PAGE TWO TheNaiy Potter Gazette Vol. LXX — No. 1 Oxford, N. C. Published Quarterly by the Journalism Potter Student Body. December, 1965 Class for the Mary Editor William Carter Associate Editor Francine Chavis Business Manager Taze BasketviJle Art Editor Taze Baskerville Editorial Editors Francine Chavis, Hildred Barnes Layout Editor Frank Clark Sports Editor Roy Bass Feature Eklitors Betsy Greene, EUaine Slaughter, John Mayo, Hildred Barnes Photographer William Carter Circulation Manager Francine Chavis Typist Tj'ping II Class Adviser Mrs. Esther McGhee . THE MARY POTTER GAZETTE A Crying Need For Courtesy As we consider the emphasis being put on the education of youth and adults today and observe, first-handedly, the attitudes and conducts of high school aspirants, there appears to be a crying need for courtesy, if our academic training is to produce well-rounded citizens. Where and when should this course in courtesy begin? By all means in the home and at the child’s earliest age of under standing. It should be nurtured on through his pre-school years and demanded by his teachers. Common courtesy is genuine and habitual politeness and re.s- pect for others, based on self-respect. Therefore, good manners must be taught early enough to become a habit, and self-respect must be an inherent quality to be stressed early. The school must also uphold courtesy as one of its underlying principles, rewarding students who portray it and disciplining those who lack it. It is and probably will always be a fact, that in many cases the school must supply the necessary facets of the environment which the home does not offer. The change of time nor place should alter the old-fashioned standards of politeness. Boisterousness, unkindness, disrespect and bad conduct cannot be veneered with education and spell success. There is a crying need for courtesy in our schools today, if our Civics is not to end in thievery and our literature end in lust. The Sfudenf-Teacher Relationship The student-teacher relationship is one of the many aspects of a student’s school life. In it, the student is glad to know he has someone to share his problems and misunderstandings for the time that he is away from home. It is very comforting to know that the respect that both— teacher and student—have for each other is one that is unsur passed by any other relationship. Then too, there are times when the student needs aspiration and criticism to help him better his living habits. The teacher helps provide these also, by going over the student’s problems with him so that he can understand his mistake and correct it. The teacher, who substitutes for a mother or father during the child’s stay at school, should conduct herself so that she can influence her students to do their best. The teacher also plays an important role in a student’s pre paration for The teacher knows that to prepare efficiently for all that life demands in the future is not an easy task. She* knows that preparation for life includes more than the “basic” attainments. To be adequate, she says “Preparation for life must include also preparation for work and leisure time.” After she has observed the student’s growth and progress, she can just about tell what a student’s career will be and how well he will be able to advance in this career. During a student’s stay at school, the teacher seeks only that which is best for her students. If she sees that a student has the ability to excel, she will try to prepvare for him the best there to offer. If she sees a student that has the ability, but shuns h best, she will try her very best to enlighten him to such an extent that he will recognize his ability and try to make the best of DECEMBER. 1965 From The Principal's Desk SEEK MORE KNOWLEDGE Courtesv Doesn’t Hurt P. T. A. SETS AGENDA No one can foretell with exact ness all of the new wonders which our scientific and technological for ces will produce tomorrow, but we can be sure of this that more of the unknown secrets of the vast universe in which we dwell will be unlocked, and as each secret door is opened, even just a small crack, it will have a profound significance on our lives and the lives of those we love. Are you going to be contented with just to-day, with just the re quired subjects, or will you take all the extra subjects to help you develop the future as well as enjoy it? It is more than to just earn a livelihood but to get enjoyment from living. Our hope is that you will seek the help and aid of all the facilities here for you—use them, for they will not come again. The Mary Potter Parent Teacher Association elected officers and be gan on its yearly agenda at the regular meeting of the body held in the school auditorium October 26. Mrs. Annie Ridley, who has been serving as president of the organi zation for the last two years, was re-elected for another term of office. Mrs. Mary E^ton was elected as Vice-President, succeeding Mr. Wal ter Davis, and Miss Evangeline Mc- Callum was elected secretary, suc ceeding Mrs. Rejean Wilson, Com mercial teacher. The Reverend Charlie Atkins was re-elected chaplain, and The Rev erend Ira Friend, Pastor of the St. Peters Methodist Church was elected as assistant cliaplain. The principal, Mr. Jimmie Vaughn Morris has requested this body to help the school to secure uniforms for the school band, and he has also requested that parents share more of the responsibility of chap eroning affairs. their children at school Open House Observed In recognition of National Edu cation Week and as a parent-teacher activity. Open House was observed Thursday night, November 11. This activity, in conjunction with the P. T. A., is an outgrowth of the Future Teachers of the school. . Annually, as wa.s the case this year, parents visit the classrooms, observe the work being done by their children and to di^uss any problems having bearing upon their children with the teachers. The Mary Potter Future Teachers, who serve as guides, are responsi ble for the congeniality shown to parents upon entering the building, upon being served, and upon being escorted to and from the various classrooms. Approximately one hundred and twelve parents visited the school this year. English Department Begins Syllabus Realizing the tremendous need for some uniformity in the teaching of English in Grades 8-12, the princi pal, Mr. Jimmie Vaughn Morris, has asked that a syllabus be drawn up this school term for the English Department. Several meetings have been held in the school library with Mrs. Elsther McGhee serving as Chair man; Mrs. Bessie Redding, Co- chairman; Miss Thelma Howard, secretary; Mrs. Thomasina Ander son, reporter; and Mr. Leonard Platt, historian. The syllabus will be used as a guide in teaching those necessary fundamentals to the below average, the average, and the above-arerage students. STUDENT POLL Electronics Becomes Part of Curriculum In order to establish a better knowledge of world happenings Mr. Charles Edmonson Gregoy recently conducted an essay poll for his 7th grade North Carolina history class. The reporters for this poll were Hen rietta Strater and Willie Darby. The question adminstered was “What is your reaction to the pro test to American involvement in Viet Nam.” Some of the foremost answers were as follows: I think the people who are burn ing themselves are just plain foolish. This self-sacrifice is not helping the war at all. —Joaime Pulliam If we cannot win this dreadful war, the whole country will be taken over by the communists. I don’t think that we should bum ourselves like those two men. —LaVerne Wortham I think we should fight for our country, and win the war instead of protesting. —Melvin Harris In order to receive a more rounded view of this question, we have asked the opinions of other persons on campus. I am not against the protest a- gainst the American involvement in the Vietnamese War, because I feel that these persons have the right, as citizens in a democratic society, to express their viewpoints on this situation. —Francine Chavis These protests against American involvement in Viet Nam, on a whole, are totally uncalled for. I believe, as the mass of the Ameri can people do, that, though these p>ersons have the “right” to demon strate and give their viewpoints, these protests only make the mat ter of accepting the crisis worse. —William B. Carter I have a strong disapproval of demonstrations against the war In Viet Nam. Why do I disagree? First of all, the United States is fighting for a principle; this principle is demo cracy. As Woodrow Wilson said years ago. “This is a war to make the world safe for democracy.” The lost of Viet Nam to the Communists would mean the probable lost of the entire area of Southeast Asia, and the lost of Southeast Asia would mean a stronger Communist foot hold on Eurasia, the largest and most populous land area in the world. If this takes place, the huge continent of Africa would look askance upon the United States, and many of the countries now neutral would be inclined to turn communis tic, referring to the United States as a “quitter.” The U. S. must con tinue this fight if democracy is to triumph. Also, the American soldiers need our support if their morale is to be strengthened. How can they fight effectively, if 10,000 are marching in one small city in protest of the war? —Peggy Hudson The course. Electronics Techno logy recently added to the curricu lum, as taught now deals with theory. The projects in the course de velop practical skills, and few tools are required. Tuose few tools that are required are generally found in the home. The knowledge of electricity and electronics is becoming a necessary part of American life. It is felt that, that which is gained in this course, will open up new and in viting paths for the twenty-two youngsters taking it. A great number of vocational op portunities are available today, and they are multiplying rapidly in this area which is leading progress in most occupational fields. A variety of exciting hobbies offer themselves; and the students, hav ing a knowledge of electronics, will have the acute satisfaction of grasp ing the essentials of an imp>ortant part of their everyday life. ■ Western Auto Associate Store 137 Hillsboro .Street Oxford, North Carolina

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