Churchill Changes Course

On the first day of school, students and teachers were expecting a change. As we all know sophomores, juniors, seniors and especially teachers have had to adjust to having eight classes a day instead of four. Last year, the district had A/B schedule, where each class had an hour and a half; whereas now, we have 50 min. This may not seem like much of a difference, but to students it can mean more information packed into a shorter time. For teachers, it means having to adjust assignments and activities to the change.

Students that have AP classes that require a lot of reading and homework, are stressed out with this new schedule seeing as last year they had two days to do homework, and now they only have one. Furthermore, this is especially hard on students who are in after school activities.

“With my busy drill team schedule, sometimes I fall behind,” sophomore Kenna Salinas said.

She also mentions how having five minutes for passing periods raises annoyance as well.

“When I have to go from the second floor of the old building to the second floor of the new building, I pretty much never make it on time”, says Salinas.

Many students have a very hard time getting to class with such a short amount of time to get there. While the 50 minute lunches are relaxing, some students find them too long. However, as we progress further into the year these things are slowly becoming easier.

Teachers also have had to adapt to the changes in the schedule. Most were accustomed to a lot of class time, so now teachers try to fit more material into only 50 minutes. It’s difficult for teachers to teach with only a limited amount of class time. The odd/even day rule only adds to this stress.

“My problem is planning too many activities”, freshman English teacher Ms. Steitle said “I had to slow down.

While Ms. Steitle says that she tries to pay attention to the every other day rule, it is rather hard for teachers to adjust. Ms. Steitle also says that she loves the 50 minute lunches, as most Chargers do. Overall, though, she doesn’t notice the difference because she come in early and leaves late anyways.

Until this year, the school has had an A/B schedule that took awhile to get used to at first. So I imagine that it will take many years for the school to get used to this new schedule.

PALS

Why join PALS?

“I really wanted to be involved in something at school… since I was in middle school.  I love kids and being a mentor, ” Brandi Morse senior PAL said.    PALS are involved in several activities.  They take elementary students to home football games  provide them  with “Lion’s Den” shirts.  In addition, PALs interact with ALE students and provide them a shoulder to lean on.

“There’s too many to list… but mainly you have to be someone your kids and peers can look up to,” Morse said.

Currently the  PALS  are in mediation training and are preparing for upcoming projects.  Every Friday they share a “highlight” and a “bummer” of the week.  This helps them get good feedback and helps them build a better self esteem as well as learn how to make this school a better place.

PALS  must be alcohol and drug free and must sign a contract before they enter PALS.  This helps them be a positive role model for our school and students. PALS also gives students a chance to make true friends.

“I’m really excited to be friends with the other PALS,” Morse said.  “I’m really, really excited to be part of such an awesome organization!  I’m super excited about it.”

Construction

Construction by the C.T. building has been going on for two years since the fall of 2008. The construction began with the removal of the old gym to make way for the new parking lot.

What they plan on doing with this area making a new parking lot with 10 separate spots for use by different groups. For instance there will be an R.O.T.C pad, storage for the theatre department, a golf area and several spots for teacher parking.

The good news is parking will be easier especially with the new parking permit discount that will be available. Seniors who attended the 2010-2011 prep days as well as juniors who have academic needs will automatically get parking permits for the new parking area.

A When asked about when the parking lot will be officially ready Mr Vaughn said “Most likely everything will be done and in use in March of 2011.”

R.O.T.C

As a student of R.O.T.C entering his third year, Platoon Leader Scott Robinson informs us that his main goals are to “become a leader” and “be a better citizen.” Reserve Officer Training Corps also known as R.O.T.C has Drill, Color Guard, and Marching, in which boys and girls are allowed to participate. It’s a great organization for students who plan on joining any form of the Armed Forces because it teaches strong discipline and gives a person an opportunity for a better future. Unfortunately there are not many students in the program (80-100) and teachers advise more students to join R.O.T.C to take advantage of all the benefits it has to offer.

Although the new schedule make classes shorter, practices as well, R.O.T.C practices are Monday through Thursday in the mornings and afternoons. These students still fight hard to become the best, especially for the “Nationals Drill Team Competition” in Daytona, Florida; R.O.T.C’s biggest event of the year. They have fundraisers throughout the year to acquire new equipment and they perform at several different places, such as Somerset, John Jay, Marshall, and Western Region. Their next upcoming performance is on October 30th at Somerset.

“The main reason I got in R.O.T.C is because it’s a great organization and the drill team is so much fun!” Scott said