Skip to main content

November/December 2019

Seabee Buzz logo

Ms. Mueller, Student Teacher

By Vanessa Van Vliet

Ms. Mueller and VanessaYou may know her from your seventh-grade Literature and Composition or ELA class -- it's Ms. Mueller! She is a student teacher for both Mrs. Tolles and Mrs. Cross who recently started teaching here at Ensign. Here, Ms. Mueller gives us glimpses and insight on her experience at Ensign and her history with teaching, with some advice at the end.

Seabee Buzz: How long have you taught and what motivated you to start teaching?
Ms. Mueller: I'm a student teacher, so I haven't taught for long. I've been a teacher-type throughout my life and I enjoyed working with students in junior high inside and out of the classroom. In high school, I knew I wanted to teach because my teachers saw potential in me.

Seabee Buzz: What are some of your hobbies?
Ms. Mueller: I really like going camping and going to coffee shops. I like to paddleboard and play tennis as well.

Seabee Buzz: Do you have any pets?
Ms. Mueller: I have a dog, and her name is Lola - she's quite the little diva. I am allergic to dogs, though, so I can't touch her much.

Seabee Buzz: What do you enjoy most about your job?
Ms. Mueller: I enjoy interacting with students the most - the whole point of me pursuing English is because I enjoy talking about life and helping people think. If I can help someone with doing that, that's my dream.

Seabee Buzz: Is there any advice you would like to give your students?
Ms. Mueller: I want my students to learn to be themselves. I want them to challenge their own opinions and what they've been told their whole lives. I want them to value themselves as people and not worry about what people are thinking.

Seabee Buzz: How is your experience with Ensign so far?
Ms. Mueller: Ensign is an amazing school and I love being here - I've never felt so comfortable so quickly, and that's thanks to all the amazing students and teachers.

That concludes the interview -- if you see Ms. Mueller anytime soon, make sure to say hi to her and welcome her to Ensign!

Pondering Pigeon Problems/Round and Round

By Kerry Kong and Luke Hohman

Pigeons on the Ensign gymPigeons. Everywhere on campus, perched on the classroom roofs, and sometimes even called “rats of the sky.” We’ve all seen them, yet they’re easily ignored. Just a few birds loitering around can’t do any harm, right?
    Unfortunately, this statement is false in a few ways. Hoards of these creatures swarm the lunch tables and anywhere there is food accessible to them, desperately dependent on the scraps leftover from our meals. During this process, the avian pests also leave their waste products at every location they land on, occasionally a student or administrator and their belongings become victims of the disgusting behavior. 
    Despite some having a good laugh at the expense of a tarnished sweater or dirtied bag, the waste left behind has a serious potential effect on the health of the people here at Ensign, however minuscule the actual droppings are. As stated from the “Bird-B-Gone” website, a company that specializes in educating people about and managing bird infestations, “if these droppings are not removed, students will be exposed to any of 60 transmittable diseases—such as Salmonella and E-coli—these droppings can carry” which could make students sick from eating in unsanitary areas.
    Additionally, some stray birds have ended up inside classrooms during lessons, disrupting the teachers’ and students’ concentration. Just last month, on the 22 of October 2019, a pigeon came flying into Mrs. Gunz’s room, an eighth-grade English teacher, lying perched upon the new ceiling fans. Luke Hohman, a former “pigeon catcher” and witness of this event recalled, “Mrs. Gunz had tried to turn on the newly installed fans and air conditioning but the pigeon just went ‘round and ‘round before scooting itself over to the central part [of the fan to avoid its blades].” Instead of continuing on with teaching, Mrs. Gunz had to interrupt the class in order to attempt to shoo the little pest away. However, at least five other teachers and staff had to get involved. Additionally, in the words of Mrs. Gunz, “the pigeon came flying in and banged against the window constantly as well. Then, Mrs. Fox, Mr. Ehrlinger, and Mr. Bambauer came in and were able to get the pigeon out while my class was in the library.” It took two class periods in order to get it out. Due to these circumstances, the students became super distracted, even in the library, and could not get any of their work done.

Do not feed the pigeons
    According to Mrs. Fox, Mr. Ehrlinger, and Frank, pigeons are attracted to light and, in this particular case, the bird was tired out and landed on a picture frame. Then, Frank picked up the frame and managed to carry the pigeon outside where it flew away. 

One final note to take into consideration when addressing a bird situation inside the classroom. Follow the guidelines below:
•    Do not try and bribe the bird to fly out with food.
•    Do not swat at and try and move the bird, it will cause them to get scared and end up being harder to get rid of.
•    Leave the pigeon alone and it will eventually fly out of the classroom.

    So, what can we do to prevent these unfortunate encounters? There is the obvious, cleaning up after yourself and others and although this may seem overly-repeated and cheesy, it is still extremely important to do so and limit the number of birds that are attracted to our lunches. While there are various strategies to defend buildings from flocks landing on them, such as spikes and small electric shocks on roofs to deter the birds from sitting on flat surfaces, the easiest is to simply pick up and dispose of garbage properly. 

If we took a little extra bit of time to only place your trash into its designated bin, there would be no need for a Beautification Club or the additional labor janitors spend on cleaning beneath the tables.
Shocking how little effort needs to be put in to contribute to our school in a positive way.

Sources: BirdBGone Industry Education

Who We Are...

Writers: Axel Ahuactzin, Charlie Brach, Sofia Del Villar, Josh Dodman, Ben Glassen, Luke Hohman, Victoria King, Kerry Kong, Emma LeSieur, Lili Matias, Ryder Rasmussen, Azi Schacht, Vanessa Van Vliet, Avery Wolfe, Maddox Yarnall

Advisor: Kristine Cross