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COVID and Student Mental Health

by Zev Fort

Multiple recent studies have shown that there has been a large increase of mental health related issues throughout COVID. We no longer had access to important parts of our school community, such as, sports, clubs, and in-person events. Many of us turned to social media and online communities to fill the gaps left by the absence of in-person contact. According to a sophomore at Ingraham, “I think that everyone spent a lot more time on social media because we felt isolated and needed some type of social contact and the only way a lot of us could do it was through our phones.”   

 Spending too much time on social media can be bad for you. According to a Review of Social Media Use and Mental Health, heavy users of social media (more than five hours a day), had a 48% to 171% higher chance to “have suicide risk factors such as depression, suicidal ideation, or past suicide attempts.” (Link

There has been a steady rise in the number Ingraham students reporting mental health issues since the beginning of online school. This is not only happening here, but across lots of high schools all around the country. When asked about this national rise, Ms. Feder said that she had noticed the rise in students with mental health issues and agreed with the national statistics.  

Although the number of students with mental health issues is rising here at Ingraham, some students found it hard to report their feelings while we were at online school. They also reported feeling like whenever they raise the concern that their mental health is deteriorating, they are disregarded, and feel invalidated.  

If you are feeling sad, lonely, hopeless, or not connected to your friends or family or things that are bringing you joy, you should reach out to a trusted adult in the school building and of course a counselor, or you could fill out the exit poll at advisory, the counselors do read all of the responses every week. 

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Ingraham’s New Teachers for 2021

Mr. Hyde

Interviewed by Anja Webster

Mr. Ryan Hyde is a new gym teacher at Ingraham High school this year. He worked previously at Ballard High School, and most recently at Graham Hill Elementary. He stated that he loves working in high schools and was already familiar with Ingraham, so when the job opened up, he applied immediately. Mr. Hyde said the school and community has felt extremely welcoming, and he’s excited to be working with everyone and looks forward to the year. Outside of school, he likes kayaking, golfing and all kinds of other sports. He lives with his wife, daughter, and dog Reno. 

Mr. Britton

Interviewed by Thomas Faulhaber

Mr. Gavin Britton is the new teacher for all of Ingraham’s computer science classes. This is his first year teaching, though he has done tutoring in the past. His other experience includes game design and development and training businessmen at Microsoft in data science programming with Python. His favorite programming language is C++ because it allows the programmer full control of the development process, and he thinks it’s the first language people should learn. He has recently been using C# for game development and now Java for Ingraham’s IB CS and AP CS classes.  He says that teaching at Ingraham is challenging but also fun. His advice for computer science students is to not get discouraged by the initial challenges of programming and learn to persevere and solve problems through logical reasoning.

Ms. Patrick

Interviewed by Oscar Snider

Ms. Patrick is Ingraham’s new IB literature teacher. Last year she taught language arts at Lincoln High School. In the past she has also worked at Central Washington University and taught English at a private university in China. Ms. Patrick loves language arts because she feels like there is something important about going outside of your own perspective and experiences. She also talks about how rewarding it can be to see students you teach succeed. Outside of school she loves to crochet, play guitar, go camping, and garden. She has both a dog and a cat. Ms. Patrick believes that collectively we can learn to communicate about ourselves and with others in a way that benefits everyone.

Ms. Charters

Interviewed by Caroline Bricknell

Ms. Charters is Ingraham’s new Baking and Pastry teacher. Ms. Charters started teaching in 1996 at the college level. She has also cooked in restaurants for 35 years. . Ms. Charters believes that the culinary industry is becoming increasingly more reliant on high school culinary classes. She feels as though high school is a little more overwhelming than college because it is a lot more hands on with the students. Other than that, she is really liking it here at Ingraham. Ms. Charters was born and raised in Washington and is currently living in Ballard with a son at Ballard High School.

Ms. Connolly

Interviewed by Maggie Sill

Ms. Connolly is one of Ingraham’s new office staff and transferred here from the nearby Robert Eaglestaff Middle School. She wanted to work with students at a high school level, but also to keep her commute short, and as such applied to Ingraham as soon as she saw a position. She finds the staff at Ingraham friendly and welcoming, and the students kind. She enjoys seeing the world with her family, biking, and going on hikes and walks with her dog Cody. The other members of her family include her husband and daughter. 

Mr. Zavaleta

Interviewed by Skye Decker

Mr. Zavaleta is a new Spanish teacher here at Ingraham High School. He immigrated to the United States at six years old from Mexico. Right now, he is juggling graduate school and teaching five high school class periods per day. He says to have a packed schedule like him you have to know your limits and be as organized as possible, so you don’t get too stressed out. His long-term goals are to graduate college with a 4.0 and make a personal impact on each of his students.  

Ms. Vander Pol

Interviewed by Mary Simmons

Ms. Vander Pol is Ingraham’s new family health teacher. She became a teacher to help students. She says that she loves the development of high schoolers, how they’re trying to find their identity, and finds it very interesting. She feels that she has a good personality to help students get through high school. In her free time, she likes to relax, watch tv, hang out with her friends, and walk her dog Nova. One fact about her that surprises people is that she’s left-handed.

Ms. Starr

Interviewed by Thomas Faulhaber

Ms. Starr is a Spanish teacher. She just started teaching here this year, but she was previously employed as a Spanish teacher at a private school here in Seattle. Before that, she worked for the Mexican government as a supervisor in citizen participation. She says she decided to start teaching Spanish abroad because she loves her language and thinks it’s important to share cultures and traditions between nations. She hopes that her students will think about how we can create a better world to live in, having a better awareness of the issues faced by Latino Americans and immigrants. According to her, the ability to communicate is the most important part of learning a language. Even if you make mistakes while speaking, you have succeeded as long as your meaning is understood. She focuses her curriculum on spoken Spanish, saying that her students have plenty of experience with the written word but limited experience when it comes to speech. She believes it’s possible to achieve fluency without travelling, but that communication with native speakers is the most effective way to learn. She says about her experience at Ingraham that she loves the IB program and the dedication displayed by the IB students. She also likes the diversity of Ingraham and how respectful and responsible the students here are. 

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Clubs at Ingraham

By Kalli Dahlberg, edited by Maggie Sill 

Recently at the Cascade, we’ve noticed that while Ingraham has many amazing clubs to offer, there’s a distinct lack of information on what is available or how to sign up. The club fair was helpful, but students (some of our staff included) didn’t know it was going on until it was too late.  

Here’s a highlight of some clubs you otherwise might not have heard of, as well as how to contact them. However, you can learn about all the clubs Ingraham has to offer on Instagram @ihsclubs or at https://ingrahamhs.seattleschools.org/student-life/clubs/ 

Jewish Club 

  • Run by co-president sophomores Rowan Foster and Vita Ionis, Ingraham Jewish club creates a safe place for Jewish-identified youth and allies. It explores Jewish holidays, values, politics, and more. Ingraham Jewish club meets on the first Thursday of each month. Find more information on Instagram, @ingrahamjewishclub. 

Girls in Science Club 

  • GSG is for women and non-binary students passionate about science. They learn about scientific fields and support women and non-binary people in STEM, everyone is welcome. Girls in Science club meets on Tuesdays at lunch in room 207. Find more on Instagram @ihsgirlsinscience 

Film Club 

  • Film club’s goal is to create a film while learning about the elements of film through watching influential movies and discussing them. Meetings are on Tuesdays in room 123. Find more information on Instagram @ihs.film.club 

Asian Student Union  

  • ASU focuses on Asian culture and issues facing Asian youth today, everyone is welcome. Meetings are held every Monday during lunch in room 64. Find more @asu_ingraham on Instagram. 

Joining clubs has many advantages; they help you socialize with like-minded people; they educate you; and they can look good when applying to colleges. Once again, find more about Ingraham Clubs on Instagram @ihsclubs or at https://ingrahamhs.seattleschools.org/student-life/clubs/ . 

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Homecoming Week

By Claire Banasky

Welcome to Homecoming Week! Ingraham High School has many events that encapsulate our homecoming traditions. When students think of homecoming, they think of the game, the dance and hallway decorating.  

Hallway decorating is a fun way to get to know your classmates and other students at school! It begins a few weeks before the actual week of homecoming. ASB comes up with a theme. This year, the theme is Netflix. Then, they pick a topic for each grade that falls under the main theme. The topic for freshmen is Cocomelon, sophomores got Squid Game, juniors got Outer Banks and seniors got Stranger Things. Each grade has met and planned what they want their hallway to look like. The freshman hall is in front of room 116. Sophomores are in front of room 102. Juniors are in front of the library. Seniors are in front of the Activities Center (AC). 

On the night of October 21, the school will be open from 4pm to 10pm. All grades come to school and decorate their halls. In some years, people have stayed until one in the morning to decorate. On Friday, October 22, everyone shows up to school with the hallways completely decorated. There’s music and costumes, and it’s crazy to see what each grade comes up with. Most of the competition is between the seniors and juniors. Sometimes, it’s very close. 

During first period, judges will go around and evaluate the hallways. In non-COVID times, the winner would be announced at the pep rally later that day. ASB plans to have another virtual pep-assembly on Wednesday the 20th, so make sure you keep your eyes and ears open!  

Good luck and have fun Rams! 

Map of the School
Senior Hallway
Junior Hallway
Sophomore Hallway
Freshman Hallway
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Sentenced

By Marwan Mohamed

Being born black in America 

Your facing a death sentence 

In Several different ways 

Your life is going to be threatened 

Mostly everything in America had some racial history behind it 

But the only history you’ll hear is that Martin Luther King decided to fight it 

Or that Rosa Parks got on bus and sat up front 

And the whites didn’t like it 

Why aren’t we taught about Malcom X liberations 

I tell you why 

The white government has an act for feeding a quarter of a statement 

They don’t teach about Malcom because he challenged all these cases 

His claim to fame didn’t come cause he was born Caucasian and racist 

It came Because he was a black man educated enough to make real changes 

And that’s why he’s not taught 

All of black history has simply been fabricated 

And it doesn’t stop there America is still extremely racist

They just found better ways to hide this discrimination 

Like using mass incarceration to lock up black faces 

And putting crack in the poor communities 

Where they could barely afford to eat 

Give them one little Taste 

And now there hooked on the street 

Cops harass and beat blacks and lock em up on petty crimes 

Then when they get out they can’t a job cause of all this lost time 

So they have no choice but to go out and sell a dime 

The cycle just continues 

My life isn’t even mine 

Since the day I was born 

I’ve been living on Borrowed time 

One way or another 

I’m set to meet my demise 

Now America let me ask you 

Why do you feel so threatened by my life 

Why does the color of your skin 

Make you think that your in the right 

That you can use every possible way 

To kill blacks and it’s alright 

I won’t sit idly by and watch as the injustices continue 

It’s time for it to end I just hope this message gets through to you

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College Applications During COVID

For seniors, the arrival of Fall and Winter brings with it the arduous process of selecting and applying to colleges. The annual stress onset by the autumnal months when students scramble to collect their recommendations, write their personal essays, participate in extracurricular activities, all while maintaining good grades has been amplified this year by the pandemic.  As coronavirus swept across the globe, many institutions were forced to adapt and change, and the college application process was no exception. This year, the graduating class of 2021 is getting a taste of these new adaptations, as universities and colleges across the country are throwing out testing requirements, locking campuses down and shutting visiting students out, high schools are changing their grading system, and more.

When life as we knew it screeched to a halt in the spring of 2020, the seemingly indispensable practices held sacred to the college selection and admissions process were synonymously put on hold. With the college sightseeing trips canceled, the hellish SAT/ACT test taking aborted, and grade scales changing, students and higher education institutions alike were left to find their own ways of standing out. And while the temporary or permanent ridding of standardized testing seemed like a loss for colleges, this was seen as a breath of fresh air for high schoolers. One Ingraham senior aptly described this change as “lowkey hella nice.” Not only did it liberate some of the anxiety that adds to the intense academic climate of junior and senior year, but it attempts to decrease some of the privilege bias that college admissions are infamously known for. There have always been critiques about the practice of standardized testing, as it has been well reasoned that these tests are not an accurate or fair measure of educational effectiveness or student performance; this change was warmly welcomed by the high school community. In addition to the standardized testing adjustment, students were faced with grade scales changing in light of the effects of online learning. For many students in the graduating class of 2021, the way schools and school districts went about teaching, testing, and grading drastically changed in the spring of 2020. The grading policies in response to coronavirus varied across the country. While some schools cut down their grading scales from the standard 100 point system to a 50 or even 10 point system, others opted for pass/fail grades, and some schools, Ingraham and the Seattle Public School district included, elected for grade scales where the only options are A through C- or “Incomplete.” In the one year in high school seen as most quintessential for college applications, this was perhaps the most intangible change for applicants. 

On top of the more established practices of standardized testing and grade policies, some of the informal changes applicants were faced with this year included the cancelation of college tours, not being able to participate in extracurriculars, the writing process of college essays, and more. Rounding the corner of March 2020 and heading into spring and summer break, many students and families had plans to take trips to go look at colleges. This usually entails a tour of the campus, sightseeing around town, and ultimately trying to get a feel for if you can see yourself at that school for four years. Even before the pandemic, the opportunity to see the school and its geography in person was a privilege. In many instances, the takeaways from seeing a college in person is more valuable than any information you could get online, and gives a great advantage for students who are able to afford that experience. However this year, with a majority of college campuses locking down and shutting visiting students out, no one is able to visit colleges, serving as something of an equalizer. A common theme among students applying for college this year seemed to be missing out on opportunities to stand out. This year, applicants had to make do without almost 6 months worth of school sports, clubs, volunteering, and other extracurriculars. Not only was this a blow to morale, as extracurricular activities often serve as an escape for many students, but looking through a more pragmatic perspective, students were also missing out on months of activities that would set them apart from other applicants. Among the long list of things that changed this year due to covid was the college essay writing process. The typical writing process for an applicant on a normal year goes a little something like this: You think about how much time you have to write essays over the summer; you try to think of things that make you unique and panic when you suddenly forget everything you’ve done during your high school career, then comes the consultation of peers to see what they’re writing about in a last attempt to get some inspiration; and if you’re lucky, you seek some last minute professional help. Some words of wisdom from an essay writing workshop I found particularly enlightening, “This year ‘How Quarantine Changed Me’ has been inducted into the Most Unoriginal College Essays Hall of Fame. Say something authentic.” Some notable adaptations to this writing process was having to talk to peers over FaceTime or Zoom, and meeting with writing coaches virtually. And as many students across the country have experienced, some aspects of learning and collaborating can get lost in translation when meeting online. On the bright side however, quarantine has given students time for the reflection and rumination necessary to write thoughtful essays. Seniors, you don’t need me to tell you that we’re living through “unprecedented times” and that this year has been unconventional in almost every way. But everyone needs a reminder once in a while that there have been plenty of unexpected positives, and this experience is only making us stronger!

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Seattle Parks and Recreation Close Seattle Pools

There is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has taken an economic toll on the world, and all aspects of life continue to be impacted. For Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), that means appropriations were reduced by 33 million dollars for the proposed 2021 budget, and SPR is planning on reducing spending by 8 million dollars.

In the proposed budged, the parks department will only reopen 4 out of the 10 public pools in Seattle, in response to the revenue lost from the pools being closed for 9 months. This decision has had a split response by members of the public. The decision in relying on the fact that the condition of the pandemic is not likely to allow for pools to reopen in 2021, in which case it won’t matter if the budget allows for pools to reopen. However, with the recent development of multiple vaccines, the likelihood of returning to a somewhat normal society is beginning to look more and more optimistic. If the climate of the pandemic did somehow take a turn for the better in the latter half of 2021, the decision to close the pools would have a significant impact on Seattle residents. At the high school level, it would signify a possible end to high school swim teams. As the only pool open in North Seattle, Meadowbrook, would have to be shared by the 4 public high schools in North Seattle, not counting the multiple private schools too.

“It is not just the matter of the serious impact felt by our high school and recreational athletes; it is a matter of public health and safety,” said Jen Daily, head coach of Ingraham’s swim team.

These closures will affect more than just the avid swimmers. What will happen to all of those employed at the pools? The SPR commented that it intends to “redeploy” the staff affected by pool and community center closures into a new outdoor recreation program set to begin in 2021.

Overall, the decision to close pools is a bit of a gamble, if the pandemic persists as it has been, many Seattle residents might not even notice pools were ever closed. Yet, if the pandemic does not improve, it could spell disaster for the swimming community across Seattle.

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Spooky Season in a Scary Time

As many people prepare to celebrate Halloween, it is important to think about how to celebrate safely this year. Halloween is a staple in American culture. A time where we see people come together to wear costumes, eat candy, buy pumpkins and tell scary stories. This has been the normal for decades. With covid however, nothing is normal. So how will Halloween be celebrated this year? And how should you celebrate it safely?

Even if you might not be celebrating as usual, there are still many ways to show spirit. In fact 60% percent of Ingraham students asked have said that they still plan to celebrate this Halloween. Going to the pumpkin patch remains a great way to get in spirit. Ingraham student Iris Strickland is planning to make her own costume for Halloween, along with doing a photoshoot. Other ideas for celebration may include pumpkin carving or watching scary movies with friends. You can host a socially-distant outdoor movie viewing or virtually host a Netflix watch party. Sitting alone in a room and just eating candy works too! 

Just remember, this still will not be your typical halloween, the coronavirus remains a serious issue that will not go away for a night. If you are going to trick-or-treat make sure to wear a mask and bring hand sanitizer. Be smart about the way you socialize. Also, be aware that not everyone may be comfortable with these activities. People have to keep some semblance of normalcy in these abnormal times, something to celebrate and feel good about. We all deserve some fun.

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On the Bright Side

  1. Getting to experiment with wacky haircuts:

Everyone wonders what their head would look like shaved. Well now’s the time. Cut your own hair, cut your brother’s hair, cut your mom’s hair!

  1. Pajama day everyday! (If you want) 

We all love wearing pajamas, now you can wear them to school everyday if you want! Or if you feel like dressing up, you can without having to worry about wearing the outfit out into the world—more fashion freedom!

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  1. Wednesdays off!

Having a break in the middle of the week when you can do homework, catch up, attend clubs, relax, really makes this process of online school more bearable. Some people have said it is also disruptive to the schedule and maybe a three day weekend would be preferred.

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  1. Spending more time with pets!

Thankfully, dogs and cats can’t get coronavirus. Pets really make this experience more tolerable. 

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  1. Self-reflection

Nothing like free time locked up in a house to make you think. But this doesn’t have to be bad; it’s great to spend some time to reflect and grow. We don’t usually have a lot of time for self-reflection in our busy lives. 

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  1. Cooking

I think everyone picked up a pot or pan and tried their hand at something new this year. 

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  1. Not having to turn your camera on

You can be learning about Mao Zedong’s great leap forward while benedicting some eggs if you want! You can be learning calculus while walking your dog!

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  1. More homework time, flexible

A more flexible schedule means more possibilities. More free time for jobs or hobbies!

  1. Sleeping in! 

Everyone loves to sleep in! No one’s gonna turn their camera on first period anyway, so just stay in bed!

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