Many of us are anxious for Christmas break to start. We can’t wait to forget about school for over a week and hang out with our friends and family. The problem is we forget one important thing: after Christmas break comes the end of the marking period and midterms! It’s that stressful time where we all rush to get as much work as we can in and get that good GPA.
Instead of lying around in pajamas all day, we should make time to study. Yes, study. It may sound a bit “uncool” or “boring” but if you really think about it, what has more worth? Relaxing for two weeks and lying around doing nothing or working to do a phenomenal job on your Regents exam, making it one step closer to graduation, and great presentation to universities? One survey shows that studying for more than 2.4 hours has a huge impact on your exam pass rate. Why not start over break? You were just planning on lying around in your pajamas anyway, right?
Sometimes studying can be hard to do especially when you’re the type person who can’t learn the normal way. A good way to study is to switch it up a bit, get out of a routine. You can go to www.youtube.com and search up “EXCLUSIVE STUDY TIPS!!! FUN and EASY ways to spice up your study sessions!” This is a good video to apply to your study time. Remember to use your time wisely and think about the outcomes of how you use your time. Have a wonderful break and get some studying done!
Consistency, completion, practice, and understanding are a few words to keep in mind when starting the new marking period. A great start on your grades will have you doing better because you’ll want to remain in good standing with that high letter grade.
Keeping track of your grades by using Parent Connect might also help. It allows you to see your grades and due assignments. “You need to keep the first grade you had in the first marking period to then set a goal to do better,” said Mr. Catalfano, math teacher at East High School. A fresh start means setting deadlines, being your own advocate, and pushing yourself to do your best.
You can start by having good attendance. Attendance has a HUGE influence on your grades, especially in math because you’re constantly learning a new concept built upon foundations. “If you miss class, it’s more difficult to catch up to them,” adds Mr. Catalfano. By starting off with high grades it shows that you’re doing well enough to be able to use resources to do well on a test. We as students have the power to determine whether we pass or not. Let's make this an awesome marking period full of prosperity and success.
The Teaching and Learning Institute, or TLI, is the only program of its kind in the Rochester City School District and recently East had representatives from Syracuse visit because they want to start a program like TLI in their own district. The TLI program doesn't force scholars to be a teachers; it shows scholars how much the future teachers and parents are important to the economy.
The TLI program first started twenty years ago by two teachers, Laura Delehanty and Daniel Delehanty, with the intent to form the future leaders and teachers. This program teaches scholars information about the brain and how the learning environment and teacher attitudes affect students’ ability to learn.
TLI also offers a chance to experience being a teacher by having scholars do internships at different elementary schools such as 28 school and 52 school. During their senior year, scholars can get paid while at their internships. Not only do scholars get this experience, they go on college trips and have colleges come to the TLI classes. Every Friday, Mrs. Delehanty helps seniors write and complete their personal statements and college applications.
The way students can get into the program is by enrolling in the 9th grade. The program goes all the way up to the 12th grade. Mrs. Delehanty stated, “We really work to build strong relationships with our students and hopefully they will build relationships with their classmates.” They try to build these relationships by hosting a lot of parties and games for all of the TLI students. Earlier this year Mr. and Mrs. Delehanty hosted and kickball tournament and a Halloween party for the TLI students.
The TLI program does great work preparing students for their futures, so hopefully it can inspire other schools in other districts to do the same.
Are you a junior or a senior interested in attending college? You will need to apply for financial aid to offset college tuition. The College Prep Center can help you figure it all out. At the College Prep Center you will find wonderful resources to assist you in the process of applying to college and finding the necessary funding you need. There are various adults, such as Mr. Fergusson, Ms. Henry, or Ms. Scriven, who can help you in the College Prep Center. They can help you with any questions you might have about college. They will really walk you through step by step so that you can be successful and be prepared for this next important step in your life. So if you want to stop by, the College Prep Center is located in F116 and you can get a pass from your teacher during family group or your support period. Start getting prepped for college today!
Ever since last year the support room has had many changes. "We are forced to do work," said Angelis Agosto, a senior who had support last year as well. At the beginning of the school year the support room had many activities that would let the support room teachers know what topics the student needed more work on. Another thing they added is the reading test scholars have to take with one of the support teachers discusses their levels with them.
Mariangely Cotto notices another change in the support room from last year to this year. “Last year the teachers would have to leave the support room to go attend other classes and now they can stay in the support room and help us more," said Maria. There are more subject area teachers too, and they try to have a teacher from each subject area available to help more too.
The support room has really tightened up their policy on down time. You can no longer use your phones in the support room unless it is for educational purposes but in that case they have the chrome books. A good thing about the support room is that they help you with any homework you need to get done whether it's on paper or need publisher in that case they'll take you to the computer lab with other students who also need to work on the same assignment or on something similar. And if you find yourself with no homework to do, instead of playing games, you can always read a book.
There is a new class offered to seniors this year called “Making it Real.” This is a class that helps seniors plan for the future and the real world. We do things from researching our career clusters/majors to signing up for SATS. We talk about things like personal values and why it’s important choosing a career based on your personality. We’re also learning about S.M.A.R.T. goals and the decision making process. Classes like these motivates scholars to come to school knowing that if we use this new system right, can only improve our chances at reaching our goals. Many scholars don’t have certain resources or help at home and now it’s offered to us in school.
Going into the second year of the U of R partnership with East High school as a senior, they seem to be doing their best to make sure seniors walk the stage with their class in 2017. Although I have to admit I was very skeptical and unaccepting of U of R taking over East at first, they have completely changed my opinions. Not only are they focused on what’s best for the seniors, they’re making ways to make sure the lower school scholars have a smooth and stress-free high school experience. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to experience that but I can definitely say that I will have the rewarding senior year thanks to the University of Rochester.