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BEAT: Library/Counseling

by Kayla Schoenborn

Library: Mrs. Sanwald, the librarian, wants students to know that there is no longer eating or drinking allowed in the library. Also, this Saturday, September 30th is the last day to purchase chromebook insurance. Without insurance, repairs are more expensive for you or your family to pay. Mrs. Sanwald wants students to know that there are free online test prep resources for WHHS students for the SAT, ACT, and AP tests! The link for more information is on the Library website. https://spark.adobe.com/page/OFlXPHNJ9R6Oy/

Counseling: Counselors can help you with more than just school! If you need to talk to someone about personal issues you can go to your counselor and they are excellent people to talk about school, family, or any issues that you need to discuss with them. Counselors are there to assist students in academics, career development, and also helping with personal issues. They will always be there to help and it’s important to develop a good relationship with you counselor over the four years of high school. Don’t be hesitant to email and talk to your counselor!

BEAT: Counseling Resources

by Star Gaylord

Here at West Hills High School, directly on top of the library, we have our counseling office. Our counselors are great and are always here to help students. One of their many great talents is the way they are able to assist students in finding the right career for them.
First, the counselors lead students to the counseling website where they can access the Path to Success links. There is a Path to Success for each grade level. After going through this path, they have a link to a Career Matchmaker. Once you find a career that may fit you, you can save them and find the best schools to go to for this occupation. However, some students decide that they would like to join the military or go into a specific trade program and counseling even has resources for these students too!
If you’re ready to get going and figure out what you’re going to do for the rest of your life, make an appointment with counseling and they’ll get you going!

Process of doing Homework

Photo Journal: Process of doing Homework

First, I put my backpack on the bed, get comfortable under the covers, and pull my binder out.

Second, I look at my planner and see what I have for homework tonight.

Third, I get out my hardest piece of homework (which in this case is math) and do it.

Fourth, I put the completed homework right back into my binder so I don’t lose it.

Fifth, I check off the homework that I completed on my planner. By doing this, I ensure that I get each piece done.

Last, I put everything back into my backpack.

College Apps

by Audrey Lechien

College application season is right around the corner and it’s time to start asking for letters of recommendation, writing essays, etc. If you are ever confused about what you’re supposed to do or need help on anything you can go to the counseling office to seek the help you need. One way counseling aids students is through the brag packet. this is how they can help students apply for scholarships and complete their letters of recommendation.
Included in this packet is information about the student. The following information includes your GPA, test scores, awards and community service from high school. The packet also includes information about the students future. For example, the packet prompts you to list your majors of interest and colleges you plan on applying to. For those who are not planning on going to a college it asks about the military branch or trade schools you may apply to. The brag packet is due Friday October 13th and is essential if you want to graduate.

Student Survey

Student Survey

In this survey I asked various questions about our school rules and socialization. I started by asking students if they are more outgoing or introverted. It seems as if West Hills students prefer to put themselves out there more since more voted for “social”. Next, I asked the students if they could add any elective of their choice, what would they like to see on our campus. The majority voted for a cooking class which I agree with. I then asked if we had any bilingual kids on campus, it seems many students speak 2 languages, maybe even more. I know a student’s favorite part about school is the food so I thought I could ask what was the best snack we provide on campus. Hot cheetos won the round, which are my personal favorite as well. Lastly, I asked about the fairly recent school change we had starting in August instead of September. It seems that students much rather prefer having a longer summer than starting early.

Administration and Counseling staff bios

by Gianna Creighton

Mrs. Baker is the Vice Principal at school, meaning she works with students whose last names end in A-G. She also oversees different responsibilities like attendance, the Learning Center, state and district testing, and Unity Days. Outside of the learning environment, Mrs. Baker enjoys reading Epic Fantasy and Sci-Fi novels, but also appreciates reading the classics. A general day in the office consists of meeting with students, working on upcoming events, responding to emails, talking to parents, supervising at break and lunch, and helping students and staff. Mrs. Baker states, “ I really enjoy interacting with students. I know APs deal with discipline, but we do interact with the kids all the time in positive ways. That is the best part of my job.”

Mrs. Bean has been working at West Hills for 16 years. Before she became a counselor she was a math teacher for 8 years so this will be her 8th year being a West Hills counselor. One of her favorite things to do outside of school is have fun and hangout with her little boys. Mrs. Bean’s favorite memory is from working with the women’s volleyball program as a coach and being able to interact with the girls from the various teams. Mrs. Bean explained, “I love getting to know students and helping them navigate through the sometimes tumultuous high school years. I also love helping students with college applications.”

Counseling Information

Anna Parrott

The job of counselors is to assist students with anything they need. Whether that is switching out classes or asking for advice on college, counselors are there to help. They offer guidance and can answer any question that is thrown at them. The counselors are located in the offices above the library and are available throughout the school day so their assistance is easily accessible.
One of the main responsibilities of the counselors is to take care of class schedules. Also, if a student is in a class they do not like, the counselors will do everything they can to switch the class out. Secondly, the counselors have guidelines and suggestions for each grade to help students do what they need to do and to get through the year successfully. Specifically for seniors, the counselors provide resources on financial aid and scholarships for college as well as internship opportunities to help seniors find their passion. A major aspect of the counseling department is providing information about testing such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and even AP tests; so that students can easily have access to details. Counselors also check in on students who may not be completing all of the required courses for graduation or college to make sure that they are on the right track.

Best Buddies Interviews

by Jayden Moreno

In this week’s beat I chose to ask three people from the Best Buddies club a couple of questions on the club. The questions are: why did they chose this club, what is their favorite thing to do in that club and how does this club benefit them.

The first person I ask said this is her first year and she is in the club because her sisters made her, but after a couple of weeks she started to enjoy helping the kids and getting to know them and also his favorite thing about the club is the pizza parties.

The second person who I ask said he is in club because he wants to get into a really good college and for that to happen you have to have good grades, which he does, but also colleges like to see that you participate in school club. His favorite part about the club is meeting new kids.

The last person I ask chose this club because he wanted to help the kids with special needs. He said this club benefits provides him with a better chance of getting accepted into college, and lastly his all time favorite thing about the club is the pizza parties.

App Review: Sky Guide

by Gianna Creighton

My name is Gianna Creighton and I am affiliated with West Hills High School Journalism. The name of the app I am reviewing is called Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day. The version of this app is 6.2.3; the developer of this app is Fifth Star Labs LLC-fifthstarlabs.com. The platforms for this app include: on IOS 9.0 or later and can be bought on devices like iPhones, iPads, iPod touch, and Apple Watch. The price for this app is 2.99$. There is no free or lite version available but when looking up sky guide in the App Store I was able to find other free apps that provided the same use as Sky Guide. Sky Guide does offer in-app purchases.

Sky Guide is an app that allows app users to learn about and study the different types of constellations and stars that are in the sky above them. Sky Guide is designed for all ages four and up and can be used by astronomers ranging from beginner to intermediate. People who may be interested in finding a certain star may be drawn to the uses of Sky Guide. When you first buy the app, steps and directions are provided that are easy to read and understand, which make the app easy to use when new to Sky Guide. The app is very easy to navigate because it matches your location with the stars around you, so when you are looking at a comet in the actual sky the comet is appearing on your screen at the same time.

Sky Guide keeps the user interested with its playful sounds that you hear when you click on a star. The hotter the star is the higher the pitch. The larger stars have louder volumes, so based on sound the user could easily figure out which stars are bigger than others.

Sky Guide is fun to use because of the images that are shown with each star constellation. When you rotate the screen and stop at a constellation lines are drawn between the stars and  an image is shown in the background of what the stars are supposed to look like. This feature is especially fun to use. Sky Guide is visually very appealing. The app uses bright colors like purple, pink, yellow, and orange to represent planets. The Milky Way, stars, comets, and satellites brings an exciting tone to the app that invites the user to investigate.

The icon of Sky Guide is probably the most eye catching  I have ever seen. The icon has a dark blue and purple background with a light blue constellation with silver and gold stars connected to the line. It really stands out when scrolling through the app store.

The sounds used in the app include high pitch sounds when you click on a hot star and when you click on larger stars they have louder volumes. The sounds are of high quality, but are non customizable. Also when using the app there is constant soft background music playing which gives a warm feel to the app.

The app does provide for users with disabilities because of the IOS that is needed when you download the app because IOS has distinctive features that helps those that are disabled. This app could have been used during the solar eclipse so you could look at the eclipse on your phone without harming your eyes. Sky Guide can also be used on a super starry night, during a meteor shower, or for a passing comet. This app is of a higher quality than its competitors; Sky Guide has easier navigation of the app, brighter colors, and interactive audio, whereas the other similar apps only have bright colors and lacks the sound and easy navigation. Sky Guide allows you to easily take a picture of a constellation you found and upload it to any social media account. This app has a favorites section where you can store all your favored constellations and then look back on them whenever you want. The app tells the user what stars they are looking at and information on those stars which many users are unable to do without the app.

App Review

by Jayden Moreno

My name is Jayden Moreno and I have been reviewing the gaming app called Crashlands by Butterscotch Shenanigans (which consists of three brothers). This game can be bought on iOS or on a PC. However so far, everyone who has tried the game on both devices recommends it to be bought and played on iOS. Crashlands was originally $14.99 but then the creators dropped the price down to it $9.99 since they have sold over 500k.
The appearance of the game is vibrant with a cool artistic style. As you first start the game it seems like the game will be calm, juvenile with little friendly aliens, but the game will surprise you as it can get violent. The plot will seem harsh but as you progress in the game it changes per player since you craft it and create your own schemes. The abstract style of art adds to the fun and desire to play further but can become dark and dramatic very quickly to enhance the fighting. Each character looks very different individually and the environments look very neat and crisp versus all of the games coming out nowadays. Crashland is a crafting and exploring game that has tons of action. This game puts you into the shoes of a delivery boy whose ship is blown up by evil aliens.
The story itself isn’t as creative as it could be, but is good enough and is very entertaining and funny. It isn’t too serious and does enough to interact with the players to keep them interested. The creator of the game did a good job making a game for kids and grown ups. All of the reviews recommend taking your time to play and enjoy this game.
The majority of the reviews are good. This game got on the top 10 chart for best new apps in 2017. From people who reviewed this game they recommended from ages eight and up are due to violence. The most talked about aspect of the game is that you can craft whatever you want and can explore wherever you want, and also they love the fun fighting experience against the aliens.