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The Sentinel, Fall 2013

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FALL 2013 Volume XIX, Issue ISouthold High School
 How does one satisfy the entire student body while keeping the administration happy? This is a constant question that the Student Council members ask themselves while making decisions. In order for an event to  be successful, student council tries to make it enjoyable for the students, teachers and administrators. This year’s student council is composed of President Kenji Fujita, Vice President Will Tondo, Treasurer Drew Sa-cher, Secretary Liam Walker, along with Advisor Mr. Santiago. The co-hort is attempting to make this year more eventful, wild, and entertaining than any past years. When asked about how this year’s student council is working when compared to previous years, Mr. Santiago responded, “That’s a very complex question. There are two types of assessments. There is a student’s point of view, and a teacher’s point of view. The student’s  point of view is based on student participation, and ultimately if they had a good time throughout the year. The teacher’s assessment is based on more behavioral concerns: underaged drinking, conduct, and dress
code. I tend to nd that there is often fear and concern in giving the
Student Council power due to the possible risks. So to answer your question, I think that from a student’s point of view, this has been one of the better years we have ever had. Spirit Day was the best ever to those who participated, and homecoming had an amazingly well-liked DJ. They only have more events planned that will live up to the hype they speak of. From a teacher’s perspective I don’t really know. I’m more interested in the students’ opinions.”By Liam Walker  Students and teachers alike are often quick to judge the success of a Student Council event, but there is a lot of effort put in behind the scenes that only the council itself knows about. Treasurer Drew Sacher explained, “Getting up early for meetings stinks, and unorganization can  be stressful, but ultimately we have a great time, and we enjoy making the students happy.” President Kenji Fujita agreed with Drew’s statement while adding that “planning an event is often stressful. We always have to
have a Plan B for every decision we make.” He also stated,”It’s difcult
not knowing how many people will show up to events. We can only hope that the students believe us when we hype up events.” After the student council comes up with an idea for an event, what  plans need to be put in place in order for it to happen? Mr. Santiago ex- plained, “It takes the coordination of many bureaucratic elements, such as scheduling, getting approval, setting up, and accommodating a date for student participation.” He continued, “The event must be rationalized, ap-
 proved, staffed by chaperones and nancially planned. Then we have the student council secretary and treasurer sign off on the specications. If all
of this occurs, we can host the event.” With all this being said, it takes a lot of effort for Student Coun-cil to satisfy the students of Southold High School and the community. The event is one thing. Behind the scenes is where all of the hardest work takes place. In the words of Student Council President Kenji Fujita, “Reaching your goal is completing a mission. Exceeding your goal is a success. Everything we plan is stressful because we aim for success.”
Letters to the Editor - Page 2 New Teachers - Page 4Classroom Music - Page 7Spirit Day - Page 8Fashion - Page 9Fountain Fervor - Page 10Low Level Laptops - Page 11Yellow Jackets - Page 12Senior Prank & ROTC - Page 13Sports - Page 14 - 15The 1920’s - Page 15School Drama - Page 16
Dear Editor, Reports of senior pranks and the response to them are part of an annual rite of passage for many teenagers. We must always be mindful of counseling our student population not to use those mo-ments in their aspiration towards the next phase in life beyond high school to be de-structive, vindictive, or insensitive to people and property. Rendering judgment on what constitutes good, clean fun can be a matter of opinion—and those opinions vary widely. For some such activity has no place in the school house, while for others such expressions can be part of what may be seen as a gesture of school spirit.At Southold Schools, the small in-timate classes of 50-60 per grade level set aside time each fall for “Spirit Week.” The culminating day (which leads up to the an-nual homecoming Varsity Soccer Games) is Spirit Day. This day features a series of competitions between the freshman, sopho-mores, juniors and seniors. Although this
is not the typical oat building competition
seen in many larger high schools, it is part of a way to create that special bond among the members of a given class.Today was Spirit Day. As part of my usual routine of greeting students as they arrived at our school I was surprised when a student came running up to me and per-sonally invited me to join the senior class for pancakes. I was puzzled and perplexed. How would we go to eat pancakes before the start of classes? I was brought over to a section of the parking lot away from traf-
c, and there stood a group of 12th graders
cooking pancakes on a little outdoor grill. “Would you like plain or M & M pan-cakes?” asked the student who was doing quite the job as a short order cook. Another student asked if I would like a glass of wa-ter or orange juice.So, what does this little, novel idea have to do with education? How should I have reacted? At the risk of making too much or too little out of the episode I offer the following.The school spirit of a small group of high school students was on display this morning. They were not being destructive. They politely and appropriately made a ges-ture towards each other as well as others, offering pancakes to a teacher’s aide, custo-dian, and any passerby entering the school this morning. Potentially lost in the parade of added rigor to the school experience of so many students comes a creative expression that was executed with teamwork and care as not a speck of dirt or debris remained in the parking lot after their impromptu breakfast.I am not here to suggest that this is the purpose of school. Nor am I here to report that through actions such as these we are destined to be more globally com-petitive. I am, however, here to remind the adults who are charged with making poli-cies—at all levels of government to leave room for celebrating the youth of our com-munities. For it is through the camaraderie and school spirit of our youth, and the lead-ers among them, that we leverage opportu-nities to explore greater issues of trust and the ever-important balance between free-dom and responsibility. It is in this space
that we nd ways to explore new frontiers
of expression that harness the energy to innovate and make meaning of the world around us.Sincerely,Mr. GambergDear Editor, Recently, our school is mak-ing attempts to become more tech savvy by slowly implementing tech friendly policies. Southold is taking baby steps in the right direction, but certainly not fast enough. We still don’t have the freedom of internet, and I’m meeting my old “friend” Iprism at ev-ery link when I’m trying to do research for a paper. Also, each junior high student re-ceived personal chromebooks, and I’m hop-ing they’ll reach my grade sometime soon.
I’m asking that the class of 2015 won’t be
conveniently “forgotten” when it comes se-nior year and every grade has personal lap-tops while I have to write college essays and applications for scholarships on desktop computers.Sincerely,Steven AmatoDear Editor, Southolders need to represent where they come from a little more. What
I mean by that is we should nally open a
school store. I’ve heard rumors about how
we try and try to open a store, but let’s 
-nally do it. It could be ran by a class each year, such as the junior class or senior class, and it could help for fundraising. In the store, we could sell items such as drawstring backpacks, lanyards, and even clothing such as sweatshirts, sweatpants, t-shirts, and long sleeve shirts. Many schools have a store that is open for the students to buy items from. As of now, the only people who are able to truly represent our school are sports teams when they get their sweatshirts or jackets. Why can’t the whole school have a little more school pride? I know that I am not the only one who would sport Southold School items around town.Yours truly,Jessica JeromeDear Editor, I know it’s a bit out of season
and late, but what’s with the soccer elds?
I don’t see how it can turn into a crabgrass
eld. Hasn’t anybody heard of fertilizer or
pesticides? I know there are environmental people out there and what not, but come on,
it’s hard to walk out on any of these elds
without the possibility of rolling an ankle. I doubt anyone took any care of the play-
ing elds over the summer, so I am guessing that’s where things went wrong in the rst
place. I walk past plenty of people’s houses and notice that their lawn is perfect and pristine. Why is it impossible for a school district to achieve what seems to be a popu-lar task done by the common man? Maybe the school just doesn’t really care about athletic teams and players enough, who knows?Sincerely,Shayne Johnson Dear Editor, Many students enjoy sitting back and listening to music. Some students
nd it easier to learn using this technique. I
believe that students should be given the op-tion to use their headphones if that’s the best way for them to learn. While some teachers see this as an easy distraction, this is actually a great way for students to get through the tough material. They can focus on the task they are doing because there are no distrac-tions outside of the music and work. Music helps children stay calm and keeps the class quiet, and free from distractions. If this gets allowed in school, we may see an increase in test scores and the ability to interpret the material deeper.Sincerely,Alex PoliwodaDear Editor, Throughout my entire high school career, I’ve never been stopped in the hallway unless a teacher or peer started a conversation with me. We would talk about class or we would catch up and talk about how the year is going so far. When you asked a teacher to go to the bathroom, get a drink, or anything else that requires walking in the hallway, they usually weren’t strict about having you take a pass. Why? Because here at Southold, the teachers trust their students to do the right thing. Now, it’s a little differ-
ent. I nd it utterly repulsive to have a “bath
-room pass.” Do you realize how unsanitary that is? I cringe whenever I have to use the infamous red bathroom pass. The biggest an-noyance for me is that whether you have the pass or not, you’re now interrogated about what you’re doing, with attitude I might add. I guess what I’m saying is when teachers see a student in the hallway, they shouldn’t automatically assume the worst and perhaps start a friendly conversation rather than talking down to us and making us out to be culprits.Sincerely,Cali LongDear Editor, I recently pledged to AT&T’s Texting and Driving, It Can Wait cam-paign. Not texting while driving is so im-portant to me after realizing all the risks it involves. Recently, SADD organized a school wide assembly featuring a few spe-cial guest speakers. I think this assembly was amazing and much needed. Our small
school is lled with new drivers and we
need to develop good driving habits now.
The rst speaker, Karen, told the shocking
story of her fathers death due to a distracted driver. We’ve all heard ‘no drinking and driving’ and ‘no texting and driving’, but what is equally as important is no distrac-tions while driving. Distractions include drinking or eating, loud music, or too many
passengers in the car. Karen’s heartfelt story
really amazed all of us, I think, in that a simple reach for a water bottle while driv-ing can kill an innocent man, husband, and father. Also, as the second speaker stressed, every text can wait. Whether you’re driving down a quiet road or at a red light, if you’re driving, don’t text! No text is worth losing your life or ending someone elses. Sincerely, Shannon QuinnDear Editor, Most students, like myself, would agree to say that the pre-assessments
that students now take during the rst few
weeks of school are quite ridiculous. These tests are taking time out of the students’ learn-ing time and in my opinion the tests aren’t necessary.These tests are given to students to show how much the students know. However, if these assessments are given to us at the be-ginning of the year, it is common knowledge that we won’t know anything that is on the test. These assessments are really only a ben-
et to teachers because by the end of the year
we can take the same test and actually know the answers. It’s frustrating to sit in class and take a test that doesn’t even mean anything. It doesn’t just frustrate students, but teachers as well. Teachers need to take time out of their busy schedule to grade something that doesn’t even affect their grades. If you took a survey of students in varied grades and asked them if they actually took their time and really tried, the numbers would be slim to none. These as-sessments don’t affect students, but teachers, however, get an assessment grade based on how well the students do on the tests. I under-stand that these are helpful to the administra-tors to be aware of how students are progress-ing, but it is a very tedious assessment and is dreadful to many students.Sincerely,Molly Zimmerman
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ADVISOR: Mr. James StahlSTAFF:Justina Babcock Markis CroteauAmy KandoraShannon QuinnJulia SaccamanoCONTRIBUTORS:Jasmine ClasingKatie ConnollyKimberly ConnollyJackie DaveyReese DunneMr. David GambergAlthea MignoneJamie Molnar Meg PickerellStephanie PortilloGregory QuistKirk SmithDaniel StahlLiam Walker PHOTOGRAPHER:William Tondo
It’s pretty embarrassing to be late to class, no pass, no valid excuse, and once you get there, everyone turns their heads and all the eyes are on you. We’ve all been there, even Mr. McArdle... except he was tardy to his own class! Luckily, that only happened once in his six years of teaching. Besides being late to class, Mr. McArdle
likes to surf, sh and coach sports (wrestling and football). Before
all of this teaching of life science, accelerated science, earth sci-ence, and integrated college geology, Mr. McArdle was a lifeguard and a graduate of SUNY Oneonta and SUNY Stony Brook. Mr. McArdle’s favorite place on Long Island is Montauk; there’s some  pretty great waves to catch there. He came out to Southold after teaching in a big school. He decided it was time for change of pace. Although Mr. McArdle tried not to give cheesy answers during his interview, his best high school memory was being accepted to the colleges he wanted to be accepted to. So, if Mr. McArdle sounds like your kind of teacher, watch out for any new science research  programs. That’s the one elective class he would love to teach!
Everyone knows that we have a bunch of new teachers here at South-old, but have you met Mr. Locascio yet? Well, he resides in room 108, and teaches social studies. He’s in Global History, United States History, and Economics classes. He’s been teaching for seven years and went to college at Long Island University, but got his Master’s at Dowling. Interested in mass media? Well, Mr. Locascio would love to teach that as an elective. Why did he come to Southold? He also grew up in a small town and he says he likes the atmosphere here and it is a very nice place to be. Other jobs he has had include the sports desk at Madison Square Garden, which is in one of his favorite places to visit. Mr. Locascio was a good kid in school, so the strangest thing for him was being called down to the principal’s
ofce. Turns out, he just got nominated for something. His best high
school memory is when he went to Disney for his senior trip. What does he do outside of school, you may ask? Well, he likes DJing, woodworking, soccer, and he loves fantasy football. If you ever see him, make sure to welcome him to Southold Jr./Sr. High School!
We often wonder why every student at Mattituck gives us the typical “jealous” stare. It turns out that they are just reminiscing of their great memories with the amazing teacher, Mr. Wesnofske. He has been teaching for six years, this year  being his seventh. He has not only been a teacher, but a lifetime farmer! Mr. Wes-nofske came here as an opportunity to teach technology and to stay on the North Fork with his wife. His courses include Principles of Engineering and Jr. High Technology. Mr. Wesnofske has had a lot of education before this point in his ca-reer...he has been to SUNY Oswego for his undergraduates and Stony Brook for his masters. If he could teach any elective courses, he would be found instructing robotics, woodworking, TV production, or agriculture. On any given day, you
can nd him on the North Fork or planning another trip to Santorini, Greece. His
 best memory from high school was working in the shops to build, create, and design great projects. Often times, Mr. Wesnofske can be found spending time with his wife, working on the family farm, or playing sports. To him, “Every day is out of the ordinary and every day is extraordinary.”
 Our school has always been tight-knit, so when a new teacher comes aboard, everyone notices immediately. As every student makes their initial judgements, some teachers may receive an unneeded bad wrap. Fortunately, Mrs. Prager will never have this problem because
she ts right in amazingly already! Mrs. Prager has plenty of experi
-ence, 23 years that is. She also has worked with all children including those with special needs, teens suffering from behavioral disorders, early intervention (2-3 years old), and even with adults! She has al-ways put forth efforts to improve others’ lives without thinking of
her own. Mrs. Prager arrived here to nd an occupation closer to her
home and family in the nearby town of Mattituck. By working with individuals in their homes everyday beforehand, she wanted to take a break from the long drives up-island. I’m not lying when I say that Mrs. Prager is a woman to watch out for…. She has undergraduate ed-ucation from Stony Brook, SUNY Oswego, and the extremely snowy campus at SUNY Buffalo. For her master’s degree, she went to the high-ranking school of Columbia University in Manhattan. Now, if
you ever need to nd Mrs. Prager after a hard day of work, you may nd her at her sister’s house at Stony Brook Lake, an enormous lake
 perfect for many leisurely activities. As a senior at Ward- Melville High School, Mrs. Prager had her fondest memory. There was a huge
extravaganza with a bonre, huge oats like the Snoopy at the Macy’s
Day Parade, and loads of energy, otherwise known as Homecoming.  Now, when it comes to the strangest moment in school, Mrs. Prag-
er explained how during her rst semester at college in Buffalo, she
shared a jumbo dorm with six other girls from all walks of life. Talk about girl drama.
 Today, you’ll nd her teaching the Foundations for Learning program,
which includes a multitude of subjects and life skill lessons, and will often be seen as a multitasking mom on the go. She is also a modern-day superwoman due to the fact that she manages to be a part-time lacrosse and soccer coach! This lovely woman plays soccer on the Long Island Ladies Soccer League. If she were ever to teach an elective course, you would see her setting up a Big Brother/Big Sister or pro-counseling program. If you ever have a chance to see Mrs. Prager, I would. She is an amazing woman with a contagious and outgo-ing personality!
 New teachers have been lling the halls this school year. One of those
new teachers is Ms. Foote. Ms. Foote has been teaching for seven years. Before getting into teaching, she had various jobs in her high school and college years. These jobs included working at the college  bookstore, three different summer camps, working as a grocery store  bookkeeper, and even at Clovis Point Winery. Her favorite places that she has been are Western Europe, which she visited on a ninth grade trip, a cruise to the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico. Ms. Foote decided to take the job in Southold because it was a great opportunity and she was able to get a full time English teaching career. Before she started teaching, Ms. Foote attended three colleges, SUNY Portland, Stony Brook, and St. Joseph’s. Her favorite high school experience was her senior year spirit week. A radio station came to her school and
a carnival theme was in place outside. On the ip side, her strangest
high school memory was failing her biology regents and having to repeat the course in summer school with the same teacher, who she claims was completely different the second time around. Some of Ms. Foote’s favorite pass times are scrapbooking, baking, and taking a trip to the movies. Ms. Foote teaches resource room and English classes for grades eight through twelve. If she could teach any possible elec-tive class, she would love to teach various literature classes, modern Irish poetry, and even a cinema class. On behalf of the entire student  body and staff, welcome to Southold Jr./Sr. High School, Ms. Foote!

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