Black History Month
By Anthony Fuentes
Carter G. Woodson aka the “Father of Black History” was an African-American writer and historian. He wrote the influential book The Miseducation of the Negro. He dedicated his whole life to African American history and advocated to establish Black History Month.
During the Month of February people from all over the country are exposed to the history of how the United States came to end a policy of racial segregation. This month we honor the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. On February 12, 1909, the NAACP was formed by a group of African Americans leaders to form a new permanent civil rights organization. In 2009, Barack Obama became the first African American president in the history of the United States. He was in office for two terms from 2009 to 2017.
East High Senior Kayonnah Singletary said, “I am thrilled that African Americans get a month to themselves to celebrate and remember all the African Americans who have sacrificed their life and wellbeing to achieve equality for all.” Senior Nettie Sieh added, “I’m very glad that we get a whole month to celebrate the struggles that our ancestors went through to get us our freedom and equality that we have today.” So all month long appreciate the freedoms you have and remember the brave men and women that fought for freedom and equality for everyone.
East High will hold our own Black History Month celebration on Tuesday, February 13th in the Edward J. Cavalier auditorium.
Half Day Fun Day A Success
By Robin Kettles
Friday February 2nd was a half day at East High School but it was not like any other half day. This day was a fun day with your family group which meant we had no classes but still came to school to have fun.
Some family groups stayed at East others went bowling, to Horizon, Altitude, and Lasertron. This day was made for people in your family group to get closer and actually bond with each other. Family Group coach Mrs. Gross said, “This day was very successful and fun. We have to do it again.” An anonymous student said, “This is the only thing that we’ve done as a family group and it brought us closer.”
By having a teacher and a student both say that it brought people together and that it was successful then this was a very good idea and we should do it again but this time we could try to do it with another family group to have more kids bond together. This day was very fun and successful and a lot of kids liked it.
Family Groups Sharpen the Saw
By ZyeAnne Thompson-James
On February 2nd East decided to take a break off our studies and have a half day full of bonding! All family groups had different ideas on how to spend their day, but many spent it together. My family group decided to bring food and make ice cream with another group to get to know them. “I feel like this is good for East, everyone keeps to themselves,” said Keshon Williams. But this Family fun half day gave everyone a chance to come out of their shells and bond together through fun activities.
Open Campus for Lunch
By Jaquayla Young
As many have heard East will now have an open campus for lunch for seniors. This has been something that many students have wanted for a while. Mrs. Blocker has finally considered the idea and out together a plan that should work for everyone. In an effort to let us students advocate for ourselves and show responsibility, East will allow seniors to go out for lunch, but there are some requirements:
1. You must have signed parent consent to leave the campus
2. You must be issued an ID card pass
3. You must exist through the main doors and hand in your lunch pass to security.
4. When you return you have to pick back up your lunch pass after going through scanning
5. You must return by the end of the lunch period which is 12:55. You can bring food back but you can’t eat it in 4th period or be late to 4th period.
This is currently only for seniors. It may be extended to juniors as well. If you do not return to the building or return late your lunch card can be revoked for the rest of the week, a parent phone call will be made, and you'll need to see an administrator to get it reissued. It's important that we as students do not take advantage of this opportunity and follow the requirements to show that we are responsible and can handle having an open campus.
Senior Thoughts on Open Campus
By Bijaya Thapa
The new rule at East High School lets students go out of school during lunch. This rule is applied only to seniors at East High School. This latest change in East High School has gotten everyone really excited especially the seniors. This rule also let students get more freedom during school and lets them choose whatever they want to eat for lunch. A lot of students at East High School have been complaining for years about the food that’s provided but now they have the freedom to go out and eat the food they want.
Ronith Gurung, a senior at East High says, “It’s a privilege for us to be able to have that freedom. This proves that East High School believes that their students are responsible enough to have this privilege.” Amy Lewis, a teacher at East High School, says “I support the idea of letting seniors go out of school to eat during lunch as long as they stay in the limit and be responsible.” If students can be responsible with their new freedom, open campus can be a success.
Cruisin’ Café Now Open
By Juan Santiago
Come on down to the Cruisin’ Cafe which is a new stand that is located down in the Commons area. The café is open from 3:00 until about 4:30 and is run by the students of Metals Café. We will be serving fast finger foods and even drinks.
Culinary students are excited to try this new venture. And all the funding from this program will be going to keeping the program up and running by buying food and buying drinks to selling to the school community. This is a program that we hope to be able to keep up throughout the rest of the year.
It is difficult for Metals to serve students so the Cruisin’ Café will change all that. We hope to be able to serve you the students very well but if there is something you’d like us to attempt, drop feed back into Chef’s mailbox in the main office or stop by Metals Café.
A New Beginning for a Hip Hop Class
By Serena Hockenbury
A new Hip Hop class started off as an idea from a few students and a couple of teachers. These students are Shaffiria Dortch, Nilajah Jones, and Kalizjah Britt along with teachers Ms. Nisbeth and Dr. Larson wrote the curriculum for this class. They met up during the summer at East High with the students and talked about how they can really make a hip hop class.
In this class we discuss the history of hip hop and how it all started. Currently we’re coming up with ideas for our upcoming showcase on May 31st. This performance will not only be fun and enjoyable but it will also teach the audience more about hip hop and how hip hop has had a historical effect on us and how hip hop can bring everyone together.
Suggestions to Stay Busy During February Break
By Cloe Ramos
February Break is coming up and we have a week off. To keep busy and productive here are some ideas that you should consider doing during February break.
Since the snow is still here and we’re still expecting more the first fun thing to do is sledding, or if you want to make some money during the break with all the snow you could shovel driveways. To take advantage of the time off you could get ahead of your school work or study for upcoming tests, quizzes or exams in your current classes. You can use this time to get you community service hours done, finish your college applications and scholarship applications, or simply read a good book. These are the best ideas for our upcoming spring break but most importantly try to relax!
Super Bowl Underdogs Pull Off a Win
By Jordi Agosto
The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL). The NFL has hosted the Super Bowl for 52 years. It is the last game of the season then after players get a little break for about a month or 2 then are soon back to get ready for off season training that lasts until the pre-season starts. Then soon regular season begins.
Players work extremely hard to become the best player they can be at their positions to be able to defeat every other team and try to make their way to be able to play in the Super Bowl. The latest Super Bowl champions are the Eagles who just recently beat the Patriots 41-33 in the 52nd Super Bowl. It was the first Super Bowl they have ever won.
The Eagles came to the Super Bowl as the underdogs and many believed they were going to be blown out by the Patriots who had won the Super Bowl last year. The Patriots also has 4 other championship wins in 2015, 2005, and 2004. The Patriots are known for having a good team and a consistently good record.
Even though the Eagles had a great season 2017-18 going 12-3 before the Super Bowl they still had many doubters and people who didn’t believe that they will be able to beat the Patriots and win their first ever championship. The Philadelphia Eagles made a statement and proved many wrong and went out Sunday night and made history for their fans and city by defeating the Patriots in front of the million fans who watch every year.
Flu Season Strikes Hard
By Dayanne Rodriguez
This year's flu season has been the most dangerous, and even deadly, that we have seen in a very long time. Each year we have a few different strains of the flu virus, but this year we are seeing way more. The last time the influenza virus was this dangerous was during the 2014-2015 winter, where about 34 million people got the flu and many died.
Even though flu season has already started, there is still time to get your flu shot. Also make sure to wash your hands, and cover your sneezes and coughs. If you know someone or are around someone that’s sick, make sure to keep from sharing drinks and use hand sanitizer after coming into contact with any of their things. If you’re the one that’s sick, it’s probably best you stay at home and rest so you can get better but also to prevent spreading it. Stay safe!