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Friday, January 5, 2018

Ace the ACT

by Hannah Robinson
It is one of the most critical tests you will ever take.  It is a big factor in determining the outcome of college and scholarship applications.  This test is what we all know as the ACT.  In Wisconsin, all high school juniors are required to take this assessment.  Because this is not an optional test, every one of you will find yourself taking it at one point or another.  And, while the ACT can seem very intimidating, especially due to its incredible importance and daunting length of over three and a half hours, there are many ways that you can prepare.  Continue reading to hear some of the best tips and tricks from Little Chute High School seniors who have already gone through the ACT process.
“Wake up early in the morning so you’re wide awake when you’re taking the test,” Abigail Buchholz shares.  “Also, eat a big, hearty breakfast because otherwise you’re going to be starving during the test.  That will probably make your score go down.”  It is obviously not a good idea to go into testing day tired.  Luckily, this is something that can easily be controlled.  Make sure you get at least 8-10 hours of sleep the night before to ensure that you do not get droopy-eyed during the test.  Also, Abby suggests getting up a bit early on testing day so that you have enough time to “wake up” before actually beginning the ACT.  Another critical point Abby makes in her advice is that you must eat a good breakfast on the day of your test.  If you eat a small breakfast or no breakfast at all, your grumbling stomach will no doubt make it very difficult for you to concentrate on anything but your hunger, and your scores will reflect that.  However, with enough sleep and a sufficient breakfast, you will be physically ready for your test.
“Go into the test open-minded and confident,” Lexi Halase suggests. “Don’t go in with a closed-off and pessimistic attitude.”  While the ACT is a measurement of skill and knowledge, the results will change depending on your attitude while taking it.  If you make sure to have a positive attitude throughout the test, you will most likely have better results over all.  This “I can do it” approach will allow to you to take on the challenging questions more confidently and, as a result, will produce better scores.  On the other hand, if you go into the test thinking that you aren’t going to do well, then your scores are going to show that.  This is relevant not only before the test, but throughout the entire assessment.  If you do not know how to do a question, don’t sweat it!  Do your best, skip the question, and go back to it if you have time.  The key to having confidence is to be prepared, and the best way to do this is simply to practice, practice, practice! “Utilize the ACT after school and lunch prep sessions with teachers.  They help you understand what’s actually going to be on the ACT and the teachers help you find resources. For example, for English, Mrs. Vandeyacht found videos to us understand grammar better.”  Throughout your junior year, you will be offered many opportunities to sign up for ACT preparatory sessions in all four subject areas of the test.  These sessions occur either during lunch or after school and you will be able to sign up for however many you think you need to do well on the test.  Breanna Fritsch suggests that you take advantage of these sessions which have proven to be very beneficial in her ACT experience.  They only last about a half hour each, and the teacher whose room you sign up for will help you in any way they can by providing you with additional resources and giving you tips on the subject.  Sign up for as many as practice sessions as you can because they will help you in ways that simply practicing on your own cannot.“If you can’t come up with an answer to a question in a minute and a half, you have to move on so you have more time to answer the rest of the questions instead of focusing on just one,” Libby Vandenberg reveals.  Learning to manage your time on the ACT is crucial.  Because we are rarely timed on standard high school tests, time management is something that we must practice to improve on.  The more you practice, the better you will understand how long you should spend on each question of the four subjects of the test.  Obviously, this will vary by person depending on his or her level skill in the subject and the difficulty of the problem.  However, as a general rule, Libby suggests that if you cannot find the answer to a problem after about a minute and a half or so, it’s probably best to move on the next question.  Come back to it later if you have time.  If you do this, though, be sure to skip the bubble for that question so that you don’t mix up all of your answers.  Don’t freak out if you don’t know a question; it’s one of many!  Rather than wasting time trying to figure out the answer to it, continue with the rest of the test so that you can get points for other questions that you do know.  The best way to improve your time management skills is to time yourself when practicing.  Doing so will allow you to keep track of how much time you have remaining on each test, which will also be the case on actual testing day.  The test proctors will tell the beginning and ending times for each test section, and there will be a clock in the room.  Use this to your advantage!  When practicing at home, see what question you are at certain times into the test.  For example, in the math section, you have 60 minutes to complete 60 questions.  That rounds out to one minute per question.  Therefore, when you practice with the time, do your best to keep that pace so that even when you are halfway through the test, you still have half an hour remaining.  For many, time is their worst enemy on the ACT; however, with lots of patience and practice, you will find the method that works best for you. As a high school senior myself, I have taken the ACT a total of four times and, as a result, have learned some tips along the way as well.  The first step for me was to set a goal score.  Keeping this number in my mind as I practiced and scored at-home practice tests, I was able to numerically judge how well I was doing and see if I was on track to reach this score on the actual test.  Thankfully, my hard work paid off and I achieved the score I wanted.  However, this simply encouraged me to set a higher score for myself.  I highly suggest to anyone who will be taking the ACT to set a goal score for themselves because it truly did help me keep track of my progress.It will also prove very beneficial to you to schedule specific times to practice for the test.  While you will obviously have other commitments such as work and school, you must find time to practice because this is the best way to improve your score.  This “scheduling” can be as specific as making a hard copy schedule with exact times for practice or as broad as making sure to set aside half an hour each day for practice.  On the topic of practicing, it is vital that you begin practicing months or at least weeks before your test.  Cramming your study time within the last week is very stressful and not very effective in getting you the score that you want.  This can be avoided, though; it just requires dedication and self-motivation.  ACT practice books can be found at your local library, online, or in select stores.
While the ACT is very important, don’t fret if you aren’t able to achieve the score you want on the first try.  You are always able to take the test again, and these tips will help you better prepare for the next time.  Be sure to get lots of sleep, eat a good breakfast, take advantage of school study sessions, pace yourself, and practice as much as possible.  If you keep all of this in mind and maintain a positive attitude throughout, you can ace your ACT!
Click the link below for some helpful, official ACT help and resources.

Environmental Club

By: Lexington Halase

The Little Chute High School Environmental Club has had a strong start the 2017-2018
school year with 35 members! The club is led by advisor, Mr. Rankin, and their club board
Stephanie Serrato, President, Nicole Plutz, Fundraising Coordinator, and Melina Bakken,
Secretary and Media Coordinator. These three board members and their advisor help lead
meetings, plan events, organize fundraisers, and keep track of profits and attendance.
The club’s members have been working very hard during the first few months of the school
year. In October, the club had a Halloween Fundraiser where students could purchase
miniature pumpkins, gourds, and bags of candy to celebrate the spooky season. With having
the products donated by the Rankin family and not having to pay much out of pocket
for supplies, the club made a total of $107.25! This total will go into the club fund in order to
help pay for the end of the year camping trip in May, which is a fun time for the club members
to celebrate a successful year and enjoy the great outdoors! Aside from this fundraiser, the
club has also been working on collecting old ink cartridges and recycling them back to
companies for a profit. While there isn’t a total amount of money received available yet, it
is expected for the club to make quite a bit of money off of these recycled cartridges.
With the fundraisers going on, the club has also found time every Friday during terms two
and three to take out recycling for teachers. This ensures that the materials needed to be
recycled get recycled and don’t end up being thrown out. Plus, it helps keep rooms tidier.
Along with this, our club’s board and advisor are working with the school board in order to
start a lunchroom recycling program for the elementary school to help all of the young
students learn about recycling early on in life and preventing the build-up of recyclables in
the trash system. The club has been very busy working on all of these current and past
With the success of the club’s projects early on in the year, there are more plans in the
making for fundraisers and events in the future! There is a bake sale planned for the month of
January, a Valentine’s Day fundraiser, and a flower sale for Mother’s Day. Along with these planned
fundraisers, the club also participates in events planned for Earth Week, which will be April 16
through April 20 of 2018. Events include highway cleanup, sidewalk chalking, and a movie night!
For more information about future events and what the club is all about, stayed tuned on the
Environmental Club section of the Rankin Station website:


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Boys Basketball

By Natalie O’Brien

The week after fall sports came to an end, winter sports began. Boys’ Basketball just
started practice, learning new drills before the games. There are three teams: JV1,JV2,
and Varsity. Each team has a new coach this year; Turner Botz will be coaching for JV2;  
Anthony Martin will take up the role as assistant coach for Varsity; and Jon VanGrinsven
will also be an assistant coach for the JV1 team.  Our returning coaches are Mr. Martin
and Matt Plate. With the season approaching quickly, the coaches are very excited to
see what the boys will accomplish this year.  Coach Martin is very confident in his team
and has high hopes for this season.  “We hope to continue our streak of finishing in the Top
4 of our conference for the 13th straight year, which includes five conference championships
over those years,” Martin shared.  “We have a strong nucleus of returning players led
by our five seniors: Connor Mara, Max Schommer, Keenan Stevens, Sawyer Huss,
and Matt Reynebeau. Junior Noah Mueller also returns and has been in the starting line-up
since he was a freshman. In addition, we have a strong junior class. We believe we have
the talent and depth to be a formidable ball club and hope to contend for another conference
championship."  As the season begins for the boys, we cannot wait for more games to come
and cheer them on as their journey continues.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Plans After High School

By Madison VerBust

College is a big step for people now a days. So many seniors are traveling around the state to extend their schooling for their future plans. I have interviewed a few of our own students here at LCHS. They were asked a few questions like where they are going, what they are doing, and what they are looking forward to most in college? There is a ton of very different studies that these students will be going for and what they enjoy doing the most. Many students do not know what they want to do in the near future but these students are prepared and ready to start their next chapter in life. Below are a few students that I have interviewed for the article and the questions that were asked.

Lexington Halase:
1. Where do you want to attend college?- St. Norbert and Bellin College (Partnership Nursing Program)
2. What do you want to do for your future?- Become an Emergency Room and Trauma Nurse
3. What are you most excited for in college?- A new environment with new opportunities that will benefit my future.

Jana VanVooren:
1. Where do you want to attend college?- I want to go to either Concordia or Carroll.
2. What do you want to do for your future?-  I want to pursue a career in nursing
3. What are you most excited for in college?- To meet new people and also very excited to become a nurse!!

Ethan Vanderzanden:
1. Where do you want to attend college?- St. Norbert College
2. What do you want to do for your future?- I would like to get a degree in biology and become a veterinarian.
3. What are you most excited for in college?- I am most excited to be independent and to take the next step in my life

Megan Longiro:
1. Where do you want to attend college?- Either Carroll University or University of Wisconsin Green Bay
2. What do you want to do for your future?- Nursing, the goal is to become a Registered Nurse
3. What are you most excited for in college?-  To meet new people and prepare for my future

Thomas Clifford:
1. Where do you want to attend college?- I will be attending the University of Eau Claire.
2. What do you want to do for your future?- I want to be in charge of the marketing department for some sort of Non-profit company. The reason for it is because I love watching the people that I helped teach make/do the right thing.
3. What are you most excited for in college?- I'm most excited about starting the next and longest chapter of my life.

2017 Winter Band Concert

by Mckenzye Wymer

The LCHS Symphonic band is having their annual winter concert December 11 on a Monday.The Symphonic band is playing two pieces at the winter concert, one of them being Radetzky March and the other one being the Canadian Brass Christmas. The Radetzky March is a very popular in Austria normally played around the New Year celebration. In Austria the Radetzky March is a very cultural piece. The whole audience claps with the beat of the song, as the conductor joins along with them. The second piece is called A Canadian Brass Christmas. This piece has many smaller parts in the music inside this piece is ´We saw Three Ships¨ and ´Huron Carroll´. This piece is very interesting to listen to as you can hear the brass section have the melody instead of the woodwinds. Instead of the loud and vibrant feel of the Radetzky March, this piece is slow and steady.  The LCHS Symphonic band conductor also known as Natalie Beck has been helping all the sections to help, critique and get everyone more confident in themselves to play these difficult pieces. This year's band concert is going to be held at Lawrence University this year, along with the choir concert. The LCHS band was able to do this by an anonymous donation. If you are willing to spend only two hours of your time to support our hardworking choir and band on December the 11th, we hope to see you there!

Student of the Week

by Mckenzye Wymer

Adrianna Marshall has been recognized for her amazing artwork. Adrianna is normally seen in the art room working on her art project for the class or just practicing new techniques.  She has always been into art ever since she came to this school. She is also very helpful if anyone has a question about their artwork, or they just need her opinion.  Adrianna had agreed to let me interview her, and she gave really amazing answers.

1. When did you realize that you wanted to pursue the art field?
I never really had a realization moment, itś always been in my life so I´ve always been accustomed to it. However, freshman year I really expanded my techniques and styles of art to a point where I thought I could actually do something with my life around art.

2.  If you had to pick one which project are you most happy with?
Itś really hard to pick a project Iḿ most happy with because Iḿ always finding mistakes in what I do, but, I probably would pick either my Mad Hatter drawing, skull pastel piece, or the piece Iḿ currently working on, an ink stippling (dot) koi fish.

3. Is there anything you would change about any of your artworks?
If I could change anything I probably change my detail work. For example, with the Mad Hatter drawing, I didn´t put as much detail into the face and hair that I wanted to so it isn't the best quality that I think I could have done.

4.  If you could say anything to someone who is starting to get into art what would it be?
Don´t give up and don´t pressure yourself, art is a way of relieving stress, not making it. Also, there will always be someone who does a different art style than you, it doesn´t make them better than you, you just have to find your style and keep practicing, youĺl get there!

5.  Can you see yourself continuing with your artwork in the future?
I can see myself continuing with art in the future, I might actually pursue a career in art too, however, I don´t know what exactly what. If by chance I choose a way different career area I´d still try to work with art in my free time.