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Volmne LVH Number 10
GRIMSLEY fflGH SCHOOL Greensboro, N.C. 27408
Friday, March 17, 1978
Sports T rophy
The sports section of the HIGH
LIFE newspaper took a third
place trophy at the Piedmont
Journalism Workshop, which was
held at Elliot University Center,
UNC-G, on February 18. Each of
the high schools that participated
in the competition submitted
samples of their school newspa
per for judging.
The workshop itself consisted
of four time slots in which
journalists from the various high
schools could attend lectures of
participate in discussions dealing
with journalism and the produc
tion of a paper. Some of the
speakers present were Rick
Amme, Susan Kidd and Randy
Wolf (WFMY-TV), Irvin Small
wood and Juanita Weekley, man
aging editors. Tours of the
Greensboro News-Record Build
ing were offered also.
Lt. Governor Jimmy Green was
the guest speaker at a student
press conference which immedi
ately followed lunch. Current
issues such as the coal strike, the
Wilmington 10, and high school
competency tests were brought
The workshop, attended by
over 300 people, was sponsored
by the Greensboro Youth Council,
the Greensboro News Company,
and the Sigma Delta Chi, a
professional journalism frater
Rona Marco, Albert Barnes had leading roles In the play “Antigone,’
which was presented February 23 and 24.
Sophomore Bryan Smith proudly
accepts sports trophy won at
Piedmont Journalism Workshop.
Superintendent Search Over
The long Superintendent
search is over. Dr. Kenneth
Newbold will take up residence in
July as the new Greensboro
School System head. Currently
the Superintendent of Scotland
County, Dr. Newbold formerly
served in Greensboro as an
Assistant Superintendent. He is
coming under a four year contract
at $40,000 annually.
Since he is not yet thoroughly
acquainted with all of Greensbo
ro’s policies. Dr. Newbold had not
decided on any major changes he
would like to incorporate into the
school system. He feels it will
take six months to a year to assess
the situation and to research
problems and solutions.
Dr. Newbold anticipates nega
tive initial public reaction to the
Competency Tests, if the stan
dard is set too high. This would
cause a larger percentage to fail
than a lower standard would. He
feels a responsibility to instruct
students who do not pass the test
until they are able to satisfactorily
complete it. Predicting that 95%
of all students will ultimately
pass. Dr. Newbold remarked that
the measure was “long over
Attendance zones, subject of
much current controversy, do not
phase the balding, bespeckled
man. Speaking with an air of
assurance, he commented, “1 feel
very comfortable with the policy
because it doesn’t lock me in with
rigid racial or socio-economic
ratios.” He believes the public
will be pleased with whatever the
School Board finally decides.
“Public schools have been
given a pretty demanding respon
sibility,” Dr. Newbold asserts.
He feels that television and
unstable . homes influence
schools, and that the school only
“reflects the complexity of our
From kindergarten to gradu
ation, students spend 18,000
hours in front of a T.V. and only
16,000 sitting in a classroom. This
competition is one factor that Dr.
Newbold has to work with.
Dr. Newbold is pleased to learn
that Greensboro plans to offer
alternative schools. He would like
to see a program started to work
with preschool children who are
having learning disabilities. This
idea is hampered by a state law
that only allows the schools to
work with children as young as
five years old.
In Dr. Newbold’s opinion, mid
dle or junior high schools have a
heavier load than elementary and
senior high schools. Classes are
generally larger, and teachers
must give special attention to
handicapped children while
teaching average students at the
Grimsley’s drama department
presented the play “Antigone”
February 23 and 24 in Grimsley’s
The play dealth with a conflict
between the values of Antigone; a
person who believes the laws of
God are supreme, and Creon
another person who believes the
laws of man are supreme. Taking
the leads in the play were Rona
Marco acting as Antigone, and
Albert Barnes playing the part of
It took 20 people working for
two months to put out the play.
Hanging lights, making costumes
and putting up scenery were a
few of the preparations made for
“Antigone.” However, practicing
in “rehearsals” had to be the
most important preparation.
This April the drama depart
ment will present two more plays.
One is Shakespeare’s “The
Temptest” and the other is
Lorca’s “The House of Bemada
Alba.” For the presentation of
“The House of Bemada Alba,”
Ms. Ann Exum, a professional
actress, will particpate in the
play. Each of the plays will be
alternated for a total of six
Juniors in the Greensboro
Schools took a trial run of the
state’s new minimum competency
testing program March 1 and 2.
The results of these tests will set
the norm for future graduation
This program was ordered by
the 1977 General Assembly to
make sure North Carolina stu
dents have the basic skills to get
along in modern society before
they get their high school diplo
Private schools also take part in
the trial run, according to the
competency testing law.
Grimsley, along with Page and
Dudley high schools took the
math package while Smith and
the Optional School had a mixed
package of reading and math.
The first official testing will be
in ctober, and will be given again,
in late April 1979 for those
students who fail. The legislation
provides that students who fail
will be given remedial instruction
and additional opportunities to
take the test up to and including
the last month of the 12th grade.
Ninth and 10th graders are also
involved in the testing. The
results of all the tests will be
publicly released by early sum
mer, but individual student
scores will be kept confiden&l.
The testing of the ninth and
10th graders should help the educ
The 1977 legislation provided
I no funds to finance needed reme
dial education for the estimated
30 percent of the state’s 11th
graders who might fail the test.
The State Board of Education,
however, has asked the General
Assembly to appropriate $8.5
million in its May session for this
purpose in 1978-79.
News Briefs...News Briefs
The Grimsley R.O.T.C. tra
veled to Richmond, Virginia over
the weekend of February 24-25.
They participated in one of the
major events in the Southeast and
won several awards.
Led by Martye Brandenburg,
female commander, the Female
Unarmed Squad won first place.
Eric Lowell, a senior, won first
place int he Individual Drill
Routine, straight drill and fancy.
The Color Guard, commanded by
Dale McCorkle won second place.
Grimsley’s yearbook. Whirli
gig, went to press in Charlotte in
mid-February. This year’s Whirli
gig is going to be 248 pages thick
with a special color Senior sec
CLOSE UP will be sponsoring a
trip to Washington, D.C. the
week of April 9-15, for area city
high school students to study our
government and political system.
The cost for each student is $335.
For more information, stop by
Congratulations is extended to
Carrie Walker, who has been
named player of the year, and to
Ms. Pat Addison who has been
named coach of the year.
Members of the Theater Work
shop went to Kentucky on Feb
ruary 28 as a result of their
winning the North Carolina The
In Kentucky the actors presen
ted the P play “Messages from
The Grimsley bands are having
. a concert in the Grimsley audito-
;rium on March 16 at 8:00.
The highlight of the concert is
Martha Alspaugh’s solo on the
Tenor Saxaphone. The Symphony
band will accompany her in the
piece “Beautiful Colorado.”