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Wheeling High School's Sstudent newspaper Spokesman's fourth issue of Volume 48.

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  • Spokesman Wheeling High School 900 S. Elmhurst Rd. Wheeling, Ill. 60090 Volume 48 Issue 4 Dec. 16, 2011


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    Wheeling plans bike paths, lanes

    Frida ValdesAsst. News Editor

    Perla JimenezStaff Reporter

    WHS to host research contest for first time

    Wheeling currently works with the Active Transportation Alliance in drafting the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan to add more sidewalks and bike lanes for bikers and pedestrians.

    The Bike and Pedestrian Task Force of Wheeling formed in 2010 to update the Bike Route Map in Wheelings 2003 Comprehensive Plan. Consulting with the Alliance will start in January 2012.

    The village, over the last couple of years, planned to update the 2003 Comprehensive Plan, including the bike plan, which we found entirely unrealistic, Andrew Jennings, village planner, said.

    The village received a Community Planning Program grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning for the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan.

    The task force also

    received an Illinois T r a n s p o r t a t i o n Enhancements Program grant last fall to build a bike path on Dundee Road by the forest preserve, which will go from the Des Plaines River to the I-294 overpass.

    Wheeling has worked on permit requirements for the path since they received the grant. It has worked on getting a permit from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources because eastern massasauga rattlesnakes live in that area.

    It (the rattlesnake) hasnt been seen out there for a number of years, but it has been recorded a few instances in the past, Tim Merrihew, capital projects and design manager, said.

    According to Mr. Jennings, the task force projects that construction for the path will start in fall 2012. The task force should finish the first draft of the plan by early fall 2012. They expect to present the plan for final review in December 2012 and approval in December 2012 or January 2013.

    Starting next semester, peer tutors will receive credit for tutoring.

    By offering credit, Kristen Chico, learning center coordinator, wants to increase both the number of tutors available at any given time and the hours that each student tutors per week.

    Right now, all tutors volunteer their time, but its very hard for them to come in consistently, Ms. Chico said.

    Ms. Chico submitted her idea of giving credit to peer tutors to Dr. Hollis Ravitz, assistant principal of student services, and Erin DeLuga, associate principal. They both approved.

    Since last year, Ms. Chicos already doubled the number of tutors, Ms. DeLuga said.

    According to Ms. Chico, she does not plan to add to the workload, but she wants to apply a grading system to tutoring. She plans to use a system similar to the one

    Rosalie ChanNews Editor

    Location of Planned Side Path

    Infographic by Rosalie Chan

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    For the first time, WHS, along with Northwestern University and other community partners, will host the Midwest Research Competition: Positive Impact (MRCPI), which will offer participants the opportunity to showcase investigation projects.

    MRCPI will take place on April 13, 2012 at WHS. Besides participants, parents and non-competing students, who will need to register in advance, experts from the private sector, high school instructors and university instructors can attend this event.

    In comparison to other research competitions that focus on science

    related topics, students can investigate about any topic they believe will improve the world.

    Its original through Wheeling High School, so no other high school in this area has done something exactly like this before, since it is a bit more of an evolution of what your typical science fair is, Erin DeLuga, associate principal, said.

    Up to three students in high school can work together in this competition, and students must attend the conference with a faculty supervisor.

    While attending other research showcases, Barry Hanrahan, head librarian and media specialist, and Ken Indeck, math teacher, came up with the idea of

    a research competition that not only encouraged students to investigate about relevant topics but also made them aware of how that particular research could positively impact the world.

    We thought this would be a learning opportunity for the whole community, this isnt just a Wheeling-only event, Mr. Hanrahan said. Its a unique opportunity for students to do original research and share with others and look at what positive impact that research could have on the students.

    According to Ms. DeLuga, WHS will invite schools in the northwest suburbs but the information will go out to other people. Coordinators of this event

    hope they can get schools in other states to come and participate.

    The students who are directly involved with this competition have the opportunity to not just learn about whats already known, they have the opportunity to add to what we already know, and thats the kind of academic excellence that we havent really focused a lot on in school so far, Mr. Indeck said.

    Mr. Hanrahan noted that one of the main goals of this event is providing a venue for students to demonstrate the impact that inquiry can have on the world, is something that they dont get every day.

    If students want to participate, registration deadline is Feb. 24, 2012.

    About Midwest Research Competition: Positive ImpactWhat do students do for MRCPI? Students do investigation projects on any topic, and they present their projects at this event on April 13, 2012.What happens at this event? This one-day event will have three sessions, but the final schedule has not yet been decided. At the first session, 25 semifinalist projects previously selected will compete while judges evaluate them. Simultaneously, a conference will be available for adult guests to learn about how they can do something similar to this inquiry competition. Also, participants will listen to a keynote speaker and a question-answer panel session, and the six finalists will be announced.What can students win? Students with winning projects and their schools will each receive scholarships of $500 for first place, $300 for second and $200 for third.

    Tutors will receive credit next term

    Lindsay Figueroa and Brittany Roman, sophomores, do homework during 8th period at the TLC. Peer tutors go into the TLC during the week, and students who need tutoring can receive help there. Next term, tutors will receive credit and assignments. They could certainly make it work, it would just have to be more specific to tutoring, Ryan Schiltz, counselor, said.

    Valerie Westin Photo Editor

    used for service learning.Tutoring will be graded

    pass/fail, and the students will work on a week-to-week basis. Students will have to log the amount of hours they work each week. At the end of each week, each tutor

    will fill out a self-assessment worksheet like in service learning. However, since the students will only be tutoring, the weekly assessments and grading will be more specific to tutoring.

    I think that students in general will take the tutoring center more seriously than it being a place to escape the crazy cafeteria and take advantage of the tutors in there, Kelly Echeverri, senior and peer tutor, said.

    Information gathered by Frida Valdes

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    Junior class board prepares for prom

    Junior class board finalized most of their prom arrangements during their Dec. 6 meeting.

    It (prom) is entirely in their (board members) hands, Jessica Maciejewski, junior class board co-sponsor and English teacher, said.

    Junior class board is in charge of contacting the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) members and finalizing details for prom, which takes place in June. PTO sponsors the post-prom activities chosen by class board members.

    They want to contribute and they want to help us with activities, Ms. Maciejewski said. Right now, I dont know how much they can help with, but anything they can contribute will add to our prom.

    Two years ago, PTO sponsored a cruise as the post-prom activity. This year, prom will be extended, and the class board members are thinking about providing midnight snacks for those who attend the dance. As of now, junior class board has not reached a decision on what they