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Petersen Takes On the Psyche

Petersen Takes On the Psyche

Kenzie Hoffman and Addi Schmitt

January 13, 2020

History teacher Trace Petersen has stepped up to the plate and taken on the role of teaching the Behavioral Science course at AHS.  Petersen has taught CPI and American History at Atlantic High School for 15 years. Before that, he taught psychology for 16 years at other schools in cities such as P...

How Funding Affects Field Trips

How Funding Affects Field Trips

Lexie Trotter, Staff Writer

January 8, 2020

On average, only ten percent of high schoolers in the United States go on field trips. Elementary students double that with 20 percent going on field trips each year. Principal Heather McKay said she would love to take more field trips because it is a way to expand knowledge outside of a classroom....

Sophomores Prepare for Future With Mock Interviews

Sophomores Prepare for Future With Mock Interviews

Da'Jai Wesson, Editor

December 17, 2019

As the semester ticked away, the career unit for the English 2 classes rolled around. The grand finale for this unit is the mock interview students must complete.  This is English 2 teacher Randall Simpson’s second year teaching at AHS, which means it’s also his second year teaching the career un...

Heading to the Superbowl

Heading to the Superbowl

Molly McFadden, Editor

December 16, 2019

Atlantic High School’s P.E. class is called Lifetime Fitness. It is called this because the activities that you do in the class aren’t just for fun. While table tennis might be a blast, the goal of this class is to teach students activities they can do throughout their lifetime. Throughout the year, ...

Read Between the Lines

Read Between the Lines

Ariel Clark, Editor

December 13, 2019

Reading is a skill required by teachers and considered to be an important aspect of any classroom. It’s emphasized and required in order to further one’s education in many fields. The practice of reading doesn’t only correlate to education, though. Reading has many benefits outside learning word ...

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...

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