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
Interview by Kat Franklin
Rossivew’s wrestling team of 2019 has the best lineup so far: not only do we have state champions, we have an opportunity for a dual championship. Mr. Martinez, as well as a couple of the players, were available for questioning.
What are your goals for the team this year?
Mr. Martinez: "Make the state tournament. The girls have a unique opportunity to win a state dual title and the individual state title. For the boys we want to repeat as district champions and qualify for state dual tournament."
Do you think you’ll reach them?
Mr. Martinez: "Absolutely, we expect to."
What have you accomplished so far?
Mr. Martinez: "We are the number one seed (position in a tournament bracket) for the district."
Are there new wrestlers, and are they good at it?
Mr. Martinez: "Yes, they’re acclimating to the wrestling."
Do your wrestlers practice often?
Mr. Martinez: "Every day, we put in a lot of work."
How did your team develop in the off season?
Mr. Martinez: "We lift and train in the off season."
Do you have anything you would like Rossview to know about the wrestling team?
Mr. Martinez: "It is a life changing sport."
How should Rossview students participate to help out the team?
Mr. Martinez: "Wrestlers spend a lot of time, energy, and effort to achieve their goals. School support will help them attain success. To overcome adversity it takes determination, commitment, perseverance and discipline."
First time wrestlers: Justina Chongnee
How is wrestling so far?
Justina: "It’s great. It’s keeping me in shape and you get to meet new people on the team."
What were you expecting and how did the actual sport live up to that?
Justina: "I was expecting a lot of running and conditioning ... It’s exactly how I thought it would be, except that the conditioning was even more than I thought."
Is it a challenge?
Justina: "Yes. You have to be in shape, it takes a lot of movement and a lot of work."
Would you recommend it to other students?
Justina: "Yes. It’s a fun sport to do and once you get into it, you find out it’s really interesting."
Current Wrestlers: Cameron Clark and Paul Pierson
How is wrestling so far?
Paul: "We’ve had a great season so far, and as regionals and state come closer, the pressure’s building. Every win counts."
What were you expecting and how did the actual sport live up to that?
Cameron: "I expected it to easy but it’s actually a lot of work."
Is it a challenge?
Paul: "Yes, practices are tough, but it’s ultimately rewarding. And although you do lose sometimes, you have to keep going and win your next one. Every match is a chance for improvement."
Would you recommend it to other students?
Cameron: "Yes, it’s hard but in the end it’s worth it."
Experienced Wrestler: Emma Walker
How long have you been wrestling?
Emma: "Since late ninth grade year."
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment in the sport?
Emma: "I won national title in Oklahoma, I was state champion last year. I won third at state two years ago. I was two time All-American. I was defeated last year, and so far undefeated this year."
How do you think Rossview will do this year?
Emma: "There is hurt players right now, but I think we will do great if we do not give up."
Is the training harder or easier than when you began?
Emma: "It is easier because I am in shape now and I know what is going to come from it."
Inuit Culture and the Northern Lights
By Ashton Jenks
What is Inuit culture? It is a complex, and often stereotyped culture, located in the northern hemisphere. Also, there are two kinds of Inuits. The first type of Inuit have mythology that is more similar to the Vikings but still live in the arctic circle, such as places like Finland, Norway, Iceland,and Greenland. These are the people that are more often referred to as Eskimo.The second type, which is formerly known as “Inuit people” based on the language they speak, even though there are differences between tribes: some are located in Siberia, others in Russia’s Arctic Circle, Alaska, and the top half of Canada. The Alaskan Indigenous groups were the last to be touched by colonists, while the Canadians pushed their indigenous population into reservations. Inuits in Russia haven’t been bothered much. Although these people span over what seems to be half the globe, if looked at from above they actually aren’t too far apart. Those in Alaska and Canada are believed to be of Asian descent and to have crossed over the no longer existing Bering Strait. They all share the same values of family, open mindedness, and cultural elements like pescaterian diets, heavy clothing styles, Igloos in the winter and leather huts in the summer, a shared language, and the religious belief of Animism and the Spirit World.
Essentially, the Inuits believe that every animal has a soul and that all souls belong to one large energy force. Whenever the men go out hunting, they must make proper amends to the creatures they kill, otherwise the overlord of a species (careful to not call this a god) will alert all of the other animals of the species that this hunter is not deserving of their life. If they are proper in their treatment of their kill, the animals will know it is okay to be killed by them. Some examples of these animal overlords are Sedna, the girl who controls all animals under the sea, Narook, the lead soul of polar bears, and the Caribou Mother. The evil spirits of the arctic realm are called Mahaha and can cause all kinds of trouble as they cannot naturally inhabit humans, which makes them upset, although they may possess them. The Angakoks of every tribe were the only ones who were said to be able to control these spirits. Things like amulets, are used for this. Amulets can also signal being one with an animal kind and using the power from say, arctic foxes to aid a person in their endeavors. A common theme in their stories is that animal have souls, may have a human passing form, and sometimes decide to marry a human. In one story, a man marries a fox women, but she leaves after he insults her musky fox smell, reinforcing the idea that divorce and gender roles were not as clearly defined as other cultures.
The Science Behind the Northern Lights!
Now, let’s define what exactly the Northern Lights are in terms of Science. Their scientific name is the Aurora Borealis. Aurora means “the dawn” in Greek and Borealis comes from the Greek god of the north wind, Boreais. This beautiful phenomenon, despite the myths and legends produced by their observers, is actually a collision of highly charged ions in the atmosphere that are typically repelled by the earth's magnetism, but since they are so close to the poles, the action is skewed. A yellow light is caused by low altitude oxygen and a red light is caused by oxygen reacting at a higher altitude. The most famous color, however, is the blue/green/purple hue, which is caused by a collision of Nitrogen Ions. Now, let's see what our friends up north thought about them.
Tying it all Together: Myths about the Northern Lights!
The Cree Inuit’s, who live near the Quebec area, believed that the lights were the souls of departed loved ones trying to communicate with them.
In the most northern tribes, they believed the lights were dead spirits mostly of children who were playing with the skull of a walrus like a ball. On the tiny island of Nivuk, near Alaska, they believed the opposite. That it was a herd of dead walruses playing with a human skull!
Another Alaskan myth is that the lights were the torches of those who were trying to find the path to a better home for souls. In some places, they were believed to be the souls of the animals they had killed, such as salmon, deer, and walruses. In the most northern village of Alaska, Point Barrow, the Inuits believe that the lights are a symbol of evil and carry knives around during that time for protection.
In the Northern United States, the Mandan people, not quite Inuit, believed that they were the fires of dwarves cooking walrus fat or even the fat of their human enemies.
In Iceland, it was believed that the lights would relieve pain in Childbirth, as long as the mother didn’t look at them. If she did look, the child would be born cross eyed.
In Greenland they believed that the lights represented the souls of stillborn children.
The Finnish have two myths. One is the story of a fox trailing fire across the sky, as reflected in their word for the lights, “revontulet,” which literally translates to “Firefox.” The other belief is that the phenomenon is caused by the spume that comes from the blowhole on a whale's back.
The Swedish believe the myth to be a good omen towards fishermen, and those who believed in Norse Mythology thought that the lights were a reflection of the shields of Valkyrie, female warriors who escorted those valiant in battle to Valhalla. Another Norse idea was that the lights were the “Bifrost Bridge,” which was considered the rainbow pathway to gain access to Asgard, the realm of the Goads (gods) and guarded by Bifrost.
Other Myths about the Lights
In Southern Europe, the lights were uncommon and viewed as a bad omen. It is said that red northern lights appear over England just before the French Revolution started and before a Gallic uprising.
In China, the lights were viewed as being a battle between the gods and dragons. In Japan, they were viewed as good omen to childbirth, meaning that the child would be intelligent and beautiful.
In short, the Aurora Borealis is as popular a topic in mythology all around the world as the flood and its many versions. Being informed as to what other cultures believe or have believed is essential to better understanding the world and its origins. The Inuit people may not have influenced us much yet, but they impact the lives of Americans in Alaska, our counterparts in Canada, and those working in Arctic research stations to send you all those cute photos of Polar bears! (Narook in disguise). I hope you have enjoyed this educational lesson on Inuit beliefs and all of the fun ideas about the northern lights. I’m going to leave you with a wholesome fun fact: you can tell the difference between a male and female Parka because female’s will have a larger hood in order to properly cover their baby when they carry it on their backs! Isn’t that cute?
Interview by Marlena Jones
What subject do you teach?
“I teach chemistry and I also teach freshman focus.”
Where did you work before RHS?
“Actually, I graduated last December from ATC and then I was a substitute at the school system here from January to May.”
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
“I found out a couple years ago that I wanted to teach at some capacity, and I like helping people, you know, reach their potential, and figure out their life goals. It’s important.”
Why did you choose Rossview?
“I was looking for a positions in Chemistry or something I was good at, and this was the only school that had an available position. I do like [it here], even though CHS is my alma mater. I have grown to love the atmosphere that Rossview has here."
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
“In my free time I like to play the piano, I like to watch netflix series, and sleep when possible."
What’s your favorite thing about teaching here so far?
“My favorite thing about teaching here is really just getting to know my kids and getting those personal relationships kind of like, in the class, and then getting to know them outside of just academics."
By Jenna Barney
If you are Helios, then I am Mercury
You are my light, I revolve around you
You burn my skin with your fiery kisses
Kisses that you refuse to give
Your love is like gravity, and I'm feeling heavy
No matter how much you wound me
I stay by your side in unwavering loyalty
As if love can heal the pain you've inflicted
You're a blazing fire
And I'm melting under your gaze
I live a life of eternal sunburn
Forever scorched and tortured by affection
Your touch is a disease, a perilous poison
You leave me to die, alone in the dust
But somehow I always find a cure
It's just barely enough to keep me alive
I hiss through my wounds and my endless bleeding
I feel like I'm dying, but your love keeps me alive
I pick myself up and stitch my heart back together
And I convince myself that I'm okay
Finally you stop with your sick, twisted games
And the cold, hard truth weighs me down like lead
I lose my footing, and I'm falling hard
And when I hit the ground, I'm permanently broken
This time, my resources are limited
And I'm no longer able to fix my broken bones
I continue walking, but my scars distract me
They laugh in my face, following and haunting me
Maybe one day I'll be able to pick myself up
But for now, I am damaged, and I speak to no one
I'm alone in this world, with only a rose to accompany me
And as night falls, it stares me in the face
And I wonder if I can bring myself to love again.
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
By Siera Millard
Photo by unique2brilliance
Imagine a world in which you are trapped completely. You are chained, either physically or metaphorically, and the chains that bind you leave bloody indentations on your skin and on your mind. You have no feasible way to get out of the situation and no one to help you. This is the world of slavery.
Centuries and centuries before the adoption of slavery by American colonies, which is often what is associated with, tribes in Africa and the Middle East traded slaves or took them as war conquests. It was a common practice that would spread to the Americas by Spanish explorers in their enslavement of Native Americans and later in the African slave trade that would labor on plantations. Not until 1865 was slavery made illegal in the Constitution of the United States, and not until 1949 did the United Nations adopt the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Person and Exploitation and of the Prostitution of Others, an international agreement by the UN to prohibit slavery.
December 2nd marks the day that the UN passed the adoption of this convention - the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. This was passed in 1949...only sixty-nine years ago. This is a short second in consideration of the span of the history of the world.
Slavery today comes in many forms; its supposed complete abolition in 1949 does not mean that it does not exist, and does not mean that it is something we can forget. Slavery includes human and sex trafficking, forced labor, child labor, forced marriage, and other acts that threaten to make a person do something or do not allow them the freedom to leave the situation.
A few mind-boggling statistics from the United Nations:
Winter Holidays Around the World
By Sarah Lange
Celebrated on December 25th, Christmas is an annual holiday honoring the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, in accordance with Christian religions. Although the holiday itself remains the same from country to country, the methods of commemorating the occasion vary, with each country often establishing their own distinct traditions. Observing how other parts of the world practice Christmas can not only help realize what we have in common, but it can also celebrate the differences that make every part of the world unique.
In Germany, the main focus of the Christmas celebration is Advent, which is observed on the 24 days of December. The Advent calendar, featuring 24 small boxes, each filled with a small gift, and the fir trees, which are decorated in houses and towns, are all part of what makes Christmas in Germany special. Your Christmas night might end with the sounds of carolers singing “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night) or “O Tannenbaum.” (O Christmas Tree)
Continuing into Europe, Italy celebrates Christmas with visual depictions of “presepe,” or the nativity scene. These scenes are often featured around town, in homes, or in classrooms, and they utilize items found commonly in the country, such as pine cones painted gold, colored construction paper, and small candles. To wish your family and friends “Merry Christmas,” you would simply say ‘Buon Natale.’
If you were to take a trip to Ghana, your Christmas celebrations would be centered around the cocoa harvest, which begins in early December. Late on Christmas Eve, you can hear the sound of drums, dancing, and ethnic music coming down the streets as parades march by to celebrate the coming day. The night would end with fireworks and a celebratory dinner, stew or okra soup, porridge and meats, rice and a yam paste called 'fufu'.
In China, less than one percent of the population is Christian, so awareness about the holiday is very limited; as a result, Christmas decorations are often only seen in the busier cities, such as Beijing or Shanghai. According to tradition, 'Shen Dan Lao Ren' (Santa Claus) comes to deliver presents to some families. Ironically, plastic Christmas trees are rarely set up in China, despite the fact that China is the #1 manufacturer of holiday decor in the world.
Many Christmas traditions in Brazil are similar to those in America or Europe, including their fondness for Santa Claus (called “Papa Noel” in Brazil) and the games they play around the holidays, such as “amigo secreto,” which is similar to the popular game in America called “Secret Santa.” The majority of Brazil is Catholic, therefore Christmas Day usually begins around 2 am to attend Midnight Mass. After returning home, they sleep until the morning, when they open presents and eat their favorite foods. Their meals often consist of multiple types of meat, including pork, ham, steak, or chicken, paired with salads, types of rice, and fruits. Although all age groups can enjoy Christmastime, Brazilian adults particularly look forward to December, when they get paid two month’s wages, affectionately referred to as their “13th salary.”
Since it is summertime during Christmas, Australia celebrates the holiday differently than many other countries in the West. Celebrations in Australia include caroling to local neighbors, which has become such a popular celebration that it turned into a national event; in each State capital city there is a “Carols by Candlelight” service, featuring Australia’s most popular bands and singers, including the Wiggles, Anthony Warlow, Colin Gery, and numerous others. These events also function as charity fundraisers, which is a great way for the public to give back around the holidays. Instead of Santa’s reindeer, children are raised hearing stories of Santa’s “six white boomers” (kangaroos).
Compared to other Christmas celebrations, India’s is much smaller due to the small amount of Christians. The majority of the population is Hindu, however, approximately 1% (25 million) people are Christian. Midnight mass, followed by a feast at home of curries and flowers is how many families prefer to spend their Christmases. Following the heavy meal, people will give and receive gifts from loved ones and then walk the town, which is typically decorated with candles and Poinsettia flowers in honor of the Mass.
And last but not least, America. In America, everyone celebrates the holiday with their own personal traditions; for example, some families like to go caroling, whereas others may watch animated Christmas classics, such as A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and A Miracle on 34th street (1945), or Hallmark movies, typically featuring a feel-good story about a couple who finds love during December. Both of these types of movies are watched with the intention of bringing the perfect amount of nostalgia and happiness to your life. These personal traditions are often blended with elements of religious observations and modern family practices, typically featuring regional elements from where you originated from or currently live. For the majority of Americans, shopping is a symbolic focus during the Christmas season. Gifts are typically purchased for all members of the family and additional friends, teachers, or co-workers, resulting in the noteworthy economic significance of gift-giving.
All differences aside, there are many unique cultures that blend traditional and religious aspects to form their own Christmas celebrations; further, while none are the exact same, all are important in their own way and deserve to be celebrated.
2018-2019 Boys Basketball Season
Basketball season is upon us! Buy your season passes and your tickets to support our hawks.
Here are a few words from Coach Jackson about his team.
1. Describe your team in three words. Physical, Senior-led, Shooters
2. What are you most looking forward to this season? Seeing if the boys can make the most of their opportunity to be the best they can be this season. These seniors have been waiting their turn to shine on the court.
3. How did your team develop in the off season? We had a great summer going 8-2 vs schools from all around the south.
4. What motivates you to work harder? I just love watching our guys improve every day on and off the court.
5. What is one goal you have for this season? To finish in the top 4 in the district, to advance to the regional tournament, and win at least one game to advance in the region.
One of the BEST Things About Winter
By Siera Millard
Photo by bronxebridges
Buzz. Buzz. The alarm you set on your phone the night before is going off in your ear. You hear the dreaded sound through your dream of defeating seven ninjas single-handedly and turn off the noise with an angry smack of your hand. You groan as you remember that huge test you didn’t study for in bio and start to drag yourself out of your warm, soft bed, right as your mom walks in and tells you that school is cancelled. You run to the window and see a world of swirling white. Snow day!
As students at Rossview, we know quite a lot about snow days. I mean, we’ve had them enough in past years to be experts. As experts, we need to hone our skills on how to spend the perfect, most exciting snow day ever!
Here are some things to do on those frigid days that mean no school:
Whatever you do on snow days, stay safe and be cautious...but also have fun!