Night of Culture… Story By: Alistair King

Night of Culture… Story By: Alistair King

 

 

Artwork... with the culture theme of Japanese the art classes were able to do quite a bit.
Artwork… with the culture theme of Japanese the art classes were able to do quite a bit.

Night of culture is truly one to remember. Whether it was the music, the food, or the activities, fun was had by all. Some of the most memorable events included the large middle school rock band, the improv put on by Wendy’s class, and the Hula-Hooping competition.

 

This was the 6th annual Night of Culture and by far a great success. Paul’s music classes put on a great performance ranging from pop music to Elvis. The raffles were pretty great with gift cards from local businesses such as Nieman’s Floral and Evan’s Brothers Coffee. Our FBCS Catering team even put in a lunch for 8 and some lunch swipe cards.

 

Outfits... Many students involved witht the acting classes dressed up in cultural outfits.
Outfits… Many students involved witht the acting classes dressed up in cultural outfits.

The artwork was brilliant at the event. Each art class submitted their own designs in the form of Japanese artwork. Some of the Koi Fish were especially good and the drawing anime class even created their own comic book. However, other classes such as the middle school art classes had other cultures for the night.

 

Overall the night was exciting, but some students believe that this year was worse than the medieval themed night before. This year was a mix of many cultures and people were obviously confused. One student Dabrinya Gould states that “This year seemed slower than last year’s.” A couple students even ditched to hang out with their friends, leaving their teammates to perform alone.

 

Activites... Junior student Ericka Moore attempts to teach Jack Meier how to draw... unsuccessfully.
Activites… Junior student Ericka Moore attempts to teach Jack Meier how to draw… unsuccessfully.

The activities seemed to vary. The rooms closest to the music got more activity while the rooms on the far end had very few community members at a time in them. In the art room some of Holly’s students were teaching people to draw anime faces while in Kubuntu competitions for the Hula Hooping record were underway.

 

One of the newest innovations this year that not many people realized were the QR or quick response codes hidden around. Once scanned these would give students a view of the artwork in the area. While this wasn’t announced or publicized, it provided a pleasant change for those who participated.

Will next year follow in the footsteps of previous years and have a consolidated theme or will they just continue with independent themes for different classes? We will just have to find out next year…

Spring Break… Story By: Lauren Stidham

Spring Break… Story By: Lauren Stidham

Sandy Beach... For many, a dream vacation would be to take a break from Idaho’s weather and escape to the sandy beaches of somewhere warm.
Sandy Beach… For many, a dream vacation would be to take a break from Idaho’s weather and escape to the sandy beaches of somewhere warm.

Imagine the perfect spring vacation. Maybe it is somewhere hot and sandy, maybe out visiting loved ones, or perhaps it is right on your couch watching YouTube and Netflix. “Obviously the best spring break would be a pool party on Pluto.” – Eleanor Mearns. Whatever the ideal break from school might be, people all around love to make these two weeks off a time to remember.

The student body at FBCS is a quite diverse group. From video gamers to outdoors people. From social lights to travelers. Even with all the different opinions, the students all seem to have a common goal: To relieve the stress of school and prepare for next trimester.

With spring vacation just around the corner, many people are planning ahead and getting ready to make the most of their vacation. Many students will be visiting relatives. Another trend is going on a road trip to a fun destination. Then of course there are the homebodies who are planning on staying home or chilling with friends.

Students who are involved in dual enrollment are faced with a challenge. NIC spring break is right before the high school break. They will be getting two spring breaks. However the two breaks come with a price. The NIC students will need to do homework instead of having the desirable free schedule.

Junior Emily Hieronymus has found a way to get the exciting break balanced with college work. “I am planning on going to Seattle for spring break to see my Aunt… so I will have to continue to work on my college classes even though it will be vacation.”

 

Time to have a blast!.. You and your friends can make this vacation one to remember wherever you are! Make the best of this year’s spring vacation even at home with some friends.
Time to have a blast!.. You and your friends can make this vacation one to remember wherever you are! Make the best of this year’s spring vacation even at home with some friends.

Sophomore Eleanor Mearns faces the same problem. “Every year my family and I go to Seattle WA for the Emerald City Comic Con… (Homework) affected both my travel time and how long I will be gone.”

 

Even though most students would prefer to not be stuck doing homework while on break, for those behind in classes it can be a great time to catch up or get started on studying for the upcoming trimester. However, doing homework in this time meant for relaxation isn’t fun, so these next few weeks can be key to making the quality of your break even better. By really pushing to get caught up now, you could save yourself from being stuck at home later. Eric Layeux is planning to study hard so he is not bogged down over break. “With my projects all being turned in by that point, I wouldn’t even be procrastinating this time!”

Overall, spring break only comes around once a year, it is the perfect time to do something you will remember forever. Might as well try something new or adventurous, or do what you love the whole time.  Make the break one to remember!

Attack on Charter….The Anime Dance Theft Story By: Mack Jastle

Attack on Charter….The Anime Dance Theft Story By: Mack Jastle

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official.  A new criminal has joined the Forrest Bird wanted list.

Missing….The Anime Dance was cancelled after the money stolen out of Holly’s desk.  Photo-by: The Towne
Missing….The Anime Dance was cancelled after the money stolen out of Holly’s desk. Photo-by: The Towne

On Monday, March 7th, Holly Walker took the microphone at announcements to deliver the news about the Anime Dance, originally planned for Friday, March 11th.  Put on by the Anime club, the dance would have Japanese and American music, and would have been DJ’d by students.

On March 4th (a Friday EAD), Holly’s room and desk were broken into, and all the money collected thus far from ticket sales was taken.  In response to the theft, the Anime Dance was cancelled, and Holly has since stepped down as manager of events for the anime club.  According to reports, several tickets had been sold already, and there was about $30 collected from those ticket sales.

Many student around campus have expressed their dismay at the cancelling of the dance.  A lot of students are angry that the money was stolen, and are a little fed up with this kind of stuff happening.

Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve had instances of thievery or even vandalism on campus.  Last year, during the Piggy Hunt, someone snuck into the office and stole every single prize bag of Skittles.  While this wasn’t quite as serious as student’s hard earned money being stolen, this was dozens of bags of Skittles being stolen.  This isn’t any basic package of M&M’s that were talking about.  It’s sweet, delicious sugary goodness in all the colors of the rainbow.

Wait, what was I talking about?  Oh, right, thievery most foul.

And we’ve had our fair share of other incidents too.  Last year, the school grappled with the efforts of the vigilante known as the ‘Phantom Pisser,’ so named for his scent marking of the boys’ bathroom.  This culminated in an incredibly awkward gender advisory, after which he was never spotted again.

 

Opportunity lost….The dance would have featured both pop and Japanese music.  Photo-by: dreamstime.com
Opportunity lost….The dance would have featured both pop and Japanese music. Photo-by: dreamstime.com

Considering this past history, it isn’t like this is something we haven’t seen before.  But it is still strange.  What possible reason would someone have to break into Holly’s desk and steal the money?  It doesn’t really jive with the school’s philosophy of thou shalt not steal thine neighbor’s cash.

 

Regardless of the reasoning, it seems like a pretty petty thing to do.  Stealing money that students put into an event is really low, especially when someone else now has to pay back all of that money.  Holly had taken on the mantle of paying back those students that had bought tickets, and that money is coming out of her own pocket.

The Anime Dance would have filled the gap for dances this trimester, considering the fact that Student Council didn’t host one for 2nd trimester.  However, now students will have to wait till third trimester for prom.

Hopefully, this will mark a new turning point in our school’s history, one where we no longer vandalize or steal from each other.  Then maybe we can finally put on that Border Rave dance I keep hearing about.

We Will Miss You Mr. Goodwin! Story By: Dave Dowel

 Mrs. Walker helps to spread out the paint plastic in the Mr. Goodwin room – Photo by Dave Dowel
Mrs. Walker helps to spread out the paint plastic in the Mr. Goodwin room – Photo by Dave Dowel

The Forrest M. Bird Charter High School, came to the school like a normal day, but it would not turn out to be a normal day. At morning announcements everything changed, as the Middle School Principal Jennifer Greve and the Superintendent Alan Millar. We’re waiting for the whole school be quite. They both stepped on the stage, and Jennifer step up to the mic and said “This the hardest thing and the one thing I hoped I never have to do. Mr. Goodwin has had a heart attack (pause as there was some murmuring) Mr. Goodwin has died.” The whole school grieved as students were told that it was going to be an open Advo. The Student went home throughout the day to grieve with their parents. The High School Principle Mary Jensen came to school at about noon as she was with the Goodwin’s.

 

Students helped with the Mr. Goodwin Room first period – Photo by Dave Dowel
Students helped with the Mr. Goodwin Room first period – Photo by Dave Dowel

For the next three school days, the school spirit was very low, most of teachers were in shock with the whole school. Darlene QuirinMae has taken over Mrs. Goodwin’s classes until she returns on Monday, March 21st, 2016, and Todd Claunch has taken over Mr. Goodwin class until the end of trimester, also Audra Mearns is covering for Todd’s classes while he take over for Mr. Goodwin.

 

Mr. Goodwin was planning to have the Title One classes repaint the U2 room and make the room, friendlier, but it never got off the ground. Well Mary, make a decision in honor of Mr. Goodwin the school finished the room and renamed it to the Chris Goodwin Room.

On the day of Mr. Goodwin’s death, Ian McConnaughey set up his camera and his mic so that student could say their final goodbye to Mr. Goodwin and to give the rest of the Goodwin family their best wishes. Also Apirll Logan, encouraged students to write their thoughts about Mr. Goodwin, on a piece of paper to be buried with him, Mr. Goodwin like candy, the students got a piece of  candy and ate it while writing their note something on appreciation of his life. The students, then tapped they candy wrapper to the note they wrote for Mr. Goodwin.

 

One of Mr. Goodwin’s last posts – Photo by Dave Dowel
One of Mr. Goodwin’s last posts – Photo by Dave Dowel

Mary has been helping Mrs. Goodwin with everything, and they set up the Funeral Service so that the students could attend. The Funeral Service was at 2:00 P.M. on Friday March, 18th, 2016 and School was changed, to an Electric Access Day so students could go to the Funeral Service.

 

Something that the Goodwin talked about was they liked to go skiing as a family. So Mary thought the School might be able to help with that. The school is setting up donations to help the Goodwin family  receive a ski pass for the next year.

We Will Miss You Mr. Goodwin, this paper is Memory of You. We Love you as Teachers, Friends and as a Forrest Bird Charter School Family Member.

Free Range Shooting… Story By: Lauren Stidham

Free Range Shooting… Story By: Lauren Stidham

At the Scene... Jack Yantis’ bull lying on the side of the road. Photo By: Pro Liberate
At the Scene… Jack Yantis’ bull lying on the side of the road. Photo By: Pro Liberate

November first, 2015. A free-range bull was hit by a station wagon in Council Idaho. The small car did not have enough force to kill the animal and instead left it injured, confused, and mad as could be. As it ran around, charging at whoever got too close, all dispatch called rancher Jack Yantis. Yantis was the owner of this 1.25 ton beast and was asked to come put it down before it could cause further damage.

This was a routine action. Yantis’ cows had been hit before in this free-range corridor. Like all the other times, he grabbed his 204. caliber rifle and went out to the scene. But, two deputies arrived first.

When the deputies , they opened fire on the bull with their 9mm and when that didn’t work and only agitated the bull more, one officer used a M16. Most people who have dealt with cattle would know that unless shot at just the right spot, both of these weapons will only injure the animal and make it suffer for a long time before it finally bleeds out and dies.

Jack Yantis, along with his nephew, Rowdy Paradis and wife Donna Yantis, came to the highway only to see that the sheriff’s deputies had arrived first. They wanted to put the bull down in a humane way. Yantis came up to the cow and positioned himself to shoot. However, before he could shoot, one of the deputies came up and grabbed Yantis’ shoulder. During the motion, Yantis’ rifle discharged once.

Family Man... Jack Yantis holding one of his grandchildren. Photo By: New York Times
Family Man… Jack Yantis holding one of his grandchildren. Photo By: New York Times

After the discharge, the deputies shot Yantis twice, once in the abdomen, once in the chest. After shooting, the deputies handcuffed and pinned Yantis’ relatives to the ground who were also on the scene. Yantis’ relatives were not assist him. Instead he was left to bleed to death similar to his bull dying next to him on the side of the road. During the commotion, Donna Yantis had a heart attack. She was brought to a hospital and kept there for a while. During this time, she missed her husband’s funeral.

The FBI and Idaho State Patrol are currently doing an investigation on this incident, trying to see if any state criminal violations or any federal violations occurred.  They have given no timeframe of which they will be done, which is a violation of the sixth amendments, the right to speedy trial.

But why did this happen? There is such a contrast between the interview with former police officer Patrick Pezzelle and this story. (see story) Pezzelle stated that he had five hostage situations during his career and all of them ended with no casualties, injuries, or shots fired. “This was accomplished because we had a plan in place to contain the suspect, control the environment, and [establish] communication with the suspect…We prepared to use force, but only as a last resort.” Said Pezzelle. Now a hostage situation seems more severe than a bovine in the road. What is the difference? Why did the five hostage situations go so much better than this story?

 

Mrs. Amanda’s Big News… Story By: Alistair King

Mrs. Amanda’s Big News… Story By: Alistair King

 

Big Secret… What could be Mrs. Amanda’s Big News?
Big Secret… What could be Mrs. Amanda’s Big News?

What could this news be? The popular opinion among students is that Mrs. Amanda is having a child, whether it be hers or adopted. On Wednesday the 9th, Mrs. Amanda came up on the stage to announce something. “Something” was literally what she announced.

She announced that she had a secret and that all us students would have to live in suspense for the next three months before she would tell us. Rather than just leave us hanging she announced that it was going to be a game, and that it will be announced on the last Monday of the school year.

Skip forward a week, and the interview with Mrs. Amanda is ongoing. When asked on a scale of 1-10 how exited she was she replied: “12.” Not 11 but 12. She decided to announce it to the Student Body because, “While it’s something personal it is something special that I wanted to share. I had a former teacher who assigned impossible extra credit and I wanted to do something similar.” Don’t worry about it being impossible like her former teacher’s extra credit. Mrs. Amanda has confirmed that; “My big news is not impossible to guess.”

This isn’t all about Mrs. H though. She wanted to make this a game to show that students don’t have to think that what she heard was traumatic news. With the all the stress that students face it can be a good idea to focus on a game for a while.

 

Baby… One of the most popular options is that Mrs. Amanda has a bun in the oven. Photo By: primobaby.com
Baby… One of the most popular options is that Mrs. Amanda has a bun in the oven. Photo By: primobaby.com

Students can now vote on this website about what you think her big news is, at the end of the year there will be a revealing about the most students thought, and the actual news by Mrs. Amanda.

Due to some slip-ups, we can figure out what the news is by looking at what realistically could be announced over the phone, her behavior, and whether or not she owns a deed to an alpaca farm.

Mrs. Amanda would like to leave us with this very special message: “Webber stop being so nosy.”

March Madness 2016… Story By: Dave Dowel

March Madness 2016… Story By: Dave Dowel

Cutting down the nets after winning March Madness in a tradition as Coach Mike Krzyzemski cuts it down after Duke won last year. Who is going to cut down the net this year? – Photo by Associated Press.
Cutting down the nets after winning March Madness in a tradition as Coach Mike Krzyzemski cuts it down after Duke won last year. Who is going to cut down the net this year? – Photo by Associated Press.

Is March Madness the Cinderella Ball? Well, to some team yes it is, what is March Madness? Well, March Madness is the College Basketball Division 1 way they figures out it is champion. It starts with the conference tournaments and the winner of that gets an automatic bid to the March Madness. As an example the Gonzaga Bulldogs won thus Conference and are get an automatic bid to March Madness.

Some people call March Madness the Cinderella Ball because anything can happen, but something has never happened. One of those things is, that a 16 set has never beat a 1 set, and there is 4 #1 set and 4 #16 and in 77 years. The number of teams has changed a lot in 77 years when it began there were only 8 teams then it as gone as large as 68 team in 2011, but since 2011 there have been 68 teams with four play-in-games before the round of 64.

So March Madness start on/around March 15th or on the third Tuesday of March, and that is the play-in-games. So starting on Thursday of that week, starts the round of 64. On Thursday and Friday is the round of 64 and they cut it to 32, so they cut the teams in half and the Saturday and Sunday they do the same thing. They cut the field in half to the sweet 16. Then on Thursday and Friday, they play the Sweet 16 and they cut it in half to the Elite 8. Then on Saturday and Sunday they cut it in half again to the Final 4. Then on Saturday, they go from the Final Four to the Final Two team that are Fighting on April 4. So this happens in a little over 3 weeks.

Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb could become household names in March. Photo by – Kelley L. Cox of USA Today
Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb could become household names in March. Photo by – Kelley L. Cox of USA Today

Teams that already won their Conference Tournament are; Atlantic Sun Conference winner is Florida Gulf Coast, Big South Conference winner is University of North Carolina Asheville, Colonial Athletic Association winner is University of North Carolina Wilmington, Horizon League winner is Green Bay, Ivy League winner is Yale, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference winner is Iona, Missouri Valley Conference winner is University of North Iowa, Northeast Conference winner is Fairleigh Dickinson, Ohio Valley Conference winner is Austin Peay,  Southern Conference winner is Chattanooga, Summit League winner is South Dakota State, West Coast Conference winner is Gonzaga.

Conference that not yet crown there Automatic bids are America East Conference, American Athletic Conference, Atlantic 10 Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference,  Big 12 Conference, Big East Conference, Big Sky Conference, Big Ten Conference, Big West Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Pacific-12 Conference, Patriot League, Southeastern Conference, Southland Conference, Southwestern Athletic Conference, Sun Conference, Western Athletic Conference.

Our History: A 6 Year Battle… Story By: Editor-in-Chief Alistair King

Our History: A 6 Year Battle… Story By: Editor-in-Chief Alistair King

For as long as I can imagine I’ve had a hankering for a school newspaper. In pre-school it was drawing front pages of newspapers; in elementary it was making a home newspaper with my sister. Finally, I had the fantastic idea in middle school to start a school paper myself.

 

Garish… The first Bird Eye News Attempt…
Garish… The first Bird Eye News Attempt…

It all started out as me and couple of my more spelling-capable friends writing articles about whatever fancied us at the time. Seeing as we had no pressure on us to get our stories in we often took weeks to write 200 words. After the first month, we attracted the help of a couple other students in our grade and the first print was born. It was called “The Dragon Press” We only had one print because it was awful and no one read it.

Fast forward a year to the arrival of our very own Mark Webber. Originally teaching the 7th and 8th-grade history classes, his experience in Yearbook and English classes gave him the tools necessary to run a school newspaper. After being approached by stories of the failed experience he decided to take it up in his hands and start the second paper. It lasted a bit longer this time and we founded the website: http://theaviatortimes.blogspot.com/. But as these things go it failed and laid dormant for another couple trimesters.

Then in our 8th grade year we attempted it again. Keeping the website up was a smart idea and we were able to post our stories up there. But still being disorganized and not very appealing we would often only get 1,2, or even 0 views a day. We were able to write fairly interesting stories but still all the stories were based on only what we liked and wanted to write. Like a phoenix, it died again.

Both Webber and the 8th-grade students graduated to High School. Webber wanted to try something different and have a structured Journalism class. This worked for a time and we even got one of the most horrifying stories about a Kenyan mall massacre from Jack Meier. This was a great step in the direction that we needed to progress the paper but it didn’t go far enough with its teal colored design.

 

Squad! Join Journalism next trimester and become a part of our happy team!
Squad! Join Journalism next trimester and become a part of our happy team!

A year went by without even a whisper of Journalism. We had figured that it wouldn’t last any longer than usual so nothing happened until the orientation of all our now “grown-up” 6th graders going into their Junior year.

A rather interesting discussion between Webber and I caused the final rise of the phoenix (great movie title name). We discussed the logistics and if we could get enough people to join. Needless to say, we got about 6-7 people and the Bird Eye News was truly born. In a sense, this is both the 1st and 5th year of the Bird Eye News. Hopefully, we can extend this to the lengths of the Cedar Post and crush them in a burning pile; just kidding… kind of.