Upcoming Senior Events
By Taniya Gaines
As the school year is coming to an end, the seniors have many important things to look forward to.
There will be a Lock-in at Lasertron April 26th- 27th, the weekend after Spring Break. Scholars are expected to have their own transportation to and from Lasertron. It will take place from 1:00 AM-7:00 AM and scholars will need to arrive by 12:45AM. The cost will be $55. We must have a guarantee of 60 scholars in order to attend the Lock-in.
Jostens will be here to measure seniors for Cap and Gowns on April 8th, April 29th, May 20th, and June 26th. The cost of Cap and Gowns is $25. Only caps will be available a week before graduation. This was at the request of some Scholars who wanted more time to decorate their caps. Gowns will be distributed at the rehearsal the day before graduation.
Prom tickets will cost $70, which is only a $5 increase from last year and will include more. Tickets will be going on sale starting at the end of next week. Prom will be Friday May 24th, at the Holiday Inn downtown on State Street.
Graduation rehearsal will be June 26th followed by a picnic. Thursday June 27th, is graduation day! Graduation will be at 6:00PM and seniors will need to arrive by 5:00PM.
Seniors let’s finish the year out strong and enjoy our fun together a few more times before we say our goodbyes.
By Yahnai Lennon
Are you – or a junior or senior you know – in need of an affordable prom dress? Well the Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester has got you covered. On Saturday, March 30 at the Riverside Convention Center the Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester will be holding their annual prom dress fair.
The Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester was founded in January 2004 after mothers Rene Spallina and Cynthia Jackson were inspired by a program that provides affordable dresses to financially challenged high school girls. The two mothers set out to create their own program for the high school girls in the Rochester community. And since then have provided prom dresses to an average of 500 high school girls a year and the number keeps on growing.
All prom dresses provided are donated by people in the Rochester area, each prom dress is on sale for $5 from sizes 0-30 no matter the size, length or style of the dress. Also on sale will be accessories that go for $1 apiece.
Shopping for a prom can be overwhelming at times so each young lady will be aided by a personal shopper that will help then choose a dress for their magical night out. At the end of their shopping experience each young lady will be given a goody bag and a $10 gift card to Shoe Depot.
So save the date Saturday, March 30 from 10am-4pm at the Riverside Convention Center located at 123 East Main St. 14604. To register as a shopper or to volunteer go to: https://www.fairygodmothersrochester.com/ You can also use this link if you wish to donate any dresses. For any more information go to the link above or email Mara Axelrod at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give a Student a Book Campaign
By Hana Nakayama
Spanish teacher Dr. Boyle is doing something to help the lower school with their reading: she is giving out books during the lower school lunchtime. Anyone can help her out by donating books to her but they have meet a certain criteria.
For more information about this then talk to Dr. Boyle and donate books to room D138. The goal is to get every kid reading!
Community Job Fair Coming Up Soon
By Zaire Briggs
If you are looking for a job there is a Community Job Fair at East High School on March 28th from 4:00 - 6:30 pm in the commons area. Coordinator Mr. Taylor asks all scholars to come the fair with “a 100% finished and proofread resume and cover letter, wear clothing that is appropriate for a job interview, google search the employer before talking to them if you've never heard of them, and to spread the word about the fair to parents, family members, or anyone else looking for employment.”
Mr. Taylor encourages scholars to come to the job fair to “seek employment, practice networking skills, and learn what it's like searching for local employment.” This job fair will offer students a reliable long term job. Although this job fair is offered to students, students are allowed to bring anyone that is not in school who is looking for employment.
The employers attending are City Department of Youth and Recreation Services, Operation Transformation Rochester, Wegmans, Career Start, Lifetime Assistance, Berry Global, Continuum Global Solutions, Hillside Family of Agencies, Remedy Intelligent Staffing, Sutherland, SUNY Empire State College, U.S. Army, and Accurate Tool & Die. Mr. Taylor advises that “If anyone needs help creating a resume or cover letter they can ask their teachers, counselors, or me.”
By Clairissa Moore
March is Music in Our Schools Month (MOISM), but few know why it exists. Music In Our Schools Day was created by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), then known as Music Educators National Conference, in the early 1970’s. On March 13th, 1973 in New York State, the first MIOSD was celebrated as an opportunity to “communicate the purposes and processes of music education, as well as demonstrate results” and “encourage support for the arts in education.” The day quickly grew support from music organizations all over the country, and expanded to Music In Our Schools Week in 1977 when participants wanted more time to schedule events. Less than a decade later, in 1985, the event expanded once more to the month long celebration we know today.
This year, the theme for MIOSM is “All Music, All People.” Mr. Scott Weber, who teaches Music Technology and runs the Jazz Band here at East, says what that theme means to him. “To me, All Music, All People means that it is never too late for anyone to learn, and it is never too late for me as a teacher to provide opportunities for students.” March is a time to highlight the opportunities every East High student has to have music as a part of their education. According to Weber, the music curriculum at East has changed to suit the interests of our students. More students than ever are taking music courses like Chorus, Band, Intro to Music Technology, Jazz Band, Songwriting, Piano, and more because of the increased variety. So, in 2019, East High has all the music, for all the people.
Putting the Fun Back in School
By Wilson Rivera
Family Group Fun day was supposed to happen on March 21st on the half day, but has been postponed. Last year some family groups went to Lasertron, Horizon, Skyzone, and some chose their own experiences.
According to Family Group Coach Ms. Gross, “The point of family group fun day is to build school-wide camaraderie because there are not many opportunities to do that during the school day.” The whole purpose of family group is “for all to feel a sense of belonging through positive relationships, to develop healthy habits, and to empower all to have a voice.” A fun day is a great way to do this and have fun for more than 30 minutes.
Many teachers do not want to have to coordinate the trips like last year or have to pay for the students who don’t bring any money. This is a big reason why it was postponed. If these are the issues one solution would be to do some activities just staying here on campus. This would be a win-win for students who still want to do something and relax from all the stress of school and work this year, and teachers who don’t want to pay a small fortune and coordinate the whole thing.
With the next half day being in April, it’s likely we will have nicer weather, so doing activities outside like a barbeque, or a mini field day where family groups just go have fun outside and hang could work well. There could also be events inside school like a movie or two in the auditorium, video game tournaments, or sports tournaments in the gym which will also satisfy everyone’s needs and be a true win-win.
By Joshua Madera
International Women’s Day was observed on Friday, March 8th. You may not have realized it because there was no mention or celebration of it here at East. International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate achievements of women throughout history across nations. International Women’s Day is also a day to try the endeavor of spreading equality to certain areas that need more equality.
Women’s International day is a very important day that it is celebrated annually. East High School should celebrate International Women’s Day because there are numerous girls in the school and most of the staff are women. International Women’s Day should be a small assembly or a day that teachers teach students about a few women who changed the United States and Europe. For example Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton stuck together and fought for women to be able to vote. Harriet Tubman was an antislavery activist who helped slaves escape through the Underground Railroad and kept them safe. Tania Aebi was the first woman and the youngest person who sailed the world alone. These women changed the world because they haven’t given up and kept trying to achieve their goals. Their achievements accomplished were outstanding which it changed the world and gave some equality for some women or their ethnicity.
Clearly, East High School should have a small celebration of International Women’s Day because women gained positive achievements throughout our history.
By Pipper Holmes
Most math students know the number Pi or 3.14159265359 but you may not know that there is an actual Pi Day. It’s easy to guess when it is: just look at the first three digits of Pi. Pi Day has been celebrated on March 14th (3/14) since 2009 and has only gotten more popular. It's often celebrated by eating pie. This is a math teacher’s and math lover’s day.
Here at East, math enthusiasts celebrated Pi Day this year. The Math department even brought matching shirts that were pretty neat. Scholar Wilson Rivera is an avid math lover and pie lover. He said he was shocked when he walked into class and saw that his math teacher Mr. Wilson brought in pie. This made them happy because having math in the morning meant they have pie at 8 o'clock in the morning. Talk about a sugar rush.
It's wonderful to see people come together and be rational for once on such an irrational day. Now that you have been informed about Pi Day you can celebrate it next year and just remember if you’re ever in a jam with your math teacher just bring them pie. It’s as easy as Pi!
“Challenges” Gone Wild
By Lynnola Christman
The “Momo Challenge” is a “game” that is targeted toward young adults. This is a “challenge” where kids perform ruthless activities. They are told to harm themselves, their family, or “Momo” is going to “kill” them. “Momo” is a statue made by a Japanese artist named Keisuke Aiso. A picture of the statue is photoshopped into a very short video, which is viewed in the middle of other kids’ programs. Some examples of the videos are DIY Slime and Fortnite to episodes of a kid’s show called “Peppa Pig.” There were a few deaths that were reported, but there were no confirmations that they were directly connected to the “Momo Challenge.” Schools around the world were concerned and notified parents with letters and emails whether it was a hoax or not.
This challenge is similar to the Blue Whale Challenge that was going around in 2016 which targeted teenagers to perform fifty tasks in fifty days. A kid named Isaiah Gonzalez was even threatened if he didn’t follow through with this “game.” There were many cases where the parents, or guardians, of the children said the cause of their child’s death was from this challenge. There was a case where a LeFlore County, Oklahoma Sheriff said that the cause of a twelve-year old boy’s death was from this challenge. The Sheriff later found two other girls who went to the same school as this boy were participating in this so-called challenge as well. They eventually got some help.
Some people think that instances like these are just a hoax. Other people take these outrageous activities very seriously. People need to stay aware of what’s trending on social media, real or not. Dangerous “games” like these target kids who already have suicidal thoughts. This can cause them to feel even worse and encourage them to harm themselves even more.
If there is ever a time you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, don’t hesitate to call the Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Are You a Mathlete?
By Carlos Torres
What the heck is math league? Math league is a league, or in a way a club, for kids who like math. It starts in the beginning of the school year and if you'd like to join speak with Mr. Wilson, one of the math teachers in the league. The last meet is in February so roughly a 6 month commitment.
Schools have a meet once a month where they go to a different school and take a test. Usually there are a few different schools who show up for the meet. This year they tried to have one meeting before the actual meet so they can get in “the zone” and get prepared for the test. Mr. Wilson hopes that next school year they can have a meeting at least once a week so they will be better prepared for the test when they take it. The test is extremely challenging to take. It's a 30 point test where if you get one simple point you did well on it.
The meet is between 3 to 4 hours long but most of the time you are hanging with some new people who are really cool. Some kids just like to go because it's fun and they meet new people. Kids will have transportation from school to the meet and back to school. Also, every time they have a meet and need to go to a different school, they always buy food and drinks for everyone. So if you’re a “mathlete” or just want to practice your skills and meet new people, consider joining Math League next year.