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Super Blue Blood Moon… Story by Luke Krautkremer

On January 31st, 2018 an extremely rare astronomical event occurred. This was the “Super Blue Blood Moon”. It has this name because at the time of the event the moon was being affected by a combination of a few different sub-celestial events.

First off, a “Super Moon” is when the moon appears to be larger and brighter because it is at its perigee while it’s full. A perigee is just a term for when the moon is closest to the earth in its orbit, this combined with the moon being full creates a Super Moon.

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Moon impression… A student’s sketch of the recent blood moon event. Photo by: Luke Krautkremer

Although to the amateur star-gazer the effects of a Super Moon can be hard to see with the naked eye, the Super Moon appears to be 7% larger, and 16% brighter than an average full moon. There has been a large amount of Super Moons recently. There was one in November that was the closest Super Moon to the Earth since January 26th, 1948. “Super Moon” is not the technical name, it is “Perigee-syzygy”.

A “Blue Moon” is the term that refers to when a full moon appears twice in one month. Full moons appear roughly every 29.5 days so it is highly unlikely that a full moon will appear twice in one month, hence the saying “Once in a Blue Moon”. Blue Moons are actually not that rare and happen about every 2.7 years. Typically, Blue Moons do not actually appear to be Blue. Although, moons actually can appear to be blue. If there is enough dust in the air it can act as a sort of filter that makes the moon appear to be blue.

A “Blood Moon”, or lunar moon, occurs during a lunar eclipse where the moon is eclipsed by the earth from the sun. This causes the moon to turn red since the moon is in the Earth’s shadow, which keeps the moon from getting almost any sunlight to reflect from the sun. The small amount of sunlight the moon does get comes from the atmosphere of the planet.

 Blood Moon Sighting... A student captures the “Super Blue Blood Moon." Photo By: Sean Korbitz
Blood Moon Sighting… A student captures the “Super Blue Blood Moon.” Photo By: Sean Korbitz

This causes the moon to have a red-orange color in appearance. The reason for the color is the same reason that sunrises and sunsets have their color along with the sky. It’s called “Rayleigh scattering” a process in which small particles disrupt the particles of radiation causing them to change in color.

If you missed the Super Blue Blood Moon, then you won’t be seeing it again anytime soon. The last one that was observable in the U.S. was in 1866. When asked what he thought about the Super Blue Blood Moon, student Troy Shepherd said “I thought that it was pretty nifty.” He said that he saw it for only five minutes and “From our area [Bonners Ferry] it was red with a bit of blue.” John Stevens told me that he thought that it was “Really cool. Once in a lifetime experience I’d say.”

 

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By: Luke Krautkremer

Rules of Making Money… Story by Eliza Lister

In the middle of last trimester, the FBCS craft fair showed off student businesses and creations and gave the economics class an opportunity to make money. This lead to Bird Eye News to ask a local CEO and internet businessman, Tony Lister, the rules to make money.

According to Tony Litster, one of two things to make more money. You have to “reach more people or you have to solve a bigger problem.” In solving a bigger problem “they are more valuable to the company” therefore getting paid more. When you reach more people you are able to “duplicate the effort.” And now there’s a handful of skills involved in making more money.

Communication is “understanding what really makes people tick. What you see is not what you get.  Most people are children in adult bodies. Instead of trying to talk to the adult to learn what actually driving the show in the child, what’s really going on behind the scenes.

Hang in there… Some of a students designs for the craft fair hanging from a tree
Hang in there… Some of a students designs for the craft fair hanging from a tree

This brings in fears. It brings in insecurities. It brings in inner dialogue. It brings in screwed up stories they have about themselves. When you communicate to the person’s pain, you actually get somewhere.”

When it comes to sales the truth is people “always selling.” When you do a job interview you’re selling. When you show up at work to perform you’re selling. When you’re in a meeting with your colleagues you’re selling. When you’re on a project, you’re selling. So learning the basic skills of selling is invaluable because they’re always selling themselves. “Life is selling, so it’s critical you understand how to present it.”

Negotiation is where you will make the very most money in the shortest amount of time out of any job that you can do. And people miss that. The simplest negotiating skill is to point out a reason why some things are flawed and ask for a discount.

“I just did a sale on land for my client and the guy went from 2 million to 1.5 million in a conversation that lasted 45 minutes. So in 45 minutes we saved a half a million dollars. In what job could you generate that kind of revenue, in 45 minutes? Then you follow up with a question: is that the best you can do? That question alone, how many seconds does it take to say, “is that the best you can do?” After asking these seven words and most people will think of a way they can do better.”

Student Businesses... The economics class used these skills at the craft fair last November
Student Businesses… The economics class used these skills at the craft fair last November

The last one is marketing. What is marketing? There’s a difference between sales and marketing. Sales is the “actual transaction of selling something.” Marketing is building the “story” around it. Learning how to tell the story in a way that it “reaches the emotions of the person who has that need.” That’s what marketing is. Marketing is the story telling.

On, “it is the story telling” Litster says “if that person learns communication and they learn sales and they learning negotiating and they learn marketing and they suddenly become the most effective at their job cuz they’re able to listen to what’s not being said and pay attention to it. Suddenly they add more value than just their role.” That’s the key to becoming invaluable to the company.

Although most schools aren’t doing much to teach these skills there is effort on the teacher’s part in schools such as Forrest Bird Charter School. Mr. Webber’s economics class and craft fair are a wonderful showcase of teaching these skills in a high school.

All Photos by Kai Eagley00

 

Historical Meme Compilation

Last semester, US history classes created memes of varying quality. The Bird Eye News staff has voted and chosen their favorite memes in different categories. Feel free to comment your favorite meme!

Best Historical: Emily Sedbrooke

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Best Modern and Historical Blend: Grant Bansemer

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Staff Pick: Wyatt Miller

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Best Overall: Benjamin Murray

 

FBCMS New Student… Story by Tyler Halik

Welcome to FBCMS... New Student Merrell Cunningham joins us from Texas.
Welcome to FBCMS… New Student Merrell Cunningham joins us from Texas. Photo byTyler Halik

Forrest Bird Charter School welcomes our new student, Merrell Cunningham. Merrell Cunningham is in sixth grade. She came from Amarillo, Texas (wow – that’s far away from here). Merrell came to Sandpoint on June 17, 2017. She likes movie theaters and play theaters. Sadly, she does miss her old home.

The reason Merrell came to Sandpoint is because her parents want to start a church. She loves our school. The reason she likes it here is because she feels normal here. Now that you know Merrell, make sure to make her feel welcome to our school.

Cell Phone Addiction… Story by Lydia Martin

Phones: a device that has overtaken the world. A reasonably small object that easily fits in your pocket is controlling our society. When the very first mobile phone was made in 1973, it was used for one thing: to call and talk to someone. Now almost 45 years later, cell phones are used for everything from calling or texting to playing games or solving a math equation. You basically have every book ever written on one note card sized phone.

About 36% of the world’s population owns a phone and about 68% of Americans own a smartphone. Now, I own a phone and in no way am I saying it a bad thing. In fact it can be quite helpful. For example, if you need to contact someone who is at work, or to find information for a project. The problem comes when people abuse the job of the phone or overuse it. When it becomes an addiction. It is going to affect your life, and it will have consequences.

Device is life… It seems that we hardly leave our phone more than a few feet away. Photo by: jetmag.com
Device is life… It seems that we hardly leave our phone more than a few feet away. Photo by: jetmag.com

Here are some statistics about cell phone ownership from psychguides.com:

  • 60% of U.S. college students consider themselves to have a cell phone addiction.
  • 71% of people sleep with or next to their cell phones.
  • Nearly 40% of people never disconnect from cell phones, even while on vacation.
  • 44% of Americans say they couldn’t go a day without their mobile devices.

These statistics are concerning and show that our world revolves around cell phones.

There can be major consequences to having a phone addiction. When I got my first device, an iPod, I told myself this would never happen. Sadly, I didn’t really go through with it. If I was bored the first thing I would do would be to either check Facebook or watch YouTube. I was on my device a lot and I felt is change my family life. This happens to families all around America. Finally I realized I was truly on my device too much and so I made a change. I have realized that having an addition to a phone or other device has consequences.

A Secret Addition… Many students can be secretly on their phones in class. Photo by: Kai Eagley
A Secret Addition… Students secretly on their phones in class. Photo by: Kai Eagley

It appears that some millennials of this world don’t seem to realize this. People divide from family, become afraid to not have their phone, and in some cases, even die because they were staring at their phone and crash or get hit by a car.

Our world needs to realize what is happening to our world and make a change. Yes phones are nice but in no way do we need to be on it all the time. Some changes we can make are: Raise awareness because most people don’t realize they are addicted to their phone. Personally: if you notice you are on your phone a lot, turn it all the way off. Yes that can be hard but it helps. Go do something else to get your mind of your phone and social media. Take a walk, play a board game with someone or read a book. These may seem like small things but over time it will make a difference.

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High school students learn how to run a business, create a product, figure out a demand schedule and sell their product to make a profit. Students are able to keep the profits they earn or absorb the losses they create. It is said, no high school in America teaches students to do this very thing. This has been happening for the past 8 years and 7 at Forrest Bird Charter School in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Winter is Coming… Story by Catherine Ross

Winters in Northern Idaho aren’t something to make light of, especially not in Sandpoint. The average amount of snowfall in Sandpoint, Idaho is 57.7 inches. That’s almost five feet of snow. However recently our winters have been filled with less snow, but rather lower temperatures and even more rain than snow. The winter of 2017-2018 is predicted to have lower temperature and wetter weather, as stated by EarthSky. The reason for this is because of La Niña, which is a phase of El Niño and brings in cooler than average sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical pacific ocean.

Due to the fact La Niña is supposed to hit Northern Idaho this year, it’s causing some concern. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is worried about La Niña, due to it being the “biggest wildcard” for this year’s winter. NOAA also pointed out that fact that La Niña has a 55% to 56% of developing before our winter even officially begins. Which means everyone should prepare for what this weather will bring.

1940 Winter... Sandpoint has been getting heavy snow for decades. Photo By: sandpoint.com
1940 Winter… Sandpoint has been getting heavy snow for decades. Photo By: sandpoint.com

In Northern Idaho, power outages aren’t an uncommon appearance, so being prepared for a possible storm is a must. However, these power outages can last much longer than a couple of days, which is why North Idaho residences should be prepared for a maximum of three weeks without power. Below will be a list of supplies you and your family will need for staying home during a winter storm, and tips on to be the most comfortable when doing so.

Food and water are essential, meaning they should be the first things for you to think about. You need to rationally ask yourself ‘could I survive three weeks off of this?’ and if you say no, then you should go shopping. Water is very important, not only for drinking but also for cleaning dishes and flushing your toilet. The average amount of water used is 80 to 100 gallons of water per day. So if you rule out showering, the amount of gallons used drop considerably, but you still need enough water to last you and your family for a maximum of three weeks and prevent dehydration.

This means you should fill up a minimum of two six gallon jugs of water, four clean, five gallon buckets, which will be used for flushing your toilet. The current environmentally friendly toilets will take about one gallon in order to flush. If you find yourself running out of water, see how much water your hot water tank has and drain it out using a garden hose. Taking care of your food is very important as it has to last you just like water. Transferring any refrigerated or frozen foods into a large cooler and placing them in an easily accessible place out in the snow is ideal to keep your food fresh.

Warm Interior... A Kerosene Heater such as this can warm up your house during the winter. Photo By: Space Heater Reviews
Warm Interior… A Kerosene Heater such as this can warm up your house during the winter. Photo By: Space Heater Reviews

Camping gear is extremely useful in these situations. Purchasing things such as lanterns and propane cooking stove will make life much more comfortable for you. If you do invest in a propane cooking stove or a table top gas grill, make sure they aren’t electric, you will need around half a dozen (6) propane bottles in order to last you throughout the period of the power outage. However you must make sure that there is ventilation in the room that you are using these stoves in or else the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases tenfold. Opening a window slightly will create enough ventilation for you though.

For heating, make sure that the first thing you do is close off any unneeded rooms, in order to conserve heat. Stuff any towels or rags into cracks underneath doors to keep as much heat inside of the home as you can. Hanging black curtains on windows can also help as black absorbs the heat from the sun. Using a wood stove or fireplace are some of the most effective ways to heat your home. However a kerosene heater is another option, just make sure that it isn’t electric. Having warm and soft blankets are important as well for a comfortable night, but down sleeping bags can also be used.

However the most expensive thing you should definitely consider purchasing is a generator. Now, you will have to ask yourself if you do in fact need one and if you do, then you will need to plan on not using the generator too often. This is so that you will only be using non-ethanol gas and a fuel stabilizer, which makes it much easier for the generator to start. Make sure that you choose a generator that fits you the best, both in terms of needs and price. There are more expensive types, such as Honda generators which are quiet, making it more comfortable to be around. However, there are so many types, so it’s best that you go and see which one will suit you and your situation the best. Being comfortable and safe in your own home is one of the most important things after all.

So, will you be prepared for this winter?

 

Philosophy Class… Story by Lydia Martin

Philosophy, the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. It has a huge impact on our society, and it is also a subject that tends to have mix feelings. It is also something that could be taught here at FBCS by one of our English teachers, Michael Bigley. As an English teacher, he appreciates the Philosophers that can write well, as he said, “If I were to teach a Philosophy class, I would tend to focus on the Philosophers who can write well, and write clearly, because that’s what’s exciting to me.” Some Philosophers are even some of his favorite writers.

Pictured: Plato… One of the philosophers that would be studied in the class is Plato. Photo By: Laphams Quarterly

If he was to offer a Philosophy class, the class would start with the basics of logic and critical argumentation and the reason for being. “That is the necessary basis for all philosophy. It’s not “whoa, dude, what if everything is, like, an illusion,” it’s a serious method of thinking in the same way that science is. It has a method.” as stated by Mr. Bigley.

In the class, they would read some of the works of Plato, “Plato’s fun to read, and gives you a great introduction to what philosophers actually do because it’s all written out as though it were a play,” said Mr. Bigley. The class would also be spending more time reading Philosophy and discussing what the Philosophers actually meant. After which, they would start coming up with their own philosophies.

Usually, that is not what most high schoolers are looking for when they want a Philosophy class, which is why Mr. Bigley was hesitant to teach this class in the past. He said, “I don’t want to do a fake class, and we can’t offer a class if only two or three students are going to take it.”

Bigley Philosophy…Mr. Bigley might teach Philosophy if he can get enough students interested in the class (photo by, Kai Eagley)
Bigley Philosophy…Mr. Bigley might teach Philosophy if he can get enough students interested in the class (photo by, Kai Eagley)

Some may ask “Why study philosophy?” Well, Philosophy is an interesting and important topic. Not only does it help improve thinking skills, but it also provides our minds with the knowledge of logic that makes us an overall better thinker. It can even sometimes make you a better writer.

So, if you think you might be interested in a Philosophy class, make sure to mention it to Mr. Bigley.

“It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.”  – Rene Descartes