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Summer break
New student orientation Aug. 10 @ 10am–2:50pm

New student orientation for sophomores, juniors, and seniors transferring to HRHS from another school will be Monday, Aug. 10, from 10am till 2:50pm. Meet in the HRHS Commons. Bring $5 for the BBQ lunch.

HRHS Summer Schedule

Please click here to view summer office hours and the schedule for online check-in and schedule pick-up.

Q-Man Classic Aug. 22 @ 9:00am

The Q-Man Classic is a Memorial 5k charity run for Autism speaks. (this is a run/walk event and we have a 1k fun run for kids!) It will be held August 22nd at HRHS (Student Parking lot) at 9:00am Please click on the following link to register!! 20.00 for adults, 10.00 for students and kids.

2015 Iceland Student Trip Oct. 10–16, 2015

Hey Everybody,

Due to the amazing success of our Iceland Field Study over the last two fall breaks, I will be offering this experience for our students again over Fall Break 2015. This time around I am supersizing the trip! I am adding one additional day. This will allow us to experience and explore more of this beautiful country.

I put together experiences like this for our students because I truly believe that our students should have the opportunity to experience hands on the science that we teach.

Here are some of the other experiences that will be doing:
-possible aurora (northern lights) viewing
-exploring active volcanoes
-hiking around glaciers
-geothermal pools
-learning more about Icelandic culture

We only have 12 spots available for this experience. There already has been a lot of interest in this trip for next year. In order to reserve your spot I will need a $400 deposit, which will be applied to the balance of the trip.

The trip is from Oct 10, 2015 to Oct 16, 2015. The total cost of the trip is projected to be about $2600 - $2700. The cost will vary based on transportation. This cost will include everything except spending money and passport fees. It is open to all current HRHS freshman, sophomores and juniors.

Feel free to email me with any questions or if you would like to see a sample itinerary.

Thanks for your support in such a wonderful experience for our students.

Click here to view a video about the Iceland Trip

Bob MacArthur
Highlands Ranch High School

Title Fight, a band supported by angsty teen bloggers, poured their creativity into their newest album, Hyperview, released on February 3, 2015. The band defined the new word “hyperview” as a state of existence where you can see things for what they truly are. In other words, a hyper awareness and the ability to understand, appreciate, and respond to emotional stimuli.

The album title has a great tie to the lyrics. Reading through all the words to the songs, I could see that they were very vague but took form as what seemed to be observations of emotions and the environment. “Swirling through a tunnel view, tangled in the dark, flirting with the kiss of death, a canopy of stars”, lyrics from their song Your Pain Is Mine Now.

The lyrics were so minimal but seemed to prove the album true to it’s name. I found it very compelling that hyperview meant a certain awareness to the smaller things around us and that the lyrics showed that exact kind of acute sensibility that the word defined.

They began to drift from similar bands such as The Wonder Years, Such Gold, and Basement as they transitioned from pop-punk to a more indie/bicoastal hardcore genre, like Tigers Jaw, and Joyce Manor.

Hyperview seems to be a more guitar based album considering the way the guitar bleeds through the rest of the instrumentals, especially given the excessive use of the whammy bar. With the vocals sounding so distant, it;s hard to distinguish what’s being said. The vocalist’s low mumbles may be hard to understand, but I think it adds to the character of the album and makes it unique from their past music. It seems more mysterious and emotional in this way

The album has a certain laid back effect in multiple songs that past albums lacked, with the exception of great moments intensity. Each song has a new and unexpected beginning and build up which strongly brought out its uniqueness. When a song would end, the beginning of the next song would begin to play in a way that sounded like they were rehearsing it. It left me hoping the last song on the album would start off another because I wasn’t quite ready for it to be over.

It held a great deal of emotional warfare and less consistency compared to past albums, which kept me intrigued all the way through and awaiting their next release. Hyperview was a great genre crossover from their past music, but only given that people take the time to look up the lyrics and draw connections with everything the album has to offer, because there’s a definitely a lot more to it than what meets the eye.

Kenzie Ross, Guest Reporter