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Concert With Camberwell HS

The Minarets Music Program is hosting the Camberwell High School Wind Ensemble from Australia this week.  The students are arriving at Minarets on Thursday, March 19, where they will meet their host families.  They will be staying until Monday the 23rd.

On March 20th, their band will play in a combined concert with the Minarets band and choir.  The concert will start at 7 pm, and end around 8:30.  It is free admission, and anyone is welcome to come.  It will feature a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber, performed by both bands and the choir.

The Australian students will spend all day Saturday with their host families. They will then go to a Wind Festival on Sunday. On Monday, they will leave on their bus for Morro Bay, continuing on their tour of the United States.

This is an excellent opportunity to connect with students from another country and work with some amazing musicians. Please try to make the visitors as welcome as possible, and come support the music program at the concert on the 20th.

Article by Danielle Johnson

Community college – Dakota Scharnick

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Attending community college first can be a great way to save money and adjust to more harsh academic life of college, PLUS you save tons of money. At a community college, you are able to take general requirement classes like math and history and get those out of the way. When you transfer to a University, you can focus all your energy on your specific area of a study. Go to a community college, get good grades, an then transfer to a university, you’ll be set and save a lot of money. 

Advantage of going to a community college in your hometown

  • You can still live at home. It saves a significant amount of money in your first few years of school
  • You might know people who are also going to the same college as you, which makes going from high school to college less intimidating

Advantage of going to a community college in a new area

  • You’ll expand your career options
  • You can get out and see a whole new world

The pros of community college

  • Gives students the chance to prepare for the financial demands of a 4-year university if you plan on transfering
  • Flexible schedule
  • Gives students an opportunity to explore major options
  • Smaller classes
  • Qualified professors
  • Transitional
  • General requirement classes
  • Basically gives you a second chance if your grades weren’t all that great in high school

How to apply to a community college

  • Keep a list of application and supporting material deadlines near your admissions forms
  • lay out your short and long term educational goals in a personal statement to a community college
  • Fill out request forms for official transcripts from past schools to complete your community college application
  • Prepare to provide proof of income for your community college experience to show your reliability
  • Show your academic aptitude

Jv Baseball game against Farmersville – Savannah Castro

Highlight? We kicked BUTT! 14- 2!! and a special highlight to our Jv Pitcher (Hunter Thompson) Played a great game. The amount of teamwork in this game was unbelievable. although there wasn’t much of a crowd they played with their all. Farmersville was short on water, and our boys were required to walk across the street to the district office just to use the restroom.

Dont miss out on the next game, These boys are worth watching.

Technology By Ashley Worgull

Technology

Ashley Worgull


Here at Minarets we are commended for being technologically advanced among other schools. When it comes down to it, technology is going to become more and more advanced as past actions have proven. Whether or not people will be able to keep up is another situation all together. I used to go to another high school before I moved here and transferred schools. In respect of my former school I won’t mention the name. At my former school we had computer classes that were called “information technology” or “careers”. I took these business classes as often as I could and, thought I was “technology oriented”. After coming to Minarets, I realized I was very wrong. I found it odd that no one used paper, or books, or pencils for that matter. After coming to school and finishing my junior year here, I was forced to take a break due to a major family emergency. over the past 10 months, i’ve spent a great amount of time at the childrens hospital, and while there (out of pure boredom) I noticed the machines and technology all around me. As I looked at these machines with great curiosity I began to wonder exactly how they worked, sure one may have monitored blood pressure while another monitored heart rate, but how? These questions usually got the better of me and often led to my interrogation of the nurses. I remember a few months ago, after sitting in the hospital for about 6 hours that day, I looked over to my mom, pointed to a heart rate monitor and asked “how do you think this works?” She simply responded “I don’t care, as long as it does it job”  That statement made me think about how many other people think that way, “I don’t care how my cell phone works, as long as it keeps working” The point is, here at minarets you could take a few steps in any direction and bump into an individual who knows exactly how your laptop works, although if you ask someone at another school or an individual over 40 years old, your answer will most likely be “who cares?” Which naturally prompts me to wonder if people will still be all knowing and passionate about technology after high school, when technology is different and more complex. Technology is not just computers and cell phones, it’s in science and medical advances, security, entertainment, government, school,and work. Technology is everywhere and almost everything and what good will come from knowing how to build a website, when you need to rewire a circuit board? other schools don’t seem to realize this, but im glad minarets does.

Minecraft @ Minarets

Minecraft is a fun and creative game that boosts constructive thoughts and productivity. You play as a character named “Steve”. You must acquire objects like wood from trees to build a house. Normally thats how its played but some developers and players have created mods to make thing more interesting like location changes from games. Some mods include Godzilla, Mobzilla, and New York city. The maps that some of the mods consist of can be huge over 250 blocks and two blocks are equal to 5 feet so ya you do the math. Minecraft is google more than the bible, Harry Potter and Justin Bieber. Minecraft also helps in class by an increase in engagement and doing math applications within minecraft. Some students have trouble understanding minecraft but are quickly helped.Mellows class are doing projects that include minecraft are called angles where the students create cities.

In Math 1b students are doing math visualization, a mean of which you do arithmetic without letters instead they use blocks. students are using a server called EDU with separate worlds. Glen Martin and Buddy Day are two students that help in minecraft and understand it a little more than others there might be some other students who also do but those are the only names i got. Future projects include servers so students can interact with each other. The students that are using minecraft are using the system 2 blocks = 5 ft and are building worlds and cities by measuring, i believe thats what they are doing thats what i got from the interview anyways. I asked Mrs. Alvarez if and how she would use minecraft she said she would use it somewhat like Ms.Mello, she would build a maze and have the students go through a maze and when the students stepped on a block a sign would come up with a math question before they could pass.

 

Literature in a technology run world by AnnaRose Chaney

Generations come and pass, and  technology continues to progress.  While the true form of literature and the english language falls into disuse. Books have been the foundation upon which our education stands, and the stem from which our imagination blossoms. Literature has given us the chance to explore different worlds. We’ve been handed the opportunity to sail down the river with Huck and Jim, take the impossible journey with Sam and Frodo, and to even step into the mind of an oppressed and abused race, through the eyes of Anne Frank. Books are our eyes and ears to the world, they speak in a language that we can not. They form the words that we are afraid to say. A quote by Anais Nin says, “The role of the writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say”.

In this modern day world, we have closed our eyes, our minds, and silenced our voices. We have turned off our senses in order to allow technology to think for us. We have forgotten the incomparable beauty of the human language, and the expansion of our minds. There have been great advances in science over the course of years past. There are incredible ways to communicate, travel, learn, and even live. But if we take a look into the past, we will find that for a majority of our country, we have traded patience, knowledge, and understanding for efficiency.

The world has given their minds over to moving pictures and vacant screens. Media offers a respite from the worlds troubles, but with that respite comes dulled senses and idle minds. It offers mostly lethargic limbs and wasted time. The expansion of our mind is halted as we gaze upon a glowing screen, and our thoughts are lulled into a mock state of hibernation. Whereas, literature, does nothing of the sort. It may offer the respite of troubles, but at no cost to our intellect. It offers an even vaster world in which to escape, a world in which our minds and imagination are working together to create.

In this world of luxury and entertainment, a world in which we are blessed to live, there are many marvelous things. Yet, there is nothing that I’ve ever found to be as sublime as a good book. In all the earth, as vast as it may be, no beauty has compared to words placed in the places they are meant to be. For those in search of magic I say to pick up a good book, and there you will find it. For all the generations to come and pass, and all the technology still progress, that is one of the few things that remains true. The world that I choose to live in is a world of books, and far greater is it to live not one life, but many.

Rain.

Spring is in the air at Minarets high school. The flowers and trees are blooming, the large ravens are absolutely almost everywhere. The large pink trees look beautiful. Though the clouds and rain don’t seem to want to leave, today I walked outside and it was pouring, I don’t understand what the weather wants from us, I mean, if it wants us to sacrifice a ginger or something I’m not cool with that. The bad weather seems to be clinging to the sky shouting that it still wants to pour down it’s beautiful rain onto us and water our grass, plants, and trees.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain, but I just want the hot weather to stay where it belongs, in May, it is welcome in May, but come on hot weather and dry air, let the water have it’s moment in the sun, or…rather…out of the sun. Image result for rain