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April 24,2014

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Speak Up What alumni would like to say to our Titans: “Great job, you make the alumni proud!” - Twila Johnson ‘77

“Thanks for bringing the excitement back to Tech!” - Bonnie Bull-Cook ‘76

“Congratulations, it’s been a long time coming!” - Mary L. McCullough ‘45

“Great job guys!” - Marilyn Harrell-Wittle ‘53

“I’m very proud of you, we’ve waited a long time for this!” - Doug Moore ‘71

“It’s wonderful to have an IPS team that has never won before!” - Rosalie Harrell ‘55

“I’m very proud, you guys represent IPS very well!” - Mark Jefferson

“Fantastic job, I’m shocked to see this is the first one!” - Mark Jarrett ‘73

“Congratulations, job well done!” Keith Williams ‘69

“Congratulations, you guys are awesome and made history!” - Rebecca and Danny Spears ‘69

“Job well done, glad to see the trophy back at IPS, go Titans!” Terry Coleman ‘83

“Teachers are laid back, and are not giving a lot of homework, but they are teaching us in class better.” - senior Sean Spellman

“Teachers are giving us too much homework.” - junior Hakeem Bryant

“Teachers digress a lot, but they take kids into account when making lesson plans.”- junior Adrian Grimes

What the

kids on campus are saying Photos and interviews by Korrie Warren

Is teaching changing? By Korrie Warren With the recent changes in the IPS school district, staff, teachers, and students are wondering what’s going to happen next? IPS, along with three other school districts, received a failing grade in the state’s annual A-F school corporation accountability ratings released Jan. 15. After receiving an overall failing grade for IPS, Tech received a D. EDITORIAL This is the second consecutive D for Tech. Forty-two of IPS’ 69 schools are rated in the D or F category by the state because of low test scores and 18 schools are graded as A or B. When a school receives three consecutive D’s, or F’s, that school will be taken over by the state. We saw this happen last year when Howe High, Manual High, Arlington High, and Emma Donnan Middle School were all taken over by the state and turned into charter schools. These schools continued their pattern of failing grades, which resulted

in them getting taken over by the state. It is no secret that Tech is facing some pretty harsh realities. Due to this being Tech’s second consecutive D, by law if a school gets three consecutive D’s or F’s, the school is to be taken over by the state. Of course many staff, teachers, and administrators are unhappy with this reality because many of these jobs are in jeopardy. Teachers are faced with the pressure of trying to teach their students and prepare them for upcoming tests. After all, that is a key component of the grade. In one of the many efforts to get ECA test scores up, Principal Lawrence Yarrell decided to play a little game. Mr. Yarrell’s Reading Competition was put in place in hopes of preparing students for the ECA English test. As for Algebra I, test scores went up last year. Although Algebra I is important, the main priority right now is the English 10 ECA. So the question becomes are teachers teaching because they want to teach, or are they teaching in hopes of keeping their

job? Has teaching changed? It becomes difficult for teachers to teach with the pressures of knowing that their job can be taken away at any moment. The focus has shifted from teaching student so that they can be successful in life, to teaching kids how to pass a test so that the school doesn’t get another bad grade, and eventually be taken over. Now that May is approaching, reality is kicking in. Teachers are so worried about the ECA test that all lesson plans have shifted toward the test. Behavior is another issue. Some students simply don’t care and don’t want to learn. This issue also causes stress on teachers, because at the end of the day no matter how many practice tests a student takes, it is up to them to decide whether or not they want to pass the test and graduate on time. Hopefully Tech doesn’t receive a D or F during next year’s evaluation. If so, a lot of memories and history will be lost with this great school.

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