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Absences affect school, students By Janell Hoefler and Krystah Burrell Missed the bus, not feeling well, or just don’t want to come - there is no one answer to why students are absent, but administrators, counselors, parent liaisons and social workers are looking for a solution to the problem. One solution is an attendance committee of junior and senior administrators that meets every Wednesday to discuss the top 20 students’ excessive absences. Assistant Principal David Brunsting is in charge of making a list of students who are struggling either to come to school, go to class or even make it to class on time. Then the junior and senior deans/ mentors, such as Coach Mohammed, set meetings with these students to see what is going on with them, and if needed the social worker gets involved. Consistent absences could be the cause of problems for the school, social worker Kim Montgomery said. “Yes, it is a problem. The state expects a 95 percent attendance rate and we

Students complete 4H program By Alexis Hardman 4H Tech Leaders of Tomorrow is a leadership club that meets every month in the Chase Legacy Center. Students are able to develop lifelong leadership skills by taking part in communication workshops and learning about volunteering and being great leaders in their community and the world. Recently they completed the program. “I was already a leader here at Tech, but 4-H taught me how to be an even better leader by being a more effective communicator and having more patients,” said senior Caleb Keys. Students were able to be proactive while working in many diverse groups amongst their peers. At the end of the eight weeks, leadership workshop students conducted a presentation for families, peers and 4-H members, expressing their growth as individuals. “I have grown so much as a person and a student here at Tech High School. “I am so happy that I participated in 4-H,” junior Tyeesha Broner said. 4-H/Tech leaders of Tomorrow is sponsored by Will Gadd. 4-H/ Tech Leaders of Tomorrow will be welcoming more underclassmen next school year.

are significantly below that. If a student’s attendance does not improve, the social worker then sends out letters to the student’s home to get parents involved.” The next step would to either have a parent conference or visit the student’s home. Another option comes for the student to be placed in (PLC) Project Last Chance. Parents will meet with Dr. Ramon Batts and will be enrolled into the program at Tech for 20 weeks. Without any absences, the student will be allowed to go back to the regular schedule. If the student does not comply with PLC, he or she is then sent to the District adjudicator to find an alternate option. Parents can also help improve attendance by making sure they follow up on the recorded phone calls at the end of the day stating that their child was either absent or tardy to a class. Teachers can also get involved to increase attendance by making phone calls after the student’s third absence to make sure parents are receiving and acknowledging the problem.

Spring Break fun By Nyree’ Dean What are you doing on your spring break? Most people want to chill or just spend time with their families on their spring break because they don’t want the money to come out of their pockets. You can find lots of things to do without breaking the bank. PAID Bring your kid side out at the Children’s Museum with your siblings or even your friends. The Children’s Museum is a place where you can explore, be educated, but still have fun. There are new exhibits like “The Geckos” and “Super Heroes.” The Geckos shows off the wild life of lizards and

other reptile species. Want to see more reptiles or other animals? Take a trip with your family to the Indianapolis Zoo. The Indianapolis Zoo also has a beautiful and stunning garden. The garden includes flowers and plants like roses, calamintha “WhiteClouds”, Toad lilies, and more. FREE Bounce around or wild out at the Indiana History Center on Circus Day on March 31, admission is free and games or refreshments are all 50 cents each. Explore the past of Indiana and the cures to diseases from 1939.

CLD offers leadership opportunities By Biko Barringer The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) is a nonprofit program that helps students get into college with scholarship money and networking opportunities. The CLD is an elite program with a strong presence at ATHS. Over 50 percent of athletes who attend Arsenal Tech are involved in the program. Because of the CLD, more students who attend Arsenal Technical High School graduate and go to college. “CLD has given me a direction and now as a senior, I know what my major is and I will be attending IU over the summer to better prepare myself before school starts,” said Alexis Hardman. People like

Hardman, who will graduate from Tech in June, are then encouraged to come back and talk to students about their successes. This helps students to realize that anything is possible. There will be after-school buses that pick students up at 5:30 p.m. for transport to the Center for Leadership Development. Tech students interested in the Center for Leadership Development can learn more through the following contact information: Call: 317-923-811 or 800-992-2076 Contact the CLD at 2425 Dr. Martin Luther Jr. Street between 12-8:30 p.m. For more information, log onto http://

Tech tries out new benchmark schedule By Korrie Warren Changes in benchmark testing last week at times confused teachers and students but most coped with little problem. With past benchmarks at Tech, the schedule has been the same as any other school day. For the spring benchmarks, the schedule has undergone a change. Last week, students had a much longer period of time to take their benchmarks. Statistics show that the more time you have on a test, the better you will do, because you don’t have the pressure of finishing something in a short amount of time. “When we looked at the district results, we saw that Tech had lower scores than other schools, and other schools had an extended time to take the test,” Data Coach Tanya Eaton said. Some teachers have expressed their opinion on the new schedule and believe it will benefit the students. “The schedule is a bit challenging, but I

think it’s for the best. We want to provide the best environment possible for benchmark testing and improve scores,” said William Gadd, government teacher. Other teachers say that it is no different than other testing schedules. “The schedule is no different than ECA testing,” said Tobi Elmore, government and economics teacher. Still, students and teachers are split in the middle regarding the schedule. Some say they like the schedule, and say they don’t. Despite that, Tech’s administration has heard nothing but compliments and a lot of student appreciation. Benchmark testing went smoothly and initial reports are that test scores may be higher, Eaton said. “I have received very few negative comments about this testing situation, and have received numerous kudos from staff and students. Hopefully, our results will show the hard work of you and the students,” Eaton wrote in an email to faculty.

Tech JAG students take top honors in regional event The Tech Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Program particpated in the Regional JAG Career Development Conference at the Vincennes Aviation Center March 12. Tech placed in 8 of the 12 competitions. Individual competitions Ashanti Brinkley - 1st Place Cover Design Roneisha Watkins - 1st Place Financial Literacy Eric Bryant - 2nd Creative Solutions Toliver Lynch - 2nd Public Speaking

Chapter (School) Competitions Commercial - 2nd place Banner - 2nd place Professionalism - 2nd place Service Learning Binder - 3rd place All students that attended Langston Bell - Photographer Ashanti Brinkley Eric Bryant Trae Harris Toliver Lynch Kiana Murray - Assistant Ann Muse Roneisha Watkins Diquan Williams

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