Breaking News: Methane fumes fill classrooms

Methane gas from the the bathrooms that is meant to be traveling out of the building is collecting on the roof and being pulled back through an intake vent and many students and staff are complaining about the fumes.
“It’s getting better actually, the warmer it gets outside today the better,” Superintendent Brian Ewert said. “They are working on a solution right now. No, we won’t be closing school. Students in filled classrooms will go to the auditorium and science rooms. If we run out of room we will put students in the auditorium to basically hang out.”
The gas is causing nausea, headaches, and an extremely distracting scent. At 10:30 a.m., Ewert informed the school that classes would not be closed. Numerous students are already leaving the building.
“Specifically, on top of the building there is a sewer gas vent, that sewer gas comes out and it is more dense than the air so it just sits and floats on top of the building,” Ewert said. “There happens to be an intake vent right next to the vent, so it pulls the gas back into the building.”


Veterans Day wrap up

More than 60 veterans from numerous military branches and wars visited Englewood High School to be honored for their service and talk to students about their experiences in the military.
FBLA, NHS and other volunteers greeted the veterans and brought them to the commons to enjoy a breakfast provided by the school. The veterans later visited individual advocacy rooms to talk about their experiences and answer questions.
When the time came to begin the annual Veterans Day assembly, the students headed to the gymnasium to once again greet and applaud the veterans. Sam Westra, Wyatt Long and Correen Martinez all spoke at the assembly, followed by numerous veteran speakers including Dan Barber, the retired Englewood history teacher.
It was another successful Veterans Day, enjoyed by not only the veterans, but the staff and students as well.

Prop 104 opens Colorado School Board meetings to public, press

On Tuesday, Colorado voters approved to open school board negotiations to the public and press with Ballot Measure Proposition 104.
This proposal, if approved, entails that any meeting of the board of education that concerns any collective bargaining agreement with a school district’s union must be open to the public.
The Independent Institute, which initiated the Proposition, argues that of the proposition is accepted, then it will be beneficial to the public.
The current law states that the results of these meeting shall be posted online for public view. However, when the negotiations are posted online, representatives have already reached a conclusion which means that the public has no say, according to the opponents .
The proponents also state that open meeting would provide the public with a better understanding of the negotiations.
The biggest opponent is the organization Local Schools, Local Choices. This organization argues that if the proposition passes that it will erase the freedom of representatives of the School Board to choose to negotiate with their employees. Some meetings might contain difficult contracts that the public most likely will not understand. This presents a disadvantage to the public by hindering the ability to reach an agreement.
Both English Teacher Mark Fornnarino and Spanish Teacher Tracey Lonn serve on the Englewood Educators Union. Fornnarino is on the negotiation team while Lonn is a Building Representative for the Union.
“If the public is there and only observes, I don’t have a problem with it [the Proposition]. If the public is invited to make comments I don’t think that should happen. The union negotiated with the school board in good faith that they’re representing all of the teachers and that the school board is representing the best interest of the district and they’re doing that in good faith,” Lonn said.
Fornnarino feels similarly.
“I think I’m kind of against it. Typically I would say that I am in favor of having free press everywhere but in this case I think it may make people less willing to voice their opinions freely if a member of the press is there and it may,” Fornarino said. “When we’re in there negotiating it’s basically supposed to be negotiating for membership and a representative of the whole team and so its not supposed to be about you personally.”
He is saying that the members of the union are trusted with representing the entire staff and they will communicate their demands and requests during the meetings. Now that the proposition passed, future union/school board negotiation processes may be stretched out.
“It would take longer, which means that the teachers who are on the negotiating team would be out of the classroom more which is not what you want,” Lonn said. “You’ve heard the phrase ‘ Too many cooks can spoil the soup’ that;s my personal opinion that if you get too many voices in there- there are really set guilds which unless you’re knowledgeable of all that, its a pretty steep learning curve.”

Student opinion on politics

Mark Udall did this, Cory Gardner did that. Democrats bounce around issues, Republicans are cold hearted. We get it. Politics suck and quite frankly, they are confusing! The bucket loads of bias and blasphemy make it hard for anyone to decipher the code of civil affairs. So, teenagers are expected to not get involved because it just goes over their heads.
While students don’t have a technical vote, they inevitably create an idea on what they believe because we have an opinion! We value religion, women’s rights, conservation, all sorts of things that affect our daily lives. Students should indeed have an opinion in politics because, let’s face it, politics are going to play a major role in our lives for the rest of them…within the next four years.
That being said, your opinion has likely been wrongly formatted. It is more than likely jaded by your teacher’s or parent’s input, the falsity of EVERY political ad, the ideas of your just-as-tainted friend. We are all very susceptible to other people’s beliefs because that is just the nature of a teenage mind. You have yet to form your own opinion. Rather, you have piggybacked onto that of another.
It is very important for students to construct their own personal ideals, as politics is an organized form of picking one’s priorities. There is not a single person that can make the decision for anyone but themselves.
“Our students are citizens in the world and [they] are going to be living their own life, not somebody else’s, not their parents, theirs. Any they are going to have their own opinions and their own realities, and they have to learn to think for themselves and they have to learn to decide what type of government they want to have looking out for them,” Social Studies Teacher Amanda Drifmeyer said.
So how exactly are students expected to create this opinion when everything is indeed bias? Take this discovery step by step. Do research on each side of the issues, taking into consideration both ends of the extreme spectrum and try to find an unbiased source (good luck). Once this is done, think of logical application. Just because a candidate says they want to do something, does not mean they can. They have to get their plans approved by others. Once you have done this, then decide which candidate fits your ideals better. Always remember, you will almost never agree with 100 percent of a candidate’s platform, but there are resources that can help reveal the right choice for your priorities, such as, which offers users a voter guide in their state.
“You have to watch and listen to news that you say ‘heck yeah’ about and then you have to watch and listen to news that you completely disagree with,” advises Drifmeyer. “Bring your own value judgment into it [your opinion]. Get involved in politics. Maybe volunteer for a campaign and find those things you care about and get involved.”

Brian Ewert: Superintendent of the Year

Englewood School District Superintendent Brian Ewert has been selected to represent Colorado through the 2015 American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year program.
“We are honored to have Brian as our Superintendent of the Year and to have his efforts recognized in this way,” Colorado Association School Executives Executive Director Bruce Caughey said in a press release. “Englewood Schools, including the students, families and educators, has greatly benefitted through Brian’s outstanding leadership over the past four years and we are delighted to highlight the amazing work underway by Colorado education leaders.”
The process took much more than a simple application, but a dedication to all of Englewood Schools, according to the CASE.
“Mr. Ewert receiving this honor will hopefully shine a spotlight on him and all of the innovative and hard-working staff members and students of Englewood Schools,” District Spokesperson Julie McGinley said.
The award will bring a better visual to how much work Ewert, as well as schools throughout Englewood, have put in, according to McGinley.
“It’s also a chance to have a conversation with other educators about what has worked well for Englewood, and what we might learn from other schools and districts in order to keep improving,” McGinley said.


Chad Glover runs his way to State XC

Pounding feet and labored breathing marked the end of the regional cross country race. On Thursday, October 17 Chad Glover (12) finally reached his goal of being eligible to compete in the state level competition for cross country. “It’s really exciting and I was glad I could go and execute at regionals. I ran 17:20 but it wasn’t really a time race. It was all about placement. I obviously qualified as an individual so I had to place in the top 15. I placed seventh,” Glover (12) said.
On October 25, Glover will travel to Colorado Springs to run against approximately 200 students from various high schools across the state.
“I think it’s been a long time coming. It was great to see four years of hard work rewarded,” Glover said.
This is exciting news for EHS, who has not had a State qualifying cross country runner in eight years. “The last person from Englewood to go to state was Grace Shearrer in 2006. It’s been even longer since a boy has qualified. I’m just gonna get a few good workouts in and then rest up, go run fast,” Glover said.

Band of Silly Pirates play on stage

Englewood High School’s improv team, Band of Silly Pirates is going to be performing this Friday, October 24, at 5:30PM.

“Changing into a character and being someone else is the best part because you get to be whoever you want and the other person follows along with it,” Marcos Lucero (10) said.

They will be playing a varity of games. Bus Stop, Blind Date, and Secretary are three of the traditional improv games.

“Bus stop [is the most fun]. When you’re in the line you get to creep out the other person and it is fun seeing other people creep them out because you get more ideas [on how to creep others out]. It is fun being creeped out too because you get to laugh at them,” Lucero said.

This Halloween show is going to feature more than 10 high school students dressed for the occasion.

“It’s a Halloween show, so we will all be wearing our costumes,” Lucero said.