How Can Time Management Reduce Stress?

Set aside time to do the important things to reduce stress.

Most of us experience stress when we feel as though we have a lack of control over the events in our lives. Being careful about how we use our time can strengthen our sense of control. As far as tips are concerned, any time management process has to begin with a realistic plan of how people are using their time.

Typically, it’s reasonable to watch how you use your time for a few days to try to get a sense of whether or not you have a problem with how you manage your time; whether you spend too much time doing something that isn’t relevant to your job or your school performance.

Once you engage in that process, setting your priorities and making lists of things that are essential for the performance of your tasks and try to differentiate them from things that don’t need to be done. Many people complain about the interruptions of e-mails and social media. It is suggested that you set aside particular times of the day for reading e-mails and social media.

Finally, one of the most important things you can do is schedule your day in 10 minutes. Set a time limit for each task you do. Never multitask, A research suggests that only 2% of people can multitask effectively. For the remaining 98% of people, multitasking is wasting their time and lessening their overall productivity.

The Importance of Literacy

By Erica Sells

Nearly, 20% of high school graduates can’t read above a 5th-grade level.

Literacy used to be a luxury and highly valued by many, but now, it seems to be a skill that is merely glanced at. So many high school students allow their English grades to drop. Yes, some students have a condition that hinders their ability to read and understand pieces of text, but many students are perfectly capable of this; they just don’t put in the effort. They disregard the impact that illiteracy will have on their future. Nearly, 20% of high school graduates can’t read above a 5th-grade level. These 20% most likely going to get jobs that pay above a lower-class wage. But! You can keep yourself from being in this 20% by using the many resources we have at RHS. There’s the book vending machine that was installed earlier this year, paid for by the Literacy Grant. We also have the library, which is offering to order books that students request. And, of course, the teachers and faculty are always available to help. As you can see, there is no shortage of support at your side.

Make Studying Less Stressful

By Destiny Powell

Studying for exams can be very stressful. Organization and planning will help you to actively study for your courses. When studying for a test, organize your materials first and then begin your active review by topic.

When studying don’t try to multitask because when you take steps to focus solely on the topic you are studying. It will give you a high-intensity of focus. You can spend an hour studying rather than 3 hours. You will accomplish more when you aren’t distracted.

Focus solely on the topic you are studying.

Highly successful students have generally learned to avoid multitasking. Instead of spending a lot of time doing low-intensity work with numerous distractions, these students work for shorter periods at a higher intensity, without any distractions from email, social media, etc. Their studying is more effective and leads to greater achievement gains.

A way to make studying easier is to space out study sessions, focusing on a topic for a short period on different days has been shown to improve comprehension more than massed practice. 

Self-quizzing is an excellent study strategy in preparing for an exam. Self-quizzing is more effective than rereading. You should incorporate these quizzes into their study sessions, answering every question, even those you believe you know well. 

Self-quizzing is an excellent study strategy in preparing for an exam.

Another effective method of studying is to work on a set of problems that are related but not all of the same kind. For example, a set of math problems that call for addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. The consecutive problems cannot be solved with the same strategy. This is more effective than doing one multiplication problem after another.

Paraphrasing and reflecting is a good way to study for an exam. Many people read a few paragraphs in a textbook only to realize that we didn’t retain a single concept or key point presented in those paragraphs. To retain the information use intentional learning strategies. These include relating what is being learned to prior knowledge or personal experiences, thinking about how they would explain the content to a 5-year-old, and reflecting on and asking questions about the content. 

Can You Smell What Chemistry Is Cooking?

By Natalie Cates

You might have noticed some of the amazing smells wafting through the halls of RHS this year. The lovely smells are all thanks to Ms. Jesse Nugent’s chemistry of cooking class. In this class students learn the chemistry of baking and cooking. All of this cooking is not just an excuse to make snacks in the middle of the day. Students learn about the science behind their food.

Sophomore J’Aryrius Robinson, Sophomore Emily Stapleton, and Junior Josh Todd show off their skills in Ms. Nugent’s class.

Along with recipes, students get a better understanding of the vitamins, proteins, and nutritional elements in their foods. Ms. Nugent started this class because in her grad school program she took a chemistry of baking class. In the class the final course was that we had to create a class of our own and make it enjoyable for the kids and let them get a good learning from it.”

The story of how RHS got a chemistry of cooking class started as a joke. “This was part of my final” explained Nugent who brought up the idea as a joke to Principal Bruni. She remarked that “he ended up loving the idea and he decided to make it a class. What started as a joke has turned into a class where Ms. Nugent can share her passion of cooking with her students.

This class offers much more than the basics of cooking, Nugent explains that, “students can gain a better understanding of where the food comes from and what’s in our food”. With growing health concerns in our community and our country it is incredibly important for people to know how their food is made and who is making it.

Learning how to prepare food and identifying where it comes from and how it

Ms. Nugent’s class teaches students skills that will stick with them long after they leave RHS. 

can support a healthier lifestyle is only part of the class and students will leave with recipes they can use for the rest of their lives. Nugent hopes to expand the program in the future to include helpful components such as meal-prep or creating items that the class can sell.

Sophomore Zy Amos thinks the class is really fun and even though they do lots of projects they are usually fun. She also enjoys the “free cooks” because it “gives you the opportunity to make what you want and be flexible in what you want to make”. Amos points out that sharing recipes and working with others can teach you how to be prepared for a variety of situation and it teaches you how to communicate with others.

Learning how to cook for a lot of people is something that many in the class are learning, including Ms. Nugent. She’s learned that some things are easier to make in bulk while other items are more challenging. Nugent’s advice is that, “making lots of bread isn’t as easy as making a bunch of cookies.”
Nugent’s class is Just another example of the variety of classes offered at RHS. This is a semester long class and anyone participating can walk away with skills and information that they will use long after high school. Anyone interested in taking Ms. Nugent’s class should review their schedule and speak with an administrator or Ms. Nugent for more information about joining the Chemistry of Cooking.

Mr. Holloman: A Colorful Canvas

By Erica Sells

Mr. Holloman stands under the dragon he created for last year’s “Shrek: The Musical”.

Mr. Holloman is the art teacher here at RHS and he is quite the character. From his inspirational room to his colorful personality, Mr. Holloman is like no other. He has action figures and posters filling every corner of his room, some very interesting after-school activities, and a compelling origin story.

All of the art students have seen the collectibles around Mr. Holloman’s room. Some may say it’s a bit cluttered, but that’s not how he sees it. Mr. Holloman’s likes things that are visually pleasing. He tries to fill his room with objects that may stimulate his student’s minds. He wants these objects to inspire his students. The students in Mr. Holloman’s class are usually chatting and asking questions because they feel inspired. So, one could say that his method is working.

While Mr. Holloman was at Murray State University, he joined the fencing club. There, he learned Olympic Style fencing. After leaving college, he began learning about Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) and found out that his friend was learning about HEMA as well. They created a fencing team in Nashville and now they compete in competitions. If he could, he would move to Slovakia for a few years to train under a professional fencer named Michael Fabian.

As a child, Mr. Holloman had been very interested in art, he was always drawing or creating something. His mother, who was an artist as well, encouraged his interest in art by taking him to art classes. That interest turned into a divine calling. He felt it was his duty to teach kids. He truly cares for his students.

All in all, Mr. Holloman is a good book to read. He had his future right in front of him, even as a child. He works hard and loves the work he does. He is plenty active outside of school. . Mr. Holloman has been here for six years, here’s to six more.

Rockin’ With McLellan

By Makayla Jefferson and Chloe Shumate

On Tuesday, September 24th, Mr. McLellan took each of his classes on a “rocking” adventure. The walking field trip’s destination was on Emerson Bypass. The purpose of the trip was to look at the rock walls that line the bypass. At first, students were hesitant to go on this journey, but after a while, they started to enjoy their time. 

 For the past few weeks, students have been learning about the Rock Cycle in their Earth Space and Physics classes. They have learned about the three rock types including igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary, and they have also learned how to identify rocks based on their physical properties.

After weeks of in-class practice, students were able to put their learning to use. At first, they ventured out, climbed up rocks, and searched for sandstone and fossils. Although, not every class was successful in this endeavor, but every student undeniably had a fun time exploring and discovering. 

Students were not only educated on the history of the rocks but also on the history of the roads. McLellan informed students on where dynamite was placed to blow up rocks allowing there to be a road for transportation. 

McLellan was also generous enough to take a detour on the way back to let his students stop at Arby’s. Once there, he bought all of his students a small drink. The students were quite surprised and thankful for Mr. McLellan’s generosity. Overall, the day rocked. 

Classroom Memories

By Ariana Nickell

Before the experiment

Many teenagers look back on their high school experience with various memories in and out of the classroom. Being a smaller school we have many for advantages to create these memories. Many students create bonds with teachers that last throughout high school. Along with some having the same teacher for multiple classes throughout their experience. Different teachers such as Mrs. Osborne and Mr. Mclean have had students for different classes. Many current and former students have had these teachers during 8th grade as well. However many teachers are building new bonds with students and containing old ones with former students.

Rilee Boisseau and Josh Todd are current juniors. Both have had Mrs. Osborne and Mr. Mclean during this current school year and 8th grade. After speaking with all of them I’ve collected their favorite memories with each other. Along with speaking with Mr. Bivins about Sierra Lamb and Chaun Cheaney. With finally speaking with Miss. Nugent about David Perez and Jennifer Wilkerson. 

After the experiment (The Paw Print staff does not endorse Mr. Bivins “experiments”, but we do encourage them!)

When interviewing Mr. Bivins, Miss. Nugent, and the chosen students they all had the same question to respond to. They were asked, “What is your favorite memory from that class/person”. Mr. Bivins stated that there were many different nicknames and inside jokes he’s made with current student Sierra Lamb. During his class he has three nicknames for Sierra which are Lambothy, Meliessa, and Sierra. The nickname Meliessa comes from Parks and Rec from a line that reminded him of how Sierra always calls people by the wrong name. His favorite memory of Sierra is from act rotation from fifth period. During this class Mr. Bivins would always eat a spoonful of peanut butter. After finishing his spoonful of peanut butter he would then convince Sierra that, “In the wild in nature the predior of Eve Myer is peanut butter.” Which turned into a running joke with her. After speaking with Sierra she has similar memories with Mr.Bivins so far into the school year. She loves to joke around with him during class along with repeating his favorite number. When first joining his class Sierra said that she loved how Mr. Bivins gave everyone in his class different nicknames. His former student Chaun Cheany has different memories from his class. Chaun says his favorite memories from his class is when they got to create and launch bottle rockets while applying math skills. Along with being able to watch a movie called The Imitation Game. This was interesting to Chaun to see how math was used in a real life situation. Mr. Bivins said that he always wanted to excite Chaun when he came into his classroom. By doing this he would yell Chaun Chow in the hallway as he entered his room. He always was a very diligent worker in his class by taking good notes and achieving great grades. 

Next after interviewing Miss. Nugent about David Perez and Jennifer Wilkerson she determined her favorite memories. During her final project last year David and another student melted legos for a final project. The day of the project Miss. Nugent said she remembers David being very timid about melting the legos while his partner was very enthusiastic about it. David said that he always had lots of fun in Miss. Nugent’s class. He said we always did enjoy being able to sit at a table with his friends along with conducting experiments with them. Her current student Jennifer Wilkereson says shes enjoyed various activities throughout her class. Such as discussing mugs and mugshots, watching Forensic Files, and presenting about databases they researched. Mrs. Nugent said that so far in this year has went above and beyond by dressing up as Marie Curie. Throughout the class she’s also adopted the phrase, “Miss. Nugent isn’t payed enough for this.” She consistently says it all the time during class almost everyday. 

 When speaking with speaking with Mrs. Osborne and Mr. Mclean they were asked the question, “What’s your favorite memories from 8th grade with this student?” Along with the students Rilee and Josh being asked, “What’s your favorite memories from this class from 8th grade, and this school year?” During Mrs. Osbornes interview she touched on how she always admired how attentive Rilee was as a student during 8th grade. She said Rilee always impressed her with how mature she was during 8th grade. However since she isn’t teaching her this year just giving her a place to sit during a college class. Now she really enjoys how she’s able to have more fun with her. Mrs. Osborne really loves Rilees fun and cool style with her fashion choices. This year both are able to have more mature conversations then just a student teacher level. Rilee said that her favorite memories from her class from 8th grade are playing her flocabulary fly swatter game. This year since she’s taking an online course she enjoys getting to sit in the back of the room and crack jokes with all her band friends. 

After speaking with Mr.Mclean he has very fun memories with Josh Todd. During his class Josh Todd was the class clown with everything he said. With making various jokes about random things or to go along with the topic discussed in the class that day. However this year he said Josh has impressed him with his maturity level. Mr. Mclean said he still jokes but very rarely unlike 8th grade. Josh said that his favorite memory from 8th grade is joking around with Mr.Mclean. This year he said that he also enjoys that when he jokes around that Mr.Mclean jokes back, but also he gets back to work when its time to work. 

Who is Mr. Waters?

By Korissa Holloman

Mr. Waters asks the big questions.

Mr. Waters has spent most of his days trying to find some way to engage his students. It’s so hard to find a balance between being entertaining and being on task, so how does this teacher do it?

   If you can get a teenager to think, laugh, and be interested, to me that’s one of the hardest things you can do and quite an accomplishment”

While he never intended on becoming a teacher he enjoys teaching students about the morals of life and exciting them every day for class. That brings us to his “daily inspirations”, for those outside of the classroom it could be considered something to remember in life. Instead of getting straight to the rough work Mr.Waters takes time to make sure each student understand what each quote means and how it could encourage them or affect them in the future. Not only this, he even allows students to introduce their own daily inspirations as well as comment on them. This creates an area in which students feel they can express their options, where they can feel safe. With each small topic, or including someone who doesn’t speak often Mr. Water helps each student know their worth. 

“You have to be creative, you have to improvise, In a lot of ways you’re an entertainer doing 6 shows a day.”

Waters making very important phone calls during his planning period.

So who is Mr. Waters? At least who is he outside of the classroom? His positive demeanor seems to carry throughout his life. From joining the “5 am club” to learning his students “lingo” he always seems to have something going on. Currently, he’s planning to entertain his second wedding. That’s right, he’ll be the entertainment along with a few of his friends at a wedding. And no he won’t be a stand-up comedian, he’ll be the lead guitarist in his band. So, if you want to catch a good show and learn about History, stop by Mr. Waters class and you won’t be disappointed. 


The Tough Job of a Systems Engineer

By: Anna Ragland, Bailey Harper, and Candace Baker

Special thanks to Mrs. Mullen’s 5th period class for contributing this article and photos to the Paw Print.

This week during 5th-period, Mrs. Mullen’s class followed around the systems engineers as they complete their daily tasks caring for the tanks environment. 

A systems engineer is in charge of completing different tasks that involve making sure the tank is working and is a healthy environment for our fish to live in. “Our job is to make sure that the aquaponics system is working correctly,” says Freshman Graciann Beard. This job is important because the tank needs to be working properly in order to keep the plants and fish alive. Freshman Rachel Logan explained, “We make sure that the fish are healthy and we make sure the tank is clean for the fish and plants”. The systems engineers have a very important job because they need to make sure the tank is clean and working properly to ensure that the plants and fish are happy and healthy. 

Having the pressure of having the job of taking care of the fish’s environment is difficult, but the system’s engineers put their abilities to the test. This week our systems engineers have monitored the temperature of the tank, measured the water’s filter, cleaned the koi tank’s air stones (salt-box like things), and have overall kept the tank a healthy environment for the fish. “ This week we have checked the temperature of the tank and made sure that the filter isn’t clogged,” says Adam Edwards. 

With all of the hard work that the systems engineers put into their work it might be hard to believe that it could be a fun job. Evan Minton remarks that it has been a lot of fun, “because we get to help take care of the fish’s environment and almost touch them!”In the light of it only being the systems engineers the first week, they have all worked hard to ensure the fish’s health.

It’s not all playing around in the water as Beard points out that it is a critical job because, “if you don’t check the tank the fish could die.” Staying dry was the hardest part of the job for Beard. When measuring the tank, she had to reach her hand all the way into the tank and ended up getting a lot of her hair wet! Mrs. Mullen’s class is practicing 21st century skills and identified that “team work, coordination, and hands-on activities” are all part of being a system engineer. 

This group of students was able to keep the tank a healthy environment for the fish while overcoming many obstacles along the way. 

Dual Credit Sets High Standards for Students

By: Chloe Shumate

As the school year begins, students start to stress. Many upperclassmen have enrolled college classes which started this week. Students and teachers both have to deal with the on-coming stress that dual credit brings. Dual credit is a great opportunity for students and not only do students get to be in college classes for a low price, but they learn how to work on a computer. 

Students at RHS take dual credit courses through Campbellsville University

Russellville does their dual credit classes through Campbellsville. All Campbellsville classes began on August 19. For many Russellville juniors, they had to dive in with no previous experience. The first weeks of school were used to work out the kinks before classes actually began. 

Majority of students are overwhelmed at first when understanding that they are taking a college class, which is not the same as a typical high school class. College doesn’t have shortcuts, or study guides, or teachers that will take their time to explain things in a different way.  In college, you’re on your own and have to do things to the best of your ability. 

The first week of dual credit is very overwhelming, and students aren’t sure what exactly to expect. In the first week, students begin to get their syllabus and their first assignments. One student recently stated, “ I’m completely terrified of this class and all the work.” Later that same student stated, “ I over thought it all and this class is not as hard as I thought it out to be. It’s time for me to stop procrastinating so I can get my stuff done. “ College work in high school is pushing students to work hard and prepare for the future.