Petition to Clear Creek Highschool, Greg Smith
Petition for Clear Creek HS to erect a Vegeta statue in honor of Christopher Sabat.
As some of you may be aware of, The voice actor, Christopher Sabat, graduated from Clear Creek High school in 1992. Christopher Sabat went on to voice act many different characters in multiple tv series, and video games. He has also been a voice director in various projects, and he even started his own audio production company OkraTron 5000. He is most well known for his work in Dragon Ball Z. He provides the voice work for such notable characters as Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Zarbon, Recoome, Jeice, Burter, Salza, as well as many others. Christopher Sabat is an incredibly talented gentleman and he deserves more recognition for it. That is where this petition comes into play. Clear Creek Highschool should Erect a life size Vegeta statue above a plaque that reads, "I wasn’t sure how long I could sustain the effort without breaking in two. It was as though the only thing holding my body together was myone burning desire to be better then Kakarott. Sometimes I thought I was losing my mind. Why wasn’t I able to obtain what Kakarott had obtained?! It didn’t make any sense. It was infuriating… and it was my fury that kept me alive. - In Honor Of Christopher Sabat the original Prince of Saiyans." I believe 100% that making this apperant to current and future students will help motivate and drive them to reach their goals.
Petition to El Rancho Unified School District
Fire Gregory Salcido for vulgar classroom conduct!
On January 26, 2017 three videos began to circulate social media depicting El Rancho High School teacher, and Pico Rivera Council member Gregory Salcido berating a student for wearing a United States Marine Corps sweater in class, and going as far as to degrade the United states Military in front of his class. The videos were recorded by the student who came under fire by Salcido, and c obtain vulgar outbursts toward the armed forces and students who decide to pursue a career in the military. Salcido is heard saying “They’re the frickin’ lowest of the low,” in reference to military members, and "They're not talented people". Salcido furthers his a argument in the second video stating "If you join the military it's because you have no other options, because you didn't take care of business academically, because your parents didn't love you enough to push you, then you didn't love yourself enough". Throughout the video Salcido can be heard using vulgar language, and telling the student who can be seen recording the video that he can no longer wear his Marine Corps sweater in class, and can be heard saying "Don't you ever fricken bring the fricken military into this classroom. I don't understand why we let the fricken military guys come over here and recruit you at the school. We don't let pimps come into the school." Before wrapping up his degrading statements, Salcido spoke on the September 11th terror attacks stating "9/11, World Trade Center. Do you guys recall, you guys were too little to remember it, but you guy have seen footage wear people were jumping out of like the hundredth floor of the World Trade Center?", and further speaking of the victims who jumps sahing "Jumping from a hundred floors and turning into fricken, they probably got decenegraded from hitting the ground". Before the video ends he asks the students if they would have rather burned to death or jumped to their death, "Which option is better? Thats like saying do you want to eat dog sh*t or cat sh*t?" This shocking footage portrays the standards that El Rancho High School holds for their staff. In no circumstances is it okay for teachers to force their opinions and their views on the students. The classroom is supposed to be an educational experience, and not be indoctrinating. Students who have chosen the path of mikita st service were singled out for their decision. Military recruiters were compared to pimps. This teacher was put of lime, imposing his beliefs on his students while on the clock. El Rancho High School has confirmed that these statements came from Gregory Salcido. Salcido was also under investigation, and put on paid administrative leave after striking a student in class in 2012. This man does not have the capacity, nor the self restraint to remain unbiased in the classroom and provide a safe learning environment for his students. He is a danger to the students, and the public school system as a whole. It is imperative that the school district handle this matter immediately, and that Salcido, who has a clear pattern of misconduct and inappropriate behavior in the classroom, is terminated from his position. Please sign this petition to make our voices heard by the city of Pico Rivera, and the El Rancho Unified School District. Original post containing the videos recorded in Salcido's classroom: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10215001109124489&id=1332323089
Petition to Carmen Farina, Fred Walsh, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Bill DiBlasio
Bring Fame Back to the "Fame" School!
What if Jennifer Aniston, Adrian Grenier, or Robert DeNiro didn't have the chance to study drama at a high school for the arts? What if Ben Vereen or Desmond Richardson weren’t able to study dance; or Nicki Minaj and Pinchas Zuckerman, music; or Milton Glaser, art? The world would be a poorer place without their enormous contributions. Fortunately, they went to the best high school in the country for artistically gifted students - Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in NYC. Unfortunately, the next generation of talented artists may not have the same opportunity to develop their skills. Since the 2013 arrival of principal Dr. Lisa Mars, LaGuardia's admission process has been radically altered in favor of academic scores and attendance records. With these new admission criteria, talent counts for only 14% of the admission decision.* As a result, hundreds of qualified and gifted students have been denied admission. This change not only defies the 80-year-old mission of the Fame school, it also violates the Hecht-Calandra Act of 1971, which gives specialized high schools the unique power to choose their students based on a specific set of criteria. We demand that the Department of Education return the admission criteria to those consistent with the law and the original mission of the school. The Facts The Hecht-Calandra law provides that candidates for a specialized arts high school be required to “pass competitive examinations in music and/or the arts in addition to presenting evidence of satisfactory achievement.” However, since 2013, applicants who do not have at least a grade of 80 in every core academic subject are rejected, regardless of their audition score. So a student can receive a perfect 100 on their audition but be rejected because of a 79 they got in junior high school math. According to the 2015/16 Department of Education School Survey: - only 25% of LaGuardia's teachers say they trust the principal - only 28% of teachers say the principal communicates a clear vision for the school - only 32% of teachers say the principal understands how students learn - 73% of teachers feel disrespected by the principal According to the DOE’s framework for successful schools (which includes 6 categories) LaGuardia continues to decline in areas relating to leadership. In the most recent DOE School Dashboard, Dr. Mars received a stunning 1.76 for Trust and 1.2 for Effective Leadership (the scale is 1.00 - 4.99). LaGuardia is not meeting target in any of the 6 categories! Since the arrival of Dr. Mars, there has been an unprecedented exodus of teachers and staff. This year alone nearly 18% have left. Dr. Mars, who has had little experience in educating artistically talented students, has hired questionable replacements – for example, she replaced the Assistant Principal of Art with a middle school English teacher. The DOE and UFT are both aware of these issues, but have chosen to ignore them. The esteemed legacy of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts must continue. By our signatures below, we demand a return to admission requirements consistent with the Hecht-Calandra law and effective leadership for the school. * This percentage was for the 2013/14 school year, provided by a Freedom of Information Law request. Requests for subsequent years’ admission statistics have gone unanswered.
Petition to Principal Dodd
Provide menstrual products in bathrooms at GLHS
The plan is simple- relocate the menstrual products already present in the school in the nurse’s office to the girl’s bathrooms. By providing pads and tampons in the bathrooms, we are helping erase the stigma against periods. Periods are normal and common and happen to every girl. If you send them to the nurse’s office to get a pad or tampon, you are disrupting her learning. Instead of taking a few minutes to go the bathroom, she has to go all the way to the nurse’s office to get what she needs. At GLHS, that can be a long trek from anywhere not in H Building, and takes away her potential learning time. Periods happen every day and menstrual products are just as necessary as toilet paper and soap- so provide them in bathrooms, which is where they are needed. By keeping the menstrual products in the nurse’s office, you are also treating periods as a medical problem. Periods are normal. They are not a reason to go all the way to the nurse. Please support your students by simply relocating the menstrual products that are already in the nurse’s office to the bathrooms.
Petition to Saddle Brook Board of Education
Improved Mental Health Support for Saddle Brook Public Schools
Between December 2017 and April 2018, three young adults aged 16-20 tragically lost their lives in a struggle with mental health in Saddle Brook, two of which were current students at the high school and one alumni. The alarming, increased frequency at which this is occurring is cause for a stronger, improved, more open conversation about mental health. Let's invite the Saddle Brook Board of Education to work together with us as a community for stronger mental health services for the community. As an alumni of SBHS, a sister of a current senior at SBHS, and a member of the Saddle Brook Community, I am here to ask for your support in asking the following from the Board of Education: 1. At least 1-2 licensed psychologists in each school at all times, whose only job is to be the school's therapist. I feel that the lines of responsibility for guidance counselors are blurred, and often times students do not feel comfortable discussing their mental health with the same person they discuss their academics with. 2. An easily accessible list of all mental health support services that are available to students who are in need. 3. An assembly to discuss the aforementioned and what the school plans to do to supply students with a strong support system. Please sign your name in support of doing right for the children of Saddle Brook, New Jersey. Just one life is too much, so let's do everything we can to make tomorrow a better day.
Petition to Lovejoy ISD Schoolboard
The Lovejoy HS NHS application process.
In high school, many students are offered the opportunity to sign up for either NHS, or NJHS. This is an organization that most high schools and colleges (and their student bodies) hold to a high prestige. However, the rules for acceptance into the program are left to each school. While admirable in concept, this system opens the door to local bias and, at times, inequitable acceptance and rejection results. I believe that this is the case at Lovejoy High School. I am a 15 year old Sophmore at Lovejoy high School, and I have a 4.075 GPA, and have placed in the 97 percent tile on the SAT with a score of 1160. With grades and test scores like this, I can already obtain admission to many prestigious colleges and universities in the Country. And, yet, I cannot gain acceptance into NHS? Lovejoy High School has set up its NHS acceptance system in a way that students who participate in school sports and social clubs are essentially assured acceptance, but others are rejected. I compete in the sport of trampoline and tumbling which is NOT a sport or club offered by Lovejoy High School. This gives me the eligibility to take OCPE two periods a day to prefect my craft. As good as it may sound to be dedicated in a competitive sport, Lovejoy High School has made it exceptionally more difficult for students like me to gain acceptance into the NHS who choose to pursue rewarding sports or leadership activities outside of Lovejoy High School. Incredibly, the School’s NHS application process does not even provide an opportunity for my coach’s opinions or input about me to be included, even though he’s my designated teacher for three of my sixteen classes for the past two years. I know that this seems like a specific change aimed for helping just me. However, my story is just an example of how students who choose to focus on sports and leadership opportunities off-campus are effectively and systematically deprived of the opportunity to gain acceptance into Lovejoy’s NHS chapter. I submit that some basic changes are needed in order to be fair to EVERY student at Lovejoy High School as follows: - I propose that each student should have to get the same percent of their total teachers to vote for their character and leadership abilities in order for those votes to count. I propose that a student must get 75% of their total teachers to vote for them in order for those votes to count; - I propose that those students who participate in OCPE should have the opportunity for their OCPE coach or instructor to have a vote, weighted as necessary depending on the number of OCPE classes taken; - I propose that students should be permitted to have the opportunity to speak to the teachers and seek to obtain their recommendations. Some teachers will see over 600 kids after two years, how are they supposed to remember half of their names; and - I propose that the NHS board should weigh the content in the applicant’s resume as well. This means actually taking into account jobs, and leadership positions off-campus, as that is just as indicative, if not more so, of leadership and character quality than on-campus activities. The point here is that the present Lovejoy High School NHS acceptance and rejection process is fundamentally unfair and basic changes need to be made. If you agree with me, I invite you to electronically sign this Petition, below.
Petition to Rick Scott, Lauren stillwell, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Carlos Curbelo
Prevent students from receiving absence marks due to mass shooting threats
My daughter has a weighted GPA of 4.39 here in a Lee County H.S.. However due to several threats being made at her High School online and in-person she has always caught wind of it prior to admimistration addressing it with parents. By the time the next morning comes and everything is fine it's too late because anxiety would have set in for both of us. I have purposely kept her home from schools on several days due to online threats specific to her High School. The school district is asking us to choose between peace of mind and good attendance. This is not fair. On days where a student's online threads has made it all the way to social media whether credible or not, the children should be allowed to stay home to be homeschooled for the day via either Google classroom or whatever. We have to remember at Parkland no one took his threats seriously.