Dropping out during high school is a problem that has been occurring since the dawn of school altogether. People would be unable to attend, or they would have to help their families work, but in today’s age, the goal for everybody is to get through high school. It is more important now than it ever was before to get through high school and in a lot of instances, to go to college. That’s why it is imperative that students stop dropping out.
An alternative to a high school diploma is getting your GED. That’s a high school equivalency. The only problem with deciding to get a GED is that a lot of people simply don’t get it for whatever reason. A former AHS student, Micheal Upton, had this to say, “I dropped out to get my GED and now I get free college. I basically got to go to college sooner.”
While that may be the case for some students, that is most certainly not the case with all students. A student who chose to remain anonymous admitted to not having made any efforts to get their GED yet, “…because I’ve been busy trying to get a job, that’s my top priority. Get a job, a place to stay, food, and then I’ll worry about my GED.”
Another important thing to notice, is that while a GED is a high school equivalency, a lot of employers will refuse to see it as such. They will more often than not, look down upon people with a GED and prioritize people that have their diplomas for the job.
In a world powered by industry, it’s better to just stay in school and get the best opportunities possible. While it’s possible to do just fine without a high school diploma, it’s definitely not the best decision for the long run.
Atkins High School is doing intramurals this year. Grades nine to 12 can participate in these activities. The intramural sports usually consist of volleyball, dodgeball, wiffle ball, and flag football. Students have to make up their teams a few weeks before the games start. There should be at least five to eight people on each team.
Intramural sports are recreational sports organized within a particular institution, usually an educational institution, or a set geographic area. The purpose for intramural sports is to promote a healthy lifestyle for students by providing athletic activities that anybody can participate in, regardless of age or size. Intramural sports are important because they help students build a better bond between one another and come together as a team.
According to Universitylanguage.com, most U.S. schools offer tons of intramural sports. Available sports may include soccer, basketball, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, flag football, bocce ball, lacrosse, badminton, Frisbee golf, weight lifting, wrestling, darts, swimming, and many more. These sports vary at different schools.
Intramural sports should be held in schools because it is a healthy pastime to help students refrain from drugs and other illegal activities. Intramural sports help students develop strength, speed, grace, and team leadership. It also teaches students the importance of sportsmanship.
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Human trafficking occurs when someone forces or controls another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex or services against his/her will.
According to the National Human Trafficking hotline they have gotten 145 calls just in the year 2017. 42 human trafficking cases have been reported in 2017. 34 of those reported cases were female and nine of those reported cases were male. Only 14 of those cases were minors.
Human traffickers pick their victims on how vulnerable they are. They want people they can easily manipulate. Traffickers look for victims that have depression, anxiety, or have troubles at home. Victims falling under human trafficking have some risk factors such as limited education, current or previous substance abuse, and/or pregnancy.
In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the police conducted an undercover operation which resulted in a rescue of an Arkansas teen. The police arrested a man and woman that were with the 15 year old Arkansas teen. Udraka Moab Roberts-Bey was charged with human trafficking of children for sexual purposes, pandering, drug possession, and promoting prostitution. Jennifer Gabrielle Anselmo was charged with drug possession, drug paraphernalia, prostitution, and human trafficking of children for sexual purposes.
Arkansas ranks 35th in the country for trafficking cases. More than 5,000 people were victims of human trafficking in 2015 alone in the United States. It’s not just Arkansas that has an increase in human trafficking cases, there has been a 50% increase in cases all over the world. More than half of those cases were minors alone.
Lori Houghton stated, “How to recognize if someone is a victim; the person is in a relationship with someone dominant; unexplained bruises or other signs of abuse that the person will not talk about; other people answer questions for the individual and he/she is never allowed to speak on his/her own; frequent tearfulness and signs of depression; not in control of his/her own finances; inconsistent stories of why he/she moves around frequently and no permanent address; seems afraid of law enforcement and does not want any outside help or assistance; does not have identification documents; could be a recent arrival to the US who does not speak English; is under 18 and provides commercial acts; not allowed to leave their work place or their house. Advice for the victim: He/she needs to find a safe place to go as soon as possible and let the authorities know what is happening. If the person needs time, help him/her create an 8action plan to get out as soon as possible; when possible, the victim should make a report to the human trafficking hotline. Ways to avoid human trafficking: be educated about what human trafficking is; beware of strangers; avoid unsafe situations; be careful about communicating with strangers through social media; if you travel outside the US, protect your passport and register with the local US Embassy; support only responsible businesses; don't become a runaway; avoid abusive and possessive relationships. If you suspect someone is a victim, you need to talk to the person privately and let him/her know you are here to help. Help the person get to a safe place and then call the human trafficking hotline. Let the local law enforcement know so they can be involved and keep everyone safe.”
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The Atkins High School has jobs open to people ages 16 and up. The jobs will start in the summer of 2018, applicants must pick up a paper in the office. The AHS Superintendent, Dr. Fisher, will look over the applications and pick the ones best for the job. The employees will be getting paid biweekly. This is a good opportunity to get used to working like all of the students will do after college. The AHS summer job could be a great opportunity, now go sign up and take a chance.
The poverty rate in Arkansas is 18.9%, and 26% of children are living in poverty (aetn.org). Poverty is a state of being poor. Most of the children in the state are living in poverty, meaning they aren’t privileged to eating every meal.
Most teenagers are given a car by their parents, are able to eat every meal of the day, and are given whatever they want. Yet, some don’t even know where their next meal will be. There are several businesses that try to help those in poverty in the River Valley. Russ Bus works to help the homeless and impoverished in the community. The River Valley Food 4 Kids works to provide food for kids out of school and make sure they have food.
To help bring light to those in need, schools should be educated on poverty. Students should be taught that they can get out of generational poverty. They should also be taught that it’s tough to get out of it, and not every kid is provided with the right clothing.
Children in poverty have a hard time focusing in school, because they don’t have enough to eat and they don’t know where their next meal will be coming from. So programs like the community ones are for the children that have that worry.
River Valley Food 4 Kids doesn’t receive federal funding from our government, everything they have has been donated. They serve 800-1000 people per week. The government does give out welfare for people who need it, but it isn’t always enough. Programs that reach out to those in need in communities should have some type of funding- whether it’s from the government or the city.
A normal school year is divided into two semesters. The two semesters are again divided into four quarters, each being about nine to 10 weeks long. This helps to structure the school year better. The students can look forward to the end of a quarter even when the end of the school year is still far away. Dividing the school year into four quarters also encourages students to learn more. Their goal is to have good grades on their report card after the end of each of the quarters.
Friday, March 9, 2018 the third quarter of the school year comes to an end. The students have the opportunity to bring their grades up until this day. It is important for all of the students to give their best the last few days because it will help them get good grades on their report cards. It can also help them start a more relaxed spring break.
Every students goal should be to learn more and get better, everyday and in every quarter. Even if some students don’t have good grades this nine weeks they will be able to bring those up in the last quarter of the school year.
Everytime the end of a quarter arrives it becomes hard for the students to keep focused on school. Some students may begin to lose hope of good grades on their report cards, but if they do their best on their last tests they can still bring their grades up.
Furthermore, other students are busy with baseball and softball games. They get called out of class early and miss important lessons. If students are playing sports and have bad grades they don’t have the time to bring them up. Those students have tournaments and games right after school, sometimes until late in the evening. When they come home they still have to do homework and make up the work they missed.
Overall, it’s never a bad idea to keep up with school work until the end, to check grades constantly, and to study for every test, even if it’s on the last day of the quarter.
Arkansas has gotten a lot of rain over the last couple of weeks. There have been many floodings.
Thirteen counties in Arkansas have reported flooding and disaster accidents in the last couple of weeks. Several rivers are being monitored for flooding in the state of Arkansas. The flooding has caused water to go over many highways.
Atkins High School will be having cheerleader/mascot tryouts in the near future. There will be a meeting before the tryouts on Friday, March 2. During the meeting, the students will be informed on what they must be able to complete to join. The meeting discusses expectations, regulations, future dates, pricing, and demerits. To be able to join the cheer squad or become a mascot, one must obtain a certain gpa, present a good attitude, and execute previously learned routines. Students who would like to participate can sign up on the roster located outside Mrs. Farmer’s room. He or she can tryout to become an AHS cheerleader, mascot, or both. For further questioning, contact Mrs. Farmer, director of Atkins High School cheer.
The ACT is a test that students take that will eventually help them get into college. This test has five sections: English, math, science, reading, and an optional writing portion. For each of these sections you have a time limit. For the english section have 75 questions and 45 minutes. For the mathematics section have 60 questions and 60 minutes. For the science section have 40 questions and 35 minutes. For the reading have 40 questions and 35 minutes. For the writing section of the test have to write one essay in 40 minutes. There will be an extra section of either language, reading, or science technology engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The scoring of the ACT ranges from one to 36. A composite score is the average of the five sections, each scoring from one to 36. The average score on the ACT is a 20.8.
A 29 on the ACT places you in the top 10% of test takers and would be a strong score for selective schools, but would be an incredibly high score for less selective schools where a 19 would be a good score.
The best way to prepare for the ACT is to buy at least two reliable test books. Use the entire time for each section, learn the most frequently tested subjects, plan out a reasonable study schedule, and pinpoint specific weaknesses and work on them.
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