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High school discusses weighted grades weighted grades into the high school, the committee decided to move forward with the recommendation for weighted Staff Writer grades. The decision was made to weigh AP and IB HL classes minimally at a .33 increase. While some schools weight grades an extra .5 or even a one The Board of Education met and discussed proposed changes to the weighted grade system at the high school at its whole grade more, Moran said the committee decided to start lower than that. regularly-scheduled meeting on March 17. “We didn’t know the impact it might have on students,” Although Dexter High School already has weighted grades for all Advanced Placement courses and International Bacca- Moran said. “If you give a class too much of a weight, kids laureate Higher Level (HL) courses, the proposed change will would try to take the class just to get the weighted grade. We were worried about unintended consequences.” branch out to include IB Standard Level Regardless, the committee went (SL) courses as well. forward in weighing AP and IB HL IB HL classes span over the course of classes at the decided .33, agreeing two years, whereas IB SL classes cover “It’s frustrating to me. I don’t to go back and reconsider which only one year. HL classes are thought classes should be weighed after seeget the ranking that other stuto be more difficult than SL classes, ing what impact it had. dents get because the class isn’t but both levels are considered rigorous Now in their second year at the based on their external moderation of weighted. high school, weighted grades in IB some assignments by the IB. -Sabrina Meo, senior SL classes are being revised due to During the 2012-2013 school year, a based on concerns from parents of committee that included administraIB students, according to Moan. tors, teachers and parents met to discuss “The proposal to the Superintendent is to add IB SL classes the possibility of weighted grades at the high school. “Once we decided that we would weigh grades at the high now,” Moran said. “This wasn’t my issue. There were board school, the next question needed to be: ‘What classes are we members, often being parents, who brought this up.” As part of the original committee to bring weighted grades going to weigh?’” Principal Kit Moran said. to the high school, Board of Education president Michael Not everyone on the committee was on the same page, Wendorf said adding SL classes to the weighted system is rephowever, according to Moran. The committee readily agreed AP classes should get resentative of their rigor. “The committee has continued to meet and now that IB weighted grade status. International Baccalaureate classes, on has been implemented, it became clear over the past two years the other hand, caused some difference in opinion. “The question was whether an SL IB class was as rigorous that IB SL courses as offered at DHS also reflect the same as an HL IB class, or even as rigorous as an AP class,” Moran rigor of AP and IB HL courses,” Wendorf said. “The benefit said. “Neither are easy classes, but the committee was not in of weighing both HL and SL classes, therefore, is to recognize total agreement that SL classes deserved that level of college- the rigor of the curriculum taken by students who have experienced these courses.” rigor status.” Superintendent Chris Timmis agrees and said the reason Not wanting to slow down the process of introducing
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only AP and IB grades are weighted is due to the external moderation of both programs. “The weighted grade system is more consistent this way,” Timmis said. “With saying just AP and IB, it makes it very clear. Otherwise it becomes a value judgment.” Some students and staff feel a judgment of value is needed, however. They site classes like Humanities, which extends over two class periods, and Advanced Chemical Analysis ones that are just as deserving of college-rigor status. “It’s a tough conversation to have,” Moran said. “At a certain point, we have to draw the line.” Humanities teacher Ellen Doss who is opposed to weighted grading in general, said that colleges already know when a student has taken a higher level class like an AP or IB class. “A student’s courses throughout their transcript should speak for themselves,” Doss said. “If grades are going to be weighted, the curriculum should be looked at and not just the label on the class.” Humanities student and senior Sabrina Meo agrees and said she wishes Humanities was weighted because it is such a high-level course that she said takes up as much of a students’ time outside of school and has the same amount of work as an AP or IB class. “It’s frustrating to me,” Meo said. “I don’t get the ranking that other students get because the class isn’t weighted. IB SL is a lower-level class. It shouldn’t be weighted if a class like Humanities isn’t.” Although Meo said she thinks SL is a lower-level class, supporters say that these classes deserve weighting because they’re externally moderated just like IB HL and AP classes. And the discussion isn’t over yet. Moran said the process is a work in progress. “There’s not one way to do weighted grades,” he said. “There are a lot of ways, and we’re still working out the kinks.”
Friday, April 4, 2014 The Squall Feature 4 LEVI KIPKE and SHELBY SCHERDT team orange
JAYDEN WILSON and SAM WESLEY team purple
FREDDY BURKE and MADDIE DUTCHER team yellow
JACK DONEVAN and TUULIA PUTKONEN team green
EVAN MORRISON and SIERRA LAKEY team pink
‘Senior Survivor’ fundraising challenge begins fifth year Scott Rogers Staff Writer
Senior Jack Donevan will sleep on a hard, unforgiving floor for five nights; replace warm, home-cooked meals with quintessentially bland school lunches and participate in strenuous physical challenges every night. It’s a lot to ask, but it’s all worth it for a shot to earn the title of Senior Survivor. Beginning Sunday, April 13, 12 students will begin the fifth annual tradition of Senior Survivor. These students, divided into six teams of one boy and one girl, will accumulate points by raising money for their individual charities and competing in nightly challenges. They will stay at the school every night, eating only school-provided breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The lowest scoring team being eliminated each night. The last remaining team has all of the money raised go towards their chosen charities. “Senior Survivor is a fun thing to do for the student body,” student council adviser Al Snider said. “It’s an opportunity for us to give back.” Snider has been running Senior Survivor since it began at Dexter in 2010. Snider said what’s great about Senior Survivor is that while only 12 students actually participate, everyone in the school can take part. Students are able to give points to certain teams by donating money and buying T-shirts and food. They’re also able to follow the action throughout the competition, especially at the assembly where the first team is eliminated.
WINNINGS OF THE PAST . . .
Dexter Tornado Relief Fund
Howell Nature Center
C.S. Mott’s Children’s Hospital &
However, while most students are mainly only aware of the tasks and fundraising opportunities that help teams accumulate points, much of the real work happens before teams are even selected. The contests and games are different every year, so Senior Survivor requires considerable effort and creativity on the part of student council, Snider said. “We spend a lot of time brainstorming ideas for challenges and events,” Snider said. “We will break up into teams, and each team will be responsible for one night.” In addition to designing the overall scope of the competition and the details of each challenge, student council is also responsible for the selection of each competitor. Snider said, “We look at how involved a student is around the school, what sports they play, what activities they do. We want to get a broad selection of representation from all throughout the school.” Donevan is very excited about the opportunity, and said he is “looking forward most to being able to compete in new challenges every day with Tuulia (Putkonen).” Donevan said Senior Survivor has been something he has wanted to do for years, and in addition to the challenges and fundraising, is excited about being able to hang out in the school overnight. “When there’s no challenges going on,” he said, “I will spend it cuddled up in Snider’s room with a nice math book staring at the stars that I so long to reach.”
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Group heads to Belize for break Teddy Walton Staff Writer
Jeremy Hannich, a youth minister at Dexter United Methodist Church, sat at the pew, praying for a safe trip as his assortment of church-goers were prepared to save some lives. Hannich, who is an adult adviser of the trip, and a handful of high school students from Dexter UMC are headed to Belize for a mission trip. From April 4 to April 12, these students have decided to donate their spring break vacation to conduct a medical mission in one of Central America’s most longsuffering countries. “I don’t really know what to expect. It’s my first mission trip, so it’ll be different to interact with some of the kids, our age, down there,” senior Olivia Stagg said. Belize is a country located on the northeastern coast of Central America and has the lowest population density in its region. Temperatures range from about 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The mission agency is expected to set up a campsite with bunk beds and all of the necessities. This is the third year that Dexter UMC has gone on a senior mission trip. The main focus of the trip is to help build a water collecting system and distribute medical supplies for the less fortunate all throughout Belize. Hannich said, “I feel like it has been a great opportunity and experience for everyone Photo Credit: Sam Musgrove involved.” Dexter students who are part of Dexter United Methodist Church are traveling to BeSenior Graham Northrup, a member of lize, in Central America, to help the inhabitants of the poverty-stricken country. “Our Dexter UMC, said, “Our purpose is to set up team of 12 seniors and adults will be giving food to the less fortunate, helping build a small clinic and do blood pressure checks a water collecting system and distributing medical supplies,” DUMC youth minister Jeremy Hannich said. and things like that which they wouldn’t normally have access to in Belize.” Stagg said, “It’ll be really interesting to see how life is “We’re going with a really great group of people this year, and I’m really excited for that,” Stagg different down there.” Northrup said they’ll bring medical supplies with said. The group of 12 seniors and adults includes many them that are really hard to come by down there such as Dexter students such as, Cam LaFontaine, Zach bandages and rubbing alcohol. He added that they may Hartmann, Scott Rogers, Cailin McLean, Andrew Shay, work in some elementary schools with kids and said, Matt Mitchell, Olivia Stagg, Bethany Hansen, Sabrina “We’re basically just down there for whatever help they need.” Lomax, Kerrigan Baird, and a few others.
WHERE ELSE TO GO Keystone, CO “11 broskis and myself are going high up into the mountains to Photo Credit: Ben and Whitney Carey snowboard and enjoy our time in a mansion in the woods.” •Evan Morrison, senior
Clearwater Beach, FL “I’m going with my family of four, and we’re going to Photo Credit: Lindsay Turner have a lot of fun at Busch Gardens. Life’s a beach, and I’m just looking forward to playing in the sand.” •Alex Strang, freshman
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“I’ll be working at Dairy Queen for all of spring break.
Unfortunately, I’ve been grounded for the past seven months, so I’m just going to hang with my friends in Dexter.” •Anna Stricklen, sophomore
Friday, April 4, 2014 The Squall Sports 6
Final Four Frenzy
A powerhouse final four calls for a powerhouse prediction
14th ranked Mercer defeats 3rd ranked Duke in the second round.
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11th seeded Dayton makes the Elite 8 for the first time in 30 years.
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Michigan and Michigan State both make the Elite 8 for the first time ever. Both lost in the Elite 8.
Cameron La Fontaine Co Editor in Chief As a biased Michigan fan who predicted a Michigan versus Michigan State championship game, I’m quite sad. Going into the Elite 8, I still had all final four teams left in Florida, Michigan State, Arizona and Michigan. That is until Connecticut, Wisconsin and Kentucky all dashed my hopes of winning my under-the-counter bracket pool. Florida, UCONN, Wisconsin and Kentucky have all proved why they should be in the final four. Winning four games in a row in an NCAA tournament is no easy task especially when battling programs that have proved their worth all throughout the year like Iowa State, Arizona, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan. This is the fourth time since 1985 that two seeds at seven or above have been in the final four. Seventh seeded UCONN, out of the East region, comes in making its fifth Final Four appearance. Previously, the Huskies had won three national championships in their first four appearances. UCONN is a team that mainly relies on star player Shabazz Napier that has averaged 23.2 points a game in the tournament and is UCONN’s key to success in the NCAA tournament. Eighth seeded Kentucky, out of the Midwest region, comes in hot, and I mean burning up, to the point where it’s hard to stay cool just watching them. Kentucky entered the tournament as an unranked, freshmen-stocked team. Kentucky started the regular season as the preseason number one overall seed in the NCAA. This honor was quickly diminished after losing 10 regular-season games. Kentucky has rolled into the Final Four beating the three teams from last year’s final four in Wichita State, Michigan, and Louisville. The two seed out of the West region is Wisconsin. They are the only team representing a power basketball conference in the Big Ten. The Big Ten proved time and time again in the regular season to be the prominent conference in the NCAA but hasn’t won a championship since Michigan State did in 2000. Wisconsin is a good team with a great big man who can post up and shoot in Frank Kaminsky. If Kentucky can’t find a way to stop Kaminsky, I don’t think Wisconsin can be stopped at all. Florida is team where defense clearly is a priority. The Gators rank third in the nation in scoring defense. With quick guards like Scottie Wilbekin and down-low bangers like Patric Young, the UCONN Huskies will absolutely have their hands full with this Florida team that went 18-0 in the SEC, the easiest of the power conferences, and hasn’t lost a game since Dec. 2. That loss? Comes from UCONN.
In the first game I see Florida taking care of UCONN and beating them in a close, rough game. Florida’s defense is too good for any team’s offense to match especially with a UCONN team that, except for star guard Shabazz Napier, struggled against Michigan State offensively. This game is a battle of the guards in Florida star Scottie Wilbekin and Connecticut’s Napier. But while we tend to focus on these guards, don’t forget about center, Patric Young for the Gators who is a monster down low. The winner of this game will have the better defense. And while some say that Florida is the obvious winner, Connecticut forced
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Kentucky’s Freshman Forward Julius Randle has averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game in the NCAA tournament.
16 turnovers against Michigan State last Sunday. This game will be a constantly aggressive, emotional game where fouls will be consistent. Florida wins 62-60. In the second game I have scorching-hot Kentucky over Wisconsin. Both teams are offensively minded which makes for an opposite approach to the first game. Kentucky and Wisconsin will be battling for three pointers and-one layups and offensive rebounds. Kentucky showed its true power on the glass especially in their win against Michigan where they out-rebounded the McGary-less Wolverines 3524 with 17 offensive boards. Wisconsin shows a big threat with seven foot forward, Frank Kaminsky who netted 28 points and 11 boards against one seed, Arizona last Saturday. If Kentucky’s Dakari Johnson and newfound star, Marcus Lee can limit Kaminsky’s touches, Kentucky gains a huge advantage. With shooters like the Harrison twins and James Young getting hotter and hotter for Kentucky, I don’t believe there’s anyway to stop them along with aggressive big man, Julius Randle who put home 16 points and 10 rebounds in their win against Michigan Sunday. Kentucky wins 76-68. While I hate to overinflate the ego of every SEC fan in America with a Florida-Kentucky national championship game, it is what will happen. Kentucky has had, by far, the hardest path to get to the Final Four. They beat 1-seeded Wichita State, 4-seeded and defending national champions Louisville, and the national runner-up, secondseeded Michigan Wolverines. Florida struggled against a 16-seeded Albany, battled with Pittsburgh, beat fourth-seeded UCLA and beat an 11-seeded Dayton to get to the Final Four. Kentucky is just hotter. They’ve come out of nowhere. They have America on their backs. I predict that Julius Randle wins the Randle-Patric Young matchup and I see the Harrison twins keeping composed with hectic defender Wilbekin on their heels. Kentucky is a team full of freshmen that has matured and grown together as a team throughout this tournament. This SEC tournament championship rematch will be everything you bargained for. Kentucky wins 68-66 and wins its ninth national championship.
Friday, April 4, 2014 The Squall Infographic 7 2014 MARKS
Cal Poly and North Carolina Central made it to the NCAA Tournament in program history.
Since 1979 that a team from North Carolina hasn’t been in the Sweet 16. Mercer won in the NCAA Tournament. It was a massive upset against 3 seed and tourney favorite Duke.
Dayton reached the Elite 8 for the first time since 1984. Two brothers (Sean and Archie Miller) have coached teams in the same Elite 8. Sean is the coach of Arizona and Archie is the coach of Dayton. There hasn’t been a team from the ACC or Big 12 in the Elite 8 since 1979
THE ODDS IF EVERY GAME WERE BASED ON A COIN FLIP THERE WOULD BE
HOWEVER, WHEN WE TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE EASY PICKS (1’s VS. 16’s, etc.) THERE IS ABOUT A PERFECT BRACKETS THIS YEAR...
A 7 seed (Connecticut) and an 8 seed (Kentucky) are in the same Final 4 in the same year.
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0 OUT OF 11 MILLION
NO. 1 SEEDS ADVANCE...
100% OF THE TIME TO THE 2ND ROUND 88% OF THE TIME TO THE SWEET 16 71% OF THE TIME TO THE ELITE 8 40% OF THE TIME
ONLY 612 GOT THE FINAL
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CHAMPIONS — Bob Knight, Dean Smith and Joe THE MOST ALL TIME — The University of B. Hall are the only individuals who have won an NCAA championship as a player and as a head coach.
NUMBER ONE GETS IT DONE — Since
the NCAA began seeding teams in 1979, at least one No. 1 seed has made the Final Four every year except for 1980, 2006 and 2011. But all four No. 1 seeds have only advanced once, when Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina and UCLA pulled off the feat in 2008.
California, Los Angeles, otherwise known as UCLA, has won 11 national championships, the most out of any one team.
PERFECT — Seven teams have won the national championship with perfect records: the 1956 University of San Francisco Dons, the 1957 University of North Carolina Tar Heels, the 1964, 1967, 1972 and 1973 UCLA Bruins, and the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers.
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helping or hovering?
152 DHS students were surveyed on their parents involvement in their daily lives Do your parents follow your grades closely on powerschool?
Do your parents look at your texts?
Have your parents ever GPS tracked your phone or car?
Different parenting styles prove influential in students’ lives but which style is the best?
Do you feel pressured by your parents to preform well in school?
9 Dad 28 69
In elementary schools
of parents believe that being involved in their kid’s BAKE school SALE will help them succeed
“They were not very happy about it,” she said, “but my kids have always been very trustworthy, and it was never about them as much as it was about what is out there. So I err on the side of safety.” Aaron said while he understands where is mother is coming from, he sometimes feel that she goes a little too far.
“She always threatens to take things away if I don’t do well in school,” he said. “I’ve never done that bad, but yeah, she’s even threatened to not let me play water polo.” In addition, he said he feels the pressure to get good grades knowing the consequences if his grades don’t live up to his parent’s standards. Dexter High School counselor Kristie Doyle said that while parents should be involved in their kids’ lives, helicopter parenting is not an ideal form of creating good kids. “Parents need to let the kids learn how to problem solve and show them that they trust their judgement,” she said. But for parent Leigh Hook, strict parenting is necessary and beneficial for their children’s future. “I would say my parenting style is a dictatorship with democratic undertones, and I sprinkle a lot of grace in there too,” Hook said. Hook, who has four children, said there are definite rules around the house that all family members must obey. “The rules are not meant for punishment or for squelching fun, but rather to level the playing ground so that everyone knows what is expected and can make choices that help us to live and function as a family,” she said. Hook said she looks at her children’s texts and Facebook posts and says a phone is a privilege not a right. If she feels her children are acting secretive, she said she will check to see if they are in line. “There really is something about a mother’s intuition,” she said. “I may not always be right, but I am willing to be wrong to help teach and guide my kids - which is my job as a parent.” And Doyle said there is a clear difference between being
by Derek Seidl and Noah Mellifont
Senior Aaron Kelley’s mom is a strict parent and proud of it. She likes to know where her children are and what they’re doing at all times. In Jill Kelley’s mind her strong parenting style is a way to insure that the character of her children is at the highest standard possible. But Aaron sometimes question the need for his mom to be so strict. “My mom used to be really mad at me when I didn’t text her where I was even if it was at school,” Aaron said. “There also have been times when I have to tell my friends that I can’t hangout because I haven’t been home enough that week.” And Aaron isn’t alone when it comes to strict parenting styles. In fact, the term helicopter parents has developed signifying parents who often “hover” over their children’s lives. But there are many parents, including Aaron’s, who find a strict parenting style best for their child. They say a stricter style allows their child to develop into the best person possible. This is where Jill said she fits in. “I would describe my parenting style as involved and structured,” says Jill who knows that her son thinks she is strict. “I am strict, but I don’t believe I am overly strict.” Jill is the mother of two children and said she has utilized her strict style for multiple reasons. “I feel it’s effective because I don’t want my children just going through the motions’ of looking good and being a good citizen,” she said. “I want them to own their beliefs and live them day to day.” She admits to logging on top her children’s social media accounts and reading through their texts.
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of students ?! M O text, email, M OU Y E call, or visit AR ERE? TH their parents daily
a strict parent and a helicopter parent. Being a helicopter parent is not a productive style of parenting while being strictly consistent with rules and expectations is. “Parents need to show kids that they trust their child’s judgment,” Doyle said. “As the parent, actually sitting down with your kid and talking about what would help
them is better than just jumping in and doing what you want. We definitely have a handful of helicopter parents, but I wouldn’t say it’s an epidemic.” In other words, according to Dr. Dorothy Stubbe, Associate Professor in the Child Study Center at Yale, “The trick is to stay just far enough away that the child begins to develop her own autonomy, but close enough that if a child is floundering, the parents can come in and pick her up.” Many parents are aware of the effects that being overly strict can have on a child and have chosen to go the other way. Julio Rodriguez, father of junior Nick, believes that it’s important to let kids develop the ability to make decisions for themselves as long as they act maturely. “In my opinion if you are overly strict with your kid, they are going to get into the real world at some point, like in college, and they will just end up going crazy,” Julio said. Nick said appreciates the amount of freedom and trust that his dad has in him and understands what he is expected to do. “If I’m getting good grades, he will let me do my thing,” Nick said. “but if I don’t get good grades he will get involved and work with me on things. Basically he lets me do anything that won’t get me into any sort of trouble.” Julio feels he can have an effect on his kids without being too controlling. “I like to try to lead by example and be a good role model,” Julio said. “But also try to give him some independence. He is at an age now where he is an adult, and we try to treat him that way.” Julio said that his parents used an independent approach when he was young, and he carries that on with Nick. He
said he has seen parents who are extremely strict, and he feels that it isn’t what is best for the child’s future development. At the same time, Julio said he hopes that his son will trust him to help if a bad situation comes up. “I was a teenager once too and things are going to happen,” he said. “If it does happen, call me. And I hope we have that relationship where he knows that I am not going to go crazy on him; we’ll work it out. I don’t want him to be afraid and hide it.” As for Aaron Kelley, he said while he appreciates his mom’s parenting style, he thinks he will be less strict with his own kids. “I would give my kid more freedom,” he said. “I would probably pressure them to get good grades but I wouldn’t threaten them.”
AND IN THE WORKPLACE
of companies have had a parent submit a resume for a child
All facts gathered from onlinecollege.org
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THE FIVE BY FIVE Evan Andrus Freshman
Joe Molloy and Zac Sharp Staff Writers
Sam Bremmer Sophomore
Jake Peters Junior
Jenna Marcel Senior
How do you spend your alone time? I like to collect my thoughts about what I’ve done during the day.
What the heck? I don’t know. What do you guys do?
I sleep a lot and cry a lot. I have no soul. I’m actually dead inside.
Watching all of Jabari Parker’s high school hoop mix tapes.
2.) Question What does love mean to you? Oh my God! Who came up with What kind of question is Love is when two people form a When two people love each other very much and are these questions? Can I just do that? Love means happiness, bond, wait can we not say that? willing to take turns as the this next issue when you guys a good ole cheesy answer Oh my God, that is not what I big spoon. have better questions? for you. mean by that.
How come you didn’t return my call? How come YOU didn’t return MY call?
I was busy eating.
You called me? Oh, I’m sorry. I just found my phone. Oh, you didn’t actually call me?
Because you make me sad and you scare me because of your dead eyes.
I am a determined individual.
My cat has diabetes.
I don’t really see many hobos, but I wouldn’t just walk up to one and hug them. But if it were for a fundraiser then yeah, sure.
First of all hobo is a derogatory term, but no, nobody hugs hobos.
JABARI PARKER! JABARI PARKER! HE’S REAL TIME BABYYY!
I was busy thinking of new punch lines, preparing for March Madness BABY!
What is something unique about yourself? I’m cooler than you. (Pops collar)
I don’t like these questions, they’re too hard. But all of me is unique.
I’ve perfected the art of bandwagoning.
Have you ever hugged a hobo? Why or why not? What the heck? Are you obsessed with hobos or something? No, I haven’t.
I haven’t hugged a hobo, but I’ve hugged a hoe named Bo.
If Denzel Valentine counts, or any of the Spartans for that matter, then you know I have BABY!
We’re spending our #STAYCATION in the ‘D’ Opinion by Joe Molloy and Zac Sharp Staff Writers As I sit here in my robe and boxers preparing to blow off another day of school in anticipation for what will be an adventurous spring break, I think to myself “Dexter is going to be the dog’s tuxedo this year!” However, not all of you get to stay here for your spring break. Some of you get to pack up, get on a plane and go somewhere warm. What I have done all my life is sit in Dexter and tear it up. Thankfully, no one’s ever around to see all of the inappropriate things I do. Most of the time I wake up on the first day of spring break to find an empty house and $10 on the counter with a note from my parents that reads: “Gone to Cancun, this should last you the week.” And low and behold my dog is no where to be found either. My parents took that female dog with them. They left me here and would rather take the dog than me. But ultimately I look at this as a positive more than anything. I mean I’m a little insulted, but you see there are certain rules to live by when you have a whole week to waste making memories that you will most likely regret. Rule #1: Never wear a shirt. Ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat. You need to show off what you have. If you have a six pack, good for you. If you have some nice belly chub, even
better. You also need to absorb any amount of sunlight you can find. On a spring break in Dexter, you are not likely to get that great of a tan. Eight out of the nine days it usually rains, and the only day that it doesn’t rain it’s overcast. Rule #2: Take a bunch of pictures. If you take a bunch of pictures and post them on various social media networks then people are going to think you had a good time. Go to A&W and get yourself a footlong and take pictures of you enjoying a hot dog. The people who are lying on the beach in Florida will wish they were the ones eating your hot dog. If you go to Dairy Queen and get yourself a cold, tasty large Blizzard, then post it everywhere. People in Florida will be drooling over it. They will have the sudden crave for a Blizzard. Lastly, find yourself a nice, solid hashtag that can last you the whole week. Last year I found myself on the verge of deleting my Twitter due to all the #PCB13 tweets, so I figure why not come up with my own to show them how annoying it really is. Rule #3: Attract the remaining babes. Even though I make this look easy on a daily basis, it takes more work than you would think. Lucky for you, I’m the kind of guy who is willing to share, so here’s what you do. Get out the kiddy pool and put on your floaties. But not the cheap kind of floaties. No girl will ever fall for that. Then whip out that nice cheetah-print Speedo that they all love. With these three you will find yourself with some nice company during your week of spring break.
Illustration Credit: Brittany Byma
These are three easy rules to follow to ensure yourself an unforgettable spring break in our village/city (citizens’ opinions vary). I am looking forward to never wearing my shirt, taking a bunch of pictures of me with my hot dog, and, of course, attracting the babes. But most of all, I look forward to informing you all, every day, with every Tweet, with what’s going on during my amazing, memorable #STAYCATION.
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Do you like subs? Yes, Jimmy Johns all the way.
Do you have a favorite student? No, I don’t have a favorite student, but I do like the current junior and senior class.
Why do you sub? I sub because I enjoy teaching students and second of all it is a Do you have a role model by whom you sub? job that offers some income. No. There aren’t any for me to model myself after. Do you consider yourself to be the best sub? I enjoy working with students, and I like to make the classroom entertaining, and even though I hear students say that I’m an awesome sub, I do not consider myself as the best sub. What other jobs do you have besides subbing? I have been working part time at the Washtenaw County Public Defenders Office for about a year under the title Investigator/ Student Attorney, and just about a month ago I was offered a fulltime position. I deal a lot with the felonies, which are the higherend crimes, such as murders, drug possession, sex crimes, etc. I do deal with a few misdemeanor cases as well.
Why do you sub so often at the high school? Since I graduated from Dexter High School in 2011, many teachers know me, and they usually request for me to sub when they are gone. I know what the rules are, and I know how things work at the high school, and teachers trust me to be able to do what they ask for in their sub plans. What are your career goals? I am a senior at Wayne State University, and I study Criminal Justice, Psychology, and I minor in Spanish. I am graduating next semester, and after that I plan on continuing my education and go to law school to become an attorney.
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That awkward moment when ...
You see your teacher outside of school your presence. To avoid unwanted interaction, locate the exits. Choose the nearest exit and make a run for it. This qualifies as an emergency, so don’t rule out emergency exits. I’m sure once you explain your situation to the authorities, they’ll understand. Lauren Kimmel Staff Writer
Seeing a teacher outside of school is like realizing during check out that a small child has found its way into your shopping cart: awkward, uncomfortable and leaving you wishing you had done your grocery shopping in the next town over. Because even shopping in Chelsea is better than bumping into your teacher outside of the confines of Dexter High School. Within the school walls, teachers seem like their own species (Mammalia maximus educas?), but tear down the desk barrier and you might come to the startling realization that they’re more human that you thought. Follow these tips to avoid getting PTSD (Post Teacher Sighting Distress).
Threat level: low profile
You have noticed your educator, but he/she has not yet realized
Threat level: tap on the shoulder
The trick is to disguise your initial horror when you realize that you are face-to-face with your instructor. Perfecting this façade takes practice. In order to master the skill of keeping a calm exterior even when you’re panicking inside, try asking your sibling to pick out an outfit for you, or looking at the underside of a bus seat or searching “anomalies” in google images.
Threat level: prolonged conversation
Despite your efforts to inch towards that exit you wish you had run towards earlier, your teacher will not let up with the small talk. You are now navigating stormy waters. You need to make an extra effort to express the same level of personality as you do every day in their class. If you’re typically half-asleep in your teacher’s class and then energetic outside of school, your teacher might
get the impression that their teaching is putting you to sleep, even though I’m sure their lesson plans are both informative and riveting. If you’re typically the class clown in school and then apathetic and languid with your family, your teacher will get the impression you’re having problems at home. Suddenly they’re concerned for your well-being and constantly asking you “how is everything?” which is, of course, more unwanted interaction.
Threat level: Seriously they don’t even talk this much during their lectures
The quickest way to get yourself out of this uncomfortable situation? Use their homework assignments against them. Even if it’s a week and a half away, say something along the lines of, “Seeing you has reminded me, I need to get a head start on that project/ studying for that test!” This will show them that you take their class seriously, see it as a priority, and you won’t hurt their feelings when you bolt for the door.
Threat level: the next day
I’m sure at some point in your days of going to school, you’ve witnessed the uncomfortable situation of some
kid blurting out “hey Mr./Mrs. (generic teacher)! I saw you at Meijer’s yesterday!” Things go from bad to worse when the student goes so far as to bring up the details of the purchases such as “how are those organic MacIntosh apples tasting?” So if you ever see your teacher in public and feel the need to relive the incident the next day in class, restrain yourself. Don’t be THAT student. The situation was awkward enough the first time.
Threat level: the bottom line
If you come across a teacher in whose class you need a good grade, DISREGARD EVERYTHING YOU JUST READ. Go out of your way to talk to this teacher; get on their good side. For example, if they’re your foreign language teacher, greet them in the language that they have taught you. If you’re really feeling confident, go so far as to ask them how they’re doing. Someone call Betty Crocker because at this point you’ll be earning major brownie points. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a teacher’s pet without 25 pairs of your peers’ judgemental eyes on you. Don’t be afraid to really brown up that nose because what happens in the produce section of Meijer, stays in the produce section of Meijer.
What is your reaction when you see a student outside of school? Para-professional Connie Agostini
Social studies teacher Jaime Dudash
“It seems to be anytime I go on an airplane I see somebody on my flight. Usually I say, “Hi,” but sometimes I try and dodge them.”
“It’s always a balance between your personal and professional life. You feel like you can never be off-duty. I guess it comes with the territory.”
Science teacher Annette Jones
“I actually enjoy seeing students outside of school. For the most part, I like my students, so I don’t mind seeing them. Unless I’m in a public shower, I’m OK with it.”
Science teacher Suzanne Spence “It’s always awkward. I’m a professional here, and outside of school, I’m myself. Sometimes I pretend I’m not there.”
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Our View: Parents need to cut ties at some point “Tiger Moms” and “Helicopter Parents” have become overly involved in their children’s lives. Instances of parents showing up to every sports practice and constantly communicating with teachers for minor reasons illustrate overbearing parents as a growing problem. Teenagers need space to learn and grow on their own. Socially and developmentally, they need a space free of adult interference. Even if they are trying to simply observe, parents change the dynamics of a group. Children and teenagers end up having to watch what they say or what opinions they express, which makes it much more difficult to have normal interactions much less grow up. In order to grow into independent adults, young people need to learn how to interact without adult help. It’s a crucial life skill. Socialization and communication is key to life. It’s needed in every relationship, in the workplace, and in day-to-day interactions, so people should learn how to communicate independently at a young age. Having parents present for all their kid’s activities also makes it impossible for children and teenagers to have a space that is their own. Teenagers cannot have such a niche if their parents adopt all of their activities. In terms of guidance and decision-making, by the time children are in high school they should have the ability to make smart choices. Eventually, children grow up and go to college or a get a job and have to live on their own. They will need to be able to be independent, and prior experience will be most helpful. High schoolers, in general, have enough life experience to make wise choices. Parents should trust this. If they are confident that they taught their
How involved should parents be in their children’s lives? More Less
children proper values earlier in life, then parents should have faith in their children to act as they should without their help. This does not mean, however, that children should be expected to make the same decisions as their parents. They won’t. And parents should respect this. Teenagers are people, and people are unique. They will make their choices based on their own values, but that should be expected and accepted. And teenagers, and children of all ages, still need guidance and support from time to time. As people, we need to know that we are loved and have people to depend upon. Too much coddling is not helpful though. Parents who show extreme interest in their children or are constantly over-affectionate can seem overbearing. It can make it difficult for teenagers, in particular, to find their own interests and their own spot in society. In addition, we think students should still seek advice from their parents, who should be willing to
offer relatively non-judgemental help. High schoolers are still learning and growing as individuals, and we all need someone to go to with our problems. Parents can be a great resource. It is when they give continual, unsolicited advice that it can become frustrating and can even lead to the decision to stop listening to parental suggestions. Thus, we think that parents should allow their children freedom to make their own decisions and act independently. They should be a safety net, a safe spot to which children can always return. This way, students can branch out, make their own decisions, and learn how to live and make their own choices without the fear of becoming completely lost. The parent-child connection is undoubtedly important to both parties, but children and teenagers need to be able to stand on their own and become their own people. Parents who constantly monitor and control their children’s lives, like helicopter or tiger parents, do not give their children the space that they need to develop and grow into their own, independent people.
What is an important quality of a good parent? “Easy to talk to because it builds the relationship.”
Nicole Meo Freshman
“They need to be supportive so the kid doesn’t feel pressure.”
Mac Guise Sophomore
“Be supportive in whatever their kids decide to try and do.”
Alex Porte Junior
“Mutual respect because especially in high school if you can’t trust each other there will be many problems.”
Laura Stanton Senior
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Unknown but awesome Five great songs that you haven’t heard by James Fischer and Owen Kellenberger
DISCLAIMER: This introduction may contain excessive
sarcasm. Want to hear some music that’s interesting or different from what you normally may listen to? Being the snobby music critics that we are, we decided to pick five songs that you probably haven’t heard, but might enjoy a lot. We’re about to get exceedingly hipster on you and display our refined and superior tastes in music!
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Sergei Rachmaninoff “Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, Movement 3, Adagio”
2. Porcupine Trees “Lazurus”
Porcupine Tree is a progressive rock band who have many fantastic, intriguing albums. Their body of work is incredibly diverse, so it’s impossible to choose one song to represent it. “Lazarus” is a song much more tragic than it sounds on the surface. It is actually sung from the perspective of a mother who is speaking to her son David, who has died. It weaves a beautiful tale that discusses the acceptance of death and the sadness that remains. Photo Credit: Małgorzata Miłaszewska
Caravan Palace “Star Scat”
If you are a fan of electronic dance music, but are growing tired of the same old cookie cutter artists that lack original sounds and sound more or less the same, it’s definitely worth giving Caravan Palace a listen. Their self titled album released in 2008, is a meshing of 20’s swing music and contemporary dance music. Although the whole album is fantastic “Star Scat,” is a personal favorite of mine because it incorporates the scat element of 20’s swing music in a very interesting way.
Photo Credit: Mike Gifford
You’ve probably heard this piece at some point in your life, but didn’t know what to call it or who to credit it to. It is an undeniably gorgeous piece of orchestral music that exudes emotion and passion. It’s one of the greatest love songs ever written, even though it doesn’t have any words.
4. Brian Eno “1/1”
“1/1” is the first track of a four track album entitled “Music for Airports”. As the album title suggests, these song were written specifically to be played at airports. They are extremely soothing compositions, and are designed to put you in a calm, relaxed place before your flight. In addition, the album songs are easily spoken over, and mixed down in a way to sound optimal in large spaces (such as an airport). Brian Eno is a fantastic artist and even if you aren’t familiar with his name, chances are that you have heard his work before. He is the creator of the Windows startup sound. Photo Credit: cosciansky
From the Musical “Merrily We Roll Along” by Stephen Sondheim “Not A Day Goes By”
If I could recommend Stephen Sondheim’s entire body of work for this list I would, but I had to limit it to one song of his. “Not A Day Goes By” perfectly exemplifies the amount of tragic emotion that Sondheim puts into all of his pieces. Sondheim writes about real human experiences: love, loss, depression and passion. He expertly captures all of these emotions in his music through the longing, sweeping motion of the strings and the powerful lyrics. Bernadette Peters’ rendition of the song is a must-hear.
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Senior food auction raises money for charity
Auctioneers Tyrus Caldwell and Harrison Kane point to the bidders as they fight for certain food. The auctioneers included Collin Ullmann, Zie Wauersmith, Harrison Kane and Tyrus Caldwell, all members of NHS. They ripped their shirt sleeves off for unity.
Micaela Hanrath bids for food while teacher Annette Jones watches on and offers advice. Hanrath ended up with cupcakes, a box of ginger snaps , drinks and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups.
Abigail Feldkamp displays a tray of food for auction. The food offered was Sushi, a can of Sprite and a box of fruit salad.
NHS adviser Cheryl Wells explains how the Senior Auction works. Wells has taught at Dexter HIgh School since 1975.
The food sold at the food auction was all donated by DHS faculty. A popular items were the ice cream bar sold for $3 a person, and pizza with many different toppings such as cheese, bacon and pepperoni.
Hosted by NHS
$1711 raised seniors involved (approximately)
This is my photo caption! There is so much action in this photo I can’t stand it. Yay!
Graham Northrup, NHS President, announces the final total of money going toward Cystic Fibrosis and Muscular Dystrophy research. “My favorite part was by far, Cam and Natalie bidding through the roof for a tub of red velvet cake balls,” he said. “It was hilarious to watch Cam LaFontaine act like a 5-year-old in order to get some cake balls.” Photo Credits: Sam Musgrove, Isabelle Sinibaldi, Katie Vontom
Natalie Burdick bids against Cameron LaFontaine over Kim Melinsky’s cake balls. Melinsky’s desserts were the highest bidded item sold.
Cause: cystic fibrosis and