CESAR CHAVEZ PREP PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL
VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1
May 30, 2014
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Eberwein to Begin New Chapter At the end of this school year, Principal Brian Eberwein will leave Chavez Prep after working at the school for five years. Eberwein was vice principal for two years, Jenny Paniagua and then became principal in 2011. After he leaves Chavez Prep, he will manage Staff Writer and lead schools for Scholar Academies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Trenton, New Jersey. “I loved being our principal, every minute of it,” Eberwein said. “It was difficult at the time but it was great joy seeing the teachers grow in their jobs and seeing the kids grow in their academic skills and becoming the people that they all are, and leading the evolution of the school, which I think is really great. Our school is very great.” Vice principal Bob McCarty will take over as principal next year. Eberwein said being principal is a “very tough job,” and wrote that he has been “preparing him [McCarty] for this transition.” Eberwein hired McCarty in the first place, and is glad to be promoting a current member of the Chavez community to principal. “Mr.Eberwein was a knowledgeable strong leader to our community. We are sad to see him go, but we wish him well in all of his future endeavors,” said science teacher Matt Hobbs.
Tue-Thurs Jun 10th-12th final exams Friday June 13th 8/9th promotion Thursday June 19th Last day of School!!! Have a great summer!!!
Tragedy Strikes Homeless D.C. Child Anomy Johsnon Staff Writer An eight-year-old girl by the name of Relisha Rudd was kidnapped from the D.C. General Homeless Shelter by a 51-yearold man named Khalil Malik Tatum, a janitor at the homeless shelter. Tatum also killed his wife, Andrea Denise Tatum (full disclosure: she was a relative of the writer of this article). Khalil Malik Tatum later committed suicide. Tatum was considered to be Relisha’s godfather. She was
handed to him by her mother, and ended up going missing on March 19. Before Relisha was kidnapped by Tatum their relationship was decent and Relisha and her mom trusted Tatum. Tatum would buy her shoes and clothes and take her to the movies. But little did anyone know, Relisha took care of her younger siblings and they often got abused and moved around homeless shelters, just like their mother had as a child. According the Washington Post, the homeless shelter, located in what was formerly
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D.C. General Hospital, has bed bugs, raccoons in bathrooms and closets, and is in really bad condition. Also across the street there is a methadone clinic and a morgue. These were the conditions eight-year-old Relisha had to live in. To keep away from homeless shelters, she would fake asthma attacks and tried to stay in front of the school she went to, Ferebee-Hope Elementary. There are around 600 children living the same way Relisha had to live, according to the Post. Mayor Vincent Gray
Prom or Nah? Shayna and Jayla make the case for prom
promised the city that he would set aside $100 million in order to help housing programs, and that promise is reflected in D.C.’s 2015 budget. However, right now, many homeless D.C. children are still victims of abuse and neglect. Chavez Prep business manager Denia Duran says “Right now in Chavez we have five students that live in homeless shelters or are homeless, and 15 that are sharing housing.” When asked about her reaction to the Relisha Rudd case, Duran says “I was angry that
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the parent didn’t do their part on keeping their child safe,” and that she felt the government did not do enough to find Relisha. Staff and Students of Chavez Prep are trying to help families in need. DC Scores held a fundraising event at Panda Express on May 27, and 20 percent of the proceeds will go to a local shelter. There will also be a Benefit Garage Sale on Saturday, May 31 from 10am to 12pm at the school. All proceeds help a family in need.
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Capri’s Three Things to Know About
By Capri McKnight
Be Prepared Coming into eighth grade, you should be prepared for a lot! That means being prepared for working hard on assignments, staying focused on work, paying attention in class, and taking your education seriously. Everything you do in eighth grade is preparing you for the next level: high school. Working Hard Hard work pays off! It may not seem like it all matters now, but it really does. No one wants to repeat the eighth grade. So as long as you are working on all your assignments and doing all your homework, everything will work out for your greater good. It is really important to stay focused. I know a lot is going to be put on you that you are going to have to remember, and you will have lots of responsibilities. Don’t Be Scared If you are scared, it is okay to be scared, because you aren’t used to the challenging assignments that you will see in eighth grade. But there is no need to be scared. If you are determined to succeed and graduate, then you will dedicate yourself and your hard work to eighth grade. If you need help, it is okay to ask. Don’t be afraid to ask anybody for help.
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We the Teenagers Should Have A Say Capri McKnight Staff Writer
PROMOTION VERSUS 31 PROMOTION PROM: 8 PROM Jayla Ayolo Shayna Swangin Staff Writers This year at Chavez Prep, eighth graders are having a promotion instead of a prom like last year. However, as eighth graders we believe that we should have a prom as well as a promotion, because it is the last time that we get to spend with our friends before we go our separate ways. We believe that even though
we have a prom in high school we should still be able to have a prom in middle school because it will be the last chance to have a dance with our middle school friends. It will give us an opportunity to spend the last moments with our close friends because it may be a while before we see them again. A prom will allow us to have a lot of fun and forget about all the drama and issues and focus on great memories. Having both a prom and promotion would allow students
to be both rewarded with their academic success and finish off the year with a great celebration at prom. Last year we had an end of the year dance which was an awesome experience to have a blast with friends for the last couple of hours, rather than sitting in a room watching others get awards, hoping to possibly get one yourself. The point is, both are fun events to have, but if we were to chose one, we would choose a prom.
“We the people,” the saying that begins the Constitution, means we should all have a say in our government. And aren’t teenagers people, too? It is not fair that teenagers under the age of 18 are not able to vote, since they are capable of making responsible decisions. One reason why we should be able to vote is because we have a lot to do with the government. We are students, meaning we fall under the Department of Education. We study a lot about the government and we have a lot to do with the government. If we do all of these things to help out our government, and if we talk and study so much about it, then why aren’t we allowed to vote? Another reason why I think the teenagers under the age 18 should be allowed to vote is because I am a resident of D.C., as are all Chavez Prep students. This means that we are close to our government system and the laws that they make affect us the most. For example, the federal government shutdown in October closed many services in D.C.
and negatively affected our city and our lives for several weeks. We are surrounded by the cause and effects of the government’s arguments and decisions, so we should be able to vote for our leaders. Someone who disagrees with me would say teenagers are too young to vote -- they do not know a lot about the government. But that is not true. I can see where they are going with their perspective, but that statement is not true for everybody. I would disagree with these people because some teenagers know a lot about the government. Teenagers who live in D.C. get affected by the government on a daily basis, and have firstperson knowledge of how the government works. We are old enough to determine who we want to lead us. If we are affected so much by the government’s decisions, we should have a say in our leader. The Constitution says ‘’We the people,” Obama says ‘’We the people,” and if all of these sources refer back to ‘’We the people,” then ‘’We the people,’’ including teenagers, should really have a say.
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Leaving the Nest: 9th Graders Say Goodbye to Chavez Prep Stephanie Bueno Editor Most of the ninth graders have been placed in the nest since sixth grade and have been growing ever since, but now it is time to spread our wings and fly. It may sound cliche, but it is the end of the year and the last year at Chavez for the ninth graders. Many of us are going to different high schools next year. Keidy Granados is going to McKinley Tech High School. “McKinley will be different because it will be more independent, since there is no one-on-one with the students. I will have to manage my time in order to be successful,” she says. “I want to say thank you to my teachers because I gave them so many headaches that they even put on a smile on their faces to help me be the person I am today.” Salomon Barahona is going to a private school called St. Albans. He says “I am looking forward to the classes and how they will be organized. I will try to participate in extracurricular activities. I will miss the support they [Chavez teachers] give me to keep working on.” Marle Pineda is going to Bell High School. “My most memorable moments [at Chavez Prep] were Prep Quest, We the People, and Eagles Nest,” she says. She says she will miss Chavez Prep
teachers always being there for her, and thinks that in many high schools teachers do not care as much. She says “We will always keep the teachers in our hearts because they helped us achieve the last four years and help us get into high school.” My first year at Prep was as a seventh grader. My homeroom was Duke and the homeroom teachers were Mr. Bress and Ms. Mitchell. They were incredible teachers. The first year here was a new beginning for me. The next year was another amazing year. I remembered Mr.Katz-Moses getting pied and Mr. Eberwein dressing up like Nicki Minaj. Chavez Prep has so much spirit and it is one of the most amazing schools. The teachers and staff are the best any student will ever have. They help students and have so much patience with us. They are the ones that help us and are the best people in the world since they dedicate their time and life to teaching us and helping us be successful. I am really going to miss everything, even the detentions. Next year, I am going to School Without Walls and I know it will not be the same. Prep will always stick with me and I know that it will remain the same while still continuing to grow. Prep has left me with so many wonderful memories and lessons that I will never ever forget and always keep in my heart, always.
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7th Grade Ecologists Take on Shad Restoration Christian Robles Staff Writer The seventh grade undertook a project this spring with the help of science teacher Matt Hobbs to restore the shad fish population in the Anacostia River. Shad are a type of fish that migrate during the spring or mating season. Shad are also a anadromous, meaning they can live in salt and fresh water. Shad used to have a large population in the time of the American colonies, when George Washington had a shad fishery, up until around the 1970s. The population declined after the 1970s due to overfishing, pollution, and loss of habitat. Animals such as Maryland Blue Crabs, Bald Eagles, Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, and many other small fish need Shad as food, so there are severe consequences if the shad population declines. So the seventh grade tried their hand at shad restoration. Hobbs made a fish hatchery, where the baby fish can grow and hatch. The seventh grade did water testing for ammonia, pH, and nitrates during this time to make sure the shad eggs would not die. They also picked out dead eggs, eggs that were mostly
white or all white, because these eggs can become ammonia and kill the living shad eggs. The project went well until Hobbs accidently left the fresh water supply out of the egg hatching chamber, so the growing eggs did not get the oxygen they needed, and they all died. A new batch of shad was needed, so seventh graders Licsi Lainez, Gh’mira Anderson, Malachi Williams, and Anthony Amaya went to the Potomac River to collect more shad for a second attempt to help the shad population. The second attempt was successful, and only about 50 percent of the shad eggs died. This percentage may seem large, but it is much smaller than in the wild, where 70 percent of the eggs die. Soon enough it was time for the remaining baby shad to be released. Once the fish eggs were good and ready to go to the Anacostia River, the seventh grade took a trip down to the Anacostia River on May 11. During the trip the shad eggs were placed in a bucket until the students were ready to release them. When the students were ready, they each got a cupful of baby shad and slowly poured them out, very close to the water. “The Shad Restoration Proj-
ect was important because we got to restore the shad population,” said seventh grader Christopher Palma. “We took good care of the fish eggs the second time and we tested the water to see if the water was dangerous for the fish eggs. I liked picking out the dead eggs that could have killed the rest. Also I liked letting them go in the Anacostia River and taking pictures of the eggs being released.” Seventh grader Katherine Hernandez said the project was important to her “because we were releasing more shad fish into nature, which helped the environment because these fish were close to extinction. The best part of this project was releasing the fish because now there are more in the wild. Also we got to go [on] a field trip.” Although most of the Shad eggs did not grow into full adults, the seventh grade’s efforts were not in vain. Some of those shad will become full adults and produce a new generation of shad, which will produce more and more until the shad population is big enough that fishing for them as food will be fine, if controlled.
Seventh graders releasing Shad eggs on the Anacostia River on May 11th.
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1. Stu Wulsin 2. Heather Simson 3. Mike Langen 4. Aubrey Stitt 5. Luz Rivera 6. Christian Herr 7. Matt Hobbs
Here are seven pictures of Chavez teachers in their middle school days. Can you match the teacher with the picture?
9th Graders Pull off A Successful Capstone For ninth grade Capstone, students learn about a public policy project through hands-on experiences like field trips and interviews, then apply their knowledge to a real-world situation. They then teach the younger grades at Chavez. Topics included environmental justice, food and nutrition, and health. According to ninth grade teacher Allison Waithe-Benton, one exemplar was Xiomara Ayala, Luz Casarrubias, and Veronica Lopes’s project about people who live in areas with instances of cancer, with a focus on non-english speakers. Being the teachers instead of the students in a classroom was a new experience for the ninth graders. Ninth Grader Armando observed “It was difficult to teach when students are talking over me”. “Even though it’s a stressful, we see a tremendous amount of growth in their skills and we all notice a difference!” said WaitheBenton.
My Capstone experience was a very interesting one to say the least. When I picked my topic of new species invasion throughout DC and the United States I didn’t expect to have the partner that I did but I just went along with it. This project challenged me because I had to develop patience with my group mate and come up with the lesson plan to teach as well. When I found out that we had to teach the sixth graders. I was actually looking forward to it. Public speaking is extremely fun for me and I enjoy doing it because I don’t get nervous when I have to speak. In the same regard, Capstone made me have to be more attentive on the field trips to get information for my project. Research had to be thorough and precise so I could make sure my topic helped people understand what I was talking about. When it came down to teaching the sixth grade, I felt confident because I had done a lot of handwork to ensure the sixth graders weren’t going to be confused while doing my work. All in all, Capstone was a good experience for me as a whole. Photos by Dymon Jones and Gia Harris
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Anton’s Crystal Ball: 2014 NBA PLayoffs Anton Lassiter Staff Writer This has been an unexpected and dramatic season in the NBA, because surprisingly the Wizards made it to the playoffs, beating the Chicago Bulls 3-1 in the series. It is surprising when a team starts from the bottom and is now here in the playoffs. The Wizards made it to the second round of the playoffs after beating the Chicago
bulls 4-1. John Wall scored a game-high 24 points to help the Wizards advance to the second round of the playoffs with a 7569 win over the Bulls on April 29. Wall has really shown his talent this season. During game three against the Bulls, he made seven out of 19 of his baskets and nine out of 12 of his free throws. The Wizards also had few turnovers this season. There was also a big NBA surprise in game two when
Oklahoma City played the Memphis Grizzlies. Kevin Durant shocked many of his fans by scoring a 4-point play, A 4-point play is when you are at the three-point line and you shoot it and make it, leading to a foul. The Wizards were unfortunately eliminated by the Raptors after an 88-78 loss on May 15, but they should still keep their heads high for a successful season. The Heat, lead by LeBron
DC SCORES Both DC Scores teams played Lincoln at Tubman Field in their final game on May 23rd. The boys lost 0-2 and the girls tied 1-1. mvps of the game were 8th graders Dan Benavides and Jailin Sousa.
James, have taken over the season and knocked out the Brooklyn Nets, 4-1. The outcome of the Pacers/OKC game will determine who plays next. In my crystal ball, I predict the Wizards and OKC will go the Eastern conference finals. Another underdog team in the finals that have advanced to the Western conference finals is the Portland Trail Blazers. They defeated Houston Rockets 4-2, with a game four win 88-89.
Blazer’s point guard Damian Lillard ended the game with a stunning 3-point basket when the time clock was at zero. Thunder vs Clippers I think the Thunder will triumph over the Clippers. Despite all the drama this season, the Clippers continue to regain their stamina. I predict Miami Heat will be this year’s champions, but this season has been anything but predictable.
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ARTS by Glenda Lopez
R.I.P Rest in peace all my fakers because I don’t got time to be fooling All my lovers are the ones I’m cooling It can be any race but we together like a shoelace R.I.P Not being very important people But just living your life in peace People just being human And life just being a distraction R.I.P To get all the attraction every Hater or Lover needs I see that they are not my tools To get where I want to be at But they are all my fools R.I.P Everyone because ya have ya own life ya need to control besides others’. --By Glenda Lopez
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Clash of Clans Explodes the Competiton Osvaldo Montero Staff Writer Clash of Clans is a game of strategy and thinking with a hint of war in it. It was released on August 2, 2012. The company that makes it is called SuperCell and people can get it for free on iOS and Android. It is a great game for people who think strategically and who are patient with their time. There are different buildings and warriors to attack and defend your base. The main buildings that you start with are the Town Hall, Elixir Storage, Elixir Pump, Gold Mine, and Gold Storage. These are the beginning items players get. As
are a Champion, you are one of the best players in the world. Many give it good reviews, and have their own ideas for improving it. Some of my ideas are more buildings, as well as new upgrades and defenses because those that have their bases maxed out (defenses or buildings that are upgraded completely) will not have anything else to do but wait for the dark elixir to get another upgrade. Compared to other strategy games, Clash of Clans is better than the ones that have bad graphics or those that don’t have a lot of creative objects, like Boom Beach or Castle Clash.
“ The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Rocks Ford’s Theater
Jasmiahya: Ms. Morrison, what was it like to be on stage? Ms. Morrison:It was really fun! I loved watching your reactions from the stage. Jasmiahya: What was your reaction? Ms.Morrison: I was very surprised the producer picked me to go onstage, I hoped it would be Omari, Johanna, or you. Jasmiahya: Were you scared or nervous? Stage fright possibly? Ms. Morrison: I was a little nervous because I didn’t want to misspell any words in front of my students. I also had no idea the “comfort coach” was going to sing to me or I was going to be spanked by a tambourine!
you progress through the game, you get more weapons, warriors, and better ways to defeat your foe. Gold and elixir are the main sources you need to buy and upgrade. Further into the game people can unlock dark elixir, from which people can then get even more troops and defenses. People can play with other players across the world and form a clan or a group and then have wars with other groups and get a lot of gold and elixir. There is a league where people are promoted and then you can battle other people’s bases and win trophies to rise to the next league. There are six leagues: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Crystal, Master, and Champion. If you
Jasmiahya Young Staff Writer
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Eighth graders, Jasmiayah Young, Omari Wilson, and Johanna Hernandez in front of Ford’s T heater where they attended a production of “ T he 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”.
Several eighth grade students went on a field trip to the Ford’s Theatre on May 2 to watch the play “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” It is a humorous musical about kids that are in a spelling bee and how they experience it. The play follows eight children participating in the spelling bee and their efforts to win it. The spelling bee was sort of like an analogy to their lives, which was sort of awkward and humorous, and each of the characters had musical numbers and certain things they did. For example, one of the participants wrote out the word with his foot and another one tilted his head when he spelt. Overall my reaction as an audience member was that the musical was shocking and funny. I say this because in the play
they had some comedic skits and humorous jokes that were pretty laughable. Also in the play they used some real life audience members to be a part of the play, and one of those audience members was January Morrison, an eighth grade history teacher here at Chavez Prep. At first I thought that the play was going to be boring because of the title, and honestly I only came because all of my friends were going and it was a freebie for getting out of class. But when I started to watch it, it was hilarious and funny. At the end I was happy that I went and the play turned out to be good, which I’d never expected. If I were to give “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” a rating, I would give it five stars. It deserves that because it was amusing to look at, they used some audience members, and they had jokes that were funny. This play was definitely worth the trip.
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Writing Editor Stephanie Bueno Photo Editors Jorge Ventura Chinyere McLean Staff Writers Jocelyn Alvarez Stephanie Bueno Joacqin Gonzalez Amoni Johnson Anton Lassiter Kelly Leak Glenda Lopez Capri McKnight Osvaldo Montero Jenny Paniagua Christian Robles Daniela Romualdo Jasmiahya Young Staff Photographers Delia Cassarubias Gia Harris Dymon Jones Chinyere McLean Jorge Ventura Art Contributors Paper Project Director Claire Parker Paper Project Mentors Annie Rosenthal Maria Brescia-Weiler Lauren ReVeal Erin Sternlieb Emily Davies Emma Keyes Paper Project Designers Sarah Torresen Mia Strazzella Staff Advisor January Morrison Special Thanks to Cathy Healy Rostam Brian Eberwein Bob McCarty
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