Archive for June, 2010

June 23, 2010

The phenomenon of bullying

By Tamara Tatevosian, Class of 2012

Well, Facebook has greatly increased communication between families and friends worldwide, helping them overcome the barriers of distance, but the further it goes the more the negative aspects begin to surface.

An event occurred where a group of nine teens kept harassing a new girl, Phoebe Prince, in a Massachusetts high school. The girl was harassed in school but she also was bullied through the internet as some insulting remarks were posted on her Facebook page. Apparently, some findings were that some faculty members knew about the ongoing bullying but nothing was done to help Phoebe. The online and in-school tormenting led to the girl’s suicide yet the nasty remarks were still being posted on her Facebook memorial page. This investigation led to the discovery of the uninvolvement of some of the adults in the school, but what took more attention was the fact that  Facebook had a role in this online tormenting which shed light on the pitfalls of the usual modern sites of free online interaction among students. It showed that online, many people can be slandered, embarrassed and bullied just through those sites which actually make it easier for bullies to invade their victims’ lives more easily.

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June 23, 2010

What is your collection: dice

Shannon McDonald  started collecting dice when she was six years old when she found a rare pink die out front of her home by the sewer.

Shannon comes to the Eagle Eye every Monday to help out students who are interested in writing, and she sat down with me for an interview about her collection.

Her collection includes about 300 dice, and she has two favorites both hand made.

Both of her favorite dice are made out of two different materials. Her first is made out of Scotch tape, and her second is made from a blank cube.

She likes to show others her collection.

June 10, 2010

Can you spare sewing items?

Our Fashion Design Teacher, Mrs. Todd, is in desperate need of fabric, sewing needles, and thread for her classroom. 

Her wish list for her classroom also includes an embroidery machine.

If you have any of these items to donate, she would appreciate it very much. 

Please drop off your donations to Room 324.

June 7, 2010

Business Tech 3 students earn certifications

Our 3-year Business Technology program is a rigourous program which prepares students to succeed in college or enter the work force by teaching them how to manage time and technology in a business setting.

This year’s seniors worked very hard and passed all prior year statistics for earning certifications.  63% of our students earned the Pennsylvania Skills Certificate for scoring Advanced on the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute’s (NOCTI) exam for Business Information Processing.  This greatly exceeded last year’s rate of 22%  as well as the current District average of 45%.

These same students also earned Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) in Word, Excel or both.  This is a valuable credential recognized in the business world.  Congratulations to our graduating Business Academy Seniors!  Check out their certifications below:

Name NOCTI Word Excel
Lakira Barnes X
Natalia Correa X X X
Rameeza Bacchus X X
Muhammad Hamza X X X
Matthew Saunders X X
Drew Davis X
Stan Zabishin X
Aleksandr Mosendz X X
Andrea Kusselson X X
Guy Sikpa X
Simon Ilishavey X
Chea Sloh X
Ronald Carrero X

If you would like more information on our Business Academy, see the Roster Office or any Business Teacher.

June 7, 2010

Sophomores win NFTE competition

By Mrs. Mary Falkenstein

Congratulations to Saniia Lynch and Brittany Rivers for coming in second place at the city-wide NFTE (National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship) Competition.  The name of the company is “Dirty Diamonds Jewlery  Company.”  It is a door- to- door business in their Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood. 

The entrepreneurs are two fashion-forward sophomores who created a new jewelery business.  These entrepreneurs made their jewelry.  They presented their business plan at the Fox School of Business on May 27 and did an amazing job.  They won $1000 and a laptop each.  Now they have the opportunity to compete in New York City in October at the Global NFTE Competition.  Congratulations and Good Luck!

June 7, 2010

The Eagle Eye staff honored at the National Constitution Center

By Larry Liu, Class of 2010

On May 25, the students who contribute to this online publication,  The Eagle Eye, attended the Prime Movers’ Closing Ceremony with Mrs. Kirby and professional journalist, Shannon McDonald, at the National Constitution Center in Center City.

The Eagle Eye staff at the National Constitution Center

Prime Movers is a collaborative pilot program founded by the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs and supported by Temple University’s Department of Journalism. Prime Movers’ purpose is to send professional journalists and university interns to mentor high school students from Washington D.C. and Philadelphia in creating their own print and broadcast programs.  Much of the equipment used by the school journalists, such as printers and computers, is provided by Prime Movers and the School District of Philadelphia.

Prime Movers’ director Dorothy Gilliam says,   “The Prime Movers Media Program combines mentors – professional journalists – with young minds, the resources of a great university, and the support of major news outlets to create a winning combination. We believe that Prime Movers can ensure that media organizations of the future are infused with the energy and the talent of a diverse body of young professionals that will play a vital role in our democracy.”

Speakers at the ceremony included Ms. Gilliam;  Joyce Evans, anchor and reporter of WTXF Fox 29; Dr. Lee Nunery, Chief of the Office of Institutional Advancement & Strategic Partnerships of the School District of Philadelphia; Steve Klugewicz, Director of Education of the National Constitution Center; and Andrew Mendelson, Chair of the Department of Journalism in the School of Communcations & Theater of Temple University.

The keynote speaker was Sarah Glover, Staff Photographer of Philadelphia Daily News.  Glover shared her early personal experiences with photojournalism that led her to view it as a career. She advised the high school students in the audience and aspiring journalists to network, work very hard, and defy the obstacles that come with a career in journalism. Glover concluded by showing a slideshow of her photos of President Obama’s campaign.

Four students also gave short reflections on their personal experience with journalism, including  Timothy Penglase, staff writer and photographer of our own online newspaper, The Eagle Eye.  Timothy gave thanks to the Prime Movers program.  “We have come a long way from last year. Last year we were printed on paper but now we have moved to the next generation. The Prime Movers program has influenced me in a way I could never have imagined. This program has influenced me to go for greater heights. This program has shown me that even one as young as I can make a difference through my words.”   Click on this link to watch Tim’s speech.

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June 7, 2010

GWHS students honored in art show

SEVERAL GWHS STUDENTS WON AWARDS  at the annual citywide “Young Artists” student art show which was recently held at the District’s Administrative Building. Seven students and their teachers will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 12. 

Congratulations to the following students and their teachers! 

Iva Hodaj – Ms. Allen

Max Maddela – Mrs. Gottlieb

Visesh Thankachan – Mr. Dougherty

Christian Mazza and Victoria Cunningham – Ms. Colletti

Demi Cuffari and Alex Mosendz – Mrs. Klose

Stop in and see their original art work at 440 N. Broad Street.

June 1, 2010

GWHS Lacrosse Teams have outstanding seasons

By Ms. Bonnie Hughes

CONGRATULATIONS TO the girls and boys Lacrosse Teams for winning the Philadelphia Public League Title in the first season of this new varsity sport.  Both teams were undefeated! 

The following girls have been chosen as: 1st Team All-Public:  Defense:  Veronica Hires JR.  Offense:  Julia Poberezhnyuk, Fr.Goalie Deidre Etim, So.    2nd Team All-public:  Offense:  Katrine Metelkova, Fr.  Mid-Field: Victoria Poberezhnyuk, Fr.      

Check out an article about the boy’s team at