Falcon Post https://falconpostjhs.com The Student News Site of Charles E. Jordan High School Wed, 04 Mar 2020 19:48:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Women’s Lacrosse Back in Action on March 3rd https://falconpostjhs.com/2125/sports/womens-lacrosse-back-in-action-on-march-3rd/ https://falconpostjhs.com/2125/sports/womens-lacrosse-back-in-action-on-march-3rd/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2020 18:33:14 +0000 https://falconpostjhs.com/?p=2125 The upcoming season looks bright for the Jordan High School women’s lacrosse team. Last season, the girls made their first-ever appearance in the state playoffs. After seeing their leading goalscorer, Ellie Mayer, go down with an injury, the team fell short of reaching the second round, losing to opponent Holly Springs 19-5. This fall, the Lady Warbirds competed in the Meredith College 6v6 tournament, playing against local high school teams from around the state. With the help of upperclassmen leadership, they were able to win the tournament, giving them positive momentum entering the season.

With tryouts hosted on February 12th, the team was able to add a few underclassmen to their already talented team. New additions included Gracie Davis, Abby Fish, and Pascale Gomez. The three will bring lots of talent to the field and will contribute greatly to the team’s success. The Lady Warbirds will also look for contributions from seniors Ellie Mayer, Gabi Overcast-Hawks, Hannah Sauls and Erin McCraw.

The Lady Warbirds hope to achieve many goals this season, such as winning the Tri-7 conference and making a run in the State Playoffs. The Tri-6 Conference turns into the Tri-7 Conference this year, with the addition of Green Level High School into the mix. Adding another talented team into one of the most competitive conferences in the state.

The Lady Warbirds will challenge the Panther Creek Catamounts at Claude Currie Stadium in their home opener on March 3rd at 7:00 pm. Please come out and support the team as they hope to make history this season.

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Falcon Fanatic Sports Podcast Episode One https://falconpostjhs.com/2090/uncategorized/falcon-fanatic-sports-podcast-episode-one/ https://falconpostjhs.com/2090/uncategorized/falcon-fanatic-sports-podcast-episode-one/#respond Sat, 29 Feb 2020 18:02:56 +0000 https://falconpostjhs.com/?p=2090  

 

The Falcon Fanatic Podcast covers everything Jordan High School Athletics related, as well as some local college sports. Listen in as Freddy Stanley, Jim Stanfield, and Sean Michaels debate and discuss a variety of related topics.

Episode one takes a look at the end of the boys basketball season, the girls basketball playoff run and conference championship, Anthony Barbour stepping down as the head football coach, a look ahead to the spring sports season, and more. The boys also discuss some local ACC basketball, and a look ahead at the upcoming ACC football season.

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Catching up with Wendy MacIver: The Crucible at Jordan https://falconpostjhs.com/2102/student-life/catching-up-with-wendy-maciver-the-crucible-at-jordan/ https://falconpostjhs.com/2102/student-life/catching-up-with-wendy-maciver-the-crucible-at-jordan/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 02:32:41 +0000 https://falconpostjhs.com/?p=2102 This winter’s production of The Crucible is student-directed by senior Wendy MacIver. Wendy has been working on this production for the last year and we sat down with her to ask her a couple of questions about the show.

 

Falcon Post: What has been the best thing overall or funniest moment of this show?

Wendy MacIver: The best thing overall has probably been getting to see my friends take a silly artistic vision I had a year ago and make it a real thing and a real show. It’s really satisfying to see it on stage and to see all these little ideas I’ve had turned into a legitimate production. 

 

FP: What has been the hardest part overall of putting together this show?

WM: I don’t think I fully understood the scope of how much goes into a production. That sounds like a very basic answer, but when you think about all the basic pieces–putting together set pieces, lights, and props, along with actors learning their lines and conveying their characters as effectively as possible–it’s a lot of things coming together.  

 

FP: Why The Crucible over any other play out there?

WM: I tell this story all the time. I was assigned to read The Crucible my junior year (for Ms. Howes’ AP Language class) and honestly, having a teacher who was so excited about the content made me feel like I should actually read the book instead of just skimming it to make sure I got a good grade for reading the story. So I ended up reading it and falling in love with not just the story but the message behind the story, and how as an allegory it’s a text that is living because it can go along with whatever societal issue is going on in regards to mass hysteria and gendered politics. 

 

FP: Is this something you hope to do in the future?

WM: Yes! Most of the college programs I’m applying for are directing tracks, and my ultimate career goal is to be directing professional theater. 

 

FP: What is different about this version of The Crucible?

W: While we do choose to stick to the traditional choices in the script in some scenes, the group of teenage girls in the show exist in this production as almost a greek chorus group. This means their role in the show is sometimes serious in the scenes, but other times they seem to exist above the world in scenes displaying witchcraft. These are the scenes you might see modern clothing and music in. 

 

FP: From where have you drawn inspiration? 

W: I draw inspiration from the Playmakers program at UNC, in the way that they semi-modernize plays and contextualize it with modern life. The reason it’s Playmakers specifically is that they throw in the curveballs of modern clothing and music while still sticking to the traditional script and choices in the script.

 

FP: When is the show?

W: The show will be February 27th through 29th at 7:30 pm every night. It costs $5 for students (or 5 falcon feathers) and $15 for adults and parents. 

 

We wish Wendy and the cast and crew of the Crucible a successful opening for the show and hope to see you at this production.

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Woodcroft Basketball Championship Game https://falconpostjhs.com/2087/uncategorized/woodcroft-championship-game/ https://falconpostjhs.com/2087/uncategorized/woodcroft-championship-game/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2020 03:02:02 +0000 https://falconpostjhs.com/?p=2087 DURHAM, N.C.–On Thursday, the Woodcroft basketball upperclassmen league season will culminate in a championship game, held at 8:00 pm in the gym of Githens Middle School.

The teams fighting for a spot in Durham sports lore include Team Stanley, nicknamed the “Storm Troopers,” and Team Crowley. Both teams had an impressive run in the regular season, as Team Crowley finished their season winning five of their final six. However, the Storm Troopers completed an undefeated season and have beaten Team Crowley each of the three times they met this season.

Chris Holliday of Team Crowley truly believes it’s a “David versus Goliath situation” and is motivated by his team’s underdog status. “We’re David. We show up when it really matters,” Holliday remarked. Holliday’s teammate Jim Stanfield also believes in his team will win despite the odds, “I feel good about our chances–no other team has the heart that we do.”
Rashaun Burt of Team Crowley is considering a championship loss next to impossible and believes Team Stanley will indeed fall. “I’m 100% confident we’ll win the game. Team Stanley sucks, always has and always will.”

However, Team Stanley is shrugging off any possibility that their undefeated season will end Thursday. “Confidence is a gross understatement for how I’m feeling about Thursday night. Storm Troopers by 90,” Sean Michaels boasted. Joey Stanley agrees with Sean, stating that he’s “1000% confident,” citing the fact that his team has beaten Team Crowley by double digits on two occasions as evidence. “Team Orange [Crowley] is turning into orange juice on Thursday,” Joey proclaimed. Stanley’s teammate Mercer Stanfield, playing opposite his twin brother Jim in Thursday’s contest, pointed to his team’s undefeated season as firm evidence that the championship game will be no different. “We are as confident as we have been all year. We haven’t lost a game and don’t plan on losing the championship either,” Stanfield reminded the Post. “[Going] undefeated and winning a chip was the expectation we set for ourselves at the beginning of the season. [Thursday] will just be another day at the office,” Michaels declared.

Concerning Thursday night’s potential MVPs, Stanley believes that seniors Ryan Wilson and Seddie Wibbels will make a seismic impact. Joey considers the fact that in the semifinals on Monday when Team Stanley was trailing by six: “As soon as Ryan came in in the fourth quarter we went up by 16.” Michaels believes that Wibbels will most definitely “hit at least 40 buckets” in the championship game. He also expresses gratitude for the team’s “fearless leader, head coach Malik Pinto [who’s] been a steady hand to guide us through the season.” Stanfield agrees with both of his teammates but is also quick to credit the team as a whole: “More recently it has been much more of a team effort, and I don’t think we rely on just a player or two.”

Other than hard work and grit, Team Crowley believes it has a considerable amount of talent to thank for positioning them in contention for the title. “Josh Howell is our X factor. If he’s on then we win, simple,” Rashaun Burt claimed. Jim Stanfield thinks “Chris Holliday is our most important player. He took over the [semifinal] game on Monday by getting involved on the glass and driving to the lane.”

Despite the Storm Troopers’ big talk, Chris Holliday is not worried. “They put their pants on one leg at a time like everyone else,” Holliday said of his opponents. “Team Stanley’s biggest threat is…hmm…I don’t see one,” Burt remarked. Burt believes that Team Stanley’s bold statements are not helping them in any way, responding, “Their biggest weakness is that they never shut up.”

Sean Michaels is by no means concerned about Team Crowley’s talent, claiming, “We fear no one. Greatness has no fear, therefore, no one threatens the Storm Troopers.” Mercer Stanfield showed no hesitation when calling out his brother as one of their opponent’s liabilities. “Our opponents’ weakness is in their free-throw shooting, specifically with Jim Stanfield. That dude can’t make a free throw to save his life.”

Despite both teams making bold claims and targeted comments, all players are reminded that Thursday’s matchup concludes both their season and for the seniors, their Woodcroft basketball career. Jim Stanfield expressed immense gratitude to both the league and his team this season. “I’ve loved this team and couldn’t have asked for a better last team in my long Woodcroft career.” For Mercer, Thursday’s culmination is an opportunity to fulfill a much sought after goal. “I’ve had a really good time this season and coming out on top would be amazing, being that this is my last season and I have never won the championship.” Michaels is excited to celebrate his esteemed Woodcroft legacy. “I look forward to ending my Woodcroft career as a champion and having my jersey lofted in the rafters and cementing my place amount the various other Woodcroft basketball legends,” he observed.

Childhood dreams, sibling bragging rights, and city–nay, state-wide fame are all at stake on Thursday night. Will the Troopers finish a perfect season? Will Team Crowley pull off a stunning upset? Which Stanfield twin will emerge victorious? All these questions and more will be answered in less than 24 hours.

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Common Questions Concerning the Primary Elections https://falconpostjhs.com/2084/uncategorized/common-questions-concerning-the-primary-elections/ https://falconpostjhs.com/2084/uncategorized/common-questions-concerning-the-primary-elections/#respond Thu, 27 Feb 2020 03:00:08 +0000 https://falconpostjhs.com/?p=2084 The upcoming primary elections have become a widespread topic of discussion in many Jordan classrooms. With only four days left for early voting, it’s critical that Jordan juniors and seniors have all the information to make their vote count before it’s too late. Below is a quick overview of useful resources and information to help you vote for the first time.

Can I Vote?
Everyone turning 18 on or before November 3rd, 2020 can vote in the primaries.
The Durham primary elections are held on March 3rd, but early voting has already started and ends at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 29th.

Voter Registration
You can register and vote at the same time during early voting, but NOT on March 3rd.
If you registered at the DMV while getting a license you should be good to go.
To register to vote during early voting you need to show proof of residency, which can be any of the following: a driver’s license, passport, photo ID from a government agency, or one of the following with your name and address: current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or another government document.
To check if you are registered and eligible to vote you can look up your name on the NC Board of Elections voter lookup tool. This tool also shows the ballot that will be given to you at the polls.

Do I Need a Photo ID?
Despite what you may have heard, you do not need a photo ID to vote in this year’s primaries.
However, if you are registering during early voting, remember to bring your proof of residency described above to early voting.

Where Do I Vote?
The closest early voting location to Jordan is the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship building, only a 3-minute drive from school.
To find the early voting site nearest to you and check their hours, use this poll locator.
On March 3rd voters must go to their designated precinct site which can be located at the link above.

What Can I Vote On?
While the presidential primary is what many students are focused on, the primaries also determine the nominees for a US Senate seat, State House and Senate, and Governor. Students who can’t see how these races affect their lives should consider their opportunity to determine the next Superintendent of NC public schools. For students who care about the funding of Jordan and other NC public schools, the state House and Senate races are critical in determining how North Carolina appropriates funds. For students who are interested in voting but aren’t sure of the candidates they support, Ballotpedia is an extremely useful and intuitive nonpartisan resource to learn about all of the NC races you can vote in and easily determine which candidate will have your support. Partisan race information can be found from the Durham Democrats and Durham GOP. Political action committees also provide partisan endorsements that enable voters to determine a candidate based on their political values. A list of prominent Durham PACs, including the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People and the People’s Alliance, are provided by the Durham County Board of Elections. Jordan students are encouraged to vote in order to ensure that their government reflects their priorities, beliefs, and agenda.

Have further questions? Go to the Durham County Board of Elections website.

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Early Action, Decision, and Acceptance: Five Seniors’ Road to College https://falconpostjhs.com/2061/student-life/early-action-decision-and-acceptance-five-seniors-road-to-college/ https://falconpostjhs.com/2061/student-life/early-action-decision-and-acceptance-five-seniors-road-to-college/#respond Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:46:19 +0000 https://falconpostjhs.com/?p=2061

It’s officially college application season at high schools across the country, and hallways, classrooms, and students’ social media accounts are abuzz with news about acceptances. Seniors are obsessively checking their emails and mailboxes for news. Juniors are staying up late preparing for the SAT and ACT. Sophomores are beginning to think about their future on the heels of their pre-ACT results. This spring holds moments of joy for many upperclassmen, but anxious periods of waiting for others. Test results, college acceptances, and final grades are all in store for Jordan students in the next few months.

However, a few seniors have one fewer thing to worry about this spring. Some high-achieving students chose to apply early to schools that they felt a special connection to and subsequently made their commitment before the second semester ever started. Falcon Post copy editor Luke Jackson caught up with a handful of these students recently to get a better picture of what college admissions can look like for those who have their eye on one specific school.

The students interviewed were Kenneth Pye (Southern Methodist University, early action), Hannah Sauls (Northwestern University, early action), Joey Stanley (Duke University, early decision), Gabi Overcast-Hawks (Wake Forest University, early decision), and Sofia Fernandez (Duke University, early decision).

Note: Responses may have been slightly edited for length and/or clarity.

Why did you choose to apply early to the school that you did? What’s so attractive about it?

Statistically, most schools accept students who apply early at a higher rate than they do students who apply at the regular decision deadline. This was a significant factor in each student’s answer as they reflected on their decision about where they wanted to spend their next four years. However, what attracted each student to their school was very unique. Hannah Sauls (NU) was attracted to far more than the classes available to her. “Northwestern was the only school that I visited where I felt a really positive energy. I visited the school in March of 2019 and really fell in love with the lakefront campus, the quarter system, and the city of Chicago.” Gabi Overcast-Hawks (WFU) expressed her excitement about the student body at Wake, mentioning that the school “has a really geographically, racially, and politically diverse student body.” This attracted Overcast-Hawks due to her excitement “to meet new people with a different perspective and learn from them.” Overcast-Hawks, along with Joey Stanley (Duke), expressed satisfaction in the fact that their schools of choice are close to home. 

What did you do, potentially even starting as early as freshman year, to make yourself the most competitive applicant you could be?

Joey’s answer more or less summarized what everyone had to say: “I made sure to grind in every class. If your goal is to go to college after high school, why wouldn’t you work your hardest to get into the best colleges?” Similarly important to each interviewee was the academic rigor they challenged themself with; “I definitely prioritized academics by taking AP classes each year,” answered Hannah Sauls. “Taking and retaking standardized tests and trying to keep an all ‘A’ record were ways I challenged myself.” But the struggle for greatness extends beyond the classroom. Each student mentioned extracurricular activities as one of the main factors that they feel helped them get accepted to their top school. Overcast-Hawks put special emphasis on volunteer opportunities she had during her high school career. “I volunteered for things that would be related to what I hopefully wanted to study. I want to study something in politics (global or domestic, I’m not sure yet) so I volunteered for the National Youth Rights Association and a global poverty 501(c) group entering into my junior year.” 

Do you have any tips for current high schoolers as they navigate college admissions?

(Every interviewee had a fantastic response worth sharing for this question, so I’ve made sure to include a bit from each answer.) 

One of the most widely occurring themes across responses to this question was passion. Colleges are attracted to students who are passionate about something and thus dedicate time and effort to it. Competitive schools want students who will add something to their community, not just get good grades and get out.

Sofia Fernandez (Duke) touched on this in her answer, saying that “…in terms of extracurricular activities, I made sure they were consistent to show dedication to a few things rather than just signing up for anything and everything.”

Overcast-Hawks echoed this sentiment. “Remember that colleges would rather see a dedicated member of their community with real-life passions who has As and Bs than they would a straight-A student who does nothing outside of school,” she remarked. “More than likely, a school that knows you’re smart wants to see more than who you are as a student–they want to see your character and interests.”

Hannah Sauls gave more specific advice about the application process, urging everyone to start their applications early. She told a cautionary tale of her last-minute application decision: “I actually decided to apply early decision to Northwestern three days before the early application deadline, which ended up being as incredibly stressful as you may imagine.”

Kenneth Pye spoke to the importance of knowing what you’re interested in. “Decide early what type of schools you want to go to and maybe what major you want to do and tailor the rigor and type of classes you take to those two things,” he responded. “I, for example, am very interested in pursuing a career in business (basically bag chasing) and Dallas has become a hub for business recently and they hire straight out of SMU, so even though it isn’t necessarily ranked as highly as other schools I got into, I believe it will set me up best in terms of internships and jobs.”

Joey, again, gave an answer appropriate to use as a summary for all of the rest. “Do your best in school, find things you love and stick with them, try to be a leader, and apply early if you really love a school.” 

Bonus: Talk up your school!

Joey: You bet I’m gonna be camping out for months to get into the UNC-Duke game…

Kenneth: Frick UT Austin and TCU, Pony Up!

Sofia: Boo Heels!

Gabi: GO DEACS!!!🎩💛💛💛

 

Though every student takes their own path through high school, college, and beyond, some of the highest achievers have a few things in common. They’re determined and they’re excited about their future. They participate in extracurriculars that interest them and classes that challenge them. And above all, they have passions that they allow to shape their lives and thus their college applications.  Juniors and underclassmen alike ought to take a page out of the books of these five seniors when applying to their dream schools.

 

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Girls Win Big, Boys Suffer Close Loss in First Round of Tri-8 Conference Basketball Tournament https://falconpostjhs.com/2065/uncategorized/girls-win-big-boys-suffer-close-loss-in-first-round-of-tri-8-conference-basketball-tournament/ https://falconpostjhs.com/2065/uncategorized/girls-win-big-boys-suffer-close-loss-in-first-round-of-tri-8-conference-basketball-tournament/#respond Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:01:58 +0000 https://falconpostjhs.com/?p=2065 The first round of the Triangle-8 Conference Basketball Tournament took place Monday night, which saw the boys and girls basketball teams both in action. The boys were on the road against Riverside, and the girls played at home against Cary.

Boys Basketball

Riverside 67 – Jordan 61

The boys entered the tournament as the fifth seed out of eight in the conference, matched up against the fourth seed, Riverside. Monday night was the third meeting of the season between the cross-town rivals, with Riverside leading the season series 2-0. Even though Riverside had won both of the prior meetings, they had come down to the wire.

Monday night’s game was no different. Jordan was able to start the game hot, shooting the ball well and playing lock-down defense. The Falcon’s strong first-half performance showed on the scoreboard, holding a 40-32 lead at halftime. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the Riverside defense was the story of the second half. The Pirates held Jordan to only 21 second-half points, only half of their first-half total. A strong showing on the defensive end and a consistent offensive attack were enough to win the game for the Pirates, 67-61.

The loss to Riverside all but eliminates the Falcons from playoff contention. The Jordan boys basketball team were ranked 54 in the most recent MaxPreps 4A state rankings, and the Monday night loss to Riverside did not help their case. Needing to be in the top 48 to be in the playoffs, it appears that the 2019/20 boys basketball season is over without a playoff appearance.

 

Girls Basketball 

Jordan 72 – Cary 46

The Jordan girls’ basketball team made easy work of the Cary High School Imps in the first round of the Tri-8 Conference Girls Basketball Tournament on Monday night. The Falcons entered the game as heavy favorites as the two seed, with the Imps as the seven seed. In the first quarter, the Imps were able to keep it close, trailing the Falcons 14-12. In the second quarter, the Falcons were able to come out and show the Imps why they have won 12 straight games. Scoring 20 second-quarter points, the Falcons ended the half with the game in hand, up big 34-21.

In the second half, the Falcons continued to pile on to the lead that they built in the second quarter. With dominant play throughout the second half, Jordan was able to win the game with ease by 26.

The win against Cary was truly a team effort for the Falcons. Gabby Davis (10), Aysia Hinton (11), Jori Wilks (13), and Nia Howard (13)  all scored in double digits on the night, and nine different players were able to get on the score sheet for Jordan.

The Falcons face off against Athens Drive in the semi-finals of the Tri-8 tournament on Wednesday night. The game will be played at 3:30 pm at Green Level High School. The winner of Athens Drive vs Jordan will play in the Tri-8 Conference Championship on Friday at 5:30.

The latest HighSchoolOT 4A Girls Basketball State Playoff Projections have Jordan as the ninth seed in the East region. Only a conference championship would improve the Falcons playoff seeding, bringing them up to a three or four seed. Regardless of Wednesday night’s result, the Jordan girls basketball team will be seeing postseason action this season, and will almost definitely be given home-court advantage in the first round.

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Teachers’ Takes on the Hybrid Change https://falconpostjhs.com/2054/school-news/teachers-takes-on-the-hybrid-change/ https://falconpostjhs.com/2054/school-news/teachers-takes-on-the-hybrid-change/#respond Tue, 18 Feb 2020 14:03:27 +0000 https://falconpostjhs.com/?p=2054 Jordan High School is no stranger to the hybrid schedule. Starting in 2007, Jordan functioned on this type of schedule for four years- 2011’s graduating class knew nothing different. In 2011, however, the school switched to what current students are most familiar with: the “A-B” block schedule. Nine years later, Jordan is returning to the hybrid-style schedule for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Many students initially reacted to the news of the change with confusion and some amount of pushback, but that reaction has evolved to more of a curiosity about what the new schedule will hold. Over the past two weeks, several teachers agreed to be interviewed about their personal opinions on the matter and what they think the change will entail for the students and teachers of Jordan. 

 

Advantages 

One of the first things mentioned by all the teachers interviewed was the inconvenience the A-B schedule has on students transferring in half-way through the school year. A Biology and AP Environmental Science teacher, Mrs. Finger is a strong advocate for the schedule change. “[Students transferring in start] off with two 50s for the first quarters of the school year, so we have to go backwards to try and make up for a lot of that missing work. I think [the hybrid schedule] will be beneficial to them.” French Teacher, Madame Harrison elaborated on this: “Currently with our system, if students transfer out before May, they leave with 0 credits, because they have not finished a course.” Rather than having to retake a class, with the hybrid schedule in place, Jordan would offer a more welcoming environment to new students. Transfers would be given equal opportunity in their academic pursuits as their peers who began at the start of the year.

As well as preventing students from having to repeat a course, the hybrid schedule would allow those seeking to further their education in a particular subject to have access to more advanced classes. As a French teacher, Madame Harrison finds this a compelling benefit to the hybrid schedule. “Students can reach higher levels of sequential courses. Right now, we don’t have AP French because students aren’t able to finish 5 courses in four years.” Unfortunately with the A-B schedule, many of those passionate about the French language miss out on the opportunity to stretch their education to a collegiate level in high school. 

A promising advantage of the hybrid schedule is a change in workload, something that students and teachers will benefit from. To be precise, many students will see a significant decrease in their workload. Every student at Jordan is expected to take and pass eight classes throughout the entire year. “Eight classes are that much more challenging,” said social studies teacher Mr. McDonald, “especially for students who struggle already in school.” Juggling an overload of classes is not exclusive to students, however. As Mr. McDonald puts it: “I have 180 kids over the course of a year. If I teach just semester-based classes, I’ll have 90 kids every semester. I have the same number of students over the course of the year, but I get to work with 90 in the fall and then 90 in the spring…hopefully, we can be more proactive and keep up with grading and give the right feedback.” Over the course of a school year, teachers will manage the same number of students but only half the number at a time. This decision will, in turn, allow teachers to improve upon their own methods and improve education at Jordan as a whole.

 

Disadvantages

At its core, the hybrid schedule is just that- a hybrid. Many benefits of the change come from the semester-based classes, but it is important to note exactly what classes are exclusively remaining A-B, and what that entails for schedules next year. As the chair of the AP program at Jordan, Mr. McDonald offered insight into the most considerable disadvantage: “…most of the AP classes will remain on the A-B schedule–and that’s intentionally done. All the research that exists about AP courses and staying in those courses up until the exam you will take in May makes more sense.” Due to this, AP classes will have to be paired with another A-B course, not necessarily an AP. The question is if this “catch” in the hybrid schedule will deter students from taking one or more AP classes if they can not find a course they want to pair it with. Despite this, Mr. McDonald remains confident. “People are going to have to try and find a good balance of courses, but I don’t think we’ll see a decrease in [enrollment in] AP classes.”

Circling back to Madame Harrison and sequential courses, the hybrid schedule does leave room for problems. “The disadvantage of having a semester schedule is that sometimes students will put off continuing their sequences, like they’ll take French 1 in the fall and then won’t take French 2 until their junior year. In my opinion, it’s better to schedule sequence type courses back to back.” 

 

Consensus 

Overall, the change from an A-B schedule to a hybrid one seems to offer more advantages than disadvantages. Transfer students will not need to retake classes they have already completed, AP French (and other AP language courses) will likely see a boost in enrollment, and both teacher and student workload will become more manageable. However, because most AP classes will remain on an A-B schedule, students may be discouraged from taking APs. Why now is this change occurring? Why did the hybrid initially end? Mr. McDonald offered a hopeful conclusion: “We’ve run this hybrid schedule before, from 2007 to 2011. The reason we stopped doing it was because we couldn’t staff it and we didn’t have smart people to make it work, and now we have smart people that can make it work”.

Jordan’s future with the hybrid schedule is a positive one, for both teachers and students alike.

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Boys Wrestling: Pinning the Competition https://falconpostjhs.com/2032/sports/boys-wrestling-pinning-the-competition/ https://falconpostjhs.com/2032/sports/boys-wrestling-pinning-the-competition/#respond Sat, 15 Feb 2020 23:38:54 +0000 https://falconpostjhs.com/?p=2032 The Jordan High School boys wrestling team has been working hard this season. The team has grown in size and in skill throughout, with team members hoping to advance through regionals to states.  The team is led by head coach Bryson Roberts, alongside three other coaches helping push the team to be their best.

Caleb Joines is a sixteen-year-old sophomore standout who has been wrestling since he was in middle school. His record this year is 23 and 10, a good continuation for his high school career. “We’ve had some really good wins and some tough losses, but overall the team is growing.”

The team doesn’t have many wrestlers but has managed to raise enough money to buy the team new wrestling mats. Caleb said he and his team feel a strong sense of accomplishment in raising the money, and he hopes it can bring more wrestlers to the team. This fundraiser is a good reflection on their season, with their improvement standing out in the Jordan community.

The team is onto regionals this upcoming weekend at with a chance to go to states. The regional competition will be held at Cardinal Gibbons High School. Wrestling will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and 9:30 am on Saturday.

When asked about the team’s mentality going into regionals, Caleb said he felt good.

“I feel confident that we’re gonna do well. Overall our team is doing well, and we all feel prepared to play.”

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