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Students Have Fun at Common Bond Extreme Kick-Off Party

By: Morgan Macfarlane

Students gathered for the annual Common Bond Extreme Kick-Off Party. Common Bond members played laser tag, rode a mechanical bull, and ate pizza and snacks.

Common Bond is an extracurricular club at Schoolcraft High School that pairs mentor students with challenged students. Common Bond works to create a variety of events for students, said Amy Green, Schoolcraft high school teacher.

“Common Bond is a win-win for the students because it gives challenged kids an opportunity to be involved with their peers in a school club and to meet peers to identify with.  Also, mentors get to reach out and make a difference and see that these friends have the same interests as they do – thus the reason all of us to truly have a Common Bond,” said Green.

Students such as Annie Sampley and Josh Worden had a great time! Sampley loves how in Common Bond there are so many opportunities to make new friends. Worden likes all the cool events he gets to participate in through Common Bond!

Green said, “I love Common Bond because over the years, I’ve seen some amazing relationships develop and it’s been very powerful.”

Making the Student Section Great at Schoolcraft High School

Macie Reid and Parker Leighton are shown here as they lead the Schoolcraft student cheering section at a football game. Photo by Karly VanderMolen.
Macie Reid and Parker Leighton are shown here as they lead the Schoolcraft student cheering section at a football game.
Photo by Karly VanderMolen.

By Macie Reid

As a senior  high school I was asked by Schoolcraft High School Principal Mrs. Flynn to be the SportsmanshipSquad Leader.This roll was something completely new to me and I had no idea what I was going to be doing but it’s something that I enjoy because I get to be apart of the student sections that attends football games  every Friday night.

The Sportsmanship Squad is run by Parker Leighton and me during football season and during basketball season another boy will be chosen to help me because Parker will be playing basketball. Our job as  leaders of this squad is to get students excited about games   all during the week.

I work on getting the most people possible to come out and support our fellow classmates that are playing in the games. Another thing that Parker and I do is try to come up with themes for the games that are being played and tell students to try their best to follow the theme.

Here at Schoolcraft High School we participate in something called Battle of the Fans where you are recognized for your sportsmanshipand class spirit. Throughout the year we record videos of the chants that happen in the student section and at the end of basketball season we put all the footage together from the beginning of the year, into a video that we turn in. Our chances at winning increase when a lot of students participate in the student section cheers and when we are all really loud. This year we want to get big student sections at the games, and we also want the freshmen class to participate when we cheer. It makes our student section sound that much better and it will help us win the Battle of the Fans at the end of the year.

So far this year our student sections have been very successful at home football games and at the first game at Parchment we sounded really good. Mrs. Flynn received a lot of good feedback from Parchment students, parents and fans saying that we did really well. The goal for the student section is to just get everybody to come out and support the players. We’re looking for more students to attend volleyball games and to get involved in making that student section just as good as the student section on Friday nights for football. There is a twitter account that tells the themes and lets people know what will be going on in the student section and if anybody ever needs to know a theme they can check that  @SchoolcraftfFans.

Cross Country Teams Run for KVA Championships

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On Tuesday October 15, the Schoolcraft Eagles cross country team ran in the KVA Conference championship meet  to vie for the title of KVA champions. With an overall score of 39 points, the boys’ Schoolcraft Eagles team was awarded  first place and move forward to the regionals with a shot for state champions, while the girls came in third with 111 points as they move forward to the regionals.

Neal Malakowski, a former runner for the Eagles,  observed that “everyone is important and contributes to the team.”  Madison Ring, a senior, said “The team is like brothers and sisters to each other.” As the team moves forward together, both sides stick together and push to the end.

Schoolcraft Volleyball Teams Score Big Wins

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By Nico Figueroa

The Schoolcraft Eagles faced off against the Parchment Panthers for ladies volleyball on October 23. The Lady Eagles, first in their KVA division, dominated the court, winning the first set ending with the Lady Eagles scoring 26 points against the opposing 24 by the Panthers.

As the second set  rolled on, the Eagles won again with a two point lead; Eagles 27, Panthers 25. The third set began with the Eagles falling short but not for long. Camille Giacobone served most of the balls in this set, ultimately leading the Lady Eagles to gain back the  lead. As the game came to an end, the Eagles won with an astonishing nine-point  advantage, ending the game at 25 Eagles and 14 Panthers.

The Junior Varsity Lady Eagles volleyball team won its game against Maple Valley on October 24. With the JV Lady Eagles placing second in the KVA, they will move on to play again. The team performed well and they stuck it out to the end. “Our team definitely stayed focused on the court during game day,” said Bryanna Delouf, former player on the Lady Eagles volleyball team. “The best part of tonight’s game was how we all played well off of each other’s energy.”

Cross Country Teams Run for KVA Championships

By Nico Figueroa

On Tuesday October 15, the Schoolcraft Eagles cross country team ran in the KVA Conference championship meet  to vie for the title of KVA champions. With an overall score of 39 points, the boys’ Schoolcraft Eagles team was awarded  first place and move forward to the regionals with a shot for state champions, while the girls came in third with 111 points as they move forward to the regionals.

Neal Malakowski, a former runner for the Eagles,  observed that “everyone is important and contributes to the team.”  Madison Ring, a senior, said “The team is like brothers and sisters to each other.” As the team moves forward together, both sides stick together and push to the end.

Schoolcraft Rocket Football Blasts off to a Great Start

By Angela Yado

Schoolcraft Rocket Football is off to a great start to its 2013 season, with a group of veteran coaches backed up by many years of football experience. The players are learning the fundamentals of not only football, but teamwork and good sportsmanship as well.

Involved with the Rocket program since 2004, Coach Benny Clark Jr. (and current president of Schoolcraft Rocket Football) says the program has always been about the kids and the community.

“We’ve been fortunate to have such a fantastic group of parents who volunteer so much time each week to keep this program running so well. The players learn from the start what it means to part of the Schoolcraft football tradition.”

New to the Rocket program this year is a Flag Football League, where kids age 5-7 can start at an even earlier age to learn the fundamentals of the game. With nearly 50 kids signed up, there is no sign of the program slowing down. The two Lower Teams (ages 8-9) are both off to an undefeated start after three games.

The Lower Gold Team has had an outstanding year so far. Coached by Sean McDonald and assisted by Mike Sampsell, Sean Hamlin, and Will Engel, the players have done a phenomenal job of working together as a team.

Lower Gold
Lower Gold

With 15 players on the roster most players are getting a chance to play positions on both offense and defense.

The players include veterans Asher Puhalski, Trey Schneider, Grayson Pratt, Kanaan Burgess, Rickey Peters, Ian McDonald, Ryan Engel, and Dylan Hamlin. Also on the roster are the athletic first-year players Caleb Goldschmeding, Gavin Beuter, Brian Crofoot, Malachi Sampley, Aidan Powers, Shaun Sampsell, and Drew Hamlin. According to Coach McDonald, “The team has worked well together offensively to create passing and running plays. The team’s strong suit, however, is their defense that has only allowed two touchdowns all season. I am honored to be able to coach this group of kids and teach them the fundamentals of football. I love to see them enthusiastic, having fun and supporting each other as a team.”

The Lower Purple Team has had a fantastic start as well. Head Coach Chris Webb has volunteered much of his time over the years coaching all three of his boys in the Rocket program. His team this year is also undefeated to start the season. “I want to congratulate all the boys for their effort and hard work,” says Webb.

Lower Purple
Lower Purple

“They have done an incredible job exemplifying what it means to be a Rocket Football player by keeping a good attitude at all times, encouraging their teammates and having as much fun as possible.” A mix of veteran and first-year players, their energetic roster is made up of Carson Flynn, Drew Webb, Andrew Taylor, Tanner Smith, Hunter Martens, Logan Meyer, Hayden Gunter, Carter Graber, Jacob Sootsman, Noah Graber, Ethan Feller, Nolan Devries, Canaan Pavey, Nolan Strake, and Logan Simpson. Coach Webb also says, “Coach Graber, Coach Martens, Coach Feller, and I are grateful for all the support the parents have given us. This season has been special thus far being 3-0, but we still have four games left! Our goal as coaches is to make sure the kids are having as much fun as possible and that the kids are being taught to win while developing closer relationships with their teammates, which is what it’s all about. Congratulations to all the Schoolcraft Rocket Teams for their hard work this season.”

Upper Gold
Upper Gold

The Upper Gold Team coached by the “Three Mike’s” Head Coach Mike Straley, Mike Olvitt, and Mike Nadrasik, is also off to a strong start this season. The Upper Gold’s rugged, hard-hitting defense is focused around the crushing tackles of Caden Sukich and the strong defensive plays of Jacob Straley, Justin Speakman, Kyle Fleck, Aiden Hursey, Karson Leighton, Damon Nadrasik, Jake Olvitt and Stephen Phelps. On offense, their smash-mouth running game featuring the strong arm of quarterback Jared Widup, Jacob Troyer, Adam Martin, Jared Jager, speedster Trent Cook, Dawson Shearer, Mason Hart, Peyton Fisher, Cam VanZile, Mitchell Simonds, and Brett Faulk have fought hard all season on every down played to get the ball to the end zone. Coached by Benny Clark Jr., Kevin Briggs, Terry Smith, Matt Abel, Tino Yado, and Gary Davis, the Upper Purple Team is also undefeated so far this season and has proven it is a force to be reckoned with! Only giving up three touchdowns in three games, the defense is led by hard hitting Marky Fox and the fierce Jack Fowler.

Upper Purple
Upper Purple

Also keeping the opponents from the end zone are Brandon Meyer, Connor Webb, Johnny Abel, Hunter White, Caleb Niewiadomski, Carter Briggs, Harmon Devries, and Bryce Vanderwiere. Watch out for the punishing tackles of Adrienne Rosey as well. The first female to play for Schoolcraft Rocket football, she’s proven she belongs on the football field.

Offensively, the team has been unstoppable, putting 110 points on the scoreboard to start the season! Protected by a strong offensive line including Asa Pavey, Garren Phillips, Carl Taylor, Hunter Bogema, Donnie Cochran, and Fowler at center, the fourth year QB Terry Smith III is well protected when handing the ball off to lightning fast Kobe Clark or the sure-thing receiver Vinny Yado. According to Coach Clark, “This is a special team. They play well together and work hard every game. Purple and Gold runs through their veins, and they play with pride every time they walk on that field. I’m proud of each and every one of them.”

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Capturing Kids Hearts

By Morgan Macfarlane

Capturing Kids Hearts started with the beginning of the new school year in Schoolcraft. The goal of the program is to create a positive, trusting culture where every student is accepted and connected to an adult, paving the way for high performance, said Kristen Flynn, Schoolcraft High School principal.

Capturing a Kids Heart works to create safe, trusting, and self-managing classrooms, it also helps to improve attendance as well as increasing students’ motivation, according to The Flippen Group who came up with the model. The program goes even further by helping to decrease delinquent behaviors, such as drug use, and disruptive outbursts they believe.

“For me, I feel that it creates an environment where everyone knows they are cared about first as a person, then as a student. It also helps kids take control over their own learning. Everyone has a voice,” said Penny Sportel, Schoolcraft Middle School social studies teacher.

“We, as faculty, want every student within Schoolcraft to feel as if they belong and know that we care about them as individuals. In addition, Capturing Kids Hearts helps place some classroom responsibility on the students themselves by giving them a voice through the social contract,” said Dustin Sayers, Schoolcraft Middle and High School history teacher.

Flynn said, “Both Chris Ebsch, Middle School principal, and I had attended other districts and saw the powerful impact it had on a school’s culture, including the interaction between students and between teachers and students.”

Sportel asked her students what they thought of Capture a Kids Heart. Some said, “Everyone has a good, positive attitude.” Others said, “It helps create a positive atmosphere in the class room and I can tell people care about me.” Some students said, “This is ten times better than last year!”

The program works on several basic principles, one of them being the EXCEL Leadership, Teaching, and Relationship model, according to the Flippen Group. E stands for engage, The Flippen Group suggests greeting students at the door, a positive greeting welcomes students to the class, it also helps develop social and professional skills. Next is X, it stands for explore, get in touch with students personally, emotionally, and academically.

The Flippen Group recommends sharing “Good Things,” this shows interest in students, creates positivity, and teaches leadership skills. C is for communicate, work to create a twoway dialogue between teachers and students. Next is E which stands for empower, The Flippen Group suggests giving students responsibility, and creating an atmosphere where students feel they can fail during the learning process. L is for launch, close class with a meaningful end to motivate, inspire, and encourage students.

Capturing a Kids Heart also uses a social contract. The social contract goal is to create a self-managing classroom, according to The Flippen Group. To create the social contract, students answered these questions: How do you want to be treated by me? How do you want to be treated by each other? How do you think I want to be treated by you? How should we treat each other when there is a conflict?

In late August, High School and Middle School teachers, principals, secretaries, custodian, food service personnel and paraprofessionals all attended professional development days, said Flynn. The professional development was held at the Schoolcraft Masonic Hall, and led by Dr. Mike Holt from the Flippen Group.

Schoolcraft Homecoming

By Morgan Macfarlane

Kari Feddema and Kyle Santman are homecoming king and queen.
Kari Feddema and Kyle Santman are homecoming king and queen.

Schoolcraft High School’s homecoming started with dress-up days and banner making, all which led up to the pep rally, homecoming football game and homecoming dance on Friday, Sept. 27.

Schoolcraft’s varsity football team defeated Hackett Catholic Central with the final score 49-27.

The pep rally took place during the school day on Friday on the football field. The class representatives were introduced, and the class banners were reveled for the first time.

Two representatives, a boy and a girl are chosen from the freshman, sophomore, and junior class. Six senior representatives are chosen, three boys, and three girls. This year’s representatives for the freshman class were Morgan Warner and Jason Feddema. Jayci Suseland and Ian Anspaugh were the sophomore class representatives. Sydney Fink and Josh Zemek represented the junior class. The senior class representatives were, Jack Bensley, Savannah Small, Phil Pelton, Camille Giacobone, Kyle Santman, and Kari Feddema.

The different grades also participated in the banner contest. The theme was reality TV. In the banners, students need to show their representatives, all the fall sports, plus band and choir. Freshman choose American Ninja Warrior as there theme, they came in forth place. LA Ink was the sophomore class’s theme, they came in second. The junior class chose The Voice as their theme, they came in first place. The seniors came in third place, with their theme Duck Dynasty.