Teacher of the Issue!

By: Miracle Nault

Even though we might all know who this teacher is, here is a little bit more about her! Elizabeth Talvitie is a great science teacher. She teaches Physics, Astronomy, and General Science. Talvitie has taught here at Woodland High School since 2006. She went to Mountain View High School and was part of a Science Olympiad team. The Science Olympiads is an American team competition in which students compete in 'events' pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering. She also won the Science Department Award her sophomore and junior year, as well as the Geometry Award for top students her sophomore year. Talvitie took astronomy her senior year but it was not taught well and almost made her lose her passion for a subject she loved. Talvitie went to Clark College then transferred to Washington State University in Vancouver. Talvitie says, “I initially wanted to be an astronaut but Physics did not spark my interest in college, so then I wanted to be a forest ranger but what sparked my interest the most was Astronomy.” Although she had taken Astronomy is high school, she did not enjoy it. “I told myself I could teach Astronomy to students in a way that would be fun and interesting and that's when I wanted to become a teacher.” Talvitie also mentions, “my last job before I started teaching was a teaching assistant for a head start program for children with autism.” She worked as a mentor for at-risk youth and a toddler preschool teacher before that. Talvitie loves teaching because she loves seeing that spark when students understand a concept and learn something new. She also enjoys interacting with youth and helping them see the world in a different way. Talvitie also says, “I was inspired to teach by my Biology teacher in high school, she made it super interesting and fun. Then when I saw other students bored with science I thought I could be like her and make my class just as fun and show them that science can be fun. I took some boring science classes in high school and college and I vowed never to be that boring.” Talvitie has two boys named Devyn and Gus, Devyn is six and attends Woodland Primary School as a 1st grader and Gus is two. Talvitie has two dogs named Bailey and Boo, they are both chiweenies (chihuahua/dachshund mix). She has one tabby cat named Zoey. Talvitie mentions something’s she likes to do outside of school, “I like to hike with my family, build Lego sets, go camping, stargazing and watch Netflix shows (when the weather is not nice).” She also says, “outside of school I hang out with my family and get out to enjoy the outdoors when the weather permits.” Talvitie would love to travel to England and Ireland. She was born in England and would love to see where she used to live and go to all the Harry Potter places like Kings Cross Station. Talvitie’s advice she would give to her students for the future is to reach for your dreams! “You can do anything if you put your mind to it. Anything is possible if you actually try and always be kind to others.”

Book Review

By: Niciole Guthrie

The Eye of Minds is written by James Dashner, who is best known for his #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, which is now a major motion picture. Released October 8, 2013, The Eye of Minds is the first book in the Mortality Doctrine series and brings to life a world where the line between reality and virtual reality is a little bit blurry. Thanks to technology, gaming is a complete body and mind experience, and anyone with money can experience life inside the VirtNet to the fullest extent. The more hacking skills you have the better because who likes following the rules anyway? But, certain rules are in place for a reason as some technology is just too dangerous to mess with. When one gamer, known only as Kaine, goes as far as to hold people hostage inside the VirtNet, the effects are horrible. All over the world, people being held captive inside the game are being declared brain-dead. The government knows that in order to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. That's why they have their eye on Michael, but it won’t be easy. With the help of his two friends, Brian and Sarah, they begin their journey on The Path. It’s the only way into where Kaine is hiding, the only problem is if you die, your shut off from The Path forever. That means one chance and one chance only. But when Michael figures out exactly what Kaine is up to, he also discovers a secret about himself that even he didn’t know. Reviewed by Katie Ward Beim-Esche from the Christian Science Monitor, she states, “James Dashner is best known for his dystopian bestseller, ‘The Maze Runner,’ but he’s outdone himself with ‘The Eye of Minds’. It’s a brilliant, visceral, gamified mash-up of ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Inception,’ and I can’t get enough.” The Eye of Minds is a dystopian thriller that keeps you turning the page, as stated in another review by Joanne Mumley from YA and Kids Book Science, “The Eye of Minds is filled with rapid plot twists and cliffhangers that keep the reader on the edge of the seat, making it impossible to put down. I found myself so caught up with the story that I would forget I was reading in public. I laughed, cringed, and shouted- and I didn’t care who heard me.” One of the coolest things about The Eye of Minds is how it can be related to life today. With advancing technology and virtual reality becoming increasingly popular, this book, although purely fiction, makes us think about what could possibly happen. The book brings up many questions, such as: How do you survive when you don’t know what's real? What happens when there is nowhere left to hide? Could the line between reality and virtual reality become blurred forever? The Eye of Minds continues to make you think even after you have finished it and has a plot twist ending that will leave you in shock.

Upcoming Movies:

Friday, April 13th Overboard - PG The Miracle Season (Limited) - PG Friday, April 20th Rampage - PG-13 Friday, April 27th Traffik - Not officially Rated (Limited) - PG-13Kings Summer 2018 MAY 2018 Friday, May 4th Avengers: Infinity War - Not officially Rated Friday, May 11th Breaking In - PG-13 Life of the Party - PG-13 Friday, May 18th Book Club - PG-13 Show Dogs - PG Friday, May 28th Solo: A Star Wars Story - PG

Upcoming Events:

April 14th - State ACT testing April 17th- Marines come for lunch visit April 17th - Army comes for lunch visit April 23rd - Board Meeting Woodland High School, Room 2203 April 30th-  Non student staff day May 1st-  Marine Lunch Visit May 2nd-  Honor society meeting at lunch every Wed. in Mrs. millers rm 1601 May 2nd-  Army lunch meeting May 4th 8am – 6pm- WHS Plant Sale May 5th, 9am – 2pm - WHS Plant Sale May 5th, 2018- SAT test day May 8th-  Navy at lunch meeting Board Work Session May 14, 5:30pm – 8:30pm Woodland High School, Room 2203 State Testing Dates May 15th – 17, 2018 Marine lunch visit May 15th, 11:20am – 11:50am Army lunch visit May 16th, 11:20am – 11:50am Snow Make Up Day May 25th, 2018 Memorial Day Holiday May 28th, 2018 Knowledge Bowl meetings every Tuesday  and Wednesday after school 3:20 to 4:20 in room 2201 Fashion clubs meetings every Wednesday during lunch in Mrs. Bullock’s room 1407 GSA meetings every Thursday during lunch in Mrs. Bullock’s 1407 HOSA meetings every Thursday during lunch is Mrs Warndahls room 2202