By Haley Brezina
Screencap of a student’s attendance tendencies. Photo Credit: Haley Brezina
Missing a single day of school may not seem bad- but too many, coming back to school after missing a day or two is like waking up from a 5 year coma.
Suddenly, you have two more assignments per class, an essay, a missed lab, and the list goes on. Some AP students can’t even afford to miss a day if they don’t do their work while laying in bed sick.
Missing a day at school affects a lot more than the school work you’re missing. Every single day you missed, unexcused or not, is immediately recorded in student transcripts. Mrs. Salena Fritz monitors the paperwork that determines whether we have our credits to graduate. As Fritz states, “My job description is huge. I see everyone to graduation and getting diplomas regarding credits”. As you may know, you must attend a certain number of days in order to receive credit for a class.
Failure to receive a credit altogether by graduation prevents you from finishing high school. “A student can’t even be a .25 credit short,” Fritz says, “they don’t graduate and have to come back the year after.”
With this in mind, it means that you can’t miss a quarter worth of school without losing ability to graduate. Just lacking .25 of a credit can prevent you from getting your high school diploma. This means if a student has a severe accident or sickness, they’re definitely going to have to audit a class.
When you miss a certain numbers of days, you are deemed incapable of receiving the credit. Rhane McMahon, a sophomore, is on audit. Following a car accident, McMahon says the school refused to accept her doctors notes. “I have a job that is currently supporting me. Going to Saturday school or after school detention takes up time I could be using for work,” McMahon goes on, “[Audit] piles on stress where I don’t need it. My grades are fine”.
McMahon’s doctor’s notes were not accepted because they allegedly weren’t specific enough, which rendered her unable to excuse her missed days.
If someone has an accident, in Rhane’s case, a vehicular one, students have added stress of all the school they missed.
Mr. Ray, a former principal and our schools current sophomore counselor, has an opposing view on the topic. “Teenagers don’t take things like this seriously,” Mr. Ray explains how they don’t have to send kids to audit. “In a way, we are giving them a break by letting them make up the missed credit”. To earn a credit, you need a certain amount of chair time.
Audit does go on your permanent record in your transcripts. Also, Mr. Ray notes that only about 5% of kids may be put on audit.
Regardless, you should think twice before you stay home out of apathy.
By Lashaniece L. Winfrey
(Photo of Mrs. Fonzo about to go bike riding. Photo Credit: Matthew Fonzo)
Teachers are always hard at work, grading papers and planning lessons. The true wonder is what these educators do during their time off.
I sat down with Laura Gregg, a geometry and trigonometry teacher, to get a better understanding of life off campus for teachers. Gregg tells of how she mainly gets caught up on sleep. On the contrary, when she’s awake she enjoys playing tennis, watching Master Chef, or browsing around on Netflix.
When asked what she thinks students believe she does outside of school, Gregg replied with, “students probably assume I just hang out at school and grade papers”. She also states that students most likely think she, “finds ways to be upset with them,” in which she assured was not the case.
Heather Isom, a history teacher, shared her perspective. When posed with the question of what she does in her spare time, Isom sighed, stating, “I don’t have a lot of free time” and claims to have a boring life. Isom is not only a teacher, but also a student in college, so when she has downtime, it is usually spent doing homework or studying. When a well needed break from the life of being a teacher and a student occurs, Isom uses her time to prepare for her move to a farmhouse.
Isom has never given a thought to what students might think she does outside of work. She does, however, believe that there may be a possible stereotype of what teachers do away from work. She assumes that students think teachers do the same thing as they see their parents or other adult figures do when they are not at work.
Vincent Archuleta, a sophomore, commented that he thinks teacher do “life stuff” and that “they make food” on their time off. When asked to elaborate, Archuleta talked off his educators eating, sleeping and hanging out with friends. Giving an opposite viewpoint from Isom, Archuleta doesn’t consider there to be a stereotype surrounding instructors during their leisure time.
When one sees a teacher, they are usually planning a lesson plan, teaching, or grading papers. Although, they do these things, teachers have a life beyond the classroom.
By Natalie Stephens
-Photo taken in G wing by Natalie Stephens-
“ Family isn't just blood and bone. It's the people who stood by you in the darkest of times, even though they didn't have to”- Unknown
In football, everyone has had a small battle or something they have had to overcome to get where they are. It could be something they're dealing with at home or at school, and many times people just assume that the players have it all good and that it’s easy, but that’s not always true.
People don’t know what they’ve been though to get where they are today, it’s the information hidden in the public eye or the information Behind closed doors. People hear what they want to hear and see what they want to see.
Here at Poston the head football coach Dain Thompson really shows how much he loves and cares for his team he made the point that it's always fun to see how groups come together like a family unit, Because of how much time they spend together and how much they grow together.
Curtis Alexander a junior said “Football is like a family because we pretty much do everything together, we work together, do stuff on the weekends together, and we do it as team.”
Out of season the football class focuses on weight training, speed training, agility work and they also invest some time on actual football but when doing theses things they work together, hold each other accountable and push each other to there limits to achieve greatness. Curtis said “We are the varsity football team for a reason, we lead by example’
Mr. Thompson said “I like to see the road people take and the challenges that they've met or overcome to get where they're at today “, “I like to see how kids grow throughout a season and how it’s not how you start off but how you finish”
He made the point that Freshman really change and evolve by the time they're seniors, kids you dont thing would necessarily be very good become all star players by their senior year, In football many students can say it’s helped them improve with many things other than playing the game.
Bevan Jimenez a senior at Poston says “ Football is a great way to learn to work with people you don't necessarily get along with outside of school or even work with, it teachers you a certain professionalism “
So behind closed doors you can see that football is a family and like a family they work together to better each other and improve each other not just physically but mentally; and like Mr Thompson said “ There is nothing like high school football”.
By Xavier Smith
Teacher parking lot, just minutes before a flurry of students rush home.
When the bell rings it's an all out war to get out of school without getting caught in the whirlwind of cars.
The traffic after school is unbearable for any student who needs to get home asap. Accidents occur and mayhem spirals out of seemingly nowhere. There are many consequences for students who fail to meet the requirements for parking and procedures.
According to Security Guard Dave Steele, parking permits are thirty dollars and boots are placed on a car that is illegally parking. He adds “There are four boots at the school and anyone without a permit gets booted”. To get the boot removed, the owner of said booted vehicle has to talk with the principal to seek removal. Steele explains, “One time we left a car overnight outside. The owner completely abandoned it and suddenly appeared the next day”. To avoid any complications, it is advised to buy a parking permit whenever available and park in the correct parking space.
Around seven in the morning, five minutes before the first bell, students pour into the parking lot and back up what seems like hours of traffic. Yanneth Torres is a Junior who regularly drives to school, “Getting in here is impossible if you don’t come early. I learned that the hard way.”. There is an overflow of cars creating a labyrinth nearly impossible to navigate through without nearly rear ending someone.
Leaving school is no easy feat either, as cars are backed up in lines in hopes to get home after a long day. Dakota Quigley, a Senior, has experienced his fair share of driving incidents that were inches from happening, “If I had a dollar for every bad driver at our school I’d be a millionaire.”
There are many inexperienced drivers on campus as they earn their permits through online manuals. They then proceed to fail their driver's test on more than one occasion before finally being awarded their license. They proceed to drive anywhere with virtually no experience besides in abandoned parking lots or in the open area of the Arizona desert.
To dodge most traffic, students can either get to their car as fast as humanly possible or wait out the traffic. Traffic usually clears after about ten to fifteen minutes after the bell. For students who leave at the bell, watching all angles when backing out is paramount. There are people in and out of cars coming from all directions. The wait may be difficult to deal with, but it is in everyone’s best interest to keep everyone safe.
By Nakaiya Alston-Hardnick
A one in a lifetime trip, time take the risks of a new land with places to explore. Being outside of your comfort zone, it’s a scary thing isn't it?
The World Travelers Club takes students from PBHS to places we could only dream of going. From the boats of Italy, to the streets of France, and now they’re heading to Japan.
I recently interviewed club sponsor Ms.McClain about the plans for Japan. McClain said, “The Japan trip is an 11 day trip. We will first fly into Tokyo and leave in Osaka. The students will participate in cultural experiences, try new food, and see shows about Japanese culture.”
Even though the trips have a historical lesson, Ms.McClain said it's not just learning based. The trip is a mixture of different activities. During the trip the travelers break up into small groups to explore and shop.
They even plan to climb Mount Fuji sometime during the trip.
When I asked McClain if the trip is worth going on, she replied, “Oh, absolutely! How often do you get the opportunity for a low discounted price? The only way to get to know the world and get inspired by the world is to go see it for yourself.”
I not only wanted to get an adult perspective so I decided to ask two students, one that has yet to travel and one student that has.
Jazmyne Keese, a senior and a member of the club has traveled to France, Italy, England, and Germany. She enjoyed every trip and said, “The soup in Switzerland, oh my gosh it was amazing”
Keese said the trips are totally worth going on, “Yes definitely, it was not only very educational but also you get to experience a new place and have time with the people you meet there.”
Sophomore Alek Aguirre is fundraising for Costa Rica, his first trip. Alek hopes to see a lot of wildlife and just enjoy the culture.
He plans on going with a couple friends, sister, and his mom.
During the interview I asked Aguirre if he would miss home, he replied, “Um, I mean, kind of..I do hang out with my cousins a lot so.”
You never know where World Travelers Club will head next, so check out D104 Ms.McClain’s room for more info on her club and the trips!
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By Xavier Smith
The night that every highschooler dreams of, the night that will forever stick in the memories of students, it’s prom night.
On February 24th, the prom theme was revealed as “Visions of Venice” at an assembly. Students left the assembly feeling curious as to what they may expect from prom night.
Junior Student Council members know students will have an unforgettable experience on April 15th at Villa Siena in Gilbert. The theme “Visions of Venice” was chosen because of the venue’s Italian textures and vibes that give the impression one is in Venice, Italy.
Juniors and Seniors are welcome to attend prom wearing their best formal attire and enjoy their night in “Visions of Venice”. Lower classmen are invited to participate as well, but they must have a date to prom that is a Junior or Senior.
According to Megan Petersen, a Junior Student Council member, “At prom, will have food, a DJ, a violinist for the courtyard, bistro lighting, and many photo opportunities”. The entire venue was rented out so students are free to roam and explore to their heart’s content.
To give perspective into how much time and dedication has been put into this year’s prom, student council members have been working on this dance for almost a year. Prom Committee Chairperson Kylee Giannini said, “We started in May of 2016 because we had to find a venue and figure out a theme to base every decision on. I'd say it's the equivalent of planning a wedding but you have to impress 400 kids.”
The members of Student Council pour endless hours into preparing a memorable night for the student body.
Desirae Sherwood, a student council member, stated, “This year’s prom will be the best that they’ve [PBHS] had in awhile because of the excellent planning and fresh ideas to improve on previous dances.”
With all plans going accordingly and the venue being decorated properly, Prom 2017 is perfectly set up for anyone to have the time of their life. Tickets are on sale now at the Spirit Store- $90 for singles and $170 for couples.
By Carolyn Brooks
Christopher Jaurigue, 9th and 10th grade English teacher
Christopher Jaurigue is a Secondary English first year teacher who is continuously looking to grow as both a teacher and an educator. He was born and raised in Arizona with his three sisters, attended Hamilton High School, and is a recent graduate from Arizona State University.
Mr.Jaurigue explains how the motivation that his previous teachers lacked inspired him to become a teacher: “When I was in high school I struggled because the lack of motivation, and my goal is to instill that into my students. I think I could have done better if I had a better relationship with my teachers and consequences for negative academic behavior. I will hold my students accountable.”
Aside from being an English teacher, Mr.Jaurigue also coaches boys’ wrestling. As a wrestler in high school, he learned a lot of life lessons, like working hard for something you want. His goal as a wrestling coach is “to help students achieve their goals and to get students to appreciate the sport”.
Outside of school, a hobby and sport that Mr.Jaurigue enjoys is rock climbing; “I like rock climbing because it is an individual and mental sport. When you’re on the wall, or side of a mountain, you have to mentally battle yourself to continually climb to the top. Once you reach the top, it’s the most rewarding thing. Being on the side of a mountain is an exhilarating feeling.”
Like any sport, there are some not so exhilarating times, and when asked if he ever encountered a scary situation he says, “We were climbing a peak out west called the Eagle’s Nest, and we were expecting to top out and rappel down at around 3, but our rope got tangled so we reached the top much later than we were supposed to, around 5. It was winter, so it got darker faster outside, and it was difficult to find rappels. We thought we were going to have to camp out on the side of a mountain!”.
According to Mr.Jaurigue, something all teachers need is “a positive attitude and passion.”
If Mr.Jaurigue weren’t a teacher, he would be “an engineer of some sort, or a Mechanical Engineer.”, but when asked if he really would become something other than a teacher if he had the opportunity he states, “No; I thoroughly enjoy my career. It may be stressful at times, but I come in ready to teach and to improve my abilities.”
As for other first year teachers out there, he advises to remain organized, and “find other teachers to serve as a mentor. Always remind yourself that you are a first year teacher, and you are still learning as well.”
By Nakaiya Alston-Hardnick
The reckless snatching of hats by staff, and the terrible messy hair right after. Is taking off hats in school necessary?
Hats aren’t allowed in school for multiple reasons: gang affiliation, hiding cheats for a test, inappropriate advertisement, and are sometimes a distraction to the class environment.
We all know wearing hats in the classroom is disrespectful; but what about outside of class? Do we really need to take off our hats during passing time or lunch?
My friends and I were outside during lunch when on security guard approached us and spoke to one of my friends. He told her to take of her hat. When I asked why since we are outside, he said, “School policy.”
But why can’t hats be worn outside on school property? School nurse Jeannie McCorkle said, “It’s school policy.”
Discipline Receptionsit Ms.Rogers also said, “The school board banned them [hats] completely.”
So wearing hats is completely a no go, so there is no point in bringing a hat to school, but yet most students go against the rule and continue to wear hats.
Ricky Esquivel, Freshman, gets his beanie taken away almost everyday during lunch, but continues to wear it to school even though he knows the outcome.
Students get distracted by a lot of things during class but can hats really distract someone in class?
Some students that were surveyed said that they were a distraction while others opposed.
One saying “It's a distraction for everyone!!!!” and the other saying “believe that it’s harmless, and shouldn't be taken as being"disrespectful to the building" or a "distraction in class"
The school nurse Jeannie McCorkle said that they are a distraction to the class, “A student would look at another student's hat and think, I like that hat where did they get it, then they would start talking about the hat, it could possibly offend someone or block a person from seeing.”
But why are hats such a big problem? Yes, gang affiliation would be a problem, but besides that, what else? Is it just gang affiliation that is a danger to students?
Despite asking three adults the question “why are hats banned from school” they just gave me the answers of ‘school policy’ and ‘they’re banned’, but what's the true reason why they are banned? I guess we’ll never know.
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By Xavier Smith
With the new year coming and going so quickly, the most memorable way to look back on the school year is with the 2016-17 yearbook.
Each yearbook has a theme and this year’s theme is “Y[our] Story”. A theme gives the yearbook something to focus on and express through each page. Through the photographs and captions, this yearbook has a central focus on the story behind the past school year. Samantha Johnson, editor of the yearbook staff, states, “This year’s theme helps get a student perspective and share their experience”.
The Yearbook price is $75 and can be paid in the spirit store or on-line through www.jostens.com. If you pay in the spirit store, you may pay in 3 payments of $25 each.
The yearbook also has a unique feature that sets it apart from past yearbooks. Yearbook staff member, Victoria Larini, states, “I think the cover is the coolest cover we’ve had so far and I can’t wait to see people’s reaction to it”. Information regarding the special feature about the yearbook’s cover has been requested to not be disclosed yet. The only way to discover what the yearbook’s distinct feature is, is by purchasing one.
The yearbook staff provides effort into every detail of the yearbook. According to Sarai Madrigal, another editor of the yearbook staff, “The cover is the best thing by far because it took months to come up with. We went to yearbook camp and when we arrived we had no idea we’d design such a cool cover”. Yearbook staff editors spend countless hours after school editing pages and writing captions to produce an exceptional piece of work for students to value as a memento of their high school career.
Buying a yearbook enhances a student’s career by providing a way to look back on the memorable and unique experiences that they encountered. All purchases are appreciated by every member of the yearbook staff for recognizing the hard work put into every page.
The yearbook sells out every year, so don’t miss out on 2016-17 memories.
By Meghan Reynolds
When asked about your worst fear, many people talk about heights, rejection, and possibly even the dark. However, some students fear something far bigger. Failing.
From the moment students step into school, there is a heavy expectation on our shoulders. What is this expectation? To succeed. There are many different definitions for ‘failing’, especially when it comes to grades. While some students are content with C’s, others hate anything below a B, and for a fairly common reason. Self satisfaction.
An anonymous student shared that she believes that B’s are mediocre. “For me, a B is average, and anything below is failing,” she began, “the reason why I don’t accept B’s is simply because I personally believe that I am better than that.” She shared that whenever she finds a B on gradebook, she immediately tries to seek out a teacher to find out why. When I asked about the common thought that, ‘your grades define you’, she vehemently denied it. “I don’t think my grades really ‘define’ me, but it shows how well I can handle sports, and school at the same time.” She stated that while some students don’t care much about their grades, she takes them very seriously, and frequents StudentVue to keep herself in check.
In a student survey, 28.6% responded that anything below a C is considered ‘failing’, and most for the simple reason, “My parents told me so,” or, “It’s what I’ve always been taught”. Meanwhile, others shared that their grades were to go towards a scholarship, or even to make their parents proud.
Emma Dies, a sophomore, shares that she despises the sight of anything C related. She says that her family simply doesn’t accept anything below an eighty, no matter what. To Dies, failure depends on what your goal is. “B’s could be failing, but could also be an amazing grade. People have different goals.” She explains, “To me, failure is the lack of effort,” B or higher. Grades don’t define you, but they will affect you in the future. She explained that letter grade wise- C’s are essentially a ‘failure’. Dies says, “I always think that I can do better. Whenever I get a C,I know I can be better,”
While there are some students that always aim for A’s and B’s, there are some students that believe firmly in the motto, “D’s get degrees”. While they’re certainly not wrong, they tend to have a much different view on their grades.
Freshman Jason Williams revealed that though his parents are not very fond of low grades, and will, ‘totally flip out’, he doesn't particularly mind them. He says that though he doesn’t like them, he doesn’t exactly hate them either. Like others, Williams explained his definition of failing. “Failing is 59 or below, I mean, an F is failing.” Despite initial thoughts, Williams doesn’t believe in the saying that ‘D’s get degrees’, particularly because he doesn’t really want to go to college. I then asked if he felt that his grades defined him. To this, Jason shook his head, “No,” he began, “You can not care about school, but still care about the people around you.”
Despite meeting with three vastly different students, there seemed to be a common consensus. Nobody wants to ‘fail’ in their own way. What is failing? Failing is what you make of it. There isn’t a specific grade that indicates failure, failure is what you think it is. Bearing this in mind, allow me to ask you. What is failing to you?