The Regents Exams are a set of mandatory tests that high school students in New York State are required to take in order to graduate. Teachers must plan their coursework according to these exams since being prepared for the tests determines their ability to graduate.
During gym class, I walked out of the girls’ locker room with a friend who started insulting her body and commenting on how she looked in her outfit. Then, later that period, I listened closely while all of the girls changed out of their gym uniforms and into their regular outfits, and I noticed the negative comments filling the air: “I gained so much weight!” “I need to get fit!”Continue reading “Column: Fostering A Positive Body Image”
Q: What do you think about the state test?
A: It is a test, which is annoying. It’s not really even about us, it is mostly about the city seeing how well the teachers are doing. All tests are annoying because when I’m under pressure, it’s hard for me to think. If I have the right amount of time and I’m in a normal classroom, I can actually think, like, “oh wait what did we just do?”
Q: What should students do to get ready for the state test?
A: We’ve been preparing all year, so we don’t really put focus on the test, but the day of, and the day before, rest, good breakfast, and just a review of your sixth grade skills. I don’t think anybody’s going to have a problem.
After every season, basketball players reflect on their accomplishment and struggles. This includes Clinton’s JV girls’ team. After a painful loss in the first playoff game against The Computer School, their season came to a disappointing end.
The first upper grades dance of the season was the theme “masquerade/under the stars.” On Friday, March 31st, soaking wet students made their way out of the pouring rain to get their tickets and masks and make their way into the gym. To prepare, a group of students on the dance committee decorated masks to give out at the door and hung festive lights and streamers in the downstairs gym. The gym was transformed into a dimly lit dance floor complete with an expansive snack table, photo booth, black and white balloons filled with LED lights, and a designated section near the stage for chilling. The only things missing were a DJ, a light fuse, and a working photo printer.
Clinton’s feminism club dove into Women’s Month this March. The new club, organized by ninth grader Julia Turano, hosted an open mic during lunch in late March to get students to share poetry and stories by and for women.
William Rozario, a student in 10B, commented, “It was nice and also empowering to hear all of these positive things about women.”
A majority of the speakers were members of the feminism club. However, anyone was welcomed to speak.