Have any of you been wondering where Todd is? Well for those of you who don’t know, he is currently in Soddo, Ethiopia helping the Crooks family and their organization, Uryadi’s Village.
Founded in 2014 by Jennifer Fill Crooks, Uryadi’s Village is a non-government organization dedicated to providing sustainable living conditions for the orphans in Soddo. Their current project, Wolayta Village, is Ethiopia’s first self-sustaining orphanage. Named after the local Wolayta people, the village already has children living and learning on site.
Currently Uryadi’s Village is fundraising for $70,000 to build a well to provide fresh, clean, and sanitary water for their children. They had $44,000 donated at the Dutch Sport Horse Sale in the Netherlands, but they still need some help.
This is where we come in. Our very own Forrest Bird Charter Interact Club will be working with FACE (Family and Community Engagement) to serve soup at the parent teacher conference on October 26th here at the school. The soup is free, but all donations will go towards Uryadi’s village. Help us support this amazing organization!
Arby’s has been an integral part of our Sandpoint community ever since it opened back in 1987. This restaurant has always held a special place in the heart of Journalism teacher Mark Webber, who used to go there as a kid:
“There’s just this feeling of nostalgia going back in there, like a time machine back to 1984. I do miss the old look before the remodel, but I understand that the solarium leaked and they needed to update the interior. However, I just wish they stayed more retro with the décor.”
Our journalism staff recently visited Arby’s during their ‘Happy Hour’ which is from 2 to 5 PM and offers certain small menu items for $1 each. Lolisa, the supervisor, talked to us about the history of the restaurant and her experience working there. She said she loved meeting all the people who come in, and that it is a pleasure working for Pierre and Denise Huguenin, the owners. Denise was kind enough to take time out of her vacation and answer a few of my questions:
Leah: “Why did you decide to buy this restaurant?”
Denise: “We had a restaurant called RAX from 1991 to 1994 in the same location. RAX, as a national franchise company, was failing nationwide and we felt it was time to make a change. Arby’s was expanding its franchise locations at the time, so it was a logical move to buy an Arby’s franchise. We opened Arby’s in July, 1994.”
Leah: “How are you connected to Lost in the 50’s?”
Denise: “We love Lost in the 50’s! Carolyn Gleason is a good friend and we are happy to support her in any way we can. We started “Locals Nite” about 10 years ago to give our local car club, The Injectors, the opportunity to show off their cars before the 50’s car show. It has become a tradition between Arby’s and The Injectors and a kickoff for the 50’s activities.”
Leah: “Why did you decide to remodel?”
Denise: “We remodeled Arby’s because our license as an Arby’s franchisee was expiring after 23 years and Arby’s wanted us to update our building inside and out in order to continue as an Arby’s franchise for the next 20 years. We are very excited about the changes in the building…it’s great to have a fresh, new look!”
Leah: “What is your favorite part about owning Arby’s?”
Denise: “My favorite part about owning Arby’s is working with so many wonderful people in our community…our guests, our suppliers and most of all our crew members!
Our manager, Stacy Johnson has been with me at Arby’s for 20 years…her Mom, Alena Zantow, worked with me for 23 years before she retired last year. I love teaching young people how to be responsible employees. My philosophy for young workers is…if you can succeed at Arby’s, you will succeed at any career you pursue! It’s all about the people!”
Leah: “Which sandwich would you personally recommend to someone who has never eaten at Arby’s?”
Denise: “That’s a difficult question! I personally like every one of our sandwiches! I’d say our two signature sandwiches are the Classic…simply roast beef on a sesame seed bun, or the Beef and Cheddar…roast beef, cheese sauce, red ranch sauce on an onion bun.”
Our Arby’s is a family owned and operated restaurant that provides jobs for many local high school students, including 3 of our very own Forrest Bird High School students. If you haven’t been into Arby’s in a while head on down during Happy Hour and see the new remodel!
For the past few weeks, tension has been growing between North Korea and the U.S. Most understand why America doesn’t like North Korea because they seem to be threatening us with their new nuclear weapons, but what about North Korea’s view of America. Why don’t they like the U.S, and why does it seem like they want war?
America’s participation in the Korean War might have something to do with it since North Korea disliked the fact that the U.S aided the South in the war. Plus, America dropped many bombs on North Korea killing thousands of solders as well as civilians. They destroyed much of the country, so it is fair to say that North Korea hates the US for helping the south in the war.
After the North and the South split North Korea wanted to gain power of the South even if it meant war. The North wants to reunite for power but America disagrees and wants a peaceful reunion of the two countries. Considering the fact that a peace treaty was never made after the war, people seem to think the war never ended. So now, North Korea is just picking up where it left off.
After North Korea fired a missile over Japan, and started to show their nuclear power, Trump made some comments to the president of North Korea Kim Jong-un that has made tension grow between North Korea and the U.S. more.
Throwing insults at someone is a good way to get them to dislike you even more. Should people be concerned by North Korea’s threat of war? Yes, but that doesn’t mean making it worse by creating more conflict with them, and with each other. North Korea wants power so by over reacting and trying to make it “better” it is making North Korea think it has the upper hand.
From the weekend of September 23th, Trump has reignited a debate on flag etiquette and free speech. It began at a rally in Alabama, where he was campaigning for incumbent senator Luther Strange in a runoff to fill the seat left vacant by Att. Gen. Jeff Sessions (a race which Strange lost). Though he made some controversial comments, the most memorable was where he referenced players who had kneeled during the anthem, calling them out with explicit language and urging coaches to fire them.
In response, many coaches and owners chose to either respond via Twitter or a public statement, though Trump had also tweeted out on his private account similar messages. There were also protests on the field—coaches and owners largely stayed with the players during the anthem as a sign of unity, and large portions of players kneeled or showed other signs of defiance.
This debate was sparked last year in September when Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the anthem to protest social inequality. His advocates praised the silent protest, while others argued that the flag should be respected. There is flag etiquette in the U.S., however, people frequently break it and it is not enforced.
Free speech has been an issue of late, with some organizations trying to shut down controversial speakers on both sides, including conflicts at Berkley. Trump’s remarks may be ironic because of this, as he has promoted the free speech rights of alt-right marches in Charlottesville and other towns, but asked for NFL heads to fire the dissenting players—a call which has been heftily rejected by the NFL commissioners.
Though most of the ire has been drawn at the NFL, other sport agencies were in the news at a similar time. Just after the rally, Trump had withdrawn the customary invitation to visit the white house to the winning NBA team—in this case the Golden State Warriors. This was, according to Trumps tweet (Twitter was also the platform he used to withdraw the invitation), because Stephen Curry was having doubts about going. This referenced Curry’s vocal dislike of Trump, and afterwards NBA players such as LeBron James lined up in his support. Conversely, Nascar owners said they would not tolerate protests during the anthem, a policy much more in line with Trumps wishes.
Two weeks ago Sandpoint suffered a major internet outage by the accidental cutting of a fiber optic cable in Athol. This outage happened on an EAD, leaving many students and teachers unable to complete their work.
Although it may not seem like that big of a deal, the school is in the process of moving everything onto an online cloud called OneDrive. This means that everything is only available online, and not on the computer hard drive. The school decided to switch to OneDrive because it was more cost efficient. The technology industry is also moving towards cloud based document storage for everything. Though convenient when connected to internet, if an outage like this happens again nothing will be accessible.
Now that all the data is backed up automatically on the cloud it can accessed from any computer, at home or at school. This means if something happens to your laptop all of the files on one drive are still there. Each student has 1TB of storage, which is quite a bit, no need to worry about running out of space.
The schools shift to OneDrive will cause a huge dependence on the Internet and could bring classes to a grinding halt. Unfortunately, if the entire school day just stopped there would be a lot of catch up work on the back end. You may consider having backup copies of your assignments on a flash drive.
Not to worry the school has only had one Internet outage in the last three years. If it were to happen again there is a backup circuit in place to power the schools Internet. But continue to be safe with your work and keep a backup copy available.
There’s a new face at the Forrest Bird Charter School. This new face belongs to Mr. William (Bill) Benage, the new math teacher. Mr. Benage has been teaching since 1993, and before he became a teacher, he was in the U.S. Navy.
When asked if Mr. Benage enjoyed his time in the Navy, he replied with a laugh and went on to say “I didn’t stay 29 years to say I didn’t like it; of course, I enjoyed it.” During those 29 years, Mr. Benage worked on a lot of things including guided missile systems.
Mr. Benage received some teaching experience while he was in the Navy. The experience of teaching in the Navy helped him make the choice to become a teacher later in life. “Getting ready to retire for the Navy I was looking around and went oh that’ll be fun to do,” exclaimed Mr. Benage.
Mr. Benage went to California State University in Long Beach where he received his Bachelor’s in Finance (1976), received his Master’s in Business Management from the University of Southern California (1977), and then received his Master’s for Engineering Science in 1989 from the Naval Postgraduate School.
As much as Mr. Benage enjoys teaching, there are other things outside of school that he enjoys. In his free time, Mr. Benage finds he enjoys gardening, raising poultry, and hanging out with his family. When Mr. Benage was younger, he was also into photography. Mr. Benage also contributes to the school community at FBCS as the advisor for the Leadership club. This is the club that will do many of the things that student council used to do (Click here to view the Harrison Report on Leadership club).
Although new to FBCS, Mr. Benage is not new to teaching. He has had a lot of life experience and is more than willing to find time to help people. If anyone has questions about a Military career, Mr. Benage is the person to ask.
The Bird Eye News is back again and ready for the 2017-18 year. For our first report we introduce you to a new teacher, Mr. Benage. He is a math teacher and our new personal finance teacher at the school. In this interview we discuss his recently formed leadership club and how it has taken the tasks of the our cancelled student council.
With every school year comes an influx of new faces, and often we don’t take the time to say hi. The Bird Eye News recently interviewed some of these new students and here are a few of their responses.
Question 1: What was your first impression of our High School?
Freshman Thomas Carty: “My first impression of when I first arrived was amazement. Compared to the Sandpoint High School which I had considered, I was very impressed. The overall layout and openness of The Forrest Bird Charter School makes it fell very relaxing and comforting in contrast to the claustrophobic halls of the standard High School.”
Sophomore Lydia Martin: “My first impression was quite good. I like the teachers and I enjoy all my classes. The people are pretty nice and I look forward to making some new friends.”
Question 2: Why did you decide to come to FBCS?
Freshman Lucy Lang: “I have been homeschooled for the last few years, and my parents decided I should go to Charter School for High School.”
Freshman Reese Litster: “They have a very specific teaching style that I liked, and I wanted to come here and be a part of that teaching system.”
Freshman Tracy Mullinax: “I came here because I went to a very small school back in California, so I am used to smaller schools, and Sandpoint High is definitely bigger than here.”
Question 3: What is something interesting about you?
Sophomore Griffin Smith: “I slept with my door open from 8 to 11 years old because I was scared the snake from Harry Potter was going to kill me.”
Freshman Jeremy Trantum: “Interesting things about me: I am really good at fixing most small motor vehicles. I am good at coding, computers and programming robots. I am really good at riding dirt bikes and taking them apart and putting them together.”
Junior Eliza Litster: “I lived in the Dominican Republic for three months a couple of years ago.”
On behalf of everyone here at Forrest Bird Charter School, I’d like to welcome you all to our school! We hope you enjoy your time with us!
As school electives near the hard due date, the course material is obviously getting more in depth, and the subject at hand become important. Mr. Webber’s conspiracy class is the most eye-drawing elective, and probably the schools most iconic one, merely because of the controversial content in the class.
With all the conspiracies surrounding the most recent disasters, the conspiracy class likely is booming with tons of theories. However, some may argue that conspiracy is not right to teach in school for many reasons. It could be used with offensive intent against particular students, despite being unlikely.
Also, theories thought up by one student can disagree with another’s beliefs. For example, there are many creation of the earth theories—a religious person might take offense to such a theory because it contradicts their beliefs. Mr. Webber seems to try and stay to the “worst” theories out there to limit disagreement, and then allow students to explore other ones through independent and EAD assignments.
A conspiracy class, on the other hand is an elective that kids seem to enjoy more than other electives, resulting in students grades likely being better than an elective that was less engaging. Surveys showed that students enjoyed conspiracy theories class on average more than other electives, regardless of their performance in the class.
However, knowing conspiracy theories is almost certainly less practical information compared to classes such as emergency services, another elective at the school. Conspiracy theories usually deals with fringe or extremist beliefs and cults, debunking them in class.This could lead some to argue that a different elective would be more attractive to students because of practicality.
People who were interviewed maintained that conspiracy theories should be taught in school. Joseph Fullerton said they would consider it as an alternative to other electives because conspiracies are something they could just do on their own time, a view that seemed to be shared by most of the class.
Overall, any potential critics of Mr. Webber or the classes intentions would go against the students who signed up for the elective, and there is no shortage of students, it seems.
There is an air of excitement when you first walk into our school Interact Club. Though it was just formed last year, you can tell it’s already gaining momentum. Now, what exactly is Interact Club? Interact is a student driven community service organization that is connected to Rotary. They believe in “service before self.”
Last Wednesday was the first meeting, and around 13 people were in attendance. An opportunity came up for the club to work with Family Summit to serve soup on October 26th. The funds from this will go back to the club to do more service based projects.
There are hundreds of Rotary clubs in our country, and thousands of Interact Clubs. Representatives from the Sandpoint and Ponderay Rotary clubs were attending the first meeting last Wednesday. Debbie, the representative from Sandpoint Rotary said, “Together the two rotaries have 200 of your “best cheerleaders” here to support you in whatever type of service you can dream up, whether it be a service trip to Mexico in the spring or sending tennis shoes to Ethiopia. They’re here to help make that happen.”
You may be thinking, what can I get out of that? There’s so much joy in serving others. Really what it’s all about is giving. “Everything is do able,” said Lindsay Holland when answering an inquiring about busy scheduling, “If your heart is wanting to serve then we can find a place for you. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t make every event. There are so many other things you can do if your heart is wanting to do it.”
This is a year-long club, but you can join at any time. They do encourage you to stay because they are constantly working on service projects. The nice part about Interact Club is that it meets Wednesdays and club day is Thursday, giving you the ability to join 2 clubs. However students must make-up the CIS Wednesday Advisory assignment on their own time.
Debbie said, “We need your ideas, first and foremost, and that counts. It doesn’t cost any money to join but you need to have your heart in service before self. Ask yourself that question. Can you bring yourself every Wednesday morning to this meeting prepared to contribute with your ideas and energy? Then you’re an interactor at heart and we need you and we want you.”
Interact Club is a great way to give back to your community and meet likeminded people. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, then come check it out on Wednesdays during advisory in the Sunshine room.