Friday, October 31, 2003

Ride Along

Yesterday, as part of the CmPS project, Andy Goldman and I were allowed to go on a ride along with Lt. Wedding to give out tickets for seatbelt violations. It was awesome! On our last person, the guy we pulled over actually had a warrent for his arrest!! Very cool.

Saturday, October 25, 2003


The Halloween Dance was a huge success! After the dance, I managed to talk to a few people, and they only had good things to say about it. Well, except for the Hokey Pokey and the Chicken Dance. Overall, everything went very well.

Boo at the Zoo

The Signature Key Club and friends is passing out candy at Boo at the Zoo. Boo was yesterday and will be tonight, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Last night I worked a booth with two eighth graders who worked at the zoo. One was from St. Boniface, and another was from Plaza Park. They both wanted to go to Sig School next year. Interesting.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003


Apparently the upperclassmen are going to be mentoring the freshmen. Does anyone know what this means? I know that Sibo is my 'mentor', but should i make him help me with homework or something?

Sunday, October 19, 2003

Say nope to dope

Drug Free Week is this week, so everybody please wear red tomorrow, as it National Wear Red Day. And, if your name gets drawn periodically throughout the week, you get prizes. At the end of the week there's a grand prize too, so wear your ribbons!!!!

Friday, October 17, 2003

Ideas that have popped up in journalism class:

Are freshmen at Sig abusive of their freedom? Or are their actions a reasonable reaction to their treatment by upperclassmen?

Should there be a cap on freshmen enrollment? If so, what would the cap be?

Could Sig be entirely composed of Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors? Is that a good idea?

I have no formed any strong opinions on these subjects--but the Globe will deal with them soon. In the meanwhile, these debates might take place unofficially on the Sig Files.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003


feel the power of the chi

Also, I'd like to say that I did read tonight's AP Lit assignment. And my conclusion is that Izanagi has the smoothest pickup lines ever.

Monday, October 13, 2003

Incredibly like the Istep+

I envy the seniors that don't have to take that test this week. (its name escapes me.) It's boring, stupid, and remarkably easy. Ah well, the price we have to pay . . .

Sunday, October 12, 2003

forum is up!

Steve Morgan and Melanie Barton have set up a forum for sig stuff at There is some interesting stuff there, like conversations about Ms Hughes's class, a debate on Orange County, etc. Check it out; it's addictive!

Saturday, October 11, 2003

No more fried Twinkies

Today is last day of the Fall Festival, which means this little corner of the world will no longer have its brain sandwiches, Icky-Lickies, and fried oreos.

I'm hungry now.

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Wear Your Seat Belts!!


I just got back from visiting the morgue, and it was really creepy. The lady who spoke to us gave some scary stats. (Like, Indiana has the lowest "behind the wheel" driving time at Driver's Ed, so we have the highest teenage fatality rate.) We also saw photos of crashes where people who weren't wearing the seatbelts died. (and no, we didn't see the actual bodies.)

Next week we get to see the actual dead people.

Friday, October 03, 2003

let's chuck some frosh out the window

From the Courier and Press, Signature School space tight:

Space is so tight at Signature School that officials may have to cap enrollment at about 275 next year.

A lottery may be used to determine which new students will be accepted next school year.

This fall, the school has 242 students, Principal Vicki Snyder told the Signature Governance Board on Wednesday, "and some of our rooms are pretty crowded."

Space indeed can be tight at Sig. Whereas last year I had 4 classes with less than 10 people, this year my only small class is Oral Interp (12). Classes are getting larger and some are reaching capacity.

This is, of course, the Freshmen's fault.

After all, they take the elevator from the 3rd floor to the lobby for lunch. Why wouldn't they be the source of the population problem at Sig? Really, there are 74 freshmen, making them the largest class and almost twice as large as the Senior class.

But our "let's blame the Freshmen" mentality is, in this case, unwarranted. Freshmen only crowd freshmen classes (well, some Freshmen have classes with upperclassmen, but not very many), and the only other time I consider Freshmen to be a waste of space is on the elevators and during lunch in the Loft.

Along with their numbers, Freshmen have brought a vitality to Sig unseen since the Class of '03. Yeah, they are rowdy and hyperactive. But so was my class as Freshmen, although our smaller numbers resulted in much less hyperactivity in all. The Freshmen don't seem to be the devoted scholars of the pre-IB era. But that's not a definitively negative quality. The Freshmen will leave their mark on Signature by the time they graduate. Signature will be radically changed in four years--for the better or for the worse, I can't say--but Signature pride and vitality will be carried on and perhaps increased.

And for that I am willing to endure the crowded elevators.

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Great poem for Signature's global perspectives

Underneath We're All The Same
Amy Maddox, 16
Franklin Community High School
Bargersville, IN

He prayed -- it wasn't my religion
He ate -- it wasn't what I ate
He spoke -- it wasn't my language
He dressed -- it wasn't what I wore
He took my hand -- it wasn't the color of mine

But when he laughed -- it was how I laughed,
and when he cried -- it was how I cried.