Trojaneer https://trojaneer.com The Student News Site of Center Grove High School Mon, 23 Mar 2020 20:15:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Student starts petition to postpone, not cancel, prom https://trojaneer.com/7319/news/student-starts-petition-to-postpone-not-cancel-prom/ https://trojaneer.com/7319/news/student-starts-petition-to-postpone-not-cancel-prom/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 19:59:41 +0000 https://trojaneer.com/?p=7319 In the wake of the cancellation of many school events due to the coronavirus, junior Bethany Daniels decided to take matters into her own hands by starting an online petition to postpone, instead of cancel, prom. 

“I just felt as though with all that’s happening in the world right now, prom is something CGHS students can look forward to,” Daniels said

Social distancing and self-quarantine has opened Daniels’ eyes to the benefits of the regular school schedule. 

“I’m typically a really social person, so being so isolated has been really hard for me,” Daniels said. “Being out of school has made me realize how much I took advantage of being able to go before this whole virus thing.”

Daniels believes that prom is an important event for the students at the high school, the community and the seniors that would be in attendance.

“It’d give students a break and an opportunity to come together as a community, and, for seniors, for the last time.”

— Daniels

“My dad, who is now the school-board president, gave me the idea of a petition to draw the school’s attention once I voiced my concerns about the potential cancellation of prom,” Daniels said. “It’d give students a break and an opportunity to come together as a community, and, for seniors, for the last time.”

When asked about the possibility of postponing prom, Principal Jeffry Henderson was unable to provide a definitive answer.

“At this point in time, it is too early to speculate about what may happen with prom. We will need to monitor the progression of this virus and make those decisions later,” Henderson said in an email. “We are currently looking at all options, but it is simply too early to even begin to develop any plan.”

Regardless of the outcome, Daniels’ petition provides students an outlet to express their opinion. 

The petition link:

http://chng.it/nD6bTRySqg

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An Open Letter to the Class of 2020 https://trojaneer.com/7323/opinion/an-open-letter-to-the-class-of-2020/ https://trojaneer.com/7323/opinion/an-open-letter-to-the-class-of-2020/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 19:57:38 +0000 https://trojaneer.com/?p=7323

“I wish we could just skip to the end.”

“I’m so ready to be done.”

“I just want to get out of here.”

“I wish we could just skip to the end.”

Do any of the above sentiments sound familiar? I know they do to me. Since August, I’ve either heard or expressed the same three things over and over again. I thought I was ready to end my high school experience and head off to college as soon as possible.

Maybe the universe is playing some kind of perverse joke on us. That’s what I thought when the COVID-19 pandemic reared its ugly head and effectively shut our high school down. We’ll keep learning, of course, but it’s not the same. It’s not the same when I can’t leave my house, or see my friends, or go to class and see my teachers, or participate in clubs or sports. It’s not the same.

Looking back, I should have chosen my words more carefully. I should have wished for a happier ending. I shouldn’t have taken Center Grove High School for granted. But that’s what I stupidly and selfishly did.

The last couple weeks have felt like a waking nightmare. Everything we thought we knew has been turned on its head. People we thought we could trust to have answers–our supporters, our leaders, our mentors–have none. It’s terrifying to know that some of the cleverest people in your life can’t help you.

I’ve been restless. Suddenly, I have almost nothing to do. The world feels so empty. When I drove by the high school the other day, there were no cars and no pedestrians. It seemed like a graveyard.

Even with the world at my fingertips and in my pocket, I’ve never felt so alone. I can talk to my friends, but I can’t see them. Those college rejections aren’t meant to be taken personally, but in light of all the other ways the world has crumbled, I can’t help but feel any differently. Seeing my girlfriend, which was already a rare occasion, has become impossible.

This sucks.

One thing I’ve learned, not just in high school but in life, is that the story doesn’t matter. People never listen to what you say. What you say doesn’t matter. It’s all about whose story you tell, how you say it and how you make people feel. Did “Life of Pi” teach me that? It was a good book, but probably not. Was it reading “Heart of Darkness”? No, I think I knew the true nature of a story long before AP English 12.

How do I know what makes a story matter? My parents and their grandparents.

My mom and dad filled my head with stories of my great-grandmother from a young age. Her kindergarten teacher slapped her in the face for not speaking English even though she didn’t know how. Her parents were Italian immigrants. They didn’t even speak English at home. Throughout grade school, she made the same choice every day at noon: buying lunch or being able to ride the trolley home. She went to college.

My parents lived in Chicago growing up. They told me about walking through twelve feet of snow in the dead of winter in elementary school. For some reason, this story never made me sympathetic because I knew that after that brutal walk my parents had a good education. They were able to come home to a warm house. They went on to go to one of the best public high schools in the country.

My grandmother’s story is a powerful one of overcoming suffering. My parents’ story likely reminds you of things your parents have said that make you roll your eyes. Something like:

“Back in my day, I had to walk ten miles to school every day.”

My parents could have changed my attitude if, instead of talking about themselves, they told me about the kid at their school who had to walk to school every day, regardless of the weather. The kid who walked through those Chicago blizzards to get to school because school was all they had.

Does this mean my parents didn’t have something to say about struggles? I don’t necessarily think so.

I talked to my mom recently and got around to making fun of her for the “back in my day” trope. 

“That’s not fair. Remember what your great grandmother had to do to get to school?” she said.

In my head, my great-grandmother and my parents had two entirely different experiences growing up. They weren’t even in the same category. How could anything compare to that choice my grandmother had to make? But maybe I was wrong. Maybe my parents had other obstacles, other challenges growing up I don’t know about.

My thoughts on this are frustratingly inconclusive. Even going back and reading my own complaints, I feel as though they are hilariously insignificant. What right do I honestly have to complain about how COVID-19 has affected my life? What makes me think I have any right to write? Why should I get to tell my side of the story when it hasn’t been that bad for me, when there are families out there who have the virus, when there are people on the streets without healthcare, without a job, without any security in this trying time?

We all suffer. In all likelihood, however, you and I haven’t gotten the worst of it. Some of us have, but many of us will make it out of this okay.

So what are we supposed to make of this? How do we honestly, earnestly and eloquently express what we went through during this time?

How do we ensure that we tell this story right? How do we explain the effects this pandemic had without overstating or understating it, without over-emphasizing our own struggles or minimizing them into nothing?

Do any of my issues matter?

Does it matter that we may not get a prom or a graduation? Does it matter, in light of everything the world is dealing with right now, that we may not get to say goodbye to our classmates before we head off into an uncertain future?

Of course it does. But we’re also incredibly lucky. Center Grove is so, so, so much more than a building. It’s more than 2600 kids in a block of bricks on a hill.

We are so much more than the senior class that dealt with coronavirus, just like the Class of 2005 was so much more than the class which dealt with Katrina.

This isn’t the end of high school. I’ve still got a couple months left. This doesn’t mean I lose my accomplishments, or that I didn’t write for this newspaper for two years, or run on the cross country team for four years, or make friends, or lose friends. Coronavirus doesn’t define my high school experience, or even my senior year, and it damn well doesn’t define yours.

This doesn’t take away from the amazing career paths our students have set for themselves, or the football team advancing to the state game, or the cross country team qualifying for the state meet. It doesn’t take away from the incredible hard work of indoor percussion. It doesn’t mean the track team should feel any less proud. It doesn’t mean robotics poured years of effort and engineering ingenuity into nothing.

We’ve come a long way in four years, but high school isn’t over. So many things are still in our control. How are we going to explain this to our kids? Maybe we’ll tell them why we were able to get through it, how we were able to overcome hurdles we didn’t prepare for. It wasn’t the worst thing in the world, but it sure wasn’t a joyride. This might be somewhat meaningless to say at this point, but I can’t speak for you (though I have certainly tried.) All I can say is that for me, this pandemic has truly given me a reason to reflect back on my high school experience. If it weren’t for COVID-19, I may never have given this school and its students the credit it truly deserves for making me into who I am today.

Maybe I didn’t do this the right way. Maybe you don’t like the way I explained it. All I’m saying is that there’s more to this than the abrupt and impromptu end of high school. We won’t be remembered for coronavirus. What will matter is how we move forward, and, more importantly, how we explain what happened to future generations and purposefully move our conversations in the right direction.

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Breaking: College Board announces changes for online AP Exams https://trojaneer.com/7298/news/breaking-college-board-announces-changes-for-online-ap-exams/ https://trojaneer.com/7298/news/breaking-college-board-announces-changes-for-online-ap-exams/#respond Sat, 21 Mar 2020 03:48:26 +0000 https://trojaneer.com/?p=7298 College Board Vice President of AP and Instruction Trevor Packer announced that the AP Exams for 2020 would include only free-response questions and no multiple choice.

Teachers were emailed ahead of time regarding the testing situation. It was said that these questions would be “adapted for secure testing at home” and could not be answered “from Google or chats with friends,” according to Packer.


This is a developing story and will be updated with information for students as time goes on.

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Pop Culture in the Age of Quarantine: What to Do This Month https://trojaneer.com/7270/opinion/pop-culture-in-the-age-of-quarantine-what-to-do-this-month/ https://trojaneer.com/7270/opinion/pop-culture-in-the-age-of-quarantine-what-to-do-this-month/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2020 19:38:21 +0000 https://trojaneer.com/?p=7270 After Governor Eric Holcomb announced that all Indiana schools will be closed until May 1, students are going to be spending more time at home than what was originally planned. Although there will be a combination of waiver days and eLearning days, many students will still have more time than they know what to do with. The Trojaneer editors would like to help by recommending some of our favorite shows, movies, books, songs and apps for students to dive into for the next six weeks. And, please, if we missed something, give your own recommendations in the comment section. We’re all in this together.

Olivia Oliver recommends:

Netflix:

“Scooby-Doo Where Are You” – We all remember our favorite mystery-solving teenagers. What better way to get your mind off of current events than to travel back to childhood and stop actual, visible monsters with the gang? It’s great to put on while doing e-learning, organizing your room or just hanging out, and with three seasons ready to play, it’ll keep you entertained for at least 4 or 5 days (3, if you’re ambitious like me).

“NCIS”

“Criminal Minds”

“Conspiracies”

Disney+:

“Avatar” – Need an escape from our world? Travel to Pandora, since you can’t travel to Disney’s recreation of it in Animal Kingdom (no, I didn’t cry when Disney closed, what are you talking about?). The stunning visual effects director James Cameron employs are sure to transport you out of our world and into an entirely new one. Whether you’re riding a Banshee, fighting alongside the native people of Pandora, or taking in the exotic wildlife, Avatar has plenty of adventure and beauty to boost your spirits. Plus, with a 3 hour running time, it’s great to help one of those boring quarantine days go by a little faster.

The MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

“Treasure Planet”

“Atlantis”

Books:

Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton – Sure, COVID-19 is bad right now, but it could be worse. We could be stuck on Isla Nublar where velociraptors and carnosauruses run rampant. Read what inspired the acclaimed movie and dive deeper into the world of Jurassic Park. Crichton’s combination of science fiction and science fact will make you question whether or not the events are actually possible. Plus, the vivid and bone-chilling descriptions he gives might even make you glad to be stuck indoors and not outside, 65 million years in the past.

“The Bourne Identity” Robert Ludlum

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Songs:

“9 to 5” by Dolly Parton – Just because there’s barely anyone working nine to five doesn’t mean this Dolly Parton song is any less of a classic. It’s upbeat, relatable even for students and is great to do all of that pesky organization we’ve all been procrastinating until now.

“Casualty” by Lawrence

“Halo” by Beyoncé

“Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra

Apps:

Papa’s Freezeria – Want another way to travel back to your childhood? Download Papa’s Freezeria and get to blending milkshakes, ice cream and more. The levels are practically never-ending and with new flavors and extras to unlock, it’s sure to keep you busy all the way until May 1st.

Pinterest

Kelsey Osborne recommends:

Netflix:

“Patriot Act” – Learn about other global issues besides COVID-19 and have a few laughs while you do it with Hasan Minhaj’s political comedy show on Netflix. With 5 Volumes to binge before the newest episode airs on March 29, it’s a fun way to stay informed. Plus you can watch Minhaj’s Deep Cuts on Youtube where he answers audience questions and brings out special guests.

“Grey’s Anatomy”

“On My Block”

Disney+:

“Tangled” – It’s literally about a girl who was quarantined for 18 years, and Mother Gothel was keeping her from the kingdom of Corona. That plus the amazing songs like “When Will My Life Begin,” which will accurately describe your life for the next six weeks (minus the waking up at 7 a.m.), there’s nothing more perfect to watch.

“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”

“Frozen 2”

Books:

“An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” by Hank Green – Hank Green, the brother of renowned Indiana author John Green, in his debut novel, wrote about an unprecedented global situation, sound familiar? Although instead of a pandemic, the protagonist April May stumbles upon aliens. If you love John Green, action/suspense, or anything paranormal, this is the book for you.

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

“Dead Letters” by Caite Dolan-Leach

“And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie

Songs:

“All I Want” by Olivia Rodrigo – From the hit Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Rodrigo, who plays Nini, actually wrote and performed the song in episode four of the show’s first season. Along with being a popular sound on TikTok, the music video was released today, making it the perfect song to listen to while you sit at home.

“House Party” by Sam Hunt

“The Hype” by Twenty One Pilots

“God is a woman” by Ariana Grande

Apps:

Buzzfeed app – Ever wanted to know what kind of cookie you would be based off your favorite movies? Only Buzzfeed could provide you with those kinds of answers. Get the app to take hundreds of fun quizzes, and send the results to your friends to compare.

Duolingo

Headspace

Target app

Graham Kanwit recommends:

Netflix:

“The Irishman” – Now that you finally have 3 and a half hours to spare, I would highly recommend this masterpiece by Martin Scorsese. It might take a few sittings, but it’s a classic gangster flick and a total thrill ride with emotional payoff that’s worth the wait.

“Love is Blind”

“On My Block”

Disney+:

“The Clone Wars” – This beloved show is finally back and better than ever. Plus, Ahsoka Tano, the show’s breakout character, returns in this week’s episode. If you’ve never watched “Clone Wars” before, you’re missing out.

“Phineas and Ferb”

“The Mandalorian”

Books:

“Half-Blood Blues” by Esi Edugyan – This might be the best book I’ve ever read. The story follows musician Sidney Griffiths in two different time periods – the 1940s and the 1990s. It’s a harrowing tale of betrayal, lost love, and most importantly, Jazz.

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman

Albums:

“Madvillainy” by Madvillain – You might want to sit down for this one. “Madvillainy” is one of the few perfect albums I’ve heard in my life. Combine the world-class rapping of MF DOOM and production from Madlib and you have one of the best hip-hop albums of all time. Money back guaranteed if you don’t feel like Megamind while listening.

“After Hours” by The Weeknd

“Blonde” by Frank Ocean

Kanye West’s entire discography

“Lemonade” by Beyoncé

“4:44” by Jay-Z

“The Carters” by the Carters

Songs:

“Lost in the World” by Kanye West – It’s the greatest song of all time.

“Starman” by David Bowie

“Cold War” by Cautious Clay

“Crime Pays” by Freddie Gibs & Madlib

Apps:

Stack the Countries – A one-of-a-kind geographical education entertainment experience.

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Photo Gallery: Stores running out of items in Greenwood due to panic over COVID-19 https://trojaneer.com/7238/news/photo-gallery-stores-running-out-of-items-in-greenwood-due-to-panic-over-covid-19/ https://trojaneer.com/7238/news/photo-gallery-stores-running-out-of-items-in-greenwood-due-to-panic-over-covid-19/#respond Sat, 14 Mar 2020 20:33:39 +0000 https://trojaneer.com/?p=7238 With fear over COVID-19 circulating the community, many have resorted to stocking up on food in preparation the next few weeks. Click on the gallery below for a look at what this has done to stores in the Greenwood area.
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Breaking: In-person classes at Center Grove suspended until at least May 1 https://trojaneer.com/7228/news/breaking-center-grove-cancels-in-person-classes-next-week-due-to-covid-19-pandemic/ https://trojaneer.com/7228/news/breaking-center-grove-cancels-in-person-classes-next-week-due-to-covid-19-pandemic/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 13:51:40 +0000 https://trojaneer.com/?p=7228 This story is developing and could include outdated information as the situation progresses. Students, family, and faculty are advised to check emails often and regularly in order to receive the most up-to-date information.

The Center Grove administration announced Thursday night that in-person coursework would be canceled for the week of Mar. 16-20. The announcement comes as the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), has begun to spread at an accelerated and unprecedented rate across the country. At the time of publication, Johnson County had three confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total number of cases to 12. Governor Eric Holcomb announced sweeping changes, including travel restrictions for state government employees and 20 waiver days for each school that do not need to be made up.

In addition to canceling in-person classes, the Center Grove administration announced the cancelation of all extracurricular activities until further notice. This includes the postponement of games and practices for all spring sports.

From Monday, Mar. 16 until Wednesday, Mar. 18, Center Grove students will not have any work to make up or complete as these are waiver days. On Thursday, Mar. 19 and Friday, Mar. 20, Center Grove will implement e-learning days. Students must log into Canvas for their respective red day classes (Thursday) and white day classes (Friday) in order to be counted present.

Students should continue to practice good hygiene, follow CDC guidelines, monitor themselves and family for symptoms, and remain calm during this period of time. For more information, FAQs, and tips on how to stay safe, visit the official page regarding Center Grove School Corporation’s response to COVID-19 here.


Stay tuned to Trojaneer for updates on the coronavirus over break including stories from students, updates from the administration, and how to stay safe.

Update: All in-person classes in the state of Indiana have been suspended by Governor Holcomb until at least May 1.

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Meet the Media Center Staff https://trojaneer.com/7204/features/meet-the-media-center-staff/ https://trojaneer.com/7204/features/meet-the-media-center-staff/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 12:27:47 +0000 https://trojaneer.com/?p=7204 When students charge their iPad, check out a Chromebook or use the Collaboration Center, they may not notice the staff that works to take care of the Media Center every day. The Trojaneer sat down with three staff members to discuss their new roles in the changing library.

Mrs. Ashley Cousino

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Ashley Cousino currently works as CGHS’s Media Assistant and AV specialist for her second year. 

“I became the media assistant because it was my mom [Mrs.Stuckey], who actually used to be the media assistant here when I was little, so I’ve been in this library since I was about twelve years old and since then, she’s always worked here,” Cousino said. “When this spot became available, it was really fun to pick up where she left off before she became the secretary. It was a really nice fit, and it’s something I’ve always enjoyed because I love reading so much.” 

Cousino says her familiarity with the school makes her job enjoyable. 

“For me, my favorite part is not only the students, but [als that ] I graduated from here so it’s like coming home every day when I come here [and] being able to spend time where I graduated from. It’s really cool to see students these days in the same hallways as I was in,” Cousino said. 

Since being hired, Cousino’s primary goal for the Media Center has been to create a quiet atmosphere suited for students to focus on their studies and unwind. 

“We know what it’s like in high school and college, and sometimes you just need a space that you can go and zone in on your work. We understand that study halls can be really loud and cramped and even your classrooms can feel a little bit cramped, so we know everyone needs a different study environment. Or if you’re already done with your assignments, you can come in and pick up a book and just read quietly in here. It’s just a space to break up your day, and if you need a refresher, this is a good place for that,” Cousino said. 

Both media assistants take part in helping with the set up and clean up with the preparation for classroom events, along with performing other tasks which ensure that the Media Center is run smoothly. 

“A lot of what we do is over scheduling the Media Center so classrooms can come down and use the collaboration center. We deal with all of the Chromebooks that come in and out, if people need to check out Chromebooks,” Cousino said. “We fix iPads if there’s troubleshooting we can do to help the kids, or if their iPads freeze up. If there’s something minor we can help them with, we do that. We also check out books, we do slide presentations, and we run the Maker Space.”

In addition to working during the day, Cousino also puts in time towards improving the Media Center at night. 

“I do a lot of work at night when I’m researching books to order. We try to stay current on social media and with books. We think of the displays they go in here that both take work and time. We also take part in setting up for after school activities and banquets,” Cousino said. 

Overall, Cousino’s main change to the Media Center was her application of stricter rules for the Media Center, which she believed were essential. She also contributed small changes which she said have made library resources more accessible and convenient. 

“I hope we’ve made the Media Center a better place. When I first got here, there weren’t a lot of rules as far as what students were allowed to do here. Rules in a place that is designated as a study zone are really beneficial, so we’ve set boundaries for what kids would need to [do to] be productive in studying. We’ve also set up guidelines to help make the process of checking out conference rooms a little easier, we’ve made it easier for chromebooks to be available for students and we’ve kind of upgraded and helped create ideas for the makerspace, which is really beneficial for classrooms that are doing projects,” Cousino said. “It hadn‘t been too long after it was remodeled that I got here, and then Mrs.Tichenor has [also] really helped a lot with getting all those rules put in place and helping enforce them.” 

Mrs. Beth Tichenor

After teaching at Avon Schools for nine years, Beth Tichenor started her first year as one of the CGHS media assistants. Tichenor moved from Avon to Martinsville and applied for a Center Grove teaching position. Although this is Tichenor’s first year, she has been working in a library for years. 

“I’ve been part of a library even since I was in high school,” Tichenor said. “I used to work at a library all through high school and college. I also love working with students, and I love reading and books. It’s just a dream job to have!” 

Tichenor believes that the Media Center’s resources and atmosphere makes it worthwhile to visit. As a media assistant, Tichenor works to keep the Media Center an enjoyable place to spend time in, and is able to perform several tasks to help students and staff. 

“Even [for things as] simple as [needing to charge] your iPad, we can [help,] or if you need to borrow a chromebook for the day. So there’s a lot, besides just checking out books or studying. The Media Center has a lot to offer. We do have windows [and ]we get some of the newest books that are out and available for students to read, along with magazines and other resources,” Tichenor said. “There are so many other things we can help with or provide here in the Media Center. It really is a great place for students to come down and enjoy it, and utilize everything we have here.” 

Since arriving, Tichenor has felt her assistance with the Media Center has led to beneficial improvements. Tichenor has helped with the process of checking out books, decorations, library etup, enforcing rules, scheduling the collaboration center, dealing with chromebooks, researching books, and other essential activities. 

“We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback over the way the Media Center is run as a team since we’re working together, and even from last year, we’ve seen positive things happening here that are really helping it become more available for students and a good place to come and study.” 

Tichenor also shared her favorite aspect of working in the Media Center.

“I love working with students and I love being able to speak with and encourage them, and just to also introduce them to new things. And to be able to carry out all the things Mrs. Cousino has implemented, as well as being able to let the students know what’s available to them,” Tichenor said.

Mrs. Kara Heichelbech

Since April of 2018, Kara Heichelbech has been the E-Learning coach and Global Campus Coordinator at the high school. Having background experience as an E-coach in a previous role and a desire to work in the Center Grove community motivated Heichelbech to apply for the job. In a typical workday, Heichelbech performs a variety of important tasks. 

“I often help teachers and talk with students, and some days I also have meetings. A lot of the time I’m planning for future Global Campus courses [and] sometimes [I] work with teachers on some of them,” Heichelbech said, “and I’m also just working with teachers on how to utilize technology really well in the classroom.” 

Although Heichelbech’s job maintains those routines, she also said there is a lot of variety in her work.

“My favorite part of my job is that it’s different every day. Like today, I met with two teachers to talk about future Global Campus courses. Yesterday and today, I did grade checks so I got to meet with students. Monday I was planning for a big presentation I did after school, [so] it really just depends on what’s happening,” Heichelbech said. “Tomorrow, I’ll meet with a teacher in the morning and then I’ll be out at a district meeting talking about technology integration across our district. So I just like that every day is something different and I’m interacting with different people every day.” 

Much of Heichelbech’s job responsibility is related to her role as the Global Campus Coordinator. Heichelbech said she believes Global Campus is worth trying, as it can be beneficial to students. 

“I really think Global Campus is a great way to expose kids to online learning because they’re more than likely going to interact with that way of learning at some point in their career. I think it promotes independence and helps them really become an advocate for themselves,” Heichelbech said. “One thing in Global Campus is that as a teacher, you don’t have that face-to-face with students, so I can’t tell who’s struggling. And so students have to learn to be really great advocates for themselves and I think that’s a really good life skill to have.” 

Since becoming the Global Campus Coordinator, Heichelbech has made several major changes to the program. 

“One of the biggest changes for students is that I now check their grades every week. When I first got here, grades were only checked at midterm and the end of nine weeks. I think checking the grades more often accomplished a lot,” Heichelbech said. “ [The] majority of the kids come through and their grades are really good, but we have a pocket of kids who don’t know they’re not doing well in a class, so I’m able to spark a conversation and then we can make a plan. So I’ve had students where we’ve sat down and made checklists together or a calendar with due dates mapped out. It really allows me to have those one-on-one convos to make sure every student is successful not just [with] Global Campus but also here in school.” 

Heichelbech’s choice to go into the teaching field was driven by the opportunity to interact with kids, but her favorite part of working at Center Grove is being with the staff.

“There are a lot of great teachers and administrators here. I also love being able to work with the Media Center ladies. We really do have really great people working here,” Heichelbech said. 

Overall, Heichelbech believes she has made a positive difference at Center Grove due to the feedback she has received. 

“Recently, I have had quite a few teachers tell me they feel supported. I think that  my number one job is being here for all the students, but my role is also to support the teachers and I think I’ve done that,” Heichelbech said.

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This Week at CG: Mar. 9-13 https://trojaneer.com/7199/this-week-at-cg/this-week-at-cg-mar-9-13/ https://trojaneer.com/7199/this-week-at-cg/this-week-at-cg-mar-9-13/#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2020 12:10:33 +0000 https://trojaneer.com/?p=7199 Announcements:

The varsity choirs competed at Nashville this weekend in the Heart of America competition. Debtones received 4th place nationally and Sound System got 2nd nationally.

General:

Thursday, Mar. 12

There will be a fire drill.

There will be a teacher recruitment fair in the Innovation Center from 4:30-8 p.m.

The Winter Sports Program will be held in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

Jazz a-la-mode will be held in the band room at 7 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 13

Mrs. Gerhart will hold a Pasta & Performance in-house field trip in the cafeteria and FACS rooms from 7:35-11:14 a.m.

Club:

Wednesday, Mar. 11

Comedy Sportz will hold a meeting after school.

Friday, Mar. 13

Model U.N. will hold a meeting after school in Room 287 (Hagedorn).

Sports:

Monday, Mar. 9

The first official IHSAA practices for Softball and Unified Track will be held after school.

The MIC Winter Awards Program will be held at Sahm’s at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 10

Boys & Girls Track will compete in an indoor distance meet at Home at 6 p.m. in the Student Activity Center.

(CG, Mooresville, Perry Meridian, Greenwood)

Thursday, Mar. 12

CG Winter Awards & Recognition Program will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Saturday, Mar. 14

Boys & Girls Track will have an indoor home meet for field events at 9 a.m. in the SAC.

(CG, Mooresville, Perry Meridian, Whiteland)

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Breaking: first confirmed cases of coronavirus in Indiana, three in Johnson County https://trojaneer.com/7162/news/breaking-first-confirmed-case-of-coronavirus-in-indiana/ https://trojaneer.com/7162/news/breaking-first-confirmed-case-of-coronavirus-in-indiana/#respond Fri, 06 Mar 2020 18:28:22 +0000 https://trojaneer.com/?p=7162 Officials from the ISDH announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19, the recent strain of coronavirus, in Indiana today. The patient is an adult from Marion County who traveled to Boston, where the virus was likely spread by others who have tested positive. The patient returned to Indiana on March 4 and was admitted to Community North hospital last night.

Although the patient did not have contact with others at the hospital, at least 35 individuals around the state are being monitored for exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

Governor Eric Holcomb declared a public health emergency as a response to the first case.

The ISDH has reiterated the findings of the WHO related to the virus. Symptoms may include a runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever and, in extreme cases, difficulty breathing. There are over 100,300 cases of the virus worldwide, and the mortality rate is 3%.

According to the ISDH, the risk to Hoosiers as a whole is low, but individuals who suspect they may have COVID-19 should call a hospital. Additionally, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has asked citizens to take preventative measures including: washing hands thoroughly, avoiding contact with face, avoiding close contact with those who are sick, staying home when sick, covering one’s cough, and regularly disinfecting surfaces with wipes.

Finally, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a tweet urging people to refrain from buying masks, as they are not effective in preventing the spread of the disease for the general public; however, they are essential for the healthcare providers treating the disease.

If you believe you are at risk for COVID-19 or have contracted the virus, please contact medical professionals immediately and follow the advice of the CDC, ISDH, and WHO.

Update: A second person living in Hendricks County has tested positive for coronavirus. According to the ISDH, the individual traveled to Boston on March 2. The patient is currently in isolation with mild symptoms. Avon Schools have closed for two weeks after a third person tested positive for coronavirus: a student at Hickory Elementary.

As of Wednesday, Mar. 11 at 2:44 p.m., 10 total cases have been confirmed in Indiana, with three in Johnson County.


Update: Late in the evening of Wednesday, Mar. 11, two more cases were confirmed with one in Marion County and the other in St. Joseph County. This brings the total cases in Indiana to 12. 

Update: Center Grove has canceled in-person classes for next week. All students will be doing E-learning on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20.


Superintendent Richard Arkanoff released the following message on Friday, Mar. 6. The following information may be out of date and it is recommended you turn to the most updated sources regarding the number of cases.

 

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Presidential Election: Meet the Candidates https://trojaneer.com/7152/election2020/presidential-election-meet-the-candidates/ https://trojaneer.com/7152/election2020/presidential-election-meet-the-candidates/#respond Fri, 06 Mar 2020 17:09:55 +0000 https://trojaneer.com/?p=7152 This is the page for basic information on each of the three major candidates running for president in the 2020 election.

 

Joe Biden

Political Party: Democrat

Background: former Vice President, U.S. Senator from Delaware

Key Issues: 

Healthcare: opposes Medicare-for-All, but in favor of expanding upon the existing Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Immigration: supports DACA and citizenship for Dreamers and upholding the statute for illegal entry

Social Issues: pro-choice with some limits

Education: supports expanding existing student loan programs and making the first two years of college free

Economy: in favor of raising the federal minimum wage to $15/hour and increasing existing taxes on Americans in the upper income level

Criminal Justice: in favor of abolishing capital punishment, ending cash-bail reform, and abolishing private prisons

Drugs: supports decriminalizing marijuana, leaving marijuana legalization to the states, and eliminating the cocaine sentencing disparity

Foreign Policy: supports ending the travel ban and freezing support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemeni Civil War

Gun Control: in favor of a voluntary buyback program for assault weapons, universal background checks, and a national firearm registry

 

Bernie Sanders

Political Party: Democrat

Background: U.S. Senator from Vermont

Key Issues:

Healthcare: supports Medicare-for-All

Immigration: supports eliminating the statute for illegal entry

Social Issues: pro-choice, supports few limits on abortion if any

Education: supports free college and canceling all student debt

Economy: in favor of raising the federal minimum wage to $15/hour and raising taxes on the wealthy to fund new social programs

Criminal Justice: in favor of abolishing capital punishment, ending cash-bail reform, and abolishing private prisons

Drugs: in favor of legalizing marijuana and eliminating the cocaine sentencing disparity

Foreign Policy: supports tariffs on certain countries and changing the current approach to China

Gun Control: in favor of a voluntary buyback program for assault weapons and universal background checks

 

 

Donald Trump

Political Party: Republican

Background: Incumbent President

Key Issues: 

Healthcare: in favor of repealing the ACA, cutting drug prices, and reforming Medicaid

Immigration: supports the creation of a wall along the Southern border, reducing illegal immigration and constructing a merit-based system of entry for migrants with specific job skills

Social Issues: supports a ban on abortion and a ban on transgender citizens serving in the military

Economy: supports lowering corporate and individual taxes

Criminal Justice: in favor of capital punishment

Drugs: opposes marijuana legalization until further studied, supports implementing the death penalty for drug dealers

Foreign Policy: pro-Israel, recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, supports a small peacekeeping force in Syria, supports re-evaluating alliances and putting national interests before international interests

Gun Control: supports arming public school employees to reduce the threat of mass shootings

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