Thoughts on Returning to High School 

Rebecca Avila 

The return to high school has been on many minds with the recent news of the state allowing kindergarten through fifth grade to return to school. There are still many concerns because the fact of the matter is, COVID cases are beginning to rise again which puts a damper on any possible thoughts of moving forward.

Kindergarten through fifth grade has just returned to school full time on Oct. 19. Many have seen that move as “ A test, and if we’re able to handle it there, we’ll be able to handle it in the high school,” Mr. Sparks said. 

Others believe that it is just safer to not allow high school students come back at the moment because many drive, go to friends houses and do small social activities. There is always a concern because anyone that students may encounter could possibly be a carrier or have been in contact with people of COVID- 19.

“The data from the (younger) people was showing that transmission rates from children to adults were lower than teenagers which are more at the adult height,” Mrs. Hartzell said. “They were maybe thinking that was one of the factors that was contributing.”

The rumored time frame among some for a possible high school return is sometime after the second semester. Many factors would have to be taken into consideration, like the fact that the second semester will begin, flu season will still be at its strongest.

“We have to take into account the comfort level of students, I think that decision is best left to probably how comfortable students feel in the environment and the parents, as well, I don’t think that it will be a mandate”, said Mrs. Hartzell.

The desire of having everyone back in the classroom is present. Being able to keep everyone socially distanced and safe is still the main concern.

“I absolutely would love, and I think it’s the best for us all to be in a classroom from an educational standpoint. It’s just not the healthiest option right now,” Mr. Landphair said. 

Gym class, being located in a larger experience than a classroom has made it one of the top reasons many would like to return. 

“We have the facilities and the cleaning products and brainstorming specific games to play,” Ms. Richardson said. 

Many students do agree in the matter of allowing all of high school to come back. According to an NCLA Instagram poll with 35 participants, 67% of students want to come back full time in person while 37% said no. 

Juliana Peters believes, “Online school is detrimental to my mental health.”

Maria Fleak said, “High schoolers aren’t struggling with online school like some of the younger kids are, like my younger brother.”  

All Remote Students: Point of View 

By Elizabeth Gibhardt 

At the start of this school year, families were given the choice of whether or not they wanted to send their students to school. Due to the pandemic, the two options were either to go to school two days a week (the days depending on which group you were assigned) or do all of your school work at home virtually.

There are several challenges introduced when doing work fully remote without any face to face interaction. Some students find it to be more difficult and some students find it to be very simple.

“It’s a little easier because you can focus better without as many distractions. You get one on one help from a teacher instead of the teacher helping the whole class at once,” said Dana Spivey. 

You have to be good with time management, as well as communicating and reaching out to your teachers for successful online learning. Sometimes, you may even need to reach out to another student in order to get help with work. 

“So far online has been good, my classes aren’t hard at all. I like that I don’t have to get up at 6 and get ready for school, I can go straight from my bed to my desk or just stay in bed to do my work,” said Rylee Pratt.

It is also good to have a routine, not just for fully virtual students, but for everyone. 

“What I usually do is wake up at 8 a.m. and log into Canvas because that’s how teachers take attendance for us, then I’ll just sit at my desk and do homework until I’m done,” said Pratt.IMG-2863

Virtual students explain how difficult school can be trying to constantly communicate with teachers, despite how great it is to be able to work in bed all day. 

“What I don’t like about online is that if I have a question with the homework or class work, I will email my teachers and then some of my teachers won’t email me back. Also I don’t like that I can’t see my friends and I haven’t seen them since quarantine happened in March,” Pratt said.

Other students agree making similar comments on how it is difficult communicating and emailing teachers every day.

“It’s good because there isn’t much work but it’s also bad because it’s hard to communicate with the teachers,” Pierce Lewis said.  

Another downside of doing all of your school at home is not being able to see close friends. Friends make the school day go by faster, so without them work can be a little harder. 

“On the down side, not as many social interactions, more of a work load, and a little more stressful but it’s not too bad,” Spivey said. 

Regardless of the pros, students look forward to going back to school like normal and having a routine again. 

“I think it will be easier when we go back to school like normal again,” Lewis said. 

Meet a Few New students!

Christine Parker 

As a growing school, the NCLA is excited to welcome all new students! This year in high school there are 32 new students and 20 of them are freshmen. 

NCLA Students in the hallway changing classes

According to Mrs. Stanley, NCLA accepted more this year than ever, well accepted for the first year.

Monica Truhe is a freshman this year who was previously at Phoenix Academy, where she had been going to since kindergarten. 

“NCLA has been a nice change of pace and it has been easy to adapt,” Truhe said.

High school has a total of 251 students, the largest class being the freshmen.

Megan Saxon is a freshman who came from Southwest Guilford. Megan plans on being involved in girls soccer this upcoming spring.

 “I like the smaller class sizes,” Saxon said. “I really love NCLA. It’s really cool!”

This year, the NCLA accepted over 200 hundred students due to the expansion of the new high school and middle school buildings.

New upperclassman, Elaina Pascavage left her previous school, High Point Central, due to the “bad area and the good teachers that left.” 

Elania Pascavage is a new student this year in the 11th grade

NCLA accepted more 8th graders this year than ever before. The total number of middle school students is 287.

Freshman Shelby Rutledge says she likes NCLA. She came from a Christian school, Wesleyan Christian Academy. 

“It is different from what I am used to,” Rutledge said.

Another freshman, Brecklyn Wison, came from Summerfield Charter Academy. She switched schools because her previous school only went to 8th grade. Wilson says she is unsure if she will participate in any clubs or activities.

 “We will have to see. It depends on if they start to reopen sports,” Wilson said.

 Elementary has a total of 480 students, Kindergarten is the biggest with 88 students.

Senate and House Elections 2020 

Laura Ritchie 

As the election is around the corner, candidates are doing as much as possible to get themselves nominated for the position they are running in.

The ballot for 2020 comes to be two pages long, consisting of a variety of positions from the biggest being federal, to state, to the smaller, but still important position, being local. 

Some of the bigger roles that control a larger portion of an area being in the category of federal positions are NC Senate, US Senate, and the 6th and 10th district NC House of Representatives, and US House of Representatives.

NC State Senate

District 6: 

  • Isaiah Johnson (Democratic Party) In 2018 Isaiah Johnson ran for District 14, North Carolina State House of Representatives. Isaiah Johnson was also a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, District 3 in 2019. He is also a candidate for this year’s 2020 election running  for North Carolina State Senate, District 6.
  • Michael Lazzara (Republican Party) In 2005 Michael Lazzara became the Mayor of the city of Jacksonville, North Carolina. He is now running for the North Carolina State Senate, District 6.

District 10: 

  • Vernon Moore (Democratic Party) It is Vernon Moore’s first time running in a political party as a candidate, he is running for the North Carolina State Senate, District 10.
  • Brent Jackson (Republican Party) Brent Jackson was the North Carolina State Senator in 2010.He was also a member of the South River Electric Co-Op Board. He is now running for the North Carolina State Senate, District 10.

U.S. Senate

Thom Tillis is running for the position of the US Senator for the Republican party, as he was the Senator in 2014. From 2003 to 2005, Thom was a Commissioner for the Cornelius Board of Commissioners. He was a Representative in the NC House of Representatives, District 98, from 2006 to 2014. Tillis became the speaker of the NC House of Representatives from 2011 to 2014. He was also a former minority whip for the North Carolina State House of Representatives.

Shannon W. Bray is running for the role of US Senator on behalf of the Libertarian party. As he has not had much background information, being a candidate for the US House of Representatives, district 3 in 2019. 

Cal Cunningham is a 2020 candidate for the US Senator position. Cunningham, in 1996, was a consultant in the Democratic National Committee. In 1998, he was a part of the steering committee in the DG Martin for the United States Senate. Cal Cunningham was also the Senator of the North Carolina General Assembly from 2000 to 2002.

Kevin E. Hayes is the last candidate running for the role of the US Senator for this year, In 2014 and 2018, he ran for the North Carolina House of Representatives.

NC House of Representatives

District 6:

  • Tommy Fulcher is a Candidate running for the NC House of Representatives, District 6 representing the Democratic party. He has no other previous Political experience.
  • Representing the Republican party, Bobby Hanig will be running for this year’s 2020  NC House of Representatives, District 6. As Bobby Hanig is the former representative  for the NC state House of Representatives, district 6 from 2019.

District 10: 

  • Carl Martin is running for the NC State House of Representatives, District 10 on behalf of the Republican party. As he has no other Political information.
  • John Bell is running against Carl Martin, for the position of the NC State House of Representatives, District 10 as he was also a Candidate for the same position in 2018. In 2012 Bell became a Representative in the NC State House, District 10. John Bell was also the Majority Leader of the NC State House of Representatives in 2016.

US House of Representatives:

District 6: 

  • Running for District 6, of the US House of Representatives is Lee Haywood representing the Republican party, as he has had no other political experience.
  • Kathy Manning running for the US House of Representatives, District 6 was a former candidate for the US House of Representatives, District 13 in 2018.

District 10:

  • Patrick Mchenryis running for the District 10, US House of Representatives on behalf of the Republican party.  Mchenry was a Candidate for the NC State House of Representatives, District 109 in 2002 as he then became the Representative of District 109 from 2002- 2014. Patrick Mchenry has been the Representative for District 10, in the years: 2004,2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 as he is now trying for the year 2020.
  • Representing the Democratic party in this running of the 10th District of The US House of Representatives is David Brown, who ran in 2018 for District 10.
Campaign Signs in Kernersville Photo by: Eliana Cotten

Meet The NCLA’s New Yoga Teacher

Alyssa Pickle 

Meet Ms. Lawson, the new yoga teacher at the NCLA, who is teaching Spanish, movement, and yoga classes to mainly middle and high school students.

“We start off with intention setting,” Lawson said about the yoga class she teaches, which is a new elective to high schoolers this year. “Then we do a short meditation and focus before we begin our warm-up with a practice called sun salutations. After that, we continue with a set of standing poses and finish with seated poses, such as a corkscrew pose for relaxation. We finish and close the class with a short meditation and a bow.”

Mrs.Lawson doing a yoga pose taught in her class.

Lawson said there are several exercises and studies that she teaches to her students.

“We focus on things such as physical practice, learning poses, certain techniques, meditation, history of yoga, a little bit of anatomy for injury prevention purposes, and the history of yoga,” Lawson said.

There are many benefits from learning yoga. “We learn about controlling our breathing and heart rate to relieve stress that school can cause, and it can additionally benefit our posture and help athletes with their alignment. It is also great exercise.”

Ms. Lawson began teaching dance when she was 19 and was a professional tutor,

Mrs.Lawson doing a more advanced yoga pose.

 but this is her first time teaching at a public school.

 “I am very much enjoying it, the students here are   highly motivated to learn and all the other teachers   here are very friendly and nice,” Lawson said. “I love   teaching to share my passion and knowledge about   dance, movement, and the Spanish culture. I enjoy   seeing students develop a love for what they’re   learning.”

Aside from teaching, Lawson has a lot of other interests.

“When I’m not teaching I love dancing, working on a new project of mine, reading detective novels, and hiking,” she said.