The Ax Media https://ohsaxmedia.org The Student News Media Site of Oakwood High School Thu, 27 Feb 2020 20:48:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Promotion, positivity and prevention https://ohsaxmedia.org/4978/news/positivity-and-prevention/ https://ohsaxmedia.org/4978/news/positivity-and-prevention/#respond Thu, 27 Feb 2020 20:36:53 +0000 https://ohsaxmedia.org/?p=4978 Hope Squad is a new program that will allow students to talk about their mental health, promote talking about personal problems and help prevent mental illnesses. Hope Squad will try to have a positive impact and bring change.

Hope Squad is hoping to have “The Grove” wellness space up and running with a soft start beginning March 16, according to Paige Lumpkins, Hope Squad co-adviser, said. The wellness space will be a place for students to talk to other students about their problems after scheduling a meeting.

“I think Hope Squad will change Oakwood in a positive manner and I think mental health will become an even more talked about topic because right now people still feel kind of ‘in a shell’ when talking about mental health,” Sam Stack (11), Hope Squad member, said. “After this club is put in place, mental health will become an even more talked about topic.”

This “in a shell” attitude of not talking about personal issues can be a problem. According to the Better Health Channel, talking about your problems can release pent-up feelings. People talking about their problems allows them to receive opinions and possible help from others.

Not showing emotions is more common among men: Priory states that 40 percent of men won’t talk to anyone about their mental health, and a goal of Hope Squad is reducing this.

“I think Hope Squad will talk about mental health and not make it such a negative thing,” Stack said. “Right now people don’t talk about mental health, but once this club gets rolling and people start coming in and talking, others seeking help will see that Hope Squad is a positive thing. I think the confidence will grow as the club goes on.”

Hope Squad members are students you can trust and talk to about your problems.

“I joined Hope Squad because I wanted to be able to have the skill sets that can help people that come to me with their problems,” Stack said. “If a person comes to me, that means they trust me, so I would like to be able to give them the right answers back.” 

According to Livescience.com, 70 percent of U.S. teens who have emotional or behavioral difficulties receive mental health services.

70 percent of the teens affected is a large amount, but it’s not as good as it could be. The teens don’t always continue to receive treatment in adulthood, and Hope Squad might stimulate seeking help in adulthood. 

According to MentalHelp.net, one out of five adults live with a mental illness in the United States with approximately 60 percent of the people affected not receiving any mental health services.

60 percent is a high amount of adults not receiving help, and this may be because of adults not receiving proper help while they are teens. A result of Hope Squad could be an increase in the number of teens continuing or seeking mental health services during adulthood and college.

Having mental health issues should not be looked down upon, and are okay to discuss. If you have any problems, do not be afraid to talk to Hope Squad members, teachers and other students.

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Living boldly https://ohsaxmedia.org/4973/news/living-boldly/ https://ohsaxmedia.org/4973/news/living-boldly/#respond Thu, 13 Feb 2020 20:01:16 +0000 https://ohsaxmedia.org/?p=4973 The Be Bold event took place Feb. 5, giving teens the opportunity to participate in activities instead of using drugs and alcohol.

The event allowed junior and senior high school students to interact and help influence students to live their lives drug and alcohol free.

Throughout the school week the junior and senior high school students have had the opportunity to sign BOLD banners pledging to live their lives drug and alcohol free.

Along with junior and senior high students, elementary students also participated.

“The feedback I got from the elementary school counselors was really positive, and they will probably continue what they did in terms of sessions,” Joan Bline, a counselor and intervention expert, said. Bline and junior high teacher Jennifer Simpson planned the event.

There were many games that students could participate in. Students had the opportunity to play computer games, card games, board games, Minecraft, euchre, puzzles and some others.

“I enjoyed the BOLD day activities because I got to play euchre and I’m going to try to do the same activity next year,” Ben Schoen (11) said.

There were unique, teacher-led activities including basketball, Oakwood spa, a guitar jam session, line dancing and a disco.

Students were able to partake in entertainment based activities as well. Examples include watching “The Office”, “March of the Penguins 2”, and “Parks and Recreation”. 

“I like penguins, I think a lot of people like penguins, and it was a relaxing event for people to come watch penguins,” Alex Brouhard, social studies teacher who led  the session “March of the Penguins 2”, said.

Bline said that the district plans to hold the event again next year.

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Scheduling fun https://ohsaxmedia.org/4969/news/scheduling-fun/ https://ohsaxmedia.org/4969/news/scheduling-fun/#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 20:52:25 +0000 https://ohsaxmedia.org/?p=4969 Every year, teachers, students and parents congregate in the West Gym for the OHS Curriculum Night. In addition to meetings for parents of current eighth graders as well as those interested in College Credit Plus classes, the event provides an opportunity for families with 8th through 11th graders to learn about classes of every subject before scheduling.

“I enjoyed Curriculum Night because it helped me decide what I will take next year,” Jake Schairbaum (10) said. “For example, I’ll be taking Wall Street next year instead of AP Psych because of a recommendation to wait until senior year when my schedule dies down.”

Teachers are present behind the class stations to answer questions from students and give more in-depth information on their courses.

“It’s really nice to be able to talk to the teachers about what I’m taking so that I can best grasp what the course is going to be more than just the paragraphs in the Program of Study,” Clara Leach (11) said.

Instructors manning the booths agree that being able to answer questions can be incredibly beneficial for students.

“This allows them the opportunity to ask whatever types of questions about ‘which class is right for me’ and ‘which classes might fit what my interests are’ versus trying to figure it out on your own when you have a good support system here to help you with that,” Christina Davis, who teaches chemistry and physical science, said.

Some parents also find the presence of the teachers to be helpful in learning about what their students are doing.

“I love that the teachers are here and available and staffing the tables,” Amy Askins, the mother of Joey Schairbaum (9) and Jake Schairbaum (10), said. “It’s great to be able to chat with some teachers. Last year when I came with my then ninth grader I really appreciated that.”

For parents with a busy schedule, the Curriculum Night provides an opportunity to meet teachers and hear things that they missed in other events.

“This year it was harder to go to Open House,” Askins said. “I didn’t get to meet with everybody. [Curriculum Night] is just a way to peek in and see what’s going on and get more of a handle on the courses available.”

No matter where students are in the decision making process, Curriculum Night can have a positive impact in helping narrow down options. 

“I look forward to more challenging classes that I will have to really think about, but I’m nervous because Junior Year is a really important year for college readiness and I’ve heard it’s quite hard,” Jake Schairbaum said. “I enjoyed Curriculum Night because it helped me decide what I will take next year.”

Students will fill out their schedule requests throughout the week of Feb. 10, with the specific day depending on their class year. Final schedules will come out in May.

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Big bucks at the box office https://ohsaxmedia.org/4966/opinion/big-bucks-at-the-box-office/ https://ohsaxmedia.org/4966/opinion/big-bucks-at-the-box-office/#respond Thu, 06 Feb 2020 21:02:55 +0000 https://ohsaxmedia.org/?p=4966 When I go to the movie theater nowadays, I feel like I’m in the 1990s. Every poster displayed along the walls reminds me of movies my parents recall viewing as children. Now it seems that nothing but older franchises are being revived for the public’s eye. But why bother releasing films that provide nothing new to the table?

Although the terminology can start to sound the same the more it is said, there is a difference between a remake, reboot and revival. As defined by ABC News, a remake tells an old story, but with new actors portraying the characters; a reboot tells a new story, but with familiar characters; a revival, most commonly used for television shows, brings back the main cast years after the show’s original run.

Recently, many studios have been remaking classic films for the box office, such as “Ghostbusters”, “Jumanji” and “It”. In addition, Disney has recently been creating live-action films as counterparts for the classic animated movies. The main reason for all of these remakes is the great profit, but this does not come solely from America.

“We’re playing a global box office game now, and North America alone isn’t the say-all, end-all in the total global picture of box office sales,” Daniel Loria, editorial director of Boxoffice Media, said in an article for The Washington Post. “Many times what will decide if a sequel happens if a film flops in North America is how strong it does overseas.”

According to The Numbers, a website that provides a variety of movie and franchise analyses, the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise has gained the most profits of all time with $22,590,455,007. Of these profits, only 38 percent of the total revenue is from America. This means that directors have to consider the responses from other countries, for they contribute the most money to their profits.

The audience needs to consider these effects as well. Due to the copious remakes being released, there are no new ideas being contemplated, resulting in a lack of development in the media.

Let us connect this scenario to that of a different industry: the publishing industry. If an author were to publish the exact same book, then no editors or readers would desire it. No one wants to read the exact same story when nothing has changed except, possibly, a couple of minor characters. However, the author published this book in an attempt to receive more money than they did from the previous book. This relates to the movie industry: it is now the means of quantity over quality in the producers’ eyes.

Although directors and studios need to gain profit from their movies, they also need to consider the next generation of media and culture. Future filmmakers cannot rely on ideas from 30 years ago, or else no innovation will ensue in the media. We hate the thought of history repeating itself, so we should not encourage franchises to do the same.

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Double tap https://ohsaxmedia.org/4961/features/double-tap/ https://ohsaxmedia.org/4961/features/double-tap/#respond Thu, 30 Jan 2020 20:23:29 +0000 https://ohsaxmedia.org/?p=4961 Whether it be a source of entertainment or a method of organization, technology has become more and more prevalent over the past decade. Today’s teenagers are assumed to interact with technology the most, for they have grown up with it.

Research proves this assumption to be true; according to Pew Research Center, 45% of teenagers are on the internet almost constantly. In a survey consisting of the high school student body, the average screen time, which is composed of time spent on all electronic devices, is between four and six hours.

Once I start looking at something on social media, I’ll keep scrolling to look at other stuff,” Azalea Biteau (10) said. “Without realizing, half an hour has already passed where I could’ve been doing something else.”

Although students spend a great amount of their time on the internet and social media, there is still a debate among the student body on whether this exposure benefits them or not. A survey was sent out to the student body regarding their opinions on social media. Of the 56 respondents, 29 said that the effects of the internet are more positive, while 27 said that the effects are more negative, making both sides of this debate pretty even.

Those who believe the internet brings more positive effects to society say social media provides methods of organization, as well as ways to connect with those who wouldn’t be able to be reached otherwise, to the table.

[Social media] lets me connect to one of my friends who lives in Australia,” Sofia Wiegand (9) said. “It also keeps my learning on point in classrooms and with homework.”

Those on the other half of the discussion feel that social media enables people to compare themselves to others, as well as provide a sense of security in what they say.

“People tend to get lost in the sort of ‘power’ they have in being able to say whatever they want online without any consequence,” Jason Nunery (11) said. “This gets them in some sort of state where they feel this power in the real world, and expect nothing to happen to them if they say something ridiculous and incorrect.”

Some on this side agree with certain points the other party makes. However, there’s a dissimilarity on how much this benefit should be used before it turns into addiction.

I think it’s alright to use Instagram or Facebook perhaps once a month to genuinely see what friends you don’t interact with everyday are up to,” Shane Pritchard (12) said. “But there’s no reason to check it everyday.”

Many students realize the great amount of time they are spending on the internet, so they restrict their time spent on specific apps or on their phones in general. In addition, some students actively don’t use social media. This proves to decrease the negative effects that their peers usually experience.

I have been without any social media for almost two weeks,” Lauren Jacomet (11) said. “Now that I have been without it for a while, I have realized I do a lot more with my time, am more productive, and get more sleep.”

Although students recognize the social effects of social media, there are still medical effects impacting students. According to rallyhealth.com, teenagers who spend more time on devices are more likely to develop attention disorders. Also mentioned by rallyhealth.com, a study conducted in Norway concluded that teenagers who spend four or more hours of time on a screen per day are 50 percent more likely to lie awake for an hour before falling asleep.

Technology will continue to evolve, as will the debate on the effects it brings to society. Humans develop and advance technology, now it is up to humans to make it benefit the majority of society.

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Fitness fiasco https://ohsaxmedia.org/4957/features/fitness-fiasco/ https://ohsaxmedia.org/4957/features/fitness-fiasco/#respond Tue, 28 Jan 2020 20:34:33 +0000 https://ohsaxmedia.org/?p=4957 According to Time.com, a recent YouGov poll found that, of the nearly 30 percent of respondents who said they are making New Year’s resolutions, 50 percent said their top resolution was to exercise.

In January 2019, there were 808 visitors to the Oakwood Community Center gym, the highest visitor number out of any other month of 2019 by 75 people. The highest-visited day in the whole year was January 7, with 45 visitors.

“January is a big month for the health center,” Lori Stanley, secretary to the director of Leisure Services at the OCC, said. “We notice that attendance is usually up then tapers off in February and the rest of the year goes back to the regulars.”

June was the month with the lowest number of gym visits, counting in at 555 total visits.

“I think most people would rather run or walk outside when possible,” Stanley said. “Also, June is [a] big vacation month, so many people are out of town.”

Along with general trends in the data, there are ostensibly random outliers. For example, February 11 had 41 visitors and September 1 had zero visitors.

Another spike day was December 26, which had 29 visitors, one of the highest numbers that month.

One reason for the spike in the gym visits may be that many people have the day off on December 26.  According to timeanddate.com, December 26 is a day off for most workers where it’s a state holiday, which is currently in place in six states. In places where it’s not a public holiday, most families use up a vacation day, as most schools are closed, timeanddate.com says.

 Looking at the numbers throughout the year, it is shown how people can lose their momentum in their resolutions quickly. Whether is be time constraints or weather, people seem to not be carrying out their goals as they intend.

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2020 Hindsight https://ohsaxmedia.org/4930/a-and-e/2020-hindsight/ https://ohsaxmedia.org/4930/a-and-e/2020-hindsight/#respond Thu, 23 Jan 2020 21:34:57 +0000 https://ohsaxmedia.org/?p=4930 The decade is over, but the memories made over the years live on. From movies and music to social media and memes, the 2010s have provided many nostalgic moments from the childhoods of today’s students. Here’s what happened in the last decade. 

Music

Songs that people are raised on can be incredibly nostalgic to listen to again. Billboard.com listed 100 of the most popular songs of all genres from the decade, including the ones shown below.

Carly Rae Jepsen released “Call Me Maybe” Sept. 20, 2011, and its popularity spread far past her Canadian home. According to Billboard’s website, the song lasted 50 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, starting in March of 2012.

Released on Dec. 10, 2012, “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons was incredibly popular. According to Billboard’s website, the song remained on the Hot 100 list for 87 consecutive weeks, an impressive feat. “Radioactive” also won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance in 2013, according to the Grammy Awards website.

Taylor Swift released “Blank Space”  on Nov. 10, 2014. This song was part of a darker stage in Swift’s career, which has recently switched back to bubbly and fun. “Blank Space” was listed as the no. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100 for three weeks in 2014.

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“This Is America” is probably the best. I feel like the other ones are just songs, but because it’s actually sending a message it’s important. ”

— Ronan Kernan (9)

“Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) by Silento, released Jun. 25, 2015, quickly became a dance sensation. The song went viral and spent six non-consecutive weeks in the third spot of Billboard’s Hot 100 list according to Billboard’s website. Silento was just 17 years old when the song was released.

Childish Gambino’s This Is America”, released May 5, 2018, was a powerful song of the 2010s, and it shows. The song was nominated for 5 Grammy Awards and won four, including Best Music Video, Song of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance according to the Grammy Awards website. It also ranked no. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list in May of 2018 according to Billboard’s website.

Movies

The 2010s brought around the ending films to many popular series. From Marvel and Star Wars to Toy Story, movie fans of all ages had plenty to watch.

To conclude the Skywalker Saga, Episodes VII, VIII, and IX were released Dec. 18, 2015, Dec. 15, 2017 and Dec. 20, 2019 respectively. The films follow the journey of new jedi Rey and her friends Finn, Poe and BB-8, and gives conclusions to characters such as Luke and Leia Skywalker, Han Solo and Emperor Palpetine. Photos from starwars.com.

The Marvel franchise rounded out their “Phase Three” of movies with Avengers Infinity War, released Apr. 27, 2018, and Avengers Endgame, released Apr. 26, 2019. In the movies, the team of heroes must put aside their differences to defeat Thanos, who is endangering life in the universe. Photos from marvel.com.

 

Story bookends: Toy Story 3, released Jun. 18, 2010, and Toy Story 4, released Jun. 21, 2019, began and ended the decade in a playful way. The movies wrapped up the story of old friends Woody, Buzz, Jessie and more, and introduced a new one, Forky, as the group dodges trouble and helps out, learning meaningful lessons along the way. Photos from disney.com.

Games

No matter what the decade, people always look for good entertainment. In the 2010s, many games and activities appeared in the form of mobile apps or video games.

Minecraft is one such game. It originally came out in May of 2009, but in the decade since has rapidly gained popularity with its simple blocks and endless possibilities. According to Business Insider’s website, Minecraft is the second-highest selling game of all time after Tetris, with approximately 91 million players every month.

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I love [Minecraft] because it allows you to build anything you want. It’s a great creative outlet. ”

— Eliana Griffin (12)

Released July 6, 2016, Pokémon GO also had a brush with fame across the world. Within the first month after its release, the game had generated $207 million according to the Business of Apps website, the most a mobile app had ever earned in its first month.

The popular, if someone joked about, video game Fortnite was released Jul. 21, 2017. As of March of 2019, there were approximately 250 million Fortnite users according to the Business of Apps website. Read The Ax Media’s previous article about Fortnite for more on the subject.

Trends

One of the recurring trends from the 2010s was the variety of challenges that spread across social media. The Ice Bucket Challenge, an early example of this, started in the summer of 2014 as a way to raise money for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) research. Individuals would record themselves dumping ice water on their heads, and proceed to nominate more people to donate and participate in the challenge. 

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Before and after doing the [Ice Bucket] challenge, I thought it was a really funny idea. In the moment, of course, I could only think of how cold I was.”

— Azalea Biteau (10)

Some challenges, like the Mannequin Challenge, were purely for fun. To participate in the Mannequin Challenge, someone would record a group of people frozen in place, not moving at all. Typically, the song “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd is playing in the background, as the challenge went viral after Sremmurd participated during one of his concerts according to The Sun’s website. 

There were also many viral and controversial questions going around social media platforms. For example, in 2015, a picture of a dress broke the internet. A great debate started about whether the garment was white and gold or blue and black. It was eventually revealed by the company selling the dress that it was, in fact, blue and black according to CNN’s website.

Another dividing question was brought about by a 2018 recording of a man speaking. Some people heard the man saying “laurel” in a deep voice, while others heard “yanny” in a higher pitch. According to HuffPost’s website, the recording was eventually confirmed to be the pronunciation of the world “laurel” from vocabulary.com.

Much more happened in the past 10 years than can be documented in a single article. Share your favorite moments, memes, trends and media from the decade on Instagram or Twitter with #axmedia for a chance to have your post featured on The Ax Media’s social media.

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High price of fast fashion https://ohsaxmedia.org/4926/features/high-price-of-fast-fashion/ https://ohsaxmedia.org/4926/features/high-price-of-fast-fashion/#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:06:47 +0000 https://ohsaxmedia.org/?p=4926 “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick,” Miuccia Prada, a fashion designer and founder of Prada, said according to Harper’s Bazaar’s website. “Fashion is an instant language.”

Fashion has always been a language which communicated status amongst others. Wealthy people would wear complex clothing made out of luxury fabrics, while the middle class and the poor class wore very simple silhouettes made out of cheap fabrics. With fast fashion, that is no longer the case. Many people in the middle and lower classes have access to fashionable clothing through stores such as Forever 21, H&M, Zara and American Eagle, which make stylish clothes in mass amounts using cheap fabrics and labor.

Today’s fashion is about keeping up with current trends in a consumptive era. Because these companies are simply trying to keep up with the market, do not design these clothes to last a long time. Instead, they construct these clothing items out of cheap and nonbiodegradable synthetic materials, such as polyester and spandex. 

“More than 60 percent of fabric fibers are now synthetics, derived from fossil fuels,” according to the New York Times.

Due to an increase in the production of clothes made from fossil fuels, fast fashion has had a drastic increase of carbon emissions.  

The fashion industry produces 20 percent of global wastewater and 10 percent of global carbon emissions – more than all international flights and maritime shipping,” according to an article from the United Nations environment program. “Every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned. If nothing changes, by 2050 the fashion industry will use up a quarter of the world’s carbon budget.”

Due to an increase in the number of garments being produced, many people are worrying about the potential results of the mass production of clothing and the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the environment. 

With global production now exceeding 100 billion garments a year, groups are warning of ‘potentially catastrophic’ environmental damage if current growth trends continue,” according to the BBC’s website

Along with the increase in the production of garments, textile workers are forced to work long, toilsome hours with a very low salary. In addition, the retailers are exploiting the workers. 

“Working conditions in the textile industry are very bad,” Dr. Gisela Burckhardt, a former fast fashion retailer employee and director of FEMNET, a corporation that works for women’s rights in the garment industry in Asia, said in an article on DW.com. “We have discrimination against women, especially in India and Bangladesh. Women are sexually harassed.”

Along with discrimination in the workforce, the salary is low, angering many of the employees because the work is very arduous.

“The payment is very, very low,” Burckhardt said. “Even though in Bangladesh the minimum wage increased from about 60 euros to 85 euros (per month) in December, it is not a sufficient living wage and women need to work overtime to survive.”

Copious women have spoken out about the conditions in these factories and major corporations have been discouraging these employees from speaking out for a long time.

“We also have the problem of a lack of organization in the factories,” Burckhardt said. “If women try to organize themselves in trade unions, they are normally threatened by the management and have to leave the factory. These are some of the problems that have not been resolved.” 

To combat these issues with fast fashion, designers, business professors and the United Nations are trying to figure out how to solve these issues. 

“At the March meeting, UN Environment will formally launch the UN Alliance on Sustainable Fashion to encourage the private sector, governments and non-governmental organizations to create an industry-wide push for action to reduce fashion’s negative social, economic and environmental impact and turn it into a driver for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals,” according to the United Nations Environmental Program.

Across the world, lots of organizations are teaming up with the United Nations and their Ethical Fashion Initiative to improve the fashion industry and decrease the amount of harm resulting from it. For example, current Dutchess Meghan Markle is trying to combat the take-make-waste model, which is a saying that describes our current linear economic system and how we throw everything into landfills. Markle has begun to encourage people to start wearing biodegradable fabrics, such as wool.

Many fast fashion companies are trying to make their clothes out of fabrics which are less harmful for the environment. However, the boom in ‘athleisure wear,’ is drastically increasing emissions despite these companies trying to combat the problems with the increase in carbon emissions. “Textile manufacturing emits 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse gases annually,” according to a video made by CBS News.

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Finances, expenditures, and budgets, oh my https://ohsaxmedia.org/4908/features/finances-expenditures-and-budgets-oh-my/ https://ohsaxmedia.org/4908/features/finances-expenditures-and-budgets-oh-my/#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2020 20:39:58 +0000 https://ohsaxmedia.org/?p=4908 Every year, the district obtains funds to distribute to schools in Oakwood: Lange School, Harman Elementary, Smith Elementary, Oakwood Junior High School and Oakwood Senior High School. However, it seems that few students have an accurate idea on exactly how much the district has to offer and how programs are funded.

In a survey given to the high school student body via email, students were asked to guess the district’s approximate budget. Of the 92 respondents of the survey, 73.9% guessed incorrectly, the majority believing the budget is between 15 and 20 million dollars.

As projected in a five-year plan approved in June of 2019, the district has $27,758,065 this school year. Though state and federal grants contribute to the budget, the majority of the district’s revenue comes from real estate taxes. This year, $18,370,810 was added to the district’s budget, which means that 66.18% of the district’s budget is composed of funds received from real estate taxes.

The district-wide technology department, an influential branch within the school district, purchases a great deal for the schools. According to Matt Sproat, Director of the Technology Department, the department receives approximately $600,000, though it can vary depending on replacement cycles and district initiatives. Several materials the department purchases include staff and student devices, internet service, printers and software licenses.

In addition to these daily supplies, Chromebooks for the class of 2023 and classroom VR headsets have been implemented into the school to give students opportunities to learn with modern technology. However, the technology department’s budget has not been affected by the new devices to any major accord.

“I believe we have done a good job of providing new opportunities while keeping the technology budget rather static,” Sproat said. “The PTOs and especially the Oakwood Schools Foundation has been an extraordinary partner in providing items and opportunities that go above and beyond.”

According to information given by Principal Dr. Paul Waller and Joni Sherk, Financial Administrative Assistant, a sum of approximately $175,000 is being spent on classroom equipment this school year. On average, each department receives $10,000 to $20,000, the departments receiving the most being Fine Arts and Music, accepting $18,000 this year, and Science and Engineering, accepting $26,000.

However, this money is not solely spent on classroom necessities. According to Waller and Sherk, $5,000 goes into teacher training and professional development. In addition, the school keeps funds saved for miscellaneous expenses that are not planned at the beginning of the year, such as a new speaker. These extra expenses add up to an estimated sum of $17,500.

Neither the district nor the high school grants funds to the athletic department, which affects many students. Instead, the athletic department obtains its funds solely through ticket sales and donations. With this money, the department has to pay for referees, announcers, ticket operators, security, game balls and field repairs.

“There really isn’t a normal profit,” Laura Connor, the director of the Athletic Department, said. “All games can vary from making $200 to $8,000 or $9,000 from tickets.”

Athletic teams don’t have a normal cycle for receiving new uniforms and equipment. Coaches have input in terms of what their team needs and how much money is required to fulfill these needs.

“[The athletic department] has so much variance in how much we bring and how much we bring out,” Connor said. “I’m spending money as it’s coming in, so it’s not always an exact science. My goal is to get close to those two being balanced in and out.”

Want to read more about the district’s forecasted budget plans, as well as monthly financial reports? Go to the district treasury website and view the 2019 financial update here.

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With great environment comes great responsibility https://ohsaxmedia.org/4904/news/with-great-environment-comes-great-responsibility/ https://ohsaxmedia.org/4904/news/with-great-environment-comes-great-responsibility/#respond Mon, 16 Dec 2019 20:54:25 +0000 https://ohsaxmedia.org/?p=4904 The environment may be a controversial issue, but no matter what, Ecology Club is trying its best to conserve what they can. The group has a new adviser this year but the objective is still the same.

I chose to take over Ecology Club because I am passionate about the environment and wanted to help Oakwood become more green and eco friendly,” Amy Smith, the leader of Ecology Club, said.

According to the Oakwood High School website, the Ecology Club promotes protection of our environment through education and service to the community. The club meets every Thursday at noon.

“[The students] will learn what’s recyclable and what’s not,” Smith said. “They’ll learn leadership skills about organization.”

As one of the Ecology Club’s responsibilities, they manage all of the recycling in the building.

“Outside, there are bins right by the woodshop area in the teacher’s parking lot,” Smith said. “What we do is put [the recycling] in the bins and then the Oakwood recycling company comes and collects them in the process.”

Clare Vanderburgh (12) joined Ecology Club this year.

 “It had interested me in past years, but as a sophomore and junior I hadn’t had the free time to join any school clubs outside of theatre, so I was excited to see what it was about,” Vanderburgh said.

Vanderburgh says that she has learned to take initiative and work efficiently.

 “I learned quickly after joining Ecology club to ask questions and start discussions about things we, as a club and a school, can be doing better,” Vanderburgh said.

Vanderburgh also goes to extensive lengths to do the best she can for the recycling process. 

A couple weeks ago I climbed into the dumpster that the school uses to hold paper recycling, and another student helped me pull out over a dozen plastic bottles, many of them filled with liquid, and multiple pieces of trash that had been mixed in with the paper,” Vanderburgh said.

Maintaining a healthy environment is no easy job; however, the Ecology Club takes it upon themselves to make sure that our school is as environmentally conscious as it can be.

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