Monthly Archives: October 2014

Is Spirit Week Necessary?

By Danica Nadeau, 15′

Senior Luke Sterling gets a boost at this year's Spirit Week.

Senior Luke Sterling gets a boost at this year’s Spirit Week.

From hallway decorations to the different arrange of colors walking through the halls, spirit week is a week for teenagers to be teenagers. At Edward Little High School, we take spirit week seriously, and even though it’s a week that is not totally focused on academics, I can say that with definite confidence that it has a positive impact on the school community.

With the big bad seniors wearing black and conquering the halls, you always have the juniors tagging along trying to steal the ghost, the sophomores stepping up their game, and the freshmen just beginning to get the feel of how Edward Little tackles this crazy week. Even though spirit week shows everyone’s competitive side, it also is a time that the school community bonds and becomes stronger. Spirit week doesn’t just allow teenagers to have fun; it also allows classes to work together to become closer.

An Illuminated Path to Conserving the Environment

By Jake Bazinet, 15

Broken Bulbs

The environmental and financial costs of fluorescent lights means that they should be eliminated from schools during future renovations.

Eventually, Edward Little High School will see major renovations. When it does, the school should eliminate fluorescent bulbs. The technology, such as the tube lights the school uses or the compact fluorescent bulbs that many people have in their homes, does have benefits, like lower energy costs and long life spans, but at the end of their life spans the bulbs harm the environment.

Confounding variables such as mercury and improper disposal raises the question of whether fluorescent bulbs are in fact beneficial. If not disposed of properly, toxic chemicals are emitted into the environment. It is important to ensure precautions are taken in the disposal of fluorescent bulbs. Safer and less harmful technologies, such as LED lightbulbs, should be used when schools such as Edward Little are renovated.

New School Rules a Burden

By Kirstyn Pelletier, ’16

School rules have changed this year, and I feel like they’ve made kids dislike school more than they did; if they did.

Sniffing Their Way Through EL: Drugs Dogs Soon to Search School

By Danica Nadeau, ’15

The Auburn School Department administration has decided later this year to bring in K-9 dogs into the school to search for drugs. This is to prevent and crack down on drugs being brought into the school system. Just in Maine alone, a total of 36 percent teenagers in high school have experimented with marijuana one or more times in their life.

According to statistics provided by the Auburn School Department, at Edward Little High and Franklin combined, there have been 10 marijuana related incidents in 2014.

Social Media Rules Outdated

By Haley Knowlton, ’17

The Auburn School District policies on social media interaction between students and teachers are outdated.

The Auburn School District policies on social media interaction between students and teachers are outdated.

Many teenagers and their teachers use social media, but are the two groups allowed to be friends online? The answer is somewhat murky, as the school policies are technologically outdated and don’t reference specific social networking.

The Waning Remembrance of 9/11

By Devin Dumont, ’16

The events of September 11, 2001, are a vague or nonexistent memory for younger generations, but it can be remembered properly with the right approach in school.

The events of September 11, 2001, are a vague or nonexistent memory for younger generations, but it can be remembered properly if schools take the right approach.

The 9/11 attacks are starting to fade away into the history books, especially in schools. Edward Little High School held a moment of silence this year, along with many other schools. There were no other major events or remembrances during the school day, though. I don’t believe that this is because people are losing interest, it’s just that it is the 13th anniversary and people are starting to move on. Moving on is a positive thing for our country, but it needs to be balanced with remembering the attacks, and currently the schools aren’t doing enough to teach kids about this event.

Edward Little Farmer’s Market Runs Every Thursday and Friday

By Shannon Brown, “16”

From the farm to the Farmers Market, vegetables are being sold at the Edward Little High School every Friday after school. The vegetables sold come from a retired farmer’s land, who donates land to the class of Chemistry Through Agriculture. The class is taught by Mrs. Kim Finnerty who is also in charge of the Farmers Market.