Corbett Chronicle The student news site of Ray D. Corbett Junior High School Tue, 20 Oct 2020 21:53:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Online Learning VS Face-to-Face Learning Tue, 20 Oct 2020 21:47:40 +0000 During the global pandemic, Schertz Cibolo Universal City ISD parents were given the choice of having their child attend school face-to-face or participate remotely during the 2020-21 school year.

“I decided to go [to school] because in person schooling is easier for me then online, and I missed my friends,” explained sophomore Lena Adams.

While doing online school, students miss out on social interaction. Social interaction is very important because it helps people grow self esteem and build their identity.

Seth Becker, eighth grader said, “[I like online learning], because at the end of the day, I still have enough time to do the things I want to do.”

“I like that they can work at their own pace,” said parent Lani Becker.

One benefit of online learning is that you can go anywhere there is Wifi and do your work. For people who live in an area that school is not accessible, they can participate in online school without having to go anywhere.

“[Remote learning] was difficult for me. [It was hard] to focus and actually have the motivation to get my work done,” said Adams. 

In the United States, over 12 million children and teens rely on school lunch. Online school has not threatened their access to receive free meals, but it has made it difficult.

Becker said, “I can wake up at 9 a.m. and be finished with my work by noon.”

For some people, online learning is easier and they are more successful. It is a better platform for them, as opposed to those who need the social interaction at school.

Becker’s mother made the decision to keep her son home, “To protect him from possibly getting the virus.”

The community is focused on the school’s preparedness and if it’s following the protocols and safety measures. This is a very important factor because if schools are only having kids wear masks but not having students spread out in the classrooms, there would be no social distancing.

“[I’m happy] that I get to see my friends and that if I have an issue with a class, I can just ask my teacher instead of emailing or texting and having to wait for a response,” said Adams.

Both remote and face-to-face learning have their pros and cons. Online learning is safer and students may complete the work faster, but students miss out on the social aspect and have to wait for teachers to answer the questions. Face-to-face learning is direct. Students can ask questions and receive an answer immediately. They are also able to hang out and talk with their friends, but their chances of catching COVID-19 increases. Neither decision is bad, it just depends on what’s best for the learner. 


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Relationships Combat Covid-19 Stress Tue, 20 Oct 2020 21:37:30 +0000 Some children and teens around the world are dealing with the stress of the pandemic and having a hard time coping. Being quarantine has caused us all to be isolated from our families and friends and research shows that kids and teens react based off of adults around them.

“We try to keep in contact with our family and friends as much as we can and we always try to stay positive,” said MaryAnn DeCambra, a mother of two.

DeCambra also stated that they have been using this time to better themselves by spending more time together as a family, eating healthier, and staying active. 

Research from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) shows that people should take care of their body to lower their stress levels. For example, you should take deep breaths or stretch to relax your body. Eating healthy, exercise or staying active can also help you rescue stress. 

“We usually do family Zooms together and we will sometimes visit each other as long as it is completely safe,” said DeCambra. “I don’t think that any relationships have changed since the pandemic started, but I do see that we all talk to each other more often as a whole family. This, oddly enough, brought us together.”

In addition to staying healthy, keeping in contact with family is important too, as people should also try to keep in contact with others. This includes your family. Get others opinions, and learn things from them and their experiences, and use that to help your child stay happy and in contact with others outside of the immediate family.

“When the pandemic first started, I wasn’t very scared, because I had known about the virus and its journey from China. My family was very calm about it and just said to stay inside and that we would buy masks soon,” said seventh grader, Caili Dougherty. 

Dougherty stated that she had been following the virus’s journey from China. She stays up-to-date with the news from around the world. Keeping yourself informed on what is happening around you and knowing what to do when in an emergency like this is important says the CDC.

“I’ve found that during the pandemic, I have started to become a bit lazier and haven’t been playing my instrument as much, but other than that, everything is the same,” said Dougherty.

According to the Center of Disease Control, when a child is experiencing changes in their behaviors, interests, or work ethic, these could possibly show that the child is isolating oneself. If a child is isolating oneself it could mean that they feel deprived of something, which is common in children and teens right now during the pandemic. Kids and teens are so used to being around their friends and family almost all the time that they won’t know what to do without them sometimes.

“When I think about how everything has changed, I’m not really sad about it. I have a phone and technology and I’m able to see friends and I keep in contact with my family, so I don’t feel lonely. I also get to spend a lot more time doing the things that I like to do, like art,” said Dougherty.

Today’s society has all of the technological advances that allows us to stay in contact others and be constantly informed about the virus and other news.

“If I go outside, and I see someone without a mask, I immediately walk away and distance myself from them. Even when others are wearing a mask, I distance myself. I may be paranoid, but I’m just trying to stay safe,” said Dougherty. “I feel more safe when I’m [socially distant],” said Dougherty.

According to the CDC, people should always stay informed during any disaster. However, sometimes it’s not good to check the news every day, because sometimes all of the bad news can become too much. 

“I just want to stay safe and for us to develop a cure, or for people to stop acting out and just follow the rules,” said Dougherty.  

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National Custodian Day Tue, 20 Oct 2020 20:57:54 +0000 When the coronavirus outbreak shut down our district in March, our custodians became front line workers. Although they had to add some new procedures to what they were already doing, they continued to work with pride.

While the pandemic brought about a lot of change in how schools and businesses were cleaning, it also brought awareness to the job our custodians do on a daily and hourly basis.

Thank you to our custodial staff for keeping our campus in tip-top shape!

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Corbett Corner Store Grand Opening Fri, 07 Feb 2020 21:42:04 +0000 The ALE students and PTC, Parent Teacher Club, came together in the Corbett Cafetorium on February 5 to celebrate the grand opening of Corbett’s Corner Store.

“We are the first and only school in the district to open a corner store,” said Ms. Childress, ALE teacher. “This store will give ALE students the chance to be involved in something that helps other Corbett students.”

The corner store will be run by ALE students on Fridays, giving them the opportunity to sell things like pencils, erasers, and sharpeners.

“Our new corner store will teach ALE students about business responsibility and managing an inventory,” said Childress.

The PTC team believes that this will be a good decision, and a “win-win scenario” for anybody at Corbett, supplying students with materials, teaching inventory management to ALE students, and providing our PTC with funding for school and its events.

“Our ALE students will run the corner store each Friday during the students lunch periods,” said Childress. “I know that the corner store will turn out to be one of the best ideas we’ve ever had.”

The most expensive item you can buy is priced at only $2.00, with the cheapest being only $0.50!

“I think the coolest item at our store is the Animal Erasers,” said Jacob Ozuniga, an 8th grade ALE student who will be helping run the corner store.

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Elective Expo Wed, 05 Feb 2020 15:35:57 +0000 Incoming sixth graders and their parents filled the cafeteria to hear how to prepare for their junior high years. Principal Ray explained what class schedules would look like and the school expectations. Counselors introduced the electives.

“It’s always fun to see the little fifth graders walk around the school. They look so eager to come to their new school,” said eight grader Alizabeth Valle.

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Hiking Promotes Good Health Wed, 15 Jan 2020 21:10:39 +0000 Have you ever wanted to hike through the 700 miles of trails in the gorgeous Glacier National Park in Montana? Or the wooded Smoky Mountains National Park, stretching from Tennessee to North Carolina? Maybe something local to Texas, like Lost Maples State Park filled with “lost” Big-tooth Maple trees that make it look like you’re in Vermont.

Hiking improves the strength and emotional state of your mind by getting outdoors. It relieves stress, helps you sleep better at night, and increases your energy levels. In addition to helping your emotional state of being, hiking is a powerful cardio workout that can lower your risk of heart disease, and boost bone density. It builds strength in your gluttes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and the muscles in your hips and lower legs.

“A good friend of mine got me into hiking back in 2001. He invited me to go with him and his brothers, and that’s how I fell in love with hiking,” said my father Cody Furlong.

But before you hit the trails, choose the right one for your fitness level, and don’t forget to check the weather and tell someone where you will be. Be prepared by packing the essentials and wearing the right shoes and socks. Underestimating the trail, failing to prepare, hiking alone, and traveling off-trail can lead to serious hazards. 

“My favorite place to go hiking is Lost Maples, it feels like you are in a different state because of the huge maple trees,” said Furlong.

Lost Maples State Park has 2,906 acres of hills and canyons blanketed with Uvalde Big-tooth Maple trees. It’s 30 campsites with water and electricity and several primitive campsites bring plenty of bird watching opportunities. Fishing is another activity in the park were you can can catch fish such as rainbow trout, bass, etc.

“I really enjoy being outside and I enjoy the solitude,” said Furlong. “I always say that I’m going to pack light, but I always end up stuffing as much as I can into my backpack. I always bring a tent, sleeping bag, flashlight, food, and water, although these are the bare minimum things I bring.”

When hiking, it is best to bring the lightest equipment possible, such as lightweight freeze dried food that turns back to normal when in contact with boiling water. There are such items as powdered eggs, fruits, and even freeze dried ice cream.

Furlong said, “I say to always go with someone experienced; and packing light is a must.” 

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My Experience Riding in a Race Car Fri, 03 Jan 2020 01:04:28 +0000 Snow capped mountains peeking above the clouds, lush green grass, and towering trees is everything you see when flying into Denver, Colorado.

When making it into the airport and picking up our bags a man holding a sign saying “Jerry and Ryan” awaited our arrival. Considering that a very important and famous car company — Acura considered my dad to report on their newly released car, I was a little flipped out.

After this nice and funny man showed us to our brand new car, courtesy of Acura, we drove two hours to Colorado Springs.

Upon arriving, we were welcomed to a large festival called “Pike’s Peak FanFest.” The festival was to show cases all of the race cars competing to make it up to Pike’s Peak the fastest.

Test Driving an Acura has it perks. Acura Motor Sports is a huge sponsor of this race. As the person assigned to review the car, my father and I had access to the top of the mountain.

Driving a brand new sports car was not the perk. It was nice, but not as nice as seeing the incredible view from above. Ginormous, rocky mountains surrounded the glistening lakes. No words could describe the feeling. 

Oh, and there was also that small gift shop at the top. It that had the best donuts and coffee. Not to mention the cool statues and figures of Big Foot that surrounded the venue.

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Sensory Garden Improvements in 2020 Fri, 03 Jan 2020 00:22:37 +0000 Congratulations to Corbett Junior High’s 2019 SCUCISD Grant Winner Sandy Childress!

“The money will help revamp our Sensory Garden,” said Childress.

The Foundation gives away up to $1,000 to individuals and up to $5,000 to campus teams for programs and innovations they want to implement.

“Being a teacher takes patience, dedication and sometimes a lot of out-of-pocket money to make a great idea come to life,” SCUCISD Education Foundation said.

]]> 0 Are Students Entitled? Thu, 02 Jan 2020 23:44:05 +0000 Have you ever had an allowance as a kid? In present day America , children receive a higher allowance than 50 years ago. This is due to parents making a higher wage than before and becoming easier with money.

70 percent of kids in America have an allowance according to the America Average Wage System (AAWS). This is almost one-third of the American population.

Most American teenagers make $780 per year according to an AAWS survey.

“I think a lot of kids are getting entitled and making more money due to the increase of social media,” said Abby Lindley, eighth grader.

Some 7-year-olds make $7 per week according to a Facebook survey. One parent from the survey asked, “Is this ok for a 7-year-old to know what money importance means yet?”

“I think it’s good for kids to learn about money importance. It can be very helpful in the future,” said Hope Vineora, eighth grader.

“I have an allowance.  I think it’s fair to everyone to have one. It teaches the importance of money and how to save money,” said Vineora.

More and more children are  receiving allowances these days. And according to research, they are barely doing chores. Children say it’s too much work and it’s unfair for them to make only X$ for their work.  

Nearly 40 percent of American youth agree with this statement, according to Webweekly.

“I think this is because parents are understanding what a kid means to them. They care for them and want them protected,” said Havery Salazar, eighth grader.

“I want to make enough money so I can support my wants and needs as a kid. Parents underestimate us kids on what is important to us,” said Sean Martinez, eighth grader.

With new gadgets out and more toys for kids to mess around with, youth want more money. 

Children toy prices has risen 40 percent since 1950.  From an average $4.49 to $7.50, according to WorldWideFacts.

“I knew prices would raise a bit from 70 years ago, but not that high,” Said Evan Beltran, seventh grader.. “I never imagined it to jump to that price.”

Some parents think it’s fair for an average wage to be based on their child’s age. The average allowance is higher from the past but still not enough for the day and age we live in. This is a topic very controversial with 2 views but both can agree that kids are making more money.

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Special Education Services Thu, 02 Jan 2020 22:51:14 +0000 Were you aware that 11 percent of all undergraduate students have a disability? 

Edsource states that today, in the United States, school districts are paying up to $13.2 billion to fund special education for handicapped students. The state and federal government only cover one third of the cost.

7 million students receive special education under federal law IDEA, or Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. IDEA is a law that ensures students with disabilities are provided special education.

According to ReadingRocket, just over 20 percent of ninth graders have a negative attitude toward handicapped students. 

Handicapped means having a condition that restricts one’s ability to function physically, mentally, or socially.

Eighth grader Lilliana Urdiales said, “I have a positive opinion towards them. We’re all different, so I try my best to be helpful and nice.” 

Public School Review states that in section 504 of federal law the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, students with disabilities are offered accommodations such as: seating in the front of the classroom, homework modifications, testing that isn’t timed, and more. 

“I feel that Corbett offers adequate accommodations for handicapped students. I do think that doors that open automatically would improve accessibility for them, but that raises safety concerns. Classrooms should be provided desks for students in wheelchairs when needed,” said eighth grade social studies teacher Mrs. Ulveling. 

To qualify for an IEP, or Individualized Education Program, students would need to have autism, a vision/hearing impairment, a learning disability, physical disability, serious emotional disturbance, traumatic brain injury or another impairment. 

An IEP is a written plan describing goals for the child throughout the school year and that can provide any special support needed.

“I think we should try and be nice and helpful to handicapped students. We also shouldn’t bully them or make them feel bad,” said eighth grader Alex Fontanez. 

Kids who qualify for an IEP may also be eligible for the following: occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, physical therapy and/or a classroom aid. 

Ulveling said, “At Corbett, we offer ALE classes, basic classes, SEL art, adaptive PE, and inclusion classes.” 

According to the National Education Association, the current average per special education student is $16,921. In IDEA, the federal government made a commitment to pay 40 percent of the cost. 


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