Scot Scoop News http://scotscoop.com The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California. Sat, 07 Sep 2019 00:50:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 High school relationships are not what they seem http://scotscoop.com/high-school-relationships-are-not-what-they-seem/ http://scotscoop.com/high-school-relationships-are-not-what-they-seem/#respond Sat, 07 Sep 2019 00:49:40 +0000 http://scotscoop.com/?p=193065 As teenagers transition into their high school years, they are faced with the overwhelming pressure to date someone based on societal expectations. Books and movies portray a message that romance and high school go hand and hand; however, this does not have to be the reality. These same students who feel as if they need...]]>

As teenagers transition into their high school years, they are faced with the overwhelming pressure to date someone based on societal expectations. Books and movies portray a message that romance and high school go hand and hand; however, this does not have to be the reality.

These same students who feel as if they need to satisfy social standards force themselves into a relationship rather than genuinely wanting to be with that particular person. 

High school relationships with the wrong intentions can be toxic and often falter.

“I had been in a serious relationship prior to this one that was rather toxic, and its fallout took a tremendous toll on me,” said Alex Moriarty, a junior at Carlmont High School.

The unwanted feelings a person can endure in a high school relationship can lead to mental drainage and unwanted insecurities.

Genuine love and care are both crucial for a long-lasting relationship; yet these values can get twisted in the mind of a teenager. During high school, students are always trying to find themselves and figure out who they want to be as people.

According to Mental Health Daily, “The brain is not fully developed until the age of 25 (…) and all behaviors and experiences you endure until that age have potential to impact your developing brain.

A high schooler’s lack of life experience and maturity in comparison to an adult poses a great challenge towards a healthy relationship. 

“I think it’s hard to be in a high school relationship for some because we are so young and don’t understand the values that go into one. Some do not even understand what loving a person actually means,” said Lauren Springer, a junior at Aragon High School.

Many people fear the idea of being alone. Society has planted the idea in people’s minds that they need someone to complete them. This can especially linger for teenagers who get so caught up in trying to make someone else happy that they ignore their own happiness. 

This can drive those in a relationship to rely solely on the other person, making it easier to disregard other important aspects of their lives, such as family and friends. On top of that, students may find themselves struggling to do their best in school. Time management does not come easy for students with six or more classes who are also trying to balance a relationship. A significant other might provide one with a basis for their future partners; however, it can also take away from one’s high school experience. 

No matter how a relationship comes ends, the feelings of sadness are still imminent. Teenagers take the hard end of this as hormones also come into play.

Even if the break up was for the best, students will find themselves reminiscing of good times, which is damaging in the process of trying to move on.

The best advice for anyone searching to be with someone else is to focus on themselves as an individual. A teenager’s journey should be about them as they are challenged to be their own safe place. A person will always have themselves at the end of the day, and there is no need for peer pressure to affect one’s aspirations and make one feel incomplete on their own.

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Student athlete Annika Lin serves up passion on the court http://scotscoop.com/student-athlete-annika-lin-serves-up-passion-on-the-court/ http://scotscoop.com/student-athlete-annika-lin-serves-up-passion-on-the-court/#respond Fri, 06 Sep 2019 12:57:25 +0000 http://scotscoop.com/?p=192905 Annika Lin, a senior at Carlmont High School, demonstrates her hard work and dedication as a tennis player despite her demanding school schedule.]]>

Annika Lin, a senior at Carlmont High School, demonstrates her hard work and dedication as a tennis player despite her demanding school schedule.

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Scots Talk Episode 1: What’s that smell? http://scotscoop.com/scots-talk-episode-1-whats-that-smell/ http://scotscoop.com/scots-talk-episode-1-whats-that-smell/#respond Fri, 06 Sep 2019 01:48:30 +0000 http://scotscoop.com/?p=193044 In this episode, Nihal Karim sits down with Ava Brückner-Kockel, a senior, to talk about vaping in the Carlmont bathrooms and how it affects students across campus; Vice Principal Grant Steunenberg also weighs in.]]>

In this episode, Nihal Karim sits down with Ava Brückner-Kockel, a senior, to talk about vaping in the Carlmont bathrooms and how it affects students across campus; Vice Principal Grant Steunenberg also weighs in.

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Waffle & Wrap evolves typical breakfast food http://scotscoop.com/waffle-wrap-evolves-typical-breakfast-food/ http://scotscoop.com/waffle-wrap-evolves-typical-breakfast-food/#respond Thu, 05 Sep 2019 18:37:40 +0000 http://scotscoop.com/?p=192967 If you had told me five years ago that I would have ice cream out of a puffy waffle cone, I’d have said you were crazy. However, such egg waffle cones are a signature to Bubble & Wrap, a dessert-based establishment in Redwood City. The cones are made in a special iron, giving them “bubble-y” shapes...]]>

If you had told me five years ago that I would have ice cream out of a puffy waffle cone, I’d have said you were crazy.

However, such egg waffle cones are a signature to Bubble & Wrap, a dessert-based establishment in Redwood City. The cones are made in a special iron, giving them “bubble-y” shapes which make them simultaneously crunchy and fluffy.

Walking into Bubble & Wrap, I expected that there would be a long line. Usually, places that have ice cream or boba or other desserts seem to be packed. However, when I went in, there was no one inside.

Immediately, I noticed the aroma of warm waffles that surrounded the building. There was also some relaxing music playing. It reminded me of one of those “12-hour chill vibes” playlists on YouTube.

There were many different items to choose from on the menu. I didn’t know walking in that there were savory options on the menu, so it was surprising to see a “pizza waffle” and “steak and eggs waffle.”

I decided to choose one of each of the sweet and savory waffles.

The sweet waffle I ordered was the S’mores waffle which came with a waffle cone, of course. In the cone was a double scoop of chocolate ice cream, a mountain of whipped cream, chocolate chips, two chocolate Pocky sticks, a caramel drizzle, and a big, toasted marshmallow on the top.

My first impression of it was that it looked beautiful and that it was huge. The ice cream was your average chocolate ice cream, but when combined with the waffle and whipped cream, it was even more delicious. Additionally, I could break off the waffle bubbles individually and scoop the ice cream with it.

Nonetheless, all good things must come to an end. As time went on, the ice cream soaked through and made the waffle less enjoyable. The marshmallow, while it looked appetizing, was a little too large to enjoy (they should have sprung for lots of mini marshmallows). Also, the marshmallow was supported by a stick that held it up in the ice cream; I was not aware of the stick’s presence and had quite a shock when I bit into it!

In terms of price, the cost of the sweet waffle was $7.50 which, in my opinion, was a good deal. It was so big, in fact, that I couldn’t finish it. I did order another waffle though so that may be why.

The second waffle I ordered was their pepperoni pizza waffle.

It was the same waffle cone, but it had tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni on top. It was a lot smaller than the sweet one because although it had the same amount of waffle, it didn’t have as many other toppings to go with it.

This waffle was surprisingly good, I thought I wouldn’t like it, but the pizza sauce went well with the waffle. The doughiness of the waffle reminded me of a deep-dish pizza and the crunch went well with the bubbly part of the waffle.

The only complaint I have for the pizza waffle is that it’s not worth the price. It was about the same size as a piece of pizza and it was a dollar more than the sweet waffle, coming in at $8.50.

I get that you pay for the waffle part and, even though it was good, it wasn’t good enough to be worth that much more. It is interesting to try, but I think I’d rather have a standard piece of pizza.

Overall, Bubble & Wrap was pretty good. I would go again for the sweet waffles but skip out on the savory ones. It is definitely worth trying and a one-of-a-kind experience.

 

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  • The S'mores waffle is filled with chocolate ice cream and other toppings.

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Bubble & Wrap

2070 Broadway

Redwood City, CA

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Queer Time Season 2 Episode 1: Gender Identity http://scotscoop.com/queer-time-season-2-episode-1-gender-identity/ http://scotscoop.com/queer-time-season-2-episode-1-gender-identity/#respond Wed, 04 Sep 2019 03:58:51 +0000 http://scotscoop.com/?p=193019 The Queer Time Podcast crew returns in Season 2 Episode 1: Gender Identity! Today, Maddy, Zach, and Miki welcome you back with an in-depth discussion on the connotations surrounding the idea of gender in modern-day society. Edited by Miki. Follow us on social media for behind-the-scenes and special updates! Instagram: @queertimepodcast Twitter: @queertimepod]]>

The Queer Time Podcast crew returns in Season 2 Episode 1: Gender Identity! Today, Maddy, Zach, and Miki welcome you back with an in-depth discussion on the connotations surrounding the idea of gender in modern-day society. Edited by Miki.

Follow us on social media for behind-the-scenes and special updates!

Instagram: @queertimepodcast

Twitter: @queertimepod

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Belmont celebrates Greek culture in annual festival http://scotscoop.com/belmont-celebrates-greek-culture-in-annual-festival/ http://scotscoop.com/belmont-celebrates-greek-culture-in-annual-festival/#respond Wed, 04 Sep 2019 03:54:47 +0000 http://scotscoop.com/?p=192984 The annual Greek Festival invited the community to a three-day long event celebrating the rich Greek heritage through traditional music, dancing, food, and shops. From all over the world, families of Greek descent and other ethnic backgrounds attended the festival at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross to experience the different aspects of Greek culture....]]>

The annual Greek Festival invited the community to a three-day long event celebrating the rich Greek heritage through traditional music, dancing, food, and shops.

From all over the world, families of Greek descent and other ethnic backgrounds attended the festival at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross to experience the different aspects of Greek culture.

This year’s festival marks the 49th annual Greek Festival. As always, the festival took place on Labor Day weekend. 

Evan Veloudis, the keyboardist and backup vocalist in the band Mythos, played at the Greek Festival for his fifth time this year. He flew from Athens, Greece to the west coast to perform.

Veloudis said, “We like to participate in anything that promotes our culture because we miss Greece and its dancing and music.”

In honor of their ancestors, children put on a demonstration of traditional Greek folk dances.

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  • Children and adults alike admire the paintings in one of the tents.

  • The youngest children perform Greek dances after the older children.

  • Customers go through long lines to place their orders.

  • The attendees gather under the shade while they eat Greek food and listen to traditional Greek music.

  • A visitor observes a bracelet for sale at the Beyond Bella booth, a place that sells Greek cultural items.

  • The business Beyond Bella sells items that signify the ability to keep the evil eye away.

  • Sofia Sharron, a junior at Carlmont, admires the necklaces for sale.

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After the children performed, the dance floor opened up to the other attendees that wanted to partake in the tradition.

Eleni Richards, the daughter of the business owner of Beyond Bella, a vendor at the festival, said, “It’s a good environment to be in. There’s lots of Greek dancing, and I love doing that part the most.”

Besides dancing and music, customers could also visit the vendors selling various Greek products, ranging from jewelry to goat milk soap.

Sally Lico, an invitee, said, “My favorite part of the festival is the atmosphere, the vendors, and the food.”

Steve Stamatis, the co-owner of the company Grecian Soap Company, extended Greek hospitality to all customers.

“We just enjoy meeting people. We have a lot of longtime customers who come every year just to buy products from us. So it’s nice to get that kind of feedback,” Stamatis said. 

One of the main attractions was the classic foods available. There was a variety of foods and beverages available such as lamb, gyros, and imported Greek sour cherry sodas.

Karlyn Griggs came from London and attended the festival for the first time with her daughter. 

“We’re planning on having a nice meal together after we finish checking out the booths,” Griggs said. 

Not only is the Greek Festival a way to share Greek culture with others, but it is also a path to pass down traditions to the younger generations.

Veloudis said, “It’s a little sentimental. You see the new generation learning something from a country that’s so far away. Everyone is included … It’s just people having fun. It kind of reminds me of Greece.”

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Carlmont falls to Sacred Heart Prep in rough season opener http://scotscoop.com/carlmont-falls-to-sacred-heart-prep-in-rough-season-opener/ http://scotscoop.com/carlmont-falls-to-sacred-heart-prep-in-rough-season-opener/#respond Mon, 02 Sep 2019 04:13:55 +0000 http://scotscoop.com/?p=192932 When the Carlmont Scots started their season with a game against the Sacred Heart Prep (SHP) Gators last year, the Scots did not have a happy ending. Carlmont suffered one of their three losses last season to the SHP Gators by a 21-6 margin. While many Scots entered Saturday’s game with confidence, history appeared to repeat...]]>

When the Carlmont Scots started their season with a game against the Sacred Heart Prep (SHP) Gators last year, the Scots did not have a happy ending. Carlmont suffered one of their three losses last season to the SHP Gators by a 21-6 margin.

While many Scots entered Saturday’s game with confidence, history appeared to repeat itself as SHP’s offensive line began to put pressure on the Scots.

The only difference was that this time, Carlmont lost by an even larger margin, walking away with a score of 28-7.

The Gators took the lead in the first quarter with some effective offensive plays. Accurate throws from quarterback Teddy Purcell, a junior, and rushes by wide receiver Bryant Gavello, a senior, aided the Gators in gaining an advantage over the Scots.

Feeling the pressure as the Gators crept closer to the endzone, the Scots defense began to tighten up.

Despite recovering a fumble, the Scots continued to struggle as fullback Si’i Tengei, a junior, lost a yard for Carlmont. Unable to gain any more yards and with only seven minutes left to go in the first, Carlmont punted to SHP hoping to gain more breathing room.

But before the Scots could catch their breath, Purcell led the Gators’ offense once again, throwing a 37-yard pass completed by wide receiver Dante Cacchione, a senior, for a touchdown.

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After a 7-0 first quarter, the Gators blitzed the Scots, leaving two unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter for the Scots.

SHP cornerback Connor York, a junior, felt confident throughout the game and believed the Gators’ strength lied in their offense.

“Our offense is really strong. We ran the ball very well, and our passing game was on too. We were firing on all cylinders,” York said.

Despite their struggle in the first half, Carlmont players such as Dane Fifita, a sophomore, refused to lose hope.

“We were doing good in the first half. It’s just that we fell apart as a team,” Fifita said. “But we’re going to come back stronger.”

With the score being 14-0 in the second quarter and SHP in the lead, the Scots’ defensive line began to close more gaps, sacking Purcell for a 10-yard loss. Frustrated, and on their fourth down with 21 yards to go, Purcell threw a 16-yard pass to Gavello who was cornered out into the sideline by Sam Cano, a junior.

Despite Carlmont’s defensive efforts, SHP running back Tevita Moimoi, a senior, eventually scored his first touchdown of the day. The second quarter ended with a score of 21-0.

Moimoi later ended the third quarter with another rushing touchdown widening the gap with a 27-0 lead.

It was only until the last quarter of the game when the Scots earned a touchdown, as Tengei completed Carlmont quarterback Timothy Netane’s, a sophomore, 13-yard pass.

Nonetheless, many Carlmont players remained optimistic after the game, noting that last year, they ended a 27-year playoff drought despite losing their season opener.

“We’re all just looking forward to the rest of the season and getting into playoffs,” said defensive back Jonaven Kuhn, a senior.

Despite suffering a 28-7 loss, Carlmont varsity coach Jake Messina is confident that the Scots will bounce back.

“[SHP] is a very good team, and they’ve got it together. They’re an A Division team, so we knew what we were going up against,” Messina said. “We had a few guys out this week that couldn’t play and that changes the game planning, but we did what we could, and I was proud of our guys.”

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Students trade out books for banana slugs http://scotscoop.com/students-trade-out-books-for-banana-slugs/ http://scotscoop.com/students-trade-out-books-for-banana-slugs/#respond Sun, 01 Sep 2019 22:17:44 +0000 http://scotscoop.com/?p=192673 Kissing banana slugs, making name tags out of wood cookies, and sleeping in cabins. In other words, Outdoor Ed. Most students go to Outdoor Ed, specifcally Jones Gulch, in fifth grade to experience what it’s like to be away from parents for a week and to have fun in nature. As a high schooler, students...]]>

Kissing banana slugs, making name tags out of wood cookies, and sleeping in cabins.

In other words, Outdoor Ed.

Most students go to Outdoor Ed, specifcally Jones Gulch, in fifth grade to experience what it’s like to be away from parents for a week and to have fun in nature. As a high schooler, students receive a second chance to return to Jones Gulch, but this time as cabin leaders. 

When going back to Outdoor Ed as a cabin leader, students have a chance to build leadership skills while watching over the campers for a week. During the stay, cabin leaders go on hikes, to the beach, and to a farm with their campers.

However, attending this camp also means missing a week of school, which for some, is manageable.

“For me, it wasn’t difficult to handle missing school because I did all of my work ahead of time. I asked a lot of my teachers what we had to do, and the two weekends before that, I did all of my AP Euro outlines and all of my French homework,” said Andrea Brehovska, a junior who was a cabin leader last year. 

Outdoor Ed is fun for everyone involved, and for students, it’s a great way to learn life skills in a stress-free environment. 

Emily Snelling, a senior, said, “I have really great memories from going there as a fifth grader, and since I’m a senior, I’ll finally have time second semester to do it.”

Some things aren’t learned through school, but rather through experiences. Outdoor Ed is helping teens break away from school life and learn something new by allowing them to focus on their natural surroundings instead of books. 

“You get a new perspective on nature because we’re always so consumed with living in a vast city life and being consistently with technology,” said Sahana Srinivasan, a junior and ASB member. 

During Outdoor Ed, cabin leaders are in charge of a group of kids, but they also get to meet other cabin leaders. 

“You get to bond with people which is always good because we’re so used to being with the people we’re comfortable with, so this is a new experience being with people you haven’t talked to or met before,” Srinivasan said.

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Has America ruined Black Mirror? http://scotscoop.com/has-america-ruined-black-mirror/ http://scotscoop.com/has-america-ruined-black-mirror/#respond Sun, 01 Sep 2019 18:25:25 +0000 http://scotscoop.com/?p=192447 Black Mirror, one of the most highly reviewed and popular television series, has faced much criticism after their most recent debut of season five.  The first two seasons of the series belonged to and were created with Britain’s Channel 4 from 2011 to 2013; however, since signing over exclusive rights to Netflix in 2015, many...]]>

Black Mirror, one of the most highly reviewed and popular television series, has faced much criticism after their most recent debut of season five. 

The first two seasons of the series belonged to and were created with Britain’s Channel 4 from 2011 to 2013; however, since signing over exclusive rights to Netflix in 2015, many believe most of the show’s initial ability to entice dystopian futures, while leaving viewers both enchanted and slightly discomforted, has faltered. 

“Black Mirror is an amazing show, there’s no denying that. I am, however, disappointed in the lack of ambition in season 5,” Keyanna Blos said. “Compared to previous episodes, many of the most recent ones have seemed rather weak and have lacked real significance. I mean, this show is known for its unapologetic honesty and darkness. Where is that now?”

In comparison to the 87% rating season 2 was given, season 5 received a rating of 67% to 20% differentiation, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Many believe it is obvious that the show has changed tonally, visually, and thematically since becoming an American production. Some claim it has become much more “Hollywood” in terms of the topics, cast, and overall production.

Black Mirror was once infamous for its raw, uncut, and realistic style. Since having been taken over by Netflix, in order to appeal to the masses streaming from phones and tablets, episodes have become longer, more saturated, delusive, and, in other words, “safe.”

Still, there are some American episodes that are considered to be some of the best yet. Season 3’s “San Junipero,” for instance, is highly regarded as one of the standouts of its season, if not the entire series.

Unlike many other episodes, “San Junipero” displayed a more bright and optimistic view on what implications future technology could have for society and the world. It focused on two elderly women, Kelly (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Yorkie (played by Mackenzie Davis), that met in a virtual world using a database that uploaded and stored the consciouses of each individual. This allowed for people to escape the limits of old age and beat death, as many in the real world would like to.

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Black Mirror episodes such as this one have very successfully raised questions and started conversations that otherwise might not be made. It has been well respected and acknowledged for its unique ability to force viewers to think about the various disturbing truths that each episode entails. Is it inhumane to cheat death? Or is it a brilliant idea?

Other American episodes, however, such as season 5’s “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” have received some of the harshest criticism of all. The story surrounds singer Ashley O’s (played by Miley Cyrus) struggle to be independent and true in the dominating and greedy music industry. 

According to Haleigh Foutch from Collider, “[Black Mirror’s season 5] doesn’t represent a return to tone, nor to potency. ‘Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too’ is a paper-thin investigation into the exploitative nature of the music industry, teenage identity, and the fight for autonomy in the digital age. It all sounds great on paper, and ‘Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too’ occasionally taps into concepts worth meditating on, but in a very strange turn for Black Mirror, the episode uses them to propel a teen sci-fi adventure.”

Due to an overwhelming amount of opinions such as this one, questions are being raised, but now seemingly for the wrong reasons. Compared to the deep, rich, and serious plots of previous episodes, does a teenage adventure story really belong?

There is also reason for some to believe that the messages being conveyed in recent episodes, while still important, are not deep, difficult, or philosophical enough to be included in the series. For example, “Striking Vipers” is a story about the complicated effects that technology can have on relationships and how it can change or negatively impact communication, honesty, or even fidelity.

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While these are interesting things to consider and should not be overlooked, episodes such as season 2’s “Be Right Back” tackle more abstruse and ideological concepts. 

“Be Right Back” targets the topics of grief, love, fear, and how technology influences them when mixed in. The story begins in which a young man Ash (played by Domhnall Gleeson) is suddenly killed and his girlfriend Martha (played by Hayley Atwell) is left to deal with the loss. Once presented with the option of using a service that would allow her to stay in touch with her deceased boyfriend, the story follows Martha’s lonely and weak state of being, and how now being able to speak to “Ash” affects her further. 

This episode highlights that while technology is evolving and becoming a more prominent aspect in people’s lives, the fact that society has allowed itself to become so reliant on these advances speaks more to who we are than anything else. 

Both season 1 and 2 of the show grapple with the issue of the deepest and most powerful emotions human beings feel and deal with. Black Mirror showcases that in many ways, people are using technology to fill the holes they have and that while it may work temporarily or superficially, it is ultimately not satisfying enough and not lasting.

In the end it’s fools gold, not the real thing. 

“The early episodes of Black Mirror were especially edgy and connected to deep emotions related to the themes that they dealt with. The later seasons feel a lot more disconnected and superficial compared to the others and do not provoke anywhere near the same level of contemplation about the nature of reality. For example, that episode about Ashley O and her doll feels relevant only to famous people and not so much the average viewer, whereas ‘The Entire History of You’ showed clearly how advanced technology could change everything, even our closest personal relationships, and no one is immune to that,” said avid watcher Kimberly Carlton. 

Overall, many would say that there is a clear difference between the British and American episodes as the British ones focused on more philosophical questions about what makes people human, while the American ones tend to give off a surface-level inquiry and are more for the entertainment than anything else.

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The Ten Flex Commandments http://scotscoop.com/the-ten-flex-commandments/ http://scotscoop.com/the-ten-flex-commandments/#respond Sun, 01 Sep 2019 17:30:47 +0000 http://scotscoop.com/?p=192806 Carlmont this year is piloting a new schedule this semester with one new feature: a flex period.  Flextime is a time to meet with your teachers, work on homework, make up tests, etc. These 30 minutes are there for you. Only, there are some parameters, actually many parameters. So, here I have for you, my...]]>

Carlmont this year is piloting a new schedule this semester with one new feature: a flex period. 

Flextime is a time to meet with your teachers, work on homework, make up tests, etc. These 30 minutes are there for you. Only, there are some parameters, actually many parameters. So, here I have for you, my fellow students, the Ten Commandments of Flex.

Thou must recognize that flex is reserved for academics: Flex time is factored into the overall instructional time for the school year. This means that everything you do during flex must be arguably academic-related. This idea is the pillar for the following nine commandments, though it was never made explicitly clear to me that flex was solely to work on academics. [See commandment 10]. 

Thou shalt not sleep in flex: Flex is not the time for a power nap. Sleeping is strictly forbidden unless you find a special teacher who goes rouge and bends the rules, which brings me to the third commandment.

Thou must schedule to be in a specific period for flex: Signups for flex open six days before the allotted date of the flex period. They close 24 hours before flex begins. 

Thou shalt only attend the flex of thine existing teachers from this year: Although all teachers are available on infinite campus, Carlmont requires students to choose from only their current teachers. This means that previous teachers are off-limits unless there is a “reasonable circumstance” such as a meeting to discuss letters of recommendation [see Commandment 10]. Regardless of possible exceptions, students must attend flex, bringing me to the fifth commandment.

Thou shalt not roam the halls during flex: Attendance during flex is mandatory. It is likely that there will be days where none of your teachers [see commandment three] will have space in their classrooms for you to be in. This is not a get-out-of-flex-free card. Students without classrooms must be in the Student Union, library, or PAC for the entire duration of the period.

Thou shalt not be late to flex: Make sure that upon your arrival to flex, you scan your student ID in a timely manner. Not only is attendance taken, but after three minutes of flex has passed you will be marked tardy. Keep in mind that a photo of your ID will not work with the scanners.

Thou shalt not socialize during flex: Again, flex is the time for schoolwork, not talking or texting with your friends.

Thou shalt not eat during flex:  Flex occurs right before lunch, but should not be used as an extended lunch period. You should be aware, however, that on days with flex, lunch periods are shortened by 10 minutes. 

Thou must subscribe to thine teacher’s rules during flex: If you have found a teacher for flex, understand their personal rules for their flex periods. Rules will differ from teacher to teacher, but you are expected to be aware of and follow the guidelines for each individual teacher during their flex time. Understand that teachers’ guidelines may or may not align with the prior eight commandments.

Thou shalt never fully understand all of the rules of flex, not be able to find an official list of them: Use these commandments as your, to continue the metaphor, flex “bible.” Be ready to hear multiple variations of flex rules, there is no complete document with all of the do’s and don’ts of flex that lists potential exceptions.

 

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