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Nov. 14, 2013

Ferebee outlines100-Day plan By Korrie Warren Dr. Lewis Ferebee, IPS’s new superintendent, has executed a plan that will take effect now thru Feb. 28. Dr. Ferebee has decided to put this 100-day plan into action to familiarize himself with the IPS district. This plan will also outline the daily activi-

ties that will help him have a better understanding of what needs improvement, and identify challenges and opportunities in the IPS school system. “The heart of this plan reflects my leadership philosophy of listening broadly and deeply to the voices of all our stakeholders and learning about the district’s strengths and impediments,” Ferebee said during an

interview with IPS. Dr. Ferebee plans to meet with IPS board members, parents, teachers, and students over the coming months to listen and learn more about the district. “I am an outsider coming in, there is a lot that I don’t know and that I need to understand about Indianapolis Public Schools,” Ferebee said in an exclusive interview with

Cannon Mulitmedia. Dr. Ferebee’s goals as the new superintendent include improving student outcomes, achievement and graduation rates to make sure when students leave IPS, they are prepared to enter the workforce, college, a higher education institution or the military. For more on this story, visit www.ips.k12.

Trouble finding a job? By Jashonya Thomas

Photos by Jashonya Thomas JAG students Dejhanae Anderson and Quinesha Hurt present their projects in a class discussion. Deanna Warren, JAG teacher focuses on preparing students for life after high school.

What is Jag? (Jobs for America’s Graduates) By Jashonya Thomas JAG class brings opportunities for students to get into the real world. “I love Ms. Warren the teacher because she is always smiling, and we get to get food to eat and get to do and experience a lot of activities,” said former Tech football player Damond Cobb (aka Bubba). JAG class helps with scholarships, finding jobs, planning for college, and taking college visits. This gets a student’s foot in the door to make and set goals. Deanna Warren, the current JAG teacher, stresses involvement in activities both in and outside of school, such as helping with foundations around the community.


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and percentages come out Nov. 22. “We’ve had scores in the 60th percentile range in English, they’ve gone down across the district. The English test was said to be harder this year, even some math science students had trouble with it,” Brunsting said. “Students are being prepared by taking ECA preparation classes, strategic math and English labs, or reading classes. Students who haven’t taken algebra are placed in a freshmen enrichment class,” Brunsting said. Most importantly seniors who have not passed their ECA are placed in ECA preparation classes and have to attend intersession as well. After-school preparation has been discontinued due to scarce funds. “I am worried the most about the ECA because I might not graduate,” senior Darrian Byndum said. “The hardest part of the ECA is the English portion because I hate writing.” Traditionally most students say they have a more difficult time with the math section. “I am not worried about the ECA. The hardest part is the algebra; I’m not good at

“This class is very well mannered and the teacher is brilliant and goofy, but she does well in her job as teacher,” Quinesha Hurt said. “I like that we go to different colleges around the world and get a look at college life.” This class helps create resumes, and also teaches students to fill out applications for jobs and schools. Members are involved in community service activities and attend college fairs. “It is a great opportunity for juniors and seniors, and more students should take advantage of this program,” Warren said. Students who have more questions on this class and what JAG has to offer, can see

TESTING SCHEDULE Dec. 10 and 11 Mod Time Mins Testing 1 7:30-8:18 48 English 10 Session 1 Dec. 10; Session 2 Dec. 11 2 8:23-9:13 48 3 9:18-10:06 48 English 10 Session 1 Dec. 10; Session 2 Dec. 11 4/5 5/6 10:11-10:59 48 4 11:04-11:34 30 Lunch 1 6 11:39-12:09 30 Lunch 2 8 12:14-12:44 30 Lunch 3 9 12:49-1:37 48 Make-ups 10 1:42-2:30 48 problem solving. I prepare by studying a lot after school. I feel like the classes do prepare me,” junior Joseph Vasquez said. The timed aspect of the ECA also bothers some students. “What worries me the most about the ECA is the math portion. The hardest part is the time limit and trying to stay focused,” sophomore Areyanna Fox said. “I prepare by studying before. I feel like the classes do prepare me because of the homework and

Warren in Rm. 588 in Morgan Hall. “I like JAG class, it’s important for African American kids today,” Tiffany Lindsey said. “It teaches you about the real world, and helped me a lot in high school and I appreciate Ms. Warren and what she did for me.” Potential JAG students can also talk to their counselors about adding this class to their schedule. “I really like this class and feel it helps me with a lot that I want to accomplish in life, and helps me to go into certain places with a mature attitude,” Mykaell Doss said. As Ms. Warren always says, coming to this class will help students to get “from the classrooms to careers.”

Dec. 10-13 Dec. 12 and 13 Mod Time Mins Testing 1 7:30-8:18 48 Algebra 1 Session 1 Dec. 12; Session 2 Dec. 13 2 8:23-9:13 48 3 9:18-10:06 48 Algebra 1 Session 1 Dec. 12; Session 2 Dec. 13 4/5 5/6 10:11-10:59 48 4 11:04-11:34 30 Lunch 1 6 11:39-12:09 30 Lunch 2 8 12:14-12:44 30 Lunch 3 9 12:49-1:37 48 Make-ups 10 1:42-2:30 48 study guides.” Those who have taken the test before agree preparation is important. “The hardest part of the ECA is the written part, because I find it hard to write. I prepare by writing a lot of written responses before the test,” junior Denver Scaggs said. “ I feel that the classes do prepare me; the only reason I didn’t pass the English portion of the test is because I got sick and threw up on the third portion of the test.”

The holiday season is here, and people want to spend money. Though many are unemployed, teens want to earn money just as much as adults. First things first, job seekers have to prepare for the task. To do that students should look up job sites on the internet such as Indiana Career Connect, Indiana Career Explorer, Career,, Snagajob. com, and These websites are credible, and a lot of companies are starting to look for resumes and people of interest on these sites. Most organizations’ websites allow people to apply online. These companies are currently hiring for seasonal and part-time workers: Dicks Sporting Goods, H.H Gregg, Home Depot, Kohl’s, LGC staffing, Meijer, Sears, Target, UPS, and Wal-Mart. Seasonal and parttime openings are available to hire anyone willing to work. A lot of restaurants and hotel hospitality places are also hiring. “I have been working for three months,” said senior Mykaell Doss. Doss went on to explain how during her interview she was nervous, and that she was happy she got the job. She also explained how her job is quick money, but she continues to look for other jobs. According to JAG students, when searching for a job, look for jobs that fit your interests. Get contact information on the managers and anyone else in charge. Never call during lunch breaks or rush hours, and ask for the best times to call back. After you filling out applications, give the company between three to four days to look over your application, then call. Remember to be polite. Also network with family and friends and let them know about your unemployment. “I have been a lifeguard for two years at Indy Parks and I love my job very much,” said senior Vedrana Stanarvic. Stanarvic said her interview was very comfortable, and she was asked several questions regarding her lifeguard experience. A couple of days after her interview, she was hired. During a job interview, JAG instructor Deanna Warren said it is important that students dress professional, have a mature attitude, and show confidence. Other tips to use during an interview include maintaining eye contact, shaking hands firmly and having good communication. Students should also be on time, maybe even 10 to 15 minutes early. Show the interviewer that you desire to do well at the job. Don’t talk about your personal issues, talk about your skills and how you will be an asset to the company. Be positive, polite, and honest and don’t forget to thank the interviewer when you leave for his/ her time.

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