At Atkins High School, there has been many cases of the flu going around. Many students have missed school because of the flu.
According to Arkansas Department of Health, each year in the United States, 25-50 million infections are reported, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 23,600 die due to seasonal flu. Children can catch the flu more often than adults.
According to Arkansas Matters, There have been 550 positive influenza cases reported to the Arkansas Department of Health since September 28. The ADH released the numbers as part of its flu report for the week ending Nov. 29. The agency says the numbers are about the same as at this time last year. There have been no deaths from flu in Arkansas so far this year. The report states that the cases from healthcare providers show that 71 percent of the cases were flu strain A and 29 percent were strain B.
People should keep away from people that are sick or anyone that is sick in their family. Wash their hands every time they use the restroom. Put germ-x on everytime they shake someone's hand or touch something in a public area. Sanitize everything so kid won't gets sick. People should stay home if they are sick. People should also avoid getting out in the open so they don't get someone else sick. Cover their mouth and nose when they sneeze or cough. Avoid close contact when around people.
Bullying has become a serious issue in the Atkins School District. There have been many incidents of kids getting bullied, and the teachers and staff do nothing about it. The teachers will just sit there and watch the kid get picked on and pushed around by their peers.
According to “dosomething.org,” a non profit anti-bullying source, over 3.2 students get bullied each year. One in four teachers don't see anything wrong with bullying, and four percent of the time teachers do nothing about it. Bullying includes being verbally abused or physically abused. For example: hitting, punching, being called names, being pushed around and even being picked up and throw on the ground. It's not only students that bully their peers, it's the teachers that bully the kids too. Teachers will call kids names, call them stupid, and even treat them differently because they aren't like the other students. 160,000 students skip school each day because of bullying, and 17% of American students report being bullied three to four times a month in just one semester.
Defend ‘til the end
On November 10, the Red Devils dominated the Yellville-Summit Panthers 43-6. Senior, Tyler Haney, zoomed 27 yards for a two point conversion, giving Atkins a lead of 8-0 in the first quarter. Tristan Wheelus added to the point after kick, with the Red Devils leading 15-0. Haney intercepted the opposing team.
Zack Harris passed the ball to Parker Sweet in the end zone with three minutes left in the first quarter, with the Red Devils leading 22-0. Haney scored his second touchdown with two seconds left in the first quarter. Tristan Wheelus kicked the PAT for a 29-0. Kennen Martin intercepted a Yellville pass and returned it over 40 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
The Red Devils led 36-0 afterwards, Rylee Bowden scored on a three-yard touchdown run for a 43-0 advantage. The Panthers scored on a touchdown run in the fourth quarter to set the final score of 43-6. The team will be traveling to the next round of playoffs on November 11 to beat the Elkins Elks.
On November 18, Atkins High School students were called into the auditorium to watch “The Math Show.” Sonja Bowden and Becky Keaster worked together to get the group here. The characters work together to teach Emily the rules of probability to earn her money back. To end the show the cast did a rap about math that covered everything that was talked about during the show. Thanks to The Math Show, the students know a little bit more about probability and who to call when you need help in a rap battle.
At Atkins High School females get judged more on their clothing choice than males. Female students get taken out of class and lose their education time for breaking dress code. They get belittled by teachers and staff. There are many cases around the world over girl's shoulders and knees being seen making it an upcoming battle. Multiple pieces of girls clothing have been banned at school including leggings, yoga pants, shorts, and tanktops.
When asked why girls get dress coded more than boys the three main reasons are: 1. So boys don't get distracted. 2. Male teachers get uncomfortable around girls wearing shorts, leggings, or their bra strap showing. 3. You don't want male students or teachers to target you for rape. Girls are getting taught that if a guy touches you, gropes you, verbally harrases, chases, or even follows you that it's okay and they get told that, “boys will be boys”or,“he just likes you”. Meanwhile, males are not getting punished for this type of behavior. This teaches girls that boys are programmed to think or behave in such a harassing manner.
Girls get taught that if they wear shorts or legging that men will look at them and target them. Girls should not have to go around scared all the time, looking over their shoulder. They should be able to walk around not worried that they will get harassed because of their outfit. Men should get disciplined for their behavior towards women.
In May 2017, I suddenly got the idea of being an exchange student. I thought staying in another country to learn about another culture would be really interesting and it was almost too late to apply for a place as an exchange student, because all the applications were due four or five months ago, I found a company which would still take my application. Then I had to wait for a response whether or not I have been chosen by a family.
During this time, I was really excited about what my new life would be like and I was really happy when I got an email from my host mom, one month before I was supposed to start my exchange year.
The fact that I didn’t have much time left was also a good thing, because I didn’t have much time to worry about what to take with me for the ten months. Also the fact that the school year in Germany lasted till the very end of July didn’t make my luggage get packed any faster and I felt relieved when I finally had everything packed, the night before my flight was going.
On August 2, early in the morning, my mom and I drove to the German Airport in Frankfurt. I was really excited and also a bit nervous. When we first got to the airport I started checking in my luggage and looking where to go to get my flight.
The saddest part of all was when we got to the check-in- line and it was time to say goodbye to my mom and no matter how much I didn’t want to cry, I did.
With mixed feelings I got onto the airplane with about 50 other exchange students and other people. The flight to New York City should have taken eight hours and 25 minutes, but because of a storm the plane couldn’t land on the right airport for another two hours.
After more than 10 hours in an airplane, starting to realize that you just left your family and friends and your usual life and started a new chapter by going on this airplane, we finally arrived in New York.
A bus took all of the exchange students of our company to a hotel in Manhattan where we went straight to bed.
The next five days, we stayed in Manhattan and saw a lot of different sights of New York, for example, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, the Statue of liberty and Ground Zero. A good thing was that we were out the whole day and didn’t have much time to think about our families back in Germany.
On August 6, it was time for us to take our planes to our host families. We woke up around four o’clock in the morning to get to the airport with the bus and to catch our individual flights. I was supposed to fly alone from New York to Atlanta, and from Atlanta to Little Rock.
Despite that I had been on an airplane for several times in my life, it was the first time I was completely on my own. I wasn’t really scared to be alone, but I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to find my connecting flight in Atlanta and the fact that the airport in Atlanta is one of the biggest airports in the world didn’t make me less nervous.
When I finally arrived at Atlanta’s airport I had to tell myself to calm down several times and I luckily found the way to the platform of my next flight.
The last flight to Little Rock only took one and a half hours, but it felt like forever. With every minute I got more and more excited about my new family who was waiting for me at the airport in Little Rock. When I got off the plane and saw my new family waiting for me, I realized that even though I went through a mixture of feelings the last few days, it was the right decision to start this new chapter, as an exchange student, in my life.
Atkins High students are excited for homecoming next week, they’re showing their school pride by decorating their advisory doors and each grade is making a homecoming float.
There is going to be a door competition for every grade. The winner will get a pizza party. This will take place next week. The deadline is Friday, October 13th.
The 10th grade has started on their homecoming float. They plan on getting all the 10th grade students together after school to start working on the float. Reece Rooke is providing the driver, trailer, and truck. Dakota Woodall said, “I'm kinda excited for homecoming.” He also said, “No I'm not helping with the homecoming float because I have to practice regional music, but I love the float ideas. I think it's pretty clever. I'm also excited to see who wins the door competition this year.” So far we do not know what 9th, 11th, and 12th are doing for their homecoming float.
Some people may find that listening to music distracts them from concentrating but for some people it helps them with focusing, memorizing, and keeping on task. Many people say that music takes stress off their mind by focusing on something else, such as work. Music has been shown to help kids with ADD/ADHD to concentrate better on the work that is in front of them and keeping their minds off distractions.
Teachers have problems with the use of phones or iPods because they think that kids may be using them to cheat and get answers from a friend more simply and easily.
Statistics show that 79% of students or workers listen to music while they are doing their job so that they can improve their productivity by keeping them focused on their job. Music is shown to help you focus. Music keeps the environment you are working in quieter because if everyone is listening to music they won't have time to talk to one another and create distractions.
This could be a breakthrough in education, a positive step into the future, and an aid to many other students or even teachers.
Atkins holly jolly melodies
The Atkins High School choir is getting prepared for the Christmas concert on December 10. The choir is doing the traditional “Drummer Boy” walk in and “Carol of the Bells.” The soprano section is especially excited about it, but the boys and the alto section are excited too.
The choir hasn’t started the other music yet, but whatever they get they will have the same jolly spirit about the pieces. The choir got a new piece called “That’s Christmas To Me.” It is a cover done by Pentatonix, and the students are stoked about it.This is going to be a long, maybe stressful process, but through it all as a big family they will succeed. They have to go through the process of practicing to go on stage by marching to the beat of “Drummer Boy.” Pitch, dynamics, getting the beat, and timing is something they're struggling a little bit with. “Carol of the Bells” and “Drummer Boy” will be practiced on the first day of December.
Come support the Atkins band & choir on December 10 at 2:30 p.m. and the following Monday at 8:30a.m. in the Atkins High School auditorium. The students will be marching to “Drummer Boy” on Monday as well.
The Atkins High School Sr. High coaches, Coach Tanner and Coach Burk, have been preparing the boys for their first game. The coaches have been pushing them to work hard every practice and strive to do their best.
They have practice for 45 minutes during eighth period, and an hour and 15 minutes after school. Coach Burk was asked who his the strongest players are and he stated “all of them have their own abilities and talents that they bring to the team.”
Their first game was supposed to be November 7, but due to football starting playoffs November 9 some of the basketball players are in football and they wouldn’t have a full team to compete. Hoping the boys will have a good season as they play the Waldron Bulldogs on November 14.
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