Monthly Archives: October 2016

School Pet Peeves

By Jocelyn Donaldson

We all have them: pet peeves. A pet peeve is something that irks us to no end, and are  absolutely annoying and frustrating to deal with. Being the large pessimist that I am, I feel that some of the biggest pet peeves of this school should be discussed. So what are some of the pet peeves in this school? Are they major problems that need to be fixed, or simply small annoyances that we just have to learn to live with?

We’ll start with the small problems. One student admitted that “they hate the chairs in the school. They are uncomfortable and could definitely be changed.” Which is true. I mean we sit in plastic chairs for what? Possibly 6 or so hours? Actually being comfortable might help us learn better. Another smaller problem is the lighting. Sensitive eyes beware! If you can’t stand bright lights, then prepare for a constant migraine. One teacher actually tried to combat the problem with cloths over the lights to dim them a little. However, they are lights. We kind of need them to see, so they need to stay. Waking up really early also seems to be a problem, but I doubt it will be fixed anytime soon. There are numerous studies that show that we shouldn’t have to function at such an early time, but with rules, regulations, and traditions holding up change, the problems deemed smaller take the back seat.

Moving on to the bigger problems that should definitely be fixed, with one of the main concerns being the temperature of the school. I hear at least three people complain that they’re cold a day. There are some classrooms that are freezing and some that are hot. “Personally, I’m always freezing. If there was any way to fix this problem, it would be the first thing on my to do list” one student stated. An even bigger problem is lunches. There isn’t much variety, and in many student’s opinions, it’s overpriced. I understand we might not have room for elaborate additions to the lunchroom, such as a salad bar, in our budget, but some kind of change at this point is better than none. On the positive side, there are ways we can make a difference. The school has listened to us in the past, such as the backpack situation, so solutions, such as petitions, or simple ideas pitched to those who have the power to make a change, can go a long way.

I know i’m being negative. There is so many things that the school does well, but there is always room for improvement. I absolutely love complaining and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon because it gets your voice heard. I get that complaining isn’t a good habit. However, complaining can get things changed. Just look at what it accomplished last year. We can now use book bags. This wouldn’t have been possible without the voice and opinions of everyone reaching the right people who could eventually change things up. So let’s keep our complaints up people! Just make sure to keep them respectable.

Snapchat

By Jocelyn Donaldson

Snapchat. Everyone uses it, but why? What’s the purpose of snapchat? It was originally created as a way for people to interact more, but still be comfortable. This was made possible by the short-lived, self-deleting photos. Now, Snapchat has evolved into a larger app with its private messaging, stories, and more. However, the most well known feature it now has is its crazy filters. Everyone seems to either love them, hate them, or not understand them. Celebrities use them. Spoofs have been made mocking the filters in the most hilarious ways, quizzes on favorite filters are all over the internet, but the question still remains: why of all the interest? What makes these filters on Snapchat so popular?

I want to know how the makers of the app decided on some of these filters because seriously, some are just ridiculous. The dog and cat I get. The pineapple? Not so much. Most will agree that some of the filters are way too out there. In fact, some filters were so unpopular in the public’s eye that they had to be taken down. In August, there was one that people actually claimed was racist. The “yellowface” filter had to be taken down because of all the controversy surrounding it. Filters have also shown considerable problems. There have been many problems after the app is updated in which the filters won’t load. Recently, there have been complaints about how the app will only allow people to access one of the filters.

Sadly, the reason Snapchat was created also seems to have backfired a little. Some take the idea of the idea of the pictures being short-lived too seriously. They don’t think about the consequences of what they post because they believe it will just disappear and won’t be able to affect them. There was a case where a girl at a college actually got in trouble for posting something racist on her snapchat. She didn’t realize that her friend had posted the video and now she has to face the consequences.

Overall, Snapchat still has some positive aspects. The creators were right that snapchat does keep people connected and interacting. The funny filters make things more interesting and have people acting goofy. Being able to send photos or videos to one another is more than just a simple text or phone call. Just remember if you use Snapchat, be aware of what you post.

Salisbury Shows Their Spirit

By Paige Mathieu

Friday, October 7th was the day that students began one of many homecoming activities. With the hopes of winning the football game that evening, students attended the pep-rally with much excitement during falcon period. Each grade was able to show their school spirit through decorations, cheering, and the man dance.  

Students decorated each grade’s bleacher section of the gym with a different theme.  The fishy freshman had blue fabric, balloons, and paper fish. Sophomore s’mores had a camping feel, complete with a river, campfire, a tree, and stars. Their section of the gym appeared to be straight out of the forest. Both the juniors’ and seniors’ decorations were a play off of board games. Junior land used the children’s game, Candy Land, as inspiration. Their theme was depicted through posters that were made out of paper to appear like the striped candy in the game. The seniors created Monopoly 2017. Not only did they have the Monopoly man, but also a jail, dice, money, and the board game squares that surrounded the perimeter of the section.  

 

Every grade participated in the man dance. Disappointingly, the faculty opted out of the man dance this year with the promise to participate the following year. The three judges, Miss DosSantos, Mrs. Kennedy, and Miss Schiavone judged the event as fairly as possible. The seniors, juniors, and sophomores had all choreographed their dances days in advance. When the freshman were announced as not having a dance, one of the freshman rose to the occasion, with one of his signature dance moves, the worm. Although each grade put their best foot forward, the seniors won with their mashup of multiple hit songs, jail themed costumes to match their Monopoly 2017 decorations, and their choreography, which matched the song lyrics.

Like in the previous pep-rally, the final event was the cheering. Each grade had to cheer as loudly as possible in order to win the event.

The pep-rally was a success, as many students enjoyed the event.  The seniors left the event with a clean-sweep, winning all of the events. Students left the pep-rally feeling peppy and ready for their exciting weekend full of homecoming events.

 

Newspaper Staff 2016

Nathan Rolls is a first-year editor of the news section. Nathan thoroughly enjoys english and everything it entails. He was born on March 16, 2000, and is currently in his junior year. He’s always had an interest for medicine, specifically orthopedic, and it has always been something he hopes to pursue. Nathan also enjoys biology, and it is what he plans to major in when he goes to college. He hopes to attend either West Chester University or the Pennsylvania State University.  Nathan is currently a member of No Place For Hate, Band, and a proud member of our school’s debate team (which *will* bring home the trophy this year, as #1).

Jocelyn Donaldson is the editor of the the Opinion section in the Salisbury Newspaper. Jocelyn is a senior at Salisbury who believes that opinions are extremely important and that everyone’s opinions should be heard. After graduation, she plans to attend a school relatively close to her home, and study law because It combines her love for arguing/debating and writing.  

Agostino D’Ancona is a senior and is a senior editor for the media section of the newspaper.

Abby Rapp is the editor of the Culture section for the newspaper, a varsity cheerleader, and the varsity boys basketball manager. Abby is currently a senior at Salisbury, and is a part of many clubs at Salisbury such as No Place For Hate, Key Club, Class Advisory, Student Government Advisory, Yearbook, and Peer Mediation. She plans to attend a 4 year university majoring in Kinesiology in hopes to become a Physical Therapist.

Shane Simononis is a senior at Salisbury High School, and the editor of the Sports section for the SHS Press. Shane plays football and wrestles for Salisbury, who is also a disc golf prodigy. He is a part of SADD and the Big Brother and Big Sister program, and plans to attend a 4 year university majoring in Business Management in hopes of becoming the next Michael Scott.
Nick Dryfoos is a senior at Salisbury High School, as well as the overall editor of the SHS Press. He is a 4 year member of the newspaper, and plans to attend a Florida university to pursue a major in business.

Door Decorating

By Briana Snyder and Sydney Faustner

Door Decorating was another great hit with even more competition this year! Each advisory group worked together to accomplish the theme for this year: We are 1. This year’s theme was  Competition is really between the whole school against Mr. Aaron Yetter’s advisory, as they won and had a pizza party to celebrate. We met and talked to fun teachers, some of which were close to winning last year, and heard their thoughts on the differences between this year and last year. Michael Barna, a Social Studies teacher, said that this activity is fun for the students and is a nice bonding experience. Last year their door was the Barna Bucket (of chicken) and this year they stayed with a food theme and made a Barna Burger. Each year Mr. Barna’s advisory tries add some sense of humor to the decorations and use construction paper and tape as well as their brilliant creativity. For Mr. Barna’s homeroom, it’s more about being creative and working as a team than it is the actual competition. Their competition this year was Mr. Aaron Yetter’s homeroom. Mr. Barna said, “They always bring the A game.” To conclude, he says that although he has not seen the rest of the doors yet, they certainly respect all of their competitors and wish everyone the best of luck with the judging! The winner of the door decoration, Mrs. Reinecke’s homeroom, was announced at the homecoming pep rally that we had on Friday. They celebrated with a pizza party the following class.

School Technology versus Paper

By Jonathan Ionescu

There is much controversy when it comes to technology use in school. Students in our school will frequently be asked to fill out a survey regarding technology. Our system has evolved so much that we rarely use paper. As students, we have adapted to the use of laptops. Most of the things we do are on our laptops. School learning has evolved greatly ever since the introduction of laptops. These are my experiences.

It all started when I was in fifth grade. Laptops were introduced to us and it was amazing to use such an expensive computer. The next year we were allowed to take them home. It was like Christmas to us at the time. Now for the past few years I haven’t even touched my laptop at home. I only use it for recording my synthesizer. There is not much use for me with the laptop outside of school, especially when I already have my own personal computer. However, I can see where other students are coming from when they say that their computers are useful.

Many argue that typing notes rather than writing is worse. This is a problem I have also faced, because I have a hard time studying with typed notes. When I write, I feel it is ingrained to my brain. It’s sort of like writing a song. I remember all the lyrics like the back of my hand when I write, but not when I type it.

An article from pbs.org talks about two professors, (one from UCLA and the other from Princeton) beginning a study of students learning from typing versus students learning from writing. They tested their own students with several experiments. It was clear that half of the students who wrote had less words than the ones who typed, but ended up with stronger conceptual understanding.

I strongly believe that students should reconsider the use of laptops. Laptops are great, but they are a blockage of information for some students. We all learn differently, whether the student is an auditory learner or a visual learner.

Maybe this is why I had trouble in my American Cultures II class.
Sources cited from: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/body/taking-notes-by-hand-could-improve-memory-wt/

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