When Greenwood students were surveyed about their plans for this summer, many of talked about the same types of things. These students suggested that instead of school work, their summer this year would be packed with just work, whether it’s working at a pool as a lifeguard or on a farm as a farmhand. Other students suggested that they would be looking into colleges or getting really to attend the one they’re already accepted to. Vacationing and traveling throughout the United States are the plans for many this summer. Some students talked about volunteer work or going to different types of camps over the summer. The rest of the students that were asked, talked about how they planned on playing their favorite sports throughout the summer and catching up on the sleep they lost throughout the school year.
By: May Fry
On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the students of Spanish III and Spanish IV went of their annual Spanish trip. This year, the Spanish trip included dancing lessons of the Merengue, the Rumba, and the Salsa at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Lemoyne. There, students learned how to dance with a partner. Although there was a shortage of men (only five), many women stepped up to be part of the men’s group for the different styles of dance. The instructor explained to the students that although the man always leads, the women are always right (this meaning that the women will always start with their right leg for any of the ballroom dances). After the very energetic dance lessons, the Spanish III and Spanish IV classes went out to eat at Moe’s Southwest Grill.
By: May Fry
*All pictures taken by May Fry of the Spanish III and IV classes*
Getting ready to learn how to dance.
The instructor teaching the men and “lady-men” how to dance their part.
All the men moving their feet.
Mackenzie Drew spinning during one of the dances.
Mackenzie dancing with the instructor.
Mackenzie Drew learning a new dance with the instructor.
On April 22nd of every year, Earth day is celebrated. The idea for Earth day was created back in 1969 when Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, witnessed the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. He was inspired by the student anti-war movement at the time and he realized that if he could influence the public about air and water pollution, he could force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the media. He persuaded Pete McCloskey, a Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 people to promote his “Earth Day” idea. Then on April 22, the date for Earth day was selected.
On April 22, 1970, twenty million Americans went to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
Today, Earth Day has been determined as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes. The fight for a clean environment continues to increase, due to the rapid increases of pollution every year.
Greenwood students were asked “what’s one thing teachers could do during class to make it more interesting and fun while learning something new?” They suggested different methods teachers could use in order to create a more interesting and fun learning experience. Ten percent of students believed that things such as more hands on activities would create a better learning experience. Fifteen percent of students believed that one on one interactions to help the students when they don’t understand something would create a better learning experience. Twenty-eight percent of students believed that using games and videos along with no yelling at the students would create a better learning environment. Thirty percent of Greenwood students thought that if you didn’t talk “at” the students but instead “with” the students learning would be easier. Lastly, seventeen percent of students decided that having open class discussions and making learning more relatable to the students would create a more interesting and fun learning experience. Greenwood students suggested that if teachers were to do all of these things, that they would have a better time learning and understand whatever it is that they are learning at the time. Studies have been done on to explain that when a teacher teaches a student instead of just assigning them work, the student learns better. This is because most students comprehend better through interactions rather than through teaching themselves. In the end, we should just all learn as much as we can with the teaching that we receive because our teachers are great teachers and although they may not teach us things in the way that we wish them to, they do their best to help us understand whatever it is we’re learning at the time.
By: May Fry
Career day was held March 17, 2016 this year. There were many occupation options that were presented before us this year for career day. Some of the annual occupations for the career day consists of veterinarian, social worker, and state police officer. The career day allows Greenwood students to get a sneak peek at what some of the occupations are like and allows Greenwood students to further explore what occupations are available to them. There were many occupations that were presented to the Greenwood students such as Cosmetologist, Counselor, Deputy Coroner, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Electrician, Electronics (installation, repair, technicians, engineering), Emergency Response Worker, Engineer (Electrical), Teacher, Masonry, Military, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Nurse Anesthetist (Anesthesia Nurse), Photographer, Social Worker, State Police Officer, Teacher, and Veterinarian. Greenwood students got involved in the presentations of the occupations and some learned hands on how to do things they didn’t know how to do before. The career day this year was yet another success and hopefully will continue at Greenwood for many years to come.
By: May Fry
*Pictures taken by May Fry, Grace Kiem, Maggie Campbell, and Hannah Olson.*
Caitly Holler getting her hair done by the visiting cosmetologist.
Greenwood students learning from the visiting Grief Specialist.
Visiting Veterinarian and some of his tools.
Visiting Social Worker.
Jacob Barton, Andrew Lyter, and Nathan Barnhart with the Navy recruiter.
Jorden Frey and the Marine recruiter talking.
The visiting Army recruiter.
Mrs. Gothel (nurse anesthetist) showing Derek Donaldson how to open up a person’s airway to keep them breathing during surgery.
Everyone knows about the career day Greenwood hosts once a year, most likely because all the students get out of periods one and two, rather than because of the careers that are presented that day. There are many careers that will be presented this year for career day. Some of the annual occupations for the career day consists of veterinarian, social worker, and state police officer. The career day allows Greenwood students to get a sneak peek at what some of the occupations are like and allows Greenwood students to further explore what occupations are available to them. There are many other occupations that may/will be attending Greenwood’s career day this year.
Some examples of occupations for the career fair would include:
As many already know, 2016 will have 366 days of the year. However, do we really know why this happens every four years?
Leap year was created by the Roman dictator, Julius Caesar, in 46 B.C. The ancient Roman calendar was based on a total of 355 days in a year. However, they later realized that the time it takes for the Earth to rotate once around the sun is actually 365.25 days. This lead the Romans to create our now 365 day calendar with the exception that on every fourth year, an extra day be added to make up for the lost time the earth is really moving around the sun. Leap day, February 29, occurs nearly every four years, but leap day babies, or leaplings, still get to celebrate their birthdays in common years. Some celebrate on February 28, some prefer March first. However, many countries have laws defining which date a person born on February 29 comes of age in legal terms. For instance in New Zealand, the official birthday falls on February 28 in common years; in other countries like the United Kingdom, leap year babies have to wait until March 1.
Some celebrities with Leap Year birthdays would include:
1468 – Pope Paul III (d. 1549) 1792 – Gioacchino Rossini, Italian composer (William Tell, The Barber of Seville) (d. 1868) 1896 – Morarji Desai, former Indian prime minister (d. 1995) 1968 – Wendi Louise Peters, English television and theatre character actress 1916 – Dinah Shore, American singer (d. 1994) 1924 – Al Rosen, American baseball player 1924 – Carlos Humberto Romero, former president of El Salvador 1960 – Anthony (Tony) Robbins, American motivational speaker 1964 – Lyndon Byers, Canadian hockey player 1972 – Saul Stacey Williams, American singer, musician, poet, writer, and actor 1972 – Antonio Sabàto Jr, Italian-born actor 1976 – Ja Rule (real name Jeffrey Atkins), American rapper and actor 1980 – Chris Conley, American musician and songwriter/composer
Valentine’s Day is a day of love, romance, and passion, but sometimes we just don’t know what to get others for Valentine’s Day. Gifts can be an essential part of the Valentine’s Day tradition. What do people really want for Valentine’s Day, though? Many people will say that you should treat every day like Valentine’s Day for your significant other but what do the other people say who believe that Valentine’s Day is special and unique. The majority of Greenwood students believe that Valentine’s Day is a special and one of a kind holiday. Those Greenwood students believe that the traditional gifts for Valentine’s Day are the best gifts to give. When asked what gifts are the best, Greenwood students responded with gift ideas such as chocolate boxes, gigantic teddy bears, flowers, mixed candies, jewelry, a night out (such as dinner and a movie), candles, pets (such as puppies and kittens), gift cards, clothing, and greeting cards. Other Greenwood students responded with creative gifts from Valentine’s Day, such as baked goods, memory jars, and scrap books.
By: May Fry
*Pictures from Google Images*
Valentine’s Day is said to be the holiday of love and passion, well it is nowadays, but what about before? Do we really know what the holiday meant years ago or how it came to be? The real history of Valentine’s Day is not comprised of roses, chocolates, and pretty cards with hearts everywhere. Instead, it is composed of crime, imprisonment, and execution that are at the genesis of our modern day love fest, dating back to the man whose death may have inspired the holiday. There were three early Christian saints who were named Valentine, but it is said that the holiday likely comes from was a Roman priest during the 3rd century A.D. under Emperor Claudius II. Emperor Claudius II made an unpopular decision to ban marriage among young people. He believed that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers. With the Roman Empire hanging by a thread, Emperor Claudius II needed all the war power he could get. Now is where Valentine comes into play. This troublesome priest believed marriage to be a God-given sacrament. Valentine began performing marriages in secret however he was eventually discovered for doing so and was later imprisoned. The priest was eventually beheaded and later named the martyr by the Church. This was because he gave up his life to perform the sacrament of marriage. “For love of love and love of God.” At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I declared February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day, and centuries later romantic authors like Geoffrey Chaucer and Shakespeare helped seal the deal with references to the day in their works. Now on every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine and his dedication to love. A day of love indeed.
By: May Fry