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    2017 Solar Eclipse 


    PTS Falconer Staff

    On Monday, August 21st, North America was treated to a rare sight. The first total solar eclipse in 38 years occurred around two o’clock EST to a wide range of excited viewers all across the United States.


    A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth and blocks most or all of the sun for up to about three hours. The eclipse’s path of totality (where the shadow cast by the moon on the Earth is the darkest), extended over a diagonal line across the United States. It extended from near Washington to South Carolina. Florida, unfortunately, was not in its path of totality, but we did still get to experience effects of about 80% of the eclipse.

    Although it didn’t get completely dark, there was a slight darkening of the sky and an eerie glow around Palmer Trinity members viewing the spectacle from the football field.

    Palmer Trinity members’ experience watching the eclipse can be further explained by a fellow student, junior Mariana Navarro. “The best part of the eclipse was how the Palmer Trinity community came together to watch such a special event. I was surprised about seeing a solar eclipse, because when I was little I watched a lunar eclipse.”

    This recent solar eclipse was the most viewed in history, the last one being in 1979. The momentous event brought together the whole Palmer Trinity community in an exciting viewing, and will remain one of the most stunning spectacles to be seen at our school.





    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.”