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Students need better relationships with staff

Abbey Jones • Event Coordinator

During the first day of school, most teachers will introduce themselves to each of their  classes. They show everyone pictures of their dogs, talk about their husbands or wives, share about their favorite things to do when they aren’t working. However, after that initial “getting to know you” part of the first day of class, they don’t share much about themselves until somebody makes an effort to get to know them better.

As a student body, Hayes doesn’t try enough to get to know its teachers well enough, and it’s vitally important to do so. Teaching is a very open, extroverted profession, and most of those who work at Hayes are some of the most outgoing teachers there are today. The staff throughout Delaware is an extremely caring, personable, and all around high-performing group of adults.

It is entirely up to the student, however, to approach a desired teacher and establish trust, find mutual interests, and show concern of getting to know one another. This may be the worst part to any high schooler, but is well worth the anxiety to work towards getting to know someone who will be in the same room for the next nine months.

Students should feel more comfortable asking teachers about their lives and what they are like out of the chair behind the desk. Even those teachers who aren’t comfortable with sharing personal details generally enjoy telling students about their favorite books or how they view the world around them.

It’s almost always more fun when a deeper student-teacher relationship is established. Walking into a classroom where there’s a mutual trust and admiration between the two is much more comfortable than trying to learn from someone that remains a stranger through the whole year.

While it is important to have respect for any authoritative figure, it’s also helpful to break down the almost awkward social barrier that generally comes with student/teacher relationships. It’s different for elementary and even middle school students; most high school to teacher age gaps aren’t terribly large, many teachers being in the same generation as students.

Student/teacher relationships are also extremely beneficial when applying for colleges, when teacher recommendations are a required part of most applications. It’s easier for a student to ask a teacher they know for a recommendation, and its easier for a teacher to give a solid, professional, yet personal and loving reflection if they know the student well.

Having at least one safe place in the building (a classroom where a student can work and relax without fear of intimidation or peer pressure) is also extremely important. Teachers are more than willing to open their rooms during their free periods, and some allow students to work in their rooms even while a different class is going on.

It’s very important to have mutual trust and admiration in the classroom, and the bonds formed between staff and students can be vital to growing up. It’s extremely fulfilling for a student to walk into a class and know that he or she is welcome, that they can engage in a conversation with that teacher, or tell them if they need help with school or with life in general.

Having a personal connection with at least one teacher help make the classroom less stressful, more fun, and benefit both parties, helping both have a better year. Meaningful relationships also make high school just slightly more bearable during the day as well.

Girl really does meet world

Marissa Markham • Staff Writer

Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, otherwise known as Corey Matthews and Topanga Lawrence, are back, and this time they’re married, parents, and learning how to cope with being adults.

Disney has created a sequel to the popular 90’s show “Boy Meets World,” which aired on June 27, 2014. Instead of watching the lives of the two original stars, viewers get a look into their life after school. Corey and Topanga now have two kids: Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and Auggie (August Maturo).

But that’s not all of the Girl Meets World cast. Riley has her best friend Maya Hart (Sabrina Carpenter), who has a knack of getting the two into trouble, and then there’s Farkle Minkus (Corey Fogelmanis), who claims to be in love with both seventh grade girls.

While some people, mostly adults who were teens themselves during the seasons of “Boy Meets World,” find that the show has too many cheesy moments, Rotten Tomatoes gave the show an 82%, with comments like “Girl Meets World sweetly shares the nostalgia of its predecessor” and “[provides] positive moral values for today’s youth.”

And although the first episode did contain some corny jokes, and some lines did sound forced, it must be noted that the show was picked up by Disney; what else is there to expect? “Boy Meets World” was aired on ABC, which is quite different than a 24 hour kids channel.

It should also be mentioned that the following episodes (there are seven in total so far) were much better. Most of these kids are first time actors, so there has to be doubt and nerves coursing through them, causing their acting to not be “on point.” But it’s obvious that the acting gets smoother and more enjoyable as the season continues.

The show has also been scheduled for a second season. Keep in mind that “Boy Meets World” was on air for seven years. “Girl Meets World” could do just the same. It might not, but there’s always a possibility. Not all shows start off with a bang; it can take a little time.

Don’t judge a show by past shows and reviews from people that aren’t in the target age group. “Girl Meets World” is intended for ages six to fourteen, which means it isn’t crazy for an adult to not be fond of the show. And even though it’s a spin-off of “Boy Meets World,” it’s not going to have the same exact  humor or scenarios. It is its own show, and give it a chance when you can.

Later school times needed for teen health

Marissa Markham • Staff Writer

Later school times have both positive and negative effects; from teens getting the sleep they both mentally and physically need, to clubs and sports having to come home late.
Teenagers these days are often labeled as “lazy” or “unmotivated,” when really they aren’t getting the credit they deserve. Professor Russell Foster, a top brain doctor and Oxford University’s head of circadian neuroscience, said the daily routine affects the brain. The time at which children become fully awake gets progressively later as they get older, and the pattern continues until the age of twenty, when it begins to reverse.
Even when teens try to fall asleep at an early or reasonable time, most aren’t physically able to until after 10-10:30 p.m. They’re not going to bed later on purpose, they’re hard wired to fall asleep later and get up later.
Biologically speaking, a teenage body still thinks it’s the middle of the night when it is woken up for school, and it’s not just the feeling of being tired that results from waking up early. Both Professor Foster and the National Sleep Foundation have found that forcing teenagers to go to school so early could cause more educational errors, poor memory, irritability, reduced motivation, and depression.
However, there are other things to take into account when deciding the school schedule. Having a start time an hour later, for example, would affect after school activities such as clubs and sports, which then leads to more problems.
After an away game or match, especially in a city that’s at least half an hour away, sports teams get home in the late evening, sometimes even after the sun has started to go down. But if school were to start later than it already does, games would be pushed back as well, resulting in students not getting home until well after dark.
Students who are in clubs or have jobs after school could also be affected. Work schedules would have to be rearranged or completely changed, and clubs would have to start at a different time. People would get home closer to 7 p.m. or maybe even later. And they still might need to do homework or chores.
Even after taking that into consideration, there are still more reasons for why school should start later in the morning. When most teens arrive at school, a sleep-promoting hormone called melatonin is still high, which is yet another reason why they’re so tired.
This issue has become so huge that not only have countries experimented with different start and end times for the standard school day, but even news channels like NBC have done reports on it. A recent report talked about how Hilton Head Island High School in South Carolina has pushed back their start time a whole hour.
The teachers thought it was best for the students’ health, and the students have said that they felt more rested. When interviewed for the segment, Dr. Judith Owens from Children’s National Medical Center said that teens are biologically programed to fall asleep at 11 p.m. and wake at around 8 a.m., and that’s a time when students are normally already in their first period class.
No matter what time the school day begins, there will always be students that complain that they are tired. However, pushing the time back to fit our body’s needs is something that should be put into place, and should happen sooner rather than later.

Marvel puts spin on traditional superheroes

Gayge Carroll • Staff Writer

Ever since Marvel was created in 1939, traditional characters such as Spider-Man and Captain America were white males and were looked up to by kids everywhere. Marvel is now doing away with the old and bringing in the new, which isn’t a bad thing.
Anyone who has seen the trailer for the Avengers movie in 2012 knows that Samuel L. Jackson played the leader of the Avengers. What many people don’t know is that the character of Nick Fury was originally created as a white man, but Jackson’s portrayal did not keep the movie from being successful. According to a Phoenix Arizona news site, KPHO, there are many more changes in the works for Marvel heroes.
Another difference that has been pretty popular is that Spider-Man was changed from being a white male named Peter Parker into a biracial male named Miles Morales who is black and Hispanic.
Everyone knows Thor as “The son of Odin.” According to KPHO, Marvel is turning Thor into a woman. Now this is a big change just for the reason that Thor is known for his masculinity, but by all means, a woman can be a muscular god of thunder any day of the week.
Another change that comic readers will see is that Captain America will be a black male instead of the original white male.
According to ScreenRant, none of these changes matter to what the hero actually is. For example, Spider-Man was a young boy when his parents left him with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Later on the audience finds out that his parents die in a plane crash. He then grows up and is bit by a spider and bippity boppity boo he’s Spider-Man. He then spends his time cleaning up the scum of New York.
Even though Marvel has made many announcements about the changes, they haven’t told anyone exactly why they are doing this.
There has also been talk about the upcoming remake of Fantastic Four in 2015. Instead of Chris Evans playing the Human Torch like he did in the 2005 Fantastic Four, the Human Torch will be played by Michael B. Jordan, according to ScreenRant.
Again, this does not affect the moral of the whole Fantastic Four story because no where in the story line does it say that the Human Torch is black or white. This kind of transformation to modern day culture will be just a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

New lunch schedule benefits everyone

Abbey Jones • Event Coordinator

This year, there have been undoubtedly noticeable changes to the lunch room. There are more options in which line to go to, what options there are to choose from, and there are definitely more options on who to sit with.
While everyone was concerned with how 800 kids were going to fit in a new two period lunch system, it is also obvious that the administration put their best foot forward about working out the best system possible. With a growing student body that is noticeably bigger this year, revamping the lunchroom design as well as the lunch schedule during the day was a large challenge to take on.
The set up of the lines may be the most noticeable; the pizza shop took over the old athletic training room, the panini line was added, and there are signs everywhere to help remember what is served in each line each day. Additionally, the serving lines from last year have been removed, almost tripling the room students have to walk through to get their food.
The food itself has changed as well. The panini line was added, different types of pizzas are available, and the taste of the Chinese food and Bosco sticks have changed for the better.
There are a lot of new choices with the new “Grab-N-Go” option. Chicken Nuggets, corn dogs and hot dogs, several different types of chicken sandwiches, and other options are all new to lunch everyday. For those who haven’t liked the lunch choices in the past or don’t want to wait in line, Grab-N-Go is extremely convenient.
While it may be different to not have a lunch lady serve every lunch to every student, the ability to individually pick lunches gives more of an adult like feel to the cafeteria. It’s nice not to ask someone to serve you food every time you go through the line. Additionally, there is the option of eating in the auxiliary gym, which opens up space for the extra people this year.
Altogether, lunch may be hectic, but once the excitement of the new year calms down, there’s sure to be a natural flow to the addition of people. Hayes is incredibly lucky to have such a concerned administration, who are willing to be so open and creative toward the challenges that come up from year to year.