Monthly Archives: October 2016

Letter to the editor: Black lives matter

by Barry Smith – Sports Medicine Teacher

BLACK LIVES MATTER!
ALL LIVES MATTER!
These phrases have connotations and those connotations are different depending upon whom is speaking them and who the audience is.

In the article from the September 30th edition of the Falcon Flyer, you provided a pie chart and a text- box ”quote” that were uncredited. Particularly as an article not an editorial, you owe it to your readers to provide them with your sources for these two pieces that appeared in the article. Both the pie chart and the “quote” indicate that there is racial disparity of those in this country who are killed by police officers. I am not arguing with the information but would like to know where it came from.

In the article the photographs are credited as is the quote from the Chief of the Black Diamond Police Department; but the cornerstone of your piece is uncredited. Where did the pie charts and the 3.2 times statistic come from? Printing such damning and inflammatory language in an article without crediting its source is not good journalism, it is propaganda.

In the article you state that Black Lives Matter is a movement. A problem for those of us on the “outside” is that as a movement there is no one in charge. No organization, no email address no corporate Facebook page. Who do you contact if you want to join? Without someone in charge who answers the questions of why is it ok in the name of your movement to destroy private property, (smashing windows, looting stores, burning cars) assaulting other people, and calling for the murder of police officers?

I do not believe that your article was an indictment of Kentlake High School but let us use the commons as an example. Does racism, prejudice and discrimination still exist? Yes. Am I guilty. Yes. Aren’t we all? Look at the tables in the commons during lunch. We actually do pretty well her at Kentlake but there are many mono-race or mono-ethnic tables at lunch. Does this make those students racist or prejudiced or our school a racist place? Humans are pack animals and it is normal for us to align ourselves with others of like experience/appearance. Does that make us racist? Have you ever been the “new kid” in school? If so who were the first people you made contact with, who were your first friends.

In conclusion, I have witnessed Kentlake High School change from arguably the least to the most diverse high school in the district. That in itself neither promotes nor discourages prejudice or racism and I believe that we as a whole do a very good job of trying rid our school of both. Again, we all have our prejudices that we in one way or another learn or are taught and it is a battle that we must fight within ourselves. There is a quote from some famous man who was martyred for his beliefs that included a line about “content of character not color of skin’.

Finally, my instructions to my children, for when they get pulled over by the police while driving was: to get out your ID before the officer gets to the car, roll down your window, keep your hands on the wheel, do as you are told, keep your hands in sight, and answer with yes sir/ma’am or no sir/ma’am.

Bluetooth speakers prove bothersome in halls

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by Trenton Curtis – Staff Reporter

Let us be honest, just about every student in the school has been bombarded at one point by music coming from a fellow student’s Bluetooth speaker. The problem with Bluetooth speakers is not the music being “bad” but the fact that most students do not want to hear someone else’s music being played, interrupting conversations and inciting icy stares at the bearer.
It is obnoxious trying to talk with a friend or staff member and then having to shout or stop talking because the music being played was just far too loud to have a normal discussion. Imagine just strolling down the halls with your friend or friends talking about how “lovely the weather is” and then out of nowhere someone comes by blasting “Ultimate” by Denzel Curry. Moments like those are exactly why people tend to despise the use Bluetooth speakers in the corridor.
There is no real reason why people need to listen to Bluetooth speakers while walking through the halls. The only time it should be ok to listen to Bluetooth speakers is if you are doing something like dancing to the music with a group of friends.
Listening to music should be consensual, not forced into your ears. But, since people do not usually use Bluetooth speakers in a consensual way, innocent students are having to pay the price.
If you are one of those who use Bluetooth speakers in the halls, consider buying a pair of headphones or earbuds. They are usually cheaper and do not bother students walking through the halls.
For example, the average Bluetooth speaker could cost around $50-$100 at Target, while at Walmart you could simply buy a pair of Apple earbuds for roughly $10. Earbuds usually provide a better listening experience when compared to speakers, because with speakers you have to deal with any other sounds and the acoustics of the room or hallway you are listening to in. Earbuds, on the other hand, provide noise cancellation and a solitary environment to listen to your music in.
Aside from sound quality and acoustics, earbuds are more effective because you will not bother any students or staff with your music being blasted. They provide a simple solution that shows respect for your peers, as well as yourself.

Pledge assumes beliefs and devalues disbelievers

by Fiona Higgins – Staff Reporter

Francis Bellamy wrote the original Pledge of Allegiance in 1892. It was much different than the one that we all know today, and much shorter. It read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” It was intended to be a multipurpose pledge, that any nation could use. Then, in 1923, it was changed so that the words “the Flag of the United States of America” could be inserted.
It wasn’t until 1954 that the most controversial change to the pledge was announced; President Eisenhower, in response to the Communist threat of Russia during the Cold War, had the Pledge of Allegiance changed to the one we know today: “One nation, under God.”
From a young age, all of us in the United States were taught to speak this every morning at school, but for the most part, we never stopped to think about what it meant. I was and am one of those kids in school, still repeating the pledge every day, but with a small difference; when I realized what this change to the pledge meant, how it changed the meaning, I stopped saying those two words. And I know that I’m not the only one.
You see, every time I say the Pledge of Allegiance in full, it requires me to say a phrase in which I do not believe. I don’t believe in God, but the Pledge asserts that the entire nation is ‘under God’. Undoubtedly, the Pledge is intended to be a patriotic exercise, but when you start looking at people who defend the third change – people saying that “Under God” is essential—it starts looking like more a religious Pledge than a patriotic one.
Out of the 53 states and territories, 43 require that the Pledge of Allegiance be said, according to the First Amendment Center. Most of these states allow a student with specific reasoning (like a religious problem) to sit out. But these students are, if not questioned by others, often looked at oddly during these times, or by more radical peers, called unpatriotic.
So if these are the problems we are presented with, there are really only three solutions: Keep the ‘Under God’, get rid of it entirely, or allow people to say it if they choose to. I believe in taking it out. It would change our pledge back to one that is not religiously biased, as well as prevent students from being singled out because of their religious beliefs.

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Spooky makeup provides creative alternative to Halloween cos-

by Grace Frunk – Ad Manager

Look 1: Pencil in the nose inspired by Ellimacs sfx makeup
Materials:

  • Pencil (snapped in two)
  • Fake scab blood (scab blood is a form of fake blood that is thicker and stickier)
  • Purple, blue and brown eyeshadow
  • Liquid latex (can be found on amazon, or in Halloween store like spirit of Halloween)
  • Oven bake clay or wax
  • Cosmetic Sponge

Instructions:

  1. Clean outside nose and gather supplies.
  2. Take about ¼ a teaspoon of uncooked clay and shape around the bridge of nose, stick half of the pencil (the half without the easer) and wedge it in-between the clay and the nose. Use a little more clay and make sure the pencil is perfectly placed in the clay. Remove clay from nose, follow instructions on clay in order to solidify. Wax can be replace clay, if that works better.
  3. After clay is solid. Place a medium to thick layer of liquid latex to bridge of nose. Place the clay on top of the latex. Allow to fully dry.
  4. Take a cosmetic sponge. Pinch and pull little pieces of the sponge in order to create a strange textured sponge. Dip Sponge in purple eye shadow and press the pigment all around the nose area, spread carefully around the edges of nose, fading into the cheeks.
  5. Take the brown and the blue and use sparingly around the area. This creates a bruised look.
  6. Add scab blood all over the clay/pencil area, and down the chin.
  7. Take some tape and wrap the tape around the top of the other half of the broken pencil (the easer end), place this thick tape part into the nostril.
    Teach children why they should never run well holding a pencil.

 

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Look 2: Botched nose job
Materials:

  • Eyeliner
  • Purple, blue and brown eyeshadow
  • Scab Blood.
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Q-tip

Instructions:

  1. Clean nose area.
  2. Take some black eye liner and draw dashed lines around the nose. The look can be left here.
  3. Take the cosmetic sponge, pinch and pull pieces of the sponge until the sponge reaches a strange distressed texture.
  4. Using the new textured sponge, dip the sponge into the purple and dab around the nose sparingly, do the same using the blue and brown, but keep it simple.
  5. Use the scab blood and a Q-tip and place the scab blood around the same dashed lines that were created earlier.

 

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Look 3: Inspired by Glam & Gore, Burned face
Materials:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Toilet paper/cotton balls/tissue paper
  • Liquid latex
  • Scab blood
  • Red and black eyeshadow
  • Oil (like coconut, olive, almond, etc..)
  • Cosmetic sponge

Instructions:

  1. Clean any area on the body that this “burn” is desired, apply oil there. (oil is used to avoid Liquid latex from removing hair)
  2. Apply Liquid Latex to the desired area using a disposable sponge
  3. On top of the latex use little pieces of torn toilet paper, cotton balls or tissue paper (Can use all three or just one).
  4. Put more Liquid latex on top of the torn pieces.
  5. Put coffee grounds on top of the liquid latex coated torn pieces, apply the final layer of liquid latex.
  6. Allow all of it to dry
  7. Using a cosmetic sponge, cover all the area with black and red eyeshadow.
  8. Enjoy the finished look.

 

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How to survive the clown-pocalypse

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by Morgan Marko News Editor

Clowns have been popping up all across the world, and no, we are not talking about Ronald McDonald. Many of these “killer clowns” have been spotted equipped with chainsaws and guns, we must know how to defend ourselves.
However, you must remember, to survive the clown, you must become the clown.

Step One:
When faced with a clown, spring into a secluded area and begin your transformation. Quickly whip out your Party City red hairspray and spray your luscious locks.

Step Two:
Once your hair has been thickly coated and has the consistency of damp ramen noodles, complete the look with some white whip cream. Smear the cream all over your face and top it off with the red light up Rudolf nose. Don’t worry about how long the “paint” will last, your disguise only needs to last long enough to capture the clown.

Step Three:
Now that your transformation is complete, grab your weapon, a water squirting flower. (You can find these at your local Toon Town.) Gain the clowns’ trust through lies and money, then when he least expects it spray his face with the flower, causing all of the white paste on his face to drip off, revealing the enemy clown.

Step Four:
While, the clown is stunned by your intelligence, take a quick picture of his uncovered face and book it to the police station, turn in the threat, and save the city.
Seriously though, if you see a clown that looks threatening, call the police. “killer clowns” are scary, and potentially dangerous.

The voice of the outsider: Japanese class

by Jessica Pahutski – Staff Editor

Early on in summer vacation, I was given a beta schedule for 9th grade from my counselor. It was as follows: English, science 3-4, band, leadership, history, and algebra 3-4. A week before school started, the official schedule was handed out to incoming freshmen. Five out of the six classes were there, but leadership was gone, having been replaced by Japanese 1-2, a backup elective I never expected to actually get.
I freaked out. This was completely unexpected and not planned for at all, which is a recipe for disaster for me. After spending most of that week rationalizing how it could have happened, the first day arrived.
Within days, however, I fell in love with the class. Though I was very quiet and antisocial at first (which could be chalked up to the sudden reveal of the class), everything about it just clicked with me after spending some time in the class. Lovably crazy classmates and great pace made it the best class of the year really quickly. I’m usually not one for “madness for the sake of madness” classes, but Japanese blended the insanity with learning perfectly. I’ve been really interested in the culture since childhood, and the elective went along with my interest perfectly. There are a ton of hilarious anecdotes, such as when we were learning about verbs. While doing a partner activity with someone, I was frantically imitating drinking a glass of water to make him say “to drink”. Not only did this fail, it failed at the exact moment the teacher was walking by. That was only the beginning.
News of an exchange program came up early on with an estimated date of mid-late March. All we were told was that 3-5 students from a sister school near Osaka would come over for about a week and be in the classroom for a couple of days. Still somewhat antsy about the class at this point, I gave the upcoming event the nickname “March Madness”, partially in reference to the college basketball tournament that occurs around the same time. In early January, the official word was that four students and one teacher would be arriving on March 23rd, with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival scheduled for the 27th. During one exchange student’s presentation on a type of pickled plum, someone volunteered to taste one and, after cringing and cracking us all up, hesitantly declared it was delicious.
After a week of interaction and getting ridiculously lost at the festival (despite having toured the school it was held at less than a year earlier), it was soon time to move on to the final part of the year and the final project: A PowerPoint about ourselves and our interests/everyday life typed entirely in Japanese. This would prove quite a difficult endeavor, but not an impossible one. Though being late to check-ins slowed progress, I ultimately sent the final product in on time. And thus, first-year Japanese came to an end, quickly followed by the start of second-year. There isn’t really much to say about second-year that doesn’t also apply to first. Same nutty everything, same awesome year.
I am currently in third-year with only 13 other classmates. Despite this, it’s still as good as it was this time two years ago. However, I don’t really have any plans to go all the way and take AP Japanese next year as of right now, but it’s been a great run so far. This isn’t the only awesome class I’ve had in secondary education, though it seems that it will end on a good note.

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Falcon pride fosters positivity

by Amelia Ransom Staff Reporter

School spirit brings positive energy, a sense of belonging, and true pride to any school. Having spirit is an important part of feeling like a welcomed team member. Believing in, improving on, and participating in school events can lead to a successful high school experience.
I was curious to know what my fellow Falcons had to say about school spirit and what it meant to them.
Heather Contreras said, “School spirit means you’re all in. You’re participating. You feel in touch with your school and like you feel so much pride in everything you do and how you represent the school.”
Cate Boyce, Kentlake’s Vice Principal, said, “It (school spirit) means being engaged in school and school activities and being positive and excited about things that are going on at school.”
School spirit makes you feel welcomed and accepted and it can improve how you feel about school. The Falcons have been steadily improving school spirit over the past few years and many agree it has improved greatly.
Sophomore, Katie Valerio, has seen school spirit improve since her freshman year. She said, “Yes, it’s better than last year.”
Ms. Boyce has also seen improvement over the past year. She said, “This is my second year at Kentlake and I think it (school spirit) has improved. What I’m seeing is more students attending football games and far more students came to the homecoming dance versus last year. It seems like more people are engaging in school events.”
Our school spirit has improved, but we can always make it even better.
School spirit can always improve, but how? Mrs. Contreras said, “We do a lot of stuff like breaking down the walls (team bonding exercise) that’s a really big and important and so is the freshman retreat. Those are huge but there are still those few students that feel like they don’t belong here. Somehow finding those (students) that don’t sign up for things and help them feel like they belong and get them more spirited (about school).”
Participating in spirit week can be a fun time while showing pride for your school. Valerio said, “Yes I do (participate) because I am proud of my school.”
School spirit is a big part of your high school experience. Having school spirit will create a positive, fun, and prideful experience that will go beyond your high school years. Enjoy being uniquely you and a very valued member of the Falcon team. Once a Falcon, always a Falcon.

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Self-negativity plagues high school students

by Grace Frunk  Ad Manager

Self-negativity is a habit, a habit that constantly seems unbreakable, no matter the person. “I say I hate myself all the time… every single time I don’t take to heart; but over time it progressively affects me.” Said an anonymous student.
Self-negativity is when someone sees themselves in unconstructive light, it is the questions we have about ourselves, it is everything we hate about ourselves put into beliefs. For example, the habit that the student had was constantly saying that they hate themselves. This can also be compared to when someone hits their head, when they do something embarrassing. There are endless reactions to this, but in all cases it is unnecessary.
There are many kinds self-negativity, it is different for everyone. Comparison to others can be the root of self-negativity. When someone compares themselves to others, it often makes them feel like they “should” be something they are not.
“All day…50 times a day or probably more.” Said the student, after being asked how often they compare them-self to others.
The student went on to say that there are two kinds of comparison, good and bad. Bad comparison is when it causes a wish to be something more, something other than what they naturally are. “it deteriorates your confidence,” said the student. Good comparison is “saying things that put you above, saying things that put you up and others down.” Said the student. In both cases someone is being hurt, either it hurts their own confidence or it hurts others’.
Today, social media has a big influence over people. When our parents were our age, they compared themselves to people on TV, and at their school, and in public. Nowadays, “It’s easier for us to feel bad about ourselves, there is a wider range of people for us to compare ourselves to,” Said the student. Every time a person goes on their phone and logs on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, etc…, they see models, celebrities, and people from the other side of the earth. We have an endless amount of people for us to compare ourselves too.
When a teenager goes to school, the ball of self-negativity starts rolling. Self-negativity occurs the moment someone doubts their natural abilities, no matter what they think. Mental self-negativity can cause anyone to just shut down. Once someone feels the negativity start, end it. Relax, breath and stop the ball from rolling.
The ball of negativity can further roll when someone enters a social situation. Whether a person has one friend or one hundred, everyone deals with relationship self-negativity. When one someone compares their relationships to others, it can cause self-negativity. If often applies inside of families. Not having a good relationship with parents and siblings can have a huge effect. It is very important to have love for others and for others to love you. Expressing personal issues to friends and family can often be the best way to stay sane. The key to defeating self-Negativity is explaining to others and talking about the positive sides to all the negative things.
Learning about the different types of self-negativity will help to avoid it. Learning to overcome the habits that break down someone’s confidence will lead to a greater self-love and improved confidence. Teach the mind how to stop the ball from rolling. To deal with self-negativity some helpful ideas would be; keeping a journal and writing down all the comparisons, all the “should” moments, everything and anything that cause self-negativity to brew. Talking with friends or family about the negative thoughts will help to get other’s input on ways to combat these thoughts. The best way to combat to stop self-negativity is empowering yourself. Teach yourself to not everything so serious, have more self-love, embrace all the little “flaws” that make you so different than everyone you compare yourself to.

Pinterest crafts provide low-cost spooky decor options

by Anna Hartman – Student Life Editor

Let’s face it: decorating for Halloween can be expensive. When October comes around and traveling Halloween stores roll into town with exuberantly-priced talking skeletons, many fans of all things spooky can easily run out of money within the first few days of the month. However, thanks to DIY sites like Pinterest there may be a cheaper alternative when it comes to decorations.
One such alternative is spooky ghost lights, made possible by Unoriginal Mom on Pinterest. These versatile and adorable lights can be strung on trees, around fences, and can hang from the windows.
In order to make about 25 of these lights, you will need 25 ping pong balls, a sharpie, a jar of Mod Podge mixed with a quarter cup of water, a package of cheesecloth folded over into squares, and a string of white or orange Christmas lights, all of which can be picked up for minimal cost at most convenience stores.
Start by poking a hole in the bottom of a ping pong ball. The hole should be large enough that you can put a small Christmas light through it, but not so large that the light will slip out. You can do this with a ballpoint pen.
Then, draw a face on your ghost. You can do this in Sharpie, and you draw your ghosts’ face to be as cute or scary as you want.
After that, cut your cheesecloth into 8×16 rectangles and fold it in half to make a square. You can then lay it over the ping pong ball and cover it in Mod Podge.
Let it dry overnight and then attach it to a Christmas light through the hole at the bottom. Repeat this process for each of your ghosts.
When the journalism class attempted this craft, all of the ghosts turned out adorable and original. These ghosts are a simple craft with lots of personality. Aside from a little bit of mess with the Mod Podge, it was a very easy craft that would be perfect for kids and adults of all ages. It was a bit difficult to get all of the ghosts’ faces to face outward when they were on the string of lights, though this was fixed easily.
These little ghosts are easy to make, and for a much more affordable price than the lights offered in Halloween stores. These little guys will add personality and spooky spirit to any room they occupy.

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