- Who is the author? What is the book about?
- What was it like reading the book?
- What are your overall thoughts about the book?
- Would you recommend this? To whom?
Ever wonder if SLA@B had a gay/queer straight alliance? Do you know someone who is LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, etc)? Do you admire a celebrity who’s LGBT+? Are you yourself LGBT+? Do you just want to know more about the LGBT+ community or LGBT+ political issues? Look no further! SLA@B has our very own QSA!!
Our goal is to be able to educate people on LGBT+ issues and identities, as well as provide a safe and secure space for LGBT+ students and allies to talk about their ideas for making the school a safer, more inclusive space for the community (and sometimes just chill). After all, everyone deserves to feel safe and be who they are at school.
QSA takes place on Tuesdays at 3:10pm to around 4 to 4:15pm. Snacks will (eventually) be provided. Bring yourself! Bring your friends! Bring the person you don’t know but you see everyday in the hallway! All are welcome!
Attention SLA@B Community!! Have you or someone you know tripped over a wall outlet that was pulled out of the wall, or have you actually pulled a wall outlet out of the wall? No? Well that’s okay! Mr. Rae Grant did (a few times)!
As you may or may not already be aware of, the wall outlets on the engineering/geometry room are not in the wall. They are mostly working, however they have been through months and possibly years of abuse from students yanking out their laptop and phone chargers, gradually making them less and less attached to the wall.
Currently, the outlets are not just loose or moderately broken, but are completely out of the wall, and are dangling by the wire running up the wall. One of them is even able to be as far as a foot from the wall! We obviously need to fix this problem, as it may possibly cause an electrical safety problem, not to mention people constantly trip over them.
What do we do? Our team - made up of Jack, Dior, Diamond, Mya, Marcus, Ali, Skylar and Yari - have found a solution!
These will be placed on top of the wire which runs up the wall and is attached to the outlets. It will keep a sturdy hold on the outlets and keep them attached to the wall. To make these, we will use SLA@B’s Makerspace so as to add no cost to the school because we are using resources which are already readily available for student use. These braces will be approximately 1” x 1” and will be held together with wood glue, as that is a strong adhesive and it is a small figure. Later, hopefully soon, they will be screwed into the wall.
Though this is not complete right now, expect to see them on the walls soon!Mr. Rae-Grant will no longer trip over these outlets!
In this interview, Lisa Kleiner looks back and remembers her life as a white woman in the North during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s. Lisa talks about what she had seen happening in the riots and protests and shares her perspective of the struggles that African Americans had while fighting for their civil and human rights. She also reflects on how she viewed African Americans in the 1960s vs. now in 2015. This interview offers the perspective of a white woman and how she felt about the violence and riots of the Civil Rights era and how it affects her, as well as other white people, today.
White privilege in America has existed all throughout its history. Of course, it was a lot more obvious pre-Reconstruction and during the Jim Crow and Civil Rights era, however it still exists today. White privilege is the concept of which white people benefit from the [systemic and instiutionalized] oppression of people of color. White privilege is being taught that you are an individual rather than someone who is part of larger group of people, and thus creating the idea that racism, to white people, is acted upon by individual people rather than it being an entire system which oppresses everyone else. In the interview, Lisa Kleiner answered several questions indirectly referring to being privileged in America during the 1960s. During the interview, she states, “I don’t think people who are younger now, who are white, I don’t think that they really realize how bad things were.” Although she may not have realized it, this statement accurately portrays how white people today could not possibly understand what it’s like to live in a society that systematically oppresses you [racially]. It’s also important to note that the riots caused by literal centuries of oppression that arose in the Civil Rights era are incredibly similar to the riots happening right now because of the unjust murders of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and hundreds of others.
Jack: How do you view race?
Lisa: Well, um, I think race is just an, uh, artificial concept that was created by people, um, to make other people seem more different to, you know, create more differences among people than there are because really, everybody knows we all came from the same place in Africa. And over the years people changed and had different characteristics on the outside. But everybody is the same on the inside, and there’s very little difference in genetics between different races. It’s like a tiny amount. So it’s really one way people have made, people look different from each other because, I guess that’s useful to some people because if they feel frightened or something.
Jack: So do you believe it’s a socially constructed idea?
Lisa: Yes, definitely.
Jack: Do you believe that at any point in your life you used to be racist or prejudice? Especially during the height of the Civil Rights Era?
Lisa: Sure. I think everybody is prejudiced. And I think the best thing you can do is to recoginize that and try to work on it. Well, during the Civil Rights Era I was a teenager, I was the same age you are as I was explaining in the 1960s, and I think that I was - actually I was less prejudice because when I grew up I was, even though I knew black people as a child, I never thought about it and I never thought about what their situation was. And my parents weren’t prejudice at all. I mean they didn’t believe in it. So when all these things started in the ‘60s, and I found out about the lack of Civil Rights and everything, then I was really shocked. I was very shocked as a teenager to hear that and to see. I heard on television when I was your age or younger I saw the riots and I saw them letting guard dogs loose on people and water canons and, you know, all those kinds of things were happening. And they happened in my town too. There were riots. So it was kind of scary but it was something that I sort of understood, you know, that it was something really bad that happened. So that’s why people were rioting. So I don’t think it made me more prejudice but it made me know about it. I didn’t even know about some of that stuff.
Jack: Do you think that any of that affected who you are right now?
Lisa: You mean in the 1960s, did that affect how I am now, you mean?
Lisa; Um, yeah, I think, I just, yeah because I get more scared if there’s some kind of riot, a race riot, or racial incident. It’s very scary to me because I think it could all happen again and it seems like it hasn’t gone away. These, you know, terrible prejudices that go on haven’t gone away. So it’s kind of discouraging and depressing because I feel like things haven’t gotten better in one way, and I guess some ways they have, but it’s still here. So it definitely had an impact on me as a child or a teenager because I have seen how things can be really bad. And I don’t think people who are younger now, who are white, I don’t think that they really realize how bad things were.
Jack: Were you ever in a segregated school?
Lisa: No. Not in the sense that you would - because I grew up in New Jersey and we had integrated public schools. But what happened was that, what they would call De Facto segregation because I lived in a neighborhood that was all white, so everyone who went to the school was white. And all of a sudden things changed, and this is in the 1960s around 1964, and it happened here too, the black people moved into the white neighborhoods and the white people moved out. So all of a sudden my school became from all white to all black almost over night. And we moved to another town and the school wasn’t segregated but there were, it was almost all white, but there were a few black kids in the schools. Because there were a few black families in the town and they were only supposed to live in this one certain neighborhood. So there were maybe three black kids in my high school class as a senior and there were two hundred kids.
Jack: Do you think that the schools nowadays are segregated, not by law, but significantly one race because of what happened in the ‘60s or do you think it might be that way because of racism?
Lisa: No I think it’s because of racism. Because it’s the same thing. Because after they tried to desegregate the schools in the 1960s, the white poeple all moved out or they sent their kids to private school. So it’s definitely true in some parts, like say Philadelphia, some neighborhoods are almost totally black like North Philadelphia. So everyone who goes to school there is black in the public schools. And the same is true in our neighborhood in Mt. Airey where a lot of parents, well black and white parents, send their children to private school. So it sort of depends on how much money you have now. So it’s sort of segregation by money but it’s based on racism at the bottom.
Jack: Have you ever felt guilty or proud to be a white woman during the Civil Rights Movement?
Lisa: I felt really guilty. I don’t know if I felt proud, I mean. I felt proud when I saw all the people when Martin Luther King made his speech in Washington and they showed all the people there in the audience listening to him. I would say about a third or half the people, of all those tens of thousands of people, it looked like there were quite a few white people there, and I was really proud that there were white people who wanted to try to help. And I was always really proud that the rabbi of our temple marched with Martin Luther King and he was actually in jail with him when they had that terrible riot at the Edmunds Pettice Bridge in Alabama, in Birmingham jail. I was very proud of that.
Jack: When were you first introduced to the idea of race?
Lisa: This sounds really elitist but, you know, when I was little we had a house, and my father was a doctor. And my mother didn’t work outside the home but she had two children and in those days it was common for the doctor’s wife to have somebody come in and help clean. So my mother had the lady next door who had an African American woman who came in and cleaned for her, so my mother asked if she could come in and cleaned for us once a week, so she came in and then, you know, of course, that was probably the first black person I had seen. At that age I was probably three or four.
Jack: How different do you think the Civil Rights Movement in the 60s is from the protests in Ferguson and in Baltimore and everywhere?Lisa: Well, it’s hard to tell, actually, I don’t know. I think in the 1960s, there were bad things that happened to individual people because of racism. There were the little girls who got killed when they [the KKK] bombed the church in Birmingham. I think in the 60s it was more against racist laws of the government and racist policies in the South. It was really a lot about the South. And then peole realized that even if it wasn’t in the laws in the North, there was still racism in the North. So I think now, they’re talking more about peopel’s individual behavior. There’s no law that says that the cops are allowed to shoot a black person even if they’re pointing a gun at them and are not afraid that they’re going to be killed. Of course there’s no law that says that, but these things are still going on because people are allowed to have this behavior. I think that the 60s it was more, it was an earlier time and it was more about the laws that were in writing and allowed people to behave in these racist ways. There aren’t any more laws like that now, but people are still behaving like that.
If I could snap my fingers and make one thing better it would be, like, all of the judging that goes on. I really don't think you can judge someone, because of, like a lot of times, you'll just, like, generalize something and, like, you'll believe it's true. But it's not the worst of it, like, when one person does it, it's that, like, one person does it, like when they do it, like it carries on, like someone will pick that up and use it as a weapon [unclear]. So now you've just caused this chain of hate.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 20 years?
In 10 years I will hope to have a college degree in computer science and engineering. I want to, I have a lot of, like, games and apps and technology, like devices I've been working on designing and stuff. But more importantly, like, as a person I want to see myself, like, mature and, like, become wiser over the years, like I want to be able to, like, make something not of, not only of myself but of the world around me [unclear]. ... In 20 years, I actually do not know. I would hope that I have a job that's paying well. I'm not, like, too big on having owning something, but, like, as far as, like, I want to have that creative freedom to do whatever I do on my work, so, yeah.
How do you describe yourself as a person?
As person, I would describe myself as very confused. Because I often, like, doubt every little thing. So I'll be like, like high, and then I'll be like, "Wait I shouldn't have said that - should I have said that?. Wait, no I'll just go with it." I try to like prevail a message, but I feel like the way I say things, like, just never come out the way I mean it to come out so I end up failing a lot of people doing that.
I guess if I had to say one thing, I would try to help better communities of poverty and try to eradicate that, and try to raise tolerance for different types of people, and try to help people in need. [Because] I don’t think it’s fair how people get discriminated against by something as arbitrary as their race, gender, sexual orientation, status, economic status, or, you know, race or stuff like that.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 20 years?
I guess having minor success. Doing something that I find interesting, making some money, maybe in a relationship. I don’t know. Whatever - whatever comes my way. Who cares? Life is life. (20 years…) Oh god… I hope I don’t get hit by a care by that time. I’m serious, like, it’s so scary. 20 years? Well, by that time I’ll be 36 so I will definitely need to have my act together. Hopefully be in a serious relationship, or I mean at least a minor relationship, a relationship of some sort. Having like a happy - be happy, that’s the most important thing even if I don’t have a relationship. I mean, I don’t define myself by who I’m with, but I guess just happiness.
How do you describe yourself as a person?
I don’t know. Good. I guess, hopefully, nice, I don’t know. Interesting, maybe? Whatever.
How do you want to impact the world and why?
A good way. I want to impact it, so that way when people like my friends, children, maybe my children if I have any, and their children’s children have a better space that’s safe and, you know, good, nice for them to live in.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
That’s a tough question. Probably my family because they've molded me to be the person that I am and I love them and hopefully they love me. I’m just kidding [of course they do]. Yeah, probably them. I couldn't sum it down to, like, specific people. I just had like a group.
What’s the best thing about being a teenager? Worst?Nothing. I guess, like, having a clean slate. A lot of people say they want to go back to their teenage years and do it right and, you know, fix some things and not have any worries. Even though we have a ton of worries - not that any of them matter in the next five years but, regardless. Just having a clean slate to do things. (Worst…) Oh, I don’t know. No one’s serious about anything. I mean, not that I’m serious, but I mean, it would be nice to have, like, some actual, some thing that matters, I guess.
El Poeta: Jose Marti
Escribe (mínimo) ocho oraciones completas en español sobre el/la poeta: Por ejemplo; su vida personal o profesional, su éxito…
José Martí fue un patriota cubano y también un combatiente. Martí nació en Havana, Cuba en 1853 en el veintiocho (28) de enero. Él fue un artista talentoso y se enroló en un escuela arte, pero él tuvo una pasión por escritura. Cuándo Martí tuvo dieciséis años, sus poemas y editoriales fui en los periódicos. Aunque, en 1869 el gobierno condenó Martí, pero sus padres disminuyeron su pena. José Martí exilió a España. Allí, Martí estudió Derecho y consiguió un título de Derecho y una especialidad en derechos civiles. Después, Martí mudó a México y su carrera de escrito floreció. Martí también pasó mucho de su vida trabajando terminar injusticias en Cuba. Él murió en el diecinueve (19) de Mayo en 1895.
Escribe (mínimo) ocho oraciones completas en español sobre tu vida personal o académica, tu éxito...
Yo nací en Los Estados Unidos en el uno (1) de noviembre en 1999. Aunque nací un chica, identificó como un chico. Soy agradecido por la aceptación de más de la gente en mi vida. Pero esto es no mi vida entero. Tengo un historia selectiva de creando arte y escrito, aunque no tengo tiempo escribir y dibujar ya no. Yo disfruto leer y estudiar ciencias cuándo tengo un poco tiempo libre. Música es también un parte importante de mi vida. Me toco guitarra, y escucho a música alternativa/rock todo el tiempo. Mis bandas favoritas son All Time Low (Bajo de Siempre), Twenty One Pilots (Viene Un Pilotos), y Panic! At The Disco (¡Pánico! a la Disco). En mi vida académica, yo fui y soy muy competente. Yo siempre recibo A’s y B’s, y me gusta aprender ciencias solo. Cuando yo crezco quiero estar un físico o astrofísico.
Incluye un poema escrito de la/el poeta en español:
“DE MI DESDICHA ESPANTOSA”
De mi desdicha espantosa
Siento, oh estrellas, que muero:
Yo quiero vivir, yo quiero
Ver a una mujer hermosa.
El cabello, como un casco,
Le corona el rostro bello:
Brilla su negro cabello
Como un sable de Damasco.
¿Aquélla?... Pues pon la hiel
Del mundo entero en un haz,
Y tállala en cuerpo, y ¡haz
Un alma entera de hiel!
¿Esta?... Pues esta infeliz
Lleva escarpines rosados,
Y los labios colorados,
Y la cara de barniz.
El alma lúgubre grita:
"¡Mujer, maldita mujer!"
¡No sé yo quién pueda ser
Entre las dos la maldita!
Escribe (mínimo) ocho oraciones completas en español del poema. ¿Cuales son tus reflexiones del poema? Los temas?:
Yo creo José Martí es escribe de la mujer bonita en el exterior, pero parece es una persona mal. En el comienzo del poema él es hablando de él está muy “desdicha espantosa” se siente como es agonizante. Martí empezó a hablar una mujer bonita hace se siente muy bien, pero él después descubre su personalidad terrible. Aunque, él descubre ella sabe ella es terrible y infeliz con se. Martí cambia que hablando desdicha espantosa él está a hablando la mujer está desdicha espantosa. El tema común en el poema es amor claro. Pero yo creo el poema también tiene un tema de acepta y mejora tú mismo no por otras, pero por tú. Yo creo Martí es intenta hablar cualquier cosa que gente consideran tú, tú necesitas a siempre habes tú y solo cambias cuándo tú quieres cambiar.
Escribe tu versión del poema en español. Necesita (mínimo) diez oraciones completas en español.
Tema similar: amor, pérdida
El vació del cielo nocturno es cautivando
No porque a sí es interesante,
Pero porque de por qué es vació
Hay debe estrellas que cubre su hoja oscura
Además allí es nada.
Nosotros contaminamos el aire y cielo con luz falso, y gases
Hay debe nuestros sección del Brazo de Orión
Visible por cualquiera ver a noche
Además allí es nada
Y es vació
Hay no es color, es solo negro
Hola. Mi nombre es Jack. Tengo quince años. Yo fui el sobrino de mi tío Albert. Él murió de cáncer en el cuatro de noviembre del dos mil doce.
Albert fue de Filadelfia y fue a Tucson, Arizona en donde él murió
Albert fue el hermano de mi padre, el padre de mi prima, el marido de mi tía, y el tío de mi.
Él fue extrovertido, inteligente, simpático, y muy cómico.
Que yo sepa, mi tío Albert está enterré en Tuscon, Arizona.
Albert tiene cáncer de piel, y está enfermo durante un año.
Él murió cuando él tiene treinta y cinco años. Él voy a extrañar, pero siempre él acordarse. Gracias.
- If you feel lonely even though you talk to a lot of people online and not in person, it may be because you are not experiencing real human interaction. Make sure you interact with people in real life because at the end of the day, real human interaction means more than online interaction.
- Picking a good role model can help a teen avoid peer pressure.
- Keep yourself away from negative influences
- Decide who you want to be based on what you feel is right and from the mistakes people make around you so you don’t fall into the same path.
- Help the people that needs help that most, because one day you might wake up and think that you could have helped that person but you never made a move.
- Look up to a good person so that you can learn from their mistakes.
I decided to do a model of the solar system because I personally am very interested in the space sciences, specifically astrophysics. I thought it would pretty cool if I were to build a model of something I personally am very fond of and intrigued by. Although it didn’t turn out exactly how I had originally pictured it, it still turned out just as amazing and had just as much quality as I wanted it to have.