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PHYSICS CLASSES RETURN TO SCHOOL FOR IN-PERSON LAB

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 02:56

The first lab with students present in the building took place on Sept. 25 and Sept. 29. The Physics classes decided last week, along with Minter, to bring students back to Prospect to complete a lab.

 

After Principal Greg Minter suggested the idea of having more students come into the building for learning at a meeting where Teaching and Learning Facilitator (TLF) and physics teacher Katie Page was present, Page had the idea to go through the process of setting up a physics lab to happen through a hybrid model. 

The allowance for students to go back into the building occurred because of parental permission and because of the fact that there could be up to 50 students in the building together at once. Page estimates that about a third of the physics students were present in the building for the lab. 

“We set it up in a way that students were able to get as much out of it as they can in a remote setting but I think [when] you’re actually doing the lab, collecting the data, there’s more ownership to it, so students get more out of it,” Keith Bellof, physics teacher and Math and Science Division Head, said. 

Page’s first class that ran through the lab went the slowest due to having to adjust to being able to teach through a Zoom meeting first, and next, to assist students in-person. However, as the day progressed, her proficiency at teaching in that environment improved significantly. 

Page and Bellof think of this as a great opportunity to have a test trial of how hybrid learning will run on Oct. 15, when students will be allowed to go back to the building as outlined in an email from the district superintendent. 

“[One of] my concerns was having to do both to manage kids live and in person, and then also be checking in and managing breakout rooms on zoom. It was a lot,” Page said. “I had a lot of help, [but] when we get to two weeks from now when we’re alone in our classrooms, it’s going to be a different scenario.”

Not only did this opportunity allow for teacher learning and adjusting to a hybrid platform, but it also provided a chance for teachers to interact with students, according to Minter and Bellof. 

“I think teachers are really ready for kids to come back, [it] is hard … to stand in an empty room and to talk to a screen for 70 minutes,” Minter said. “No one in education got in this career to not be in person with kids. [But] I do think … that there are certainly some staff members who maybe are a bit apprehensive.”

Beloff, Minter and Page hope that if this test trial is successful, it will ease the minds of teachers and students and provide a brighter path for future hybrid learning. 

“[The opportunity to bring students into the building for learning] is really up to the teachers, I guess, to propose it,” Minter said. “I’m not going to go and demand people do it but if people came to me and said, ‘Hey I’d really like to do X; what do you think?’ You know, we’ll try to figure out a way to make it happen.”


PROSPECTOR POLITICAL PUBLISH WEEK #28: PASSING OF RBG DISPLAYS WASHINGTON HYPOCRISY, THIRST FOR POWER

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 17:12

For this week of Prospector Political Publish, I sat down (over Zoom) with junior Luiza Zanon to discuss the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the process to fill her Supreme Court vacancy. Listen below!


HUNDREDS RALLY TOGETHER IN A FIGHT TO REOPEN SCHOOLS

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 16:13


TOP PICKS FOR EXPANDED MLB POSTSEASON

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 00:37

With the MLB shortening their regular season down to 60 games due to COVID-19, the 2020 MLB playoffs are already here with quite a few unfamiliar faces in October baseball. 

The 60 game sprint has given young teams, such as the Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres, top seeds in the postseason, along with other underdog teams who snuck in like the Miami Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds. We also are seeing the same old teams such as the Dodgers, Indians, Yankees and Cubs. With such a variety of teams who could get hot just in time for the extended playoffs, here are my top picks for 2020 World Series champions. 

Despite a major skid during the last 10 games of the year, the Chicago White Sox have been a rather exciting team to watch this year as they are top five in just about every offensive category and have landed themselves a seventh seed in the playoffs. The team’s starting lineup contains dangerous hitters such as 2020 RBI champion and American League MVP candidate, Jose Abreu, along with other offensive specialists such as Tim Anderson, Eloy Jimenez, and James McCann

 “They are one of the best offenses in all of baseball, and they just have so much depth,” Senior White Sox Fan Yanni Makropoulos said.

One thing that is most necessary for each team to advance in the postseason is pitching, which the White Sox have had some struggles with this season. On a more positive outlook, if the team’s two top guys Dallas Kuechal and Lucas Giolito continue to perform and Dylan Cease, Dane Dunning, and Reynaldo Lopez can perform to their potential, along with the bullpen holding up, this team will not be easy to beat.

The Cubs have looked impressive this season as certain pitchers such as Yu Darvish and even Kyle Hendricks have led them to a solid three seed in the playoffs. Although their bullpen isn’t the strongest, their starting pitching staff has plenty of postseason experience, which I believe gives them the edge over many teams they could potentially face this postseason. 

“If the [Cubs] just keep their pitching on point, I think they can go pretty far,” Sophomore Cubs Fan Chance Rolfe said. 

The Cub’s offense has always been strong, but this year they haven’t seen the best seasons out of superstars Kris Bryant and Javier Baez. Instead, they have had players like Ian Happ and Jason Heyward step up. Case in point is that if guys like Bryant and Baez turn it on at the right time during the postseason, this team can be scary. 

What can I say, it’s beginning to become no surprise that the Dodgers are in the playoffs with the number one seed.

Now, I know that it has been a recurring situation each year in which the Dodgers just can’t secure a trophy, but something tells me this year they can take it. 

With the addition of a superstar in Mookie Betts to an already explosive lineup, this team is bound to go far. The pitching can’t be forgotten about either, as they have an arsenal of young pitchers in Dustin May and Brusdal Graterol, along with a solid bullpen. Facing that pitching staff is no walk in the park. 

Although the Yankees haven’t had as dominant of a season as they had hoped for, this has been due to injuries of some of their top guys. With some of their franchise names in Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge being sideline for a good chunk of what is already a shortened season, it’s hard to be successful. However, with dominant seasons from guys like Luke Voit, MLB home run champ and American League MVP candidate, they have been able to keep a solid record and secure a fifth seed in the playoffs. 

Lets not forget about how nasty this pitching staff can be. They have guys all the way from Gerrit Cole as their ace, to Aroldis Chapman closing. If these guys have their full offense and pitchers performing well this offseason, watch out for a potential 28th franchise ring. 

With the way 2020 has gone so far, all my picks could be wrong. For all we know we could see the Marlins make a trip to the NLCS or the Houston Astros stun all the haters by winning a World Series without hidden cameras and trash cans. One thing we know for sure is this postseason will be jam packed with new and regular October teams fighting it out for possibly one of the most unique World Series rings in the history of the MLB.


PHOTO ALBUM: REOPEN D214 PROTEST AT NORTH SCHOOL PARK

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-27 16:16


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Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-24 03:48


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Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-24 03:46


PROSPECT VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS 2020 UPDATE

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-24 03:42


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Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-24 03:40


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Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-24 03:37