Archive for October, 2010


Seventy-five, and counting pennies?

Although talk of the economic downturn seems rather antiquated, its effect on our school is still quite fresh. With the new physical changes to campus as well as the abundant 75th anniversary extravagances, it may appear to the casual observer that funds at Chadwick are flowing with great ease. However, a discomforting truth lies in the school’s financial expenditures on the school facilities instead of the student body.
We find it troubling that many students accepted to Chadwick this year had to ignore their acceptance letters due to their economic situations. No financial aid was given to new students this year.
Chadwick stresses the importance of diversity in any community, especially in our own. Of the many facets of diversity, one of the most salient comes with individual financial situations. Especially for a school located in what is commonly referred to as a privileged “bubble,” we believe that it is most important to include students of different socio-economic backgrounds in order to compose an interesting and diverse student body. The fact that Chadwick could not provide for this type of diversity this year particularly concerns us mainly because of some questionable spending in other areas.
For example, the article on page three discussing Chadwick’s current finances mentions the funding of new Big Mac Lab computers and the spacious new deck above the swimming pool. There is no question that these additions are useful, but are they as important as scholarship aid? Also, take the 75th anniversary banners that replaced our five beloved core values in the amphitheatre, and the 75th anniversary  t-shirts that were distributed to all students and staff. Of course, purchasing these items did not keep the floodgates closed from financing those in need. But were these souvenirs really necessary? No. Will we really use them after this year? No.
The cost for these various projects may be miniscule in comparison to the financial aid shortage; however, one cannot help thinking that all of these expenses add up. And in the case of the banners, for what purpose? Sure, they look spiffy to all who pass by Laverty, but does the disappearance of our school’s core value banners symbolize a shift in the school’s decision making in applying these values to the diversity of its student body? If this is how Chadwick is after 75 years of existence, one can only begin to imagine the plans in store for its 100th anniversary (did someone say white horses and carriages for visiting alumni?).
The defining question is as follows: should we compromise the future of Chadwick’s student diversity?  What is ultimately the most important aspect for the future of the school and its success?
We only hope the school’s financial team will make the best decisions for the community at large as they have done in the past.

Advertisements

PRO

by Lucas Lebovitz, Senior

Our country stands at the edge of a cliff, leaning over the edge. I will say in no uncertain terms that to prohibit the construction of Park51 will mark the degeneration of our country’s values and the beginning of the next wave of hatred, inequality and racism.

As students we learn that our country has stood at this precipice many times before, often toppling right over the edge into bigotry and discrimination. Throughout its history the United States has marginalized minority group after minority group.

Now, peering into the abyss once again, our country has another decision to make: do we discriminate once again, persecuting Muslims this time, marginalizing an entire religion? Or do we instead progress towards equality, holding true to the values we have struggled to uphold throughout the lifespan of our nation? The answer should be pure and simple: To prohibit the building of this mosque would symbolize the subjugation of yet another minority in our already troubling history. We cannot allow Muslims to fall from equality.

We have heard the arguments against the construction of this Mosque and Islamic Cultural Center. We hear words such as “disrespectful,” and “offensive.” Sarah Palin tells us that, “to build a mosque at Ground Zero is a stab in the heart of the families of the innocent victims of those horrific attacks.” The September 11th attacks tore American families apart. That day took the lives of many innocent Americans of all religions, including Islam. Muslims were just as equally injured by that day as any other group of Americans, and it is unfair to prohibit just Muslims from repairing their wounds as best they can.

The crux of the issue arises out of the fact that the terrorists were Muslim extremists. Many associate the extremists who committed the terrible acts of violence with the Muslim citizens of our country, and therein lie the issues many Americans, especially New Yorkers who were personally hurt by the event, have with the construction of this building. This kind of generalization, grouping American citizens with extremist terrorist who both happen to be of the Islamic faith, is dangerous and cannot occur.

Islam, like any other major religion of the world, does not condone violence. The scriptures do not support nor defend the actions of extremists who twist the religion in order to serve their own ends. Islam teaches us peace, charity, and a unity with God. To generalize the millions of peaceful, law abiding Muslims in our country with terrorists is offensive to all those who practice Islam, not condoning the violent actions of the extremist minority. All religions have fanatics who manipulate scripture to justify their actions.

So long as they proceed in accordance with all local laws and ordinances, the builders of Park51 have every constitutional right to build the mosque. Disregarding completely the bigoted spirit of the idea, prohibiting the construction of this mosque violates the constitutional rights of American citizens. Critics must understand the line we cross, when we take those supposedly “inalienable” rights away from Muslims.

Park51 provides a beautiful replacement so that Muslims in New York City have an equal opportunity to worship as any other worshiper of another religion. Originally named the Cordoba House, after the ancient city in Spain where Muslims, Christians and Jews coexisted peacefully, Park51 is designed, according to their website, as “a nonsectarian community, cultural and interfaith spiritual center along with a Muslim prayer area and a monument to honor all those we lost on 9/11.”

The builders have every constitutional right to build, and any prohibition of Park51’s construction is a clear demonstration of taking away Muslim citizens’ rights. The mosque must be allowed to exist in order for Muslims to be treated equally in this country, and for our nation not to slide back into discrimination and racism.

CON

by Gen Baumann, Junior

Of the thousands of Americans murdered on September 11th, eleven of these heroes were Muslim. Twelve if you count Rahma Salie, who was with child.. My real question is: who were the perpetrators? Who caused this slaughter? Extremist Muslims: intent on proving a point. Intent on desecrating American soil. Intent on what else, perhaps? Intent on marking their territory. And they succeeded. No matter how we think of 9/11 or Ground Zero, the site and the terrorists who created it shall forever be linked in our minds.

As I stated before, eleven of our fellow Americans who were Muslim were killed that day in the World Trade Center. Eleven hardworking, honorable Americans were killed. They were Americans first, as we all should be. The values of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity all include love, generosity, loyalty, respect, and fairness. Such religious values are intertwined with our own American values. So you see the similarities.

But more than just 12 of these people were killed on that day. Over 3,000 people were massacred that day. And for what?  So the most despicable subset of people could assert themselves. Prove themselves. .

There are over 100 mosques located in the boroughs of New York City. Did anyone try to prevent those from being built? Was it a national issue? Of course not. This is not a matter of freedom of religion. This is more the measure of how good of a person you are and who these Muslims are. How affected you were. Can you still feel for those victims and their families, even though 9/11 happened almost 9 years ago? If you can how do you rationalize the construction of this mosque?

Who is trying to build this mosque? Who is that insensitive, that they need a mosque near Ground Zero? Not the thousands upon thousands of Muslims who peacefully worship God and still pay their respects to our fellow Americans every year on September 11th. Not our American-Muslims who have delayed the start of Eid, a holiday celebration that happens to fall on September 11th, for more than a week. In fact one Kabir Jeddy, the treasurer of the Muslim Association of the Puget Sound laments, “It’s out of respect. It’s not that we are putting our lives on hold altogether, but it’s not a day we want to be out celebrating.”

But some do want to be celebrating. This Muslim Imam needs to mark his territory. He is an extremist. He is uncompassionate to the thousands of families that lost loved ones to other extremists. Maybe he is not violent or a terrorist.

The extremist “Christian” in Florida is just as much at fault for threatening to burn the Koran. No one can stop him because that’s his freedom of expression. But any decent hearted person would put a stop to that. It is not about how we are impeding these people’s rights. No. Let them build this mosque. Let them justify it with their excuses. Let them try to reason their way through it. That it is their right. But if they were truly compassionate, kindhearted people then they would not insult America’s pain. They would not mark any more territory for the cowards who crashed those planes into our civilians. This is not a testimony that all Muslims are to blame. This is a sentiment that one group of people is to blame for September 11th, and a very different group is responsible for the insult that is this mosque. They both happen to be of the same religion.

It is for these people, who need to assert themselves as dominant, that that mosque is really being built for. It is for those Christian supremacists in Florida that need that Koran to burn. It is all for their own vain self-assurance. It is these people who give a bad name to Christianity or Islam. It’s not the everyday citizens who are capable of seeing what is actually important.

As for me, I say that the American spirit lives on in too many of our hearts, whether they are Muslim hearts or Jewish hearts or Christian hearts or atheists hearts, to stand by while yet another extremist is victorious in his quest in his “jihad bis saif.”

by Michelle Ling

In addition to the print version, The Mainsheet will be be going online in The Mainsheet Blog.  Junior Elyse Werksman developed the idea to bring what is on paper online. According to Werksman, if everything goes accordingly, it should be up and running within the next week.

In the last few years, people start getting much of their information and news online. “If every other newspaper organization was going online, I figured that The Mainsheet should as well” says Werksman.

Many have wondered what the purpose of posting a newspaper online is.  Freshman Blake Dittman says, “The whole point of a newspaper is to have something to carry around and read.  Putting it online defeats the purpose of a newspaper.”

In addition, Senior Katie Starke remember that “When The Mainsheet comes out, everyone has it in class.”

According to Werksman, The Mainsheet Blog will be a way for more people to read the paper, with more accessibility. It will be more convenient for those who do not have time to grab a newspaper.

“I think that this digitalization of  The Mainsheet will only augment the accessibility and efficiency of reading the school paper.  It might also motivate more students to read it!” Werksman said. She also pointed out that alumni, who are not always capable of getting a paper version of The Mainsheet, will now be able to read it online to keep up with the current events on campus.

The online version of The Mainsheet will be very similar to, if not exactly the same as, the paper hardcopy.  “I am going to try my best to keep it as true to the paper version as possible, in such a way that it involves the same sections, columnists, and articles.  I guess it’ll just have a bit more of an ‘edge’ to how someone gets to read it,” said Werksman.

Some believe that one version is better than the other, but people now have the choice: a hardcopy or an online version.  No matter whether or not paper or online, the newspaper will strive to provide the same information, the same opinions, while providing entertainment for the Chadwick community, Werksman said.

by Ari Kassardjian and Larry Feygin

After an exhausting win against L.A. Baptist in football and a long guido-filled night of debauchery, we found ourselves desperately in need of a hearty meal. After tossing around a few ideas, we decided on Uncle Bill’s Pancake House in Manhattan Beach on the corner of Highland and 13th Street, which neither of us had been to before. So with our remaining energy, we set out to Manhattan Beach along with Kevin Wang, Michael Kogan, Luigi Cervantes, and Cameron Longyear, the latter being a “Manhappenin’ Beach” local and expert.

Even though it was a Sunday, we still had to pump what seemed to be endless change into our parking meters for the very limited parking in Manhattan Beach. We stumbled across the street to finally reach Uncle Bill’s where two grinning hostesses greeted us. Anomalous to the notoriety of Uncle Bill’s for its dauntingly long wait time, our wait was only fifteen minutes long. Once our table was ready, the hostess called for Larry as if she had known him for years, representing the hospitability of this cozy restaurant in Manhattan Beach.

Because it was a Sunday morning, the entire inside of the restaurant was packed, forcing the guidos outside. As we walked through the inside of the restaurant, a typical Manhattan Beach atmosphere surrounded us. Street signs were strewn around the columns and walls holding up the abnormally low ceilings, which gave Uncle Bill’s a comfortable ambiance. Mothers and fathers with their children straight from their workouts sat around the wooden, quaint tables adding to the communal feel of Uncle Bill’s. Overall, the seating was rather limited; it’s admirable that Uncle Bill’s does not sacrifice its cozy atmosphere to expand and lose the community feeling.

With our eyes blurry and bodies heavy, we stepped outside and sat on the squeaky white chairs with our menus already in place. Although the air was rather brisk, our bodies were warmed by the breathtaking view of the fading marine layer over the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean. Our waitress arrived promptly while flaunting a shining Star of David on her necklace, which caused a giddy Larry to feel at home.

Once we became acclimated to our serendipitous surroundings, we feasted our eyes on the menus. The selection was as vast as the Tanzanian Serengeti, giving our empty stomachs plenty of edible wildlife and vegetation to consider. One could nearly be overwhelmed by the menu’s size, just as Kevin was overwhelmed by our hostess’s beauty. The menu included various egg combinations, including eggs any style with any of the following: chicken, ham, beef and turkey patties, corned beef, and steak pork chops. Even Mike Ditka and the hungry 1985 Chicago Bears would be satisfied by these combinations. Next, one can find an array of omelettes, which includes internationally inspired egg concoctions like the Istanbul, with Swiss cheese and turkey; the Greek, with feta and olives; and the Spanish, with lots of cheese and Spanish sauce.

The real draw here, however, is the sweet breakfast items. A restaurant with “Pancakes” in its name had to have great pancakes. Although Luigi was intrigued by the breakfast wraps, which he described as “grinteresting” due to their variety of lard-free tortillas, he decided to go with the chocolate chip pancakes. The chocolate reminded Cervantes of his younger days when he aspired to win Willy Wonka’s golden ticket. Cameron and Kevin both saw Luigi’s gustatory genius and decided that mimicry was their best bet, with Wang also adding an omelet to his meal. Michael was craving a sweet and savory combination and decided to order the bacon and cheddar cheese waffles. Larry and Ari decided to get strawberry and waffles and pancakes, respectively, with a side order of sausage and poached eggs for Laurence Marc. Other pancakes/waffles were available with pecans, blueberries, cinnamon raisin, banana nut and more.

The food was well worth the short wait. The waffles were of the thin and crispy category and were featherweights compared to the dense, hard-to-eat Belgian waffles Larry experienced during his twenty years in France. The strawberries added a natural sweetness to the Guidos’ waffles, making excessive amounts of syrup unnecessary.

Although it was Yom Kippur the night before, Kogan thought he was a good enough boy that morning, so he could satisfy his non-kosher craving for bacon and cheese waffles. He described the bacon flavor as being more pronounced than the cheese’s.  He again went against God’s will by indulging in the Uncle Bill’s smoky spiced sausage. The chocolate chip pancake trio was unanimous in their appreciation of the sweet and airy pancakes. The only negative was Larry’s poached egg, which he said was “subpar” since the eggs did not compare to those of his chickens.

After the bill came, our counted money mysteriously always ended up coming short, as usual. However, we finally mustered up enough to satisfy the bill, and we left through an array of hostesses bidding us farewell with our bellies full and our eyes heavy. Uncle Bill’s Pancake House truly represented the American Dream via a pancake paradise.

So, here we go again. Another year of school. We have some of the same: waking up before the sun, parking spot dramatics, homework up to our ears, assemblies that run late no matter what, and being reprimanded at our inability to pick up trash. Every year at Chadwick is marked by some monotony. With the expected, though, we all have learned to expect some new. We convince ourselves that older is better, and therefore a new year means new expectations.

In high school, each year is fairly monumental in its own right. We know it to be so, and therefore we formulate a template for what each year should hold.

As a freshman, you expect to stroll in on the first day and start one hundred percent fresh. If you’re brand new to a school, or even if classmates knew you before, freshman year is the time to reinvent yourself.

Sophomore year is the time to work that new personality. Anything that you didn’t have figured out as a freshman is dead and gone.

Junior year we imagine as the academic apex of high school. Eleventh grade is when you start drinking coffee to keep your eyes open and you have five tests a week, but it’s okay because you’re getting into your dream school.

Senior year, well, is viewed as the epitome of the high school experience. Stress is in store, of course, over the college process, but other than that it’s the time to ease out of youth and into adulthood.

This is a sort of template for what we expect from each year in high school. “Expect” is the key word.

High school is absolutely everything but a planar experience that fulfills all expectations. Each year we go in thinking that everything will change, and that our lives will be monumentally better by the time the year ends. Speaking for the lot of us, that never seems to happen. Freshman year you won’t become a new person. The braces will not magically vanish and best friends won’t stroll into your lap. As a sophomore you will not get the world figured out. Junior year you can work hard and pull all-nighters, but you may not see that effort marked in the letter on the top of your test. As a senior we hope to be carefree and independent, but sometimes childhood tries to hold us back.

I am sounding pessimistic, but that’s not the intent here. The reason we get disappointed is because we have expectations. The expectations we view as something to reach and strive for are what give us the ache in the pit of our stomach when they haven’t been realized.

Let’s scale down a bit. Say you really want to watch The Lion King. You get your friends completely hyped and make a night of it. You order takeout and talk about how you can’t wait to watch the movie. Then, naively, you all stroll into Blockbuster and the tale of a young cub is nowhere to be found. According to the man who seems to live behind the counter, a five-year-old just rented it. There you go: disappointment.

If that didn’t work for you, think about sports. You are playing a team that has been less than stellar in the past. The practice before game day, like the opponent, is less than stellar. You all goof off because there’s no doubt that you will “Hondo” them. Game day comes, the players who normally play left bench grace the court, and the opponent sits on you.

Expectations lead to disappointment every time. In either of these situations, if you didn’t think the movie would be there and if the team didn’t think it was a shoo-in, there would be a minimal let down. Yes, you’re bummed, but instead of getting pushed down a flight of stairs you just trip down the last two.

But then, if expectations let you down, what’s the answer? Do we just stop expecting satisfaction from life? I’m here to say no. What we do need to do though, is find the happy medium. If we erased all goals from our life, where would the drive come from? I say make goals that you can individually control. If you can meet the expectations yourself, no matter what, then the amount of letdown is entirely up to you.

As school gets up and running, don’t let yourself get disappointed. Don’t let other people control your happiness. Instead, go find The Lion King yourself. It’s out there and you know it is, but don’t count on someone else to find it for you.

by Jim Simmons and Hank Trumbull

Football has been the pasttime of bros around the nation since the beginning of time.  Some kids spent their childhood studying or playing at the park, but we spent our weekends glued to the television cheering on the players on our fantasy team. While other kids were at soccer practice, we were in the gym working on our bench press.

Many people might say that this is an untraditional childhood, but, we disagree, we were thinking past our childhoods and toward our manhoods. We were preparing for the greatest and most popular sport in the nation: High School Football.

Here at Chadwick our program is different from other schools. We don’t have lights, our band has four members, and the cross-country team has more participants. However, we fight through this adversity and manage to beat teams from schools twice our size. The program has come a long way, and we are taking time to reflect on our five favorite parts of the Chadwick Football experience.

5. Nicknames: On the last day of hell week every year, every freshman on the team receives a nickname. This is a special moment for all the freshmen, as they’ve been waiting all week to receive their stupid and spontaneous nicknames that will stick with them the rest of high school. These are some of our favorites: “Nala” the lover of Simba from Redondo, “Skipper” the hunter of dead fish, and “Jigglypuff,” the classic pokemon nickname. It’s also good to give names relating to man pecs, such as “Bombs” and “Shuga Bits.”

4. Field Swag: “The only thing better than beating a team is looking better than a team,” said Dylan Barbour. Throughout the past three years, Barbour has known to be a respected bench player with the newest armbands, visor, and back pad. “I feel like it is my obligation to get the team hydrated and stay healthy! However, having ‘swagg’ is my top priority,” Barbour said. With the football team’s newest facemasks and jerseys sponsored by Nike, it is safe to say that we can accomplish both our goals.

3. Girls Volleyball: Conveniently placed in the same season as Football, the girls volleyball team is a great companion to the football team. We love going to their games to cheer them on, and they return the favor by coming to ours. A favorite time in the year is the girls volleyball sleepover, when the boy’s football team makes a guest appearance. We watch movies, eat popcorn, and hear the great stories they tell about past team members.

2. Mickey D’s Wednesday: Every Wednesday during the season, the team takes a trip to Chudi’s McDonalds after practice. We relax, eat some quality food, and watch as Peter Mavredakis works on his game by talking to the girls in the restaurant.

1. Homecoming: Four weeks into the season is the greatest week of all: Homecoming Week. “A quarter of the way through the season is the perfect time for this week,” said Junior Matty Gallas. We get to participate in activities all week, meaning school becomes more fun. “My favorite activity is bobbing for apples because it is a quick activity that only takes 45 seconds to finish,” said senior Harrison Kidd. Along with bobbing for apples, tug of war is a school favorite because everyone is wearing school colors. The combination of all these festivities pumps up the football team for a game that the whole school attends.

Overall, football season is the best time of the year and takes our minds off the fact that summer has just ended. Go Dolphins!

Life’s Faces

You never really know where you’ll end up. Elyse finds me walking up the Vanderlip Lawn: “Do you know what I’m going to ask you? You do, don’t you?” She smiles at me and asks me to write this article. So here’s what’s been happening in my world recently, and take from this whatever you desire.

A couple of weeks ago I was casually opening my Facebook page, and one of those message icons is lit. Honestly thinking it’s my mother in Ireland, I click on it, and instead it’s an old friend who’s found me on Facebook and has invited me to my high school reunion.

Apart from being shocked at being found on Facebook (I was so sure my account was locked from all viewing abilities, and my name has changed completely from my high school days), I gaze closer at the picture of the face grinning back at me from the web—OMG! I start clicking on images and find the faces of people I used to share car rides home with, the people I laughed with, the people with whom I did the silliest of things, and now I’ve clicked on their Facebook accounts and am reading stuff I do not feel comfortable reading—like seriously … this is how they turned out?! The loneliness, the frustration with trying to get so much for nothing, the complaining about how unfair life has been for them; I can’t believe I’m reading this… this can’t be how they really feel! I think about how they had so much more than me, and question at what point their lives took a different course from mine.

I look down the invited/responded/declined list for the reunion and cannot help clicking on some oh so familiar names. Memories flood back of the pretty girls, the party people, the nasty people, the geeks, the hunks, and the worker bees. I find the name of the richest girl I ever knew and remember how some people would have done anything to be her friend—she had an amazing house and is the only person (even to this day) that I know who has a heated outdoor pool in Northern Ireland. The saddest thing about being her was she really had no friends, only acquaintances, and I think she knew it. So, I’m looking at her picture and reading her latest entries—she’s struggling. Her life has changed so much since I last knew her—no pool, no big house, two marriages, two children, and she’s claiming welfare in order to survive—whatever happened…?

I certainly wasn’t the most popular kid. I didn’t go to a lot of dances because my parents wouldn’t allow me. I thought it was so unfair at the time and remember lots of moody stomping about the house in protest of how unjust and inhumane my treatment was. My parents worked very hard to give me all the things and opportunities they didn’t have, and my guilt is that only now as the aged Facebook faces stare back at me I realize that if my parents had let me loose to complete all my teenage desires, it would be someone else sitting on my comfy chair, watching my TV, surfing the internet on my computer, and living in the warmth of LA.

The party girls I remember being SO jealous of were now staring back at me from the computer screen, looking old and tired, but as I read on about their failed relationships, their struggles and little happiness, the smile fading quickly, as I realized they were still searching for where they were meant to be in this world.

I truly feel that everything happens for a reason, and we will all make mistakes, but as long as you work as hard as you can, and be the best person you can be, everyone will be so proud of you. Please don’t ever be that face staring back at me from Facebook so sad, stressed, and lonely. Make sure your heart is full of joy and you feel successful in whatever you choose to do, and most importantly, you’re happy just being you! I love you all so very, very much, and I cannot wait to see where you’ll end up!

HOME GAMES:

Boys Water Polo

10/23, 3:30 vs. Flintridge Prep

10/30, 3:30 vs. La Salle

Girls Tennis

10/20, 3:30 vs. Westridge

10/27, 3:30 vs. Webb

Football

10/17, 2:00 vs. Viewpoint

10/31, 2:00 vs. Pasadena Poly

Girls Golf

10/8, 2:45 vs. Peninsula

10/15, 2:45 vs. Mira Costa

10/22, 2:45 vs. West

Cross Country

10/9, 4:00 vs. Sage Hill, Vistamar

Girls Volleyball

10/13, 5:00 vs. Rio Hondo

10/16, 5:00 vs. Mayfield

10/27, 4:00 vs. Webb

10/29, 5:00 vs. Flint

10/30, 8:00 a.m : Chadwick Tournament

 

AWAY GAMES:

Boys Water Polo

10/7, 3:30 vs. Flintridge Prep

10/9, 3:00 vs. El Segundo

10/16, vs. Oxnard Tournament

10/17, vs. Oxnard Tournament

10/20, 4:00 vs. Oaks Christian

10/22, 7:00 vs. Milken

10/24, 11:00 a.m. vs. Webb

10/28, 3:30 vs. Pasadena Poly

Girls Tennis

10/9, 3:30 vs. Webb

10/13, 3:30 vs. Flintridge Prep

10/16, 3:30 vs. Mayfield

10/23, 3:30 vs. Poly

10/30, 3:00 vs. Brentwood

Football

10/9, 6:30 vs. Brethren Christian

10/23, 7:30 vs. Rio Hondo

Girls Golf

10/13, 2:45 vs. Mira Costa

10/14, 1:00 vs. Knabe Cup

10/20, 2:30 vs. West

Cross Country

10/15, 4:00 vs. CAMS

10/23, 2:00 vs. Mt. Sac Invitational

10/30, 9:00 a.m. League Finals

Girls Volleyball

10/9, 3:15 North High

10/23, 3:30 Westridge

by Samantha Brooks

The CIF Southern Section Commissioner’s Cup, which awards points according to a school’s final standing in various sports, announced five South Bay schools within its top ten finishers for 2009-2010. Chadwick ranked second on the girls’ side, behind Malibu’s Harvard-Westlake.

Chadwick girls teams earned points based upon the strength of cross country CIF and runner-up State Championship titles (five points), a runner-up CIF finish in tennis (three points) and semifinal CIF appearances in basketball and water polo (two points each).

Currently, Coach George Ramos’ girls cross country team is the highest Division V team in dyestatcal.com’s “Hot 100” state ranking for the 2010 season.  The team has won two straight CIF titles and seven overall since 1998. The girls have also won three state titles, but lost by eight points last season.

Defending CIF champion senior Jaye Buchbinder is a bona fide state title contender and is poised for a big senior season.

Sophomores Lauren Ouye, Melissa Shadden and Hailey Waller, Senior Nicole Hutchison, and Juniors Valerie Yarema and Jennifer Calfas add experienced depth the team.

The girl’s tennis team may not look as strong as it did last season with their number one single’s player, Cait Bartlett (Princeton), a solid performance in the CIF Southern Section Division II championship match; however, five returning starters from last year’s team are prepared to hold up the team in their quest for the Prep League Title and a spot in the championship match once again.

Additionally, Palm Desert, which beat the team last season in the CIF final, was moved up to Division I. “ We anticipate going to the playoffs and to battle for the Prep League title,” said coach Carolyn Leach. “I don’t know if we’ll go as far as last year, but we could make a run at it.”

Sophomore Montana Morgan and Junior Madeleine Sung are both vying for the No. 1 singles spot, with Senior Madison Webster holding down the No. 3 spot. Junior starters Lauren MacHarg and Allyson Melideo will also return as the No. 1 doubles team this year, the third season the two have played together.

The girl’s basketball team has high hopes and goals for the senior seasons of four-year Varsity players Breanna Madrazo, Airiss Finley, Haley Bush and Emily Lapham, as well as a return to the court by senior Val Geiger. “Our goal is to win CIF and Prep League,” Lapham said.

“Bre(anna) just re-tore her ACL, so we’re all pretty bummed about that, but we still have really high expectations for ourselves this season. She’s an outstanding player, but we still finished well last season without Bre(anna) so, while we’re currently hoping for a quick recovery for her; we know we can hold our own until she heals up.”

Although suffering from the loss of graduated players Carlyn Robertson and Ginny Trumbull, the water polo teams rounds off the list of Chadwick girls teams hoping to win CIF and League this season.

Currently, those goals are very dependant on more girls joining the team, as well as someone to step up and take-over Trumbull’s spot as goalie. As of now, the team only has roughly twelve players, which is barely enough for a varsity team with subs.

However, the need for more players is not putting a damper on the girls’ aspirations. The team is still striving to beat Malibu, their rival team who they best last year for the first time ever.

They hope to establish a winning streak over Malibu this year during tournaments and in CIF.

The girls’ volleyball team also hopes to add points to Chadwick’s Commissioner’s Cup ranking this year. The team boasts nine senior players this year, including four year varsity starters Zoe Hamilton, Corinne Hemmersbach, Cameron Longyear and Melissa Kohl.

“We know the seniors all want to win and are going to give their all every day, so it’s really about who else is going to step up during each game with them,” said Sophomore Libero/Defensive Specialist Sarah Gurbach.

The Dolphin’s have a perfect 5-0 record in League this year, and plan to keep it that way. Sophomores Sarah Lucenti and Abbe Holtze moved up to varsity this year and are both proving to be great strengths for the team.

The girls’ teams all share a common characteristic: striving for excellence.  Coming fresh off of successes last season, the girls in each sport plan to compete better than ever.

Ask someone to name the most random sport he or she can think of. Chances are you will get polo, biathlon, or Slamball (a TNT Exclusive strain of basketball featuring trampolines). However, more often than not, the answer will be curling.

What is curling? Well on the surface, it is that strange Canadian pasttime we Americans enjoy poking fun at every four years when the Winter Olympics roll around. This claim could not stray further from the truth.

Curling is a regal sport, demanding the utmost precision and concentration of its athletes. The Scottish became the original participants to play the game around 1541.

Players originally slid rocks found in the Scottish hills. Today players use cylindrical granite slabs, appropriately dubbed “stones.” The stones are solid granite, weighing between thirty-eight and forty-four pounds.

So how is the infamous game actually played? Teams take turns sliding stones down a strip of ice called the “curling sheet” at a circular target in the center called the “house.” At the end of the round, points are awarded for stones closest to the house.

This sounds simple, but we are just getting started.

A curling team consists of four players. The four players rotate between the positions of thrower and sweeper. The thrower first throws the stone in the desired direction.

If you have ever watched curling you will remember two men frantically scrubbing the ice; these are the sweepers. The sweepers redirect the curling stone by smoothing the ice, thus making the stone slide smoothly along the originally rough ice.

The stone follows the path of least resistance. This allows players to avoid other stones or turn a corner if it becomes necessary in the game.

All this sums up to a game of constant strategy. Because players are allowed to strike other teams’ rocks, the game becomes quite complicated quickly. Shouting and chaos between players and smashing between stones provide for a riviting game.

The strategy and precision required in the game of curling has brought on its seemingly fitting nickname: Chess on Ice.

You might not know this, but curling fans run rampant all over the Chadwick campus. Leading the charge of these involved fans is resident scholar Laurence Marc Feygin.

“I was raised on Soviet curling,” said Feygin. “I cannot remember a time without the slabs in my life.” He actually makes a habit of curling on weekends when he is not too busy cooking up a storm!

Larry came loaded with one especially valuable piece of advice during our interview.

“Don’t knock it til’ you try it,” he knowledgably stated. “Many assume that just because curling seems excruciatingly boring on television, this means playing will prove equally as unfun. Curling is a thrilling game. I encourage everyone to try it. I want to be a professional curler when I grow up!”

More power to ya, Larry. We can’t wait to see you sliding down the curling sheet someday.

In the meantime, we hope you all head on down to your local curling house and start sweeping.

by Laurence Feygin

The girls volleyball team is off to another strong start after beginning the season a month ago. Much of this success is attributed to the girls’ familiarity with the sport and with their teammates.

The team returns all six starters from last year and only lost two seniors from the year before. Overall, the there are thirteen returning players.

There are many benefits from all the returning players. Sophomore setter Sarah Lucenti said, “It is so awesome that we have all been able to play together for at least one year already. I think the unity we created last year will be the key factor to help us go all the way.”

Senior co-captains Zoe Hamilton and Corinne Hemmerbach, both first team all prep league players from last year, provide guidance for their teammates. Along with Hamilton and Hemmersbach, the team returns four four-year varsity players, including Cameron Longyear and Melissa Kohl, and three year varsity players like Ruby McFarland, Kristen Frerichs and Val Geiger.

Hemmersbach and Hamilton have taken the skills they have learned from past years to help lead their team.

“We have had great teams in the past but there have been obvious missteps. In my four years on varsity, though, this team by far has the best chemistry. We ain’t no nubes. We know what to do!” said Hemmersbach.

Everyone on the team hopes that they can improve from last year’s early quarterfinal exit in the playoffs against Gabrielino. Outside hitter McFarland said, “We were all so sad after last year’s loss. I hope we can win prep league and get some CIF bling to go on top of our beatdown city sundaes.”

Aside from the seniors, the team has some great young players. Junior Lizzie Yates and Sophomore Sarah Gurbach and the primary back row players, and Sophomore Abbey Holtz is the other starting outside hitter. Sophomores Lucenti and Emily Newton are getting experince at setter behind Hemmersbach.

The team is off to a great start this season. They have won all of their first eight matches, winning all of them in four games or less. Geiger said, “The fact that we can put in our less experienced players when we are up by a lot gives us a huge safety net. They will definitely help us as the season goes along “

They are not just beating schools of Chadwick’s size by those margins. In fact, they have dominated huge schools like El Segundo, North Torrance, and Torrance, as well as beating notorious volleyball schools like Santa Monica and Peninsula in the North High tournament. They came in a close second to Palos Verdes High School in the tournament. These victories have helped the team come close to becoming one of the top fifty teams in the state.

The biggest win of the year, however, was against their archrival Mayfield. The team has only won 3 of 21 games against Mayfield over the past three years, with no matches won, but Chadwick beat them 3-0 for their fifth win of the season. Longyear said, “A huge monkey was taken off of our backs after that win.”

The extra wins are not the only change this season. Kohl said, “We definitely bond more as a team. We hang out together all the time outside of school. It’s not only made us better friends but better teammates too.”

The big change this year though is the coach. Boys volleyball coach Michael Cass has stepped up to replace longtime girls coach Anita Drennen. Drennen has been out since the summer on medical leave for an undisclosed injury. It is reported that she could be back by the time CIF playoffs start.

Her absence is the team’s biggest inspiration to succeed this year. Senior Nicole Kelly said, “She’s done so much for us seniors over the past three years. We’re so sad that she’s not here for our final, and hopefully best year.”

The girls have not let the absence slow them down. Cass has led the girl’s to one of their best starts ever. However, they always keep Drennen in their minds. Before each game they write “AD” on their wrists to support their sick coach. Senior Nicole Stanton loves it because “it makes us never forget the person who got us this far in the first place.”

The team has only league teams left to play this year, and they have beaten all of them at least once already earlier in the season.

They hope that their experience, unity, and fun-loving spirits will help them get through the regular season and win for their ill coach.

by Ally Van Deuren

What do you get when you cross a Rockette with pom-poms? Meet Leslie Miller, former Radio City Rockette and professional dancer who is now coaching the Chadwick Cheerleaders and Dance Company.

From the second she jumped up excitedly when she was introduced at the assembly on the first day of school, the Chadwick community surely got a “kick” out of her, pun intended.

Hailing from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Coach Miller grew up in musical theatre and dance and was on her school’s pep squad in high school.

Miller has many new ideas and goals for the future of the cheer squad.

“One change will be that the cheerleaders will support all teams and they will be seen as the spirit ambassadors of the school,” Miller said.

At the homecoming halftime show, under her direction, the cheerleaders performed a medley of the Beach Boys’ “California Girls” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” as well as “We’ve Got the Funk,” in collaboration with the Chadwick Dance Company.

“The cheer team has exceeded all of my expectations for their enthusiasm and work ethic,” Miller said. “I look forward to a very exciting season with them and I hope to see fans joining the excitement by participating in the cheers along with the cheerleaders!”

One of her many goals has yet to be put into action, but is currently on the drawing board.

“We are toying with the idea of calling [the cheerleaders] the ‘Wickettes,’” says Miller, a suggestion from Head of the Upper School Mark Wiedenmann.

From helping the cheerleaders bake cupcakes for various sports teams, to choreographing three full dances for the homecoming halftime show, Coach Miller has shown that her continuing efforts with the cheer team have matched her initial enthusiasm.

Not only is she experienced in the cheerleading department; she is also well-versed in every form of dance including modern, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip-hop, tap, musical theatre, Fosse and more. She fits the job requirements easily as dance teacher and choreographer in the performing arts department.

After graduating from high school, Miller earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in dance from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

She then moved to New York, where two dancers from Alvin Ailey American Ensemble invited her to start a company called “Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company,” often seen on “So You Think You Can Dance!”

She has also danced with smaller companies like Doug Verone and Dancers, Impulse Dance Co. and understudied with Ballet Theatre of Boston. She has worked around the world as a jazz and musical theatre performer with shows in Monte-Carlo, Tokyo, New York City, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Boston and Naples, Florida.

After ending her career with the Rockettes, Miller went back to graduate school to earn a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in dance at Smith College. She has been pursuing dance and choreography ever since.

One of the values Miller is known for is commitment. She runs her rehearsals like she would in the professional world of dance and instills some of her own life lessons into her classes whenever she can.

“You get out what you put in and there is no greater feeling than success after hard work, right?”

by Samantha Brooks

Mainsheet: So, Chudi. What do you do in football?

Chudi Iregbulem: Practice and we play games. We win games.

MS: When and how did you become interested in football?

CI: I became interested in football in middle school because it was the “cool” thing that all my friends were playing.

MS: Which position do you play and what does your position do exactly?

CI: I play running back or linebacker. As the running back, I line up in the backfield and run the ball, and as a linebacker I tackle the ball-carrier on the other team.

MS: What’s the biggest challenge you face while playing the game?

CI: Learning different assignments each week for the game.  And finding swagg. Yeah, swaggalicious items for games.

MS: Which teammate would you say has the most swagg?

CI: Me, obviously.

MS: Who else on the team is swaggalicious, beside you?

CI: Just me. Oh, and Justin (Hsu).  Justin has swagg.

MS: You’re the only ones with swagg?

CI: Well, Harrison has baby swag.

MS: How is the football team different this year than last year?

CI: Well, we’re a lot less proven this year. We have a lot of new guys on the team, and throughout the year we’re trying to see who can play each spot and who can perform well in each spot.

MS: And how is your record so far?

CI: Well, we’ve won every game so far, and we don’t plan on breaking that streak anytime soon. We’re still really proud of everything we accomplished last year, but I think we all know that we can always push ourselves a little harder, run a little faster, or want it more.

MS: It’s widely known that the team lost several key starting players after last season. What are some of the team goals and expectations this year? Are they at all similar to last year’s goals?

CI: Our goals would be to work hard every week.  And that was the same last year, too. Obviously, we try to win games, but most importantly to go out each week and do the best you can; even if that doesn’t necessarily mean getting the win. The entire team has to give everything they’ve got, and the wins will follow.

MS: And what about your own, personal goals? Do you have any particular ones for yourself this season?

CI: I mean, it would be great if I could have a school record in rushing yards or something like that, but really what’s most important to me this year is to just give my all every day. I want some of the younger players to be able to look up to me and think, if I work as hard as he does, I can be that good too.

MS: What sports have you played throughout your high school career?

CI: I play football and basketball and run track, and I’ve played lacrosse in the past.

MS: Do you feel that the experience of being on a team and having such close teammates has made you a better person in other aspects of your life as well?

CI: Yes, I definitely feel like I have a family with the team, which obviously relates to my own family and my family in other aspects of life.

But also the teamwork factor: it improves my ability to work as a teammate and reach and maintain goals with other people.

MS: How does football give meaning to your life?

CI: It’s just another endeavor that I put 100% effort into that is important to me. I have teammates that I strive to do my best for and who do their best for me.

MS: Do you plan on continuing to play football next year in college?

CI: Yes, I plan on playing football next year, but it depends on if I have a chance to play at a college I really want to attend.

I like the idea of being on a team and having a family within my school after my senior year here.

MS: What are some pre- or post-game traditions that the team has?

CI: Well, we always sing “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston acapella in the locker room and dance to “Blow the Whistle” after games.

MS: Do you have any last words of wisdom you’d like to share?

CI: Yee. Everybody needs to like my blog, skyn9ne! Read skyn9ne!

by Montana Morgan

Varsity football proved victorious in their homecoming game, beating Saint Joseph Academy 62-6 on October 2. Going into the game, the team knew it would be one of the easier ones of the season.

However, the captains tried to maintain a modest mindset. “We had to stay focused and not be distracted by all the stuff going on around the game,” said senior Chudi Iregbulem.

Some players kept in mind their homecoming game upset from only two years ago.  “We lost homecoming. That was the most embarrassing thing ever,” said senior Harrison Kidd. “We just had to win this year’s game. You can’t lose homecoming. We had to stay focused and win.”

Other players were fired up by the supportive atmosphere. “I was really excited going into the game because during homecoming everyone has a bunch of spirit,” said sophomore Jake Radeski. “It’s always exciting for the players when everyone comes out.”

After just two minutes of play, the Dolphins had already scored three touchdowns; they were well on their way to victory. By the end of the game, it looked like it was going to be a shutout; however, Saint Joseph came up with a touchdown in the last remaining seconds of the game. However, the extra point was blocked by Chadwick’s defensive line.  “Yeah, we let in a touchdown, but look at the score. We crushed them,” says junior James Lenihan.

There was a record number of fans at the game, aided by the festivities that came along with the 75th anniversary of Chadwick School. Before the game started, there was a spirited student versus alumni flag football game: a ceremony honoring alumni football.

Alumni from an array of graduating classes came to reminisce and celebrate. A few alumni at the event were on the Chadwick team from as early as the 1940s.

Although some players from Saint Joseph presented a challenge, the Dolphins’ teamwork lead them to an easy victory. “They had some guys that could really get ya, but we put our heads down and played football. We were a better team,” said senior Justin Hsu.

The Dolphins’ offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage and continuously punched holes through Saint Joseph’s defense, allowing the running backs to gain significant yardage on almost every play. The Chadwick players scored on nine of their fourteen possessions.

As part of an individual success, Iregbulem significantly increased his touchdown record during the game. At 13 touchdowns for this season thus far, he remains merely 5 touchdowns away from breaking Chadwick’s touchdown record.

The offensive line also provided protection for junior quarterback Hank Trumbull, who went six for seven with three touchdown passes.

The Dolphins lead by so much at halftime, 55-0, that the coaches decided to give the starters a rest and bring in the alternate players and the junior varsity quarterback.

The Chadwick squad did exactly what they came out to do: prove their excellence as a team. “We wanted to show everyone that we were the best team in our division,” said junior Jared Agnew.

Wick is now 5-0, the only team left with a perfect record in the Prep League and in CIF, where they are currently ranked first in their division. They continue to focus on their goals for the season: winning league and CIF.

“If we focus every week, and don’t let up at any point, put in the time to make sure we know all the plays and the game plan, I know we can make it all the way,” said Kidd.

The team’s toughest opponent will most likely be Rio Hondo (2-1). But according to Hsu, all the team has to do to keep winning is “Just play football.”

The team plans on continuing their undefeated streak to reach their goals. “Our chances at the title are better than any other year because I think after last years’ run, we know what it takes and we have a better idea of what to do,” said Kidd.

With a new school year upon us, let’s take a look at some new classes that Chadwick is offering in the Upper School. Varying from art to language to statistics, a multitude of advanced levels of subjects are available, as well as a couple of totally new courses.

Concepts in Art, Concepts in Art Honors
Teacher: Annie Webster, with help from the entire Art department
This advanced level course is for seniors who desire the greatest amount of free choice in designing a project that is tailor-made to their interests.  Students may choose to work independently or in groups to complete either one major piece or a series throughout the semester. The work in this course will involve some risk taking, working with independence and motivation, and possibly collaboration with other students.  Students will continue to work with an independent study contract, defining their course of study in terms of overall concept, number of pieces, technique, scale, and duration of time allotted.
Constitution and Law
Teacher: Sanrda Piercy

A history elective course designed for first semester sophomores, Constitution and Law is organized around discussions of current political issues and legal and civil rights. While the course covers some legal history, the class focuses on how changing interpretations and applications of the law affect current practice in law enforcement and legal proceedings in both criminal and civil law. Students will learn and debate about civil rights, different legal and governmental philosophies and systems, rules of evidence and key court rulings.

 

 

Advanced Environmental Sciences
Teachers: Anita Shier Bruton, Tori Fay
This new advanced course in Environmental Science will provide students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Students will also become familiar with the local environment of Los Angeles and the issues that are relevant to citizens in this area through regular examination and evaluation of current events. Students will gain first-hand knowledge of the environment and human processes through on-site examinations of ecosystems, a habitat restoration project, a water-treatment plant, an active landfill and a recycling plant.

AP Mandarin Chinese
Teacher: Jianmin “Jassy” Luo
The new Advanced Placement level added to the Mandarin Chinese curriculum at Chadwick is a highly advanced class that serves as both a Chinese language course as well as an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Chinese culture. The main focus of the added course is to allow students to have the opportunity to experience a variety of themes and influences in Chinese history, geography, sociology, literature and politics. The course aims to enhance the students’ immersion into the language and culture of the Chinese-speaking world as well as challenge the students to use language as a means to study different disciplines, subjects and topics, rather than just the language itself.
Advanced Statistics
Teacher: John Braafladt
The purpose of the Advanced Statistics course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes to go about studying information: exploring data, describing patterns and departures from patterns; sampling and experimentation, planning and conducting a study; anticipating patterns, exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation; and statistical inference, estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses.

So when exactly did our school newspaper, the Mainsheet, start? Back in 1937, when the school was still a small boarding school, the minute student body united to create the Foghorn, Chadwick’s first news publication. For this year’s 75th anniversary, we would like to commemorate major events in Chadwick’s history as seen through our the eyes of our “ancestors”: the student journalists of the Mainsheet.

In October of 1960, when Chadwick was still a boarding and day school, a violent fire surrounded the campus and burned parts of it. The following article appeared in the December 2, 1960 issue of the Mainsheet.


Replacement of the garages, trees, and shrubs destroyed last Oct. 1 by the canyon fire that did more than $50,000 estimated damage to the campus dominates rehabilitation plans disclosed this week by Commander Chadwick.

Volunteer planting of new trees and shrubs by students, alumni, and others as a memorial to the late Pierre Fatio, whose accidental death preceded the fire by only a few weeks, already is being organized.

Pierre’s beloved rose garden miraculously was untouched by the flames, which only slightly scorched in passing the roadside hedge of Chez Pierre.

The new and longer garage unit will be built along the northerly edge of the upper athletics field, and the main parking area adjoining Roessler Hall will be widened to the canyon rim where the old garages stood, Commander Chadwick said.

Property damage included, besides the garages, scorching of portions of the Ellis house and the senior girls’ dormitory plus water damage to the latter.

A jeep, a spray rig and other equipment of painting contractor Bud Tewell, and virtually all the possessions of teacher Tom Tyler except his MG and his boat were destroyed. Total loss was only partially covered by insurance, Commander Chadwick said.

The painting equipment had been stored in the grove which burned near the Ellis house, and Mr. Tyler’s effects, including his travel slides, college notes, and clothing, in the garages. He was in process of moving his living quarters.

Chief campus damage, however, was to trees and shrubs with which Chadwick began beautifying the campus more than two decades ago. This destruction, Commander Chadwick suggested, cannot be estimated in money.

A new gasoline service pump and scorched trees adjacent to Roessler Hall and Vanderlip Auditorium attest to the narrow margin by which Chadwick’s chief buildings escaped the leap-frogging flames. Failure of the gasoline pump to ignite when the neighboring garages were totally destroyed is regarded as miraculous.

Heroic efforts of Mr. Ellis and the few other faculty members and students on campus on this homecoming weekend [a weekend when boarding students went home] are credited with checking the spread of the flames until county firemen could join in the fight. Low water pressure almost negated their efforts, but an abrupt shift in the wind from westerly to northerly came to the firefighters’ aid.

The Chadwick plant, observers reported, then became an island in a sea of fire as flames enveloped the area, jumping Crenshaw canyon and ascending its southerly slope, where it destroyed one residence and damaged others.

The blaze, Mr. Ellis said, was first evident late Saturday afternoon as an apparently insignificant flicker in dead calm atop the canyon to the west. But, as though it had signaled for the afternoon breeze, the fire was soon roaring down and across the canyon before a strong wind, and within minutes, the garages were blazing. And, campus residents were fighting to save the school.

They were able to evacuate cars from the garages and furniture and personal effects from the senior girls’ dormitory and to partially wet down menaced buildings. Arrival of the professional fire-fighters, who chopped away burning parts of the dormitory roofs as they strove to build up water pressure with a pumper, tipped the scales in favor of this dorm, where Mr. Tellington had been working with a small hose line. School fire-fighting equipment had been kept in the garages.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ellis, having been assured safety of John Mueller’s vulnerable frame domicile and the stables and having assigned crews to strategic tasks, found his own house surrounded by the blazing trees and bushes. His freshman daughter Jean Ann’s presence of mind in closing all the windows is believed to have saved their house, as window glass cracked from the heat.

Mr. Wenrick, his wife and daughter removed to safety at the Hamners’, protected his house, just south of Chez Pierre, with a garden hose, as did P. G. Lee, playing another puny hose stream atop his roof as the fire roared past to cross the road into the Ellis grove.

Driving his burning jeep while he doused flames with a can of water, Mr. Hamner guided firemen to standpipes and strategic vantage points until chief danger was over.

As the flames leaped the entrance road above the gymnasium, firemen pumped water from the swimming pool and were able to keep the flames from the strip of evergreens below the main campus.

Mr. Cori, who with his wife lives in the house formerly occupied successively by the Bill Birds, the Ralph Mazzas, and Mrs. Spurr, also protected this property with a garden hose.

Other stalwarts in the emergency were seniors Jan Stillwell, Kay Stromberg and Sue Ellis, who evacuated furnishings and personal effects from the senior girls’ dormitory. Paul Mitchell, Duncan Lewis and Dennis Thompson, the only male students on the Hill, fought the fire ad evacuated cars at the garages where Tom Rucker ’59, is reported to have worked to near exhaustion. Several unidentified alumni home from college and day students living nearby also are reported to have raced to the scene and joined in the fight and/or in keeping sightseers off the premises, as did senior Gordon West and other students the following day.

Like others of the faculty and most of the student body, who were enjoying the weekend holiday, the Chadwicks were at Borrego Springs and only learned of the fire late Saturday night. They paid enthusiastic tribute at Monday morning assembly to Mr. Ellis and the others whom they credited with “saving the school.”

by Drew Von Bergen

Oct 15

 

Red (PG-13)

Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich star in this action-comedy about former CIA agents who come out of retirement after being framed for assassination.  While the director (Robert Schwentke) doesn’t have any really solid work under his belt, the cast may be enough to make this an entertaining popcorn flick.

 

Oct 22nd

 

Paranormal Activity 2 (Not Yet Rated)

Not much is known about the sequel to last year’s low budget surprise hit.  The teaser trailer offers very few details, and the production of the film has been top secret.  Rumor has it that Katie Featherston will reprise her role as the heroine from the first movie.

 

Hereafter (PG-13)

Matt Damon stars as a former psychic, who can communicate with the dead. Director Clint Eastwood is stepping out of his comfort zone with this film, but he consistently creates great movies, so it’s hard to imagine that it will disappoint.

 

Oct 29th

 

Saw 3D (Not Yet Rated)

Saw 3D is the seventh, and supposedly final, film in the torture horror franchise that has been doing great at the box office every October.

Since the plot has become so convoluted over the course of the series, and considering only a select few like watching movies with this degree of unpleasantness, you probably already know if you’re going to see this or not.

 

Monsters (R)

Hailed as the next District 9, Monsters follows a journalist and a tourist trying to survive in a region of Mexico that has been invaded by aliens.  The director (Gareth Edwards) did all the special effects himself and made the entire film for a shockingly low $15,000.

 

Nov 5th

 

Megamind (PG)

In this 3D animated family film, Will Farrel voices Megamind, a large-headed villain who is constantly thwarted by his nemesis, Metro Man, voiced by Brad Pitt.  Tina Fey and Jonah Hill also lend their voices to supporting rolls.

 

Due Date (R)

Todd Phillips, who directed The Hangover, returns with another comedy. Robert Downey Jr. stars as an expectant father who must rely on an aspiring actor, played by Zach Galifinakis, to get back home in time.  With fantastic actors and a great director, there is no reason that this can’t live up to the standards of The Hangover.

 

127 Hours (R)

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle follows up last year’s Slumdog Millionaire with the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston.  Portrayed by James Franco, Ralston’s arm was caught in a boulder for five days, before he severed it with a dull knife.  The film received glowing reviews out of film festivals, despite audience members reportedly passing out due to the extreme nature of the action.

 

 

by Sarah Lindstedt

Mainsheet: All right you three, tell me each of your guys’ names.

Evan: Um, I’m Evan.

Skylar: I’m Skylar.

Ava: I’m Ava. Hi!

MS: Nice to meet you all! So how have your first weeks of kindergarten at Chadwick?

Evan: They’ve been good. My favorite part so far was going to the library and getting new books.

MS: What kind of books did you get?

Evan: I got a bunny that had, like, twelve or twenty something pages, and I got a book about animals blending in. And now I need to get a new book.

MS: Do you have a favorite book?

Evan: Um yeah, my favorite book is this Star Wars book.

Ava: I have this really funny Rapunzel book.

MS: What’s so funny about it?

Ava: Well, the prince says all these things to throw down, and Rapunzel can’t hear him, so she throws all these weird things down on him.

MS: What were some of the weird things?

Ava: The prince said, “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!” And instead, she put down her underwear.

MS: No way.

Ava: Yes way.

MS: So do you like princesses?

Evan: Um, I don’t!

MS: Well, Evan, do you like princes?

Evan: Yes I do.

Skylar: I like Jasmine.

MS: That’s a great princess.

Ava: Princesses are ok.

MS: Why only ok?

Ava: Eh, I don’t know.

MS: Well, today you all dressed up in brown potato sacs, right?

Evan: Yeah! And we saw the purple team pull the rope! The black team was like pulling this way, and then when we yelled, “Pull!” the purple team went, “Pull pull pull pull pull.” And then the purple team won.

MS: Yes they did! So in the high school, which class is your favorite class? Which color team is your favorite?

Evan: My favorite color is blue.

Skylar: I liked the purple team.

Evan: Oh, me too. I like the purple team.

MS: That’s a good team to like. So the purple team has been walking around dressed up as royalty, like kings and queens. Do you guys like kings and queens?

Evan and Skylar: Yeah, they’re really cool.

MS: Well why do you like kings and queens?

Evan: Kings are my favorite because they’re like the big bosses of everything. And queens are pretty.

Skylar: I like them because they get to sit in a royal chair.

MS: Well if you had a royal chair, what would it look like?

Skylar: Big. And those pointy thingies on the top. And it would be purple.

MS: Would you ever want to live in a country where you were ruled by kings and queens?

Skylar: Yeah!

Evan: Yeah, that would be pretty cool.

Ava: No, no, I wouldn’t. That would be terrible.

MS: Ava, why wouldn’t you want that?

Ava: ’Cause then you’d have to be bossed around a lot.

MS: Yeah, you’re right. You don’t like to be bossed around?

Ava: No, I’d want to boss other people around.

Evan: Wait, I want to boss other people around, too!

MS: So would you want to live in a place ruled by kings and queens?

Evan: Yeah, but I’m going to grow up to be an astronaut, so I don’t have to worry about having to listen to any of those kings and queens when I’m in space.

MS: Well, whether or not you want to live in a place with kings and queens, we don’t live in a country with royalty ruling the land, right?

Evan, Skylar and Ava: No.

MS: So what do you think about our political system today?

Ava: I like it.

Skylar: I like the horse.

Evan: I remember when we’d go to these places and there’d be this magic person, and he’d do a funny magic trick and say “abra-ca-cobra” and then a necktie turned into a cobra.

Ava: What?

Evan: Yeah, then I was like, “Get out of here!” And there were big kids that showed us songs and dance moves and everything. Like “I am the birdie.” That was really fun.

MS: Do you want to say anything to the high schoolers?

Evan: Wait, you guys are highschoolers?

Skylar: Happy Halloween!

by Kelly Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To everyone’s excitement, Jack Sage Nordlund was born on June 9th at 10:00 a.m. Even with the baby in the house, the Nordlund’s always have everything under control: neat as a pin.

Erin Nordlund said, “[Being a mom] is fantastic! I would have never predicted that it would be this challenging or tiring, but I’m loving it, and we just feel so lucky to have such a wonderful and healthy son.”

The parents think that Jack’s physical features resemble Pete Nordlund more than Erin.

“He looks like Pete and nothing like me! He has Pete’s eyes and chin. I don’t see myself in him at all, but I notice my sister and my dad,” said Erin.

Jack is a loud and curious baby, and the parents are pleased to report that he reacts to music excitedly. Whenever the Nordlunds play music or sing, Jack starts bouncing elatedly.

“I like to think that this is because he heard so much ‘Rent’ music while hanging out in my stomach,” she said.

Jack’s favorite activity is lying on his back and hearing Mrs. Nordlund sing “Old McDonald” or “Itsby Bitsy Spider.”

Like his parents, Jack loves to eat. Erin said, “He would be a happy camper if he could just drink milk all day long.”

About two weeks ago Jack began smiling and giggling.

“He can scream for thirty minutes and then crack a smile, and suddenly all is perfect and forgiven. Nothing beats a good smile! I say ‘thank you’ to him every time,” said Erin.

by Kelly Lee

“Everything is different, but I love every moment,” said Tori Fay, concerning the presence of her newborn son, Oliver.

“Some parts of the day are louder (crying) and others are a lot quieter (Shh!).”

The Fays have a bottle, a binkie and a burp cloth in almost every room of their house.  “Little Ollie”, the nickname that the Fays gave their baby son, wakes up about three times a night: 1:30, 5:30 and 6:30.  Everytime he wakes up, he is fed and entertained.

Late afternoons are often his grumpiest time of day, so there’s usually quite a bit of crying. He takes his bath around 7 p.m., and then it’s more milk, quiet time and asleep by 9-9:30 p.m.  Then the cycle begins again.

By far, his favorite activity is looking out the window next to his changing table.   the “magic window.”  When she puts him down on the changing table, he starts to smile and wiggle all his arms and legs in excitement.  He also loves to play with his dad who is constantly inventing games to play and voices to use with him.

“Being a mom is emotionally and physically exhausting. This is a way harder job than teaching,” said Fay.

When she was asked about the future plans for the baby, Fay said, “Future plans, really? I’ll be happy if he figures out that those things passing in front of his face are actually his own hands. Truly, cudos to all the stay-at-home moms out there.”

by Molly Zuckerman

Mainsheet: So, to start things off, what game were you just playing over there?

Spencer La France: Modern Warfare 2.

MS: Is that one of your favorite computer games to play?

SLF: One of them. I mean, there’s a problem with hackers and such, but if you know the game you know the problems, so…

MS: Do you play a lot of computer games? Is that your favorite thing to do?

SLF: Um, not really, I play when I’m done with my homework and such. Other than that, I mean it’s just kind of a relaxing thing to do sometimes.

MS: That’s cool. What clubs are you in at Chadwick anyways?

SLF: I’m not in any clubs, but I am in Stage Crew, and I’ve been in Stage Crew since…AJ, how long have we been in Stage Crew?

Anthony Ferrara (AJ): Ninth grade.

SLF: Ninth grade.

MS: So is AJ one of your best friends at Chadwick, would you say? Are you BFFs?

SLF: Pretty much.

MS: Pretty much? What kinds of things do you guys do when you’re together.

SLF: No idea. We just kind of stand around outside what used to be the Pub Lab and, let’s see, we get lunch and just stand there.

MS: You just stand there? You wouldn’t talk about anything?

SLF: Random discussions, no real topics.

MS: What’s a normal conversation you would have if you’re talking with your friends? About anything?

SLF: Um…

AJ: That would imply that they’re normal conversations.

SLF: Yeah, like he said.

MS: What’s your favorite class at Chadwick?

AJ: Dr. B’s physics class hands-down.

SLF: Oh, definitely Dr. B’s physics class. Not physics, but physical science. Explosions. I also made a helicopter. It flew.

MS: So do you think most of your favorite memories came from that class?

SLF: Yeah.

MS: What would you say your favorite memory or experience has been at Chadwick?

SLF: Can’t really think of one, except one generally good experience. I mean, no single event stands out in my mind, except when my helicopter actually worked. And my classmates will agree with this, I was definitely happy until it flew into my face.

MS: What are you most looking forward to once you graduate Chadwick?

SLF: Liberation, freedom and being able to take care of myself without getting challenged.

MS: Where are you looking to go to school?

SLF: In Ohio, there is Wittenburg, Wesleyan and then Cornell. Not the one in New York, it’s in Iowa and they do this thing where it’s one course at a time. So that interests me as well.

MS: And I’ve been wondering, what’s with the hat?

SLF: I have always liked pit helmets, and I finally got one. Why not wear it?

MS: Oh, okay.

SLF: And it’s…it’s functional and it works and I think it looks cool.

MS: What’s your favorite food?

SLF: Bavarian liquor cake from, do you guys know Old World. You know, where they hold Oktoberfest sometimes?

MS: I don’t…

SLF: Well, they’ve got this great cake, they make it there, and…it’s to die for. Best cake I’ve ever had.

MS: What TV shows or movies do you watch or like?

SLF: Futurama, repeats of Firefly, repeats of Stargate SU1 and American Dad.

MS: What’s the last movie you saw, and what’d you think of it?

SLF: Last movie I saw…is that as in “in theaters” or…

MS: Either one.

SLF: In theaters, the last movie I saw was probably Avatar, which was a severe disappointment. I mean, I’m waiting for the sequel when the humans come back with our pension for destroying things that get in the way of natural resources and completely firebomb the planet and strip mine it. I mean, you know that’s going to happen. Did the Native American’s survive after Custer’s Last Stand? No.

AJ: Custer didn’t survive either.

SLF: Well, no, but one minor setback…

AJ: Everyone gets to die.

SLF: Exactly.

AJ: Free murder, wholesale!

SLF: You’re not going to put that in the issue, are you?

MS: Probably, we probably are.

SLF: Oh. Well then, CHARGE.

MS: Do you have anything else you want to say to any incoming freshman or last words as you leave Chadwick?

SLF: Hmm. Be yourself, don’t be annoying.

by Alex Geffner-Mihlsten

Since the opening of Chadwick International (CI) in Songdo, some teachers have migrated from the original Chadwick to the second school in Korea.

So far, two individuals at Songdo came from Chadwick. Jeff Mercer is the assistant head at Chadwick International, while Ginger Puffer teaches kindergarten.

People had voiced concerns about whether the administration could remain focused on PV Chadwick with a new school. Headmaster Ted Hill responded by electing Mercer to oversee Songdo’s Chadwick.

“Mercer was made the assistant head, so that I’m not in Korea all the time and I’m not devoting an inordinate amount of time to it,” said Hill.

Mercer currently alternates between staying in PV and Korea, maintaining an active connection for both schools.

“I think [Songdo] is amazing,” said Mercer.  “Driving in on this trillion-dollar suspension bridge, into a brand new city is quite the experience. The city has a very western feel, , with a lot of land set aside for parks and lakes.”

Mercer was excited to become involved with the teachers at CI. He praised them as being similar to teachers at Chadwick.

“The teachers of Songdo are energetic, bright, capable and kind,” said Mercer. “They are true pioneers, in that they signed on to teach at Chadwick International without an actual contract.”

Mercer further praises the teachers for taking the first big step in establishing Chadwick as an international school.

“These are people willing to test the waters of this new school without any assurance of how it will turn out for them,” said Mercer. “The teachers are truly committed to the school’s mission and vision, and they certainly weren’t afraid of the ambiguity.”

Hiring new teachers was a difficult process. The government did not give a license to Chadwick until a few weeks before the school year started.

“We received the license for the school on June 25th. People knew about it before then, but the school could not advertise until then. They had to finish an eight month process in three weeks,” said Hill.

Mercer decided to go to CI to help the school get a successful start to its first year.

“I wanted to be involved with the process of helping to ensure that Chadwick International is infused with the Chadwick’s mission, vision, and values,” said Mercer. “I also want to ensure the comfort of all the students in Korea. I felt that if we are asking our students to take responsible risks and to value other perspectives and other cultures, it would somehow be, obviously, hypocritical for me not to ‘walk the talk.’”

The other Chadwick teacher who moved to Korea is Puffer, who used to teach kindergarten at Chadwick and now teaches the same grade level at CI. Puffer was the only teacher from Chadwick who volunteered to shift to the new school.

“No teachers have been sent to Korea,” said Hill. “In fact, Ms. Puffer simply volunteered to go to Korea, and Mr. Mercer goes back and forth between Chadwick International and Chadwick. Technically, of course, we haven’t assigned teachers to switch schools.”

Hill also truly encourages the ongoing bond between the two schools. “The faculty over there is awesome, so if we can get some teachers to come over here and teachers from here want to teach over there, it would be great. Both schools have teacher housing, so teachers could switch schools without any housing difficulties. ”

Teachers such as sixth grade teacher Connie Schneider and Athletic Director Rollie Johnson already visited Korea.

“In the future, we ultimately hope for teachers to move back and forth constantly,” said Hill.

Waka, Waka

Shakira, the multilingual music sensation from Colombia, will perform at the Staples Center on October 23. After two Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Shakira continues to greatly influence music with the release of her new bilingual album, She Wolf. Her Staples Center performance, which starts at 8pm, will entertain fans with old and new hits and her trademark belly dancing. Most tickets to this show range from $40 to $400, but some die-hard fans are paying as much as $6,000 to see this musical mogul perform.

 

Drake Debuts

Canadian musician and actor, Drake, will perform at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City on November 4.  The twenty-three year old, whose fame began on Degrassi: the Next Generation, emerged in 2009 as a hip-hop sensation with the release of his mixtape turned EP, So Far Gone.  Now, with the 2010 release of his debut album Thank Me Later and his association with other hip-hop superstars such as Lil Wayne, Drake plays a major role in the hip-hop and music world.  Tickets to his 8:15 show range from $50 to $85.

 

Superman hits LA

A groundbreaking documentary, Waiting for Superman, has opened in select theaters in Los Angeles.  The film, directed by Davis Guggenheim, explores the issues that threaten education in America, and the urgency of finding ways to find solutions to these problems.  The documentary follows a cast of kids whose educations and futures are in danger, and has sparked a national debate over the state of American education.  The film also introduces a group of education reformers and ways that the viewers of the film can make a difference.  For every ticket purchased, viewers receive a $15 gift code to give to a classroom of their choice.

 

Florence and the Machine take the VMA’s

Florence and the Machine, the collaboration between English pop artist Florence Welch and other back-up artists, will perform at the Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 8.  The artists, who were well respected in the music media before their mainstream success, released their first album in 2009.  After many hits, features on popular television shows and movies, and a celebrated performance at the 2010 VMAs, Florence and the Machine continues to attract more fans with its talent, maturity, and emotional appeal.  Tickets to the 7:30pm show are from $29 to $36.

by Molly Zuckerman

Chadwick, being a private school, has the good fortune to be able to set an extremely high bar when hiring new teachers.

However, that’s not to say that all teachers must have the highest level of education and PhD’s in their subjects.

In fact, Headmaster Ted Hill says, “ [having a PhD is] not a prerequisite, its not even something that we really look for, because there can be a downside of where people are so invested in a very narrow slice of topic and are more research oriented than connected to students.”

Hill has a very specific set of ideas of what a teacher should be and how they should contribute to our school. He has three criteria that must be met: “really love kids […] that have a love of whatever the subject matter is that they are teaching, and the third is their expertise.”

Hill went on to explain that surveys have shown him that the first two are “the most important in critical teaching.”

The search for qualified candidates takes place both internationally and nationally now, for the quality of teachers is of great importance to Chadwick.

“We have to really spend a lot of time and energy and money trying to seek out these folks, and even so, you can never be sure until the person comes on campus, to see what the actual match is going to be,” says Hill.

History teacher Dan Place has similar ideas about the qualifications for Chadwick teachers.

Quoting Margaret Meade, Place says, “The most extraordinary thing about a good teacher is that he or she transcends accepted educational methods.”

Connecting to the kids is what Place looks for when he observes new teachers in classroom environments.

“You can’t teach personality,” says Place, “people either like kids and have fun with them and connect with them, or don’t.”

Although the importance of connecting with children is the same, there is still a difference in hiring teachers in the Village school and the Middle and Upper Schools.

Chadwick policy is not to hire any first time teachers for the Village School, for Hill says, “the component of dealing with children at whatever the age level is, is so important that we really want to see that there is a positive track record.” First time teachers can be hired in the Upper School, for there is more understanding with older kids.

However, Chadwick still has rigorous criteria for new teachers that must be met. It is still more than just credentials Chadwick looks for; the character of the individual factors in quite strongly.

Hill says they focus their search for new faculty on people that have various interests outside of their own particular field.

“We want to make sure we’re putting faculty members in contact with kids that are really well rounded with excellent character, and have interests outside of the classroom,” says Hill.

Enthusiasm for their students is another prerequisite for all Chadwick teachers to have.

Hill says, “ [We want people that] are going to want to come to a volleyball game, want to go to a cross country meet, want to come to the play. We don’t want to have to force them to do that.”

When asked how Chadwick’s teacher qualifications compared to public schools’, Hill felt he couldn’t really compare the two.

“They’re interested in credentials and stuff like that, which we don’t feel is really the right measure, I mean that’s not to say there’s lots of teachers that have credentials that are great teachers, its not like that’s a bad thing, its just not the criteria that we use,” says Hill.

The average teacher at Chadwick has been here for fifteen years, a relatively long time as compared to other schools. That’s why Chadwick has a very well funded professional development program, which funds everything from weekend conferences to the pursuit of higher education.

Hill recognizes that “if [our faculty is] going to continue to grow, its going be while they’re a Chadwick faculty member, so we need to provide a high level of funding to enable them to do that.”

The qualifications to be a Chadwick teacher don’t stop just because they are hired; they continue to be expected to change positively.

Suicide attempt leads to fraud

A Washington prosecutor charged a woman with multiple felonies on September 21 after she reportedly stole $28,000 in donations from her community.

On August 31, Bethany Storro of Vancouver, Washington was hospitalized for an alleged attack. She claimed that a stranger man had splashed drain cleaner on her face as she was walking on a city street.

Storro was featured in several press conferences with an entirely bandaged face. Her public attention brought in $28,000 in donations from her community in order to help with her hospital bills.

However, investigators eventually claimed that Storro had lied about the attack. She first poured drain cleaner on her own face in a suicide attempt. When the attempt failed, Storro decided to claim an attack and reap undeserved benefits.

Her parents say they will return all of the donations to local citizens. Storro now faces arrest and multiple felony charges.

 

Titanic sunk due to human error

A woman whose grandfather was aboard the Titanic has claimed that the real cause of the famous ship’s sinking in April 1912 was not pure accident but rather human error.

Charles Lightoller, the grandfather of Louise Patten, was second officer on the Titanic. He told authorities that the sinking of the ship was an accident. According to Patten in her new book Good as Gold, however, he told his wife the real story.

At the time of the Titanic, a new steering system had been developed so that the wheel was to be turned the opposite way of the ship’s intended direction. When crew spotted the iceberg, the captain turned the ship the wrong way.

According to Patten, the chairman of the Titanic’s company also refused to cut the ship’s engines, thinking that the ship was unsinkable and could survive a collision with an iceberg.

Fifteen hundred people died in the sinking of the Titanic.

 

Quran defender becomes hero

A spontaneous action by an Amarillo, Texas skateboarder brought a humorous perspective to the issue of burning the Quran.

David Grisham, head of a militia group called Repent Amarillo, was about to burn a Koran in a September 14 demonstration in Sam Houston Park when 23-year-old skateboarder Jacob Isom intervened.

Isom walked up behind Grisham, grabbed the Quran, uttered the now-famous words, “Dude, you have no Quran,” and then ran off.

Grisham stayed in the park walking around with just lighter fluid and being ridiculed by counter-protesters. Isom then gave the soaked Koran to a local Imam.

This phrase, “Dude you have no Koran” has skyrocketed Isom to internet fame. He is now making money selling shirts with his newly iconic ponytailed countenance along with his famous line.

by Katherine Richardson

The Upper School Global Language department has reassessed and renamed the levels of Upper School Spanish courses, and students have found themselves in classes with different names than they had anticipated.

Every Upper School Spanish class has been moved up one level in name. The honors and AP classes still apply to these new levels.

According to Mark Wiedenmann, director of the Upper School, the Spanish course titles have been changed because “Chadwick’s Spanish program in the Village through the Middle Schools has been so successful in advancing Chadwick students through Spanish that students completing Spanish 2 have advanced to the same level in Spanish as students who have successfully completed French 3 or Chinese 3.”

This means that it is only suitable to adjust the Spanish course titles to fit the level of the students.

These course title changes have brought up some problems as well. At Chadwick, the graduation requirement set by the Global Language department is that a student must take a language up to level 3. Since Spanish 3 became Spanish 4 this year, students coming from Spanish 2 will have technically completed their third year of Spanish.

They had the choice to continue to take the class, or to drop the language. All of their requirements had been fulfilled, just in one less year.

However, junior Madelyn Tournat said, “I think it makes it seem that we are in a level higher than we really are.”

Some people were happy with their new status. though.

Sophomore Emily Newton said, “I am so happy that they have changed the program, because I am now in Spanish 4 Honors instead of Spanish 3 Honors.”

Although students had the chance to drop Spanish for the upcoming year, according to Wiedenmann, most did not, instead choosing to advance their proficiency in the language.

Sophomore Catherine Kurtz said, “I chose not to drop Spanish because I want to learn the language better. Even though I had the opportunity to stop, I decided that it would be helpful to get better at Spanish in the long run.”

Many other students like Kurtz continued Spanish, and there are still large numbers of students in the classes.

Another reason to continue is that “it would be in your best interest to take full advantage of [the course title changes] by advancing to the next level of Spanish since colleges like to see students advance as far as they can in a given global language” saidWiedenmann. In short, colleges look favorably upon continuing Spanish past the minimum requirement.

Spanish teacher Ally Spring said, ““It will benefit seniors because they will graduate with a level 6 in Spanish, and this will look good on a college applications.”

Students agree with Ms. Spring’s reasoning. Sophomore Kristina Spicer said, “I got moved from Spanish 1 to Spanish 3, and I think it was the best thing that ever happened, and it will look good on my college applicatiom.”

The Spanish course title changes have affected many students at Chadwick, creating different options and choices.

The main goal of these changes, though, is that “Spanish students get the credit they deserve for advancing as far as they have in their study of Spanish,” said Wiedenmann.

By Colette de Beus and Hailey Waller

The new science program at Chadwick started two years ago in the 2008-2009 school year. It is an integrated science program with the goal of incorporating more than one discipline of science into one class. In this sense, students will have the ability to explore how the different approaches relate to each other.

“There is a lot of forward thinking going on to make our science program even better than it already is,” said Science Department Head Tyson Sacco.

“It is a good program, and I am very  excited to teach Chadwick kids how all disciplines fit together,” said science teacher Maya Rao.

This program is also more beneficial than the old program in other ways.

In previous years, in order to get into an honors or Advanced Placement class, students had to accell at the subject taught the year prior. Students had to get their teacher’s recommendation and at least an A- 4 in order to to move up to the honors or AP level.

However, with the new program, if a student is not as good in a certain discipline, this shortcoming only counts for one trimester of their grade.

The program starts in middle school and is progressing with the class of 2013.  In seventh grade, students will take an integrated life science course.  In the eighth grade, students study the earth physically, biologically, and chemically.  Freshman year, students study biology, physics and chemistry throughout the year.

This year is the first academic cycle where physics, biology and chemistry have been combined into one class in the tenth grade curriculum.

Each year, new topics are learned, but key concepts are always re-taught.

Sophomore Evan Hamilton said, “I like the concept, but I don’t know how it will be implemented. I especially don’t feel like I retained very much information from the eighth grade program.”

The program is designed this way so that by junior and senior year, students can have the option of advanced classes.

Juniorswill have the option of taking Biology or AP Biology, and seniors will have the option of taking Marine Biology, Advanced Environmental Science, Physics or AP Physics.

“The integrated system makes sense in concept, but I prefer my old school’s way because it allowed me to focus on just one thing at a time,” said sophomore George Cullen.

There are still many changes to come in the science department. Chadwick has a highly educated science faculty (most science teachers have Ph.D.s), and this new program allows the curriculum to take advantage of their specialities.  It allows teacher to teach subjects that they are knowledgeable in.

For example, in the future, students may have the option of taking astronomy, engineering, robotics, organic chemistry, or applied chemistry, where students can apply what they have learned in past years.

Sophomore Melissa Shadden said, “I feel that the new science program really enables students to choose classes according to their personal preferences.”

In past two years, there has been a lot of controversy over this program.

Some people like the new program. Freshman Juri Watanabe praised the concept of academic repetition. “Integrated science is good because you repeat the same concepts over and over every year,” said Watanabe, “but I think it would be better if we could have a different teacher for each trimester because sometimes the teacher doesn’t know about all of the subjects.”’

Others, like sophomore Samantha Brooks, are not as enthusiastic and do not like it. “At first, I thought integrated science was a great idea because by junior and senior year we would have the option to go forward with the classes that we are most interested in,” she said. “However, trying to cram multiple subjects into one course is harder than it might sound.”

by Colette DeBeus

For many years, trash has accumulated around the main lawn and the Brogan deck, unnoticed by many students. This year the faculty and the Upper School Student Council have decided to do something about it.

The new plan consists of the following: teachers may ask students at random to pick up pieces of trash near to them on campus, whether it is theirs or not.

“The idea is to remind students and to re-commit ourselves as a whole community to keeping the campus clean,” said Director of Upper School Mark Wiedenmann.

“I think that we as a faculty have recognized that we need to commit to helping to keep the campus clean by simply reminding the students and assisting the students,” Wiedenmann said.

The Student Council has high hopes that  this new policy will be written up and turned into a formal policy.

“As far as a policy for trash, I’m not sure that we don’t have one that is written up or formal in any way. We definitely should, though,” said ASB President Molly Heller.

“I think that the saddest part about the whole trash issue is how much the Village cares about it in comparison to the Upper School students,” Heller said.

“[Village] teachers have been telling me that their students pass by our part of the school and ask their teachers why the big kids don’t care about trash. It’s really sad that the youngest students in our school are more dedicated and aware of the problem than our oldest students.”

In line with the motto “act locally, think globally,” the Student Council and faculty alike agree that the Chadwick community at large should be willing to take care of its environment, pay more attention to the trash build-up, and walk the extra 20 feet to a trash can.

Heller, on behalf of all members of the Student Council, has high hopes that this new trash policy will decrease the amount of trash lying around campus.

by Kelly Lee

Many concerns regarding Chadwick’s use of its finances have been circulating through the school. The Mainsheet conducted interviews with Chief Financial Officer Troy Grande to get his perspective on these issues.

Concern #1: Has financial aid money been shifted to other uses?

According to Grande, it is true that financial aid was not given out to any new students. It is also true that many accepted students had to ignore their acceptance letters due to their unfortunate economic situation.

Then where is Chadwick’s financial aid money?  According to Grande, that money wasn’t shifted to other uses; it was given to the currently enrolled Chadwick students.

Due to the economic downturn since 2008, there was an increasing demand for financial aid from both applying students and enrolled students. In other words, families who did not request financial aid for last school year needed the help from Chadwick this year.

“We wanted to protect the existing students and support the community,” said Grande. “We didn’t want to abandon any students that have been with us since their years in the Village. For example, if one student has been attending Chadwick since kindergarten, and his family didn’t need financial aid until now, the school wants to make sure that student is able to continue their education here.”

Chadwick had no desire to keep out new students, for the accepted students would have undoubtedly benefitted the Chadwick community, Grande said. However, this year financial aid to returning students took priority over financial aid to new students.

Concern #2: How was Chadwick able to afford the recent physical improvements to the campus and its facilities?

Two of the major changes this year were the new computers installed in the Big Mac Lab and the new deck near the swimming pool that is still under construction.

Many question these costly decisions. Acccording to Grande, however, these upgrades were not funded through Chadwick’s regular budget. Rather, the Chadwick Parents Association (CPA) mostly funded these two changes. The CPA funded seventy percent of the cost for the computers, and they also helped to pay the construction fee for the new waiting area in the pool parking lot.

Grande said, “We would like to ultimately partner with them [the CPA] to deliver a better educational system and to provide more benefits to the students’ life here at Chadwick.”

Concern #3: Is Chadwick too much of a spendthrift?

According to Grande, Chadwick has an economical capital plan. The money set aside in the capital plan is to improve the educational buildings and spaces on campus.

However, Grande said, one has to consider the fact that not everything on campus comes up for improvement or replacement at once.

For example, last summer, the water heater and water storage tank by the gym was replaced after twenty-five years of use.  Therefore, there is no need to save money for the water tank for another twenty-five years or so.

The science labs were also renovated in order to create a more user-friendly environment.

Grande said, “After many years of utilizing the labs, the school thought this was a good time to revamp the labs for a better educational space.”

Furthermore, to cope with losses caused by the recent downturn in the U.S. economy, the school has made two pragmatic decisions, according to Grande.

The first was to temporarily reduce increases in faculty salaries. In the years 2004-2008, these salaries rose between five and eight percent each year. For the 2009-2010 year, faculty received no increase, and for 2010-2011, the increase was two and a half percent.

Second, the school used to replace teacher computers every three years, but  now the new policy is replacement at five years. Of course, if a specific class requires a new computer system for a more complex program, the teacher can be given a newer model.

According to Grande, the school is doing everything it can to be practical and strategic in its allocation of the school’s funds. “We want all of these changes to benefit more than just the current generation of the students,” he said.

by Nikki Stein

Over the summer of 2010 the Chadwick  campus has undergone striking physical changes in the Village, Middle, and Upper Schools.

After the remodling of the Village School last year, there have been some noticeable changes this year as well. The old “blacktop” has now been painted green, now called the “greentop.” It is now green with freshly painted foursquare and basketball court lines.

A large, rectangular sand box has been added to the Village greentop as well, separate from the play structure in the sand. This sand box is located in front of the Village Science Lab.

Two large concrete tunnels have also been added to the Village playground, and students may have chalk to draw with inside while they play. After the formation of the new K-2 area last year, the playground has been completely remodeled.

In the Middle School a new basketball court has been added right outside of the science room. This is still a work in progress, but once it is completed, it will allow the Middle School students to play basketball during their breaks without having to walk up to the Village School courts.

Room 211 in the Middle School has become a science lab, and room 309, the chemistry room, has been painted and supplied with new desks, sinks, and other resources.

An automatic arm has been installed at the marquee exit to prevent cars from driving the wrong direction into the senior parking lot.

The most noticeable change is the trellis project above the gym and parallel to the senior parking lot. The old wooden stairs will be replaced along with a new bench area at the top of the stairs.

It seems as though construction at Chadwick works like magic: summer vacation starts, and voila, by September there are major changes to the campus. But it is really the hard work of Chadwick’s maintenance department and of outside construction teams who make these upgrades possible.

by Nicole Compton

The school celebrates 75 years of excellence this year, a milestone for faculty, students, and alumni who have watched the school’s evolution into one of top independent schools in California.

Mr. and Mrs. Chadwick opened the independent school in 1935 with four students and the same basic mission principles that the school uses today.  In 1940, Chadwick graduated its first class of six boys and five girls.  In April of 1941, Chadwick became an accredited private secondary school in California.

Change and advancement have always been prevalent: two of the most important being the school’s decision to discontinue boarding in 1968 and the creation of the outdoor education program in 1978.

Physical changes to Chadwick have occurred over the years including the loss of 76.5 acres of the lower campus that was sold for 2.4 million dollars in October 1968 to pay off the school’s substantial debt.

More recently the Pascoe Pavilion was built in 1992 and the Geoffrey Alan Laverty Center for Performing Arts in 2004.

Throughout the years, the community has recognized the school for its academic excellence and extracurricular programs, one being its nationally recognized community service program.

The history of the school’s athletic program is strong as well.

The school joined the Prep League in 1946, and varsity football won its first CIF championship on November 27, 1986.  In 1997, the team switched from eight-man football to eleven.  Other sports were also successful as three national CIF swim records were broken by Phil Houser (Class of ’66) and Boo Gallas (Class of ’65).

“Being here at Chadwick since kindergarten, you really get to witness the progression of the school,” said junior Zach Goodman. “Everything seems like it has been taken to the next level, and the school still continues to advance as a whole after so many years. The marking of the 75th anniversary is a milestone for Chadwick and just another marking for many more years to come.”

Many Chadwick students went on to become nationally or internationally renowned, including professional tennis player Lindsay Davenport, Broadway and movie actress Liza Minnelli, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Peter Davis ’53, founder and editor of Rolling Stone magazine Jann Wenner ’63, The Brady Bunch’s Mike Lookinland ’78, Oscar winning screenwriter and director Robert Towne, and two of Ronald Reagan’s children.

Celebrations began last year for the anniversary and will continue throughout this year.

The Annual Spring Event will be an opportunity for a formal celebration of the momentous year, in addition to the recent successful homecoming festivities that took place during the week of September 27-October 3.

On Friday, October 1, alumnus Lance Bowling ’66 presented a slide show with commentary about the history of Chadwick to grades K-12 in Pascoe Pavilion. Middle and Upper School advisor groups then competed in a scavenger hunt organized by the Chadwick Parents Association.

Barbeques and class reunions enabled both current students and alumni to celebrate the 75th anniversary.  The Upper School homecoming dance was moved to the gym to make room for alumni dinner on the main lawn.

The 75th anniversary of the school came at an optimal time, as Chadwick International School opened the doors of its second campus to over 200 students in Songdo, South Korea.

Headmaster Ted Hill said, “As part of this anniversary year celebration, we will take the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the inspiring principles upon which the school was founded and which we seek to follow today, as well as the wonderful people who have taught, gone to school, or sent their children here. We will, of course, also have ample opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the remarkably beautiful place where we have all had the good fortune to spend some part of our lives.”