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Spanish Peru trip

On March 23rd, the Spanish students of Thermopolis High school set out with one goal in mind, to explore the foreign world of Peru and experience a culture that they had only seen in the photographs from the many travelers that have gone through the country.

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April 2017 Lunch Schedule

Monday the 10th – White Chicken Chili, Salad, Carrots, Celery, Corn Bread, Honey, Butter, Strawberries, Honeydew, Milk, Meatball Sub, Chef Salad

Tuesday the 11th – Mandarin Chicken, Rice, Broccoli, Cantaloupe, Lettuce, Ranch, Fortune Cookie, Milk, BBQ Sandwich, Chef Salad

Wednesday the 12th – Easter Dinner, Ham, Cheesy Hashbrown Potato, Roll, Carrots, Celery, Salad, Pineapple, Jello Cake, Milk

Thursday the 13th – Tacos, Refried Beans, Salad, Sour Cream, Salsa, Peaches, Sherbet Cups, Milk, Mandarin Chicken

Monday the 17th – Meatball Sub, Green Beans, Salad, Grapes, Chips, Milk, Chef Salad, Chicken Nuggets

Tuesday the 18th – White Chicken Chili, Salad, Carrots, Celery, Corn Bread, Honey, Butter, Strawberries, Honeydew Milk, Meatball Sub, Chef Salad

Wednesday the 19th – Spaghetti, Corn, Bread Stick, Salad, Peaches, Applesauce, Milk, Chef Salad

Thursday the 20th – Pizza, Salad, Cucumber, Watermelon, Popsicle, Milk, Chef Salad

Monday the 24th – BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Chips, Celery, Carrots, Kiwi, Chocolate Cake, Milk, Chef Salad, Chicken Nuggets

Tuesday the 25th – Sweet and Sour Chicken, Rice, Salad, Green Beans, Watermelon, Milk, Chef Salad, BBQ Sandwich

Wednesday the 26th – Cheeseburger Soup, Roll, Salad, Corn, Pineapple, Ice Cream, Milk, Chef Salad

Thursday the 27th – French Dip, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Salad, Oranges, Apples, Pudding, Milk, Soup, Sweet and Sour Chicken

End of Speech & Debate Season

The Speech & Debate Wyoming National Qualifiers recently took place on March 16-18 where half of the state was competing to qualify for nationals in Birmingham, Alabama. The tournament, which was the last of the season, took place in Casper, and lasted three days.

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Staffing Changes In Hot Springs County School District

On Tuesday March 21, during the monthly board meeting, the topic of school budget cuts was discussed, and which staff members would be affected by it. Madam Chairman Weyer talked about the effect of the budget cuts on our school district, and recommended that people contact their legislators.

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4-H Opportunities in Hot Springs County

4-H is a nationwide organization. Children ages to 8-21 are able to join. 4-H offers many opportunities for children to learn new skills, such as archery, shotgun, rifle, robotics, cats, dogs, etc. Continue reading

Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 12-18 was Random Acts of Kindness Week. The event was practiced by many school across the nation, and HSCHS was no exception. This week was set aside to give people an idea that it doesn’t take much to light up someone’s day. Though these acts don’t require much like anything that is done/taught  “It has to be modeled and acknowledged and reinforced” as Dr. Jeb Schenck put it.

Photo By: Eric RangeThe meaning of Kindness is the state of being gentle and considerate so the true meaning of this week could also be to be considerate to others without planning it out. This is the true purpose of the week to show people that a kind act does not need to be elaborate just something simple and small that doesn’t require much thought.

March 2017 Lunch Schedule

All subject to change

Wednesday the 1st – Potato Soup, Biscuits, Green Beans, Oranges, Lettuce, Ranch, Milk Soup/Salad

Thursday the 2nd – Taco Salad, Tortilla Chips, Cheese, Salsa, Sour Cream, Corn, Lettuce, Cantaloupe, Milk, Pizza

Monday the 6th – Mandarin Chicken, Rice, Salad, Pineapple, Fortune Cookie, Side Salad/Soup

Tuesday the 7th – Spaghetti, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Lettuce, Ranch, Peaches, Applesauce, Milk, Chef Salad

Wednesday the 8th – Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup, Carrots, Celery, Apples/Caramel, Chef Salad

Thursday the 9th – Pizza, Salad, Peppers, Chocolate Cake, Grapes, Cantaloupe, Milk, Chef Salad, Chicken Strips

Monday the 13th – Chicken Alfredo, Bread Stick, Salad, Green Beans, Winter Squash, Honeydew, Scooby Doo Cracker, Milk, Chef Salad

Tuesday the 14th – Cheesy Beefy Nachos, Tortilla Chips, Salad, Ranch, Peppers, Oranges, Apples, Churros, Milk, Chef Salad

Wednesday the 15th – Corn Dog, Salad, Pork & Beans, Celery Sticks, Carrot Sticks, Cookie, Fruit Cocktail, Milk, Chef Salad, Chicken Nuggets

Thursday the 16th – Cheeseburger Soup, Roll, Salad, Ranch, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Grapes, Milk, Chef Salad

Monday the 20th – Pork Roast, Mashed Potato/Gravy, Roll, Green Beans, Lettuce, Tangerines, Milk, Hamburger, Chef Salad

Tuesday the 21st – Enchilada, Salad, Ranch, Peppers, Turnover, Peaches, Milk, Chef Salad

Wednesday the 22nd – Tater Tot Casserole, Broccoli, Salad, Roll, Apples, Milk, Chicken Sandwich, Chef Salad

Thursday the 23rd – Chicken Sandwich, Salad, Chips, Carrots, Celery, Pears, Milk, Chef Salad, Tater Tot Casserole

Monday the 27th – Hot Ham & Cheese, Chips, Salad, Ranch, Cottage Cheese, Tomato, Milk, Chicken Sandwich, Chef Salad

Tuesday the 28th – Burritos, Rice, Milk, Chef Salad

Wednesday the 29th – Lasagna, Roll, Butter, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Oranges, Milk, Chef Salad, Chicken Nuggets

Thursday the 30th – Cheeseburger, French Fries, Pork & Beans, Salad, Ranch, Pineapple, Milk, Chef Salad

Fishing Tournament

Photo By: Jeb BarnesIn order to give Hot Springs County High School students more activities to be involved in outside of school, Health Teacher, CJ Scholl and Physical Education Teacher, Matthew McPhie are hosting a fishing tournament. The tournament is on  April 14, 2017, and is open to all high school students at HSCHS. You can have up to two students per team. Sign-ups are open until April 14th and the fee is $10.00 per team. The Tournament will begin at 1 pm on the 24th and will end at 6 pm that day. The tournament will be held at the Wedding of the Waters, near the Wind River Canyon. The High School can provide a fishing pole for you if you don’t have one. Fishing licenses can be obtained from Blair’s Supermarket, White Horse Feed, and Thermopolis Hardware. A one-day fishing license is $6.00. You’ll need a fishing license before the tournament.

Shortening School Hours (Student Opinion)

The buzz around the state is focused on school budget cuts. Shortening school hours would be one possible solution. Continue reading


Addictions are a major problem in today’s world. Most people who are addicted are addicted to drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. Many of the people who fall victim to addiction are ages 12-20. It is around this age that peer pressure is prevalent.  11% of the alcohol consumption in the U.S. is from people ages 12-20, and  68% of seniors (12th grade) have tried alcohol.  Teen alcohol users are responsible for 200,000 ER trips, and 4,300 deaths of kids under the age of 21 each year.

Marijuana is the most commonly used drug among high schoolers. About 3,300 students try marijuana every day. Along with marijuana, there are several other drugs commonly used among addicts. Amphetamines, Adderall, opioid painkillers, oxycodone, sedatives, and cocaine are among these drugs.

Drugs have a major effect on your body. Drugs can cause serious damage to your brain. They can interfere with your neurotransmitters that connect to your brain. “They relay signals between nerve cells, called neurons. The brain uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest.” ( Along with that it causes memory problems and reduces the ability to feel emotion, and addicts may experience learning problems.

All of these things can even affect the outer appearance of an addict. Most people don’t realize that by having an addiction it doesn’t only have a negative effect on their body, but how they look to other people. This can impact relationships addicts have with people. Many addicts are unaware of the damage they do to themselves and their loved ones. Many also don’t have the help they need to quit. There are many online resources to help addicts drop their addictions.

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