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Teen Pulse

  • Was SBA testing a waste of time?

    Throughout high school, there’s one day that every teenager looks foreword to: Graduation. It’s the end of some things and the beginning of others, as teens try to find their place in the world.
    In order to receive a diploma, a student must earn all of the required academic credits and pass the Standard Based Assessment. The state of New Mexico chose the SBA as the common graduation test for all New Mexico public schools.
    Students take the SBA their junior year and have several opportunities over the next five years, if they do not pass the assessment. The test’s purpose, similar to MAPS testing, is also to measure adequate yearly progress among students.

  • Poetry Corner 05-08-11

    The Artist:
    A Form Poem

    I created her from nothing:
    A heap of empty leaves.
    I planned her night and morning;
    Of notes, I wrote out sheaves.

    An outline on the anvil:
    That rough, imperfect start.
    I planned her night and day, until
    She nearly broke my heart.

    At last I planned her just so;
    Every detail written right.
    I heated the ore ‘til it gave a glow;
    Beginning was in sight.

    I pulled the lump of shining ore;  
    The pen unleashed my mind.
    Useless slag pooled on the floor;
    Bad ideas left behind.

    I took a hammer in my hand;
    Pen in my firm grasp.

  • Mastering the art of closet feng shui

    Last weekend, I jumped into some spring cleaning action and cleaned out my closet. Mind you, with a closet as full as mine, it took about two hours, which is a new record for me. I mainly cleaned up my closet, but cleaning it out is something completely different and much more tedious.
    When cleaning out your closet, you should be meticulous. Start off with getting two plastic trash bags, two relatively large totes and a large duffel bag. You must look at every single item in your closet and try it on if you are not sure about it, before you decide what stays and what goes.
    If the article of clothing has reached the end of its lifetime and cannot be saved, put it in the first trash bag to be thrown away.

  • Helping the community naturally

    Many people have heard of the Los Alamos High School Natural helpers, yet few know the role that they play among the student body and in the community.
    The Natural Helpers of Los Alamos High School are students whom others “naturally” trust for advice on personal matters.
    They are chosen at the beginning of each year through a survey allowing students to write down the peers that they confide in most. If a student receives at least five recommendations, they are invited to join NH.
    The group then goes on a retreat to learn more about helping others. This year’s LAHS Natural Helpers’ retreat was in late November.

  • Teen Pulse: Word on the Street--video extra

    What’s the weirdest thing you ever heard a teacher say?
    “Hey guys, we should all take drugs!” —Anna Carroll, junior

     

    What’s been your best vacation, so far?
    “My best vacation was to Germany and Austria.” — Daniel Hill,  sophomore

     

    What’s your favorite song?

    “I have a bunch of favorite songs because I really love music and everything about it.” —Monica Poston, junior

     

    What’s your most irrational fear?

    “People in those old-fashioned metal scuba suits.” —Megan Kelley, junior

  • Poetry Corner 05-01-11

    California

    The city where there are no boundaries or limits
    Where anything is possible
    Keeps everyone California dreamin’
    People came to Cali since the 60’s
    When Haight-Ashbury was the place to be
    And there were drum circles as far as you could see
    When images of psychedelic dreamscapes were common
    Cali seemed like a haven of new ideas and peace
    Where guitar gods rose to fame and Beatles disembarked in need for a change
    Get lost in the concrete jungles of L.A.
    Go catch a Lakers game at Staples and watch Kobe dunk on the Celtics
    Chill with Pac and Snoop on Crenshaw and share some Cali Love
    Later on, hang with O’shea and Chris on their porch

  • Fashion Maven: Find the right polish to make your nails pop

    I don’t know about you, but I consider nail polish more of an accessory than a makeup product. Up to this point in your life, you probably have tried every shade and every style of nail polish on the market, which is a good thing because you have a head start compared to the nail-polish-illiterate.
    The possibilities of nail painting are endless. In my opinion, the way to get the most beautiful nails of all is to use your imagination, to experiment and to practice until you get the manicure that you want.
    For the unmotivated, I have a few pre-conceived ideas for you to work with.
    As with anything else, begin with the basics. Start by washing your hands or feet very well for a few minutes with warm soap and water.

  • Fashion Maven: Find the right polish to make your nails pop

    I don’t know about you, but I consider nail polish more of an accessory than a makeup product. Up to this point in your life, you probably have tried every shade and every style of nail polish on the market, which is a good thing because you have a head start compared to the nail-polish-illiterate.
    The possibilities of nail painting are endless. In my opinion, the way to get the most beautiful nails of all is to use your imagination, to experiment and to practice until you get the manicure that you want.
    For the unmotivated, I have a few pre-conceived ideas for you to work with.
    As with anything else, begin with the basics. Start by washing your hands or feet very well for a few minutes with warm soap and water.

  • Fashion Maven: Find the right polish to make your nails pop

    I don’t know about you, but I consider nail polish more of an accessory than a makeup product. Up to this point in your life, you probably have tried every shade and every style of nail polish on the market, which is a good thing because you have a head start compared to the nail-polish-illiterate.
    The possibilities of nail painting are endless. In my opinion, the way to get the most beautiful nails of all is to use your imagination, to experiment and to practice until you get the manicure that you want.
    For the unmotivated, I have a few pre-conceived ideas for you to work with.
    As with anything else, begin with the basics. Start by washing your hands or feet very well for a few minutes with warm soap and water.

  • Grooving to the beat: Prom 2011

    The mere mention of the word prom can bring joy and giggles, or despair and nervousness.
    The normal thoughts revolve around where to take pictures, where to go to dinner, get the dress or tux and the ever-so-important date.
    Although one would never think of a dark, loud dance club with black lights and strobe lights as being part of prom, that exact setting became part of the Los Alamos High School Junior/Senior prom this year.
    The prom began at 9 p.m., but the festivities started well in advance as prom-goers, many of whom traveled to Española or Santa Fe, went out to dinner.