Poll Questions

  1. Have you ever been pranked on in high school?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  2. Have you ever witnessed a prank?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  3. Have you or do you know anyone who hazed a student?
    1. Yes
    2. No.
  4. If you have been or know any one who has been hazed, where did it occur?
    1. Playing Sports
    2. During School
    3. During Extracurricular activities (band, clubs, etc.)
    4. Outside of school
  5. Some consider hazing as a right of passage in high school as a freshman, do you believe so?
    1. Yes
    2. No
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Features Planner

Name:  Jean Vilpin

Story: Hazing

Section:

Deadline:

People I need to talk to for quotes / information                 When?

  1. Trust Counselor                                                         1.        
  2. Mr. Figueroa – Band Director                                              2.
  3. Victims of Hazing                                                     3.
  4. Coach Hayes                                                             4.

                                                                                             

Angle:  What unique information will the reader get from this story that he or she wouldn’t get from a straight news story?

The reader will be aware of hazing that occurs in high school athletics, clubs, and activities.

Six initial questions I’ll ask:

Who?

Who are the victims of hazing?

What?

What is the result of hazing in high school?

What is hazing?

What are prominent examples of hazing?

What are students’ points of view on hazing?

When?

When does hazing occur/?

Where?

Where does hazing occur most often?

Why?

Why is hazing so popular in high school culture?

How?

How does someone get hazed?

 

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Reflection

Throughout the process of writing my news story, I learned a lot about respecting deadlines. Being timely in news is about one of the most important things to do. My topic was about the lunch schedule situation. It was an interesting topic to write about seeing as it’s my first year in journalism. My favorite part of writing the story was interviewing Mr. Patrice. He complimented me on my professionalism. Even though I don’t plan on being a journalist, it is apparently something that if I were to practice on I can be good at. The lunch schedule at Miami Beach High was changed to two lunches because of the overpopulation of students in the school. As a new news reporter I was appointed to write a story on it. Never taking deadlines seriously, I procrastinated before finishing my drafts which hurt me in the long run. I did however learn new ways to writing and improving my grammar during the process of writing my story. Interviewing was overall the best part of being in journalism for me. I walked around the school asking for and giving interviews to random students, security guards teachers, and administrators. Interviewing Mr. Patrice was the most satisfactory experience. He spoke clearly and appraised me for a good job afterword. I kept in mind good note taking skills while asking him questions about the lunch and overcrowding situation. So far I had a pretty good experience in journalism 1 and writing my news story.

edit- draft.

The  Miami Beach Senior High administration implemented a new block lunch during the first week of school because of the increase in student population.

 “We have over 2000 students and a limited number of cafeteria workers, with only 6 bays vending food in the cafeteria”, said Ramon Patrice, assistant principal. “We cannot accommodate over 2000 students in such a short time.” Patrice said he had almost no part in the decision and all he was worrying about was feeding all the students sufficiently and making sure they all got back to class on time.  Surprisingly, the event of the girl getting injured during lunch had no part of the decision.

 The cafeteria workers have been getting paid the same for working double shifts. “The cafeteria workers are getting paid but if you ask me they aren’t getting paid enough,” said Patrice. Originally the school was going to go with a one lunch schedule but with all the hassle with overcrowding, long waits in the lunch line and students being late to class that administrators had to figure out a way to accommodate 2000 students in one or more lunch period. Students have been going hungry waiting in long lines for lunch. They had multiple plans that were executed by trial and error, and it came to the conclusion that two lunches at the beginning and end of the 3rd block of the day was the most efficient plan. This year the school could not afford lunch carts that used to be stationed in the spill out area last year and put snacks such as cookies and sodas in the lunch bays. 

The benefits of the two lunch schedule are that there are fewer students for lunch period so everyone who is waiting in line can eat. Because there are fewer students it is easier to supervise and control what happens and goes on during lunch. “If I were a student”, said Mr. Patrice, “I wouldn’t want to wait in line for half an hour to get my food” We had a number of students who got there food and were told after a minute or two that they had to get finish up their food and go to class.”

One student said how much he resented the two lunch schedule because he couldn’t go to certain things like club meetings or talk to some teachers because half the classes in the school were still in session. Students like band members were even complaining that they couldn’t practice in the band room because there was either class in session while they had lunch.

First Draft

At Miami Beach High School, the lunch schedule has caused mass confusion for the first few weeks of school. Students have been going hungry waiting in long lines for lunch. The school’s major increase in population is one of the key reasons why the lunch schedule has been changed from one lunch to two separate lunches. “We have over 2000 students and a limited number of cafeteria workers with only 6 bay vending foods in the cafeteria” said Assistant Principal, Mr. Patrice. “We cannot accommodate over 2000 students in such a short time.” Mr. Patrice said he had almost no part in the decision and all he was worrying about was feeding all the students sufficiently and making sure they all got back to class on time. Surprisingly, the event of the girl getting injured during lunch had no part of the decision. The cafeteria workers have been getting paid the same for working double shifts. “The cafeteria workers are getting paid but if you ask me they aren’t getting paid enough,” said Patrice. Originally the school was going to go with a one lunch schedule but with all the hassle with overcrowding, long waits in the lunch line and students being late to class that administrators had to figure out a way to accommodate 2000 students in one or more lunch period. They had multiple plans that were executed by trial and error, and it came to the conclusion that two lunches at the beginning and end of the 3rd block of the day was the most efficient plan. This year the school could not afford lunch carts that used to be stationed in the spill out area last year and put snacks such as cookies and sodas in the lunch bays. The benefits of the two lunch schedule are that there are fewer students for lunch period so everyone who is waiting in line can eat. Because there are fewer students it is easier to supervise and control what happens and goes on during lunch. “If I were a student”, said Mr. Patrice, “I wouldn’t want to wait in line for half an hour to get my food” We had a number of students who got there food and were told after a minute or two that they had to get finish up their food and go to class.” One student said how much he resented the two lunch schedule because he couldn’t go to certain things like club meetings or talk to some teachers because half the classes in the school were still in session. Students like band members were even complaining that they couldn’t practice in the band room because there was either class in session while they had lunch.

Interview Planner 3

Name: Jean Vilpin

Person to be Interviewed: Mr. Patrice

Date / Location of Interview:

Deadline:

Topic: Lunch

Important Background information:

The Assistant Principal

Six initial questions I’ll ask:

Who?

Who had a part in the lunch decisions?

Did you have any part in the lunch decision?

What?

What other plans for lunch are there?

What is the purpose of two lunches?

What are the benefits of two lunches?

When?

When will the school have a solid lunch schedule?

Where?

Where were you when the lunch decision was made?

Why?

Why were there multiple plans for lunch?

How?

How has the lunch plan folded out so far?

How was the lunch decision made?

Other questions I’ll need to ask:

Do you think the lunch plans are confusing the students?

How did the girl getting hurt have sparked or affected the lunch decision in any way?

Are the cafeteria workers getting paid more for the double shifts?