Interview of Ms. Boruff

By: Vivian S

Ms. Boruff is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) here at Highland, and I recently decided to interview her.
Ms. Boruff chose to become a SLP because she has an aunt who’s an SLP. Her mom also took the course in college and now is an SLP. They both encouraged her to try it out.

For her job, Ms. Boruff helps students that have difficulties with communicating in any way. She helps people find their voice and gain confidence. This includes: students with a stutter, students with a difficulty in producing speech sounds, students with a cognitive difficulty in producing language, nonverbal students, and hard of hearing students (though no HoH students right now). She helps students with social skills as well.

Some of the things she loves about Highland are the students she gets to work with, the staff, and the number of opportunities students get at Highland. She doesn’t like how early she has to get up in the morning though.

Some of her favorite activities are cooking, skiing, biking, running, and hiking. In the past, she has coached track, and right now she is helping coach the Nordic Ski Team. She helps the varsity coach and is the main coach for the A Squad. She teaches students the fundamentals of skiing and prepares them for competitive racing.

Ms. Boruff used to work in the early childhood inclusion program (children 3-5 years old), and with children from birth to three years old. With the 0-3 year olds, she helped children with a wide range of disabilities that put them at risk for speech difficulties in the future. With the 3-5 year olds she did intense speech therapy groups.

This is her 8th year at Highland and she is looking forward to it.

Libraries and the services they offer

By: Vivian S

Libraries offer a great many services to everybody, especially students, that we should be taking advantage of. First of all, libraries have a wide range of books that we can borrow at almost any time, which are very useful for both research and leisure reading.

The Saint Paul Public Libraries also offer students Library Go, so we all have our own accounts now. With Library Go, we have free music downloads with Freegal, we can check out ebooks from a giant online collection on Overdrive, and we can also get audiobooks and magazines.

The library has also created a resource list that we can use for research. It has a wide variety of sites that cover many different subjects. It starts us out with many trusted sites.

There is homework help offered both at the libraries and online. You can find a list of when the in-person help is available at: http://www.sppl.org/homework/homework-centers/.

For the online help you can use Brainfuse HelpNow, although you may need to make your own account. Brainfuse has many services such as mock tests you can take, explanations of subjects, and flashcards to review. You can even send in questions to be answered, and there is live tutoring online as well. The homework help is a very good resource.

The library also offers to print documents for you, and there are computers you can use. There are also ACT practice tests and driver’s permit practice tests available.

There are many different book clubs you can join. One for teens is called Teens Know Best, where you get to read young adult books before they are published. There are also events you can join, such as Createch.

Most Saint Paul libraries open between 10 a.m. and noon, and they close between 5 and 8 p.m. The schedule is online and varies by location and day.

Ms. Rahman, our school librarian, has told me about the variety of services the school library offers, including a giant collection of books in multiple languages, iPad help, research help, printing, board games, and puzzles.

All in all, if you have not started using the library’s resources yet, you really should.