By Jasmine Thomas
Students’ disruptive behavior in a teaching and learning setting usually leads to situations where students are unfocused and removed from the classroom.
This year the lower school had a fight affecting the learning and teaching process of others around them. A lower school student Larissa Rogers states, “During the fight I ended up getting off track and couldn’t do or finish my work.” She also states, “Being in that type of situation made me very mad because I wasn’t able finish the work that I wanted to do because the teacher was thrown off track.”
If you’re a student who enjoys being the center of attention and does not enjoy school as much, respect others who do enjoy school and learning. Realize that people around you get annoyed when you are center of attention and they can’t learn.
Having self-respect and respect for others is what builds a positive community. Knowing that there’s a time and place and different ways to handle different types of situations can benefit us all. So before you act out, stop and think about how your actions affects those around you.
By Joshua Madera
Do video games cause brain damage or even hypnotize citizens to commit crimes? Video games have been around for many years and have become enhanced dramatically. Several people may believe that video games harm people, but is it really true?
Gaming is a hobby that many people have. But certain people claim that violent games have negative influences on people. The video game industry is very immense which interests numerous people. Gaming provides exciting experiences such as the gameplay, story, multiplayer gaming, and other things. As junior Byrim said, "I love video games because the games make me go into a virtual world and makes me forget my loneliness. Also the game doesn't give me problems like the girls do."
According to Psychology Today, “Many studies indicate that video games improve job performance, especially for jobs that require good eye-hand coordination, attention, excellent working memory, and quick decision-making. Video games aren’t only for entertainment but it can have positive effects on the gamer in the working field.”
As the site Techfruit states, “The psychology behind freemium games has been a subject of much research, as plenty of adults have succumbed to the temptation of buying all kinds of flashy in-game upgrades and tools while ratcheting up quite a bill in the process. But since children are much more impressionable, the risk for money misuse is much higher in their case. Be sure to monitor all your credit cards and prevent your child from gaining access to financial information if you suspect him or her of having made transactions behind your back.”
Gaming isn’t evil it won’t bring your self-esteem down, nor is gaming innocent because it could have some negative effects. But gaming is neutral; it just depends the way the person decides to use it.
By Wilson Rivera
One thing that many students might not know about in our school is the range of our wonderful art department that has a multitude of options for the students. Art is such a great thing that is in our world and lives and everyone should try at least one art class.
Our school offers classes such as: Drawing and Painting 1 and 2, Art Portfolio, Ceramics 1, 2, and 3, Media/Graphics 1, 2, and 3, Photography 1, 2, and 3, and Studio Art. There is so many different things to do in these classes like learning how to draw in drawing and painting, or learning how to take professional photos in photography.
Art Teacher Mr. Graham had some words to say about the art department here at East. “I am very happy that the art department and the things it offers have grown so dramatically over the last three years. We have had the pleasure of working with so many dedicated and talented young adults. We even hope to offer a new art class for juniors and seniors next year,” said Graham. Unfortunately he would not share more details about that class.
Art Portfolio student Hana Nakayama said, “The art program at East High is a wonderful experience for kids who want to pursue art as a career. It’s always been a fun thing to do and is a nice outlet for my creativity.”
Finally, as someone who has taken art classes here at East for three years, I highly recommend that anyone who wants to be creative, or just wants to have a nice period to relax and explore possible hobbies and skills through art, should look into our art department and take some form of art.
By Zaire Briggs
Students should know how important it is to be SMART with their money. As young adults it’s time that we learn how to make better decisions with our money, and that’s why every student should take personal finance. Personal finance can prepare students to make healthy lifestyle decisions.
Mrs. Gerritz is the only teacher at East who teaches personal finance. She states, “It showed up on my schedule, but now that I have taught it for a few years, it’s my favorite class.” Mrs. Gerritz strongly believes every students should take this class. “I feel every scholar should take personal finance so they can learn the basics of how to handle that first paycheck and have enough money for the future.” She also states, “I would love to see personal finance become a required class like many other districts.”
Personal finance is one of the few classes that actually prepare you for the real world. “I love teaching scholars about budgets and see the surprise on their faces when they don’t have enough money to cover their monthly expenses and have to cut back on things like clothes. It’s shows them how real life the topic is,” said Mrs. Gerritz
Knowing how to properly use your money has to be one of the most important life skills ever. So if you would like to know more about that class or about the topic, go to your counselor and put personal finance on your schedule. Mrs. Gerritz would love to see you there.
By Clairissa Moore
This school year the East High School choir is going through a massive change from previous years. From members to songs, expect a brand new approach to performances this year.
As of today, nearly 40 students are enrolled in the Upper School Choir, which is the most we’ve had in years. Newcomers include cohort 2018 freshmen and upperclassmen pursuing a new talent, or just looking for a place to be happy.
Not only are our members different, our conductor is too. Mr. Luke Wilson has returned to the main podium for our 2018-2019 performances and onwards. And he has big plans. He says, "The choir this is taking a different approach. This year will be all about music appreciation as well as developing one’s own sound. Everyone has something about music in which they identify. With this, people feel a sense of ownership when they finally muster up the courage express it. My job for the remainder of my time at East is to help students develop their own vocal identity while learning to appreciate others’ differences."
As usual, our performance schedule extends far beyond the Winter and Spring concerts. (Which, by the way, take place December 13th and May 30th respectively) We are also performing at the annual Veteran’s Day assembly November 1st, and the Black History Month assembly on February 14th. A new event on our schedule this year is a Cabaret Night, an event where the audience sits at tables listening to good music and eating good food, happening at the end of March. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting new event.