November 17, 2019

SMHS Mateobotics Gears Up for the Season -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Leap from High School to College Sports -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Mateo Comes up Short: 2019 Little Big Game -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Master of Self-Deprecating Humor -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

How Old is “Too Old” for Trick-or-Treating? -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

We Need to Get Serious About Shootings -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How Boyan Slat Is Helping Solve The Great Pacific Garbage Patch -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Youtube’s Yankovic turned Chinese TikTok Star: Bart Baker -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

#TeamTrees -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Varsity Football -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

CA Bill Pushes School Start Times Back -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Why the Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars movie -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Pros and Cons of Energy Drinks -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Movies to Watch during Halloween -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Bearcats Strike for Climate -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Personal Account On Vaping -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Girls Water Polo Resumes Winning Ways -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Running into the 2019 season -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How Media Affects The Mind -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Matilda Provides Hope -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS Starts the Year Cellphone Free

As we approach the end of the first six weeks of school, many students have begun to accept the new anti-cellphone policies. Despite not accepting the new policies at first, many people have changed their minds and begun to appreciate the new approach to having students pay more attention in class. 

Kai Ando had a lot to say about the new system. “At first it was weird seeing people with their eyes not glued to their phones, but now it’s nice to see people actually speaking to each other. It also seems like people are paying more attention in class, you used to look around at the class to see 60% of the students on their phones, but now you see everyone paying attention.” 

 Although there are many positive aspects of the Yondr pouches, there are few some negatives. “My first complaint is despite the fact that each pouch has its own individual number on the back, they are nearly impossible to tell apart. People have accidentally picked up my pouch by mistake on numerous occasions. My second complaint that this thing seems to get dirty super easily. Six weeks into the year and it looks disgusting.” Many students have learned to appreciate having a face to face conversation with their friends, and with students getting higher grades now that they are paying better attention in class, however, not all of the positives are outweighing the negatives. Rachel Liu has similar opinions about keeping track of her pouch. “…It is somewhat hard to keep track of it but other than that I don’t really mind it to be honest.” Because all of the pouches look the same, it can be hard for students to keep track of their pouch. Many students hope that someone will turn their pouch in if they lose it otherwise they will have to face a hefty $25 fee to purchase a new one. 

Mr. Brasel, a Sophomore English teacher has agreed with the fact that students are getting better grades and are paying more attention in class. “As I am teaching, I’ve noticed that no one is trying to listen to music and everyone is paying attention to my lessons. This has also led to students performing much better in general. It was a pleasant surprise giving out more A’s and B’s.” With teachers giving out more A’s and B’s than before, students GPAs will also be improving, this could ultimately result in being able to get into a better college. Rachel Liu was able to identify even more positive aspects of Yondr, “I think it’s really great that people are not just interacting with each other through their phones but in person as well. It is always good to be skilled when talking to other people, it can make the difference in job interviews and other situations down the road in life.” While Yondr has it’s negatives, it seems like students will learn to appreciate it more once they have graduated. 

All things considered, Yondr might not be as bad as you may have thought at first. Sure, it might be hard to keep track of at times, but in the long run, the better grades in classes could make the difference between going to your favorite college, and landing your dream job.

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