Month: September 2012

Spirit Switch (Shweta Maruvada)

photo provided by Grace Cha

Rebellion can take many forms. At Centennial, the definition has come to terms with Spirit Week, with paint on faces, and the tagging. Each year, the Student Government Association (SGA) decides which spirit days they wish to hold throughout the week. However, this year, students were allowed to vote for select days. The 2012-2013 Spirit Week was only 4 days long due to Rosh Hashanah, so students had to be more careful with their choices.

The senior class, anxiously waiting for their 12th year to finally celebrate their 80s Decades Day had already made plans. When the student polls came out however, the SGA announced that Decades day wasn’t going to be one of the days. Senior Ashley Grooms expressed her disappointment with the students’ decision. She has never been a fan of Wacky Tacky day, so she wasn’t planning on participating anyway. “I was a little annoyed at first that decades day was not chosen as one of the spirit days,” Grooms said. Continue reading “Spirit Switch (Shweta Maruvada)”

Political Student Correspondent Introduction (Charles Regnante)

Here’s a chance to stay informed about national and local political issues. As the Wingspan’s new student political correspondent, I will be reporting on political issues starting with the 2012 Presidential Election. I’ll provide factual, unbiased information from both sides of the political aisle. I welcome student thoughts and comments.

The Ravens Win Against The Patriots (Kyle Simpson)

The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army echoed through Baltimore as the clock struck zero around midnight last night on the Ravens 12th straight home win streak against none-other than the New England Patriots. Who ended the best chance Baltimore had at a Super Bowl appearance in years with a missed kick courtesy of the now Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff in the AFC championship game last year. Seven months and a new kicker later, the Ravens geared up for a rematch under the lights on national television.

The day started off with heavy hearts for the Ravens as two-year wide receiver Torrey Smith had lost his younger Tevin Smith to a motorcycle accident earlier that morning. But through the heartbreak, Smith walked onto the field and warmed up. He even gave a young Ravens fan a high-five on his way back into the locker room. Continue reading “The Ravens Win Against The Patriots (Kyle Simpson)”

CHS Boosters (Giana Han)

According to Boosters member Michelle Berry, the Centennial Boosters are facing a busy week with Homecoming fast approaching.

The Centennial Boosters is a non-profit organization that is run by volunteers. They sell spirit wear, and they run the concession stands at sporting events. This week, they will be selling their wares during lunch, outside the cafeteria. The Boosters will make an appearance at Back to School Night, and they will be in business all day on Homecoming.

Centennial sports’ spirit wear is not sold by the Boosters, but what they sell can be worn to games. This includes their new item, the Centennial temporary tattoos. These cannot be worn in school or while playing a sport, but the Boosters are promoting them as something to be worn by the fans. They will be sold at sporting events along with sweatpants, sweatshirts, T-shirts, and other items. The profits go towards extra- curricular events including Drama, sports teams, Wingspan, and After Prom.

“Support the Boosters and you’ll support all after school activities, not just the athletics,” says Michelle Berry. Support can be shown by purchasing items from them or by becoming a member. The only requirements for membership are to be a Centennial parent and to give a donation. The Boosters can be found at many after school activities, but they also have a website (centennialboostersonline.com) where jackets, dry fit polos, and other spirit wear can be purchased.

Reserved Spaces (Zack Newman)

A portion of the Centennial parking lot has been marked as “reserved”
within the past two weeks, a new addition that has not been a part of
the parking lot since last
year.

22 spaces, out of an available 395, are sectioned off on the side of
the school closest to the gym and dance studio.

According to Assistant Principals Kevin Dorsey and Pamela West, there
has always been a “reserved” section of the parking lot, but since the
parking lot was redone last year, there was not an opportunity to
remark the necessary spaces until this year.

West pointed out that despite this slight intrusion onto what is
generally student parking, there are still plenty of available spaces.

She also reported that the section is designed to provide the athletic
director, Jean Vanderpool, as well as physical education, theatre and
dance teachers with an area to park close to where their classrooms
are located.

Students will be towed if they blatantly ignore multiple warnings from
Security Guard Mike Guizzotti, reported West.

Decision To Change Grading Scale On Hold (Miranda Mason)

On Thursday September 13, 2012, a Board of Education meeting was held
in Ellicott City in order to consider a change to the grading scale
for county high schools.

There were three options for possible changes to the grading scale,
but no decision was made. At the meeting, it was decided that more
information must be gathered before a final decision is made.

At the meeting it was debated whether to keep the grading scale as the
current 10 point scale, use only percentage points until the final
grade is calculated at the end of the course, or to use a plus-minus
system.

“I think we should keep it the same,” said sophomore Andrew Pelletier
about the grading scale. “It’s working how it is.”

If the plus-minus system is adopted, students will still receive
letter grades, however there will now be a plus or minus grade for
each letter. This would be a more accurate representation of the
students’ score, however it would also affect the students’ GPA’s.
This could adversely affect athletes who currently maintain the C
average necessary to be eligible to play sports; a C minus would make
their GPA lower than the 2.0 that is required.

The percentage system would also provide a more accurate view of the
grade the students’ earn, but it will not affect GPA’s any differently
than the current system.

The current grading scale is being criticized for having codes that do
not relate to the grade the student earned, such as codes for not
showing up for a final or entering late into the course.