To be honest, it's been a rough couple of weeks. Nationally, we have witnessed severe weather and a presidential election turned sour. On the home front, our student body has rallied together to comfort a teacher experiencing the
unthinkable, the loss of a child. We've watched sixth graders mourn the loss of a sweet friend. Additionally, we have watched a dear friend come back to school after battling cancer, while at the same time we were forced to say goodbye to one of our very own. Without a doubt, Fall '12 will be remembered as a significant time in the lives of our CCMS family.
With this in mind, I ask you to take a minute and reflect this holiday season. Use this space to comment about what you're most thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Never, never take life for granted.
Love you all!
If I could sit down with one of the founding fathers I would ask them; When they started this country did they want all this violence? The founding fathers wanted it to be a safe place without worries. Is that what it looks like to you?
When the founding fathers created this country they wanted all the american citizens to be able to walk around on the streets of their town and not worry about getting kidnapped, shot, ect. yet today, gangs are a bad part of our society. Sometimes, you see on the news that a young boy or girl has been shot and killed. Should that really be happening? I don't think so. Gang members should be in school getting ready for a higher education.The thing about it is the kids just made one bad choice that can destroy their lives forever.Some are husbands and fathers, when the day is done they don't know if they're going to see there wife or kids ever again. Once your in a gang it is hard to get out, and it saddens me to see innocent Americans fall into this trap.
Today, the cops are doing a good job by keeping it under control. Also, because of all the hard work they do you don't hear about shootings or other gang related actions much anymore.So I would like to thank them for that. The hard work that they put in is for the saftey of you and me, and I appreciate that. Also, there are our national forces.The airforce, army, ect... It takes courage to go out there and give everything you have to your country, and because of that I would say that i'm proud to be an American. I would like to support them as much as I can. I wish I had the guts to fight and risk my life for our safety.So, for the men and women out there that are risking there lives or those that have done so in the past I want to thank you.
Are you a patriot? Im not talking about a New England patriot. I'm talking about a very special type of patriot, one that has a deep love for his or her country and will do everything in their power to save it. That type of patriot.Think about that for a second. Would you do all you can to preserve the great United States Of America? Honestly, I believe every one of you reading this would make that sacrifice for your country.Sure we may be kids and we may not know much, but we care about the American dream and the ways of this country. Although we are kids, we will fight and we will win!
When the founding fathers created this great country they didnt want mass amounts of violence to take place. I ask you today, as a American citizen, to stand up for your country and end this violence. If we united and fought for the cause of our country our founding fathers would be proud. JOIN ME TO FIGHT!
"Barack Obama has just been reelected as President of the United States." When you heard these words on Election Day this year, you may not have been very ecstatic about the outcome. Personally, I was extremely happy about the decision that was made. Both candidates presented many policies throughout each of their campaigns, some being both positive or negative. Three mainly stuck out to me, those were; Presidents Obama's policies for same sex marriage, governor Romney's new plan for taxes, and also the issue of drilling for fossil fuels presented by the President. I see that President Obama had some downsides to his campaign, although, I did understand his policies to be more beneficial for the United States as a whole country.
To begin with, Mr. President said he was for same sex marriage in the United States in his campaign (I personall don't agree with it), but never the less choosing the style of life isd each individual person's choice to make for themselves, and they should have the choice to if they would like to do that or not. in the passage, the very las line says," he still wouldn't give him that fundemental American right: To put on some fancy clothes and say " I do."" This statement is explicitly saying if Walter were to vote for Governor Romney, he wouldn't allow same sex marriages in the United States.
Continuing right along, another policy that I thought on a a lot was the new tax plan presented by both candidates. Romney's plan felt entirely based around helping make the wealthy peoples' lives easier than they already are. For instance, in the passage, paragraph 11, line 1, it says," Walter would keep a lot of his money under Romney: A whopping $254,551." That amount is compared to the $5,535 he would keep from President Obama's tax plan. As you can see, there is a mind blowingly large difference between those two numbers. Mr. Obama's plan mainly will try focusing to help out middle and lower class families instead of higher class families. This is good because many of our American families today are in the middle and lower class range.
Last but not least, Mr. President's policy on drilling for fossil fuels is a great idea. I think America uses too many fossil fuels as resources anyway. President Obama presented multiple ideas tthat were aiming to help try to stop so many companies from digging up every last bit of natural gas, coal, and oil we have left on Earth. For example, in paragraph 9, line 8 the author says," The Obama administration has cut the number of new permits and leases for offshore oil and gas drilling by more than half." This is a good thing for two main reasons. One, it makes digging for fossil fuels offshore less abundant in our oceans, and two it will also keep our oceans cleaner and safer for sea creatures.
To sum it all up, I believe that President Obama had better and stronger policies than Governor Romney. Simply due to the fact that most of Romney's plans will help higher class people more than a well-rounded base of citizens. Also, Mr. President's plans will help out the United States more as a united country and not just help out each individual state more than another.
*Reads title* "High school dropouts? Meh..." This is what most people probably think before they start reading the article, but I was actually kind of interested in it. I think the reason this article was written was to help persuade students to stay in high school, or at least it has the potential to. The author includes many facts about students who drop out of high school and how graduates are better off.
First of all, I love how the author uses this quote: "The teachers didn't care, the students didn't care." It really helps convey the idea that some students don't care about their education. The author also states that one out of three students in the U.S will not graduate from high school (about the national average.) This helps me see just how many students drop out of high school, and I can't believe it.
I also love how the author lists many reasons that high school graduates are better off in society. The author backs up his/her claims with evidence and states that "dropouts cost taxpayers more than $8 billion annually in public assistance programs like food stamps." This fact is also mentioned again in a different way: The article states that "when Americans lack an education it hurts us all -- in the wallet." This definately makes the situation more...annoying...knowing that our hard-earned tax dollars are being used to pay for the people who are too lazy to learn.
The author again tries to emphasize just how many students drop out of high school. It is stated that "that's 7,000 every school day -- one dropout every 26 seconds." That's a lot of dropouts! This really makes me think how lucky I am to have an education.
"Does it matter what state I live in?" Yes it does! The article states that "if a student lives in one of a dozen states -- including New Mexico, California and Connecticut -- he or she may have it even tougher." I read that the reason for this is because the states' graduation rates dropped between 2002 and 2009. However, if you live in Wisconsin chances are you'll do pretty well; it is stated that Wisconsin has a graduation rate of almost 90 percent. Hmm...I wonder about Kentucky.
Reading this article has really made me appreciate my education. I am now (already was) determined not to drop out of high school and go to college. Whatever the graduation rate for Kentucky is, I want to be included; and if it's low, I'll just move to Wisconsin! (LOL, just kidding!)
I could hear the tapping of my shoes against the light lit room floor, the squeking of the only open chair in the room. I looked up at the man sitting across from me. "I'm guessing you don't know why you are here," I whispered to the man.
"No why am I here?" George Washington, one of our Founding Fathers, replied.
"You are here to learn about America in the future."
"What about it?"
"Oh, just how we have women's rights and debts too far over our heads and a small metal box that has taken over peoples' minds," I said. I shuffled through some papers on the desk next to the chair.
"But, how?" he asked, as if not understanding the words I just said.
"Please hold your questions until the end."
We've heard this hundreds of times since the 1990's. Though the Founding Fathers would have not heard of this at the time, now women have rights claiming they can vote, run for president, own land and even go to college. Women are now counted as people. That is a big difference in America since our Founding Fathers first started this country.
Debts Over Our Heads.
Did we ever think about our money? NO! Our founding fathers would be shocked by our debt in America. They would have never imagined seeing over 16 trillion dollars let alone owning it, leaving it to be paid by our childern and grandchildren. From our lawyers to our farmers, the people are struggling to feed the debt of our government. This is causing the people to blame the very government our Founding Fathers created.
The Founding Fathers would be shocked over phones, computers, email, and other electronics becoming a needed thing in people's lives. They would say that people are missing the beauty in life and earth to a lit up peice of metal.
"I don't think America is what you wanted it to be, but we can fix it in the best of ways. Some people are trying to, but others are not. So is this what you wanted it to be?"
"I'm sorry, but this is discussion is going to have to be cut short. I have another meeting soon, but maybe next time we can talk about how our country has changed for the better. It was nice talking to you Mr. Washington."
As I grabbed my papers and exited the room, the door closed. I could see the confused and disappointed look on his face.
Kimberly Barrett, NBCT, Bachelor of Arts of English, Murray State University, 1996, Master's Degree in English, MSU, 2004
Blessed to teach since 1996, I spend my days doing exactly what I've always wanted to do . . . TEACH. I'm married to the sweetest man alive, Tim, and we have two beautiful babies, Marlee Rose and Beau Wilson.