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he past few weeks seem to have left some students in a tizzy, while others are calmer than ever. With 90 minute classes, 7 minutes to roam the halls, and the longest lunch lines ever, the block schedule has finally arrived. When asking students how they have responded to the schedule change, The Res Banner found that the student body varies in opinion. Some love it. Some hate it. And some just haven’t made up their minds. After all, we’ve only been in school for about a month. Just like the start of every school year, it takes time to get used to things. Yet, some students are so satisfied with the schedule change that it seems as if there are no problems at all. Having classes every other day alleviates stress, the days seem shorter, and there is more time to study. Sounds good. But, then there are the students who have not yet figured out how to handle the modified schedule. After all, the sophomore, junior, and senior classes did not attend an orientation, but were left with 15 minutes to figure out their schedules in homeroom. Nevertheless, teachers have been great--probably because they attended training sessions and were taught how to function while on a block schedule. But here’s the catch: students haven’t. Try not having a class for 5 days because of an extra long weekend and then attempting to remember everything that’s due. It’s not so easy. As a college preparatory school, it does make sense that Res is trying to prepare students for college by implementing a

schedule that offers classes that are similar in length to college courses. But high school is not college and the intensity of longer classes needs to be balanced with meaningful homework assignments. Busy work is not preparing us for the demands of college and, more importantly, it is not helping us to be successful block learners. It seems as if the schedule has the potential to become a procrastinator’s nightmare. Ideally, each student would go home after school and complete her homework from classes on that particular day. But let’s be realistic; that’s not always going to happen. By attending class every other day, homework is often times not completed until the day after we have class, instead of when the material is fresh in our minds. Though some students may find that the schedule provides them with more time to finish homework and relax, students who do not have the best studying habits are at a loss. The new schedule was a big change, and there should have been more direction. There is no doubt that the administration is always working to address student concerns, but, as a staff, The Res Banner cannot simply ignore the problems that the schedule change presents, nor should we refuse to consider the benefits. And so, we can’t instantaneously make the decision of whether or not block scheduling was the right choice for Res. What we can say, though, is that this issue is too significant to be left unaddressed. Though teachers were trained how to effectively teach students in block schedule classes, students were not taught how to learn in them, and that’s a problem.

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here is no doubt that the craze of Gossip Girl has taken over the halls of Res yet again. Girls are still eagerly watching Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen lead lives of scandal and promiscuity. The chance of having a life like Blair or Serena is slim to none, but who cares? Watching their lives unfold on the show is more than enough. Emulating their lives would be impossible, and I am happy with the way my life is. Don’t get me wrong, just because I don’t want to live their lives, doesn’t mean I don’t love watching them. Reviews call Gossip Girl “every parents’ nightmare,” but it is pure pleasure for teens. I wouldn’t dare do any of the things Blair or Serena do, but I do get a thrill out of watching them engage in such outrageous behavior. Watching other people do bad things may be even more entertaining than doing them yourself. For example, watching Blair Waldorf is pure fun. I mean, she dates the hottest guys, has the coolest clothes, and rules Upper East New York. Bad girls know that a perk to misbehaving is having other people find out. Blair knows that everyone who has heard of her will discover what she has said or done through text messages or the Gossip Girl website. This makes her outrageous activities all the more worthwhile.

While being well known is very important to me, I also feel that the reason people know me is important. Personally, I would rather have people recognize me for the good things I do as opposed to the scandalous things Blair and Serena do. Ever since I was in grade school, teachers and parents have told me that I am such a doll. I was never thought of as a troublemaker, and I enjoyed being well-liked by adults. Blair and Serena are known for their money, and their actions don’t have an affect on the adults in their society. I know the way I behaved was a reflection on my parents, and I know the compliments they received about my manners made them happy. When I started high school, I was tempted to rebel. The behavior at Res is nowhere near as scandalous as the behavior on Gossip Girl, but there is still some bad behavior. I would never dare text during class or talk back to a teacher, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like watching others do so. There’s nothing wrong with playing by the rules, and it is acceptable and normal to want to take risks. But, why waste your energy, or risk paying the consequences of trying to be bad when you can just relish in the lives of the ultimate bad girls, Blair and Serena.

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olitics. Where does this word fit into the life of an American teenager? Most people’s first reaction would be that it doesn’t, that we are too self-absorbed with our YouTube, our Cosmos, our video games, and our celebrity fan clubs to care about politics. This is a common misconception that I would hate to see become the general perception of our generation. Now, I know that politics aren’t always the most exciting topic, and sitting at the adults table on Thanksgiving can be a complete drag. Personally, watching my relatives’ jaws drop open as I strike up a conversation about the Democratic National Convention is worth it. Many teens say they would get more involved with politics if it related to them or if the government directly affected them. I don’t know how much more of a connection they need because there always seems to be some problem they are concerned about. I can’t count how many times someone has commented on the amount of money taken out of their paychecks for taxes, how high gas prices are, or the four extra dollars they had to pay on that shirt from Forever 21. All of these issues relate to teens, and believe it or not, are political at the same time. Not knowing about what is going on in my own country is aggravating, which is exactly why I’ve become more involved by simply watching the news, reading the Tribune every morning, and

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engaging in conversation about issues. Much to my surprise, I’m never bored. Instead, I’m informed, intrigued, and stimulated. My latest triumph was persuading my older sister to register to vote. Don’t get me wrong, politics is no where near the top of my priority list, and it rarely makes the cut for things to talk about with my friends. Getting involved has mostly become something on which I found I need to work. During this election, it has been easier than ever to get involved. Programs like Rock the Vote, an organization using celebrities to reach out to teens, has been practically begging us to vote this year. Just watching Madonna and P. Diddy’s video was convincing enough for me. Teens who get involved these days are praised and adored. That’s a pretty appealing reason to include oneself. No one is asking us to make politics our life-long commitment, although, that wouldn’t be such a bad thing. The truth is that getting involved is easy, quick, and rewarding. It doesn’t take up too much time. Trust me. Between school, homework, volleyball practice, and work, time is the last thing I have to spare. So if you don’t want members of the history department chasing you down the hall, armed with voter registration forms, I would highly suggest getting involved. The more teens that are active in politics, the better reputation we get.

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hen school started on Aug. 25, it was like a scene from Freaky Friday-only it was more of a manic Monday. Freshmen were acting like seniors, strutting around like they have been walking the halls for years, while returning students were staring at their schedules with looks of utter confusion on their faces as they tried to decipher what red and white days meant. Now a month into the school year, students, teachers, and administrators are still adjusting to the new schedule and have mixed reactions to the change. “Block scheduling will be a challenge, but challenge is a good thing. It will all work out,” said Mrs. Rosemary Stuebi, English department. In a poll conducted by The Res Banner, 54 percent of students like the new schedule, and 36 percent favor returning to the traditional schedule. “My red days are easier than my white days. I wish my days were more evenly spread out,” said Sarah Romano, sophomore. Rebecca Wallace, sophomore, said, “some of my teachers are including hands on activities, but some are lecturing for all ninety minutes which makes class really long.” Some teachers are still trying to adjust to the new schedule. The science department is losing time each week due to the loss of lab periods. “I do feel some pressure to cover as much as last year,” said Mr. Joe Miller, science department. Mrs. Lydia Shin, science department, said, “I am giving homework that is of more quality over quantity. I will not give as

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much busy work, but rather homework that will teach students the concepts they need to know.” Administration plans to take a closer look at fifth period classes because they said that it is apparent that it is difficult for students and teachers to adjust from 90 minute classes to a 55 minute class. Dr. Ruth Christensen, assistant principal, said that administrators are taking all the feedback they have received from faculty and students and are using it to make improvements. One change that has already taken effect is the schedule on Tuesdays. It was modified to accommodate class time and activity periods, while still having a dismissal time of 2:00 p.m. Christensen also said, “Statistics have proven that students in block scheduling have higher test scores, and block scheduling allow teachers to have a deeper relationship with their students.” Though Ms. Giuliana Costabile, foreign language department, joked, “I enjoy not seeing my students everyday.” The overall consensus of students is that with block scheduling, there will be more time to spend with teachers and more time to do interesting activities and group work, which was not possible with the former schedule. Longer classes also allow for deeper discussions, enable more time to cover in-depth material, and help students to focus on three or four subjects a day, rather than seven or more, according to Christensen. “I feel so much more relaxed. I’m not worried <4004+)=,0-8>)*,0/&5>)'&6?45,*)*'+,-.%,*)@/3+)+,5)'%4**643,*)40-) about having to rush anymore,” said Nicole Schaefer, 35/,*)3&)!)1.5,)&.3)@+/'+)'%4**)*+,)+4*)0,A3: senior.

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measures are meant to act as a preventative against vandalism,” said Saccaro. “The cameras are set up mostly around the perimeter of the school, with a few inside,” said Mr. Steve Sutter, head of maintenance. According to Sutter, the footage obtained from the cameras will be stored on a disc and used only if an act of vandalism should occur that the police need to view. Cameras were added around the main entrance of the school so that the flow of people coming in and out can be monitored. “We used to not know who was coming into the school, and that was a problem,” said Sutter.

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hange has become evident in many aspects of the school community. Aside from the obvious changes, the guidance department has also made some adjustments. From counselor café supervision to the college admissions process, the guidance department is putting forth their best team effort in order to have a successful school year. Mrs. Patricia Lawrence, who has been the college counselor for 15 years, will now be known as the college coordinator. She was approached with this plan by Dr. Lynne Saccaro, president/principal, one week before school began. Lawrence was very open to the idea. She said, “There have been a lot of changes, and I think it is a perfect time for change.” Although she has many of the same responsibilities, the major alteration on her to do list is that she will no longer be processing ":' 9&:'953)$$#';*&84<$='4$>?&'5'&/30$#/'/7'1$/'5'4$50'&/5)/'7#''' all of the college applications on her own. She ' /4$''87>>$1$'5??>*85!'7#'?)78$&&:'' will receive help from the other counselors in this process. Lawrence will continue to coordinate application process. They feel that this change will be beneficial college events such as College Night. “I think it was just a way to get the counslers involved in the for the students because they have worked with the girls since their freshman year. process,” said Lawrence “This will be a much smoother process, and it will benefit the Counselors will now supervise different lunch periods during students, which is what it is all about,” says Campeotto. the week to foster relationships with students. Nicole LoChirco, senior, thinks that all of the changes will Mrs. Joan Campeotto, who has been a counselor at Res for 34 years, said, “Students can talk to us during their lunch, but these help her as she prepares to enter college. “We have a new schedule, changes should give students no problem to see us outside of the and I will be used to all of the changes.” Lawrence said “We are in for a good year, there is great spirit cafe.” The counselors will now be involved in the college in the school.”

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fter six months of making everything just right, Ms. Mary Hauck, technology coordinator, finally launched the school’s new official website. “I am excited the website finally launched,” said Hauck. The process started in March when she, along with about 70 students and faculty members, got together to create a new layout and design. A company called Plexcore was hired to help. Plexcore works with the needs of their clients and their online audience to develop a design that is fit for their specific demands. Many people saw the new site up during the summer, but it was quickly taken down and replaced with the old one. “[The website] was only up for a five day period, and it was up so that administration could look at the design and see what they could add or subtract,” said Hauck.

Mrs. Amy Martin, English department, said, “The new website is up to date; the old one was not current. It looks nicer, and it is more put together and organized.” The website was scheduled to debut at the beginning of the school year, but it was a week late. “I wanted it to go up as perfect as it could be, and we were still making changes,” said Hauck. Natalie Rojas, junior, said, “The new website is way better than the old one, but there is still room for improvement. I’m sure after everyone gives their input, the website will be perfect.” Small changes are still being added to the site. “Fun things like having the girls’ birthdays up, being able to download forms for the balloon store, little things like that will be added,” said Hauck. Hauck plans on asking faculty and students to evaluate the website. She will invite both groups to give feedback. “It takes time to make it perfect,” said Hauck. “We are continually striving to make it better - to make it what we want.”

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is pushing us harder at practice and in the end, we will not disappoint,” said Loren Velasquez, senior. Not only is the team prepared, but determined to make this season better than the last one. The team has been working since the summer for the upcoming season. They had a three-week running camp and still ran when it was over. The girls are certain that this season will be better than the last. “I think as a team, we are trying our hardest and are determined to run our hearts out to make this year the best yet,” said Velasquez. .$/*,(&0'1/2-3

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tarting with 15 hours of swimming a week and three hours of out-of-water conditioning, the Resurrection Swim team is paving the way to a successful season. Mr. Marty Gibson, head coach, has high hopes and is expecting the best year ever. “There’s a lot of talent on this team,” Coach Marty said. With three key swimmers from last year’s lineup returning, the team is ready to turn heads. With a veteran lineup of Maddie Nelson and Robin Norwood, sophomores, and Erica McAloon, senior, they are committed to the team and driven to win. “They bring in energy and always come in ready to jump in the pool ready,” said Mary Gibson, assistant coach. Veronica Gibson, freshman, is also a vital factor to the team’s performance. A new face to the team, she is close to meeting state times and is one of the top swimmers. “She’s really going to help out our relays. You’ll see her name breaking all of the records,” said Lindsay O’Callaghan, senior. “The freshmen this year are going to be a surprise. We see talent in the underclassmen; it is just a matter of putting it all together,” Coach Mary said. Coach Marty believes that the

underclassmen are going to advance the team to higher levels in the future. With all thirteen sectional swimmers returning from last year, the team anticipates a successful season and believes on achieving more than last year’s team. !"#$%!&'(&)#*+(,-

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he golf team started their season by taking first place at the Oak Park River Forest and St. Ignatius meets. Senior Samantha Szyska said, “We work hard as a team, have fun as a team, and look out for each other. We’re like a family.” This team has a record to defend and a status to uphold. Last year, Erin O’Donnell, senior, made it to sectionals and the team won a majority of their matches. This season, O’Donnell, who has been on the team for three years, achieved a new school record. At the Taft Golf Match, O’Donnell shot a 36 on a 32 par course, parring 4 holes and finishing on the ninth hole with a birdie, which means she had a record number for nine holes. Another promising player is sophomore Kaitlyn Hoffmann. Hoffmann was a medalist in the second match this year at Oak Park River Forest. Coach Eileen Macey said, “Our goal is to have some of the girls make it to sectionals and state, it’s possible, we are focused this year.” The golf team is looking forward to key matches. As they are getting ready for conference, regionals, and the championships, the team practices four times a week at the Indian Boundary golf course and are coached by Macey and Mr. Jim Holder. )$*'"+%,$''(-.

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South tournament, and varsity took second at the Bandit tournament. The freshman team hopes to do well at their upcoming tournament. Jamie Teichmann, senior, said, “The team has great talent this year. Now we are just working on coming together as a team and using that talent.” Merk also agreed. “We have a talented group of girls with some excellent leadership from our seniors. The girls have very good chemistry on and off the court.”

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2008-2009 Res Banner Issue 1  

September Issue The Res Banner Resurrection High School, Chicago, IL 9.29.08

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