Science Academy Students Culminate Their Year with Trip to MIT

Katie DeRose ’22 EE Staff Writer As the 2018-2019 school year comes to an end, many clubs and other after school activities look to find memorable ways to put a close to their More »

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 More »

StEIGHT Champs

James Dubreuil ‘19 EE Co-Managing Editor After weeks of hard work and practice, the students of Ms. Boland’s United States Government and Constitutional Studies (also known as BICEN) class finally had the More »

Girl’s Volleyball Team Are FCIAC Champs!

Manan Manchanda ‘19 EE Co-Editor-in-Chief After an electrifying win in the semifinal against Ludlowe, Trumbull Girls Volleyball competed in the FCIAC championship on Saturday, November 3rd. The girls had an impressive performance More »

Celebrating Sponsoring Seniors

Kyle Beck ’19 EE Senior Opinions Editor If you walked into Trumbull High School on Thursday, October 25th, you may have noticed something strange. Yes, the apprehension from the upcoming FCIAC competitions for More »

 

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.

The “S” in PTSA: Who it Stands For and What They Do

Hannah Auten ’19
EE Contributor

Trumbull High School’s PTA (Parent Teacher Association) has an extra letter in an acronym commonly used by schools all across the country; Trumbull High has an “S” which allows for student representation.

The concept of a PTSA is not unique to Trumbull; when searched on the National PTA website, there is a definition of a PTSA and why students should be involved.

According to the National PTA, “PTSAs actually provide youth members with the opportunity to make a difference by developing leadership skills, learning about the legislative process, increasing their self-esteem, and contributing to the school. In turn, adult members gain a new perspective for program development, as well as acquire a better understanding of the youth of today.”

Nine Students Qualify For DECA National Competition

Grace Shay ’19
EE Contributor

Promotional message from the Connecticut Chapter of DECA

On Tuesday, March 5th, the Trumbull High School DECA (Distributive Education Club of America) Team attended the state competition at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT to compete against 20 other schools for a spot at the National Competition in Orlando, Florida. According to DECA founders, DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in career clusters of finance, hospitality, marketing, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

The state competition consists of participating public high schools within the state. The students are able to choose which category they would like to compete in. From accounting to retail merchandising, the options vary so students can have a topic that interests them. Within each category, the students can choose if they want to have an individual or a team (two people) decision making event. Regardless of which option they choose, the students are given a case study specific to their business category. They are given thirty minutes to read over the case study and prepare a presentation given to judges who are professionals in the industry.

Senior Switch Strikes Again

Aleksandra Misiewicz ’12
EE Staff Photographer

A handful of Trumbull high seniors drop and add classes to their second semester schedules even after they have applied to colleges.

Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Kristen Thompson, thinks students change their schedule because their interests change from junior year when they pick the course to senior year when they actually need to take it.

Hailey Angelucci said straight off the bat that “I didn’t do it so it looks good for college.” Angelucci switched out of video production into bake shop and from film to peace, protest, and tolerance. When asked why, she said “[I] switched because I needed less stress… I did it to make senior year more enjoyable. I changed my mind because I am simply at a different mindset then I was when I chose those classes.”

Unlike Angelucci, Jackie Eid switched partially because of college and partially to ease her senior year. As she balances her job, school, and having time for herself, she decided to drop her eighth period entrepreneurship class so she has enough time to go home and eat before work.


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