Category Archives: High School News


I said, Hello.”  Did you hear me?  Well, I bet several in Westminster, Maryland knew what I said.  The State Board of Education changed their requirements for foreign languages and now includes I – III as an option for fulfilling the foreign language graduation requirement.

The Need for American

“In Maryland, more than 17,000 deaf individuals are residents, according to information provided by Galludet University in Washington, D.C.”  This has led some high schools to begin teaching American Sign Language (ASL) as a foreign language.  The interest in the classes continues to grow and enrollment goes up each year. The teachers and the students are excited about the opportunity to learn this form of communication.

Just like us…

In the tiny Montana town of Plentywood, Firdavs Temirov, waits at the bus stop for his ride to .  Even though he wants to fit in (as any student wants), Firdavs is different than his peers.  First, he is an exchange student from , a country in Asia bordering Afganistan.  Secondly, he is Muslim.  And last of all, he is an amputee due to a birth defect.

A New Chance

Real Men Do Wear Pink!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the color pink was everywhere to remind of us this awful illness.  You couldn’t miss seeing pink because it was everywhere.  Even MLB players and NFL teams showed their support by wearing pink wristbands, pink edged hats and even pink cleats.  Everywhere you looked there it was…pink was the “new” black.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

So, tell me how could Chris Peterson, head coach at Mendenhall (Mississippi) High School kick Coy Shepard, the teams 17 year old placekicker, off of the team for wearing a pair of pink cleats to practice?  Is he heartless?  Is he stupid?

In Indiana They’re Working To Keep Kids In School

Jamie Pittman is used to asking people tough questions during job interviews.  Pittman is the director of nursing at The Indiana Heart Hospital, but a couple times a month she is a volunteer mentor with the Marion County Commission on Youth.

Taking time from her busy schedule, according to an article by the  Associated Press, Pittman hopes to change someone’s future by not only teaching them job seeking skills, but by, also, increasing the odds that they will graduate from .

I Care

To achieve that goal the commission on youth recently launched I Care, an initiative aimed at reaching out to businesses to encourage and support for education.

Who Is Behind The Lower Teen Birthrate? MTV…Are You Kidding Me?

Honestly, is this a sign that the world is coming to an end?  The network that has given us Beavis and Butt-Head, Punk’d, Road Rules and Jackass has played an important role in the recent drop in teen pregnancy.  How is that possible?

A new government study, according to the Christian Science Monitor, shows the US teen birthrate falling dramatically in 2009 after a five percent increase from 2005 to 2007.  Experts say that this drop is partially due in part to MTV‘s “16 and Pregnant” documentary series, which many teens credit with opening their eyes to the consequences of unprotected sex and early parenthood.

Teachers’ Pension Problem – Who Will Pay?

sunDo you remember the first time you heard about the subprime mortgage problem?  Probably, like a lot of us, you just shrugged and thought, “that will correct it self…what’s the worse that can happen?”  Well, get ready because the pensions problem is growing and is threatening the fiscal health of many states and could end up costing you thousands of dollars.

Today there is an almost $500 billion shortfall for funding teacher pensions, and that gap, according to Andrew J. Rotherham of, is growing.  Why should we care?  Because taxpayers are on the hook for that money.

High school senior’s volunteering make a difference

handAt Victor J. Andrew High School in Chicago someone is making a difference.  That someone in senior Jennifer McLean.

McLean volunteers at Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago.  She works with women who have complications during pregnancy as well as postpartum women.  She also sets up rooms and does some housekeeping.  Her mother is a clinical coordinator on the same floor, so McLean has long been privy to the special happenings of Prentice Women’s .   She aspired to be a neonatologist until passing out after watching her mother draw blood from a newborn.  She has since decided to practice psychology instead – hoping to also make a dramatic impact on the lives of others.  She hopes to attend Washington University in St. Louis next year and pursue degrees in education and psychology.  She gets good grades, is very involved at school, and describes herself as “having a natural drive and wanting to do her best,” according to the Southtown Star.

High School Girls Going Naked to Send a Message

feetQuite a few high schools girls are going without makeup on Tuesdays.  That means no lipstick, no mascara, and no blush.  They also don a shirt that states:  Refining Beautiful – One girl at a time.  Why?  Because they get it.  These girls understand there is so much more to being a girl than what so many young women think as they turn page after page in magazines of seemingly “perfect” thin, beautifully made-up, and airbrushed models.

An Idea Takes Root

Who’s To Blame When Illinois Juniors Aren’t Ready For College?

I have to admit that I was surprised by a recent Chicago Tribune study that said that eight of 10 public juniors in Illinois aren’t ready for classes in all subjects.  I don’t think that I’m naive, but I found that number to be mind boggling.  What does this study say about public high schools in the State of Illinois?

The ACT Scores Are In

The newspaper calculated college readiness figures from student ACT scores that were released for the first time under a Freedom of Information Act request.

St Louis Cardinal Great, Lou Brock, Is Going To Bat For Kids

In Cardinal Nation, Lou Brock is held in the highest esteem.  The Baseball Hall of Fame member spent 18 seasons playing baseball for the St Louis Cardinals…stealing bases and the hearts of Cardinal fans.

Cyber Dangers

Brock recently visited Centralia High School and spoke with and about cyber bullying and the ChildSafe Online Dashboard, a smart tool used to fight cyber hazards.

Child Safe Program

The ChildSafe Program, according to the Centralia Sentinel, can be loaded onto a child’s computer or cell phone to monitor and filter information coming through social media sites or their incoming and outgoing calls and text messages.