High School – Woonsocket High http://woonsockethigh.org/ Sun, 03 Jul 2022 10:07:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://woonsockethigh.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/woonsocket-high-icon-150x150.png High School – Woonsocket High http://woonsockethigh.org/ 32 32 Little Village shooting: Man charged after Curie High School student Tierra Franklin was killed at 2,500 S Kolin, Chicago police say https://woonsockethigh.org/little-village-shooting-man-charged-after-curie-high-school-student-tierra-franklin-was-killed-at-2500-s-kolin-chicago-police-say/ Sun, 03 Jul 2022 10:07:30 +0000 https://woonsockethigh.org/little-village-shooting-man-charged-after-curie-high-school-student-tierra-franklin-was-killed-at-2500-s-kolin-chicago-police-say/ CHICAGO (WLS) — A man has been charged in the shooting death of a 17-year-old Curie High School student, Chicago police said.

Anthony Heredia, 19, fatally shot Tierra Franklin in Little Village on Friday, police said Sunday.

On Saturday, family and friends gathered to remember the life of Tierra Franklin.

Franklin just buried her mother in April and her father was killed when she was only 5 years old. Now her family is planning her funeral after she was shot and killed.

“They tell you they’re going to the store, you expect them to come home,” Franklin’s aunt Juanita Flowers said. “So it’s tragic.

A sense of regret fuels this family’s pain as Flowers said she arrived too late on Friday to pick up her niece before the 17-year-old was shot and killed.

“I feel like if I had been here, maybe an hour, 45 minutes earlier, she would have been in the car with me. She wouldn’t have been where it happened. “Flowers said.

Chopper 7 HD was above the scene that afternoon, where police said the girl was shot in the chest near a fast food parking lot in the 2500 block of South Kolin in the Little Village neighborhood of the city.

Relatives said she was with other family members when she was shot. They rushed her to the hospital, where she died.

“I was at home waiting for them to come back,” said Larhonda Sanderson, another aunt of the teenager. “They never came back.”

The family said the teenager was entering her final year and dreamed of becoming a lawyer.

“I can’t wait to graduate next year from Lycée Curie, I can’t wait to be at prom,” Flowers said.

Police say Heredia was on a bicycle when he pulled out a gun and shot her.

“We just lost his mother in April. We’re not even far from hearing about it,” said Krystina Ross, a family friend.

The mother and daughter duo’s smiles are forever stitched together in a quilt, as their deaths leave behind a pain far too hard to mend.

“I just wish she was still here. I wish that never happened,” Sanderson said.

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Ionia Public Schools Welcomes New Middle and High School Principals https://woonsockethigh.org/ionia-public-schools-welcomes-new-middle-and-high-school-principals/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 09:16:54 +0000 https://woonsockethigh.org/ionia-public-schools-welcomes-new-middle-and-high-school-principals/

IONIA – By welcoming new middle and high school principals to Ionia’s public schools, students and staff will have familiar faces leading their buildings this coming school year.

Craig Bowen

Allison Aldrich

At a special board of education meeting on Monday, board members voted unanimously — with trustee Roger Hull once again absent — to approve the hires of Allison Aldrich as the new headteacher. of Ionia Middle School and Craig Bowen as the new Principal of Ionia High School.

Superintendent Ben Gurk introduced Aldrich and Bowen to the board, expressing his confidence that the two new directors, who will each be hired on three-year contracts, were the best choices for their respective positions.

“Ms. Allison Aldrich has a passion and mission to help middle schoolers become the best versions of themselves,” he said. “We are also thrilled to introduce Mr. Craig Bowen, who brought many hats – department chair, class counselor, wrestling and baseball coach, early warning system and member of school improvement, NCA math chair, member of the leadership team and local coordinator of the evaluation.

After spending a year as the college’s deputy principal, Aldrich will replace the college’s outgoing principal, Clair Rowland.

After spending a year as high school vice principal, Bowen will replace former high school principal Jonathan Duley, who suddenly resigned in May.

Both schools will be led by their third different high school principal in as many years.

A year ago, Gurk quit his job as high school principal after being hired by the board as superintendent. As a result of this hire, former college principal Wayne Piercefield was hired as Associate Superintendent of Student Success and Human Resources.

Knowing that every school has seen a revolving door of principals in recent years, board members expressed some caution in approving the hires of Aldrich and Bowen.

“I still have a little heartburn about this,” administrator Shawn Diebel said before approving Bowen’s hire. “I still think we needed a little more experience in that lead role, but Ben has satisfied me enough to know that we’re going to give Mr. Bowen everything he needs to succeed.”

“Our two new directors are relatively new to these positions,” added Board Chair Danielle Yokum. “But our superintendent has worked to alleviate some of those concerns and help our new directors deliver a leadership program to move them forward. We therefore hope for much success and learning in the coming year.

Gurk told the Daily News he had nothing but confidence in Aldrich and Bowen, adding that the two were vetted by a committee of teachers, counselors and administrators, ending with a final one-on-one interview with Gurk himself.

Additionally, the two were selected from a pool of eight applicants that included six external applicants.

“I think we recognize that these are difficult and important positions, but we have the utmost confidence in them,” he said. “They both have positive energy and we look forward to them leading our buildings.”

Speaking with the Daily News after the reunion, Aldrich and Bowen expressed their excitement and confidence in taking on their new roles.

Allison Aldrich

Aldrich, who resides in Lake Odessa, has worked in the field of education for the past 14 years, the last two of which for Ionia – last year as deputy director of the college and the year before as a college science teacher.

Prior to her time at Ionia, she worked as a principal at Muskegon Catholic Central for five years and began her career teaching in Highland, Indiana.

Aldrich received a bachelor’s degree from Olivet College and a master’s degree in education from Purdue. She said that moving to Ionia and teaching middle school, she fell in love with the school district.

“After moving here to this area, getting a job teaching Ionia, I immediately fell in love with the school system,” she said. “I was able to make the jump to the assistant lead role, and from there I knew that ultimately I wanted to be in the lead role. College is where my heart is, it is where my passion is, that’s where I want to be.

“I’m very excited about it,” she continued. “It’s a job I’ve been waiting for for a few years now. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, so I’m excited for this next step.

Aldrich said she was confident in her abilities to lead the school, pointing to the support system already in place.

“We have amazing staff here at Ionia Middle School,” she said. “To now be able to work with this staff, lead this staff, it gives me a huge sense of pride. We also have some amazing students here and I feel like I can now have an even bigger impact on their lives.

Aldrich said she will be navigating a fine line between introducing new curriculum at school and focusing on re-teaching students who are falling behind on subjects due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s really about building on what we have right now,” she said. “A big part of what we’ve realized in the last year is that kids still don’t understand what ‘normal’ is. We’re still relearning everything. So it’s really going to focus the first part of the year on these re-teaching processes, to ensure that students understand their expectations and that it is consistent across the school.

“Once that’s in place, then academics, we can really take off and see academic growth at all levels,” she continued. “There are a lot of different programs that I hope to eventually bring to the school, such as career exploration and more career days, drawing more of the community, as we move away from COVID.”

Craig Bowen

Bowen, who has lived in Ionia for 19 years, said while he had enjoyed teaching maths for over 21 years, he felt the time was right to take the next step in his career as an administrator.

“I have worked in education for over two decades and when an opportunity arises, you look for leadership,” he said. “You tell yourself that you want to take on this new role. After 21 years as a math teacher, this was one of those places where I felt it was time to make a change.

Bowen took on the role of assistant principal last year after four years teaching 7th grade math in middle school. Prior to his time at Ionia, Bowen spent 17 years teaching math at Ovid-Elsie High School.

Bowen holds a bachelor’s degree in math and computer science from Olivet College and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

Bowen also expressed confidence in his ability to lead the school as the new principal, pointing to the staff already in place.

“Last year we had amazing staff, amazing kids, and if there was ever a time to jump in, with an opening, it’s now,” he said. “I have received such great support from our community, our administrative staff, the general management and our students. »

Looking to the upcoming 2022-2023 school year, Bowen aims to focus on the mental health of high school students.

“Obviously reviews are always important, but right now at the top of my list is this socio-emotional component,” he said. “Teaching students, providing them with the tools to control their emotions, succeeding when they’re not having a good day, and giving our staff the tools to teach that to those students as well… If we can say at the end of the school year where we checked that box, that we took another step forward, it’s going to be a successful year for me. Eventually, I will broaden my scope, but for now, it’s one year at a time.

Bowen added that he is also a fan of Ionia sports, having helped coach several youth sports Ionia Parks and Recreation, serving on the board of the Ionia Youth Wrestling Club, helping to develop and create the Ionia organization Travel Baseball and member of Ionia. Moose lodge.

“I’ll wrap it up with this… Go Dawgs,” he said with a smile.

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San Dieguito Union High School superintendent fired over controversial comment https://woonsockethigh.org/san-dieguito-union-high-school-superintendent-fired-over-controversial-comment/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:45:51 +0000 https://woonsockethigh.org/san-dieguito-union-high-school-superintendent-fired-over-controversial-comment/

Cheryl James-Ward, superintendent of the 13,000-student San Dieguito Union School District in northern San Diego County, was fired on Sunday following controversial comments she made about Asian students , reported the San Diego Union Tribune.

The district’s four-member board voted unanimously to terminate James-Ward’s contract effective Aug. 15, according to the Union Tribune. James-Ward’s attorney told the Union Tribune that she plans to sue the district because she believes council members made the decision in retaliation for filing a harassment complaint against trustee Michael Allman more early in the year.

James-Ward apologized for her comment, which came during an April board workshop on diversity, equity and inclusion. She said Asian students got better grades than other groups of students because they come from wealthy families who recently emigrated from China.

The comment sparked outrage from several Asian parents and community members who said it implied that all Asian students were Chinese and wealthy, according to the Union Tribune.

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Los Alamos High School Holds Summer Physical Education Classes https://woonsockethigh.org/los-alamos-high-school-holds-summer-physical-education-classes/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 18:42:06 +0000 https://woonsockethigh.org/los-alamos-high-school-holds-summer-physical-education-classes/

A firefighter challenge with the local fire department. is one of the many activities offered at summer physical education class at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAHS

Rock climbing is one of the many activities offered at the summer physical education class at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAHS

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After a two-year hiatus, students are once again participating in summer physical education classes at Los Alamos High School (LAHS).

Participants get 0.5 credit and a grade on their transcript for completing a three-week session. Those who complete both sessions earn the physical education credit required for graduation.

The Summer PE program was launched in 2018 in conjunction with Albuquerque Public Schools. The LAHS program was modeled on theirs. “The Summer PE program opens up other elective options, such as tape or foreign language for students,” explained Lori Thompson, one of the Summer PE teachers. “An entire semester of physical education is condensed into three weeks.”

There are 15 students participating in the first session, which runs from June 6 to 24. able to incorporate physical education into their schedule during the regular school year. They spend four hours each morning participating in a variety of activities, including one-mile runs, cornhole contests, tchoukball, ultimate frisbee, laser tag, disc golf, and a fireman’s challenge with the local fire department.

Since the class is longer than a regular PE class, students can also take field trips for other activities, including swimming at the Aquatic Center, golfing at Los Alamos Golf Course, jiu jitsu at Gracie Barra, rock climbing and fitness classes. at the YMCA and hikes at the PEEC. Other local fitness instructors generously volunteer their time to teach classes like barre, zumba, piyo, pound, and HIIT.

“This program focuses on teaching students about fitness and health,” Thompson said. “It exposes kids to a lot of activities and sports, and they find what interests them the most and hopefully want to keep doing it outside of class.”

In addition to teaching summer physical education class, Thompson teaches English during the school year and is introducing a new class this fall that focuses on sports and literature.

Lindsey Montoya will be teaching the second session which begins June 27 and ends July 15. She also teaches physical education classes during the regular school year. LAHS Advisor Cristin Haake also participates in the program.

Jiu Jistu classes are one of the many activities offered at summer physical education class at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAHS

Golf lessons are one of the many activities offered at the summer physical education class at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAHS

Luke Norden named South Dakota Class A Baseball Coach of the Year – Canon City Daily Record https://woonsockethigh.org/luke-norden-named-south-dakota-class-a-baseball-coach-of-the-year-canon-city-daily-record/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 18:40:41 +0000 https://woonsockethigh.org/luke-norden-named-south-dakota-class-a-baseball-coach-of-the-year-canon-city-daily-record/

By Marcus Traxler
The Daily Republic

MITCHELL, SD — Mitchell High School baseball coach Luke Norden was recognized as the South Dakota High School Baseball Association’s Class A Spring Season Coach of the Year on Wednesday.

The award is determined by the state’s Class A coaches. Norden completed his 18th season as an MHS baseball coach, leading a program that became consistent at the top of the state’s baseball hierarchy in the spring and in summer.

The award comes after the Kernels finished 18-8 in the high school campaign, earned a top-four seed in the Class A playoff pool, then knocked out No. 1 seed Sioux Falls Roosevelt. ° 1, 5-4 in the state semifinals to prepare. a meeting with Sioux Falls Lincoln in the championship game, which the Patriots won 6-1.

This is Mitchell’s second runner-up finish in Class A in the past four seasons.

Norden won Class A Coach of the Year for the first time since 2006, when the Kernels were state high school champions.

Since 2013, MHS baseball teams have been 150-85 (.638 winning percentage) under Norden in the spring. Combined with Mitchell’s Legion teams at this time, Mitchell baseball has a record of 397-265, with a winning percentage of nearly .600 (not including the current 2022 Legion season).

A Colorado native who played baseball at Dakota Wesleyan, Norden has been Mitchell’s baseball coach since 2004, when he started coaching Mitchell High School’s spring team. In 2007, he took over as head coach of the Legion from Mitchell Post 18, moving to assistant coach and swapping roles with Kent Van Overschelde.

Norden, who is a teacher in the Mitchell School District at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School, has also served as the Mitchell Baseball Association’s director of operations since 2013, coordinating the four-team ages 13 and up programs, arranging schedules and trips and lining. the referees.

In Class A, Roosevelt’s Ben Irsfeld was the season’s Player of the Year, while Dell Rapids’ Danny Miller was Class B Coach of the Year, with Madison’s Aspen Dahl named Class B Player of the year. Mitchell’s Jake Helleloid was among the finalists for Class A Player of the Year.

Northern Minnesota high school football player convicted of sexually assaulting teammate – InForum https://woonsockethigh.org/northern-minnesota-high-school-football-player-convicted-of-sexually-assaulting-teammate-inforum/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 22:08:00 +0000 https://woonsockethigh.org/northern-minnesota-high-school-football-player-convicted-of-sexually-assaulting-teammate-inforum/

DULUTH — Judge Dale Harris said he was troubled by how Alec John Baney characterized his sexual assault of a Proctor High School football teammate.

Baney had repeatedly said, including during his plea hearing, that the incident after practice in September was simply the result of a “joke that went too far”.

“What level of humiliation, degradation or sexual assault is acceptable? the judge asked during a decision hearing on Monday.

Harris did not expect an immediate response from the young man seated before him at the St. Louis County Courthouse. It was a rhetorical question that he hoped the defendant would consider while dealing with the consequences of his actions over the next few years.

Baney, 18, was placed on supervised probation until his 21st birthday in January 2025 after pleading guilty in juvenile court last month to a third-degree felony sexual conduct charge.

Harris adopted the recommendations of a prosecutor, defense attorney and probation officer in designating the teenager an “extended jurisdictional juvenile”. This means Baney was also sentenced to a four-year adult prison sentence which will remain in effect until he successfully completes his probation.

He must also register as a predatory offender for the next 10 years.

Baney, 17 at the time of the offense, admitted he and six teammates chased the victim from the team locker room to the training ground on September 7. The 15-year-old was tackled, with two teammates stripping his pants and holding him down while Baney assaulted him with a toilet plunger.

Baney described himself as “very good friends” with the victim and said the incident “started with a Snapchat group thing”. He told the court there had been ongoing problems in the locker room over the plunger, with players touching each other with both ends of the tool and joking about “taking the plunger”.

While Baney maintained that others were aware of his intent with the plunger, he acknowledged that he did not specifically tell his teammates what he planned to do and other witnesses told the police that they thought he was joking until the moment of the attack.

Rumors of the incident led to the cancellation of the team’s season, a major outcry in the community and social media, a lengthy police investigation and the resignation of the team’s coach, among other ramifications.

The victim submitted an impact statement, which was read in court by her mother. He said it affected his life “forever” but agreed with the sentence because “I feel like Alec realizes what he did was wrong”.

“Physically I felt bad for a whole week,” the victim wrote. “Obviously it still affects me emotionally. I have to think about it every day. »

Baney, in his own statement to the court, apologized to the victim, his family, friends and others affected by the crime.

“I know I let you all down,” he said. “I will try to build a better future for myself. I am truly sorry for my actions.

Defense lawyer Andrew Poole said while others were implicated in the incident, Baney “appropriated” himself as the only perpetrator to be publicly identified and charged. He submitted 11 letters of support from his family and other community members.

“We hope the worst decision Mr. Baney has ever made doesn’t define him,” Poole said, “and Mr. Baney hopes his horrible decision doesn’t define the victim either.”

Justice Harris said the case was indicative of the all-too-common occurrence of bullying, particularly in high school sports.

Harris, a former U.S. Navy judge advocate, described how the service branch instituted a zero-tolerance policy on hazing — acknowledging that it doesn’t make members “tougher,” but rather hurts the morale, discipline and the ability to carry out the mission.

“But people in the sports world seem to feel differently,” he said, adding, “I’m sure you didn’t come up with this on your own or out of the blue one day. A lot of other people bear some responsibility.

Besides classmates who helped chase the victim, the judge said there were bystanders who likely could have intervened, coaches who failed to quell a “toxic environment” in the locker room and parents who knew the atmosphere.

“Unfortunately, it’s not unique to football or the Proctor community,” Harris said.

Calling the appropriate sentence in the circumstances, the judge noted that Baney’s age afforded him the opportunity to demonstrate change while holding him accountable through the prospect of having to serve prison time.

Among other conditions, Harris ordered Baney to undergo psychotherapy, write a letter of apology to the victim, complete 80 hours of community service, and attend school or work full time.

Juvenile court records and hearings are public when the defendant was 16 or 17 at the time of the offense and is charged with a crime.

While Baney named six participating teammates during his plea hearing, prosecutor Korey Horn declined to discuss potential charges against others. Harris hinted at Monday’s hearing that others could face consequences in the justice system, but a court records check revealed no public cases against those teammates.

A new era of high school basketball begins in Georgia this fall with the implementation of the shot clock – LaGrange Daily News https://woonsockethigh.org/a-new-era-of-high-school-basketball-begins-in-georgia-this-fall-with-the-implementation-of-the-shot-clock-lagrange-daily-news/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 13:52:43 +0000 https://woonsockethigh.org/a-new-era-of-high-school-basketball-begins-in-georgia-this-fall-with-the-implementation-of-the-shot-clock-lagrange-daily-news/

High school basketball in Georgia will be forever changed next season as the GHSA has decided to implement a shot clock for all high school basketball classifications. Strategy, officiating and scoring will be changed forever, as teams will now have 30 seconds to dribble down the field and shoot.

The implementation of the shot clock will have a large impact.

“I don’t even know if I’m for it or against it yet,” Callaway women’s basketball coach Deyano Martin said. “I’ll see how it goes first.”

Martin’s team plays fast with the ball, so he imagines the rule won’t have a big effect on his team until late-game scenarios. Head-to-head matches late in the game will have different approaches from the coaches. Now players will no longer be able to dribble a minute and a half game clock late in the game to win. Teams will need to implement new strategies both offensively and defensively to combat the countdown over goal.

Martin isn’t sure how this will play out in the field, but one thing he does know is that GHSA doesn’t have the infrastructure to provide a stopwatch to every high school in Georgia. This means that each school will have to provide their own stopwatches and will have to find someone who can use them correctly or train someone to do so, which might be difficult to do. It’s a sentiment shared by Troup boys coach Jairo Gay and LaGrange boys coach Mark Veal.

“I think you’re going to have to have two people run it,” Veal said. “It’s going to be a learning curve.”

Funding discrepancies between shot clocks and someone operating them could also be a huge problem. For example, LaGrange High School once bought a shot clock, but Callaway didn’t. None of the three schools has determined who will operate their respective schools’ timers.

There is some hesitation, but Gay is ready for the start of Georgia’s stopwatch era.

“The shot clock is going to push us to be more creative in our coaching, to be more creative in our game preparation,” Gay said. “I am delighted to see how my team, my coaches and the other teams are reacting to the new shot clock rule.”

While Gay is excited about the change in strategy and eagerly awaits a change in his training style, others are not. Martin has been coaching women’s basketball at Callaway for over a decade and isn’t looking forward to changing her coaching style after so many years of managing the game a certain way. Veal sees it impacting his team primarily at the end of quarters only when teams play ‘stall ball’, which doesn’t leave him with a strong opinion one way or the other on the matter. whether the high school basketball shot clock is a good idea or just a fad.

The new era of Georgia high school basketball will begin in the fall of this year, giving teams that don’t yet have shot clocks a short window of time to install them. The three public schools — Callaway, Troup and LaGrange — will all use the shot clock starting in the fall. With this new era fast approaching, coaches, players and observers are in for a new era of basketball in the state of Georgia.

Somers high school graduates | New https://woonsockethigh.org/somers-high-school-graduates-new/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 14:13:00 +0000 https://woonsockethigh.org/somers-high-school-graduates-new/

SOMERS — These students graduated from Somers High School on Wednesday:

Nathan Acosta, Eman Al-Obeydi, Luke Arnone, Jacob Avery, Jacob Baer, ​​Noah Baptiste, Cooper Barrett, Alexandria Bates, Jonathan Benedict, Luke Boudreau, Brianne Boyd, Jade Breton, Kayla Brown, Patrick Brown, Mollie Burns, Joseph Burzynski, Taylor Byo.

Amelia Carenzo, Anthony Carra, Tyler Case, Brianna Charette, Caroline Colton, Aidan Connors, Patrick Connors, Mia Cosker, Daniel Crabb, Sarah Cranna, Sean Croken, Caroline Curtis, Adriana Davis-Setkewich, Austin Delesio, John Denehy, Christian Dina, Kaya Donah, Justin Donohue, Lucas Duff, Abigail Ellis, Owen Emrick.

Benjamin Fawthrop, Olivia Figella, Isis Fleck, Matthew Fleischman, Dana Gall, Grace Gengenbach, Tyler Gowdy, Bianca Green, Alex Grenier, Lily Grimes, Samantha Hansen, Natalie Harvin, Mary Herrity, Patrick Herrity, Madison Hinkley, David Hooks, Kevin Huss , Sophie Jones, Kristo Karaja, Ethan Kelly, Gabriel Kukulka.

Thomas Lafayette, Jocelyne Lallier, Emily Lawlor, Joseph Lawlor, Grace Lessard, Andrew Lyman, Todd Lyman, Ryan Lynch, Dylan MacNaughton, Jillian Mailhot, Anna Majowicz, Grace Majowicz, Nicholas Mancuso, Mason Manzi, Katelyn Martello, Taylor McCormick, Isaiah McCray , Brian McGowan, Mackenzie Mike, Shannon Munson, Melanie Nguyen, Isabella Nolasco, Plamer Oliveri.

Cody Palazzesi, Joshua Parent, Kush Patel, Mackenzie Quinones, Gavin Rauza, Nayelis Rodriguez, Vincenzo Rumore, Bianca Ryder, Nastasha Sherwood, Zakai Simpson, Connor Sparrow, Rachel St. Germain, Douglas Suter, Rayn Symington, Emily Tardif, Jonathan Tracey, Georgiana Turner, Lazaros Vasiliadis, Patricia Vivilecchia, Keegan West, Patrick Williams, Mallory Wohlers, Kaede Wood, John Zapolski, Katiya Zawrotny.

Virginia high school’s name change sparks fury and debate https://woonsockethigh.org/virginia-high-schools-name-change-sparks-fury-and-debate/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 05:38:16 +0000 https://woonsockethigh.org/virginia-high-schools-name-change-sparks-fury-and-debate/

WOODSTOCK, Va. — It was getting late, well past 10 p.m., when the Shenandoah County School Board finally addressed the issue that had hung over the county for two long and grueling years. Should Stonewall Jackson return?

“Discussion,” Marty Helsley, the chairman of the board, wearily announced. “Who wants to go first?”

Two years ago, in a summer marked by nationwide protests and marches, the country looked set to change dramatically. Governments from state houses to city councils have publicly moved to tackle long-neglected racist legacies, as policies and monuments that seemed permanent were quickly overturned.

But change itself is volatile. A political backlash formed almost immediately, and newly elected officials set to work to undo the rapid transformations of 2020. School boards across the country repealed policies that emphasize anti-racism, and dozens of states have introduced measures that would restrict how race and history are taught. Glenn Youngkin, elected governor of Virginia last year, delivered on a campaign promise on his first day in office by ordering an end to the teaching of “inherently divisive concepts” in schools.