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Railsplitter 10.2010 Issue

Railsplitter 10.2010 Issue

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News of the Students, by the Students, for the Students
The Railsplitter
Volume XCVII. Number 1 Abraham Lincoln High School Los Angeles, California October 2010
By Sandy Wang
 Railsplitter Staff Writer 
 On Friday, September 24, 2010, Lincoln High School’sstudents donated pint after pint of blood to a worthy cause.This blood drive took place in Lincoln’s cafeteria. This wasLincoln’s
rst blood drive of the year and was packed fullof nurses and phlebotomist ready to assist students throughthe blood donating process. Lincoln’s very own leadershipgroup was also there to help.The purpose of these blood drives is to collect bloodto help treat cancer patients, newborn babies, children withleukemia, and so on.The requirements to donate blood are that you have to be atleast 16 years old and have parent consent, weigh at least 110lbs., never have had any type of disease or health problems,hadn’t received or donated blood recently, and a photo ID foreach donation. The whole process itself is very safe. Someside effects may include lightheadedness, fatigue, and lack of energy. Some may even faint due to lack of food or toomuch blood loss. To ensure your safety all the USC nursesperform a light check up. They take a small amount of yourblood, measure your heart pulse, check your blood pressure,and ask some basic FAQ regarding your overall health. Aftergiving blood, the nurses make sure you are healthy enoughto go back to class or they’ll let you rest in the cafeteria untilyou feel better.Senior Xiao Kuang said “I donated because Iwanted to save lives, and the t-shirt is a plus!” As a followup question I asked her if she would donate blood again. “Iwould totally donate again,” said Xiao. Many might wonderwhat whole process feels like. I asked Senior ChristopherDiec what it was like lying on the cot? He said, “The feelingfor me wasn’t that bad. I wasn’t scared because I had a certainfriend there that made me laugh. I was relaxed and cool.”I interviewed other students why they chose not to donateblood. Many of these students had the same response JuniorKelly Tang had, “I’m scared of needles!”All in all Lincoln’s
rst blood drive of the year wassuccessful, and as always the T-shirts helped to persuademany students to donate to a great cause.
Tigers Donate Blood
Everyone who donated blood received this free T-shirt.
Block Scheduling Comesto Lincoln High School
By Carlos Jose Machuca Rivera
 Railsplitter Editor 
 September is the beginning of the end for moststudents’ summers. For September is the start of a brandnew school year along with brand new changes. Thebiggest change this year at Lincoln is the transition fromthe traditional 6 classes a day to block scheduling.Block scheduling is a type of academic schedulingin which students have less classes per day but meetfor a longer period of time. For example last year eachclass lasted 54-56 min but now each class is around 84minutes. The bene
t of this is students won’t have tomeet for all of their classes’ everyday.Junior Ken Chhan stated, “Block scheduling isactually pretty okay. It feels nice not having to attend aboring class everyday.”Block scheduling is a reform strategy to helpstudents who are academically behind. Teachers nowteach 6 periods a day including the new advisory/ homeroom period.Many of the teachers I interviewed said thatblock scheduling was horrible, that they missed notseeing their students everyday, and that when they didsee them, it felt rushed. The rest of the teachers simplyreplied with “no comment.”Block scheduling affected everyone on campus.Teachers had to completely change the way they teach,and students had to keep up with all the new changesgoing on.Despite all of these changes imposed by block scheduling many students are more optimistic. I askeda couple of students what they thought of the block scheduling so far.Junior Julie Xiao said, “I like it; it makes theday feel shorter.”Senior Ignacio Pedraza said, “It’s actuallyawesome but can be confusing at times.”Block scheduling attempts to raise test scores byallowing larger blocks of time, for a more
exible andproductive classroom environment, along with moreopportunities for using varied and interactive teachingmethods.A problem with block scheduling is simplythat there is too much class time. The average studentcan only concentrate for 50 minutes, any more thanthat and students begin to loose focus and are moreeasily distracted. The only real way to determine theeffectiveness of block scheduling is by seeing the resultscome May in the forms of CST and AP exams.

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