Sports schedule for: Jan 22-27

For  a full calendar of events please refer to:

Winter Sports: Co-ed Nordic Ski, Adapted Floor Hockey, Gymnastics, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Girls Hockey, Boys Hockey, Boys Swimming, Danceline, Cheerleading, Alpine Ski

Activities the Week of January 22-27

Monday Jan. 22:

Adapted CI ‘Hawks’ Hockey vs. Winona @ Humboldt 4:30pm

Tuesday Jan. 23:

Co-Ed Nordic Ski Finn Sprint Relays @ Highland Nine-Hole GC 3:15pm
Girls Basketball @ Humboldt C-Squad 4pm  JV 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 3/8:15pm)

Boys JV Hockey @ River Falls Wildcat Center 5pm (Bus 3/6:45pm)

Boys Basketball vs. Humboldt @ HP C-Squad & JV 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm

Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey vs. Mpls. Coop @ Parade Ice Garden 6pm (Bus 4/7:45pm)

Wednesday Jan. 24:

Adapted CI Floor Hockey ‘Hawks’  @ Minneapolis Edison HS 4:30pm

Wrestling vs. Harding @ HP 7pm

Gymnastics vs. Como Park  and Edison-Henry/Washburn@ HP 6pm

Thursday Jan. 25:

Varsity Boys Hockey vs. Moose Lake/Willow River @ Highland Arena 4:10pm

Adapted PI Floor Hockey ‘Hawks’ vs. South Suburban @ Humboldt 4:30pm

Girls Basketball @ Johnson  C-Squad 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm  (Bus 4:15/8:15pm)

Boys Basketball vs. Johnson @ HP  C-Squad & JV 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm

Boys Swim/Dive @ Humboldt 7pm

Friday Jan. 26:

Co-Ed Nordic Ski Conference Meet @ Baker National Park  10:30am  (Bus 7:30am/4pm)

Boys Varsity Hockey vs. Moose Lake/Willow River @ Moose Lake 7pm (Bus 3:30/9pm)

Saturday Jan. 27:

JV Boys Hockey vs. Henry Sibley @ West Side Arena 6pm  (May change to Highland Arena 5:15pm)

Varsity Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey vs. Irondale @ Phalen Arena 7pm

Go Scots!

Exciting year for the royal family

KINGHAM, OXFORDSHIRE – AUGUST 28: Mike Tindall, Zara Tindell and their daughter Mia Tindall pose for a photograph during day three of The Big Feastival at Alex James’ Farm on August 28, 2016 in Kingham, Oxfordshire. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

On Friday January 5th, officials announced that Zara Tindall, Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter, is pregnant again. Mrs. Tindall is also the daughter of Princess Anne. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said, “The Queen and members of the royal family were very pleased to hear this news.”

The baby will the second child of Zara and her husband, Mike Tindall, a rugby star. The couple already have a 3 year old daughter, Mia Tindall. Mia is known for stealing the spotlight, and getting cuddles and kisses from Prince Harry at polo events. Many times, she had happily shown off Queen Elizabeth II’s purse during official photo shoots.

ABERFELDY, SCOTLAND – JULY 11: Zara Phillips and daughter Mia Tindall pose for a photograph after husband Ex England rugby star Mike Tindall finished the grueling Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon in Loch Tay Scotland on July 11, 2015 in Aberfeldy, Scotland. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for Artemis Quadrathlon)

Mia was also there to help her parents’ difficult time when Zara had a miscarriage days before Christmas 2016. Mike Tindall told The Sunday Times, “The saving grace for us was Mia, our daughter who is now 3.” Mike also talked about how he was able to spend more time with Mia now, since he retired from rugby. The spokesperson also stated that the child will be due this summer, arriving a few months after Duchess Kate’s baby, who is due to arrive in April.

Back in October, Kensington Palace made the announcement that Duchess Kate was expecting another baby after the 12-week scan. Duchess Kate Middleton has had hyperemesis gravid arum (severe morning sickness) during her last two pregnancies, which is why the pregnancy was announced early. The pregnancy was initially announced on September 4, when Duchess Kate cancelled a visit to the London’s Children Centre because of severe morning sickness.

This is an exciting year for the royal family as Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding is due to be happening around May, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be welcoming their third child in April, and in the summer, Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter, Zara, will be adding another member to the royal family.

Meeting with the superintendent

On Monday, January 8th, 2018, superintendent Dr. Joe Gothard came to Highland for a listening group to get students opinions and experiences at Highland, and in the SPPS district in general. I was lucky enough to be a part of this listening group.

The meeting started with Dr. Joe Gothard giving us a little background on his life, and how he got the job as our superintendent. There was also a cameraman recording, and a woman typing notes throughout the whole meeting. He was also taking notes and responding to what some of the students had to say.

A common topic from the students was that Schoology isn’t their favorite app to use because it’s hard to navigate, we can’t always see how much our assignments are worth (points), and teachers still have to take attendance on Campus Portal.

Something else that came up was the 6 period school day and how it would negatively impact students. Students said there would be less time in the day to take the electives that they’re passionate about, and students who are doing the full IB Diploma said it would make it harder for them to take classes/electives that are required for the full diploma like Theory of Knowledge.

Another hot topic was the lack of representation of teachers of color at Highland. Some students of color mentioned that for them, it’s harder for them to make connections with their teachers because they do not look like them.

Something that really stuck out with me, was the transition from middle school Spanish Immersion to high school Spanish Immersion. Highland middle school is the only middle school in the district that offers a Spanish Immersion program. There, you get instruction in math, social studies, and science in Spanish. When you come into Highland, freshman year, and continue the Spanish immersion program, you take social studies, and the immersion class in 9th and 10th grade. Junior and senior year, you only take the immersion class in Spanish. It makes it harder to understand your core classes when you were taught everything in Spanish.

Other things that were mentioned were adding gender neutral bathrooms, more funding for clubs, and having a wider range of electives. Hopefully, with this listening group, there will be positive changes at Highland and in SPPS for the years to come.