There is a certain delicacy to the way a fox moves through the forest. Many times, I’ve asked myself why the Forest chose me for this animal when in reality I am a graceless and clumsy thing. I drop dishes and leave my windows down in the rain and trip over nothing. But when I enter the Forest, I am a sleek and crafty Fox.
History of Black Friday
By Grace Allensworth
On a special Friday every year, people across the nation come out of their homes to shop at local outlets to get the best deals of the year. But what was the origin of this super sale tradition?
First of all, Black Friday got its name because the insane number of shoppers caused traffic accidents and violence. The first record of the term being used was due to a gold market crash in 1869.
It's been the busiest shopping holiday since 2005. Black Friday was coined because most workers would take a sick-day after Thanksgiving, causing a four day weekend. Most wouldn't expect to fight over half-off hand-sanitizer in the mall, but here we are!
This year, Black Friday will be on November 29th. Remember to stay safe while shopping and try not to fight with other shoppers for those deals at Dillard's… no matter how tempting it might be.
How will YOU pay for college?
By Siera Millard
Photo by iGrad
Regardless of what you plan to do with your life, or where you will be after college… you need money to do it. In the world we live in, money is what makes the world go ‘round. If you take advantage of the resources available to you, the journey that is life after high school might be a little easier.
November is National Scholarship Month! I challenge you to take just one hour out of your day and research scholarships that you are eligible for. Don’t wait until the end of your senior year to apply! Start today!
As students of Rossview High School, we are lucky enough to have a guidance team that works tirelessly to ensure that we have the resources we need to succeed. As they are able to schedule a meeting at any time or answer a quick email, contact your guidance counselor with questions you have regarding both college admissions and scholarships. Not only are they accessible, but the guidance team works together to provide their students with each and every scholarship they are informed of. Those can be found under “Scholarships” on the website below.
9th Grade: Emily Schmittou firstname.lastname@example.org
10th Grade: Lauren Brown email@example.com
11th Grade: Samantha Schwartz firstname.lastname@example.org
12th Grade: Kimberly Underwood email@example.com
In addition to school resources, take stock of the world outside of high school. There are thousands upon thousands of scholarships out there if you look hard enough. Find those obscure ones! Find the ones that only you are able to apply to because you stand out in some way!
Links to Scholarship Search Engines
Just like anything on the Internet, it is important to make sure that the site you are on is safe, and that the scholarship is legitimate. Looking up the scholarship is always a good idea, as well as looking at the reviews that it may have, or even warnings.
Apply for every scholarship you can and remember the following statement: no amount of money is too small to go for!
Photo by National Native American Heritage Month
November is the season of thanksgiving, where we all come together and celebrate the blessings we’ve been given over the year. Most of us are also aware of the origins of the holiday, of the cooperation between the Native Americans and the pilgrims that came to their land. However, many people do not think about the Native Americans on this holiday, even though it is their land that we live on, their land on which we’ve built our schools and hospitals, their country that we took for our own. This Thanksgiving, I’d like to give tribute to some of the brave and noble heroes of the Native Americans.
Red Cloud- A leader of the Oglala Lakota tribe, he led a successful war against the US in 1866-1888 to defend his land (parts of modern day wyoming and montana) He led his portion of the Sioux tribe against the US army and until the Battle of the Little Bighorn, his was the greatest Native American victory.
Geronimo- Geronimo was an Apache leader and medicine man who fought American attempts to settle in the Apache territory following the USA’s victory in the Mexican American war. He joined together with other Apache tribes and used his military brilliance to wage a tactical war against the US. Despite his valiant efforts, the Apache were far outnumbered, so he was eventually defeated and banished, along with the rest of his tribe, to Florida.
Crazy Horse- A Lakota leader who fought against white encroachment, Crazy Horse was instrumental in the Black Hills War (A war fought by the Lakota and Sioux tribes to regain reservation land. The US had promised them a portion of land until they realized precious metals were in the desolate hills, and they attempted to steal the land back). He also fought to preserve traditional Lakota way of life. After surrendering at the end of the war, he was murdered by a military guard.
Pontiac- Pontiac was an Ottawa war chief from 1763-1766 who fought against US invasion in the Great Lakes region following the French and Indian War. The campaign he led was named for him, Pontiac’s War, and was unfortunately unsuccessful. Although the war was named for Pontiac, he was merely a figurehead to unite the tribes to fight on their own.
Tecumseh- Tecumseh was renowned for his skill to organize the tribes of the northeast into a confederacy of allies. His dream was to see and independent Native American Nation east of the Mississippi under British protection. He assisted the British in the War of 1812 in hopes that this dream would be accomplished, but the British did not win the war of 1812 and the Americans soon turned their wrath to the Native Americans they had fought against. He was a warrior and chief, and along with his brother Tenskawata (the prophet) he managed to organize his brothers far more than any other chief or warrior ever had. Sadly, his dream died with him.
Sitting Bull- Sitting Bull was the most impactful figure in the Great Sioux War. He saw a vision of US Army Soldiers “as thick as grasshoppers” that were falling in a Lakota camp. He interpreted this vision as imminent victory and three weeks later, he defeated the US army in the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Despite this incredible victory, he lost the war and fled to the Canadian Territories. Before the Great Sioux War, he participated in Red Cloud’s War.
Chief Joseph- Chief Joseph was the leader of the Nez Perce tribe during the time period when they were being removed from their land in Oregon. The Nez Perce, and the war named for them, received far more sympathy from the American people than many of the other “Indian Wars”. The battles they fought were highly skillful on their end, earning them respect alongside sympathy. Eventually, despite their better tactical plans, they were outnumbered and evaded the US Army all the way to Canada to join Sitting Bull.
Standing bear- Standing Bear is the only non-military hero on this list: he helped his people by getting judicial rights for them under the law. He successfully argued in an Omaha court that Native Americans were persons within the meaning of the law.
Black Elk, Spotted Elk, Wovoka- These three were leaders of the Ghost Dance Movement. This was a Native American tribal dance that the spiritual leaders believed would drive out the white man and bring Native Americans back to their traditional way of life. Even though the movement was only a dance, US soldiers still felt the need to crush it at the “battle” of wounded knee. In reality it was a massacre of innocent men, women, and children.
Lozen- Lozen was a powerful female warrior in the Apache wars at the time of Geronimo. She was considered a prophet, and it was said that she had a supernatural power to be able to learn the strategy of her enemy on the battlefield.
Metacom- Metacom was the earliest of the Native American resisters. He tried at first to live in peace with the settlers, but when they became violent in pursuit of taking his land, he turned against them. He waged war for a long time until he was eventually defeated and taken captive.
Osceola- Osceola was a Seminole warrior in the second Seminole War. He was an influential leader and helped his nation until the US captured him by making him believe they wanted a truce.
Honeymoon at Graveside Manor at Rossview
By Siera Millard
Beginning on October 24th and ending on October 26th, Rossview High School was treated to three days of yet another wonderful play put on by its theater program. Halloween vibes a tangible thing in October, this play touched on that feeling and excitement that this orange month brings out. Emily (Emma) Ross, new to being an actress for the theater program, recounts her experience in this year’s play in the unique position of a major lead and a new member.
How long did you all rehearse for the play?
How did rehearsals change from early in the game to right before the play?
What is your synopsis of the play’s plot?
What was your favorite part about the play?
What was your favorite part about being in this year’s play?
Is there anything you would like Hawk Press readers to know?
Keep an eye and an ear out for the next Rossview Playhouse show! You won’t want to miss it!
Getting Pumped For Pumpkins
By Lynn R. & Ashton J.
Photo by DIY Network
Autumn’s favorite fruit: pumpkins! You can do more with them than just setting them on your
front porch for Halloween.
Don’t want to waste the seeds after carving? Use this. https://minimalistbaker.com/how-to-roast-pumpkin-seeds/
Homemade Pumpkin Pie
Of course, you will still have leftover pulp, so here is a homemade pumpkin pie recipe for all that orange goo!
Note: Works better with a pie pumpkin than a carving pumpkin but either is usable.
Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
This one is for vegans who have a sweet tooth! Create a delicious “cheese” cake with pumpkin spices and pumpkin.
Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus
For those of you who don’t like sweets, this delicious appetizer is perfect for you. Dip anything into it, maybe even your roasted pumpkin seeds?
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
For those who aren’t very confident in their baking skills to make something complex, good news for you! This recipe is very straightforward and perfect for new bakers!
One of my favorite Italian dishes, especially when you combine it with truffle sauce. Here is a recipe for this Italian delicacy!
Starbucks has already brought back the seasonal and much-awaited Pumpkin Spice Latte as well as a brand new one: the pumpkin cream cold brew.
Dunkin Donuts has released their own autumn menu including the new Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Signature Latte with whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and cinnamon sugar. Then there’s original Pumpkin Flavored Coffees, Apple Cider Donut, Munchkins, Pumpkin Donut and Muffin.
Krispy Kreme is bringing back the classic Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut available through Thanksgiving and their own various Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
Steak n Shake is whipping up their own Pumpkin Spice Milkshake for those of you that don’t care for coffee.
Dairy Queen. Love ice cream that much? DQ has a Pumpkin Pie Blizzard with your name on it!
Freddy’s long-anticipated Pumpkin Pie Concrete has returned for the 12th year. It’s made with a slice of pumpkin pie, frozen custard, and cinnamon.
Oct. 26, 10am - 7pm 36th Annual Pumpkinfest in Franklin featuring pumpkin carving, Great Pumpkin photo booth, costume contests, and more! Self-proclaimed Middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival.
Oct. 4 - Oct. 27 The Glow: A Pumpkin Wonderland features jack-o-lanterns, a pumpkin patch, and carving demonstrations. This will take place in Nashville so if you find yourself in the city don’t forget to check it out! Visit https://glowpumpkin.com/nashville/ to learn more.
Visit http://www.boydspumpkinpatch.com/ for information on the local pumpkin patch. Visit
https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=pumpkinpatches&find_loc=Clarksville%2C+TN for other pumpkin patches in TN.
The Empower Club
By Leilani Lucas
In 1919, women gained the right to vote. Since then, women have gained more ground for equal rights, and the fight continues today, especially in Rossview High School. Late last year, history teacher Mrs. Stacie Dunn helped students found our first club to fight for equality for all, the Empower club. The club will meet one Monday a month until 3:00, beginning on September 30. Be there if you want to help Rossview’s own fight for equality for all!
What is the purpose of the Empower Club at Rossview High?
“The Empower Club strives to unite the students of Rossview High through their differences, and to provide an opportunity to have free discussion about the treatment of groups or individuals.” - Sierra Milard
When will the Empower Club meet?
“The club has yet to determine dates for when we will meet, however, meetings will be held once a month. Listen to the announcements at the beginning and end of the day for the meeting dates.” - Sierra Milard & Kate Hemphill
What do you do at the Empower Club meetings?
“During the Empower Club meetings, members will discuss how different groups of people are treated in politics, society, etc. Discussions include topics like the wage gap, racial inequalities, racism, etc. A debate could take place, depending on the meeting. A topic would be provided by the officers at the start of the meeting, but the topic could be changed if the majority of members wish to talk about a different subject.”- Sierra Milard, Kate Hemphill
What is one thing the Empower Club has done or plans to do?
“Last year the club collected and donated supplies to a women’s shelter that housed women who had faced abuse. No definite plans have been made, but members wish to continue doing projects like this .”- Kate Hemphill
Who founded the club and when?
“ Empower Club is in its beginning stages, having started in the semester of 2018-2019 by Ashley Song and Alana Sanders.”- Sierra Milard
Who is the current sponsor and officers for the Empower Club?
“The current sponsor is Mrs. Dunn. The Empower Club has two presidents, Ashley Song and Alana Sanders. The vice president is Sierra Milard, the historian is Ashton Jenks, and I am the communications officer.”- Kate Hemphill
What Makes a Good Student?
By Siera Millard
Photo by Daily Sun
Ah...a question that transcends the ages. It is a question that most students, whether or not they realize it, ask themselves. It is what colleges ask...what high school job employers ask...and certainly what parents ask. So what is the answer?
Faculty members at Rossview High School say that a good student tries their best with good habits, and is respectful and multi-faceted.
Dr. Padgett, “To be a “good student” means to try your best. I believe there are certain habits that form a strong student in school. Those are being organized, staying on top of your assignments and turning those assignments into the teacher in [a] timely manner, seeking help from the teacher when needed, checking your grades, attending school regularly, and remaining positive (not giving up) when the learning doesn’t come as easy. I wish I could say there is an “easy” way to being a good student, but it takes hard work every day.”
Ms. Smith, “A good student to me is someone who is respectful. That covers many facets. Knows when to talk, work, be quiet, treats himself and others with respect, and respects the teachers’ efforts in putting together lessons to try his/her hardest for them.”
Mr. Martin, “A good student at Rossview High School is multi-faceted. A good academic student is simply one who scores well in his classes. A good student is one who has excellent academics, as well as great character traits( such as honesty, loyalty, empathy etc).”
Research says that a good - if not outstanding - student can make connections and relations, and has the right mindset to learn. A good student will not focus on the grade, but rather, gaining lifelong knowledge that is remembered beyond the exam. This means taking the learning seriously, without the use of shortcuts and unquestionably without cheating. Cheaters are focused on the grade, learners are focused on remembering. Businessperson Robert Kiyosaki said, “True learning takes energy, passion, and a burning desire.” While this may be true, it may also be said that true learning merely takes the desire to go beyond memorization.
Tony Robbins goes beyond this in his theory that success, in general, is eighty percent psychological and twenty percent strategic. In terms of academics, the key to this is, again, being in the right mindset to learn. It takes a hard-working and dedicated person to push past learning difficulties and confusion on a topic that may not come easily. Thus, a good student has a good work ethic, rather than needing a high IQ.
So what is the true definition of a good student?
There isn’t one. The important question to ask yourself is what kind of student do YOU want to be? Each person’s definition of a good student is different, and what will make you stand out is the desire to define the term yourself.
Hawk Press is excited to provide Rossview students, faculty, staff, and community with a new school year of quality news!
Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival
By: Natalie Carvalho
Nashville's 11th annual Cherry Blossom Festival is right around the corner! On April 13th, the Public Square will be filled with Japanese food vendors, cosplayers, martial arts demonstrations, and much more. The Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of Japanese culture and the beauty of spring. There will be a nature walk featuring beautiful cherry blossom trees donated by many businesses across and outside Tennessee. The walk begins at 9:00 AM, an hour before festivities kick off at 10:00 AM. The festival ends at 5:00 PM.
Festival-goers can look forward to learning more about Japanese culture and the celebration of Spring. There are many different forms of art in Japanese culture, ranging from dance to painting, that visitors can learn about. One of the most appealing aspect of Japanese pop culture for teens is anime. At the festival, many people bring the characters to life in their cosplay, and are encouraged to sign up for the cosplay contest.
If you are interested in attending the festival, more information and directions can be found on the official website: http://www.nashvillecherryblossomfestival.org
World Malaria Day
By Siera Millard
Photo by military.com
Often called one of the world’s oldest and deadliest diseases, there were 216 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2016, with 445,000 deaths. Malaria comes from a parasite living within the infamous wasp. With the abundance of the pesky things, it is clear why there is such an epidemic. In fact, the most infectious and disease-ridden type of mosquito (the Anopheles gambiae) is the most abundant in Africa. This poses a problem in a less developed nation, as they do not have the same resources to help those affected by it and thus the horrendous circle continues.
World Malaria Day occurs on April 25th this year. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the epidemic in Africa and nearby countries in order to raise funds and support to help those severely impacted by them. On this day, choose to learn a little bit more about the world you live in, or choose to tell others about what you learned so that they too may step out of that cave of ignorance. Choose to donate money or time or some amount of effort to make the world a better place by helping those that fight Malaria directly.
This World Malaria Day, be thankful that you live somewhere without malaria, and help those who do not.
By Siera Millard
Picture by welldoing
As the school year is drawing to a close and testing looms near, stress levels are sure to increase astronomically, no matter if you are that person to start studying months before finals, or that other, more common person trying to cram everything into a week, or even that person who pulls an all-nighter the day before and crams everything from a year into twelve hours.
Whatever your style is, stress is an undeniable fact of life and one that is unhealthy to ignore. In fact, “Nearly half of...students reported feeling a great deal of stress on a daily basis and 31 percent reported feeling somewhat stressed” (nyu.edu). Additionally, studies have shown that girls often report stress in greater numbers than boys. Despite any preconceived notions, stress is something that affects all people and should be treated effectively.
The month of April is Stress Awareness Month, so be aware of what makes you stressed, how to fix it, and how to prevent future stress. The following are several ways to relieve it:
Akaragia. “Learning How to De-Stress.” Learning How to De-Stress | Pavlis Honors College Blog, blogs.mtu.edu/honors/2016/10/12/learning-how-to-de-stress/.
Nyu. “NYU Study Examines Top High School Students' Stress and Coping Mechanisms.” NYU, www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2015/august/nyu-study-examines-top-high-school-students-stress-and-coping-mechanisms.html.
Dandy Dandelions and their Children
Written by: Ashton Jenks
The dandelion had been recognized as the official flower of the military child as it symbolizes their tenacity and constant movement around the world. One study found that the average military child moves 6-12 times by the time they graduate high school. That’s a lot, and shows how military children develop extreme resilience.
To honor this commitment of the children of military members, April is designated as the month of the Military Child. Defense secretary Caspar Weinberger named April as the Month of the Military Child in 1986. Ever since then, it has been celebrated throughout military (DODEA) schools on a yearly basis. So, what can you do to celebrate the month of the military child along with many of your classmates who may have a family member in the military?
Firstly, you can wear purple on April 19 to support Purple Up Day! The color purple was chosen because it represents all of the colors of the different military branches. For military kids, some places on Ft. Campbell will be offering discounts to students wearing purple to show support.
Another thing that you can do to support the month is to talk to you military friends about their experiences. It’s pretty tough moving so often and always feeling displaced so having someone show interest in them is always appreciated. You may even learn something, like what the inside of a C-17 cargo plane looks like!.
In conclusion, although the month is generally not met with much fanfare, and has existed for just under 40 years, it is still an important part of American history and deserves recognition. How will you honor the children of American soldiers this month?
It’s Prime Time to Get Down on Some Prime Ribs
By Siera Millard
Picture by Martha Stewart
April 26, 2019. On this day in history Americans will celebrate one of their favorite traditions...eating delicious food! Just imagine that mouth-watering scent and taste of a perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned, perfectly marinated prime rib.
How, you may ask, does one make such a delicious meal? The following recipe answers that question succinctly.
National Prime Rib Day occurs this year on a Saturday, meaning that you have all day away from school or work to eat ribs for every meal. Ribs and eggs for breakfast, ribs sandwich for lunch, and classic ribs and baked potato meal for dinner. Are you hungry yet?
April Fool’s Day...A Wise Man’s Holiday
By Siera Millard
Picture by Hustle or Bust
Ahhh … April 1st, a holiday for the regular *Prank Sinatra. Imagine: you wake up to the ice-bucket challenge, except you did not volunteer for it. It is actually your sister pouring a bottle of cold water on you as you sleep. You go down to breakfast, unable to fall back asleep for fear of another prank, and find that your mom has switched the milk and water so that your cereal has a nice dose of H2O in it. You roll your eyes and go to brush your teeth, instead screaming in fright at the fake spider your dad placed there. That’s it! (you think to yourself), next year… it’s your turn!
This year, it is your turn to play the trumpet of tricks! Here are 10 fun ideas for a successful April Fool’s Day, ranging from freezing your siblings’ cereal for the morning, to changing the settings in your parent’s phone so that it autocorrects to APRIL FOOLS!
“Home.” Hustle Or Bust, www.hustleorbust.com/2016/04/01/april-fools-day-matters/.
Prank Sinatra is the nickname used in New Girl by and for Winston Bishop.
Cavete Idibus Martiis
By: Ashton Jenks
Picture by Redbubble
Rossview Band of Pride and Perfect Pitch
By Siera Millard
Picture from the Rossview Band of Pride Facebook
If there is one thing in this world that everyone can agree on...it is that music is just plain awesome. Classical, rock, classic rock, country, alternative, Christian, Spanish. You name it and there are millions of songs for each genre. Now, I’m not sure if you know this, but we have our very own source of outstanding music right here at Rossview. Band! I want to assure you that this is not just some elective class; rather, it is one stepping stone in some students path to musical genius and for others it is one period a day and a couple concerts a year that they can make music and have fun. For you, the Rossview band offers a chance to listen to live music, free and available to you right here in our very own theater.
In fact, there are technically four Rossview high school bands: jazz band, marching band, symphonic band, and wind ensemble. This year is one of record-breaking numbers. Symphonic band alone has ninety students and had to be split between two class periods. Wind ensemble has thirty-nine. There are even fifteen non-band students who participate in the other groups such as the jazz band. With a growing school population, there was bound to be a growing band boom. While this is fantastic for the future of the band program and for the arts, like any program it faces its financial burdens and often sells things like candy, chocolate, donut vouchers, and the like. So next time you are looking for a treat and have some extra cash lying around...ask the band kids!
The director of this band is Mr. Brock Cobb, incidentally married to the middle school band director. Mr. Cobb obtained his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from APSU in 2003 and his Masters of Music Education in 2008. Although having taught at Rossview for an astounding twelve years, he also taught at Northwest and North Drive Middle School in Hopkinsville. Mr. Cobb, though claiming a cheesy answer, says that his favorite part about being a band director is the kids, “The whole point of the job is to share a passion for music with the kids in the band….When a kid has been working so hard to perform and they experience success, that’s the best.” This is particularly prominent when Mr. Cobb shared this moment: “The band qualified [this year] for the TN Bandmasters Sweepstakes award, which recognizes bands that excel in both marching band and concert band.” He claimed to be “over the moon,” not hard to believe when he stated that this would be the first time a CMCSS school had qualified for this award. “To be the first on something like that,” he said, “to set the standard and make school history, is pretty special.” However, life is not without its drawbacks. During his time in Hopkinsville, Mr. Cobb grew frustrated when his suggestions as the assistant director were disregarded. He learned “that part of being successful is listening to those around you, especially to those with more experience than you.” This is a wise lesson for anyone, in any profession. When asked what he has learned from directing, he proclaimed, “Patience. I had to learn a long time ago that no everyone is as super gung-ho about music as I am….My goals have changed from having the best band around to having a band in which each student loves music, and will continue to love music even after graduation.” A truly inspiring ideology. Mr. Cobb believes that the band will be able to achieve and invitation to the Music for All Concert Festival in 2027, a highly honored prestige. With such a dedicated and impassioned leader, it is not hard to believe alongside him.
There is no better testament as to what band is like than from the students who participate in it. Eleventh grader Olivia Voldarski is a clarinet player of almost six years and currently enrolled in the wind ensemble. An impressive musician, she was accepted into the Curb Youth Symphony. With this feat she said she was able to be “surrounded by people who share the love of music,” whereas in high school band the passion may not be as strong. She has participating in many of the bands offered here including the symphonic, wind ensemble, and marching band. Although thoroughly enjoying the marching band and all it had to offer, due to a tight schedule of difficult classes, she was unable to continue with the commitment. Ms. Voldarski plans on dedicating her life to music and pursuing a degree in music performance or technology. Staying on her current path, she is sure to achieve this goal and more.
Twelfth grader John Kim, has also been a clarinet player, for seven years. He says his love of music and the sharing of ideas and techniques within the band have kept him playing for so long. Things found easily among the music stands in the band classroom. Not only does he play the clarinet, but Mr. Kim is also a very talented cellist. When asked for a memorable experience he shared the time he auditioned for the honored MTSBOA Mid-State honor band. “I remember auditioning for cello and my palms [were] very sweaty as I waited for my number to be called. This was my first music audition ever and I wanted to try my best.” Also serving time in symphonic, wind ensemble, and marching band, Mr. Kim “enjoyed meeting new people and learning new styles of playing.” About the more challenging course of the wind ensemble he says, “Wind ensemble is slightly harder than symphonic band, but I really enjoy the music we play and I wanted to better myself by joining wind ensemble.” Like Ms. Voldarski, Mr. Kim plays in other ensembles than Rossview’s due to his being a cellist. He states, “Playing in a string orchestra is different because strings require no breath as we only use our hands and fingers. Also, the repertoire is also different. String orchestras tend to ply from composer such as Mozart.” Although not planning a career in music, Mr. Kim would like to play through college, a fact that many admissions boards will surely enjoy.
Each year, the band program runs around two concerts at the school and also participates in various other events in the region. Rossview band’s next concert is THIS MAY! Please come out and support your fellow Hawks. It is free admission and all they ask is that you bring your ears to listen to aspiring young musicians. You will not regret this unique experience!
By Siera Millard
You’re probably well aware of how obsessed society is with their computers and smartphones. You may have even seen some of the problems that arise from this new surge of technology. Maybe you’ve seen someone who bumped into something while using their phone, or maybe you’ve been surprised at those who spend upwards of $1,000 on a new iPhone. Maybe you’ve even done these things yourself. A grave problem arises, however, when this seemingly-innocent problem is placed in a dangerous situation, and the results are disastrous. Sleep deprivation caused by hours spent scrolling on your social media feed, social effects of preferring online conversation to face-to-face interaction, and even car crashes that were caused from texting and driving are just a few of the problems that can arise. All of these stem from the fact that society just can’t put their phones down. Although society recognizes the problem of smartphone addictions as a whole, little is being done to actually solve the problem.
Nearly two-thirds of American adults have smartphones, which is an 8% increase from 2014, only five years ago. The numbers are staggering, and so are those who have begun to speak out against this problem. A growing number of tech geniuses- app designers, website creators, and social media developers- have recently stepped forward to inform the public of the addictive effects that these platforms can have. A collective group of concerned individuals came together to form “The National Day of Unplugging,” a day where you are able to take a break from the never-ending stream of text messages, phone calls, and news updates. On March 1st and 2nd, from sundown to sundown, America will celebrate the National Day of Unplugging. Originally founded by a group of Jewish people who were focused on respecting the Sabbath, the National Day of Unplugging encourages you to get off your tablets, phones, and computers and go outside, read a book, have a face-to face conversation, or learn about something new.
Since its original founding, the National Day of Unplugging has hosted numerous events, even giving community members the opportunity to form events where free materials and resources are provided to individual groups. When you sign up to host an event, the organization will send you free “cellphone sleeping bags” to keep your phones out of sight, as well as fill-in-the-blank cards which state “I Unplug To… .” These cards are the perfect reminder of how important time away from your electronics are. Whether it be increased attention span, more meaningful relationships, deeper sleep, or any other reason, ask yourself: why should you unplug?
Studying: It Doesn’t Need to Hurt
This scene is all too familiar to most students: you’re hunched over your desk, spine curved in an arc that is probably not very healthy. Your eyes are swimming with words that you can read, but not process. Hands stained with ink and smudged with graphite, brain buzzing with caffeine and stress. For a lot of students, studying is a battle that never seems to end or get any easier. It doesn’t have to be this way! There are small things you can implement in your study schedule that can ease the pressure put on you by studying.
Tip Number 1: Take breaks
This may seem obvious, but taking five-minute breaks every thirty to forty-five minutes can keep you from burning out. Use these breaks to read a book, take a super-short power nap, or grab a small snack. Avoid using social media or starting an episode of your favorite show, as these things can be hard to stop doing when it’s time to start studying again.
Tip Number 2: Multiple Notebook System
One way to keep your notes more organized and easier to read is to organize your notes into notebooks for different classes. At first glance, this may seem like a lot of notebooks to carry around, but there is an easy way to amend this problem: leave all those notebooks at home and keep a different one altogether to school. This notebook can be used for all of your notes and they can be as messy as you want. When you get home, you should transcribe those notes into the individual notebooks so that they’re better organized and neater. Another way to do this is to take your notes on the computer, print them out and organize them into binders by class. That way you don’t take the extra time of rewriting your notes. However, the process of physically rewriting your notes does help you recall the information on them. Whatever method you choose, this can help you keep everything more organized.
Tip Number 3: Decorate Your Notes
This tip especially helps if you’re a creative or artistic person. By taking a little extra care of making your notes look nice, you’ll probably enjoy taking and studying them more. This works well with the multiple notebook system so that you don’t need to focus on making them look nice when you’re in class. Just make sure you’re not focusing on decorating them too much, or else the content of your notes can suffer. You can find examples of ways to decorate your notes online.
Tip Number 4: Find a Study Buddy
This is a good way to keep yourself accountable for your studying and homework. If you and another person, or maybe even a group of people get together to study with, you’re more likely to do it. If you have people checking in on your progress, you probably don’t want to let them down by procrastinating or skipping out on your work.
Tip Number 5: Find Your Learning Type
There are three types that describe how a person learns best - auditory, visual, and kinetic. If you’re an auditory learner, you learn best by listening to someone explain a concept. If you’re a visual learner, you learn best by seeing what you need to learn through graphics and videos. If you’re a kinetic learner, you learn best by doing something and practicing what you learn. By understanding what type, or types, you fall under, it can help you determine how you should study. Auditory learners might study by recording lectures (with the teacher’s permission) and listening back to them, listening to audio-books, reading their notes or assigned reading out loud, or finding recorded lectures online. Visual learners might study by drawing graphics such as mind maps or charts, watching educational videos, or drawing out what they need to learn. Kinetic learners might try to teach what they need to learn to someone else, label a diagram, or create their own powerpoints or lectures. One person may fall under multiple categories, and learning works differently for each person. To find out where to start, you can take an online quiz that determines which learning method works best for you.
Tip Number 6: Become the Teacher
Though this is classified as a kinetic learning activity above, it can be effective for almost anyone. After going over a concept in school, it helps to explain it to someone else, as it makes you more confident in your grasp of the information. There are many different ways to do this. When your parents ask you what you did in school that day, don’t just shrug it off, go into detail! Tell your friends about something interesting you learned in your favorite class. Helping your younger siblings (if you have them) with their homework can give you a practical and real-life way of applying your education. If you don’t have anyone to listen, give a lecture to stuffed animals, or even an imaginary classroom! Once you’ve taught someone about the things you’ve learned, you’ll probably come out of it understanding more.
Tip Number 7: Battle Maps
The name may sound extreme but the method isn’t. The second your teacher announces a quiz or a test, write down the day it will be given. Then, when you have the time, form a day to day plan for how you will study. Each day can be the same, or totally different. Maybe you’ll break the information up into chunks, studying a different one every day. An example of a battle plan might look like this:
Test Day: Four days from now
Test content: Chapters 1-3 of The Grapes of Wrath + Vocabulary
This method of studying will help keep you organized and helps you study the exact content you need for the quiz or test.
Just by implementing a few of these strategies into your study routine, you can make your academic life much easier and less stressful. Just make sure that in the process of getting the best grades you can that you’re taking time to take care of yourself. Eat healthy, get some exercise and fresh air, and make sure you’re keeping up with the state of your mental health. Studying isn’t all books and flashcards, it’s making sure that you’re at your best so that you can do your best. Not all of these strategies may work for you and that’s ok. Just trying them out can help you find what helps you learn and may even get you some higher test scores. Good luck and happy learning!
Appreciation and Awareness: Red Cross Month
By Siera Millard
Picture by Olean Times Herald
Every year, the world and its inhabitants are devastated by tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods, not to mention the car crashes, accidents, and other daily occurrences. Without the help of disaster relief services, governments, militaries, and various other sources, the world would not be able to recover from natural and human disasters. The Red Cross is one such organization that works tirelessly to help. From the local scenes to global ones, the Red Cross stretches across the world, and is located not only in the United States.
In 1881, tenacious Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross. She said, “You must never so much think as whether you like it or not, whether it is bearable or not; you must never think of anything except the need, and how to meet it” (A Quote). Once a civil war nurse dubbed the “angel of the battlefield,” brave Barton continued her selfless service after returning from a trip to Europe and founded the Red Cross here after discovering it in Geneva, Switzerland. She served faithfully and dutifully as president for about twenty years before resigning. This is an astonishing feat, especially at a time when women’s rights and involvement in management were abysmal.
Since Barton founded this humanitarian organization, it has become one of the most well-known in the nation. On a daily basis they help all areas of the military, blood supply, disaster relief and preparation, and much more. Through the dedication of numerous volunteers, Clara Barton’s legacy thrives.
This month is Red Cross month - four weeks to celebrate the volunteers of the Red Cross and to raise awareness to others of their own volunteering abilities. Even at age 16, YOU can donate blood with parent’s permission or become a volunteering member of selfless service.
This month, donate blood and save up to three lives with just an hour spent of your time. This month, volunteer with the Red Cross and become a member. This month, give back to this great community, nation, and world that we live in.
“Red Cross Urgently Needs Blood Donations before Summer Ends.” Olean Times Herald, 13
“A Quote by Clara Barton.” Goodreads, Goodreads,
International Women’s Day
We’ve all heard the phrase “girls run the world” but in recent decades, our current society has often fallen short of this. Despite the considerable efforts that have been made to bridge the gap between genders, there is still a lot of progress to be made before true equality is reached. International Women’s Day, hosted on March 8th in honor of when women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia, is a day dedicated to all-things women, celebrating both the accomplishments made by women in the recent years as well as bringing attention to areas of society which are still in need of help. This day calls both genders to action with the hope that, one day, society will be equal, in terms of both the rights and opportunities offered.
The Seneca Falls Convention, in 1848, is arguably one of the crucial events in America that kick-started the Women’s Rights Movement. During this, citizens from all over the country met in New York to campaign for women’s suffrage. Additionally, in 1908, women protested in the streets of New York for equal pay and voting rights for women. Building upon these ideas, the first meeting of International Women’s Day debuted in 1911. Women representatives from Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany gathered to bring a voice to all of the underrepresented women around the world. Originally gathering over a million participants, current estimates report that International Women’s Day in 2019 will gather the support of more than 100 organizations and charities, garnering support from nearly 250,000,000 men and women across the world.
The participation of every citizen from around the globe is crucial for the success of gender equality as a whole. Despite what the name might convey, International Women’s Day is a day dedicated to everyone. It is a way to celebrate the gender gap closing between men and women - the collective participation and efforts they have made to get this far. If you are interested in getting involved, here are a few ideas about how to celebrate women’s accomplishments.
A Day in the Life of a Hawk
By Siera Millard
Photo by Siera Millard
Novelist Mohsin Hamid stated, “Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.” Oftentimes, we can overlook the similarities between ourselves and those around us, and overstate the differences. We are so focused on our own lives that others’ may fall victim to our narrow sightedness. Because of this, we may judge others when really we are all the same - living our lives the best we can.”
We asked different people about their day to day life to catch a glimpse into the lives of our fellow Hawks. Here are their responses.
Students were asked the following questions: 1) What time do you wake up? Is it a struggle? 2) Do you do homework right when you get home? Or take time to unwind? 3) How do you spend your free time? 4) What is the worst part of your day?
“I wake up at four in the morning. Yes it’s a struggle. I take time to unwind before doing my homework. I spend my free time in my room and with friends. The worst part of the day is morning classes at school.”
“I wake up at five AM and it is a struggle every single morning. I have recently started doing my homework right when I get home, trying not to be a procrastinator. I spend my free time watching Netflix or hanging out with my friends. The worst part of my day is P.E.”
“I wake up at 0530, and sometimes it’s a struggle. I do my homework right when I get home. [I spend my freetime] doing raiders/fitness team for my ROTC program. The worst part of my day is periods three through six.”
“I usually wake up around six. It’s not a struggle to wake up, I’m pretty much good to go. I do most of my work throughout the day so i don’t really have to worry about it, but when I do i take time to unwind [first]. My favorite way to spend free time is with friends, family, or exercising. Going to sleep [is the worst part of my day] because most days I just wanna spend even more time with people or do more than i did, and sometimes I have a little trouble falling asleep.”
“I wake up at 5:45 and it is the fight of the ages. I have the intention of doing my homework as soon as I get home, but because of my own shortcomings that’s unfortunately impossible. [I spend my free time] playing games with friends or writing programs. Getting ready in the morning while fighting the urge to collapse [is the worst part of my day].
“[I wake up] at 6:20. Yes [it is a struggle] because of my alarm; if my mom wakes me up then it’s not. [I do my homework] late at night or during school, no I don’t take time to unwind...sometimes on the weekend, but usually not. [I spend my free time] watching One Tree Hill, spending time with Logan, or with friends. [The worst part of my day] is stressing over school at night because I’m a procrastinator.”
“[I wake up between] 5-630, depends on the day. [I do my homework] either during school or late at night. [I spend my free time] hanging out with my beautiful woman or playing sports or with my friends. [The worst part of my day is] first and second period.”
“I wake up at 5:45 in the morning. I find it to be troublesome some mornings depending on the circumstances...Once I am up and out of bed, I am typically excited to get my day started and face what the day will bring me. I find it most effective to do my homework immediately after school. I do, however, like to take time to...be active with a light workout. I enjoy treating myself time to watch a film or go antique shopping…[playing my] piano and guitar as well as being with friends or family. The worst part of my day is typically facing the struggles and difficulties with my schoolwork. I am, however, always able to receive help from a friend or a teacher the following day and it keeps me motivated.”
“I wake up at 6:00 in the morning everyday and I rarely struggle getting out of bed. Personally, I do not start my homework right when I get home. I usually get home at 3:15 and take forty-five minutes to make a meal or exercise before starting my homework at four. Very rarely do I have free time, but when I do I enjoy watching new movies or discovering new genres of music. For the past year I honestly do not have any bad part of my day. Life is pretty enjoyable for me right now.”
Teachers were asked the following questions: 1) What time do you wake up? Is it a struggle? 2) Do you do homework right when you get home? Or take time to unwind? 3) How do you spend your free time? 4) What was one memorable day or experience serving our school?
“I wake up at around 4:30 during the week. It is not usually a struggle because I really do love my job and being organized for my day. I love to read and be outdoors. I read lots of different types of books and usually have a LARGE stack next to my bed waiting to be read. I also love hiking, running, and kayaking. I enjoy being outside especially when the sun is shining. The worst part of my day is saying goodbye to my youngest son. He likes for me to wake up and hug him before I leave each day and he always begs me to stay home with him. It makes me sad because being a full time working mom is a struggle, but I know that one day he will understand why I do the job I do. There have been so many amazing moments over the past three years. Being selected as a US News & World Report Silver Ranked School...watching the wrestling team[s]...baseball….Having students walk through the door of our school feeling hopeless and leave in 4 years with a positive attitude and a diploma which is a gateway to a successful future. If I truly had to pick one, it would be my first graduation ceremony as principal in 2017. I was a nervous wreck speaking in front of so many people….When I would start to feel nervous, I would look out at the students and staff and realize what an amazing place Rossview really is. Then, shaking hands with all of the 2017 graduates and knowing that they were going out into the world and that their possibilities were endless made me forget my worries and nervousness and embrace that I am doing the right work.”
“My alarm goes off at 5am, but I usually snooze until 5:30am. It is a bit of a struggle because I am a night owl and have a hard time getting up in the morning. I rely on my coffee to get me going! I like spending my free time with my family. We like badminton, watching movies, and playing games. The worst part of my day...that is a tough one. I enjoy helping students and teachers. I guess the worst part is knowing with one to one technology, my job is evolving I no longer have classes in the library everyday. Teaches no longer quire print source for their research assignments. So, sometimes I get a little down that the activity level has decreased in the library. I do focu on the individuals that come in and help them in any way that I can. Don’t misunderstand; I do love my job. It is just changing with the times and therefore I am too. My favorite classes were the LIterary Criticism that junior and senior English use to require. I enjoyed that one because student really need assistance and I love seeing them learn new things about research. That was something that I missed being out of the classroom. I think every teach loves to see that ah-ha moment and with that particular assignment, I got to share in those moments. The most memorable...was the Hunger Games Competition. This is my thirteenth year at Rossview so it is a little hard to pinpoint just one thing.”
“I get up between 4:45 and 5:00. It has never been as great a struggle as I initially imagined it might before I became a teacher. During the school year, I don’t have much free time. I spend two to four hours...on school preparations daily...one hour getting exercise. After this, I take time winding down from the school day and spending time with my family. During the summers, besides spending extra time with family...I read voraciously and try to catch up on movies or shows. The worst part of a professional work day is when somethings goes wrong and - after reflection - I feel that my actions/behaviors were at least partly responsible….As this point in my career it’s usually when there is a major conflict with a student - usually about his/her behavior in class - and...I feel as though I could have managed the conflict better….I try to learn from each and every one of these situations. I feel very fortunate that there are very, very few “bad days at the office” for me here at Rossview High….Each and every day brings a lot of gratification, a little bit of stress, and sometimes even drudgery. Moments when current or former students share how I’ve affected them in a positive way are especially gratifying.”
Article by Parker Jones
Valentine's Day, for most people, brings to mind candy hearts, the sweet smell of roses drifting over the air, glitter hearts and the rich taste of chocolate. It is meant as a day to celebrate love and friendship.
However, one year ago a horrifying event shattered the peace of Valentine's Day. In Parkland, Florida, someone entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and opened fire, killing seventeen people.
This event sparked sorrow across the nation, and then anger, two emotions not usually associated with such a romantic holiday. Of course everyone was shocked, nobody expects such a tragedy to happen. Nobody expects seventeen people to die and in such a violent way. This year, many people will celebrate Valentine's Day with an extra weight in their hearts and sorrow in their minds. Lives have been changed by this tragedy, people have been lost, and remembering that such pain originated only one year ago stings.
So this Valentine's Day, do celebrate love, it is important now as it has always been. Just remember the many families that have an empty space where someone once was, and appreciate the loved ones still in your life.
Photograph by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images via The Guardian