New Heights is a good school, but there is one thing that is not the best idea. They use collective punishment. Collective punishment is never the answer. It does so many things that could be avoided. Collective punishment is a bad idea because it makes the good kids feel as if they are in the wrong, it will not affect the kids they are trying to punish, and there are other, better, forms of punishment.
Collective punishment will hurt your good students. Many children are doing exactly what they are told to do, yet they still must pay the price for the decisions made by their peers. How would you feel if the government punished the nation as a whole just because one state had too much crime? So why is a school house any different? Would you punish a whole town because there was a giant robbery and you could not find the culprits? No, you would just wait until the robbers were caught. So why do schools think it is alright for them to punish an entire grade level for the actions of a few students?
Bad kids will not be affected by collective punishment. They will think “Everyone else is being punished too, so what does it matter how I act?” How are those students that need to be punished going to understand that they are the ones who are responsible if the school just punishes everybody? For example, say you work in a pipe factory and you are part of a group that moves pipes from one building to another. There are five (5) people in your group, and you have done nothing wrong, but you know Gina has been driving without a seat belt and David has been looking at his phone while driving. If your boss punishes all of you, how are you supposed to know who is in trouble and what they are in trouble for? Gina will think it is David and will not use her seat belt, but David will think it was Gina and keep using his phone. So who will benefit from collective punishment?
In addition, there are other forms of punishment that might work better. If there is a student talking in class, take away that students right to talk during breaks like lunch. If there is a student who is not doing work and being disrespectful, send that student to seclusion, like in-school detention. This method might be better because as young children, many people have been in “time-out” where they are secluded, and that is a punishment in their minds already. You could also use a reward method instead. Rather than having the bad students punished, you could reward only the good kids. For example, a dance teacher will give her students that have been well behaved candy and the students who have misbehaved will not get anything. This is another method that many parents may have used while raising children so it will be effective. It would also be effective because who would want to risk not being able go to a dance or a party?
Collective punishment is a form of punishment being used in many schools, but why? It does not seem to do any good. There are better forms of punishment that will help students. So forget collective punishment, because we are constantly moving forward in society. Collective punishment is a thing of the past so keep moving forward into better schools as well.
We are getting further into the school year right now. It is almost the middle of the year. For 8th graders this might be your hardest year. Here are some tips to successfully get through the school year. The tips are, to have good behavior, good grades, and to work hard.
The first tip is to have good behavior. If you have good behavior it will make it very easy for you to get through the day. It is hard to get through the day when you are constantly getting in trouble. The teachers and administration are not going to deal with you like they did in 6th and 7th grade. Thy expect a lot out of you when you get to 8th grade.
The second tip is to get good grades. Good grades can help you a lot when you are in middle school. It gets very challenging at this grade level. So if you can get good grades in 8th grade it is a possibility that you will continue to get them in high school. They are preparing you for a greater challenge in high school.
The third and last thing is to work hard. Working hard can help you with anything. If you are lazy and just slack off all of the time it will be hard for you to cooperate next year. Also you can’t slack off next year or you will have horrible grades. Also just remember hard work pays off.
I hope you are having a great 8th grade year so far. Also hopefully you can get through successfully. We are preparing for high school this year so it is higher standards. If you take these tips hopefully you will be able to make it through the year.
Books. They can come in many different sizes, genres, colors, etc. But what about digital books? Digital books have become a world known thing and some say its better than the traditional paper bound novel. In my case, I resort to paper books because of the traditional style of them, they can be better for your eyes, and they can boost retention.
The first reason I resort to paper books is because of the traditional style. In an article that CBS wrote, it says "Paper books are, as a rule, very well designed, they look and smell good, and they carry with them a more human touch.” (Tveit, CBS) Some people including me love the feel and smell of the traditional book, especially students. Merga conducted a study called the West Australian Study in Adolescent Book Reading, or WASABR. The study showed that most students preferred to own something rather than use it.
Next, paper books can be better for your eyes. According to CBS, “High levels of screen luminance from an electronic device can contribute to visual fatigue, a condition marked by tired, itching, burning eyes.” (CBS) The artificial light exposure from digital books can interfere with your ability to sleep, which can lead to health issues. Paper books do not have ‘artificial light’ since… its paper.
Lastly, paper books can boost retention. Studies have shown that reading on paper instead of an electronic screen is better for memory and focus. According to CBS, "When you read on paper you can sense with your fingers a pile of pages on the left growing, and shrinking on the right.” (Mangen, CBS) For some people, they can have a determination to finish the book once they feel the pages they’ve already read growing.
In conclusion, these are the reasons that I think paper books are a better solution that digital. They have a traditional style to them, they can be better for your eyes, and they can boost retention.
By: Harrison Outlaw
This year spring break was a nine-day vacation from school, four weekend days and five week days. The last day of spring break was Easter. Lots of people think of spring break as the start of the end of the school year. People do many different things for spring break like take a vacation.
In Chesterfield county this year spring break started April thirteenth and ended April twenty-first. After spring break there are twenty-seven full days and two half days of school left. After spring break state testing starts.
Some family’s take vacations to different places like the beach or a famous city. Also some people just relax and stay home. No matter what you do over spring break it’s nice to be out of school.
Easter was the last day of our spring break. To Christians this is a very special day. We celebrate our risen savior. Families get together on this day and go to church together. Some even go to a sunrise service.
Spring break is a much needed break from the school routine. Students and families get to spend sometime together. Teachers probably are thankful for the break too. I’m glad we get a break before the stress of state testing.
I interviewed coach Hartman about the tournament’s history. He stated, “The tournament was started in 1992 in memory of my parents. I wanted Central High to have a tournament because most of the other schools in this time had tournaments of their own.” I then asked him about the difference of the number of players over the years. “At one point we had twenty-four teams. The parents and players enjoyed coming up to the course because they were treated good, fed good, and the course was always in good shape and easy to play.”
There were seven teams, with four individuals, who competed in the tournament. The teams were Cane Bay, Lancaster, River Bluff JV and Varsity, Lexington, and of course Central. The coach of River Bluff varsity, Rodger Smith, has had his team play in twenty-one out of the twenty-two times played. Though he was not interviewed, at the tournament he said, “I enjoy bringing my team down here because, the food is always good, as well as the course and the spectators and players.”
Central placed third shooting a two day total of 679. David Oliver was the individual varsity champion shoot two under-par scores of 69 and 70, for the winning score of 139. Noah Johns, from Central, shot 164. Chance Horton shot 183, Connor Cryster shot 191, and Davis Tucker finished with a 209.
This year’s tournament was successful, and special guest, Joann Miller, whom the tournament was played in honor of, was there on Tuesday to present the awards to the recipients.