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    Palmer Trinity School's Mock Presidential Election


    PTS Falconer Staff Member


    For the first time in Palmer Trinity School history, we have held a mock presidential election. Headmaster Patrick Roberts said that he is curious to see who the students will vote for in this mock election. The choices were of course Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but also other candidates such as Gary Johnson, Darrell Castle, Jill Stein, Rocky de la Fuente, and write ins. At the end of the school day, they announced announce the results. I was quite surprised by the results. A total of 55% of the votes went to Hillary Clinton. Followed by Donald Trump with 31%. The reason I’m surprised about the results is because I would think Donald Trump would win by a large margin given that almost every single person I asked voted for Trump, but many people are saying that the people who voted for Hillary are the prejudice people. I think that that doesn’t matter and it’s whatever you believe in. If you’re a republican, then you’re a republican and if you’re a democrat, then you’re a democrat. In conclusion, it was a great idea to do a mock election and I could understand why Mr. Roberts would be curious to find out who the winner would be.



















    Wearing Shirts Backwards For A Cause


    PTS Falconer Assistant Editor

     On Monday, October 17,2016, Palmer Trinity upper school students organized a “peaceful protest for body positive uniform policies for all students.” This all began due to the stricter uniform policies that have been implemented  this year. Palmer has usually been known to have a very lenient dress code, and students throughout school were expressing their discontent with the stricter policies by turning their polos backward. The amount of students participating eventually caught the attention of the administration.

     After the peaceful protest concluded, Mrs. Bodie and Mr. Chapman agreed to hold a meeting to discuss dress code rules directly with students.. In the meeting, students were able to voice their concerns and opinions. This protest was spontaneous but it was successful and showed how students can come together to make their voices heard.




    Goodbye to Mr. Mutter

    By: Philip McMichael '16

    PTS Falconer Editor-In-Chief

    Mr. Daniel Mutter, the advisor of the Journalism Club, will be leaving Palmer Trinity School next year. Mr. Mutter played an integral role in leading the school’s journalism program into a new era after it ceased being a half-semester course with the departure of former teacher Mr. Cutler.  Using his knowledge in the fields of journalism, photography, writing, and public relations, Mr. Mutter helped the Journalism Club to succeed in producing quality material, regardless of the medium of content. Those not involved in journalism knew Mr. Mutter by the camera he carried around campus and the candid photographs that he captured of friendly PTS students.  I have worked with Daniel Mutter for the past two years, and his professionalism and genuine interest in our small club never ceased to impress me. I want to personally thank Mr. Mutter for helping to save and preserve the worthwhile endeavor of journalism and news reporting at Palmer Trinity School. Every member of The Falconer wishes him the best as he prepares to begin teaching full-time in Austin, Texas. Thank you, Mr. Mutter, for all you have done!


    B.Y.O.D. Vs. The Surface Pro

    PTS Falconer Staff

    About 9 years ago, Palmer Trinity had decided to introduce the “Bring Your Own Device” (B.Y.O.D.) option to students. When exploring this new system, Gus Sabogal, Director of Technology, explained that one of the major issues he encountered with the B.Y.O.D. Program was that personal devices such as the iPad and iPhone would yield personal information once on the network.

    Sabogal continued by explaining the importance of being able to provide service to the devices of the students on campus. With the B.Y.O.D. Program, it became increasingly costly for TechZone to purchase software and licenses for all the various types of devices that the students had. Costs continued to inflict upon the school when TechZone attempted to provide services to devices that weren’t covered, resulting in the school having to be responsible for the costs of the repairs.

    So, in order for service to be accessible to students on campus, there needs to be a uniformity of devices. However, uniformity of devices is not the only reason why TechZone decided to require students to use the Surface Pro. The decision was made principally because the Surface Pro fulfilled all the requirements the students and faculty wanted from the new computer TechZone was going to choose. Some of the requirements included: a tablet, the ability to install programs and apps, keyboard and mouse integrated, digital pen, usb ports, and a good warranty plan. The Surface Pro was the only device on the market that had the capacity to please all the needs of the Palmer Trinity Community.

    Yet, while being able to fulfill the needs of the majority of the Palmer Trinity population, criticism of the requirement of the Surface Pro prevails. Due to the community of Palmer Trinity being so diversified, TechZone recognizes that not every single person can conform to the same type of device. Therefore, Sabogal reveals that TechZone is going to be holding a meeting with faculty in plenary to discuss the devices they will support in the future. TechZone claims to have their “eyes and ears open” for new ideas for the future device that adheres to all the wishes of students and faculty. Sabogal’s future plan to accommodate everyone, he states, is for students to be able to have 2 or 3 devices to choose from. “We are working on that,” he says. “However, we are, I think 1 or 2 years from that currently.”



    The New South Campus

    PTS Falconer Assistant Editor

    Recently, Palmer Trinity held a school wide convocation about the new campus that is being constructed on the Hester Property.  Mr. Zamek talked to students about the new facilities and buildings that will be added to expand the school. Some of these new additions include a sunken in the ground football field resembling the fields that professional athletes play in, a new running track, and a pool that is just shy of Olympic size. Not only are they planning to invest into the sport aspect of school life, but also into the arts and entertainment. A new theater is being built as well as new band facilities. To top it off, a chapel is being placed right in the center of the new buildings. I decided to ask some students from across middle and high school a few questions about the presentation to gather some opinions from the community.

    What effect do you think this will have on school life in terms of sporting events, after school activities, and other school related things?

    “It might change the campus “feel,” since it will be larger, but because the number of students will not grow much, the small, tight-knit community dynamic of PTS won’t change.” - Osmel Alvarez ‘17

    “I believe that with the addition of the Southern Campus there will be much more space to allow students to participate in large scale after school activities.”  - Pedro Villar ‘16

    What is something you would like implemented onto the south campus?

    “Maybe a newer more refined senior chickee or library-esque place that is meant for students to hangout or something.” - Alex Perera ‘17

    “I would like a nicer track and field area included into the newer campus.” - Ismael Alvarez ‘22

    What aspect about the south campus caught your attention the most during Mr. Zamek’s presentation?

    “The new PTS Classroom” - Osmel Alvarez ‘17

    “The Palmer trinity classroom and the football stadium” - Ismael Alvarez ‘22

    “The interior design of rooms and classes” - Alex Perera ‘17