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Thursday, February 10,1977 — THE GRYPHON — Page Three
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Because of recent misunder
standings about the use of the
library at Rocky Mount Senior
High School, we feel that it is
necessary to restate the policies
concerning the library. First,
the space we have is limited
because we do not have the use
of Room 014 as a part of the
library for teachers and students
doing research or reference
work as class groups. Our own
re-accreditation committee in
1972 recommended the utiliza
tion of 014 as a classroom for
library use as was originally
planned. Due to the size of the
student body we are still unable
to use this room.
Another circumstance that
has limited library accessibility
is the use of the library for
testing. The library has been
closed for all or part of ten days
this semester for testing.
The complaints about library
use arose during the last nine
weeks when English classes
were working on research as
prescribed by the course outline
for these courses.
Also in progress during this
nine-week period was research
by eight social studies classes.
In addition other classes had
sixty-four periods of regular
class time scheduled in the
library during October and
November. However during this
time, as always, the library has
been opened from 7:30 to 8:30
a.m. and from 3:20 until
approximately 4:00 p.m. with no
We do not wish to preclude
the use of the library from any
students; but when space is
limited, priorities must be set.
We are asking the coopera
tion of students and faculty in
using the library to its best
advantage. We offer the
1. It may be necessary to limit
the number of students coming
to the library from study halls
when classes are working on
research. We will designate
those days as Maximum Use
Days. On those days students
with specific assignments from
subject teachers will be
admitted to the library with a
note from the teacher stating
the nature of the assignment.
2. Study hall students will be
permitted to check out news
papers, magazines, and refer
ence books to use in study halls.
SOAPBOX By Billy Carroll
3. The library is open from
7:30 until 8:30 a.m. and from
3:20 until approximately 4:00
p.m. every day without restric
4. Because of the limited
space and because of those
students who use the library for
social functions, we request that
study hall teachers use discre
tion in granting students
permission to the library.
5. We ask that only those
students come to the library who
have specific need for library
We hope that the steps we are
taking will restore confidence
and good will in the operation of
the library at Rocky Mount
Senior High School.
Ella H. Davis (Librarian)
Barbara S. Edwards (Librarian)
To the Editor:
I think I felt the same as when
I was watching the final climax
of “Jaws.” There was the same
low, rumblng sound of my
stomach turning as I silently and
still apprehensively watched the
last new member of the National
Honor Society walk triumphant
ly on the stage.
And then came the almost
sickening horror as 1 finally,
almost reluctantly, realized
what had happened. Quickly
directing my attention to the
faces of the stage, I scanned
through the two light-colored
rows. No, only a finger-toll of
black faces, and none of them
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new members. I was amazed,
then doubtful, then fully aware
that seemingly no black had the
qualities to be inducted as a
member of the National Honor
Society. Why? I asked myself.
Surely at least one had the
potential to become a member
of this famed society.
Sadly searching the rows of
lighted candles again, I thought
of a day when someone would
see rows of black and white
polka-dot upon the stage.
Editor’s Note: The qualifi
cations for entry in the National
Honor Society weie discussed In
the “Soapbox” located on page
three in a previous issue of The
Gryphon. Any further questions
should be forwarded to the
Though the average student at RMSH receives almost one
hour of instruction in each of his classes five days a week,
the majority of learning takes place outside school.
Homework is necessary to gain a certain proficiency in his
course of study at a reasonable pace. While such a system
demands the student exercise his mind independently, it
often hinders him. Even with adequate class instruction,
the student often can’t understand and complete his
assignments. These assignments are frequently graded
which is unfair. At best the student must wait until the next
class to receive help which not only slackens his own
learning pace but his classmates' as well.
To remove such unfairness and expedite the learning
process, the school system could organize a program where
teachers of English, math, social studies, science, and
foreign languages could provide assistance through the
school week during after school hours. This could be ac
companied by telephone where the telephone numbers of
the teachers on duty would be made available to student on
a switchboard constructed at a particular school. The
teachers could serve on a rotating basis for which they
would have to volunteer unless the administration or a local
civic organization would provide compensation.
This solution is realistic. A similar program exists in
Richmond, Indiana for grades seven through twelve. An
swers to specific questions in organizing such a program
can be obtained from: Marshall Moore, Director of
Pupil Personnel Services, Richmond Community Schools,
300 Whitewater Blvd., Rich, Ind. 47374.
Nine Weeks Honor Roll Addition
In our last issue a mistake was
made and the following students
were omitted from the Honor
Roll. From homeroom 128
Danny McDonald made the
“A” Honor Roll and Mary
Dresser, Lenay Freeman, Lynn
McKinney and Clin Wilson
made the “B” Honor Roll. From
homeroom 014 Robin Harrell,
Janet Kitts and Clarence
Wiggins made the “B” Honor
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