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March 18, 2016

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March 18, 2016 Serving Red Bluff High School since 1901 Volume CXVI Issue 11 Open Mic Night Community Service • Red Bluff Little League needs multiple volunteers to man their snack bar! • Volunteer opportunities available Monday through Saturday. • A flier is posted on the Job Board, or go talk with Ms. Blackketter in the CTE Office. • All RBHS students are invited to come to an open mic night! • It will be from 7:00 to 9:00 pm tonight! • Admission is free. Coffee will be served next door to the show. • It's at Main Street Music located at 613 Main street formerly Sky River Music. Trinity Smith Staff Writer Science Show, page 3 10 Cloverfield Lane, page 4 Tennis, page 5 Skyler Drew/Bluffer Courtesy Photo Bluffer The Senior Trippers • The deadline for final payment for the Senior Trip is today! • Also, make sure you get your paperwork into Mr. Kennedy by Monday March 21st. • The mandatory student/parent meeting moved to Tuesday April 19th at 6:30pm in the Cafeteria. • There is a week-long leadership conference that is July 16-23, at Sacramento State. • Applications for the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project are in the Counseling Center. • There is a Legislative Day, Campaign Development Workshops, and a Faire. Latino Students Courtesy Photo Red Bluff High donates blood to support and honor Mr. Johnson and countless others Lockdown scare on campus Spartan Storm is coming up Every t w o seconds in the U.S. someone will need blood. Thankfully, Red Bluff High School has had three blood drives this year to help contribute. "I decided to give blood since I could save a life and, on the plus side, I got a free t-shirt," commented Lilliana Velazquez, junior. A blood transfusion can help those with trauma, surgical procedures or diseases that taint your blood. One of our own, Mr. Johnson, recently developed Leukemia, a form of cancer where the Leukemia cells replace the normal blood and bone marrow cells. Red Bluff High School hosted a blood drive in honor of Mr. Johnson on March fourth. He has been a part of Red Bluff High School for over thirty years. He teaches small engines, fire fighting and metals. "I have had family members pass away from cancer and all I can do is pray for him and his family," responded Reed Pritchard, junior. Mr. Schwabauer who has worked with Mr. Johnson for thirty years said "When it's one of our own, it makes it real." Over all, those who attended the blood drive said that the process was quick and easy. "I would definitely give blood again!" said Velazquez. Kids were stepping in and leaving smoothly. "It was a really comfortable situation that wasn't stressful in the least bit," commented Pritchard. Even those who didn't give blood thought that the blood drive was a hit. "The blood drive was nice because I think it was a good effort put on by the students and Mr. Null," commented Mr. Schwabauer. If you want to be part of our next blood drive, you will need to be sixteen years old and weigh at least one hundred and ten pounds. Your blood will be tested when you arrive to see if you are eligible, but after that you can become a donor. Even if you don't fit the requirements, you can always help by spreading the word to everyone. Stay strong Mr. Johnson, we are all thinking of you. There was a soft lockdown on Monday, March 7 that lasted from 10:20 A.M to 10:55 A.M. There was a man walking with a rifle looking pellet gun near the tennis courts of Lincoln Street School, and someone made a call to Red Bluff High School, telling the administrators that there was a suspicious character who had a rifle. Mr. Barriga, associate princi- pal, attempted to call the num- ber back and ask for a better description of the suspect, but there was no answer. The situa- tion was soon under control. When Barriga was asked what he learned from the lock- down, he said, "I wrote a report on what happened and what I learned. We reviewed it in a se- ries of meetings." Although this event isn't all that large of a problem because nothing actually happened, it is a big deal because it is the first lockdown Red Bluff High School has ever had. Some of the chal- lenges faced dur- ing the lockdown was that the high school officer wasn't on cam- pus, there was a problem with the speaker in room 313, the CrisisGo app wouldn't work on all desktops, and some teachers for- got their Cri- sisGo login or just didn't have the app on their phones. When asked about training, Mrs. Montandon replied, "I had participated in a county wide drill for intruder alerts. I was a volunteer, so I learned a lot. It was put on by police, public health, Cal-fire, and emergency personnel. I also felt prepared due to some of the training at the high school." The school has four safety meetings a year with staff, teach- ers, two stu- dents, and admin- istrators, and they already k n o w what will change the next time there is a lock- down or drill. According to Barriga in the next drill, they will test Cri- sisGo on computers and phones because that is something they need to focus on. James Harris, freshman, explained, "I wasn't scared because I knew I was in good hands with my teacher [Mrs. Wheeler]." All the com- munity feedback given so far has been positive, just parents and people in general thankful that the kids and staff are safe. When Mr. Barriga comment- ed, "During something like this we have communications of all kinds until you have all the right information about everything that had happened. Details could be mixed up, or it could affect somebody's privacy. We want accurate information before we say anything to anyone." Students and parents all have different opinions on how the lockdown was handled, some think it was handled well, others think it was handled poorly, de- pending on teachers they were with or just their opinion. Mrs. Montandon said, "I feel like we handled it well. Hopefully, next time I'll have a better under- standing of CrisisGo." "I was not scared because I knew I was in good hands with my teacher." -James Harris Story by: Brooke Blythe Courtesy Photos Taylor Nguyen Staff Writer Spartan Storm is on Tuesday, March 22. Spartan Storm is led by Connect Crew, a club that works to make every freshman or any new student feel welcome on campus, it isn't the only club that is involved in this event. Clubs from FFA to AVID and to Yearbook all participate to give examples of what RBHS has to offer. Spartan Storm is where eighth graders will participate throughout numerous events at RBH. These events include the mock rally and the science presentation. The mock rally will be a shortened version of the blacklight rally that will happen later on next week. Students will have games and activities to give them a look at what a day on campus looks like. Many students will help in every way possible such as working these events or just simply interacting with the incoming freshmen. The main purpose is to give them a taste of what being a student here is all about. It acts as a "sneak peak" of the campus. The role of all the upperclassmen is to aid the process of making these eighth graders feel welcome and help give plenty of ideas of what they might want to participate in while being a Spartan. "As an upperclassman, I feel as if our goal is to get the eighth graders excited for high school and help them feel comfortable here," said Haley Scott, junior. Spartan Storm is different from the freshman orientation because the participation of the students. Students will personally sit and talk with the incoming freshman and make them feel comfortable.

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