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Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

Pg. 6 - Opinion

The Talon’s Take

WE ARE STALEY The Talon staff has noticed a school support issue, and so in this first-ever Talon editorial, we chose to address it. Several Staley students have complained that Oak Park doesn’t do things a certain way, so neither should Staley. Well, we aren’t Oak Park, Liberty or any other school. WE ARE STALEY! We should not compare ourselves to any other school when forming our traditions. We are Staley, and will do our best in everything. We are a new school without seniors. Students should be thrilled at their opportunity to shine in high school. If we all went to another school we wouldn’t have all of the opportunities, so let’s seize them and use them to our advantage. This will help our students in the long run. When applying for colleges, Falcons can say that they were on a higher level such as varsity for four years, instead of the typical two or three. The juniors get to be the leaders for two years. Take pride in our school and its activities. It’s important not to forget where we came from, but let’s enjoy where we are now. Remember, WE ARE STALEY!

New School Develops New Policies Written by Ashley Robertson A new school means new policies, and with new policies there is often controversy. The four-point grading scale, Achievement projects, and ID cards are among them. The new grading scale is based on the book by Dr. Robert Marzano called Classroom Assessment and Grading That Works. Having a school-wide grading scale keeps classes more equal so that no teacher is more difficult than another. While 90 percent of students’ grades are based on academic performance, 10 percent is based on life skills. Students can help their grade by retaking tests and some quizzes for a better score. “It goes along with what we’ve been doing in Fine Arts all along, we’ve always graded more on performance,” said theater and communication arts teacher Shelly Blay. However, some students don’t feel the same. “I think it’s unpractical and unfair that we’re the only school trying it out,” said junior Brianna Shumate. The Achievement projects are another big topic.

These projects are supposed to support the student and help them with current and future academics. Another purpose of this class is to connect each student with one teacher in the school who can help them achieve their goals. All students will be with their advisor their whole high school career. By completing each project the student is supposed to learn new concepts such as how to write a thesis statement and to use PowerPoint. Social Studies teacher Christopher Sartain believes that this project “teaches kids to learn communication skills and how to ask questions.” A student disagrees “It’s a waste of time, we could be using the time for homework,” said junior Brandon Hare. ID cards have been issued to all students and faculty. Everyone is required to display these cards at all times within the building. This provides a way to identify people and make sure everyone in the building belongs there. Each ID card has a specific meaning. Most freshmen and sophomores have the basic cards, which give no special privileges.

Most juniors have silver cards, which allow them to walk the halls without a pass. The highest card students can achieve is the Falcon Card, which allows them to have the same privileges the silver cards receive and leave for lunch three minutes early, have reserved parking and leave class early at the end of the day. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the red card, which is the lowest a student can receive. This card takes away the privilege to be in the halls during class and gives the student lunch detention. “It’s good because you know who belongs to the school. It’s for your own safety,” said freshman Hannah Potthast. Other students don’t see the point of the cards. “There’s no use for them, so I always forget to wear it,” said junior Heather Russell. Staley’s new policies are intended to make students more disciplined in their work, but how well will it work? We’ll see.

How About Homecoming? Written and drawn by Ashley Bethel

The Talon Mission Statement As The Talon staff, our purpose is to appeal to and inform the student body and the community. We aspire to be not only a team, but a family. We will be reliable, reputable and set high expectations for our publications staff.

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Homecoming may be a romantic and exciting time, but it can add up to be very expensive. Therefore, when the girl in the picture is asked to the homecoming dance she is very relieved that there is now someone else to pay for her dinner. Homecoming can be fun, but it’s the little perks here and there that make it even better.

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