Summertime Teachers: Your favorite staff members’ plans for Summer 2011 (Kari Dunagan)

With the school year ending, summer is at the forefront of students’ minds.  It is a time spent going to the pool, tanning, and hanging out with friends. While counting down the days, many people start making summer plans. But something that many people don’t consider is that it is summer vacation for teachers, too. Summer is a time for them to relax with family and friends of their own. So how will the teachers at CHS be spending their summers?
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The blog blockade (Kyle Simpson)

Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, and Blogspot. What do these five sites have in common? All have earned themselves a spot on Howard County’s list of sites that are deemed “unsafe.” Blogspot is the most recent addition to the numerous sites that have already been blocked. However, some teachers use this site as a homepage to post homework and other announcements for their classes.

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Preteens on Facebook (Jamie Imperial)

According to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), anyone under
13 years of age is not allowed to sign up for social networking sites, primarily Facebook, which have been known to collect private information from its members. However, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants this law to be changed. He claims that school kids under 13 could have a “deeper educational experience” by being exposed to social networking sites.
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It’s the end of the world as we know it…or is it? (Brittany Aker)

According to 89-year-old radio minister Harold Camping, May 21 was to be the beginning of the rapture and, subsequently, the end of the world. The rapture is the Biblical idea that all Christians will be called to meet God and Jesus, leaving non-believers on the Earth. Camping believed each person would be judged personally by God.  However, even devout Christians did not leave the planet. Camping later claimed that Christ did come on May 21, but that His arrival was merely spiritual. He now foretells that the rapture and end of the world will actually begin on October 21, 2011.
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Incoming freshmen visit CHS (Amy Farb)

Freshmen orientation was held on June 8, 2011. Current eighth graders who will be coming to Centennial in the fall attended an assembly in the auditorium, where they heard from different members of the CHS faculty and watched a slideshow of pictures taken throughout the 2010-2011 school year.

They were also given the opportunity to talk with student members of different clubs and organizations which they can join.

Later, current freshmen gave the visiting eighth graders tours of the school.
“It’s important that they can learn more about Centennial and what the school has to offer,” said freshman Sarah McKay.