Not Your Typical Day for Freshman at Ocean City High School

first_imgTarrell “Breeze” Edwards, of Hip Hop Fundamentals, led the Ocean City High School freshmen in some breakdancing moves By Donald WittkowskiMost of the time, students at Ocean City High School are focusing on history, math, English, chemistry and other subjects typical of their classroom studies.But when hundreds of freshmen filed into the auditorium on Friday, the “teacher,” a guy nicknamed Breeze, told them the subject would be “hip hop 101.”Students who volunteered to join Breeze on stage followed his lead to learn the latest steps, slides and spins that are part of the hip hop and breakdancing repertoire.Yes, believe it or not, this was school.Each year, the high school’s incoming freshman class goes through a daylong orientation that combines entertainment, pop culture, athletics and social consciousness. An anti-bullying component is included.It is an elaborate event called Freshman Teambuilding Day. It helps freshmen make the transition from middle school to high school, where they are confronted with a host of new academic and social challenges, including blending in with the upperclassmen.“It’s a big jump from middle school to high school,” explained Chris Clark, a social studies teacher who organizes the teambuilding day with special education teacher Nicole McMaster.“We’re just trying to get the younger kids to interact with the upperclassmen. We want them to get to know some new faces,” McMaster added.Clark described Freshman Teambuilding Day as the only event of its kind in New Jersey’s schools. Ocean City has been doing it for about 10 years.Clark said the high school originally tried using traditional classroom instruction to help the freshmen acclimate to a whole new environment, but later discovered it was more effective to expose them to more unconventional teambuilding methods.“It’s really about making connections and building relationships with other kids in school,” he said.One freshman, 14-year-old Kate Carter, of Margate, said the teambuilding day would help her to collaborate with other students, including upperclassmen.“Meeting new people can open new doors,” Carter said.The activities were highlighted by a dance performance by a Philadelphia group called Hip Hop Fundamentals. HHF is an educational consultant that uses music and dance to engage students who might not otherwise be reached through traditional teaching methods.“Are you guys ready to see some dancing?” HHF co-founder Steve “Steve Believe” Lunger said in a booming voice to energize the freshmen.Accompanied by a thumping soundtrack, Lunger and fellow dancers Mark “Metal” Wong, David “DKizzo” Kruth and Tarrell “Breeze” Edwards performed new and old-school breakdancing moves while mixing in history lessons about hip hop culture.Students were invited up on stage to learn the basics of breakdancing and try their luck at some improvised rap lyrics. Don’t worry, parents, they kept the lyrics clean.“Are you guys having fun? Is this a good start to your education?” Lunger asked at one point, eliciting applause and roars of approval from the audience.Joey D’Amico, a 14-year-old freshman from Margate, said he was completely surprised to find out that his school day would include a history lesson on hip hop and breakdancing.“I think it’s cool to learn about the history of hip hop,” D’Amico said. “It’s definitely a different type of learning. It’s not math or science or history or the more traditional type of learning. It’s something new.”The approximately 320 freshmen in this year’s class also spent time outside at the high school football stadium for a series of athletic events that promoted teambuilding.More than 30 teachers, 160 upperclassmen and some local police officers and firefighters were part of the activities, Clark said.Forest Wan, 17, a senior from Upper Township, was one of the upperclassmen helping the freshmen with their orientation. He noted that the teambuilding day was an important part of his transition to high school when he was a freshman.“It’s an important job and role for me to do,” Wan said. “I feel I have a moral obligation to help these younger students.”Tom Ballezzi, now a math teacher, recalled going through teambuilding day when he was a high school freshman in 2007. As a senior, he was one of the upperclassmen who served in a mentoring role to the freshmen.“It’s something I remember to this day,” Ballezzi said. “In my freshman year, it was such a great experience. Then I wanted to give back as an upperclassman. Now, I’m giving back as a teacher.”last_img read more

The pain stops the excessive apartmentization

first_img“The law says that we may prepare new construction zones when the existing ones from the spatial plans reach the level of 80 percent of construction. As we are very close to that percentage, the municipality will soon have to find new construction zones within which we will allow construction, but as we do not want these areas to experience the fate of apartmentization, the municipality has the opportunity to adjust construction conditions to certain types of construction.”, Said Marinkovic. He notes that the idea arose after the municipality realized that they would have to adopt new spatial plans because their previous construction zones were mostly filled. As they point out from the Municipality of Bol, the idea is to allow the construction of a building with a ground floor and a maximum of one floor, but with special attention to the proportion, where special focus will be on horticulture or under the slogan smaller buildings with large green areas. The Mayor of Bol, Tihomir Marinković, explained that the municipality plans to allocate future construction zones in the area of ​​the administrative unit for two specific types of construction. Namely, these are smaller apartments for workers and luxury villas with a ground floor and a maximum of one floor. One of them is Bol on Brač, which is the first administrative unit in Croatia with the initiative to limit the possibility of building tourist apartments. The reason for this is the example of certain local self-government units whose infrastructure practically broke under the burden of Zimmer Frei, reports Jutarnji list. Source / photo: Jutarnji list; Pixabaycenter_img In the Municipality of Bol, there were a total of 2018 beds in 8.300, but it is not known how many of them refer to beds in private accommodation. A good part of these beds are hotel beds, mostly those from the Bluesun group. Last year, the municipality made a total of 102 thousand arrivals and over 600 thousand overnight stays. One form of construction is housing for workers, and the other form of construction is luxury villas that could be used for housing or rent, but which, in order to prevent high density of housing, will mean less construction on larger plots of land. Some local self-government units have decided to shift the burden of the fight against apartmentization to themselves, when the state has been refusing to do so for years. last_img read more

NBA, MLB, NFL union bosses expect returns but none set

first_imgNBA, NFL and Major League Baseball players union leaders say it’s likely the leagues they deal with will return in some fashion this year after being shut down for the coronavirus pandemic.But nothing is settled for any of the three biggest North American sports leagues and “certainty” on safety issues remains a major concern for those who will risk their health to play while trying to avoid contracting the virus.NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts and MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark expressed confidence in a conference call with HBO for interviews airing Thursday. The NBA, whose players are conducting individual workouts at team facilities where allowed, is exploring a plan to resume the season in late July at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, although final details have yet to be determined.Roberts plans to speak with players from every team before the end of May.”Our guys need to know,” Roberts said. “Certainty will be good. But the players really want to play.”The MLBPA’s Clark had more confidence than his counterparts but still needed answers to some major issues.”I remain optimistic,” Clark said. “We don’t know everything we want to know and how things are continuing to change, but I do remain optimistic we’ll get back out there and play.” Asked to rank the chances for leagues to return in 2020 from 1-10 with 10 being certain of a comeback, Clark gave the MLB’s chances an 8 1/2 with Roberts saying 6 for the NBA and Smith giving the NFL a 6-7 range.”It was probably an eight last week,” Roberts said when the session was staged last Thursday. “I’ve gotten some recent concerns expressed by players now that babies [and] children have been infected, so heightened concerns have come into the conversation.”Roberts told ESPN in a report Tuesday that NBA players overwhelmingly want to resume the season but “need some level of certainty” regarding COID-19 safeguard issues.”It’s time,” Roberts told ESPN. “It has been 2 1/2 months of ‘What if?’ My players need some level of certainty. I think everybody does.” NFLPA eyes other unions The NFL has announced a full schedule to commence September 10 but all eyes will be on what moves the other leagues and unions make before the NFL is scheduled to launch its season.Smith said the NFL’s chances of playing could hinge on how other sports perform. “A lot depends on what happens with the other sports. And to say that we aren’t looking at what’s going to be happening in basketball and baseball… I’d be lying to you if we’re not,” he said.NBA team owners plan a conference call Friday that could reveal more details about COVID-19 safeguards and a full return plan.Roberts said the union would not necessarily need to vote upon any comeback strategy from the league.”If we thought we needed a vote, we would,” Roberts said. “But our preferred method is talking to people or just having them talk to us. Then if we get a sense of what the sentiment is, then we can move forward. We talk to our players and figure it out.” Topics :last_img read more

Ramchand signs on to GMR&SC International Race of Champions

first_imgRAMCHAND Auto Spares is on board with this year’s Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) International Race of ChampionsThe company yesterday handed over its sponsorship through its representative,Yogeshwar Ragbeer to GMR&SC representative,Tina Morris.According to Ragbeer, the company is elated to be a part of the event and added that they are hoping to see more competitors than last year’s edition.Morris in thanking the company for coming on board for the event, said that their sponsorship will go a long way in ensuring that the event is a success.Meanwhile, a 27 race programme was unveiled last week which will encompass racing on both Saturday and Sunday, according to the GMR&SC.The club has confirmed the participation of three professional drift cars from Trinidad and Tobago, as well as, four SR-3 Radicals from Barbados, in addition to the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship(CMRC) competitors that are expectedSaturday, will be treated as just another race day, with adults being charged $1000 per entry and children $500. On Sunday, adults will be charged $2000 and children $1000.Qualification will also be held on Saturday morning from 10:00 with races beginning from 14:00. Scrutineering will take place on Thursday and Friday and before the qualification on Saturday.Meanwhile, the club is organising weekend passes for those patrons desirous of viewing both days of action as well as VIP passes.last_img read more

Football: No. 10 Wisconsin takes on Akron in first official home game

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin football team will host Akron this Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium in the official home opener of the 2016 season.Akron, of the MAC, won its opener 47-32 over the Virginia Military Institute. Junior quarterback Thomas Woodson completed 72 percent of his passes (23-for-32) while on his way to throwing for 409 yards and six touchdowns.This high-powered air raid within the Zips’ (1-0) spread offense should be the greatest test for a Badgers defense that held then-No. 5 Louisiana State University to only seven points on offense last weekend.Football: Breakdown of Badgers’ upset over LSUThe Wisconsin Badgers played a spoiler game against fifth ranked Louisiana State University with a 16-14 upset victory in college Read…“Offensively, they’ll [Akron] spread you out,” UW head coach Paul Chryst said. “Their quarterback has got a really strong arm but [he’s] also a good runner.”It’s a much different type of offense than that of LSU’s, which Wisconsin held to 131 passing yards last Saturday. The Tigers run a more downhill, pro-style offense, while Akron will try to create one-on-one matchups on the outside.Tackling in those situations will be key, Chryst said.Another important part of the Akron offensive attack is Warren Ball, a senior running back who transferred from Ohio State after graduating with one year of eligibility remaining. Ball rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries against VMI last week.Akron’s Thomas Woodson is also a mobile quarterback and UW can’t lose track of him in the running game, redshirt junior outside linebacker T.J. Watt said.“He can run,” Watt said. “At the end of the day, you got to account for him.”The Zips are led by head coach Terry Bowden, the son of legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, who is now retired.Wisconsin boasts an (30-2) all-time record against the MAC, with both of those losses coming nearly 30 years ago at the hands of Northern Illinois and Western Michigan in the same 1988 season. Coincidentally, that was Chryst’s senior season during his playing days.Chryst’s other connection to the MAC is that of his brother, Rick Chryst, who served as commissioner of the conference from 1999-2009.Game InformationWhen: 2:30 p.m.Where: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WisconsinTV: Big Ten Network (Matt Devlin, Stanley Jackson)Radio: Badger Sports Network/Sirius 112/XM 195 (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Mark Tauscher, Patrick Herb)last_img read more