Page 7 The Dog Pound Senior lounge changes sought One of the perks of becoming a senior is being able to use the senior lounge. Underclassmen look forward to being able to walk on the red and black tiles as well as using the “senior door,” a door leading from the front of the building into the lounge area. This year, however, the door privilege has changed, and some seniors are not happy about it. On the first day of school, many students tried to use the senior door, but to their surprise it was locked. Students complained that the locked door was an inconvenience causing them to walk farther to get into the school. Now that it is starting to get cooler outside and snow will be coming, the seniors do not want to walk the extra couple feet to the other doors. Senior Halie Schwartz said, “I would like to be able to use the senior lounge door that I have been waiting to use for three years, but now I can’t.” Jordan M. Jensen agreed. In addition, an incident occurred one day during school that caused more problems. Principal Iverson explained, “The door is broken because some seniors were messing around with it.” Administrators placed a sign on the door asking people not to use it because, although the door seems to “work fine,” the hinges are broken and do not close the door properly. Iverson would rather students not use the door because heat is lost by a constantly open door. Vice-Principal Utesch added that mice can come in when the door is not closed. Iverson added, “The door will be fixed when maintenance has time or when we find a better solution.” Even though the door may be the main complaint, some seniors would like to see other changes to the senior lounge as well. Senior Katelyn Raymond explained, “I wish we could have speakers.... We also need a taco/nacho bar.” Senior Jack Ruhland stated, “I want to play ping pong!” Many of the seniors enjoy using the tables in the senior lounge to play ping pong, but Iverson has rejected that idea. Sidney Baumgartner added, “I want a TV so I can watch some Netflix during my opens!” Christina Konz and Abdu Cruz both said, “I would love couches to take a nap, ya know?” Kennedy Schilmoeller added,”I want putt putt golf.” Senior Kody Koerselman urged, “Quit making the senior lounge a big deal; just give me my tables with actual chairs back!” by Chandler Grosenheider Freshman science students are not just sitting around doing lots and lots of worksheets. They have been busy putting their learning into action with performance assessments. One of their first performance assessments required them to float a boat-like object. Freshman science teacher Tami Dunn led this experiment which she created. The goal was for the students to float an object in water by using their knowledge of Archimedes’ Principle and by finding mass, volume, and density. Archimedes’ Principle is the law that an object immersed in a fluid is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object. Students had the class period to figure the problem out with very limited help from teachers. If it took students one try to float their boat, they got an A, two tries a B, and so on. “The students get too freaked out about the grade and might miss the great opportunity to learn. They need to know that they have never done this before and are learning a new skill. Sometimes, new skills come with failure,” said Dunn on the assessment. Freshman Alivia Milbrodt and Anna Sullivan managed to float their boat in two tries. They both agreed that it was very frustrating and stressful not getting it right the first time, but the success and relief that they felt after two times was worth it. Freshman JaxonBaumgartner added, “I was very prepared for the assessment by doing worksheets in class, so it wasn’t as bad as I thought.” This assessment is so big that many other staff members came to help during their planning periods. Instructional coach Tracey Wingert also helped out: “This was really challenging to them, and it’s hard to see them struggle, but they learn so much from it,” he commented. Some freshman science teachers might have just done a worksheet over this material and moved on, but to Dunn that simply was not good enough. “They have done worksheets and learned the concept, but they must apply the concept to really get it down. Real world applications work the best to accomplish that,” she said. Science lab brings worksheets to life for freshmen by Madison Mahan As the school year begins, some students struggle to find something to look forward to that keeps them going through each week. Some people are looking forward to something as close as the next sporting season while others are yearning for something as far away as graduation. Senior Sidney Baumgartner is “looking forward to girls’ state basketball and actually having a student section at the girls’ games.” Anthony Lamoreux, a sophomore, is interested in “having fun.” Freshman Abby Hoss is anxious for the “Bulldog basketball student section.” Emily Carlson, a sophomore, is getting ready for the “2018 track season.” Junior Annie Ellis said she cannot wait for “prom and Bulldog basketball.” Haley Majers, a junior, is eager to start “dance team.” Seniors Justin Allaway, Jeff Lamp, and Jenn Schneider are all looking forward to “Graduation, only 210 days left.” Senior Reagan Albers said, “I am looking forward to doing things one last time.” Students find encouragement for today by looking to tomorrow by Anna Ahlrich Freshmen Alivia Milbrodt and Anna Sullivan calculate carefully.