New Director of Information Technology: Brian Kick

2016-2017 is the year for returning staff at Helix, Brian Kick has returned as Helix’s Director of Data Systems and Information Technology (IT).

As the saying goes, “Once a scotty, always a scotty”. Kick started as an AVID tutor at the AVID Center in San Diego in 1987, while attending San Diego State University to get his Biology degree and teaching credential. When the science teacher position opened up here, “I applied and got hired as a teacher” Kick said.

Kick previously worked at Helix from 1991 to 2013, working numerous jobs. From 1991 to 1998, Kick taught courses such as AP Biology and Coordinated Science. During those years, he also co-authored Helix’s Charter Board, which was passed by the Grossmont Union High School District Board (GUHSD) in 1998.

Most recently, Kick has served as a Helix Charter Board member and Board President from 2009 to 2013.

Kick explained that he used to work at the AVID Center from 1998 to June 30, 2016, where he had multiple roles over the years. He focused on “integrating technology in all aspects of AVID.”

His roles included: Technology Coordinator, Director of Professional Development, Senior Learning Designer, Director of Instructional Design, and E-learning Arts, as well as being Director of IT for 9 years.

“Its great to be back at Helix, working with students and staff” Kick said. At AVID, Kick had the opportunity to visit many schools across the county, as rarely did, “I come across a school with a staff as dedicated to preparing students for success after high school” he said.

“Helix is a special place in that way, and our Charter Board gives us space to explore new ways to help our students envision and achieve success here and in college and/or career they choose” he said.

Kick explained that everyday brings new challenges, and one project he is working on is the new Chromebook initiative as a part of moving Helix’s curriculum into the digital age.

“This year, all Freshmen and Sophomores have them. That’s roughly 1300 new devices on our network” he said.

“The tech team has done a great job preparing and adjusting our wireless network for this.

We still have more work to do, however, as we prepare for all students to have Chromebooks by the 2018-2019 school year” he explained.

Paula Ann Trevino, senior Grade Level Principal has known Mr. Kick since 1993 and joked about him “being nerdy and energetic,” the first time she met him.

“He has already helped Helix before when he worked as a teacher, and I think that experience helps because he knows our school and what our teachers and students need” Trevino said.

Trevino explained, “he is a team player and is a leader in a way of having people work together. Because he was a teacher, he uses that kind of mindset now for Helix’s needs.

Trevino is excited to see where Kick takes the school with technology at the end of this school year and years on.

Richard Stack, Technology Specialist’s impression of Kick, whom he had met over the summer in a meeting, is “great because he has the understanding of knowledge to push us into the future of what we are doing.”

“He brings great knowledge, experience, and what Helix has lacked in the past, true leadership and managerial skills” Stack said.

Currently, Kick and the tech team are working on the network infrastructure so that they can support the over 3,000 devices Helix will need to in a couple of years.”

Kick said, “I really want our wireless network to be so consistent that teachers and students do not have to worry about it”.

Brian Kick has a respectable reputation and will take Helix to the next level of learning for students and teachers.

 

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#JakeStrong. The story that moved Helix.

 photo image1_zps6xnjmkg0.jpegHelix Charter High School’s senior Jacob Hernandez, to most known as Jake, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma May 11, at the end of his 2016 Junior year at Helix.

May 11 was an emotional day for everyone. Jake describes his mother and father were first to receive the news from the doctor.

“I kinda knew what it was before my parents told me,” Jake said, “I wasn’t scared or upset, but I knew that everything was going to be okay. I had that sense of feeling and that mainly comes from my faith, I knew that God was going to watch over me and he was going to take care of me” he said.

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a type of cancer that resides in the patient’s immune system, killing the patient’s white and red blood cells with chemotherapy, which is the use of drugs to treat cancer, Jake explained.

Every three weeks Jake was admitted to the hospital every Thursday night through Saturday to undergo chemotherapy for a period of 3 months.

“Thursday was the hardest day because I would receive the most chemos, which would be five. They would make me so sick that every night I would be sick throwing up. I could not eat anything, the only thing my body could keep down was crackers and water” Jake described.

Having to miss the rest of his baseball season and the last two weeks of his Junior year, Jake said he had to catch up everything he missed during summer school.

He “is working hard with his team to gain his strength back,” according to teammate, junior  Brandon Peterson.

Jake said he devotes his entire recovery to his strength, friends, family, and his faith.

Jake’s entire baseball team, varsity Coach Holland and athletic director Mr.Chase even created hats with Jake’s team number 10, and the hashtag #JakeStrong on the back to take to every game at playoffs last spring.

Coach Holland met up with the team earlier to find a way to help out Jake and his family. Later creating the #JakeStrong hats.

“Helix students saw this and began asking what those were and what they meant and began getting involved,” Coach Holland added, the team chose to sell the hats to everyone at Helix and donated the money to Jake’s family to help out with his treatments.

Robert Inostros, lifelong best friend and Helix senior, admitted it was amazing what the team did for Jake and how they went out of their way to do it and represent him at playoffs.

Hernandez’s lymphoma not only united Helix students, but also his baseball team.

Peterson said Jake’s condition “brought the team together, and helped them play better.”

Meanwhile according Coach Holland, “the coaches and the team enjoyed putting things together to lift his spirits up.”

Although this was a huge obstacle in life, Inostros, Peterson, Coach Holland and Jake himself admitted that he is exactly the same person.

“During his whole cancer experience nothing changed in him, you can always tell he’s a fighter,” said Peterson, “he tried his best and never gave up on anything.”

According to Coach Holland, “he’s the exact same kid now as he was before, he always has a smile on his face, he enjoys being around us and his team and they enjoy being around him, seems like everyday’s a good day to him, and even before this he was always in a good mood.”

Inostros said Jake’s still the same happy person, but they both appreciate their friendship more often now than ever.

When asked what he wishes everyone will get out of this experience, Jake said that he hopes everyone learns to stop complaining about the little things in life. “You’re always going to be faced with obstacles, but there’s not an obstacle you can’t overcome” he said.

Hernandez said he’s working hard to move past this. Hoping to get back to where he was before this, turning his cancer experience into a phase in his life.

“I will be able to say ‘yeah I overcame that now look where I am’” added Hernandez.

 

The Super Scottie that Loves Photography

 

Nicholas Stokes,  is part of the Super Scottie program at Helix, he brings a smile to everyone’s face by simply hearing his name and he is now part of the yearbook staff. Stokes was put into the program thanks to Kim Fleming and his interest in photography. “He started showing an interest in photography last year, he really enjoyed taking pictures of his friends and I thought yearbook would be a great class for him,” Fleming said.

At first, there was a struggle with getting him accepted into the program because, “the program had requirements and Nick did not meet them all.” Said Fleming, “I set it up with his counselor and with the agreement of his mother and the yearbook staff, Nick joined.”

Stokes loves yearbook and according to Fleming, “He talks about it every single day, all he wants to do is go to that class. He loves taking pictures and looking through old yearbooks and I think it makes him feel complete because he’s doing something that he loves.”

As for the students, “All of the kids have been really nice and accepting. They are incredibly helpful and it’s great to see how excited Nick gets when he sees his yearbook friends in the halls,” Fleming said.

Prior to joining yearbook, Stokes dealt with some frustrations and bad days and now, thanks to his love for the class, Fleming cheerfully said that,“he’s much happier and motivated to go to school because he’s enjoying the class and is excited to go to class.”

“Although the learning curve is a bit difficult, everyone in yearbook is great in helping him and he is making great progress”  Fleming said. She thinks highly of the pictures that Nick has taken and believes that, “They will shine brightly because he has a different perspective to offer.”

Chelsea Nunez , junior and a member of the yearbook staff said that, “since Nick joined, there’s more communication in the class. He brings excitement and he greets everyone with lots of energy. He’s very friendly and even though I only see him every-other- day, every time he sees me he comes up to me and gives me a high five.”

Nunez said that at first, she was a bit shy of working him but, “he’s fun and has a lot of great energy,” so the problem did not remain.

James Cook, advisor for the yearbook staff, who broke into a smile upon hearing Nick’s name has acknowledged him as a great student who is nice to everyone and receives the same attitude in return.

“He really likes working with the camera and walking around to take pictures . We’re even designing and letting him work on a page for the yearbook which may be published depending on how he adjusts,” Cook said.

At first, “I was a bit nervous about having him join because we typically try to get kids with high GPAs, but Mrs. Fleming was right, the class is great for both Nick and the other students.”

“Nick seems to have a great time in class and always runs to greet other before getting to his seat.” Cook said, “When Nick was put into the class he was greeted with nothing other than a friendly manner.”

According to Cook, “the students don’t treat him any differently and I’ve never had any problems with him in class. He’s always calm and loves being around the students.”

In order to help the staff get to know him better, Cook and Fleming are working on organizing a trip to Disneyland for Nick and the yearbook staff. “It would be great for them to get to know Nick for who he is,” said Fleming. And what better place to go than Disneyland?
Nothing is set in stone, as Mrs. Fleming is starting to set up a link and have it posted on Donors Choose in order to have the trip funded. What is set, is a great year of friendship and photography for Nick.

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Mr. Dan Baits

Mr. Dan Baits started teaching because he wanted to work a job where he could continue to be involved with learning. “I fell in love with learning in my first semester of my sophomore year of college” he said.

Baits has been at Helix for 30 years now because, he loves Helix, the students, and the opportunities of leadership and making change, so he doesn’t want to go anywhere else.

As Head of the English Department, Baits provides leadership for the many talented English teachers.

“We do everything we can to improve the education for our students, such as redesign curriculum, look closely at assessments that many students struggle with, and try to be better and better everyday, and I support that charge” he said.

“There is a greater concern with how students learn and the faculty is taking more responsibility for the learning process and are helping students through that” Baits continued.

In his eyes, the notion that College is available for everyone is recognized more in today’s culture. Every student should at least try to get an education after high school, Baits believes.

Other than being an English teacher, Baits served as the Restructuring Chair for 4 years and had plenty of responsibility for professional development. He is still serving on the professional development committee, budget committee, department chair council, and is the Vice President and member of the Helix Teachers Association negotiating team.

“Part of the restructuring was taking us through our WASC process, our Accreditation, and being observed by other teachers and staff from others schools to make sure we are engaging in plans to improve our school, and  I had to lead that process,” Baits explained.

WASC is the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and it is one of six official academic bodies responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary and elementary schools in the United States and foreign institutions of American origin.

When he’s not teaching and building Helix to be better everyday, Baits cooks, surfs, landscapes, trim his trees, and spends time in his rock garden.

Baits obviously is an important figure for Helix, and his fellow English teachers and band mate believes so too.

Mr. Dave, English teacher, has known Baits for about 10 years. As a teacher he “an exemplary educator and a model leader on our campus. He has been in important leadership positions and helped our school in a really positive way,” Mattas said.

Mattas continued saying, “He is working constantly to make our campus better he’s not satisfied, things are never good enough.

Mattas said, “he keeps us focused on the things that matter such as working to make our educational programs as strong as they can be. He is a strong role model for students and maintains high expectations for students and staff.”

Mr.Michael Ried, English teacher, close friend and colleague of Baits has joked, “he is really tall, and provides shade when I stand next to him”.

Ried described Baits as, “caring, thoughtful, and concerned with students and their progress with what they do when they leave Helix.”

All three men, Baits, Mattas, and Ried happen to be in the same band called, The Sound and The Fury, along with Mr. Tim Brown, Andy Meredith, and Valerie Caleca.

Another English teacher who worked with Baits for a long time has some words to describe him is Aleen Jendian who has known Baits for 19 years. Jendian said that she was impressed the first time she met him and his desire to to help all students.

Jendian even hopes that her daughter has Baits as a teacher when she attends Helix. He has the knowledge and love of his subject area, a deep appreciation of students, and the belief all students can succeed, Jendian described.

“Baits loves music, is funny and loves learning about the way we work as individuals.” Jendian even joked, “he’s the Yoda in our department, and there’s actually a poster another teacher had made, saying ‘Ask Dan. He knows’. All jokes aside, he is very humble.”

Baits has helped Helix with numerous programs and leadership through the years, he has implemented different ways of improving Helix, and is just a good source for help with anything.

Ashley Allen, senior said, “he’s really straight forward and the class atmosphere is fun. He also takes the pressure off of his AP English class, making it comfortable.”

 

 

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New to Helix? Get Connected!

What helps students adjust to a new school?

Starting a new school can be traumatizing and can result negatively when a student does not adjust properly. However, with the right mindset high school can be a breeze.

Although one may become overwhelmed at the beginning of high school, as time progresses, students grow accustomed to the routine.

It is no lie that the majority of students are overwhelmed starting highschool, but, joining extracurricular activities helps adjust to a new school.

One piece of advice is to“take advantage of any opportunities,” said Arica Villegas, counselor for the class of 2017.

“It’ll make them feel connected,” and helps them “get to know people and make them feel more at home on campus,” stated Villegas.

Getting involved gives students a sense of the Helix community.  Studies show involvement on campus, can also positively affect your academics.

According to the Website E Learning Infographics, over 68% of students who participated in extracurricular activities were expected to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher. Studies also show that participants excelled in the SAT verbal scores.

Not only does joining an extracurricular activity help achieve academic greatness, but social connectedness as well.

Extracurriculars helps students learn life skills that will leave you with an advantage in life,it also builds teamwork, and, self discipline.

On Aug. 3, 2016 the Medina family began their journeys as  Scotties.

The three siblings, Dulce, Manuel and Luis all transferred to Helix from various schools. The family came from Morelia, which is the capital of the Mexican state Michoacan.This year marks their first year in America.

They range in various grade levels. Dulce is the oldest and is currently a senior, while Manuel,  is a junior and finally, the youngest of the family, Luis, is a sophomore.

The vast move was sparked by a personal family situation. Although the Medina family faced the situation of attending a new school hundreds of miles away from their home town, they quickly adjusted to the situation with the help of sports. The family became athletically involved in multiple sports, including cross country, wrestling, and swim.

“Cross country [helped me] socialmente y fisicamente,”which translates to “socially and physically,” said Luis.

Manuel claims Cross Country helped him physically and emotionally.

Although sports helped them adjust, school is still a foreign place. Not only is the language a major change in schooling, but so is the school system itself.

“Los estudios [the studies] are better here,” stated Dulce.

Not only is the education different here, but at Helix,  “aquí hay más apoyo, programas y deportes,” which translates to, “there are more support, programs and sports,” said Manuel.

Both Luis and Manuel seemed generally happy talking about the effect of changing schools.

“Mi persona, mi mentalidad [me, my mentality] ,” responded Luis to the effects of changing schools.

His brother, Manuel, had a similar answer when he said, “Mi personalidad, mi capacidad y pues ahora se mas o menos dos idiomas,” which translates to, “my personality, my capacity and now I kind of know two languages.”

This is just one example of the positive outcomes of being involved in school, receiving more than an education. There are many advantages to joining extracurriculars including receiving a scholarship, showing college’s your involvement in school and staying fit.

After all, they do say “high school is the best four years of your life.”

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New School Year, New VP; Watkins Returns To Helix

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With a new school year comes new faces and one new, yet familiar, face is Mr. Dave Watkins.

Dave Watkins is Helix’s new sophomore grade level principal (GLP) and he couldn’t be more excited to be back at Helix.

Watkins previously worked at Helix as a World History and AP Government teacher from 1996 to 2004.

Watkins said, “I used to work at Granite Hills High School as an assistant principal and at El Capitan High School as an assistant principal for three years.”

When the position of grade level principal opened up at Helix, Watkins jumped at the opportunity to be a  Highlander again and to be back home with his daughter, who currently attends Helix. Watkins is ready to bring everything he’s got into helping Helix prosper.

He explained, “I’m ready to bring my positive attitude and energy to contribute to what Helix is doing for the students. Helix has a lot of high energy and pride, the students as well as teachers  have an innovative mindset and a good team work concept, and I am excited to help our students become successful.”

Although, the school year has just started, Watkins is already having a lot of fun. “I get to see my old friends and get acquainted again with the school. Since I’ve been gone for 12 years, the school has changed. The kids are really serious about education and their success” he said.

Watkins’s daughter, Claire Watkins, a Helix junior is also excited for her father to be working at her school.

“He worked with my sister at her school for two years and I am excited that he will be here for my last two years” she said.

“I am really happy that he got this principal job because he really wanted one and it’s great that his job is back here at Helix,” Claire Watkins expressed.

Claire Watkins is not the only one excited that Mr. Watkins is back, Sophomore English teacher Rebecca Skullerud, is also happy about his return.

“I know he will be good for our school, he was successful before and the times that I’ve worked with him regarding student issues, he’s risen to the occasion and supported us as teachers while finding something that makes the students and teachers happy” she said.

Skullerud also explained what she has appreciated how Watkins, “brought back the high moral that we had years ago and so it’s nice to see everyone working together and excited to be at work.”

Freshman GLP Damon Chase, has known Dave Watkins for roughly ten years. “He brings some outside experiences, from El Capitan and Granite Hills High School, where he had worked at before coming to Helix.”

“I think he’s always wanted to be here, he has always stayed in touch with Helix, having two girls attend Helix” Chase said.

With a new vice principal who is as excited to get back in the flow, this will be a great school year.

Coach Van Hook Enters the End Zone

Another member of Helix who will be missed when he leaves at the end of this year is the former Head Varsity Football Coach, Donnie Van Hook, or the man who “dabbed” in the 2016 Helix Staff Airbands.

As Hook grew up, he played football quite often, but he claims his skills reached a peak of only average level. Although he believed his physical capabilities lacked true talent, his mind did not let go of his passion. According to his parents, Hook either wanted to be “a coach or a clown.” To their surprise, they believe his was successful at being both.

Hook coached at Helix for a total of 33 years. For 20 years he was the Offensive coach, nine years the Defensive coach, and for his last four coaching years being at Helix, he was the Head coach.

Like most coaches, Hook taught and appreciated the art of teamwork. As Offensive and Head coach, he devised plays that based its foundation on cohesion and unifying the players to one accord.

When players had difficulty complying to his ideal unison, Hook said, “I might have given them a mental spanking, but I would hug and love them too.”

Hook liked teaching and interacting with the players, and he really just enjoyed the feeling of being at Helix.

Hook said, “Helix was more than just a place I go to work five days a week; it was more like a sanctuary to me.”

Like Lewis, Hook had to walk away from all his hard work, good relationships, and passion. But retiring will still be worth it.

 

4-5 Spanish Class: A Wonderful Performance

Towards the end of each school semester, Helix’s third year Spanish class performs extraordinary plays as a project of their finals and welcomes multiple classes (and anyone who is interested) to watch and be amused.

Helix’s third year Spanish Teacher, Shelly Pool, is responsible for coordinating the plays and making sure students are fully capable of delivering a flawless show. The reason the class performs plays is to end the year off easily and enjoyably and to provoke students, especially second year Spanish speakers, to learn the advance level, which many colleges like to see.

Although Pool says having the students perform a play is a great idea, she admits it is not her own.

Pool said, “There used to be a German teacher at Helix who did plays translated in German. His name is Phil Knot, and I made a few adjustments from his idea.”

The students have about three weeks to prepare and rehearse their parts, but they are also expected to know and understand the lines of the previous and preceding characters they do not play. The class also completely rearranges the classroom and create a beautiful backdrop to liven up the performances.

On Thrus., May 19, the class performed in front of two different visiting classes in room 420. The play was called “Juanito y La Planta de Frijoles”, Pool’s modified version of “Jack and the Beanstalk”.

The cast was composed of 17 characters. The students who performed in the play were Alex Garcia, Amanda Misenhelter, Ashlee Hagen, Brian Bi, Dalaina Purdue, Emily McDonald, Giana Seltzer, Isabella Baker, Jessica Mendoza, Jimmy Duong, Kaela Faiai, Kayla Ware, Paulina Castillo, Sabra Marquez, Saiera Hernandez, Spencer Damian and Theresa Ruiz. Those students executed the play superbly and were quite entertaining. The students’ ability to develop strong accents and speak fluent Spanish impressed the crowd.

Senior, Theresa Ruiz, who played the cat in the performance, said, “We were all nervous. It’s always hard to perform in front of an audience, but I know we did really well.”

Jacqueline Limon, a junior and one of the audience members who seemed to really enjoy the play, said, “I liked watching the play, and it was interesting and very funny.”

Overall, the performance was not just a great way to end off the school year and entertain multiple students, it also allowed the performers to demonstrate the skills they acquired in the class and encourage students take the third year of Spanish next year.

Farewell To Mrs. Lechleiter

8a56279a-d69d-4c5d-b954-a4f2fd0753a3After nine years on campus, Alison Lechleiter, one of Helix’s Social Science teachers will no longer be working at Helix after this school year.

Lechleiter said, “Teaching at Helix has truly been the most rewarding experience in my life. I have been given the opportunity to teach and be surrounded by the most extraordinary staff and students. Thinking back to all the years I have spent here, my life has changed so much.”

Lechleiter is making the move for her family but will miss her Helix family. “I feel sad because my heart wants to stay here, but for my family I have to move on.” She was a great teacher and will be missed dearly by students and by coworkers.

She said, “ Best of luck to the graduates this year and all the people who have made my time here so memorable.”

Fellow coworker and friend, Mrs. Leanna Block who teaches Journalism and English will miss her friend very much.

“ I am really sad that she is leaving, mostly because we started teaching together and even though we taught in different departments, I have felt like she is a partner with me on campus.” said Block. She will definitely miss her beloved friend a lot.

Sean Morris, Social Science teacher, and practically BFF’s with Lechleiter will miss his almost decade long friend and colleague.

Morris said, “ I have known her too long! Almost two years now. She’s fun,  joyful, and good at making people laugh and smile. Helix will miss her because she is a great teacher. We are definitely losing a great teacher,  but it was going to work for her life.”

It is very clear that Lechleiter will be missed by colleagues, she will also be missed by her students.

Telemera Marlatt, a junior said, “it’s very unfortunate to see one of the best teachers at Helix leave. She is a role model and mentor for me and I can rely on her.”

There is no doubt that Lechleiter’s enthusiasm in and out of class is is amazing. Marlatt ended wanting to thank her teacher for an amazing year.

Karina Viveros Jimenez, a junior said that “She is my favorite teacher and it is very sad to see her go. I miss her in general and also the way she taught, she is an amazing person, and for me, easy to talk to.”

Jimenez went on to praise her teacher saying, she is amazing and has helped her through 4 years, and she gives students advice and is a positive person .

Overall, Lechleiter was an amazing teacher that will be missed very much, but she wants students to know that she wishes, “Best of luck.”

According to Lechleiter, the decision to leave was not one that she made lightly, she said“it has been the most difficult decision I have had to make. I am leaving a place that is “home” to me and I will miss the staff, the students and especially certain co-workers who are more like a second family to me. Teaching is a part of me, and I will never let go of that!

Tiny Towns

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to design a city?  Geographical Info Systems/Science teacher Jennifer Bullock’s first period class, which is made up of mostly freshmen did a project called “The City Project” in which they built small models of communities in order to learn about the earth and different occurrences at the global and local levels. The class built 3D city models on top of cardboard.

Bullock said the focus of this project was “to help learn about different statistics, such as climate change, borders, population, business logistics, and other spatially oriented material that has an effect on our lives.”

In order to ace this project students had to pick a theme, set up a scale and adhere to it throughout the entire project, meet geometric constraints such as street size and ensuring their buildings have vertical angles, develop a brochure, find a power source and focus on accommodating their population.

To help prepare her students for this assignment, Bullock said, “We discuss what makes a city, what determines the value of a city and what makes it tick.”

Construction wise, students needed to have their lanes be 10 feet and a single story was 10 feet. Therefore, if a student chose to make a building 4 inches tall then theoretically it would be 4 stories and 4 feet tall.

There were no creative bounds when it came to theme, she even said, “I have had Spongebob cities, underwater cities, and even abandoned cities.”

As for the imaginary population, Bullock said, “They have to decide how their population will be divided up within low socioeconomic vs high socioeconomic.”

There also needed to be Schools, art and entertainment for the theoretical people to enjoy.

Students worked exceedingly hard on their small cities and overall, it was a great way to “get the students off the computers and working with their hands.”

Aryanna Catacutan, a freshman in Bullock’s class said that the hardest part was “building the model because it is a tedious task.”

Both Catacutan and Maya Braunwarth, another freshman, can agree that staying focused helps overcome the difficulties that came with the project.

The infamous question that comes with any difficult schoolwork is, “How can this help me in the future?”

Bullock herself said that this project can be helpful because “Education focuses so much on reading, writing and arithmetic that students forget spatial abilities. This project can help them understand the space within space and help them advance past memorizing calculations. Students can remember scientific and mathematics calculations better by using their hands than they would writing on a worksheet.”

Catacutan wants to be a marine biologist and hopes the design skills can help her and Braunwarth thinks the teamwork skills can help in other classes.

So don’t always blow off a project thinking it will not help you in the future, do your work and progress.