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Carmel High senior Lana Richards and junior Madi Salvati won the Carmel 9/11 Memorial Writing Contest in August, for which students had to write either an essay or a poem about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Salvati and Richards each received $200 for winning the essay and poem divisions, respectively, and read their submissions aloud at the memorial ceremony. Senior Alex Wieting-Lukowski also won an honorable mention for her poem.
The poems and essay will be displayed in the Harrison Memorial Library in Carmel-by-the-Sea, along with a piece of steel taken from the fallen Twin Towers.
Increasing class sizes has become an issue affecting public schools across the nation, and Carmel High is no exception this year.
The average class size at Carmel High, as of 2010, was 19.4, which if you ask members of the CHS faculty, can be misleading.
“The most striking thing for me is how unbalanced [class sizes] are,” AP Government and Politics teacher Bill Schrier says. “I have two classes in the mid-twenties and two in the mid-thirties.”
Carmel High juniors will participate in a judgment improvement workshop planned for Nov. 19 after the program was postponed twice due to student, parent and teacher dissatisfaction with its scheduling.
The Botvin LifeSkills program will be delivered in age-appropriate iterations to students grades three through eight throughout Carmel Unified School District, as well as to students in health class at CHS. Junior year will be the last year that LifeSkills will be delivered.
LifeSkills is designed to promote improved decision-making, time management and communication during and after high school, counselor Jennifer Goodbody says.
“These really are skills for life,” Goodbody stresses. “There’s a misconception that this is a class about drug and alcohol awareness, and it isn’t.”
After a year of debate about the design and location of the new CHS science department building, construction is set to start Nov. 1.
The essential design will include three state-of-the-art classrooms and a shared prep room, but the official blueprint is still being re-drawn.
Last year, $2.6 million was allocated for the new science wing, and the hired architects asked the Carmel High science teachers what they would like in their new classrooms.
When you think of a Sandpiper, what comes to mind? Perhaps the image of a hippie playing the pan flute on the beach appears, or maybe a playful shorebird comes to mind.
According to Danny Funt, former chief editor of The Sandpiper, the student newspaper is “an important voice” for Carmel.
The Sandpiper is the voice that reported on important issues like students stranded by a bridge collapse in Big Sur, the voice that illuminated controversial topics like racism at CHS and the voice that revealed campus supervisor Don Perry’s mysterious past.
On the ballot this Nov. 6 is a state constitutional amendment known as Prop 30, which, according to a Huffington Post article, if not passed would mean cuts to California…