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PirateTV News – September 6, 2023

In the news: You could be a target of scammers, we give you the information you need to avoid being a target. Plus, we talk to the new superintendent, give you an update on the water filters, and round up the week in sports.

Hello and welcome to PirateTV.  I’m Danny Tobias. 


And I’m Royleighsha Simpson.


It’s a new start to the school year. We are so glad to have you with us. 


SCAMS – Scammers go after a lot of people and can target everyone. But you may be surprised to know that the one age group that lost the most money to scammers in 2022 is 18- to 24-year-olds. We learned that from the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker Risk Report. Their median dollar loss was $220. What are the top scams? We dive into it. Bri Martinez has our story.


Who are scammers going after to earn a quick buck? Young people. (sot)

Well… Just about everyone knows someone who has fallen victim. (sot)

Here are the top scams. 

The social media influencer. Someone creates a fake account and says you’ve won a prize, but they need your account number to give you the prize. It is a lie. Never pay money for a prize. 

Next is the romance scam. You think you are dating someone online, and after a short amount of time, they say they need help and money, electronics, they want you to take in a package for you or to cash a check for them. 

Next, sextortion. You send an explicit picture to someone you met online. All of a sudden, they want money and if you don’t send it, they threaten to send those pictures to all your contacts, your job, or friends. First, don’t send these types of pictures and if you do, don’t pay the extortion. They can’t come after you no matter how much they say they can. 

 Fourth, online gaming in-app purchases. You want to pay for rewards but now they have your credit card. Only do in-app purchases directly from the game manufacturer. 

5th- Online shopping. You see a fake website, it is your favorite brand, or you think it is. Don’t buy clothes from them. They advertise on TikTok and other social media sites. You may never get the clothing item and if you do it is terrible quality and not worth your money. 

And finally, the Employment scams promise work-from-home jobs, high wages, and flexible opportunities. For example, you’re hired to work from home, and you receive a check for home office equipment. After the check arrives, the scammer poses as the employer and asks you to wire or electronically transfer the money to cover the costs. Once you send the money, you learn the check is bad. You must now cover the money you transferred. To avoid employment scams: Be wary of offers that seem too good to be true and on-the-spot offers. Always do background research on the job offer.  


   The Better Business Bureau says always take a moment to double-check the information given to you by the person on the phone or online before giving them personal or financial information. 

Reporting for pirateTV, I’m _______________________. 

(tag) Go to the pirateer dot com to get links to more information and some advice from Principal Ryan West to help you avoid these scams. 



Englewood School District has a new superintendent who took over in July with the departure of Wendy Rubin. 


Joanna Polzin is in her 9th year in Englewood and 23rd year in Education. 

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from Marquette University and a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a Concentration in Mathematics from the University of Loyola Chicago. She worked as an elementary teacher, an assistant principal, and a principal in neighboring districts. Within Englewood Schools, she was the Director of Assessment and Analytics, the Chief Academic Officer, and the Deputy Superintendent. She says her primary focus is student safety and security. She believes only when students feel safe can they focus on learning. 


SOT – “The safety of staff and students always comes first because in order to ensure that you have a learning environment where you feel comfortable, we want to make sure you feel safe. Not only safe but also that you have a sense of belonging. Because what research shows is that when you have a sense of belonging, you, thrive, you have friends, you have groups you have people you connect with, and it’s a healthy learning environment. Once we have that healthy learning environment, academics are first and foremost. Absolutely the academic growth and achievement of all students and every student.”


Her favorite part of the job is the students and seeing all they accomplish and grow in their years with Englewood. She is excited about starting a student advocacy group. She believes in the importance of having a better pulse on what you as students need to be successful.  You can sign up to take part in the Student Advocacy group, learn more about her, and see the full interview on the 


(WATER) We have an update on the possibility of filters being installed on the water fountains at the high school. The Pirateer journalists have been following this story for nearly a year. The filters may be installed as early as the end of September. Many students have concerns about the taste and smell.


 Musty or rusty are the two terms students come up with when describing the taste. The EHS maintenance team says none of the bottle fillers or drinking fountains around the high school have filters. The water is straight from Englewood water. Students are bringing water from home. Some pack two or three extra water bottles in their bags at the start of the day. Superintendent Joanna Polzin tells us the new filters are coming soon and will be installed beside the fountains. The head of Englewood Schools maintenance, Ariel Ramos says bids were done the first week of September, and the filters will be installed by the end of September.  


 (AIR FILTERS)  You may have noticed air filters in classrooms around the TEC campus and with budget issues across the state, you may wonder where they came from. 


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Clean Air for Schools program provided free high-efficiency particulate air filter portable air cleaners to K-12 schools and licensed early childhood education providers. The goal is to improve schools’s indoor air quality and reduce your exposure to stuff in the air like COVID-19, and the flu. We have a link to more information on the pirateer dot com.




(VISIT) Seniors, Regis University has signed up to visit our school.  


Rep-visits are good opportunities to learn more about a school, hear what they offer, and ask specific questions.  Regis WILL BE VISITING SEPTEMBER 6th. University of Northern Colorado will be here September 28, and Seton Hall will be here October 5th. 




Your EHS Student Government has announced that This year the Homecoming theme will be Barbie and Ken and the color focus will be black, white, and pink. 


Spirit days will be: Monday: Malibu Barbie Monday, Tuesday: Twin Tuesday, Wednesday: Pink-Out, Thursday: Career Day Thursday, Friday: WEAR CLASS COLORS. Admission will be 15$ prior and $20 at the door. Tickets will be sold during lunch the week before homecoming, and cash and cards will be accepted. Look out for the QR codes you can scan and pay from your phone! Don’t forget your ID if you’re paying at the door and if you’re bringing an out-of-district date don’t forget to grab a formal invite form from the main office. 




(BAND)Last Saturday, your Englewood marching band played at the Englewood block party to welcome the new school year. 


If you missed that performance, the marching band will be playing the at-home football games. The first performance on August 30th at the game against Sheridan was a huge crowd-pleaser. The musicians play the fight song, the national anthem, and a few top hits. 


(yearbook) Seniors! This is a reminder to get those senior photos taken for the yearbook. If you have any questions, see Ms. Shotts in room 2119. THE DEADLINE IS December 1st, 2023. 


Also, please reserve your copy of the yearbook as soon as possible! The yearbooks sold out last year and yearbook staff members want to ensure you get one. Go to room 2119 for more information. You can also Sept 2023 scan the QR code for information. 





Turning our attention to sports… 

Soccer:  Boys soccer has had a decent start to their season with a 2-2 in the regular season and a 1-0 record in the league with returning players like Miguel Diaz, Oscar Ruiz, and Marco Lopez doing a great job on the field, they will be playing Pinnacle at home on Wednesday September 6th and DSST College view the following day away at Fort Logan.


Football:  Football starting strong with a dominant win against Sheridan 49-14 they play Arvada next week on September 8th


Volleyball: Girls volleyball won on August 29 with an overall box score of 3-0. On August 31 volleyball lost to Lake County with a box score overall 3-0 their 0-1 in the league.


Cross Country: The Cross Country team is strong this year with a lot of returning athletes. The next event is on September 9. The Liberty Bell Cross Country Invite is at Heritage High School at 9 am. 


Golf: The golf team has made lots of improvement throughout the season, they’ve played 7 tournaments and have 4 more upcoming tournaments. They’re young and are looking forward to successful development, the golf individuals are looking forward to finishing the season strong. They’re hoping to expand their team as well as introduce girls golf during the spring season.


Softball:  Softball starting with a good season ahead of them 3-2 as their current win loss and 2 in the 3a league. With a 2 win streak let’s see if they can keep this up. 



(sports center) You can now look at sports schedules, wins, losses, and rosters for your Englewood sports teams.


The Pirateer dot com now has more information about all of the sports at the school. It’s called the Sports Center and you can find it on the front page. Visible right away is the list of upcoming games and teams. Below is the scrolling outcome of the most recent games. 

From the sports center, click on one sport to see all of the fall sports schedules and win-loss records. Then if you select a sport, you can get rosters, upcoming games, and the entire season schedule. Again, that’s on the pirateer dot com. 


Make sure to follow EHS Media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


You can get all the news and information about the school and upcoming events. To find us, search EHS Media in the search bar of your social media of choice. 


Thanks for joining us. Have a great week. 



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