By Lavinia Harrison
““The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change .” It took me until now to realize how true this famous quote is by Heraclitus. Hello my name is Lavinia Harrison and I have been dealing with nothing but change for the past month and a half. New Media Technology Charter School is closing down as of June 23,2016. I was a student at New Media since I was in 5th grade, I am currently an 11th grader. I left New Media about a month and a half ago to attend Academy at Palumbo. As you can imagine that was and still is a very difficult transition. I’m honestly still trying to accept the fact that New Media; my second home is going to be just a memory after this school year. Although I am very grateful that I was able to get into such a great high school; I am still having trouble dealing with all the changes. Academically the two schools are completely different. Palumbo is a public school while New Media was a charter school. I believe this has a lot to do with why I am having trouble adjusting academically. I just feel like the education systems are a lot different. For example, the english classes. At Palumbo you have to read Romeo and Juliet in 9th grade; but at New Media you don’t get introduced to shakespeare until the end of 10th grade. Just think about it, Palumbo is preparing their 9th graders academically the same why New Media prepares their 10th graders.There was this experiment done “at Stanford University reveal that students' test scores may prove that public schools are now outperforming charter schools. The Stanford analysts compared reading and math state-based standardized test scores between charter school and public school students in 15 states, as well as scores in the District of Columbia. Experts found that 37 percent of charter schools posted improvements in math scores; however, these improvement rates were significantly below the improvement rates of students in public school classrooms.” These results are not surprising to me at all after seeing the difference for myself. See the problem yet? At the charter school I attended they didn’t offer gym,art, or a second language. Now that I transferred over to Palumbo I am considered behind because I don’t have credits in those classes. Although I could go on about their differences, there are some similarities between a public and charter school. One main similarity I have personally noticed is the support the teachers and staff give you. My support system is already awesome at Palumbo and it was and still is at New Media. One thing that I will miss about New Media is the lunch;we had a personal chef. At Palumbo we get “public school food”, the nastiest stuff on earth. In conclusion, Yes, I will miss New Media Technology charter school but Academy at Palumbo is better for me in many ways.
By: Taylor Rosetti
To my fellow Palumbo juniors…
We did it. We made it through the year, the year often referred to as the most stressful of our high school careers. A year filled with SAT prep and a lot of stress. We’re in the home stretch and I could not be any prouder. It feels like freshman year started yesterday, we were late to classes because we couldn't find them. Now we know this school like our own neighborhoods. We’ve come to know and love Palumbo, along with its staff. We know which stairs to use for the least traffic, and just when the lunch line will dissipate.
It is, however, terrifying. Next year, we are at the top of the food chain. We are going to be the prime example. These are going to be freshmen saying “oh yeah, you'll totally be just like her when we’re seniors.” We’ll be planning graduation, choosing our song, and everything else that comes with senior year. Instead of waiting for the day grades close, we’ll be anticipating graduation. The years of blood, sweat, tears, and stress will finally be done. But many more years will begin.
Choosing Palumbo was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I think all of you can agree. I think we’ve all had impacts on one another, that we haven’t even realized, and probably won’t for a long time. We’re not just another class at Central, we are only the seventh graduating class at Palumbo. We’re part of the history of our school. Years from now people are going to look back at our class like we were dinosaurs, or ancient artifacts.
Our major concern now is choosing the best college, choosing Palumbo was a no brainer, but now so many of us are going in so many different directions. Some of us are going to stay local, and many can't wait to jet off to California or Florida, and some even want to go into the army. Trust me when I say each and everyone of you is going to go far.
It's also very sad to see this point in our lives coming to an end. We’ve worked so hard, and we’ve worked together to make it through these last three years. If I said I was going to miss you all, that wouldn’t be a lie. I am going to miss all of the memories. We’ve all impacted one another, whether we were friends or not.
Thank you. Thank you all for listening to me. Thank you for making these years memorable. It's scary that next year is the last year we’ll be spending together. Palumbo is truly a family, thank you all for being mine.
By: Taylor Rosetti
A common phrase heard throughout palumbo is “well, I have over a 4.0 GPA” and I’m here to let you know exactly what this means.
At Academy @ Palumbo, our grade point averages, GPA, are weighted. This means a certain percentage is added to our grade to compensate for the difficulty of the class. Advanced classes, which all of our classes are, have a 10% boost, Honors or Mentally Gifted classes are weighted 15%, and Advanced Placement classes, AP, are weighted 20%.
Sadly, not many students understand this. While a report card may say 4.01, the actual GPA may be around a 3.7 or 3.8. The latter are the GPAs that will be sent to colleges. The weighted GPA are really just there to make us feel better about the classes we are taking. Very few students even know their true GPA.
A Junior at Palumbo An’Yea Sams believes “they should’ve told us from the beginning, because it’s really messing us up. We see the weighted GPA and think ‘yeah, we’re not doing too bad,’ and then we see the unweighted GPA, and are just taken by surprise.” This opinions is the same as many at Palumbo. And many students do not even know how to access their unweighted GPAs.
Unweighted GPAs can be accessed on Naviance. But they should be more accessible. I think they should be on our report cards along side our weighted GPAs.
photo by Ethan Lee
The journalism team on the junior iceskating trip at Penn Ice Rink
left to right: Michelle Angelica, Tina Lin, Maida Mana, Helen Ly, Steven Sam, Natalie Sengbounpheng, Sarah Lam, Mr. Paul, Aimee Kobielnik, Erika Baylor, Marquez Cruz
by Taylor Rosetti
Palumbo is an amazing school as we all know, but what is the best thing about Palumbo this year? And what about the worst? A pressing questions for all of us, I talked to a few people to find out.
Junior, Matthew Carlone, believes the best part of this year are the teachers. In an interview he stated “my teachers this year are just amazing.” As a young school that is constantly growing, we add new staff members every year. We had a number of new teachers join us this year, one of which was fan favorite Mr. Paul. Everyone who has his english or journalism class absolutely adores him. His creative teaching methods inspire his students to learn and try their hardest. Many can say the addition of Mr. Paul is the best thing that's
When I asked Ms. Prey, she said without a doubt the students. She said in an interview that “everyone is just so ready to help”. She seemed surprised by that when I asked her. She said the previous school she was in wasn't like this. She described it as “a really sucky environment.” We do have an amazing student body at Palumbo. We are all fortunate enough to be in a safe environment, to have gotten to choose our school is a privilege. Not many people are lucky enough to go to a school that challenges them and their pushes them to best their best.
When I asked, I never really got what the worst thing about Palumbo was. Of course there were the typical “the lunch is gross” or “we need air conditioning”, but there were no serious answers. There weren't many negative things said about Palumbo. When I asked Ndeen, one of our juniors, she said they worst thing is the lateness policy. I thought I would've heard that more. Our lateness policy is constantly changing, and it affects our eligibility. If you're on the ineligible list you can't participate in any
photo by Ethan Lee
by Austin Lin
The best of 2015 of this school year is the Thanksgiving Feast that took place on November 24th. The day started with preparations that were done by National Honor Society members, seniors, Home and School Association members, and selected helpers. Food was served in the fifth floor staff lounge and the dessert was served across from the fifth floor boys bathroom. All tables were filled and even more tables were brought out near the lunch line. The most food served was from the Freshmen class and even they all ate there was still left over food. Many alumni came back with open heart. Hugs and love were given all over from the freshmen class to the senior class. We came together as one family that day, from eating together to helping prepare the food. As the feast went on, the fifth floor hallway started filling up with many people and it was very hard to get threw. Officer Pastor had to clear the hallway for the next class to come up.
Nick Miller explains what he thinks is the best of the start of the school year and he says, “When I finally won my first soccer game”. Associate Media Instructor form WHYY, Tyreece Powell says, “Bringing me to Palumbo to teach video production”, without the tools the journalism class has, Tyreece would be useless.
The worst of the 2015 of this school year is the violence on students walk route to broad street. During the week of December 7th, students reported they were being assaulted and harassed by a group of men on broad street. A student has identified an individual as a “high school dropout”. A student also recalled when he almost got assaulted coming to school, but was prevented because a teacher came along. Students should not be afraid while en route to and from school but rather encourage students to come. This issue needs to be solved and prevented. Police were notified and said that they will help and the Principle addressed the students to take a different route and walk with a group. During that Friday after school a group of students walked to broad street and was stopped by a group of men with metal bars. They were denied the right to go to the other side. This caused the students to come back to school. One student was jumped and ran back to school for safety. Yes the school should be a safety place, but the route to school should be safe as well.
Nick Miller says, “We were up 1 and only 10 minutes of the game and we lost”. This was Nick’s worst moment of 2015 during the school year. Tyreece Powell says the worst was, “not hiring Mr. Paul earlier” and that is because before, Palumbo did not have an online newspaper and with the help of enthusiastic student and editor in chief, Sarah Lam they've made it possible. Past years, Journalism was just a class you learn to write and take pictures, but now that Mr. Paul has come to Palumbo, we have a whole team.
by Taylor Rosetti
Coming into Palumbo a lot of people have the same question, when is homecoming? Explaining that we don't have a homecoming dance can be a let down, but not many others can say they have enjoyed what we have come to call the fall feast. We celebrate this event as a school family to ensure everyone gets a Thanksgiving no matter what their home situation is.
The prep leading up to the event is complete and total chaos. There are over flowing rooms filled with food and carts running back and forth loaded with food that needs to be heated up. It is amazing to witness because no matter what, it's done on time. And everyone wants to help. There are parents frantically running in food that their children forgot. Members of the home and school are searching for tables. National Honor Society is doing their best to stay calm while preparing to serve the masses.
There are alumni coming and going all day. You need to talk to a teacher the day of fall feast? Good luck. It is almost impossible to find a teacher that is not talking to one of their former students. One of the best parts of the day is seeing some friends that have graduated. It also just shows how much of a family Palumbo really is. That no matter where you go in life, you can always go back and have someone that wants to hear your stories and cares about what you're doing. More and more people come back every years, and it seems like the fall feast just gets better every year. Teachers are also running around too to ensure everyone has a great day. There are teachers manning the doors to avoid chaos, and circling the cafeteria to keep the peace, as well as helping to prepare food.
It's fitting that Palumbo doesn't have a homecoming dance, yet anyway. The last school year, 2014-2015, was the first year Palumbo had their own football team. It brought a new sense of unity. Our first homecoming pep rally was a success, the entire auditorium was a sea of black and teal. Our football team isn't the best, but we love them. It's more than just the boys on the team, the team gives everyone in the school a new sense of pride.
Counsellor Ms. Donnelly was quoted saying “it’s a great day, I love it, but I spent the day chopping up 20 freaking chickens, and poor Ms. Prey was on microwave duty.” The day is difficult and a lot of work, but it is enjoyed by so many. Ms. Prey said one word she would use to describe the day is family, and it was her first fall feast with us. She said even though it was chaotic And she was working most of the day she really enjoyed herself. The fall feast sets Palumbo apart. It's a day to enjoy our school family and the true diversity of our school.