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A Teacher For All

A Teacher For All

by Victoria Steffee, Editor

January 30, 2019

Filed under Features, News

English is one of the core courses of the American Education system, and the teachers are the bedrock of the entire system. Wendy Kassler is one of those teachers, dedicating 16 and a half years to CK’s various English courses. She is also the advisor for the Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA), and works with them to ensure CK is the best school it could be. She does her best to make the world brig...

The Highs and Lows of Self Esteem

The Highs and Lows of Self Esteem

January 29, 2019

Self esteem isn’t linear. We all experience highs  and lows. From the genes we’re born with to the lives we live, we’re all faced with this thing we tend to not talk about, called “self esteem”.   According to an anonymous  survey conducted by the Cougar Chronicle on what affects people’s self esteem,  it was found that there are several determining factors that affect the w...

Ring, Ring! It’s the New Bell Schedule

Ring, Ring! It’s the New Bell Schedule

January 29, 2019

In the 2020-2021 school year, the Central Kitsap School District is looking to make changes to the bell schedules in order to accommodate the state's recent decision to raise the credit requirement for graduation to 24 credits. This decision will first impact current sophomores, and remain relevant for each graduating class from then on. Maria Skilling of the Cougar Chronicle covered a previous ve...

Nicotine Situation At CK High

Nicotine Situation At CK High

January 28, 2019

The nicotine usage situation at Central Kitsap High School is becoming a big problem for our students with the new invention of e-cigs and juuls. The nicotine industry just keeps expanding and has a negative effect for the youth who are getting there hands on it. In recent findings from the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, this past year alone vaping among high schoolers has increased by 78%. That's 1....

High School and Beyond

High School and Beyond

January 28, 2019

Many high school seniors understand the pressure that is faced in senior year. It is the time when the transition into building your future must be planned. Many are excited for this transition because it ensures freedom from the routine high school days. However, preparing for this transition opens eyes to the vast amount of options post high school which can be stressful.   When leaving high school seniors are present...

Smoking and Mental Health

Smoking and Mental Health

January 24, 2019

Adolescent cigarette smoking is closely associated with substance use and depression. A study done by NCBI states that “129 (28.6 percent) reported ever using tobacco products, and 68 (14 percent) were current smokers who used an average of two cigarettes per day.” Smoking in adolescents is associated with increased odds of having mental health symptoms and substance use disorders. So, why are adolescents who suffer from mental d...

Paper Usage in CKHS

Paper Usage in CKHS

December 11, 2018

A high school student receives an average of 250,000 pieces of paper annually. Assuming that there are about 900 students in Central Kitsap High School, that averages to about 225,000,000 pieces of paper combined. This may seem far-fetched, but considering the amount of paper used daily for assignments, quizzes, and tests, it can quickly add up.   In elementary school, the majority of...

Meet Mary Jane and Dan K. Buddinhash, Our New Neighbors

Meet Mary Jane and Dan K. Buddinhash, Our New Neighbors

December 11, 2018

Dec. 11, 2018   In Washington state, marijuana has been legal ever since Initiative 502 passed in 2012. Its effects have been visible throughout the state, especially within the teenage population. Teen use of marijuana has steadily increased since, even though it is illegal for anyone underage to possess any amount of the drug. There are many reasons why teens smoke. Marijuana is bot...

Festivals of Light

Festivals of Light

December 11, 2018

Dec. 11, 2018   The holiday season is often associated with festive decorations, cheerfulness, family get-togethers, bustling shopping centers, romantic walks through the snow (or rain for Washingtonians) and a sense of goodwill. Something that is rarely thought of during this season, however, is the diversity of cultural holidays that people celebrate within the same community. While for s...

Bilingual students

Bilingual students

November 20, 2018

Nov. 20, 2018   Central Kitsap High School is no stranger when it comes to a wide variety of ethnicities. With the school being open for many years and having hundreds of students walking in its halls everyday, the students and the staff know what it’s like to be part of an even larger community.   With such a large community of people some students with some speaking a di...

AP Courses: First Impressions

AP Courses: First Impressions

November 20, 2018

Nov. 20, 2018   At the end of every year, CKHS students sign up for advanced placement classes (AP classes) for different reasons, and as each student enters an AP class, each student has their own opinion and first impressions of the class. The classes interest students for many reasons: like the subject, the college credit they could get, or a combination of other reasons.   ...

Depression: Tips and Resources

Depression: Tips and Resources

November 20, 2018

Nov. 20, 2018   Depression is a serious issue teens face today. According to a 2016 study, almost 13% of American adolescents faced depression. That is over 3 million people, yet only 19% of them received professional help. Students at CK face the same issues, and they have the same shortcomings when it comes to receiving treatment.     Depression is best characterized as a ha...

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