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This is the april issue of The Tiger Cub. The lataest on happenings at Hastings High School.

Text of The Tiger Cub April Issue

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  • CoUNTDoWN To SUMMERSeniors Everyone

    9 school days 20 school days

    LIS ARNESON & TORI HALLORAN graphic

  • TIGERcubEDITORIAL There are budget cuts for schools in the news and some of them will take place regardless of how important a specific program may be. One of the potential cuts on the chopping block is trips for foreign language classes. The Tiger Cub staff strongly supports these trips. Even though they did not go the way of budget cuts this year, there will likely be more cuts made next year, and foreign travel will still be at risk. One of the main things that foreign languages have going for them is the practical use. By traveling to a country that speaks the language, students who have been learning for four years of high school get practical use of it. One can take four years of math, or learn about participles throughout high school, but unless their major is math or English heavy, students dont get much real world use out of it. Traveling to the foreign countries gives experience and creates opportunities to live in other coun-tries or study abroad in college. Most of the students who decide to apply for the Rotary program do so after traveling with the school for a foreign language trip. Often those students go into career fields such as international business where they can use their knowledge of the country and language. Not only are the trips good for getting practical experience in speaking a language, but they also teach students about foreign cultures. Students who went on foreign trips will say they learned more in the ten days they were in a country then they did in the past three or four years of education in the class room. A check from the real world where students are forced to communicate in a different language is going to teach kids a lot faster than the safety of the classroom where they can still ask to go to the bathroom in English. Learning about life outside of the United States will help make students better rounded and possibly more appre-ciative of the life they have here. It is hard as high school students to fathom life in another country half way across the world.

    There are so many benefits to the foreign language trips they should not even be con-sidered as something that could be cut from the budget. The Tiger Cub hopes that the foreign language trips will be allowed to continue.

  • Now that Hastings Public Schools is struggling to meet minimum state requirements for testing this does not seem like the best time to reduce teaching staff. However, due to the poor economy nationwide, Hastings Public Schools is about to experience its most extreme situation in 21 years according to Superintendent Craig Kautz. At the April 5 Hastings Public School District school board meeting, Kautz present-ed the unfortunate news to the public. The 2012 budget outlook is grim. Early on, there was an estimated $4 million shortfall due to increase in district costs and a reduc-tion in state aid. In order to balance it, the school board had to create a new budget for the district. The new budget plan would call for spending reduction in areas like supplies for schools, reduced staff, and reduced funding for building maintenance. Hastings Education Association President Dave Witt spoke out against the initial plan for budget adjustments. We must make cuts as far away from the classroom as possible, Mr. Witt said. Kautz, who was in charge of making the planned cuts, presented them in two differ-ent proposals. The first, on March 17, had three levels of cuts. The second, presented on April 5, narrowed those levels to two. By this time, the district estimated the shortfall at $1.8 million instead of $4 million. This new information eliminated many cuts on the original budget plan. The job cuts that remained on the final plan were the German para-educator position at HHS, the 5th grade para-educator position at Watson elementary, and a reduction in the math staff, also at HHS. Ultimately, Sharon Witts math position will be eliminated,

    but she will be reassigned to the business department to teach in place of Phyllis Hobbs, who is retiring. At the fourth and final meeting, math teachers Mrs. Witt and Ben Welsch voiced their

    opinions to the board along with support from Mr. Witt. The teachers said the math student interventions implemented this year must be supported. In order to do so, they need the entire staff of teachers available. Another conflict that Mrs. Witt brought up to the board was the administrations plan to have the entire

    math department carpeted, while at the same time letting go of a member of the math staff. We must make the school as attractive as possible for learning, Kautz said. Kautz emphasized that in letting the building deteriorate, the district is sending a message that it doesnt care about the students education. Kautz also added that the funding for maintenance is already reduced to $350,000 for the entire district and that the building and sites fund, which handles building improvements. Due to current law, these funds cannot be moved from one area to another, so the monies must be used for their pur-pose. Original cuts included on the first budget plan included 11 para-educator positions, teachers of English as a second language and counselor positions in schools across the district. Teachers, parents, students and even building principals made their opinions known as to what should be cut and what should not.The budget shortfall is estimated to last for two years before regaining stability. At the final meeting, the boards vote was 9-0 in favor of the final plan.

    DAKOTA SOUCIE story

    Budget gets trimmed

    Can you feel the draft?

    We must make cuts as far away from the calssroom as possible. -Dave Witt

    New faculty gather in September, 1976. From left to right: Lynn Cordell, Dan McCarthy, Ladell Stonecipher, Don Johnson, and Kay Payne. On the ground are Ran-dy Lawson and Steve James. Tiger Cub photo

    VALERIE FRAZIER storyTeaching in a high school is a very scary occupation. Teenagers are a nightmare and being stuck in a classroom all day would be very boring. Dan McCarthy and Phyllis Hobbs disagree with this infamous stereotype. I am going to miss the students the most. They always made my day, long time drafting teacher Dan McCarthy said.McCarthy has taught at Hastings High as the drafting teacher for 35 years and wouldnt change a single minute of it. Teaching at Hastings has been far better than I had ever dreamed. I never planned to be here for 35 years, Mc-Carthy said. McCarthy plans on helping new drafting teacher, Adam Skrdla, adjust to his new job. The best part of my job was watching the drafting program grow and watching students grow along with it, Mc-Carthy said. McCarthy isnt really sure what he is going to do after retirement. I will probably work on my 71 camaro and do some projects around the house, McCarthy said. McCarthy says that he has really enjoyed watching his students come in as freshmen and strive as juniors and seniors. I am very sad that Mr. McCarthy is leaving because I dont want to do my last year of drafting with a new teacher, three year drafting student junior Alex Olson said. McCarthy enjoys watching high school sporting events and drama events so he plans to attend many of these events for the next couple of years. Along with McCarthy, Phyllis Hobbs, the multi media teacher at HHS, is also retir-ing this year.Hobbs has taught at HHS since 1980. She was the cheerleading sponsor for 15 years. The best part of my teaching career was helping students develop multi media skills and helping them keep up with the new technology, Hobbs said. Hobbs has two sons and three grandchildren that she plans to visit more often after she retires. Hobbs also plans on taking a New England/Canadian Cruise next Fall. I will continue to work with multi media as a hobby, Hobbs said. Hobbs also enjoys reading and golfing so she will fill a lot of her free time doing that Special education and research teacher, Ann Koozer, is also among those retiring this year. Koozer started teaching at HHS in 1989. I am going to miss my relationships with students and colleagues, Koozer said. One of Koozers biggest accomplishments while being at HHS was helping students become more successful in the classroom. After I retire I am going to do some volunteer work in the community and hopefully do some subbing here at HHS, Koozer said. Students and staff appreciate all the retiring teachers have done and hope that they all have a happy retirement.

  • New approach to tests

    Hands-off in hallways

    Wheaties: Breakfast for Champions. Posters advertising Wheaties breakfast ce-real have gone up all around the building, causing students to wonder when English teachers Jalaene Choquette and Dave Witt got so buff. These posters, showcasing the junior class, were put up to get students excited for state testing. Our school improvement team wanted to provide some incentive for and have a little fun with state testing, Principal Jay Opperman said. We came up with some things that were fun to get ready for something that is not so fun to encourage the kids to give their best effort. On the Friday April 1, before the first testing week there was a pep rally for the juniors to get them pumped up for the tests. There, the students were informed of what would be taking place the following week: a raffle for prizes, free breakfast on Monday mornings before testing, and the Wheaties posters displayed around the school. In addition, students received raffle tickets for just showing up in the library to t