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This spring, students who are currently in PACE and those who belong to the Ambassadors of Compassion (AOC) program are building sound-proof panels by the school's natatorium before the next school year starts. The panels are being decorated by students with colorful art and positive, encouraging words.
The AOC program revolves around giving youth the opportunity to personally examine and experience life-ready principles in a small group discussion setting with other youth led by a team coach. The program is specially designed to help students reach their goals and dreams.
Last semester, school staff took students and those involved in the AOC downtown to impact Houston by serving the homeless.
"The AOC mentorship program has been great for our kids," PACE teacher and softball coach Brett Layton said. "We have never done such a large service project before and we are so excited for the Cy Springs staff and students to see our finished product."
This spring, students who are currently in PACE and those who belong to the Ambassadors of Compassion (AOC) program are building sound-proof panels by the…
Students taking Advanced Placement classes can be overwhelmed by the number of projects they’re receiving from their teachers at the end of the school year, on top of AP exams, STAAR, finals, and district benchmarks.
Junior Jocelyn Gaeta took the state-mandated U.S. History STAAR as well as her AP exam for the course in the span of one week. Gaeta said she spent the majority of time at home practicing for the AP exam even when she had multiple major grades due in her regular L and K level classes.
“Teachers don’t consider that we have AP classes that require us to do so much more in the same amount of time,” Gaeta said. “And that’s not even mentioning finals.”
Gregory Urbani, an AP teacher for more than 30 years, said he plans his curriculum around this particular issue.
“I don’t ever give large assignments or projects at the end of the year because I know students will probably not do them or turn in sloppy work," Urbani said
However, there are several reasons for this large end-of-the year workload. English II teacher Katelynn Hancock said that projects sometimes can usually assist with major grades that help. Furthermore, the grading load is lighter therefore allowing teachers to get in grades faster.
“Student attention spans can be held better by a project than a worksheet or tests,” Hancock said.
Students involved in programs such as sports or AP classes, can have a heavy load at the end-of-the year. Leyanet Eirea, who participates in both AP World History and the swim team, said that she fears she won’t be able to do well on her AP test due to long swim practices and constant studying for district benchmarks.
“I think they should try to spread out the work instead of putting all the work in these last few weeks,” Eirea said.
-By Journalism I student Nathalie Marquez
Students taking Advanced Placement classes can be overwhelmed by the number of projects they’re receiving from their teachers at the end of the school year,…
Though most students will be returning in the fall, senior classmates are saying their goodbyes to Cy Springs as they get closer to finishing their final year of high school. Despite the cancellation of the senior trip due to weather, the senior students are hoping to make some final memories at prom. The senior prom will take place at 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on May 19 at the Berry Center with tickets being sold at $80.
The senior trip was originally scheduled to take place on April 22 in San Antonio, but was canceled because of expected rainy weather. After the abandonment of the plans, all seniors that payed $50 for a ticket, were required to sign up for a refund list.
Even with the trip canceled, the seniors still have one event to attend besides graduation, and several students have already begun planning. In preparation for prom, students are hectic to buy tickets, shop for dresses and find dates.
With finals and course testing approaching, the curtains are starting to close on a huge chapter in the life of many students. The seniors aren't just leaving the school behind, but friends as well.
“My boyfriend is a senior, and I want prom to be amazing for him, because after graduation, it'll be harder to see each other," sophomore Genesis DeLeon said." Prom isn't just about dressing up, it means a lot to the seniors and to the people that are going to miss them.”
The seniors will gather for one last bash as they welcome college acceptance letters and future opportunities. Before graduating, they aspire to first leave their legacy as they close off their teenage years at Cy Springs.
“Here's to the class of 2017; although we may have had some obstacles and let-downs, we'll be standing side by side at prom and graduation,”said senior Alex Perez.
-By Journalism I student Yulissa Martinez
Though most students will be returning in the fall, senior classmates are saying their goodbyes to Cy Springs as they get closer to finishing…
For the last year and a half, Ariele Adams has been running for the track team at Cypress Springs in hopes of making a future out of it. Her fast legs have led her to become one of the most noticed runners in the district.
Adams began running her freshman year at Alief Taylor where they bolted towards becoming the district champs. Running on varsity for two and a half years, Adams had a change when she came to Cy Springs. Due to her prior track coach refusing to sign over her UIL papers, Adams was forced to run junior varsity for the remainder of her junior year.
“She thought I left for athletics reasons,” said Adams of her transfer.
Considering Adams is now not only running varsity again, she is a part of a relay team that’s ranked No.3 in the state of Texas.
Coming into her senior year, Adams had her expectations higher than before. On May 4, Adams signed to the University of Houston for a full-ride track scholarship.
“I’m so proud of her; I knew from the beginning she was going to go far,” said track fan Jaelyn Lovings.
Adams is soon to start a new chapter of her life. She wants all her supporters to know that she is grateful for them and she will continue to make them proud. With her speed and dedication Adams is sure to make it far in life.
- By Journalism I student Quanteria Hamilton
For the last year and a half, Ariele Adams has been running for the track team at Cypress Springs in hopes of making a future…