We all love watching athletes perform in adverse conditions, however, many coaches and athletes themselves think differently. For most of us at Stonewall who are football fans, field hockey, or even volleyball fans, we’ve all seen various conditions throughout fall, and we all love fall football, but there’s been one clear disrupter this fall, the rain.
“Trust the process”, and “Counting is part of your visual performance”, are phrases students will hear walking to their cars in the student parking lot. When the Stonewall Jackson Marching band is practicing, It’s the sound of SJHS’s band director Vince Bryk hard at work making sure the marching band is in tip-top shape for competitions and performances.
Stonewall Jackson has come up with a new, not so popular, way of ensuring that students get to class on time.
If you have been attending Stonewall for at least two-years now, you probably know that there is a new tardy policy that has been installed. When asking people about their opinions and feeling on the new tardy policy, most, if not all of them had not so wonderful things to say about it.
The PSAT's are something every student dreads, but for teachers, the PSAT's do not put as much stress on them as it might seem. PSAT is a pre-SAT. The SAT is very important for college applications, as it shows colleges what type of student you are. The PSAT's in return, put a lot of stress on the students taking them.
Forensics science is a new and refreshing science that is offered to students that have taken chemistry. The class explores topics that are commonly seen in crime scenes and are studied in criminology. The class is taught by Mr. Kaplan and Ms. Ahrens.
Have you ever heard of peer diversity at Stonewall? It’s a club that focuses on teaching students about stereotypes, prejudices, racism/discrimination, and other topics. Peer diversity is run by Mrs. Mcguigan, a French and Spanish teacher here at Stonewall, along with many student officers. Their meetings are usually held once month, on a Wednesday. To get more information, visit Mrs. Mcguigan in room 2004.
Every year, Stonewall Jackson High School receives new teachers and staff, so I decided to interview some teachers to get to know them better and asking how and why they are here. This is Mrs. Stearman’s fourth-year teaching, all of them at Stonewall. She mainly teaches freshmen and sophomores, but last year she did Creative Writing 2 and it had students in grades 10-12.
Stonewall Jackson started their homecoming weekend with a Bang ! as Friday classes capped with a pep-rally lead by the marching band parading through the halls letting students and teachers alike know it’s time to have some fun in the spirit of Stonewall.
At the moment Virginians have very important elections that are very critical. In November the seats in the House of Representative are up for vote which can be important for us even as high schoolers.
If anyone follows politics then they must know that in the House of Representatives it’s a majority republican as it also is in the Senate.
November is going to be a laid-back month for students and some teachers. The joy of any student is only attending school for a few days, and November is going to be exactly that month for students. We only attend school for 16 days the entire month.
It’s that time of year again, where students all over America take the PSAT. More importantly, at Stonewall Jackson High. When asking five students the questions, “Wouldn’t it be more cost effective to pay for people who want to take the PSAT?” And “Doesn’t it make sense to only pay for the students who want to take it over making everyone take it?” The first student named Daniella Davila (12th grade) said, “I feel like they could have asked the students or made them sign up if they wanted to take the PSAT. There are some kids who already know they don’t want to go to college, so what’s the point in paying for the test if kids aren’t going to go to college.”
As you may or may not have noticed, Stonewall Jackson High School is changing. There have been many improvements, and new additions to the school. One change of which was the new tile on the third floor that happened over the summer.
In the news recently, Michael Jackson “The King of Pop” has been across the headlines after an HBO documentary aired about Mr. Jackson’s conduct behind closed doors of Neverland, and how he sexually abused young kids he called his friends.
The month of March is dedicated to honor the many women that have contributed in society and to celebrate their achievements. This month is very important, as it shows how much women have achieved. Such as things they were not given the opportunity to do because of their sex. Not only does this month focus on the women with political status, but also women in the entertainment industry and average women.
It was announced about a month and a half ago that there would be an interest meeting for the modeling club and a lot were interested in it from the beginning. There was people that were signing up purely out of curiosity and others that were really interested in being a part of the club.
If you have been up to date on social media, you might be aware of the Momo Challenge. The Momo Challenge is a hoax/ urban legend about a social media challenge that started on Facebook. The challenge slowly started seeping out to other outlets. The challenge is aimed at children and entices them to do harmful acts to themselves. The acts include putting forks into electrical sockets, turning gas stoves on, and even killing themselves.
SOL time is a time of stress, cramming and a whole bunch of tests. Testing time stresses students out so much some of them can’t sleep until the SOL is done. The SOLs have been coming earlier and earlier giving kids less time to sleep. This has gotten to the point where some students flat out hate the tests and procrastinate.
One week ago, a deadly string of tornadoes touched down in Alabama and Georgia. Twenty-three people died in the twisters in Beauregard, ranging in age from 6 to 89. Ninety were injured and as of Thursday, four remained in critical condition in three area hospitals but were expected to recover. One family, who met with President Donald Trump when he toured the area on Friday, lost 10 members of their extended family to the tornado.
With Spring Break right around the corner, students and teachers are getting excited as we get closer to spring break. A time for students and teachers alike to relax, catch up on sleep, visit family, and go on vacation to get away from the hustle and bustle from their daily routines.
This year prom will be held on April 6th on a Saturday. The theme has been announced to be “A night under the Blossoms” and many people are anticipating it. Tickets will go on sale March 27th and they will cost $40 and increase each following week. There are a lot of people that said that they started announcing things too late and others said that its on par with past years.
On March 15th, an armed man in New Zealand walked into two mosques and shot everyone in sight all while live streaming it on Facebook. The live stream was approximately 17 minutes long, and throughout the 17 minutes no one had reported it nor called the authorities. It has since been deleted by Facebook. The live stream was uploaded after he had written a 73-page manifesto where he had expressed his anti-immigration and anti-Muslim views.
Every kid, especially in high school, knows how much their parents love them. We all know our parents want the best for us and want us to get into a good college. Well, with what happened earlier this month, these parents took it way too far. Rich families could hire someone to take the SAT's for their children or bribe the schools into accepting their children into prestigious schools without any fight at all.
Since the beginning of 2019, Christian families in Africa have been targeted by Islamic terror groups. The two groups have been reported by CBN as entering villages and hacking down anyone and anything that moved, forcing Christian civilians to recant their faith in Jesus Christ, which most if not all refused. The two militant groups would enter villages, and torch homes, and set up firing squads of families captured according to eyewitnesses of the incidents.
Beto O’Rourke seems unwilling to place himself on his party’s conventional political spectrum. At the final town hall of his congressional career, the last of more than 100 such gatherings he held, O’Rourke was greeted in December at a local high school by cheerleaders, a mariachi band and supporters wearing T-shirts reading “Beto for President.” In response to a question from POLITICO after the event, O’Rourke would not answer if he considers himself a progressive Democrat.