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VOL 1, ISSUE 4 MARCH 11, 2010 FREE
Back to the Polls!
March 16 Vote on Facilities Plan Will Determine Fate Of Alternative “C”
Club of the Month:
by Eddie Ryan, Staff Writer
Many of us have heard announcements and
seen signs about East high’s Community
Critters club; yet only a small number of
students actually know the purpose of this
club and the details of its fundraisers.
Community Critters is an organization
headed by East’s Language A teacher, Ms.
Young. According to her, the purpose of
the group is “to promote awareness about
animal issues and to support animal shelters
in our area.” Such issues include: homeless-
ness, overpopulation, adoption, and lack of
funds and services in shelters.
Last year, through its fundraising, the group
Alumnus Josh Wilson signs in at the polling location at Hugh Gregg Elementary School during the December 15 vote. Mr. Michael Hurd holds a vote “Yes” sign. Mr. Ginalski Superintendent and Mr. Bill Cameron Public
helped with “collections of donations such
Relations Coordinator check voting results on December 15. Photo provided by The Leader. as food, toys, and bedding, and volunteer
by editorial staff and Ashley Cates In fact, Superintendent Mike Ginalski said, “I wish they would build two new orientation at the shelter.” There are various
Buttons are worn on jackets, signs are reported in The Leader on February 25, 2010 high schools and have East and West ways students and community members
placed in front lawns, letters to the edi- that the plan would save the district $1.6 be middle schools. That way we still can aid the group in its efforts. In the fall,
tor are written and multiple informational million each year. The potential savings have our little sports competition which students helped the club by “entering a
meetings are held, but why? The answer: in personnel, maintenance, and custodial people like and two new high schools. photo of pet(s) in Halloween costumes.
March 16 is the second vote on Alternative costs, utilities, transportation, and athletics That would be nice.” Each entry requires a one dollar donation
C. The first vote was on December 15th, under the facilities plan was presented to and the money collected was donated to the
But the failure of the plan in De-
2009 and the school district voted “no” on the school board Wednesday, February 24, Chemung County SPCA.
cember seemed to be based upon a large
a comprehensive $174 million facilities plan. 2010.
amount of voter apathy. Of the 20,694 The group is “hopeful that East High stu-
Alternative C was the fourth attempt in the There were members of the commu- registered voters in the school district dents will see the value in helping animals
past ten years to get a facilities improve- nity who voiced concerns over the cost of 4,604 voted “yes” and 3,247 voted “no.” in our area. [They] would love to have more
ment plan in place. the facility plan and the amount of debt members in [their] club to help organize
If the March vote passes, the Alterna-
The passage of the vote required a that would be acquired. Brendan Finley tive C plan will close some schools while school and community projects. If students
“super-majority” or at least 60 percent explained that he “would have voted ‘no’ others will be re-purposed. Frank Pierce can’t find the time to be a member of the
support to pass. The proposal was rejected because it messes with tradition.” Finley Elementary School will become the new club or to volunteer at a shelter, they can
by voters, with 59 percent voting “yes” and said he “enjoys the rivalry” especially during transportation, central receiving and help in many other ways.
41 percent voting “no.” At least 60 per- spirit week. storage facility for the district while Kent Simply participating in fundraisers like our
cent of voters had to approve the facilities The Vote “No” contingency stated that Phillips will close and be replaced by new Pet Costume Halloween contest or bringing
plan because it exceeded the district’s debt the plan would “wreak economic havoc fields for sports at the high school. in items for donation drives, students can
limit. The outcome is somewhat deceiving by reducing student performance thereby really help make a difference for shelter ani-
Corning Free Academy Middle
because only 38 percent of eligible voters decreasing enrollment over time, and cut- mals. If students would like to help out and
School will become the new location of
showed up to vote. ting the per pupil aid.” The source of this learn about what we do, they are welcome
the administration offices. Northside
The enthusiasm of the vote “yes” cam- information was not specified. Blodgett and Lindley Presho Elementary to join [the group’s] discussion on the Ning
paign was obvious. Kimberly Cates, parent Schools will be shut down. The high at .”
William Tomlinson said, “I think that we
of Ashley Cates, said, “This is an exciting school will be re-configured on the pres-
need to do something with the schools but
plan that will benefit every student in our ent East High School location and the
Alternative C is not the best plan. We need
district. The opportunities that students will centralized middle school on the current
a better plan before we vote on it.” When
gain at each level are unbelievable. This is West High School site.
asked what he would suggest, Tomlinson continued on page 2
an outstanding plan with no tax increase.”
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School Facilities Plan Alternative C Vote On March 16
continued from page 1 have to be moved to alternative even went so far as to cite them was also in support of Alternative is currently attending Corning
The middle school will be on location. The lacrosse and football as “death traps.” Another major C, “The schools need to be fixed; Community college but returns to
the current site West High School. have to rent space. improvement will be asbestos people cannot go to schools that East for classes such as Choristers.
This new improved facility will The plan also includes an air- removal. What is this? Asbestos are dangerous.” Marissa Miller She noted that she “liked the idea
offer improved safety, security conditioned gymnasium, swim- was used as a fireproof fibrous shared her belief that the plan of East having more choices in
and handicap accessibility. Corn- ming pool, baseball field, softball mineral that was used to build would “unify the town and make classes to take and more opportu-
ing Free Academy has only one field, tennis courts, two full fields many buildings including schools. for a better future.” nities for extra curricular activi-
wheelchair accessible bathroom, for soccer, lacrosse and football, It was discovered that the mineral Even though this plan did not ties.”
which is located in the basement. and also an all new weather track can become airborne when it is pass the first time, in the future Alec Bates, agreed with Op-
The current middle schools do and turf athletic field. No sports chipped. This can build up in resi- their could be a re-vote to help penheim. “[Alternative C] will
not meet state standards (900 teams were planned to have been dents’ lungs and can cause cancer. create a better education, better definitely go up for another
square feet); they are presently in eliminated; in fact, some opportu- Patrick Cleland said, “I would vote.” Bates said, “It’s the best
facilities and better district for the
the 600s. nities would have increased. have voted yes to Alternative students in Corning- Painted Post plan when compared with past
The plan will also save money The faction in support of C because it would give a bet- school district. choices”. Bates also commented
in the sports programs that are Alternative C did so with a main ter educational environment to Jillian Oppenheim said “[Alter- that “it doesn’t make sense for
offered in the district. The sports concern over the safety of the middle and high school students.” native C] should go up for another there to be two high schools in a
facilities are inadequate and teams middle schools, Kris Beykirch Another student, Jessica Teeter vote, it was so close.” Oppenheim small town.”
Student of the Day: Purposeful or Pointless
by Christine Moore, Staff Writer
“And the Student of the Day is….” In the morning an- The idea behind “Student of the Day” is to motivate students who are not typically recognized by the school
nouncements you have probably heard Mr. Tobia announc- students to help others in school but, is this really the ef- for their feats. Although praise can be a good thing, it is a
ing the “Student of the Day”, it is a tradition that has been fect it is having? Shannon Donnelly, a former recipient of common belief that those being awarded the aforemen-
going on at East High School for many years. The purpose the reward, said, “I don’t know why I won ‘Student of the tioned accolades have not earned it in the eyes of other
of this ritual is to make that student feel pride in them- Day’…it was kind of embarrassing.” Aaron Carson said, students. This seems to have been the recent realization
selves for doing something really good to help their school “It is very important that all students try their best at school of our administration, hence there has been a change in
according to Asst. Principal to succeed in life. If you really try your best, most of the ritual and Mr. Tobia has begun to share why students were
Mr. Barber. teachers are very supportive and Student of the Day is a nominated. “Student of the Day” is a school tradition but,
reward for their efforts.” is it still effective?
Recent studies by Alfie Kohn draw practices such as
“Student of the Day” into question because he argues that “Student of the Day” operates under the assumption
it is detrimental to student’s education to motivate them that students will work harder and therefore deserve the
with external sources. An introduction to Kohn’ book reward, typically a lanyard, they are given. However, fol-
Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, lowing Kohn’s school of thought, if students are not self
A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes states, “Drawing from hundreds motivated to improve their school, they will not care even
of studies, Kohn demonstrates that people actually do when a reward is being offered to them. Aaron Collins said,
inferior work when they are enticed with money, grades, “It makes the winner feel good, but the people who don’t
or other incentives. Programs that use rewards to change win end up feeling bad.”
people’s behavior are similarly ineffective over the long run. Has the time for “Student of the Day” passed? Some
Promising goodies to children for good behavior can never students are embarrassed to receive the recognition and are
produce anything more than temporary obedience. In fact, turning the tradition into a mockery but, others still proud
the more we use artificial inducements to motivate people, to be recognized for their accomplishments. According to
the more they lose interest in what we’re bribing them to Mr. Barber, “Student of the Day” and other programs like
do. Rewards turn play into work, and work into drudgery.” the 3A’s, although open to everyone, are targeted towards
Upcoming Events Guidance Spotlight
by Kelsey Walker, Staff Writer
• Saturday, March 13
Mr. Ross is the new guidance change of scenery,” so instead of He said, “At CFA I had a win-
WORLD EXPO East High
counselor who transferred to staying at CFA he came to East. dow in my office. Here, I am
11am to 3pm - Free admission
East from Corning Free Acad- Mr. Ross has been a guidance surrounded by the walls with no
• Tuesday, March 16 emy at the end of January. counselor for seventeen years. window to look out.” The thing
Alternative C - Voting Day he most enjoys about his job at
He is the counselor for the His guidance counselor in high
• Wednesday, March 17 East is being able to see the kids
students with the last name school was the one who planted
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! he remembers counseling and
beginning with the letters the seed in his head that he
advising at CFA.
A-D. He decided to come to would be a good counselor.
East because he had been at His favorite thing at East is his
• Thursday, April 15
Corning Free Academy for
fifteen years. Most people
maroon wall that Samijo Sheer
painted, but his least favorite
Reduced Shakespeare Company
State Theater, Ithaca
think change is scary, but Mr.
Ross says, “It was time for a
thing is the fact that he has no
window. Mr. Ross!
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Saturday, March 13, 2010
from 11am to 3pm at Corning Painted Post-
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Homework Myths Explored
continued from page 3 ductive to development. We need to ask Japanese classroom is a sacred space that students. Instead of focusing narrowly on
ourselves whether homework falls into this does not allow interruptions. We can learn homework’s impact on academic achieve-
Myth: Homework increases academic
category. Lacking solid evidence, homework many lessons from the Japanese system ment or its presumed role in developing
supporters ask us to take on faith the notion (Rohlen & LeTendre, 1995). self-discipline and good work habits, we
Even supporters of homework acknowl-
that homework can instill desirable character Myth: Those who call homework into ques- examined homework in the context of the
edge the problems of research on home-
traits. tion want to dilute the curriculum and kow- lives of students, families, and communi-
work. Homework supporter Harris Cooper
Myth: If our students don’t do lots of tow to the inherent laziness of students. ties.” From this perspective, the researchers
acknowledges that “the conclusions of
homework, their test scores will never be found that homework often disrupts family
past reviewers of homework research show By calling homework into question, we are
competitive internationally. life, interferes with what parents want to
extraordinary variability. . . . the reviews not questioning the work of homework, but
Comparisons of student test scores often teach their children, and punishes students
often directly contradict one another” rather the value of students completing that
pit U.S. students against students from other in poverty for being poor. Perhaps more
(1989, p. 28). Most researchers now concede work at home. Students need to complete
countries. Ironically, the 1995 Third Inter- significantly for educators are the serious
that homework does not improve academic long-term, independent projects as part of
national Math and Science Study (TIMSS) limitations of homework’s pedagogical
achievement for elementary students (Coo- a rigorous academic program. They need to
found that 8th graders in Japan and Ger- prowess.
per, 1994). Recently, homework advocates learn many skills through drill and practice.
have shifted their focus from homework’s many are assigned less homework but still They need time to make new learning their References
questionable impact on student achieve- outperform U.S. students on tests (National own. Professional educators need to design Cooper, H. (1989). Homework. New York:
ment to homework’s alleged importance in Center for Educational Statistics, 2001). rigorous academic work, scaffold new Longman.
developing traits like self-discipline and time Japanese schools spend a greater portion knowledge, and coach new study habits. Kralovec, E., & Buell, J. (2000). The end
management. According to these views, of their budgets on professional develop- The place for such work is in the school. of homework: How homework disrupts
developing homework habits early means ment and organize their school days so that
Researchers Kralovec and Bell (2000) were families, overburdens children, and limits
that a student will be more disciplined about teachers can work collaboratively. Teachers
surprised that homework contributed learning. Boston: Beacon Press.
completing homework in high school and in Japan are at school eight to nine hours a
dramatically to students’ dropping out of Rohlen, T., & LeTendre, G. (1995). Teach-
beyond. day, but they teach only four hours a day. In
school. “We analyzed research reports and ing and learning in Japan. Boston: Cambridge
addition, the Japanese school calendar has
According to Piaget, however, asking talked with hundreds of teachers, parents,
longer school days, longer school years, lon- University Press.
children to perform tasks before they are high school dropouts, and high school
ger lunches, and longer recess periods. The
developmentally ready proves counterpro-
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