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Bolivar/Cleveland Central High School/Middle School. Or Whatever

What will come of the tragic death of Cleveland High/East Side?
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The whole Cleveland High/East Side situation has everyone concerned, as it should. Supposedly the schools are to "desegregate" in the 2017-2018 school year, and they still have quite a few kinks to work out if that is going to happen. I have never attended school in the Cleveland School District, but my mom and many other family members have. Basically, my opinion is irrelevant, but I want to elaborate anyway.

First of all, the whole court case started in 1954 with the Brown v. Board of Education. A man named Oliver Brown's daughter was not allowed into a white school, and claimed that white schools would always be superior to black schools (pbs.org). 1954 was a long time ago, and I think that public schools have come a long way way with desegregation. I think that education should be offered to all students, whether they be red, yellow, black, white, Hispanic, Methodist, athletic, not athletic- whatever the student may be. That is why I don't fully understand Cleveland's need to change the schooling unless the main issue is money.

If the main issue really is money, then is this really the best choice? The school district will probably need to do some classroom renovating, and that isn't cheap. All of the sports teams and clubs will have to get brand new uniforms since the colors have changed. No more black and gold anything will make sense anymore. There are 6 elementary schools in Cleveland. I really don't see how that many are necessary if two high schools is too many. I think that the School District should also take a look at how much money is going to pay the salaries of that many elementary teachers. There is definitely more than one way to save money within the district.

The new court case claims that basically the whole town of Cleveland is separated by the railroad tracks. Anybody who has walked the halls of CHS can tell you that it is not all white kids.Unfortunately, the people in the court room making these descisions have probably never set foot in our small town.The Census shows in their racial breakdown of Cleveland schools that Hayes Cooper is the only school that has a notably higher number of white children. If the School District's primary goal is education (as it should be), what are they doing wasting their time with this issue when it really doesn't have anything to do with the education of the kids? And if the Census is correct, is it really an issue at all? Cleveland High and East Side will be no more, and there will be positives and negatives to this "desegregation" that the town apparently so desperately needs. But here is what I think is going to happen.

Private schools in the area are about to gain students.

Any good parent is going to be concerned with the whole situation. Deciding what school to enroll your child in is a big deal. However, the parents have no idea how the new school is going to perform. What teachers will be teaching at the new school? Are they the best teachers possible to provide good education to their children? Is their child going to be benched from sports since there is so much more competition for spots with more students being enrolled? Will there be more violence in the school district? There is no way to know for certain. Therefore, many parents are just going to send their children to private schools in order to make sure their kids get a good education and playing time in sports.

Good teachers/coaches are about to lose their jobs.

Obviously if there is only going to be 1 middle/high school, then there will not be enough room for all the teachers and coaching staff to stay employed because it would make the whole merging pointless. Hopefully, the school district chooses the most qualified and well deserving people for the jobs so that the new school will perform well. Either way, losing your job is never easy, so I hope a lot of thought goes into who makes the cut. There are 2 head football coaches right now, and next year there will only be one. Does the CHS coach get the job? Or does the East Side coach get the job? Or does the school district get someone completely new? The bottom line is that there will be some student's favorite teachers/coaches who will not be working in the high school anymore, and that isn't a happy realization for anyone.

Old traditions will be lost.

I don't need to go to CHS or ESH to know that the biggest football game of the year is the Battle of 61 - East Side vs Cleveland High. Everyone looks forward to going to that game- it's basically a small town's super bowl. The bands even perform together at half time. That game will never be played again, which is kind of tragic if you ask me. I'm sure CHS and ESH have other traditional games in other sports as well, but it is going to be weird to be playing with people who used to be your biggest rivals.

The new school should excel in sports.

Both schools have pretty good sports programs separately. Next year, the teams will all be combined so hopefully they will have twice as many good players. Fans will not be able to cheer for the Trojans or Wildcats anymore, but change might be good. Instead of a divided town supporting 2 teams, there might be a town that all comes together and cheers for their Wolves. They will have to get rid of their old black and gold and have to buy new black and purple, but hopefully it will be worth it to cheer for a team that is really good.

It will be a death and a rebirth.

Some people are upset because their high school that they know and love will be no more. It's like a part of their life is gone. They may have loved their high school, and wanted their kids to experience all of the things that they did. Now, their kids will never grow up to know what the Battle of 61 even is. Their kids will never get to bus over to East Side to take classes there and see what it is like to experience the "other school." But maybe the new school will do well. I've always thought that 2 is better than one, but hopefully I am wrong. If one thing is for sure, its that things are always changing. The only thing we can do now is pray that the right choice was made to better education for the kids in the long run.

Once a wildcat, always a wildcat.

Once a Trojan, always a Trojan.

Once a wolf, always a wolf? We shall see.


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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

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