Tag: Nicholas Klein

Preparing for AP Exams

Words: Nicholas Klein

One of the most dreaded times of the school year is the time of AP exams. Occupying the first two weeks of May, the AP exams last around three hours each. Getting a good score on the AP is in the minds of many students at Centennial High School, and preparing for the exam properly is important.

Resources are available in classrooms, in libraries, and in stores, providing essential information for the AP exams. Jacob Boeye, a sophomore at Centennial, has used these resources to his advantage. To prepare for his upcoming AP exams, he “bought the Princeton Review books and [studies] for hours every week.”
Adam Kelemen, a junior at Centennial, is currently preparing for his Calculus AB exam. “Every day for two months prior to the AP, I [have done] practice free response questions or practice multiple choice problems from previous AP Calculus exams,” said Kelemen.
The AP exams are not something to take lightly. Hours upon hours of studying and practice are needed to receive a good score. However, by using resources such as practice exams and review books, students can make the AP less worrisome and give themselves a much better chance of doing well.
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Math Journal

Words: Nicholas Klein

On Wednesday, March 2, students went to classrooms around Centennial High School to announce the Math Journal, a student written magazine which focuses on math subjects. Sponsored by Robert Kennedy, the Math Journal will be published online, and will have a print publication.

The journal will feature articles, stories, information, and other types of student written pieces all related to mathematics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). It is an extracurricular activity, and students will be writing and uploading pieces outside of class.

The Math Journal is free to join, and all students are welcome.

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PARCC Test Results

Words: Nicholas Klein

If you aren’t a freshman, you’ll likely remember the PARCC testing throughout last school year. The results from the tests are finalized, and students will be receiving their scores on Friday, November 13, during homeroom, which will be followed by an evacuation drill. The homeroom and evacuation will both take place during Eagle Time, in between second and third period.

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Introducing Centennial’s New Teachers: Part 3

Words: Nicholas Klein

Photos: Shalini Malhotra

Ms. Ward (Geometry and Algebra)

Q: Do you have any prior teaching experience?

A: “No, I’m a first year teacher.”

Q: What have you liked so far about our school?

A: “I love the students, they’re just all so different… they seem to want to get an education, which is awesome. The collaborative school spirit with anyone you come in contact with.”

Q: What are you looking forward to this year?

A: “Probably looking forward to the end of the year, not because it’s the end of the year, but to see how far the students come, seeing the change that happened over the course of the year.”

Q: Interesting Facts?

A: “I enjoy horseback riding, and I won Dancing With the Staff.”

 

Mr. Watson (Physics)

Q: Do you have any prior teaching experience?

A: “No, this is my first full year teaching at Centennial.”

Q: What have you liked so far about our school?

A: “Definitely the students, had a good time, lots of fun working with them.”

Q: What are you looking forward to this year?

A: “Making it through the year, keeping up with all of my work.”

Q: Interesting Facts?

A: “I do play video games all the time.”

 

Mrs. Mancini (English)

Q: Do you have any prior teaching experience?

A: “I’ve taught for seven years.”

Q: What have you liked so far about our school?

A: “Obviously the students are very engaging, very smart, and all of my new colleagues have been very helpful.”

Q: What are you looking forward to this year?

A: “Just getting to know everyone, getting to teach some different books than I have in the past. Maybe to start a literary magazine.”

Q: Interesting Facts?

A: “In my fantasy football league, [I’m the] three-peat champion.”

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Twinning and Grinning

Words: Nicholas Klein

Photos: Sandy Eichhorn and Hunter Hall

Wednesday, October 7, is the third day of Spirit Week at Centennial High School, and the infamous Twin Day. The idea is for students to get together and wear matching outfits, which are often out of the ordinary attire. Although usually done in pairs, twinning has been exhibited in large groups as well.

Twin Day is the day of the week that really demonstrates the bond between students (and sometimes teachers).

“Twin Day is a really cool idea,” says Noah Happel, a junior at Centennial, “it lets people show that they’re good friends and are able to express their creativity at the same time.”

As Twin Day wraps up, students are anticipating Character Day and being able to express their favorite Disney or regular characters.

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Introducing Centennial’s New Teachers: Part 2

Words: Nicholas Klein

Ms. Cleveland (English 10 and English 11)

Q: Do you have any prior teaching experience?

A: “I spent the last two years teaching at River Hill.”

 

Q: What have you liked so far about our school?

A: “Since I went here as a student, it’s really neat to teach with the people that taught me.”

 

Q: What are you looking forward to this year?

A: “I feel like I’m more prepared now that I’m a third year teacher. Also being able to spread my wings, like an eagle, and teach multiple grades.”

 

Q: Interesting Facts?

A: “All throughout high school, I was on all the dance teams, and in college I was a Division 1 athlete for rowing.”

 

Mr. Moe (Special Services and Football Coach)

Q: Do you have any prior teaching experience?

A: “I taught at Guilford Elementary in Howard County for two years.”

 

Q: What have you liked so far about our school?

A: “I like being back at Centennial since I graduated from here. It’s nice to give back to the school.”

 

Q: What are you looking forward to this year?

A: “Looking forward to working with some fun students and great staff, and hoping to turn the football program around.”

 

Q: Interesting Facts?

A: “I played four years of Division 3 college football.”

 

Mrs. Holzman (Geometry, Math Analysis, and Trigonometry)

Q: Do you have any prior teaching experience?

A: “This is my 10th year teaching. The first eight years, I was in Carroll County at Francis Scott Key High. Last year I was at Hammond Middle.”

 

Q: What have you liked so far about our school?

A: “I love being in a high school again. I love my department. Students are really nice.”

 

Q: What are you looking forward to this year?

A: “Events. Little things like football games and homecoming. Looking forward to seeing how involved the students are.”

 

Q: Interesting Facts?

A: “I just had a baby on June 8th. I [also] own over 150 pairs of shoes.”

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Recommended Books

Words: Nicholas Klein

Ask any teacher, and they will confidently say that reading is fundamental. Reading teaches grammar, vocabulary, and helps people become better writers. There are some books, however, that accomplish this better than others. Boards and newsletters across the nation have produced hundreds of recommended reading lists that give students hints about what books to read.

These lists typically include books that would help the student develop essential reading and writing skills, to further them in their education and help them in their future. These books are usually aimed towards young adults or adult readers, which means that they are ideal for high school students.

Reading lists published by the Board or other sources are not the only places that recommend good novels. English teachers at Centennial have their own favorite books, as well as authors that they would recommend for Centennial students.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a wonderful coming of age book,” said Mr. Sharbaugh, an English 9 teacher at Centennial High School. “It’s beautifully written, like a fusion of poem and prose. It’s an unconventional novella; snapshots of characters and events that the reader pieces together like a puzzle,” said Sharbaugh.

In addition to The House on Mango Street, Sharbaugh adds that he would recommend, “Anything by William Faulkner, but I would warn students not to read The Sound and the Fury first. He plays with point of view a lot.”

Ms. Cleveland, an English 10 and 11 teacher at Centennial, says that, “One of my favorites is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.” She also recommends, “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

In addition to those recommendations, Mrs. McDonough says that, “My personal favorite is A Separate Peace by John Knowles. I think it is a book that’s applicable to life. It’s about jealousy between two best friends, and what happens when jealousy takes over. I think it’s relatable to a lot of teenagers.” McDonough also states that, “If students are really into science fiction, then Bradbury is a really good author.”

There are a lot of good books for students to read, whether it be fiction or nonfiction, sci-fi or historical. Just reading will help students learn and grow, and enjoy the experience of the telling of a story. If a student wants to figure out another book to read, they should ask their teachers – all teachers have suggestions about books, not just English teachers. There are also plenty of helpful lists in almost any media center or library that can give recommendations for all genres of literature.

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