Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Woodshop Jewelry Box

 By: Logan Moore
Senior Matt Bostic with his jewelry box.

      This Valentine's Day, woodshop students had a neat little gift for those of their choosing. They made jewelry boxes, which took a lot of time and precision; resulting in a very fine product. If you ended up with one of these for our favorite Hallmark Holiday then you must be a special person to these folk.


2013 Movie Extravaganza

By: Tabitha Hudnall
   Filmmakers are already getting excited for this upcoming year’s movie events, and one can see why with all the money they will be making.  This year is set to be a big one for the box office with movies ranging from Sci-Fi, action, comedy, and romance.
   Starting with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, this is set for theaters on January 25. Hansel and Gretel is a classic tale, but director Tommy Wirkola has put a new, more action-packed twist to the story. In this version Hansel and Gretel, it has been 15 years since the siblings have gone to the Gingerbread house. They are now bounty hunters who are searching for the Witches.
   Warm Bodies, in theaters February 1, is a typical zombie apocalypse movie with all the gore and horror, but with funnier side to it. A teenage boy turned zombie is gradually turning back into a human and he meets a girl who he helps survive through the zombie invasion.
   On February 14, the Die Hard sequel continues with A Good Day to Die Hard.  John McClane is working with his son, Jack McClane, to stop nuclear weapons in Russia. Together they go on a thrilling and violent adventure to battle the Russian underworld and prevent war.
   There are some bigger movies though that critics are looking forward to seeing, and they are expected to make record breaking money at the box office. Iron Man 3, in theaters May 3, is the newest addition to Marvel’s loved series. Tony Stark finds that his personal life is being destroyed at the hands of his enemy, so he goes out to find and destroy them to save the ones he loves.
   Star Trek into Darkness, in theaters May 17, is the next addition to the remake of Star Trek. The Enterprise has headed back home, and once they get there, they find their world being attacked by a force within their organization. Captain Kirk leads the adventure to search for the man destroying their world.
   Man of Steel, in theaters June 14, is a remake of Superman. A young child is sent to Earth from a dying planet. He is raised by a family from Kansas and they realize he is no normal child. Superman poses as the journalist Clark Kent while saving his new home from evil.
   Thor: The Dark Worlds, in theaters November 8, continues the comic book sequel. Algrim the Strong, who is the most powerful of the Dark Elves, fights Thor because of Malekith the Accursed and is then betrayed by Malekith. Algrim is then healed and is twice as strong as Thor. Thor’s powers will be tested to the extreme.
   The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in theaters November 22. This film follows Katniss Everdeen as she embarks on her tour through the Districts with Peeta Mellark after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Together they sense rebellion stirring throughout the districts as the 75th Hunger Games begin. 
  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, in theaters December 13, is the second movie out of the Hobbit trilogy. The Hobbit in December 2012 had a record breaking premier in Australia with a red carpet over a mile long. The Desolation of Smaug is set to have some records as well with excited J.R Tolken fans.
   2013 is definitely going to be a year where going out to the movies is a must. With new, action-packed films coming out every month, there will be no excuses for not going to the movies. The box office will be very happy at the end of the year too with plenty profit from these huge movies.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cumulative grading system to prepare students for college

Danielle Vealey
  In the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year there was a new grading system implemented. There are various opinions among Ripley High’s staff and students feelings on the change.
   Prior to each six weeks, grades for the students ended and they each got equal weight on report cards. Rather than the “snap-shot” of our grade that we get now, it was an actual grade that went on your transcript to be averaged together for your semester grade. What was different then was the two grades for your year were averaged together to make a final grade.
   Now the “report cards” that go home the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th six-weeks are just your grades at that point in time. This gives you more time to bring your grade up if it is bad by the end of the semester. We are also normally required to take a semester exam. The semester exam is 20 percent of your whole grade. At the end of the year unlike the previous grading system you finish with two grades on your transcript rather than one. So, in a way, it gives students a chance to redeem themselves with two grades so a whole year of curriculum will not have to be repeated if one semester is failed.
   The new grading system is considered to be helpful to prepare high school students for college. It’s up to you whether you agree with that or not.