Discipline Levels Plunge: The Lack of Discipline at Blach
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
By Atli A.
The overall discipline level at Blach has been gradually decreasing. Many students have noticed that some teachers have a very high tolerance, and that causes kids to not think about what’s right and what’s wrong to do.
In a class, a multitude of students get detention and even more get warnings. For example, one day the second period class, alone, got four warnings and a detention. At that rate, there would be twenty warnings, and five detentions per day.
This is not the case due, to the fact that some classes tend to be better behaved than others.
I asked Ms. Narula what she thought about the fact that 87% of Blach students have cursed, and she said, “I appreciate you sharing this data with me. We have never had data on just cursing behavior- this is helpful data to us.”
Profanity is a large discipline problem at Blach. Profanity is strictly banned yet plenty of students use profanity at school on a daily basis.
When asked about whether she knew about this profanity, Ms. Narula stated that she hadn’t. Then, we asked for her for what message she wants to send to those who profanatize at school. She said, “Many times, we think that ‘it’s cool to curse’, that’ everybody curses’ and a student feels ‘that they can control when they curse’. The reality is that none of that is true. When cursing becomes a habit, it becomes hard to change.”
She continued saying, “There is nothing funny about it and it usually targets a particular group. That is not what Falcons stand for and you would not want to be a target of someone’s cursing. When one person makes a decision to not curse, many others follow-Be the leader-understand the power of one!”
She also wanted to mention, “As students, we represent our families and our school -think about it- would you say some of those words if your mom or dad were listening? What about your grandparents? What about your teachers?”
An anonymous source defended profanitizing at middle schools saying, “I believe that profanity should be allowed at school because it hurts no one but no racial slurs should be allowed.” Several others agree with this opinion. They agree, showing that they have likely experienced it or said it themselves.
Some oppose this sentiment, such as Langston James. When asked, Langston James replied, “That profanity shouldn’t be allowed because some cultural beliefs go against it so profanity should only be said in private and not loudly.”
According to the planner, given out at the beginning of the school year, profanity should result in a disciplinary referral. A disciplinary referral is a form that is given to a student if he/she has done something that is very bad. They should also be talked to by Mr. Dewberry or Ms. Narula, according to Mr. Dewberry and Ms. Narula.
It is rather surprising that out of the students we surveyed, 87.5 percent said they have cursed at school. A minority, 13.5%, claimed they haven’t. Profanity and discipline are still problem at Blach.
Blach music program encourages lifelong love for music
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
By Langston J.
It’s a worthwhile Thursday and the eighth grade band is playing a piece titled “Flight of Valor”. The students who participate in the orchestra and band at Blach feel the program is special in many different ways. Our music program is taken seriously, and the teachers motivate the students to musical futures.
The Blach music program encourages musical talent in many ways, shapes, and forms. Our teachers use unique tactics to help the students push through stumps that they come across during lessons.
Mr. Vincent Lewis is the band and orchestra teacher at Blach. His lessons are one-of-a-kind and something that the students won’t forget. “It just depends on what the student needs. Sometimes I push them, and sometimes I back up if I see they need it.”
Music can truly impact your life. “I practice almost everyday, which is why I am the first chair. I have worked my way up to it,” states Joey Davancaze, a seventh grade trumpet player.
“I have music [playing] everyday, which is how [it] has impacted me,” comments Mr. Lewis.
In the Los Altos school district, you are required to do a type of music for 4th through 6th grade. If this did not apply, less students would join Blach Music because they would not know what the program would be like.
Joey Davancaze has been playing trumpet since fifth grade. “I really look up to my trumpet teacher when it comes to music. Both of my sisters also did music,” he points out.
Blach Music is known for having a great program among other intermediate schools. There is an immense variety of many instruments because our school has a music fund. Some schools might not have this, which is why there are less students taking music.
“Music is unlike acting; you can play the same song for your whole life, but you cannot play a child’s role as an adult.” Mr. Lewis describes.
To balance out students musical abilities, each instrument section is separated into different “chairs”. The first chair has the most difficult and complex music, and the second has a less difficult, but still challenging, role in the piece.
Mr. Lewis’s first job in music was a band teacher at the Fremont High School in 1997. One year later he moved to Blach.
The Blach music program is special and something to treasure. With remarkable teachers and outstanding curriculum, the music students will have music within them for the rest of their lives.