Metals Coffee Club Shop
Metals Coffee Shop is now open to teachers and staff for coffee and baked goods on AC days from 8 am-11 am. Students and staff in culinary worked hard to make this happen, like many of you are also working very hard for your students and school. This is why we would like to invite you down on AC Days for coffee or tea and a baked good. Remember, you need a punch card to purchase from Metals, and you can get these punch cards in Metals for $20. The punch card will get you 10 punches or items of your choice.
You might be wondering when we will reopen Metals for staff again with a full menu. Throughout the school year, culinary students have been asking when or how we are going to reopen Metals after all of the Covid issues. Up until the last week in February, we were only talking and considering opening a coffee shop for the morning classes to gain experience in the hospitality industry. We opened the Metals Coffee Club with Ms. Gross and Mr. Erik, the new culinary arts teacher, so students can gain job and work experience. CTE teacher Ms. Gross says, “Now with Metals starting to reopen we can help students get work-based learning skills and experience in a small controlled environment.” This means that students will be able to get job experience while getting extra help and a controlled area to learn and gain knowledge around restauranteuring.
Many of the profits from the coffee shop would go back into the coffee shop or be put into culinary class to help benefit the students. With the money from Metals, we could afford new equipment and utensils for the classes. As we progress we will have new additions to our coffee shops like a smoothie station or a fruit parfait area. Then we'll be able to be open every day A-D-days. “This is the future of culinary arts in this restaurant. When we get this coffee shop off the ground and help our students with their work-based learning hours, we could reopen to the public with more food service with the kitchen management class,” states Marwan, the culinary arts head chef. With this being the future of culinary in East High we are trying harder than ever to reopen, learn new skills, and gain more skills in our industry.
We would love your support in our Coffee Shop. Any kind of support is helpful, whether it’s just stopping by to say hello, buy a punch card, or even spreading the word about us being open for business. Thank you for your time, I hope to see you down there soon!
Abolish Daylight Saving Time
Daylight saving time affects everyone and some think it's irrelevant. DST was first introduced by George Hudson in 1895 which also sparked one of Benjamin Franklin's most famous phrases, "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." Usually during DST you set the clocks one hour ahead and in the winter you set them back one hour and as result there is a 23 hour day in late winter and spring but in fall there is one 25 hour day. This was actually put into place to save energy but studies have shown that this does not reduce energy consumption.
East High Earth Science teacher Ms. Worthington offered some factual information but also her personal opinion. She states, "I personally do not feel that daylight savings helps us conserve energy, because as a whole, the United States is an energy consumption monster. I do not think daylight savings is needed. It is not good for us because many people feel ‘thrown off’ or ‘extra tired each time it comes around." She makes a good point about how people are tired and their sleep schedule is off.
People feel DST should be abolished because of the increase of workplace and car accidents and health issues from lack of sleep and increase of heart conditions. According to scientists it can fragment the circadian rhythm which can take up to several weeks to restore. The US senate has voted unanimously to make DST permanent in 2023 so it might become a thing of the past if the bill is passed so no more changing the clocks.
Those final days leading up to graduation for high school seniors are the most anticipated days leading up to June 23rd, 2022. As much as seniors may begin to feel a slew of emotions - excitement for college, adulthood or the transition into the real world, where there’s nothing but space and opportunity. But not everyone has the same experiences.
Am I experiencing reverse- senioritis? I asked myself the same thing back in January, when I first felt this alien feeling. I felt a sudden sense of dejection, and it had dawned on me: I’m just a few months from entering adulthood, a few months from making a decision that would completely change my life forever, determining my life path, choosing to further my education, relocation, career choice. There is just so much I knew I had to do and it’s even harder to have to think about it all at once. As the 2nd marking period approached, the countdown began.
As seniors, if you take the necessary courses prior, your senior year will get shorter and schedules will change. You're able to drop classes that you feel aren’t beneficial to you and most of us will only be in school for half of the day, morning or afternoon. Walking through the halls as a senior you won’t see all of those you saw years before as often; everyone is grown up, pursuing things in life or trying to find their life path. It almost feels empty: you’re surrounded by students younger than you, seniors are able to leave for lunch therefore there is no more seating at lunchroom tables, lunch with friends in teachers' classrooms or libraries. You begin to reminisce and wish you hadn’t taken those small memories for granted, like pep rallies, after school clubs and extracurricular activities. Now you have no time for anything, you have no time to relax, fool around, procrastinate every minute counts.
I call this reverse senoritis, which I discovered is an actual thing.
I think that people naturally begin to check out when they know the ending of something is near. You have those who accept it and are willing to move on from things if they're negative and then you have those who become regretful and begin to wonder how things would be if they’d done things differently whether the outcome is good or bad. As much as I think graduating would be another milestone I could add to my life accomplishments, it's also very difficult to think about a very long--almost decade and a half--system and cycle I’m used to will soon break and I will begin to transition into adulthood.
You may or may not be familiar with the common saying, “Beware the Ides of March,” the phrase comes from Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar as a warning to the dictator of his assassination on March 15th. When heroes in movies, books and television shows are faced with the Ides of March, it’s always a bad omen; but has its meaning changed to something less evil over the years?
The Origins of “The Ides of March”
The concept of the Ides of March was already around before the assassination of Emperor Julius Caesar. In ancient Rome, the Ides of March were equivalent to our March 15th. This date would line up with several religious observances on the Roman calendar. The Romans considered the Ides of March a deadline for settling debts.
The Truth Behind “Beware the Ides of March”
Many people’s knowledge of the Ides of March is based on William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. There are many differences between the play and the actual event. For example, an unknown Soothsayer never said “Beware the Ides of March”--that is solely from the play. In reality, the Soothsayer was an Etruscan named Spurinna who had said, “Beware the next 30 days” on February 15th. Another belief from the play is that Brutus was Caesar’s best friend and led the assassination plot, but no, neither of these are true. It is known that Decimus was actually most trusted by Caesar and had led the conspiracy.
To sum it up, the origin of the Ides of March is a known date for settling debts that Emperor Caesar had also died on. His death and the conspiracy surrounding it have been altered to get better remarks and draw in better audiences for the play. Shakespeare's play had become so well known at the time that many people's knowledge of the Ides of March in future generations, as stated, became based on the play and not the actual event.
“Don't Say Gay”
Legislation that bans the discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in primary school classrooms has passed in Florida’s statehouse in February 2022. Florida's house committee passed an updated version of its parental rights in education bill HB 1557. Because Florida is currently a poster state for anti- LGBTQ+ curriculum laws, other states are moving faster on further reaching bills. And it’s not just Florida: 15 Other ‘Dont Say Gay’-style bills are cropping up nationwide.
A house bill in Tennessee would ban textbooks and instructional materials that “promote, normalize, support, or address lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBTQ) lifestyles” in K-12 schools. Another, in Kansas, seeks to amend the state's obscenity law to make using classroom materials depicting “homosexuality” a class B misdemeanor. Legislators in Indiana are working to bar educators from discussing in any context of “sexual orientaion,” “transgenderism,” or “gender identity” without permission from parents.
Schools would be required to notify parents when children receive mental, emotional or physical health services, unless educators believe there is a risk of “abuse, abandonment, or neglect.” The procedures must reinforce the fundamental right of parents to make decisions regarding the upbringing and control of their children by requiring school district personnel to encourage a student to discuss issues relating to his or her well-being with his or her parents to facilitate discussion of the issue with the parent.” This bill was written because activists are concerned about how schools would respond to students who question their gender identity. They declare that schools should not publicize children who say they are transgender if it means contradicting their parents.
Those who are in support of the bill say that the bill will give families more information on what their children are learning in schools and that children should not be caring about sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBTQ activists and Legislators that are against the bill say that LGBTQ topics are not essentially inappropriate or shameful and should not be treated as such. Some activists argue that if children don't feel safe at home they should feel safe at school and express themselves and be themselves.
According to the “ The Florida Senate” the bill requires all school district student support services training to adhere to guidelines, standards, and frameworks established by the Department of Education (DOE). By June 30, 2023, the DOE must review and update, as necessary, all relevant guidelines, standards, and frameworks for compliance with the bill. So we shall see by next year how everything plays out and if this bill influences more states around the nation.
Sex Education In Schools
Sex education should be available to all students no matter where they attend school. Students should have the right to learn about safe sex for all sexual and gender identities. Teachers don’t really go into depth with teaching sexual safety, and just learning about condoms and STDs is not enough for students to even pay attention. Students need to understand all of the consequences that come with not practicing safe sex.
According to Planned Parenthood, most students lack the knowledge they should have about things like birth control, HIV prevention and how to communicate and properly make decisions regarding sexual activities. “The gap between the sex education students should receive and what they actually receive is wide. According to the 2014 CDC School Health Profiles, fewer than half of high schools and only a fifth of middle schools teach all 16 topics recommended by the CDC as essential components of sex education.” This goes to show that sex education taught in schools is inadequate because teachers are only brushing over the bare minimum and do not actually share the necessary information required for students to be prepared to make smart and safe decisions regarding their sexual health.
Thoughts on Ukraine
On Thursday, February 24, 2022 headlines all over the news and social media all over the world read “Russia Invades Ukraine.” Shock, terror and confusion spread throughout the entire world. But what does this mean for the future? Are we going to war?
Over 21,000 deaths, approximately 10 million people displaced, over $119 billion in property damage since the beginning of this horrific event, and for what reason? According to the BBC, Vladimir Putin, the leader of Russia claims he wanted to “demilitarize and de-Nazify Ukraine." Putin said that the Ukrainian government has bullied and tormented people for over 8 years and that “Ukraine never had stable traditions of genuine statehood.” But are these reasons worth the disastrous toll the invasion has on Ukraine?
You may be wondering if this means war for us? Is World War III about to occur? According to CNBC.com , “Some in the U.S. have openly wondered if American troops could be deployed to help defend Ukraine and its people. Biden has effectively put those questions to rest, saying at the end of February that the U.S. has "no intention of fighting Russia." So we can conclude, as of now, we have no intention of fighting in or joining this war.
The world is in very scary times now after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but there are some ways that we can help support Ukraine. There are lots of sites where you can donate money, and other options to donate resources such as clothes and food. Some examples are UNICEF USA, UNFPA and DEC. Other ways to donate will be linked below.
The image of Rock ´N´ Roll is often associated with raunchy, sweaty, demonic white men with long hair. What if I told you that it was invented by a polite, put-together, god fearing black woman with a short up-do? Well, it was; Sister Rosetta Tharpe is regarded as the Godmother of Rock ´N´ Roll as she created and continued to pioneer the gritty and soulful sounds you hear to this day in Rock music.
As a child she was always surrounded by the sweet sounds of music. Not only did she grow up in the church, Tharpe was blessed with the opportunity to travel and perform with her mother´s travel Gospel troupe, picking up the guitar at just 4 years of age. As an adult, she was able to further develop her gifts performing throughout the south; she even sang at New York City´s infamous Cotton Club Revue back in 1938.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe took the world by storm as she was both an amazing singer and guitarist which was rare for any female artist at that time. What's rarer: An artist who could be successful in both gospel and secular music circuits, which did not sit well with gospel lovers (mostly Christians). What's even rarer: an openly queer artist being able to have success in any musical circuit at that time. Tharpe didn't stop there, she took it even further when she began to blend Gospel and Blues, creating a new sound that made other artists go back to their drawing boards.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe passed away at the age of 58 in 1973. Although she was no longer physically present, her legacy lives on in the voices of the greats; Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone and Elvis Presley who then went on to inspire a host of other greats. As she is often overlooked when it comes to discussing the biggest influences in music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is quite literally an unsung hero.
The Return of the Spring Sports
Spring sports are back and I'm excited to see how everyone has grown and what this spring season has to offer to everyone! This is the first time where everyone is fully back in school during their spring sports so I wanted to get some input from athletes themselves about how they feel about a few different things and the mask mandate being removed and what they are looking forward to.
I interviewed Kenneth Edwards who plays Lacrosse and Ella French who play Softball. The first question I asked the both of them was, “How do you feel about the Covid mandate for masks being removed and how do you think it will affect you and your season?” Kenneth Edwards' response was “We weren’t allowed to wear masks over our helmets last season so it doesn’t make a difference for us this year” while Ella French’s response was “I have mixed feelings about the mask mandate being removed,Its a positive because I get to see peoples faces again and we are returning to semi-normal but its a negative because what if cases go up and our season gets put on pause?”
The second question that I asked the both of them was “How do you feel about every sport returning and after two years? Does it feel whole again?” Ella French led the conversation with, “I feel very happy and nostalgic in a way about all sports returning because it's such a positive thing and a return back to normal.” Kenneth Edwards’ response was, “It feels great, especially for the ones I missed out on due to injury and Covid. But it doesn’t completely feel whole.”
The last question I asked the both of them for this interview was “What sport are you most looking forward to watching this spring season?” Kenneth Edwards kept it short and sweet with a simple response “Lacrosse.” Ella responded, “I am looking forward to watching lacrosse this season because I have a lot of friends that I am able to support!”
Aryana St. Marthe
On March 17th during the fifth century a man named Maewyn Succat (aka St. Patrick) died and to this day we celebrate his life, death, and all things Irish. Although his birth and death cannot be dated, we still celebrate him. Some say he went to Ireland in 432 AD and died on March 17, 462 AD or 492 AD. St. Patrick wrote 2 letters to himself about his life and both of them survived over the years and are present to this day. These letters are known as his Confessio and the Epistola, it gave insight of what happened while he was in Ireland.
St. Patrick’s teenage life was not so great. When he was 16, Patrick was kidnapped by the Irish raiders and was sold as a slave and worked as a shepard for 6 years. At this time he went through a spiritual epiphany and he started to pray up to 100 times a day. Patrick believed God could help him escape the slavery he was in. Eventually, after all that praying, in a dream a voice told him to go to a port that was 200 miles away, and get on a boat that was waiting for him to leave. The crew didn’t want to let him on at first. Patrick started to pray for them to change their minds, and before the prayer was even over, the Captain changed his mind and said he could come on board. They eventually landed on some island 3 days after being at sea, on the island they wandered around for 28 days without food or water. The crew members asked him to pray and later on that day they came across some boar. They feasted for 2 days then began to go back out on sea.
During Patrick’s life he had a lot of visions, one of them was seeing a man named Victoricus (some believed him to be Saint Vitricius - bishop of Rouen) giving him a letter that came from the people of Ireland, begging him to come back and teach the Christianity religion to them. This was just a request Patrick could not deny. When he came back he was welcomed with hostility from the locals.
Now people have wondered if Patrick was really a saint or if he was just a criminal because in his Confessio he wrote about a trial he was waiting for. According to Ali Isaac, writer of the Irish Central, the article states, “It’s not clear exactly what happened, but it is thought that the writing of the Epistola resulted in Patrick writing his Confessio, perhaps whilst awaiting the outcome of his trial.” Reading this made me confused because he helped a lot of Irish people convert to Christianity and he’s writing about a trial. What was he being tried for? Who was going against him? Why did this person have a problem with him? What did Patrick do so wrong? Many questions that need answers.
In the end St. Patrick helped a lot of people with the religion that he found, Christianity, and he also had a life that no one else knew about.
To read more about this you can go to this website: https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/saint-patrick-saintly-criminal