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H-E-B ISD provides parenting workshops

By Laramie KnoxEditor-in-chief

Licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP) Julia Harris has been working for the past three years to help provide parenting resources to the suburbs of HEB that used to only be available in downtown Fort Worth.

“We didn’t have anything out here,” Harris said. “There were resources available, but parents don’t want to drive all the way to Fort Worth after work when they need help.”

After working with the Parenting Center in Fort Worth, Harris and the other LSSPs of the school district have provided free parenting workshops, where they give methods for difficult topics such as “Managing Temper Tantrums and Time Outs” for elementary school students and “Communicating With Your Teen” for junior high and high school students.

While parenting is different for each family, the tools provided at these workshops are universal to all styles.

When it comes to discipline, “it’s all about changing your verbiage,” Harris said. “Saying ‘when you clean your room’ instead of ‘if you clean your room’ makes children more complacent.”

These tips are easy to implement in any household and have been helpful to all families in the district.

“It’s mostly single moms that come,” Harris said. “But we usually have 20 to 25 parents show, which is a good turn out.”

Harris has said that the parents attending these workshops have developed close relationships with one another, and often share parenting tips of their own.

The workshops provided are flexible to the changing times of technology. Within the past year, a class called “Preteens in the Wireless Age” has begun, in which parents learn about the dangers of technology that young adults have access to.

Harris said many LSSPs agree that “kids don’t know how to interact socially” due to an early introduction of screens, so future workshops will be focused on technology and how manage screen exposure at younger ages.

In discussing new issues like technology, Harris has also been talking about parenting children with ADHD.

“When we test kids for disabilities, it’s usually behavioral problems that come up,” Harris said. “We teach parents how to handle hyper-active behavior.”

In addition to behavioral issues, Harris would like to discuss more social issues in the future such as sexual education and dating.

Four years ago, these issues were discussed at an intense expo held at the First Baptist Church in Hurst.

“We used to bring in female prisoners and have them tell their stories,” Harris said.  “We didn’t even give them a topic, just let them speak freely.”

While these expos for teenagers no longer happen, Harris is hoping that these parenting workshops help out the parents in the community with their relationships with their teens.

“Parents often want to treat their children as friends, but there is a hierarchy in a family.”

Harris hopes that teens will encourage their parents to go to these workshops, because in the long run they benefit the entire household.

The most recent workshop, “Parenting a Child with ADHD,” was held Feb. 13 at Harrison Lane Elementary.

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ALL EYES ON YOU: The Age of Social Media

by Emma ForemanAssistant Editor

Social media has been one of the most debated issues in the past 10 years as we ask ourselves what effects it has on individuals, specifically the main consumer of media—teenagers and young adults.

When you post something or make a statement on the internet, you are not only speaking for yourself. Your image represents everything you are a part of: your school, your work, your clubs, your church.

As seen in the assortment of tweets, Facebook posts, and internet updates, one comment made by an individual affects the individual and the company in great measure. But how does all fit into a school setting and affect on the student body?

Jim Bannister, Bell principal, believes that social media is overall a good thing, yet wants students to be cautious of the image they portray.

“Kids who wear letter jackets and T-shirts that advertise their organization are representing themselves and the school as a whole,” he said. “The way they behave, and what they say, shows what kind of kids we’re raising.”

Unlike prospective jobs and colleges, administrators and the school do not screen student accounts.

“If we get a report on a student’s behavior, and it is from a credible source, we look into it further, but we do not do routine screenings of social media sites,” Bannister said.

Furthermore, an instance where a student at L.D. Bell was affected by what something they posted, occurred five to six years ago. A student, who was up for an athletic scholarship, was known for being “very outspoken and had very defined opinions,” Bannister said.

A lot of his opinions were on controversial issues and caused questioning, but in the end the scholarship was not taken away, and the coach just addressed administration about it.

How do we make students more informed and cautious about what they post, and realize the affect it can have on their future and their overall image?

“More so, I am more afraid of how entrenched people are in wanting to know what people think of them,” Bannister said. “ I worry more than anything about how kids take things way too seriously that are put on media.”

Social media will continue to be a major influencer, and despite the negatives, it provides many positive attributes that advance society. The one thing we can do is keep in mind that, “before you post it, do you want your grandparents, your parents, your ministers, companies, organization leaders, or administrators to see it?”

Soccer player serves, leads, inspires others

by Sophie RodgersSports Editor

Something special about junior Holly Madden is how kind her heart is. She is always helping others. Whether it be sharing her love for the Lord with younger high school students in Young Life or being a captain for the soccer team, she is always there.

Madden is also an advanced student and a Young Life student leader.

“Managing my schedule is easy because I fill it with things I love,” she said. “I have no reason to make excuses and skip out on anything.”

Madden has played soccer for “13 years”—as long as she can remember, she said. She has played on the varsity soccer team here at Bell for three years and plays club soccer for the Dallas Texans.

“Being a captain is an awesome opportunity because I can lead a great group of girls and hopefully inspire the underclass men to be leaders too,” she said.

Many athletes strive to play at the next level and that is exactly what Madden wants to do.

“Playing at the next level is my dream because I love the game so much,” she said.

A person like her can do anything she wants if she puts her mind to it. As she has grown, she believes playing soccer has made an amazing impact on her life.

“Soccer has taught me how to be mentally tough and the true meaning of being a part of a team,” she said.

Many friends and coaches see Madden as a hard worker and a great friend. She loves the game and her friends more than anything.

She will continue to strive for greatness to get where she wants to go!

Academic Quiz League team named ‘Grand Champions’

by Laramie KnoxEditor-In-Chief

“We’re just a bunch of nerds that hang around and laugh,” said history teacher Kent Wooley when asked about the average Academic Quiz League practice.

Despite its small number of members, the Academic Quiz League club has been going on for decades at L.D. Bell.

“This is my 15th year as sponsor,” Wooley said. “The size of an organization usually depends of the sponsor.”

To increase participation, Wooley often encourages some of his sophomore students to join quiz league, and some of them enjoy it so much they stay until their senior year.

“I finally joined my junior year,” senior David Johnson said.  “I think it’s fun to see how much you actually know and how much you can learn.”

Competing in a fast-paced trivia style game, Academic Quiz League consists of a team of five students providing facts from a variety of subjects.

“[Quiz League] has given me confidence in my knowledge,” Johnson said.

Jack Vaughn and Johnson are the only seniors on Academic Quiz League this year, and they are also in the IB program.

“The kids that do quiz league are usually the most involved kids in school,” Wooley said. “They’re also some of the smartest.”

This year the team has several sophomores who are well-versed in many subjects.

“Usually we have a lot of people that are good at science and math,” said Johnson, who cites history as his best subject. “But this year we have a lot of people that are good at English and literature.”

The team ended their season this year as grand champions after winning semifinals at Martin High School on March 1.

“We’re here to win,” Wooley said. “But mostly we’re here to have fun.”

Japanese exchange student makes name for himself

By Emma ForemanAssistant Editor

Foreign exchange students bring an important aspect of cultural and social values to a school, leaving a lasting impact on many students. This year Hayato Kawakami is doing nothing short of that.

Hayato Kawakami is what most people would consider your typical high school student, but what a lot of people don’t know is he’s visiting from Japan.  Hayato is from Osaka, the second biggest city in Japan. He now temporarily lives with his host family in Hurst.

“Osaka is well-known for the fact that Universal Studio Japan is located there,” Kawakami said.

Hayato moved here back in September of 2017. He will live here for 10 months, and as of right now he has six months remaining. Hayato has found many ways to spend his time, as he enjoys playing basketball when not attending school.

Kawakami also has made quite a name for himself on the L.D. Bell Golf Team. Scoring a 76, Hayato earned the top medalist honor at the Timber Creek Tournament, and made L.D. Bell a top three contender for the first time in years.

One might ask, Why move halfway across the world?

“The main reason I came here is to learn English and foreign culture,” he said. “In the future I plan on becoming an entrepreneur and having my own business.”

The American school system has many differences than ones located in Japan, and Hayato commented on that.

“The biggest differences that I experience is school style,” he said. “Back at my school Hyogo, we can’t bring cell phones into Japanese schools, and the grade system is completely different.”

Hayato also remarked, “I really miss Japanese food…especially sushi!”

Kawakami embraces the freedom we are guaranteed in America and has found his experience to be educational and unforgettable.  As he wraps up his junior year, Hayato prepares to return to his friends and family back in Japan.

“One of the hardest parts about coming to America is leaving behind my friends I’ve known my whole life…. I miss them very much, and even though I have enjoyed my time in America, I am ready to return home.”

Holiday Activities Checklist

by Aliyana Gonzalez

Wondering how to get into the Christmas spirit this season? Here are a few activities that you could do with your friends.

  • Invite some friends over and gather around a bonfire for some s’mores and a good time.

Inexpensive Gifts for the Holidays

By Donovan Clemon

Holiday gifts don’t have to break the bank. Check out these items, $15 or less, that emphasize it’s the thought that counts.

Stuffed plush animals ($4+)

Any gift cards ($10+)

Duck bill hats ($7)

Graphic socks ($6)

Homemade painting (free)

Ugly sweaters($15)

Candy ($2+)

Homemade cards (free)

Mini backpack ($15)

Gift baskets ($10+)

Craft Fair brings thousands to campus

—photos by Laramie Knox

Sponsored by Bell’s Family and Consumer Science Department, the Bell Craft Fair brings thousands of shoppers, vendors, and students together on the first Saturday of December.

This year’s fair on Dec. 2 featured a variety of vendors, a number of student helpers, and performances by campus music groups.

The craft fair, a Bell tradition, raises funds for the campus as well as individual student groups who help and run their own booths.

Student Council hard at work for Homecoming

by Aliyana Gonzalez

With weeks to go before Homecoming, Student Council is already inundated with the planning they have for the big week. Speaking with Holly Gregg, the Student Council sponsor, this organization is more than it seems.

When the student body thinks of Student Council, they primarily think of the fun relay race that’s performed at every pep rally, unaware that these students do more than just put together fun games.

During the time leading up to Homecoming, Gregg’s team has a long list of things to get done for the parade, such as: searching for convertibles to rent, delivering letters to businesses along the planned route, assigning the organizations their spots in the parade, deciding on an overall theme, and assigning hallways to decorate to each organization.

While all of this may seem overwhelming, Gregg says the most stressful is finding the convertibles for the Homecoming nominees to ride in during the parade.

Although Homecoming is a little different each year, one thing that is a priority to Student Council is inviting the mayor out to the parade. Gregg says the motivation behind this is to “bridge the school with the community.”

Right now Student Council is made up of approximately 40 students and is welcoming more. They meet up about once a month and an application is required to join; applications are available in Gregg’s room (H-18) or Lindsay Broom’s (E-14).

 

L.D. Bell: A Place of Culture

By Emma Foreman, assistant editor

From trips to Italy and Germany, to Spain and Portugal, the various programs and classes at L.D Bell offer a wide variety of opportunities to gain cultural and foreign experiences.

Last year, the IB classes of 2017 and 2018 travelled to multiple places in Italy, including Rome and Florence. Students were able to see some of the most memorable and historic sights in the world such as Vatican City, the Coliseum, and the Doma.

Kirsten Kinzlmaier, currently a senior at Bell and IB student, went on the trip last year.

“While being in Italy, I experienced the amazing aspects of Italian culture,” she said. “The food, architecture, and people there all caused me to open my mind up to the world.”

This year the IB class will be traveling to France and England.

Other organizations provide similar experiences like this for students, including the various foreign languages classes here at Bell who offer educational trips that are correspondent to each language.

It is experiences such as these that make the students of LD Bell globally knowledgeable and open-minded to the various cultures, people, and traditions of the world.