New LHS Film Club providing avenue for student creativity
By Bella Campbell Roar Features Editor
Loyalton High School’s Film Club had its first official meeting in Room 102 on Monday. The new club is open to students in grades 7 to 12. Megan Meschery, Film Club advisor, said that the club first plans on creating a newscast to be shown every two weeks to a month before tackling bigger things like short films or even full feature films. The members’ focus will be on straight news, features and sports. Meschery said, “This is a serious newscast.” In addition to the newscast, the club will also have its own YouTube channel, in hopes that reading period teachers will be able to show the news to all LHS students. The positions in film the club are not the typical president/vice president. They are newscasters, the faces in front of the camera who tell the news; reporters, the people in the field who talk to the public and take interviews; scriptwriters, the ones who write scripts beforehand and create questions for interviews; post-production crew, who work on computers editing and gathering everything together; camera crew, the people who operate the camera; and sound crew, those who are in charge of the boom microphone. The club’s equipment includes a camera and tripod, a boom microphone, green screen and a laptop with Adobe software. With the green screen club members will be able to change backgrounds and add logos, creating a “newsroom.” With Adobe Premiere software students can edit the film. Members of the film club are allowed to borrow equipment, such as cameras, for personal projects, too. Students simply need to check items out and bring them back in the same condition. Students in the Film Club will meet after school on certain days for approximately one to two hours to work on the newscast. The first newscast is set for Nov. 6.
Many testing changes in future
By Vince Gallegos Roar News Editor There are several standardized testing changes to come in the upcoming testing period. STAR testing will not be administered at all to ninth or tenth grade students in 2014. However, juniors will still have the opportunity to take the Early Assessment Program tests in spring 2014. For the 2014-15 school year those tests will be given electronically. To replace the STAR test, the CalMAPP system will be administered. Under the new system grades nine, ten and twelve will be exempt from taking the English-Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics tests. Grades nine, eleven and twelve will all be exempt from taking the science test. Science testing will be administered to grade ten under older regulations, until a new curriculum for testing is implemented. At the moment only the eleventh grade students will be required to take this test. A large question being raised, however, is how schools will provide enough computers for every student to take the test. It is not an optional test, so computer needs will have to be met. According to principal Marla Stock, “We will test small groups of eleventh grade students at a time and use our mobile laptop lab.” Stock said, “I have sent out a $40,000 purchase order request to get individual laptops for all ninth grade students.” So, advancements towards getting more computers for the schools are already under way. Time will tell about the future of the California standardized testing system.