Juniors, Seniors: ACT Test Dates Approaching Quickly!

By Kyle Elhard and Sasha Villa

Completing college applications can be a fairly difficult process for our seniors, whether it involves the actual application process or passing entrance exams. Also, juniors should be preparing for college since they will be seniors in less five months.

Mr. Antonio Garcia, also known simply as “Tony” by most seniors, is one of Pueblo’s career counselors and is promoting ACT workshops for the remainder of the semester.

Seniors will be able to retake the ACT on April 14; most colleges accept students with a score of 20 and higher. If seniors scored lower than this, they are very encouraged to retake the test next month.

Juniors can take the test for the first time on April 3.

Both seniors and juniors are encouraged to enroll in an ACT Prep Workshop here at Pueblo on March 14 and March 28 from 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the College and Career Center.

“The [ACT] workshops help students to understand the structure of tests,” said Garcia, “as well as the importance of them.” He added, “It’s not that students aren’t ready for the ACT workshops, it’s that they’re not prepared.”

Junior Candy Rodriguez is one of hundreds in her Class of ’19 who will be taking the ACT test on April 3rd.

“I’m very much looking forward to the test,” Rodriguez said. “I’ll be preparing for this test over spring break so that I can achieve a maximum score. I really want to score at least 20 on my first try.”

Warriors Plan For Spring Break (Hope For No Homework!)

  

By Alina Cuen and Daniela Moreno

With spring break around the corner, students and staff members are seeing a light at the end of this third quarter tunnel. In a week, it will be time, at last, to be able to put our feet up and relax.

Here’s what some of our fellow Warriors have to say about spring break…

Nobody needs a respite more than our seniors; many of our Class of ’18 students have already had a full-blown case of senioritis, and some are still struggling with this “infliction”.

Mauro Sanchez, a senior, said, “Over the break, I want to go swimming and get rid of this farmer’s tan!” He added, “And for teachers who want to give us homework… NO!!! There’s absolutely no reason for teachers to give us homework over the break!”

Freshman Jorge Olmos said, “I’m excited for spring break because we don’t have to worry about school, and, no, we students shouldn’t have homework because we all really need a break.”

He added, “The perfect spring break would be 365 days.”

Aaron Cano, a sophomore, said, “I’m really excited for spring break because I can finally sleep in and get the rest that I need! No teachers should give students homework! We all need a break—especially the teachers! I know that I desperately need a break from school. I’d love to be able to spend the break with my girlfriend.”

Abigail Sotelo, a senior who is really excited for the break, said, “I can’t wait for spring break! I’m going to go out, swim and party!” She added, “And teachers shouldn’t give out homework, it’s our break, and it’s their break, too! They need time to recharge their batteries before the fourth quarter begins on March 26th!”

“The perfect spring break would be to go to Rocky Point,” Sotelo affirmed.

Principal Dr. Romero said, “Over the break, I’m going to watch my son play baseball and my daughter play soccer. I’ll also be working two days that week. For me, the perfect spring park is spending a lot of time with family, eating rib-eye steaks, pico de gallo and tripas de leche.”

“No, I don’t believe that teachers should give out homework over the break,” Romero said. “I think it’s an opportunity for everyone to recharge themselves. It’s a time to catch up on family, interests, and a time to rest and to de-stress.”

So, teachers, you hear that? – Straight from the Boss! J Happy Spring Break, Pueblo High School!

Happy Spring Break, And Welcome Crazy School Year Weather

by Analicia Bake

By the time Halloween comes around, every Tucsonan knows and is relieved that the days of 100 degrees are finally over, and 2017 year was an especially brutal year in most of the Southwestern United States. Even October was freakishly warm; in fact, 25 days in October experienced highs above 90 degrees, making it the hottest October in the history of recorded temperatures in Tucson—and that is more than 130 years of keeping track of the weather in our city.

“The cold weather is great, although we were really warm this year,” said sophomore Samuel Avila. “I especially like the overcast skies because we have so few of those in Tucson during the year.”

Earlier in 2017, Tucson experienced the warmest June in its weather history. Then, Tucson and much of Southern Arizona experienced the wettest July- ever!

Why stop the records there?

This past Thanksgiving, Tucson hit a record 91 degrees, and the records kept being shattered. December 2017 and January 2018 were in Tucson’s Top Five warmest list for those months.

Winter is not officially over until next Tuesday, March 20, but if the trend continues, Winter 2017-18 will probably go into Tucson’ weather books as one of the warmest on record.

While much of Arizona has been basking in the heat throughout the past five months, much of the rest of the country has been drastically below normal—frigid temperatures that few of us could ever relate to. Can any of us even imagine what 40 below feels like?

Now you may be wondering: What is going on?

Pueblo science teacher Mrs. Lisa Shepherd said, “We need to learn more about how pollution is affecting our planet the most and to recycle more often. This planet needs to support and develop new products that will be beneficial to our planet.”

She paused and added, “We can work with legislators to create laws to help our environment, and we have to initiate change.”

The forecast for the first day of spring break…? Try 70 degrees on Friday; the normal high is near 75 degrees.

Go figure… Happy Spring Break!

Warriors Become Spelunkers Kartchner Field Trip

By Candy Rodriguez and Alyssa Soza

Twenty-seven Warriors were treated to another world as they ventured on a field trip to Kartchner Caverns with teachers/sponsors Ms. Elaine Straub and Dr. Lolita Levine on Friday, Feb. 16.

This “other world” is just 50 miles southeast of Tucson, near Benson—a perpetual 68 degrees year-round no matter how hot or cold it might be outside of the cave. Students gasped as they marveled at nature’s wonders.

Senior Jorge Becerril, one of the lucky students who attended this field trip, said, “When you really comprehend how old each stalactite and stalagmite is, you really can appreciate Kartchner Caverns—or any cave system. In my entire lifetime, a stalactite or stalagmite might grow less than a foot! The delicate ecosystem in which we all inhabit is truly amazing and overwhelming.”

He added, “The light show presentation in the cave near the end of the tour was definitely the best of the trip. I’m glad that Dr. Levine and Ms. Straub chose this trip for us. I returned to Tucson with a lot more respect for nature and its natural beauty.”

A lot of people don’t know that Kartchner Caverns are relatively “new” when it comes to tourism. Actually, the cave was discovered by Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts in 1974, who found a narrow crack in the bottom of a sinkhole. The story is, they followed this warm, moist air toward what ended up being more than two miles or perfect cave passageways, with the help of Erick Campbell, an Arizona biologist.

They kept the cave secret for 14 years because they wanted to keep the cave pristine. After gaining the cooperation of the Kartchner family and working with them for more than a decade, they decided that the best way to achieve the goal of protecting the cave was to approach Arizona State Parks.

In 1988, the landowners sold the area to the state for development as a park and show cavern. Kartchner Caverns opened to the public in 1999 and has become one of Tucson’s best road trip destinations—just 50 miles southeast of town. The caves aren’t just for Southern Arizonans; people from all over the country and world have visited the mighty “The Big Room”, the most impressive area of the cave. Nearly 250,000 visitors frequent Kartchner Caverns, and spelunkers (cave experts and explorers) have rated these Caves in the World’s Top 10 Best.

Sponsor and teacher Ms. Elaine Straub said, “This field trip was for the science club to learn about living caves, the ecosystem of this unusual environment—as well as how the natural rock formations are created. Since both Dr. Levine and I are biology-oriented teachers, this close natural wonder is a great opportunity for our students to experience a science topic that we don’t have as much expertise in and do not include in our lessons.”

She added, “The highlight of the trip was observing the beautiful formations and learning about them through the analytical references the guides used to help us remember what each formation was.”

Senior Julia Sullivan also attended this trip; she was astounded by what she saw.
“I love what Earth has created for us,” Sullivan said. “So much of it is undiscovered. I’m glad that Kartchner Caves’ secret is out of the bag for all of us to enjoy—and to actually experience it. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the caves, but that was a good thing because it keeps the spectator in the moment. When we have cameras, we’re too busy looking through a lens and not seeing the real picture.”

Senior Riana Lara, one of the 27 students who participated on this field trip, said, “The trip was pretty exciting! I learned that the limestone mixed with water drips makes straw-like rock formations. The whole process is awesome and amazing.”

Students, Faculty Encouraged To Join ‘March For Our Lives’ (Wear Orange)

by Elizabeth Noriega

To honor the 17 slain students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, Pueblo’s “March For Our Lives” encourages all students and faculty members to participate on Wednesday, March 14—exactly a month after the tragedy. Hundreds of schools across the nation will be participating in their own marches on this date.

Senior Jorge Becerril was one of the architects of this movement.

“This country desperately needs common sense gun control,” Becerril said. “We students—and the teachers, too—shouldn’t have to worry about our safety at school. We are here to learn.”

Students and teachers—as well as everybody in the Pueblo community—are encouraged to participate in the solidarity movement after the radio broadcast in 6th period.

Participants are encouraged to wear orange, the color that has come to represent the anti-gun violence movement.

There will be an announcement over the intercom instructing Pueblo to begin their 17-minute march (one minute for every lost life in Florida) to the football field—much like a fire drill procedure. Once on the football field, students will continue walking around the track until the 17 minutes has lapsed. Then, everybody will sit in the bleachers and observe a minute of silence.

The two masters of ceremony, seniors Kanani Salazar (student council president) and Cynthia Amarillas (student council representative) will introduce student speakers. These speeches will last from one to three minutes. TUSD School Board member Ms. Adelita Grijalva is expected to be a speaker.

Becerril added, “There have been plenty of school shootings since I was a freshman, but for some reason, this shooting really affected me—maybe because there was so much press of this event in the aftermath of the tragedy. I’ve been inspired by many of the survivors of the Florida shooting who are adamant about getting their legislators to pass laws to make high school campuses safer.”

Becerril explained that this event is not about eradicating the Second Amendment (the right to bear arms), but rather making our society and our schools safer with common sense legislation that may ensure a safer country.
“This march is not an excuse for students to ditch or to skip their sixth period classes,” Becerril said. “We want our school to portray a mature message about this topic. This is also a great opportunity for students to voice their opinions. This topic is also a great opportunity for teachers to have meaningful dialogues and discussions in their classrooms.”

Warriors Dig For Evidence

By Alina Cuen

On Monday, Jan. 26, science teacher Ms. Elaine Straub set her forensics science students “free”—so to speak—letting them venture to Pueblo’s garden to dig up some bones.

Indeed, Straub’s forensics science students were excavating bones in order to solve mock “crime scenes”.

“What I’m trying to teach my students is how to cooperate with each other while they are excavating bones in order to solve crime scenes,” Straub said. “It’s just another way for them to work as a team.”

Sophomore Marcela Herrera, a student in the class, said, “Of all of my classes at Pueblo, I like coming to forensics the most because Ms. Straub lets us go out and learn—instead of reading out of a boring textbook. We learn so much more when we are hands-on. I don’t know why any other science teacher would want to teach any other way.”

Elena Elmer, a junior in the class, said, “Everybody in forensics class learns all of the interesting things that have to do with crime scenes, like blood splatters and bones—stuff that you might see on Crime Scene Investigation.”

For three years now, Straub wholeheartedly believes that kinesthetic learning works best in her forensics classes.

“Forensics is definitely one of those classes that you can’t teach solely out of a textbook,” Straub said. “Students love the freedom to explore outside of the classroom, and learning increases so much more by having them discover for themselves the answers and to solve the mysteries hidden in the ground.”

Straub added that she plans to continue this activity for as long as she teaches forensics science.

Sophomore Jacquelyn Gutierrez describes herself as an enthusiastic member of the forensics class. “I really like participating in the crime scenes that Ms. Straub creates for us because it gives us a taste of the real world,” she said.

Gutierrez said, “I’m really looking forward to the next crime scene that Ms. Straub makes up for us.”