year.

Seniors Spencer Chirsty and Ryan Thomsen a skier and snowboarder were both excited to get their first turns of the season in opening weekend.  They both expressed concern over the early season snow conditions but were still hopeful for a good day of skiing.

Christy said, “We’ll probably just hop in and out of the trees along the groomers.”

Thomsen added, “I send everthing.”

Students Get a Headstart in College
JANET KIGILYUK
of The Flathead Arrow

    17 Flathead High School students are taking advantage of starting college earlier by enrolling in the Running Start program at Flathead Valley Community College this fall.
    Of those 17 students, 16 are seniors while only one junior is enrolled in a college course. And of those 17 students, 13 of them take their college course during first and second period.
    Students who take running start are able to get what it feels like to be a college student taking courses with a variety of ages. Whether the class is taken on the FVCC campus or online, students can get to feel what being fresh into college feels like.
    “I am the youngest in one of my classes this year,” senior Tyler Kluesner said. “It makes me feel a little out of place being in that environment however it doesn’t affect how I learn or do in the class,” he said.
    Kluesner is taking Statistics at the college and Intro to Psychology online. He also took a history class during the summer.
    With a different environment than the high school, running start participants say it’s a really good idea to begin college classes early.
    “They (people who take running start) will get used to the college atmosphere while still living at home, instead of jumping out of their house and going to college cold turkey,” said Jestin Bulik, who has taken Writing 101 on campus and is taking Intro to Psychology online.
    Mr. Michael Sherman, an FHS counselor for the seniors and sophomores, said it is a great opportunity for students to experience what college is like considering the fact that six credits are free of charge.
    Running start coordinators encourage students to beginning taking college classes the earliest they can if their schedule allows them. Reason being is so that students can get a strong grip on what to do or what not to do when they attend college in the near future. It is also a great way to explore the many options that a college has to offer before setting their mind on an actual career.
    Some students said that they simply were excited to attend college in general while others said they were searching for something that might interest them or start their foundation in a career they wished to pursue.
    The option of being able to take a class online or at the FVCC campus had students have different feelings for both.
“The course at the college is a lot easier to keep track of assignments, but the online class is nice because you can save a lot of gas.” Bulik said.
    Samantha Waters agreed adding on that “a major benefit is that I get to do it on my own time whenever I want; I can do it in bed. However my biggest issue is that it’s online so it’s strictly self taught which becomes tricky when you don’t understand.” Waters is taking an online business course this semester and says it’s a great way to get a start on her career on her own time.
    Even though there are pros and cons for taking college online or on campus, students believe it is something to take advantage of if students have the time in their schedule.
    “I plan to be the CEO of a big company, so obviously that would be a lot farther down the road, but I plan to pursue business.” Waters said.
    Students who wished to take get started on college classes first had to complete a small process. Before applying to the college students had to talk to the running start coordinator about which classes they had wanted to take. The next step in the process was to complete a reading and a written task to ensure that the student was capable of reading and writing at the college level. After he or she had passed the test, an application was filled out and sent to the college. Students would then receive a letter saying that they were accepted into the college and were able to take courses there.

 

Students Find Hunting Success

AMBER WALTERS

of The Flathead Arrow


    When coming to the point of when you are pulling a trigger or letting go of an arrow, you get an unexplainable feeling. Your body sort of receives an adrenaline rush, and many Flathead High School students got to experience it the 2018 hunting season.

Many students shot more than one type of animal.

“I went hunting with my step dad and one of my friends and I shot

a black bear at 35 yards with my bow and a 6x6 mule deer at 250 yards,” junior Dawson Brosten said.

Junior Andrew Dixon shot a 5x5 bull elk at 360 yards and a 5x5 mule deer at only 50 yards with his dad’s friend.

“The hike for the bull elk was a four-and-half-mile hike back into the Cold Lakes area towards the back country and then the mule deer was half a mile straight up a mountain at about 7,000 feet elevation from our truck,” Dixon said. “I was all set up and the elk came into the

scope, and I sort of got really excited and all the blood runs to your face and you kind of just let go.”

Juniors Jalen Hawes and Cooper Smith ventured together over to the east side of Montana to hunt antelope.

“I shot a 10-inch horn antelope at about 200 yards and a 4x4 deer by myself with a bow and arrow at 40 yards,” Hawes said.

Hawes didn't have to travel far to harvest his mule deer; he shot it behind his house.

Junior Drew Benson shot a 5x5 whitetail buck with a 30-30 Marlin lever action west of town, near Ashley Lake with his dad.                

Sophomore Barrett Gustine-Giles shot a 6x5 mule deer in Fort Benton with his seven millimeter rifle at roughly about 275 yards with his father and grandfather.

“It was a pretty long hike for the day, I shot the deer at about three o’clock and started hiking at about six in the morning. We had gone through a bunch of different coulees and eaten lunch, then we took a nap, and started to go back to the truck and we were almost there and the buck was just laying down in one of the coulees. Before pulling the trigger I was pretty nervous because it was a long shot, and after I shot him I was pretty happy about it,” Gustine-Giles said.

Hunter Baire shot a 2x2 whitetail deer this hunting season.

“I went river bottom hunting in Columbia Falls with my sister and I shot my deer at 350 yards with my 30-06 rifle,” Baire said. 

        He also said he had an adrenaline rush, he said his face turned red when he shot the whitetail buck.

Five win 1st Annual Lip Sync Battle

JANET KIGILYUK
of the Flathead Arrow


Rece O’Connell, Nikki Thatcher, Lydia Wood, Emme Schow, Dalton Brubaker, Chase Ammirata, and the girls basketball team all walked away winners after the first annual FHS Theatre Lip Sync Competition on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Black Box Theatre.
There was a total of 15 entrants in the competition, about six less entrants than the previous year, which raised a total over $500 for Flathead’s Theatre department. The girls basketball team won $50 in cash prize in the Team/Club/Activity category, and juniors Emme Schow and Dalton Brubaker won $30 for Best in Show. Each of the other winners came away with $15 in prize money for three other categories.
Thatcher and Wood lip synced “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor and won the Outstanding Choreography category.
“We did it last year,” Wood said. “It was a lot of fun performing and seeing everyone else perform.”
Schow and Brubaker won Best in Show for their performance of “On the Right Track” from Pippin the Musical.
“Dalton and I had a lot of fun putting it together,” Schow said.
Ammirata was the winner of Most Humorous Song of “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner.
He said he felt very nervous before performing his number, but turned it into a great success.
“It was hilarious and a fan favorite,” said Isaac Glace.
The girls basketball team won Best Team/Club/Activity with their show of “In My Feelings” by Drake.
Brubaker said it was amazing that the girls basketball team decided to compete in the show again this year.
O’Connell won the Best Audience Interaction category with his rendition of “Sick of It” by Skillet.
The event was a way to open the doors of the theatre department to students of the school. Students could enter with a song of their choice and come up with a choreograph to the song and perform it. Judges included teachers and students of the Flathead high school. They were seniors Sebastian Koch, Reed Miller, and Shaye Thompson. Teachers and staff judges were Jimmy Dragon, Cody Hoon, and Patty Hodges.
“It was a great fundraiser and a really cool way to open up theatre and what they can do,” Miller said.
Although the event was open to all students, there was a misunderstanding of who was allowed to enter into the competition. Many students believed that the competition was only for students of the theatre department making it difficult to create a program for the show.
“It’s just a shame that only one outside of the theatre group joined the competition,” said Glace, who was master of ceremonies.
The show organizers were challenged with setting up the program.
“It was a stressful couple hours before the show because we had to rewrite everything in the script,” said Brubaker, who was the second MC. “People were rejoining and leaving and then rejoining again. We just had to rewrite the whole entire thing to figure out new jokes. There were some people who joined the day before and like a couple hours before we would go on stage.”
With the several hours of difficulty, the crew managed to pull together a script and open the show with great success.
Many students in the show said they did some things for the first time.
“It was my first time directing anything,” said Schow, who was director of several choreographing numbers. “It was a lot of fun and stressful six days to put it together. I got eleven kids together and they were all who have never danced before and then teach three kids how to floss.”
Schow said that it was a great experience and is preparing more numbers for the next years competition. 


Flathead student jobs
Adriane Shanks
of The Flathead Arrow

    Do you think your life is rough? You’re not the only one. Several Flathead High School students work many hours at various jobs while trying to concentrate on academics during the school year. 

    Working evening hours after a long school day with expectations of finished homework brought to class the next day is stressful and can affect a student’s engagement in class. 

    Seniors like Tiel Nelson, Farley Gendreau, Zane Timlick, Ashlynn Sivumaki, Keaten Willard, Cole Dykhuisen, Samantha Yoakum, Jesica Workman, and juniors McKenna Denney, Amber Walters and Jayden Schuffenhauer all hold down jobs while going to school. And that just names a handful. From businesses like Mackenzie River Pizza Company, City Brew Coffee, and Pizza Hut to Super 8 Motel, Rosauers, and TJ Maxx, high school students can be seen after school hours working. 


    Working and attending school is quite exhausting. “I’m tired,” said Workman. “I go to work and then I go home to sleep so I can get up and go to school the next day,” .

    Workman works five to six hours every night as a cook at Pizza Hut. She doesn’t get off work until 10 p.m. Still, she manages to find time to do her homework.

    For any student who works and attends school, Workman suggests they work on the weekends and find time to have fun as well.  “Don’t stress yourself out,” said Workman 

    Senior Samantha Yoakum agrees. She is positioned as manager, working 35 hours a week at City Brew and manages to do so by organizing time spent on various activities.

    “Don’t take it too seriously; I mean it looks great on future resumes, but don’t stress yourself out,” Yoakum said. “School’s hard enough if you combine the two.”

    Some students even work in the mornings before school. Cole Dykhuisen is rare in that he actually owns two businesses: a snow-plowing business and a stump-grinding operation. Whenever there is a winter storm hitting the Flathead in the middle of the night, rest assured, Dykhuisen will be up as early as 4 a.m. plowing driveways.

    Keeping your school, work, and personal life balanced is important. If you listen to what your classmates advise, you will find yourself less stressed and enjoy life at the moment.


Students take 2 Spirit buses to State Championship, Suffer through breakdown 

Ashley Miller
Of The Flathead Arrow

    Students were disappointed by the late arrival of bus to the AA State Boys Varsity Football game in Billings, on November 16th. The bus left Flathead at 9:00 am for their 8 hour bus ride, or so they thought. Shortly after arriving in Butte, the bus broke down, and the students had to wait for another hour for different bus to take them the rest of the way. The weather grew increasingly worse, causing the bus to drive slower, ultimately setting back their arrival time. It took an unexpected, nearly 12 hour ride to get to Billings.  Unfortunately students on this bus were only able to make it for the last 6 minutes of the 4th quarter.

    “The worst part wasn’t even breaking down, it was just the whole ride in general. Sitting on a cramped cold bus for 12 hours was absolutely horrible. For me personally I was super disappointed because it's not very often that we make it to a state final and so for it to happen my senior year and for me getting a chance to go watch it was really exciting, but then to get there only get to watch the last 6 minutes where no scoring even happened it and then we ended up losing on top of that it was almost heartbreaking,” said senior Max Warnell.

    Students agreed that their support of cheering the team on, could have helped changed the outcome of the game.

    “I was very sad when we only got to watch the last 6 minutes of the game because I feel like if everyone had gotten there on time flathead would’ve had a better chance of winning because we could’ve been cheering them on & traveling that far just to watch 6 minutes was very upsetting,” said sophomore Addi Wisher.

    “When the bus broke down everyone was really worried because we were only supposed to wait a half an hour, and ended up waiting nearly 3 hours in the freezing cold,” Meg Miller.

    “I didn’t actually realize the bus broke down because the chaperones didn’t disclose any information at all, the bus driver finally announced like 30 min later that we were having transmission problems, people were becoming anxious that we were going to miss the game,” Maddi Mercord.

 


Block Schedules Abolished
Daniel Edelen
of the Flathead Arrow

    

    FHS’ student body has appreciated block schedules for three years. News came out during the first early out of the year that these block schedules were being abolished. Due to this students have had to adjust to the new schedule. Opinions are generally varied.

            The block schedules were an alternative to normal early-outs. The difference between the block schedules and early-outs was that, at the cost of a second day, class periods would be longer than a normal class period whereas an early-out is the polar opposite.

           The reason block schedules were pitched was due to the classes current time being far too short to get anything done. The removal of block schedules was likely caused due to the opposite problem, the classes were too long.

            A majority of interviewed students don’t like the removal of the policy but remain primarily neutral towards it. Most agreeing that it was more enjoyable than the normal early outs, like senior Gabriel Shields who said, “In the classes, you have more time,” he also added “and the lunches are nice.”

            Lunches during block schedules were one of the more controversial topics it contained. Gabriel responded to the criticisms “It’s really just the choices you make that lunch.” Sophomore Kaj Haagerup also enjoyed block schedules and was disappointed to see them go. “I like it because I have time to get where I need to go. I like to go out and get a burger. It’s a lot harder to do that with the shorter days.”




Time to Gobble Up!

Kiera EARLY
of The Flathead Arrow


Thanksgiving break is upon us. On Nov 21, School is not in session and Turkey week officially begins. Traditions are taking place as well as laziness.
“I’m going to be eating a ton of food so I can regret it after,” said sophomore Danika Sanchez. “Then, I’m taking a fat nap.”
Thanksgiving is a time for loved ones whether its family, spouse, or significant other.
“For the holiday, I’m spending time with my boyfriend, Trevor Brown, and his family,” said senior Allie Landowski “After that I’m spending time with my family.”

Food feasts are in order, which also means excitement for tons and tons of food and regrets later on.
“My parents always make ham and turkey.” Said senior Olivia Purvis. “ Every year we have green been casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes with both white and brown gravy, my grandmas special rolls, corn on the cob, green salad, fruit and potato salad, pumpkin and pecan pie, ice cream, and sparkling cider.”

Since holidays are a time for family that typically calls for embarrassing moments.
“I’m going to be hanging out with my family and cooking some tasty food.” Said senior Jake Newell. “Not only that but we’re also going to be singing Karaoke, which I’m thrilled for.”
Parades are also a town-loved activity and are often early morning delights for some families.
“Every morning me and my whole family wake up in time for the Thanksgiving parade.” Said Senior Autumn Murray. “Our tradition is having cinnamon rolls for breakfast.”





First Snow Falls, Students Feel the Chill

KADEN CORBETT
of The Flathead Arrow

    Most students were thoroughly excited to see the first snow of the season on Nov. 6, as it snowed two to three inches in the valley.
The first snow presents a stark difference in driving conditions. Drivers who are not prepared for this sudden change are likely to get in minor fender benders or worse.
    “I was driving up a hill and there was no snow anywhere.” junior Tanner Russell said. “I was turning a corner and there was about a ten yard patch of black ice. I just kind of slid off of the road and hit a tree.” Although snow may not be present, ice can still be a danger to divers.
    “I can't drive now because the car is totaled. so now i have to drive with my parents to school.”
For snowboarders and skiers, a long-awaited season has finally arrived.
    “I am very happy that the snow has come,” senior Yance Hendershott said. “It's a little late already so I'm pretty stoked. I’m glad that the mountain is getting some snow finally because I’m ready for some shredding.”
    Hendershott hiked to the summit of Whitefish Mountain Resort before the lifts were open in order to get in some early season skiing.
    “Snow definitely makes me happier actually,” Hendershott said. “It affects my mood in a weird way. I definitely get a lot more done when I’m happy about the weather.”


30 Pints of Blood Donated

JANET KIGILYUK

of the Flathead Arrow


            Thirty students of Flathead High school donated a pint of blood to the Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Social Studies Resource Center.

               With 30 students donating a pint apiece, the total of 30 pints was the most from an FHS blood drive compared to previous years. The collection from last year’s fall blood drive had to be thrown away because of the infestation of bugs in the old gym. According to the 2016 newspaper of the Flathead Arrow, there was 24 pints of blood collected. All together it made this year's blood drive a success.

            “There was a steady flow of people who would come in and donate their blood, but by the time they were going to start finishing the blood drive, a whole bunch of people came in and some were rejected,” senior student council president Riley Jochim said.  

            There were a variety of goals for students who donated in the blood drive. For some students, it was the acknowledgement of saving a life by donating their blood. For others, skipping a class in the day was enough inspiration. And for some, to be able to have free food at the end of the draw was enough to get them to donate.

“I’m always pumped to give blood; I love it,” senior Hannah Mriss, who has donated blood every time, said.  

Junior Collin Dallen said that he thinks he will donate more of his blood in the future. Also, he liked the fact that they gave people free food. 


Heritage Day Proves Positive

AMBER WALTERS

of the Flathead Arrow

 

Heritage day was hosted at the Agriculture Center, lasting all day. Many Flathead students helped make the day fun and enjoyable for the kids on Friday Oct.12.

“There were 1,000 kids this year, I was in charge of it last year, there were also about 1,000 kids last year too,” senior Cole Dykhuisen said.

“The kids definitely enjoy it, I could see smiles on the faces, we always get a 'thank you' back from the kids.”

Dykhuisen said the the Ag program hosts the heritage days because it stands from tradition and they have been doing it forever.

“We want to keep it up because the teachers like it the kids like it, and it’s a fun day for both the high schoolers and the first and second graders,” he said.

Cole said the kids favorite thing to do is the tractor ride and the hay maze.

            Junior Elizabeth Dull was at the Ag center all day on Friday in charge of the shoots, she put tags on the little kids ears, gave them stamps for their brands, she also had a full class of second graders get in a scale and weighed their whole class.

“My favorite part of the day was seeing the kids reactions to the process of putting the tags on their ears, because they thought it would hurt”

“The kids really enjoy the day, their favorite part of the day is the petting zoo, it’s fun watching them pet the animals, it’s a fun day for everyone.”

Throughout the day the kids and the students had a fun-filled day.


Students are Working Hard

ADRIANE SHANKS 

Of the Flathead Arrow

 

    Do you think your life is rough? You’re not the only one.

Several Flathead High School students work many hours at various jobs while trying to concentrate on academics during the school year.

Working evening hours after a long school day with expectations of finished homework brought to class the next day is stressful and can affect a student’s engagement in class.

Seniors like Tiel Nelson, Farley Gendreau, Zane Timlick, Ashlynn Sivumaki, Keaten Willard, Cole Dykhuisen, Samantha Yoakum, Jesica Workman, and juniors McKenna Denney, Amber Walters and Jayden Schuffenhauer all hold down jobs while going to school. And that just names a handful. From businesses like Mackenzie River Pizza Company, City Brew Coffee, and Pizza Hut to Super 8 Motel, Rosauers, and TJ Maxx, high school students can be after school hours working.

Working and attending school is quite exhausting.

“I’m tired,” senior Jesica Workman said. “I go to work and then I go home to sleep so I can get up and go to school the next day,” she said.

            Workman works five to six hours every night as a cook at Pizza Hut. She doesn’t get off work until 10 p.m. Still, she manages to find time to do her homework.

For any student who works and attends school, Workman suggests they work on the weekends and find time to have fun as well.

“Don’t stress yourself out,” she said.

            Senior Samantha Yoakum agrees. She is positioned as manager, working 35 hours a week at City Brew and manages to do so by organizing time spent on various activities.

“Don’t take it too seriously; I mean it looks great on future resumes, but don’t stress yourself out,” Yoakum said. “School’s hard enough if you combine the two.”

Some students even work in the mornings before school. Cole Dykhuisen is rare in that he actually owns two businesses: a snow-plowing business and a stump-grinding operation. Whenever there is a winter storm hitting the Flathead in the middle of the night, rest assured, Dykhuisen will be up as early as 4 a.m. plowing driveways.

Keeping your school, work, and personal life balanced is important. If you listen to what your classmates advise, you will find yourself less stressed and enjoy work and school.




Flathead’s New Attendance Policy has Students Split
DANIEL EDELEN, AMBER MILLER, JANET KIGILYUK
of the Flathead Arrow

            A new attendance policy took Flathead High School students by storm to start the academic year.

Simply put, attendance is now worth 10 percent of a student’s semester grade. After five absences in a class, the grade begins dropping by two percent for every absence after that, up until a cap of 10 percent total.

One incentive for students with less than three absences includes being excused from the semester final. Another incentive involves eligibility to go to school dances. In that regard, the FHS Student-Parent Handbook reads “students must have 80 percent or better attendance in the two weeks prior to a school dance to be eligible to attend.”

As expected, students have had mixed opinions about it.

“I think it’s a good thing because, like last year, nobody came to school ever,” senior Aaris Hill said. “I’d have some people in my class that would be there like once a week.”

The incentive comes off as more of a double-edged sword in the eyes of many students. One of the arguments against the policy claims students who could be extremely sick would still come to school in fear of either losing their incentive or losing a percentage of their grades. Nearly all students interviewed agreed that the possibility of an outbreak is just that, a possibility.

“I, personally, would still come to school if I was sick just because I don’t want to miss days,” junior John Shelton said. “That might be a problem.”

Others agreed.

            “I am sick right now and am probably spreading whatever I have to other students,” sophomore Griffin Cox said. “But I have to take a planned trip and will miss two days of school, so I can’t miss any more days.”

Whether students like or dislike the new policy, one thing is evident during the first couple months of school: The policy is working.

“The average attendance last year week per week was around 88 percent,” senior student council member Riley Jochim said. “Now it is, for the first 5 weeks of school, up to 95 percent. That’s a 7 percent difference and that accounts for a lot of kids coming to school.”

One of the issues at stake at FHS was that 60 percent of freshmen last year earned at least one F on their report cards.

“People were always skipping class last year,” sophomore Ethan Vandenbosch said. “I thought it (the attendance policy) was kind of stupid and I really hated it, but I realized it actually helps my grades. It helps me push myself and get up and go to school.”

Still, others disagree with the policy because of doctor and dentist appointments.

“It’s really inflexible,” sophomore Charlie Hinchey said. “Even if you had something like a dentist appointment, you could still have to take the final because of the appointment.”

Hinchey also expressed frustration as a hockey player. Sports like hockey and baseball are not school-sanctioned sports, so some students were under the impression that their non-school-related activity would hurt their grades. But that is not the case. Community activities like hockey and baseball count as community sponsored absences (as long as you get your absences approved by administration before the events), which do not count against students’ attendance.

An observation from School Counselor Mr. Michael Sherman gave further insight on the limitations of the policy and the general emotional feedback students told him.

“A lot of students are worried about their grade because they’ll suffer the 10% penalty if they miss the 10 absences,” Sherman said. However, he does agree that it is beneficial to students and the school in the long run.

 

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