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The Pirateer

Adviser Ms. Shotts enjoys time in the mountains

Karla Shotts, Adviser

I’m Karla Shotts, your Pirateer adviser! I grew up in Boulder, Co. the most beautiful city in the world (to me). I have two children. We spend a lot of time outside. We love to hike, camp, and ski.

I have spent 27 years in the Broadcast/Journalism industry. I was a reporter, anchor, producer, and News Director. Over the course of my career, I covered huge blizzards, world leaders, education, crime, and the military. I have interviewed Presidents and Shimon Peres (Nobel Prize winner).

My career has taken me all over the country:

  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Rapid City, SD
  • Missoula, MT
  • Pocatello, ID
  • Decatur, Ill
  • Colorado Springs, Co
  • Grand Junction, Co
  • Denver, Co

That is a lot of traveling! I have met some of the most amazing people in the world. But now, I’m doing the most important job I have ever had: teaching high school students how to be ethical and effective multi-media journalists.

All content by Karla Shotts
Three student-athletes sign letters of intent to play their sport at college.

[Photo] National Signing Day at EHS

Pirateer Staff
February 15, 2024

Three student-athletes sign letters of intent to play their sport at college.

Senior Kaylee McCaskey (r) and senior Stephanie Montoya have been cheering together for years and have a tight bond.

[Photo] The bigger the team, the harder to beat

Layla Archuleta, Pirateer Staff
February 5, 2024

Senior Kaylee McCaskey (r) and senior Stephanie Montoya have been cheering together for years and have a tight bond.

Start of the year performance for the incoming Engelwood school staff.

[Photo]

Start of the year performance for the incoming Engelwood school staff.

Senior cheerleaders at the EHS VS Littleton game

[Photo] Senior Spotlight: Stephanie Montoya

Adrianna Gutierrez, Multimedia Journalist
October 9, 2023

Senior cheerleaders at the EHS VS Littleton game

Superintendent Joanna Polzin sits down for an interview with students in Broadcast Journalism, I love to see the students and see everything that youre all doing and achieving.

[Photo] A new superintendent takes over our Englewood School community

Dylan Noll, Editor
September 5, 2023

Superintendent Joanna Polzin sits down for an interview with students in Broadcast Journalism, "I love to see the students and see everything that you're all doing and achieving."

Seniors gather in the stadium to kick-off the new year.

[Photo] It’s a New Year: Back to School 2023-2024

Dylan Noll, Multimedia Journalist
August 24, 2023

Seniors gather in the stadium to kick-off the new year.

CSMA

EHS Media Wins 23 Awards from CSMA

Karla Shotts, Adviser
May 10, 2023

Over the course of the 2022-2023 school year, media students in journalism, broadcasting, and yearbook classes worked hard to find the stories that impacted the high school community. While winning awards...

Ayden Wortman donated blood. His donation could save three lives and he gets community service hours.

[Photo] Dozens of EHS students donate blood

Robyn Gusek, Staff Writer
November 30, 2022

Ayden Wortman donated blood. His donation could save three lives and he gets community service hours.

EHS volleyball varsity squad had a solid season.

[Photo] A strong end to a strong season for Englewood High School volleyball

Matthew Dreiling, Staff Writer
November 15, 2022

EHS volleyball varsity squad had a solid season.

Students from Englewood took part in J-Day at CSU. Micayla Hall said she learned a lot about story writing and interview skills, “my favorite part was getting to be surrounded by people with common interests and knowledge in something I enjoy doing.”

[Photo] Englewood Media Takes on J-Day

Robyn Gusek, Staff Writer
November 8, 2022

Students from Englewood took part in J-Day at CSU. Micayla Hall said she learned a lot about story writing and interview skills, “my favorite part was getting to be surrounded by people with common interests...

Students are learning about the multi-colored drug and what it looks like to avoid it.

[Photo] Rainbow Fentanyl: A Warning to Students

Robyn Gusek, Staff Writer
October 28, 2022

Students are learning about the multi-colored drug and what it looks like to avoid it.

Students enjoy the fire and the school community it lights in students.

[Photo] Powderpuff and a Bonfire – A Homecoming Tradition

Pirateer Staff, Staff Writer
October 6, 2022

Students enjoy the fire and the school community it lights in students.

Aspen leaves turning near Kenosha Pass in western Colorado.

[Photo] It’s Fall! Here is what you need to know

Pirate Staff, Pirateer Staff
September 28, 2022

Aspen leaves turning near Kenosha Pass in western Colorado.

Dr. Rubin loves spending time with students and even in retirement hopes to keep helping them, I want to be able to speak loudly on behalf of kids and staff and school districts.

[Photo] “It was time for me to learn more and be challenged again.” 

Robyn Gusek, Staff Writer
September 7, 2022

Dr. Rubin loves spending time with students and even in retirement hopes to keep helping them, I want to be able to speak loudly on behalf of kids and staff and school districts."

Part of the student-led project in Prostart includes a plating element. Students must display their food in a creative manner.

[Photo] Puffing up their Skills

Pirate Staff, Pirateer Staff
September 22, 2021

Part of the student-led project in Prostart includes a plating element. Students must display their food in a creative manner.

At bat, an Englewood player steadies herself for the first pitch.

[Photo] CLICK HERE: Englewood Softball Live Stream Event

Pirateer Staff, Pirateer Staff
September 21, 2020

At bat, an Englewood player steadies herself for the first pitch.

Students line up based on their last name

[Photo] EHS students begin classes in-person and online

Pirateer Staff, Pirateer Staff
August 27, 2020

Students line up based on their last name

Students finish yearbook

Students finish yearbook

Karla Shotts
April 28, 2020
The 2019-2020 Pirate Log yearbook is on its way. You can get your copy by reserving one, then attend the distribution party on May 8.
These are examples of the self-driving vehicles being used in Computer Science class. Students code the directions and the cars carry it out.

[Photo] Students accelerate into the future with self-driving vehicles

James Fortin, Staff Writer
February 19, 2020

These are examples of the self-driving vehicles being used in Computer Science class. Students code the directions and the cars carry it out.

“The snow buries slick patches you can’t see, said Archer Husbands (10) who walks to school each day. But Englewood experts say, most residents are following the rules when it comes to clearing the walks.

[Photo] Shovel your walks! A student’s safety may be at stake! 

Jaydin Webb, Editor-in-chief
February 13, 2020

“The snow buries slick patches you can’t see," said Archer Husbands (10) who walks to school each day. But Englewood experts say, most residents are following the rules when it comes to clearing the...

Alejandra Garza (l) from Rep. DeGettes office presents  William Moraja with his award for creating an app.

[Photo] EHS student wins congressional recognition

Pirateer Staff, Staff Writer
February 11, 2020

Alejandra Garza (l) from Rep. DeGette's office presents William Moraja with his award for creating an app.

Sophomore Clayton Holdredge plays the main boy searching for love through bad dates, I thought it was really good. I thought I portrayed my character, how he was meant to be portrayed and it was a lot of fun.

[Photo] Check, Please! takes the cake

Jaydin Webb, Editor-in-chief
November 19, 2019

Sophomore Clayton Holdredge plays the main boy searching for love through bad dates, "I thought it was really good. I thought I portrayed my character, how he was meant to be portrayed and it was a lot...

Holocaust survivor Estelle Nadel speaks to students about her experiences with German soldiers during WW2. Broadcast Journalism students were honored to sit in on the session and record her story.

[Photo] Holocaust survivor speaks to students

Jaydin Webb, Editor in Chief
October 15, 2019

Holocaust survivor Estelle Nadel speaks to students about her experiences with German soldiers during WW2. Broadcast Journalism students were honored to sit in on the session and record her story.

Dean Thomas Rhode has confiscated more then 20 vaping devices this year. They are taken by Englewood PD  or destroyed.

[Photo] “We’ve stopped keeping track” EHS school resource officer says vaping is a troubling and growing problem at EHS

Vivian Cedillo and Julian Galvan
October 2, 2019

Dean Thomas Rhode has confiscated more then 20 vaping devices this year. They are taken by Englewood PD or destroyed.

The Pirateer staff won 10 awards for their work in the newsmagazine and the on-line platform.

EHS journalism students honored by CSMA

Karla Shotts, Adviser
May 10, 2019

The Pirateer staff won 10 awards for their work in the newsmagazine and the on-line platform.

Southern California JEA representative Parker Bostwick touches on the importance of the First Amendment.

[Photo] Free to Speak

Jaydin Webb, Editor in Chief
April 26, 2019

Southern California JEA representative Parker Bostwick touches on the importance of the First Amendment.

Teacher Sarah Fuller helps senior Casey Kohler with her essay during a college level english class.

[Photo] EHS teacher honored by Boettcher Foundation

Jaydin Webb, Editor in chief
April 12, 2019

Teacher Sarah Fuller helps senior Casey Kohler with her essay during a college level english class.

Teachers on the first day of school. Those on the left Brandy Bartholomew, Mark Fornnarino, and Garlyn Saddler have spent 19 and 20 years in these halls

[Photo] Long Lived EHS Staff

December 17, 2018

Teachers on the first day of school. Those on the left Brandy Bartholomew, Mark Fornnarino, and Garlyn Saddler have spent 19 and 20 years in these halls

Snow covers the roads as students head to school this week

[Photo] Winter Rolls In

Jaydin Webb, Editor in chief
November 14, 2018

Snow covers the roads as students head to school this week

Who is Ryan West? Learn a bit about your new leader at TEC

Karla Shotts, Advisor
August 9, 2016

Englewood, Co.-For the last four months, Ryan West has been moving at break neck speed. He is the new principal for the three campuses that make up TEC.  West is taking the reins of Englewood High School,...

Best of Colorado

Pirateer students win Best of Colorado awards

Karla Shotts, Adviser
May 3, 2016

Hard work, attention to detail, and quality writing and design paid off for the staff of the Englewood Pirateer as several journalists won awards from the Colorado Student Media Association. The students...

Students continue their hard work on their float

[Photo] EHS Freshmen work tirelessly on homecoming float

Pirateer Staff
September 22, 2015

Students continue their hard work on their float

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