Halloween is one day of the year where frightening and creative costumes are worn, and trick or treating is a fun custom as well. Unique costumes are seen throughout the night. A survey was sent out to the students and staff at Bonneville High School, asking questions about halloween costumes. There are many different categories that people dress up as during this spooky holiday season. Some favorite costumes at Bonneville this year include inflatable costumes, Minions, Disney characters, Star Wars characters, Lightning McQueen, Tinkerbell, Minecraft characters, and Spongebob characters. Many of these favorite costumes are classic characters in famous movies and video games. The scariest costumes some people at Bonneville have seen are clowns, the Grim Reaper, werewolves, zombies, the Boogie Man, scary dolls, demogorgons, and Michael Myers. Along with that, the strangest costumes seen are spiders, hot dogs, frogs, Plankton, a toaster, inflatable aliens, teletubbies, inflatable chickens, Shrek, and goats. Isaac LeCheminant mentions that the strangest costume he has seen is, “A rug. An actual rug.” Aside from all these bizarre costumes, the most common costumes people have seen include M&M’s, Spiderman, ghosts, vampires, superheroes, pumpkins, nerds, firefighters, lifeguards, skeletons, cheerleaders, and witches. Some of the costumes that students and staff are thinking of wearing this year are Marilyn Monroe, butterflies, cowgirls, Winnie the Pooh, Edward ScissorHands, and Care Bears. Several of the faculty and students added that their favorite costumes as children have been Cruella deVile, dalmatian puppies, Disney Princesses, Harry Potter, ladybugs, lambs, ninjas, Peter Pan’s shadow, a pumpkin, rubix cubes, tigers, and walruses. Many of these costumes are homemade as well. Corinne Inglet talks about the costume she made from scratch, “I have made a dragon and a supervillain by getting regular clothing and doing add-ons. I also made a cardboard dragon mask too.” Along with Inglet, other people have also put together homemade costumes such as pumpkins, M&M’s, ghosts, Cinderella, unicorns, dragons, Optimus Prime, stereotypical nerds, cowboys, and Captain Jack Sparrow. Several people enjoy matching costumes with another person; some of these matching costumes include superheroes, the Heathers, Elmo and Cookie Monster, Mario and Luigi, Twilight fangirls, football players and cheerleaders, and the Chipmunks. Emiley Mortensen talks about the matching costume she has had by saying, “It was Ken and Barbie, and it was with my cousin Evan.” Various diverse costumes are worn and seen by the people at Bonneville High School. Dressing up for Halloween is a way these people can convey their ideas to the world and be themselves.
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Hear ye, hear ye, the attendance policy has changed… kind of. In 2020, COVID-19 swept the nation, causing schools across the country to temporarily update their schedules and rules. Such as school rules and policies, for Bonneville’s “old” attendance policy inasmuch the same was the “new” one except for a few new add-ons.
For both the old and new policy students can only miss each class up to six times. Every six tardies in a class adds up to be one absence. However, with the new add-ons with attendance, after missing a class seven to nine times students have to make up time for that class on a monday afternoon. Then, afterwards the next ten to twelve absences it becomes a pass or fail. While also getting ten to twelve absences students will lose privileges of school clubs and extracurriculars. As well as the verification for drivers ed or license. If a student misses class the only few absences that do not count against a student are school related activities. Even with a doctor's note for why a student is missing school, it is still required for documentation for the front office.
When a student is found out to be skipping class they will be marked truant, aka the action of staying away from without a good reason. Which can lead to students and their guardians being trialed in court, after 30 to 100 hundreds hours of missing school unverified, as it is the law for teens and children to be in school. Afterwards a parole officer will be keeping track of the said student. This is not a new add on to the attendance policy this was a rule before COVID 19.
During the time of the policy being reinforced calls to the school have increased. As the lovely attendance ladies, that most students pass by in the morning, deal with the said calls. Kail Belnap has so kindly shared that the shortest call she and Amanda Van Orden have dealt with “was about 15 minutes long.” Nevertheless, COVID 19 has caused everyone to freak out over the slightest bit of sickness. Add the stricter rules of the attendance policy before covid and there's a whole new mess. During COVID 19 Bonneville was quite lenient on the attendance.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel to a new country and live and experience their culture the way they do every day? Miguel Villafruela Gonzalez is a Spanish exchange student here at Bonneville High School. Gonzalez is originally from Spain’s capital, Madrid, and he chose to come to The United States because he wanted to experience our culture and further his knowledge of the English language.
Gonzalez was first inspired to travel and become an exchange student when his brother traveled abroad during a summer program. Instead of a single summer, Gonzalez decided he wanted to experience more and chose to come for a whole year. He enrolled in a foreign exchange program, passed his interview and fluency exam, and became eligible to come to the States. Gonzalez has faced some challenges with joining the school a little late and having to make new friends; however, his host family has made it much more welcoming and easier to be in Idaho. Gonzalez has never been to America before, so everyday involves a new experience for him. He enjoys getting to know as much as he can about the area, such as the vehicles, supermarkets, and weather. When asked about his favorite experiences, he said that he is having a wonderful time encountering new things such as going to Sam's Club and attending the football games. Gonzalez is also adjusting to his new school structure and schedule; at his old school, students would stay in the same room while teachers would rotate classes to come to the students. In Spain, school spanned from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Not only is the structure and schedule different from Spain's, but the grading system varies as well. In the United States, nearly all assignments count towards the final grade, while summative exams make up the majority of grades in Spain. He is enjoying not having to wear a uniform anymore and having the freedom to leave during lunch. Overall, Miguel Villafruela Gonzalez is looking forward to learning more about our culture and enjoying the American experience.
Art is time consuming, whether it be a class that is taken or a hobby that is pursued. Bonneville High School has many art classes available to take, some being Introduction (Intro) to Art, Intermediate Art, Advanced Art, and Digital Photography. In Intro to Art, students use mostly graphite pencils, a bit of interaction with watercolours, and coloured pencils, later they learn about how to achieve different shading by using different textures, such as cloth and fur. While taking intermediate art they use graphite, charcoal, and chalk pastels. In the Advanced Art class, students use the aforementioned mediums and tools, as well as acrylics and oil paints. In the advanced class, art students learn how to create body portraits and how to take good photos with the right lighting. Digital Photography uses cameras and takes pictures to construct art and uses references to form similar pictures.
Mr. Jason Coles is the teacher who instructs all these different art classes. He explains that he got into art because in his elementary years Coles had worked on drawing when his teachers were reading. He took his first art class in junior high, “I loved it” Coles exclaims. He thought it would be a cool career to have, to teach art. Coles has taught art classes for 28 years, and he taught 19 of those years at Snake River High School in Blackfoot, afterwards he spent two years in Cascade, Idaho and eight years at Bonneville.
Coles says he would prefer more time because he has numerous lessons he would like to teach; however, Coles does not have enough time to teach all of the lessons he wants. Only a few classes so far this trimester have least completed one lesson. Intermediate Art, finished their Flag shading project, which is currently hung up in the art room. A project based on learning different angles, light, and different shadows types. Advanced art just finished their “Buddy Portrait” which involves learning camera angles and lights and as well with the models knowing different facial expressions.
Art is a time consuming process; however, learning and using different mediums and tools is an experience that not many people choose to pursue. Taking art in levels makes it thus students can learn in increments and use tools that are within that level. Which allows each student to learn and grow in art.
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