The Hawks line up for the national anthem. Photo by Tom Pitta
The Hopkins Academy Boy’s Basketball team is scheduled to play McCann Tech on Tuesday February 25th, at 7:00 pm. The game is going to be held at Hopkins Academy. Hopkins is seeded 6th, McCann Tech is seeded 11th. Read the rest of this entry »
Hopkins Academy (3-2) went in focused and prepared to play Easthampton (2-3) on Monday. At one point in the game the Hawk’s led by 21 points. The final score was 55-47. Brett Morrison led the Hawk’s with 22 points and Alex Curran put up 13. Greg Pipczynski led the team on the glass with 10 rebounds.
After every quarter, Hopkins Academy has an honor roll breakfast. The idea being that if a student made honor roll, which is getting all B-’s or higher, then they get called down to the cafeteria in the middle of class. Then they get a muffin and beverage of their choice. Then they are usually treated to a speech by the principal. After about ten minutes or so they all return to class.
Now that synopsis sounds perfectly harmless. But there are many who argue that the way it’s being done leaves bad feelings among the student body. During the morning of honor roll breakfast, every single student is called down who made honor roll. Making it blatantly obvious the state of people’s grades. Those whose name had been called head down to the cafe. While the rest of students stay in their classrooms and wait for the return of their peers.
Since honor roll breakfast isolates students that hadn’t made honor roll it could easily be argued that it’s not a very supportive way of getting kids to improve their schoolwork. Honor roll breakfast was meant to just be a reward for those who made good grades. But, once you factor in the isolation of those who didn’t make honor roll and the comments sometimes made by teachers for those students left behind in classroom it’s a less than supportive, even embarrassing.
Perhaps a different system could be put in place. One that motivates the entire student body without leaving such bad feelings among other students. There must be a way to show appreciation to students who have managed to do well in the quarter, while still encouraging the rest of the student body to make honor roll. The goal of rewarding those who achieve honor roll should be to motivate students to strive for it. If that isn’t being accomplished then why do it at all?
This morning Principal Rooney made another in a long string of announcements that the boys bathrooms will be closed and locked again. This time it applies to the bathrooms on the high school and middle school levels. He has done this in response to the persistent vandalism of the boys bathrooms, including graffiti, lewd and unhygienic messes, and simply wanton destruction. This must end!
The Unfortunate Displacement of Mr. Green
-Andrea Valentini ’13
There is a little room in the smack dab middle of the junior hall. That little room, 112, is missing something. Green to be specific. Mr. Green, a favorite teacher of many, has been displaced from his usual spot next to Mrs. Selig and Mrs. Menko. The school just isn’t the same without him saying hello to everyone walking by as he slaps his yard stick on the ground and cracks jokes with everyone. His move in location is socially and academically inconvenient to everyone. Including him. Read the rest of this entry »