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    El Halconero: A New Rule, Policy, or a Recommended Courtesy? 


    PTS Falconer Staff

    Últimamente he estado escuchado mucho sobre una “nueva regla” en las aulas de Palmer Trinity. Dicha regla declara que, durante la clase, los estudiantes no hablarán ningún otro idioma aparte del inglés (por supuesto, imagino, con la excepción de clases de idioma extranjero). Lo escuché por primera vez a través de una maestra y luego, a través de varios otros estudiantes, que estaban igualmente de alarmados que yo. Sin embargo, me pareció extraño que esta regla no había sido "oficialmente" anunciada al cuerpo estudiantil. La declaración anterior plantea la siguiente pregunta: si todavía no es una regla oficial, ¿por qué lo hemos escuchado a través de nuestros maestros y por qué hay tantos estudiantes conscientes de dicha regla? El hecho mismo de que la regla no haya sido anunciada oficialmente, no declara automáticamente que la existencia de esta regla fue fabricada fuera del aire fino o que es especulación pura. En realidad, hace lo contrario, al plantear otra pregunta más: ¿por qué no se ha anunciado oficialmente?


    Hay varias respuestas posibles a esta pregunta, las tres principales siendo las siguientes. La primera posibilidad sería que la regla  fue causa de un malentendido o una incomunicación entre maestros. La segunda posibilidad sería que se decidió no seguir adelante con la regla. Finalmente, la tercera posibilidad es que todavía están trabajando en perfeccionar la regla y está todavía indeterminada.


    Regla o ninguna regla, la idea de tal cosa dejó a muchos estudiantes pensativos. En mi punto de vista, me parece que uno de los objetivos fundamentales de Palmer Trinity es crear una comunidad más diversa. Por lo tanto, si Palmer fuera a implementar esta regla, sería bastante irónico. A menos que Palmer Trinity solo quiera fomentar la diversidad visual del cuerpo estudiantil, prohibiendo la libertad de un estudiante de hablar su lengua materna en clase restaría a la diversidad general de la escuela. Quiero enfatizar que la diversidad es muchísimo más que una simple diferencia visual en los tonos de piel o en los tipos de cabello; la diversidad es cultura, es tradición, y es definitivamente lenguaje. Quiero hacer claro que si esta regla es implementada, me revelaré, me ofenderé, y me preguntaré, ¿cuál es el motivo detrás de la regla que a menudo se mencionada, sin embargo, nunca se menciona de Palmer Trinity?

    Political Cartoon by Ema Capilla



    Labor Day


    PTS Falconer Staff

    How many people know what we’re actually celebrating on Labor Day? The fuzzy definition of the Labor Day holiday has left many unclear as to what we all have a long weekend for each year. But the general consensus is that “any day off is a good day, we’ll celebrate whatever you want us too.” I’ve asked around to a couple different people and each individual offered an educated guess, “something to do with labor or work.” But how did this holiday come to be and how did we all seem to forget what we celebrate every year?

    Labor Day began in September of 1882, when the unions in New York City decided to host a parade to celebrate the unions. Which in effect caused about 20,000 working people to give up a day’s pay to participate in the parade. Unions were established to help workers negotiate things such as their wages, and hours to better their jobs. After 1882 this became a regular celebration every year and therefore became a holiday in 1887.

    Since the definition of the Labor Day holiday has blurred over the years the general population has practically turned it into an end of summer holiday. In which grills are taken out of storage and poolside rafts float with the sunshine beating down on them. Smiles and relaxed attitudes are a definite while family and friends gather on a much need and much welcomed day off. What better way to celebrate labor than to have a day off from work?

    On this Labor Day, rather than relaxing and lounging, labor couldn’t be any more intense as it is in Houston, Texas. While families struggle to restore their homes, sort through the disaster of what is left from category four hurricane Harvey, and help neighbors do the same. At the same time category five hurricane Irma is making its way from the Lesser Antilles, to Puerto Rico, to the Bahamas and most likely to Florida, creating anxiety from all those in its anticipated path.



    Ted Talk Thoughts



    There is a Ted Talk called “The transformative power of classical music”. It is presented by Benjamin Zander. Benjamin Zander is an English conductor and is currently the musical director of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He works with young children to excel in their musical talents. This Ted Talk was about how you can hear the meaning of classical music and so that you can understand what the piece is telling you. Here are some of my thoughts about it and I recommend everyone to watch it.

    I thought that this video was entertaining as well as interesting at the same time. When someone says classical music, I think of sleep. This is because I don’t find it that entertaining to listen to and it makes me dose off. But after what the speaker said about trying to follow the scale that the piece is based off of, I can now see the meaning in the music. I could see what the composer is trying to tell the audience. I also found it interesting when he mentioned that everyone isn’t tone-deaf. That every person could hear whether someone talking to you is angry or that their sad. Overall, I really enjoyed the talk and I’ve learned new things about classical music that I never knew before.





    The Scary Realities of Social Media


    PTS Falconer Staff


                   While it may be entertaining, social media is a whirlwind of disaster. Social media has created a new type of abuse, called cyberbullying, which is extremely prominent in our online lives, especially as tweens, teens, and young adults. Once something is posted online, it can never and will never be taken back.

                   The dangers of social media affect a huge amount of people – a study found from the i-Safe Foundation shows that 1 in 3 teens have received threats online. More than 25% of teens have received constant bullying online, through social media, and teen suicide rates have skyrocketed due to the cyberbullying present in social media. 20% of those who are cyberbullied have had suicidal thoughts and 1 in 10 actually do attempt it. These statistics are mind blowing.

                   Social media and cyber bullying have affected many people in our own community – even students walking our very own campus at Palmer Trinity School, our peers. A friend of mine, who would like to remain anonymous, is a victim herself of cyberbullying. She says, “I was harassed online by people that I have never met. It was scary and hurtful. I reached out to some other friends of mine, and they admitted to also being victims of cyberbullying. It’s crazy how widely spread cyberbullying is.” My dear friend, bullied by people she’s never even met? Isn't it wild? Social media enables bullies to act on people they’ve never even met in person. Wow.

                   With just the click of a button, your opinions, photos, and ideas can be posted on the internet for everyone to see. The reason that cyberbullying plays such an active role in our lives is because it is so much easier to express opinions on the internet, instead of in person, as the publisher does not get to witness the immediate negative – or positive – effects. A cyberbully does not have to see the look on his or her victim’s face upon being bullied, does not have to see how this affects their victim’s life at home. And once something is posted online, it cannot be taken back. The damage has been done. It’s easy and quick to post online.

    While I have expressed how dangerous and terrible social media may be, it can also be a tool used to stop these cyberbullies. Most social media websites and apps have the option to report a user who has done something to potentially harm someone. Through awareness and strength, cyberbullying can be stopped. Remember that the internet is permanent and never forget to be careful while surfing, and posting to, the web.


    The New Detention Policy

    PTS Falconer Staff

    Just coming back from break, the whole school had to learn that there are no longer lunch detentions. It turns out every week one advisory during lunch has to clean the tables! My advisory had the pleasure of going first, but luckily we only had to do it for three days (since it was a short week). Every day for the last twenty minutes of lunch we had to take a damp cloth and scrub the tables.

    Personally, I think the lunch tables were disgusting! Then, one lucky kid got to sweep all of the trash and food on the floor into the trashcan. We also had to clean the chiki hut outside, which by far was the grossest. Now, I bet you are wondering: “What happened to detentions then?” Well now you either have to serve before school or after school detentions. You could also get a Saturday detention. Both of these options sound awful. Personally, I would not like to have a Saturday detention. What do you guys think about the new detention policy?