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  • JV wrestling heads to a tournament at Southeast Polk on Saturday, Dec. 14. Good luck!
  • The wrestling team takes on Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln this weekend. Good luck!
  • Good luck to the basketball teams on Friday, Dec. 13 as they take on Creston!
  • The Madrigal Dinner is this weekend in the commons. Break a leg!
  • The ACT test is Saturday, Dec. 14 at AHS.
  • AHS is hosting SWIBA auditions on Saturday, Dec. 14. Good luck to those auditioning!
  • There is a home archery meet on Saturday, Dec. 14. Good luck!
  • The speech team is participating in a tournament at Dowling Catholic this weekend. Break a leg!
  • The boys swim team hosts Sioux City West and South Sioux City on Thursday, Dec. 12. Good luck!
  • The 2018-19 Javelin is in!

Education on an Excursion

Education on an Excursion

Belle Wickman, Staff Writer

December 4, 2019

After two years of learning Español and keeping a grade above a C-average, some students in Atlantic High School take the opportunity to travel with Spanish teachers Daniel Vargason and Trisha Niceswanger to Costa Rica. While there, the students go ziplining near a volcano and go on many nature walks. Va...

How a Journalism Story is Written

How a Journalism Story is Written

Da'Jai Wesson, Editor

December 2, 2019

On the school news website, AHSneedle, we try to put out at least three stories a day and 15 stories a week. The content ranges from news briefs about sports and fine arts, opinion pieces, and updates about school news in general. All stories are written by editors or students of Intro to Journalism...

New Semester Final Format

New Semester Final Format

Ava Bruckner, Staff Writer

November 26, 2019

Change is coming to Atlantic High School. Conversations between principal Heather McKay and other administrators sparked discussion about semester finals. For the past several years, tests were required for students to get credit for the course taken. The last three days of the semester would be schedu...

Music in the Brain

Music in the Brain

Felicity Swanson, Staff Writer

November 25, 2019

“Music soothes the savage beast,” so says 17th-century author William Congreve. Many students at AHS would say this is true. Music is calming and comforting and can, in some situations, improve concentration. School psychologist Mary McLaren believes listening to music can either help or hinder...

Students and Teachers’ Thoughts on Homework

Students and Teachers’ Thoughts on Homework

Eleanor Greving, Staff Writer

November 18, 2019

Homework is a growing epidemic that is becoming more and more stressful for students. Teens are constantly stressed from the amount of homework that is being assigned. With the students' activities, family events, and time to do the homework, they don’t have much time for a social life. Sophomore Katy Rothfusz said her social life is definitely affected by her school work. She said...

Four-Day School Weeks Across the Nation

Four-Day School Weeks Across the Nation

Anastasia Muell, Editor

November 14, 2019

What do students do on their free Mondays and Fridays? Sleep a little extra? Watch some Netflix and do some chores? Some students at schools around the country get to experience this “day off” every week because their school has initiated a four-day school week. According to Iowa Public Radio, this tren...

Understanding Instructional Practice Inventory Days

Understanding Instructional Practice Inventory Days

Addi Schmitt, Staff Writer

November 13, 2019

Every quarter, teachers from across the district arrive at AHS and pop in and out of classrooms, counting students and asking questions about the assignments. Most students have learned to ignore this, but some wonder what is going on. Instructional Practice Inventory (IPI) is the process used to ge...

English Students Create Children’s Books

English Students Create Children’s Books

Trista Flathers, Staff Writer

November 13, 2019

Students in the AHS English 3 class completed a new type of project that included the Washington Elementary first graders. Emma Bireline, who teaches the class, brainstormed ideas for her students in trying to find a new way of showing what they have learned from the first unit of the year. Instead of ha...

Lettering in Academics

Lettering in Academics

Grace Clay, Editor

November 7, 2019

Just as they recognize students for extracurricular achievements every year, the Atlantic High School formally recognizes the academic achievements of their students as well.  This year the assembly will be held on Monday, Nov. 25 at 9:36 a.m. in the high school auditorium. The academic award is p...

How ADHD Affects Students

How ADHD Affects Students

Camryn Church, Editor

October 21, 2019

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects 13.5 percent of students ages 12-17. Of that 13 percent, a majority of students diagnosed are males. This isn’t because females aren’t less susceptible to the disorder, it’s rather likely the symptoms of ADHD are different in girls, and can...

Area Schools Come Together for College Fair

Area Schools Come Together for College Fair

Taliya James and Dreyah Rutherford

October 7, 2019

The Atlantic High School college fair was hosted on Sep. 25, between 9:00-10:15 a.m. Fifty-eight colleges and universities, vocational schools, and military representatives attended along with 450 students from Atlantic, Griswold, ACGC, and Audubon. The goal for the college fair was to open lines of commu...

All the Good Chemistry Jokes Argon

All the Good Chemistry Jokes Argon

Molly McFadden, Editor

September 26, 2019

“Inconceivable.” Science teacher Valerie Jaerhling’s favorite movie is “The Princess Bride” and many things that Jaehrling has done in her life could be described as Vizzini would say, inconceivable. Throughout Jaehrling’s life she has been a driver for the CyRide, a member of the Peace Corps...

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