January 17: Upcoming 11th Grade Registration Talk (Samantha Schwartz)
January 18: Upcoming 12th Grade Registration Talk (Kim Underwood)
January 19: Upcoming 10th Grade Registration Talk (Lauren Brown)
January 25: Applications Due (this includes AP, Honors, Upper Levels and any class requiring a list)
January 30: Signing Day
January 31: All registration cards, contracts, aide slips and dual apps are to be turned in to the 9th, 10th, & 11th grade English teachers
Jan. 9 HOME vs Northwest
Jan. 12 HOME vs Kenwood *RESCHEDULED TO JAN. 11 DUE TO WEATHER
Jan. 16 @ West Creek
Jan. 19 HOME vs Northeast
Jan. 23 HOME vs Clarksville High
Jan. 26 @ Springfield
Jan. 30 @ Henry County
Jan. 9 @ West Creek
Jan. 11 Lebanon (TRI) @ Beech
Jan. 13 GoodPasture Invitational (V/G) & Centennial (JV)
Jan. 15 Halls Tournament (G) & Rossview Invitational (JV)
Jan. 16 @ Clarksville High
Jan. 18 Wilson Central Dual (JV/J)
Jan. 20 Freshman Grands (JV, F/G)
Jan. 23 District Duals
Jan. 25 Region Duals
Jan. 27 Region Tournament (JV/G)
Come out and support our Hawks!
By Rebecca Waddle
Sunday, January 21, 2018 is the 32nd annual National Hug Day and “an antidote to the reverend’s perception that many Americans were afraid to display affection in public,” according to Holidays Calendar. National Hug Day started in 1986 by Reverend Kevin Zaborney in Caro, Michigan; it falls perfectly between two affectionate holidays, Christmas and Valentine’s day.
A common way to participate in this holiday is to give someone a big hug, take a photo, and post it on social media with the tag: #NationalHuggingDay. You can do this as many times as you want.
With that in mind, there is an important note in the first paragraph of the blog post, “National Hug Day,” that you should consider: “While some encourage hugging everyone, [us at] National Hugging Day always suggests asking first.” Please remember the importance of consent on National Hug Day. Have fun! Everyone deserves a hug every now and then!!
Sending you all many Hugs!!
Star Wars: Can Disney Uphold The Legacy?
Expectations, Reactions, Analysis, and Fan Interviews
SPOILER ALERT! This article is packed full of spoilers. Read at your own discretion.
By Ellen Padgett
Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The first in a series of young adult novels by New York Times Bestselling Author Sherrilyn Kenyon, Infinity follows a high schooler named Nick Gautier as he traverses his everyday life of trying to get to school on time, dealing with bullies, and voodoo. Taking place in the Crescent City, Nick is caught in the midst of a voodoo influenced zombie apocalypse that takes over New Orleans. Fighting alongside his new boss, a redneck computer genius, a gothic self-proclaimed vampire hunter, and Simi, who can only be described as herself, Nick faces the catalyst of what is actually a much bigger story, unaware of his own starring role.
Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
In light of the second anniversary of music and cultural legend David Bowie’s passing on January 10th, 2016, Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, has launched what he calls the Bowie Book Club. “My dad was a beast of a reader,” Jones tweeted. “I’ve been feeling a building sense of duty to go on the same literary marathon in tribute to dad.” The book club will be making its way through Bowie’s top 100 books, previously featured on Bowie’s website here, starting with Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd. Hawksmoor follows detective Nicholas Hawksmoor as he investigates a series of crimes committed 250 years earlier. The Bowie Book Club will be reading Hawksmoor until February 1st, when a new book will be announced.
New Releases this Month…(featuring write-ups from Goodreads)
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.
The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.
One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he's forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most brutal criminals.
Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.
In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.
Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant
Years ago, in the town of Saxon Falls, young Kelsey Willard disappeared and was presumed dead. The tragedy left her family with a fractured life—a mother out to numb the pain, a father losing a battle with his own private demons, and a sister desperate for closure. But now another teenage girl has gone missing. It’s ripping open old wounds for the Willards, dragging them back into a painful past, and leaving them unprepared for where it will take them next.
Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent Mark Foster has stumbled on uncanny parallels in the lives of the two missing girls that could unlock clues to a serial killer’s identity. That means breaking down the walls of the Willards’ long-guarded secrets and getting to a truth that is darker than he bargained for. Now, to rescue one missing girl, he must first solve the riddles that disappeared with another: Kelsey Willard herself. Dead or alive, she is his last hope.
The Birth of Science Fiction
By Ellen Padgett
Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”
The stereotype of a “fake nerd girl” is very common; the girl who doesn’t actually play video games, or actually read comics, or spends weeks working on a completely screen accurate Harley Quinn costume. She’s obviously doing that to look attractive, not because she loves the character and wants to do justice to how she is portrayed. No, it’s totally unheard of for a girl to like superheros, Dungeons & Dragons, and Science Fiction.
Girls get ridiculed for these things all the time by people who are unaware that the root of the geek and nerd cultural phenomena was invented by a teenage girl.
That’s right. Science Fiction, the all-father (or rather, all-mother) of nerd culture, was invented by 19-year-old Mary Shelley, when she sat down and wrote her most famous novel, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus.
During 1816, Mary Shelley spent the summer with her lover, and later husband, Percy Shelley, near Lake Geneva, where they vacationed with friends Lord Byron, John Polidori, and Claire Clairmont. It was that particularly fateful summer that, one night, Lord Byron challenged the group of comrades to tell a ghost story, and ‘Frankenstein’ was born. January 1st marks the 200 year anniversary of the anonymous publication of the novel back in 1818, until 4 years later, when Mary claimed the novel as hers and put a name to the genius of The Modern Prometheus. Unfortunately, that same year that Mary bathed in the success of her novel, she also dealt with the grief of her late husband, who died that year in a shipwreck. Mary was known to have in her possession the preserved heart of her late husband, which was calcified and didn’t burn in the cremation process of Percy Shelley’s body. She wrapped it in the papers of Percy’s poems and kept it locked in her desk while she was writing.
As if creating one literary genre wasn’t enough, Mary also created post-apocalyptic fiction with her lesser famous novel, The Last Man, which tells the story of a lone man who survived a worldwide plague. If this novel had not been written, there would be many cultural phenomena that would not exist today, such as The Walking Dead comics and TV show, or The Last of Us video game.
Without the idealistic works of Mary Shelley, the world would be without various science fiction happenings, from Star Wars to Mad Max and Terminator. So next time you or someone you know is called a “fake geek girl,” just remember; there is no such thing as “fake” geek girls--women created this culture.
By Marlon Cuevas
In the Chemistry department at Rossview High school the teachers and students received a new teacher, named Cierra Carter, who recently graduated from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
In response to why she pursued teaching, Ms. Carter stated, “I always felt like I wanted to have a job that helped people. I first noticed this when I was volunteering at a low-income school area and I realized that students need people who care and want to see them succeed.”
In college, Ms. Carter found that she had a passion for Chemistry. She wants to show her passion to her present and future students; that is why she is very excited to teach this complex subject.
What Ms. Carter likes the most about teaching is “that students find me trusting and relatable pertaining to their futures. My first couple of weeks at Rossview have been really good and I feel fortunate to be placed in a welcoming school environment where everyone is so willing to help.” Ms. Carter plans to stay at the high school teaching level and continue working on her own education by striving to get a doctorate.
Some of Ms. Carter's hobbies outside of school include dance and to help teach dance, like jazz and tap, in the area where she grew up. Ms. Carter’s favorite thing to teach in chemistry are “things pertaining to the periodic table because the periodic table is like a puzzle, and once you’re able to decipher it, you are able to learn everything about the elements.”
One advice that stuck with Ms. Carter thus far in her life is to “always stay focused and determined on your goals.”
Welcome to Rossview Ms. Carter!
By Ashley Johnson
The Civil Rights movement is home to some of the most well known African-American leaders in America. One leader in particular stood out from all the rest. This legend who led the fight for civil rights is known as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Luther King Jr. was born. He is the second child out of three born in the King Family. Christine, his older sister, and Alfred Daniel Williams, his younger brother, grew up with him in the city’s Sweet Auburn neighborhood, along with their father, Martin Luther King Sr., and mother, Alberta Williams King. King’s father was a pastor and his mother was a former schoolteacher. The King Family’s neighborhood was home to some of the most affluent African-Americans in the country.
In his youth, Martin attended segregated schools, and, at the age of 15, was admitted into Morehouse College, former alma mater to King Sr. and his father. In college he took to the study of medicine and law. King did not intend to join the ministry and follow into his father’s footsteps, but later swayed to the idea while under the mentorship of Morehouse’s president, Dr. Benjamin Mays. Mays was an influential theologian and forthright supporter for racial equality.
After King graduated in 1948, he attended Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. This is where he was awarded his Bachelor of Divinity degree, along with esteemed fellowship, and was elected president of his primarily white senior class. Martin then enrolled in a graduate program at Boston University, finishing in 1953. From this, King earned his doctorate in systematic theology two years later. While in Boston, MLK met his soon-to-be wife, former singer, Cornetta Scott. Ms. Scott was studying at New England Conservatory of Music at the time. King and Scott were in the same year. The two married and had four children: Yolanda Denise King, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King and Bernice Albertine King.
Martin and his new family settled down in Montgomery, Georgia. In 1954, the area, highly segregated at the time, became the central point of the thriving fight for civil rights in America, acting on the decision of Brown v. Board of Education. December 1, 1955, sparked a civil rights quarrel. Rosa Parks, secretary of the local chapter of the NAACP, refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery bus, and was arrested. This started the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Activists continued the boycott for 381 days, creating an economic tension on public transportation systems and business owners. In this boycott, the activists chose Martin Luther King Jr. to lead the protests and speak for them.
In 1957, after the success of the Montgomery Boycott, MLK and his fellow activists founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, SCLC, a group devoted to achieving full equality for African-Americans through nonviolent protest. In his role as president, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled across the country and around the world, giving lectures on nonviolent protest and civil rights, as well as meeting with religious figures, activists and political leaders. One of these leaders that the King met was Ghandi in 1958.
His family moved back to his hometown in 1960, where he joined his father as co-pastor for Ebenezer Baptist Church. As well as co- pastor, King also participated with his fellow activists in civil rights movements. For his involvement on April 12, 1963, in the Birmingham campaign, MLK was arrested. In jail he wrote the famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” This letter would be a persuasive vindication of civil disobedience directed to a group of white clergymen who had attacked his tactics.
On August 28, 1963, there was a march that would shed light on the racial and civil rights conflicts, know as the March on Washington. As many as 200,000 to 300,000 individuals participated in this march. This march was a factor played in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. On the day of the March on Washington, a nationwide and renowned speech, “I Have a Dream”, filled the air throughout the Lincoln Memorial. Martin preached to the mass of races in attendance that day. As word got out, his reputation only grew stronger, winning him the title “Man of the Year” in Time magazine in 1963. In 1964, King also became the youngest person awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize. Throughout the year of 1965, violence between white segregationists and peaceful demonstrators rose, and in August the Voting Rights Act was passed.
On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Fatally shot, while standing on the Balcony of a hotel in Memphis. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. drew his last breath. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a national day of mourning, in the wake of King’s death, while riots swept the cities. The convict who shot MLK, James Earl Ray, was sentenced to 99 years in prison- he died in 1998. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a U.S federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., and on the third Monday of January, 1986, MLK Day was born.
By Sarah Lange
Photos by Mr. Ryan Vinson
Rossview Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball kicked off their 2017-2018 season in the second week of November with a series of wins against teams, both inside and outside of their district.
The girls’ team won the first eight games that they played, crushing every competitor that they contended with. They ultimately broke their winning streak, losing to Henry County with a score of 56-50, and again to Ensworth High School during the Beech Holiday Tournament with a devastatingly close score of 48-47. They go into the second half of their season with a record of 11-1. Games continued for the girls over winter break, with John Overton Christmas Tournament taking place from December 28th-30th.
The boys team won the first five games of their season, laying the foundation for what could be a record-breaking season. So far, with half the season still left to play, the boys team has suffered only two losses against Northeast and East Nashville Magnet, with scores of 74-72 and 68-50, respectively. They remain undefeated at home. Play was paused momentarily for winter break as of December 22, but will resume on January 3rd with an away game against Montgomery Central High School in Cunningham, TN.
Both teams defeated rival Clarksville High School when they played away on December 5th. The girls’ team put on a solid performance, securing their victory with a score of 57-53. The boys’ team managed to pull out a win thanks to an overtime shot, which ended the game with a tight score of 67-66. The home game against Clarksville will be held at Rossview on January 23rd, beginning at 6:00 pm.
With 13 games left in the season for both the girls and boys, Rossview has high hopes for their Hawks. Both teams have exhibited tremendous skill and determination this season, and we cannot wait to see what the rest of the season will hold. The next home game will be on January 9th at Rossview High School, with the girls’ varsity game time beginning at 6:00 pm and the boys’ varsity game directly afterwards. Make sure to come out and support your Hawks!
By Sarah Lange
January 1st marks the start of the 2018 year, and along with it comes the annual wave of increased initiative towards new habits, commonly referred to as “new year’s resolutions.” The idea of using the beginning of the year as an opportunity to implement routines has been around for a long time; it dates back over 4,000 years ago, when the Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of their calendar year, including decreasing the amount of debt they owed and increasing the amount of hours they would spend harvesting. Similar to the Babylonians, people in the 21st century often vow to uphold routines at the start of every year, routines that they believe will make them a more productive, happier, or healthier person. The most common resolution made, making up 48% of the answers collected in a new year’s resolutions survey conducted by OnePoll’s “Friend’s Life,” was to improve individual fitness and health. Second to this, with 43% of responses, were resolutions promising to spend more time with family and friends. The majority of those surveyed also assuredly responded that they were “95% confident” that their resolutions would stick until December.
However, people rarely find that their resolutions can be successfully enforced. According to Statistic Brain, only 41% of Americans usually make resolutions; the other 59% of Americans either make resolutions infrequently or never. The lack of those participating in new year’s resolutions is largely due to how rare one finds success with resolutions. Additional research by USNews confirms that only 20% of the new year’s habits last until the second week in February. Additionally, such a large importance on health-related resolutions results in a skyrocketing of gym memberships and healthy food sales at the beginning of the year; over the next few months, the sales drastically slow down over the next few months due to the overall loss of interest in resolutions. The rapid decline in these healthy habits after the month of January begs the question: what makes a resolution so hard to follow?
There are several factors that can prohibit the success of your new year’s resolutions, including having too many resolutions or making the goals too broad. Successful resolutions are those that are specific enough to be measured and broken down into smaller, more easily accomplished goals. These goals are easier to stick to and maintain. Further, starting the year with a healthy mindset regarding your resolutions can help you keep them around throughout the year. Allowing yourself some room for error and not losing hope after a mistake can promote a less strict and confining way of life. Beating yourself up after one mistake can often result in ditching the resolution altogether. The new year can be a time of self improvement through beneficial practices and helping others make progress as well. Staying focused and motivated on your personal goals can help make them last through the year.
By Siera Millard
Photo by World Religion Day (2017)
“Protection of religious freedom means considering the faiths and beliefs of everyone involved.”
By Siera Millard
Photo by The Flag Shop (N.d.)
Photo by Daily Hive (2017)
Each year millions of people in China, and around the world, celebrate Chinese New Year on the first new moon between January 21st and February 20th. It is a time for festivals, parades, and families to come together. It occurs this year on February 16th.
Two men stepped into the dim circle of the streetlight, nodding at the agreed code phrase. The light was almost non-existent; by the early hours of morning the solar-powered shine was mostly depleted. The two glanced at their surroundings in unison, checking out the thick undergrowth, the tall trees, and the dark windows of surrounding houses. Agri had very few areas without surveillance, most of them residential. Even the dog parks and elementary schools were equipped with cameras and motion sensors. The only safe areas were neighborhoods and public restrooms. They entered the underground shelter--presumably made for threat of bomb attacks-- as more men and women arrived, whispering among themselves. It made sense for the conspirators to meet here: it was secluded, quiet, and close to the housing development for the Professionless, which constituted much of the revolution.
January will be busy with student registration. Find out what classes are available here:
Writer’s Ink Club Spotlight
By Kat Franklin
Do you like to read and write? Is your Wattpad fix not good enough for you? Do you need real people to appreciate your writing? Writer’s Ink is the club for you! It’s a no fee, no requirement club; you don’t even have to write! You can also come if you want to hear original creative works or enjoy editing someone’s work- out loud! You’re not sold yet?
But wait! There’s more! Writer’s Ink has parties, insanity, and a binder covered in pickle duct-tape for all their favorite pieces. Sometimes the club meets at member’s houses when we cannot wait for Monday. Writer’s Ink meets every Monday in Ms. Rayle’s room, located in the English hallway, at 2:30. The club meeting ends at 3:15. Writer’s Ink is alway looking for new members!
Interview with Ms. Rayle, Club Sponsor
Interview with Parker Jones, Secretary:
Statement from Kat Franklin, Vice President:
Writer’s Ink is a club for young writers to come and share their work. All writing is accepted, anything from haikus to horror scripts. No fees are required to join the club, and you can join at any time throughout the year. We usually have parties around Christmas and the end of school, and occasionally we bake for each others’ birthdays. You’re promised two things when you join Writer’s Ink: a safe environment and lots of cookies.
President- Grayson Colp
Vice President- Kat Franklin
Secretary- Parker Jones
Photo by Finn Cottone
People in photo- Parker Jones and Grayson Colp