Skip to Content
North Carolina Newspapers

The gryphon. online resource (None) 1969-19??, November 20, 1981, Image 1

Below is the OCR text representation of this newspaper page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

RULK RATE U. S. POSTAGE PAID nOCKY MOyNT, NC PERMIT NO. 28 the -I ^ Gryphon Video Games Spread / 6;7 Councilmen Speak Out / 8 Defense Keys Gryphons/9 VOL. 8 NO. 3 ROCKY MOUNT SENIOR HIGH NOVEMBER 20, 1981 ROCKY MOUNT, NC 27801 f V.: l:i* - . Guidance and students have communication problem by Janice Braswell Business Manager Guidance department personnel feel that in order to function more efficient ly they need to improve communica tions with the students. ‘‘What we are really doing and what the students perceive we are doing — if they are not the same thing — then, we’ve got to change students’ percep tions,” guidance counselor Phyllis Jacobs said. Mrs. Jacobs, Counselor Edith Tweedy, and Counselor William Hutchisson all agree that there is a definite communication problem bet ween the guidance office and the stu dent body. Counselors say they worked with “using the homeroom as a vehicle for that communication,” but found that « Watts attacks taking here “Authorities have stepped up measures to prevent drug and alcohol use because of an increase in public in quiry,” Principal Doug Watts says. In so far as the faculty can ascertain there has been no increase in student drug and alcohol use, and Mr. Watts said that whatever problem there is concerning drugs here “will be eradicated.” Mr. Watts says that the’ faculty has stepped up measures to prevent the problem, and that he hasn’t found that much drug traffic here. “The vast ma jority of students here are not involved in any type of drug activity,” Mr. Watts said. School authorities have taken certain measures to prevent drug traffic. One of these precautions is increasing the adult supervision in certain areas of and near the school, including the bathrooms, the parking lot on the Nash Street side, and lumber company park ing area on the Hammond Street side. Mr. Doll said that there have been more policemen patrolling around the park ing lots and the lumber yard than in the past.* the students are not receiving the infor mation they put o\it. Mrs. Tweedy says she believes possible reasons for this are that either the daily bulletins are not being read aloud or the information from the guidance office is not being posted as requested. “I really was terribly disappointed in college night,” said Mrs. Tweedy. “We had 54 representatives of colleges here, and at 8:30 one of the representatives said, ‘It looks like no one else is coming,’ and began preparing to leave.” Mr. Hutchisson added that if it were not the communication problem that caused the bad turnout, then “my guess is the students felt they could make their own decisions without help.” However, counselors note that many students are concerned about their ap plications to colleges. Mrs. Tweedy re quests that the students be a little more patient. Mrs. Jacobs said she did not think the students were criticizing the work, but that it was the com munications problem that caused some unrest. “The students want to know what is happening with their applica tions,” she said. The counselors agree that the seniors can help the situation by using the most recent application form accompanied by a check and any picture, essay, or reference requested before turning the application form into the guidance office. Another major concern of the guidance personnel is the tremendous amount of work expected from the secretary, Mrs. Doris Dupuy. “The guidance department at Senior High possibly needs more clerical help. We have four counselors and one secretary being pulled in four different direc tions,” said Mrs. Jacobs. Mr. Hutchisson agreed on the need for more clerical help, noting that “the school is outgrowing the guidance department.” He added that the physical layout is another hindrance, since it cannot support the number of students that occupy it every day. All of the counselors request that the students remember they deal not only with those people going to college. “I should hope that there isn’t a student in the school that doesn’t feel welcome or good service in the guidance depart ment,” said Mrs. Tweedy. I" '-f; ’ ■ ARCHING BAND pracUce^heir^ow for the Na- tUonal Band Competition held November 7 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Juniors Kelly Teeter and Elmina Johnson perfect jtheirrifle skiUs in preparation for the competition^heband] won eleventh place out of approximately 50 other bands.l (Photo by Roger Winstead.) “ ‘I promise I won’t do it again’ or ‘please give me another chance’ is the widely used excuse when a student marijuana is an automatic 10-day suspension. Trying to buy or sell mari juana also results in a 10-day suspen sion. The second ofense of any of these acts would result in expulsion. These rules were not made by the school authorities but were fixed by state law. Rule six in the Policies, Rules, and Procedures Relative to Student Con duct in the Rocky Mount City Schools states that “a student shall not know ingly buy. sell, possess, use, transmit or be under the influences of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, am- phetimine, barbituate, marijuana. alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind (1) on any school grounds during and immediately before and immediate ly after school hours; (2) on any school grounds or at any other time when the school is being used for a school func tion or by any school group; or (3) off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event; or (4) on any school bus.” teachers feel individuals must make choice Charles Harrison Managing Editor Several teachers say that whether an individual joins any teachers’ associa tion is a personal choice. These teachers have diverse affiliations. Some belong to the North Carolina Associa tion of Educators, some to the Profes sional Educators of North Carolina, and one has no affiliation with either. “We should look at the organizations provided and make our own decisions based on our own beliefs and , knowledge,” said NCAE local president Nancy Jones. English teacher Jo Ann Poole said, “The decision should be a personal choice.” “I just do what I think best. It was a personal decision,” said history teacher Deborah Wilson. Mrs. Wilson is not af filiated with any organization. The issue of which organization to join became an issue here after teachers divided over a collective bargaining resolution that was passed at the NCAE convention last April. The resolution said: ‘The NCAE shall sup port and work for the passage of collec tive bargaining legislai'on by the North Carolina General Assembly and the United States Congress.” “Collective bargaining is a priority of the Association and the NCAE Board of Directors is directed to support collec tive bargaining efforts.” Several teachers felt they had no say in the decision. Seminar teacher Bar bara Taylor says the rank and file had no input. “I think a lot of teachers are concern ed with the monolithic structure of a professional organization that does get the rank and file heard,” Mrs. Taylor said. “However, I have the utmost respect for Nancy Jones.” Ninety-«ight per cent of the issues were not known beforehand. I don’t know whether there was subter fuge, but I ani not willing to have the actions of a group within the organiza tion determine my participation in the organization,” Mrs. Jones said. Because of their dissatisfaction with NCAE, some teachers have turned to PENC. “At this point. I’m not sure PENC satisfies my desires for such an organization, but NCAE doesn’t,” said Mrs. Poole. The teachers are unified in their con cern for the students. a;

North Carolina Newspapers is powered by Chronam.

Digital North Carolina