Providence ProwlA Publication of Providence High SchoolVolume XXV, Issue 2 April 2014
News1-2 Odyssey of the Mind New tablets Additional AP courses CMS saves spring break
Sports3-4 Half Panther, half fish Spring Sports Winter Olympics Recap Fast & Fleury-ous
Features5-8 Harvard acceptee Winterguard pioneer Adderall Investigation Quizbowl
Entertainment9 Drowsy Chaperone Review
Editorials10-13 Study Hall The Other School Dress Code Shaming PDA: Providence Horror Story Next Generation of Politics
Ryan HerreraEntertainment EditorNikki Van LanenSports Editor
Sasha RogelbergStudent Life Editor
Jenna GardnerStaff Reporter
Emma HankinsStaff Reporter
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April 2014 Page 1 NewsOdyssey of the Mind ventures to state tournamentStory and photo by MADELINE WHITE, Editor-in-Chief
Tablets to the teachersStory and photos by JENNA GARDENER, Staff Reporter
Providence teachers received Hewlett-Packard Re-volve Tablets from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in late December. This CMS-wide distribution provided all high school teachers, except Career Technical Education and Exceptional Children teachers, with a device. These new HP Revolve tablets feature a screen that can be used as a tablet, or folded out to become a laptop with a keyboard. These machines also run on Windows 8 and operate with the internet. The tablets retail cost is roughly $1,500 but CMS was able to make a deal to buy them for just $950 a piece. They can connect to displays and acces-sories through USB ports. The 11.6 inch screen is able to turn for easy viewing and the screen is made of Corning Gorilla Glass (a scratch-resistant glass). Perhaps giving a teacher a piece of technology will
enhance the students real-life experi-ence in the class room, said Pamela Mann, Providences Media Specialist. The tablets can create an interactive experience for students through the touch screen function it provides. These teaching devices are provided as a tool to help teachers perform dialing task such as grades, attendance and checking email, said Brandon DeLeeuw the Director of the Information Systems and Support Department of CMS. Many teachers received iPads from CMS two years ago. An iPad is an Apple, Inc. product with a different (info on operating system coming) operat-ing system, said Mann. We wanted to
provide a more robust tool that runs on Windows 8, said DeLeeuw. And very few iPads were distributed to middle and high schools by the district offices. Teachers have begun to utilize their Revolve Tablets in class. I love the features on the revolve, said Lindsay Len-dyak. Espeically since it uses the new Windows program, which I use at home, so its easier for me to use the
The Hewlett-Packard Revolve
On Saturday, March 8, Providence High Schools Odys-sey of the Mind teams placed first and second in the Central Region Tournament at Wingate Univer-sity. One of Providences teams was coached by parents Robyn Abel and Mitzi Lynch and included freshmen Wes Abel, Rachael Davis, Wil DeCramer, Noah Hunte, Devin Lynch, Luke Wil-liams and seventh-grader Kyle Warford. The team placed first in problem one, in which the students designed, built, and operated a vehicle in an attempt to com-plete tasks necessary to pass a drivers test. The vehicle had to move forward and in reverse using a different propul-sion system in each direction. The problem also needed to have an overall theme for its presentation that involved the vehicle, a driving test, the student, and a talking Global Positioning System (GPS). The second team, coached by parent Deanna Keithly, had placed third for the last two years and had not yet advanced to the state competition. The team is made up of freshmen James Rucker, Bryson Getz, juniors Andrew Yount, Meredith Gaines, Valerie Keithly, Erica Hennes, and senior Lucy Keller. The members decided to complete in three problems this year: problems two, three, and five.
Problem two involved creating and presenting a performance that included a pop-up haunted house in which four special
effects would take place. The special effects would attempt to scare others, but in-stead create another effect. Problem three involved recreat-ing a kings court and making another royal court set in a different time and place. The historical court would issue a decree that reflected historical accuracy, while the royal court would issue a decree
that altered its peoples everyday behavior. Problem five prompted the teams to create a performance about a community threatened by something in a place it has never visited to which they would creatively send the travelers to explore. The travelers would then communicate home to tell the community that there is nothing to be afraid of. The team competing in three problems had to invest extra time to learn the all of the problems requirements in addi
tion to discovering a way to incorporate all the requirements into one solution. The members first worked on problems two and five, creating one skit that worked for both prob-lems. For problem three, the members wrote a separate skit but were able to use many of the same set pieces, props, and costumes used in problems two and five. The team spent its final two weeks creating a Marie Antoinette wig, dress, backdrop of Versailles, pop-up book, and a giant puppet, among other props. Ultimately, Keithlys team placed second in all three problems, which allowed them to advance to the state com-petition where they will again compete in all three events. The team also won two Ranatra Fusca Creativity Awards, which are presented to Odyssey of the Mind teams who exhibit extraordinary creativity either through a part of the problem solution or an idea beyond the solution. By winning two of the possible three RanatraFusca Creativity Awards, the team set a precedent in North Carolinas Odyssey of the Mind history. The judges for problem five, in which the team changed costumes in front of the audience five separate times, submitted the first RanatraFusca. The judges awarded the second RanatraFusca for part of the solution to problem three, in which Providences team was the only one to turn a team member into a musical instrument for the problem. Both of Providences teams will advance to the State Finals Tournament. The competition will be held at Wingate University on April 5.
Keithlys team members celebrate with their awards (from left: Bryson Getz, James Rucker, Lucy Keller, Meredith Gaines, Erica Hennes, Andrew Yount, and Valerie Keithly).
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As President Obama continues to push for the extension of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs in public schools, CMS schools, including Providence, have taken action to extend these opportunities to students. Providence has expanded Project Lead the Way and Advanced Placement classes to offer them to underclassmen.
Project Lead the Way has been a relatively new addition to the CMS cur-riculum. The program is similar to AP in that the classes are worth two extra quality points and keep a rigorous pace throughout the year. Teachers for these new classes train extensively for two weeks over the summer. This training culminates into a fi-nal test after the two weeks, nearly identical to AP training. While this program has been in place since 1986, it has only focused on STEM courses in the past 16 years, and CMS has only incorporated it in the past four. In addition to Project Lead the Way, CMS has advocated for the expansion of AP classes. Providence has added AP Human Geography and several online courses like AP Art History, AP Mandarin, and AP Computer Science just this year. Principal Tracey Harrill is optimistic about these new op
portunities. She explained there was a new body of research stating that individuals who took at least one AP class in high school were more prepared for college. Providence has extended some AP classes, such as Human Geography and Psychol-ogy, to underclassmen. Underclassmen seem just as enthusiastic. Sophomore Hope Bynum believes taking AP classes throughout ones high school career will prevent upperclassmen from taking too many their last two years of high school. Junior year, if you have a lot of AP classes, youll just be overwhelmed, she said. However, these new opportunities
bring logistical drawbacks. Harrill explained that classes must have at
least 20 students in the physical class. She is checking to confirm there is enough student interest to have balanced classes. I cant put 50 kids in Mr. Ramseys Sociology class so Mrs. McCanless can have 10 in Comparative Govern-ment, Harrill said. Harrill is also concerned about the steep transition fresh-men are taking. She says there i