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 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 HISD, Richard Carranza
Bring Back Dr. Simmons
Dr. Simmons has changed the lives of so many past and current students and their families. Simmons has been at Furr High School since 2000 and made the school what is now considered a model for the future of High Schools across the country. Her 17 + years as a change maker has enabled each person who passes through her office Door to exit with more confidence and inspiration than they ever dreamed possible. If Dr. Simmons has changed your life or you have followed all the amazing things she has done as Principal at Furr High School and believe that if she comes back she will continue to make a difference in all the current students, then join the FURR community advocates by signing and sharing this petition to demand that Dr. Simmons is immediately reinstated at Furr High school where she belongs. Let's use our voices to appropriately stand for those that have stood for us. Thank you.
Petition to Douglas Southall Freeman High School, Mr. Andrew Mey, Dr. Patrick C. Kinlaw, Lisa A. Marshall
Remove the Rebel as Freeman High School's Mascot
In light of recent events, I feel now more than ever that a change needs to be made. Freeman was founded in 1954, the year that desegregation of schools began in Virginia. One third of our school's population identifies as a minority. The Rebel no longer represents the school we are, and in many ways never did. While many Freeman students are used to the mascot and see nothing wrong with it, others see a legacy of hate that does not line up with the diverse and accepting school we are. The mascot was made as a tribute to the Confederacy. When the school was founded, Dixie was the fight song, the mascot was a Confederate soldier called Rebel Man, and the Confederate flag was even flown frequently at games. While most of these racist displays have been removed, the Rebel name is alive and well. I am a current student in the Leadership Center at Freeman, but I almost went to a different school because of the strong negative associations towards the Rebel name. I am certain that for each of those students like me who discovered how wonderful this school is by giving it a chance, there are those who missed that opportunity because they were repelled by the name. I face a strange dichotomy that I know many students face— I could not have more pride in being a Freeman student, but I feel ashamed every time I tell someone I am a Rebel. The original Rebel Man logo still appears on some sports gear with the defense that sports gear is funded by boosters, not the school directly. The school admits that Rebel Man is offensive, yet some of our school sports teams proudly wear his image. These teams are drawn to the Rebel Man not with the desire to be racist or offensive, but simply because they so strongly desire a mascot. If the name could be changed from the Rebels then we could finally show our pride for our school without also giving credence to a racist symbol of the past. Imagine being able to cheer as a mascot took the field at games. A mascot that represents the entire student population with no racist imagery attached. In the past, movements to change the name have been met with resistance, claiming that the Rebels isn't an offensive name. However, I hope that with all that has happened these past weeks in our own state, that we can see which side of history we would like to be on. For all who claim that the name is an honor to state history, I say we should instead focus on making our own history. Please sign this petition to remove the Rebel name from Douglas Southall Freeman High School.
Petition to Principal Preisser
Make Lunch Time longer
Liberty High School is a populated high school. There is around 2,000 or more students enrolled in Liberty. Last year we had about an hour for lunch , which was perfect for everyone . Students were able to get food and socialize , especially the fact that there is a lot of students in both A lunch and B lunch and it would be easier to get food and also have time to sit and eat peacefully instead of being rushed . They also took away the right to go off campus and eat lunch , (when that is a district privilege so it shouldn't be taken away) with enough time to eat. We also had the chance during lunch time to be able to make up for anything in classes . In this new year we have a new Principal, Gary Preisser . Personally all my four years of high school I have had different principals . As new administration come they come with new rules as usual. We can adapt to other rules which it would be fine but cutting our lunch time to 35 minutes is not enough for anybody in A lunch and B lunch. I have heard many opinions about this and what I found most commonly one was that the lines are too long and by the time you get to sit and eat it's already time to head to class. So in other words Liberty High school and Gary Preisser should Sit down and come up with at least a better alternative for our students and teachers. Overall I believe this change is affecting students performance, this needs to be properly addressed to our new principal. Sign this petition so we can show the administration and make our voices heard.
Petition to BASIS.Ed , Erin Paradis
Remove Backpack Ban at High School
At BASIS Tucson North, a high school in Tucson, Arizona, students have been banned from being able to carry backpacks through the school. While students can use a backpack to carry books in and out of the school, they must stay in lockers throughout the day. However, the school does allow students to use smaller 'backsacks' or messenger bags, which can be detrimental to students' health. The reason for the school's decision was that this was to protect the school from lawsuits that could occur due to backpack-related injuries, such as hitting another student with a backpack causing them to fall over and break their wrist, etc. However, the policy has made school days unbearable at BASIS Tucson North, and the students want their rights back, in addition to the fact that backpacks are better than messenger bags for your back health since the weight is spread evenly across your back rather than focussing on one shoulder or in your arms.