The Rider Chronicle

One Family, One Community

One Family, One Community

Ashleigh Robinson

November 17, 2011

As the holiday season approaches, students have taken it upon themselves to bring in money and edible goods for those less fortunate in the city. Students that bring 10 canned goods and a three dollar donation receive a t-shirt. The drive ends Monday, the 21st. The money raised goes towards buying children...

Education Crisis: Professors say students unprepared

Education Crisis: Professors say students unprepared

November 7, 2011

The decline of US education is a major topic of debate and conversation among politicians, students and citizens alike. Professors say the issues come from multiple sources. Statistics From Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2009 Performance of US 15-Year-Old students shows the US...

Multitasking contributes to dangerous teen school, social habits

November 4, 2011

Compulsive multitasking causes teens problems with school. Studies have shown that most American school age children, between the ages of 8-18, are now spending over eight hours per day using media tools. “When I’m using the computer for homework I have another tab open, to Twitter or Facebook...

Students need to watch extra-curriculars, only 10 days allowed

November 4, 2011

Starting this year, students need to be cautious of when they use their ECA days since they only have 10 for the whole year, and that limit will be enforced. School related absences are coded in two different ways, ECA, or extra-curricular activities, which count toward the 10 days, or OC, co-curricular...

Oh Rats

November 2, 2011

When Assistant Principal Rebecca Hitchcock returned to school, the last thing she thought she'd find was a rodent invasion. Hitchcock wasn't alone in the discovery. Now nine weeks into the school year, the invasion continues. "I caught two yesterday," Hitchcock said on the day of this interview. Assistant...

UIL sponsors stay proactive after budget cut in half

UIL sponsors stay proactive after budget cut in half

November 2, 2011

In past years, the UIL academic budget was $10,000. This year, it is only $5,000. "Funding has been a problem at the state level and now it's trickling down," Rider UIL coordinator and Literary Criticism sponsor Sandra Scheller said. "We're not the only ones who have to do this. Previously the team...

Band prepares to play at Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in December

Band prepares to play at Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in December

Kyler Norman

October 6, 2011

The Rider band has currently raised over $300,000 for their trip to London on Dec. 28 to play for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. “I’m really not sure why we got picked,” band director Loy Studer said. “We’re just a little band from Wichita Falls. In 2009, the band played at a UIL State wind...

Students give up ECA classes for more AP

Students give up ECA classes for more AP

Kayla Holcomb

October 6, 2011

The race is on. AP classes. A averages. The goal: To get the highest GPA. Many top students say they have sacrificed everything from extra-curricular activities to their health in order to achieve their goals. "The only pressure is myself, what all I can do," senior Greg Gaskey said. "If I make good...

Teachers win West Awards of Excellence

Jaycee Burke

October 6, 2011

English teacher Yvonne Baker-Kistler and Math teacher Cheryl Wuthrich were two of 20 teachers who won the West Teaching Excellence Award. Both said they were “completely shocked” when they got the news. “I’ve been teaching since 1994, and I’ve never won any awards,” Baker-Kistler said....

Advisory changes made to help students to succeed

Lauren Love

October 6, 2011

In an effort to help improve grades and help keep students from skipping, changes have been made to freshman and sophomore advisories. Administrators say this year’s changes to advisory, including no advisory on Friday mornings, videos and not being able to leave the class are hopefully going to improve...

Faculty stopped from adding students on Facebook

Faculty stopped from adding students on Facebook

Jordan Campagna

October 6, 2011

In the past, Facebook was a common way for students and teachers to communicate, but now, the district has recommended that teachers terminate friendships with current students. The state of Missouri has banned teachers from adding current and former students on Facebook and other social media sites...

Upperclassmen enjoy off campus privileges

Upperclassmen enjoy off campus privileges

September 13, 2011

A change in the school lunch period has been implemented. Now replacing the 45 minute lunches last year are shorter, 36 minute lunches. The two shorter lunches are a result of not meeting the state's requirements for the hours that the school is required to be in session. The school also opened the...

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