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  • Bonus coverage, updated news, sports scores, reviews and more 24/7 at www.jesuitcrusader.org

    Jesuit High School Portland, OregonVolume LXII, Issue VII May, 2015

    www.jesuitcrusader.orgJESUIT CRUSADER

    iPads power the schoolWith much anticipation, a new addi-tion to the Jesuit community was not another student or staff, but rather a thin black iPad that quickly changed the Jesuit atmosphere. Now common phrases such as send me a picture and email me can be commonly heard in the hallways. Apps on the iPad like Notability, Canvas, iBooks, and Pages have replaced heavy books. With internet and wifi the silent war-riors that keep our school function-ing, the Internet Technology De-partment, or IT are now the most popular people on campus. White glows illuminating students faces and chic stylus can be seen in classrooms, while smaller backpacks are the more suitable option for the year. Overall, iPads have allowed Jesuit to begin the new age of teaching with technology and helped students ease into the fu-ture of education.

    SKID performance impacts stu-dent drivingStop Kids Impaired Driving, or SKID, brought a powerful presenta-tion to Jesuit with a role-play scenario of what an impaired driving accident could do, to the drivers, victims, their friends and family. With police, fire-man, and a helicopter on campus this presentation brought students to have a visual to the effects of driving under the influence. After the presentation, which can be found in full on the

    JCTV YouTube channel, there was a talk from Mr. Ken Potter and then students were directed to go back to their classrooms and write a letter to their parents reflecting their emotions of what they just witnessed. This event brought attention, awareness, and discussion among students.

    25th Anniversary of El Salvador-ian martyrsIn November 2014 we remembered the martyrdom of 6 Jesuit priests and their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador in 1989. These men were Jesuit priests teaching at the Uni-versity of Central America and were murdered in the night by the Salva-doran Army. In solidarity with our Jesuit community, white crosses were placed along Marys Way and a spe-cial mass was in dedication of these people. Mr. Don Clarke, Director of Campus Ministry, was invited down to El Salvador during this weekend to commemorate the lives of these martyrs. Also during this weekend a group of over 50 Jesuit students and teachers travelled to Washington D.C. for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, a conference for Jesuit insti-tutions around the country to learn about social injustices and to speak with State Representatives. The theme for this year was to remember the Jesuit martyrs, and to continue learning and advocating for the Jesuit ministries.

    Not In Our HouseIn late November Jesuit students and staff participated in the National Anti-Bullying Week. The Upstanders Club, a group of students focused on preventing bullying at school and online, focused an assembly focused on bringing awareness to this issue. Led by speakers like junior Serena Oduro, students were also encour-aged to sign their names in the Ge-drose Student Center and pledge that they would stand up against bullying of any kind. Ending the week with mass on Friday lead by Provincial Scott Santarosa SJ, of the Oregon Province, and he spoke about how students need to understand and use their power for good and to help oth-ers.

    Volleyball goes undefeatedThe tradition of the exceptional ath-letic program at Jesuit continued this year throughout all courts, tracks, and playing fields. Most noticeably was the Womens Varsity Volleyball team going undefeated their entire season and finishing with a state title. They reached attention on a national set-ting, and were ranked at the No. 9 spot with teams across the country. Standout players were juniors Ni-cole Peterson, who was named the Oregonian Volleyball Player of the Year, Ariana Wiltjer, senior Symone Tran, and sophomore Kathryn Decker.

    the courage, yes the courage The Campus Ministry Department led another year of retreats, masses, and spiritual opportunities for stu-dents. Starting the year off with the Senior Pilgrimage, a 12 mile walk to St. Francis Church, the theme of the year came from Pope Francis first homily as Pontiff, My wish is that all of you will have the cour-age, yes the courage, to walk in the presence of the Lord. The theme carried through with freshman and sophomore overnight retreats and seven Junior Encounters. Weekly lit-urgies in the Smith Gym drew guest Jesuit priests from all over, including Archbishop Sample and Archbishop Vlazney. These Campus Ministry events truly bring together the spirit of the Jesuit community.

    Drama productionsThe Moyer theatre graced us with a year full of productions aimed to the theme of Seeking Connections. The productions of the year were: Proposals, In The Heights, Hamlet, the JHS Playwriting Festival, One Acts, and the freshman ensemble. The tech-theatre group took a trip to Disneyland to learn about how the Disney magic happens, and contin-ued to help run all the productions in behind-the-scenes ways. Sexual Assault Awareness assem-bly draws attention to a greater issue

    At the beginning of March there was an assembly at Jesuit focused on bringing attention to the issue of sex-ual assault in high school and college students. This assembly was divided into two and was separated by gen-der. Students listened to talks from their teachers and a presentation by local school police about rules and consequences. This assembly brought out emotion and feelings in many stu-dents, and sparked conversations that happened in classrooms and around the school that day. The only way to prevent an issue is to bring attention to it and by having this poignant as-sembly, discussions began to happen around the Jesuit HS campus.

    Ethics and Mock Trial teams con-trol the classroomsCompetition at Jesuit is not only limited to the sports fields, but the classrooms as well. The Mock Trial team went to the State competi-tion and placed 4th, they were lead by seniors Lucile Beckett and Kai McPheeters. Their case was about police use of excessive force without a burden of proof. Also, the new Eth-ics Bowl team set a high bar for years to come since one of the two Jesuit teams won the state competition and went to North Carolina to compete at Nationals. Three seniors Laurel Nee, Kai McPheeters, and Danny Bugingo represented Jesuit, and the state of Oregon, and placed 9th out of 22 teams.

    Brigid Kelley, 15

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  • As the first year of iPad integration comes to a close, Jesuit administra-tion has been discussing the ben-efits of the 1:1 program as well as the adaptive changes they plan to implement in the following years. Prior to the iPad rollout last fall, Jesuit spent a decade researching 1:1 programs in schools all across the countryincluding our neighbor, Edison High School, which has been using iPads for the past 4 yearsin order to discover the most seam-less way to introduce iPads to Jesuit. As the results of the student per-ception survey showed, the adminis-trations prior research was successful, as 77% of students have said that the iPad rollout went well for them and around 89% said their organizational skills have improved with the iPads. While some students have re-joiced in the academic benefits of the device, other students havewith no big surprisefound iPads to come with increased distractions. To combat this, the administra-tion implemented a strict no-game policy on April 10. The technology policy now reads: Technology resources are to be used for educational purposes on campus. Playing games, watch-ing videos, or other entertainment activities not expressly approved by a teacher or administrator are not allowed on campus between the be-ginning and end of the school day. This alteration in the technol-ogy policy is just one of the many diverse changes Jesuit plans to incorporate next fall to further

    the success of the 1:1 program. The issues of distrac-tion have come with variation. The policy change hasnt affected me at all, senior Kendall Scott said. I never used my iPad to play games in the first place, but I know plenty of people that were always distract-ed by games or other apps. I think it really comes down to regulating and teaching self-control, because

    students here range from ages 13 to 18 and a lot of growing up hap-pens between the time youre a fresh-man and the time youre a senior. The administration agrees with Scott about the variation of self-control and plans to ad-dress the subject accordingly. Self-control is a difficult skill to teach students, as it typically comes with age and maturity. That be-ing said, the first of many changes will be the new way in which fresh-men are introduced to the program. The freshman will come in with an understanding that they have a whitelist of apps, Principal Paul Hogan said. Although the process has its dif-ferences, the whitelist will be similar to Edisons program in the sense that the administration will closely moni-tor the contents of freshmen iPads.

    Students will be able to load something that is banned but well know right away, and the students will get a response email telling them to remove the app, VP of Profes-sional Development and Instruc-tional Technology Carol Wyatt said. Another change aimed at en-hancing back-to-school efficiency includes having the freshmen class come to school a day earlier at the

    end of the summer to receive their iPads, complete the basic setup, and receive general training for apps such as Notability and iBooks. This day will take the place of this years iPad rollout which stretched over the course of multiple days. Returning sophomores, junior