By Emma Weinheimer
1. Get a good night’s sleep. I normally go to bed between 9:30 and 10:00 PM and wake up between 6:30 and 7:00 AM. This way, I get the 9 hours of sleep I need. If I don’t get enough sleep, I’m awfully sluggish and find myself not being able to concentrate the next day.
2. Eat something that will stick with you for breakfast. Sometimes your only option is cold cereal, but try to eat something substantial, like eggs, oatmeal, granola and yogurt, etc. I also drink milk with meals for protein.
3. If you have any games in your Start Menu on your computer, remove them from your list for two reasons: they obviously distract you from your work, and they can strain your eyes, making you tire more easily. Then open up other programs that will not distract you, such as a web browser or a web security program. This way, your Start Menu will be full and you won’t see the game that distracts you.
4. Fill a travel cup (one with a lid!) with water and bring it upstairs with you. If you keep yourself hydrated, you will be able to stay fresh and focused.
5. Download a desktop timer and work in one-and-a-half hour blocks. When the timer goes off, get up and take a ten to fifteen minute break. Just get up, go to the bathroom, get a snack, and walk around. If you get away from the computer for a little bit, you’ll be recharged and ready to go when you sit back down.
By Emma Weinheimer
On behalf of Calvert High School, Calvert Voices wishes Tori M., Serena-Morgan S., Olivia M., and Fatima Az-Zahraa D. a very happy birthday!
By Emma Weinheimer
Rachel P: It's pretty nice in Nashville today! Partly cloudy, but with enough sun, and around 72 degrees F
Tori M: I'm not actually sure how to accurately describe Austin's weather right now. I suppose it could still be considered summer temperatures with 80s and 90s though a few days, including today, have been cooler.
Khotero B: THE ETERNAL RAIN IS NO MORE! REJOICE! It's been pretty sunny these past couple weeks. Very warm.
Serena-Morgan (Brookie) S: It's only 63 right now, which is the perfect temperature for me :D sunny, no clouds, cool, with a light breeze
Maxwell S: High of 99 low of 77, 0% chance of rain.
Cal B: In Burlington VT, this is the coverage for today! It is 68 degrees right now, it is somewhat cloudy at the moment, and there is 0% chance of rain today.
Jared H: In Jefferson City, Missouri, has been around 75 during the day and gets down to about 65 at night no rain.
Mikhaela C: In the U.A.E it's currently 33 degrees celsius, Sunny and no chance of rain.
Roxy L: As usual, Okinawa, Japan has the crazy weather, where we have one crazy hot sunny day, and
the next day is pouring rain. The temperature is in the 80s, but finally the nights have been getting
cooler (high 70s). And of course, humidity is in the 90%+.
Emma W: In inland CT, it has been in the lower to mid 70s -- perfect fall weather! It has been sunny and dry with some cloud coverage, but no rain.
By Emma Weinheimer
For those of you considering taking the Music Appreciation/Digital Arts Course, here is a review on
that particular course. Music Appreciation came in the first semester, and then Digital Arts was in the
second semester. I thought Music Appreciation was going to be very different. I was a little disappointed. Ms. Vermes had her class write a lot of papers and presentations, so I recommend getting to know how to use presentation software. You did learn a lot about the time periods of music, but the quizzes' question content varied from the smallest of details to the most general of points. It was very frustrating trying to discern what to annotate and what was just a filler. Music Appreciation was about two lessons per week, but between all the research and looking up on YouTube, it was a more tedious class than I thought it would be.
I found Digital Arts to be much more manageable. Don't worry; you're not learning how to speak in
binary code (computer language). You'll be learning how to create art in a digital format, or in a way
that you can or would show on a computer or digital device. I think my favorite section so far was the
photography unit. For this particular unit, you get to take photos for assignments! It is a lot of fun
learning about the different software and websites, but be warned. You will have to visit a lot of
websites and possibly download a lot of new software. I thought I was going to be making a lot more
digital art than I did, but some of the technology discussed was such a far cry from the emerging skill
level that it was for the better.
Both courses have a lot of essays to be written. Familiarize yourself with the proper essay format. A lot of assignments in Music Appreciation are also presentations, so I recommend familiarizing yourself
with that software, too. Overall, I think that although Digital Arts was a lot of fun, Music Appreciation
was a bit of a disappointment to start out with. However, they were both highly informative classes with a lot of good information.
By Emma Weinheimer
A useful elective to take is a foreign language, especially Spanish. You use Rosetta Stone to build your
vocabulary and grammar, and the audio tools and need to practice speaking help a lot in your Spanish
formation. The courses include fun activities that are a balance of fill-in-the-blank type questions and
questions that you can answer on your own. I highly recommend taking this course because Spanish is
so widely used that it will come in handy in your adult life, if not your teen life. As I live in an area with many Puerto Ricans, this Spanish course has given me a lot of help in communicating with those whose first language is Spanish. At the end of each module, you do a cultural project based on what you learned, like soccer or something about Spanish-speaking countries' customs. Both Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 are courses that make you want to keep learning. I highly recommend it to you.
Interviewed by Fatima Az-Zahraa Dadou
To get started, please tell a bit about yourself and how you became Executive Director at Calvert.
I studied film production and directing in my undergraduate university, but have always had an affinity toward education. I entered the field of education through a teacher program called Teach for America. I taught elementary school for a number of years before I delved into the world of online education and homeschooling as a curriculum specialist and instructional designer for a virtual school. I enjoy thinking outside the box and developing creative paths for students to learn through technology and non-traditional classrooms. I was attracted to Calvert because it provides a rigorous academic program with a legacy of success and student achievement. I assumed the role of School Administrator (Principal) of the Calvert Academies in late August, and I am thrilled to be a part of a thriving new addition to Calvert.
What are some of the roles you have at Calvert and which do you enjoy?
I began working for Calvert Education in 2009 as a Senior Instructional Designer and Manager of Curriculum Development. In these roles, I developed interactive lessons and activities, and I oversaw all the writing of new courses and enhancements to existing courses in Calvert’s K-8 program.
In 2012, I began working for Maryland Public Television, and then returned to Calvert in April of 2015 in the role of Curriculum Manager, where I continue to oversee the development of Calvert courses. I enjoy this work because it allows me to be creative about how best to deliver and support learning for students.
By Rachel Peterson
The darkness stood still around her in the cover of the trees, the moon shining brightly overhead. She took slow, careful breaths as she stared into the trees before her, trying to block out the scene behind her. The harsh sounds of battle were cutting through the eerie quiet of the forest; people were screaming as innumerable beasts let loose the thunder from the skies. Half of her face was lit by the fire and greenish blue glows emanating from the magic swirling through the air. She let her head fall back against the tree, her breath coming out in sharp gasps before she forced it back into a steady
rhythm. Her fingers tightened around the warm metal of her blade, thumb running along the grooves in the hilt. She stared aimlessly into the sky, watching the stars dance above her, blinking in and out of
existence. They seemed to whisper a quiet something, a secret shared across the nebulas as they watched the destruction beneath them, each blaze of light a mockery of the wisdom they held.
By Rachel Peterson
She once was a willow, with whispering leaves,
She once was a flower that danced in the breeze.
She once was a river, a fire, a storm,
She once was a dream that soon was deformed.
And now she’s a whisper, only found in the air,
Her life is a secret that so few of us bear.
She walks with, and guides us,
She’s always beside us,
Like the Mother she used to be.
Her smile grows warmer,
And one day we’ll mourn ‘er,
For the seconds that pass can never be taken back.
And one day we’ll see, with open eyes,
The damage we caused as The Mother dies.
By Khotero Bryan
First on this list: Archie! Archie Comics is back with a brand new series about our favorite Riverdale Redhead and his friends. Written by Eisner Award winner Mark Waid, and drawn by Hugo Award winner Fiona Staples, the story begins with the breakup of Riverdale High’s most prominent couple, Betty and Archie. The first issue sets the stage for what is promising to be an excellent reimagining of the love triangle between Betty, Archie, and Veronica. The art is fresh and vibrant, leaving no doubt that this is an Archie of the modern age.
Secondly, an alternate history comic published by one of the Big Two: DC Comics. DC Comics’ Bombshells is set during World War II, featuring some DC’s best and brightest female characters as part of a special group organized by the government to fight in the war. This one is written by Marguerite Bennet, who also writes Marvel’s recent all- female Avengers team, A-Force, and drawn primarily by artist Marguerite Sauvage. The art is reason enough to pick up a copy, as it depicts characters with tasteful femininity and strength, rather than the comic industry’s usual outrageous poses. This is a comic book for fans of DC, fans of alternate histories, and fans of good stories.
Last, but certainly not least, Lando, from Marvel Comics. Lando is, indeed, about the rascally leader of Cloud City, Lando Calrissian. This five-issue miniseries takes place before he comes to Cloud City, and details his theft of an Imperial ship with valuable, and mysterious, cargo. Charles Soule and Alex Maleev write and illustrate. This is part of what may be considered a first wave for new Star Wars comics published by Marvel since Lucasfilm was bought by Disney. The dialogue is quick and witty, as one would expect from anything associated with Star Wars, and the suspense is compelling. The art adds to the mystery with dark tones.
By Cory Bauer
This school year is off to a great start with a bunch of fun clubs for students to participate in. Let’s start with the Broadcasting Club. For those who were with us last year, you would know CHS Radio. It’s back!! We also have Reader’s Theatre in association with the Broadcasting club. Check out Edmodo, or email Miss Radachy for info about this club. Miss Radachy has another club, the Creative Writing Club. This one is pretty much self-explanatory, but none the less, it’s about… you guessed it, Creative Writing! The current project is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
A new club was recently introduced. May we present to you… THE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB! Please contact Mr. O’Bryan or Rachel P. for more information.
That’s it for this round of club news! Check back next time when we bring you more exciting news about the clubs at Calvert Education High School.
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