Rated R

The Dexter community makes an effort to eliminate a harmful word through the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign

By Joe Ramey

 

“I used to use it – the word retard. It was just normal,” explains a Dexter High School student. “It was just a social saying. Older kids said it, so I had some influences.”

When this student used the term retard, he was not only using someone’s disability as a comparative adjective to something else, he was desensitizing the word, allowing for it to become popularized and a working facet of people’s vocabulary.

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BREAKING: Phil Jacobs Named DHS Football Coach

Jacobs comes to DHS from Siena Heights University

By Joe Ramey

With no usurp needed, Dexter’s former varsity football coach Garrett Chapel (who held the job for 22 days), resigned, calling for a new search to begin and a new spot to be filled.

Within a month of his resignation, the spot has been filled and it been filled heftily. Phil Jacobs, a former varsity coach at Adrian High School and current outside linebackers coach at Siena Heights, was named head coach on Thursday.

Jacobs plans to make an appearance next week to talk to student athletes about his decision to move to Dexter as both a coach and a teacher.

“I feel very privileged to be the head football coach at one of the top school districts in the state,” Jacobs said in a statement. “I am very eager to begin work at Dexter as soon as possible, to spend time with our student-athletes, and to get to work. We will work hard to bring a brand of football that the Dexter community will be proud of.”

His philosophy is one of strength and integrity. Literally. His plan has always been to better a program in the weight room and ensure his team is the “strongest pound for pound” in whatever league they play in.

With a career record of 67-45, Jacobs intends on bringing a winning record from his previous positions to Dexter. His former position included a head coach position at Adrian with five SEC titles and two district titles under his belt. Along with his head coaching position at Adrian was his involvement in the Siena Heights program, most recently as an outside linebackers coach. Of his 25 years of coaching, 11 came at the collegiate level, garnering praise nationwide.

His name was recognized as one of the top 20 turn around coaches in the state and in 2010, and he was recognized as the National Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly.

“We promised our kids we would find a successful coach and teacher to lead the program,” Superintendent Chris Timmis said in a statement. “Phil Jacobs was at the top of our list. Not only is he an incredible coach, but he is also a gifted teacher and tremendous role model for our student-athletes. We could not be more excited to have Coach Jacobs leading the DHS football program and teaching our students.”

Squall Blind Date 2017

Through complicated Squall compatibility tests, two lucky
students were paired to participate in the annual Blind Date

By: Andy Dolen & Joe Ramey

OVERVIEW: The day started off like any other day. The sun rose in the morning and the birds called, but what awaited was much more intriguing. It was on that day, the 29th of January 2017, that the Squall’s annual blind date took place, and it couldn’t have gone more beautifully.

The two contestants were picked up in a beautiful chariot (a Dodge truck), and they were calmly escorted to their lovely meal in an equally as lovely location. (Actually, we just picked them up, forced them to wear blindfolds and not talk to one another. We then dropped them off at a restaurant with some cash and left to feed ourselves elsewhere).

The two love birds proceeded to consume their food and converse over it. Some of the topics consisted of swimming and school, as well as swimming IN school. The two contestants were constantly surveyed throughout the date (via Instagram live stream), only adding to the weight on both of their shoulders. The impending fear of disappointing the 27 viewers watching the stream accumulated over time. With all of that racing through the female’s mind, she took matters into her own hands in an attempt to create some alone time. She discontinued the stream.

Finally, when the date came to a close, we arrived and scooped up the two pretties, taking them back to their abodes, but not before closely interrogating them about the date.

All in all, it was a beautiful gathering an amazing outcome.

 

POST DATE QUESTIONS:

Rate the date from 1-10? 

Grace: 7

Stephen: 8

Were you happy when you saw who the date was?

Grace: “Yes. I was relieved.”

Stephen: “Yes!”

Do you see a future in the relationship? (2nd date?)

Grace: “Probably just friends… He’s funny and smart.”

Stephen: “Maybe…more yes than no.”

Did the date go as expected? Bad or good?

Grace: “It went well. I had a lot of fun  getting to know him.”

Stephen: “It went well.”

For Grace: What did you like most about your date? For Stephen: Will this impact your other relationship?

Grace: “He was really nice and outgoing.”

Stephen: “The other relationship wasn’t really official, so I dont think so…?”

Holiday Horoscopes

Predicting your near future with the characteristics of your zodiac sign with a holiday twist

By: Andy Dolen

Aries: Being very self driven and thirsty for competition, you attempt to be the best present giver in the family. You will find yourself panicking over what the best present will be for each family member that you will lose sense of what Christmas is really all about.

Taurus: You have the brightest Christmas spirit of the  m all. Everything about the holidays is special for the Taurus, especially the winter weather and the seasonal songs making Christmas the best time of the year. However, Taurus’s love money, and are easily distracted from the essence of the holidays, and become caught up in the buying and receiving trend that go hand in hand with this time of year.

Gemini: Gemini are among the most thoughtful of people and this truly shows during the winter holidays. However, you can be indecisive. You over think the party planning and gifts that come with the holidays. This is also one of the busiest time of the year in school. You will become conflicted with yourself and have trouble balancing time for family and school.

Cancer: You are among the most emotional and most difficult to read. The cold of winter creates a hard sense of cabin fever and the feeling of having no escape to let go of all the problems and stresses in your life. It will be difficult to contain all this emotion, although your determination will allow you to get outdoors and let out steam by building a dope snowman or something.

Leo: Leo. Lion? Detroit Lions will win the Super Bowl. Facts.     Oh and you will have a decent couple months probably. Your energeticness and optimism will push you through the tough winter season and you will find happiness in the holidays.

Virgo: After feeling lost and without focus for a while, December will finally provide you with the necessary clarity and grounding to improve your work ethic. Unfortunately, this also means that you won’t enjoy the holidays as much as you’d like to. After finally finding this motivation, your extreme devotion to school work will cause you to lose touch with the fun and happiness of the holidays.

Libra: You are at your best in groups. December is a time where everyone comes together to celebrate, which couldn’t be better news for the Libra. You thrive in social situations and it will be the best December yet; however, opposite of the Virgo, you will lose focus with school work and motivation for other important things. Don’t get too wrapped up in the Christmas feel; you still have to go back to school soon.

Scorpio: There seems to be a never-ending emotional roller coaster in your life lately and you fall on your face every time you try to find stability. Instead of pushing certain outcomes to other people, or yourself, try to enjoy the unpredictable nature of things and surprises that come your way. Use the start of the holidays to sense the magic of the moment, ask yourself about your direction in life, and make some New Year’s resolutions you are willing to follow.

Sagittarius: You like to be alone. You dislike being constantly surrounded by people and feelings, so during the holidays, instead of spending time with family you will separate yourself as much and possible. You will actually have a lot of fun away from your relatives, although you’ll feel guilty for ditching them for the sake of your own happiness.

Capricorn: Your good managing skills have helped you get all of your Christmas shopping done on time, allowing your family to actually love you this year. Also, your hyper responsibility has caused some annoyance within your friend group, giving them the opportunity to pick on you this time rather than the other weird Sagittarius dude who is always saying weird things.

Aquarius: The sense of obligation will start to wear off and you’ll finally feel like yourself once again.The first couple of weeks in December are for the rise of energy and you will be conflicted about many issues at this time. As the end of the month approaches and the holiday rush sets in, you will feel the anger wear off and finally be able to let go and enjoy everything and everyone around you.

Pisces: This time of year is for giving back and helping others which is where you thrive. The feeling of giving makes you so happy you decide to donate a large amount of money to a charity for the homeless; however, you can sometimes be overly trusting. This causes you to be scammed by some sketchy charity you had never heard of, and now you’ll be left with no money to buy a present for you mom.

Horoscopes

Predicting your near future with the characteristics of your zodiac sign

By: Andy Dolen & Joe Ramey
Aries: As Aries tend to be more on the adventurous side and always full of confidence, it may lead you to find yourself in self-inflicted circumstances in the near future. By the time the next Squall has arrived, you will find a time where you were so involved in your own ego that you missed the LITest DHS Christmas party of the year, costumes and everything. 
TaurusA Taurus is constantly diligent with their work. Although typically generous, they also can be among the most stubborn of people. One day in class, a fellow classmate will kindly approach you to ask to borrow last night’s homework; you, being the Taurus you are, brutally shut them down. The next day, on the rarest of occasions, you forget to do your homework. The only person in the class with who you feel comfortable asking for their homework is the same person who you left hanging the day before. Unsurprisingly, they laugh in your face.
GeminiEveryone loves a Gemini. You are progressive, outgoing, and one of the most popular kids in school.  However, you can and will negate this by the time you’re finished reading this sentence. Geminis often drive themselves into situations that are difficult to get out of. Thinking you’re somewhat invincible, your self-centeredness will cause you to get into a fender bender with an old lady who you were tailgating for driving 20 mph under the speed limit.
CancerCancers are some of the hardest workers when it involves helping others, but when it comes to themself, it’s a different story. Cancers are among the best professional procrastinators. Midterms are coming up soon, but it’s that point when they believe they’re too far way to actually start studying, so they turn their focus elsewhere. Let’s just say, one thing leads to another, and you could be in danger of failing all of your finals.
LeoLeos like to be in the limelight. Although they can be very warm hearted, your  self-centered tendencies have allowed you to dig yourself an imaginary hole that can only be explained as a taste of your own medicine. Specifically, your tendencies will cause you to miss a whole lesson because you were too busy attempting to impress the three girls behind you (with seemingly no positive reaction from them), and you fail a test because of it. Congrats.
VirgoYour critical outlook on most everything in life has caused you to be a person who is constantly in search of friends. Your ideal friends cannot be found because of your compulsive problem of being overly picky and selective. Forcefulness will cause isolation from others, but with the calmness and patience of the Virgo, people will notice your great personality and modesty. Hopefully.
LibraYour constant search for justice and a balanced life within all facets has caused you to try too hard, and in turn, you miss what’s going on around you. You have focused too much on school, and how you can attempt to balance it, and not enough time on a balanced social life.These incessant checkups of everyone else but yourself have caused you to lack self awareness and become a recluse. On the other hand, this search for balance has caused you to do well in school. You speak up about your views in an attempt to create justice between differing demographics or social groups. 
ScorpioYour constant search for information about everyone has caused you to become a bit of a stalker, causing negative connotations to formulate. You have to try and quell your drive to learn more about others, and focus more on what really matters: yourself. This drive has also affected you positively because you don’t stop until you get the correct answers, or at least the answers you want. This helps you academically.
SagittariusYour unparalleled drive to find answers about seemingly meaningless topics has caused you to wander off. Not quite a “meaningless” wander, but one with reason. Confusing, I know, but you will have to take yourself and find your path to newfound success. Whether in school or other activities, stay on your path and do not quit your search for answers.
CapricornYour “know-it-all” tendencies have led you to the believe in your own lies. You were underprepared for your science test and absolutely bombed it. My condolences. Try better next time. These “know-it-all” habits have also lead you to drive your friends away without return. On the bright side, your impeccable managing skills allowed you to produce a solid routine that propels you to academic success more often than not.
AquariusAquarians defy all logic and reason.  They’re not from our world, and on the rare occasion they do decide to visit the rest of us here, their minds are still stuck somewhere we’ve never been nor really care to go. You will find yourself daydreaming in class and absolutely freaking out when the teacher comes and taps you on the shoulder, and incidentally giving them a big shiner.
PiscesPisces are extremely selfless and always willing to help others. However, Pisces find it difficult to say no (which in high school can become a problem). Stacks and stacks of responsibilities and promises build up on your already-packed schedule, and you feel the need to accomplish every one of them or else you will feel guilty. This causes you to become extremely overwhelmed and to begin to fail some of your classes, which is normally very uncommon for you. 

Hidden Gem Reviews: Rod’s Place & The Session Room

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By Joe Ramey

Whether you’re looking screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-11-40-50-amfor a snack or a sit down meal that doesn’t bust your budget, Rod’s Diner in Ann Arbor is the place for you. Highly recommended by students and Ann Arbor natives, Rod’s diner is a place to hang with friends and have a variety of different foods.

For our visit, we tried what is widely known as “Bipimbob” or the most notable entrée on the menu. This dish was a plethora of oriental goodness, with its rice base being accompanied by a variety of assorted vegetables topped of with your choice of meat and a sunny side-up egg. This particular dish was a standout amongst others because of its value and the overall enjoyability. Also, it was a very fun thing to eat because of the egg.

The dish was amazing, but wouldn’t have been complete without the pairing of a cup of fro yo labeled a “collider.” This frozen yogurt is nothing special compared to what other yogurt places provide, it’s just the manner the frozen yogurt is presented to you that makes this so special.

The inaugural reception of a yogurt cup from Rod himself is the initiator of the whole process. The rest is on you. The cup has multiple toppings on it, including different fruits, candies and cereals.

screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-11-41-33-amNowadays, the going rate for frozen yogurt is flatout outrageous, but the prices at Rod’s are pretty similar to what you’d see anywhere else; $6 dollars for a plastic cup of fro yo and you’re set. This is what put this diner on the map.

 

All together, the slight flare of asian cuisine plus the overall atmosphere is what makes this eating experience a fun one. You can never go to Rod’s only once.

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By Ben Daugherty

screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-11-41-12-amWhen we walked into The Session Room, its log cabin-esque interior made us feel at home. Although the parking lot was packed full of cars, we were promptly seated and greeted by our server, Ashley. She offered us a drink menu even though we are clearly not of age, which isn’t unusual since the restauranthas more of a pub-like feel. This is a place that you could go to with your family or to visit when you’re returning from college, but this is not a likely place to go get dinner with friends.

To start, we orderedtheir guacamole. It was incredibly bland. If you’re looking to enjoy a mouth-watering bowl of guac, you should definitely avoid The Session Room. The guac was so unappetizing that it remained untouched; our server returned to offer a box which we subsequently turned down.

We ordered the Mississippi – a pulled pork sandwich – with the hope that it would make up for the unfortunately awful appetizer. We were disappointed to find that french fries did not come with the entre and had to settle for mediocre chips instead. The sandwich was delicious until we reached the middle to take a bite full of fatscreen-shot-2016-10-11-at-11-41-49-am. The fat filled mess of a sandwich paired with it’s lack of fries left me with a bad taste in my mouth and $11 missing from my wallet.

Next, we ordered the Kale Salad, which, to our dismay, contained few ingredients other than chopped kale, making it impossible to achieve a perfectly balanced bite. The food you will find is most easily compared to bar food: it’s not terrible, but you won’t ever crave it. If you’re under the age of 21, The Session Room will likely leave you wondering why you just spent $30 on a dinner full of
disappointment.

Tech Takeover

DHS students and staff participate in a social experiment that transported them to the pre-smartphone era

By Caden Koenig & Joe Ramey

The era of phones becoming smarter is in the past, the era of phones being substantially smarter than you is now. All of that knowledge, just inside your pocket. Smartphone. A term that has become an everyday word, along with an everyday necessity. These devices are taking over the world, consuming your time along with your life.

The new generation, the “millennials” as they have been labeled, is now starting to assimilate into the real world. This generation was the first people to be around and use technology their whole lives. Whether it was the late 90’s and early 2000’s when camera phones were the rave, growing up with technology has caused them to be the most tech savvy in society today. The necessity to be with their technology is very serious, and most parents and older people do not understand this attachment that people have with their smartphones.

The idea of missing something if you don’t look at your phone every other minute is one of, if not the biggest problems facing teens today within the realm of technology. We were curious. So we put Dexter students and teachers alike to the test to see if they could endure a day without the thing they love most: their smartphones.

“It was actually hard; I didn’t expect it to be,” said Junior Rachel Wittenberg. “It’s not a necessity, but it’s definitely become a big part of my life.” The idea of not having her phone on her all day was a bit unnerving for the junior, and she even said she went looking for her phone a couple of times only to be let down when she remembered she agreed to partake in this social experiment and surrender her phone for a day.

Junior Michael Bergamo had something else to say pertaining to his experience, “It was a strange feeling not having it in my pocket all day,” further exemplifying the idea of your phone being a huge part of your day to day life. He continued by say- ing he actually did receive seven notifications, all of which were from his mom. Needless to say, there were some punishments because of his failure to re- spond. Our condolences to Mrs. Bergamo.

English teacher Zach Lindke also allowed the Squall to apprehend him of his life (phone) for a day. During the interview he had a couple interesting, as well as traumatizing things to say.

“I was so naked without it,” Lindke said when asked if he ever noticed himself going for his phone.

He went on to explain that he created a fake phone from construction paper and used that in place of his actual iPhone. Even going as far as putting a fake text message from his friends asking if he wanted to go get something to eat later, and attaching a rock to the back to make it seem as if the construction paper was the same weight as his phone. A close emulation.

Comical at the least, he then went on to say it was “hard to breathe without it” and sometimes he’d wake up in a panic attack when he couldn’t locate his phone.

“Coincidentally, I don’t think I had any no- tifications at the end of the day,” proving the point that you’re probably not missing as much as you think.

Lindke also went on to explain how he com- pared the lack of a smartphone to a ghost limb. Anomalies along the lines of feeling text vibra- tions that didn’t actually happen or the quiet bellowing of his ringtone when in fact no one was calling him.

Today, smartphones are used to do so much, from buying time with playing games, to taking memorable photographs that when looked back upon revive nostalgia. Last year 68 percent of the world’s population owned smartphones, and that number has only increased since.

To some, it is amazing what this new technol- ogy can do. For others, it is scary how connected we are to everything, but being this connected also has pros. The exchange of information between countries and throughout the world is pretty amazing, and to that we do have to thank technology.

Get to know your DHS Floor Environments

By Joe Ramey & Truman Stovall

First Floor

Bring your sweats and your nice blankie because you will be freezing your bumcheeks off when partaking in classes on, or taking a stroll  through, the first floor of the school. Regardless of the time of year, this floor is notoriously cold, with certain spots being colder than others.

One in paticular is the hallway adjacent to the media center, with windows bordering the walls. This hallway is easily the coldest portion of the bottom floor. With all of the tile flooring, an extra layer of clothing is a necessity. The only exception to this floor is a full lunch room. Vents in the commons allow a concentrated flow of frigid air, usually to one table in particular.

Second Floor

Generally the home of the most thermally acceptable regions you’ll encounter at the school, the second floor is the place to be if you’re looking for a balanced temperature during a stressful school day. Mostly carpetted floors and plenty of windows make for a nice mixture of cool air flow and a comfortable standing temperature.

The second floor has it’s ominous spots though. The infamous cold hallway is the coldest spot in the whole school. An entirly cinderblock and window hallway causes it to be either as cold as it is outside or even colder. Make sure to have an extra layer just in case, depending on the day.

Third Floor

If you end up with a class on this floor in the second half of the day, nothing can save you from becoming a hot, sticky mess. Because the laws thermodynamics as we know them say that heat will travel upward, the collective body heat of every person in the school throughout the day winds up on this floor.

By sixth hour in the spring, this floor essentially becomes Vietnam. Yet some teachers on this floor, with an inconceivable tolerance to heat, refuse to open their windows even on the hottest of days. The air conditioning system is simply not capable of keeping this floor bearable to these suffering students. Just hope you’re not one of them.

The Social Hierarchy of DHS

By Caden Koenig, Joe Ramey & Claire Ward

As new seniors feel entitled to the crown of the school, views on the average day changes every year. This change is meant to fit the mold on how the seniors imagined their final year of high school. So, with this comes the basic rules of Dexter High School’s social hierarchy.

Freshmen:

Wow, congrats! You guys survived your tween years and lives as middle schoolers. You have finally made it to high school.

The next four years are going to be some pretty fantastic years. But since you’re coming into our (Seniors ’17) school, we would like to set some guidelines.

Of course there are some obvious ones that don’t need to be mentioned, but I will name a couple just to get the ball rolling.

First, we would like to talk drinking fountains. They are helpful if you have a water bottle or even need to wet your whistle. But turning the fountain head towards the person so when they push it, not realizing what had been done, get water on their shirt and pants is despicable. Most people spot the prank before it happens, and c’mon, you are in high school now.

Next: the hallways. We have five minutes between each class. This time is great to talk to your friends, get a drink of water (as previously stated), and say hello to your significant other (more to come later). One main common mistake everyone has to adjust to, especially freshmen year, is that blocking the hallway isn’t okay.

Blocking the hallway includes, but is not limited to the following: stopping in the middle of the hallway, creating a long line at the drinking fountain, and sitting outside a classroom that is locked. This is high up there on things you can do to annoy other people at DHS, but there may be one that tops the list.

Public Displays of Affection (PDA). Trust us. We get it. Most of the relationships you experience are short and full of puppy love. Now, everyone has gone through this stage, so we all try to understand and remember. Nevertheless, we also know you can wait until 2:51 PM to have that makeout sesh (session) with your significant other. We all would appreciate it.

As far as the things you can do. As you enter high school you are given a lot more freedoms at school. Teachers start to trust you and you start to get privileges you haven’t experienced at school yet.

For example, nobody dismisses your table for lunch anymore; once you get to the lunch room, you can eat. Believe it or not, this is just the beginning. You have a bigger selection of classes, more extracurricular options, and a wider variety of teachers to help and provide different teaching styles.

Starting high school is a big step in your life. And take it from the seniors writing this article, it goes by super fast. So soak up every fantastic, stressful, boring moment you get in the four years you are about to start.

Sophomores:

The less than notable year that is your freshman semesters of high school are over. You are now a real, functioning facet of our high school that we (and most other high schools nationwide) like to call sophomores. Your days of Earth Science noodle structures and spoonfed criteria are over.

Now that you’ve passed your easy breezy first year of high school, you are no longer the bottom of the totem pole. The Pythagorean theorem is a thing of the past, right? Wrong! Don’t make the mistake of failing to challenge yourself this year. Take advantage of the provided classes that can set you up for success in your dreaded junior year. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is carrying over your lazy tendencies from freshman year to your sophomore year. Don’t be that student.

Along with freshman year tendencies, your actions shall NOT carry over. Your decision to make your mark freshman year is one of (hopefully) deep thought and time. Whether that mark was positive or negative, the same shenanigans you pulled freshman year will not fly. You’re a different person, a year older, and you represent our school. If you do decide to take the route of immaturity, leave it all in the classroom. Another one of the biggest mistakes you can make is taking it to Twitter.

Read a book for God’s sake. Like the ones you (didn’t) read freshman year English. Organize! Keep that backpack clear of all trash. You’ll need the space for the textbooks that you should be carrying around and using to your advantage. There’s no complaining when all of your resources are in front of you. Don’t be that guy who’s too scared to ask Mr. Heuser for help on an essay. He’s like the coolest guy ever. Take your time and ask the questions that need to be answered. After all, you’ll need to know by next year.

Prepare, prepare, prepare. The three things you are called to do your sophomore year. Just as you would prep for a hurricane or other natural disasters of sorts, you are to prep for the coming storm. Your junior year; and that storm is brewing.

“On to the next one” – lyrical genius ‘Jay-Z’

Juniors:

Brace yourselves. This year really will suck. I know, I know, that sounds like the most cliche thing in the world. At the beginning of junior year, things seem okay. They can even seem pretty good. Then all of the sudden you have two papers on Tuesday, a Pre-Calc test Wednesday morning, an APUSH project due Thursday, and a basketball tournament over the weekend. These are usually the times where you find yourself laying face-down in your bed, too overwhelmed to even eat. You don’t want to get to this point, so here are some helpful tips to prevent having a mental breakdown every other hour.

Get a planner, keep the planner on you at all times, and actually use it. Time management is so important when you have what seems like a million assignments. You want to stay ahead as much as you can. When you get an assignment, start working on it the earliest chance you get. Do not put off studying until the night before, and don’t wait until 10 on a Thursday night to start a paper due in class the next day. Do your big assignments the same day you get them, and get as much done as early as possible. You can do that 10-minute vocab assignment at lunch; you can’t write a full essay.

Every spring, juniors prepare for the SAT/ACT. You should too. Take a prep course, review your basic math and reading skills, and actually get a decent amount of sleep the night before. Knowing the material is important. What’s more important, though, is not stressing out about the standardized test too much. Your future really does not count on the SAT. Yes, the SAT is important; however, you can retake it, and once you get to college it won’t mean anything. More and more schools are making the decision to not require SAT/ACT scores as sometimes they aren’t accurate reflections of the student. That being said, you still have to try. Many schools still want to see your score. Just try not to stress yourself out about it too much.

With all the stress, you can’t forget to have some fun. Go to the football and basketball games. Go out to the corn maze. See the school plays. Do what you enjoy doing. This year may be your hardest year academically, but plenty of things can be done to lessen your stress.

But, congratulations! You made it to the upperclassmen years of high school. No longer can people tell you, “you were a freshman last year; you can’t say anything about hating them” or “you’re literally 12” because you aren’t anymore! Just make sure you know where you belong; you aren’t seniors yet. If a senior wriggles in front of you at the game, don’t yell and complain. They don’t care that you’ve been there since 3:30. They’ve been in your place before and have seniority.

This is the year you get to have fun, but not too much fun. You’re finally free of the shackles freshman year places on you and that follow you (aka haunt you) as you complete sophomore year. Concentrate on school work, get stuff done, but don’t let it stress you out to an unmanageable point.

Seniors:

Guys, we made it. We’ve suffered for three years to get to this point, but we’re finally here. This is the year we get to rule the school. Here’s a little advice on how to spend your final year in grade school.

Make the absolute most of it. Go to every football game, every basketball game, dress up on spirit days, go to school plays, go to Homecoming and Prom (especially Homecoming — it can be as much fun as you make it, so make it amazing), build relationships with your teachers, and mend old relationships with classmates. Pretty much do anything you want to do (within reason, and don’t be rude about it either).

This is your last year with the protection of a house to come home to each night, and having all your closest friends around you all the time. You don’t want to wake up on graduation morning and realize you regret how you spent your last year in Dexter. Pretty soon all of us will be spread out around the country, maybe even outside of the country, and will be forced into a world of financial management and all-nighters writing term papers.

Work hard to get where you want to be in the fall of 2017. If that happens to be Stanford, you’d better already have your application essays written (if this is where you want to go, I have no doubt your applications are almost already completely finished and you’ve already had multiple interviews with admission reps). If that happens to be WCC, start getting your application together, because the process can be long. The point is, this is the last year you have before you aren’t guided through life. Now is the time to bust a little ass to give yourself the best opportunity to thrive once next September comes around. Working hard doesn’t stop after acceptance. You can’t just screw around after declaration day. You still have to work to maintain your grades; colleges can always revoke acceptance.

With all this newly found seniority, occasionally check yourself. Just because you’re a senior doesn’t mean it’s cool for you to push around the freshmen, or make fun of them for being confused as to where the fifth floor is. The poor little guys looking like Nemo on the first day, alone in a big open ocean, is just trying to find someone they know. If you see a freshman — or anyone for that matter — looking completely lost or helpless, give them some help. I promise, it won’t bring you down in social status.

This is our last year. We have 278 days from today before we are officially Dexter High School graduates. Whether that number seems large or small to you, it will go faster than you believe. We have 278 days to make the most of. Here’s to us. The only thing left to say is that this year is going to be L17.

New Extended School Year

Michigan public schools feel students need more days in the school year. 
By Joe Ramey

Next year, Dexter High School, along with every other public school in Michigan will be implementing an extended school year.  

A five-day extension to the end of the school year will meet the state requirement for hours in school a year.

A state law saying public schools are not allowed to start before Labor Day has hindered the possibility of keeping the last day of school a consistent date.

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