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Staff Pick: PFD

College savings (or frivolous spending) accounts got $1600 richer yesterday when the Permanent Fund Divided checks were deposited.

If you could spend your PFD on anything in the world, what would you spend it on?

Jared Valentine:  Fortunately and unfortunately, I don’t get my PFD. I’m told it all goes to college funds. If I did get my PFD, however, I would spend it on a bunch of stupid stuff I don’t need. I can save money when money is limited but the $1600 dollars we get this year would be more than enough to justify reckful spending. I would probably start by buying clothes and “necessities” that make everyday life easier. After that I would slowly embrace a vicious cycle of me telling myself “I might need that someday.” For example, I’ve always wanted a paddle board. In Ketchikan specifically the seasons for paddle boarding are very limited and during those seasons I’m usually caught up with work. Even with all this in mind, I would tell myself again, “I might need that someday,” before proceeding to invest in one just for storage in my garage.

Olivia Kinunen: If I could spend my PFD on anything I would put it towards a vacation to Italy or Ecuador. Traveling the world has always been something that I want to do so I can experience different cultures, meet new people, and see new things. One of the worst parts of traveling is the cost, though, so if I save up money from work and my PFD’s it will all add up eventually so I can take a trip somewhere around the world. The reality though is that I will probably end up using my PFD to pay for gas, food and for college which is super lame.

Madison Rose: Extra money is always a good thing to have. Even though I am a heavy shopper and do enjoy buying things that benefit me, I am also a smart shopper and usually invest my money towards something with more worth. Some of the many things that I do not wish to spend money on but need to include gas, food, movies, fees, activities, material, fundraisers, and fanciest of them all a trip to Europe. This is something I have been working for, because it does not come cheap. With the help of a PFD, I can accomplish this goal more easily. College is another important thing for me to consider saving for.

Connor Wodehouse: The cost of the Close Up trip to Washington D.C is around $2000, that would be a quick and easy use of a PFD. That, or there’s this pretty sweet accordion on Amazon I found for $178.99. Like, who can you think of that plays accordion? That’s right, after this year’s PFD Connor Wodehouse is gonna break it down on the accordion, probably. Plus a little college saving on the side never hurt anyone. But the reality is that it’s probably going into savings, that would be the most money-wise thing to do in my opinion. Not all of it though, just most of it. Some would go towards Kayhi activities, some for the accordion, the rest? That’s for either myself to figure out or for college.

Teachers change it up

Photo by Jared Valentine

Jared Valentine
Staff Writer

Unbeknownst to students, teachers change up their regular teaching habits yearly in order to make learning easier. All of them, however, take different approaches. High school science teacher Julie Landwehr incorporated exercises from her reading list.
“This past summer I read a book called Factfullness by Hans Rosling,” said Landwehr. “It’s about our pitfalls as humans in actually understanding the actuality of what’s going on around us and the instinctual obstacles we have to seeing facts.”
Every Friday this school year Mrs. Landwehr is creating scenarios that represent one of the ten things that we struggle with as humans. After completing the scenarios, she and the class have a discussion about what they learned.
“My goal is to have people be mindful of how they are thinking about data and facts for science,” said Landwehr.
She believes that the importance of switching things up lies in engaging the ones learning.
“It is really important for what I present to be interesting because it really is hard to be motivated if you’re not interested in what you are learning,” Landwehr said. “I plan on changing things every year.”
High school English teacher Rebecca Bowlen had her own literal take on exercise when she stumbled across a pop up on her Facebook page. Her plan was to incorporate physical exercise into regular activities to improve performance.
“My idea to make things more interesting and change things up is based on something I saw this past spring on an education website called Fitlit,” said Bowlen. “I want to incorporate that into English 1 by adding some type of physical activity into it.”
Over the last three weeks, she has yet to receive negative feedback.
“We’ve done a few practices like a hike outside when we had some reflective writing,” said Bowlen. “We stopped in various spots to talk about where we are and do some writing before going to on our next little spot.”
History teacher Michael Cron had his own slower approach to spicing things up in the classroom. He only changes things up as necessary to adapt to his classes.
“I like to wait and see before I make adjustments,” said Cron. “Each class is a little bit different, I have to get to know the class first before I decide what adjustments I’m going to make. Some classes need more energy and others not so much- they get hyperactive and stop paying attention. As a teacher, you always have to ask yourself, are the students actually learning. If they aren’t learning you have to do something until they do.”
As for the reasoning behind this Cron believes that it is the only way to be an effective teacher.
“It’s important because learning and education at its core is a social act, it’s something that happens between people,” said Cron. “It’s why a physical teacher in the room is still way more effective than a computer. You need to make these adjustments based on how people are responding, sometimes that means you need to spice things up but other times that means that people need more structure even if they don’t want it.”


The ripple effect of enrollment

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Cade McAllister
Staff Writer

This year, Kayhi has one of the largest freshman classes in recent years, with a class of 175 freshmen bringing our total enrollment to about 575 students. Mrs. O’Brien is the freshman and sophomore classes counselor, and she says that the big changes are really just the freshmen class sizes.
“The freshman science classes are a bit bigger,” said O’Brien. “The Algebra Ones are really big too.”
Mr. Sivertsen, one of our science class teachers-isn’t a fan of teaching large classes. He prefers the close teaching relationship he can develop with his students.
“It makes a difference having fewer students, and it feels like a more intimate experience.”
For Mr. Scarzella, his Algebra one class size hasn’t changed much from previous years.  
“Traditionally it’s around 20ish, so this year is 17, but a few of the kids transferred out at the beginning of the year to get me to 17, so they’re actually in a different Algebra one class. But traditionally it’s about the same, for me anyway.”
On the contrary, Mr. Raber’s classes have grown in size from last year.
“[Classes are] bigger than last year for sure, like mid 20s.”
Mrs. Troina’s english department has taken on a few more teachers to accommodate for. 
“We have more freshmen teachers than we usually do,” said Troina. “We usually just have three freshmen teachers each year for English One, so we have five different teachers for it now.”
She also mentioned that the English department didn’t have enough books to loan out individually to students. Instead, they’ve had to keep the books in class.



 New teacher David Linquist shows students how to properly use a band saw.

Olivia Kinunen
Staff Writer

As the first week of school comes to an end, the four newest teachers at Kayhi continue to get settled in for their first year. The teachers will be filling the health, culinary, Haida, and woodworking/welding/construction positions.
Principal Bob Marshall said he is excited for this year, especially seeing how these new teachers will have “fresh eyes” on their subject and take it to the next level.
“All four of them have very different personalities than the people that had those jobs before,” said Marshall. “But I’m very excited about all of them because when we interviewed them they came out really strong and had a lot of good backgrounds in their particular subject area.”
The culinary position has been filled by Cameo McRoberts who has worked as a chef in Ketchikan, Seattle, and Chicago. McRoberts plans on taking her experiences and skills as a chef to really engage her students and have them prepared to work in the food industry after finishing the class.
“I started cooking right out of high school and I’ve worked at fishing lodges on cruise ships, and a couple of fine dining restaurants,” said McRoberts. “I’m going to teach basic cooking skills and some fun stuff so anybody that finishes the classes will have the skills to work in pretty much any food industry job they want.”
David Linquist, the woodworking, welding, and construction teacher has taught in four states, and in ten different schools, including a year in Barrow. Linquist feels as if he has “died and gone to heaven” since his 31st year of teaching will be at Kayhi where the facilities are amazing and his students are fantastic.
“This school is very nice and well maintained, and the shops are very well equipped,” said Linquist. “So for me that’s kind of exciting because that allows me to do some things that I’m not able to do in other schools since the facilities aren’t near as good as they are here.”
Previously teaching culture and art to elementary students, Linda Shrack will be teaching Haida this year. Shrack hopes to inspire her students to teach the haida language to their peers as the language is disappearing quickly.
“I am looking forward to the students using the language outside of the classroom and hoping that they will teach some friends a little bit of language,” said Shrack. “The Haida language is very endangered, and we only have two fluent speakers locally.”
Dave White, who previously taught at Valley Park, Charter, and Point Higgins Elementary, will be spending his twentieth year in the school district as a health teacher. White is also excited to be able to focus on science which has always been his favorite subject to teach.
“I am excited to bring health into kids’ lives,” said White. “And to work in such a positive environment.”



Liam Kiffer
Staff Writer

The first day of the 2018-2019 school year is officially underway for a nearly 600 students (180 freshmen).
Principal Bob Marshall is especially excited for the new year as its a chance for everyone to have a fresh start.
“The whole concept of seeing everyone in a new light again is always fun,”Marshall said. “It’s really fun too to watch people change from over the summer, not just physically but in maturity as well. It’s interesting to see people change into adults.”
Kayhi has set a new code of behaviors that they expect students and staff to follow for the new year, including being respectful, responsible, safe, and kind. Marshall is making a personal goal to instill this mindset into each and every person involved with Kayhi.
“Were trying to change the culture of the behavior expectations here at Kayhi,” Marshall said. “Not that I didn’t think our students didn’t already exhibit those behaviors, but I think it’s important to put an emphasis on it.”
Senior Wyatt Barajas is enjoying his time so far as the big man on campus.
“It’s crazy that we’ve actually made it this far and that were the oldest kids in the school now,” Barajas said. “For the longest time I’ve been looking up to all the older and bigger kids and now this year that’s finally me.

Scholarship Assembly Tonight

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

The annual scholarship assembly is upon the senior class once again. The event will be held in the Kayhi Auditorium, beginning at 5:30 tonight. Seniors will be awarded and presented with the various scholarships and financial aid they won and received.
This year’s senior class has cumulatively received a little over $200,000 in non-college awarded scholarships according to Kayhi Counselor Robert McClory.
“You guys have worked all through grade school, middle school, and high school career to get to this point. I think this is an acknowledgment of all that hard work,” said McClory. “It’s a nice way to celebrate all [the seniors] accomplishments.”
The senior class valedictorian will also be announced at the scholarship assembly where they will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship for their accomplishment. It is the first time such an award will be granted to a Kayhi valedictorian.

Kayhi Faces a Shortage of Substitute Teachers

Rosie Kacenas
Staff Writer

Due to a lack of substitute teachers, many Kayhi classes have been left teacherless as the year is drawing to a close. Principal Bob Marshall said that the sub-shortage is mostly due to summer jobs starting up.
“Living on an island automatically limits your qualified applicant pool. We also are in direct competition to seasonal jobs and typically see a substitute shortage in the fall and spring due to folks working their summer jobs,” said Marshall. “One of the ideas that has been presented to the school board is the shortage is due to low wages offered to those willing to substitute. I would agree that it may be a factor for some and it would be good if the district could look to see if anything could be done to increase wages.”
Kayhi senior Kadin Hodges said that when classes are left teacherless, students tend to get off track.
“I’ve been in multiple classes that don’t have a teacher or substitute for whatever reason,” said Hodges. “It’s hard to focus because we don’t know what we’re supposed to be doing and there’s always those people that mess around and make it easy to get distracted.”
Marshall explained that although combined classes can be a disruption to students, they must keep up the pace and focus on finishing their end-of-year assignments.
“Students need to keep pressing on with the expectations of their classes,” Marshall said. “It is a disruption when teachers are unable to be present for whatever reason but ultimately it’s still the student’s responsibility to complete all assignments to the best of their ability.”