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America Night at Colby vs. Holcomb Football Game
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KANSAS ASSESSMENT PARENT GUIDE 2016
The Kansas Assessment Program has released a Parent Guide to understanding the results of the Kansas Assessments that were conducted in the Spring of 2016. USD 315 staff will be referring to this guide when visiting about the results of the assessments. Keep in mind that not all grade levels took the assessments last Spring so this information may not be applicable to your student. Feel free to visit with your child’s teacher to know more about understanding the assessments. You can access the document under the Public Notifiications tab or at the link below. You can also access the document on the Facebook pages of each building.
KS Assessment 2016 Parent Guide
Sophomore places in state contest
By August Hutfles, sr.
Most everyone knows the episode from Spongebob Squarepants where Patrick says, “I wanna award.” Spongebob’s response to this can be used in everyday life, “If you want an award Patrick, you have to do something.”
This is exactly what Jayln Mettlen, did. In August, Mettlen was notified that she had earned second place in the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) Annual Conference Cover Art Design Contest.
The KSDE Annual Art Design Contest is a statewide competition where students from elementary to high school submit artwork based on a theme that changes every year. The 2016 theme was “Kansans CAN”, with more than 700 entries in the picking.
Mettlen is unsure what made her artwork stand out, but something made the judges pick hers as the second best design.
Mettlen says that her design took approximately a month to complete, using Clipart, an online copyright free image gallery, and Photoshop.
“I thought of the theme Kansans CAN and decided that I wanted to make mine about the accomplishments of Kansans, like famous people,” Mettlen said.
The cover art was part of a school assignment in Lamoureux Fulwider’s graphic design class for the 2015-2016 school year. The graphic design class teaches students the use of art design programs, such as Photoshop.
“I really liked graphic design. I chose to take it since I like computers,” Mettlen said. “The year before, I took robotics and I didn’t like that because I don’t like putting things together.”
Fulwider, who now teaches as the middle school art teacher, says that this was her first year entering anything into the contest. She was thrilled that the school’s first entries did so well.
“When we learned that Jayln won, we were so happy for her,” Fulwider said.
The prizes for first, second, and third place are cash prizes, ranging from $50 to $125. Mettlen plans to attend the 2016 KSDE Annual Conference at the Wichita Convention Center. She and the other contest winners will be recognized at the opening ceremony.
Two Students Attend Leadership Conference
by Audrey Puckett
Nobody wants to feel alone, but high school is the most common place to endure this unwelcomed emotion. It’s tough to find a group who understands each other’s problems and background. While many find their niche in extracurricular activities, others may look towards those who share the same heritage. This is where programs like the Hispanic College Institute (HCI) of Fort Hays State University comes into play. As a summer camp, the HCI invites those who identify themselves as having a Hispanic background to attend a four-day summer camp. The camp is hosted on the FHSU campus and involves multiple activities and successful leaders who equip Hispanic students with the tools they need to attend college and pursue their careers.
Colby High School sent two students, Karmen Barraza, jr., and Natalie Hernandez, jr., for the first time this summer with the help of Hollie Timson, Spanish teacher.
As a participant of the Hispanic College Institute, Hernandez couldn’t be more elated.
“The whole program is a mind-blowing experience,” Hernandez said. “The day I had to leave I was like, ‘Why? My heart is going to get ripped out.’”
Although their schedules were jam-packed with guest speakers and lessons the girls will carry well into their lives, each gained information they hadn’t a clue about. A few of these skills were app building, finance and public speaking. The camp also provided classes that were specific to career paths campers could already be traveling down.
“At the end of the last day, I went to a business and teaching session,” Barraza said.
Barraza is planning to go into culinary arts. HCI was able to hand her financial and legal information and advice that will serve as a helping hand as she ventures into her future.
“They showed me how much I’d make if I had a partner compared to what I’d make if I had my own business,” Barraza said. “They told me that you have to have a proper restaurant name, because if you pick something that is being used in another country, you could get sued for it. You have to do a lot of research before making those decisions.”
Hernandez attended HCI with the goal of getting an associate’s degree, which changed after she listening to an inspiring, belly aching speech given by Hispanic comedian, Ernie G.
“He told us a story. He was making me laugh hardcore, and he encouraged me to go further than what I thought I could,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez continued to explain how she had no clue what she wanted to do with her life, positive that she was the only one who was going through the same situations. After a four-day camp, she was positive she knew what she wanted to do.
“My goal is to be a forensics scientist, and I know that even though I’m a girl and I’m Mexican, I can still do what I want to do,” Hernandez said. “I wanted to just get an associate’s degree, but why do that if I can go get a PhD?”
While one of the main goals of this program is to educate the Hispanic youth, another is to create lifelong friendships and give people the chance to network. Both Barraza and Hernandez explained that they created friends the moment they arrived. Each became very close with other Kansas youth from across the state of Kansas. Through this encouraging environment, Barraza watched one friend in particular blossom.
“One of my friends was shy, because her English wasn’t the best. So a guest speaker brought her up to present him as our speaker,” Barraza said.” “I, as a close friend now, was so proud of her because she was doing her best English that she could and she wasn’t shy about it. I was so proud of her.”
Each developed her own experience with the help of this four-day camp. Both girls walked away with the same phrase to motivate them, “Do not be ashamed of where you come from, own it.”