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Journalism is just a gun. It’s only got one bullet in it, but if you aim right, that’s all you need. Aim it right and you can blow a kneecap off the world.
 ~ Warren Ellis 

This year ASPV introduced a Journalism course.  It is filled largely with seniors and was a planned step during our website re-construction.  Our goal remains, to have a dynamic web presence that will prove itself to be a useful tools to all stakeholders.  Of course the challenge to this is maintenance; who better to do the maintenance then the students themselves?  We are continuously trying make real experiences available to our students and this news site is simply the latest in that endeavor.  I am incredibly proud of teacher Allyson Williams for her perseverance on this project and to all of her students – they have created a great bank of stories to launch the site, for all of us to enjoy:



great cyber-bullying video

When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)

Just last month i was wandering through the blogosphere reading some music blogs that interest me.  I was astounded by the comments that people were making, they were so severe.  Protected by anonymity it seems people aren’t really nice to each other.  I was disturbed by the fact that kys was an abbreviation that was thrown around like it was nothing.  Oh, you didn’t know either – kill yourself.  Disturbing.  In the same week my senior students reflected on this tragic article, to summarize their responses in a word:  harsh.

The importance of this new writing vehicle that we are a part of can not be understated and the direct instruction and consideration of commenting is something i believe has a place within the modern classroom.  A friend sent me this video this morning, which i found astoundingly powerful and will use to launch a lesson very soon:


Student Blog prompts:
What do you consider to be cyber bullying?  Can you share a time where you felt as though you were bullied online?  Can you think of an instance where perhaps your actions could have been considered bullying?  How did these experiences make you feel?  why?  What should you do if you feel that you are being bullied?

WOW or is it WAO?

“what drives an artist is that you believe that the future is gonna have some use for what you are working on now.”
-Junot Diaz

The opportunity given to CMS students and staff yesterday was one that i will never forget. Junot Diaz is an incredible writer, an absolute genius, a humanitarian, a champion of justice, and a phenomenal teacher. So many incredible gems and sound bytes that didn’t stop from the moment he arrived until the moment that he left -and i would know…he had a magnetic quality to him that kept me a my video camera chasing him all day.

All of these pieces come attached with a mature language warning.

High School Assembly (Reading & Q&A Session)
coming to YouTube soon…

Workshop#1 – the sound quality is audible but low
click here
Workshop #2- the sound quality is audible but low
click here

Parent/Teacher Reading and Q&A Session
mp3 recording of talk
coming to YouTube soon…


mens’ bookclub with Junot

img thanks to Scarlett