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Upward Bound vs Running Start
By Kathryn Ong
Posted November 17, 2009


Students take notes as they sit in on a UW Upward Bound Lecture class during the summer.


Many Franklin students nowadays are first in their families to apply for college admissions and these students are the ones that programs seek. Fortunately for high school students, there are two programs that help Quakers prepare for college’s rigorous courses, Upward Bound and Running Start.


Both are beneficial programs that have major academic focuses, although Upward Bound mainly is preparation for college and admissions, while Running Start already enrolls students into college courses.


“My English 101 class seems more serious than my high school classes; more listening to the teacher talk and less room for getting off task,” Denise Belista, junior, said.


Running Start offers college courses at a local community college for students to obtain first-hand experience at the math and writing college courses.


“Running Starts lets me get used to a true college environment and it lets me get done with required credits faster,” Jacob Chin, junior, said.


It might sound great to acquire credits before actually going to college and having to pay, but it is not so simple. Applicants should keep in mind that these are college courses, such as English 101, and students may not be ready for the commitment this requires. There is a lot of commuting throughout the day and participants miss out on classes with their friends. If being social is important, applicants should be aware that Running Start takes a lot of time.


The other program that helps with college preparation is Upward Bound. However, Upward Bound does not offer students the opportunity to attend college classes and does not interfere with regular class schedules. The program instead runs during the summer, where students go to the University of Washington to take classes.


“[Upward Bound gives] credits, college prep, and experience,” Annie Chen, junior, said.


“The biggest problem for both programs is the commute,” Chin, said. “For RS [Running Start] it’s the daily trip back to school from the college and UB [Upward Bound] it’s at least a good 45 minutes bus commute in the morning.”


Even with the traveling troubles, the participants of both Running Start and Upward Bound recommend students to apply. When the advantages are greater than the complaints, the effort and commitment should be an enticing offer.


Tutoring Update
By Saki Hineno
Posted November 17, 2009

Shannon Ryan, junior helps Rami Teklai senior with his homework in Mr.Minteks room at lunch tutoring 


The first quarter ended on November sixth.  Some students got A’s in all subjects and others, not so high.  If students have a hard time studying, they should use the available tutoring.  Math tutoring is held at room 204 (Mr. Mintek), room 103 (Ms. Le), room 207 (Mr. De N Pham), and the Homework Center is held in room26 (Mr. Jeffereys).


“The door is open to everybody,” Mr. Shawn Mintek, Math and Social Studies teacher, said. 


His tutoring class for math is open for lunchtime from Monday to Thursday.  However, he said that he only offers his room for students to tutor others.


“Of course when I am asked questions, I’ll answer them.  But I require my students to come to the lunch tutoring and teach other students,” Mintek said.


He thinks that both the tutoring students and the tutored students can learn in that way.  He has been doing this for about 18 years at Franklin. 


Mr. De N Pham, math teacher, advised to the students who couldn’t get good scores in the first quarter. 


“Sit down and do problems. Making mistakes is not bad.  The important thing is to understand what the problem asks by yourself,” Pham said.


Any students can come to his class and ask any questions about math.


 If the students want to ask the questions about the other subjects, they can take advantage of the Homework center.


“You can ask your teachers whenever you have questions.  The teachers should take time to teach you,” Ms. Beth Olsen, senior counselor, said.


Besides the above two ways, the Seattle Public Library sets up a couple of programs using the Internet.  Students can ask the librarians questions by e-mail or chat.  Also, the students can get help from a tutor if they have Library cards. Of course, both are free.  For further detail, visit http://www.spl.org


There are many ways to ask someone for help studying.  Don’t give up your grades and take advantage these opportunities.

Transportation: How are you getting to school?
By Uneka Scott
Posted November 17, 2009

Sophomores Truc Pham and Christian Tugade take the Light Rail in the morning to school. They take advantage of this new type of transportation.


High schools in the Seattle School district no longer have school buses provided to them anymore. Franklin students are forced to find their own way to and from school every day. Students must use their own money unless the school provides bus passes to them. If not then students are spending there money on gas everyday to drive to school. 


There is a new transportation option for students now, which is the Light Rail. Instead of getting on a bus that is often packed in the morning, students can get on a comfortable more reasonable mode of transportation that doesn’t have a tendency to have that many people.


“You know me, I whip to school. I can’t be getting caught in this rainy weather,” said Jeff York, senior.                                                                                                 


  “I drive most of the time. Cars are better because the light rail station is a mile away from my house and the bus is packed in the morning,” said Daphne Bonilla, senior.                                   

FHS students often choose from getting a ride with their friends or just getting on the bus. Few students want to be seen getting dropped off by their parents.


 “I would prefer my car, because the busses take too long and it’s always crowed and the light rail has just certain spots that it stops at,” said Umi Dalla, senior.                       


In the morning it’s hard to get to school on time when you’re catching a bus with a lot of people on it and it’s constantly making stops. The bus is often late and no one wants to be late to school and get a late slip.                                                                

“The light rail gets students on time to school more because it has less stops and runs more often than busses,” said Joel Cain, sophomore.                                                            


“I think that the light rail is probably faster to get you to school too, because there’s no traffic for it,” said Dalla.


There is always a lot of controversy with bus cards at FHS. Only certain students that live 2.5 miles from the school can get a bus card. Those who live very close to the school don’t receive bus cards. Some FHS students have different opinions about who should get bus cards and who shouldn’t.                                                                  


“I don’t think that it’s fair, because you can use a bus card anytime, not just for school and only some kids can get bus cards,” said Dalla.                                                           


“I don’t think it’s fair either though. Some students don’t live outside the distance to get a bus card that means walking,” said Joel Cain, sophomore.

FHS students always try to make it to school either by carpool or waking up on time and making sure you catch the right bus on time. This school year a lot of students have put up their cars up for a while and started catching buses to save money on gas and show how responsible they are during these really hard financial times.


Deciding between school and work
By Jessica Magno
Posted November 17, 2009

Karen Pion, senior prepares for a real job by working at the Q-Stop during lunch.


Students get excited about having the ability to have a part-time job. But students should ask themselves if it is the right decision for them and seriously consider whether they will be able to manage their schedule effectively if they take on a part-time job.


In general working takes time and energy. Students need to make sure that they maintain balance, when handling employment and their commitment to school.


“School is my main priority because it could get me to college, which will lead to a better job,” Jordan Wu, senior, said.


School should be a student’s priority because it leads to a better future. If school is already challenging, then adding in a job can lead to chaos. Why stress out more, because of having a job? Do what is more important. Prioritizing school now, will pay off in the end.


“If you get a job and your school performance decreases, you had better quit your job because for the time being it’s not worth it,” Henry Chi, junior, said.


Students may be making stacks of money, but they are working too many hours a week. If their first priority is their job, then they will end up the same place as they started in the end. Still many Franklin students are working for their money and are still prioritizing their schoolwork. School is more important because no matter what you must have a high school diploma for a quality paying job. But if you were to prioritize your job instead of school, you will have difficulty in achieving a better job because than you probably wouldn’t be able in finishing high school due to your archenemies.


“Let your job know that you’re a student because they are a more understanding when you a have a variety of assignments to do,” Jefferson Peuce, senior, said.


Just know the limits and boundaries. Having a job requires full confidence and assuring that school will not get pushed back from being prioritized.


“If you’re going to work and go to school, get school work done first. The money will com later,” Wu, said.


If school is not the main priority then having a job is not the best route to go. It’s a decision that must be chosen before academics decreases. No matter what it will pay back in the end. It may be challenging, but not giving up is number one because education will lead the way.


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