Category Archives: Student Life

Premier: Life with Harry Smith

Harry Smith is an average man bored with life and seeking comfort from his television.  Living on the edge of habitual boredom, his life is forever transformed when he decides to develop a friendship with his last french fry.

A metaphorical jaunt into the constant cliches students face every day in which they have been chillingly desensitized.

Return to Planet Earth by… Leah Roth


Our video production editor, Leah Roth, created a futuristic, science fiction, micro-documentary about the repercussions of a nuclear winter for Mr. Bigley’s Science Fiction in Literature class at Forrest Bird Charter School.

Enjoy.
Inexorable by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200097 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Students of the Month: Integrity…Story by Rey Frank

As of recent, the students of the month for February were announced. Coleman Vaughn, Christian Alcaraz, Davan Gilmore, Jenna Wade, and Ryjan Newton were awarded for having the trait of integrity. Yet, what exactly defines integrity?  The majority of online sources will state it as something similar to “the quality or state of being honest and having strong moral principles” (Cambridge).

Students of Integrity… Four out of the five students of the month are seen next to the iconic FBCS mural. Photo by Rey Frank.
Students of Integrity… Four out of the five students of the month are seen next to the iconic FBCS mural. Photo by Rey Frank.

While this is true, it only describes a portion of what it means to have integrity.  After interviewing students of the month Coleman and Davan, the larger meaning of this word was uncovered.

According to Coleman, the quality describes “somebody who is strong and can stand up to different things or stand up for certain things.”  Thus, a more accurate description of integrity includes when you are also actively defending the moral standards you stand by. When I interviewed Davan, she mentioned another important component of this trait. Davan explains that when you have integrity, you are willing to stand up for yourself. Quoting her, “integrity means to never let others push you down or to let something or anyone hold you back from doing one’s best.”

Because students with integrity have the strength to fight for justice, they are also willing to accept when they are in the wrong. They are compelled to seek fairness in both good and bad circumstances, which makes them very down-to-earth. Rooted in the power of morality, a person with integrity does not cheat their

Word! Integrity is such a dynamic one, how do you describe it? With multiple definitions is how you do. Photo by Rey Frank.
Word! Integrity is such a dynamic one, how do you describe it? With multiple definitions is how you do. Photo by Rey Frank.

way to success, but fights for it. In fact, Coleman, Jenna, and Ryjan were all nominated on the account of owning up to their actions.

Their honesty has helped them get recognized in their academic lives, but they have also seen it positively affect their personal lives. For Davan, she has seen it improve her conversation skills, as well as in raising her confidence. This brings us to the human interaction element of integrity. Within this largely expanding definition, we should note how important it is to have integrity when communicating with other people. The impact it has in a conversation can be momentous, as it can help you form a respectable and sincere personage.

In summary, we have delved into combining all the various definitions of integrity and found that its definition is: the quality or state of being honest and having strong moral principles, which you defend in addition to standing up for yourself. It defines a trait of someone who seeks justice served, regardless of whether or not it is in favor of them. Thus, they use integrity when they are communicating with others, as they see the value in not creating hasty complications.  Here at FBCS, we have seen six students excel at being all of the above. They are honest, understanding, and brave, and we congratulate and applaud them on their remarkable behavior.

Snow Days…Story by Natalie Faris

The northern counties of Idaho have been experiencing some very violent snow/ice storms. All of the cities that surround Sandpoint and FBCS are covered with fresh snow and icy roads. Sandpoint received about a foot of snow with some freezing rain. However, the snow never stopped north of Sandpoint, hitting Bonners Ferry with about three feet in most places, however, deeper snow was found further north from Bonners Ferry.

On Monday, officials declared Monday the 8th an emergency, enabling the city to ask for additional snow removal resources if needed. Thankfully, the city hasn’t needed the resources yet and has been hard at work. According to the Spokesman-Review’s interview of Mayor David Sims the city generally hauls about 50 dump trucks of snow, but on Monday they were at a total of 160 and still counting, making this three times bigger than an average snow storm in Bonners Ferry.

Rumors of possible record snowfall are floating around, however, the current record is “26.0 inches on January 15, 1954”. Sadly, the

Heavy Snow…A picture of the trees that received a fresh blanket of snow during the snowstorm which caused Bonners Ferry to declare a state of emergency. Photo by Lauren Stidham
Heavy Snow…A picture of the trees that received a fresh blanket of snow during the snowstorm which caused Bonners Ferry to declare a state of emergency. Photo by Lauren Stidham

storm dropped about 20 inches on the hardest day. Learn more at the Spokesman-Review and WeatherDB.

However, even though no records were broken, school was canceled on Monday the 6th and the north bus wasn’t running at all expect for on the afternoon of Wednesday the 8th. Overall, full-time school was only held twice this week (Tuesday and Wednesday), the and there was two EADs (Thursday and Friday).

But what is up with all of these EADs? What happened to our snow days? Our school has a cap on how many snow days we can take after we hit our limit, snow days are turned into EADs. You might wonder how we are supposed to know how to complete all of these EAD assignments without seeing our teachers and learning what we need to do, and you might have found it hard to complete all of those assignments without teacher help before the hard due date scheduled on Friday the 10th. Thankfully, the school recognized the tough situation and moved the hard due date to Friday the 17th, giving students extra time to get things all tied up.

With all of this talk of snow and missed school days, don’t let the weather get you down! Sunshine and warmth are forecasted for the week

of 12-18th of February, maybe spring isn’t far away after all!

FBCS Talent Show Auditions…Story by Leah Roth

It’s that time of year again! The glorious season when we gather together to watch our fellow students shine onstage. On the 23rd of this month FBCS will be having its 5th annual talent show, and the preparations are in full swing. Student council members recently drew a giant picture of stage curtains on the blackboard and finished up auditions. People have performed acts ranging from comedy skits to music recitals, and eagerly awaited the results.

With the treacherous weather and snow days, several of the auditions had to be pushed back to the next week. Student council has been working extra hard to get this show on the road without a hitch, especially after the most recent event had to be cancelled.

Curtain Call!... Student council customized the blackboard for the special event. Photo by: Leah Roth
Curtain Call!… Student council customized the blackboard for the special event. Photo by: Leah Roth

Some people have wondered, why have auditions in the first place? An interview with student council revealed that they needed to sift through the acts. They had to make sure there wouldn’t be anything too long or vulgar. It also gives them an idea of how long they should expect the talent show to run.

In total, around seventeen acts auditioned, of which about fourteen or fifteen actually got in. On Friday, members of student council went around to classrooms letting people know if they got into the talent show. Drumroll please! The people going to be performing at this year’s talent show are:

Lucy Bigley

Tessa Morse

Charlie Harrison

Elise Renner

Julia Hofer

Leah Roth

Abigail Baker & Sierra Vaughn

The Stage is Set… Everyone is gearing up for their impending performances on Friday evening. Photo by: Leah Roth
The Stage is Set… Everyone is gearing up for their impending performances on Friday evening. Photo by: Leah Roth

Kaitlyn Turnbull

Isaac, Sam I, Sam H, Martin, & Alec

Yona Soltis

Emily Miller & Morgan Morse

Hanson & Alec

Ty Olsen

With such a diverse cast of characters expected, be sure to stop on by the talent show, Friday evening from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. here at FBCS!

Meet Vita- A Bundle of Golden Retriever Joy…Story by Rey Frank

Returning from Thanksgiving break, FBCS staff Mary Jensen, and Hillary Dececchis announced to the school the arrival of our new school pet. In addition to 2 guinea pigs, a gerbil, and 3 fish, we now have a golden retriever dog. There was much excitement among the student body, as we all waited anxiously to find out what her name would be. Finally, the time arrived during lunch when our principle went up on stage. Almost theatrically, all the blasting sounds of conversation suddenly died down. We all stared in tense anticipation for what seemed like forever, before her voice echoed out the name: Avita, Vita for short. She emphasized the choice of Avita, which is Spanish for a bird, in honor of our namesake, Mr.

Beauty Sleep…Vita is having sweet dreams, content in the school. Photo by Eric Fulgenzi.
Beauty Sleep…Vita is having sweet dreams, content in the school. Photo by Eric Fulgenzi.

Forrest M. Bird. But her nickname, Vita, also represents the school and is Latin for life. A giddy round of applause erupted after the announcement, as we all celebrated the joyous news. This beautiful vanilla cookie coated puppy was now going to liven up our school’s environment, and we were enthralled. Everyone wanted to engulf her in a hug, however, the attention was overwhelming Vita, and thus the staff had to let her be visited by only one person at a time.

The staff has been careful incorporating her into the school’s main grounds, as they are still debating if she can handle the attention. But from a recent interaction with students during lunch and social periods, Vita seems in fairly good control of her energy level. When she was chosen, it was very important that she would be mildly-tempered, and that she would not get bored from the cultured atmosphere of school life. This is a tall order for a golden retriever,

which is a hyper breed of dog, yet Vita has grown accustomed to napping during school hours, which has been a great quality for a puppy.

The following months included various types of training, and in September of 2017, she shall undergo professional training in order to become a therapeutic dog. As of now, she has learned several commands, such as sit, down, wait, make eye-contact, etc. She is given either cheese or pieces of meat to assist her training. She bonds and trains with the principle, secretary, and her student

Looking to the future…Vita looks thoughtfully at her treat during training. Photo by Rey Frank.
Looking to the future…Vita looks thoughtfully at her treat during training. Photo by Rey Frank.

trainers, but also with a very special individual. This individual is Dr. Debbie Ford, an associate veterinarian at the Ponderay Veterinarian Clinic. Dr. Ford got her degree in Veterinarian Medicine in 1979 from Washington State University and has been focusing her career on animal behavior cases. She, along with a colleague, created a course at Washington State University called “The Behavior of Domestic Animals,” but she now focuses on curing the animal behavior cases of Ponderay, Idaho. She also believes in the positive impact that Vita has on people’s emotions. As a result, she donates her time to training Vita an hour a week, so Vita can become a Therapeutic dog. And what an effect Vita has in calming people, and lowering their stress levels. Her intuitive nature of people’s emotions has allowed her to accomplish her job at the school even before she knew what it was. She had only been at the school for mere hours when she rescued a student from an anxiety attack. What could have taken this person the whole day to recover from turned into a smooth and effective transition back into their class within the course of half an hour. Countless others can attribute their moods improving from Vita’s presence, myself included, as she helped me get through the stress of finals last trimester.

But what about the people who are not dog people at our school? It was considered when adopting her if she would negatively impact students if they were allergic to dogs, or merely disliked dogs. However, compared to the allergic threat of cats, dog allergies are far less common.

In addition, the majority of concrete floors in the school dampen the possibilities of someone having an allergic reaction to Vita. As for when she is shedding, her caretakers shave her fur if it gets overly excessive. But once again, this is not an issue for the majority of the school grounds, as the floors are concrete, and are mopped every night. Still, if a student dislikes Vita, they do not have to interact with her, as she is kept inside of the front office area the majority of the time. Vita’s instinctual understanding of people also allows her to know when someone does not like her, and she responds very maturely and lets them be.

She means the world to the school, and we are extremely thankful that she has become our dog. She has been with us through the rough and hard times, such as finals of last trimester, and hard due dates of this trimester. But she has also celebrated with us in our fun and carefree moments, like the weeks before the holidays, and social time on Fridays. Vita has transformed the atmosphere of our high school, and we can’t imagine it without her. She has especially made an impact on the Secretary, and the Principle. When I interviewed them, the Secretary described her relationship with Vita: “She sleeps under my stool, and I have gotten used to stepping over her, and I can’t imagine it without her. I’m a dog person, I like having a dog here.” The Principle, Mary Jensen, also had a very comforting moment with Vita, which she described as “one of those moments that make you feel all fuzzy inside.” She explained how the first time they were driving back from adopting her, and Vita laid her head on Mary’s shoulder, and in that moment, “I knew we had picked the right dog. Vita is our dog,” Mary concluded.

Her maturity as a toddler is truly admirable, as she has been able to reduce the amount of barking and distractions she does throughout the day. Her personality is also a gift for how young she is. Only 5 months old, she behaves like a faithful family dog that has been mellowed through her age. She truly is a sweetheart, and her love brings much joy to FBCS and her caretakers.

Rogue One Success and Failures; FBCHS Students Call It with Harrison Hertzberg

FBCHS Students Leah Roth & Ty Olsen discuss Rogue One with Harrison
Rebels… FBCHS Students Leah Roth & Ty Olsen discuss Rogue One with Harrison Photo by

The Bird Eye News with Harrison Hertzberg allows students to share their views of the last Star Wars movie Rogue One.

Here is a bonus comedy sketch, concerning the conspiracy theory that Jar Jar Binks is actually a Sith lord.

 

 

A Look Into the Insulator Collecting Hobby-Should the CD 112 California Be Designated CD 114? Story by Logan Tuttle

This is my collection of glass insulators. I have gathered around 600 them in my three years of collecting. Although this image shows many colors and styles of glass insulators, it is only a small fraction of all the colors and varieties. Photo by Travis Tuttle
Wall of glass… This is my collection of glass insulators. I have gathered around 600 them in my three years of collecting. Although this image shows many colors and styles of glass insulators, it is only a small fraction of all the colors and varieties. Photo by Travis Tuttle

Insulators, aren’t those the glass things that went on the telegraph poles? Yes, they are. But there is a lot more to them than that. There are hundreds of different styles, glass and porcelain, and several thousand collectors. What are all the collectors supposed to do with so many styles to know which ones are one-of-a-kind, and which were made by the thousands? The CD or Consolidate Design system was invented for the purpose of identifying, cataloging, pricing, and comparing insulator designs.

tuttlelogan_1055_126465_a picture 31CD112or114insulator-1Even though this system was invented in the 1960s when people had only just started collecting insulators, new designs are being added, switched, or merged with other styles. Recently, there has been a debate whether or not to change the small California CD 112 variant to CD 114. These two styles are transposition styles that have a second wire groove (the dip on the side of the insulator) to reduce “crosstalk” of two parallel wires. Crosstalk is when one phone call or telegraph message leaks a tiny bit into the line that it is paralleled to. It helps reduce this when the wires are crossed at intervals along the line.

The CD 112 style was produced in large amounts by many different companies until around the 1920s when it was replaced by the CD 113 which used less glass therefore being less costly. The CD 114, until now, was considered to only be produced by Hemingray Glass Company; one of the main producers of glass insulators in America until 1967 when there was too much competition from porcelain insulator manufacturers. Hemingray also replaced the CD 114 with the CD 113.

The CD 114 is not very much unlike the CD 112. The only major differences are that the CD 114 lacks a lower wire ridge (the protruding ridge below the lower wire groove on the CD 112 insulator) and the dome of the CD 114 can be somewhat of a prism shape in some variants. The California Glass Insulator Company (California) opened in 1912 in Longbeach California, and used sand mined nearby for their glass, which was often a smoke or yellow color that turned a smoky purple-brown when exposed to sunlight for long amounts of time, although they made a wide spectrum of colors such as blue, sage green, plum, and two tones; a mixtures of two colors.

Although the plant was only open for four years, they produced as many insulators as a lot of companies that were open much longer. They made around 15,000 insulators every day. Before they closed in 1916 due to flooding, they produced many styles including the CD 112s. When the company had just started, they used the typical CD 112 design, then they quickly switched to the disputed CD 112-114, because it cost slightly less to produce. Because of this, there are few original CD 112 design Californias. If the later design of the CD 112 is designated CD 114, there will be a listing both for cd 112 (the earlier style) and for 114 (the later more common style) for California. The later style has some characteristics of the CD 112, and some of the 114, leaving it somewhere in between.

Many experienced collectors claim that it is a CD 112, and many others say it’s a 114. Some say that the collectors should not get worked up over the details, and just leave it the way it is. No matter what happens, the California Glass Insulator Company will remain an iconic insulator manufacturer.

Works Cited

Lockhart Bill, Schreiver Beau, Serr Carol, Lindsey Bill. California Glass Insulator Co. 2014,             https://sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/CaliforniaGlassInsulatorCo.pdf, Accessed 17, JAN 2017

Meyer, Bill. Insulators Glass & Porcelain. Amber 8 Computer Consultants, 2017 http://www.insulators.info/. Accessed 17, JAN 2017