ACA Teacher Kidnapped — Decades Ago

By Victor Heimbigner, The Charter News Features – Kristen Kohl is an Alliance Charter Academy Spanish teacher and an Educational Specialist. She loves to travel and has an exciting life.  She loves teaching and has been a teacher for a few years now and had an interesting story to tell her fellow coworkers and students before she was a teacher. Kohl was kidnapped at the … Continue reading ACA Teacher Kidnapped — Decades Ago

Can classical music be beneficial to your health?

By: Taylor Younger, The Charter Opinions —     Many people think that classical music can be boring, and a waste of time to listen to. Little did they know that it is proven to increase your health emotionally, and mentally.      Simply listening to classical music as background noise can have a significant impact on your mood, productivity, and creativity. First on the very long list of … Continue reading Can classical music be beneficial to your health?

Political Firings

By William Poindexter, The Charter Opinions In today’s society, discussion of important topics is needed to progress. However, inside of workplaces, it’s a different story. In all  kinds of workplaces, people have been fired for merely expressing their views. This should not be allowed. In November of 2016, according to Dec. 2016 National Post report, one teacher in British Columbia was fired for expressing a … Continue reading Political Firings

Rediscovering ACA Merchandise

By: Rylie Young, The Charter News — The newly rediscovered Alliance Charter Academy online merchandise store website, might not be so new after all. It has a wide variety of products from hoodies to key chains, to dog bandanas. This store is not too difficult to find, go to Alliance Charter Academy’s website, click on the “Student Resources” button, and scroll all the way down … Continue reading Rediscovering ACA Merchandise

Preschool at ACA

By: Olivia Silbernagel, The Charter Features — Just like ACA, the ACA preschool is unique from other preschools. To start with, the preschool is held inside Park Place school, making ACA able to offer a Preschool through 12th grade education. The preschool and K/1 Enrichment program are taught by Kerry Wright who has been the lead instructor for both since 2011, just 2 years after the … Continue reading Preschool at ACA

The way Girl Scouts has shaped who I am

By, Elizabeth Tarsia, The Charter Opinions —     Long ago, when I was just a small first grader, my mom had received a Girl Scouts brochure at my school’s open house. Little did we both know the life skills this amazing program would teach me.   Not long after my mom signed me up, I started out in my first troop. I continued in that troop for … Continue reading The way Girl Scouts has shaped who I am

Out of District Students

By: Samantha Rands, The Charter News –  Alliance Charter Academy has more out of district students than in district students for the first time in the school’s history. Fifty-three percent of families at ACA are from out of district, and forty-seven percent of families are in-district. For out of district families to join, they must first attend an informational meeting and the lottery open spots to … Continue reading Out of District Students

Cool (but Not Cold) Students Learn Better

By: Nicole Engelke – The Charter Opinion / Editorial –  This school year kicked off in the dark. All the unnecessary lights were shut off in hopes of not heating up the school more with the heat from the fluorescent light bulbs. Sweaty students struggled to pay attention in their muggy classrooms. As the summers get hotter and hotter, the need for air conditioning in … Continue reading Cool (but Not Cold) Students Learn Better

Respect the Vest

By: Taylor Younger, The Charter News Features —        What is autism? Autism is a condition that creates challenges, this includes social skills, repetitive behavior, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as unique strengths and differences. Autism has an estimated prevalence as one in sixty eight children in the united states. Which includes one in forty two boys and one in a hundred eighty nine girls. … Continue reading Respect the Vest

You, Yes You, Can Do Well In School

Olivia Silbernagel, The Charter Opinions Students frequently use lack of natural ability as an excuse for giving up on work when it feels too hard, but everyone has the potential to do better. A recent poll conducted on students at ACA showed that most students feel they have one or two strengths in school and are average or below average in other subjects, but changing this … Continue reading You, Yes You, Can Do Well In School

Sultana Johansen

By: Elizabeth Tarsia, The Charter Features         Sultana Johansen isn’t just your average office secretary; she has her four year medical assistant degree, as well as being very well educated in the medical field. She went from high school into college.     Prior to working at Alliance Charter Academy she was working as a children’s director at a church. She had been working there for nine … Continue reading Sultana Johansen

Volunteers Painted Girls’ Bathroom Over The Summer

Samantha Rands, The Charter News– Thanks to Andrea Zaugg, Brandi Stickney, and Eileen Rands the downstairs girls bathroom is now cleaned out and painted. Stickney, Zaugg, and Rands are mothers to ACA students. They decided at the end of last year to clean up and paint the downstairs girls bathroom over the summer to fulfill their needed volunteer hours. Stickney said, “We worked mostly on Fridays … Continue reading Volunteers Painted Girls’ Bathroom Over The Summer

Volunteers Ready for Harvest Ball October 27

Hello, people of ACA.  There is an upcoming event right around the corner. You guessed it, folks, it’s the Harvest Ball. The event will be held on October 27th, from 7pm to 10pm in the cafeteria, for all kids in grades 7-12th. It’s “Steampunk Frankenstein” themed. There will also be a monster bug haunted house, and lots of loud music. There is no denying that … Continue reading Volunteers Ready for Harvest Ball October 27

Chapin’s Changes

By Kenzie Waterman, The Charter News Features You might have noticed the changes happening around school, and I’m not just talking about the leaves. Our Principal/Director is determined to make this a better place to learn. One of the changes he is most proud of is math program and now language arts programs help students who are struggling, by adding on more specialists to help … Continue reading Chapin’s Changes

The Changes in Study Hall and Why They Happened

Olivia Silbernagel, The Charter News No conference table? Only four students per table? No lunch in study hall? A ninety minute limit?  The changes made to study hall have left many students wondering: why? This school year changes have been put into effect in the study hall and here’s the admins take on why they happened. Last year, students voiced concerns about the rules in the … Continue reading The Changes in Study Hall and Why They Happened

How Did the Parking Changes Happen?

By Colin Hughes, The Charter News The Safety Committee at Alliance Charter Academy faced challenges with the safety of their students. During the discussions they had last year, they felt that it was very unsafe and disorderly at thefront of the school where kids were picked up and dropped off. Thanks to a man named Richard Hughes, part of the Safety Committee, parking is much safer. … Continue reading How Did the Parking Changes Happen?

Rule Changes at the Front of the School

By William Poindexter, The Charter At the beginning of this school year ACA announced that there would be a few rule changes to the parking in front of the school. When these changes are heard of it raises a few questions. Why were the rules changed? What are the new rules? Did any particular incident cause the changes? What is the feedback? This article will answer … Continue reading Rule Changes at the Front of the School

Study Hall Suggestions?

Clearly there is considerable and understandable upset, me included, but what are we doing about it? Very few of the people I’ve heard complaining have actually told anyone about it or tried to make a difference, for they are often, as one student put it “calling people out… (afraid) that i would be next, or that things would escalate” (this goes for many school issues). Continue reading Study Hall Suggestions?

Notre Dame fencers have ACA connection

  By Alexis Pearson The Charter News This year, Jaime Norville and Natalie Disher are fencing at the University of Notre Dame (UND). Norville is language arts teacher Mary Norville’s daughter, and she briefly attended ACA. Disher graduated from ACA last year. Fencing is very competitive, and these two work very,  hard, both at sports and their academics according to Mary Norville. The two girls … Continue reading Notre Dame fencers have ACA connection

Let’s Talk About Our Education

Rachel Armstrong The Charter Opinions “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Our education is, without a doubt, one of the most important and cherishable aspects of our life. It is through education that we can create a better future, by becoming … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Our Education

ACA’s Blood Drive Considered a Success

Liam Hughes The Charter News In case you didn’t hear, ACA held a Red Cross Blood Drive on May 2nd. Considering the size of our school, you would think that the turnout would be relatively small. However, we had 50 people show up to donate that day. “I am extremely happy with how the blood drive went!”, says Mary Norville, an ACA teacher who worked with … Continue reading ACA’s Blood Drive Considered a Success

Happy Summer and Safe Driving

By Liam Hughes The Charter News Happy summer, and safe driving. Chances are that a good number of you will be taking drivers ed, and some will already be driving. It is important to remember to be safe on the roads, especially when it comes to new drivers. However, there is one thing that all new drivers should learn. Maintenance. Maintenance is one thing that … Continue reading Happy Summer and Safe Driving

Three more ACA staff plan to leave

  Annie Pullella The Charter News This year, is the year of saying goodbye. Mr. Trevor Dyett left and then Mrs. Beth Wickland. Now we are saying goodbye to three more staff members– Mrs. Ronda Yates,  Mrs. Tennille Hostetler, and Mrs. Kate Scott. Mr. Dyett teaches 6 grade math at HB Lee in Reynolds School district. Dyett reports his new teaching assignment very challenging but … Continue reading Three more ACA staff plan to leave

New Financial Literacy Requirements for Incoming Freshmen

By Alexis Pearson The Charter News ACA is requiring the 2017-18 and future freshman to take a new financial literacy class. “It was an ACA board decision to require the financial literacy course as a way to help prepare students,” said Nic Chapin, the ACA Director. It will be a 0.5-credit requirement and come out of elective category, Members of the class of 2021 will … Continue reading New Financial Literacy Requirements for Incoming Freshmen

Why People Should Never Write Opinion Columns  – Satirical Commentary from a Columnist

An opinion column by Rachel Armstrong Here are five reasons why you should never write an opinion column. It’s a waste of your time On average, humans don’t live very long.There are 1,440 minutes in a day, 525, 600 minutes in a year. If the average human lifespan is 79 years, that means we only have 37,843,200 minutes total (for all you old timers that … Continue reading Why People Should Never Write Opinion Columns  – Satirical Commentary from a Columnist

Not So Jaws 2

Piper Stephens The Charter Opinions Dangerous creatures, lurking in the water, waiting for an innocent victim to swim too close… or not. Contrary to popular belief, even though sharks can be quite dangerous, they aren’t the bloodthirsty monsters that some movies portray them as. Some species of sharks can actually be friendly. This fearful attitude that a lot of people have toward them is really … Continue reading Not So Jaws 2

Paris lands Artist in Residence program

Our very own Ann Paris has been selected for the Artist in Residence program in the Everglades. She will be at the national park during the month of May. The program offers artists a chance to live and work in the park. Paris will be focusing on poetry and painting during her stay. She was selected due to her writing merit. “for me, art and … Continue reading Paris lands Artist in Residence program

Painting our Thumbs Green

Charter Features By Halie Sofich and Rachel Armstrong On Tuesday, May 23rd, the community garden was finally started, after being postponed due to the weather conditions. With the help of driven parents, students, and teachers, a new project has emerged in hopes to provide even more unique and wonderful opportunities at ACA. Our previous and beloved principal, Lara Fabrycki, and our incredible Associate Director, Jill … Continue reading Painting our Thumbs Green

A Week on the Florida Keys

Samantha Rands The Charter Features A five acre island in the Florida keys, surrounded by warm turquoise water filled with sharks and vibrant fish. The beach is made up of millions of tiny snail shells. A lush green forest inhabited with friendly “dog sized deer.” Glittering stars like diamonds in the humid sky. This is how Jill Mohr, the Assistant Director and teacher helper at … Continue reading A Week on the Florida Keys

Jill Mohr and Educational Technology

Piper Stephens The Charter Features Right now, Jill Mohr is ACA’s Assistant Director, but did you know that she used to be an educational technology specialist? Before ACA, Mohr taught classes about video production and more for the Beaverton School District. “When I was in college I was just getting married, and my husband was a computer science engineer. So I decided to take a … Continue reading Jill Mohr and Educational Technology

Autism Service Dogs

Kassidy Young The Charter Feature       Here at Alliance Charter Academy (ACA) autism service dogs are being trained by our very own Jill  Mohr. Jill Mohr, the assistant director here at ACA, is a puppy trainer for Autism Service Dogs of America (ASDA). She cares for these dogs for months at a time to help prepare them for their future jobs. She gives these dogs the … Continue reading Autism Service Dogs

Breaking Your Funny Bone

By: Brandon Bean The Charter Opinions “There’s something that’s really fun about the challenge of making the mundane funny, too, I think.” – Jim Gaffigan   A blind man walked into a bar. He was taken to the hospital shortly afterwards. What makes some of you chuckle at that joke? What purpose does it serve to laugh? What is funny? “Comedy is not a science. … Continue reading Breaking Your Funny Bone

On the offensive

Brandon Bean The Charter Opinions “Offending people is a necessary and healthy act… every time you say something that’s offensive to another person, you just caused a discussion. You just forced them to have to think” – Louis C.K.   Oh I’m sorry. Did I say something to offend you? Good. For such a small disturbance, being offended is a bizarre concept that has been … Continue reading On the offensive

Disney’s Tower of Terror may not stand

By: Annie Pullella The Charter Opinions In early 2017, Disney California Adventure Park closed The Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM and is replacing it with Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission: BREAKOUT! According to Disney Parks Blog the new attraction is “a comically high-energy, rocking new adventure.”  It’s scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.   The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is considered one … Continue reading Disney’s Tower of Terror may not stand

ACA Students Perform and Compete at CCC Choir and Ensemble Competition

  Alexis Pearson The ACA Charter News A number of ACA music department students competed in the OMEA District 13 Solo and Ensemble Competition on Saturday, March 4 at the Oregon City branch of Clackamas Community College. Winners in each category go on to represent the District in the state competition. We had many ACA students participate and some of them were selected for state. … Continue reading ACA Students Perform and Compete at CCC Choir and Ensemble Competition

Effects of ballot measures unclear

Liam Hughes The Charter News   Following the 2016 elections, the only thing that people seemed to talk about was the presidential race. While it is certainly a significant topic to discuss, it appeared to overshadow some of the other important, local elections. In this case, the statewide measures. Which measures got passed, and how can they affect Oregon, and its citizens? First of all, … Continue reading Effects of ballot measures unclear

Bully Scholarship Edition

Brandon Bean The Charter Opinions   “Each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness. No one deserves to be bullied.”   Barack Obama     Bully: A repeated offensive to someone or a victim of unfair treatment who has said “no” or “stop”. Typically comes in the form of verbal harassment and, in extreme cases, physical abuse and violence.   … Continue reading Bully Scholarship Edition

ACA Students Perform for Schnitzer Lobby Concert

By Louisa Rux May 22, 2017   They played a great lobby concert, heard an amazing performance by the Oregon Symphony of Dvořák’s cello concerto and the (new) symphony, Aspects of an Elephant, and even heard their names announced from the stage! On Monday, March 13th, fourteen musicians from Alliance Charter Academy (ACA) performed three pieces for a lobby concert at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert … Continue reading ACA Students Perform for Schnitzer Lobby Concert

College Enrollment and Tuition

Kassidy Young The Charter News    Oregon colleges are now raising their college tuition for many students effective next semester.  Though it doesn’t affect every single college student, but it is affecting thousands of Oregon students.   In just 2014 alone, 82 percent of high school seniors graduated in the United States yearly. Which is a 1 percent raise from the year before, according to … Continue reading College Enrollment and Tuition

Have you ever cheated?

Piper Stephens and Samantha Rands The Charter Opinions We all make mistakes, some of which are definitely worse than others, but they are an important part of learning. If this is so, then why do students tend to feel that mistakes made in school are irreparable? Learning from our mistakes and asking for help is how we grow.   “How do you become better tomorrow? … Continue reading Have you ever cheated?

Lean on Me

Brandon Bean The Charter News “We can’t help everyone, but… everyone can help someone.”   Dr. Loretta Scott   Recently, Alliance Charter Academy (ACA) received an opportunity to obtain donated office furniture from Stephan Bloemer of Clackamas County. Clackamas County had donated it from the City of Damascus office that had unincorporated and who’s cubicles did not match the new office. “We can use most … Continue reading Lean on Me

Salmon In The Science Room!

  Samantha Rands The Charter News   If you missed this year’s batch, you may have another chance. Heppner said, “I would love to do it again. Next year I am hoping to teach an environmental science class and the salmon would fit nicely into the curriculum,” Two weeks after the salmon hatched and living in the science room, they were released at Salmonberry Lake … Continue reading Salmon In The Science Room!

Donate Blood on May 2nd, 8:30AM-2:30PM

Liam Hughes The Charter News   Not all heroes wear capes… In fact, the most important heroes have a red bandage around their arm. They don’t fly, or have super strength. They donate blood. You have the chance to be a hero May 2 when ACA sponsors a blood drive.   According to the Red Cross, blood is needed every two seconds in the United … Continue reading Donate Blood on May 2nd, 8:30AM-2:30PM

The Story of Margie

Lavender Duff – The Charter Features   Many students at ACA think they know her pretty well, you might even be one of these students. But how well do you actually know her? “Margie [Phillips] creates a very open, safe environment in her classrooms. She is very welcoming,” says Annika Bowlsby, a junior here at ACA. “She tries very hard to make everyone feel welcomed and … Continue reading The Story of Margie

The Importance Of Student-Teacher Relationships

By Anna Krieske – The Charter Personal Opinion Column Albert Einstein once said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” To influence students in a way that creates a love of learning, it is important to build a strong relationship between the teacher and student. For optimal mental, social-emotional, and academic development, a teacher must have … Continue reading The Importance Of Student-Teacher Relationships

Testing Troubles

  By Piper Stephens The Charter Opinions   Standardized tests are an organized, relatively simple way of assessing how much a student knows, but are they really what they’re made out to be? From too much pressure, to not really helping students other than providing a score, standardized tests are often valued way too much for what they are actually worth. Standardized testing is a … Continue reading Testing Troubles

Live or Let Die?

Alexis Pearson The Charter News   All is still. You hear birds chirping in the distance, gentle rainfall coming down in a mist, everything is peaceful. You are in the rainforest, a beautiful place with tranquil surroundings. But, the world’s rainforests are disappearing and it’s due to a massive increase in deforestation. This is a huge problem in our world today; over 50 percent of … Continue reading Live or Let Die?

ACA Students Visit the Oregonian

Louisa Rux -The Charter News The eight students and teacher of the ACA Charter met at the Oregonian on November 18th (at a building of an old FBI Headquarters) to have a tour led by Lizzy Acker, an outspoken, blue-haired news reporter on the Oregonian. The teacher, Mr. Lancaster, arranged the field trip so his journalism students could have the experience of being in a … Continue reading ACA Students Visit the Oregonian

Letters to The Editor

Dear Editor,   Please compliment Annelise Krieske on her well-researched article about homework. I find it ironic that a “homeschooler” should have such familiarity with (and distaste for) busywork homework, and a feeling of wasting her precious youthful energy. I certainly remember that feeling from my public high school days, and I bet that many homeschooling families at ACA started out with the desire to … Continue reading Letters to The Editor

PAT Officer Positions Shift

Piper Stephens The Charter News Recently the Parent Action Team (PAT) has had a change in officer memberships. According to Carla Calhoun, the ACA Parent Liaison, the change was due to some members not having enough time in their schedules. One of the open positions has been filled, but the other is still open, and may stay that way through the end of the year. Last … Continue reading PAT Officer Positions Shift

Oregon City Public Schools Add Hours; ACA Stays The Same

Samantha Rands The ACA Charter News    Other schools have added more hours to make up for the snow days; ACA doesn’t have to make up the snow days, because they are called “homeschool days.”    “We look at attendance differently, like a traditional school their attendance is based on how many hours they’re in an instructional seat, so seat time in a class,” said … Continue reading Oregon City Public Schools Add Hours; ACA Stays The Same

How a lack of sexuality education contributes to rape culture

rape culture
Noun: rape cul⋅ture
a society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse.
“…a complex set of beliefs that encourage male sexual aggression and supports violence against women. It is a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent. In a rape culture, women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself. A rape culture condones physical and emotional terrorism against women as the norm . . . In a rape culture both men and women assume that sexual violence is a fact of life, inevitable . . . However . . . much of what we accept as inevitable is in fact the expression of values and attitudes that can change.” – Emilie Buchwald, author of Transforming a Rape Culture

“Rape culture includes jokes, TV, music, advertising, legal jargon, laws, words and imagery, that make violence against women and sexual coercion seem so normal that people believe that rape is inevitable. Rather than viewing the culture of rape as a problem to change, people in a rape culture think about the persistence of rape as ‘just the way things are.’” – definition of rape culture from Force: Upsetting the Rape Culture

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” – Confucius

What constitutes a well-rounded education? Why do we teach kids what we do when we do? A well-rounded education encompasses every aspect of life, especially topics on personal well-being, such as social, emotional, and even sexual health. These are important topics that are often overlooked and forgotten, but they are arguably even more important than algebra or biology. Topics like these are what shape and mold who we are. Topics like these are what shape our future generations. They deserve to be taught – they need to be taught.

This series will take a closer look at sexual health and its role in our education, including how it is taught, why it is taught that way, and if it should be taught that way. I hope to show you how important this is, and how our lack of proper sexual education is one of the greatest contributors to the rape culture that is pervasive in our country. Continue reading How a lack of sexuality education contributes to rape culture

ACA Takes Steps Toward Community Garden

By Piper Stephens The Charter Loads of soil will soon be delivered to ACA for the community garden that is planned to become part of the school. The garden will be behind the soccer field, and will serve multiple purposes for ACA. The garden will be made of multiple beds, made by different people. Some teachers will have their own for certain classes, and ACA … Continue reading ACA Takes Steps Toward Community Garden

Toxic Masculinity

Halie Sofich – Personal Opinion Column   Toxic masculinity. It isn’t a term you come across very often, but a quick Google search will bring up a plethora of results. While doing research for this article, I stumbled across an opinion piece on the Fox News website. In ‘Toxic masculinity’? Dude, Now America’s Universities are Turning Men into Women Todd Starnes writes about how universities … Continue reading Toxic Masculinity

National Honors Society

Here at Alliance Charter Academy, there are 20 students involved in the National Honors Society (NHS). They’re all working together to make our school and community a better place.        NHS was created for outstanding students who have gone above and beyond for their education. Across the United states it is estimated that more than 1 million students are involved in NHS. NHS is here to … Continue reading National Honors Society

How ACA students and staff can make our school greener

  Lavender Duff The Charter Editorial   In 2006, Americans generated 251 million tons of trash, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. ACA adds to this pollution, but together as a school, we can be part of the solution.   A few of our students and teachers have stopped paying attention to how their actions impact all of us. Garbage is ending up in the … Continue reading How ACA students and staff can make our school greener

Journalists counter propaganda with verification

By: Michael Lancaster Commentary for The Charter   Propaganda is not new, and it’s definitely not news. Much of the fake news that has increasingly flooded the internet is really propaganda. When confused with real news, propaganda creates confusion, mistrust, and, ultimately, threatens our democracy. For good decision-making, we need reliable information. For reliable information, we need journalists who gather, verify, and report facts.   … Continue reading Journalists counter propaganda with verification

80’s pop icon found dead on Christmas day

On December 25, 2016, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, more commonly known by his professional name “George Michael” was found dead at the age of 53 in his home in  Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England.   No cause of death has been found thus far. It is presumed that the artist died of heart failure. George Michael’s manager, Michael Lippman described, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, that … Continue reading 80’s pop icon found dead on Christmas day

Time Wasted

Annelise Krieske Time is of such value and is so fastly fleeting. To waste it on painstakingly stressful busy work while suppressing passions is truly disgusting in my opinion. To quote Benjamin Franklin, “If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.” We are told to try new things, to branch out, to think about our future, to … Continue reading Time Wasted

Gas leak forces students into rain

By Liam Hughes The Charter News   Some ACA students called it stupid, the staff called it an emergency evacuation, and everyone called it rainy. However, the October 13th evacuation can also be a good example of what to do and what not to do during an emergency.   In case you missed it, ACA had a real emergency evacuation on October 13th because of … Continue reading Gas leak forces students into rain