How the student March for our Lives movement and the Black Lives Matter movement influence culture and where they intersect
MAY 24, 2018. VOL 9 ISSUE 6.
Photo by Nathan Burleyson
Cover photo by Delaney Reed
SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
PUBLIC AFFAIRS EDITOR
MARCO RIVERO LUNA
THE SCORE EDITOR
THE SCORE REPORTERS
MARCO RIVERO LUNA
Students all over the nation have participated in the March for our Lives walkout in March and April. With a government that is unwilling to listen to the voice of the youth, the biggest way to get our voice across is through these walkouts.
Student voice is a large portion of today’s society with student led walkouts, school newspapers and many organizations that take part in schools. Students can utilize freedom of speech in and outside the classroom. However, this may not be the case for the role models that teach us in the classroom.
While our student voice increases, the amount of teacher voice still remains unnoticeable. As we’ve seen, our very own teachers were not able to walk out with us. We students know the general “rule” that teachers are not supposed to share personal beliefs such as political and religious views due to it looking unprofessional in the classroom.
However, there’s more to having teacher voice than an opinion about a topic in the class curriculum,religion or politics. Across the nation, teacher pay is unbelievably low. According to Michiganradio.org, teachers who are not in unions had a -25.5 percent gap in wage compared to those who were in 2015.
With low wages, teachers in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Arizona have taken their own stance on this issue, showing the importance of teacher voice. According to The Washington Post, teachers in these four states have taken matters of low teacher pay into their own hands by starting their own walkout to make a change.
Although teacher wages across the nation are low, each school and district has its own restrictions on teacher voice and the amount of money each teacher makes. District 204’s policy on teacher wages has two different scales. Those who choose to not be a sponsor or a coach for a club or sports team have a scale based off the years they have been teaching and their highest degree.
Those who do coach a sport or are a sponsor for a club have a scale that is based upon the type of sport and club. Each sport and club is divided into ten different grade levels. The lower the grade number, the higher the teacher gets paid overall. Furthermore, the wage is determined by who the head coach, director, or sponsor and what season these clubs and sports fall under.
What does that mean for teacher voice? One thing is for sure: teacher voice should be just as important if they work hard to make sure us students are heard. No teacher should have to coordinate their own walkout just to have a raise or make a little more money to survive. Teacher voice is important. Teacher voice deserves recognition. Teachers deserve more appreciation because they are more than the money they make. Teachers deserve to be heard. The real question remains: are you willing to listen?
IN THIS ISSUE
IMPORTANCE OF TEACHER VOICE 03
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS 04
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK 05
LOOKING INTO NEXT YEAR 05
NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 06
ULTIMATE FRISBEE 08
SUMMER BUCKET LIST 09
HIGH SCHOOL IN HOLLYWOOD 10
SENIOR TRADITIONS 11
ON THE COVER
WHY THEY MARCH 12
MOVIES FOR THE SUMMER 16
STUDENT INVOLVEMENT 18
DEAR EVAN HANSEN REVIEW 20
LMC DIRECTOR RETIRING 22
TEACHER VOICE: ARE WE WILLING TO LISTEN TO THEM, TOO?
The school year of 2018-2019 is Metea Valley’s tenth year in session, and there are many new changes in progress.
Administration has curated a few new ideas for the benefit of the students such as even more blended classes and the Alpha house system among other things.
Blended learning is when classes offer a college-like feel to cater to each student. Half of the class takes place in school and the other half is online where you don’t have to show up to class. AP Statistics, Government and Chemistry are all offered here at Metea Valley.
“The district will be adding more and more blended classes as we move along,” assistant principal Dr. Quynh Harvey said.
Blended classes can also help out students who need special attention. Since the classes are smaller than regular classes, on the “off days” students can schedule time with their teachers one on one so that they can better understand the subject. Metea is implementing seven new classes for next year and there are more to come.
The Alpha house system was chosen to help staff better know the students throughout all of the grades. The students will be split by last name and redistributed throughout the locker banks. This switch will intertwine the students and broaden relationships for all grade levels.
Students will have lockers next to their younger and elder peers as well as possibly getting a new counselor. Some students believe that this change is disruptive to the high school career due to them not knowing a new counselor but this switch is meant to benefit all.
Next year, there will also only be two pep assemblies rather than three. One in the fall just before Homecoming and one in the winter before Turnabout. This is to relieve some of workload off of a few students and staff who organize those spirit assemblies. Even though we will have one less pep assembly, it leaves more room to broaden the fun at the other assemblies.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT YEAR AT METEA VALLEY
STUDENTS UNITE TO DESTIGMATIZE MENTAL HEALTH CONVERSATIONS IN NEW AWARENESS CLUB
MAY 24, 2018
TEACHERS RECEIVE RECOGNITION DURING TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
Students pose at the Mental Health Awareness Week photo booth set up. Photo by Laurel Westphal.
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Teachers gather in staff lounge for snacks, cake and donuts as a way to celebrate themselves and peers. Photo by Aimee Leal.
As another great school year comes to a close, the Metea community spent the week of April 30 to May 4 celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week. Everyday of the week included multiple events and activities for the teachers such as raffles, food and surprises.
This year’s theme was “Lights, Cameras, Appreciation.” Teachers were able to check their mailboxes for their raffle tickets on Monday and notes from the students on Wednesday. Teachers received popcorn on Tuesday and cake pops on Thursday. The teachers ended the week with a served lunch on Friday. Many of the teachers had their pictures shown with celebrity doppelgangers shown on the televisions in the locker banks and commons throughout the week.
A lot of these activities planned for each day represent a specific theme for that year. These events and themes are decided by assistant principal Kim Maloney, social studies teacher Heather Weisenburger and vocational coordinator Sarah Stoodley. Much of this planning happens throughout the entire school year and includes a lot of creativity when it comes to what the theme and activities should be.
Since the events and themes are kept secret, staff members are left with nothing but excitement and anticipation as the week approaches. When the week arrives, staff members receive an agenda, raffle tickets, and handwritten notes from students and administration that make them feel appreciated. “I think the teachers in this building leave Metea Valley a better place every time they walk out the door,” Maloney said.
The raffle tickets given to the staff are pulled all week for other prizes and surprises while the handwritten notes are from the student body. Students are given sheets of paper in their English classes to fill out in advance or use the “Thank a Mustang” link on the Metea Valley High School website for these notes. Many teachers find these student notes as one of the big highlights of the week.
“I like that we get to do something special for our staff. They need a pick me up at the end of the year just like the students do. They work really hard, so to give them something to show that we appreciate all of their work and students appreciate everything they do here is really important,” Weisenburger said.
All of the thought and hard work that goes into the process of making this special week happens continues to pay off every year. Each Teacher Appreciation Week continues to be a success and is always filled with lots of excitement for staff members.
“It’s important to acknowledge the little things. The staff in Mustang Nation works very hard, and their dedication and efforts towards our community does not go unnoticed,” Maloney said.
The topic of mental health is becoming more of a common conversation as social media movements grow, celebrities share personal stories, and more cinematic portrayals of mental health take the spotlight. Students and teachers have realized this, and have taken action by joining the movement and planning to spur mental health awareness.
School psychologist Janine Wange started the Mental Health Matters committee as an effort to help Metea’s culture destigmatize mental health conversations.
“My goal is for students to have more of a voice in what we are doing in this school. I feel like so many times we have ‘best practices’ or our ‘adult ideas’ about what should be done or what is going to help students, and I think it is time to get student voices involved in what is important,” Wange said.
She wanted to include students that were positive, but from all different walks of life from our school community. Similar to the Principal’s Advisory Board, a small number of students were hand picked to help get the club started.
But this doesn’t mean the rest of Metea cannot get involved in these projects, because the club invites the community to participate and help with this movement in the upcoming years.
“Once we are able to start thinking about what we want to do for next year that is going to be when a lot more students will be able to get more involved,” club member and junior Grace Buchta said.
The students that were invited to join this club also happen to be in a multitude of other clubs, and they bring a diverse perspective to the committee. Wange said this wide range of backgrounds and connections to other circles of Metea has already proven to be an advantage for them.
You may remember Mental Health awareness week, which was hosted the first week of May by the Mental Health Matters Committee.
“Everybody has their different relationships, so even though we are not working directly with different clubs, there are different connections and we are definitely pulling people in from different areas,” Wange said.
After a successful week hosted by the club, the students plan to expand their influence in the coming years with more programs and projects.
“This club was started by students that want to have a voice and bring about this awareness all the time, and not just when its 'supposed' to matter most. It should matter all the time,” Buchta said.
Because mental health has been a sensitive topic for decades, the club understands that it may take some vulnerability and openness from students. When asked if there was anything students should look out for, Buchta stated:
“I think Metea just needs to be ready. We are going to try to do a lot just to change the atmosphere and the environment, so just be ready and be open for a change.”
The NBA regular season has concluded, and the NBA playoffs are going on hot. The players awards: MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, and Rookie of the Year have already been voted for. The closest battle is the Rookie of the Year race (ROTY). Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons are the front runners.
To fully understand the ROTY race, you must know a few things about each player. Ben Simmons is a 6’9 power for- point gua- small for-, actually, I don't know. But he is a triple double machine who has proven that he has all it takes to run an offense. He came into the league last year but did not play a minute in the regular season due to injury. This means he is eligible for the ROTY award.
Donovan Mitchell is a pure rookie who was drafted 13th overall by the Utah Jazz. He took the league by storm with fiery spin moves, smooth finishes, and an electricity unprecedented by the rest of the class. His 20.5 points per game (first amongst rookies) filled a gaping scoring hole left by Gordon Hayward. He took a Utah Jazz team destined for rebuilding to a six seed in a tough Western Conference.
In this article, I will be making the case for both Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons. Both players are deserving of the award, but there can only be one.
Let’s say, to start this off, that Simmons is a rookie. He has not played any minutes on the floor during an NBA game prior to this season. Ben Simmons plays a brand of basketball that is mature and swift. It is pleasing to the eyes as he finds slashing scorers for easy baskets.
He came out in his fourth game of the season and dropped 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. The only player to get a triple double that early in his career, ever. On the season, he averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.2 assists. On top of his stats, he brought the Philadelphia 76ers to the third seed in the playoffs. The most impressive stretch of the season came in the final fifteen games, where Simmons averaged a near triple double, missing out on the assists by two tenths. More importantly, the Sixers won all 15 of those games.
Simmons’ glaring issue is his lack of jump shot. How can a player make a huge impact on the game when they can’t spread the floor? Simmons breaks this modern basketball rule with masterful command of the ball and a presence on the floor unmatched by his rookie peers. Just to drop it, he is first in assists, first in rebounds, third in scoring, and fourth in blocks amongst rookies.
Ben Simmons should be the Rookie of the Year due to the fact that he does not play anything like a rookie, if that makes sense.
Watching Donovan Mitchell play basketball is like watching bowling but the ball is a 6’3 grown man and the pins are every other player in the association oh and the lane is actually on fire. It is a treat to see him spin around giants and finish with ease.
Mitchell came out of nowhere, he was the 13 pick to a Jazz team that was falling apart. After Hayward left for Boston, the Jazz were staring down the barrel of the rocket launcher known as mediocrity. Mitchell took the wheel and with Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert riding shotgun, drove the Utah Jazz to the playoffs.
The first time we realized that Mitchell was something special was on Dec. 1 against the New Orleans Pelicans. He scored forty-one points including seventeen in the fourth quarter. He did this against a Pelicans team that was running Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins against a Gobert-less Jazz defense. The Jazz won the game behind Mitchell’s performance, winning 114-108..
Mitchell became the first option on a team that was desperately seeking one. He is the leading scorer amongst rookies and his game goes beyond the box score. Donovan Mitchell should be the Rookie of the Year based on his impact night in night out, and his overall lifting of a Jazz team in a tough conference.
The nihilistic outlook on this situation is that Rookie of the Year does not matter. Michael Carter-Williams has one, and Bill Russell does not. No other awards can tell that story. Still, ROTY matters right now. We have two candidates that are extremely deserving. Both of these players will have impressive and exciting careers, regardless of this year’s outcome.
DONOVAN MITCHELL VS BEN SIMMONS:
THE CASE FOR EACH IN THE ROOKIE RACE
THE SCORE EDITOR
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Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers are the two front runners for Rookie of the Year. Graphic by Nathan Burleyson
GRAPHIC BY: ABBEY MALBON
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ULTIMATE FRISBEE TEAM LOOKS TO THE FUTURE WITH THE POWER OF TEAMWORK
OUTDOOR EVENTS OFFER THE PERFECT MATCH FOR FUN THIS SUMMER
How to maximize your time this summer by making money and enjoying time with friends.
We all know the feeling of getting out of school, blinking twice, and suddenly, we are back at school bracing the next school year. It seems as though the time spent during our break goes by so fast, we have nothing to look back on. However, lucky for you, there are thousands of methods and ideas on the Internet to help you maximize your summer vacation.
Another dilemma many high school students face is not having enough funds to support their fun filled summers. There are plenty of ways to make easy money for high school students, regardless of popular belief. Students could take some time out of their break to clean their closets and sell their unwanted items at stores like Plato’s Closet or on apps such as Depop.
Other jobs for high school students that pay above minimum wage can be found at places such as The Gap, Old Navy, Cosco and Delta Sonic. Restaurants also accept high school students as employees. If you are in need of a job, it is an only a Google search away. Many websites give you the opportunity to type in your location and age so you can easily search for jobs that are suitable for you.
Tutoring younger students and even helping fellow high school students is also a quick way to make money. A great way to advertise that you are tutoring is to put an ad out on your neighborhood’s Facebook page or advertise throughout your social media. Libraries such as the Naperville Public Library and Eola Public Library offer great locations to conduct your tutoring sessions and help your fellow students out.
Additionally, pet sitting is another great opportunity to make some quick cash. Self marketing is the perfect method to getting customers and building your network. Dog walking and dog sitting are just two opportunities to gain maturity and some money in your pockets.
Locally, there are tons of things to be doing. You could spend time at Centennial Beach, strolling the streets of downtown Naperville, and going out to eat at any of the thousands of Naperville and Aurora restaurants. Additionally, these restaurants offer deals that can be found on websites such as Groupon and Dine Naperville.
If you are looking for events that aren’t so local, you don’t have to search very far. Thousands of events occur throughout the summer in places like Downtown Chicago and Wisconsin. Many students attend festivals such as LakeShake, Lollapalooza and Country Thunder. Another fan favorite is the Millennium Park Film Series that is hosted by the city of Chicago throughout the summer season.
If you aren’t worried about money and you solely want to maximize your free time this summer, make a bucket list! A study produced by Wake Forest University relayed that the simple task of writing down the task at hand is proven to make the person more effective.
Additionally, platforms like Pinterest and Tumblr offer a plethora of already published bucket lists if you don't feel up to composing your own list.Also, another trend being followed on Youtube is "bullet journaling" that would be another great alternative in order to establish a set plan on how to organize your summer! If you are trying to maximize your time this summer, make a bucket list and start checking the items off of your list!
Sophomore Michael Sakowicz is seen guarding an opponent during a game. Photo by Nathan Burleyson
Ultimate Frisbee is a competitive intramural that is quickly gaining attention and popularity at Metea. The team has been consistently improving and now has aspirations for a State championship. Although it is a relatively young program, there is already a sense of community and teamwork between the athletes as they build on the past and look to the future.
“On the field and in practice, we’re really serious. When we’re hanging out, we’re really chill. We’ll eat dinner together, we’ll go outside and joke around with each other a lot. We’re really close, almost like brothers,” senior Kyle Welsh said.
One aspect of the Ultimate Frisbee program is the fact that it involves all players within their community. Ultimate Frisbee is a place for members to improve their athleticism and experience being part of a team. As a no-cut competitive intramural, many players improve athletically and socially over the course of the season.
“The best part of Ultimate Frisbee is the fact that even if you are not experienced, the team will get you up to speed. So no matter what, at any level you come in, it’s there for you,” junior Dhrtvan Sherman said.
The athletes on the team share a special bond and they have built a community within the school. As the team looks to success at the State tournament, the connections help their performance and create a positive culture for athletes.
“Everyone on our team is really nice to each other and if we notice that someone is doing something wrong, we’re always there to help each other out,” Welsh said.
Becoming a senior in high school means big changes for the students. Seniors about to enter a new realm in their life and are going to have to learn to adapt to new changes in order to brace the real world. These changes can be seen unraveling during their last year at school.
As far as luxuries go, senior year of high school supplies many life long memories. Prom, for example, is an event that is anticipated by most students throughout their high school career and provides students with memories they will never forget. Students also experience hints of independence during events like the annual senior Road Trip which allows students to be at school without heavy supervision . The road trip also allows seniors to spend time with their friends late at night. Not to mention, there are many other benefits to senior year such as the senior brunch and several ceremonies where graduating students are recognized for their academic achievements. As far as the other grades are concerned, the only festivities they have to look forward to is school dances.
Students at Metea should be given the same opportunities regarding fun extra-curricular activities that are specific to their graduating class. Yes, seniors have worked through three years and are finishing their fourth year, but other grades are hard at work and deserve some recognition. For example, juniors are juggling with impending SAT/ACT scores and all whilst trying to keep up their GPA. Sophomores have their own struggles in trying to find where they fit in with their friends and what they want to do in high school. The freshman are also not excluded from high school pressures such as being introduced the fast-paced academic environment and being thrown into a mix with hundreds of new kids.
“I think that seniors do deserve to have such big highlights their senior year, however, there should be some sort of encouragement for students that aren’t seniors so that there they feel motivated on their path through high school,” sophomore Sanjana Senthilkumar said.
Every grade should be able to have more highlights in their high school life. Seniors are graduating so their benefits should hold more grandeur. Why should that stop other grades from being able to make their own highlights?
PORTRAY HIGH SCHOOLERS INCORRECTLY
TV AND FILM CONTINUALLY
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From the 'goth' to the 'book worm', teenagers are seen as things they are not by all types of media. Photo by Aimee Leal
SENIORS EXPERIENCE PRIVILEGES THAT UNDERCLASSMEN HIGHLY ANTICIPATE
Prom King Jakob Dovalovsky and Prom Queen Mara Loyola dance at prom. Photo by: Beatriz Sindac
When you think of a typical high schooler in TV or film, the people that come to mind may fall under very specific categories: the jock, the cheerleader, the geek, and so on. Students are shown to be sort of shallow, with problems that wouldn’t be as big of an issue in the real world. Their focuses are more on each other and the nuances of high school life than on complex emotions, their future, or literally anything that matters.
Last year, the show 13 Reasons Why debuted on Netflix, causing a whirlwind of reactions. Some loved the show, and the rest felt that something about it wasn’t right. Aside from the glaring mishandling of mental illnesses, 13 Reasons Why failed the high schoolers it was trying to help. The characters react to one another in ways that make young people seem like illogical drama addicts.
Aside from that, even those in the background have no respect for the main character’s suffering, bullying her and making insensitive comments on social media that no one would say in real life.
Or take, The Edge of Seventeen, for example. The film follows the life of Nadine as she wanders through high school, struggling to deal with the things around her. Critics loved it. With a 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, it was hailed as an extremely accurate representation of what high school is like.
“Thanks to its edgy sense of humor and achingly accurate poignancy, the flick will touch a nerve with anyone,” Mara Reinstein from Us Weekly said.
Don’t get me wrong, I liked this movie a lot. It was funny, smart, and well-written, but something about it just came across as a bit off. To me, a high school student, it felt like I was watching an idealized version of high school life.
The main character was awkward, but I only knew that because the movie told me she was. Nothing about the dialogue felt genuinely awkward or confused. Instead, the people in the story were all confident, interesting characters that had fully developed personalities, with quirks that made the action feel nonstop.
Why are teens shown so unrealistically? Clearly, there’s some disconnect. According to The Globalist, there are 800 million teens in the world, so if there’s so many of them, why can’t the stories we consume ever seem to get them right?
Part of the reason is because these movies are made with little to no influence from young people.
Not that a 16-year-old is going to direct some Oscar-winning feature length film, but the people who are directing popular teen movies and TV shows have had some distance from their high school years.
In an article from Northwestern University titled Your Memory is like the Telephone Game, Marla Paul stated, “Every time you remember an event from the past, your brain networks change… [and] can alter the later recall of the event.”
Meaning, those who write these shows have had distance from high school and don’t fully understand what it’s like to be in that position anymore.
The truth is, high school is nothing like they say it is. It’s actually incredibly boring, or at least it would be to watch it for what it really is. Between homework, extracurriculars, time spent doing absolutely nothing, and more, there’s not a lot of material to work. So, writers dramatize the school environment and in turn, the characters become shallow along with it.
We don’t have to stop consuming shows that entertain us, because sometimes these shows do really know how to draw you in. Instead, we should take a look at shows and movies which contain both authentic young characters and an interesting plot; things like Shameless, Lady Bird, and Skins. We do, however, have to stop letting this baseline representation of high school students become the norm.
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Students participate in the walkout on March 14 held in solidarity with the victims of the Parkland shooting. The walkout was organized nationwide by the March for our Lives. Photo by Aimee Leal.
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SPOTLIGHT EDITOR & HEADLINES EDITOR
The shooting in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14 sparked a nationwide movement of students rising up against gun violence. The often unspoken tension in the movement is the obvious crossroads between this movement and its predecessor, namely Black Lives Matter.
The March For Our Lives event held in New York City on March 24 hosted celebrities speaking out for stricter gun laws and the importance of youth empowerment. However, beside the celebrity speakers were real students and advocates receiving equal spotlight.
During the march, speakers such as Naomi Wadler and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s granddaughter Yolanda King brought attention to the much deeper systemic issues that arise when discussing gun control.
Recently, there has been a broader discussion about school safety and gun violence amongst America’s youth. In urban populations especially, movements like Black Lives Matter have been implementing programs for years to try to recognize a racist and stigmatized system.
One of the common themes of the March for our Lives movement was the idea that firearms are acceptable in the hands of law enforcement. However, many students of color did not resonate with this idea because in communities of color, police brutality is a large issue. Black Lives Matter has gained a lot of attention in the past few years for its response to the police brutality related deaths of young black people, like Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland.
The coverage of the March For Our Lives movement itself has also seemed to turn a blind eye towards black students who attend Stoneman Douglas High, the site of the shooting in February that kicked off a movement. A prominent activist from Parkland David Hogg, was asked where he thought the news media went wrong in its coverage of the shooting. “Not giving black students a voice,” he told Axios. “My school is about 25 percent black, but the way we’re covered doesn’t reflect that.”
African-Americans face higher dangers as a result of police violence, a factor that is often ignored in the conversation about gun violence in schools. When discussing arming teachers or increasing the number of armed guards present in schools, the possible consequences for students of color are being disregarded. Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by police officers after being mistaken for a grown man holding a pistol when he was, in fact, carrying an air-soft gun. These kinds of events demonstrate the possible adverse effects of increasing arms.
Some common themes from Black Lives Matter marches also appeared in the March For Our Lives. The statement "Hands Up Don't Shoot" was especially common after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown and it also showed up at the March For Our Lives on March 24. Another symbol that appeared in the March For Our Lives was the Black Power Fist, which originated from the Black Panthers and has been a symbol of African American protest since.
Both March For Our Lives and Black Lives Matter advocate for youth empowerment and involvement, but where the similarities stop is the overall social prevalence of each movement. Black Lives Matter has concisely defined their vision and posted it publicly on all of their chapters websites. The vision statements read as follows:
“The Black Lives Matter Global Network is a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission is to build local power and to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
"We are expansive. We are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. We also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities.
"We must ensure we are building a movement that brings all of us to the front. We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.
"We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.”
The aforementioned selective coverage that the media has produced regarding March For Our Lives suggests that the movement isn’t as inclusive as Black Lives Matter. However, despite the glaring contrasts between both social reform movements, both organizations support intersectional youth activism to make our streets, and schools, safer.
In addition, despite the differences between the two movements, both Black Lives Matter advocates and March For Our Lives advocates are coming together to address one general topic, gun violence within America. Advocates Emma González and Naomi Wadler are working to create an intersectional bond between the two movements.
Both Gonzáles and Wadler are also scheduled to speak at Teen Vogue’s 2018 summit in New York City. The young women are predicted to address the summit’s overall topic of showing up and instilling direct change within the community and the world.
In a story published by Seventeen Magazine, Emma Gonzalez stated, “So we are speaking up for those who don’t have anyone listening to them, for those who can’t talk about it just yet, and for those who will never speak again. We are grieving, we are furious, and we are using our words fiercely and desperately because that’s the only thing standing between us and this happening again.”
It is reassuring and impactful to see a leader of the March For Our Lives Movement emphasize the necessity of providing voices to the unheard. The crossovers of both movements need to be addressed in order to approach the notion of equality and new policies regarding gun control within the United States.
Although during the beginning stages of media coverage, March For Our Lives could have been perceived as an “accidentally” exclusive movement, leaders of both March For Our Lives and Black Lives Matter have defined their growing focus on providing a voice to the people affected by gun violence that are left unheard.
It is extremely inspirational to once again witness social reform movements promoting intersectional opportunity and equality. As time progresses and the movements are predicted to grow in both strength and effectiveness, we can only hope that America’s youth will gain political recognition and a voice in today’s policies.
BLACK LIVES MATTER AND MARCH FOR OUR LIVES ADVOCATE FOR COMMON CAUSES
“So we are speaking up for those who don’t have anyone listening to them, for those who can’t talk about it just yet, and for those who will never speak again. We are grieving, we are furious, and we are using our words fiercely and desperately because that’s the only thing standing between us and this happening again.”
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"We are expansive. We are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. We also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, we must move beyond narrow nationalism."
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Senior Alexa Jordan rallies up the crowd during the walkout on March 14. Photo by Kennedy Homan
Beatriz Sindac explains physics problem in front of class. Photo by Maddie Crabtree
CHANGES IN SCIENCE TEACHING METHODS CAUSE CONFUSION FOR STUDENTS
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In recent years, teachers have attempted to move away from giving students information, gravitating more towards a method of having students discover information themselves while guiding them in the right direction.
Sometimes, this technique can be well executed. For example, in a language arts class, students read novels and then discuss techniques used by the author. This develops their knowledge of both gleaning purpose from a piece of work as well as better understanding rhetorical strategies and story building techniques.
However, hands on techniques only work if the students are familiar enough with the topic they are learning. These can be especially difficult with math and science classes, where the topics being taught are brand new to students. Whiteboarding has cropped up a result of an attempt to have more student-driven learning, especially in science classes.
This technique, no matter how well intended, can cause more confusing. With whiteboarding, students complete a worksheet or assignment and are assigned a problem to do on a large slate. Students then bring that slate up in front of their class and explain the solution to the problem in front of the class. In theory, the method promotes student involvement. However, problems often present themselves.
Often, students don’t know how to do the problem that they are assigned. This leads to them either whiteboarding their best guess, confusing the rest of the class, or receiving help from their teacher. At that point, isn’t it more worth it for the teacher to help the whole class?
Some students are not the best speakers, and they shortcut their explanation to finish their presentation as fast as possible. Furthermore, many students are uncomfortable with asking questions in front of the class and often struggle with answering questions about a problem they may not fully understand. This can lead to a underdeveloped understanding of the assignments.
While hands on learning is important for some classes, where does it become logical to have more traditional learning techniques? Whiteboarding can be useful after labs in science classes where it is necessary to compare the results of multiple groups, but how often is whiteboarding used in math classes?
In most math classes, students complete the assignment at home and when they come back to class, their teacher runs through the answers and demonstrates problems on the board at request of students. Many assignments in science classes are math based questions, so why are they treated so much differently than math problems are?
The recent push towards more immersive student learning is a positive movement, but it’s important to reflect upon whether what we are doing is actually working. It puts the onus on students to teach themselves under the guise of being progressive.
It also leads to students asking questions that will receive the response, “I don’t know, what do you think?” which can be infuriating because students don’t know- that’s why the question is being asked.
Getting students to interact with their subjects is important, but there are better ways to do it. It’s important for students to be included in the conversation about their own education in regards to what is and isn’t effective. Classes like math and science are not always as suited to the student led approach because these are situations that need to be modeled by someone who understands the concept. Fitting the teaching methods to the subject matter is important; painting all subjects with the same brush will not yield positive results.
As education changes, it would be beneficial to have students reflect on the methods of teaching being used so that schools can change their curriculum to fit the responses. Student involvement in learning does not mean students having to teach themselves. Sometimes we can get so focused on the means that we forget the ends. What is the benefit of these methods if students aren’t learning the material? Methods of teaching need to change to fit the material and ultimately to better fit students needs.
MOVIES FOR YOUR SUMMER WATCH LIST
Lots of great movies are looking to make their debuts this summer. Graphic by Nathan Burleyson
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Summer days are notorious for their length, warmth, and late starts. Another thing that goes with summer are movies. With all the free time in the world, why not spend it enjoying a good film? There are great ones streaming, but nothing beats that movie theater experience. Here are ten movies to look out for that are hitting the silver screen this summer.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor
This documentary takes aim at Mr. Rogers and his neighborhood, a TV show that made its run in the late twentieth century. Mr. Rogers is a beacon of hope for our entire nation and showed what it means to be a human. His wholesomeness inspired many and touched the hearts of all ages. ‘Neighbor’ looks like it will serve justice to the human that Rogers’ was. I know for a fact I will cry. It is scheduled to hit theaters June 8.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
I kind of like Marvel movies, and I really like Paul Rudd. So Paul Rudd in a Marvel movie is my cup of tea. Ant-Man is my favorite Marvel flick to date. Rudd is so endearing as Ant-Man, and Michael Pena will return in ‘Wasp.’ Evangeline Lilly will suit up in the newest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an addition that will only enhance the movie. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on July 6.
Sorry to Bother You
In a near future, telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield, you probably know him as the guy who says “Get out!” in ‘Get Out’) works his way up in his field. This comedy strikes me as an interesting concept with fresh and unique voice that is needed in today’s time. Armie Hammer also makes an appearance, and that’s enough to get me to see ANY movie. ‘Sorry to Bother You’ hits screens on July 6.
I want to see this movie because NBA players acting in movies is always interesting. They are also taking a series of Pepsi commercials and making a feature film out of it. Lil Rel Howery (you probably know him as the TSA guy in ‘Get Out’) joins Kyrie Irving, Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, Lisa Leslie, and Chris Webber in a street ball movie that will have my favorite movie trope: ‘Getting the Band Back Together.’ Uncle Drew is set to go wide on June 29.
Eighth Grade is a Bo Burnham directed film about a girl, (Elsie Fisher, who was not in ‘Get Out’), who is going through the struggle of middle school’s final year. The reason this movie is important is because it is a story being told about today’s youth. They are making ‘Lady Bird’ for the Class of 2019. I expect cringe worthy dabs, Snapchats, Tweets, Instagram drama, and it will be glorious. But the film also looks to take an empathetic approach to growing up in the 2010s. Eighth Grade is set to go wide on July 13.
It is Incredibles 2, if you need to know more about why I am excited then you need to go watch the first Incredibles. Brad Bird is back to direct and that is all that matters. Set your calendars for June 15.
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation was a fantastic action movie that I will defend to the end of time. Tom Cruise returns for ‘Fallout’,and this movie has the best trailer of 2018. Seeing Henry Cavill throw punches like a cooped up tenth grader taking out his anger on a pillow makes me excited for the next installment. ‘Fallout’ hits theaters on July 27.
Crazy Rich Asians
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ feels like a breakout opportunity for ‘Fresh off the Boat’ star Constance Wu. Based on a popular book of the same name, follows Rachel Chu (Wu) on her journey to Singapore with her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (played by Henry Golding), who turns out to be a member of one of the richest families in the world. Not only does Chu have to deal with the jealous suitors, but also with the overbearing mother (Michelle Yeou). The director has an interesting filmography. He has made two films on Justin Bieber. August 17 is the intended release date.
Under the Silver Lake
It is hard to contain my excitement for this film. It has an interesting plot where Andrew Garfield discovers clues and secrets as he searches for his neighbor, who he has fallen in love with. The quest reveals a deeper conspiracy that spans all of Los Angeles, into Hollywood itself. The movie is set to release on June 22.
Tag looks like an incredibly fun and original concept for a comedy. For thirty years, a group of friends (Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, and Hannibal Buress) have been playing the same game of tag on one specific month, and now the untaggable champion (Renner) is having his wedding. This year, we have gotten Blockers and Game Night for our comedy fix. Tag looks to be a standout movie that will be overshadowed by Incredibles 2. Tag releases on June 15.
IS THE MOST CULTURAL RELEVANT MUSICAL OF OUR GENERATION
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A review of a powerful Broadway musical that touches on mental illness, suicide, social media, family conflict and viral sensations in a sensitive and well told fashion.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
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Many writers have managed to capture our generation in a realistic way that showcases themes which touch a generation. This includes the Tony winning Broadway show, "Dear Evan Hansen," a powerful play written by Steven Levenson, with songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
The story follows a senior high school student suffering from social anxiety, who feels like nobody would care if he disappeared in a high tech social media age. His life quickly turns around when a fellow student, Connor Murphy, commits suicide, and despite never really knowing the person, the family believes that Evan was his friend based on letters that were apparently from Connor to Evan.
Although the letters were written by Evan to himself as a way of building his confidence, he quickly gains the trust of the family, and inspired by the legacy of Connor, starts a campaign that goes viral to spread the message that everybody matters and they’re not alone. Evan finally finds himself in the public eye, but can he keep the secret of how he achieved it?
One of the shows' biggest strengths in the writing department is how the characters are crafted to be realistic and complex with issues that most people would find relatable. Often times, teenage characters are written to be one note stereotypes by people who don’t understand how millennial culture works, but the writers really delved deep into how these people function and create compelling characters that represent the anxieties and struggles of our generation.
The titular character, for example, is a well done portrayal of somebody is suffering from social anxiety. He has all of the necessary quirks and emotions that showcase his disability while also showing that he isn’t solely defined by it. His characterization is likable while also showing that he makes poor decisions, and his insecurities sometimes lead him to compulsive habits that cause more harm along his journey. He immediately catches the sympathy of the audience as he struggles through everyday life due to his relatable issues and innocent demeanor.
A good example of this well made characterization is shown in the opening monologue from Evan. When he’s writing one of his letters to himself, he starts out trying to reassure himself that things will be good and that he is a good person. Almost immediately he starts to put himself down by pointing out all of the things he needs to improve on. He begins to over think social situations he was in, leading to a minor breakdown.
This small scene sets up the basic characterization of the character. The way he over analyses small details of life is a trait that people with social anxiety go through on a daily basis, and showing a realistic and accurate portrayal of these tendencies adds extra depth into the presentation.
"Dear Evan Hansen" utilizes a more contemporary musical style, with the majority of the songs having an acoustic pop/rock vibe throughout. This gives the play a more personal and causal feeling, which works well with some of the more character oriented numbers of the show like “Anybody Have a Map”, which focuses on Heidi Hansen and Cynthia Murphy, the mothers of Evan and Connor as they attempt to understand their children. The show tends to use more simplistic orchestrations that compliment the small scale nature of the show, which is complimented with often symbolic and deep lyrics. Many of them are sung in a more conversational way, adding an extra depth of realism to the characters actions.
Occasionally the show uses a bit of electronic influence in it score, mainly for Evan’s solos. This ties in to his character as many use technology as an example of isolation, which while also establishing a motif of technology that is present throughout the show, it also shows how Evan feels throughout the show.
The songs take up a huge range of styles, from the triumphant and inspirational “You Will Be Found,” to the solemn ballad “Words Fail,’"to the more comedic and up tempo “Sincerely, Me,” there's a song for everybody on the soundtrack. My personal favorite is the song “Requiem,” which showcases how each family member of Connor Murphy deals with his loss.
The biggest area for praise in terms of “Dear Evan Hansen” is the many relevant themes it pushes. As already discussed, the show touches on social anxiety in a way that's tasteful and realistic, which is helped by its fully realized characters. Evan is a protagonist that obviously has problems and actively makes mistakes because of his issues, which leads him to resent himself and demonize his mental illness. Eventually, he learns to accept himself and that he is who he is through his own journey. This is an extremely empowering message to those who are suffering from mental illness and it's a wonder that several people end up connecting with the story.
There's also a couple themes that tie into isolation and social media. The use of technology is a prevalent symbol throughout the musical, which is helped by the set being consumed by large screens that showcase social media and video integration. Technology seems to be symbolic of isolation. Based on the story of the show, it seems that technology can be used to manipulate the facts and hide people from real interaction. Most of Evan’s conversations outside of school take place on the phone or through live streams, so it seems that it also adds character.
In fact, many of the teenage characters seem to go through isolation for different reasons. Evan obviously feels isolated due to his social anxiety, while Connor Murphy's bad attitude and poor reputation caused him to lack in friends and have a poor relationship with family, causing him to eventually commit suicide.
Then there's Zoe, who isolates herself from her emotions due to the stress she has with family and her brother, causing her to disconnect with the world around her. This makes her relationship with Evan more impactful as she slowly opens up to him.
The most interesting case comes with Evan’s friends, Alana and Jared. Alana is a character who is obsessed with academics and extracurriculars due to her want of a good college. She desperately wants to be respected and liked but doesn’t have the social needs necessary to carry on due to her perfectionist attitude.
Most interestingly, Jared is shown to be a jokester who uses humor throughout the show seemingly to add lightness to the story. However, as the story continues, its shown that he uses humor as a defense mechanism to hide his insecurities as even he struggles to maintain the friendships around him.
Despite the overall depressing nature of the show, the message behind it is hopeful. With all of the bad in the world and how much pain we go through, sometimes it seems like we are all alone in the world and that nobody is there for us. “Dear Evan Hansen” presents the message that people don’t deserve to be forgotten. There will always be someone there for us and even with all the bad in the world or what mistakes you make, you will still matter. You are you and that's all people will care about.
Every character in “Dear Evan Hansen” at some point feels alone and that nobody will support them in their struggles, but they soon learn that the world can help them. As the show puts it simply, “You Will Be Found”. That's something that I feel is extremely important to today's generation. With suicide and mental illness becoming a more prevalent issue, especially in our schools, “Dear Evan Hansen” is a show that we need in order to spread this positive message of hope.
“Dear Evan Hansen” is one of this generation's most relevant and important shows still running today. It not only features realistic and complex portrayals of teenagers and people with mental disabilities, topped off with beautiful songs that capture the down to earth feel, but it manages to touch on harsh topics that have risen in our generation while also attempting to uplift its audience at the same time. The show currently runs on Broadway in New York City at the Music Box Theater and is a must see for any visit.
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“I loved working at Metea. This has been a wonderful group of staff and students to work with and to really become part of a family here at Metea.”
The Library Media Center has been cherished by students since the opening of the school and the library. The goal of the LMC is to promote and encourage students to collaborate and share the love of reading. LMC Director, Debbie Turner, has contributed her expertise and love for libraries since our school has opened and will continue to as she finishes her ninth year with us.
Turner started her journey as a volunteer parent at Montgomery Elementary School in Lansdale, PA. She then started working as a paraprofessional before her family moved to Aurora, IL. She decided that she wanted to continue her passion for schools and libraries.
“I was nervous to work with high schoolers because I had not done that before. Mrs. Weaver, who was assistant principal at that time said to me: ‘high school students are just tall second graders’,” Turner said.
Being a librarian, there are many different people that you are interacting with. No matter the person, Turner is always looking to help students in all areas they might need help with.
“It doesn't matter what age of students that you are working with. They all have similar needs and that need can be something from ‘I need a band-aid’ to ‘I need a book to read’,” Turner said.
Turner’s excitement has always been driven by the students’ passion and the love for books among readers. The diversity of students and various interests drive her passion for encouraging young minds. “It’s really exciting to make that connection because it doesn’t matter what grade level, everyone needs to find that right book to read,” Turner said.
Passions always start from someone or something. To Turner, her mother influenced her and shared her love for reading. “We went to the library once a week. I lived on a farm in Michigan, so to go into the library was a big deal. One of my teachers when I was in elementary school, she was huge into reading and read to us,” Turner said.
Turner has spent a lot of time at the library and at our school, but there was one memory out of all that she will cherish the most moving forward.
“My favorite experience was the first time walking into the library. There was a group of us: the department chairs, and us. Mr. Schmidt, the principal at that time, said: ‘this is all yours’. My first thought was ‘there are windows in the library,’” Turner said.
After retirement, Turner will undoubtedly continue her passion for reading, one of her favorites being young adult fiction. She will also pick up some of her old hobbies such as piano. Additionally, she will be spending more time with her grandchildren, traveling with her husband, and gardening.
“I loved working at Metea. This has been a wonderful group of staff and students to work with and to really become part of a family here at Metea,” Turner said.
Her legacy will live on through the Woman of Worth award that will be displayed in the LMC on a plaque. The recipients of the award are female students that have shown leadership and commitment within the Metea Valley community.
LMC Director Debbie Turner is retiring after a successful career at Metea. Photo by: Brittany Coates
LMC DIRECTOR DEBBIE TURNER RETIRES AFTER 9 YEARS AT METEA VALLEY