Junior year of high school is one of the most important and most difficult of all of the schooling years. Some of the basics of what junior year consists of: SATs, ACTs and looking into and applying to college.
In searching for what colleges to apply to it is important to take everything into consideration. Some things to consider are the class size, location, types of majors offered, graduation rate and the tuition fee. Thinking about these things can easily narrow down school choices. It is also very important to take time to talk to college counselor and parents about how to do things to further examine interests to narrow down options for possible majors.
A good way of looking at a variety of majors is by taking career interest profilers. These short quizzes are a good way of looking at majors hadn't been thought of before. Keeping an open mind is important. It’s important to remember not to pick colleges based on where friends are going.
“I look back, and if there was one thing I would redo, it would be looking at more colleges. I trapped myself in my comfort zone. I wish I could’ve gone to, like, Florida State. I could have a completely different life if I wouldn’t have been so close minded.” says local Charles Von Hack.
The top mistakes that students often make in choosing a college are: basing where they go, off of who they know, relying solely on reputation, rushing the application process, obsessing over popularity, or location, and lastly having a “one track mind.”
It is very important to select the right one. In preparing, it is important to look into open houses, opportunities to visit the college as a buddy, do research on what the college has to offer, and try to make connection.
Continue to build an academic resume, and push in classes. Colleges often look for students that continue to challenge themselves.
Fontbonne Hall Academy hosted their “Accepted Students Night.” A select group of juniors were given the chance to meet and become acquainted with the incoming freshmen to make them feel more comfortable and for their transition from junior high to high school.
This event took place on Feb. 2nd, 2016 in the cafeteria and was for the accepted students of Fontbonne’s class of 2020. It was very important since the accepted students are required to choose their high school for the following year on February 5. Many of the students that had attended. Incoming freshman and seniors stated that the experience was great and made them even more excited about what the next school year will bring. The majority of the prospective students said that they were sure Fontbonne is the school they would be attending the following fall. They were excited to start high school.
“I can’t wait to come here next year. It looks and seems that Fontbonne is such a good community. I can’t wait to be a Bonnie,” stated an incoming freshman. “This was such a great experience for me. I’ve been looking forward to having a freshman sister since I was a freshman,” said rising senior Elena Ivanov.
It has been a Fontbonne tradition that incoming freshmen are paired with a senior to have someone to guide them through their first year in high school. Some events that take place for the freshmen and seniors are: the grades 9 and 12 picnic on the first day of school, freshman and senior halloween party, and a six flags trip for the freshmen that their senior sisters can attend.
Senior/Freshman pairings mean they spend holidays at Fontbonne together, get each other present and develop a sisterhood bond that could continue beyond the walls of Fontbonne.
If a senior knows someone they’d like to have a freshman sister, they could request her to be their sister. If a senior does not know anyone incoming, SAC makes the pairing.
Accepted Students Night allowed the graduating Class of 2017 to become acquainted with the accepted freshman, the Class of 2020. This event was made possible by Ms. Spicijaric, Mrs. King, Mrs.Wierzbowski and Ms.Prager.
SPOTLIGHT ON: Gianna Dario, Fontbonne junior
Gianna Olivia Dario, junior at Fontbonne Hall Academy, had a chance in a lifetime. She created a film that aired at the Whitney Museum. The film is about anxiety.
Dario worked on the project for over two months. As for guidance, she said “I worked alongside the very talented and avant-garde filmmaker, Rachel Rose, who is showing her latest film in Whitney at the moment.”
The process included creating their own videos, studying other films, and exploring art galleries. Dario met Dread Scott and Andrea Geyer. “He is very well-known for his performance of burning the American flag on the steps of the Supreme Court and his money to burn performance where he burned money on Wall Street and asked pedestrians to give him money to burn. Andrea Geyer is a German artist who also works a lot with films, and also drawings. Most of her work deals with feminism and she researches prominent women in history,” remarked Dario of her mentors.
Dario said that the film took her somewhere between 7-15 hours to complete, including the time it took her to edit and find the perfect sound. Her goal was that she “wanted my audience to feel something, whether it be good, bad, strange, I wanted to evoke some form of feeling.”
The young artists also stated that she felt successful in this because after the film was shown, the feedback showed that “something changed” in her audience. She says that this opportunity was possible, technically because of Mr. B. B told her of the art program at the museum. Dario began working there last June.
During the film, an actress has an anxiety attack, compared to being in a tunnel on a train. Dario stated that “Being a high school student, I am surrounded stress everywhere I go. We also had an art therapy class in Major Art were the class revolved around stress since we all have that in common.”
The creative junior stated that she is “ definitely going to continue making films...it becomes addicting. I would just like to pursue art as a career in general and work with different medias.”
She also stated that she has also learned, from the peers she worked with, in the program, about different perspectives on life and art. Gianna Dario states Mr. B has been a main source of inspiration to her as he informed her decision to join the program
Her word of advice to other student filmmakers would be “to have an idea, plan out your film, organize your thoughts, but keep in mind that things can and will change and you will need to keep an open mind.” Dario plans to be applying to the program once again.
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by CristaMarie DeVito
Mr. Bellinger, the major art, visual perception, and photography teacher at Fontbonne Hall Academy, is infamous for assigning unusual, yet progressive projects to his students. Some a viewed as a Fontbonne “rite of passage.”
This year however, he assigned a project for only the second time. that has only been performed once before Muse! This project required Major Art 2 to bring in a 50 foot roll of aluminum foil and roll of colored Duct Tape. The students were told to cut pieces of aluminum foil and either roll, lay, or crumble it to make the shape of a head. The next direction was to cover the tin foil head in their tape. The next step in this project was to tape cut outs of either their own face or someone close to them, and tape the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and eyebrows onto their aluminum head. The last step to completing the Muse project was to create a 1 minute film using the head that they have created.
Included are some of the films created.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0ljaAilQNU -CristaMarie DeVito
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgCkNjqAuG0 -Lauren Silverman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGp7lkyztYo - Tatianna PuertoReal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggjhCZwAGF4 - Dominica Tecza https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vENxzhQOl20 - Maria Dicarlo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENU2XSLRBjg -Alexa Malerba
Line dances are something that has been around forever. Some of the most popular line dances today are the Macarena, Cha Cha Slide, Cotton Eye Joe, Cupid shuffle, Wobble, and the Whip. These dances are most popular during social gathering such as Sweet 16s, weddings, and graduation parties.
A line dance is a choreographed dance, performed by a group of people, consisting of a repeated, or similar sequence of steps. During a line dance, the group either faces each other or the same direction. Another form of group dancing is “circle dancing” which is probably the oldest form of dancing and became popular when public dancing did. Circle dancing was created in order to bring the community together to celebrate and rejoice customs and traditions within the community. Line dancing differs from circle dancing because there is no actual physical contact during a line dance.
An example of how a line dance may consist of different steps throughout a song in a similar manner is the Cha Cha slide performed to the song “The Cha Cha Slide” by Mr. C The Slide Man. During this song, Mr. C narrates the steps being done. On the other hand, some line dances, such as the Cotton Eye Joe, are a continuing series of steps danced to a song that does not explain the moves.
Line dances are a way to bring people together to dance and celebrate. This form of dancing goes back centuries ago and continues to be part of parties today. To learn how to do some of these popular line dances, youtube links to instructional videos are listed below.
Cha Cha Slide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZv62ShoStY
Cotton Eye Joe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7syj6kp1Y0g
The Cupid Shuffle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of4K4cq_n88
The Wobble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vTIY0xHBUg
The Whip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPRJ4rnKfe8
Ms. Sosa is a new member of faculty at Fontbonne Hall Academy and is an English teacher. Ms Sosa came to Fontbonne after meeting Mrs.Winslow and Ms.Marinello and was impressed with the English department. She was also "curious as to what an all girl education would mean academically." Ms. Sosa has been pursuing her teaching career over the past 10 years, however has taken breaks because she had 2 children. She did her undergraduate degree at Queens College and moved on to Hofstra University to complete her masters.
I asked if she had always wanted to be a teacher and her response was no, she wanted to be an environmental scientist until she had found out that she had to dissect animals. Therefore, she moved on to her back up, English. Sosa stated that "it was a back-up only because I didn’t know what I could do in terms of getting a job because I liked to read no one's going to hire me." When asked if there was anything that she doesn't like about being a teacher, she said no. However, she realized that, to be a teacher, you must have a love and passion for it, because you never stop working.
Moving to today in Ms.Sosa's life, when asked how Fontbonne has impacted her so far, she says that "because the students are so self- motivated, that I’m allowed to be more creative and open ended in my lessons" which allows her for a "hyper learning and teaching" for her personally. She said that adjusting to Fontbonne was very easy however the way our schedules work confused her for a while. Sosa feels that the most important aspect of being a teacher is to teach your students confidence in everything they say, write, or do. Since she has been working at fontbonne, she feels that her favorite part is being with her FA, FA 2, every morning.
Ms. Sosa loves working here at Fontbonne and she as well as the rest of the Fontbonne community hope for her to stay here for a while. We welcome Ms. Sosa to the Fontbonne family.
One of the worst nightmares of a faculty member, or student, is for a school fire to occur. Where would you go once the school was evacuated? What would you take with you? What would be your first reaction? What would be your next step in your life if you couldn't return, and had to transfer, or get a new Job? What would you worry the most about?
During fire drills, students are taught not to take any personal items and to leave in an quick and silent manner. However, if there were to be an actual school fire, various students and faculty members stated that they would take certain things. English teacher Mr,Ugenti and 6 juniors were interviewed and all stated that they’d take their backpacks with their computers in them. The reasons behind wanting to take these things include the expense of these items and pictures and documents on them. On the other hand, Mr. Herron stated that if their was a fire, the only thing he would want to take, is the photo of his FA that he has hanging up in room 204. He stated that he would only worry about this picture because if he could not return to this room he would have the picture to remember his students and the memories he’s had in his FA room.
If a fire were to actually happen, the two main concerns are: Where would the students go once evacuated and if something went wrong and someone was missing how long would it take to find the student and bring them to safety.
After all “material items can be replaced, lives can’t” as Mrs. King reminded me. This is something that Ms. Spicijaric, Mrs. King, and almost every student answered when asked “what would you be worried most about once evacuated?” The answer to these questions are not easy.
Mrs. King and Ms. S stated that there is a “Go To” bag of which both the principal and associate
principal told me contains all of the students communication information and a megaphone. The firefighters from the 142 Precinct would respond and ensure that everyone is evacuated and unharmed.
Where the students would go once evacuated? How would the students would receive an education if they could not return back to the school? As stated by Ms.S, once the students were evacuated, if they could not return back into the school, they would go to Visitation Academy. There attendance would be taken and the students would get in contact with their parents.
Regarding how the students would receive education if they couldn't return was not addressed fully. Ms.S stated a possibility is online learning through something similar to Google Hangout, where the students could video chat the teacher and the teacher could teach them.
School fires, although they may not happen frequently, are a tragic catastrophe that could leave students and faculty in search of a new school, or job.
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