HHS Welcomes New Assistant Principal

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By Chris Pyle, SBC

There’s a new face in the halls here at HHS, and that would be our new Vice Principal, Sonya Bullard.

Bullard: I’m very personable, very easy to get along with; I’m very approachable. If they have any concerns, please feel free to come to me. I’m here to help. It’s what I’m here for: to help students be successful and to reach their goals. My motto is sort of like one student at a time, one day at a time. I just hope to help students reach their goals. I hope that they will see that this is a very important time in their life. High School, and the decisions they make are very crucial and will affect the rest of their life, so they should be very careful and try to make the right choices and right decisions, and focus on their education. They need to realize that although they will make mistakes, they need to learn from those mistakes and move forward and don’t dwell on their past and mistakes they’ve already made. I’m enjoying it. All the students are great and very friendly and personable, and the faculty and staff are wonderful.

Our previous principal, Irene Reynolds, who selected Mrs. Bullard, feels very strongly about her.

Reynolds: I love her to death. She is a great fit for Harrisonburg High School. She shares our philosophy and love of students. It’s great working with another female for the first time in many years. Most importantly, she’s a strong advocate for students. She is very knowledgeable of curriculum and classroom instruction. She enjoys working with teens. She enjoys the total program, and her interaction with staff has been extraordinary.

Our other two Vice Principals Michael Eye and Jay Supko also share a similar opinion with Mrs. Reynolds

Eye:  I think right now I’m very impressed with her. She is very professional. She has jumped right into doing what assistant principals do and I am looking forward to a long working relationship with her.

Supko: She’s throwing herself right into her job. She’s planning well, meeting with our administrative team, [and] dealing with the students in a fair and equitable way. We threw her right into the mix and she’s a veteran now.

While many of the administrative staff have a favorable view of Mrs. Bullard, many of the students do not know much about her.

Drew: The new Vice-Principal seems like a nice enough person. I haven’t really had a chance to talk with her yet. I’m sure she’s a great Vice-Principal, a good asset to the school.

As Mrs. Bullard has not been here very long, it remains to be seen what kind of impact she will leave on the school. Many believe that she will leave a positive one. For SBC News, this is Chris Pyle.

Early Morning Breakfast is More Than Just Tasty

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By Chris Pyle, SBC

Every Thursday morning at Mr. J’s Bagels, AP US Teacher, Mark Tueting has a supplemental breakfast with his students over delicious Mr. J’s bagels, to help them prepare for the AP exam in May.

Gabriel Morey: I’m coming to these for a few reasons: 1, its really interesting, the things we cover here are kind of a mix of politics, and general debate. It’s really interesting how Tueting does it, of course Tueting himself is worth coming to see here in the morning. But then also because of the AP points you can get for coming here. I being a junior with absolutely no time feel that I should get every AP point I possibly can. An AP point is basically extra credit for AP US.

Students are required to get 7 AP points a 6 weeks but can earn a maximum 15. 

You get one for coming to a breakfast, two if you bring a parent.

Todd Hedinger: I don’t much enjoy anything at 6:15 in the morning, but [Tueting] makes it worthwhile. The old fashioned word for it is “edifying”; there’s entertainment and education mixed together.

Mr. Tueting also had a few words to say about his little breakfast invention.

Mark Tueting: The breakfasts are a chance to explore history a little bit more in depth than we have time to do in class. What I’ve found is that if the kids come to breakfasts with their parents and they go home and talk about history, the kid is much more likely that information long term, because educational research says what we talk about, we’re more likely to remember than to what we listen to. The parents, the kids, and the teachers, we’re all going to war with the AP Exam. We all want to be doing this together, and it creates a community where we’re supportive of one another.

In fact, 13 out of the 15 people who got a 5 on the APUS Exam last year, were regular breakfast goers.  And, Mr. J’s Bagels and Deli, appreciates the extra business.

Alicia Wacher: It’s crazy. There’s a line to the door for probably about a half an hour, its fine, but it’s busy.

Because of extra AP points offered, students have a natural incentive to bring their parents. But Mr. Tueting has a different reason for bringing parents along.

Tueting: It’s good for kids to see what their parent’s views of history are. The theme of my class is that history is argument, it’s not a bunch of dry facts, it’s argument, and how do we use those facts to make choices about the future, and when the kids are getting the viewpoints of their parents and other people’s parents, they can start to see that [history] is not some dry boring thing, we’re making decisions here.



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