Alex Boegler
Staff Writer

This coming week the 9th and 10th graders will be taking the PEAKS test. Starting on Monday the freshmen will be taking the English portion of the test from 9-11. While the freshmen are putting their knowledge to the test, the rest of the students will have a three-hour study hall in their advisory classrooms. Tuesday morning will start off with the freshmen taking the math portion of the PEAKS test, again the rest of the students will be in their advisory classrooms. Wednesday morning its the sophomore’s turn, they will be taking the science section of the test from 8-10.  Following the tests all three days, students will have 30 minute class periods to end the day.
The Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) is a statewide benchmark exam. Although the scores don’t directly affect the students, they have a major impact on the school. They are used to determine that the students are learning what the state decides they need to know. Mrs. O’Brien states the importance of the PEAKS exam scores.
“The scores are published on the report card to the public, presented to the school board, and used by the state to determine how we are doing in teaching our students.”
All students testing are encouraged to try their best and put their knowledge to the test.
Good luck 9th and 10th graders!

Monday & Tuesday   
Testing  8:00-11:00
First      11:00- 11:25
Second 11:30-12:00
Lunch   12:00-12:30
Third     12:35-1:05
Fourth  1:10-1:40
Fifth      1:45-2:15
Sixth     2:20-2:49     

Testing   8:00-10:00
First       10:00- 10:40
Second  10:45-11:25
Third     11:30-12:10
Lunch    12:10-12:40
Fourth   12:45-1:20
Fifth      1:25-2:05
Sixth      2:10-2:49    

The House that changed R&B

Dante Troina
Staff Writer

It has now been seven years since the world was introduced to the newest form of R&B, from an artist who, instead of a mansion, chose to live in a house filled with balloons.
Starting with intro track High For This, a barely 21-year-old Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, brought everyone into his dark carnival ride of a world. A world where all was told, but everything was still left unknown. As the intro starts with what sounds like a winding staircase down into his world, Abel begins the song with, ‘You don’t know, what’s in store, but you know, what you’re here for,’ and immediately makes your surroundings irrelevant; you’re inside his mind now.
Welcome to House of Balloons, a place somewhere under the moonlight of the world, where you know you shouldn’t be but you go anyways, for better or worse. There is a mysterious host of this house party, but you can only catch glimpses of him in the reflections of his glass tables; the more you listen, the more you learn. While the house makes for a thrilling party, it also makes for the best R&B album of this decade, and the one that changed everything.
As soon as the album dropped, the direction of R&B changed, people were provided the fuel they never knew they needed, for a darker and storytelling listening experience. The desire for Chris Brown and Iyaz’s sugar-coated love stories quickly faded out. There would be an occasional hit here and there of that variety, but the mainstream success of happy, pop R&B was now an afterthought and a phase that the music world had gotten over.
The Weeknd’s wave was so big that it didn’t just catch the critics ears, but also the biggest up and coming artist in the world at the time; Drake. Starting with Drizzy tweeting a link to The Party and the After Party, arguably the centerpiece of the album; and then talking about The Weeknd at his concerts to eventually surprising audiences and bringing Abel out on stage with him. What Drake did for Abel in terms of propelling his career forward and pairing brands to make OVOXO was huge, but what Abel did for Drake was arguably much bigger.
The pair collabed not one, but five times on Drake’s Take Care, the proper debut, and project that shot him straight to superstardom. Abel received writing credits for Cameras/Good Ones Go Interlude, Shot For Me, and Practice; provided vocals on fan-favorite Crew Love and served as the perfect harmony on outro The Ride.
Together, the two Toronto natives architected the sound of R&B today. Abel brought Aubrey out of his Houston phase, and with producer Noah “40” Shebib, the Toronto sound was born. A moody R&B and hip-hop mix meant almost strictly for after 10 p.m.; with a low pass filter on the drums so they stayed in the background, a swooping sub-bass, and a hazy Houston synth that could make people emotional without hearing the lyrics.
Seven years and three projects later, Tesfaye’s revolutionary sound is now the norm. Artists such as Frank Ocean, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Bryson Tiller have used the Toronto sound to their advantage in their own slanted way, and half of the radio feels like House of Balloons 2.0.
What the house on 65 Spencer Street in Parkdale, Toronto did for Tesfaye and his music can’t be understated, and what The Weeknd and House of Balloons did for music will never be forgotten.

Kayhi loses to East, faces Chugiak at 12:30

Justin Albecker
Staff Writer

The Lady Kings (0-1) lost to the East Anchorage Thunderbirds (1-0) 60-48 yesterday. They will play the Chugiak Mustangs (0-1) — who lost to Wasilla —  at 12:30 p.m. today at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Kayhi trailed by 18 midway through the third, until the Kings went on an 11-3 run to close out the quarter. In the fourth quarter, Kayhi managed to cut the lead down to six, but could not capture the lead. Senior Brittany Slick scored 18 and Junior Ashley Huffine scored 16. The girls shot 8 out of 20 from the three-point arc.
Kayhi has only played Chugiak at the state tournament, and the teams have gone back and forth. The first time they played was in the 2016 state tournament, where the Kings won 46-30. Last season the Lady Kings faced off against the Mustangs under the same circumstances — the Lady Kings lost 57-43.
The winner of this game will move on to play for fourth place and play the winner of West Valley and West Anchorage game at 11:00 a.m. The loser is eliminated from the tournament.

Games Today
Game 11, 11:00 a.m. West Anchorage (8) vs West Valley (4)
Game 12, 12:30 p.m. Chugiak (7) vs Ketchikan (6)
Game 15, 6:30 p.m. Dimond (1) vs Colony (5)
Game 16, 8:00 p.m.  Wasilla (3) vs East Anchorage (2)

New Program in KGBSD Schools

Rosie Kacenas
Staff Writer

Ketchikan Gateway Borough is implementing the PBIS program into all schools in the district. The PBIS program web page describes the program as a multi-tiered approach to behavioral support.
“PBIS supports schools, districts, and states to build systems capacity for implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavior support. The broad purpose of PBIS is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of schools and other agencies.”
Program coordinator Ruth Reynoso described the program as a new way to manage culture and climate in public schools.
“The PBIS program is a systematic way of changing the culture and climate and improving that in the school, so reducing things like bullying, and helping all the teachers to become more consistent with the way they manage behavior and communicate the expectations to the students for their behavior,” said Reynoso. “We also teach the behaviors directly to the students that are tied to that common language.”
This “common language” refers to key phrases that will represent the program, and were brought forward by students and staff. These words are safe, respectful, responsible, and kind.
Kayhi SPED teacher, Sally Stockhausen, explained that the new program won’t drastically change anything, but it will start to infuse the new common language into the staff and students’ minds.
“We really want to infuse the common language everywhere to show what it should look like to be respectful in the different classrooms, and to some kids, ‘respectful’ might mean something completely different than what the teacher is thinking,” said Stockhausen. “The point of the program is to get kids to know what’s expected of them because kids will usually live up to your expectations depending on if they know what they are.”

Staff Pick

There’s one quarter left in the school year. I feel….

Keri Thomas:
Ready. Not just for school to be over and summer to begin but for everything that will happen in these last few months. I will finally find out decisions on scholarships and make my last decision on choosing a college. I’m also ready for all the events like senior skip day, paper toss, and prom that seniors experience in this last quarter of school. This will be my first prom and first for the other events as well and I’m excited to be a part of these special events that I’ve been looking forward to since freshman year. Other things I’m ready for are spring sports and the, hopefully, sunny weather during the last few months of school. The nice weather makes students want to go outside to lay out in the sun or watch baseball games– two of my favorites things to do. The end of the school year is a stressful time but this year, as a senior, I won’t have to worry about a ton of finals and can just focus on college. Although I’m ready for all these events to happen I don’t want it to all rush by. The last quarter of school is always fun and I want to enjoy this last one as much as I can.

Joey Karlik:
Stressed out. I have so much stuff I have to do with that one quarter left. Everywhere I go I hear ghosts whispering, “Scholarships…. Eagle Scout work… UT requirements… AP Classes… Summer Job…” How is one person supposed to do all this by the end of May? That’s in pretty much 1 month and I am freaking out. Soccer is also throwing a wrench in it, but it’s a good stress reliever. This is a wake-up call for me and now isn’t the time to relax and coast. Senior year was supposed to be the “least stressful year” I was told. That turned out to not be the case. I can do this though. I knew that this would happen when I signed up for these goals. I just gotta power through it.

Rosie Kacenas:
I feel excited. I’m so ready to start life after high school – I feel like at this point in the school year I’m just sitting and waiting for my life to begin. Growing up in Ketchikan has its perks, but there are so many new opportunities to be had outside of Alaska. Four years in the same building, going to the same store, seeing the same people day after day… it’s a lot of the same over and over again. However, I’m definitely going to miss the security high school life brings. Not having to pay bills or rent is something that I’ve definitely taken for granted. I know that college is going to be a lot different, but it’s something that I’m ready to experience. I’ve worked hard to get all of my ducks in a row, now I’m ready for the adventures to begin. Struggles are inevitable, but going through difficult things is what make people stronger and more well-rounded. I’m excited to be an adult and start my life in the real world.

Verona Kamberi:
Ecstatic! Sure it will be bittersweet to graduate from Kayhi, but y’all, I’m ready for the next chapter. Summer is around the corner and college is just in a couple of months. I could use a little more knowledge on balancing a checkbook or even paying bills, but I guess I have to learn all that before college. High school has been great, but man I need to grow up and by that I mean teach myself how to adult. It’s tough y’all, trust me, doing all those adult stuff is very stressful, but we’ll see how it goes. Anywho, one more quarter left and that means it’s time to enjoy the quality time with the teachers and students.

Kody Malouf:
Scared because I am in no way ready for the real world. The only food I can make is cereal and I don’t understand how I’m going to survive in the cold dark vaccum of real life. What am I going to do for a living? How do you even figure that out? Can I get one of those jobs where you get paid for existing like Kylie Jenner? That’d be nice. How do you balance a checkbook? How do you apply for a home loan? How do you pay taxes? Hell, it took me like four hours just to fill out the FAFSA, but hey at least I can recite the quadratic formula through song. I feel scared and unprepared for life, but I’ll probably just figure all of that out on my own at some point or another I guess.

Music Fest back on for Kayhi Students

Seth Chernick
Staff Writer

The Alaska State Ferry that was supposed to transport the students to Juneau for the Southeast Regional Music Festival had broken down. Over the course of three days, students wrote letters to the State Representative, Dan Ortiz, and celebrities like Oprah and Ellen Degeneres. Social media pages started with posts that helped spread awareness about the problem. The response from the State Representative and community members alike were strongly supportive of the students. Alaska State Ferry officials later announced that the Leconte would be rerouted to pick up students from southern Southeast Alaska.
Senior Chasina Klein said she is glad to know that the trip is back on.
“Hearing that we would be able to go, is just incredible,” said Klein. “Knowing that our hard work paid off, in just three or four days.”
The Music Fest students will be traveling to Juneau on April 12.

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