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Sell Burritos, Get Paid as a Chipotle Student Brand Manager

Students, are you a fan of Chipotle? If so, there is an opportunity for you to become a student brand manager for the fast-casual restaurant. In order to bring Chipotle to your high school or university you must be 16 or older and be actively involved on your campus.

What exactly will your duties be as a Chipotle Student Brand Manager? You will have to promote the yummy burritos and tacos to fellow students on campus. You’ll be representing the brand, looking for opportunities that will let other students know that Chipotle is on campus, and using social media to promote the brand. Don’t worry – you won’t be doing this all on your own. Chipotle will offer guidance from their marketing representatives.

The company is offering a real-world experience for students who are looking for a career in the marketing industry. In other words, it is similar to an internship for college students because they have to attend two full academic semesters at their university and must work on Chipotle projects for five to ten hours per week. Read the rest of this entry »

A Freshman Class in Iowa Holds Guinness World Record for Most Twins

I always have trouble remembering people’s names. The first day of class is always tough for me because I’m expected to learn and remember 30 new faces and names. However, if I was a member of the freshman class at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School, the situation would be a little more difficult because there are five sets of identical twins in that class. There are also 11 sets of fraternal twins, which means that there are 16 sets of twins, total.

Evidently someone who wasn’t too busy being overwhelmed by all the new names to learn thought this was a little strange and notified the Guinness World Records people. It seems that a concentration of twins this large was something worth keeping record of, and that’s exactly what the people at Guinness World Records did. After going through their records, Guinness World Records decided that this class of ninth graders in West Des Moines, Iowa had the Most Twins in the Same Academic Year at One School and crowned them record holders. Read the rest of this entry »

Later Start Times in High Schools Would Help Student Performance

I remember when I first started college, I was shocked that none of my classes started until 10:00am. It was a great change from high school, when my first class began at 7:50am. I was also very excited because this later starting time meant I would get to sleep in later in the mornings. Score!

Evidently I was not the only one who thought that high schools start a little too early. A few years ago, Finley Edwards, a student at Colby College, began a study concerning the starting times of high schools and how well students do in school. He was inspired by his little sister’s early mornings: she woke up at 6:30 each day and class started at 7:15.

“I thought that this couldn’t possibly be good,” he recalls. Sadly, there wasn’t any previous research available for Edwards to read about this subject, so he decided to make his own. Now, he has found that “start times really do matter. We can see clear increases of academic performance from just starting school later.” Read the rest of this entry »

Muslim High School Creates Girls-Only Prom for Students

It’s a rite of passage for most American teens: going to the high school prom. However, for 65 percent of the students at Hamtramck High, prom is not an option due to their religious beliefs. You see, the majority of students at Hamtramck High are Muslim and follow the religion’s rules that forbids dating, dancing with members of the opposite gender, and appearing without a head scarf in public. So, it seemed that for these young women, the dream of having a prom was out of the question.

Or at least that’s how it was in the past. This year, a group of young ladies decided to take matters into their own hands and organized an all-girls prom, complete with juice-filled plastic flutes, homemade Greek columns, and a light-up fountain that was filled with pink water. And of course, there was “music all night, except during dinner and five minutes for prayer.”

Tharima Ahmed is one of the main organizers of the event. With only $2,500 and seven-months of planning, Ahmed and her friends put together a night that for those who attended will never forget. At first, there were many people who said the plan to have a prom without boys wouldn’t work. However, after Ahmed and her friends surveyed the students at their school and found that many did, in fact, want a prom without boys, the school’s faculty supported their students. Read the rest of this entry »

School District Loses Anti-LGBT Discrimination Case

High school students in Camdenton, Missouri, can access Exodus International and People Can Change from their school computers. These websites are published by anti-gay organizations that offer advice for men and women who do not want to be gay. Essentially, they are telling people how to deny their natural feelings and pretend to be heterosexual.

The fact that students can access these controversial websites from a school computer is one thing, but when you take into consideration the websites that the school blocks, this becomes much more disturbing. Although students at Camdenton High School can access anti-gay websites, they cannot access websites that are supportive of LGBT people due to a Web filter that the school has been using.

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Arizona Students Might Be Taking Bible Classes if New Bill Passes

Lately, the state of Arizona has been coming out with some pretty conservative laws, such as its immigration laws and definition of when life begins. Now, the state is taking moves that might spread its conservation reach into education.

That state’s Senate approved House Bill 2563 on April 12, 2012. This bill will create a new high school class in public and charter schools where students read and learn about the Bible and the role it has played in Western culture. House Bill 2563 passed in February of this year and is now sitting on Governor Jan Brewer’s desk, where it will either be signed into effect or thrown out.

So will this class just be a lot of Bible-thumping? Not exactly. If the bill passes, the state’s Board of Education must create an elective class that will be offered for high school students called “The Bible and its influence on Western Culture.” Students who choose to take the class would learn the impact the Old and New Testaments have had on history, literature, government, and other aspects of Western society throughout the ages.

According to Republic state Rep. Terri Proud, the teachers who teach this class will only be able to use the Bible “in a very restricted way.” Read the rest of this entry »

High School Chant Gets Blown Out of Proportion

Since when does a group of high school students chanting “USA! USA!” during a school sporting event earn national media coverage? The answer seems to be “since now.”

During a recent high school basketball state playoff game in San Antonio, TX, a group of high school students who attend Alamo Heights High School began chanting the symbolic letters after their school’s team beat their rival, Edison High.

The seemingly-innocent chant has gained a lot of attention from news sources such as MSNBC, USA Today, and The Huffington Post, because it supposedly intersects race, sports, and politics. You see, the students at Alamo Heights are mostly white, but the students who attend Edison High are mostly Hispanic. Does it make a little more sense now?

When the students started chanting, Andrew Brewer, the head coach of the basketball team, quickly silenced them; the chanting only lasted about five seconds. The school superintendent, Kevin Brown, apologized for the students’ behavior and said that they would not be allowed to attend the state semifinal games as a punishment. However, these actions were not enough to please Gil Garza. Garza made a complaint to the governing body of Texas public schools three days after the event.

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“Facebook Parenting: For the Troubled Teen” Creates Quite a Stir on YouTube

facebook parenting screen shot from viral videoA new video is gaining a lot of attention on YouTube. The video, called “Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen,” features a dad who is quite upset with something his daughter posted to Facebook.

In the video, the father, Tommy, reads a letter that his daughter, Hannah, posted to Facebook a few days ago. In the letter, Hannah rants about all of the chores her parents ask her to do…and by rant, I do mean rant. The video drags along for the first six minutes as Tommy reads the letter and expresses how upset he is about what Hannah wrote.

To be fair to Tommy, Hannah was very disrespectful towards her parents and used language that is not acceptable. Many kids today do feel too entitled and it does not make sense that a child should be paid because she is asked to help her family. I agree with almost everything Tommy says up until about the seventh-minute of the film. However, this is when things get a little too crazy for me.

At this time, Tommy gets out of his chair, shows us Hannah’s laptop, and proceeds to put nine bullets in the laptop from his shotgun. This seems like a bit of an over-reaction to me. If Tommy wanted to take her computer away from her and sell it, I’d be perfectly okay with that. However, he is acting immaturely and his actions are not any better than what Hannah wrote on Facebook. Instead, I think Tommy should have reacted in a more mature way by setting Hannah down, telling her what she did was hurtful and disrespectful, and then punishing her by taking away her computer and grounding her. By destroying her computer, he is reacting in a childish way that is just going to perpetuate the battle that is going on between them.

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Does Class Size Matter in Determining Graduation Rates?

empty class room with desksDoes the size of a high school determine how successful its students will be? When the measure of success is the percent of students who graduate, the answer might just be yes….or it could be no.

MDRC, a research group in New York, studied students in 2010 who attended smaller high schools in New York City and found that these students were more likely to graduate than students who attended larger high schools. There are currently more than 100 smaller schools in NYC and most of these are less than a decade old.

In the past, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave billions of dollars to these schools, but the foundation has since stopped funding due to “disappointing” results.

Perhaps small schools are not all they are cracked up to be. These smaller schools can have a negative effect on larger schools in their area. For example, if a larger school which can enroll 1,000 students is shut down so that a smaller school which can enroll only 500 students can be built, where are the remaining 500 students supposed to go to school? Many of these students are shuffled off into another large school, where they might struggle to adapt, which could cause their grades to suffer.

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High School Students Arrested for Selling Drugs to Police

handcuffs on white backgroundIf you are a Drew Barrymore fan like me, you’ve seen her movie, Never Been Kissed. If not, then let me give you a quick breakdown of the movie: a woman in her 20s goes back to high school, poses as a teenager, and gets to know the students. It’s a cute movie, but I always thought it seemed a little unrealistic. However, after ten high school students were arrested last week by an undercover police officer who had been posing as a fellow student for four months, I guess it seems a little bit more realistic to me now.

On January 11, 2012, 10 students from Angleton High in Texas were arrested for selling prescription drugs and marijuana. They were discovered by an undercover police officer who was pretending to be a fellow student. The police department will not say whether the undercover officer was male or female, but that he/she is “very young looking.”

“Basically the school district reached out to us,” said Lt. Chris Reioux, head of the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office narcotics division. “We provided the undercover officer and funded the operation and they took care of getting the officer enrolled in the school.”

Five of the students who were arrested are over 18, while the other five will be face charges as juveniles. Their names have not been released yet. Two former students were also arrested. There have been 28 separate charges filed against these people related to selling drugs to the undercover officer.

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