Jack Taggart The Charter Opinions 5/5/20 With the month of May beginning, and little prospect of life returning to normal any time soon, I’m starting to wonder if this- staying home and waiting for the chance to return to the outside world, is really worth it. The motives behind the stay-at-home rules are clear: people staying at home and away from each other makes it … Continue reading Coronavirus: Are We Overreacting?
Coronavirus, an unforeseen twist to the decade, has significantly altered people’s lives around the globe. Instead of going out with friends or interacting with the outside world at all, people are confined within their houses, and this new ordeal of self-isolation leaves many feeling adrift and listless, unsure of what to do with their time. Oftentimes, being productive is fulfilling and makes us feel good. … Continue reading Which Streaming Service Should I Use?
Siena Geren The Charter Opinions 4/27/20 Loaded Potatoes It is my hope that those of us who love and miss our ACA baked potatoes can find some comfort in this recipe from Don’t Go Bacon My Heart and that those who aren’t the biggest fans might try this recipe and see how they compare. This recipe is not the same as what we are all … Continue reading Comfort Food in Hard Times – Loaded Potatoes
Haladar Wright The Charter Opinions 4/27/20 Religion is an important part of culture and people’s lives which should not be disregarded, but there are difficulties in discussing it at school. Religion, at its core, is a social topic and an integral part of people’s identity, regardless of what they believe. For these reasons, I believe that religion should be discussed … Continue reading What is Religion’s Role in a School Environment?
Siena Geren The Charter Opinions 4/18/20 Apple Pie Tacos Whenever you get an apple pie craving, these tacos really hit the spot! This recipe for apple pie tacos is fast, requires very little on the planning end and creates the perfect bite-sized dessert. These tacos are very fun to make, and it is easy to find something that even the youngest in your family can … Continue reading Comfort Food in Hard Times
Siena Geren The Charter Features 4/18/20 In these days of social distancing, on-line learning, and nothing being normal, the simple distraction of back to basics time in the kitchen preparing a delicious meal can be a step in the direction of sanity. This week The Charter will be starting a weekly column of recipes with the goal of providing our readers with just such a … Continue reading Comfort Food in Hard Times
Cheyenna Hall The Charter Opinions 3/11/2020 This year the Drama Jr. Class performed Lion King Jr. the Musical. Now they are brainstorming for next year. They should either do Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or The Wizard of Oz. Both of these would be great because we have done them in the past and it would be cool to see the differences with having a … Continue reading Drama Club Junior Debates Next Production
Jack Taggart The Charter Opinions 2/19/20 A long time ago, when top hats were in style, and movies were called motion pictures, two men sat in a warehouse, about to build what would be the first car (or automobile, whatever). “Now let me get this straight,” one said to the other. “This thing will pump out gases that make the entire planet warmer?” “Yep,” said … Continue reading “Whatever,” and Other Valid Excuses For Ignoring Climate Change
The Student Debt Crisis in America & What You Can Do About It. Tazwell Brandabur For The Charter Editorial Board 1/22/2020 Higher education has long been touted as a way out of unemployment, poverty, and into the modern world, but roughly forty percent of students are skipping college entirely, or enrolling in a trade school. One major reason is the cost. Institutions vary wildly … Continue reading We Are The Only Ones Who Can Fix This.
Madalena Larkins The Charter Opinions 1/22/20 Just like other public schools, ACA students in grades 3rd-8th and 11th participate in state testing. There’s one difference. ACA is required to meet or exceed the test and participation scores of conventional public schools in our district, and if we don’t we are required to create a School Improvement Plan, and failure to create or comply with the … Continue reading Why Students Should Never Opt Out of State Testing
Jack Taggart 1/21/20 The Charter Opinions “You shouldn’t procrastinate,” says Roy. Roy is a little man that lives on my shoulder and tells me things that I know, but don’t want to do. Like an obnoxious shoulder angel, (“You shouldn’t eat another microwave burrito. You know you’ll regret it.)” He talks in an annoying monotone voice. But I ignore him and continue to read my … Continue reading I’ll Come Up With a Headline Later
By Hailey Fox Charter Opinions 5/17/19 Here at ACA only 71 percent of students are vaccinated. Currently, house bill 3063 is being voted on. This bill will make it so every student will be required to get vaccinated. The only waver from this law are people who are immunocompromised, a person with a immune system that’s so weak vaccines would hurt them. I believe this … Continue reading Why Vaccines Matter in the 21st Century
By Alyssa DiLoreto – 4/30/19 We’ve been waiting years for this, and it’s finally here. “Avengers: Endgame” released April 26th and it’s taken the world by storm. Scoring a 96% from “Rotten Tomatoes” and high reviews from all over, there’s no doubt that the climactic movie certainly prevailed. “The Russo brothers’ poignant, powerful finale more than lives up to the hype: It’s a thrilling conclusion … Continue reading Avengers: Endgame Review
By Rylie Young The Charter Editorials – 04/08/19 To represent history made by African American history, February become Black History Month in the U.S. It is a celebration of achievements and accomplishments made by African Americans— achievements that they’ve made that empowered their culture. However, it is not just about reflecting history, it is also about looking at current issues they face. While a month … Continue reading Why You Should Always Read About Black History
By Miriam Lee and Rylie Young The Charter News “We’re a giant jigsaw puzzle, with so many different pieces and I felt like Mark was a piece of the puzzle that was kind of connecting all of us.” – Carla Calhoun A month ago, ACA’s beloved counselor, Mark Silverman, passed away. Mark had been out on medical leave for about a month before he died; … Continue reading Tribute to Mark Silverman
By Evalina Shulikov The Charter Opinion- 2/5/2019 Our school needs more parking space. It is not easy to find parking space that is close to the school and that is not blocking neighbors’ driveways. A way we could solve the problem is by making another row of parking spaces in the soccer field. Our soccer field is big enough for an extra row of parking … Continue reading Lack of Parking Space
Transformers has been a loved franchise since the 1980s. What’s cooler than alien robots that can transform into practically anything? I grew up watching the transformers, the TV shows. I loved it so much. I was so excited when my dad finally let me see the live action movie that I had heard so much about. Little did I know, I would soon be disappointed. … Continue reading Why They Should Remake the Transformers Movies
By Rylie Young The Charter Opinions – 1/7/19 I’ll get straight to the point, I believe that we should all try to avoid plastic. Soon I’ll explain why, but first let’s look at the history of plastic. According to the Science History Institute, the first plastic was invented in 1869 by John Wesley Hyatt, who was searching for a substitute for Ivory— a substance made … Continue reading Why You Should Care About Using Plastic
Listening with music while taking tests should be allowed at ACA. Teachers typically say that testing with music distracts students from learning or reaching their full potential. Although I believe that’s true for some students, music should still be allowed for students who want it. Some famous writers listen to music in their everyday writing routine. One of them is Stephen King who has written … Continue reading Is Testing with Music Really Bad for You?
By Evalina Shulikov The Charter Opinions- 1/9/2019 Homeschooling has become a schooling option for many parents with all the new academic requirements students have to learn. Over the years curriculum and programs have grown quite a bit for the homeschool community. Homeschooling has become more popular because parents are realizing how convenient and safer homeschooling really is. One reason homeschooling is great, is that parents … Continue reading Is Homeschooling for You?
By Rachel Shulikov The Charter Opinions – 1/14/2019 Small schools have an advantage compared to large schools. Students have a better environment, and they have a closer relationship with their teachers and each other. In small schools, teachers and students have a closer relationship. Teachers seem to care more about the students. There are usually fewer students in a classroom so the teacher can concentrate … Continue reading Why Small School Environments Are Better Than Large Schools
Natalie Ramsey The Charter Opinions- 1/14/19 Multi-grade classes are hard on both the students and teachers involved, and it is still up in the air whether they are they best option of education. These types of classes are often used in smaller schools to ensure that they will have enough students to run the class, but often times, having a mixed age group can create … Continue reading Multi-Grade Classes May Leave Kids Behind
By Sydney Starr The Charter Opinions – 1/10/19 In this day and age it can feel as though reading a paper book is all but obsolete. But, there is good reason to crack open a real book. I think paper books provide an experience that digital books just can’t match. And, studies show that a majority of people prefer paper books, and reading from paper … Continue reading Should You Crack Open a Real Book?
By Matthias Armstrong The Charter News – 1/1/19 When you compare DC and Marvel and their cinematic appearances it is clear that DC is struggling to make and keep making good films, but why is that? It seems today that Marvel movies dominate the superhero genre in basically every way. For example, their comics and characters get the spotlight while their movies make billions of … Continue reading Why Doesn’t DC Make Blockbuster Hits Like Marvel?
Journalism, many are divided upon what its use is and why we need it. Recently, there has been an uproar in calling out “fake news” in many journalist platforms. Even though the art of reporting and writing may be sketchy now a day’s, there are still many reasons on why we need journalism. About three years ago,an ACA teacher, Michael Lancaster decided to add a … Continue reading How Can ACA Benefit From Reading The Charter?
By Victor Heimbigner Students need vacations from school specifically, it’s good to learn, but the stress of school can get to some kids and they end up not being very social in life or they are always stressed. With breaks and vacations, this helps relax the students and if they decide to work over the breaks they can make some money for their needs. Vacationing … Continue reading Why Students Need Vacations
By Faith Burton Does kissing a child’s “booboo” help in aiding pain relief? From the time I can remember, anytime I would smash my fingers, get a paper cut or inflict any type of injury to myself, my parents would kiss it and it would feel better. My aunts, grandmas, and friends to their kids all do the same. Even though it seems like a … Continue reading A Healing Kiss
By OLIVIA SILBERNAGEL Everyone has their own likes and dislikes in TV shows but Parks and Recreation (commonly called Parks and Rec) is a show that has something for nearly everyone. Parks and Recreation is a comedy that originally aired on NBC and ran from 2009 to 2015. The show features a small fictional city called Pawnee, Indiana and the antics of Leslie Knope (played … Continue reading Parks and Recreation is (One of) the Best Shows of Our Time
By Alyssa DiLoreto Star Wars has been all the rage recently with the new movie “The Last Jedi.” Many young people enjoy this film, as well as the previous movie “The Force Awakens.” While both these films have high ratings, and a huge income, there are still many people who do not like these films one bit. I’m one of them. I have been I … Continue reading Why “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” are Not as Good as The Classics
By Luke Burton, The Charter Opinions Skateboarding is an activity that lots of people do all around the world. Although many people do it, a lot of people don’t like the activity. Some people say that it’s too dangerous and anyone who skates is involved with drugs, alcohol, and is disrespectful. This is definitely not the case. I know this because I am a skateboarder. … Continue reading Skaters Are People Too
By Colin Hughes Luigi’s Mansion is a Gamecube classic that I’m pretty sure that every Mario fan would find as one of the best Gamecube games ever. It was given a 7/10 by IGN and a 7.9/10 by GameSpot so you can tell it was good. The game has an interesting history, too. Luigi’s Mansion was originally a tech demo for the Gamecube when it … Continue reading Gamecube Classic coming to 3DS
SAMANTHA RANDS, The Charter Opinions Schools should have later classes because lack of sleep is not good for your health or education. Public school’s classes start at about 7:25am, ACA’s earliest classes start from 8am-9am. According to The National Sleep Foundation, teenagers need about eight to ten hours of sleep every night. To achieve this, students will have to go to bed at around 9pm. Teenagers … Continue reading “Everybody learns better when they’re awake”
By. Elizabeth Tarsia Due to lack of knowledge, our healthcare system has been over prescribing highly addictive painkillers. The addictive quality of the drug and susceptibility of the user, opiate usage and overdose percentage is through the roof . Our healthcare system should be cleaning up the mess the lack of knowledge has caused. My family has a long history of opiate usage, and it … Continue reading Over Usage of Opiates Today
By Constantine Van Sickle Alcohol Anonymous open meeting, 7035 NE Glisan 12×12 club Portland 12:00am This past Saturday was the first Alcohol Anonymous (AA) meeting I have ever attended. It was certainly eye opening to a be apart of a different type of community and witness the physical and mental warfare people go through daily. I was accompanied by a friend that is not a … Continue reading Putting Sobriety First
By Kenzie Waterman On average, students get 3.5 hours of homework a day, depending on how much procrastination they do. Now, I know that doesn’t sound like a lot –when you think about the fact that we have 24 hours everyday. But, if you factor in the 7 hour school day, the fact that we are supposed to to get 10 hours of sleep, that … Continue reading Homework: Is it helping us or hurting us?
By RYLIE YOUNG – 05/16/18 You have probably heard the term “Carbon Footprint” but what does that mean and why should you care? A carbon footprint is “the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, etc.” Carbon, although a naturally occurring element, is a greenhouse gas. So if the United States, … Continue reading Watch Your Step! We should be more cautious of our Carbon Footprint
By Taylor Younger In the spring of 2002, on April 15 two babies were born. One girl and one boy. They might have not known it at the moment but they were going to be the best of friends there entire life. But not just best friends… twins. Being part of a “twin unit” is a unique experience that can play a positive … Continue reading Your Twin is your best friend
Dear Editors, I am confused because you captured the meaning of OBOB wrong. In the spring edition of the Charter you said “This is a competition for the kids who don’t love sports and do love books.” Most kids do like sports and most of them also like books, including the kids that were on ACA’s team and(or) other schools teams. We would like you … Continue reading Letter to the Editor – OBOB story wrong
Feature story by Faith Burton Alliance Charter Academy is a one of a kind school. In the days that are to come and the ones that have been, schools in America and even in the world have come close, but have never been what ACA is. Eleven years ago, I was just a small little girl, shy, and curious. I was the little girl sitting … Continue reading One of a Kind
By OLIVIA SILBERNAGEL Elective options at ACA can seem fairly limited, especially for high school students. However, it is important for potentially frustrated students and families to understand why electives at ACA are not as comprehensive as are offered at traditional schools. Elective courses are important for a well rounded education. The state of Oregon requires high school students to take a minimum of six … Continue reading Understanding Electives at ACA
By Faith Burton Does Piano really affect your brain? This is a question that has come up a few times in my many years of playing piano. This topic has me curious, does piano in specific affect the brain differently than playing other instruments? If so, what areas of the brain are the most affected? Piano playing is different than any other instrument, both hands … Continue reading Piano and The Brain
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By VICTOR HEIMBIGNER Do you like your photo? Many students do not like their photo, some say it’s because of what they’re wearing, others say that there is something just wrong about their picture, some kids don’t get their picture taken in the first place. Some students do retakes and then they like their picture, but they just didn’t like their first one. One student … Continue reading ACA’s photos
The Charter – Editorial – Nicole Engelke Lunchtime at ACA is a busy time – families with younger kids find each other, middle and high school students emerge from classrooms, tired from lectures, tests, and labs, for their 30-minute break. However, they don’t all have a place to actually eat. If you’re slow getting to the cafeteria, you might just find that the hallway, gym, … Continue reading Hallway Dining: ACA’s cafeteria, too small for the ever-growing student population
By Luke Burton Many high school students plan on going to college after they graduate, but some schools offer an early college program. So is it a good idea to go to college while still in high school. The academic and emotional rigor of college could put to much pressure on a student that isn’t mature enough. So it really depends on the person. “The … Continue reading College in High School
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?
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
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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
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
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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