Staff Reminisce on District’s History

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Staff Reminisce on District’s History

The symbolic sign above the hallway in which the concession stands are located.

The symbolic sign above the hallway in which the concession stands are located.

Photo by: Tristan McGehee

The symbolic sign above the hallway in which the concession stands are located.

Photo by: Tristan McGehee

Photo by: Tristan McGehee

The symbolic sign above the hallway in which the concession stands are located.

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This generation of teenagers certainly do have it rough. It’s really hard worrying about what to wear everyday, who’s Snapchat story is the most active, or worrying about getting enough sleep (but never going to sleep on time).   

Parents always say that they had it worse than these teenagers do. Most teens have heard the classic, “Back in my day…” or the “You know, when I was a kid…” But did the parents have it harder? Was it rougher ‘back in their day,’ or is it truly worse now?

Cindy Reynolds, a music teacher here in this district, says that the problems now aren’t worse than the problems when she graduated. Mrs. Reynolds graduated in 1986 from Basehor High School. At that point, Basehor and Linwood had not consolidated into one school.

Reynolds came through the high school during the time that led to the need to combine the two schools into one. She faced a school that seemed like it was closing in on the students, since it wasn’t big enough, and on top of that, the middle school was still attached to the high school.

“We experienced growing pains during my four years,” Reynolds said. “We were outgrowing our facilities.”

Room wasn’t the only restriction at that point. Mrs. Reynolds and the other 64 kids in her class faced restrictions when it comes to college classes.

As a junior, Mrs. Reynolds took classes at night and over the weekend at Kansas City Community College. She also attended the college over the summer. This was because, unlike now, the school didn’t cooperate with students who were attending college.

“There was nothing offered on the high school campus, nor was there senior release or any other accommodation to take college classes during the school day,” Reynolds said. She added that she was grateful to see that they added such accommodations added once her kids went through the school.

Vicki Logsdon seems to agree with Mrs. Reynolds on most standpoints. Logsdon attended the high school as the consolidation took place, graduating in 1988. She claims that the problems that teenagers complain about today aren’t as bad as they make them out to be.

“Kids complain about trivial things,” Vicki said, giving an example. “I don’t have enough money to buy all the things I want.”

The consolidation proved to be a rough time for the students at the time, especially those in their senior years. The school they’d grown up in for the past three years were no longer the same school that they once knew. Negotiations began between Basehor High School and Linwood High School as to the colors, mascot, and more. In the end, the green and gold Basehor-Linwood High School was born.

Vicki stated that that was the trouble for them. Where Mrs. Reynolds faced an overcrowded school, Mrs. Logsdon had to deal with the process of expansion.

Holly Sanchez disagrees with these statements. Holly graduated in 2001, experiencing the aftermath of the consolidation. Construction began to add on to the high school in her Sophomore year. This construction ended with the school that BLHS is today, minus a few extra extensions (such as the the Strength & Conditioning building).

“It was awful listening to jackhammers during class and walking through plastic sheeting draped everywhere,” Sanchez said.

She saw the school change around her. A glass hallway that once ran to the small gym eventually disappeared. Extensions were added onto the school.

Holly said that the biggest problem that she could think of at that time was drug use. The ceramics teacher was even fired for allowing kids to make drug-related items during class, then sending said items home with the kids. Despite this, she said that today’s problems are worse.

“Kids now complain about social media and how much easier it is to bully. Parents don’t monitor kids, and kids know that,” Sanchez stated, going on to say that common core in elementary schools is a huge problem as well. “These problems are much worse than when I was in high school.”

Whether the problems now are worse or the problems then were worse, there’s definitely something that all generations can learn from each other. Each parent interviewed had something to say about this.

“Life moves fast. Life moves on. Think about your choices and never stop trying to become the best version of you that you can possibly be,” Mrs. Reynolds said. She went on to say that she has learned from this generation as well. She has learned to be open-minded and see things through her student’s eyes. “…I am excited to embrace progress and all of the changes it brings to my life.”

With her closing remarks, Reynolds stated that the Basehor-Linwood community has become her home. She accredits this to the school district, specifically the teachers. Her three children went through BLHS, and she’s worked in the district for 18 years now. Because of this, she’s witnessed the before and after affects of the consolidation.

Vicki Logsdon stated that kids now could learn a stronger work ethic from her generation. These seems apparent in the work force. Many people seem to try to get away with as little effort as possible. Many students have heard their peer say something along the lines of, “But what happens if I don’t do it?” in the classroom.

However, Logsdon did have some praise for this generation, as to what they taught her. She echoed Mrs. Reynolds words. “I learned from kids to try to be more open-minded to new things.”

Holly Sanchez took a slightly different approach with her advice to this generation. She says that current students at BLHS could learn to live life a little less plugged in. “It’s possible to learn without electronics,” she said. “Penmanship (because we all type and text) is suffering. Face-to-face interaction is becoming a thing of the past.”

This is a startlingly true fact. Bullying has become worse, as stated above, because there’s no such thing as ‘consequences for one’s actions.’ Kids can get away with saying nasty, disgusting, vile things because they don’t have to look at the face of the person they’re hurting.

But with her last statement, Holly referenced this social media monster in a different light. What did she learn from this generation? Why, Snapchat of course!

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