Bear Facts

Max Feldman

Max Feldman, Magazine Editor-in-Chief

As a senior, this is Max’s third year on staff and first year as magazine editor in chief for the Bear Facts program. He aspires to study environmental science at the University of Michigan and become a stereotypical college kid. Max is involved with the NHS program and volunteers inside and outside of school. Along with being part of NHS, Max is also a FAME leader and participates in the school’s REACT club and tennis teams. He has also taken an interest in gardening as a former member of the Illinois Orchid Society (Max had to quit because his two cats destroyed his orchid garden).

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When students get a grade back, it has an impact on their motivation and confidence, according to Alexandra Shutkas, senior. While this usually only applies to students, Shutkas says there may be benefits to extending this kind of feedback to teachers, too.

Student voice

May 19, 2021
Nikko Gajowniczek, junior, entertains himself by playing piano in his AP Chemistry class. However, Gajowniczek says this distraction pales in comparison to the distractions at home that in-person school has helped him get away from.

A new reality?

April 19, 2021
REACT club members spread seeds for native grasses with the guidance of Ancient Oaks, a community environmental group. Spreading seeds was just one part of the project, however, as it also included cutting buckthorn and clearing other invasive species, Paige Orals, 2020 graduate, says.

Leaving a legacy

December 14, 2020
A manager offers hand sanitizer to his employee before work. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague the community and the nation, one way businesses are keeping employees safe by keeping sanitizer in stock at all times.

Sorting store sanitizers

November 19, 2020
Students are preparing to vote both by mail and in person. As the election nears, some students say they plan to vote to represent their generation’s interests, while others are choosing to opt out.

Of votes and voices

October 30, 2020
Napping can be an effective way to relax, improve wellness, and catch up on some sleep. There are two kinds of naps: the accidental nap (displayed here) and the intentional nap, Elizabeth Garcia, health teacher says.

Turning off the lights

October 7, 2020
Volunteers saw down buckthorn at the woodland restoration. According to Thode, this buckthorn is an invasive species which prevents native oaks from living up to their potential.

Saved by the axe

March 9, 2020
Seth Paine is not the only place that has been impacted by the rise of vandalism. Across the country, anti-Semitic vandalism has struck schools, businesses, and homes.

A dangerous trend

February 11, 2020
Tied up in caution tape: overprotective parenting causes students to feel restricted.

Bound by distrust

December 13, 2019
Laura Kustra, world history teacher is seen pointing at Europe. The curriculum was Eurocentric but the school is moving towards a more inclusive curriculum, according to Kustra.

Magnifying the west

September 27, 2019
Caramel lattes at Pepper Park in Lake Barrington. These lattes were solid but lacked authenticity.

A coffee conundrum

September 23, 2019
Yusra Zakria holds an old photo. Zakria says that reflecting on her negative experiences has helped her make decisions for the future.

[PHOTO] #WeWereLZ

May 24, 2019
The superintendent speaks in front of a community audience. Osburn is always active in discussing district wide policies with parents and community members regularly.

Moving out

April 25, 2019
Our community influences the way we make decisions from a young age yet the decision making process during teenage years is purely a neurological science.

The grey matter

March 18, 2019
Students wait for their specialized coffee drinks in the morning. Many students say that these complex drink orders can hold up the line and cause irritation among Jazzmans customers.

Running for coffee

February 1, 2019
Students say that college cost is increasing more and more each year. This is causing increased stress on families and students, causing them to worry more and more about being able to pay for college, students say.

The wealth effect

December 14, 2018
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