Students across the nation join the moderns age of technology. Teachers are running Instagrams and using Bitmojis in the classroom, and on-by-one districts are beginning to go one-to-one with Red Lion joining the buzz.
Students in the Red Lion Area Senior and Junior High Schools have their own device that they carry with them from class to class, and even home. The idea of one-to-one, that is one device for every student, is becoming more and more popular as paper copies become outdated and the internet becomes the best classroom.
Before taking the leap of going one-to-one, technology administrators conducted multiple trials including testing it with a focus group of teachers, conducting wifi tests, and starting the junior high with one-to-one last year.
Freshman Charlie Jess was at the junior high last year for the one-to-one start-up.“The laptops are pretty good. (They) helped a lot overall,” Jess said. “For me, being digital makes it easier to get things done.”
One-to-one has remade the idea of an online classroom. The use of tools like Google Classroom and Remind have changed the day-to-day class. From the survey conducted by Red Lion Administration in August 2018, 80% of students have reliable high speed internet at home which is a good sign for teachers who are going digital.
“From an online prospective, I do like one-to-one,” Red Lion online teacher Mrs. Andrea Rohrbaugh said. “I know now that my online students will have access to a computer, which is their primary resource that they often don’t have when taking an online course.
Mr. Tim Smith serves as Supervisor of Instructional Practice and Technology for Red Lion Schools. He and the rest of the technology team had the job of making sure each student had a working device.
The seniors were issued Dell laptops used in previous years. Underclassmen are using newly purchased Chromebooks.
“That was a really tough decision." Mr. Smith said. The Dells are four years old, and our process is usually a five to six year replacement."
Budget was the main concern. "We wanted to maximize the dollars we had, if we had to buy (Chromebooks) for seniors as well, we may have had one more year of not having one-to-one environment in our school.”
The number one advantage of going one-to-one is the accessibility to the internet and what that means for the students. By every student carrying a laptop, they all have immediate access to google and its expanse database of information. The answer to almost any question is a just click away.
”The laptops are enabling the kids to all be on the same playing field,” junior Gianna Dovell said. “We all have the same access to information.”
By Emily Heiss
Many in Red Lion do not know all of the various opportunities that are offered to them by the high school’s Career Center.
From internships to career exploration programs, there are more than electives to explore careers while still in high school. YCAL is included in these options.
By Carly Guise
Red Lion junior Alex Sun has been named Grand Champion of the York County Science and Engineering Fair.
Alex, whose project was titled “3D Printing of Biodegradable Materials,” is the fourth person from Red Lion to win a Grand Champion title at the county fair in four years. His predecessors include Alec Gayrama (2015), Levi Jones and Mickayla Smith (2016), and his sister Jessica Sun (2017).
By Aubrie Wise
Four different sides occured from the National Walkout on March 14 at Red Lion Senior High School. 13 students participated in the outdoor protest with the knowledge they would receive a 3-hour Saturday detention for their actions. Around 150 students went to a memorial at the Fitzkee Center, which was non-political and dedicated to the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting. Then there were several students that showed up to the memorial wearing NRA shirts. The final side was the rest of the student body who chose to stay in their homerooms. There was reasoning as to why each group made the decision that they did.
By Eli Lanehart
Walking through the hallways as a senior; a student that is about to go into real world as an adult contributing to society. College may be in the future for this individual, but they also may be confused. Hope has arrived for this student and students of all different scenarios.
“I’ve been working with some teachers and administrators for the past nine to twelve months about creating some opportunities for students while they’re here,” said Mr. Bill Rickard, an assistant principal at Red Lion. “Some of them we’ve run into accidentally and some I’ve been chasing down purposefully.”
By Nathan Steiner
Starting next year, Red Lion will be incorporating the One-to-One program, making laptops accessible to every student.
Tim Smith, the head of the technology department at Red Lion, said that the 8th graders that attend the junior high will bring their 11-inch chromebooks up to the high school.
10th and 11th graders will get brand new devices, and the seniors will get existing technology that still operates from the school.
By Carly Guise
Bowling and Zumba and VIP Rooms, oh my!
Red Lion’s Mini-Thon club has introduced new activities and fundraising requirements for the 2018 night of event, held at the high school on Fri., April 27.
By Marissa Burd
February 14 is Valentine’s Day. Many high school students woke up on that day this year with plans of spending it with the people they love most and giving cards, flowers, or chocolates.
One thing that is certain is that the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will remember this Valentine’s Day forever.
Those students did not expect to lose 17 of their classmates that day.
By Carly Guise
As the school science fair has come and gone, students across the high school have begun preparing for their next challenge: the York County Science and Engineering Fair.
The county science fair takes place on Mar. 5 and 6 at Penn State York. Its predecessor, the school science fair, took place on Jan. 5.
At the school fair, Alex Sun, junior, was named Grand Champion for his project on 3D printed biodegradable material. Ismail Guler and Shreeji Patel, both sophomores, were named Reserve Grand Champions for their project that dealt with radiation, specifically from power plants.
By Emily Heiss
On April 3rd Red Lion Senior High will welcome former NBA player, Chris Herren to speak with students at an assembly - and no, it has nothing to do with playing basketball professionally.
Herren is founder of a foundation called, “Project Purple.” His mission is to assist individuals and families struggling with drug addiction. He is coming to Red Lion to share his story regarding drugs and the past that they led him and how he is now recovering and hopes to use this organization to help and reach out to others.
The Aevidum club will be acting as the ‘liaison’ for this entire assembly. The message of Aevidum, “I’ve got your back” is very relevant in regards to Herren’s project’s mission statement.
Club adviser Mrs. Rohrbaugh said, “We are using our platform to promote the message. We are raising money for donations and, most importantly, awareness before Chris comes.”
Aevidum has been selling Project Purple T-Shirts for $12.00 at both the senior high and the junior high. A portion of the proceeds that they receive will be donated towards the Purple Project which will be presented to Chris himself at the assembly.
Drug addiction is responsible for the death of more teens than both car accidents and gun violence in America. So many of the students of Red Lion High School have been touched by the drug crisis.
“Unfortunately, the opioid crisis - the drug addiction - is not specific to one area,” said Mrs. Rohrbaugh. “Our students know people who are struggling, we’ve had former students who have passed. It’s something that needs to be brought to the attention of everybody so that we can reduce it.”