By: Christian Bernal, Daniel Espinoza and Rigo Macias
The Corona Virus has affected people in many different ways. Many people have lost their jobs and are going through hardships as we speak, particularly students and teachers. It has affected us as students because there were a lot of difficulties learning how to cope online. Many students were not interested in learning anymore because they had all the distractions in front of them. For example when the students would log in online they would just log in and go back to sleep, or many people didn’t have the motivation to pay attention online. Not only did the students not have any motivation, many didn’t have the best environment for learning online while at home.
Additionally, the Corona Virus has affected everyone during in-person learning because so many of our students have had to miss school because of testing positive. This has led to students feeling as though they are being left behind because they’re not in school and are missing assignments which leads to failing the class and struggling to raise failing grades back up. Looking around campus back in January, it felt like a ghost town. One third of our campus was out on quarantine and the classrooms were noticeably empty. Things have started to level out since then, but it was definitely a rough start coming back from Winter Break. We have to keep going and hope for the best.
By Betsy Carranza and Rigo Macias
During the Christmas season, the weather is warm and mild in Mexico. This is the time of year when the Mexican celebration of Christmas, called Las Posadas, takes place. Candle-lit processions, beautiful nativity scenes, Spanish Christmas carols, dancing, and fireworks are all part of the festivities. While Christmas trees and Santa Claus have made an appearance in Mexican celebrations, the holidays are deeply rooted in Spanish and indigenous cultures.
Christmas is celebrated in Mexico from December 12th to January 6th. Children usually perform ‘Posada’ processions or Posadas from December 16th through Christmas Eve. Posada is a Spanish word that means “inn” or “lodging.”
There are a total of nine Posadas. They commemorate the time when Joseph and Mary were looking for a place to stay, according to the Christmas myth. The outsides of houses are decorated with evergreens, moss, and paper lanterns during the Posada celebration. A Posada party is held in a different residence each night.
On Christmas Eve, at the final Posada, a manger and shepherd figures are placed on the board of a Nativity scene. After finding the final Posada house, a figurine of baby Jesus is placed in the manger and families attend a midnight church service. Following the church service, there are usually fireworks to welcome the beginning of the Christmas season.
By Rigo Macias and Daniel Espinoza
What does privilege mean to you? Southeast Academy has a lot of problems on the campus and it includes a lot of items that need to be remodeled and it doesn’t get the attention that it deserves. We have been given hand-me-downs while the district helps out other schools, allowing them to get new items every year. Where are the resources for SEA? Southeast Academy has not been remodeled, which it badly needs and students are also getting injured every year because of the numerous holes in the grass. John Glenn just got a new field and it made their campus look very impressive, while Southeast hasn’t gotten anything from the district. We need a new field because so many cadets have gotten injured and we don’t have a voice here because the district never listens and this needs to change. Student voices matter. The following are a few comments about this issue that were brave enough to speak up.
These are some of the questions asked of Cadets and their thoughts about our P.T. Field:
- Do you feel safe running on the grass at P.T.?
Cadet Martin Gonzalez: “I don’t feel safe at all when I run on the field at P.T. and I’m constantly looking out for holes in the grass worried about rolling my ankle. This is not fair because John Glenn never has to worry about the issue.”
- Do you have any likes or dislikes about P.T.?
Cadet Bernal: “I am very motivated to workout because the workouts are very intense and I learned through the challenging workouts how to push myself to my limit and not give up.”
- Have you or someone you know at Southeast Academy gotten injured while running on the field at P.T.?
Cadet 2nd Class Bandera : “Yes. When we were running a mile for the PT test, Cadet Macia and I were running together. His ankle got stuck in a hole and he rolled it. Luckily everything was okay.”
- How challenging are the workouts at P.T.?
Cadet Johnny Quezada: “PT has been really challenging but it is getting easy day by day for me and I want to get in shape.”
- Do you have any solutions to fix the problems at Southeast?
Anonymous: “Funding from the district so we can make our school look very appealing.”
- Should we be required to work out in the P.T. field?
Anonymous: “If safe, yes. I’m just a little frustrated that cadets at Southeast Academy keep on rolling their ankles constantly and I just want to stop worrying about it and hopefully the district comes up with a solution soon. “
We are not asking for a lot, just what we know that we deserve. Students shouldn’t have to worry about possible injuries they could sustain while exercising. Southeast students have enough on their plates as it is. We need this problem addressed. It’s the right thing to do.