A Controversial School System

It has recently been brought to my attention that some schools in my district have a type of punishment called CSI (a rowdy classroom filled with students who came to school late, disrespected the teacher, etc.) However, what I was most shocked by was the fact that most of the students that are sent into that room were there due to getting to school late.

I was just speaking to a friend of mine who goes to American Senior High school and he was telling me how he was sent to CSI for being tardy to school. Now, I understand if a teacher wants to reprimand their student for being late; for example, my english teacher will give a student who is late an F for the day, but still wants them to be productive and participate in class. However, in my friends case, he has been sitting in this room for the past hour and a half for being two minutes late without any learning stimuli around him.

Now, I’m not saying that this CSI thing is a completely bad idea, if a student is disrupting the learning environment then yeah, they should be sent. But if the student bothered to get to class despite being late, they should be given the opportunity to participate in the class activity. Adding to that, it seems ridiculous to me that if the student is late, they are sent to this room, but if the student doesn’t show up at all they are reprimanded anyway. This would reduce any students strive to even try in school.

Even more than that, seeing as its the end of the year and EOC, AP, and AICE exams are around the corner, teachers should be even more encouraged to keep their students in the classroom preparing for these tests. Too, I understand that teachers want their students in class by 7:20, but in all honesty, how many teachers actually begin lecturing and working at exactly that time.

There are certain punishments that should be given based on the type of trouble the student cause, not every student should be given the same punishment. Teachers are in school to teach and students are there to learn, if both show up (despite bing late) then they should both be given the opportunity to do their job.


Night Of Scares

The nights are longer, the skies- cloudier. You can almost hear the sound of witches laughing while flying on their brooms; This can only mean one thing, its Halloween!

With that comes Harvest Fest, the biggest, most popular event of the school year. It’s the time of year when everyone in school gathers and has a blast together.

There are plenty of fun things to do at Harvest fest, anything from a haunted house, to racing robots with the engineers. Make a mental list and try to do as much as possible.

Harvest Fest has a plethora of things that you can do. First off, there are all the clubs that are selling food and drinks and snacks. Then there are all the little events like Key Club doing henna and NHS piing people in the face.

“My favorite part of Harvest Fest has to be the amount of fun and different thing that the clubs offer,” said Nomar Marquez, a sophomore in the Entrepreneurship academy.

This is a school dance; so don’t act the way you wouldn’t act in school. Don’t dance in a way you wouldn’t want your family or teachers to see; If you are seen dancing like that, you will be kicked out of the dance. Just jump around and dance, have a blast!

Remember, if you don’t have a date to Harvest Fest, there’s no problem! Going with a group of friends is a blast and it’s just as fun as, or even better than, going with a date.

What you wear at harvest fest does NOT define who you are, wear whatever you want! You don’t have to over dress, its not formal. However, you also don’t want to under dress.

Okay, well maybe not WHATEVER you want. Make sure to wear something school appropriate, you are still at school around teachers. Regardless of the fact that there isn’t a specific dress code, you should still try to keep it classy.

Don’t forget to take a lot of pictures! This is not an event you want to forget, especially if it’s your freshman year. This is one of those events that you’ll compare every year to the last. It’s a great way to see how you evolve and grow as an individual.

“The best part of Harvest Fest has to be the Music, it’s always so great. I love the experience itself; I love being able to spend time with my friends and have an amazing time,” said Nathaly Santos a junior in the Health academy.