Link Crew Holds First Activity Fair

November 29, 2011

Anirudh Pamula

Link Crew and ASB collaborated to create Washington’s first Activities Fair to have clubs recruit freshmen. The fair was held on Nov. 17.

“We wanted to show freshmen that school shouldn’t be just a chore and there is a lot of stuff to get involved in around school. This also helps out student’s grades because we find that students who are involved in clubs also get higher grades because they are more involved with the school” said Link Crew commissioner senior Eric Chu.

The fair consisted of several clubs that advertised their clubs to underclassmen. Since the fair took place during Husky period, time was short. Clubs recruited freshmen in various ways. Most clubs had their presidents utilize posters and signs for recruitment. Other clubs such as Guitar club had a live demonstration from senior Matt Nowzari and junior Joshua Laquian. And other clubs such as Interact club attracted freshmen with the chance to gain community service hours. This was the most effective method as all students require 40 community service hours to graduate and most of the freshmen class had little to none. The Activities Fair resembled the annual MAZE day recruitment that many clubs participate in.

Although this is the first year Link Crew and the IOC commission have organized an Activities Fair, the idea of clubs getting together to recruit is not a new idea. The annual MAZE day activities also employs the same tactics in order to involve and recruit students.

During the fair, Link Crew members took groups of freshmen from club to club. Since the event took place in the cafeteria and the whole freshman class was moving around it was very difficult for Link Crew leaders.

“It was impossible to keep everyone together and take them club to club, but we managed somehow.” Link Crew leader senior Edwin Lao said.

Despite the slight overcrowding in the cafeteria, the Activities Fair might be continued for years to come. Assistant Principal Lance Miller, who helped organize the event, was pleased with the results and plans on organizing it again next year. Government teacher and Link Crew Adviser Elizabeth Dewitt also thought it was a success.

“I think the Activities Fair was very successful, at the very least we got a lot of freshmen to sign up. I’m glad it was a success and I plan on organizing again it in the future.” Dewitt said.

 

 

This article originally appeared in the print edition on November 29, 2011.

Thanksgiving Rally Canceled Due to Rain

November 29, 2011

Karen Arayata

The Thanksgiving Rally, which was supposed to take place on Nov. 18, was canceled due to the weather reports that reported rain.

It was scheduled for the Friday before students went to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The weather reports reported it was going to rain, but it did not shower until school was let out.

Last year there were activities like pinning the feathers on the turkey, pumpkin pie eating and the recently added turkey bowl. The rally may not have called in as much of the student body as other events, but it did send the attendees into break with the feeling of the holiday.

“Usually the rallies bring us together, but since the rally was canceled, it’s a disappointment we didn’t put the students in a Thanksgiving mood,” senior Darra Lannigan, who was in charge of the rally, said.

 

This article originally appeared in the print edition on November 29, 2011.

9/11 Memorial Brings the Fremont Community Together

October 4, 2011

Anirudh Pamula

On September 12, students gathered quietly in front of the flagpole during lunch in remembrance of the people who died on 9/11.

“ASB organized the event,” stated senior Sameed Siddiqui.

The event brought together a large variety of students. “We had about 400 people attend the event,” Senior Noah McFerran said. Students were not the only one in attendance, dignitaries such as veterans from the Fremont community were also present. The administration of the school was also present along with several teachers. Aside from dignitaries, students, serviceman and women; several Fremont residents were also in attendance.

Students paid their respects, in various ways, to those who died during the 9/11 terror attacks. Many students wrote messages of rememberance on to a large paper, other students in attendance gave a somber salute with music. Seniors Daniel Brown and Francesco Fernando played the song Taps with their trumpet and drums respectively. Taps is the song preformed during a military funeral. Yet many others watched silently almost speechless during the ceremony. ASB students also held the American flag proudly during the ceremony.

During the ceremony, many students from ASB spoke to the crowd about the tragic attacks, among the speakers was ASB president Janesh Gupta. A few serviceman along with a handful of students proceeded in a flag raising ceremony. Traditionally the flag flew at half stand on days of of remembrance.

Although this was the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks, many students vivdly remember that fateful morning.

“I remember when I watched the second plane hit the tower on T.V., my jaw dropped.” said senior Adrian Yip.

Still many younger students and underclassmen were too young to remember the events.

The event was unique in that Washington was the only school to host a memorial service for 9/11. The Superintendent of Fremont Unified School District, James Morris attended the memorial.

“The overall I think the event was successful, when such a tragic day occurs, people are many times shocked and don’t know how to react, this was a good way to remember how we all came together on that tragic day” said senior Allen Liu. Liu paid his respects during the ceremony by writing on the large poster with many others. “I’m glad our school brought the community together to remember a day that has impacted all of our lives forever”

 

 

This article originally appeared in the print edition of the Hatchet on October 4, 2011.

Students Enjoy a Barbecue Filled Lunch

October 4, 2011

Amelia Chu

As the bell rung, crowds of students joined lines that led into the amphitheater for the Up Your Scores Lunch, on Sept. 23, to celebrate a 19 point increase in the school’s API score.

In two separate lines, students were served by leadership students and students from the special education program with with 800 hamburgers, cheeseburgers and 200 hot dogs.

“Call it a burgerfest!” Assistant Principal Lance Miller said jokingly.

For 50 cents, one could get a meal ticket, which included chips, a hot dog or a burger, and a small bottled water. Final preparation for this barbecue began the day before, when students from ASB went to Costco to buy all the materials necessary for the event. On the day of the event, Leadership students prepared food during first and second period, then teachers helped out from third period to 15 minutes before lunch ended. Improvements were made based upon previous experiences. The two line method for lining up students was brought up by senior Billy Bergendahl to increase efficiency.

“It was a team effort.” Paris said.

The same is attributed to why the school got the point increase.

“[It was] everyone, together, teachers and students, working hard,” Miller said.

Some teachers, like English teacher Sharon Jones, did more practice problems with students in what her students called “Grammar Parties.” Students, such as senior Brady Knight, continued to take the test seriously, as he does every year.

“I try my best, so I guess that’s why I do well,” Knight said.

Others, like senior Stephanie Zee, received constant encouragement from her parents. When prompted with the question of how seriously her parents took the STAR test, she rolled her eyes and said “Oh my God, you have no idea!”

If the school had reached the goal of an API score of 801, students would have been given an extended lunch. Although there was a 19 point increase, the school dropped 29 points the previous year, leaving the school still 10 points away from its API score in 2008.

“If we didn’t really improve [upon] our best [API score], I think we shouldn’t have gotten it [the barbeque],” Sophomore Hamza Muhammad said.

Others like Miller and Jones, had a more positive outlook.

“No, I was not surprised [ by the news],” Jones said.

Freshman Moses Ordona loved the “awesome food” that was bought with funds from ASB cards, a small grant, and student fees. When he heard that the barbecue was because of STAR test results, he said, “Heck yeah, I’ll work harder!”

 

 

This article originally appeared in the print edition of The Hatchet on October 4, 2011.

An opportunity to de-stress

An opportunity to de-stress

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January 13, 2011

Osika Tripathi

The week before the finals, which is a four day week , ASB is putting on “Relaxation Week”.  Each day of the week, one of Washington’s four classes is going to be hosting a noon-time activity to help students relax and not stress too much about their upcoming exams.  This event is going to be held at amphitheatre at lunch time, so be sure to drop in!

Senior class officers are hosting on Tuesday, Juniors on Wednesday, Sophomores on Thursday, and Rally commissioners are hosting on Friday.

Student and Staff appreciation, which is a new commission in leadership also liked the concept of “relaxation week” and have decided to take part in it. But, instead of focusing their attention on the students, they have set their sights on making the teachers at Washington feel appreciated. They will be giving out gifts to all the teachers, in recognition of their hard work this past semester and to give thanks for all they have done.

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ASB decorates school campus with flowers and walkway

ASB decorates school campus with flowers and walkway

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March 30, 2010

Alex Tyler

ASB members redistributed large planters filled with an assortment of wildflowers around campus over the past few weeks.

The students put in a brick pathway outside of the Eggers building, and they also trimmed plants around school, with student activities director Helen Paris wielding an electric edger.

These efforts are appreciated, but some students feel the money should go to school improvements, such as new books and bathroom locks. However, ASB isn’t authorized to use student funds on such items.

Senior John Rasure said although the improvements are helpful “they should have done this a long time ago, at this point the money could be better spent elsewhere.”

Paris thought of the idea to move the planters from their original position near the Eggers building because she thought that students were not noticing them. So ASB moved the planters to more noticeable areas, and work during fourth period to water the new flowers and make sure the additions maintain their beauty.

Junior Julien Malard, president of the New Leaf Club, said their club submitted a plan to ASB to place plants around school throughout the year, but then ASB moved ahead with this project separately.

“I first was a bit disappointed because I wanted our club to do the planting,” Malard said.

However, ASB agreed with the New Leaf Club to continue adding flowers, trees and other plants around the school with the help of the club. They will plant to celebrate Earth Day, April 22.

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ASB decorates school with plants

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March 30, 2010

Alex Tyler

ASB members placed large planters filled with an assortment of wildflowers around campus the past few weeks. The students put in a brick pathway outside of the Eggers building, and they also trimmed plants around school with the help of student activities director Helen Paris wielding an electric edger.

These efforts are well appreciated, but some students feel that the money should be spent on other school improvements such as new books or locks on the bathroom stalls.

Senior John Rasure said that although the improvements are helpful ”they should have done this a long time ago, at this point the money could be better spent elsewhere.”

ASB spends around $1000 each year on school improvements such as new plants and other aesthetic additions. Their decision to place planters came from activities director Helen Paris. She bought the planters in a previous year and had them situated near the redwood tree by the Eggers building. Since nobody seemed to notice them there, she decided to move them to more noticeable places.  Students in the fourth period leadership class water the new flowers and make sure the additions stay nice.

Junior Julian Malard, president of the New Leaf club said that their club submitted a plan to ASB to place different plants around school throughout the year. ASB moved the planters before they passed the plan. New Leaf club will work together with ASB to continue adding flowers, trees and other plants around the school. They will be planting plants to celebrate Earth Day, April 22.

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ASB raises money for Haiti with shirt sales

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March 2, 2010

Sarah deLanda

ASB is selling T-shirts to aid Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake. The fundraiser began Feb. 8 and all profits will go to the “Hope for Haiti” organization. More information can be found at hopeforhaiti.com.

“We’re trying to target funds towards kids in Haiti,” ASB secretary senior Cindy Chen said.

The idea for selling shirts came from seniors Breana Meagher and Jocelyne Yamaguchi as well as sophomore Caitlyn Yamaguchi. The concept was one of many emerging ideas for how to raise funds. There were plans for a “Quarters for Quake” fundraiser as a challenge to other school leaderships to see who could raise the most money within a week. Because other schools had already committed to their own fundraisers, the collaborative idea fell flat. But even without the motivation of competition, over 100 shirts have already been sold.

With large disasters, every cent counts. ASB is promoting T-shirts with posters, announcements and by word of mouth.

It took nearly a month to begin T-shirt sales because of prior commitments and the delay of planning the fundraiser. When the earthquake struck, ASB was focused on first semester finals and the Sadie Hawkins dance. The success of the Haiti relief plans might have been compromised because students were initially concentrated on other issues. To delay matters further, ASB didn’t meet every day of finals week. It took time to brainstorm for the best way to earn money for Haiti. After it was settled to sell T-shirts, there was the matter of finding a shirt design and a vendor to create the shirts.

“The shirts look cool,” senior Mehak Dharmani said. “I’m going to feel like a good person.”

ASB hopes sales will continue so they would be able to order a second shipment of shirts.

“I think it’s going to be a while until we can say it’s ‘enough,’ but the shirts brought attention to us trying to raise funds and a lot of people started donating money,” sophomore Jennifer Chang said.

ASB will continue to offer the Haiti relief T-shirts for $15 dollars in the student center until an undecided date.

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Alumni’s home burns

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January 28, 2010

Anterpreet Kaur

WHS alumni Max and Kayla Broun lost almost everything when their house burned down. The Broun family actively participates at WHS activities, such as PTSA, leadership and grad night. When activities director Helen Paris found out about the incident, she went there immediately and stayed with the family for most of the night. The Broun family stayed in their neighbor’s home.

“This is one of the most giving families I have known,” Paris said.

The leadership class is putting forth the utmost support to help with difficulties that the family may encounter.

“At first, we were planning on fundraising, but then we found out that the family has insurance and is going to get 100 percent back,” junior Manmeet Dhillon said.

Some students went to the burned house to retrieve items that weren’t damaged. Leadership will replace any of the Brouns’ WHS memoirs, like the yearbooks, if damaged. The class is also trying to find any clothes from Max’s year at WHS to return to him, since his clothes were lost in the fire as well. So far, leadership has gathered husky clothes and has donated them to the family.

The goal is to relocate the family in their home by the end of the school year.

“If the Broun family needs help with anything, WHS leadership is here for them,” senior Cindy Chen said.

If there is a home that is available to be rented in the Glenmoor Community, leadership would like to be informed.

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ASB encourages freshmen to ‘give back’

ASB encourages freshmen to ‘give back’

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January 28, 2010

Nicole Doan and Brian Jeon

ASB organized an assembly for ninth graders to bring the class together and to encourage students “give back to the school” by doing well in finals and STAR testing. The assembly also promoted the upcoming Sadie Hawkins dance, Feb. 6, which the freshman ASB officers organized.

“We want you to succeed academically. We want you to succeed socially,” Small Learning Communities (SLC) coordinator Brynn Osicka said. “We want you to be number one.”

To strengthen the assembly’s message, ASB members and freshmen engaged the audience with two performances.

Freshman Fabian Gutierrez rapped about the Sadie Hawkins dance, while freshman Steve Gonzalez accompanied him by beat boxing. Freshman Ian Tambagahan break danced during their performance.

Freshman Nathan Trutner, seniors Kimberly Chatterjee, Sean Chadha and Seth Neumann performed a skit to inform freshmen about STAR testing.

Once again, the school has set a goal to reach at least 801 for the API score. If achieved, students will receive an Up Yours lunch, an extended lunch period in which ASB will provide food and various activities. In this case, “up yours” refers to increasing test scores. If students do not reach the goal, the school will be in danger of losing elective classes. In turn, administration may take away events such as dances.

“I really want to have a party. It sounds fun,” freshman Akshita Taneja said. “[The assembly] definitely motivated me.”

ASB increased involvement in encouraging the freshman to do well on their STAR testing. In reaction to the school’s unchanging API score in 2009, ASB decided to start the campaign much earlier in the school year than before. Due to schedule constraints, the freshman class officers are not enrolled in leadership class, but organizing the assembly helped them become a larger part in leadership activities.

Ninth graders were seated with their assigned “families.” The three families are K-9, Mad Dawgs and Alpha Pack.

The SLC program creates families so groups of freshmen can share the same schedules of English, science, and health or computer classes. These classes contain a smaller number of students to allow teachers to focus on more individual students. Teachers then communicate with each other more easily to reinforce integrated learning or a cross-curriculum teaching. In addition, teachers can discuss what they need to do to assist individual students.

The freshman assembly went smoothly without problems despite being the first of its kind.

According to ASB member senior Drew Jordan, ASB plans to hold similar assemblies for sophomores and juniors in the near future.

“We won’t be able to do them this semester but definitely the next,” Neumann said.

This article originally appeared in print on Jan. 26, 2010. It has been modified to correct grammatical and usage errors.

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