By Angel Rivera
Saturday October 7th was a victorious day for the East High Eagles as they triumphantly fought for a win against Monroe High School for a special homecoming game. The pure passion for the sport was shared among many that day, as they pulled off their first win of the season. The Eagles showed that teamwork can you push through tough moments. The set up for the homecoming game showed our East Eagles’ spirit as a section of Culver Road was blocked off to allow the Rochester City School District marching band to perform in the streets and march onto the East High football field to give a show that no RCSD field has ever seen before. The marching band made history, giving the first on-field performance that a Rochester City School has had.
This halftime show brought team spirit on to the crowd there to support the Eagles, thus encouraging our Football team to perform ambitiously and to push through and defeat our opponent. The electrifying roar of the support from the crowd elevated the energy, the sheer thrill of seeking a first down on each drive encouraged our noble team to keep their dominance as the game progressed. The end result was a victorious win for the East High Eagles as they won their first home game.
By Anthony Fuentes
The Scholastic Aptitude Test, also known as the SAT, is a required test that is needed for colleges. High school seniors and juniors (in the spring) take the test. Colleges use a process called super scoring to make judgements about your scores as a whole. A good SAT score to get ranges from 1390-1590 the highest you can get is a 1600. Most four year colleges use test scores in their admission decisions.
“The SATs are used by colleges to place students in Honors or College credit courses, and for 2 year schools if you take the SATs you may not have to take the placement test,” said Dr. Diodato, a school counselor at East High School. Although test scores are not the most important factor, it is still important to try your best on each test.
In order to prepare, you can take a practice test. The Practice Scholastic Aptitude Test is a practice test to prepare you for the actual SAT. “It’s a good practice for the real thing,” said School Guidance Counselor Ms. McGrath. On October 11, 2017 the PSATs were administered to 9-11th graders from 8:00 A.M to 12:18 P.M.
The SATs will be given six times a year on various dates starting including October 7th, November 4th, December 2nd, March 10th, 2018, May 5th, 2018 and the final one is June 2nd, 2018. To sign up for the SAT see your counselor. Both tests are held at East High School. Taking the SATs are important even if you aren’t planning on going to college at the time because you might change your mind in the near future.
By Jaquayla Young
What is the College Prep Center?
If you need a place to get help with anything college related this is the place to be. Want to explore colleges and careers? Need SAT practice? Are you interested in tutoring? Or maybe even college tours. An upcoming trip to Philadelphia area colleges will take place November 9-12. You must be a senior to attend. For more tours and information take advantage of what’s right in front of you. You do not have to be enrolled or sign up for anything; it’s simple.
The College Prep Center is located in room F116. There you will find amazing staff like Mr. Fergusson, Ms. Anthony, and Ms. Scrivens. The CPC is open to all grades 6-12. Everyone is welcome. The College Prep Center’s very own Mr. Fergusson states, “Students will get out of it what they put into it.” So now it’s in your hands. Will you put forth the effort? Go visit East High’s very own College Prep Center today!
By Kathrine Gomez Acevedo
In the 1995, the TLI program was created. This program started in Rochester at East High School. The TLI program was created with a grant from the Ford Foundation to help the RCSD grow their own teachers. The groups that also helped start this program were the U of R, SUNY Geneseo, MCC, and Action for a Better Community. Another purpose of the TLI program is to build up RCSD teachers and diversity to the teaching corps. Founder Mrs. Delehanty said, “After 21 years, more than 275 students have graduated from the program many who have continued in the field of education. We have 3 staff members who were TLI graduates: Rob Snyder, Stephanie Bliss and Melissa Morale.”
This program involved students who are interested in the teaching career and want to learn more about how to become one. This program helps students develop their potential as leaders for the next generation. As they say, “What we learn with pleasure, you will never forget.”
TLI instructors teach students several parts of learning skills, how our brains work and learn, how to build up relationships with kids, going beyond the classroom and making it a memorable time for everyone. In the classroom is not just a workplace; it's also a room where you experience new things, like activities outside, playing games with classmates and getting to know each other, take field trips to elementary schools and experience how been a teacher feels like. If you start at an early grade it will feel like a home for you. You can start at grade 9 the latest you can enter is grade 11. For more information about the TLI program visit Mrs. Delehanty in room E116.
By ZyeAnne Thompson-James
Did you know that 2 out of 5 children go without glasses because of lack of healthcare or low income? The fact that we can change this statistic by providing free glasses is nothing less than a miracle. The East Vision care program is a Program taught by optician Logan Newman, where high school students get a chance to experience the work of an optician. “I love being able to help on many different levels” said vision care teacher Mr. Newman.
Even if you dread waking up in the morning and going to school, your mood will change coming to our Vision Care classroom. Senior Vision Care student Noah Al-hamachi says, “my favorite part of the program is seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces when they can see clearly for the first time.” This program make you feel like a hero for making a difference in your community.
Mr. Newman said, “I love that my students connect with the program and find things that helps them find a direction in their life. I've witnessed many students of this program graduate and become successful opticians, thanks to this program.” So if you're interested in helping people in need, stop by E107 and learn more!
By Xavier Smith
Do you have nothing to do after school because you were such a great scholar and completed all of your work? Well maybe a good idea for you is to join a club that interests you. Earlier this month there was a Club Fair held in the cafeteria where more than 10 different types of clubs that scholars could join showed off what the club has to offer. The purpose for this was to get the scholars more involved with each other and some of the teachers and also to spread the word about what things East High School offers to everyone. If you have a great talent of acting things out maybe you should join the Drama Club or maybe even the Improv Club. If you are a person who is active then you might want to join a sports club and Field Hockey might be a great idea for you. This fair was run by the Student Government, so if you’d like more information, see Mr. Delehanty for a full list of clubs being offered.
By Robin Kettles
As of December 9, 2016 cheerleading became a sport. According to International Olympic Community (IOC), cheerleading will be going through the process to become in the Olympics. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “sport” is defined as an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment, while “cheerleading” is defined as a sport involving the performance of organized cheering, chanting, and dancing in support of a sports team at games. So both of these definitions basically is saying that cheerleading is a sport meanwhile others will say it’s not a sport it’s an activity.
Sport and activity are two different things. Activity is defined as “the state or quality of being active.” If that’s the definition for activity then that means all sports are activities. Cheerleading is a complex, physical, hard-working, and teamwork-oriented sport just like any other sports but the difference between cheerleading and any other sport is in cheerleading you do not take any breaks. For example in football, players get to take 3 timeouts each half which is 3 minutes each time out and a halftime which is about 15 minutes so all together they can take 21 minutes throughout each game. Meanwhile cheerleaders don’t have any timeouts; they just have to dance, stunt, tumble, and jump for a whole 2 minutes and 30 seconds without taking one break which is a lot if you have to put someone in the air who is heavier than you. Also football players have a lot of safety equipment while cheerleaders don’t. The only protector they have is that their flyer stays in the air or doesn’t injure themselves or the base.
Cheerleading is in the top 5 most dangerous sports,
in fact its number 4. So cheerleading is most definitely not “just an activity.”
By Joel Alicea
East’s 2017 Varsity football season is nearing its end with a current record of 2-5. And although this season hasn’t been the most successful season for our Varsity football team, it was a very productive season.
The team got off to a bad start. Coach Erick Mundorff said, “We had a season of ups and downs. We played a tough schedule and we underachieved against some better teams. We were young and some guys lacked experience of playing football at the high school level.” Senior Varsity football player James Rivera said, “The experiences I have learned is that a team is not a team when everyone doesn’t play as a unit.” Chemistry is a big component of playing as a team. It was clear that at the beginning of the season, chemistry wasn’t good amongst the players and it led to a bad start. As chemistry started to build, they came together and began to win games.
Despite the ups and downs they had throughout the course of the season, Mr. Mundorff and the coaching staff have developed a plan to improve for next year. They have some new offensive plays that will help them. Mundorff said, “This will make our team more successful and more versatile.”
As film composer John Powell once said, “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” Even though this season was tough, the players and coaches all learned from their mistakes and are ready to change and improve for next year.
By Bijaya Thapa
The Boys’ Varsity Soccer team really stepped up this season and improved drastically compared to their last two seasons. During the last two seasons, the East High Varsity Soccer team has had no more than four wins and this season they already have six wins going into sectionals. According to Coach Cybulski, “They have been doing a lot of drills on ball control and working on conditioning.” He also says, “We are a second half team and we never give up.”
East High School was led by the two captains Edi Muka and Bijaya Thapa with Edi being the top scorer and Bijaya being the top assister. Bijaya said, “Conditioning and positioning are crucial factors in soccer and we have been working hard on perfecting them.” Edi also added “Players on the bench have a crucial role in this success and all of us are united like a family.” This season, East High has had more passes and assists compared to the last 5 years and they haven’t given up going to sectionals. The East High Boys varsity team has made East High School very proud and have united like never before through hard work and togetherness.
By Leanne Garcia
How does attending to the University of Rochester tuition-free sounds to you? Now the University of Rochester has renewed the Rochester Promise which is a tuition-free scholarship available to Rochester City School district students.
The scholarship was formed at the University in 2007, many RCSD students have taken advantage of the opportunity. The scholarship guarantees students of city high schools at least $100,000 in sponsored scholarships to attend the University of Rochester.
The government and the University worked together to provide the students full tuition for up to four years of enrollment if eligible. The four year value of each award will range from $145,000 to $192,000. To be eligible for the award students must have attended a district high school for their entire junior and senior years and must be admitted to the University of Rochester for the fall of 2008 or thereafter.
“The promise is to assure students in city schools today that their hard work in earning admission to college will also earn them financial support the require to succeed here” said Jonathan Burdick, dean of admission and financial aid at U Of R.
Also, if students are eligible to the Rochester Promise and the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), they will receive the maximum combination of the scholarship and move benefits for which they are eligible.
If interested in the scholarship, visit: http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=3076 for more information on how to apply.