By Zaire Briggs
Passing the Regents exams has to be one of the most important things students have to do. Saturday school gives students the opportunity to not only pass the Regents, but pass the Regents with flying colors. Saturday school starts at 9:00am and ends 12:00pm on 12/15, 1/5, 1/2, and 1/19. Saturday school provides assistance, bus passes for transportation, breakfast, and snacks.
Our principal Mrs. Blocker encourages any scholar who has taken an exam and failed to attend. She also encourages any scholar who scored lower than 80 to attend and retake the exam. She states, “Only your highest score shows on your final transcript so you want to leave with the best picture of your academic success as possible.” Mrs. Blocker goes on to say, “The main goal for Saturday School is to prepare scholars to pass NYS Regents exams and earn college ready scores of 80 or higher and to meet graduation requirements,” and she would love if more students attended.
Mrs. Blocker strongly believes that Saturday school is a great opportunity to get extra help and targeted support and says, “Kids who have attended Saturday school have specifically felt like the extra support enabled them to pass exams and to graduate.”
If you are a student who needs to pass the Regents or wants a better score, attend Saturday school on the dates listed above. Even if you didn’t sign up ahead of time you can still attend. Just arrive on time and be ready to review!
Winter Concert Approaches
By Yahnai Lennon
The annual Winter Concert will be taking place on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6pm in the East High School Edward J. Cavalier Auditorium. Parents, family, staff and other East High students are welcomed to watch and listen to the music from East High musicians. The participating acts will be the Advanced Band, Lower School Band, Upper and Lower School Choir and Strings.
The East Upper and Lower music departments have been preparing for the upcoming winter concert and are eager to showcase their hard work. East High School Advanced and Lower School band director Ms. Fox says, “The students have worked very hard and I’m very excited to see their hard work pay off.” They will be performing a number of holiday themed pieces that will showcase their holiday spirit.
Your next opportunity to hear the East High School Music Department’s next performance will be in the spring, so don’t miss your chance to see this holiday performance! For more information please consult with one of the music department’s directors located in the A wing.
Blood Drive Raises Funds
By Hana Nakayama
On November 30, 2018, East High School held our annual blood donation drive. This is the 18th blood drive that we have done. Health teacher Mrs. Flaherty is in charge of the blood drive every year and said, “We have a goal to get 27 units of blood. The more we have, we get money for scholarships to give to students.” When students donate, money goes into a bank for student scholarships and 50 units of blood raises $250.
In 2018, they raised $500 for scholarships. Mrs. Flaherty chooses student recipients for the money they raise. Sannicka Thompson was awarded $250 dollars in scholarships for Lycoming College. The other student was Xavier Colon who also got $250 dollars for barber school.
If you want to give blood there will be another blood drive in January and another in May. The benefits of donating blood is you are helping three lives each time you donate because they are separating the blood into three components: red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Also sometimes you get a T-shirt when you donate, but this year it is a backpack and sometimes a gift card.
Also if you want the process to go faster you can download the Blood Donation App on your mobile device and do the rapid pass. The rapid pass contains the questions you would take on the computer when you come and donate. It is just 4 steps and takes 10 to 15 minutes. Just answer the questions, print, download, or email your rapid pass. For more information on the blood drives that happen in our school, talk to Mrs. Flaherty in room C103.
By Carlos Torres
As a kid I always wanted to grow up and have my own car. As I got older, the thought of having a car just excited me. When I was 16 and I got a job, I started to save up money to try and buy a car. I did not know all I had to do to keep my car running and to maintain it.
I bought my car in August. It’s a Nissan Altima, which I still have, and it runs okay but it needs some fixing. I didn't realize that I needed so much for the car. The car needed the registration and inspection. Also, when someone has a car they need to buy gas for it unless it's an electrical car. But when everything adds up it's a lot of money that I just put into the car. Unless your parents support you and give you whatever you want, then teens are going to have to work so you can pay those things and keep your car up to date.
Teens don't realize that when you have a car there's so much that you have to do. It's not just pay for gas and that's it. There’s maintenance, oil changes, and insurance in additional to registration and inspections. I work so much throughout the week just to keep my car good and to keep my family happy. Cars are expensive and need to be taken care of on a regular basis especially if the weather is changing constantly. So do your research and make a plan before you buy a car. It’s worth it, but you don’t want to get blindsided by all the additional costs.
FAFSA Helps Pay for College
By Miguel Rodriguez Segarra
If you plan to go to college, FAFSA is an important part of helping you pay for it. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA is basically financial aid for colleges for students whose household isn’t making enough money salary wise to pay for scholars to go to college, or when scholars don’t have a full ride to college.
Depending on which college you go to, FAFSA can pay for a full ride or some of it. For community colleges like MCC you can go to for free if you have FAFSA, or if you plan to go to a private college like RIT it can cover about $4,000- $5,000 and for SUNY colleges like Brockport it can cover from $24,000-$25,000. That’s like free money!
There was a FAFSA event recently at East High School a month ago for eligible scholars to start the process for financial aid for college. Counselors were here to help us go through the application, they had food, and MCC went to see what scholars would apply and some of them got accepted within weeks of applying. But for seniors who didn’t go to the event, you can still apply for FAFSA with your counselors or you can go to the Student Support Center. If you are a junior, keep an eye out for the next FAFSA event to get a head start on your financial aid for college.
The Vision in Us
By Pipper Holmes
The number of people in the world who need glasses is a shocking 61 percent. This number continues to grow. Here at East we are combating this problem for our students and students around the district. We have the amazing opportunity to do so thanks the Vision Care program here lead by Mr. Logan Newman, Yamaraitza Vega, and East students who help run the program.
We have done incredible things so far. As a member of the program, one of my proudest times is when we sent over 200 glasses to those in need in Puerto Rico, after the devastating natural disaster that sweep through. A kindergarten teacher once told Mr. Newman that a child's sight words went from 3 to 30 in less than a month.
Mr. Newman, a wonderful member of the community, has received numerous awards for his efforts to help combat this problem. He has received the Teacher of the Year award through RTA, the LifeChangers of the year award, and the Rochester Business Journal Powerful Partnership with Rochester Optical. This program is so valuable because it prepares scholars to strive in the real world. Mr. Newman has gotten students opportunities to work at major optical facilities that pay significantly well. He has even had students get accepted to ECC to study in the field of optometry. Right now they are currently finishing up college and earning their degree. This is program is not only beneficial to the children who receive glasses but also to those who take this program and many people don't realize that.
Over the last seven years the Vision Care program has made over 3550 pairs of glasses and each year the number rises expediently. We host doctor visits throughout the year. We have five more doctor visits at East this year on January 16, February 25, March 11, April 3 and May 6. If you feel like you might need your vision checked stop by E107 to see if we can get you in our next doctor visit.
By Mx. Schwartz
The Student Alliance For Equality (SAFE) hosted their first ever Human Rights Day Assembly on Tuesday, December 11th. This thought-provoking event was a huge success!
With a full house, our scholars were actively engaged, and SILENT while watching our short film on Political Correctness. Many scholars asked questions that showed they were internalizing the information in the film, while trying to make personal paralleled connections.
Dr. Wayne Dyer once said, “When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.” Yesterday, in front of a live audience, our scholars did just that! Bravo!
Indoor Track Takes the Swimming Pool
By Taniya Gaines
The Indoor Track season has gotten off to a great start. Training takes place Monday through Thursday in order to get everyone in shape and prepared for the first meet. Due to construction there is limited space, sometimes leaving the team in a very small section of the cafeteria to practice.
On Thursday November 29th, the team cross-trained in the swimming pool for the very first time. It was new to everyone and it was a great experience. Running in water is a lot harder than it may seem.
“The pool workout was to build athletes’ endurance, and also to prevent injuries,” says Indoor Track Coach Bryan Ragland. “We are doing anything we can to break up everyday running.”
“The workout was a lot tougher in water because of the current pulling you back. But I enjoyed it and look forward to doing it again,” say East High Senior Deya Flores.
The team is looking forward to doing it again especially with the season being 5 months long. With only 2 weeks left until the first meet, we are working harder than before. Having many new people this year that are good in multiple areas will help the team out a lot this year. Come support the team at Brockport on December 22, for the first meet of the season.
Why You Should Become a “Mathlete”
By Clairissa Moore
Math League is a competition between many schools in Monroe County where each student on a team of 5 is assigned three categories such as Number Theory, Trigonometry, and Order of Operations. Math League Coach Mr. Timothy Wilson says, “Our mathletes get a change to engage in creative problem solving and they get a picture of what college readiness looks like. Even if someone doesn’t like math, they can still get something out of math league, and it looks great on a college resume.”
Math League is held once a month, from October to February, each event at a different school in Monroe County. For each, we leave school early and eat pizza while we wait to compete. Mr. Wilson also says, “Believe it or not, it’s considered good to earn even one point. The questions are very different from the ones typically asked in our math classes. They really require some creative thinking.” And because of that, anyone in any grade can participate no matter what their math grades are like.
If you are interested in boosting your resume, improving your math skills, or simply getting free pizza once a month, you can join the Math League Google Classroom with the code “fxr7vy.”
By Kermarie Principe Caceres
Christmas is a festive event dedicated to the birth of Jesus Christ, and it is indeed a religious holiday to many people around the world. The tradition of Christmas celebration includes tree decorations, giving and receiving gifts, hanging lights and so much more. This holiday can be the most stressful one of the year. People love to shop around but the stress part comes when the gift is for someone else and you don’t have a clue about what to get them. They say that Christmas is all about putting their differences aside and coming together to spend this magical day together in joy. Well you might be asking, what about the people that have nothing to give? Christmas is not always about what you give materially, the biggest gift, or how much you can spend. It’s about the joy, love, and happiness that a person can give out of a simple gesture of kindness.
When it comes to helping other in need, what you give doesn’t has to be materialistic or expensive. When people say “help with a gesture of kindness” they mean help them in the way they need the help. If you see a person on a cold night of in the winter it doesn’t have to be on December 25th to give to others; you can buy them a blanket at any time. This gesture will forever be remembered by this person. Another example could be helping Christmas charities, giving care packages especially to the homeless or just buying them food if they’re struggling and you know it.
On an episode of the show “Glee,” the members of the glee club volunteer in a homeless shelter on Christmas. When I saw this on television, I thought this is a great way for people to learn to give back to others in different ways without the need of money. They help the people in need by giving out food, a warm place to spend the night while socializing so others do not have to be alone during Christmas time and just keeping them company.
This encourages people to make a change and best believe when you give without the intention of receiving anything in return and you see the smile you put in that person’s face, you and they will always cherish that moment for as long as you live. It’s a special feeling helping others in need just out of pure kindness. The holiday of Christmas should be more about what we can do to make a change in other people’s lives and how we can help others instead of just thinking about your close friends and loved ones.
Don’t forget that tomorrow you could be someone in need just like the person you saw on the streets that one time and could’ve helped but decided not to. I understand that not everyone can give out but it doesn’t have to be specifically on Christmas; it could be whenever. Don’t miss a chance to give a smile and spread love with a simple gesture of kindness that can’t be bought with money or gifts – only with actions. Have yourself a Happy Merry Christmas, don’t forget to give and help others!