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  • Editorial Cartoon: It takes more than just an idea

    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 11:24 AM by Cassie Brozovich
  • How much is too much?

    How much homework is too much? The Washington Post says that there is too much homework given out in the high schools across America. I’m sure most students would agree with me that most of their nights are spent with hours of homework. According to Health Line, the current amount of homework does not give students the amount of time they need to eat right, sleep, and socialize; in other words, to live a healthy life.

    Besides the fact that students have homework, they also have other things on their plate. Many students have a job or a sports practice after school, which can take up several hours after school each day. Varsity practices are often three or four hours long, and adding an extreme amount of homework to the top of that can cause many students an undue amount of stress.

    Many students have even developed social disorders from not being able to handle relationships and homework. This can cause students to fall into a depressed state, and all solutions to help depression requires time to participate in hobbies or hang out with friends-- time students just do not have.

    Teachers also need to be aware of this issue. They need to understand that students don’t just have homework in their one class; they have homework in several other classes, and if these classes are upper level, that accounts for an even greater amount of homework. Even if teachers don’t decrease the amount of homework, they can help by placing their tests on different days than other classes or scheduling big group projects throughout the semester instead of just as finals. Some of the most stressful days that students have are when there are three or even four tests in one day.

    It is understandable why teachers give homework: it gives them an estimate of where students are individually. However, maybe instead of giving so much homework, they should let the students work a little in class. This allows them to ask questions and seek help if necessary while also giving them time later in the day for other work.

    Some students say that they don’t have too much homework, or even not enough homework, but this does not represent the student body as a whole. The students that say this may not participate in sports, have a job, or even be an active member of a school group. Many student at Conway Springs High School play at least one sport and participate in many groups such as Scholar’s Bowl, the school play or Student Council. Many students also have a job; whether it's a job they chose, a job on a family farm or business, or maybe even a job to help support their family. This is why I believe that homework is a good thing, but only in moderation. Students do need to learn how to study for college, but not to the point that their whole high school career is dominated by stress.


    Posted Nov 6, 2017, 9:22 AM by Travis Willson
  • Required Classes Should be Electives

    As students converse between classes, there are often complaints of a class, saying it’s useless to make it required, and that they’ll never need to use it again outside of school. For example, all students at Conway Springs High School are required to have three years of math and science. Students’ complaints are often based off of core classes, such as math and science, which become more advanced as the years go by. Physics, Chemistry, Trigonometry, and Calculus are advanced math and science classes that not every student will use later on in everyday life and in their careers.

     Dr. Bruce Umbaugh, a philosophy professor at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. is against the idea of making core classes electives. Umbaugh emphasizes the fact that students concentrate so hard on what they’ll select as a major that they often overlook the importance of learning general skills like problem solving, communicating effectively, and analyzing information, which are often gained through general education classes, including upper-level math and science. On the other hand, College professors, such as Paul Hanstedt, an English professor at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, believes these classes “go hand in hand with each other and are very important”.

    However, the advanced classes that we are required to take focus on certain scenarios that deal with that field of science or math. You won’t need to know how to do a complex chemistry or calculus problems to know how to solve a problem that may come up in your art career. This is why I think that advanced classes of the core subjects should be an elective, not a requirement.

    Although I understand that general skills such as Dr. Umbaugh mentioned can be learned through these classes, I think they are so fact-based that teachers don’t have the time to allow students to learn them because they are so busy memorizing facts. These subjects require so much understanding of the basic, multiple choice type knowledge that there is not the opportunity to learn through essays and projects that require broader understanding.

    Posted Oct 12, 2017, 10:04 AM by Stephanie Brozovich
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Recent Reviews

  • The Emoji Movie connects to our daily lives
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    ony Pictures Animation’s newest film caught the attention of many children today with a great connection to our daily lives with technology. Today many children and students are constantly texting each other, some even in class during school, and within these texts, using emojis. “The Emoji Movie” does an excellent job making this connection to the daily lives of these children.

    The movie starts with a school filling with students, who are constantly texting and have their phones during class. Within these texts are emojis, and the movie switches to the lives of these emojis being used. The main character Gene (T.J. Miller), is preparing to be a “meh” emoji but runs into conflicts with the original emoji, Smiler (Maya Rudolph). Gene and his two friends, Hi-5 (James Corden) and Jailbreak (Anna Faris), attempt to escape Smiler and her attacks. The three resolve Gene’s conflict and learn a valuable lesson about being yourself and not forcing yourself to be someone you’re not.

    Young children will learn a great life lesson from watching this movie, while being entertained with the creative animation and cartoon-style characters. The emotions that many students feel today, such as a boy trying to impress a girl, are shown very well, as he tries to use the right emoji when texting her when they aren’t together. The movie is also really easy to relate to since the emojis are very humanlike. I would recommend this movie to young children. For high school kids, it’s the perfect movie to take a younger sibling or niece or nephew to. For this daily connection to our lives, I give “The Emoji Movie” five out of five cardinal heads.

    Posted Nov 21, 2017, 9:45 AM by Stephanie Brozovich
  • Green meets expectations with new novel

      

           Four years after his hit novel The Fault in Our Stars, John Green released his long awaited novel, Turtles All the Way Down, on Oct. 10. The story dials in on Aza, a 16-year-old from Indiana who lives with mental illness, in constant fear of contracting diseases, sending her through an “ever-tightening spiral”. The book is written in first person, allowing the reader to really see into the mind of Aza and what she battles every day.

        After a local billionaire who had been accused of fraud goes missing, Aza and her outgoing best friend, Daisy, seek to locate him to claim the $100,000 prize. To do so, Aza reconnects with the billionaire’s son, Davis, her childhood friend. Switching back and forth from reality to her intrusive, anxiety-induced thoughts, Aza juggles a possible relationship, her lifelong friendship, and the bond with her mother.

        Green is notorious for writing sappy romance novels for teenagers, but in my opinion, TATWD is his most mature novel yet. According to an interview with Green on Good Morning America, it is derived from his personal experiences with mental illnesses and the barriers it can create when it comes to forming or maintaining relationships, which gives it a real and relatable feel.

            Personally, this book makes my list of favorites, following Green’s Looking for Alaska (2005). He definitely met, and even exceeded, my expectations. Goodreads gave his novel a 4.3/ 5 and I give it 5 out of 5 cardinal heads.

    Posted Nov 13, 2017, 9:50 AM by Amanda Smith
  • Go to Bella Luna Cafe for a perfect first date


    Are you looking for a place to impress a date? Something a little more fancy than Applebees or Olive Garden? Or are you just looking to try a different culture’s cuisine? Bella Luna Cafe might be the place for you. They serve all sorts of Mediterranean food, from hummus to quinoa to chicken de Chateau. Bella Luna has two locations in Wichita--New Market Square and Bradley Fair.

    This summer, I ate lunch at Bella Luna Cafe in New Market Square. The venue is small; they only seat a small number of people — my guess would be somewhere around 50-100 people. The service was quick, especially considering we had a group of 15, and the food was amazing. I do give a little warning — it is somewhat expensive. To start, we all shared hummus and chips, one of the dishes Bella Luna Cafe is known for. I had the lobster ravioli and quinoa. I had never tried the rice-like side but quickly found that is was delicious.

    Even with it being expensive, the combination of trying new foods and the more personal atmosphere makes Bella Luna Cafe an excellent choice for a date or a small dinner party to celebrate with your friends.

    Exact directions, menus, and other information can be found on Bella Luna Cafe's website



    Posted Nov 1, 2017, 10:09 AM by Makenna Beesley
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