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- 03/31/16--11:30: _Humans of Malden 3/28
- 04/01/16--11:25: _Humans of MHS 3/31
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- 04/01/16--11:31: _GOP Dug Its Own Grave
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- 04/04/16--11:30: _Crew Season Begins
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- 04/05/16--11:37: _Humans of Malden 4/5
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- 03/29/16--09:21: Do’s and Don’ts of Concerts
- Research the venue before
- It’s always a good idea to look up the venue online before attending the concert. Look out for things like rules and regulations for cameras, bags, and food, how to get to the venue, and what the interior looks like.
- Don’t buy resale tickets
- Resale tickets from websites like StubHub are typically overpriced, even for sections far away from the stage. Stick to buying at pre-sales and general sales to get the best deal, and use resale tickets only as a last resort.
- GA or bust
- If the venue has a general admission pit, try to buy tickets in that section. GA pits have the best view of the stage and are known to be the most energetic and fun section of the venue.
- Wear comfortable clothing
- If you’re planning to dance, jump, or make any large movements throughout the concert, wear comfortable clothing and shoes. As a general rule, stick to breathable fabrics and sneakers.
- Wear layers
- Wear thin layers rather than one bulky layer. Concerts get hot, especially in the general admission pit, and wearing layers allows you to strip them if needed.
- Take public transit
- Public transit is the best way to get to and from your concert venue, as it’s cheaper than taking a car and you don’t need to find parking and you don’t need to deal with traffic. If the venue cannot be reached via public transit, try your best to carpool.
- Eat before and stay hydrated
- Similar to merchandise, food is overpriced at concert venues. Look for restaurants or places where you could get food near the venue. It’s also important to stay hydrated if you’re going to move around a lot.
- Bring cash
- Bring cash rather than credit or debit cards to purchase merchandise or food or drink. It’s much easier for transactions and the people behind you in line will be thanking you for it.
- Bring something to do in line
- Bring some source of lightweight entertainment to kill time. A smartphone, a deck of cards, or a book are some good options.
- Try not to go alone
- Concerts are always better with company. It’s also a good way to stay safe and occupied while waiting in line. Better yet, try making friends in line!
- Go early
- If you have general admission tickets, wait for a reasonable amount of time before the show starts. It all truly depends on the popularity of the artist, but a minimum of two or three hours before doors open is ideal.
- If you have long hair, tie it up
- No person in the crowd wants to eat hair. If you have long, thick hair, tie it up in a bun or ponytail. Not only will it keep it out of your face, but concerts get exponentially hot as they progress.
- Don’t ‘serial snap’
- Let’s face it: we all want to brag about how awesome the concert was and we want to make sure that’s established on social media afterwards. It’s a given that you want to keep memories from an exciting night but make sure to enjoy the concert through your own eyes as well. Don’t watch the concert through your camera screen the entire time. An easy trick is to Google the artist’s setlist beforehand so you can select what songs to record or take photos of.
- Respect the opening acts
- If the artist performing has an opening act, please be respectful to them even if you are not familiar with their music or if their style is not similar to the one of the main act. Their duty as an opener is to get the crowd excited and ready for the main act.
- Have fun!
- Concerts aren’t an everyday occurrence so make it your duty to have as much fun as possible. Let go, sing and dance your heart out, make friends, and just enjoy yourself!
- 03/29/16--09:23: The Great Outdoors (of Track and Field)
- 03/29/16--09:23: The Start of Softball Season
- 03/29/16--09:25: 100 Years of Blue and Gold
- 03/30/16--11:21: Governor Baker Visits MHS
- 03/30/16--11:21: Food Review: Ming’s Seafood Restaurant
- 03/31/16--11:19: eSports: A Growing Phenomenon
- 03/31/16--11:30: Humans of Malden 3/28
- 04/01/16--11:25: Humans of MHS 3/31
- 04/01/16--11:31: Generation Citizen at Malden High School
- Survey students on what they would need help on or learn about during wellness day.
- Make a petition in support of a wellness day.
- Meet with adjustment and guidance counselors.
- Meet with stakeholders like Mr. Brown, Superintendent Dr. Derussi, and Mayor Christenson.
- Analyse survey results in order to decide the events or stations on wellness day.
- Contact experts to volunteer and present.
- Advertise using social media.
- Plan the spacing as well as everything else needed for the event.
- 04/01/16--11:31: GOP Dug Its Own Grave
- 04/04/16--11:25: Malden Reads Explores “Home”
- 04/04/16--11:30: Crew Season Begins
- 04/05/16--11:36: Anime Boston Photo Gallery
- 04/05/16--11:37: Humans of Malden 4/5
- 04/06/16--11:27: School Committee Meeting 4/4
- 04/07/16--10:36: Social Media- Confidence Booster or Insecurity Creator?
- 04/07/16--11:29: Bunker Hill’s Informal Session
- 04/08/16--11:30: NHS Trivia Night Photo Gallery
- 04/08/16--11:51: Boys Tennis: Malden v. Haverhill
By Meghan Yip and Sam Martinez
Being only fifteen and sixteen, the average person can find it hard to believe that we’re seasoned concert-goers. Between the two of us, we’ve been to fifteen concerts in 2015 (the total being Meghan: 9, Sam: 6). These are some of the tips that we wish we had learned earlier.
Like all spring sports, outdoor track and field started on Mar. 21, 2016, starting what may be Malden’s last season in the Greater Boston League (GBL). Teams in the GBL include Everett, Somerville, Medford, Chelsea, and Greater Lawrence.
The outdoor track and field team consists of three groups: long distance, sprinting and throwing. All of the groups have their own coaches who are David Londino for distance, Jason Payeur for sprinting, and Chris Kaulbfliesch for throwing.
Although track does have varsity and junior varsity races and runners, there are no team captains for the boys’ or girls’ teams. The team has been described as a “young” team, because it has many talented underclassmen runners, as well as talented juniors and seniors. The team had a number of people qualify for the States tournament during the indoor track season for relay teams as well as personal events and are sure to have more qualify during this outdoor season.
Junior Manel Soltani expressed that “this outdoor season is going to be a really interesting one because the team is going to be versing new teams and [their] focus has switched a little bit from the GBL meets to bettering [themselves] for more elite meets and ultimately, the state meet where [they] hope to qualify as many people as possible.”
Sophomore Jasmine Gray stated, “The beginning of outdoor really feels like the start of new chances, new faces, and new goals to qualify. New chances for some people, at least.” Gray continued, “Surrounded by seniors and people who are training for their very last races marks last chances.” But she is “excited because that kind of motivation will come out of this last season of the year and influence everyone to give it their all.”
The GBL Opening Meet will be on Sunday, Apr. 2, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in Somerville. In this meet, all the GBL teams race, simply as an introduction to the season. The first 1v.1 meet will be a home meet against Everett on Wednesday, Apr. 6 at 4:00 p.m.
Softball is finally in season, and the Malden High School team is ready to play. The captains this year are seniors Haley Hoffman, Megan Gilligan, and Alexis Brown. The team has many goals this season and is willing to go the extra mile. One of their main goals is to beat their long time rival, Everett.
In previous years, MHS’s softball team made history with two wins against Everett. Both sophomores Ashlyn Fitzpatrick and Mackenzie Furlong’s favorite memory in their previous softball years was when they had their big win against Everett.
Hoffman has played softball since the age of five. She grew up with softball in her life, so it’s always been one of her passions. Hoffman’s goals include “hav[ing] a strong bond with [her] team and [to] have a good mindset.” Hoffman will be playing second base and backup pitcher.
Fitzpatrick is also excited to be on this year’s varsity team as a sophomore. Similar to Hoffman, Fitzpatrick started playing when she was five years old as well. She is happy that she is on the team because her “team is close, [they’re] like a family.” Fitzpatrick will be playing in the outfield.
Furlong is one of the three sophomores to make it to varsity this year. She will be playing shortstop.
The softball team will face Lowell on Apr. 6, 2016 in Lowell. Furlong expressed that “[she] is very excited about [their] first game. Lowell is very talented and it should be a great game for us to prepare for the season.” She continued, “[They] are excited, ready, and focused.” Best of luck to the softball team this season.
On Jun. 13, 2015, the Blue and Gold held an event for its 100 years at Malden High School.
Filmed by: Andrew Cogliano and Sam Martinez
Edited by: Chaimae El Adlouni, Ryan Huynh, Stacey Wong
On Thursday March 24th, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, along with Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker II, paid a visit to Malden High School. He and many other politicians and educational workers were there to discuss the school’s partnership with the Commonwealth Corporation, as well as the success of both the Youthworks Program and the Signal Success Curriculum, the latter of which is a voluntary career-readiness program that was originally established in urban high schools, but it is now being adopted by schools around the state. Other people in attendance included Mayor Gary Christenson, Superintendent David Derousi Jr., Teacher Kelli Collomb, Principal Dana Brown and others.
Signal Success was first launched in the 2014-2015 school year in Lowell, Malden and the community-based organization Sociedad Latina. Each high school had 25 students participate. During the 2015-2016 school year, the program drastically expanded to 10 high schools with a total of 1,600 participants. Malden High School expanded the program as well, having 300 participants this year because the school had found its curriculum to be extremely beneficial to the success of students .
The Commonwealth Corporation created and administers the program, a quasi-state agency under the Executive Office of Labor and workforce Development. The Corporation is working to expand the program to the 2016-2017 school year as well. Secretary of Education Jim Peyser says that “The Signal Success curriculum is a great example of collaboration between educators and workforce development partners to improve college and career readiness. The skills students learn through this curriculum can help them be more successful in their education, in their work, and in their life,”.
Mayor Christenson opened up the meeting, thanking Baker for coming to the school and for his “efforts on leading the way on a city like ours, being able to implement and utilize this program” Baker then acknowledges that the Youthworks Program “helps teenagers develop the skills and appreciation for the kinds of jobs the program offers ”. He remembers his first jobs as pumping gas and as an usher in a movie theater, and has always thought that “the earliest work experiences I’ve had taught me a lot of lessons that turned out to be really valuable. [He] thinks that the most important thing about a program like this is that it helps kids figure out exactly how to direct their motivation to be successful”.
The governor also compares employment to meeting new people. He comments that “when you meet somebody for the first time, and one of them knows your friend, your friend’s opinion seals the deal. He uses this analogy to explain that “employment works like this: you get a job you’re organized, you do the things people hope that you do. Then it’s a year later, when you’re looking for next job, you get interviewed by someone in a company, but they don’t know if you will be the things you claimed you were during the interview. They call the people you previously worked for and they ask about you, and their opinion of you determines your employment”. He claims that “one of the most important things to remember about this is really the way a lot of stuff happens in the job market, and it’s really no different from the way it happens is life. A lot of life is about referrals, and it’s the same way with jobs. In addition to the chance to earn money, referrals will bring people who want to see you succeed and are in a position to make that happen”.
Derousi adds since these teenagers “have grown up in the city, [they] need these skills. Right now, [the students] are competing for jobs with adults, and any skills we can give [teenagers] academically and with hands-on job training will allow [teenagers] to have a step up”. Secretary Walker claims that “Since taking office last year, [the Baker-Polito administration] has made workforce development a top priority. With Signal Success [the Baker-Polito administration] can help young people learn the soft-skills they need to be productive and valued members of a team.”
Lately electronic sports, or eSports, have become a growing phenomenon. Many people have become hooked onto online gaming and competitions worldwide, but one that’s grappled onto over 27 million gamers’ attention is the game League of Legends. The game has caught so much attention as an eSport, that there have been colleges all over America offering eSport scholarship programs to college applicants.
League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena game, or better known as M.O.B.A., which consists of real-time strategy. Developed by the gaming company, Riot Games, back in Oct. 27, 2009, League of Legends has also been constantly compared with another popular M.O.B.A. game called Dota 2, causing fans of both games to debate between the two strategy games.
Esports has been constantly growing larger and larger as well as entering more into the mainstream community. There has been negative feedback towards the esports community as well as esports itself with many people claiming that it is “not a real sport.” But this hasn’t stopped fans and the community from growing in size and popularity.
Colleges, including Columbia College in Missouri have began to offer scholarships to eSport athletes to play League of Legends (6 Types Of College Scholarships). Due to the fact that other colleges such as Columbia College offer a League of Legends scholarship program, it has caused greater publicity for eSport and colleges. More and more colleges are accepting and have started to offer eSport scholarships. League of Legends is one of the most popular options. According to Riot Games’ Media Relations Manager Bob Colayco, other universities have debated the creation of varsity eSport programs (Mueller).
At the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), a League of Legends club was formed. This club provides an opportunity for gamers to meet and play League of Legends.
UCLA student William Jong expressed that “being a college player not only do you have to commit your time to League of Legends, you also have to commit your time to your career-your studies” Another UCLA student, Daphne Jin stated, “Sometimes it can be a little busy, but overall it’s a really cool bunch of people and I would say that because they’ve been a huge part of my college experience” (uLoL Spotlight: UCLA).
League of Legends has both supporters and critics but it continues to draw in people from all over the world.
“One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given was from my parents and that was that family always comes first. I’ve always tried to live by this advice. Even when everything just seems to fall apart, my family is always there to help pick up the pieces. There’s nothing that I would feel uncomfortable speaking about with my family because I know that they’ll still see me as me. That is why I make sure to always have my family my first priority in life.” #humansofmaldenhigh
“In this generation, people want to rush things in relationships. I feel like movies and TV shows make us feel like we have to get into a relationship in high school and if you don’t, then you don’t fit in. That or your self esteem comes in and you don’t feel beautiful or worthy of yourself. I feel that relationships are good, but at the same time, it’s really important to know that if you don’t find yourself in a relationship, then maybe it’s a sign that you need to focus on yourself and you need to focus on your education. You need to focus on what can you do to make yourself a better person in the future. A lot of my friends have felt like during their high school years, if they didn’t get into a relationship or their relationships were troublesome, they felt like they were getting no where in life. I keep telling them to focus on their education. People will come in your life later on, you need to focus on what you need to get done, what’s best for you, and what benefits you. The rest comes in later. I see a lot of people and I see a lot of my friends suffering from breakups or getting into some serious things with relationships, and it has negatively impacted their lives. High school isn’t where you need to find who you’re going to marry. High school is for yourself. You need to focus on yourself.” #humansofmaldenhigh
Generation citizen is an organization that encourages and empowers the youth to become engaged citizens. From campaigns of lowering the legal voting age to hosting civics day, generation citizen gives young people a platform to have their voices be heard and help make their communities a better place. It’s a program that has grown in the past few years and now is present in the eastern coast as well as the Bay area in California.
Every Year Malden High’s U.S. History I class’ students use Generation Citizen to address issues that are present throughout the Malden community. Students this year are campaigning for topics ranging from pool renovations to improving the Wi-Fi at the school. One particularly ambitious project is that of U.S History teacher Rebecca Corcoran’s period four class. The class hopes to institute a school day that helps students address all the stress and depression that comes with being a high-school student.
Freshman Matt DiStefano believes that “Almost all high school students experience the stress that comes with all the work and extracurricular that inevitably piles up.” “(They) have researched other high schools that already have a wellness day system implemented and (they) were influenced to implement something similar” DiStefano added. The class plans to create a wellness day system at Malden High School that will help every student learn more about how to deal with difficult situations in their lives.
Here is how the class plans to enact a wellness day at the high school:
Political polarization is a problem that has stretched across Europe and is now creeping up onto our shores. With candidates like Trump and Sanders, the American people are becoming more and more divided each day. Or at least that’s what we’re told by the media. This isn’t Trump’s fault. Trump has been hung out to dry by the GOP Establishment and Elite. They have done everything in their power to smear his campaign and end it all because he isn’t controlled by them. This is a sad day for me as someone who is a Republican, who votes Republican, and doesn’t have a candidate to vote for all because the GOP didn’t want to listen to it’s base.
The Republican Party is dead. It’s been dead since the 2010 midterm elections when a wave of self styled new Republicans took office– the “Tea Party.” Their brand of politics, ranging from religious liberty to smaller government to abolishing the IRS, started at the grassroots level. Before anybody could bat an eye, they had effectively seized control of the Republican Party and even the House of Representatives. And this is where the GOP effectively committed suicide.
The only problem with the Tea Party gaining all of this power is that they are now caught in a Catch 22. Eric Cantor, former House Majority Leader and Republican representing Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, was eaten up by the monster that he helped create. He gained power in the House through his consistently strong conservatism. The only problem was that he thought since he helped create this, his constituents wouldn’t dare vote him out. Boy was he wrong. He lost in the primary and in the weeks following he resigned from his leadership position and then from his seat in the House. The Tea Party has created a monster and it’s only way to survive is to eat from the hand that feeds it.
Presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz is on the same boat. When running his campaign for the US Senate in Texas, he had to run on a platform that appealed to all citizens. But as soon as he got into the Senate, he became everybody’s favorite Senator to hate. He is the Tea Party poster boy, calling for a flat tax for business and private individuals, calling for abortion rights to be reconsidered, and constantly being a thorn in everybody’s backside. But now, as he slowly closes in on Trump and puts up a consistently good fight for the nomination, he has to once again go back to running much more moderately if he dreams of being President. He has to appeal to all different walks of life, and not just the Tea Party. He has to appeal to the Establishment, the Elite, and the Tea Party.
All of this added up with an unprecedented constant lead in the polls and delegates from Trump, and Cruz being the runner up, the Republican Party is in shambles. They did this to themselves. We are no longer in a two party system. Yes, we are operating a two party system, but we are running this system with three parties. The Democratic, the Republican, and the Tea Party. I’m not nervous for the party, every party must go through this form of cleansing. The Democrats went through it in the 1970’s. There is a way to unite the party, but the Republican Party has to become the party of inclusion. It has to be the party that welcomes comprehensive immigration form without sounding like a pseudo-Klan rally. It has to be the party that welcomes Conservatives no matter the religion– Christians, Jews and Muslims. The Arab community is very Conservative along with Latino voters, all because of their strong religious connection. Use it to your advantage. Unite the people, don’t let the party die because of your insufferable egotism.
On Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016, Malden Reads hosted a family movie night at the Ferryway School for Malden students and their families. Before beginning the movie, the families that attended were able to participate in an arts and crafts activity. The event attracted well over 100 students and families.
Families met in the Ferryway cafeteria for crafts and refreshments. Students crafted their own paper airplanes and rocketships made from blocks. Stamps were laid out to create unique designs of space exploration. Prior to the start of the movie, light refreshments were offered while waiting for the show to begin. When it was time for the show to begin everyone transitioned into the auditorium to relax and watch the film.
The featured film was “Home,” a children’s movie that depicts the story of an alien who befriends a human girl while his race of aliens attempts to take over the planet. As described by Malden Reads Volunteer Martha Bezzat, “The alien is on a journey to make friends and the girl is on a journey to find her mother. Their friendship develops over time and the alien learns how to love his friend.”
The story involves entertains youth with an inspirational story about a humorous alien learning what “home” means. Bezzat explained that “[the main characters] have to overcome impossible odds to find ‘home.’ The movie was chosen to correspond with the ongoing Malden Reads theme of space exploration and the overcoming of seemingly impossible odds.
“One of the themes of The Martian, the adult book choice this year, is overcoming incredible odds to get back home to earth, the most important reason of which is the human connection the lead character misses while he is stranded on Mars,” explained Bezzat. “Home” also included themes of survival so it paired well with The Martian.
The film demonstrated the great importance in discovering where one’s personal home is and how family contributes to that. It also teaches youth to learn to challenge adversity. Malden Reads has more events soon to come for Malden families to join and explore this year’s selected theme.
One of the biggest sports teams at Malden High School is the crew team. Head coach Sarah Jones has coached the team for ten years and is assisted by Shauna Campbell. The coaches have helped to expand the team and contributed to its success over the years.
Crew is a sport that engages the entire body as arms, legs, and core are all required for rowing. The team practices five days a week for about 2-3 hours and attends races on the weekends. There are 17 events that the team is scheduled to take part in this season. The biggest event is the Moose on the Malden Regatta which is held at the end of May where teams from Massachusetts and Maine attend to race.
Senior captain Michael Light joined the crew team his freshman year. He thought that “crew seem[ed] [like] the most interesting [sport] because not many people know what it’s about. ” He continued, “[Students] said that it was really fun and … it sounded like something [he] would like to try.”
Senior captain Samantha Forestier also joined the crew team her freshman year because she “loved the team aspect” of the sport. “It is unique to any other sport in the city,” expressed Forestier. She added that crew “is an amazing opportunity that an urban school like Malden is able to compete in.” The crew team is very special to Forestier and she “enjoys spending [her] time after school and [her] weekends with all of [her] teammates.”
As a captain, Forestier mentioned that she wants to push her teammates to improve and try their best. She looks to maintain a positive atmosphere on the team and wishes that everyone can have a sense of accomplishment at the end of the season. “Crew is different from the other sports because you have to work together as a team to row in unison.” To achieve their goals, communication and cooperation are vital aspects. Forestier wants to ensure that everyone is enjoying their time during practice and at regattas. In addition, Senior captain Stephen Lafauci hopes for the team to build strong bonds on and off the water.
The Malden boathouse and dock are currently closed based on contaminants in the river so the team will be using the Medford boathouse until further notice. With the support of strong leadership from coaches and captains alike, the crew team will surely have a successful season.
To read more about the boathouse closing, click here.
Click here to see the Blue and Gold’s gallery for the Anime Boston Convention.
“I recently went through a period of time where I questioned a lot about my self-worth and place in the world. There were many moments when I felt like I was doing everything wrong – as a student, a friend, and a person. But even though it took a lot of self-reflection and time, I’ve finally accepted that no matter how many mistakes you may make, how many regrets you may have, how many people may try to bring you down, or how many struggles, hardships, and sorrows you may endure, you deserve so much happiness. It’s important to recognize how much you’ve accomplished just by living, and that every time you have a rough day, you can always make it a better tomorrow. I’ve been reminding myself that for a while now, and life is pretty good.” #humansofmaldenhigh
On Monday, Apr. 5, 2016, the school committee met for their monthly meeting. After saying the Pledge of Allegiance and having a moment of silence for the veterans, Vice Chairman Lenny Iovino asked the people present to stand in silence to honor the three former Malden teachers that have passed away recently: Nancy Finkelstein, Carol Mastromauro, and Sue Buckley.
During last month’s meeting, the decision to raise school lunch prices gradually over the next two school years was voted on. By the 2017 to 2018 school year, high school students will pay a minimum of $3.05 for a standard lunch, and up to $3.90 for a specialty item, such as a trip to the salad or snack bar.
The subcommittee brought the bill back with language changes and policy updates to be voted on again by the committee. The changes made addressed the policy for negative account balances. Superintendent David DeRuosi claimed that debt can amount to at least five thousand dollars in each school, so clearing up debt is important to do by the end of this school year.
The new policy states that anytime a student reaches a negative balance of ten dollars, the parents or guardians will be notified through both a phone call and physical mail with instructions on how to pay off debt and apply for free or reduced lunch if eligible. If the same student’s negative balance drops to twenty dollars, a second notice will be sent out, and the student will receive an alternative lunch until the balance issue is resolved.
There are solutions to this problem for families who struggle to make ends meet, such as paying off the balance in stages, for example, ten dollars a week. The committee hopes to have these changes implemented before the end of the school year.
Jodie Zalk, a representative from Malden Reads, was one of the first to address the committee at Monday night’s meeting. She was present on behalf of her work, proposing the idea of bringing librarians back to the kindergarten through eighth grade schools. Malden Reads “is committed to celebrating reading”, and along with Malden Public Library and Malden Access Television, are able to host events every year featuring that year’s book, and promoting reading. The 2016 Malden Reads book is Andy Weir’s The Martian. So far, there have been multiple movie screenings, book talks, and even a night at Boda Borg.
Zalk pointed out that children from “low socioeconomic” homes have a lower vocabulary range, and “get less enjoyment from reading.” Studies have shown that there is a “30 million word gap by the age of three” for children “growing up in a low income family versus a more affluent home.” One way Malden Reads hopes to help these children is to bring librarians back into the schools. Even though “[they] know and understand how difficult the budget situation is”, they also “know how important it is to have professional school librarians.”
In Malden, there is a large population of English language learners as well as low income students. According to Zalk’s research, “almost 20% of students in Malden are English language learners” and “40% are socioeconomically challenged”, opposed to the state’s 9% and 20%.
There are many solutions to the proposition of reopening libraries in the elementary and middle schools. For example, one professional librarian along with interns from local colleges could rotate between all five schools, making it work. The school committee will have a few weeks to take Zalk’s proposal into consideration before further discussion at the next meeting.
Bonnie Page, the president of the Malden Education Association, was also present to address whether or not the resolution against lifting the cap on Charter Schools in Massachusetts will be signed by Mayor Christensen and Superintendent David DeRuosi.
According to Page, Malden alone is losing 8.4 million dollars to Commonwealth charter schools every year. Unlike the Malden Public Schools system, charter schools fail to assist special needs students, low income students, and English language learners. They even have high suspension rates to drive out students these students that they have no desire to serve.
Page noted that “[they] have to work together to defeat this legislation, and stop it from being on the ballot in November.” The bill’s fate will be discussed during next month’s meeting.
Erin O’Brien-Mazza, the band director at Malden High School, proposed two ideas: a “day at the high school” experience for middle school students, and “performing abroad” for high school students.
A “day at the high school” would consists of middle school students coming to MHS for a day to work with high school students in the band, and eventually perform a concert piece in the high school’s spring concert. “Performing abroad”, an international school trip starting next year, would allow students to be “exposed to different cultures and different countries” where the style of music is very different.
Mazza added that there are “various musical cultures” and a “huge range of instruments” her students have never been exposed to before, or yet never heard of. Not only would students get this exposure from traveling, but they would have the opportunity to work with orphanages, and children who are burn victims in Costa Rica.
This trip will “[inspire] students to take ownership of their own education.” Christensen commented that this is an “impressive” task for Mazza to take on during her second year as director. The committee was unable to vote Monday night, but will be deciding in a few weeks if the trip will be happening next year.
Dana Brown was also present at the meeting to seek approval of the 2016 to 2017 Program of Studies for MHS. There are no new programs, but some “little tweaks” to improve classes for students. When asked if MHS is up to par with neighboring towns, Brown replied: “No, we’re ahead of them. I don’t say that lightly because I think it’s important as you begin the budget process that we are ahead of our sister cities and towns”
The Program of Studies was approved for MHS, and next week students will begin to discuss their upcoming classes with their teachers and guidance counselors.
Finally, Iovino touched on Chapter 71, which would ask state to begin to properly fund the city. Over the last few years, the amount of funding Malden received was not enough, and because of that, the burden has fallen on the taxpayers. If approved it will be effective immediately. The school committee will be in the works and voting soon.
The next school committee meeting will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016. The committee will be voting on most of what was presented to them in this meeting, from the band’s international trip to the Chapter 71 budget bill.
Social media is used by millions of people every day. There is constant posting, tweeting, and snapping happening, much of it among teens. Social media is an easy and fun way to communicate and express one’s self, but it has also proved to be harmful based on the freedom people have to post anything they want with minor consequences for their actions. Studies have proved that social media is addictive and endangers one’s well being. Why do we put so little thought into what we post?
The truth of the matter is this; social media is fun and can provide us with endless options to communicate with people from all over the world. Some argue that social media lowers people’s confidence, but a study in The British Psychological Society found that students who are insecure and have low self esteem can take advantage of social media and use it to communicate with people who make them feel better (10 Ways Social Media Affects Our Mental Health).
Social media enthusiast and avid user, Haley Mastropoll, has roughly 35,000 followers on networking sites. Mastropoll stated that social media has affected her both negatively and positively. “[Her] photography got out there, [she’s] helped people emotionally, and [she’s] made amazing friends that [she] met in person and will continue to meet,” stated Mastropoll. She claims that people, knowing her story, see her as an inspiration, and she is happy to be viewed as such.
Although Mastropoll has had many positive experiences on the internet, she has also endured criticism. When she was younger, she “let the hate and ignorance tear [her] apart. [She has] met toxic and unsafe people, encountered drama and fights, and experienced cyberbullying.” Mastropoll mentioned that sometimes social media affects her mental health as it can be toxic if one interacts with the wrong people. But she feels that she interacts with the right people who have “good vibes.” Mastropoll added that it is incredibly important to take frequent breaks from the internet.
Research at the 119th annual American Psychological Association found that introverted adolescents can gain social skills through interacting with others on the internet (10 Ways Social Media Affects Our Mental Health). Luna Kutcha, another popular internet user with over 12,000 followers on Facebook stated that she has met many new people on the internet who became her friends quickly. “They’re not afraid to tell me what’s up, unlike most people in real life,” Kutcha expressed about her friends. Kutcha also shares her negative experiences, claiming that when “[she] first started social media, [she] was a bit of an attention seeker, and got recognized in a bad way. [She] made very questionable decisions that [she] wishes [she] could take back sometimes.” Kutcha also agrees that social media has a major affect on mental health. She stated, “[She] always feel[s] like [she has] to keep up with everything, or maintain a good persona. It just takes a toll on [her] sometimes.”
So does social media only have negative effects on one’s well being? Social media’s impact depends on the extent of one’s usage how seriously one takes social media, and how one deals with criticism. It is best to take precautions when posting while also taking frequent breaks to avoid addiction and insecurity generated by social media use.
On Wednesday March 30th, an information center was held by Bunker Hill Community College at the Malden Teen Enrichment Center. The Life Map Center and Student Advising of the college typically holds advising and orientation sessions throughout the year. These sessions are in collaboration with the Department advising sessions during the fall and spring semesters.
The Department of Bunker Hill has two primary purposes; to provide knowledge, training and skill development for persons interested in working in the area of social services with specific educational opportunities and also to serve the community as an information and knowledge-base in the area of social services.
The Department also has four goals within their program of study which are to provide sufficient student competence, to prepare graduates for upper-division collegiate work, to upgrade the skills and knowledge-base of persons currently working with the field of social services, and to participate in community activities in social services.
Bunker Hill Informal Sessions are also held on campus, where people spend time exploring the campus with an admissions counselor. These sessions provide material on Administrations, Registration, Financial Aid, Academics and other opportunities that are available for potential students. They also go over the application requirements, deadlines and the process of transferring into the college.
The session also promotes an opportunity for Malden High School students to take college classes while still in high school. The Dual Enrollment Program enables high school students to earn high school and college credits at the same time. The staff provided students advice on Accuplacer testing, which is required in order to be enrolled in the program.
They explained how the program provides both academic and non-academic support for students to make sure that they are completing their classes and successfully performing in them. Students take courses that they would be unable to take in high school and they obtain college credit from them.
Informal Sessions from Bunker Hill are held throughout the year and future sessions can be found on the college’s website.
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On Apr. 6, 2016 the first boys tennis game of the season took place against Haverhill. Games were originally scheduled for Apr. 4 and 5 against Lowell and North Reading but they were cancelled due to poor weather conditions.These games were rescheduled for Apr. 14 and a later date in May.
Before the matches started, players paired up and practiced with each other. Then both teams lined up for introductions.
Despite the cold weather, both teams put up a good fight. But Haverhill ended up winning the match overall. Coach Julie Briggs stated, “There were a lot of would’ve, could’ve, and should’ve [moments], [but they] will not make those mistakes again.”
Senior Ryan Wong stated that he wants to work on being “more consistent with [his] hitting ability throughout the season” and added that “many of [the players] on the team just need to polish [their] game with basics such as footwork, serving, and hitting.”
The team looks to improve for their upcoming matches. Their next match is to take place against Medford on Apr. 13, 2016.