Scott claims the Spirit Stick for day one of Homecoming Week.

Homecoming week started off with a blast here at FHS! On Monday, September 19, the spirit day was ‘American Day’, and students were encouraged to wear their most patriotic clothing to school. After evaluation by StuCo judges, three winners were decided. Third place went to Haylee Gray ’17, second to Justin Peterson ’17, and first place went to Jolie Scott ’18. Along with a celebratory popsicle, Scott was also trusted with the spirit stick for the entire school day.

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Mr. Fisher’s Egg Drop Lab

On Monday March 7, Mr. Fisher’s Physics class participated in an egg drop lab. In this lab each student was given various school supplies and an egg. Each student had to make a structure that would let the egg drop from the ceiling and make it to the floor without cracking the egg. Click the video above to watch.

Students adapt to changes in schools

There were many changes to the school from 1989 to 1990. The biggest difference was the school. That year they moved from the ‘23 building to the ‘89 building.

Open campus was taken away because there was always trash littering the school grounds. When they moved to the new building they changed from letting everyone have open campus, to closed campus.

“The last year we were in the ‘23 building, it was my first year teaching.  One change was that everyone had open campus. When we started school in this building the Fine Arts center wasn’t here so we did all our convos in the gym and we would set up the stage in the commons.” Business teacher Teresa Hansmire said.

According to the 1990 yearbook, “On August 22, there was a traffic jam. 165 cars were trying to park in the 165 parking spaces. Everyone was confused and disoriented in the new school. They had to acclimate to the new school and find new places for their group to hang out, eat and to park.” Many of the students’ parents did not tolerate disrespect in their homes, which in turn made the students respect their teachers more. Now the students’ parents try not to punish their kids because they think that their kids might hate them because of their discipline, which make them less demanding. This makes the students respect their parents and teachers less.

“The students respected the teachers more when they went to school in the ‘23 building than they do now. Back then students respected their parents more but now a lot of students are on their own a lot of the time which gives little respect to parents and also to teachers,” substitute teacher Bob Bauer said.

The 1989 yearbook states that “the students were looking towards a better future and a better school. They were ready to move to the new school and ready for the changes.”

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The old school was built in 1923. There were other buildings that the students had to walk to to get to their other classes. Photo by: Stephen Engelman

The 1989 yearbook states that “the students were looking towards a better future and a better school. They were ready to move to the new school and ready for the changes.”

“The big difference from this school and the ‘23 building is that you had classes in the ‘23 building but also had classes in the superintendent’s building so the students had to leave the building to get to some of their classes.” Social studies teacher Randy Simpson said. No matter what classes or teachers have changed over the years, the history of FHS is relevant today.

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The new school was built in 1989. The students were both happy and confused with their new school. Photo by: Ludwig Von Thurn

The new school was built in 1989. The students were both happy and confused with their new school. Photo by: Ludwig Von Thurn

 

StuCo brings ideas to the table

The school year has officially started and many new additions are popping up in Fairbury Jr.-Sr. High school. With 36 members in stuco alongside their sponsors Mrs. Beranek and Ms. Beck for the 2015-2016 school year, will be creating new ideas to be more inviting and fun.

Some people may have noticed we have a new addition to our cafeteria. The microwave has become a big hit within the lunches. Students bring lunch from home, enjoy having more options.

“We wanted to give the students more lunch options,” Bethany Klaumann ‘17 said.

Some kids used to go to teachers rooms to use their microwave. Now we can use our own.

“Trent Grizzle said he used to have one at his school, and he brought it up one day and we all loved the idea,” Macy Ohlde ‘18 said.

Ohlde is the stuco president and had quite a bit to say about this upcoming year, especially new things for homecoming.

“We’re going to try to bring back the bonfire for homecoming and a drive in movie probably in the back of the school the week of homecoming. We’ll be playing the movie, Back To the Future, since that’s the theme,” Ohlde ‘18 said.

With that in mind, homecoming will be even a bigger hit. Many new additions are sure to be brought onto the horizon.

“It means a lot to be the president because the council believes I can make the school a better place,” Ohlde ‘18 said.

Mentioned before, having 36 members in stuco can have an impact on the organization.

“I think the upperclassmen can show the new members the ropes and help set up with dances and the camera for the stuco show,” Klaumann ‘17 said.

The stuco show has a variety of hosts this year. Paige Patton and Britney Scheetz host a few shows then hand it off to Jacob Johnson and Paul Mach for a few other shows. The show happens every Tuesday during block 1/2.

Student council is spicing it up this year. They’re getting more involved with fun activities and other additions while bringing back old traditions.