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Joe Brocksmith Uses Snakes in his Classroom to Enrich Education

Joe Brocksmith Uses Snakes in his Classroom to Enrich Education

Published: November 30, 2019

Walk in. Sit in an assigned seat. Listen to the teacher talk. Take notes. Many times, the learning environment looks the same, but...

Ecology Club: What It Is and What Do They Do?

Ecology Club: What It Is and What Do They Do?

Published: March 28, 2019

Ecology club, run by Science teacher Joe Brocksmith, is a club where students meet every Friday to discuss the importance of pr...

FHN Introduces New Hat Policy

Published: March 4, 2019

FHN introduced a new hat policy in January to allow students to wear hats in the building. Students and staff explain how they...

(Photo Illustration by Rebekah Myers)

Joe Brocksmith Played Guitar for a Band Called That’s What She Said

Published: October 11, 2018

Strolling down the PLTW wing of school, people encounter many fun and exciting things. Soccer balls kicked at their feet, teacher...

Peyton Hebert runs for the FHN boys varsity cross country team. During his junior year, he decided to quit football and start running Cross Country. Hebert ran one of his last races on Sept. 8 at Forest Park for the team, finishing in the top 15.

Peyton Hebert Quits Football to Pursue Cross Country

Published: October 4, 2018

Senior Peyton Hebert didn’t feel good about his place in the football program because he felt like it wasn’t suitable for ...

Juuls in School

By Heeral Patel, Features Editor

Published: February 28, 2018

At the end of his sixth hour Environmental Studies class in early December, a student approached biology teacher Joe Brocksmith to report a classmate who had juuled in class. Prior to this, Brocksmith had heard of the e-cigarette trend from a KSDK story over Thanksgiving weekend. The story gave meaning to a term he had overheard in students’ conversations...

Joe Brocksmith Enhances Class with Pets

By Kelsey Decker, Madison Tanksley, Candace Siem

Published: December 18, 2016

Environmental science teacher, Joe Brocksmith has a unique collection of reptiles to enhance the learning experience in his classroom. Brocksmith has had the pets in his room for as long as he can remember and quickly found the many long lasting impacts they had on his students. "I think the pets benefit the class by providing real life exam...

Class Pets Bring Learning Benefits to the Classroom

Published: December 9, 2016

Some teachers at north have class pets in their classroom and have quickly found that they’ve benefited their students in t...

Stream Team Works to Better the Environment

Published: October 26, 2016

From cleaning rivers to a fun float trip, Ecology Club is one with nature. Joseph Brocksmith is the lead adviser for the club...

Communications Officer Elise Gertsch greets students on Friendly Friday. (photo by sammie savala)

Students for FHN Promote Happiness in School

Published: April 17, 2015

During the week of April 6 through 10, Students for FHN came up with a way to cheer up students during the most stressful time of the year. Each...

Cross Country Finishes Season at State

Cross Country Finishes Season at State

Published: November 10, 2014

On Saturday, November 8, three Cross Country runners, junior Chase Powelson, senior Ariel Kirkpatrick, and freshman Heidi Hauptman,...

Kristina Forst prepares to canoe on last year's Ecology Club float trip. This year, Ecology has many different activities planned to increase club participation. (photo submitted)

Ecology Club Goes Geocaching

Published: October 3, 2014

On Sat., Oct. 4, the FHN Ecology Club went on a club outing to go "geocaching" around the St. Charles area as part of a team...