McDonald’s

McDonald’s

In recent events, the McDonald’s in Calcutta has been torn down because they are getting a new building. The new building is estimated to be finished in 2-3 months. Hopefully, they have a fully operational ice cream machine! The old building was torn down 3 days ago. As we’ve seen with new buildings in Calcutta this new McDonald’s should be promising!

Beaver Local Board And Community Come Together To Finish Baseball & Softball Fields

Beaver Local Schools has been working on making new baseball and softball fields for three years, and the community has stepped in to help them. The community scheduled board meetings and raised thousands of dollars to buy the materials needed to finish the field. The school board hired an external company to replace the infield dirt with new and put down sod for a grass infield.
The community said that they want to ensure safety for the athletes that play on the fields, and are supportive of the field being fixed and finished. The infield dirt has to be removed and replaced because it had crushed brick and stones all throughout the infield and outfield and posed a safety concern for the players. The community would like to see the field be playable for this season, but say that safety is their main concern.

TBH? Social Media App takes Beaver Local by Storm

There is a new app that is going around school: the TBH app. TBH stands for “To be Honest”. The app itself allows students to select things like school, gender, and grade before allowing them to join. The students can submit poll questions that the app will ask other students with student member’s names for the answers. This is a flashback to the popular app of years past called “After School”.

“After School” is an app where you can join your school and anonymously post things about other people. This app became a bully’s playground, using it to post extremely negative and rude things about other students. This is where the TBH app seems to differ (so far). The polls are all things like “biggest heart” and “best laugh” while also having comedic polls in the mix, such as “knows the difference between angel and angle without googling it”.

Every time you are voted for in a poll, you get a notification that allows you to see what you were voted for, while still not knowing who voted for you other than “a boy in 9th grade” or “a girl in 12th grade”.

I decided to interview some kids from school(between the grades 9-12) to get their opinions on the new, somewhat addicting, app. The questions I asked and the answers I received are as follows:

What do you think of the app?

I really like it because it boosts my ego and stuff. -a boy in 12th grade

How do the poll answers make you feel?

Big(good). -a boy in 12th grade

Is this app better than After School?

No, they are both stupid. -a girl in 10th grade

How did you hear about the app?

I saw it on someone’s Snapchat story. – a girl in 12th grade

Do you think the app will last or burn out quickly?

I think it’ll last, not too long, not too short. Probably about a month or two. – a girl in 12th grade

Do you think this app has a more positive outlook on the student body than After School did?

Yeah. -a girl in 10th grade

Do you feel that the anonymity of the app allows you to choose people as answers that you wouldn’t normally?

I suppose so. -a boy in 9th grade

Could you foresee this app becoming a problem/becoming negative?

If people abused it and asked the wrong questions, yes, but the app reviews questions to make sure they are appropriate. – a girl in 12th grade

Do you think any of these answers have had a negative effect on any student?

Probably not. -a boy in 9th grade

As you can see, the student body is somewhat divided on the new polling app. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see whether it dies down or sticks around!

Top 5 Excuses That Students Give Teachers

Bonus: With Halloween right around the corner, who wouldn’t be too scared to do their homework in their room if it’s haunted?
Credit: Melanie Martinez
via edutopia.org

 

This is somewhat of a follow up on my article two weeks ago.
Alright, let’s face it. Students and teachers alike make excuses to put off tonight’s homework or grading the latest exams. We all do it. Procrastination has become a daily part of our everyday lives in the educational environment. However, there is no one who knows procrastination better than me. Since I’ve studied the subject for so long, I have conjured up a list of all of the excuses I’ve heard or made myself, here at Beaver Local. Personally, some of these I find pretty hilarious.

1. I WAS TOO TIRED
Must I explain this one? Students, I’m sure that we’ve used this one at some point in our school careers. It’s okay, we all get tired every now and then, maybe now more than ever.

2. I DON’T LIKE THE MATERIAL WE ARE COVERING IN CLASS–IT’S SO BORING!
I know that I’ve thought this many times, but I never really vocalized it as an excuse. I’ll be truthful, we struggle with maintaining interest in content, teachers and students together.

3. YOU NEVER TOLD/REMINDED OUR CLASS
I can’t say that I’ve used this rationalization because it sends me into a panic. Although this is kind of an acceptable excuse, I have found that this happens a lot at Beaver Local more often than not. Some classes hear about homework assignments and others do not. If it’s homework, I want to know that it was assigned and not find out the day it’s due!

4. I DIDN’T HAVE TIME
I’m sure that our schedules are jammed after school with sports and work, and homework is most likely far down on our priority list when we get home, am I right?

5. I ALREADY TURNED IN MY HOMEWORK YESTERDAY, BUT YOU MUST’VE LOST IT
Sometimes, students complete homework the day before it is due and turn it into their teachers. Well, after being here for four years, I’ve been exposed to this excuse many times, but, here’s a catch for you: it wasn’t homework that a teacher misplaced once. It was a test!

Trying Something New

High School is one of the few times in our lives that we are able to try a diverse range of clubs, sports, and fine art activities. Beaver Local has an incredible array of these activities and classes that allow its students the opportunity to find their niche and what makes them happy. This no doubt is what helps us as Beaver Local Students to achieve in all of the many ways that they do. Whether it be joining a sport or club, taking a class, or simply meeting new people never let the fear of something new stop you from trying it.

I have found so many of my favorite things because of school. My sophomore year I decided to join the swim team. This was my first time going so far out of my comfort zone and trying something incredibly new. This is still one of the best choices I have ever made in my life. It has grown into something I have a deep and unconditional love for. It makes me incredibly happy; however, it is very bittersweet. I wish that I would have tried swimming much sooner in my life, even to have been able to swim for one more year would have been incredible. If you ever, for even a moment, considering doing something completely new DO NOT HESITATE. Take a leap of faith and you may possibly find something you never knew you could love.

My second leap of faith is when I decided to try out for cheerleading. I went in with zero experience, knowledge, or idea of what I was getting myself into. All I was certain of was the fact that I wanted to try it. It seemed like it would be so much fun, and I wasn’t wrong! Cheering is another one of those things that I have grown to love. The entire energy of it is something incredible, it keeps my Fridays exciting, and honestly is one of the most fun parts of my senior year. Trying new things does pose certain challenges, it is such hard work. In both of these examples, I had no idea what it would take to catch up to the others who had been doing it since they were six. Hours spent working on form in a pool or staying up late to go over sidelines. The hard work pays off in the end though, and while I still have a lot of perfecting to do it has become a fun challenge.

So get out there, try something new, and don’t be afraid. It will always be worth it to try and even if you don’t end up finding a love for it you can leave knowing you never wasted an opportunity. Take advantage of all of the amazing offers that you have been given, waste no time, and take none of it for granted. Put in hard work and dedication to the things you love, making the most of the time we have been given. High School goes by in the blink of an eye, don’t waste it away getting caught up in the big picture and enjoy the amazing little things that happen every day.

Football Team Study Tables Emphasize the STUDENT in Student-Athlete

What’s it like being a student-athlete? What comes first, sports or school? Being an athlete isn’t just about excelling on the field and court. It’s about excelling in the classroom. For example, Luke Call has managed to maintain over a 4.0 in the classroom and dominate on the Football field.

 

We sat down with Luke and talked to him and he told us “Homework and studying always come first at his house before anything else”. But sometimes that’s not always an option for some of the kids out there. So what are some ways that you can get your homework done or get some studying in?

 

First, you should talk to your coach about it and see if there’s a way you could get some studying done before practice. Take the Football team, for instance, they’ve set up a system to where they lift, study and practice. Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? But the system works on Monday’s and Wednesday’s they lift on Tuesdays and Thursday they study. Of course, they still practice on all of those days but they are still getting their work done. We went in and examined a “study table” which is what they call it and it’s all business no play. It is expected of them to have no grade lower than a C. If they have a C or lower or any missing assignment it is mandatory to be working on something. For those who have higher than a

We went in and examined a “study table” which is what they call it and it’s all business no play. It is expected of them to have no grade lower than a C. If they have a C or lower or any missing assignment it is mandatory to be working on something. For those who have higher than a C, they are allowed to watch film but most usually use the time to get their work done.

So what’s the reasoning behind it? It’s for them to be able to sit in a working environment and want to finish and study what they have to in order to succeed. The study table is the real deal and is taken seriously at all times and hopes to get the Football team mentality prepared to tackle any challenge thrown their way.

Cheerleaders Prepare for Pink Ribbon Cheer Competition

Hello, again fellow Beavers!
It’s October! Which means pink, pink, pink! Much excitement has been happening here at BL. While the football team has all been working hard on the field, chucking through victory, the cheerleaders are working hard for the annual Pink Ribbon Cheer Competition! Once a year, during the month of October the cheerleaders practice competing in the friendly competition, healed in the Youngstown State University gymnasium. Over 30 different teams from all over come to participate. Not only do we perform our routine, there is a jump off, tumble off, and senior walk. There is also a silent auction, concession stand, and apparel sale! All through the year, the cheerleaders cheer on the football and basketball team. We decorate the locker room before every game, throw t-shirts, engage with the student section and fans, and do lots of community service. We hope we get the same support on October 22nd at 11am for this annual cheer competition!

What can we Learn From the Las Vegas Tragedy?

On Sunday, October 1, Jason Aldean was on tour in Las Vegas, Nevada. As his concert was taking place, a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing 59 people and wounding over 527. This incident is now being discussed worldwide while innocent families grieve over the deadliest mass shooting in recent American history.

It is now known that the gunman, 64-year-old Stephan Paddock, fired his shots from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. When police found him, he was dead in his hotel room. Along with the gunman, the police also found twenty-three of his guns in the room and another nineteen at his house.

Jason Aldean, who was singing on stage when the gunfire began, posted on Instagram after the chaos, saying “Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew [SIC] are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate” This shooting is being referred to as the “Las Vegas massacre.”

This shooting is being referred to as the “Las Vegas massacre.”

Seeing the hateful crimes that have been committed throughout our country sheds a light on the things that could happen to our school. If a gunman came into Beaver Local Schools, would you know what to do? Beaver Local’s staff was trained in ALICE crisis response which dictates what we would do if there was an active shooter in the building.

ALICE Training Institute teaches people to follow the following certain steps in the event of an active shooter. It may seem that you should follow these steps in order, but as every situation is different, you should think of these as decisions that you may have to make at different times.

Alert
Lockdown
Inform
Counter
Evacuate

Alert means that you should first recognize the danger and respond. Many people may first be in denial or be scared, but ALICE training teaches civilians to first be alert to the dangerous situation. You may learn about the danger in different ways. Maybe you will actually see the threat yourself. You may hear gunshots or even receive a text about the event. If possible, the district will make an announcement to let you know as much information as possible. But, every situation is different.

Evacuate means exactly what you may think it would. If at all possible and safe, you should try to get away from the dangerous situation. We are lucky to have such a large building; If the threat was in another part of the school, you should try to get out of the building and lockdown in a safe place like the stadium or the church just south of the district. If you are unable to safely leave the building, you should go into lockdown.

Lockdown means you should get to the nearest safe place. If you are already in a classroom and the threat is close by, you should lockdown in that safe place. One thing you could do in a classroom lockdown situation, for example, would be to barricade the doorway of the room you are in. If this were to happen, you would use anything in your classroom to stop someone from being able to enter. In addition, you would want to grab weapons such as scissors, pens, and any other sharp or heavy object in case you need to use them for self-defense if needed.

If you are in a hallway when a school goes into lockdown, you will want to run into the closest classroom, no matter what. Being locked in a classroom would always be safer than being exposed in an empty hallway.

If you happen to be in a restroom in a time of lockdown, and could not make it to a classroom, you would want to try to find the closest shelter. You NEVER want to stand on a toilet or stay in a bathroom stall during a lockdown. If you can get into a closet or a space with a door that can be locked, make your greatest attempt to get there.

Counter means that if you are in a life-or-death situation, you fight for your life. You work together with the people around you and you fight back. ALICE is not encouraging students to run toward danger or confront an attacker unless it is absolutely the last chance you have. The idea of locking down and hiding under desks and tables is an idea which stems from the threat of nuclear attacks in the cold war. As stated before, every situation is different, but ALICE training encourages you to fight back when necessary.

Inform means you should do you everything you can to inform others of the situation. If you are in a classroom situation, you should allow your teacher to do most of the communicating. We don’t want to overload the 911 servers. If you are alone, you need to communicate your location to someone via text or phone call. You need to stay calm and communicate as much information as possible.

Even though this topic is not largely discussed, we, as students, need to know what we should do if this were ever to occur in our school. In our community, no one would want something bad to happen to any student or staff member if this horrible act of violence was ever committed. The idea of training student responses in the event of a catastrophic event is not to scare students, but to help them prepare as much as possible. If you’re thinking about the threat and assessing the danger before an event happens, you will be more likely to respond in a life-saving manner.

In conclusion, the lives that were lost in Las Vegas will always be remembered. We are truly living in difficult and terrifying times. As a country, we should do our best to help the people in need. Donating blood is a good way to help with this tragedy (BLHS’s Blood Drive will be held on November 1st).  Also, we need to come together as a school in order to allow everyone to know what they would have to do if this hateful crime were to be committed in our school’s environment.

Remember: love will always overpower hate.

Art Appreciation takes on Bob Ross

Art appreciation is a class at Beaver Local High school that studies different artists such as Pablo Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci, and many others. This week we took on the challenge of recreating one piece of artwork done by the amazing Bob Ross. Many students find this challenging since he is one of the best artists of our time. Our task was simple, choose one art piece that he made from his successful tv show and recreate it. Personally, I chose a piece called the “ Lazy River” that depicts a green forest with a beautiful river running through the middle. Other students have chosen sunsets, mountains, or even cabin scenes. There was a lot of excitement surrounding this project as we got to use canvases, which the majority of the class has never used before, paint along with the majestic Bob Ross, and create a beautiful painting for ourselves. We’re still finishing up our paintings, but here are a few creations that students have made so far.

If you’re thinking about taking this class then I would highly recommend it. It’s one of the highlights of my day and I’m so happy I decided to take it.  Almost as happy as Bob painting his happy little trees. Also, it’s taught by the wonderful Mrs. Congo who makes art fun. Thank you for reading!

BEAVER LOCAL ROCKS!

Since the first day of school, students in grades K-12 have had the chance to discover one of these colorful rocks. At the back to school bash, before school started, students were able to design and color their own rock that would be hidden throughout the school. The rule is that once you find a rock, you have to re-hide it somewhere in the school so someone else can have fun looking for it. Many of the younger students jump for joy when finding a rock because they know it’s their turn to hide it. This rock project has been an exciting bonus here at Beaver Local and is enjoyed by kids of all ages. So keep your eyes peeled as you venture around the school; you might be the next one to find a Beaver Local rock!