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Ponies and Piglets and Calves, Oh My!

By Hannah Steinmetz, junior

Almost every US citizen knows that the first president was George Washington, but what they don’t know is that each year, there is a full week dedicated to his agricultural legacy.

Edgewood High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) celebrated National FFA week Feb. 20 through the 24 with other FFA chapters across the country, and it was a big hit.

“I think it went pretty well,” EHS FFA chapter leader Ms. Ferguson said, “the animals during lunch really got everyone coming down to the ‘ag (agriculture) room and seeing what it was like.” According to the national FFA website, “the local chapter is the heartbeat of FFA,” and local chapters strive to keep members active and provide students with opportunities for leadership.

The week has been celebrated annually since 1948, and each year, it falls on the week of Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22. Washington was well-known for constantly experimenting with new ways to improve farming, and he developed a seven-year crop rotation that rejuvenated soil better than the three-year rotation that had been used.

FFA week at Edgewood consisted of the whole school participating in different activities, and one was dressing up each day for a contest between homerooms to see who would get the prize of a breakfast the following week. Monday began with a theme of wearing overalls; Tuesday was blue and gold, the FFA colors; Wednesday consisted of students dressing as animals; Thursday was boot day, and Friday was Flannel Friday.

In response to the dressing up, Ferguson said, “Everybody did well. Flannel Friday went over the best; I think I saw about ten teachers with flannels on, so I appreciated the participation from people outside of our chapter.”

Another activity that took place was the opportunity for students to pet a different animal each day in the ‘ag room during lunch. In all, students were able to see chicks, piglets, calves, goats, and on Friday, Ferguson brought in her pony.

Ferguson said that there was very little that went wrong other than the minor interruption of the dress up contest due to school delays.

“In the future, I’d like to get more of the school involved, because we had two, two-hour delays, so we only had homeroom twice, and we were supposed to have the dress up [contest] all week, so it was kind of hard because we only had two days to count points, which gave people less motivation to dress up, so hopefully in the future it lines out better and we can get more school involvement.”

Overall, Ferguson was very pleased with the turnout of the week. “I think it gave people a little bit more awareness about how we are a chapter and we’re here and doing stuff, and we do have a national week throughout the US, so it’s not just an after-school club per say,” Ferguson said, “it’s a chapter and it’s a big deal.”


Upcoming Events:

With the remainder of the school year, FFA will have more events. “Our closest event is that we have two livestock judging teams and one dairy judging team, and they will be going to their area contest on April 28th, where they will go compete against other chapters and other teams in the state of Indiana and see who does the best,” Ferguson said.

Spectrum GSA sees Rainbows on the Horizon

By Emily Crismore, junior 

Spectrum GSA, Edgewood’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance club, is working to expand their horizons in the next few months. It is planning on having a bowling night along with Bloomington High School North and South  in the spring of 2017. Along with the bowling night, its leaders are creating a coalition of surrounding high school GSAs to help bridge the gap between schools and provide support to struggles that GSAs may face, particularly in light of the changing political situation. Celestina Garcia, one of Spectrum GSA’s current leaders, is also working to prepare the club for the future.

As this is my last year of leadership and membership of GSA, I’m hoping to set up solid leadership for next year, and come up with plans for gaining new members next year,” Garcia said. GSA focuses on discussions of the real world issues on Fridays after school in room F119.

French Honor Society Takes Culture to the Intermediate

By Hannah Steinmetz, junior

French Honor Society will be busy for the next two Thursdays. It will be holding activities at both Girls’ Night Out and Guys’ Night Out, which will take place at Edgewood Intermediate School. “The guys will be making Eiffel Towers out of wafer cookies and the girls will decorate bows with jewels,” junior Haley Martin said. Guys’ Night Out is Jan. 26, and Girls’ Night Out is Feb. 2. Because members paid a three-dollar fee at the beginning of the year, there will be no cost.

Different Schedules, Different Opinions

By Hannah Steinmetz, junior

The student sat in class, listening to the teacher drone on. Her eyelids drooped more and more, until they shut completely. Her head popped back up, awake, tapping her foot and moving her hands to stay alert. She wished to take a break, but they weren’t allowed in this class. Tick, tick, tick. The clock reminded her there were still 45 minutes to go.

Edgewood High School has been using extended-learning days for about four years, and there have been a variety of opinions on them. The school has seven 45-minute periods on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, but on Wednesdays and Thursdays, it goes with a block schedule. On Wednesdays, students go to their second, fourth, and sixth period classes for 90 minutes each, along with 55 minutes of homeroom in the morning. On Thursdays, students go to their first, third, fifth, and seventh period classes for 90 minutes each, without homeroom in the morning. While this schedule works for some, others would prefer an alternative schedule.

“It’s harder in the fact of trying to take teenagers with short attention spans and do four or five things in an hour and a half,” geography teacher Mr. Lee said.

According to an article on owlcation.com, at most, students have attention spans of about 22 minutes, over four times less than what the extended-learning periods require. However, there have been some contradictions to this.

“It was pretty clear that in some subjects, you could not sustain deep discussions or extensive labs and lessons in a 45 or 50 minute period, so there was always a yearning, among some departments and teachers, for longer periods,” English teacher Mr. Brewer said.

Mrs. VanAllen, another English teacher, had a similar belief and thought that it would be hard to cover all the material, and students “would have a hard time getting a project done in a 45-minute period.” Therefore, in certain classes, such as science and English, 90 minutes can be needed to get things done.

Another aspect that comes into play for students and teachers alike is the 24-hour period in which they don’t see each other.

“For people like me, it’s really hard to go a day without a certain class because I end up forgetting some things that we learned, so it’s really difficult to try to remember it on the Friday [afterwards],” junior Megan Mishler said.

Spanish teacher Ms. Byers agreed and said, “I prefer to see my classes every day rather than having days off in between.”

An article on k12teacherstaffdevelopment.com said that repetition is important in the learning process, so the day that a student doesn’t see a teacher could cause difficulties. Although some don’t like the day in between, some teachers take the day as a positive.

“Maybe it’s because of psychological effects; I know there’s one day a week where we all get a break from each other,” Brewer said.

Senior Megan Higgins believes that the extended-learning days allow for her to separate her homework and get some sleep during the week. In other words, by having only three to four of her seven classes two days of the week, she has less homework than she would on a normal night. “I feel so relieved,” Higgins said, “because I can put off homework and focus on one specific class if needed.”

Students and teachers seem to have a range of opinions about the extended-learning days. “If there is no clear answer,” Brewer said, “compromise is important all around.”