The Pass to Library Passes

  Photo taken by: Dex Keizers

  Faculty members denying a pass request can be a student’s worst nightmare, especially if it’s a few periods before a test or when a last minute pass is required. Some students report passes being denied to the library more than other teachers.

    The main reason the media center staff declines a pass is student error in a request such as lack of correct information.

    “The correct way to send a pass is making sure the description is correct. I just need to know what period students are coming,” librarian Gigi Shook said. “Some students have told me a whole big line of ‘I need to do this and that.’ I’m not going to question why you have to come in, I just need to know when you’re coming in.”

    Out of over 2,400 students in the school, up to 40 students per class period could already be using the library for VU and Global campus classes.  These students are given priority seating in the library and take up most of the limited number of seats available.

    “There are a lot of reasons that I think a lot of students misunderstand,” Shook said. “Just because a student puts a pass in for the library, they think that I’m going to have the space. Global Campus students are assigned here. We already have students in here before I even open the library up to study hall students. So I think that when kids see that the pass has been declined, they need to read the reason. A lot of times it’s that the period is full, which has happened more this semester. Or sometimes they don’t get the pass in on time or some of the information is wrong.”

    The Media Center is one of the busiest places in the school; not only do the staff have the day-to-day running of the Media Center, they are also supervising students who take the online courses. This is why the deadline of 7 a.m. exists for submissions for passes. Library staff cannot always check their iPads through the day with their workload.

    “You have to be diligent about it, because it gets so busy in here with iPads and everything else. Getting people checked in and checked out for Global Campus takes up time also. That’s why, at the beginning of the year, I made the decision to have all the passes in by 7:00. Sometimes I do a last verification at 7:30. So sometime within that period, it has to come in. The bad part about that is there are needs that come up in the day, and I can’t constantly go on my iPad. That’s why I had to make some kind of deadline; it’s not perfect. It would be nice to verify a pass during the day, but I just don’t have the time. It’s just busy in here all the time,” Shook said.

    There have been cases of paper passes being misused by students who would “acquire ” a stack of passes and stamp them for themselves to use at a later date; however,
paper passes are hardly ever used within school since the introduction of PassWhiz.

    “Before someone could walk off with a book of passes and just write them out and get a stamp,” Shook said. “Because those things in the past did happen, people lost their stamps or didn’t realize someone had taken a pad of paper. This, though, it goes directly to the teacher so the teacher has to verify it, to say it’s okay. In some ways it cut that back.”

   PassWhiz passes make it easier for students to send requests, but due to to the impersonal delivery, students may misunderstand the mistakes they make on the pass and don’t know why it was denied.

   “PassWhiz is much easier to use than writing 80 passes a day. The only negative is I can’t properly communicate with students because they don’t understand [the denial note] is a way of communication,” Shook said.

    If students are having trouble with PassWhiz, Assistant Principal Jake Short is the administrator who works directly with the app developer.


Choir Nationals

IMG_3007Over spring break Debtones and Sound System went to Nashville, Tennessee for Show Choir Nationals, held at the Grand Ole Opry. They stayed at the Gaylord Opry Mills Hotel for the duration of the competition; the 26th to the 29th. Debtones opened the competition for the unisex division on Thursday night. Debs won best vocals, best choreography, best tech crew, and sophomore Adrianna Goss won best soloist.

“The best part was getting to meet and befriend people from show choirs across the nation who were staying in the hotel with us, everyone was super friendly,” Debtones singer Maddie Robbins said.

Robbins enjoyed being able to perform at the Grand Ole Opry which she described as a once in a lifetime chance. The warm up room that the singers used was where Nashville Live, a television talk show hosted by Ralph Emery, was filmed.IMG_3020

Debtones sang “Out of sight Out of mind”, “Loverly” mixed with “Bright Side”, “Papa Can You Hear Me” and “Raise Your Voice”.

Maddie Robbins and Eli Robinson both agree that the other singing groups were supportive of each other, were very friendly, talented, and energetic.

“There wasn’t a single boring moment and everyone was supportive of other choirs, giving stand ovations and starting chants. It was amazing.” Said Robbins.

Sound System opened their division on Friday morning and made it to finals. At the beginning they were placed 4th place. Later they moved to 2nd place overall and won best choreography.IMG_3022

“The best part of the experience was being with my friends and competing in the National Competition. We were shooting for first place but second is really good also.” said Robinson.

Sound System sang “Duel of Fates,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” “Impossible,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Dream is a Wish,” “Camelot/Men in Tights” and “I Will Prevail.”

Key Club

Key Club Blanket Drive

Clubs offer students many opportunities, such as hanging out with friends, improving social skills and meeting new people. Listing clubs on resumes and college applications can show that students work well in a group and are actively involved during high school. One of the many clubs offered at Center Grove is Key Club.

“What I enjoy most about Key Club is watching the students take an idea of helping a group and taking that idea forward to raising the money and giving it to them,” Key Club sponsor Catherine Kiggins said. “They get a lot of satisfaction from it.”

Key Club is a service organization for high school students. Members learn how to serve their school and community by developing positive leadership skills that will be used for the rest of their lives.

“I enjoy having the opportunity to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of those who we help,” senior Key Club President Sam Munro said.

For junior Alexa Fuss, Key Club has both individual benefits and service opportunities.

“I think others should join because its a great way to meet new people and help out others who need it,” Fuss, the Key Club historian, said. “Being in Key Club looks great on a college application.”

In a recent project, Key Club finished making blankets for the homeless. These blankets were given to Tear Down the Walls, a ministry dedicated to helping the homeless of Indianapolis. Currently Key Club is collecting shampoos, conditioners, toothbrushes, and other toiletries to send to Riley.

“They [TDW] were very grateful,” Kiggins said. “It was a lot of fun making them and having to re-make some of them. The kids laughed and talked during the process.”

Key Club is planning an eighth grade intro to high school dance. According to Munro, all proceeds will be sent to the charity March for Dimes. The dance will be held in the Hall of Excellence during March.