Old Mill Times https://oldmilltimes.com The student news site of Old Mill High School Tue, 21 Jan 2020 16:20:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 PRIDE Period’s Suspension Causes Backlash from Students and Teachers https://oldmilltimes.com/2388/news/pride-periods-suspension-causes-backlash-from-students-and-teachers/ https://oldmilltimes.com/2388/news/pride-periods-suspension-causes-backlash-from-students-and-teachers/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 16:20:12 +0000 https://oldmilltimes.com/?p=2388   Old Mill High School’s PRIDE Period is a 45 minute period that occurs after first period Tuesday through Friday. Students can redo work, fix up their grades, or have free time in the gym, weight room, or library. The week before winter break PRIDE Period was suspended for two days due to events that occurred. Students, parents, and staff had different opinions on the suspension of PRIDE. 

  We interviewed Mr. Edwards, the assistant principal, other staff members, and 10 students varying in grades. All information was collected in the past three weeks. We first asked students about their opinions on PRIDE Period and polled students on whether the suspension of PRIDE was fair or unfair. We interviewed Mr. Edwards on the history of PRIDE and his opinions on this period. 

  Students were asked if the recent suspension of PRIDE was fair or unfair, 10.3% of them agreed thaPRIDE’s suspension was fair, and 89.6% did not think the suspension of PRIDE was fair. 

  PRIDE Period was brought to Old Mill by former principal Mr. Todd (current principal of Broadneck High School)  in 2012. This period was inspired by other schools in Anne Arundel County, and only two schools in the county do not have a period similar to PRIDE. Originally PRIDE was two blocks of 30 minutes, red block and blue block. One block students would use for lunch, and the other would be used for work to be done or for free time. PRIDE Period’s name was inspired by the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) initiative and stands for Productive, Respectful, Involved, Determined, and Empowered. PRIDE has now changed to be a single 45 minute period.

  There has been previous suspensions of PRIDE Period, and the most recent one was the week before winter break, December 18-20th. PRIDE can only be suspended by the principal, Ms. Smith. This particular suspension was due to the behavior of students. There was a controversy about this suspension by students, parents, and staff which caused backlash. Many students found it unfair that PRIDE was taken away for three days because they were not the cause of the behavior. 

  “A lot of the kids who were actually involved in the physical altercation were suspended and weren’t even here while PRIDE was suspended,” said Mr Edwards. “But there were so many kids that kinda ran to watch the fights and didn’t follow the directions.” 

  Many students enjoy PRIDE Period because it helps their grades and gives them free time to hang out with their friends. Staff has mixed opinions on PRIDE, most teachers like it but some staff do not like it because of the extra hallway time that makes them have to monitor the halls to see if students are going to their chosen locations. PRIDE has helped improve students’ grades. 

  “I don’t have a lot of time after school to get my work done,” said freshman Mikayla Carrol. “So I have to resort to PRIDE Period at school to get everything done.” 

  PRIDE Period is an important part of Old Mill High School and benefits many students. The three day suspension caused backlash, but if behavior is corrected then PRIDE hopefully won’t be suspended again. 

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TikTok: An App That Influences Trends https://oldmilltimes.com/2295/student-style/tiktok-an-app-that-influences-trends/ https://oldmilltimes.com/2295/student-style/tiktok-an-app-that-influences-trends/#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2019 17:25:31 +0000 https://oldmilltimes.com/?p=2295
TikTok Logo

TikTok is a trending new social media platform where users can publish creative videos on different topics to the world. This app is used by millions of users worldwide on a daily basis, and is continuing to grow in pop culture.

TikTok is a social media app made by ByteDance, a Beijing based company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming. The app was launched in September 2016 and in three years the app has over 500 million users worldwide. Users known as “TikTokers” can create short videos related to singing, comedy, lip syncing, dancing, drawing, and other types of talent videos that are up to 60 seconds long. The app was previously known as “Musical.ly” in the US, but merged with the Chinese app, “Toutiao” in 2016 to create TikTok. Toutiao was founded in March 2012 and was originally a news information platform.

The app later became a video sharing network for China. Musical.ly was launched in April 2014, and was a popular app with over 200 million users worldwide. Users known as “musers” could create short 15 second lip sync videos and share them with the public. Musical.ly was then bought for $1 billion by ByteDance, the company to buy the app “Flipagram”. ByteDance was founded on March 9, 2012 and is one of the world’s most valuable private tech companies, worth $75 billion. TikTok is available in 150 countries and 40 different languages. In the beginning of this year, TikTok was the most downloaded iPhone app worldwide with a total of 45.8 downloads. 

Many new trends are created by TikTokers. Videos become trending when using hashtags or when put on the “For You Page”, a section in the app that features videos from creators relating to the users’ personal interests from previously liked videos. New fashion trends called dressing like an “e-boy/girl”, “VSCO girl”, or “soft girl/boy” had emerged from this app. An e-boy/girl is a person who dresses with a more grunge/skater style, usually wearing darker colors, chains, black nail polish, and striped shirts. A VSCO girl is a person who usually dresses in oversized t-shirts, shorts, scrunchies, and shell necklaces. A soft girl/boy is a person with a more 90s/80s style. They usually wear light pastel colors, overalls, floral prints, and usually like to paint. These are only some of the popular fashion styles on TikTok. Other trends related to dance, art, music, comedy, and photography have also been created. Usually the trends on TikTok die out in a month or two and new trends are made. 

“My favorite thing about the app is that you can express yourself,” said freshman Yash Gulati. “And you can find people who you can relate to.” 

At Old Mill High School, students have also been downloading the trending app and creating content. Some popular creators at Old Mill include freshman Clair Mitchell (“_clairmitchell” on TikTok), freshman Yash Gulati (“_yashgulati_ “ on TikTok), and junior Sofia Wahlla (“issadurag” on TikTok). Hundreds of students at Old Mill watch and create TikTok videos on a daily basis. TikTok continues to thrive and grow more popular everyday. 


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Old Mill Students’ Favorite Gifts For Christmas https://oldmilltimes.com/2303/student-style/old-mill-students-favorite-gifts-for-christmas/ https://oldmilltimes.com/2303/student-style/old-mill-students-favorite-gifts-for-christmas/#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2019 17:25:10 +0000 https://oldmilltimes.com/?p=2303 When it comes around to Christmas, there can be presents that are a big surprise or a terrible gift. Christmas is a joyful holiday where all families should enjoy their time opening their grateful gifts.

Everyone has that one favorite memory about opening that one gift that you always wanted. There are many presents you can get on Christmas like some video games or electronics. Some students from Old Mill High School would like to tell you about their favorite present that they got in previous years:

“A new bike,” sophomore Matolih Keyeh said. “it’s useful because I can leave the house quicker.”

“A new phone,” sophomore Cece Lewin said.”because I use it a lot.”

“Puppies,” junior Jordan Hoffmann said. “because they’re so cute.”

“A record player, “ junior Kayla Jackson said.”because I like listening to music.”

“A new computer,” freshman Cristian Bonilla said.”because I’ve been wanting it for a while.”

“Socks, “ sophomore Dermot Eban said.”because they feel warm.”


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WHO COOKING DO YOU LIKE BETTER FOR THANKSGIVING!! https://oldmilltimes.com/2235/opinion/who-cooking-do-you-like-better-for-thanksgiving/ https://oldmilltimes.com/2235/opinion/who-cooking-do-you-like-better-for-thanksgiving/#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2019 16:07:52 +0000 https://oldmilltimes.com/?p=2235

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Celebrating Mr.Barrett’s 16th Year at Old Mill High School https://oldmilltimes.com/2282/news/celebrating-mr-barretts-16th-year-at-old-mill-high-school/ https://oldmilltimes.com/2282/news/celebrating-mr-barretts-16th-year-at-old-mill-high-school/#respond Fri, 13 Dec 2019 17:15:51 +0000 https://oldmilltimes.com/?p=2282
Mr. Barrett at his desk in his downstairs office.

Helping students succeed and seeing them grow is something Mr. Barrett, Old Mill High School’s 9th grade guidance counselor, aspires to do. His family and his job is a huge influence on his life. 

Kenneth  Brandon Barrett was born on April 16th, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Barrett moved to Baltimore, Maryland when he was three years old and had many childhood friends who he is still in touch with. Growing up, his parents, Judy and John Barrett, were a huge influence on his life as he was an only child. They told him the rights and wrongs in life and helped his decision making skills.

As a student, he was average and did the minimum amount of work. Mr. Barrett looked up to his teacher, Mr. Morrow, who helped him achieve his goals and always believed in him. His favorite subject in high school was History because he loved watching The History Channel and reading non-fiction books about the subject. He played track-and-field and got involved in the Government Club. After graduating high school, Barrett attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania for undergraduate studies, and Loyola University (Md) for graduate school. In college he met Tonya, and they soon got married in July 1993. Four years later, their son, Kellan, was born. Mr. Barrett’s greatest achievement was raising his son to be a good person, and the birth of his son was his favorite memory in life.

 Mr. Barrett has been counseling at Old Mill since 2004. He chose counseling because he wanted to help others achieve their goals and always knew he wanted to help other people. The influence of his counselor in high school was another reason he wanted to help people. He saw him as a fraternal figure. In his 16 years of counseling, Mr. Barrett’s favorite memory was watching a student who struggled with mental health issues finally graduate and achieve their goals. 

“I always knew I wanted to help people,” said Mr. Barrett. “And be in the ‘helping profession.’”  

Outside of school life, Mr. Barrett enjoys biking and reading non-fiction books. He drives a Toyota Camry and an Acura TL, but his dream car is a Powder Blue Bentley. He enjoys watching Power the TV show on STARZ and the movie Malcolm X because it shows how even criminals can turn their lives around for the better. Mr. Barrett’s favorite team is the Baltimore Ravens. He loves warm areas, such as the Caribbean and the Bahamas. He likes eating steak and salmon, and loves grilling. Mr. Barrett has his dream job as a counselor and wouldn’t change it for anything else. 

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Where do you shop at on Black Friday? https://oldmilltimes.com/2231/news/where-do-you-shop-at-on-black-friday/ https://oldmilltimes.com/2231/news/where-do-you-shop-at-on-black-friday/#respond Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:37:28 +0000 https://oldmilltimes.com/?p=2231

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Stuffing https://oldmilltimes.com/2228/opinion/stuffing/ https://oldmilltimes.com/2228/opinion/stuffing/#respond Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:35:53 +0000 https://oldmilltimes.com/?p=2228

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DO YOU WEAR UGLY SWEATER? https://oldmilltimes.com/2273/opinion/do-you-wear-ugly-sweater/ https://oldmilltimes.com/2273/opinion/do-you-wear-ugly-sweater/#respond Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:33:28 +0000 https://oldmilltimes.com/?p=2273

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Where are the students of Old Mill going for the Holidays? https://oldmilltimes.com/2260/opinion/where-are-the-students-of-old-mill-going-for-the-holidays/ https://oldmilltimes.com/2260/opinion/where-are-the-students-of-old-mill-going-for-the-holidays/#respond Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:31:54 +0000 https://oldmilltimes.com/?p=2260

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Turkey Vs. Ham https://oldmilltimes.com/2267/opinion/turkey-vs-ham/ https://oldmilltimes.com/2267/opinion/turkey-vs-ham/#respond Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:30:33 +0000 https://oldmilltimes.com/?p=2267

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