Academics at James River

Winter Exam Schedule Guide

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By: Dylan Lepore, Staff Writer

The first semester is ending and the end of 2016 is coming, but before we celebrate the holidays and the New Year, there is work to be done. Exams are the thing between you and those sweet Christmas cookies. This guide is going to help you understand the exam schedule. (For seniors exemptions skip down)

The Schedule

  • Monday, December 12th is a regular school day
  • Tuesday, December 13th is 2nd-period odd exam – full day(tech center students leave at 8:25)
  • Wednesday, December 14th are 1st and 2nd even exams – dismissal at 11:25 (tech center students have to find a ride home after their 1st-period exam or they can sit in ISD until the buses come)
  • Thursday, December 15th are  3rd and 4th odd exams – dismissal at 11:25 (odd day tech center exams – students leave for tech at 7:25)
  • Friday, December 16th are 3rd and 4th even exams – dismissal at 11:25 (even day tech center exams – Students leave for tech at 7:25)

Make-ups need to be pre-arranged by Friday, December 9th at 2:30pm.

Senior Exemptions and dates

Seniors should be notified by their teacher if they are exempt from a midterm no later than Thursday, December 8th, and Friday, December 9th. Seniors must have a B or above in the class they want to be exempted from and no more than five absences in first period and no more than three in all other periods.

Seniors do not have to be here on Monday, but for students that will be here, there will be review activities for their exams. All underclassmen are expected to be here for the entire week. Students are not allowed to leave during exams, even if they end up finishing the exam or have a pass to leave they must stay for respect of the other test takers.

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French exchange program kicks off at JRHS

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By: An-Vu Phan, Sports Editor

As the first lunch began on Tuesday October 25th, students streamed into room 1104 for the potluck lunch hosted by French Club for the French students. During the lunch, JRHS students got to mingle with French students from the Lycée Notre Dame Saint Victor as they begin their exchange program with their JRHS hosts.

“I’ve hosted four exchange students before this, so I already know I really enjoy showing French students around the U.S. and helping them try new things,” senior Blair Harvie said.

This is the third time that JRHS has partnered with the Lycée Notre Dame Saint Victor, a private high school in France, in a program that allows for JRHS students to correspond with their pen pals prior to the trip, host the French students in their homes, and eventually travel to France to stay with the French student’s families. During the two weeks that the French students stayed in America, they get to learn what American life is like while the hosts had to provide meals, a private room, and pay for the students properly.

“My daily routine with Alice is to go to school, eat with her friends, and spend our time in different places,” sophomore and Lycée Notre Dame Saint Victor student Aurore Masseron said.

While they are here, the French students got to see what American high schools are like and go on guided tours of Richmond, Monticello, Jamestown, and Washington D.C. The students would go on trips with their hosts when there is free time.

“I have done so many things with [my host] Alice,” Masseron said. “We have been to Libby Hill Park, Carytown, Halloween Parties, Busch Garden, the mall, Downtown, and the Hollywood Cemetery.”

Despite the places they were taken to, the hosts wished they could have taken them to places such as New York City or the Outer Banks, North Carolina. While the French students were here, the hosts got to show the students different aspects of American culture such as on how dinner is eaten in America at 6:30 while the French eat their dinner at 8:00 or that French high schools begin their day later than American high schools.

“What I like about James River was that the scholar system is based more on knowledge than marks,” Masseron said.

The French students went to school with their hosts and got to experience what their hosts experience in high school on daily basis. However, come spring break, JRHS students will also travel to France to experience French culture and life.

“I love nice scenery and pretty parks,” senior Alice Stitzer said. “So I guess my top thing I am looking forward to is Aurore walking me around her neighborhood,”

As with the French students coming here, the JRHS group of students will travel to Épernay, France from April 6-16 as they visit the  Lycée Notre Dame Saint Victor and live with the families of the French students that they hosted. This in turn completes an exchange program which comes around every two years at JRHS and has forged new connections.

“I have always been fascinated with learning about others and their cultures and I thought this would be a great way to make myself a more fluent French speaker by immersing myself in the language,” Stitzer said. “Making a new friend was a plus, too.”

Rapids run for veterans

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By: Corinne Minnick, News Editor

The third annual Rapids Run for Veterans 5k was held on Saturday, November 5th from 6am to 12pm. This event took place at the City Stadium and was hosted by James River’s NJROTC. Students and Faculty ran to support wounded veterans, their families, and the Fisher House. The winner was government teacher Alexander Addison with a time of 19 minutes and 29 seconds

Rapids voice their debate opinion

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By: An-Vu Phan, Staff Writer

Last Monday, the two presidential candidates for the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton of the Democrats and Donald Trump of the Republicans, faced off in the first of three presidential debates. It would become the most watched presidential debate ever, drawing in over 84 million viewers.

Among those viewers were also 258 James River students who participated in a post-presidential poll. Of the 258 who participated in the poll, 67.4 percent watched the debates.

“ As a teacher, I thought the debate was pretty one sided in terms of who had logical arguments and who didn’t,” Social Studies teacher Shannon Castelo said. “So it was pretty clear to me at the end that one person was pretty emotional in the debate and the other person was more logical and answered the questions more directly.”

In the poll conducted, there were many who were left feeling more worried for the future. Yet there still some who found humor within the debate.

“I felt like it was a comedy show, and both candidates just bashed each other more often than talking about their plans,” said one senior in his/her poll response.

In fact, it seems that this bashing of one another contributed heavily to the Rapids community opinion of who had won the debate. It was seen that amongst the pollsters that 34.9 percent felt that Hillary had won the debate while another 14  percent felt that Trump won the debate. However, 24.8 percent also felt that nobody had won the debate.

“In my opinion, when the debate was all said and done, they both had their fan base and nothing they said ruined that,” said another senior in his/her poll response. “They both addressed things that they already have, so nothing new caught my attention during the debate.”

However, this is just the first of three presidential debates, with the next two debates being scheduled for Sunday, October 9th and Wednesday, October 19th. As such, there is more to be expected from both for the next two debates. There is also the vice presidential debate featuring Mike Pence of the Republican party and Tim Kaine of the Democratic party airing at 9 tonight.


Chromebooks are finally in the classroom

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By: Caroline McMullan, Editor-in-Chief
On Friday, September 16, 2016 Chromebooks were finally distributed at James River for the 2016-2017 school year. The almost three hour first period had students lined up through the gym  waiting to get their Chromebook. If you have not gotten your Chromebook yet, turn in your Media Agreement form, pay your $50 fee, and go to the Help Center from 8 am to 9:15 to get your Chromebook and charger this week.