Mrs. Kostelecky

Mrs. Kostelecky is the Registrar/Counseling Secretary here at the 8&9 school and her job includes registering all of the new students that come to Fruita and helping students change the schedules. She grew up on the western cost in San Diego and also in the Continent of Asia specifically in Yokohama Japan. Mrs. Kostelecky was a matador at Mount Miguel high school Spring Valley CA before she went to collage to get a cosmetology license. She was born in Alaska on August 7th in a certain year that is “Confidential”.

As I stated earlier Mrs. Kostelecky was raised in Japan. Her father was in the navy and he got stationed in Yokohama where she lived until seven years old. She and her family lived in the military housing. Because her father was in the Navy, the base was near the ocean. The culture there is very different but she say that it was a good experience. Japan is a very densely populated country but according to Mrs. Kostelecky everybody is super friendly. Even today she has remnants of Japan in her home and in her cooking.

Mrs. Kostelecky is married and has two kids. Before she worked at our school she was at FMS, Shelledy Elementary, and even worked at Visualeyes eye-care in downtown Fruita. The reason that she chose to work here is because she says, “the Fruita 8/9 office rocks”. She works in public education is so that she could have the same schedule as her kids and spend more time with them. You may remember that she has a cosmetology license but she would rather spend time with her kids.

In conclusion, you can see that Mrs. Kostelecky is a very interesting person and has had many cool life experiences. She helps or school function smoothly and if you have any scheduling problems you should give her a visit in the counseling office.

A teacher, a mother, a role model… Mrs. Willford

Ask anyone that’s every taken an AP class who their favorite teacher was, you are sure to hear them say Mrs. Willford. She is hardworking and cares so much about her students. Through all the things she has to teach us, Mrs. Willford always finds a way to make an activity fun. But there is much more to Mrs. Willford than just being an ordinary teacher. She is not only a mother, but did a great deal of things leading to where and how Mrs. Willford got to where she is today.

Growing up she had 2 sisters. She didn’t have a favorite because they were both the same to her; kind and helpful. She was born in North Dakota but quickly moved to the Grand Valley. She spent most of her life here and will continue to in the future. She lived in the Grand Valley for 7 years as a kid. Growing up she wanted to be a marine biologist. She was a good student and had it pretty normal growing up. Once she reached High School she finally knew that teaching was what she wanted to do. So that’s what she did.

Once she went off to college at CMU she was determined to be a teacher. She was not only a student but an athlete. She played soccer at CMU as well as studied to be a teacher. Once she graduated she went off to go work as a teacher. She has been at the Fruita 8/9 since it first opened (11 years). Mrs Willford has helped out the school ever since. When she first came to the school she was not an AP teacher. She started out as a Global Studies teacher then moved up in recent years.

Mrs. Willford not only did all these things but has a wonderful family. She has a son and a daughter and works hard to keep them happy while maintaining and handling her work for the school. Like I said if you ask anyone that has every had Mrs. Wilford will say she was the best AP teacher that they have ever had. Her hard work and determination has paid off and led to who she is today.

In conclusion Mrs. Willford is not only an amazing teacher but has an amazing backstory of hard work which leads to who she is today. Without the soccer, basketball, love for teaching and family she wouldn’t be the same. She is a truly interesting person with an even more interesting story on how she got to where she is today.

More than a Librarian… The story of Mrs.Cummings


The Fruita 8/9 School has a great librarian who always does her best to help out the school. Although students might not see her every day, Mrs. Cummings always tries to brighten student’s days when she sees them. From dealing with teenagers every day to organizing hundreds of books, the life of a librarian sure seems hard. This is why I decided to interview her this week. Interestingly enough, she had a very interesting backstory, and has a great sense of humor. I am sure glad she’s our librarian, and I hope you guys get to know a little more about her. And remember if you see Mrs. Cummings around the school, make sure to tell her thanks for being such a great teacher, and fun person to have at school every day.

Growing up, Mrs. Cummings lived in Casper Wyoming. It sure seemed like she had a great childhood from playing with her 6 siblings, to dedicating herself to academics as well as playing basketball. Mrs. Cummings has 2 brothers, 2 step brothers, 1 step sister, and 1 sister. She was very busy helping out her many brothers and sisters every day, as she was the 2nd oldest sibling. When she was not busy with family you could often find her with a nose in a book, or on the basketball court spending countless hour’s practicing. Growing up her mom always wanted her to wear pretty dresses to school, but Mrs. Cummings often chose to dress more of a Tom Boy, and embrace her athletic side. She was always a dedicated student, but didn’t know what she wanted to be when she grew up until she had an awesome English teacher for both 7th Grade and 12th Grade. From the 2nd time she had the teacher she knew she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. However the road to getting there was harder than you would think.

Mrs. Cummings went to College for 6 years to become a teacher. She started schooling at The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Here she got her Bachelor’s degree, however wanting to become a teacher, she spent 2 more years at CU Denver getting her Masters. “The school was pretty hard, but after that everything came easy” she said. Shortly after getting her Degrees she has to take a teaching test, and then applied to be a teacher her at Fruita 8/9. Not many current students know but she started out as an English Teacher… She taught Literacy here for many years, but after our Librarian left she stepped in as a replacement and has done a great job. “I love working in the library and learning new things about the students, and engaging in important conversations with them” she also said. Although Mrs. Cummings wasn’t always sure what she wanted to be when she grew up, it sure seems like being a teacher is the perfect fit for her, and she’s done a great job at it.

Mrs. Cummings has been the librarian for a few years now, and she says it has been great. However I was interested what her daily life consisted of. Because nmost of the time, you can either find her behind her desk helping out students, helping with computers, or organizing books. But the life of a librarian is more than it seems. There is a lot of behind the scenes work. Every month or so she has to re decorate the library with different decorations and sometimes themes for holidays. She is always trying to get students engaged and does her best to get her students reading. From putting up fun posters to taking countless hours to organize books, Mrs. Cummings is always on the move and improving our library. She is also very passionate about; literature. Her favorite types of books to read are historical fiction, and other types of fiction however sometimes she likes to change it up and engage herself in an interesting non-fiction. Mrs. Cummings also keeps a list of her books she reads every year so if you want to see that ask her for more information. She loves students who are curious and love to learn so I highly encourage everyone to go out and discover more about our library. In all, Mrs. Cummings had a very interesting childhood that influenced her to become the great teacher she is today.

Librarians are almost always stereotyped as grumpy old and don’t have much to do, however Fruita 8/9’s unique and awesome librarian Mrs. Cummings tears apart these stereotypes and brings an engaging vibe to the library. From growing up with a lot of siblings, to going to college at UNC, and CU Denver Mrs. Cummings had a very unique childhood.  If you guys want to know more about her feel free to ask and check out the great library and fun decorations while you’re at it. Hope everyone has a good day.

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The Balance of Overwatch, and its Importance

Overwatch is a game made by Blizzard Entertainment based heavily on team composition and character choice. There are 5 default modes in Overwatch, in which those included are Payload, Hybrid, 2 Control Point, and King of The Hill. 2 Control point is the worst, as the first point is too far from defense and too close to offense, while the second point is too close to defense and too far from offense. King of The Hill is the best, because its maps are always completely symmetrical, meaning it’s completely on you and your team if you fail. Payload is like 2 CP except the point is moving if enemies are on it, and defense wins if the payload does not make it to the last point. Hybrid is a mixture between 2 CP and Payload, including a first point and a payload. In order for the payload portion to be included, the first point must be captured.

The balance of each game-mode relies on the map, its choke-points, and the flow. KoTH doesn’t have this problem because both sides of the map are exactly the same, just mirrored. KoTH almost entirely relies on how well you communicate with your team and your individual skills. Payload is a generally good mode, but some maps are too tight and some are too open. 2 Control Point is a massive pain to play, as each of the two points are always too close or too far away from someone. Hybrid feels like you’re playing 2CP, with only one control point and a payload. This mode is less enjoyable because it almost always includes a tight choke-point.

Overall, Overwatch is well balanced map-wise outside of 2CP.

Earth

 

A school teacher lifts her hand to the sky, and watches her fingers dissolve. It tingles, like a foot falling asleep, or standing up too fast. The crimson sun shines through her fingers. It is time to go to the regeneration facility, she thinks to herself, in an alien language, and she begins the short walk. She shudders at the thought of placing her hand under one of the re-gen lights—they burn—but what else is she to do? She cannot teach without fingers.

On a television some miles away, the news is showing people running, screaming, pulling at their dissolving fingers. An outbreak, they call it, and recommend going to the regeneration facility. A day later, the government collapses because the ‘outbreak’ is actually a sign of the world beginning to destroy itself.

“We have destroyed this world with our bombs and experiments. We will choose those who will escape to V3, and send them there in an escape shuttle, but the rest of us will have to play for our actions,” her voice is melodic, speaking in the same alien language. The world is falling apart, its inhabitants running ramped through the streets and screaming of the end.

The school teacher has been chosen, along with seven hundred others, to board the escape shuttle to V3. V3 is green and blue, unlike their own red planet, but it is apparently safe for their life forms. They come aboard the shuttle soon after waking, and it takes off not an hour later. Forty three of the chosen were left behind, two of which were too dissolved to walk. So, six hundred fifty seven people were strapped to seats with speeding hearts and anxiety bleeding through them like ink on white cloth.

The passengers were placed in suspended animation as they soared through space to V3, and did not wake until they had been on the planet for two weeks. The teacher rose, holding her head in her hands. She was in pain from her dissolved toes to her frizzy hair. When they excited the shuttle, they were shocked to find the previously green destination dark and burnt like their own. They rewound the security tapes, and watched their home planet explode. Fragments of their beautiful home fell upon V3, scorching it. The security tapes showed the strange animals of this planet running for their lives—dying.

“Our new home may be partially destroyed, but we will find a way. What shall we call this planet? V3 is not appropriate for a home.” A male of their species says in their language. The rest nod in agreement. They have no time to mourn for their home planet, they are too busy finding food and water. The teacher looks up at the sky. It is pale, pale blue, and she cannot look at the sun as she had on her home planet. She hopes for a better future. But what will they call this planet? They discuss it after the sun has set and they sit together in their shuttle, chilled. This beautiful planet deserves a beautiful name, and they mix parts of their language together to come up with a suitable one.

They called it Earth.

 

Thank you for reading my fiction! (:

Lightsabers Vs Phasers: The Ultimate Sci-Fi Battle

With Star Wars gaining rapid popularity with the release of “Rogue One” and 2015’s “The Force Awakens”, and Star Trek having just released “Beyond” last year, sci-fi fans are faced with the question of whether they are a member of Starfleet or a Jedi. Whether they fight with lightsabers or phasers. The feud between two of the world’s most popular franchises is only growing with time.

While speeding from one solar system to another in the Millennium Falcon sounds like a blast, one must remember that, in Star Wars, there is a dangerous war spreading to the far corners of the galaxy. The rebels may be fighting for a good cause—but they’re still fighting. War on Earth is horrible, but imagine it with ray guns, glowing swords that can split The Hulk in two, alien animals that would do anything to take a bite out of a humanoid; and, not to mention, giant space crafts that can destroy entire planets in one blast (ahem, we’re looking at you, Death Star). The Star Wars universe is anything but desirable, but it does make for incredible fiction.

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Star Trek. This universe has its evils, too. The various TV shows and movies are focused around a space exploration vessel, the Enterprise, as it speeds through space “to seek out new life and new civilizations,” and “to boldly go where no man has gone before”. Seems simple, but this does not take into account the dangerous alien races such as the Klingons and the Romulans, both of which have been known to attack for no apparent reason, regardless of the fact that the Enterprise is an innocent ship, not seeking battle. Of course, this ship is armed with various weapons and a shield. This is not a safe place to be, yet, the people on the ship tend to come aboard with their entire families (including the small children).

Both of these amazing science fiction universes have millions of fans that wish to actually be in their dangerous universes. Fans wish to be Jedi knights, wielding the force and a lightsaber. Fans wish to beam aboard a Federation vessel and explore the galaxy alongside Captain Kirk and Picard. So, the question stands, which would be more desirable? The answer: Star Wars may be more fun, but Star Trek is infinitely safer. Welcome aboard.

 

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The Problems With School

School is not perfect, there are a problems with how the learning system and environment are set up, how students and teachers act during class, how students and teachers treat each other during school hours, as well as how the school treats certain events and problems.

When it comes to school and technology, they don’t always mix. Teachers sometimes are not the most tech-savvy with computers and even projectors, and considering that the modern world is becoming more intertwined with technology, we need to start teaching students as well as teachers to be more familiar with technology as well as the proper time to use it, but more on that later. In my opinion, one of the reasons behind this might be the lack of funding given to some (not all) schools for perching computers to use to teach.

Speaking of funding, that’s another problem with schools today. Not all schools have access to a good amount of funding and can’t afford the resources to educate their students as best as they can. Quote “Less funding means smaller staffs, fewer resources and a lower number of services for students. (Chen)”. This becomes an even bigger issue when there are budget cuts made for certain schools or a group of schools, and even though some people say that funding won’t fix problems with a school and while there’s some truth to that depending on the school’s decisions, both me and others believe that the lack of funding is what creates some (if not all) of these problems in the first place. A good example of this problem could be a teacher that loses and/or forgets (sometimes on purpose for questionable reasons, if any) a student’s work or even major assignments and the student’s grade would start to plummet. Yet, no matter how many complaints the office staff and principal get from students, parents,etc.., they can’t afford to hire a replacement because of a tight budget and that’s not completely their fault.

Moving away from the broad statements of “Its the ENTIRE school’s fault”, we come to a problem that most can probably relate to in some fashion, bullying. Yes, I understand that for some people talking about how bullying is a problem in schools might sound like a broken record, yet there’s a reason for me to mention it (especially with the recent rise of suicide in my district). When a student bullies someone else, it’s a horrible and disheartening experience for the victims, and if it becomes a major issue,some victims might be driven to suicide. all  because a bully can make a great person feel like they’re nothing but the scum of the earth, in other words, completely worthless. Not only that, but with what I said earlier about the modern world becoming intertwined more and more with technology (for those just skimming over the article and don’t understand or are curious about what I mean by “what I said earlier”, go read the first paragraph) also applies to bullying. With the accessibility that comes with social media, bullies can resort to cyber bullying a victim, because what you  can say on social media can be a lot worse than what you can get away with saying on a school campus. But even if we ignore cyber bullying (admittedly, it’s very tough to stop), bullying is as, if not more prevalent than maybe 20, 40 years ago, and schools STILL haven’t found a reliable way to deal with it. Not only that, but some schools often don’t care about it and others may punish a victim of bullying for fighting back or fighting in SELF DEFENCE. Picture this for your example, you’re being bullied by this kid at your school, at first it’s just verbal bullying, but one day, this bully decides to beat you up (maybe to assert dominance over you or because they want to hit something or some other reason I can’t think of), so they walk up to you and just start hitting you, so you decide to fight back. Next thing you know, as you’re fighting, a crowd starts to form and chant “fight, fight, fight”(Maybe some one in there shouting “WORLDSTAR”, but you get the idea), this crowd attracts a teacher, one thing leads to another and suddenly you’ve been released  from the office with your new, shiny one week suspension because you fought back in SELF DEFENCE!!! Do you think that’s FAIR. (P.S: to those who just read through all that, 1. Thanks for sticking with me so far, really appreciate it. And 2. Sorry for the one page paragraph, I just need to get a point across.)

Another factor that’s not a school’s complete fault is student behaviour. When it comes to a classroom, it’s supposed to be a place of learning and/or finishing work, yet, the behaviour of certain (common) students is rather disruptive and distracting to the class. Some students often don’t respect each other or even the teacher! In that kind of scenario, if it’s left unchecked, these students can ruin a daily class for both the students and teachers. An example of this can be a student maybe didn’t hear something there teacher said because of, let’s say mishearing something, and these disruptive students start getting on them for not paying attention and call them an idiot. Another factor in a classroom is what I hinted to earlier, (Spoiler Warning: if you didn’t read paragraph one before this, then skip ahead to the conclusion, but, if you did or just don’t care, than continue) the use of technology in a classroom environment. Phones can be a distraction to students within a classroom, so, in order to combat this distraction, I suggest two ideas, 1. Just in case, try to make lessons more fun and interesting as well as educational for the students so they won’t be tempted to take out their phones in the first place, and 2. Confiscate students phones if they are not being used properly.

In conclusion, there are some messed up things with schools, like seriously, to all the inanimate, nonliving school buildings out there, GET IT TOGETHER. (P.S: if my harmless sarcastic humor in some places offended you, then i just need to say, sorry i’m not sorry, after all, this is the same guy that put “We Are Number One” in the announcements 🙂 (P.P.S: great song by the way 🙂

 

Works Cited

Chen, Grace. “10 Major Challenges Facing Public Schools.” PublicSchoolReview.com. N.p., 01 Oct. 2016. Web. 22 Feb. 2017

The Trek for Star Trek

The Trek for Star Trek

 

Jules Verne is considered the father of science fiction. At a close second: H.G. Wells. There is an abundance of science fiction authors who are deserving of this title; however, Gene Roddenberry (who is rarely mentioned, surprisingly, in the world of sci fi) is by far the most influential of this time. His biggest hit, Star Trek, has changed the world in many outstanding ways.

Roddenberry was born in Texas on August 19th, 1921. Before Star Trek, he survived three plane crashes—most people in the United States have never been in one, let alone three. Shortly after, he began writing screenplays for movies and TV shows. Most of them did not end up making it, but he did not give up. When he came up with the idea for Star Trek, no studio would buy it except for Desilu Studios, which is famous mostly for “I Love Lucy”. At the time, Desilu was suffering greatly, for they had not had a big hit in a long time aside from the previously mentioned series. The first pilot of Star Trek did not go over well with the audience, so another one was made with an entirely different cast—a diverse group of men, women, and various races. This combated the racist and sexist views of the time, and it may have been a leading factor in getting to where America is now. On the bridge of the show’s set they had not only an Asian actor (George Takei, who played Lt. Sulu), but, shockingly, an African-American woman (Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura).

The second pilot episode of Star Trek went much better, but that is not where Roddenberry’s problems with the show ended. Not only was the show gathering poor reviews, but the main character, Captain Kirk (played by William Shatner) wasn’t seen as the main character. Fans seemed to prefer Vulcan first officer Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy. The solution to this issue was recommended by Isaac Asimov, a fellow science fiction author, who suggested Kirk and Spock come in a pair to direct audience more towards the actual main character. The alien/human relationship, paired with the interracial couples on the show opened the minds of many.

Star Trek: The Original Series unfortunately did not make it as big as anyone hoped. They had a very inconvenient time slot that had ratings and views dropping like flies. The show was cancelled after three incredible seasons. It wasn’t until after its cancellation that it really began to pick up. Though it had a fairly large fan base, now it was growing exceptionally. Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted in September of 1987, followed by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and then finally, Star Trek: Voyager. There were also 6 Original Series sequel movies, and four Next Gen films to follow. Clearly, Star Trek had exploded all over the world. Each series embraced ever race, gender, type of alien, etc. and showed the world that, in the end, life is a very precious thing—which ever form it may take. Millions upon millions of peoples’ lives were changed by this beautiful idea, and it continues to change more.

 

 

Thanks for reading! (:

 

Works Cited:

http://www.newsweek.com/star-trek-gene-roddenberry-spock-prime-478141

http://nostalgic-g.blogspot.com/2008/11/star-trek-first-contact-look-back.html

http://www.startrek.com/article/10-things-to-know-about-gene-roddenberry

The Backstory Behind the Birch

Mr. Yancy Birch was born on February 22, 1988 in Grand Junction, CO. He grew up in a military family with two older brothers. The sports he played in his life consist of baseball, basketball, and football. When he was in his freshmen year, he decided to devote his life to teaching and graduated from the University of Nebraska. Nowadays, he teaches Law and Global studies along with a study hall at Fruita 8/9.

The reason I chose to interview Mr. Birch is because he is an amazing teacher. When we take notes in class, he presents them in a clear way to understand and wright down, explains them to the entire class to help fully understand it, and even promotes discussion between students on the subject. Not only that but Mr. Birch’s Global Studies class (the only one I have with him) is one of the first classes I have ever had in the nine years of school I’ve been through that PRIMARILY teaches you about AMERICAN HISTORY (not Egyptian, Mayan, or any other culture as the PRIMARY subject for the ENTIRE YEAR) as well as what’s going on in the current world and how it affects us on a day to day basses.

The Strong Will of Mr. Wilson

Ask anyone in the Fruita 8/9 school who their favorite teacher is—what their favorite class is—and the answer will likely be Mr. Wilson’s literacy or mythology classes. He is widely known as one of the coolest teachers at the school, and one of the school’s favorite teachers. But do they know the man behind these amazing classes as well as they think they do? The answer is no; he has an incredible backstory that may go unspoken of.

Mr. Wilson was actually born in England, which is a bit of a surprise. His dad was in the military, which led to his family moving around a lot; living in Germany, and eventually Michigan in United States. Much like Fruita, the part of Michigan he lived in was rural (farms, corn fields, acres of distance in between houses is not uncommon). In other words, Wilson was a bit of a country boy when his family suddenly moved into the big city of Detroit. A city that is known for being tough to live in is even tougher for someone accustomed to quiet farm life.

“I developed some empathy, I think, for being the new kid, being the different kid, or things like that,” Wilson says. He was beat up and bullied, unfortunately, for being the new kid when he moved. Over 77% of students have been bullied in the United States, and it is a serious issue that is, hopefully, on its way to being resolved. It’s devastating that Mr. Wilson had to be one of those kids, but he would never have been who he is now if it hadn’t been for that.

It was not the switch in environments that led Mr. Wilson to become a teacher, though. When asked why he had decided to become a teacher, he explained that he was an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student until senior year of high school. He mentions that he had begun to slack, and his history teacher Mr. Cummins saved him from that hole he was digging himself into. Wilson began to come to class tardy almost every day. Mr. Cummins called Wilson out in front of the entire class once and chewed him out, which was likely a very embarrassing experience; however, later, the teacher talked to him about why he had called him out. He explained that he was upset with Wilson disrespecting his class, but that he cared and wanted him to succeed. Mr. Wilson says that he is the main reason he became a teacher.

Although he could not become a teacher right away (since he went into the air force straight out of high school), Mr. Wilson went to college to teach as soon as he could. He began teaching in a large school in Ohio before moving to Colorado to explore his hobby of mountain climbing, and continue teaching here, of course. Wilson says he really likes the Colorado lifestyle and the people here.

Mr. Wilson truly is an amazing teacher, and he proved that it is best to stay strong through life—and that one can do anything with grit. He is one of the most respectable teachers here, and one of the most respecting. He is a huge inspiration to the entire Fruita 8/9 school, and he deserves many thanks for his incredible teaching and his strong will.

 

 

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