Marksmen Minute

A Look Ahead to the Week

Finals Week

Below is the schedule for High School Finals:

Tuesday, December 15th // Day 1 for periods 2, 4, 6

Wednesday, December 16th // Day 2 for periods 2, 4, 6

Thursday, December 17th // Day 1 for periods 1, 3, 5, 7

Friday, December 18th // Day 2 for periods 1, 3, 5, 7

There will be Study Tables in the Library on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Free pizza and drinks will be provided by the Student Council.

Special Candy Cane Messages!

This week, starting today and going through Thursday, HOSA will be selling candy canes that can be delivered to anyone in the school, and as an added bonus you can attach a special message with the candy cane for an extra awesome surprise! Candy canes will be $1 each.

Merry, Merry Christmas

Let us be among the first to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! After this week, we have 2 full weeks off from school before returning on January 4th. Enjoy your time off and recharge your batteries for the 2nd half of the year.

Weekly Stuff

Bad Joke of the Week

Why couldn't the bicycle stand up?


That's right boys and girls, it's that time of the year again. No, not Christmas time. Before you even think about wrapping a present or watching A Christmas Story, you have to prepare yourself for finals. Let's look at some good study methods for your classes, along with some input from some students and teachers on their opinions of finals.

Study Tips

  • Don't wait until you 'feel' like studying...nobody ever really feels like studying. You just have to buckle down and start.
  • Be sure to talk to your teacher about the format of the exam, knowing what you're getting into is always helpful.
  • Set goals for yourself while you're studying, it's always helpful to work towards something.
  • Be sure to give yourself plenty of short breaks and rest, a tired brain is a sad brain.
  • Avoid caffeine...that's just a general life tip.
  • While studying, turn off or avoid anything that could potentially be a distraction. Interrupting your brains process while studying could just waste your effort.
  • It's dangerous to study alone...take a friend! (or a few)
  • Cover up your notes and quiz yourself every now and then.
  • Textbook questions and online study guides are generally pretty useful (if they exist).
  • When you think you're done and know everything, study for another 30 minutes. Chances are you don't actually know it all.

Student Opinions

"I never study for finals, I think they're easy most of the time." -Cole Flamion

"I think they're necessary...but they could be a little easier." -Ben Swaney

"They're stressful..." -Hailey Carman

"I'd rather not take them." -Megan Sandage

"I don't think I've ever passed a final..." -Lexy Thomas

Teacher Opinions

-"They wear me out..." -Mrs. Edmonson

"I think they are a great way to assess all skills learned during the semester, and a way to keep the students busy all week long." -Mrs. Hollinden (of the library)

"Finals are stressful time for students, and for teachers, that's necessary to see progress that has been made." -Mr. Hayes

"They're a necessary evil." -Mrs. Kehl/Mr. Teague

"Finals are a great way to see if students have attained the knowledge of the first semester." -Mr. Lacy

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Riddle me This.

First person to answer this gets a shout-out on the next Marksmen Minute!

What tastes better than it smells? (hint: this is a fact, not an opinion)

Congratulations to Josh Kimbril for getting the last riddle right! For those of you who couldn't guess it, the woman was blind and reading in braille.

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Calendar Reminders (and home sports events)

Monday, December 14

  • JH Girls basketball (7) vs. Frederick Fraize at 5:30
  • Freshman basketball vs. Heritage Hills at 6:00
  • Study Tables in Library from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, December 15

  • HS Final Exams - Periods 2-4-6 (Day 1)
  • HS B/G Swimming vs. NE Dubois at 5:30
  • Study Tables in Library from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, December 16

  • HS Final Exams - Periods 2-4-6 (Day 2)
  • Prom Fees Due at 3:05

Thursday, December 17

  • HS Final Exams - Periods 1-3-5-7 (Day 1)
  • Bookmobile
  • House/GO RED Activities: Polar Bear Plunge in Room 619, Salon Professional Academy in Guidance, FCA in Auditorium, Robotics - Room 614
  • V/JV Girls basketball vs. Tecumseh at 5:30
  • JH Boys basketball vs. Cannelton at 6:00
  • Study Tables in Library from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Friday, December 18

  • HS Final Exams - Periods 1-3-5-7 (Day 2)
  • End of 2nd Grading Period/1st Semester
  • Christmas Break Begins at the End of the Day (School Resumes Monday, Jan 4, 2016)

Saturday, December 19

  • Varsity Girls Basketball PSC Holiday Classic

Sunday, December 20

Menu (December 14 - 18)


  • Breakfast - Breakfast Burrito w/Salsa, Cereal, Fruit, Juice/Milk
  • Lunch - Hamburger or Cheeseburger, Tater Tots, Cauliflower w/Dip, Fruit/Milk


  • Breakfast - Pancake w/Syrup, Sausage, Fruit, Juice/Milk
  • Lunch - Chicken Noodle Soup w/Crackers, Grilled Cheese, Carrot & Celery Sticks w/Dip, Fruit/Milk


  • Breakfast - Breakfast Pizza, Cereal, Fruit, Juice/Milk
  • Lunch - Sausage, Biscuits/Gravy, Hash Browns, Juice, Fruit/Milk


  • Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs/Bacon, Toast, Fruit, Juice/Milk
  • Lunch - Corn Dogs, Potato Wedges, Baked Beans, Fruit/Milk


  • Breakfast - Breakfast Sandwich, Cereal, Fruit, Juice/Milk
  • Lunch - Pizza, Corn, Veggies w/Dip, Cookies, Fruit/Milk

Bad Joke answer

It was two tired!

Big thanks to Kari Hawkins for that one. If you have a joke that you want to submit, email it to and it might make it onto the Minute!