By Emma W.
I took Spanish 1 in 9th Grade. I thought it was a very fun, interesting, informative course. In this course, you learn the present tense of many verbs and a lot of vocabulary, not just the alphabet and numbers. You learn how to make full sentences. You also get a Rosetta Stone account; I found that the audio and required speaking practice was extremely helpful in helping me retain the information. The Rosetta Stone activities didn't take very long to do, nor did the activities in the Curriculum. They were short and easy to do, but helped you practice using the new vocabulary. You get multiple choice answers, but you also get an opportunity to create your own sentences and to make recordings of yourself speaking in Spanish. Near the end of the year, the Rosetta Stone lessons got a little longer and more difficult to do in one sitting, but you still got a lot out of them. I got a great foundation from Spanish 1; I highly recommend taking this course. Although different parts of the world have different dialects, for example Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Spain, having a foundation in this widely-used language will definitely give you a boost in life, especially in the world of adulthood and careers.
Spanish 1 was a good elective to get you started on learning the Spanish language. Spanish 2 is also an excellent elective to take, especially if you've already taken Spanish 1. You get a Rosetta Stone account for this year as well, but the lessons are much longer than in Spanish 1. They are really difficult to do in one sitting, so Calvert's curriculum is set up so that you do the vocabulary half of the lesson one day and the grammar half another. But once you get past the long Rosetta Stone lessons, everything else is easy and short, just like in Spanish 1. In Spanish 2, you learn more complex grammar structures in Spanish 2, like past-tense and how to form direct and indirect object pronouns. Spanish 2 really helps you take off from what you learned in Spanish 1. Spanish 2 is supposed to be more difficult than Spanish 1, and it is. But it is definitely well worth it. I find myself being able to understand different articles or stories in Spanish and I can translate them. I recommend taking Spanish 2 unless you've never done Spanish 1. It seems obvious, but you would really want to have some background in Spanish before you dive into level 2.
By Sheila F.
Currently number one on the boards is Adele's "Hello." There's a couple things about the music video that could be changed. First thing is lip-syncing. I don't know if she is, I don't know if she isn't, but there are at least two scenes in the beginning of the video where her mouth closed before the singing ends. Also, at the end, what's that move she makes? It looks like she's about to shoot a basketball. Odd moments aside though, it's a good music video. The scenes are dramatic and the effects seem real. The song itself is also great. Personally I don't like Adele. She's usually depressing and her lyrics don't go with her voice very well if that makes sense. But although this is still depressing, it's more intense and her voice matches better. She also sings a bit louder in this which adds to the intensity. All in all, good song, and if you have the same opinion about Adele, I would still suggest listening to this at least once.
By Sheila F.
If you’re into completely edited, pop music, than you should listen to “Sorry” by Justin Bieber. Compared to his original music, and the albums that came afterwards, it isn’t too bad. But compared to other artists on the radio it isn’t too good either. No matter how much anyone dislikes Justin Bieber, this isn’t personal. He doesn’t know how to sing without computers fixing his music. Although if you take out the “oh’s” that were repeated so many times, the lyrics are good. It kind of makes you feel like he’s apologizing to the audience for all he’s done to people since he became famous. However, that feeling stops once he mentions “body.” This is just one person’s opinion, you may like the song, you also may like the person. But that’s up to you to decide. I personally wouldn’t recommend this unless you know the person is either into pop, or Justin.
By Shelia F.
Ok, "Daddy" by Psy, where do I begin? Well we all originally know Psy because of his song "Gangman Style" but he also has new songs. His song "Daddy," aside from the chorus which consists of only that word, the lyrics are pretty good. Especially for a song where half the lyrics aren't in English. The music video on the other hand, was quite disturbing. Not only did it start out in a hospital with a woman giving birth, Psy's face was on the baby. Then in the school scenes, his face is also on what I think is meant to be a little boy's body but it looks like a girl's. Either way, the face doesn't fit the body. Then later, an old man with facial hair is wearing pink women's clothing. Which in general is innocent, but it just made him look really creepy. Same with the "swaggy" guy (at least I think that was their intention). Also, despite good ones, there were also some horrible effects throughout the whole video. His dancing however, has gotten better. All in all, it's a good song but I suggest watching a lyric video.
By Khotero Ridley Bryan
Hello, Calvert Voices readers! In this issue, I’ll be talking about my experience seeing the movie, The Martian.
The best part of this film is its unabashed nerdinees. There's a complete enthusiasm for science that I had never seen before. Scientific accuracy in film is usually thought of as something that will bore or confuse the audience, so it's glossed over. In The Martian, however, they have lengthy discussions about thrust, weight, speed, and numerous other mathematical and scientific concepts, and I understood all of it. I didn't have a moment when I felt like someone had just abstractly explained a thousand page philosophy novel. It's real science and it's absolutely accessible. There's a specific moment towards the end when the characters solve a particularly distressing problem. I won't go into detail, as it would spoil some of the plot, but at the second that the solution to the problem went into action, I had an incredibly intense, yet simple feeling.
By Isabel Swann
Winter, a great time to bring out the snow gloves and bundle your self in layers of clothing. Of course for warmth some of us sacrifice our outfits. A true sacrifice that is. But in this article I will show you five different outfits that will keep you warm but still looking cool.
First up will be this adorable baby blue sweater with white heart on it. To keep a casual look dark ripped jeans would give this outfit a little edge. Flat dark boots go great with almost any outfit and especially this one. A hairstyle of just simple curled hair is a nice final touch. I would tell you what accessories to wear but accessorising is like a personal touch when it comes to outfits.
The next outfit is.....I’m sorry I couldn’t help myself! I mean with the movie coming out and everything this outfit is very appropriate. Anyhow let’s get to the outfit. It’s a Darth Vader sweater with black pants. These pants aren’t just any black pants though. They have a very subtle print on them that makes them very unique. The shoes that are in the picture with the pants actually go great with this outfit although I don’t know what they’re called but they look fabulous. A loose braid compliments this outfit.
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.
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.
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