Monthly Archives: April 2019

Service Dog Changes Student’s Experience

Anushka Gangwar ‘19
EE Contributor

Jayson Caballero THS Class of 2022.

Before, freshman Jayson Caballero was seen as any other Trumbull High student, but now he’s the talk of the school and all eyes are on him since he started bringing Martin, his service dog, into school with him.

Caballero has a service dog for his juvenile type one diabetes and has started to bring him into school, impacting his and his peer’s high school experiences.

Although Caballero has had to live with diabetes his whole life, he has only had Martin to assist him for over three years now. His service dog can detect if his blood sugar drops by his sense of smell and will let Caballero and/or his parents know by getting “excited” to get their attention.

“Ewe” Should Definitely Read This!

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Science and Tech Editor

2019’s newly bred ewe feeding.

As Spring approaches, students enrolled in the Agriscience program know that lambing season is on its way. Each year, the ewes, or female sheep on the farm, are bred in hopes of having adorable lambs on the farm come springtime.

This year at Agriscience, eleven ewes were bred and after 145 to 150 days (about five months), the typical gestation period for a sheep, lambing season had officially started. For all Agriscience students this a particularly exciting time, but for those upperclassmen enrolled in the animal science major, the experience is quite hands on. They not only assist in the birthing process if needed, but they also help in take care of the lambs in the early stages of their life and make sure that all of the ewes remain healthy and well cared for.

The Tracking Men

Joshua Dubreuil ‘20
EE Staff Writer

Junior Andy Spillane pole vaults over height during indoor track.

Wintertime is coming to an end and more sports are starting up again here at Trumbull High School. Track is a very popular sport at THS and since nobody gets cut from the team, there is no pressure of being the best on the field. It is a great experience for all of the participants.

The team captains for this years boys track team are Chris Lepore, Nigel Hayes, Hank Schober and Zach Iannucci. The coaches are Coach Banks, Coach Sages, Coach Tait, and Coach Gaines.

Junior Adrien Joseph, who has run track for his entire high school career, described his first year of track as, “A great way to meet new friends and try out a new sport.” He also added that,“It really impacted my freshman year in a great way and it was something I will definitely not regret.”

New Season, New Strike Zone

James Dubreuil ‘19
EE Managing Editor

A computer analyzing a professional pitcher’s pitch.

The MLB has been evolving to maintain its popularity among millennials and incorrect calls in the strike-zone could be the root of the next change. This spring training, the league is using a pitch clock to speed up games; however, the MLB also has the opportunity to turn to computerized home plate umpires that will be able to call balls and strikes with more accuracy than human beings, and could save hitters from bad calls made by home plate umpires.

PITCHf/x, created and maintained by Sportvision, is a system that tracks the speeds and trajectories of pitched baseballs. This system, which made its debut in the 2006 MLB playoffs, is installed in every MLB stadium. The data from the system is often used by broadcasters to show a visual representation of the pitch and whether or not a pitch entered the strike-zone. For more than a decade, PITCHf/x technology has shown television viewers of baseball an idea of whether the pitch was a ball or strike, and whether or not the home plate umpire made the correct call.

Changes to Graduation Requirements to be Implemented Next Year

Owen Hopwood ‘19
EE Contributor

In an effort to better prepare all students for their unique futures, the Connecticut General Assembly made major changes to the graduation requirements for high school students in Connecticut public schools. Although these changes were agreed upon in 2017, they will only be implemented starting next year for freshmen.

Major changes include an increase in the number of required credits, significant emphasis on flexibility and multiple pathways, less restrictive course requirements, and a new mastery-based diploma assessment requirement, which will take form as an exam.

Whereas, at the moment students must complete a minimum of 20 credits, with the new changes 25 credits would be required. However, guidance has confirmed that the vast majority of students currently reach that number by graduation at Trumbull High, so it shouldn’t be a big adjustment for most.

The specific credit requirements are now significantly different from the traditional study areas that students are used to. Now, social studies, English, and the arts are all in one category called “the humanities.” Then, another category called “STEM” includes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. There is also an added one credit required in health education, with one credit still required in physical education. A mandatory credit in world languages has also been added, along with a credit of mastery-based diploma assessment.

Lost and Found Makeover

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
EE News Editor

Jenna Schlatter stands near the new lost & found cart located which she manages. It is located in the Senior Lounge.

This year a major change has been made to the lost and found system and Trumbull High School. No longer is this black hole of student possessions shuttered away in an obscure closet. Now, the lost and found items are in a prominent location: the senior lounge. Students are finally able to find their lost items thanks to Jenna Schlatter, the student behind the wonderful transformation.

Jenna, a senior, loves working at the lost and found and decided to move it at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year for easier access.At the end of the semester, she personally cleans and donates the unclaimed items to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America non-profit organization, which aims to provide children facing adversity with adult mentors.

According to Mr. Fisco and Jenna, “This year we actually built the lost and found cart, a metal cart, it’s got a sign on there. We did the commercial in the homerooms for people to see and learn about it. And then we worked together to contact the place where we were going to donate the clothes.”

A Global Uprising

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
EE News Editor

Student teams begin orienteering exercise at the 2017 CT High School Geography Challenge.

A new club is on the rise at Trumbull High School. A mix of academics and competition, the geography club caters to those eager to learn. Although not a formal club yet, the ACE foundation has sponsored the group’s participation in the Connecticut High School Geography Challenge. THS is being represented by two teams of five students who will compete with high schools around Connecticut.

The competition, held on Wednesday, May 22 at Central Connecticut State University, includes four challenges that test the students’ knowledge of geography as well as the annual theme of the competition. This year, the competitors must be knowledgeable on the topic of global health and disease and should be informed on current developments, such as recent measles outbreaks and anti-vaccination trends. Beyond this, the students must have an extensive knowledge of the physical and human geography of the world.

The two advisors, Mrs. Brienza and Mr. Guertin, are aiming to make the group a formal club next year, after placing in the competition. Currently, the students are gathering information on topics of global health and disease, such as mental health, healthcare, and immunizations, while continuing to study their basic geography in preparation.

Our Town, Our Home, Our School: A Story of Resilience

Kyle Beck ‘19
EE Opinions Editor

Mrs. Kravecs pictured with Miss. Kravecs.

“You are more than good enough, Kyle. Keep writing- you are going to be very successful someday.” On the back of my Honors English 10 essay entitled “Enneagram Response,” a writing project tasked with helping developing sophomore minds try to discover who they truly are, this comment is inscribed. This, I presumed, would be the easiest way for everyone to understand just why I am writing this piece. You see, Mrs. Kravecs–my sophomore year English teacher responsible for those words–left a mark on each of her students. She made her classroom into a nurturing laboratory for introspection and reflection, teaching us about growing up, keeping an open mind, and thinking for ourselves.

For these very reasons, it was heartbreaking to discover that someone so kind-hearted would be diagnosed with Stage IIIb rectal cancer. Looking back on March 20th, 2018, the day she found out, Mrs. Kravecs reflected in the style only described as a teacher caring for everyone before herself when she “immediately thought of [her] girls, who were five and a half years and two and a half months old at the time, and how [she would] tell [her] husband and the rest of our family.”

Winter Percussion and World Guard Prepare for WGI Finals

Katie DeRose ‘22
EE Staff Writer

As spring finally blossoms into Trumbull, the winter percussion and color guard both prepare to culminate their seasons with strong performances at the World Guard International (WGI) Finals in Dayton, Ohio, this month. From the moment the marching band walked off the field at the USBands National Championships in November to now, both ensembles have rigorously worked to ensure their success this season, focusing on preserving the 2018 WGI titles.

The winter percussion ensemble, holding the WGI record for longest consistent finalist in their class, looks to bring a strong run of their show “Power” to Dayton. Throughout the show, dancers Faye Cohen and Chris Smaniotto battle each other for control over the ensemble as the front ensemble and battery engage the audience with thrilling music, bringing suspense to every second of their eight minute performance.

As Senior percussionist Hunter Kadish says, “The road to Dayton is not an easy one. In order to defend our title, we have to work for it. This means coming to practice all of the time and even practicing outside of rehearsal. We win when everyone pushes forward.” Having a high stature already waiting for them in Dayton, the ensemble only works harder to preserve the legacy that THS percussionists before them have already established.

Editorial: The Time is Now to Change School Start Time

Honors Journalism Class ’19
EE Contributors

At the February 26 Board of Education meeting, the public learned that there is a committee looking into options for making a change to the start time at the high school.  Dr. Jonathan Costa, Assistant Executive Director at EdAdvance, one of Connecticut’s six Regional Educational Service Centers, and Superintendent Cialfi both said that the science behind changing the start time for high school students is clear: the American Psychological Association, the CDC, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, were all cited by Dr. Cialfi as institutions who concur.  He also said that the research is there and we “must listen to the medical profession.”

While the research on teenager’s sleep cycle is clear, what is less clear is how to go about making the change.  We recognize that any option would necessarily have challenges in implementation and would require compromises as well as some real adjustments on the part of the community as a whole.  A time change would impact not only students at the high school but at all schools. It would disrupt sports schedules, work schedules, and daycare schedules.


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