for the 2014-2015 school year will begin in March. If you look at the Scheduling Timeline
displayed in the box below, notice the schedule for completing the process
prior to May 8th when student depart for summer vacation.
During the 2nd
week of March students will meet with the academic counselors and complete
their course requests for next year. The
information collected will be used to help guide the administration in
developing a master schedule that accommodates student needs and reflects the
interests of our students regarding elective courses offered.
If you would
like to review your student’s selections, contact your student for their log in
Student ID and PIN numbers. If you have
questions, feel free to contact Paula Clayton or Joel Lueders at 966-3200.
Below is the
scheduling timeline for next school year. It will closely following the
process used during the past years.
March 10 – MEHS Class
Fair, Teachers have the opportunity to promote both core and elective
courses. This is an
excellent chance for students to ask questions about courses they are
interested in before enrolling.
March 12 -15 - Student
pre enrollment during 1st hr
March 17 - 21 -
Develop Master Schedule Draft
March 24 - 28 -
Departmental Feedback and suggestions
March 27 - 28 - Final
Master Schedule Established
April 7 - 18 -
Students scheduled, schedules printed and distributed
April 21 - May 7 -
Process student schedule changes
By TOM HESSE Reprinted with permission from the Daily Sitka Sentinel The Mt. Edgecumbe InvenTeam has prototypes and a pilot ready for their UAV search and rescue project, but the group still has some work to do before their invention makes its way into the equipment arsenal of Sitka Mountain Rescue. In the fall, the Mt. Edgecumbe InvenTeam got to work on a search and rescue invention funded by a $10,000 grant from MIT. Since then the team has been designing and building parts for a pair of remote control unmanned aerial vehicles that could benefit search and rescue operations in Southeast. The team has built two prototypes, a quadcopter and a hexcopter, the names indicating the number of rotors. The plan is to have the machines capable for a number of operations including carrying an infrared camera for searching, and also the ability to drop a first aid kit or radio to a stranded person. Trevor Creed, a senior from Kotzebue, is leading the design team. At the team’s mid-grant review this week he said the project is coming along nicely but it has not been without challenges. “I like where we are because we have two prototypes. They’re so close to running. We just have to get the programming done,” Creed said. The team has succeeded in getting one of their prototypes in the air but didn’t succeed in returning it safely to the ground. The first flight ended in a crash, but Creed is hoping to have the prototypes back in the air by the end of the week.
In order to learn to fly the device, students have been practicing on a flight simulator, which Sitka Mountain Rescue will also use for practice when the Mt. Edgecumbe students finish the project. Thomas Ervin, a senior from Tok, has emerged as the team’s pilot, thanks to his penchant for digital simulations. “Originally, how I was picked to be the pilot is I was naturally good at it, which many attribute to all the time I spent playing video games,” Ervin quipped. Over the last several months the team has been switching components and trying to find the right combination of motors and battery life and propeller size that will give them the most amount of lift with the longest flight time. “We could probably carry a small baby,” Creed joked of the UAV’s carrying capacity. More likely the UAV will be carrying a $5,000 infrared camera donated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which Creed said is sophisticated enough to see the heat left over from recent footprints. Sitka Mountain Rescue captain Don Kluting was at the presentation Monday night at Mt. Edgecumbe High School and asked about the possibility of using the UAV to carry a rope that can be used as an access line in case someone falls through the ice in a difficult-to-reach location. “There’s a number of possibilities for it. For instance, looking at remote locations like a cliff face and being able to visualize it before we send someone down,” Kluting said. Kluting also mentioned using the device to search avalanche fields or using the infrared camera to quickly search an area. “I don’t know that we totally know the full extent of the possibilities, and it might take a little bit to find out what the full range of possibilities of this could be,” Kluting said. “From my standpoint it’s really exciting to see the enthusiasm that these young folks have and the energy that they bring in trying to find new ways to help with search and rescue.” The UAV will also have a forward-mounted camera that will stream video back to the pilot. This tweak is part of what separates the Mt. Edgecumbe project from a standard DIY quadcopter. By attaching the camera, the pilot will be able to fly the UAV out of sight of the operator. And should the expensive equipment fly too far and not return, Creed said the team is working on a solution for that as well. “We’re going to put a GPS on it so that if it does crash then they can actually find it later,” Creed said. This summer, the Mt. Edgecumbe students will fly to Massachusetts to present their invention at MIT. The grant does not cover travel costs, so the team incorporated a business angle to their project to raise money for travel. Senior Anthony Lekanof, who is in charge of fundraising, said the group has raised enough money for six students and some project advisers to make the trip, but they are still looking for more funding. Creed said he’s confident the project will be finished in plenty of time for the presentation at MIT. “We’re definitely going to get these done but we wish we were more ahead of it,” he said. Still, he said it’s been rewarding to watch the project come together. “The best part has been watching everything come together and seeing everyone working on their part of it and then seeing those parts come together.”
By TOM HESSE Sentinel Staff Writer The Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves were held in check for 16 minutes Tuesday night at Sitka High School but a strong second half carried them to their 11th win of the season. The Lady Braves picked up their fourth conference win thanks to a solid third quarter where they outscored Sitka 19-11. Mt. Edgecumbe coach Dane Vincent said the success in the second half was exclusively an attitude change. “Just attitude between the kids. They came off to a slow start. They weren’t talking very much. They weren’t talking to each other and that’s what we talked about at halftime. If something’s not working, they just need to make little adjustments rather than force it,” Vincent said. Sitka started the game in an 8-2 hole. Mt. Edgecumbe’s JoAllyn Johnson hit a 3-pointer to open the game and Isa Ramil responded for Sitka with a layup, but then the Lady Wolves’ offense would go dormant for the rest of the quarter and the early minutes of the second period.
It wasn’t until Megan Reid hit a layup with 5:30 left in the second quarter that Sitka was able to get their offense going, at which point they were down 10-4. Sitka kept Mt. Edgecumbe in check thanks to good defense including aggressive perimeter play by Ellie Cagle and Hailey Denkinger who shared duty guarding Mt. Edgecumbe’s outside shooter Payton Weisz. Mt. Edgecumbe was equally stingy holding Reid without a shot in the first quarter. Reid took to other means to score including a three-pointer she hit at the 4:50 mark of the second quarter to make it 12-7 in favor of Mt. Edgecumbe. Sitka junior Kyla Young followed with a layup to cut the lead to 3 points. By the end of the half the Lady Braves led 16-14. For the most part, The Lady Braves played Reid tough. Vincent said his team’s base zone defense is designed to keep slashing guards out of the paint and to prevent teams from getting the ball inside to their post players, which is especially useful when playing Sitka. “We try to cut off that person slashing to the middle and Renatta (Olson) plays really good defense out on the wings so that helps us accomplish what we want to,” Vincent said. Part of the second quarter struggles for Mt. Edgecumbe occurred at the free-throw line where the team shot 4-8. In the second half Mt. Edgecumbe’s Renatta Olson hit a 3-pointer to get the momentum rolling in the Lady Braves’ direction. Still, Sitka had the deficit as low as 5 points with less than a minute to go but Mt. Edgecumbe put together two strong possessions to close the third quarter. White scored on a give-and-go and then Olson hit her second 3-pointer of the quarter with 2 seconds left, swelling the Lady Braves’ lead from 5 to 10 points in less than 40 seconds of game time. Sitka never regained their flow in the fourth quarter as the Lady Braves outscored them 16-13 en route to a 51-38 win. Reid led Sitka with 17 points in the game. Ramil scored 9 points, Young scored 4 points, Zoe Krupa hit a 3-pointer and Kalene Koelling and Denkinger each had 2 points. White led all scorers with 26 points and Olson also cracked double figures with 11 points. Brittany Akaran scored 6 points, Johnson had 3 points, Weisz and Julie Amaktoolik each had 2 points and Tori Thomas went 1-2 from the free-throw line. Vincent said the scoring load shifts around on his team because his players are good at recognizing who is having a good scoring night. “They’re pretty much working it on themselves. If one has a bad night the other one usually steps up and takes over. I tell them, you know, if you got a shot you better take it. I’ll never get mad if you take a shot,” he said. Sitka drops to 0-4 in the conference following the loss and Mt. Edgecumbe improves to 4-0 having won twice against Petersburg and Sitka. The Lady Braves can lock up the top seed for the Region Tournament with one more win against both squads. The Lady Braves will play Kenai on Thursday and then head to Yakutat before hosting Petersburg next week for a double header. Sitka will play the Lady Vikings on the same visit next week. The next battle of the bridge is set for Feb. 28 at Sitka High School.