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And Just Like That
By Tea Getz, Staff Writer
October 2, 2016
October 14 marks the end of the first nine weeks of the 2016-2017 school year. It’s a time full of tests, due dates, and stress for most students and teachers.
Science teacher Mrs. Cara Greco said in disbelief that she can’t believe the first quarter is moving so swiftly. It seems like there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything that needs to be done accomplished before October 14.
Not only do teachers worry about the due dates and what needs to be finished, but students do too.
Junior Jennah King explained that in her Spanish class they have a self evaluation every two weeks, and she has already had three. That’s six weeks of school already over.
Junior Julia Nunn said, “It feels like we just started school yesterday.”
But the thing is, we didn’t, and it really makes you start to think.
For many of our friends here at the high school, this end of the quarter starts the first of their “lasts” in their senior year. It’s just going by too fast, don’t you just wish you could slow it down? Have time to soak it all in?
The truth is we only have four years of high school. Supposedly, it’s one of the best times in your life, but everyone is rushing to finish something. From a simple project to finishing high school altogether, we have our eyes set on one goal so we miss all of the adventures on the way.
Mrs. Greco said, “Don’t get lost in your time so you don’t forget about the overall picture.”
Students of RHS, open your eyes and see the overall picture. Years from now, we will all look back and want to remember the good times, remember all of the fun memories, not just the times we rushed to finish our projects and assignment, but when we actually lived.
Yes, the end of the first quarter is approaching and quickly. This doesn’t call for a state of panic or urgency, but rather, it calls for us to slow down and remember what’s important.
The wise words of Jennah King speak for themself, “Don’t take life for granted and don’t blink.”
Behind the Hallways Series: Serving up Smiles
By Stephanie Gibson, Staff Writer & Editor
October 2, 2016
Days go by where students come and go to school without even realizing what the staff of our school does for each and every student.
The tight knit community of Ross means a great deal to everyone who lives here, which includes the cafeteria staff of RHS.
Sandra Campbell, one of our very own lunch ladies, said, “The Ross Community is a big part of mine and my family life’s. From the time my children were little they participated in Ross sports from MRAA soccer, football, softball all the way to high school activities. Even My husband has his business in Ross. I love how everyone knows everyone, it a small close community and I love to support it. So working for Ross Schools is an honor [sic]”
When Debbie Christophel, food service coordinator for the district, was offered her current position she said, “I gave it some thought and decided to try it. It takes me 7 minutes to get to work. I love the people and the closeness of the community.”
There is so much more to the lunch ladies of Ross than meets the eye. While students may not realize it, these special ladies have lives of their own and their own personalities.
Christophel said, “As a young teenager I used to do a lot of volunteer work. I was a candy striper at Mercy Hospital where I fed the elderly patients. I worked one summer at a Head Start program as a teacher’s aide in New Miami. During high school I tutored underprivileged kids at a church downtown Hamilton after school. These are great memories.”
While this fact about Christophel may surprise you, here is another fun fact about our cafeteria staff.
Campbell also said about herself, “I am an OCR fanatic. OCR is obstacle course race. I love to do all types of obstacle courses. My favorite is the Spartan race. I love to lift weights and workout to stay in shape for my races. My ultimate goal is to run the Spartan Ultimate Beast which is 26 miles with 60 obstacles.[SIC]”
Keep these fun facts in mind the next time you see one of these ladies around. This is just a little piece of what they are like outside of the cafeteria.
From a survey put on the Schoology home page (as seen in photo), 87 people out of 123 who responded to the survey said that they always thank the lunch ladies.
While these odds are quite positive, let’s try to thank our hardworking staff one hundred percent of the time. So the next time you buy lunch, just remember to say those two small words. The simplest of gestures can mean a lot more than you would think.
By Corinne Rivers, Staff Writer & Editor in Chief
October 2, 2016
With the rapidly increasing technological era, some might say that high schoolers do not read as much as they used to. While this seems discouraging, there are always ways to build up your interest in reading.
For some high school students, their interest in reading decreases when they are assigned to read for school. Assigned reading will usually include analyzing and questioning everything you read and sometimes having to write about it. When students know they will be graded on reading, it makes them less likely to enjoy it.
Mr. Scott Canfield, psychology and history teacher, mentioned his trials about reading in his classes. At first, Canfield would make his history students read a specific book about the Holocaust and World War ll. As a result, half of his students would either love or hate the book, and those that hated it did not do well with reading. When Canfield saw this happening, he decided to let his students choose a specific World War II book that interested them. When students were reading individualized books, they enjoyed it a lot more.
Mrs. Maynard, RMS librarian and media manager, said, “I can remember my own daughter, who thoroughly enjoyed reading until around the 7th grade, saying that she no longer enjoyed reading because she had to analyze everything and didn't feel she could read just for the joy of it.”
Although this seems discouraging, there are many different outlets for high school students to find ways they enjoy reading again.
Ms. Karla Moeller, RHS librarian and media manager, said, “High schoolers have so many more options for reading than ever. The teen genre has exploded in popularity over the last decade, resulting in major motion pictures and fictional characters are making a home in pop-culture. Students also have access to books, ebooks, books on CD, audio downloads.”
Yes, technology, although sometimes overwhelming, is another great tool to use to increase interest in reading, but not all students dislike reading. Some students claim they just can’t find the time or the right book to captivate them.
“Students, or anyone for that matter, could start by setting aside as little as fifteen minutes a day for pleasure reading. For those who think they no longer like to read, I would say find something that truly interests you and then find a book about it. It's just a matter of finding the right one!” said Maynard.
For students that are overwhelmed with the thought of reading big novels or informative nonfiction books, you should always choose a book that you feel comfortable with.
“When a student is looking for a book in the media center, I usually ask what their interests are outside of school. Picking a book about a subject that you interests you makes a big difference of whether you want to read or not. Challenge yourself to finish a book in a certain amount of time. If you are intimidated by the content of a book try listening to it or reading a graphic novel,” said Moeller.
If you feel encouraged to read a new book or are curious about what to read, speak to Mrs. Moeller in the media center, visit www.goodreads.com, or drop by this year’s bookfair to find the right book for you. Happy reading!
Envision a Better Outlook on Life
By Staff Writer, Abbey Beare
October 2, 2016
Angry? Confused? Depressed? If you are having trouble handling your problems, or need to talk to someone, the high school has a few new tools to help you cope.
Starting last month, a counseling group, Envision, started coming to Ross once a week to help students cope and deal with the world around them. Envision is an organization with the goal to help people of all ages cope with stress, and mental health issues. The group has reached out to several schools, including many in Butler county.
¨Envision Counseling is a team of dedicated behavioral health professionals who provide the highest quality of personalized care in a supportive, respectful, and culturally responsive environment,¨ according to their website https://envisioncounseling.net/.
Teenagers often have a lot on their plate. Between high school, home lives, and even social lives, the world becomes an overwhelming place. Whatever struggles studentś may be facing, the school wants to make sure you feel secure and have a chance to converse and let out your thoughts and feelings.
¨We all see a need for mental health services,¨ said Mrs. Angela Raby, school counselor, ¨the counselors wanted kids to have the tools they need to get them out of a bad spot or to keep them from one.¨
If you feel as if you would benefit from the Envision program, sessions run from September 28 till November 30. A second session of groups this year goes from January 11 to March 8 and you can join the groups within the first 2 weeks. There are many ways to get inducted into the groups.
"The Counselors, teachers, administrative staff, and parents at Ross can recommend students for the groups. Any student can self identify that these groups would be beneficial to them. This year the Counselors at RHS sent around a google document explaining what groups are all about. Students then picked topics that they would like to know more about. Any student could benefit from these services," said Mrs. Peace-Sedziol, prevention coordinator and leader of the Envision groups.
Many students are in need of therapy or counseling but do not have the financial resources needed that most counselors require, including insurance and payment, to treat someone. It is important to see that students receive the help that they need.
¨Envision is nice because is doesn't involve insurance so that we are able to reach more kids,¨ said Mrs. Raby.
Counseling and mental health services can be very helpful to people of all ages. During teenage years especially, kids are in need of a safe way to express themselves.
Envision is an opportunity to talk about your feelings, have fun, and build yourself within a confidential group of people. The groups have been proven to help lower negative behavior. If you are in need of a positive outlet and a safe place to express your feelings, swallow your pride, and talk to your counselor today to recommend yourself for a group with Envision.
Mr. Lien Guides Students to Win Tech Awards
By Johnathon Meyers, Staff Writer
October 4, 2016
Although Mr. Lien is fairly new to Ross, he has already helped some of his students win different awards at the Ohio State Fair Tech Display.
Mr. Lien has been going to the tech display since 1985, and has attended through three different schools, Harrison, Princeton, and now Ross. Being a construction tech teacher, Mr. Lien has the opportunity to work with many students aspiring to learn about construction, electricity, engineering, and drafting. Taking 30 projects, students won awards with their skills and their determination in the classes.
Adam Bosse, junior, has had different projects entered. He won various awards including an award of merit and a best in show award for two different projects, after being in three of Mr. Liens classes.
Mr. Lien has included multiple projects from different courses, and took them to the tech display. According to Mr. Lien, students entered a computer that was breadboarded, a wall section for construction, a toolbox that was made in class, some electrical wiring displays, bridge and crane arm projects, pvc and copper plumbing. Also, some of Mr. O'Neill's students collaborated with Mr. Lien to create some projects of their own, such as a homemade drill made out of spare parts, a styrofoam cutter made of spare parts, and a CO2 car.
According to the Ohio State Fair Tech Showcase flyer, the purpose of displaying STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is to give better understanding of the subject, and to provide more hands on experience. This is a daily thing for Mr. Lien’s current students.
If you would like to know more about construction or engineering, go visit Mr. Lien in the morning, or just simply enroll in one of his classes for the next year.
New Year, New Teachers
By Tea Getz, Staff Writer
September 1, 2016
New school year that is. In the 2016-2017 school year, RHS is welcoming 10 new staff members into the building. With all things new, there is a general curiosity about them. So what should you know about the new faces of these not so new halls?
Emily Doblinger- Mrs. Doblinger, now our new Assistant Principal, has taught a wide variety of different classes from 8th grade Social Studies all the way to AP US History. Doblinger previously was the Dean of Students at Wyoming Middle School, but decided to make the switch to Ross because she has always heard amazing things about not just the district but also the students. When not in school, you can find Doblinger spending time with her husband and kids, singing, or remodeling her house. Doblinger’s goal for this school year is to continue the great work happening right here in the high school.
Ben Dougherty- Mr. Dougherty has been teaching Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, and AP Calculus for seven years, previously at Purcell Marian High School. Dougherty has heard many great things about this school district from his friend Mr. Michael Frankenhoff, a science teacher here at the high school. Dougherty enjoys spending time with his wife and nine month old son, and also enjoys reading and playing tennis. He hopes to give the students he teaches a new perspective on mathematics.
Chris Napier- This will be Mr. Napier's fifth year teaching math and third year teaching AP Calculus, previously taught at Hamilton High School. Napier decided to teach here because both of his grandparents taught and retired from RHS and its reputation of excellence. On the weekends Napier enjoys working on cars and practicing math problems. Napier can’t wait to work as an advisor for National Honor Society and have an awesome year.
Ashley Tebbe- Mrs. Tebbe has been teaching for seven years as a special educator in Earth Science, Geometry, and Employability Skills. Tebbe has always heard amazing things about this school from her sister and previous RHS English teacher, Whitney Sackenheim, which ultimately helped her make the switch. Tebbe loves hanging out with her husband and two little boys. She also enjoys boating and spending time with the rest of her family. Mrs. Meg Cottingham, science teacher, mentions how she loves having Tebbe around because it’s like having a little bit of Sackenheim here at the high school.
Allison Thomas- This is Ms. Thomas’s first year teaching as an intervention specialist. She co-teaches in Earth Science, Geometry, and Algebra II. Thomas chose to work in the Ross School District because she loves the dedication the school has to their students and is excited that she gets to utilize technology with the Chromebooks. When Thomas isn’t at school, she enjoys baking, watching Netflix, and traveling. Her goal for the school year is to become active in the Ross community and help students discover their passions.
Emily Hamblin- Mrs. Hamblin is teaching regular and advanced English 10 but has also taught many other English classes such as AP Language and Composition and Drama. Hamblin is building a house that is closer to the Ross district and saw the opportunity to teach here and took it. Hamblin has four children that are highly involved in sports, so she doesn’t get all that much time to have any hobbies but she does like to read and watch documentaries. She is excited to be on the block scheduling so she has more time to interact with her students.
Maggie O’Toole- Ms. O’Toole is teaching Algebra II and Precalculus in room 208 and would love for students to stop by and introduce themselves. O’Toole graduated from RHS and knows how supportive the staff is and how the community is very welcoming, and these factors helped her make the decision to work in the Ross Local School District. She loves to run and is involved in the cross country program as an assistant coach. O’Toole enjoys traveling and being active, and she recently went skydiving. She has high hopes for her first year of teaching including building relationships with the students and staff members. O’Toole is excited for this year because she gets to work alongside the teachers that were once her own and is finally living her childhood dream of being a teacher.
Shelly Martin- Ms. Martin previously worked at Hamilton City Schools and is now an Instructional Aide for RHS. Martin lives in the school district so making the switch was a practical decision. She enjoys hiking, camping, reading, and playing piano when she is not at school. For this school year, Martin hopes to work as a team with teachers to help students reach their highest potential and is excited to become a part of RHS while getting to know the staff and students.
When you see a new staff member in the hallway, give them a warm smile as we welcome them to our ram fam!
Mr. James Yates and Ms. Shelley Baker were unavailable for interview.
Don’t Hide your Ross Pride
By Corinne Rivers, Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer
September 1, 2016
Sporting school spirit wear is the best way to show support for your favorite clubs, sports teams, or school pride. After years of contemplating, a new spirit wear store has arrived for our students.
The spirit wear store will be open every Wednesday during all lunch shifts for students to browse the clothing options and buy spirit wear. Not only can students buy their wear at school, but they can shop online at www.rokkitwear.com/school/4949-ross-high-school to see a wider variety of clothing.
According to Ms. Belle Allen, RHS counselor and spirit wear store advisor, the in-school store will offer short sleeved t-shirts, long sleeved t-shirts, and hoodies, and the online store holds anything from sweatpants to bags to hats. Allen hopes to grow the in-school store to eventually sell hats, sweat pants, and quarter-zip jackets.
With all of these options, students believe the store could attract new spirit.
Senior John Sprandel said, “It would be nice to have more options for clubs. Instead of just ‘Ross Tennis’ or ‘Ross Football,’ [we could] include some of the other after school activities like journalism, show choir, ASL club, etc. Just a little variety.”
Sprandel, among others, looks forward to checking out the spirit wear store during lunch and shopping online for his perfect Ross wear.
“I hope this shop will help lift up the overall morale of the student body. I want to see even more students coming out sporting the spirit wear to games and other events,” said Sprandel.
Like Sprandel, senior Stephanie Cable hopes the store will improve the attitude of the students.
“I hope the students will see this store as a great opportunity to support Ross and everything it does,” said Cable, who is eager for more, improved Ross pride.
Be part of something great by purchasing Ross spirit wear, visit the in the cafeteria during your Wednesday lunch or shop online at www.rokkitwear.com/school/4949-ross-high-school. Go Rams!
And the Leaves Came Falling Down
By Dallas Fritz, Staff Writer
September 1, 2016
The blistering summer heat is leaving us shortly to bring the sweet essence of fall into place.
The changing colors of the leaves brings your heart to life as you smell the apple cider in the air and feel the warmth of the season. Fall brings the delightful harvesting spirit to Ross with the leaves changing colors, Halloween and Thanksgiving coming up, carving pumpkins, and getting lost in corn mazes. On a school survey that seventy Ross students took, these were the top five things teens look forward to when Fall arrives.
Everybody loves Halloween! Getting to dress up like whatever you want for one night whether it’s going trick or treating, going to halloween parties, or just handing out candy on your front porch to little kids is always the treat for a night. It is also the one night where you can try to eat a whole garbage bag full of candy and not make yourself sick. Some people think Halloween is just about the candy, the costumes, or sometimes both. This year teachers and students will have the opportunity for a week to dress up for Halloween and possibly spook other students. Get ready to spook, RHS students and staff!
The first thought of Thanksgiving to most people is the food. Time to gobble down on turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and of course, the pumpkin pie with whipped cream. How can anyone turn down this deliciousness? A table full of food calling out to your family saying, “Eat me, you know you want to eat me.” The smell of turkey in your house and you keep peeking in the oven wanting the hours to pass so the turkey is done for dinner. Oh, if time would go faster. Thanksgiving is such a beautiful time to get together with family and give thanks for what the holiday is all about. It’s such a warm, cozy feeling to be with family and your loved ones around the dinner table or even just hanging out with them.
Leaves Changing Colors
Have you ever stepped outside and listened to around you when fall is here? Smelled the sweet, crisp air as the leaves sing to each other beyond their beautiful colors? Seen reflection of orange, red, and yellow, glistening in the sunlight on top of the trees? All the colors of the leaves all rolling about on the trees and overlapping each other of orange, red and yellow. Looking at the leaves could sweep most people off their feet looking at it in awe. And for some people, the crunching of the leaves makes the season seem even more wonderful. Stepping on the ground while you hear the crisp crunch of the leaves under your feet brings along the feel of the season and everything about it.
Corn mazes are a lot of fun, especially from how they look. The tall crops of corn evenly aligned one by one grouped together all over the field for children and teens to get lost in. Running through the dirt and mud dirtying up your shoes as you run through the maze running around in circles. The maze brings excitement and fear wondering if you are going the right way in the corn maze. Corn mazes are lots of fun whether if itś fearful, or exciting.
If you're in the mood to get lost in a corn maze, try going to Niederman Family Farm. Address is 5110 Lesourdsville West Chester Rd, Liberty Township, Ohio. Friends, family, and anyone is able to attend. Their fall festival starts Sep 23- Oct 30, 2016. 6-10p.m. on Fridays. 11a.m.-10p.m. on Saturdays. 1p.m-6p.m. on Sundays. The admission is 11 dollars per person on and children under 2 are always free. Niederman Farm is always looking for happy faces and delightful spirit to bring to their Fall Festival.
Who doesn't love carving pumpkins? Going to a pumpkin patch and picking the biggest pumpkin to carve, opening the pumpkin up is the part that a lot of students seem to enjoy. Pulling all the guts out, and then getting ready to carve the pumpkin, is so thrilling. Even if you are just carving a nose, mouth, and eyes on your pumpkin, it is still a fun thing to do.
They are lots of pumpkin patches nearby that students can go to and get some pumpkins. Down in Ross, you could visit Burwinkel Farms to get some pumpkins. They are located on 4359 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Ross, Ohio, 45013. Their farm offers a variety of activities for all ages such as the corn maze, scavenger hunt, and weekend hayrides to pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Also, you could go to Brownś Family Market, which is also located in Ross. They are located at 11620 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton Ohio, 45013. Their hours during the fall are from 9a.m.-6:30p.m. Their fall activities start Sept 3rd which includes their kiddle pumpkin patch and a large pumpkin patch along with straw house maze, hay rides, and many more. You can then take that pumpkin home for some carving.
There are plenty of fun activities to do this fall whether itś going to Niederman Family Farm for a fun filled corn maze, or going to Brownś Family Farm Market to give a pumpkin a home. Students, go and pick a pumpkin or stuff your face with candy, whichever you feel can make you happy this fall. Happy fall to all!
The Hard Truth: Suicide Awareness
By Caitlyn Wagonfield, Staff Writer
September 1, 2016
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15-24. Think about that for a second.
Suicide is a topic typically avoided in most households, but with someone committing suicide every 13.3 minutes on average, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. According to Hope for the Day, over 40,000 Americans take their lives each year and globally 800,000 people commit suicide annually.
According to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, “Research has consistently shown a strong link between suicide and depression, with 90% of the people who die by suicide having an existing mental illness or substance abuse problem at the time of their death.”
Depression is a mental illness that can cause severe despondency and dejection. The stigma associated with mental illness is the main cause for people not getting the help they need. For the most part, people with mental illnesses are seen as psychotic or insane, which is completely untrue. Mental illnesses are just like any other illness, especially in the sense that medicine is used to treat it.
With suicide comes common misconceptions. Some people believe that talking about suicide can cause people to have suicidal urges. The problem that this causes is that it stops people from talking about it. Not talking about something doesn’t make the problem go away; it only hides the problem while it gets worse. Another problem is that people think if someone talks about suicide they only want attention. Most people don’t know that talking about suicide, especially in a jokingly manner, is a huge red flag. It’s actually the number one warning sign for suicidal teenagers.
The good news is that suicide can be prevented, but in order to prevent it you must first know the warning signs.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the things to look at are the person’s talk, behavior, and mood. When talking, the person might mention being a burden to others, experiencing unbearable pain, or killing themselves. Behavior-wise, they might start drinking or doing drugs, withdrawing from once loved activities, sleeping too much or too little, acting with aggression, and even being unusually happy or calm. If they show any of these signs you should contact help.
If you or someone you love is experiencing suicidal thoughts or actions, contact the school counselors or the National Suicide Prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
New Grading Scale, New Rules
By Stephanie Gibson, Staff Writer & Editor
September 1, 2016
Say goodbye to the old seven point grading scale and give a great big and bright welcome to the new ten point grading scale that RHS has adopted for the 2016-2017 school year.
Having a ten point grading scale set in place is causing both teachers and students to have mixed feelings on the subject.
Junior Haley Grau said, “The feelings I have for the grading scale are 50-50 because I liked the challenge but I also like it since it is easier to get an A.”
On the other hand, junior Emma Finger said, “I like the new grading scale because most schools have the 10 point scale and when colleges look at potential students, they look at the letter grade, not the percent.”
Those are two different but valid points when it comes to students thoughts on the grading scale.
From the teacher’s perspective, chemistry teacher, Mr. Jonathan Reeve, said that he will have to adjust the way he weighs grades to make sure students get the grades that they deserve because of the new grading scale.
The ten point grading scale is put in place for every class which will also impact AP classes, but not all of them.
On this point Reeve said, “Overall it won't impact AP much at all. Since I had to curve AP tests to fit the grading scale. [SIC] I will just curve differently to fit the scores to the new grade scale.”
The good news is that with the help of the ten point grading scale, if students get two A’s for a semester class there is the option of being exempted from exams.
Mrs. Emily Doblinger, assistant principal, said, “I would hope that the incentive of getting two A’s would allow kids to be able to exempt from their exams. I remember high school and it was always really nice to know that I didn’t have to wake up on exam days and go in and take exams if I did well so I always worked hard. I think that incentive will help other kids work hard.”
With students working hard, Finger also said, “The exam exemption doesn’t make me want to work harder because I already try my hardest to get A’s and if I get A’s both quarters, I usually don’t have to stress over the exam because I already know the material.”
Make this year a good one by keeping those grades up and even better, get straight A’s so you don’t have to worry about exams!
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