Library gets makeoverBy Camden Duffy
Over the summer, faculty and staff renovated the school’s library, moving K-12 books from their old site to two new locations. The change allowed Mrs. Schreiner to relocate her English classroom from the old middle school annex to the High School hall.
Mrs. Schreiner’s former classroom now houses elementary and middle school fiction, most nonfiction, and all reference books. The high school fiction and some nonfiction is in Dr. Ondyak’s English classroom.
“I think that the library is a good fit for the high school classroom,” said Dr. Ondyak. “It fits nicely in the back of the room. Plus, students can access the books easily and see new additions on a regular basis.”
Many people divided the labor, including Mr. Schreiner and his family, Dr. Ondyak, Jori and Dalli Simmons, and Mr. Stallings. Dr. Ondyak weeded and separated the books before the Schreiner family moved the shelves to the new locations. Mrs. Simmons and her daughter, junior Dalli Simmons, then did most of the heavy lifting and moved the books.
The location change also allowed faculty to review and adjust the books in the library’s collection. Junior Christopher Hays said, “I didn’t like the old library because the books were just falling apart.” Junior Dustin Glover added, “I like the new library because it is convenient in Dr. Ondyak’s room and the books are in good condition.”
Although the number of books has decreased, over $200 dollars of new books are now available to students. Dustin said, “I like the new books because they are interesting to more readers.” Thanks to a generous monetary donation from a local church and the funds raised last spring by selling off old or duplicate books, students can choose from more modern books that appeal to our generation.
New school schedule provides time for improvement By Cale Halliburton
GPS has made many changes this year, with the most noticeable being the new schedule. The school day now ends at 3:00, with some Fridays ending at noon. The school day also has seven, rather than eight, class periods. According to school officials, the abbreviated schedule offers opportunities to better the school as a whole.
Proposals for a new schedule began last spring. Administration created several schedules that teachers voted on. After the vote, the school board approved the winning schedule.
It’s unknown if the new schedule will be better than the old one, but for now it seems teachers and students prefer it to the old one.
Senior Brody Hines is one such student who thinks this schedule is better than the old one, saying he likes it better because you get out earlier and have more time after school to do what you want.
English teacher Mrs. Schreiner also commented about the schedule change, saying she likes it because it gives teachers time to complete their state-required professional development training.
The schedule change allows teachers more time to improve as teachers since they have more time to focus on training or organizing their classrooms or lesson plans, which help the school function better. One type of professional training helps teachers learn how to differentiate instruction so students can better understand the material. All of this couldn’t be done as efficiently without the change of schedule.
So far the community has raised no objections about the change, so the new schedule will continue until a need is required.
“Be somebody you can be proud of”By Goodwell Tribune Staff
Goodwell’s Chief of Police, Andrew Ramirez, visited GHS on Friday, Aug. 17 to address responsibility and respectability with 6-12th grade students.
Ramirez, who has lived in Goodwell for 12 years and has been the chief-of-police for 11 and a half years, has two children who are currently enrolled at GPS.
He thought it was important to visit the school, stating, “I wanted to have a chance to empower you with the realization of how much power you have as individuals and a group.”
His message focused on ways to set goals and persevere both inside and outside of the classroom.
Ramirez explained that by setting long-term goals, students will be able to “Be your best self.” He added, “You all have the ability to be successful.”
To help students understand how to successfully reach their goals, Ramirez advised, “Focus on how each day gets you closer to your goal.”
He explained that every action you take is either a step towards or a step away from your goal, so we should all be aware of our choices.
“We are all guides for someone,” Ramirez said. He challenged students in 6-12 to be positive role models for those in elementary grades. He also motivated them to make time for younger students because this interaction will help them feel important and behave responsibly.
Ramirez also suggested that students take time for themselves. He challenged them to “treat yourself better than you do now.”
He ended his motivational speech by telling the students of GHS, “there is nothing wrong with you. You are your own person, so work toward your goals.”
He hopes that students will “take away that they have an immeasurable impact on their community, the quality of their own lives, and improving their own and others’ experience in the school and in their personal lives.”
And the students did respond positively to his message. Sophomore Kyle Franklin said, “I thought it was very motivational. It can help kids who are struggling with motivation about things, like achieving their goals.”
Junior Avery Evans agrees. She said, “It was inspirational. It taught me a lesson about life: always believe in your dreams.”
Ramirez’s message resonated with GPS students, and the event was an all-around success.