Weekly Update

Thursday, September 28, 2017


This year’s news website, www.achsstinger.com, is ready for everyone’s perusal!  Their first story of the year is up; it is a slide show look at Club Rush, which took place on September 15th.

Our Stinger staff includes Chloe Schicker as our new Editor in Chief. Emma Brock, who was co-managing editor with Chloe, will serve as sole managing editor now. Rachel Ryan is our news editor, Cecilia Nguyen is our features editor, Jasmine Plascenica is our photography editor and Kaylie Chen is our video editor.

We look forward to a great year of school news!


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

Our FCCLA students traveled to Newport Beach on Monday with their advisor, Ida Lange, to participate in an Officer’s Meeting. The students learned the responsibilities of their respective office.  They have a better understanding of how to run the chapters at their own school.  As well, students had lots of opportunities to bond with fellow officers through team building activities.




News from English 4

Lauri Markson and her English 4 students just finished reading and analyzing the Anglo-Saxon epic poem “Beowulf” – the most ancient of Old English texts.  Their next task was to prepare for a trial to defend the monster Grendel and try to find evidence from the text to prove that he was an outcast from society and that his evil ways stemmed from the others who banished him from their midst. It was a challenging task, but on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, the students stood up to the challenge and made every effort to conduct the trial with the help of their teacher and our new Deputy Michael Legge, who advised the students on legal courtroom procedure and appropriate courtroom lingo, so the students were accurate and could participate on a mature and professional level. The literature book was never far from their desks and their minds. Students had to bring their textbook/anthologies up to the witness stand as they needed to use particular lines from the text as evidence. The lawyers, too, had legal pads in hand as they also jotted down long passages of text to try to prove their case.

For two days, Lauri Markson’s classroom looked much more like a county courtroom than a classroom. We had the witness dock, the judge’s bench, the legal teams’ tables on both the prosecution and defense sides and a gallery of spectators (and witnesses). By the end of each lesson, the students left class asking “When can we do this again?” The atmosphere was rather exciting and electric.

Ms. Markson would like to thank Deputy Michael Legge for participating for two lessons in her classroom and making such a positive connection with our class. It really was a wonderful experiment, and we shall be conducting more literary character trials as the semester and year continues. It can only improve, and the students will only become more confident and successful in their understanding of the law and the literature.