The Importance of the CDOS Test
The CDOS test is a test students can take to either replace their U.S. History test, or Global test. This test consists of real life situations such as things that happen in the work environment, practice on your resume, and also learn to read pay stubs and understand what everything on it means.
The reason for this test is so that students don’t have to pass both U.S. History and Global Regents exam. Some students are really good and get high scores on both of those exams. Then there are other students that aren’t very good in Global or U.S. or that just might be a subject they don’t major in. Senior Melissa Caso is excited for our CDOS test coming up. “I took the global exam three times and failed, this is a really good opportunity for me,” says Caso.
This test makes it a bit easier for students to graduate here at East High School. Some students get really nervous at the end of their 12th grade year if they have to pass a test. The reason being that if they don’t pass all 5 of their Regents exams they will not get the opportunity to walk the stage until they do so. This test also gives students the opportunity to learn real life skills that we will need after we graduate. For further information and to see if the CDOS test is right for you, see your counselor as soon as possible.
By David Hale
Free College or Debt Trap?
Families stress this time of year when they have children graduating and preparing for college. One of the biggest issues is the financial part. With the help of financial aid programs like FAFSA, Tap, and government services, families are able to make the price of college somewhat cheaper. Some families sacrifice their homes and other things for the price of a higher education but thanks to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Vermont Bernie Sanders this may be no longer.
New York State passed a legislation that would offer free tuition at two and four year colleges. The Excelsior Scholarship approved (as part of the state budget) they would cover full-time students in the state University of New York system, which included 64 campuses and 1.3 million students. This program is believed to begin in the fall of this year!
Wouldn’t you like to go to college completely free? But there are regulations when it comes to this: in order to be eligible of this program you must attend full time and finish on time. This is where it gets sticky because you’re required to work in New York State for two years after you receive an associate’s degree or for years if you earn a bachelor’s degree. If you do leave the state, this full grant becomes a loan. So they question is do you want to go to college for free? Do you plan on being in New York State for the next the next 4 to 5 years? Think long and hard on this opportunity opening up this fall!
By Tyjhan June
I Stand with Planned Parenthood
With all the conflict and controversy going on with Planned Parenthood, everyone should be informed on the facts of Planned Parenthood services and decide for themselves about whether they want to support them or not. So, here are the facts about what Planned Parent is and the services they provide.
Planned Parenthood was established to support and give women the ability to get the information and healthcare that they need. Planned Parenthood has been providing sexual education, reproductive health care, and other medical services to women, men and young people around the world. According to The Washington Post, only 3% of Planned Parenthood patients receive abortion services, STI/STD testing and treatment make up the most of Planned Parenthood (42%). The second highest percentage is contraception (34%). The rest of the services consists of cancer screening and other women's health services.
Planned Parenthood is the primary source of healthcare for many people. For 4 in 10 people it's their only source of healthcare. The majority of patients are people who have very low income and depend on Planned Parenthood to receive healthcare services. Planned Parenthood also provides services for people in different countries. Currently, the government is trying to defund Planned Parenthood. If this happens, millions of people who depend on Planned Parenthood for their health care services will be greatly affected. If you support Planned Parenthood you can go on the website and select the tab “get involved” to learn more.
By Sonyalice McGrew
When you are nearing the end of high school, as a teenage senior, you are probably only worried about two things: walking the stage and looking fly. Out of these two options, looking fly is definitely the most important. This year at East High, students are getting the option to look fly as ever. Now you can walk the stage in style! Rock the school colors on your cap and gown! Caps and gowns available in the following colors: purple, yellow, and white. Jostens will be here on Thursday, April 27th to sell caps and gowns which cost $25. Sadly, rules prohibit decorations on your gown, but when it comes to your cap, go crazy. Your cap is free to your creative hand. Throw some glitter on it and let the people watch in wonder as your sparkle your way across the stage, diploma in hand. Follow the urban trends and slap a Supreme sticker or some BAPE on that sucker and create the most expensive graduation cap possible. Anything you can think of, as long it is not offensive, is fair game. Google some inspirational quotes and copy and paste it onto your cap. Throwing of the cap during graduation is completely optional.
By Henry Davis
Clean Sweep Needs Your Help!
On May 6th, 2017, from 8am – 12pm, the City of Rochester is hosting its yearly Clean Sweep, in which volunteers from all over Rochester work together to restore and beautify the city! At East, members of our community come together help revitalize the five major gardens around the East campus. As members of the East Community, we are all responsible for keeping our campus safe and clean. We are looking for staff members and scholars who are willing and able to volunteer. For scholars, volunteering during Clean Sweep could provide hours that count towards their Participation in Government requirements. We are also looking for faculty members who would be willing to serve as supervising team leaders for each of the five gardens.
If you are interested in volunteering and know of any scholars who might want to participate, please fill out the google form (https://goo.gl/forms/oWBPcWMWhjB7Di3i1) and register (http://www.cityofrochester.gov/cleansweep/) for the event. Volunteers will receive a free shirt and a free ticket to a Redwings game for that same day at 1:35pm. Help keep our campus clean and enjoy a ball game for your hard work!
By Jenny Amaya, guest contributor
In the second week of April, the 10th through the 13th, an important test was given to all our English language learners. This test is called the NYSESLAT Test. This test is given in different times of the day for a certain groups of students to test out their proficiency levels. This test helps determine what classes will be on their schedule. These students prepare for this test hoping to have good results and have more “freedom in their schedule like electives,” said ELL teacher Ms. Shaw. This test is not only given to see the progress of these students but it also helps demonstrate how effective ESOL teachers are in their evaluation process. This test is state-mandated and there is no pass or fail for it. “These students continue to take it every year and depending on how much proficiency there is they will be able to exit the ESOL program,” added Ms. Shaw. These teachers work very hard to get these students to do progress. Thank you for all the work that you do for all these students.
Ahora en Espanol!
En la segunda semana de abril, del 10 hasta el 13, un examen importante estará siendo dado a todos los estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés. Este examen se llama NYSESLAT test. Este examen es dado en diferente horas del día a unos grupos de estudiantes para ver que tan bien es su inglés. Este examen ayuda determinar que clase cade estudiante tendrá en año escolar que viene. Estos estudiantes se preparan para poder obtener “más libertad en sus clases escogidas como las electivas” dijo maestra de ELL, Srta. Shaw. Este examen no solo es dado para ver el progreso de estos estudiantes sino para determinar si los maestros de ESOL están hacienda un buen trabajo. Este examen es mandatorio por el estado no hay ni pasar ni no pasar en este examen. “ estos estudiantes los toman cada año para ver su progreso y determina si deben de terminar con el programa o no”. Añadio la Srta. Shaw. Estos maestros trabajan mucho para que estos estudiantes hagan mucho progreso. Gracias a todos ustedes por su trabajo que hacen por casa estudiante.
- By Wilnelly Rodriguez
The season has started, and practice has begun. Softball JV and Varsity girls have been practicing and ready to play. Games have started but, because of the weather some games have been cancelled and rescheduled both teams have been working hard to get ready. Even though some games have been rescheduled games have finally started, and varsity and JV teams are ready. The JV softball team looks as if the team is getting into shape right along with our varsity girls as well.
Softball all has different meanings to us, but they all come together and in the end they mean the same thing. Softball is a way to do something after school, or to get some exercise. “Softball has always been a way to get frustration out, and it also helps the stress level go down,” says an anonymous softball player.
On a softball team, you practice together, play together, win or lose together. You’re a team, you play together as one, we encourage each other, we have fun at times, but when we need to be serious you are. Playing a sport isn’t always about winning: it’s about having fun, and putting in all the hard work you’ve been practicing. Losing isn’t always the best, but as long as you know you’ve tried, and had fun then that’s all that matters.
- Saranne Kaufman
Get to Know About Our Government
The YMCA Youth and Government program is a program where students get to learn about how our state level government works. This extracurricular activity that is run by Ms. Espinosa and Ms. Lewis is a great way to get to know people from all over the state. Above all, we cannot put a price on the great information and knowledge that you as an individual get by participating in this great program.
As a member of the program, I learned things that I wouldn't have learned without participating in it. For example, students learned how to write a bill, the procedures of presenting a law in congress, and properly debate. One of the most interesting facts is that you get to make your own bill. You and your partners if in a group, get to build a law and debate it. This is very important because you can actually make a difference. For example, thanks to the Youth and Government program we have the traffic law that allows us turn right on red.
Also you get to walk in the same chamber where our local and statewide leader walk and sit on the same chairs where they make laws that affect every one of us. Overall, this program is a life-changing opportunity that is available for anyone. It will help you sell yourself to great colleges.
The Youth and Government program is looking to recruit new members. All of the members, including myself, are graduating and the program need students to represent East in Albany. If you are interested in joining, or have any questions make sure to contact Ms. Espinosa or Ms. Lewis.
As many of you are aware, for many years I have participated in a fundraiser for a non-profit called St. Baldrick’s. Worldwide, 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And in the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease—more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined. Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's budget is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick’s is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research, providing over $27 million in grants toward research to find cures for the many different types of childhood cancer. St Baldrick’s events are fun times when we celebrate the life of children who have fought the battle with cancer and shave our heads to raise funds and awareness of their battles. People donate their money to help these children and we shave our heads as a way to give something for everyone! This is my 9th year raising funds for St. Baldrick’s and the main reason why my hair is starting to look like an unruly mess! I have been recognized as a Knight of the Bald Table for my time and for the money I have raised. My son and I are part of a team that is honoring the life of Amanda Conrow, who passed away 2 years ago from an Ependymoma, a cancer that started in her brain. Amanda is the daughter of our dear friend and colleague, Paul Conrow. She fought so hard to beat the cancer, but passed away just after her 8th birthday. She loved the Minions from Despicable Me, and loved purple, so we use the purple Minion as our Amanda’s Balding Minions team mascot. If you are inclined to donate to helping fight this childhood tragedy please donate to my online account page (all donations are tax deductible!): https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/904337/2017 Link to my sons page: https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/913038/2017 Our head shaving event will be on April 30 at 3 Heads Brewing. We will have a raffle, silent auctions, and lots of hair being shaved! Please come out and visit!
-Mr. Newman, guest contributor
Senior Exit Interviews
On April 4th and 6th seniors participated in their Senior Exit Interviews in the library. Weeks before every English teacher helped the students get ready. Each scholar had to create a resume and cover letter which were used in the interview. Students had a certain time when they had to go to the library for their interview. There were many interviewers that were very nice. Students had to dress professionally. Right before the interview, counselors were there to help students with their firm handshakes. After the interview seniors had the chance to meet up with a counselor and choose their color for their cap and gown. Questions were asked at the end also about how the interview went. There were many pictures taken through the wait to get called up.
Many students were overly nervous others were very confident in taking the interview, Senior Santonia Morgan said, “I was a little nervous but it was also easy and the person was easy to talk to.” Students think that it was like a job interview. Every student who walked through the library doors all went through their interview and did a good job. After interviews English teachers had the interview papers with all the feedbacks they had to say about the students. Overall, it was a rewarding experience and students received valuable feedback!