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Cychronicle (Volume 5, Issue 3)

Cychronicle (Volume 5, Issue 3)

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 Volume 5, Issue 3Friday, June 8, 2012
By Alphonse Renzi
Children are young, energetic, andfree-spirited. They are able to live theirlives, without the continuous stress of the world; however, these same children willsomeday grow to become the future of the world. While that is indeed a scary path, with countless challenges ahead, it doesnot hurt to have some fun and assistancealong the way, and that is where the Star-buck Reading Buddies Program comesinto play.The Starbuck Reading Buddies Programis a co-operation between WatertownHigh and Starbuck Elementary in whichhigh school students come to Starbuck El-ementary to help young children with basicschool work. Teenagers are paired up withelementary students and provide assis-tance to their buddies in reading, math, andscience. Buddies even play cards and boardgames. Academically, the program is simi-lar to “Big Brothers, Big Sisters”. Both sides(teenagers and children) learn from eachother: elementary students gain self-con-dence, while the teenagers gain a senseof responsibility, and an understanding of how good it feels to help someone else.Mr. Taylor, the principal of Starbuck Elementary School, explained that theprogram was derived from another calledReading Across America. At rst, like Read-ing Across America, the Starbuck ReadingBuddies Program only occurred once a year on or around March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Now, however, the programoccurs six times a school year, which helpsto strengthen the bonds between the stu-dents. Mr. Taylor even admitted that onone of the days when the high school stu-dents could not come to Starbuck, due tobus difculties, the children’s excitementquickly turned to disappointment. Water-town High School student Megan Donatodescribes the experience as “a nice way of helping a child open up and want to listenand the elementary students seem to ndit cool to have a friend in the high school.”It seems safe to say that on the six daysof the program’s events, there was nevera dull moment inside the Starbuck musicroom, art room, or library, which is wherethe students are paired up. Though thismay not seem like much, one little mo-ment or bond between these two differentsets of students seems to have a signicantimpact on everyone involved: each studentgrows in terms of self-condence, respon-sibility, and just plain fun. It is obviousthat the high school students are passingthe torch of the enjoyment of learning fromone generation to another, and there istruly no greater gift that they could give totheir younger counterparts.
WHS students who serve as Starbuck Buddies.
Andrew Coronado and Alyssa Jefferds work with their Starbuck Buddies
Friday, June 8, 2012
CychronicleBy Tori Butler
 As the current school winds, studentsare already beginning to anticipate thenext school year. Freshmen and sopho-mores are worrying about the changesthat will come in the curriculum and instate testing before they graduate. Ju-niors are growing excited about the factthat they only have one more year of highschool, and seniors are preparing to leavehigh school and to begin the rest of theirlives. Most of these seniors are also tak-ing the time to reect and consider whatthey have done well and what they wishthey could have done differently. Theseseniors have graciously provided someadvice for those students who will remainbehind in the hopes that they will listen totheir counsel and avoid some of the morecommon mistakes.Many seniors gave the same bit of ad-vice, “Don’t let school become overwhelm-ing, but don’t make it important. Do yourhomework and show up in class.” Another senior added, “Do what you aresupposed to do because struggling to passin your senior year is not fun.” Your senior year should be the best of your high school years. You don’t want all of the work that you failed to do in the other four years com-ing back to haunt you.” Another senior offered this bit of guid-ance, “You have to keep moving if you want to get somewhere that you’ve neverbeen. In relation to school, you have tokeep doing your work if you want to make itthrough your high school career.”Most seniors also added this bit of ad-vice, “Stop acting so immaturely. Enteringhigh school should serve as a reminder thatit is time to grow up. Immaturity will get you nowhere in life so start preparing for what comes after high school.” Another senior admitted that he wishedthat he had not procrastinated in his earlier years of high school because he could havedone much better. He suggested that stu-dents should work hard and get everythingdone. He also reminded underclassmenthat “each individual only gets one shot athigh school so he or she has to take that op-portunity seriously.”Still another senior left these words of  wisdom, “Always put forth your best ef-fort and try your hardest. Even the small-est screw up will affect you”. Many seniorssuggested that everyone in high schoolhas to worry less about all of the dramabecause the silly little squabbles betweenfriends and peers will have little effect on aperson’s future.So if you will be returning to high schoolin the fall, consider taking this advice fromthe upperclassmen. After all, they have n-ished the journey through high school andare well on their way to the future.
Advice from Seniors
Congratulations Class of 
from the 
Cychronicle Staff 
Editor- Brendan CooleyAssistant Editor-Nick CavalierePhotographers- Amber McAllister, Maggie AckermanAdvertising Director- Michaela Castillo Journalism Advisor- Mrs. Shear
Friday, June 8, 2012
CychronicleBy Mason Phillips
 What is a role model? A role model is de-fned as “someone to be copied or a wor-thy person who is a good example or otherpeople.” The only problem is that many high school students don’t know how topick that role model and almost every ath-lete, young or old, has once chosen to look up to a proessional athlete.Unortunately, this past year may havebeen the worst time or anyone to pick anidol. The Syracuse University and PennState sex abuse scandals seem to havestarted this era o despair. Not long aterthose startling revelations, Bobby Petri-no (the Arkansas College Head FootballCoach) cheated on his wie; and then, ellrom motorcycle, which had his mistresson the back. In addition, both the men’sand the women’s basketball teams at Bay-lor University have been placed on three years’ probation because o recruiting vio-lations.Proessional athletes, however, did notare any better. For example, the New Or-leans Saints Football Team had a bounty system, which was intended to deliberately hurt the players o other teams in exchangeor pay raises (as i an NFL player needsmore money). In the world o proessionalbasketball, Metta World Peace elbowedJames Harden in the head, Rajon Rondobumped a reeree in aggravation ater a“bad” call, and Amar’e Stoudemire hurt hishand ater punching glass in the rustrationthat ollowed a loss. Is it necessary to goany urther? Are these the people we want younger athletes to ollow?So, in this world o badly behaved col-lege and proessional athletes, whomshould we choose as a role model. The an-swer can be ound inside the walls o Wa-tertown High School. Individuals, youngand old, should choose someone like ourown Matt Netto. Matt is a our-year Var-sity Athlete in ootball, swimming, and la-crosse. Matt has been a participant in fveFrontier League Championships and hasbeen a Frontier League All-Star in all three.Matt not only excels in sports, but also, inthe classroom. Because o his hard work inboth academics and sports, coaches rom Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Harvard, andHamilton have contacted Matt to discusshis college plans. (Most people would notknow this because Matthew is also a mod-est young man.) Matt is not a typical cocky athlete: he sticks to his morals and willgo out o his way to help someone else. Irecently asked Matt i he realized that he was a role model, and he explained, “I justtry to do the right thing…that’s how I wasraised.”Matt Netto is not the only athlete at Wa-tertown High School who could be viewedas a role model. Caleb Bettis, Mia Caponeand Brianne Arthur are also great exam-ples. I proessional and collegiate athletesacted more like our young athletes, it mightstart a trend: athletes would once again bein the news or good rather than their un-sportsmanlike and illegal activities.“Role models” in the sports world aregetting recognized or ridiculous actionsand poor behavior. Younger Athletes:choose your role models wisely. Varsity athletes: Be a role model or younger ath-letes to look up to. John Wooden once said,“Being a role model is the most powerulorm o educating.”
Mason’s Corner: Role Models
By Amber McAllister
Recently, Watertown High School ex-perienced the loss o a student. Shock andsadness quickly spread throughout thebuilding; and unortunately, the emphasisquickly shited rom the young woman to agroup o individuals who used her death toocus attention on themselves. Although itis acceptable to eel sadness and anxiety ata time like this, it is never acceptable to ex-ploit someone’s death in order to be a parto a crowd. While it is possible that the young lady in question may have been teased or ag-gravated by other students; the truth isthat no note or other orm o communica-tion let behind gave a reason or her ac-tions. Even her best riends say that shenever mentioned being bullied. And while we are speaking the truth, many o theindividuals who participated in the “an-ti-bullying” rally did not even know ErinFoley. And while we are speaking aboutthe anti-bullying movement, why werestudents playing kickball and sunningthemselves during the event? Is it possi-ble that many individuals used the day asan excuse to get out o school? Were they concerned at all about the individuals inquestion or the about the idea o bully-ing? Some o these individuals were alsonever active in fghting bullying beorethat rally, and some o those rally partici-pants were actually active in making otherstudents eel very uncomortable duringtheir time at Watertown High School. An-other truth is that Watertown High Schoolis an excellent school that is oten the vic-tim o misjudgment. The majority o thestudents in this building are hardworkingand compassionate persons, who wouldimpress even the harshest o critics. It isinsulting to even insinuate that any o thestudents in this building were the cause o Erin’s death, and it is ludicrous to believethat such extreme bullying would go un-noticed or allowed to continue. The very idea o this bullying issue started on a so-cial networking site and rapidly expand-ed throughout the community. The nextstep, thereore, is to ask ourselves thesequestions, “Is everything that appears ona social networking site the truth? And,should we believe something that has noactual basis just because someone writesit on a computer site?” At a time like this, it is understandableto want concrete answers, and it is easierto pinpoint a single explanation, like bully-ing. In any suicide, there are multiple con-tributing actors, and the truth is, however,that without Erin, we will never truly know the cause. Whatever the reason, we havelost someone who had the potential to bevery successul and who was a caring andkind member o the school community.
Was it Bullying?
By Isabella Sofa
 A huge problem in schools today is atten-dance. Many students neglect the privilegeo attending school on a regular basis. Thismeans that they are not receiving an edu-cation and are not being responsible. Mostkids who skip school are not doing it to goto work, but are doing it because they arelazy or because their parents do not enorcethe rule that requires them to attend. Thetruth is, however, that it is important to goto school in order to be able to graduate andgo to college or to be able to get a job. Most jobs require at least a GED or a high schooldiploma.Because o the problems with studentattendance, the Watertown City SchoolDistrict has created a truancy interven-tion program. This program was createdespecially or reshman in order to enorcelaws that require an adolescent to attendschool. This is necessary because many students need a little extra push to get themthrough high school. The emphasis is onhigh school because this is when many in-dividuals start to fgure out what they wantto do with their lives. High school is impor-tant in preparing students or the world o  work and or what is yet to come in lie.Frequent absences pose a problem orstudents because when they fnally chooseto return to school, they oten come back eeling lost because they are so behind.This makes them want to skip school evenmore. When students make the transitionto high school, they need to understandthe laws concerning attendance and theconsequences or not attending. Schoolofcials believe that rom the frst day o high school, students need to understandthe consequences o missing school. They also believe that good attendance shouldbe rewarded; and or those reasons, they have created a program that will celebrateexcellent attendance and deter attendancepatterns that are less than stellar.In order to help implement this pro-gram, three leaders have been chosen: Car-men Wilber, supervisor o HAPI, DeborahCavallario, rom ADHD educational servic-es, and Stacey Eller, rom PIP. They all wantthe best or every student and believe thatthis is possible through good attendance. When kids miss school, they think that noone cares and that it is not a big deal. They do not realize that their teachers worry about them because they want their stu-dents to succeed.The leaders o this program intend todo many wonderul things or this school. When a student misses school, his or herparents will be notifed. One o these wom-en will go to the student’s house and assisthis or her parents i they do not know whatto do. I needed, they will have an interven-tion with the parents and the student to ex-plain that truancy will not be tolerated, andthat good attendance is a requirement orsuccess. Some parents do not even know that their child is missing school. They seetheir child going on the bus, but do notknow that they get o the bus once they get to school and leave. Also, some stu-dents leave without a legal pass. Startingnext year, they will not be able to do this.There will be ofcers outside o the schoolto catch students, unless they have legalpermission to leave. The community is alsogetting involved with these actions. Whenstudents skip or leave school, most o themgo to places across the street to eat or buy things. This will be stopped because busi-nesses will now have signs out ront sayingthat students cannot buy anything i it isduring school hours.Good attendance is important; andhopeully, with the help o the Truancy In-tervention Program, more o our students will develop good attendance habits andfnd success.
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