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.

Sander’s Insight

By Korissa Holloman, quotes from Cyndi Sanders

James Shelton Greene “Big Dog” and Ms. Sanders

“I’m autistic!” If you take any sort of class with people, you’ve more than likely heard this phrase. Usually used as an excuse for making a mistake, we tend to blame problems on disorders they don’t even have. By using words such as “autistic”, “retarded”, “ADHD”, or the like one negates the real challenges that some students face. Using derogatory terms with little regard to how it impacts others makes it seem that one is associating people with these disorders as bad or ‘stupid’. We label them as their disorder, instead of labeling themself as a person.

No one else can word it better than the person who works with them on a day to day basis. She gets to see the good, the bad, the ugly, but she loves it nonetheless, Ms. Sanders. Even from the beginning parents have to struggle with the living differences their child gives, “confusing terminology, doctors’ appointments, medications, therapies, and any advice they could desperately grasp onto.” This doesn’t mean they insult their child, they show them unconditional love like everyone else. But, what happens when it’s not them that insults their child? There’s always the occurrence of another child or adult insulting their child, even if they “didn’t mean it that way.” How do we describe what that feels like when in reality we don’t know what they’re going through. Half the people who use harmful terminology don’t even know what it means.

“Every time you callously proclaim yourself “retarded,” “ADHD,” “Autistic,” etc. in an attempt to gain a momentary laugh in an awkward situation, you cause anguish to hearts that must endure a lifetime being truly afflicted with these disabilities. Your laughs, your giggles, your momentary fun will fade. The pain of these special populations will continue to last for a lifetime. Words are power. They build and they destroy. They create and they incinerate. They lift and they crush. A word that wounds lasts forever and, likewise, a word of love and kindness lasts for all time. Our special populations are easy targets and are used to being persecuted by careless

Isaiah Boisseau (left), Mr. Woody (middle), and James Greene (right).

words even if you “didn’t mean it that way.” In today’s world of hate and anguish, it would be great for the heroes among us to step up and instead use words carefully with special populations in mind. A simple, “Hi friend,” or fist bump or wave in the hall goes a long way toward healing the broken hearts of the wounded special needs student. When you show this kindness, I assure you the kindness will come back to you. How I wish we could start a hero movement like this. Our world needs it so desperately and I certainly know my very special friends need it.”

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. 

Online Safety in the Modern Day

By Korissa Holloman

Every kid thinks they know everything about social media, how everything’s recorded and hidden by Snapchat, and that your ‘date’ will keep everything to themselves. But no, you are not safe, and yes there’s always a chance that those images will be leaked. Not only to your peers but to Internet Crimes Against Children, an online task force used by the secret service to stop pedophilia, child slavery, and worse. Their website states, “By helping state and local agencies develop effective, sustainable responses to online child victimization …the ICAC Program has increased law enforcement capacity to combat technology-facilitated crimes against children at every level.”

boB Couchman – who enjoys writing his name backwards – worked as a 13-year-old girl for 10 years of his life. Even to the point when he raised his younger daughter, he followed the many trends brought into her life, including the many one direction posters. “Amanda” helped him cat-fish many predators over his life, even pulling a man from the UK. There is no stop to these people, and his many years posing as a child shows it.

Now we get into the technical side of things. There are many different laws in Kentucky concerning online images, usually those of “a risque sort”. 1, it is illegal to ask a minor for nudes- even if you are also a minor yourself, even consenting or not – and you can receive a felony for it. 2, for every nude picture you have – the same person or not – is a class D felony. 3, the spreading of nudes can be a class A demeanor. For those of you who don’t know, that can be up to a year in prison and fine of up to $ 5,000. Also in the Kentucky laws are unsolicited images. A simple report puts you in the clear. Mr. Couchman stresses that as long as you work with the police, the fewer punishments you will receive. Be honest and they’ll be on your side.

Senior Feature: My Tran

By Erica Sells

As we enter the second semester, the class of 2020 gets even closer to the day they shall be thrown onto the busted-up car named “Life”. But before that, the news team thought it’d be a good idea to find out what’s running through their heads. Specifically, My Tran’s. 

My Tran is a part of the Academic Team and is a library aide. As a Senior, she feels that she has learned a lot but is still confused about what’s ahead. She has benefited from the dual credit classes, though she thinks she would have been even better prepared with a class to teach her real-life skills. Such as filing taxes, tuition, student loans, etc.. 

My Tran working hard behind the circulation desk.

My Tran has already applied for and been accepted to Western Kentucky University, University of Louisville, University of Tennessee, Northern Kentucky University, Campbellsville University, and Wayne State University. She chose these colleges because of their exceptional biology and medical courses.

At one of her many options, she will earn a bachelor’s in biology and enter a medical school to become either a Ph.D. or an MD. Because she loves helping others and biology has always been a fun subject, she decided to be a doctor. My Tran advises that her underclassmen, “hang out with [their] family and friends as much as [they] can because Senior year comes and goes very quickly”. Tran has a reputation for being a hard-working, passionate student who values family and has a bright future ahead of her. 

RHS Band

By: Zyairia Amos

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be in a band or to be able to play an instrument? Have you ever wondered what kind of warm-ups they have in the RHS band? Well, if you do then read what Emma Grace has to say about her experiences with both having an instrument and being in the school band. During the interview, I asked her some questions about how long she has been in the band and what she enjoys the most about it.

Many people don’t know what goes on behind the scenes of the band but some of the questions that Emma answered might help you understand. When Emma joined she felt she had joined a family. “You learn to love and respect one another along with how to diffuse a fight every now and then,” says Emma. The warm-ups last for 15-20 minutes; each section prepares differently. Together they all do a rhyme practice warm-ups off of sheet music. Many things go on when getting ready for a band concert. Emma says that it can be “exciting, stressful, anxiety-driven and many more emotions.” She says that they “look forward to concert days, but [they] also are trying to put the finishing touches on [their] pieces. It is a fun time, but it is also a time where [they put their] all into it.”

Lastly, Emma Grace would like to say to anyone considering joining the band, “When you join the band, you join a family. You make friendships that will last forever and memories that people would never believe could have happened. There are good times and bad, just like everything else in life, but as you feel the emotion that comes from playing a piece and understanding the joy that it brings nothing else matters.”

Behind the Scenes of Travel Club

By Ariana Nickell

Imagine standing in Europe or Japan for up to two weeks of summer break, taking in the sights, savoring new foods, or exploring new traditions. Each summer the travel club makes this a reality. Many students have been planning their trips for over a year. With various students traveling to Japan at the end of this school year, others waiting to explore Ireland, England, and Scotland during the summer of 2021. Are students ready to make memories that will last a lifetime with their peers?

Juniors Jost Todd and Xavier Coleman work concessions at Nissan Stadium to raise funds for their trips.

Last summer, the RHS Travel Club went on an expedition to Paris. After speaking with Mrs. Rogers the clubs sponsor, they participated in many different adventures. Every trip is different when it comes to sightseeing and physical activities. During the Paris trip, it was more of a sightseeing trip.

On the Seine River Cruise, the group saw Paris’s landmarks lit up against the night sky. Students walked around the Eiffel Tower and saw the aftermath of the Notre Dame fire. RHS Panthers even saw the Mona Lisa. These experiences may still seem impossible to some.

Many don’t realize what happens before the trip takes place. After deciding to take part in the trip, there are many preparations ahead. Everyone that decides to go attends an informational meeting or has their parent’s contact with Mrs. Rogers. Then, students sign up with the help of parents. Throughout the year the club participates in various fundraisers such as selling candy, mums, and candles or working concessions at the Nissan Stadium. All money made from the different events is put directly on everyone’s individual trip accounts. Students and families aren’t required to fundraise, however, it will take some of the cost of the trip.

Taking part in these trips gives you an experience of a lifetime to tell stories about for the years to come. If interested in going on one of the trips, stop by Mrs. Rogers’s room. Information can be provided for you to take home and discuss it with your parents. Future meeting dates will be announced throughout the school year. Encourage your parents to attend or — if unable get in contact with Mrs. Rogers — to discuss this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Hit A High Note With Chorus

By Zy Amos

Russellville High School’s Chorus is looking for more people to join. Having a small group is good but more people joining would be even better! If you join you will realize how much fun it is. The chorus students have fun ways of showing their passion, daily warm-ups begin with stretches of screaming like madmen.

Joining the chorus is a great way to express yourself through music and it gives you a chance to be creative with your voice. The great thing about joining is your around people that won’t judge. In chorus you practice singing and bettering yourself in that aspect. It’s less about being perfect, but learning with friends.

It might sound terrifying but it’s really not as bad as you think. It’s very calming to know your singing with a group of people. It brings a rewarding feeling to know that you worked hard and were able to share your passion with others.

Being in the chorus will bring you endless memories. Being involved with the fun songs, funny people, and one of the best music teachers you’ll have the time of your life. Chorus is not just about singing it’s also about meeting people with alike interests as you.

Last year was the first year for the RHS chorus. Only a handful of students participated, but this year there are over 15 students sharing their talents. It seems like more and more students are joining every month.

Junior Kenyon K. calls himself an “OG” chorus member and sees it as a “safe space”. Kenyon says that everyone can joke and make fun of each other, but in a “family fun sort of way”. He says that one of his favorite things about chorus is that it gives him the opportunity to study music. “Without chorus I would have never done the musical and would have missed out on a great experience”.

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.