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The School Plant This school today is in reality a modern industrial plant. In this plant there is a system by which the students, faculty and administration are coordinated. In addition to the class-room activities the students obtain invaluable experience through the various club activities, which include the publishing of an $1,800 annual, a page in the Times-Register every week, the production of an operetta and a senior play every year, schedules of the football, baseball, and basket ball teams. There are modern classrooms, laboratories, typing rooms, a gymnasium, a library, offices, bookstore, auditorium, home economics rooms, and a modern industrial arts shop. It is well that we are thus equipped, for in the words of Alexander Pope, “ ’Tis education forms the common mind: Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclin’d.” This auditorium in which you are seated is modern, comfortable, and beautiful. It is used by the community as well as by the school. On the ground floor there is a cafeteria which serves daily the needs of over 800 students, thus contributing to the convenience and health of the community. The cafeteria is also used by local organizations for lunches and banquets. The playground belongs to the public as well as to the school. It gives a safe and pleasant place for the young people of Salem twelve months in every year. The lawn surrounding this beautiful building is another thing in which we take great pride. The shrubbery was given by the Salem Garden Club and other garden clubs of the community. Our teachers try hard to give us training in appreciation and care of the grass and shrubbery. Francis Bacon said, “Reading maketh a full man.” Our school gives every student an opportunity for filling his mind with golden thoughts from the best literature. In our library we have over 5500 volumes, giving material for reference and for entertainment. Here I wish to mention another department in our school which consists of a single man—he is the custodian of this plant. Mr. Voci is the man who sees that the building is heated in winter, that it is kept in repair, that the lawn is mowed, that the rooms are swept and the boards are washed and that the property is protected. Often he seems forgotten, yet we couldn’t get along without his faithful service. The nerve center of this vast organization is the office. I say vast because it is vast compared with the little red schoolhouse of McGuffey’s Reader days. Today, in this building the activities of over 1,500 people must be coordinated. The main business of this plant is the education of the students. It is well equipped for this work. There is a competent, experienced, well trained faculty. Instead of the 3 R’s that made up our grandparents’ curriculum, we now have French, Latin, Litera¬ ture, grammar, science, biology, chemistry, mathematics, history, civics, mechanical drawing, metal, wood and leather working, bookkeeping, typewriting, shorthand and many other subjects. 4 12 }
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On the beautiful Autumn and Spring days, what delight to gather in groups on the campus with our friends for a little relaxation in the glorious sunshine! The electric bell sounds reminding us that it is time to make for our lockers to get our books to be on time for class. Fun is over for a while. This is tke Reference Room of the Library. No loafers need come here, only those who have reference work for their classes.
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and Its Administration In fact, there is such a wide selection of courses that it is now being planned for the student to specialize in various types of work and when this work is completed he will receive a diploma which designates him as the graduate of the specific course, rather than just a graduate of the high school. The burden of student guidance in the selection of courses falls upon the home-room teachers. The schedules under which these courses are taken are decided by teachers in consultation with the principal, student, and parent. By this time you can see that we have here at Andrew Lewis, not the little red schoolhouse of yesterday but a large, efficient plant in which the educational opportunities are almost limitless. The center of this educational system is the principal with his office force. It is from the office that we receive the directions which make the school run on schedule. It is in the office that the records are kept—the records of each student and his progress throughout his four years at Andrew Lewis. We come to this educational four years—we work; we study; we learn and leave in the office an indelible record of our successes and failures. Some day we may be offered a chance at success in later life on the strength of these records. Every freshman should be taught this fact as soon as he enters this institution. He should be made to realize that he is not just preparing to live, but that he is living. His behavior and his scholastic record are making his reputation. Ladies and gentlemen—I have described to you our school—one of the most modern and efficient in the state—we owe its existence to you, the taxpayers; we are truly thankful to you for our school and the educational opportunities it has given us. —Charles Whitmore The management of the School Cafeteria is no small job. Miss Annie McConkey sees to it that “people and things ” are always in order here, and a splendid job she does of it. Outsiders always compli¬ ment our food, and our cafeteria in general. Air. Foci, whose responsibility it is to see that the school plant is kept clean, neat and warm. f is p-
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