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To All Parents

In Editorials, Sports on October 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm

By now, as varsity and junior varsity players,  high school student should be experienced enough to know how a team works.

This isn’t elementary school, there is no certificate for participation or a ribbon for effort. Everyone does not deserve fair playing time. You EARN playing time. So to all the parents who think they know best about coaching a team and think that their child is the best thing since sliced bread, I think otherwise. Your child doesn’t have to be on the team, if the coach decides that what’s best for the team doesn’t involve your kid, then so be it.

The team is there to win. It’s not about fun at this level, it’s about do whatever it takes to make it to tournament or to put a banner up on the gym wall. We’re past fun. If  you can’t contribute to that banner and help get there, then you should be on the bench where you belong. Don’t blame the coach, he does what he believes is best for the team. If you want your kid to be in the game, don’t complain to the coach or the athletic director, how about getting your child the training needed to earn a spot on the court or on the field. This complaining and threatening results in coaches unable to return and coaches not wanting to return. Coaches that would’ve been successful and could have brought the team somewhere,  won’t return.

It’s not about fair and unfair, life isn’t fair and the sooner people realize that the better off they will be. You don’t just get a spot and receive playing time just by signing up. You earn every second of that time. What u lack in skill you must make up for in effort and the ability to play all positions. Some will have to work harder than others. That’s how it’s been and how it will always be. So the next time you want to ream out a coach for not playing your kid, I suggest you hand your kid a ball and tell them to get better. And if it turns out that your kid is not good enough to play, don’t throw a fit, just accept the fact that your kid is better off trying out another activity.



In Features on December 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Dear Jackie & Tracy

I have someone who won’t leave me alone after countless times of me telling him I don’t want to be around him. How can I tell him that I need space without making him hurt more?

-Dazed & Confused

Dear Dazed & Confused

You seem to be in somewhat of a pickle. The best thing for you to do right now is just stay calm. Take your space from him and eventually he’ll get it. If after a while, if he is still bothering you, pull him aside and tell him how you really feel. Keep your head up and stay around your friends. The more people your, around the more intimidated he’ll be to walk up and say something to you.

Love Always,

Jackie & Tracy

Jackie and Tracie!

In Announcements on December 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm

The Hawk’s Claw is now debuting a new advice column called Jackie and Tracie. There are envelopes posted all over the school (in the bathrooms and in the halls) for any questions you have about school, life, or relationships. These are going to be completely anonymous. All questions will be read over before posted on the Hawk’s Claw by the advisor-in-chief. We hope people will want to take a chance and write to us about any questions that come to mind. Thank you!

Lots of love,

Jackie & Tracie

Podcasting Here

In News on October 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Goff ’12

Hey folks, as some of you may know there will be podcasting at Hopkins Academy courtesy of Michael Leveille, Matt Jacques, and me. You may be asking yourself “What is exactly is podcasting?”. Well, podcasting is a non-streamed webcast, which essentially means us three sitting down and talking about whats going on locally and around the world . Michael, Matt, and I took on this project at the beginning for our new media independent study. We have been prepping since the beginning year, but have been waiting for the arrival of our new equipment. Finally the day has arrived; our equipment  has come in, and now the only thing left to do is record. Read the rest of this entry »

Articles from the Past: (Senior Lounge?!)

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Goff ’12

While looking through the October 1996 issue of the Hawks Claw one Article caught my eye with the title Reprint: ( Senior Lounge?!). This article was a reprint form the  1974 October issue. As I read the article I became intrigued and tried looking in the Hawks Claw Archives for the original to find out who the author was.  Sadly, I could not find it. The author had some great ideas which left me wondering why this didn’t pan out. Hopefully this article will spark some interest and, who knows?  Maybe we can get our own senior lounge. Read the rest of this entry »