Port Huron High School introduced AP seminar as a new offered class for the 2016/2017 school year. Although the students started out unfamiliar and unsure of what AP seminar was supposed to be, teacher Mrs. Ragsdale worked very hard alongside the students to help translate the assigned curriculum in a way the students would better understand. Mrs. Ragsdale shares, “At first I was excited, yet nervous to teach this new AP class. As the year went on, I have learned that the class contains so many real world skills such as collaborative work, identifying credible/non-credible information, and just experience with writing that every student needs.” After a year of focus, and hard work from both the teachers and students between Northern and Port Huron High, the two schools are coming together to plan a showcase. The main goal of the showcase is to educate the public on what “AP seminar” means, and to celebrate and show off what the students are capable of doing. Sharing the showcase with Northern is significant for Mrs. Ragsdale because she explains how she spent the year collaborating with the seminar teacher over at Northern. “Miss VanValkenburgh and I planned the entire year together, she became a close colleague. We helped each other stay on track, and when either of us were feeling overwhelmed, we helped each other out.” When asked, Mrs. Ragsdale shares that she is most excited to get to witness her students’ professional testimonials on what AP seminar became for them. Parents, friends, faculty, and especially the teachers and students themselves, should be very proud of their year-long hard work and determination. Hopefully, showcase will be the cherry on top!
The SAT is coming and how are you preparing for it? Lily Hurtubise shares her tips and tricks for getting ready. Lily has taken studying very seriously she has studied 45 mins a night 3 days a week. She mentions how important it is to read the questions thoroughly and look for what's important; if you have problems with a question move on to the next one. “Revisit it later and to wrap up the end of the week with a practice test”. The sat’s are a big test the juniors take in the spring. The sat test goes towards college and the better the score the more help you’ll get while attending a college.
Keymariah Williams a senior at Port Huron High, has made her college decision as Clark Atlanta University, she has put a lot of thought and effort into this decision. She chose this one out of three colleges, including Wayne State and Spelman University. Some factors she weighed on were price of tuition and academics. She wants to major in Psychology, and Clark Atlanta has a better program for her study. The cost to live in the city there, is reasonable to her, and none of her friends are going with her. For now Keymariah is in middle college at St. Clair County Community College and is going to continue first going there and then transferring to Clark Atlanta and pursue her study in Psychology and eventually pursue her career.
For the school year of 2017/18 we will be introducing a new science class called Biomedical Science. Biomedical science is a biology-based class that will bring your science mind to medical use and also will be researching how to monitor your health. For our school district, that class is only taken as an elective and they will only be taking 66 kids. Our school district is trying to switch the class to a normal core class and not have it as an elective. If the class gets switched to a core class, it will count as a science credit. The students at Port Huron High are very excited for this class the come to our school. If you decided to take this class, you have to be careful about getting in. Some students might have a better chance because of the grade they're in, but some might have the opposite luck. Emma Hillebrandt ‘19 is a student interested in taking the class next year because it looks very exciting and a different viewpoint on science for her. Jillian Carrier ‘19 wants to take this class also. She loves working in the medical field and wants to start working more hands on in a science/medical class. Our school staff hopes to see you try new things at Port Huron High!
Coping With Exams
During the stress of exam preparation and the exams themselves students take to many different routes to survive this strenuous portion of highschool life. As much as students wish away exams they are a fact that must be faced. From how they study to how they eat students hold many unique methods of overcoming this obstacle.
A poll on a group of 40 students says that around 70% of students prefer to study alone, those who don’t study alone have said they typically only study in groups for particular classes. A common subject for group studying is math as many kids struggle with this topic and by combining brain power students get through the formulas.
The poll also showed that around 5% of students don’t study at all. When further investigated these students were found to most likely be so well versed in the subject that additional preparation is of no benefit, or for some the extra studying makes them too anxious and therefore is not helpful.
The true uniqueness is found in students ways of handling exams emotionally. The students of the poll were also asked about diet, sleep, and abnormal behavior in regards to exam week.The most common coping mechanism found was binge eating and using music as an escape. Two distinct groups were found, those who block out the thought of exams and those who stress themselves to an extreme. Those who block out exams have fairly similar habits of sleeping away the thoughts and listening to music. Those who stress themselves come up with strange thoughts and methods in hope for anyway not to fail. Over-stressors can be found pulling all nighters and dragging themselves to school ragged with caffeinated drinks.
When over-stressors were asked about the thoughts the following were some of what goes through their mind as possible preparation. (Said in a stressful joking manner.)
The osmosis theory- “I soak text books and put it to my head and hope through diffusion it’ll transfer.”
Crying - “If i sit in the corner and cry enough the universe may pity me enough to change my fate of failure.”
Sacrifice- “I go to the fields and find a sheep with fur as white as snow and sacrifice it to the dark tri-dimensional overlord Grablezook.”
Food- “Ice cream, buckets and buckets of it, and maybe a pizza too.”
What is SC4 day? SC4 day is an annual day where seniors leave their high schools for about 2 hours to tour the campus of their local community college (SC4) and learn about the different programs they offer. I interviewed senior, Haley Gonzales ‘17 about SC4 day and she said that the trip really helped her with ideas for after high school because she wants to go into the medical field. Haley said that her favorite part about the trip was getting to see the new birthing mother dummy the nursing program now has to practice with. She has aspirations to be either a pharmacist or a neonatal nurse hoping to achieve this goal or part of this goal from SC4 because it is close to home and cheaper than a University. Never take your eye off the prize Haley and good luck in the future!
“It went amazing,” says Angela to describe her 2nd time performing at the halloween concert at PHHS on monday. Asked on how she thought the bands did as a whole she replied with “We all did good”. All bands at PHHs perform two concerts, one for the public, and one for the Roosevelt school just down the street. Asked which performance she prefers to do the most she says “Roosevelt because i get to see all of the little elementary kids dress up for us”. Angela had the role of playing the duck character in the russian folk tale Peter And The Wolf. She did well by staying in character and making the audience laugh. Yet again a new tradition at PHHS takes off as the school evolves to better itself.