Author: Sidney Anderson

ZAP Program Encourages Students to Meet Academic Expectations

By Sidney Anderson Sometimes students fall behind with assignments and find themselves with a dilemma. Complete the assignment during ZAP (Zeros Aren’t Permitted) or receive a zero in the gradebook. ZAP gives students an extra chance to get a grade in the gradebook for the assignment instead of a failing grade. Principal Becky Balboa and staff implemented the program a year ago as a solution to encourage students who are not meeting the academic expectations in the classroom.   “ZAP is a program designed to increase expectations of students who habitually, or occasionally, fail to complete and turn in assignments on time,” Balboa said. “Students who have zeros are likely to continue not handing in assignments, and therefore are at greater risk of failure and dropping out.” ZAP involves the entire staff and clearly emphasizes the belief that assignments, projects, or homework are important and must be completed. The program directs students to use their abilities to acquire self-discipline and establish work habits that will serve them in an educational or work setting. “I support the idea of it, but a concern is when some students use it as a crutch,” ELA teacher Jody Velde said.  “We still have some tweaking to do, and there are changes coming for this new semester.” Students have an opportunity to turn in an assignment before ZAP starts at 3:30 each afternoon. If the...

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Families Celebrate Thanksgiving Traditions

Story by Sidney Anderson & Karson Lott/Graphic Info by Madison Balboa, Kaylee Wilkinson & Cameron Russo Everybody seems to have their own Thanksgiving traditions from watching the Macy’s Day Parade to going Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving night. Although some of these activities seem a little strange, every family has a tradition they love. Some families start celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving is even over. They might go to Santaland, since it opened on November 1 or they start watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music. “All of my family always comes into town for Thanksgiving, and me and my cousins will all play games, watch Christmas movies, eat food, and go to Santa Land,” eighth Grader Abby Quesenbery said. “Then on Friday morning we all go to Chick Fil A for breakfast and we never go Black Friday shopping.” Some just like to keep it simple. They prefer to celebrate with family and friends and have a big feast. The holiday really is all about spending time with loved ones and eating good food. “When I was in the military, Thanksgiving was just a normal day and we never really celebrated,” Assistant Principal Michael Higginbotham said. “I really like Thanksgiving now though because I have a big family–five children and three grandchildren, and they all come into town. We’ll all go to my wife’s mom’s house and eat...

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FCA To Meet Tomorrow During Lunch

By Sidney Anderson The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will meet tomorrow in Room 122 during lunch. FCA is an interdenominational Christian sports ministry to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. For more information on FCA, contact Mrs. Heim or Coach...

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FCA Members Attend Fields of Faith Event

By Sidney Anderson Nine members of the middle school Fellowship of Christian Athletes attended the nationally sponsored Fields of Faith event last week. Fields of Faith is a student led national event, in partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and local churches. Students challenge their peers to read the Bible and follow Jesus Christ. An athletic field provides a neutral, rally point where a community can come together. The middle schoolers attended Fields of Faith hosted by Chapel Hill High School, with high school FCA leader Blair Magee. “It’s a nationwide organization that is associated with FCA,” Magee...

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FCA Representatives Set to Attend Fields of Faith Event

By Sidney Anderson The Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets the second Wednesday of each month and the group has kicked off the 2017-2018 school year with the Fields of Faith conference on the agenda. The event will take place October 11 at Chapel Hill ISD. The group started a year ago under the sponsorship of Coach Blair Magee and because Magee took a teaching and coaching assignment at the high school, new sponsors are seventh grade Science teacher Joey Bohn and eighth grade Math teacher Amy Heim. “It is very important to be apart of FCA if you’re a Christian because part of our Christian walk is to have fellowship with other believers,” Bohn said. FCA is an interdenominational Christian sports ministry to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. “You can use God when you’re playing sports; you know as a method to teach people,” eighth grader Isaac Allen said. ”We pray before and after our games.” FCA meets next Wednesday in room 122 during...

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