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May 2014


The Cloonan Chronicle

OPINION Warning: The Gym Needs Bells By Tyler Brown and John Liberatore

It was Friday at Cloonan Middle School when it was first noticed that the gym doesn’t have any bells. This is causing students with gym 6th period to miss their buses. If you are ever in the gym at the end of a period or the school day, wait there and see if you hear the bells. Most likely, you won’t even hear them. After that, consider what will happen trying to make it to your next class. Can you imagine the terrible feeling sitting in the school without any noise or students? You would be almost alone waiting for a parent or guardian to come get you. However, this is not all the students' fault. The school system is responsible for having well-functioning bells in every classroom. Some students say that the buses leave too early or

Diversity At Cloonan 50 countries, 65 languages By Fahmida Ahmed and Salma Amin

Cloonan Middle School’s diverse student population has shaped its environment. Diversity at Cloonan makes the middle school experience a richer one for everyone. It makes the learning environment more fun when there are a lot of people from different parts of the world. You get more perspectives and points of view from people all around the world which makes learning really fun and exciting. Based on a survey by The Cloonan Chronicle, there are students from more than 50 countries at our school. Many students are from South and Central America. While at Cloonan there are a lot of students who come from outside the United States, many who were born here have parents or grandparents who came from elsewhere in the world. In fact, there are 65 different languages spoken in the homes of students across the district. Through diversity we get to know more about one another – and other cultures. Diversity makes us better citizens of the world.

earlier than they are supposed to, but most say that the gym teachers just leave the gym too late because they don’t hear the bell ringing. However these are just the two main reasons students miss their buses. Missing the bus affects the late students as well as their parents or guardians of the. The student misses the bus, and the parent or guardian needs to stop what they are doing or even leave work to go and pick up their student. From the students’ point of view, they are not getting everything done. After talking to Mr. Claps, he said that he was not aware of the lack of bells in the gym. He also said, “If kids are missing their buses, I think this is an important problem to be dealt with.” Other than just missing their buses, students can also be late for their next class. By being late to their next class students can miss im-

portant instruction, part of a lesson, or even be late to start a test. Being late to class can cause stress to the students. It could shorten the time they have to take an exam, forcing them to rush and possibly affecting their grade. The student might also have to work on something that is due very soon and need the whole class period to complete it. When talking to a victim of the problem, Daniele Manetta, he said, “It is terrible that students including me are missing their buses and classes because of a lack of bells in the gym and missing after school activities.” Daniele has missed his bus several times and it occurs often. There are ways to prevent missing your bus. One is to make sure that you have everything you need with you to go home before your 6th period class. Another way is to always know the time so that you

can be aware of when you need to leave so you can catch your bus with time to spare. The school system should be aware of not having bells there, and provide the bells for the gym as well. Now you can see the fact that there are no bells in the gym is affecting students’ lives and their school work as well as their grades and any

extracurricular activities that they are attending after school. Now you can see the importance of having bells in the gym at school.

Photo by Tyler Brown

The Big Breakfast Deserves Applause By Analisa Muniz

Do you remember the morning of March 14, 2014? Do you remember it being the morning that we got a FREE breakfast? The company Chartwells, who provides us with breakfasts and lunches every other day of the year, treated us to a free breakfast. For those of you who don’t normally eat breakfast, you probably enjoyed it. It

was really fun and, more importantly, it was FREE, so who wouldn’t have a good time? I mean, you didn’t have to enter your pin number and worry about any money being taken out of your account. So I think that deserves applause. But if you didn’t go, that’s okay, it’s not like it will haunt you forever. Photo by Mrs. Mody

Students and staff at the Big Breakfast.

New Cell Phone Policy Comes to Cloonan By Markus Berg

As you might or might not know, there is a new cell phone policy in our school. This policy states that teachers can take away students’ cellphones if they are seen or heard. Is this truly fair? Before this policy, cellphones could be taken away, but only if they were misused, or interfering with their owners’ or others’ classwork. Many students pay for their own cellphone service, and believe that since they pay for it, it is theirs to use. Prior to this new rule, students were allowed to use their electronics during the lunch period, but since the new policy, they are no longer allowed to use cell-

phones there. Cellphones are one of the only ways to socially interact and communicate. One student who preferred to remain anonymous stated, “This policy restricts us from using one of mankind’s technological advances of our time.” This student, like many others, dislikes the new policy. On the other hand, teachers seem fine with it. They state the new policy has made their classes more productive, and there are fewer distractions. However, teachers still say they hear the sounds of cellphones ringing in their classrooms. Students are still bringing their cellphones to class. Many students believe their cellphones are theirs to keep and carry with them, even it’s against the rules.

Photo by Tahmida Ahmed

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