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THE B LUFFER

Volume 111, Issue 4 October 9, 2009

The voice of Red Bluff High School since 1901

RED BLUFF UNION HIGH SCHOOL, RED BLUFF, CA

Administration initiates new campaign to minimize tardies

Isaias Garcia, senior, happened to be a student brought to the office during a If you have been late or truant tardy sweep. to class recently, you might "Mr. Barriga took me to know about the tardy sweeps the office. I had to talk to Mr. that are now happening. Gleason and Mr. Barriga about "It's something we have done my attendance. They said that I to try and get students to class had to watch my attendance or on time, and also to identify I wouldn't be able to graduate students that are constantly because I would lose credits," tardy and to try and take steps said Garcia. to get them to class on time," Garcia also said that he said Miguel Barriga, assistant thinks the sweeps are pointless principal. because it just makes you later Each sweep brings in about to class. 45-50 kids. The "It's a students who are completely brought back to It's something we have organized thing. the office are run done to try and get stu- After the tardy through Genesis, dents to class on time bell rings, we go the attendance and also to identify stu- up to some people c o m p u t e r and ask for a program, to check dents that are constantly pass. If they don't their history. tardy, and to try and take have one, we take Students with steps to get them to class them to the office poor attendance on time." to check their or repeated tardies - Miguel Barriga attendance," said are kept in the Barriga. office for about 15 minutes and their parents are notified. Administrators and one to "Out of those students, two teachers are the ones who eight to ten have problems with conduct the sweeps. attendance, and we contact "The reason students weren't only about five to seven of notified was that we wanted to those students' parents," said see how it was going to work. Barriga. It's pretty much an experiment; Each sweep also had students it's just to see who is out there; that claimed that they had it's to see who the habitually permission to be out of class but tardy and absent students are," did not have a pass. Teachers are said Barriga. asked to give students passes The administration plans on when allowing them to leave conducting more tardy sweeps class during instructional time. in the future. "This isn't ground breaking, "We may not continue the there are other schools in this tardy sweeps, it just depends on area who do tardy sweeps," said how effective they really are," Barriga. said Barriga.

Chase Corry Staff Writer

School begins tardy sweeps

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Drama classes to perform `Blue Jean Players' tonight

Nik Kitchel Co-Editor-in-Chief

Ashlee Garcia, senior, and Kaela Hertler, senior, practice their skit for "Blue Jeans Player Nights."

tudents from Drama II and III classes will be performing "Blue Jean Players" tonight, Oct. 9, in the PAC. This event will run from 7 p.m. to approximately 8 p.m. and admission is free. Students will be presenting a series of twelve short skits from a plethora of genres ranging from monologues to group arrangements. The drama classes have been practicing for several weeks. This will be the first stage performance for nearly half of the students. "This is an opportunity for every kid in drama who wants to be in front of an audience to do so and perform. [They get a sense of satisfaction] almost like that of an artist finishing a painting. They've practiced, worked hard, and now they get to complete their goal," said Joe Palubeski, drama teacher. Each skit involves one to three students for a duration of five minutes or less. Students will be wearing blue jeans on stage with

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COUNTY Tehama County Teen Representatives

Students catch H1N1 virus, `not a big deal'

Chase Corry Staff Writer

slightly modified upper costumes. "The whole idea is to show off the students' acting, not the costumes," said Palubeski. "Blue Jean Players" is essentially a new rendition of the "Drama Scene Night" that was performed last year. "It's a really good opportunity for parents to see their kids perform," said Rhonda Anderson, senior and prospective screen actress. Students gain a great sense of satisfaction upon completion of their acts. However, it is not unusual for some to experience cold feet right before their set, said Palubeski. "I feel kind of sick right when I get on, but once I'm on, I go over the top and really get into it," said Carolyn Yates, senior. Some of the actors and actresses who will be in "Blue Jean Players" will also be performing in the fall play, "Harvey," which runs Nov. 5-6, at 7 p.m. each night. The drama department hopes to have four "Blue Jean Players" performances over the course of the 2009-2010 school year.

Photo courtesy of We Shoot Ya Photography

Teen Representatives, Ambassador Robert Ramsey, and Miss Tehama County Paige Prinz, were chosen at the 2009 Tehama County Fair. Both representatives are seniors at Red Bluff High and will serve until the 2010 fair.

Recently, a number of Red Bluff High School students have been absent due to catching the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. "There have been a few cases; many people probably have it but just stay home and don't go to the doctors; they treat it like the regular flu," said Karrie Roth, school nurse. The regular flu shot is currently available. However, it will not cover the H1N1. "People shouldn't be afraid; they should just be aware," said Roth. The H1N1 shot should be available sometime in late October. Freshman Laurel Shoop had the swine flu in September.

"I had it for like four days and they gave me medicine and it went away very fast," said Shoop. If you are sick with flu-like illness, you should stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone, officials say. "Having swine flu wasn't a big deal at all. It was just bad for a day," said Shoop. Parents that called in to report that their child was sick were asked for symptoms of a fever, cough, sore throat, headaches or muscle aches. Having these symptoms doesn't necessarily mean that you have caught the H1N1; the purpose for the questions is to track student and staff absences due to flu-like symptoms during this high rate of flu time. "The only way to get confirmation of swine flu is

through your doctor's office," said Roth. Some ways to prevent getting or spreading swine flu are by washing your hands often, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and by disposing of tissues after use. "I might have been able to prevent getting it if I didn't go to [the] fair. I gave it [swine flu] to like three people," said Shoop. "At fist I didn't think it was a big deal, but then it kind of scared me for awhile and I realized that the majority of the people sick right now probably have swine flu and that I would be fine," said Mariah Smith, sophomore. In every classroom at Red Bluff High School, there are hand sanitizers to help keep the spread of swine flu down.

`Post Secrets' in the Yearbook

This year, the yearbook will feature a "Post Secret" spread. Students interested should create a 3" by 5" post card, creatively decorated, with a secret written on it (visit http://www.postsecret.com to see examples). · All postcards must be anonymous · Any secret can be featured as long as it's appropriate · Postcards must be enclosed in a blank envelope and turned in before Christmas Break to room 106 For more info, contact Lindsey Bosman: [email protected]

College Night

The school will be hosting a college night for junior and senior students and parents. Topics discussed will include: SAT and ACT entrance tests, available scholarships, financial aid, college entrance requirements for the University of California and the California State University campuses, the Educational Talent Search program, and the CSU Mentor program. · Where: The Performing Arts Center · When: Oct. 14, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.

CLFC

Creating Lasting Family Connections is an educational, family strengthening, substance abuse and violence prevention program. There is no cost to attend. · When: Every Wednesday, from 6-8 p.m. · Where: Café Sparta For more info, contact Haley Ford: [email protected]

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