The Star Newsletter
September's Newsworthy Classrooms
Competing with friends, outmaneuvering opponents, playing chess. As the leader of Western Boone's most popular club, Mr. Dale has introduced chess to hundreds of students. Each month, students meet in the WeBo cafeteria to test their skills and make new friends.
"It's a good thinking game. Life is like chess, you always have to react to what people do. Your reactions are what's important." - Mr. Dale
"You can conquer your enemies one-by-one. It's fun to defeat them mentally." - Evan Smith
"There's almost always people you can teach the rules to and give them pointers." - Blake Dukes
"It gives you something to do that's really fun." - Jack Kouns
"You can hang out with your friends while still learning new things. It's fun to play games while learning." - Amelia Meyer
"I'm just now learning this. I'm very competitive, so it's a fun competition with your friends. It's fun to take a break from class while still learning." - Ella Jones
"It's inviting, it's fun, it's something we can do with friends. I play with my family at home and I get to bring it to school. It's a good connection." - Jaden Maze
"Personally I like chess club because it challenges my mind and I get to hang with cool friends and get to talk to people I don't always get to talk to." - Damon Mohr
Around the World Cultural BreakoutBox Adventure!
Miss Martin's students had to apply their knowledge and critical thinking skills to beat the Around the World Cultural BreakOut Box. Similar to a breakout room or escape room, a breakout box requires students to analyze clues and solve puzzles to "break out," all while racing against a timer. Miss Martin and Ms. Skibbe created the puzzles students were solving based off short stories that were read in class.
"I wanted to do something new and adventurous with my class that would encourage them to problem-solve and work together. Since the beginning of school we've been studying short stories around the world. I thought a BreakOut Box that focused on different countries and traveling would be the best way to end this unit. Turns out my students didn't love the Japanese candy I gave as their reward for breaking into the box, but they had a fun time accomplishing it!" - Hope Martin
"The Breakout Box was a pretty cool activity. My favorite part was unlocking the boxes and solving the clues." - Chloe Lafoe
"My favorite clue was using the red decoder to read the hidden message. I also loved the candy from Japan!" - Karissa Bowman
"The most challenging part was between two things - either the map or communication. The map because we couldn't figure out directions and where we started. The communication because we would need one clue to get part of the lock and others would find that clue, but not tell us about it." - Garrett Prickett
It has been a busy few weeks in the WEBO School Counseling Department!
On September 19, students participated in our first quarterly counseling block. This dedicated time allowed 2 hours of time for homerooms to complete career development, academic achievement, and social/emotional learning activities designed to help them be more successful students and prepare for their futures.
On September 20, sophomore students participated in Indiana Manufacturing Day at Major Tool & Machine in Indianapolis where they explored careers through hands-on activities including a flight simulator, 3-D printing, and facility tour where students saw parts being designed for NASA’s upcoming mission to Mars. On the same day, a group of juniors attended the National College Fair at the Indiana Convention Center to participate in college prep workshops and meet with college admissions staff from around the country.
On September 25, WEBO’s 8th grade students traveled to Indianapolis to attend JobSpark. This event features employers from all 14 career clusters with hands-on activities to allow students to explore future options.
Looking ahead, October 10 will be PSAT Day for sophomores and juniors. Freshmen will be taking a field trip to several local employers and learning about Career and Technical Education opportunities. Seniors must submit their STAR Day form by October 3 to be permitted to participate in an outside activity of their choice including college visits, community service, job shadowing, or employment.
Seniors are also reminded to be completing college applications. Many schools have deadlines of November 1. Don’t forget to request your transcript through Parchment.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) becomes available on October 1. Seniors and families are encouraged to complete this process in the fall to receive financial aid notification as soon as possible. Western Boone will host a FAFSA Completion event on Monday, October 22 from 3-7pm. The event is Open House style. Bring your financial information and your child’s laptop to have personal assistance from financial aid professionals in completing the FAFSA.
WeBo Art Gallery
LOL of the Month
During the storms on Tuesday (9/25), an opossum crawled into Officer Randolph's vehicle. After a long battle, Officer Randolph was eventually able to get the opossum out of his vehicle.