Montreal Sanders has many great things to say about the 2018-2019 John Tyler Drum line

      Montreal Sanders says the kids have great potential, and a slight lack of accountability but, they’re wonderful kids.  He also said the greatest aspect of his job is the kids that actually do their homework making my job easier.
     Compared to last years drum line, the drum line stayed pretty consistent, but the talent has elevated.  His favorite thing about being drum tech is being with my kids (drum line) & watching them grow as musicians not just drummers.
      Also, his thoughts about this years halftime show was very surprising. “Oh God!  This year’s show tells a story. It has so much dynamic contrast & it captures your attention from start to finish.
      There’s so much depth to see into what’s being played & performed.”  According to his answers, he is loving this years drum line.

Teen drinking

You probably know some teens who drink. Maybe you’ve even tried it yourself. The truth is not everyone does it. The latest research shows 2 out of 3 teens don’t drink.

Not everyone drinks it’s something that can be use to take the pain away or some people just want to be like the other kids and drink too.  If that’s the case then your following other people’s footsteps. Teen drinking is a bigger deal then you actually think.

The law says its illegal to drink under 21, so why do we as “teens” still do it? Together as friends, families or whatever relationship you have with the other we need to make a pact.

We let the best of us get to our heads and we care more about protecting our friends than ourselves. But it doesn’t have to be like that you can take a stand just like the rest of us. You’re not alone!

 

Author: Natalie Gonzalez

The importance of the ACT and SAT

The ACT and SAT are timed tests that are used to measure your college readiness and predict how you will advance academically. Both tests are used to award merit-based scholarships and for colleges to reward admission to students meeting requirements, with no real preference of either.

John Tyler students planning to go to college are required to take the ACT or the SAT in order to gain admission into College. According to Mrs. Skillern, the Dean of Instruction at JT, students who are wanting to take these exams will register with Ms. Welch and will take the tests dependent on the district but will most likely be in the spring.

The students performance on these tests can reflect the JT campus as a whole on their ability to prepare students for the SAT and ACT, but the need to take the tests and do well is a reflection of the students academic ability and it is in their best interest.

Mrs. Skillern said, “Beforehand it used to be that Universities and Colleges would only award scholarships based on athletics but now there has been a shift where these schools are rewarding scholarship based funding that goes to the students who perform very well on these tests”.

Which can further the motivation for scholars requiring financial aid towards their next college or University. Since the ACT and SAT are a major shift in the traditional standard of testing high school students are used to so it is extremely important that students test at least a few times so that they may be able to get the hang of the tests and score well enough to pursue college opportunities.

Mrs. Skillern then talks about student opportunities to improve scoring, she says “any students who are struggling or just want extra help towards the improvement of their ACT or SAT scores can take prep, which the district provides to ensure all students have equal opportunities of success”.

SAT and ACT prep are programs that provide detailed instruction of areas where the student might struggle, and to sign up for these prep any student can go see Ms. Welch and Mrs. Skillern for further instruction. At the end of the day it is the responsibility for the student to want to do well on these exams so that they have more opportunities to strive in the future.

 

Next ACT test date: December 8, 2018

Registration deadline: November 2, 2018

 

Next SAT test date: December 1, 2018

Registration deadline: November 2, 2018

 

Author: Angel Mondragon

AV Practicum team is done and published the promotional videos for “Your Future is Now” event.

The AV practicum team was assigned to make a promotional video of the “Your Future is Now” event happening on Oct. 22. The promos are done and published for anyone to see.

Out of 8 videos in the class, only one will be published on the Tyler ISD website and and the rest on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Different videos of different students will be out on a certain day till the event comes.

Mary Duitch, the AV Practicum teacher, stated “it’s a great real-world experience for the students.”

Author: Jason RiveraScreenshot 2018-10-19 at 11.13.54 AM

Your future is now at CTC

Your Future is Now is on Monday 22nd, 2018. Your Future is Now is a program that is being hosted at The Career Technology Center in Tyler, Tx. The program is an opportunity for students, mainly 8th through 12th grade, to take a look into their future and try to prepare for life after high school.

It also helps seniors to prepare for college and helps seek information on money for college by having FAFSA there. Come out to the CTC Center to take a look into your future.

Authors: Gloria Ponce, Carlos Ramirez, Joshua Barrientos.

John Tyler Big Blue Band reacts to getting straight ones for Pre-UIL marching competition

The John Tyler band performed at Mineola on Monday night for Pre UIL marching contest. After their great performance the earned straight ones. The bands are rated 1-5. 1 being the best and 5 being the worst. They got ones for color guard, percussion, drum majors, and band. This was their reaction.
Question: How do you feel about today’s performance ?
Donovan Fields:”I feel like today was a good performance for the band. We have areas we need to improve in as always, but the progress we made shows in the rating we got. I’m happy with it.”
Question: How or what are you going to do to get your band prepared for the real UIL competition?
Donovan Fields: “Were going to have to focus on the problem areas to define them by the date of UIL to make our chances for a first division as high as possible. Those areas being tempo consistency, so we will be practicing with a metronome outside.“
Question: Can you tell us what a metronome is ?
Donovan Fields: “A device, usually electronic, that keeps tempo consistently by clicking a set number of times a minute.”
Question: How much pressure do you feel on yourself during the performance since you are the head drum major
Donovan Fields: “ I feel like all eyes are on me, not only the crowd behind me, but the band in front. The band has to rely on me for the tempo, and if I zone out or don’t pay attention to it, It could cost us a performance. So a lot of pressure.”

Question: When and where is the real UIL competition?
Donovan Fields: “Saturday October 20th, at Longview Stadium“

John Tyler attendance clerk Mrs. Perez speaks about herself and her expectations.

 

” I’ve been working at John Tyler for 16 years. I love working with kids and making a connection. Some advice I give students is to be very careful with their choices, all actions have a reaction, be very wise in choosing who your friends are, and life is what you make of it.”

Author: Daisy Carreno

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