October 12th, 2018

Reported by: Josie Carl

Corning Painted Post High School is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to listen to motivational speakers about their backstory, and what they went through in their life in order to inspire students to look at life through a different perspective. On Wednesday, October 10th Corning Painted Post held a Hawk Day; Speakers attended and talked about their life stories. One of the speakers had talked about how if you need help or you are having home problems, that you are dealing with alone, self harm is not the answer and talking to someone about your problems and feelings is an infinitely better and more effective solution. It may not help everyone at solving their problems, but they can try to find you a way to help. The second presentation was stressed that even if you don’t have an easy life but you have goals for your future, you can do it. This speaker feels that if you just set your mind to something, all you have to do is follow through. I asked some of the students how they feel about the hawk days and how they impact us as a whole. Danielle VanDemark stated “today for the suicide presentation it had kinda gave you motivation to not give up and ask for help”. When I asked Kate Stanbro she responded with, “I feel like it helps people who are struggling”. Hawk days ultimately deem beneficial to students as they are informative about the struggles that they have faced, and inspire students as they pull lessons from such personal experiences.

October 12th, 2018

Reported by: Kayleigh Thomas

The Canadian Thanksgiving Parade was a huge Parade in Canada. The combined band team was in canada for 3 days. In those 3 days they were able to visit an aquarium,a dance cruise, and then the big parade. The parade was comparable in size and  importance to the Macy’s Day parade in the US and was broadcasted on television. They were invited to perform because of how well they have performed at other events. This was a great opportunity to travel outside of the US and to get noticed even more. Alexis Erhard, a sophomore in the combined band had the opportunity to go to Canada, and I had the chance to interview her before the trip. What will you be doing in Toronto? “ when were in Toronto were going to be starting out by going to an aquarium, and were pretty much going to be there all day.”. Are you excited for this trip? “ I am very excited for this trip.”. What’s your favorite part of being in band? “My favorite part of being in band is being able to travel and getting to know one another. Were like a family.”.  After the Parade and when they all got back i interviewed Alexis again to see how the competition went. How was the parade? “The parade was really long but very enjoyable. It was a lot of fun to be in and is such an amazing event.” What was your favorite part of the Canada parade? “My favorite part of Canada was when we went to Clifton hill and got to play games, see the falls and have a lot of fun with each other.”. What part of the combined band do you participate in? “I participate in Color guard. Color guard is a lot of fun to be in during parades because of the energy that you put into what you do.”. Overall the competition was a success! The combined band did amazing and they all put so much effort in what they do.

Learning Lab

October 12th, 2018

Reported by: Josie Carl

 

At Corning Painted Post High School, the learning lab provides students with a quiet work space, and the opportunity to ask teachers for help on any subject and assignment. The learning lab is not only beneficial to students, but for the teachers as well. For instance, if a teacher is assigned to be in the learning lab during a certain period, students are able to go to the learning lab where the teachers are available for the sole purpose of helping and answering questions. That way, students can get help during the day and not have to come in before or after school to get help. Ms. Amearhiam stated that, “the learning lab started before I came to the school which was three and a half years ago, ever since then it has grown and expanded. The learning lab is a quiet place where students can come and get extra help or just to come and study in a silent area.” The learning lab also has resources available to students, such as science reference tables, formula sheets, and the template for the PEEL technique, so if a student is ever missing such information, it is available to them in the learning lab. Student Cody Moore felt it was beneficial as “It helped me get better grades and the teachers in there helped a lot”. The learning lab is open during every class period, and there is a schedule on the whiteboard with which teachers are in there during specific class periods on certain days. If you are confused on a subject and your free periods don’t line up with that of your teacher, the learning lab is convenient and teachers are always happy to help. It is also a silent space in the school where students can take a break and gather their thoughts along with teachers being readily available for assistance.

Lindley Roads

October 9th, 2018

Reported by: Kayleigh Thomas

A state of emergency was set in place on September 22nd, 2018 because these past few weeks the roads in lindley have been really bad. There was a really bad flood and the roads got washed out. A flash flood watch was also set in place. This flash flood warning means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Water from the creeks rose so quickly that it left rocks, trees, and dirt covering the roads. All town roads were closed until being assessed or repaired. Some roads that were closed were Stowell road, Engle road, Watson creek, Morgan creek, and Griswold road. Since a number of the roads are closed it make it difficult and dangerous for people to travel. While the roads are closed many kids that lived there couldn’t go to school. The busses couldn’t go on the roads because they were very unsafe, many kids missed school. The roads are passable but with caution of the workers, that are working on the roads. As of October 1st, 2018 the roads are able to be driven on with busses, making kids that ride busses able to go to school. Malayna Buman, a student who lives in Lindley, explained how the road work is coming. “ As of right now some of the roads, depending on where you are, some of the roads began being worked on. Creeks have fallen in, and side of roads have been washed out so that has made workers come out and fix them.” The roads have been improving and they should be as good as new very soon.

Homecoming; to go or not to go?

October 3rd, 2018

The fall season is finally here and with fall comes homecoming, the first dance of the year. The dance is at 8-11:30 pm on Friday, October 5th. The famous homecoming football game starts at 7 pm. As you can tell those times overlap. The dance was originally supposed to be on Saturday like it is most years. I talked to sophomore Hannah Plumley, about the game and the dance. She said, “I really wish I would be able to go to the game and hopefully I still will be but it may interfere with getting ready for the dance”. Many of the football players and cheerleaders are choosing not to go. Being such a popular event not only in Corning but across the nation, I was wondering why people wouldn’t want to go. Most people when asked what they would change about the dance said things like, they would want people to dance instead of grinding in the middle of the gym, the music was always bad, or no one asked them to go. Olivia Gill  freshman, who is not attending said the date change didn’t affect her decision not to go. “I’d rather go hang out with my friends and watch a season of a show or listen to a new album.”  There may not be solutions to all these problems but you can actually request songs with the link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3WbzD-GZwkfKnolVi_PKm_OnBqc-Tre_yQ4vEgp6trgLp_Q/viewform  Also this year we have a homecoming court for all four grades. If you’re a sophomore you could be a dutch or dutchess, a junior a prince or princess, and of course, a queen or king if you’re a senior. Even if you still hate the music, you’re not part of the homecoming court, or no one asked you, you still can go. Most people that are attending are going with a group of friends. This is fun because you get to dance and hang out with your friends, maybe even get food, and get some cool picture of you and your friends all dressed up. Nick Jubilee, a sophomore said, “I think that people should go to homecoming because it’s just a great social outing that every high school has in the nation and also it’s just a nice way to have fun and dance with your friends and hang out with people you might not have classes with.” Homecoming is the most attended dance in our school and not for no reason. If you choose to go you will definitely not regret it.

Dress Code Policy

October 1st, 2018

Reported by: Josie Carl

The dress code policy at Corning Painted Post High School is meant to keep the building and students safer. A student must ensure that undergarments are not visible, and wear proper shoes according to the safety of your classes (such as no shoes with wheels and depending on your class no open toed shoes). No hats, scarves, bandannas, hoods or any head covering unless for a medical or religious purpose. Clothing with slang words along with any racist or inappropriate jokes or comments are not permitted, and must show the appropriate amount of skin. If students,teachers, or any staff member were to break this policy they would be informed that they either need to cover any excess skin, or they would be told to change. This policy applies to everyone in the building. Teachers on the other hand have the same sort of policy but are expected to wear business casual attire. This is to keep the building appropriate and modest. Various students around the school have differing perspectives on the dress code policy. The students were asked “how do you feel about dress codes and the way they are applied”? Avery Pambianchi stated, “I don’t really have much of a problem with it as a guy, but I see how the girls can have a problem, but for guys its not really a problem.” I had asked Mr. Hurd, the dean of students what he feels is difficult in forcing the dress code and why it was strictly enforced. He felt that, “ yes it’s an awkward type of thing and many comebacks are “don’t look” and the thing is we are looking for it all the time and we want to try to imply it to all, for boys too. It has a policy because if we didn’t have a policy I feel like things would get worse and worse quite quickly.”

Recycling and Environmental Awareness Club; LOOKING FOR MEMBERS!

September 21st, 2018

Reported by: Erin Tucker

Want to be apart of gang-green? The Recycling and Environmental Awareness club is one of the many clubs here at CPPHS, and one of the most important, as all of the clubs wouldn’t exist without, well, the planet. Wondering what the point of the recycling club is? The purpose of the club is to separate the recycling from the trash to make sure that the recycling gets to the appropriate place (don’t worry, we wear gloves). Once a week, we will gather the recycling right after school in order to make sure that renewable products are not thrown in the trash. If you are not interested in joining the recycling club, at least try to take 2 seconds out of your day to throw your trash into the trash can, and your recycling into the blue bins which will be labeled accordingly in each classroom throughout the school. ‘What is recyclable?’ you might be wondering; the better question is, what isn’t recyclable; This includes food waste, any type of garbage, food tainted items (for example, a used napkin), plastic wrap, any sort of ceramic or kitchenware, or bubble wrap. Plastic bottles should be recycled, however your styrofoam trays in the lunch room should be thrown in the trash, especially if they are tainted with food waste. Blue bins are for recycling, and those that are not blue will be labeled clearly to avoid confusion. Certain recycling bins will be labeled with the appropriate things that should be recycled as a reminder, and to make sure that waste is going into the correct bins. As for environmental awareness, in the club we discuss other things that can be done to benefit the environment, such as conserving energy and eliminating unnecessary uses of energy, so this is a great place to voice your opinions about things that can be done to benefit the environment. Meetings are every Wednesday right after school in Mr. Shaut’s room, and there is room for anyone who wants to join. Remember, recycling is crucial for the planet, and we go to a very large school, making it all the more important that we do our part and recycle the appropriate items.

How Helpful Was Open House?

September 21st, 2018

Reported by: Josie Carl

Open house is an event Corning Painted Post High School, that many parents take advantage of in order to come witness our school and see the building, meet teachers and administrators, as well as other staff members. This event took place on Monday, September 17th 2018 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. As I walked around at open house I had asked students what their perspective was, as well as how helpful they thought open house was. Many students had said it was helpful for their parents to come tour the school. Cerena Crowl stated that “it is very helpful for the parents” when i asked kristina mezzoni she responded with, “the most helpful part is probably I can talk to my teachers outside of school, make an appearance, and to show my parents who my teachers are and to see the school in case they need to come in.” Overall, open house is beneficial because many students care that their teachers meet their parents, as well as parents getting to know the building for the purpose of knowing where their child is getting their education.

Open House From A Teacher Perspective

September 21st, 2018

Reported by: Malayna Buman

Open house on Monday, September 17th, is a different experience for all in attendance; Whether or not you are a teacher, parent, or student, it can be informative in many ways. At open house, teachers introduce themselves, and show their classrooms to parents. I spoke to a few teachers, to get their perspective of open house; Specifically the most stressful, or difficult aspects. Mr. Barber stated that the most stressful part of open house is, “there’s a lot of logistics, getting things around, where the teachers are going to be, getting the schedules out and overall it can be stressful.” Mrs. McNanney feels that “open house isn’t that stressful, it’s different for us [the gym teachers]. It’s nice to meet the students families, and the brothers and sisters, and parents, it’s not really stressful, it’s nice.” English teacher Mr. Orr answered, “it’s usually trying to talk to everyone at once, especially all in the same room. Just trying to be courteous to everybody, and that can’t always happen.” Mrs. Hufnagel finds that “the most stressful part of open house is that a lot of the parents try to visit as many teachers as they can and try to spend time with every teacher, but the problem is we as teachers don’t really have as much time to kind of communicate with parents maybe as much as we would like to, but then that’s why we have the parent conferences, as well.” Parents also have the option of signing up for parent/teacher conferences at open house for more one on one time with their students’ teachers. The last teacher that I spoke to was Ms. Karpie, and the most difficult part of open house to her is “when parents show up to her class room between 5:30 and 5:45 and a lot of us aren’t here yet.” Ultimately, although open house might be stressful and somewhat overwhelming, it is a great opportunity for parents to witness the atmosphere in which their child is learning, as well as meeting the outstanding teachers at this school.

Open House

September 21st, 2018

Reported by: Kayleigh Thomas

Open house took place on Monday, September 17th from 6pm-8pm. This event is an opportunity for parents to meet teachers and other administrators, while seeing where students’ classes are and what their daily schedule is like. I interviewed a few parents on their experience at this year’s open house. Many parents said that what they enjoyed most was meeting their children’s teachers and seeing their classes, while others said communicating with the teachers about grades and their children’s academic progress was most important. Brenda Monahan thinks the most crucial part of open house is “seeing my children’s teachers and setting up an open communication so I can make sure my kids are staying on track with their grades.” Parent Mr. Moholland stated “learning what my daughter has for classes this year is really important to me.” Going along with parents keeping track of grades, parents were also able to sign up for parent teacher conferences at open house for the purpose of acquiring a further understanding of their students progress.

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