The RoundUp The Student News Site of Barrington High School Wed, 13 May 2020 18:17:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Quarantine workload: LARGE Wed, 13 May 2020 18:17:33 +0000 During these unprecedented times, there have been many changes to all aspects of life. One of the biggest changes for high schoolers is distance learning. Personally, I think the administration could have made smoother and less radical changes to the way we learn.

Back before the coronavirus, I typically had relatively low amounts of homework, aside from studying for tests. Now that we are at home, the only thing we have is busywork. I spend over two hours a day on many of my classes and am constantly behind and trying to catch up. No matter how much work I do, it feels like it keeps on piling up. Before, all I had to do was take notes during 45-minute lessons, and I rarely had homework in a lot of my classes. If I did have busy work, it was never heavily weighted. For example, last semester, I got an A in math with a 45 percent homework grade. Now, I have two small missing assignments in history, and I’ve been marked incomplete in that course, meaning that at the moment, I would have to take summer school and retake the semester to make up for these minor assignments.

Also, distance learning has made improving grades extremely difficult. I have an 89.17 in math class currently, and to get my grade up to an 89.5 for an A, I have to complete an 85 question review packet with everything we’ve learned this semester. This is just so I can get an “Improved” in the grade book. Before, I could have gotten that up with one quiz. In my opinion, the “Improved, Sustained, Incomplete” system is way too broad. Getting a “Sustained” in my classes has been hard enough for me with the giant workload, and now I have to go above and beyond just to gain 0.33 percent.

I think instead of having our “attendance” be the completion of work, there should be zoom lessons with teachers where they take attendance and see students actively taking notes. I don’t think it’s fair that if you don’t complete all of your work, it’s basically interpreted as having not learned. Most of the work is very repetitive and I could come away with the same understanding if I did a quarter of the work.

School is not just busywork. School is for learning. We don’t sit at school with our heads down doing pages of work all day. We learn through lessons, labs, and instruction. Just because we’re at home doesn’t mean we can’t do the same.

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In-home workouts Wed, 13 May 2020 18:07:28 +0000 Being in the midst of a global pandemic, many gyms are closed. But this doesn’t mean you can’t still work out! I’m here to give you some of my, as well as our peers’, favorite workout alternatives while being stuck at home. These are just some recommendations based on the workouts I have done, as well as those other students are utilizing. This includes a variety of forms of exercise such as cardio, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), strength and conditioning, and targeted muscle toning.

The first method is simply going for a run or long walk. This is a good way to get out of the house, get some fresh air, and get that heart rate up. If you are just beginning to run, start out slow by running a mile and walking a mile, and then slowly increase your distance and have a greater run to walk ratio. Another fun way to keep you motivated is to track your mile time, and try to slowly decrease your time. You can do this by using an Apple Watch, Fitbit, or another fitness band, or apps such as Map My Run that can be downloaded onto your phone. Or you can go on a long 4-5 mile walk with a family member or your dog–it burns calories just as well! I personally enjoy and find it effective to start out my workout with the cardio of a one and a half to two-mile run, and then combine it with two to three HIIT or targeted muscle toning workout videos. But by no means is that necessary, you do what is best for you and what you most enjoy.

Another alternative is high-intensity interval training and muscle toning workout videos. You can access these for free on Youtube and Instagram. There are many fitness social media influencers with a wide variety of videos, allowing you to find what is best for you. Some popular fitness YouTubers include Chloe Ting, Sydney Cummings, and Pamela Reif. Sydney Cummings has a great selection of HIIT and cardio videos ranging from 10-60 minutes. These videos really get your heart rate up and get a great sweat going. They are easy and accessible and there are so many options. Another fitness influencer is Chloe Ting, whose videos are also on Youtube, and are shorter and more targeted workouts than Cummings’. She has playlists combining 4-5 videos for a full workout, or you can combine your own selection of videos.

Finally, create your own workout plan. This can be a fun way to customize your workouts based on what is best and most effective for you. This can include circuit workouts, weight training (depending on what you have access to), or whatever else you desire. I recommend making sure you complete a balance of cardio and targeted workouts for the best results. For some people, one quick ab combination may be the perfect workout, but for others, it is not enough. It is important you listen to your body and do what is best for you.

None of these are necessary for maintaining fitness in quarantine, just some recommendations based on workouts some peers and I have found to be useful and effective. Start out slow if you are just beginning, combine cardio and muscle toning exercises and make sure to always stay hydrated, fuel your body with good foods, and most importantly have fun with it!

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E-leaning: middle vs. high school Wed, 13 May 2020 18:03:46 +0000 Forcing society to stay isolated, the coronavirus pandemic is one of the biggest, most life-changing events in world history. The global situation is going downhill, socially, and economically, and governments are doing all they can to keep their countries afloat. School is now done from home, but that comes with its own set of problems and difficulties.

While teachers and administrators try to adjust to these circumstances, there is no real, strong system that an entire school district can follow yet. The differences between middle school and high school e-learning are a result of this.

To start off, middle schoolers are obviously at a lower difficulty level in education than high schoolers, but that does not excuse them from getting work. While the system was in shambles at the beginning of distance learning, Barrington middle schools have decided for teachers to set up mandatory Zoom calls to mark attendance while giving out necessary learning tools and work. At BHS, however, students are given work while teachers have certain office hours to conduct Zooms or create a platform for students to ask questions. There isn’t any system of Zooms like in the middle schools.

However, there are some similarities. Both schools have specific days for specific subjects (STEAM/Broncos Days and Humanities/Fillies Days) and have Mondays as a “catch-up” and social-emotional learning (SEL) day.

The middle school and high school education systems are now quite different in terms of teacher interaction (via Zoom) and amounts of work. If one had to choose which system they wanted to learn from, they should find the middle school more appealing. Middle school requires teachers to have a mandatory Zoom call with their students. The main purpose of the Zoom is to take attendance, making e-learning seem more similar to an actual school.

Every class is different in high school, and so a Zoom may not be required and students may find it a bit irritating if there was one. But the Zoom doesn’t have to take very long and students can show up and get attendance points with ease.

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Staying connected one letter at a time Fri, 08 May 2020 17:09:28 +0000 With quarantining at home has become the new normal, families of students have been adjusting to the sudden deprivation of the personal space they once had. Quarantining this way may be tough, but being confined to four walls and a bed with food slid under the narrow crack of the door is what residents of nursing homes across the country have to deal with. Though this may seem tedious, it’s vital to prevent the infection of the most vulnerable.
But even while taking these strong precautions, the residents’ days in isolation are still bright and reassuring. Janet Daboub, my penpal resident at the Solana Deer Park, a division of Atria Senior Living, detailed her experience in quarantine.
“[The employees] set up some chairs in the hall and on our floor they had bingo for us today,” Daboub said. “They sanitized all the bingo cards for us and brought them up and they brought a chair up for all of us and we sat in the hall and they called the numbers. Some of the kids who work in the kitchen played with us. And we had a really good time.”
This enjoyable leisure is made possible by the hard work of the employees, some of whom work in the kitchen and are still in high school.
“They take our temperatures to see that everybody’s ok. They bring our mail up.” Daboub said. “I can’t complain at all. These people are working very, very hard.”
In addition to providing these bare necessities, the employees offer residents choices and variety amidst this monotonous time. “They walk around with an order book and they take our orders. We have a couple of choices for each meal.” Daboub said, comparing the quarantine service to that of a restaurant. “They come with racks and racks of food and a big cart with beverages like homemade lemonade.”
The employees also have to self check.
“When [the employees who work at Atria] come to work, they check their temperatures before they come in to be sure that they’re well, because not everybody has a thermometer at home and if they’re not well and they have a temperature, they have to go home and wait it out.”
Daboub also makes sure she shows her appreciation for them. Earlier in isolation, she decided to put signs outside her door to thank the employees and encouraged everyone on her floor to do the same. This simple act of kindness allowed her to express her gratitude.
“Now we have to appreciate [the employees] ten times more because they’re working so hard to take care of us,” Daboub said.
Fortunately, nobody’s been sick at Solana yet, and the residents do their best to stay afloat in this uncertain time, partaking in leisure activities and staying in touch with loved ones along the way.

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Why quarantine is bad Wed, 06 May 2020 23:41:07 +0000 Due to the coronavirus pandemic, society is on lockdown. Not being able to see and interact with friends, go to a physical workplace or school, and more has taken a huge toll on society socially, and more importantly, economically. The pandemic caused the largest global recession in history, with more than a third of the global population at the time being placed on lockdown. While it is the best option to keep everyone safe, quarantine has put a hold on all of society’s livelihood.

The social impact of the coronavirus is massive. Without the presence and support of friends and peers, life can become draining. Studies show that without others to love, support, and be there with you, the risk of mental illnesses such as depression increases at a noticeable rate. Along with loneliness, deprivation of social skills like manners and empathy is also an effect of not seeing people. Due to interacting with many peers, colleagues, and teachers on a daily basis, one’s social skills are put to the test every day. But because of quarantine, social skills may become lacking.

Following the social impacts of quarantine, the economy has also shifted in these unfortunate circumstances. In this new “quarantine economy,” working from home is the most impactful thing workers can do to ensure job stability. But while remote work is becoming more popular over time, access is not universal. A much larger share of high-income earners has this luxury. Many lower-wage employees do not.

A social and economic impact is shortages. Supply shortages are expected to affect a number of sectors and businesses due to panic buying, increased usage of goods to fight the pandemic, and disruption to factories and logistics; they have also led to price gouging. There have been widespread reports of supply shortages of medications, with many areas seeing panic buying and consequent shortages of food and other essential grocery items.

In conclusion, quarantine is a good way to keep society safe in these circumstances but is a real life-drainer in social and economic areas.

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Dear fellow cats… Wed, 06 May 2020 23:38:58 +0000 Dear Fellow Cats,

What is quarantine?

I guess it could mean more treats, but it could also mean being bothered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Honestly, it’s not too bad. I do have to say that my summer body really isn’t coming in very soon. I’m sure with all of the treats that I’m forcing my owner to give me, I’ve probably gained a good 10 pounds.

I’ve seen how much my owners have also changed. It’s like they’re losing their minds, sitting in the house eating and binge-watching every show they could possibly watch on Netflix. I can’t really complain because those shows really are interesting. I feel like they’ve gained weight too, what do you guys think?

Speaking of losing our minds, I’ve been hearing noises every time I walk. I hear my owners talk about how the floor creaks, whatever that even means. But it’s like every time I step a foot on the floor, there is a noise. I don’t know, maybe I’m going crazy too. I stay home every single day, for 24 hours straight. Being stuck at home is the norm for me, so it’s not much of a change.

Sometimes, I do this funny thing where I tap my owner to see how many taps it takes for her to budge and finally give me my snacks. So far, the least amount of taps is four. This week, I’m aiming for two.

Alright, now all of those things sound great, right? Yeah, but my only problem with this entire situation is that they touch me all the time. I don’t know about you guys, but I hate being touched, and especially hate being held. And that’s exactly what they do. I think maybe if I stare at them with enough hatred, they’ll put me down. But no, no matter what I do, they still hold me and pet me. I’m no animal to be pet, I’m supposed to be enjoyed from a distance.

Well anyways, my owner works from home now, meaning I get treats whenever I want, so I can’t really complain. How are you guys and your mental health, having your owners home with you at all hours of the day?

Simon, your favorite tabby 🙂

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Tips for teachers Wed, 06 May 2020 23:36:05 +0000 Quarantine has made school strenuous. High schoolers struggle to grasp subjects and are tortured through virtual learning. But there is a way to improve this: students could benefit from little fixes that teachers can improve on.

To start, what happened to grade our homework? During a regular school day, graded homework may seem like a complete drag. With E-learning, a lot of students are confused about their assignments and the work they are completing. If all of our teachers looked over our submitted work and left constructive feedback, this could immensely help students sustain their grades and develop a better understanding of the work they’re doing.

Another helpful tip could include a more organized schedule. It’s easy to know what’s happening the day work is assigned, but what about for the following month? Having a weekly schedule could help students get ahead of the curve and prep for future lessons.

There are visual, audio, and hands-on learners. Teachers should have resources for all of them! Most teachers have a youtube video or a reading assignment, but why not both? Some students have difficulty learning one way or the other.

This would monumentally help students learn during this difficult time.

E-learning can be very difficult for students and teachers. The little things that teachers can do to help go a long way, and in the long term will help their students retain their E-learning work.

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Mental standpoint of Covid-19 effects Wed, 06 May 2020 23:33:44 +0000 It has been almost two months since I’ve started quarantining. Although I am not allowed to see anyone but my family, my mental and emotional health has been better than ever. Due to COVID-19, I’m able to focus on myself more. I’m able to manage my own schedule, have some personal time and spend time with the people I love.

I’ve seen many people on Instagram complaining about how they hate Coronavirus, but they’re the ones who are part of the problem. Even though I am a very social person, my life doesn’t depend on seeing my friends 24/7. Sure, I miss them a lot, but if I socially distance myself for one more month, it will be worth it in the end.

To prevent myself from going insane in my house, I’ve started to learn Korean with my friend. Surprisingly, it is going fairly well and I really enjoy it. Along with learning Korean, I’ve been watching a lot of shows and K-dramas. Because I spend most of my time on Netflix, I cry at least twice an episode. But on the bright side, I haven’t cried because I was sad in a long time.

During this pandemic, I’ve focused on my mental health. My mental health has always been a problem of mine and because of the situation the world is in right now, I am able to reflect and take care of myself. I had to let go of some people that have constantly hurt me, and although it hurt in the moment, it was for the best.

With everything going on in the world right now, I’ve been able to take care of my mental health and start new things. I’m not sure what will happen after quarantine is over, but I hope I come back happier, and somewhat good at Korean.

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Do you eat out of boredom? Tue, 05 May 2020 20:10:53 +0000 Chips, pizza, ice cream and so much more. While locked in at home, there isn’t much to do. Especially during a worldwide pandemic. Houses with stocked pantries and bored families are a recipe for unhealthy eating habits. There are both physical and mental consequences that come with such habits. While there are some people, such as athletes and fitness lovers, who work out most days, there are also those who don’t play sports and who might not know what to do with their time.

“It’s pretty simple, calories should not exceed calories out. When this happens, you gain weight and not good weight. [Y]ou want to treat metabolism like a furnace. You keep the fire going by movement (heat), then when you throw fuel into the fire, it gets burned up. If you’re not moving, fuel doesn’t get burned and is stored as fat. Sitting is also bad for you physically, try to avoid it and get up and move. Find stuff to do. There is plenty of time to explore new things. Cleaning your room is better than sitting around!” Athletic trainer Russ Schellhase said.

“Eating out of boredom can have a lot of physical consequences, especially when you’re in season. If you aren’t eating what you should be before and after games, it can cause you to feel sick and fatigued. All it takes is one bad day for someone to take your spot. Instead of eating out of boredom, you can drink a glass of water or distract yourself with something else. Make sure you’re still practicing and focusing on getting to where you want to be,” sophomore Bridget Trainor added.

As you can see, there are many other things you can physically do in order to keep from overeating and forming these bad habits. But there are more than just physical aspects of this situation. There is a mental side to this issue as well.

“Eating when bored is used as a way to cope, as snacking raises levels of dopamine in your brain! Simply said, eating out of boredom increases a person’s level of dopamine, which is known as the ‘happy hormone’ and is responsible for experiencing happiness. Also, eating when bored can help as a distraction from the experience of being bored. Often, we will continuously snack because it provides short term excitement and breaks up the monotony of boredom,” Prevention and Wellness Coordinator Amy Winkelman said.

“If you gain a lot of weight by eating out of boredom, you might have negative views of your body, which can cause a lot of stress. In order to keep from being bored, start a new hobby, or continue doing old ones. Reading books can be good, but also talk to your friends,” sophomore Olivia Field said.

During this time, there are many physical and mental activities that you can do to keep from being bored, and eating should not be one of them. Whether you go for a walk or run or you plug your headphones in and paint, there’s always something you can do to keep yourself occupied when you’re bored.

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Go outside! Go outside! Go outside! Tue, 05 May 2020 20:08:00 +0000 While we may have to be six feet away from our friends or wear masks when going to crowded places, there is one thing we take for granted every day: just being able to go outside. With summer just around the corner, this is a perfect time to pick up a new habit of going outside every day. This may seem like a scary time to go outside or to go on a walk, but there are safety precautions you can take. Staying six feet away from others and wearing a mask and gloves is one way to protect yourself when you are going to leave the house. Going outside just for twenty minutes a day can do so much for you. Fresh air and going outside can change your entire day and health. Being outside not only helps to improve your physical health but your mental health as well.

Going outside daily has been known to lower blood pressure and heart rate. It also has been known to help boost your immune system. Even if you are outside for just twenty minutes, it is even thought to limit the possibility of becoming nearsighted later in life. Some studies even suggest that going outside might boost your energy enough to where it is equivalent to drinking one cup of coffee. So before you go pour yourself that second cup of joe, maybe try going outside first. With many walking trails and parks near Barrington, there are many options for you and your family to spend some time outside and help improve your physical health.

The other helpful aspect of going outside daily is that it can help improve your mental health. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. In a stressful time like this, we all need a little stress relief. Going outside has been proven to help you relax, and is a quick and easy distraction from whatever your current stressor is. Also, going outside is believed to help fight depression and anxiety as well. While it is not a fix-all cure, it is just one step you can take to help improve your mental health. Also, if you are ever feeling stuck, unmotivated, or at a loss for ideas, going outside has also been known to help you focus and rejuvenate your creative process and problem-solving just after going outside for around twenty minutes.

While we are in a time of uncertainty, there is one thing I am certain about: going outside has so many benefits, not only for your mental health but your physical health as well. Just going for a walk around the block or biking one of the many trails in the Barrington area can help you to feel better. There are so many ways and so many benefits to going outside, even if it is only for a short amount of time every day. Do not spend your entire quarantine inside; instead, spend some quality time outside in the beautiful spring weather.

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