By Laurel Preston and Shelby Moquin
Around the time of 10:00 o’clock on Thursday morning of the 31st of May, a vehicle caught on fire in the Clear Creek Amana High School Parking lot. No one was injured and Fire Department was notified immediately. Principal Moody and Vice Principal Mr. Potter were the only ones allowed at the scene with the Fire Department. More details will be reported at a later time by the Newspaper at CCAHS as the story emerges.
By: Sierra Brown
Spanish is taking a trip to Costa Rica next summer. Currently 7 soon to be Juniors are attending this trip as well as Miss. Hauschildt, the Spanish teacher. They go on trips so students can gain a wider view of the world, practice the language with those they encounter in Costa Rica, and to broaden perspectives.
Out of all places, they chose Costa Rica because it’s one of the most affordable trips for students. An amazing thing about going to Costa Rica is students can see an active volcano, go into a rainforest, and national parks. This year includes watching chocolate being made and visiting a pineapple plantation. Their trip also includes a day of service. In the past, they have gone to orphanages or local schools.
“I chose this tour, so students could see a unique part of the world, very different than that of the US, and experience the culture while staying with local families” says Ms. Hauschildt.
They will be in Costa Rica for 7 days and depart on the 8th. In the past vacations, CCA has generally gone to Costa Rica, since it is the most cost effective and has a wide array of places for sightseeing.
Photo Courtesy Of Krystin Gist
By Olivia Smyka
After thirty-eight years of teaching, Language Arts teacher Kristen Morlan says goodbye to the students and staff at CCA.
She has taught many topics at the school, such as American Literature, A.P. Literature, Advanced Composition, Basic Writing (which she described as “the opposite extreme” when compared to Advanced Composition), Dramatic Literature, and Creative Writing. Morlan stated that her favorite subject to talk about was probably A.P Literature, because of how eager the students were to learn more about reading and writing. In addition to teaching, Morlan coached cheerleading for twenty-one years and dance for twelve years.
“[I love] getting to talk about literature and how it applies to the real world, to lives to history..just what it can do culturally,” Morlan said.
She mentioned some of her favorite memories at CCA including pranking the cheerleaders at nationals in Nashville, going to Brucemore and the Frank Lloyd Wright House with her AP class, judging Special Olympics with students at the state competition, and participating in and winning the door-decorating contests throughout the years.
There is a lot that Morlan will miss; she will mostly miss the variety of students she has worked with and CCA’s amazing staff.
“Everyone is helpful and encouraging and I will miss that environment,” she stated.
By Sierra Brown
All grades 8-12 have to do MAP testing. My Academic Plan is a program to help make sure your academic path is plotted and easy for you to follow. MAP guides you through series of steps to help you identify your interest, values, and even skills through online inventories. Here at CCA, we do MAP testing one time. “We do MAP, once, because it is required by the State of Iowa for us to implement a career and decision making program for all students 8-12. ALSO, because it's a good way for students to start exploring courses, colleges, and careers” says Mrs. Kite, At-Risk Counselor.
They’re many benefits students receive from completing this program. For example, this test helps students thinking about their future and which classes would help them in the future. “Also, it helps students keep track of the courses they'll need in high school to fulfill their high school requirements for graduation” says Mrs. Kite. The program is great to use as a resource for colleges that offer programs and the job outlook for careers students are interested in pursuing after high school.
“So far, my favorite thing about MAP are the conversations. Students begin talking about their future plans and start thinking about the steps they need to take in order to make those plans a reality” says Mrs. Kite.
This year we took MAP testing in the spring, to make sure it was set up correctly and the staff knew how to navigate the website. However, it can be done at anytime.
By Rori Wagner
Photo Courtesy of Olivia Randall
As the end of the school year comes to a close students face many new challenges in classes. For Earth Science students their challenge is more close to home than most.
This challenge will be deciding whether Clear Creek, a creek near our school, is a healthy environment for life. This will all be going into the grade for a project, the Clear Creek Project, and there are 150 points to get for the project in all.
To get determine the state of the creek students will do a variety of testing such as, “habitat assessments, chemical tests, physical assessments, and collecting macroinvertebrates,” as stated by Earth Science teacher, Olivia Randall.
They also will have to conspire all the data in a scientific report that includes images, the data they collected, and based on that decide whether the creek is healthy or not.
A project like this could make or break a student’s grade so for students it might seem stressful to have at the end of year. Randall takes it as an opportunity and said that, “by having a large end of the year project, students have one more opportunity to get their grade where they would like it to be! It is also a lot of fun to end the year with going out into the field for class.”
Projects like this have occurred in the class before so it might seem like just another Earth Science project, but Randall said that, “the Clear Creek Project is different from other projects because students are writing their very first scientific report of high school. It is also cool because we are doing the exact same tests that scientists in the DNR use out in the field.”
Randall overall thinks that large projects like this one benefit students by showing them how the content relates to the real world and real life. However, she also says they come with a cost because “they do take up a lot of time so we might not hit as many different earth science subjects.”
Overall the Clear Creek Project is in Randall’s opinion, “a great way to get all students actively engaged in the content we are learning. By pairing in class learning with application of the content at the creek, students are far more likely to internalize this topic.”
Pleasing all students when it comes to school lunches is not easy. CCA has recently taken a step to hopefully broaden the diversity of school lunches, and to make them more enjoyable for everyone.
In the past, CCA always had one meal option for lunch. Students could get the whole tray of the lunch option, and an option to buy snack items on A La Carte. Though the lunches at CCA were satisfactory, there was a lack of option. Students had one and only one meal choice everyday at lunch. Whether it be a sloppy joe or tacos, students had to eat it if they wanted school lunch.
Recently, the school has added a change to hopefully make school lunches wider in range. Everyday there is a lunch substitution option for students. For example, on Fridays, a hot dog is offered instead of whatever is being served that day. Other options for days of the week include a regular chicken sandwich, a pork sandwich, and a hamburger. This change allows students to have more choice in what they eat, and allows them more room to pick and choose.
Students are liking this option and enjoying the new alternates, but some may wonder if the school is doing enough to promote healthy but also tasty lunches.
“I do feel like they should have more fresh options, like a fruit and salad bar, so we can have something more healthy,” stated freshman Morgan Malli. Maybe a salad bar, or something fresh would give even more options for lunch, especially those looking for fresher options.
CCA has taken a step toward better lunches, and students are pleased. But there still may be room for improvement and experimenting with what students like best.
By Holli Duke
Larger schools around the area offer a plethora of foreign languages. Cedar Rapids Washington High School offers Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Arabic and Chinese. According to CRW’s World Language online page, learning new languages in high school can increase cognitive benefits, raise test scores, create more job opportunities later in life and create a cultural enrichment in school.
At Clear Creek Amana High School, there are only two foreign languages offered to students, Spanish and German. In the Iowa City Community School District, the two languages offered are Spanish and French; the curriculum used to include German but was recently removed due to lack of registration.
Considering the importance of foreign language in America and also the benefit of learning strategies in bilingual students, urging students to take foreign language classes can only improve the students overall schooling.
Mike Potter, Assistant Principal at CCAHS, said, “I would assume more options could increase enrollment, but staffing is a concern. It would be difficult to justify hiring a teacher if only a handful of students signed up for the course. I wonder if, in the future, there might be more online options for world languages. That could provide some flexibility for students.”
Most Iowa colleges require either two or four years of world language in order to graduate from college. High school students often take those classes in high school and if their grades are up to standards the credits transfer to college and students don’t have to take those classes in college.
By Mikayla Tackaberry
Every theatre kid panics a little bit before a show, especially when you realize the show is exactly two weeks away. It seems as if the rehearsal season never happened; it has flown by so fast. One minute we were first learning our vocal parts, and now we are one week away from CCA’s musical, Beauty and the Beast. This week is a theatre kid’s worst nightmare: Techweek.
Techweek. Also known for hairspray, eyeliner, uncomfortable costumes, mic tape, and extreme exhaustion. The week crammed before a show is the most crucial. This week is filled with long evenings, about 3-4 hours of running the show, though these run-throughs are anything but smooth. Hence the name “tech” week, this week is the first time for adding lights, sound, and microphones. Hopefully everyone has their lines and choreography down because this week will not focus on the inside of the show, but everything that brings the show to life. Techweek is also the first time adding backdrops, so now we have scene changes and transitions to worry about. For Beauty in the Beast in particular, there is fog, strobe lights, and many details to be put together. Don’t forget about all the starts and stops with putting the band and singers together.
For the actors, techweek is an endless cycle of doing our makeup and hair spraying our hair until it can’t move. Our costumes are usually not comfortable, hot, and after a week with the stage lights on us, they don’t usually smell the best. When the night is finally over, and you have scrubbed the last bit of eyeliner off your eyes, and untangled the mess of your hair, don’t think it’s finally time to sleep. Now it’s time for all the homework you haven’t done that evening.
So please, have grace onus theatre kids coming into school looking like zombies and still having mic tape residue on our necks. We are really trying, and when we don’t look like we are focusing in class, it is probably because we are running lines and choreography steps in our head.
By Holli Duke
As the debate over medical marijuana keeps growing, Iowa has approved five cities to be the first cities in Iowa to hold a medical marijuana dispensary. There is three major companies that will be operating the dispensaries. The Iowa Department of Public Health announced that cannabis oil sales would be permitted in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Davenport, Waterloo and the Des Moines suburb of Windsor Heights.
Permits will be required to purchase medical marijuana, with sales to begin by Dec. 1. Qualifying medical conditions could include cancer, multiple sclerosis, seizures, Parkinson's disease, untreatable pain and painful terminal illnesses. Permits will be issued to adult patients living in Iowa and primary caregivers of patients living in Iowa.
MedPharm Iowa and Have a Heart Compassion Care are two of the companies that were offered licenses to operate dispensaries in th five cities.
Smoking marijuana, whether for medical or recreational purposes, remains prohibited.
By Olivia Smyka
One part of Easter that many people look forward to is eating candy. Many candy companies create Easter-themed treats for the holiday. Some people have favorite and least favorite Easter candies. Thirty-three freshmen, thirty sophomores, twenty-seven juniors and ten seniors (a total of one hundred students) from CCA took a survey that recorded what popular Easter candy was their favorite and least favorite.
Clear Creek Amana High School Students’ Favorite And Least Favorite Easter Candy
According to the survey, nearly a third of (or thirty-one) students who took the survey said that their favorite Easter candy are Reese’s Eggs. This makes sense as many people seem to love Reese’s candy in general.
Close to a fifth of (or sixteen) students said that Cadbury Creme Eggs were their favorite. Many people may notice that Cadbury Creme Eggs are pretty popular, especially around Easter.
Milk chocolate Easter bunnies were favorited by ten students. Milk chocolate bunnies are really popular to snack on during Easter, so it’s a bit surprising that this number isn’t very high.
The survey also showed what Easter candy CCA students dislike. A third of students (thirty-three) said that Peeps were their least favorite Easter candy. People seem to either really like or really hate Peeps. People who don’t like Peeps often claim that they are just way too sweet or gross.
Thirteen people said that Robin Eggs were their least favorite. Robin Eggs (which are really just egg-shaped chocolate malt balls) aren’t really sweet to some people, so it’s not really shocking that a bigger number of people do not enjoy them.
Twelve people dislike dark chocolate Easter bunnies, and since many people say that dark chocolate is too bitter, it is logical that there would be CCA students who really dislike it.