Written by students, for students.
The official newspaper of Crescent Valley High School.
What is the bond?
In May of 2018 voters approved a bond of about $200 million for the school district. This money is going towards renovations in almost all of the Corvallis School District schools, with a focus on improving safety and equality. Our school will be improving ADA accessibility (an elevator by the gym and ADA parking), filling in potholes, improving our science and art classrooms, and improving the security of our building, among other things. At other schools there will be improved structure in the case of natural disasters, general classroom renovations, and at Hoover and Lincoln they are getting replacement school buildings.
Kim Patten, director of facilities and transportation for the district, spoke to the Crescent Crier about the bond: “Students will start to see construction activity as soon as spring break. The new ceramics space and auto shop space will be ready for students next fall. We will try to limit the impact of construction for students. There are exciting new spaces that will support hands-on learning for students.”
What can we expect to see at CV?
All renovations are being split up into three parts: safety and security improvements, renovations and repairs, and modernizing educational spaces. Safety and security includes things like a better video surveillance system and better seismic safety. Renovations and repairs include some more changes, like improved ADA accessibility and resurfacing the bus drop off/pick up area. The changes that will likely be most directly applicable to students and classes are part of the third category, modernizing educational spaces. We will see an outdoor ceramics area, more autos space (including an electrical vehicle charging station), and a renovated shop.
Effects on students:
For the second semester of 2021 the shop will be unavailable, so clubs like robotics and classes like metals will be displaced. Metals will most likely just have a large focus on welding due to this second semester. During the summer, student athletes will have to follow very clear paths of travel due to the construction happening then. Additionally, with the renovations to our front doors students will most likely have to be buzzed in after entering the building in the morning. We will also have improved learning facilities to enhance learning, such as individual welding booths, a fab lab that will be built where Kirsch’s room currently is, and outdoor kilns.
- Kristen Scarborough
¿Que es el bono?
En mayo de 2018 los votantes aprobaron un bono de $200 millones de dólares para el distrito de la escuela. Este dinero se destinará a renovaciones en casi todas las escuelas del distrito de Corvallis, con un enfoque en mejorar la seguridad y la igualdad. Nuestra escuela mejorará la accesibilidad del ADA (un ascensor al lado del gimnasio y estacionamiento de ADA, llenado los baches, mejorando nuestros aulas de ciencias y artes, y mejorando la seguridad de nuestro edificio, entre otras cosas). En otras escuelas habrá estructuras mejoradas en el caso de desastres naturales, renovaciones generales de aulas, y Hoover y Lincoln están recibiendo reemplazo de edificios.
Cuando le pregunté a Kim Patten, una de las personas trabajando en este proyecto, por un comentario sobre los fondos, ella dijo, “Los estudiantes comenzarán a ver la actividad de construcción tan pronto como las vacaciones de primavera. El nuevo lugar de cerámicas y autos estarán listos para los estudiantes el próximo otoño. Trataremos de limitar el impacto de construccion en los estudiantes. Habrá nuevos lugares emocionantes apoyaran el aprendizaje práctico para los estudiantes.” - Kim Patten, La Directora de las Instalaciones y Transporte
¿Que Podemos Prometerse en CV?
Todas las renovaciones están siendo divididas en tres partes: las mejoras de seguridad, las renovaciones y las refacciones, y modernizando los espacios educativos. La seguridad incluye cosas como un mejor sistema de video vigilancia y mejor seguridad sísmica. Los renovaciones y refacciones incluyen más cambios como mejor accesibilidad ADA y repavimentación del carril de autobús. Los cambios probablemente será más aplicables a los estudiantes y clases, que son un parte de la tercera categoría, modernizando los espacios educativos. Veremos un área de ceramicas al aire libre, más espacio para autos (incluyendo un estación de recarga para vehículos eléctricos), y un taller renovado.
Los Efectos en los Estudiantes
Por el segundo semestre de 2021, el taller no estará disponible, entonces los clubs como robóticas y clases como metales serán desplazados. Metales probablemente se enfocará en el soldado debido a esto. Durante el verano, los atletas necesitarán seguir caminos de viaje despejados debido a la construcción que se está llevando a cabo en ese momento. Además con los renovaciones a nuestras puertas de entrada los estudiantes probablemente tendrán que ser avisados después de ingresar al edificio en la mañana. También tendremos instalaciones de aprendizaje mejoradas, como cabinas de soldadura individuales, un laboratorio de fab que será construido donde se encuentra la clase de Kirch ahora, y hornos al aire libre.
- Written by Kristen Scarborough, translated by Sophia Fraser
If you keep up with the news, chances are you have heard of COVID-19, more commonly referred to as “the coronavirus”. COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. It was discovered in December 2019 when an outbreak began in Wuhan, China. According to the World Health Organization, it has now spread to 58 different countries, with 87,137 confirmed cases as of March 2020. Almost all schools throughout Japan have been closed to prevent the spread of the virus. Because of this, Nichidai Niko High School has cancelled their upcoming visit to CV. Crescent Valley notified students and parents in the March 2-6 Weekly Raider:
“Due to concerns with COVID-19 and school closures in Japan, Nichidai Niko High School has decided to cancel their visit to CV this spring. We are disappointed that we will not be able to host the students, but understand the concerns. We want to thank the CV families who committed to hosting this year and look forward to future visits.”
How Dangerous is the Coronavirus, and How Can You Protect Yourself?
The quick and international spread of the coronavirus has people all over the world worried. While no one is Corvallis has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the virus has recently spread to Oregon. It is important to know the facts about the contagious disease, COVID-19, caused by coronavirus. The symptoms are very similar to many other diseases. The most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Other possible symptoms are aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. The symptoms typically worsen gradually. If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing you should seek medical assistance. According to the World Health Organization, “Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. About 2% of people with the disease have died.” There are many precautions you can take in order to protect yourself and others. According to WHO, you should:
• Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with soap and water and use alcohol-based hand
• Stay 3 feet away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with your bent elbow or tissue, then
dispose of the used tissue immediately.
• Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical
attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
• Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your
healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to
protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
The World Health Organization website, who.int, is a great source for more information and updates on the coronavirus and COVID-19. Thank you for doing your part in keeping yourself, your peers, and your community safe!
- Hope Humphreys
With that being said, we strive to do better always. Let me remind everyone, Raider Pride Points are rewarding— and a thing.We do have incentives to participate in this capacity. We have a leaderboard and the top finishers at the end of the scoring period get a prize. This is a thing— remember? Carpool Fridays are a new thing and just like Raider Pride Points, there are incentives to participate. There is a leaderboard and towards the end of the school year, winners will be declared I do declare. We as Core Council and leadership will do a better job of promoting these ideas. One way we can do that is by utilizing the TV in the senior hallway. Its central location makes it imperative that we maximize its ability.
My fellow classmates, remember that we in Core Council and Leadership are working for you. Thomas Jefferson put it best: “The government is the servant, not the master, of the people.” Your agenda shall be the agenda of Core Council and of the leadership classes. Let us know what you want through Student Council, our Raider instagram (@cvhsraiders), or reaching out to one of the 21 Core Council members or 40+ students in leadership classes. Make your concerns our agenda. No concern is too crazy for us to take a look at. Did Obama say no we can’t? I don’t think so. He said, “Yes we can.”
As we are now over a month into the second semester, many of us are doubting any hope of the word “fun” being associated with school. We are not looking forward to having to complete another big project, to start another book, writing another paper, or having to take another test. For us seniors, we are so close to the end of our high school days—senioritis overtaking— and AP testing staring us down, but don’t forget there is still so much to look forward to: Prom, Homegoing Week, Earth Day Garage Sale, Raider Royalty Pageant, Class Dance Assembly, Hayward Field (track and field participants), Band State (Go band!) and a newly added CV Film Festival. Do not close your eyes and put your head down for the rest of the school year. Avoid trying to predict the future while sacrificing the gift of the present. There is no need to rush these times as we have a whole lifetime of independence, decision making, and working to do in our future—near future even. So, stay in the moment, release the stress, and “fun” will be right in front of you I do declare. Blessed be your mighty souls and go Raiders!My fellow Raiders, I reside here extrapolating where we are at as a student-body and I am but knee high in a grasshopper. See, it's like moss on a Mississippi tree stump: it's there, but one is not compelled by a double take. The systems we have implemented such as Raider Pride Points, Carpool Fridays, the TV in the senior hallway, and Student Council are agents of engagement that need universal utilization I do declare. I contain a great level of optimism that these agents will prosper before the lights go out on the 2019-2020 school year and that future student leadership will do even better to magnify the potential of these once great ideas and now developing processes. However, returning the soul back to the present, I strongly believe that Leadership (both classes: 1 and 2) and Core Council are more motivated than ever, more engaged than ever, more creative than ever and more innovative than ever; thus, the State of the “Union” is great I do declare.
- Trevor Adams, Associated Student Body Co-President
March is Women’s History Month, a nationally proclaimed holiday that appreciates all of the extraordinary women throughout history! While this holiday may not be mentioned in some traditional social studies textbooks, it is essential that we take time this March to celebrate all of the women who have contributed to the history of our nation and to our own state of Oregon.
Beatrice Morrow Cannady
Beatrice Morrow Cannady was an African American woman in Oregon in the 1900’s, who strived to inform Oregonians of the injustices towards African Americans through her eloquent writing. Cannady became owner and editor of Oregon’s largest African American newspaper, The Advocate, and through this, emphasized interracial relations and honored equality of cultures in Portland communities. Not only did she publish influential editorials on discrimination in Oregon, but Beatrice Cannady helped establish many other movements in Oregon, including the Portland NAACP, Oregon Committee on the Cause and Cure of War, etc.) The efforts and passion by Beatrice Morrow Cannady helped transform Oregon into a state that appreciates and supports equality for all citizens.
Caroline J. Gleason/ Sister Miriam Theresa
Caroline Gleason was another influential woman in Oregon’s history. Her role in managing a women’s staff survey on work and pay was imperative for women’s equality in the workplace; Caroline Gleason’s survey findings became the data for Oregon’s passage of the nationwide maximum hour and minimum wage law (1913). Gleason/Sister Miriam Teresa then went on to study and teach Catholicism, and continue to fight for women’s equality in Oregon.
Kathryn Jones Harrison
Kathryn Jones Harrison is an incredible woman of Native American descent; her mother was an Alaskan native and her father belong to the Molalla tribe of Oregon. She was orphaned at a young age, and became an independent, studious girl. She married immediately after graduation, and had ten children. Her relationship soon became abusive, as her husband was an alcoholic, and Harrison was forced to sustain her children in poverty. Through all odds however, Kathryn Jones Harrison completed college as a single mother, and discovered her life’s passion through connecting with friends of the Oregon’s Native American Confederated Tribes of the Siletz. She was elected to the tribal council, and fought tirelessly for her tribes, specifically against the 1954 Western Oregon Indian Termination Act. She even testified before Congress, and through her determined efforts, restored federal recognition of the Siletz tribe. Kathryn Jones Harrison was an extremely ambitious, influential female leader. She advocated for the native tribes of Oregon, touched millions of families and tribes around Oregon, and fought for truth and justice.
- Maya Schwartz
Book of the Month:
The Prince And The Dressmaker by Jen Wang
It’s springtime: time for colorful crocuses, bright blue skies and more sunshine all around. Why not see that in books, too? This graphic novel fits the bill. Prince Sebastian and his dressmaker (yes, you read that right) have to navigate the world of royalty and fashion to keep his secret under wraps. Without giving too much away, this book will undoubtedly leave you smiling with its beautiful design and artwork and amazing characters.
Quotes Of The Month:
"It's much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it." ― Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
"Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs." ― Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.” ― Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- Kate Voltz
The name is simply a portmanteau derived from Britain and exit, to name the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. The arguments for leaving were varied; however, the top reasons were to control the excessive influx of immigration from other EU members and to reclaim the UK’s sovereignty, as laws were being decided by politicians from other nations whom British citizens didn’t elect. In 2016, a referendum was held on this topic and 17.4 million voters cast their ballots in favor of leaving the EU; with only 16.1 million voters in favor of remaining, it was decided that Britain would leave. No full member has ever left the EU, and a lot of negotiations had to be discussed.
Since then, the UK has been setting out how the UK leaves in a deal called the Withdrawal Agreement. This deal includes negotiations on the £39 billion the UK will pay the EU, the future status of UK citizens that live in other parts of the EU, and the allowance of a two year transition period in which the UK and EU can agree a trade deal and businesses can adjust. Originally set for approval by Parliament on March 29, 2017, perpetual opposition due to a wide range of disagreements on the treaty delayed the exit.
The UK officially left the EU on January 31, 2020; however, there are many negotiations that still need to be made. Aspects of trade, law enforcement and security, electricity and gas supplies, fishing waters, rand regulation of medicines, and many other features of the future UK and EU relationship are yet to be decided. Until a trade deal has been decided, it is unclear how exactly Brexit will affect the UK, the EU, or the US.
Barnes, Peter. “Brexit: What Happens Now?” BBC News, BBC, 5 Feb. 2020.
“Brexit: All You Need to Know about the UK Leaving the EU.” BBC News, BBC, 17 Feb. 2020.
“Brexit: Your Simple Guide to the UK Leaving the EU.” BBC News, BBC, 30 July 2019.
McBride, James. “What Brexit Means.” Council on Foreign Relations, Council on Foreign Relations, 22 July 2019.
- Sophia Fraser
She isn’t much to look at on the outside. Just another quiet, antisocial, unattractive honors student. The girl who stands by herself in the corner, who pulls out a notebook on the bus and turns her back on the world, who comes out of the locker room softly singing a song that hasn’t been in style for decades. But inside is a part of her that no one ever sees. No matter what she might look like, this girl is a dreamer.
She stands up against the tall, narrow window, turned away from the crowded room, soaking up the sun. The warm light caresses her face and fills her with a sensation of magic from head to toe, and she feels she could do anything. The room full of voices behind her sounds distant. It could be any room, but in her mind it is a great library, with high painted ceilings, stained-glass windows, and shelves filled with dusty old books, their covers and spines embossed with gold leaf, bookcases full of them piled three stories high… And she stands at the far end, looking out the window at the sun-bathed courtyard below. She leans forward, closing her eyes, her forehead resting against the glass. She is imagining that her spirit is falling, falling, through the window, through the air, and then she is flying, soaring around the trees, over and under sky bridges, spiraling up, up, into that vast field of blue, feeling the sun on her face, feeling the wind in her hair…
See that girl? The ugly one standing at the window? Yes. What’s she doing there? I don’t know. Making out with the window, maybe? Yeah. Pretending she’s worth something. Let’s leave her there. Maybe she’ll miss class. All right.
She sits with her pencil and paper, writing silently, facing away from all the chatter and laughter, oblivious to the emphatic conversations playing out behind her. In the real world she may be a nobody, but here, with a fresh sheet of blank paper before her, she is queen of her realm. Using only a pencil and her imagination, she creates new worlds where the laws of our reality do not hold. She has hundreds of alternative realities in her mind, bottled up, and when her pencil meets the paper those worlds will spill out onto the page. She has a futuristic dystopia on Mars, with rebels and hackers and an orphanage that is no more than a prison. She has a magical fantasy in a lost land, with powerful artifacts and princesses fighting for justice and a traitorous queen. She watches over it all, pulling a string here and there, letting the stories flow but adding her own twists, weaving worlds of fiction with no limit but her imagination. Now, though, she is writing her own life. Not her life as it is or as it was, but her life as it should be. A life with friends, with joy, with people who listen to her imaginations and fantasies and don’t sneer or scoff, but smile at her and say, Girl, I’m proud of you. She pauses to revel in the life she has created for herself, then puts pencil to paper and adds a touch of magic…
See that girl? The ugly one sitting alone? Yes. What’s she doing, writing at a time like this? I don’t know. Slaving for her lit teacher, maybe? Yeah. The servile nerd. Makes her feel like someone actually loves her. Let’s leave. Maybe we can slip some honest notes in her locker - tell her what people really think of her. All right.
There isn’t much to like about her on the outside. Just another unattractive girl with no social life. But there is worth to her that no one looks to see.
This girl is a dreamer…