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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 24 - June 27, 2005 VIEWPOINTS I EdiL0rial Focus on Cape Henlopen High School It's discouraging. Our public school vocabulary now employs prison terms such as "lockdown." Graduation ceremonies were marred by fights and adorned with police cruisers and helicopters. Armed officers are in our schools. Moving Up Day was canceled this year due to rumors of fights brewing and the possibility of a handgun coming to the ninth-grade academy in Lewes. Moving Up Day should be a happy occasion filled with the excite- ment of new schools, new faces and potential new friends along with the next step toward receiving an education that can unlock some of the mysteries and richness of life. There certainly can be awkward moments with the confusion of uncertain young people arriving in unfamiliar buildings surrounded by unfamiliar faces. But that can be anticipated and planned for with tight scheduling. As for potential troublemakers moving up with the various classes headed to the ninth grade academy and the main campus'of Cape Henlopen High School, they.have been in our system now, in most cases, for at least eight years. They can be identified in advance by the principals of their former schools and watched carefully during transition periods. Their misguided behavior doesn't have to ruin the educational experience for the vast majority of students who want to be in school to gain the benefit of a fine public education. At Cape Henlopen High School too, students and teachers are still in the throes of coming to grip with a complicated new scheduling system designed to address problems of the former block scheduling approach. Reports indicate the new schedule is behind its projected timeline with many students and teachers still uncertain about what classes they will have next September. While the Cape district' s elementary and middle schools hum along at a balanced and productive pace, the list of problem indicators at the high school seems only to grow. It's obvious where Cape Henlopen's school board and new Superintentent Stoner need to focus the bulk of their immediate attention. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial boaml which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and emertain- merit editor. The Weather Picture / A WASTE OF TZME AND MONEY,   ...ZT'S ABOUTOBSERV'LNG, EXPEt,, H ''u" MUCH C `'= A KZI:) L r'**'`' ! '3*- DEVELOPZNG LANGUAE AND SOCAL ,krv t'tr g::etm / ,7 ..... ,..- ARN; ) /_( : ha "1 SKIlJS, CONFL1ECT RESOLUTXON N rNOCKe,  FUr, bAY |  ANb OTHER TYPES OF PRELATE ? rtNt>E00AWmN 11 - ZNTELLECTUA" t:,EVet.OeMSST. ; /" ZSt,rT ALLy t..I C._ t  ABOUT I " X E^00.Y I "---, ,. , , .- _. rNS'muc'r'rON XN i  C"_',"> - J   ACADEbM.T.C . : Jdw' I f | ST.N]L3CANT AAblENtZC ANb SOCT.AL BENEFITS XN LATER YEARS FROM FULL bAY gI"NDERGARTEN. YOU KNOW, NOBObY LXtQES A SMARTY PANTS. SEEP Z CAN HELP YOU p , ,rL TH MY CONFLZT RESOLUTZON SKLLS / ,.. Health, safety, welfare of Cape high important I am writing on behalf of both Nashon Selby and the Cape Henlopen School District. Mr. Selby's unfortunate speech inci- dent at the Cape Henlopen High School commencement ceremony has raised many mixed emotions and viewpoints among the citi- zens of the community, school faculty, staff, administrators and students. As a proud alumnae of Cape Henlopen High School and a for- mer classmate of Mr. Selby, I am very concerned for the two. I lis- tened/very attentively and thor- oughly to Nashon's heartfelt speech. It appears that the impromptu words of inspiration to the class of 2005 has several emo- tional undertones. Primarily, i hear a young class adviser and teacher crying for support and help from the school. I am not defending Nashon's decision to use the commence- ment ceremony .as a means to con- vey his issues and feelings. However, I do not want to see my alma mater make rash disciplinary decisions for Nashon and create bigger problems. What I am sug- gesting is for the school board to ask themselves these two impor- tant questions: What policy or regulation did Nashon violate by delivering his extemporaneous speech? And if the school board decides disciplinary action, can it justify its disciplinary recourse in conjunction with an established policy or regulation regarding this speech issue? Let's face it; there are first amendment rights that govern our nation. In my opinion, Nashon" exercised his freedom of expres- sion and speech during an event that some feel was inappropriate. Fact remains, Cape Henlopen has a critical position - a position to make a just, prudent and respectable decision that is juxta- posed to an established policy related to the speech delivery. In sum, what concerns me most is that there seems to be some serious covert student issues among the high school students, particularly the class of 2005. As educators, parents and community supporters, instead of burying our heads in the sand, maybe we need to examine Nashon's revealing message a little closer. Perhaps he has uncovered something valu- able for all to question about the mental and physical health of many of the Cape Henlopen High School students. Perhaps his message will save some promis- ing, yet troubled student's life. Educators, parents, community, no matter how embarrassing or shocking these issues may be to you, please get past your personal biases with Nashon's speech delivery and look at his exposure of the silent killers of today's youth - drugs, alcohol, HIV and AIDS. In this case, who or what is more important to you - a young man making a poor judg- ment call or the health, safety and welfare of our Cape Henlopen High School youth? D. Canady, M.P.A. Dover Beach House will still meet special needs As a previous staff person at the Children's Beach House, 1 agree with the decision to discontinue to Environmental Education Pro- gram. The entire Beach House experience was designed to serve special needs children; to open a door for them into an entirely dif- Continued on page 7 Cal)e(;azeltc.com +el) Poll Dennis Forna rpitoto Fair winds are a blessing for sailing along Delmarva's coastal tributaries on a lovely early summer afternoqn4' I Volume 13 No. 9 Publisher Dennis Fomey, Ext. 303 dnf @capegazette.com Editor Tnsh Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom @capegazette.com Office Manager Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery @ capegazette.com Associate Editor Kerry Kester, Ext. 317 kester @ capegazette.com Sports Editor Dave Frederick, Ext. 320 davefredrnan @ comcast.net News Editor Laura Ritter Idtter@capegazette.com Arts & Entertainment Editor Jen Ellingsworth, EXt. 319 jen@capegazette.com News Steve Hoenigmann, Ext. 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