In the 2019-2020 school year, CCR was a class scheduled every day of the week. Students would either have it before or after lunch. Now that the new school year has arrived, CCR is being scheduled once a week on Fridays during alternating periods.
I personally feel like this change could be far more beneficial to students than the old way. CCR is a class that is supposed to prepare you for college or a career, but in my previous years I was never really helped with any of that or taught any of the important information I would need. My CCR would have all of us fill out our grades once a quarter and write down our goals for the new school year. We wouldn’t really do anything else the rest of the year and I felt like it was a huge waste of potential the class had to prepare students for their future. I believe CCR should be used to help individual students find colleges and scholarships. This can also include giving information about standardized testing and the most affordable options. Teachers could also talk about the amount of money that can be made in certain fields so that students get into a career that ensures them success. These options can help both older and younger students.
Having the class only once a week may give staff more time to plan lessons easier and find new ways to help the students rather than giving kids busy work every other day. I feel like this new change can also give students some variety in their tedious week. Having the same classes every single day can be very boring. With CCR alternating every week, it can add something interesting to everyone’s schedule.
Although, the one issue that could arise with this new schedule is that students won’t have as much time to use it as a study hall period. Since my class never did a lot of work there, the time spent was used to catch up on other classes. Now that the time is limited for many students, especially for prosser, grades could suffer. The class is .5 credits a semester, so if students miss too much of the class their G.P.A. could drop as welI.
Overall, I believe the rotation can either give teachers more time to help students with subjects like career readiness or will end up making students do busywork and make it harder to complete this work because of how less CCR will be taken. This is a problem especially for seniors who are going to graduate soon and don’t have the proper guidance they need. Hopefully, CCR can manage and do their best to help students adjust properly. With many worries in place it’s important for CCR to step up and become the college and career readiness class it was always supposed to be.
CCSC students returned to in-person school on Aug. 24 after doing remote learning for two weeks. That previous Wednesday, Aug. 19, it was officially announced to guardians and learners that they would be returning. This came as a shock to many and created lots of controversy before that first day back.
“It makes me nervous, but I also understand that kids need to be in school,” responded math teacher Philip Dysart.
In a poll sent to all RA and CHS students and staff and even a few parents/guardians, 83 responses were submitted. 51.8% of responders were in support of this decision to re-open. Meanwhile, the other 48.2% were in disagreement.
“I think that this is the best thing that can happen right now. Since being in quarantine and social distancing, we really haven’t had the chance to spend time with other people like we are used to. I feel like going back to school full time will help people’s mental state and lift their moods,” responded sophomore Emma Winsor.
For those who were in agreement, many were ready for some normalcy. They expressed their desire for reconnection with students and teachers after several months of being out of school and several months without much human interaction. Others discussed how remote learning had been hard on them. It made it difficult for teachers to plan thorough lessons and aid students who were not good with online learning. It made retaining knowledge and full-understandment of lessons a struggle for those who favor hands-on learning. Although, this was not the same situation for others.
“I am prefacing this with my previous belief that no matter how odd or backwards a decision by our school board has been, I have always believed that there has been at-least one positive that caused the decision to be made. I used to believe that until now. I see no point in the re-opening of schools as we know that they will be shut down. It will cause more kids to get sick. It will not only worry the students, but also their families of the possibility of catching COVID, and the best case scenario is that somehow nobody catches it from school despite the unthinkably low chances that this happens,” said junior Alex Tubman.
Those who disagreed with the re-opening were filled with worry about their own families and the increased possibility of spreading it to those who may be more at-risk than others. This horrifying reality is what kept so many in shock that going back to school was even being considered. They also worried about themselves. For some, doing the online academy that was recently added to the CCSC district seemed like the safest choice. They wouldn’t have to go back to in-person school and could continue their learning from their own homes, but this option was not available to any senior or others who wanted to take dual-credit courses. This was a big frustration as many felt like they were being forced to choose between their safety and education.
“I think that the safety measures that the school is taking are good, except for lunch. I believe that lunch is an absolute mess safety wise and there is little to no protection from Covid at all during lunch,” said Tubman referring to the lines of students who struggle with keeping a safe distance from one another.
Expectedly, the opening of school did cause a lot of controversy. Although, administration put many safety precautions in place. Now, after every class teachers go around and sanitize each desk and all supplies or equipment that might’ve been touched by a student. All students must wear a mask unless eating at lunch, which has expanded from two to three different lunches to limit the number of students in the cafeteria, and students must sit in their assigned seats both at lunch and in-class. As of right now, several students are out for COVID-19 related reasons, which includes showing any signs from a headache to a runny nose or actually being diagnosed. The school has not reached the 20% absentee cut-off set by the health department which states that if 20% of students or more are out for Coronavirus related reasons, the school must close down.
Girls golf was the first sport to resume for the fall sports season. Coming off a successful season compared to years past, it will be interesting to see how the team will fare this year as they have only gotten better. While the team has lost two players, they’ve had one return from injury. The team does have a tiring start, as they start the season with six games in a 17 day time span.
“The team is hoping to have at least one player reach regionals,” coach Tosha Embry said. This is going to be Embry’s 8th season coaching the girls team. She has had experience playing golf in both highschool and college, so her expertise about the sport has helped improve all the golfers on the team. Embry also said she is hoping the team plays strong against Mid-Southern Conference (MSC) teams.
Individually, “I need to improve on not getting nervous before I hit. Being around other golfers can be quite nerve racking,” said senior Sara Vaughn. She was hoping that she could stay in the 55 range score wise.
While the team is short on players, they still seem to be happy with their chances .
“Even though we are short on players, I feel like we are still doing good as our scores are lower. I think we are working better and harder this year as we are more motivated,” junior Emily Kaiser said.
The team played in the Corydon Central Sectional on September 19, and scored a team score of 446. Karena Knight advanced on to Regional as an individual with a score of an 88. Knight will play at the Washington Regional on September 26 at Country Oaks Golf Course at 8:30.
Wearing a mask has become the new controversial topic of 2020. Some argue that wearing a mask takes away their rights while others use scientific based facts to prove why people should, in fact, wear one.
On July 15, the first mask mandate was passed in Alabama, requiring all residents above the age of 8 to wear a mask when in public and close contact with other people. Other states would follow suit in the next coming weeks, making many citizens unhappy, while making others feel more safe. Many people would also completely ignore these mandates and go out in public without a mask on or wear it incorrectly by not covering their nose or mouth.
Wearing a mask is one of the only ways the scientific community currently knows to slow down the spread of COVID-19. By wearing a mask, people are not only protecting themselves, but the people nearby as they create a barrier between germs and the rest of the world. Masks make it difficult for the droplets that carry the Coronavirus to spread, therefore protecting those around the affected individual. Because many people who have gotten the virus are asymptomatic, it is important to wear a mask even if not feeling sick.
Masks have become readily available as we’ve gotten deeper into the pandemic There are many tutorials online about how to make a mask at home. People can also purchase them from friends or from almost any store or website. Even if you think the masks do not work, wearing one doesn’t affect anyone’s life that much and you at least tried to keep yourself safe, as well as others. If healthcare workers can wear them for days, everyone can wear one for the hour or so that they’re in the grocery store. Masks are a simple sign of respect that everyone can use.
Having masks and training at the same time might be a little hard for the girl’s volleyball team, but they have been pushing through. Despite having to play in a pandemic, they are working their way up.
“I dislike that we’re not playing for our parents, but I love that we’re somehow being safe and If we can find a way for our parents to watch and still be safe then I would be fine with it,” said senior Jasmine Walker. “Having people in the stands is okay as long as everyone is socially distancing themselves. Sometimes having family and friends cheering you on is the best way for a team to win and know that you have so many supports that are cheering you on throughout the games,”
During the team’s home scrimmage against Rock Creek, there were no visitors allowed. Walker did not like the restriction, but understood why it was necessary.
“What I am looking forward to this year is bonding with the new girls and just enjoying my last year at Clarksville,” said Walker.
Bonding time is a big part of the Generals’ volleyball team regime because everyone has to get to know each other and learn about what will happen this season. As well as learn to build communication and connection amongst one another.
“Looking forward to this season is a lot of self-improvement and to grow together as a big team and bond,” said Cain. This will be Cain’s first year on the team.
There are 22 players on the team with a combination of both new and returning players. This year the volleyball team has seven athletes that are new to the team. Each player has different ideas on what they are looking forward to this year.
“This is not what I expected, but it is very challenging to play in a pandemic. Since COVID-19 is in the way, we can’t hang out after games or give our teammates high fives, but my parents are fine with me playing. They know that we are taking a lot of precautions,” said junior Kylie Cain. “The precautions I take are I make sure my volleyball team and myself are safe, always wash my hands 30 seconds, wear my mask when we’re not six feet apart, and avoid contact. If someone is not feeling well we know to stay home.”
Every one player is doing their part to make sure they are safe and their teammates are safe.The team is taking precautions on and off the court to make sure their season continues. “It is so much different, playing volleyball during a pandemic because there are so many precautions that you have to take and it is not the same anymore. The anticipations that I’m taking to make sure I am safe and my team is safe is I am wearing a mask when it is needed and trying to restrict my exposure to my teammates so I don’t endanger myself personally or my teammates getting infected,” said sophomore Skye Howe.
The volleyball team has a few games going on in September all starting at 6pm. JV and Varsity will play Henryville on the 23rd and West Washington on the 24th.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) restart was an interesting set of events. It was one of the first major sports organizations to make an attempt at restarting. Many denied the possibility of it even happening, as it would require too much work and money to be able to contain over 150 athletes. However, the NBA decided that if they were going to restart, better sooner than later. The first decision that needed to be made was where could they hold such an event that would both hold this many players and the many courts needed to play on. The easy and most logical answer was Walt Disney World.
Orlando has had previous experience with basketball, as they have their own NBA team, the Orlando Magic. Considering the Orlando area had already experienced summer basketball, as for years they hold an NBA summer league circuit, and Disney, located in Orlando, had the perfect space already built for both housing and basketball, it was the ideal location for basketball.
With the setting in place, all it took now was execution by both the players and health officials. Once a player entered the bubble, they would no longer be able to leave unless there was an emergency. This required all the players to be grouped up at three resorts total. The higher ranking teams: the Bucks, Lakers, Clippers, Raptors, Celtics, Heat, and Jazz, all stayed at the Grand Destino, which is considered the “most lavish” of the Disney Hotels. The mid tier teams: the Magic, Thunders, 76ers, Rockets, Pacers, Mavericks, Nets, and Grizzlies all stayed at the Grand Floridian, also one of Disney’s lavish hotels. The lower tier teams: the Blazers, Suns, Spurs, and Wizards, all stayed at the Yacht Club resort. Each player got their own room, that way in case a player somehow got Covid-19, the spreading of it would be small. Between that, and mandatory testing everyday, it was very hard for the player to spread the virus between the teams if someone were to test positive.
With the testing and handling of the virus down, the teams could finally start playing. While most of the teams that were in the bubble already had a playoff spot, they would still be fighting for positioning. The Grizzlies, Trailblazers, Suns, Spurs, and Pelicans were all fighting for a spot in the play-in game for the western side of the playoff bracket. These teams had a lot to fight for and it was evident by the way some of them played.
The Bubble proved tough for a lot of teams. However, for the Blazers it could be deemed successful, as they were able to secure the 8th seed spot, cementing their place in the playoffs. Alongside them in the Western Conference were the Lakers at the 1st seed, Clippers at the 2nd seed, Nuggets at the 3rd seed, Rockets at the 4th seed, Thunder at the 5th seed, Jazz at the 6th seed, and the Mavericks at the 7th seed. The Eastern Conference changed very little, as the Bucks were the 1 seed, the Raptors at the 2 seed, the Celtics at the 3 seed, the Pacers at the 4th seed, the Heat at the 5th seed, the 76ers at the 6th seed, the Nets at the 7th seed, and the Magic at the 8th seed. These came to no surprise as this is what most predicted as the final outcome, as most of the spots were practically locked in stone.
The NBA proved a lot with the bubble showing that with both competent leadership and rule abiding players, that sports could in fact go on during COVID-19. They’ve not only shown that it is possible, but they have been a model for other sports organizations. It will be interesting to see how organizations like the NFL, NHL, and MLS carry on with their seasons. Only time will tell if they can be just as successful as the NBA.
We have long awaited the return of one of our favorite Netflix shows: Lucifer. Part one of season five was released on August 21, 2020. Season five took a different route than previous seasons by having two separate parts. Despite this change, it currently remains the number one show on Netflix in the United States, today. At first, season five of Lucifer was going to be the last. Now, there will be a second part to season five on top of also getting a season six. It was reported that season six will be the last season, unfortunately. I think this show is one of the best on Netflix and deserves more seasons than it is getting.
Lucifer follows the story of a man named Lucifer Morningstar, played by Tom Ellis, a club owner, who is actually the devil. Condemned to rule Hell by his father, God, until he got bored, so he opened a nightclub called Lux located in Los Angeles. One night there is a murder and Lucifer is connected to the victim because he is the only witness who survived, therefore he becomes involved with the LAPD, meeting Detective Chloe Decker, portrayed by Lauren German. Lucifer then becomes interested in Chloe and her job solving murders, and insists he comes along to help. Lucifer uses his persuasive powers in efforts to help solve murders. The thought of playing a part in solving murders and bringing the killers to justice is appealing to Lucifer. He likes the idea of doing something good, since the Devil is always perceived as bad.
The intriguing thing for Lucifer is that his powers to reveal people’s deepest desires does not work on Chloe, making her even more of a mystery. Lucifer also claims he has immortality, which he does around other people, but doesn’t have when he is around her. The theory was proved when Chloe shot Lucifer in the leg and he began bleeding.
Lucifer did not come from Hell to Earth alone. He brought a demon with him, who has always been close to Lucifer. Mazikeen, played by Lesley-Ann Brandt, is somewhat of a loyal servant to Lucifer, always looking out and protecting him. Throughout the season we are also introduced to Doctor Linda Martin (Rachael Harris), Lucifer’s therapist. Along with Amenadiel, Lucifer’s brother (D.B. Woodside) and Dan (Kevin Alejandro), who is Chloe’s ex-husband and the father of Chloe’s child, Trixie. Ella, a forensic scientist played by Aimee Garcia and finally, Charlotte (Tricia Helfer), a lawyer whose body was inhabited by Lucifer’s mother at one point.
While I personally think this show is amazing most of the time, I still notice that it has its faults. Of course, the end of season four left us with a cliffhanger. After defeating the demons that were after baby Charlie, Linda and Amenadiel’s son, to make him the new king of Hell he was finally safe, but only for now. Lucifer then realizes he needs to return to Hell for the sake of the people he cares about, in attempts to stop a prophecy from becoming fulfilled. Chloe then admitted to Lucifer that she loves him, only for him to still return to Hell.
Season five opens up with Lucifer still in Hell only a few months after he left, with Chloe missing him and dealing with being abandoned after she just confessed her love to him. Even Ella is upset at his departure, especially since he didn’t say goodbye. We also see Maze going through the same problems because not only did Lucifer leave her, but Eve did too. Eve (Inbar Lavi) was a new character in season four who became somewhat of a love interest for Maze.
It was revealed to viewers that Lucifer has a twin, Micheal. Which to me was simply a knockoff, American version of Lucifer. Who tries to convince everyone that he is the real Lucifer. That part for me was worthless. The differences between the two were too easy to distinguish and obviously Chloe picked up on it. It honestly seemed a little rushed in the beginning. I wished Lucifer stayed down ruling Hell a little longer, and that we could have seen a bigger impact that Lucifer’s absence left amongst the other characters. I also thought Chloe figured out that Micheal wasn’t Lucifer too quickly.
I really enjoyed seeing more of Linda’s past, with her first opening up to Maze. Although, Maze didn’t handle what Linda told her very well and definitely should have tried to be more understanding, but considering what internal battles she was dealing with, I guess some leniency is allowed. I am just glad that Linda got to open up to someone she trusts, especially with such a vulnerable topic. Another thing that I was happy to see was how Dan was dealing with Charlotte’s death. I am happy that at least he is being productive about it instead of falling into bad habits.
I definitely wish there were more scenes with Maze and Trixie. I think the bond that has been created there is very special and is underrated and not showcased enough, or at least more scenes with Trixie and her parents, including how she is impacted in regards to Chloe and Lucifer’s relationship. I enjoyed seeing scenes with Charlie and his parents, and even Lucifer taking on the role of uncle when Charlie was crying.
At least this season also came with some different partner pairings, like Chloe and Amenadiel. I was happy to see them work on a case together. We did get to see Dan and Lucifer work together once again. I would love to see the producers explore more pairings like this. I would have liked to see Ella more active in the beginning of the season. They didn’t really make her as active until the last few episodes. I also don’t really want her to figure out that Lucifer is actually the Devil. I feel like that would derail the character too much, especially considering her previous problems with religion and how Chloe reacted.
I feel like they draw out Chloe and Lucifer’s relationship, like I just want them to get together and to stop all the things blocking them from staying together. I did enjoy seeing Lucifer getting jealous, it was very funny at some points. I think it’s adorable how much he cares about this relationship and asks for advice from others. It really shows he cares about Chloe and doesn’t want to mess it up.
I was happy to see a sensitive, emotional side to Dan. Where he confided out loud at Charlotte’s grave. The actions of Dan in the later episodes of this season makes his character questionable and very disliked. At least he is trying to make up for it in the end.
Season five introduced us to Pete, who turned out to be not who we thought he would. Finding out the truth about him would hurt less if his actions didn’t affect one of the main characters and one of my personal favorites, but the ending to this season was not good enough. I heard everyone saying how good it was, but I was very disappointed. While there was somewhat of a cliffhanger, it definitely wasn’t a good one compared to the previous season’s endings.