Principal James Miller Announces Retirement

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Principal Jimmy Miller, center, stands with students during a recent pep rally. The students held signs honoring Mr. Miller as they watched a video about his impact on EL students and staff.

by Colby Birkbeck, ’16, and Evan Emerson, ’16

Recently, Principal James Miller III of Edward Little High School announced that he would retire at the end of the school year. “After 42 years of being in high school,” he said, “it’s time to graduate.”

Over the years, he made teaching not only his profession, but his hobby, Miller said. He never had the time to go hunting, or go fishing, or any other hobbies, because he put all of his time into teaching. Finding something to do is going to be his biggest challenge come retirement.

Finding Your Passion

by Avery Goulding, ’19

The author started bowling at age 5, and the sport has become her passion.

The author started bowling at age 5, and the sport has become her passion.

I grew up playing one particular sport, bowling. I dabbled in many other sports, but I still always came back to bowling, which I carried with me from age five. It wasn’t always easy, though. Early on in my ten-year journey with bowling, I found myself wanting to quit. I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore because I didn’t feel like I was good enough or really getting any better. After thinking about it a lot I decided to quit for a year, to relieve some of the pressure and experience what it would be like to get off the lanes and have more free time.

I can tell you, now, it wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. I missed my friends, the tournaments, the early Saturday morning league, and, most of all, the general environment. It was, after all, where I spent a majority of my time growing up. So what I decided to do was dedicate my entire summer to practicing. Unfortunately, jumping into this method still wasn’t getting me anywhere, because I figured I could just teach myself to be better. I was too shy and probably too embarrassed to ask for help.

Auburn School Department’s All-City Band Concert

by Colby Birkbeck ’16

The annual All-City Band Concert took place on Tuesday, March 22, in the Edward Little High School gymnasium. The schools present include Sherwood Heights, Auburn Middle School, and the ELHS Band, who played a variety of classic and contemporary songs.

Digital Learning: Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back?

By Avery Goulding, ’19

As I make my way through high school, I’ve come across a very different type of algebra along with a completely different array of teaching styles, and I’ve realized that algebra is no longer really the algebra I remember. The math we students grew up on has been tainted to fit many new learning techniques. Students are no longer taught traditional formulas or encouraged to practice mnemonic devices in order to retain the information. The result: the new methods have made algebra even more challenging.


ALEKS is an online learning program used by the math department at ELHS.

Entering high school, I was expecting a more in-depth explanation of algebra with the helpful hand of a qualified teacher to really explain the material to me so I, as a student, could get the full learning experience I needed to succeed in this subject. Considering I struggled with the material in the first place, I was in need of a little extra help. Instead, students were placed into an online learning program intended to give them an “at your own pace” experience, yet expected to complete so many topics within the site in a certain amount of time. Not only does this stress students out because they feel like they aren’t smart enough to the complete the work in the given amount of time, but it doesn’t give them a fair chance to receive the amount of attention and focus they deserve to completely understand the work. Teachers aren’t always able to get to every kid in the class, not to mention everyone is in a different position on this website which makes it hard to reach out to other students if they need to as well.

Eddies Put Their Art on Display

By Sydnee Harris, ’16

Edward Little High School art students recently put their work on display during the second annual Art Walk during March Mania.

All-City Band Concert

by Colby Birkbeck ’16

I had the opportunity this past Winter to see first and second-year students in the Sherwood Heights Elementary band perform their first concert of the year. Since then, they had another concert, the All-City Band Concert at Edward Little High School on March 22, 2016. The bleachers were packed and the students were anxious, though once they started playing, I couldn’t help but focus on the incredible sound improvement the students have made. In just four months of practicing every Wednesday afternoon, the performance was much more cohesive resulting in a well-rehearsed show.  The participation from the students and the band directors was phenomenal; it was definitely a treat and an absolute pleasure to attend both shows.

Stolen: A Suspenseful Kidnapping Story

by Juwan Dube, ’19

Stolen, by Lucy Christopher, was awarded the Printz Honor, which awards excellence in young adult literature.

Stolen, by Lucy Christopher, was awarded the Printz Honor, which awards excellence in young adult literature.

Lucy Christopher’s 2009 debut novel “Stolen,” which was a Printz Honor book, is about a 16-year-old girl named Gemma who was kidnapped in a London airport by a 24-year-old guy named Ty who bought her drink for her. When Gemma went to sit down Ty drugged her coffee, then took her all the way into the desert in Australia, where he holds her captive in a house Ty built.

EL Greenhouse Prepares for Spring Season

by Michaila Wilmot, ’17

The greenhouse project started on Feb. 23. Science teacher Jennifer Heidrich is in charge of the greenhouse, along with one other teacher, and 35 students participating. The program is part of the Chemistry through Agriculture class.

Freshmen Fundraising Failure: Black Lights Burn Out

by Bilal Hussein, ’18

“Fundraising is very crucial,” said Oliver Hall of the black-light dance that was set for Friday, March 4, but was subsequently cancelled due to low ticket sales.

According to Hall, a former presidential contender for the Class of 2019 and now a member of the Freshman Executive Board, the dance was cancelled “because not enough students bought advanced tickets.” The Executive Board was pressured to make a tough call, either continue holding the dance, with the risk of no students partaking in the event, or totally cancel the dance. They ultimately decided if they held the dance, there was no guarantee they would actually make money.”We wanted to make sure we made a profit,” Hall said.

Spotlight on: All-City Band Prep

Elementary students invaded the gym today to prepare for tonight's All-City band performance.

Elementary students invaded the gym today to prepare for tonight’s All-City band performance.