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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Updated Construction at LCHS
By: Natalie O’Brien


Since October, Miron Construction has made a tremendous amount of progress at LCHS. From tearing down walls to building new ones, the construction crew has been working hard since day one. Back in September, the weight room was available for gym classes; now, it has been moved down into pupil services. The men are remodeling the weight room by expanding the area, where they are combining the weight room and wrestling room into one space. While they are working on that section in the school, the men are also working on the new addition: the library. This library will be much bigger, include new furniture, and contain areas where you can have a fun time playing with new gadgets when done with homework. This space will also offer a new section of books, where each genre, such as romance, drama, histopian, and many more will be labeled. This piece of the building will be connected to the middle school. While the school is under construction, rooms will be shifted. The office will be below the new library and pupil services will be moved to their new location behind the office. The wrestling room will become the dance room, and the new wrestling room will be downstairs. The math hallway will become the English rooms and the math department will be moved into the old library. Little Chute Careers Pathways Academy will be taking the English rooms after this year. This renovation should be done in September. As a student, seeing the incredible amount of work Miron Construction has done this far is truly remarkable.

Best Study Techniques

Exam Anxiety? Try these Psychologist-Proven Study Techniques

Imagine you’re taking a test in your hardest class. You ate a big breakfast that morning, got plenty of sleep the night before, and studied for several hours straight in preparation for the exam. As the teacher begins handing out the tests, you feel extremely confident. There is no doubt in your mind that you won’t get an A. However, all this confidence fades when you pick up your pencil and begin. Your mind draws a blank on material you thought you knew, there are questions that you don’t remember studying, and, worst of all, you don’t even know where to begin with your answers to the essay questions. Chances are we’ve all been in a situation similar to this one. Thankfully, there’s a solution. While different study techniques work for different people, some have been proven by psychologists to help each and every individual earn a better score on his or her exam.
Many high schoolers tend to use massed practice. This is when a student crams all studying for an exam into one study session, usually the night before the exam. This is often due to procrastination in studying. As you might have experienced yourself, massed practice produces negative results. If you use this technique, you will most likely be very tired the next day. Also, psychologists have proven that cramming all studying into one big session is not effective in remembering material. Therefore, distributed practice would be a much better technique to incorporate into your studying. Distributed practice is spacing studying out over time rather than all in one day. This technique has proven to result in better scores on exams, and another positive is that it doesn't take any more time than crammed practice. Distributed practice is most effective when a student begins studying at the beginning of the semester and incorporates it throughout. While you may argue that cramming seems to work for you, it does not help with long-term retention of information. Distributed practice, on the other hand, will help you remember the material for much longer. This is very useful for finals, which often incorporates information from the beginning of the term.
Another technique students often use when studying is rereading text, which includes notes and the texbook. This may come as a surprise to you, but many psychological studies have shown that rereading text does not increase learning. A better alternative to this technique would be to test yourself when reading through notes and the book; ask yourself questions that make you think deeply about the material. This forces your mind to process the information at a more intense level and will result in better remembering of the material. Some textbooks provide questions at the end of each chapter; if yours does not, attempt to form your own questions.
While they hate to admit it, high school students can be lazy. This is especially true in classes that require listening to lectures and writing large amounts of notes. To fix this problem, some students resort to typing the notes. While this is a quicker, easier way to record larger amounts of information, it has proven to be less effective than copying the notes by hand. Writing notes out allows the brain to process information more deeply and focus more on what it is you are recording. Also, students tend to keep track of too much information when typing notes. We sometimes have a habit of recording every word we hear, thinking that that will help us study for the test. In reality, keeping track of the most important information will benefit you on a test. Writing notes will help you do just that. Since most of write slower than we type, this forces us to process the information more deeply and decide what is important enough to write down and what isn’t.
Think ahead to your next test. You may feel anxious, but don’t worry! That’s only because you want to do well. Hopefully this article has inspired you to try these three studying tips and tricks, because psychologists have proven their effectiveness. Begin studying in advance and do so a bit each night, quiz yourself on the notes rather than rereading them, and write your notes instead of typing them, and I guarantee you will not only do better on your exam, but remember the information for a longer period of time.

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
projects!
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.