BRFHS Teams up with the American Heart Association

Students at Black River Falls High School have teamed up with the American Heart Association to help raise money for the charity.

Starting on Monday, January 26, Pep Club adviser Laura Christenson asked students to buy red t-shirts for ten dollars. Christenson has been the main organizer of this fundraiser after activities director Jim Rufsholm was presented the idea by a spokeswoman from the American Heart Association.

“He designated it to Pep Club because he thought it was something that we could work with,” said Christenson.

As well as selling t-shirts, Pep Club will be hosting a “red out” basketball game on February 17. Pep Club asks students to wear red at the game. At half time, Pep Club will run a 50/50 raffle where half of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association, and club members will be selling memorial hearts for a dollar to be hung around the school.

“The whole purpose of this fundraiser is to not only raise money for research, but also to promote health and really bring awareness to one of the number one killers in the United States,” said Christenson.

The American Heart Association is a nonprofit organization that raises money to help aid in research, reduce deaths caused by cardiovascular problems, and to raise awareness of cardiovascular diseases.

Committee Considering Virtual School Change

The district virtual school committee has been debating the choice of a new website host for online classes.

Currently, the district is paired with K12’s Peak program but Mary Burns said, “We’ve had some concerns about the content and delivery.”

Although Byrns is happy that Peak “offers a wide variety of classes,” she hoped to improve upon the Middlebury foreign language courses. “I would like to see more contact and relationship-building with our students,” Byrns says.

Because of Peak’s mismatched course dates, timely grading and missing assignments were an issue this past semester. These system issues created more work for our students and Byrns.

“Students even found errors in test questions, which resulted in a drop of confidence in their content,” said Byrns.

Misunderstandings and gradebook issues have stirred up frustrating troubleshooting and contact with the language professors, but many have felt that the professors lacked reliability when contacted about these problems.

With disappearing work, ungraded assignments and slow communication, the committee has started looking at other options. “As of now, we are still learning about possible vendors and are scheduling times to meet with them,” Byrns said.

A change in website would mean students would have to learn a new interface, but Byrns said that she is confident that our online students have the ability to adapt easily to different systems of learning already, and that this change shouldn’t be an issue.