March 29, 2017

Power of 15 offer college credit for students, varied curriculum for teachers

By Megan Provost Co-Editor-in-Chief In the words of Mercedes Herrera, senior, “college is really expensive these days.” Fortunately, last year, as students began to design and develop their class schedules for this school year, incoming seniors were offered the option of taking Power of 15 classes, dual-credit classes offered at WHS through Harper College. Beginning this year, students have the opportunity to challenge themselves with college-level classes and earn college credit for them while still in high school. “It’s a layer between the AP and just regular senior electives, so it gives students a chance to take a course that…

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Majority of students will receive iPads next school year


Kelly McKewin – All freshmen, sophomore and junior students will receive an iPad at WHS next year as District 214 continues to expand and promote a digital curriculum. “Our students are growing up in a digital world. This is very different than how our parents grew up. We didn’t have access to these tools. Students are engaged and learning from each other in very different ways. The world is now at their fingertips. It’s exciting to know our students have these types of opportunities to help them be successful in their high school and future careers,” Keith Bockwoldt, D214 director…

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Harper offers free tuition through “Promise Scholarships”


Max Piasecki- As of next year Harper College will be offering up to two years of free tuition to eligible students through their new scholarship program. The new Promise Scholarships give financially struggling students the chance to attend Harper for up to two years without having to worry about tuition. However, students must meet certain criteria in order to fully utilize this opportunity. These requirements include attendance, rigor, quality, persistence and community service. Eligibility for the scholarship begins during the second semester of their freshmen year. For each grade, a different set of requirements must be met. When it comes…

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Water polo thrives despite lack of student attention


Patrick Ryan- While most sections in Spokesman can prompt conflict between readers over the types of material covered, there is one section that often causes disputes between readers more than any other: the sports section. Some readers want more girls basketball coverage while others say that the football team gets too much attention. Aside from the critiques of readers, one WHS sport that does not receive enough coverage and is thus unknown to many students is water polo. For those who are unfamiliar, a standard water polo game is played by two teams with seven players each (six field players…

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One goes another direction: Zayn Malik quits boy band


Chris Alvarado- When news broke late March that Zayn Malik of the pop sensation One Direction had decided to quit the band, fans took to social media to voice their sadness. The British boy band was formed in 2010 after the five auditioned for The X Factor and were made a group by the show’s judge Simon Cowell. From there, the band skyrocketed into one of the most successful bands of the decade. Zayn Malik, who is 22, said in a statement released on Facebook that he just wants to live a normal life. “After five incredible years Zayn Malik…

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Nano technology class conducts original research


Students in the Introduction to Nanotechnology classes have been working on original research projects that they will be presenting tomorrow, March 7 in the IJAS Regional science fair. The students will be competing in the project session of the fair. Students in the Intro to Nanotech class spend their third term conducting research projects with the help of mentors from various universities, graduate programs and local industries. “We try to tie all the projects into research that they can do with the equipment in the lab. It’s a science fair project, but with the cool equipment we have in here….

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Battlebots bridges engineering and entertainment

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Students participating in battlebots competed in the annual district competition last week on Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28. One of the WHS’s four robots placed second in the district. “We went to the competition knowing we were going to try our best, but we knew that competition was going to be very difficult.  The accomplishment was truly amazing and it took a lot of teamwork to make it happen. It is definitely something we are all very proud of and could not be happier with the outcome,” Theodore Fousekis, sophomore, said. Fousekis was the leader of the team…

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D214 switches to Infinite Campus system


D214 has switched on from its old HomeLogic grading system to the new Infinite Campus system. On Monday, Jan. 5 and Tuesday, Jan. 6, teachers received training on how to use Infinite Campus. Basic training involved how to use the grade book and setting up attendance. Teachers also received specific training depending on their occupation. Students are expected to receive instructions in an informative video that explains how to use the new system. However, creating that video has posed a challenge as a real student would have to use their account to log in to the system in order to…

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NSBA visits, observes, experiences technology integrated curriculums

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor With the full integration of technology, the National School Board Association (NSBA) was invited to visit four District 214 schools on March 14 and 15 to observe how the schools use technology; WHS took this opportunity to premiere the plans for the future nanotechnology lab. According to Erin DeLuga, associate principal, the overall visit will put WHS and the three other high schools, Elk Grove, Prospect and Buffalo Grove, on a national level. “The visit will be able to highlight WHS and give it recognition to the technology department and across content areas.  It will…

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First nanotech lab gives WHS advantage in science


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Nanotechnology, a science in its infancy, will allow WHS students to be on the cutting edge and have an advantage among others as they work with equipment and technology within WHS’s nanotechnology laboratory, the  first public high school research and development nanolab in the country. As part of an “Introduction to Nanotechnology,” senior science elective class, students will have the ability to participate in authentic research and use equipment similar to manufacturers in the area. “WHS is a leader in STEM education in the country, and I want our students to be the researchers, discoverers and…

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