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Leach Lrcmcted tc Lean cf Students On March 14, Mr. Jack Leach, English Department Chairman, became Dean of Students. His primary responsibilities include student discipline and attendance. He also supervised school dances. The position of Dean came about when teachers and administrators complained they needed help with student discipline. According to Superin- tendent Raymond Golarz, when Mr. Tony Rose was cut as assistant princi- pal, “no one was really handling the problems.” Mr. Leach, worked in the administrative internship program during the first semester and was the only teacher in the school qualified for this posi- tion. As Dean, Mr. Leach was able to supervise students and not teachers. Dr. Golarz commented on the new position, “It is a position we need. Whether we will need it again next year, I don’t know. For the 1988-89 school year there will be two assistant principals and an assistant principal athlet- ic director,” said Golarz. Mrs. Shelly Peters, a licensed English teacher, had a temporary substi- tute contract to replace Mr. Leach as English teacher. According to Dr. Go- larz, “Mrs. Peters is a fine teacher.” Commenting on his position as Dean of Students, Mr. Leach said, “I think it is important that we keep a positive attitude in the school. There are rules in the school handbook that have been devised by students, teach- ers, and parents. They are there to help insure a school where it is possible for everyone to experience academic and social success in a pleasant, but orderly atmosphere. It is part of my job to enforce those rules. I will make every attempt to be fair and consistent concerning discipline. I am still an educator, and concerned about students progress and growth.” Mr. Leach also stated that he would be continuing his education in or- der to complete his education specialist program at Purdue University in Lafayette. He also said the response to his new position was positive and encouraging. Concerning Mrs. Peters taking over Mr. Leach’s classes, he said, “Every effort has been and will be made to make sure that there are no gaps in any students education.” To prevent this, Mr. Leach had daily confer- ences with Mrs. Peters to help make the students transition from one teach- er to another smooth. — Anita Frybort Leslie Wasson Study Hall at HHS Study hall was brought back to HHS. The class was previously offered at the present middle school location, but there had not been a study hall at HHS since the high school was moved to its present location in 1958. The class was for those stu- dents who needed a more struc- tured study time and any student who was assigned to in school sus- pension. Also, any freshman or sophomore that failed a class the previous year was assigned to study hall. The class was supervised by Mr. Howard Popp and Ms. Dawn Reece. Like other classes, study hall had many rules and regulations. Students had to have school relat- ed study materials daily. There was no talking, sleeping, or put- ting heads on desks. The stu- dents were to stay in their seats and be there when the bell rang. In addition, they were not ex- cused to go to their lockers. There was no throwing things and no vandalism to chairs or desks. Lastly, students were not allowed to have sunglasses, radios, news- papers, walkmans, food, candy, gum, etc. — Melissa Cochran Gcv. Crr Visits Governor Robert Orr visited HHS on October 19. Attending the program with the governor was Susan H. Talbot, his special assistant for education. The governor talked to a group of teachers, par- ents, and students about his A Plus program. The basic fundamentals of the program included the Mentor In- tern program which was set up to aid new teachers, IS- TEP competency tests, and the At Risk program. All snow days must be made up and there were five days added to the school year. These changes were begun during the ’88-’89 school year. While teachers may have understood the Gover- nor when he explained his program, many parents and students alike felt that he was unclear, and he did not have a full grasp on education today. Governor Orr said that he hoped to talk to 100,000 teachers about his program during 1988. — Anita Fry- bort Leslie Wasson Mini-mag 1 1
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NC4 Visits HUS Twenty-one members of the North Central Association of Schools and Col- leges (NCA) observed HHS from Tues- day, November 3 to Friday, November 6. The faculty prepared for their visit the previous year during the half days off from classes. The visiting group was made up of teachers, superintendents, principals, uni- versity professors, counselors, and librar- ians from throughout the state who had volunteered for the program. Their main purpose was to help evaluate and study HHS. Besides observing students and staff, the group studied the community, extra- curricular activities, teaching methods, and school facilities. They also spoke to many students and faculty members at random. The NCA released its evaluation of HHS, which included twenty recommen- dations and commendations. Taken di- rectly from the report, the recommenda- tions included: 1. The financial problems must be re- solved as quickly as possible. 2. Staff morale must be improved through better communication at all levels — faculty — building administrators and central office staff. 3. The media center budget must be rein- Principal Richard S. Barack stated to preserve the book collection. 4. Curriculum articulation must be im- proved through meetings of faculty from the high school and middle school. 5. The role of the department chairperson should be evaluated so as to get more lead- ership in curriculum development. 6. Long range planning is needed for the replacement of equipment. 7. Departments should know their bud- gets so as to purchase resources more effec- tively. 8. Faculty should review course syllabi and update them where necessary. 9. Disciplinary policies should be review- ed by faculty and administrators. Consis- tency in implementation of the policy and administrative su perative. 10. Advisory com for all vocations Major com: port included: 1 . The school h concerned admi| and central offi] 2. Students a courteous, and cerned about 1 3. The school good features. 4. The curricu needs of most students. 5. There are many good elective pro- grams. Foreign language has very good en- rollments. 6. The counseling program is effective even though the student ratio is high. 7. The media center is spacious and at- tractive with good leadership from the li- brarian. 8. Good teaching methods are evident in most classrooms. 9. The gifted and talented program is a good effort to meet the needs of students with high academic ability. 10. The interschool program for football is to be commended as it contends for the state championship in Indiana. Principal Director Design Principal Richard Barack and Mr. Lloyd Ahlbrand, athletic direc- tor, submitted their resignations ef- fective June 30, 1988. Although no comments were made by the school board about the resignations, the board did state that Mr. Ahlbrand had expressed his desire to return to teaching. Before coming to HHS as an assistant principal, Mr. Barack held a variety of positions includ- ing teaching at New Rochelle, Highland, and Gary. He was an ad- ministrator in the Gary Public Schools. He was also a commisioner on the State Board of Education for six years. He has served as an NCA chairperson for 18 years, and was an adjunct professor at Valparaiso University and Indiana University Northwest. Mr. Barack commented on his seven years at HHS saying, “I very much enjoyed serving the students, teachers, and parents of the Hobart community.” 10 Mini-mag
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Senior Michelle Turchany, Sophomore Bill Evans, and Junior Kirsten McKinney stand triumphantly after their first victory. Theater Class Performs Comedy The theater class performed “Just for Kicks,” a comedy by P. M. Clepper, November 4 and 5 in the auditorium. The play was about a girl who joined the high school football team. The nightmare of women’s lib and new regulation led to a com- ic situation in which a female En- glish teacher was made coach and a girl athlete became the team’s star kicker. However, when a school had never won a football game, it can be forgiven for trying anything to gain a gridiron victory. The princi- pal came up with a devilish scheme. How could his team be faulted for its losses if the coach is a woman? So, he appointed the English teach- er, Janet Talber. What he didn’t re- alize was that Janet was not the type to be a token coach and she meant to win! Like the principal, she had far- out methods that included making Diane, a talented girl athlete, the star kicker. Diane was out for vic- tories, but her conscience both- ered her about the boy she re- placed. This play offered a wide range of comedy from highly so- phisticated verbal humor to slap- stick. Mr. Tomlin, the assistant principal, is played by Ju- nior Rob Mills. 1988 Jr. Miss Cancelled When Jaycee President Rick Banks was contacted about the rumored cancella- tion of the 1988 Junior Miss Pageant that was scheduled for November 22, Mr. Banks promised an explanation in the next issue of the Hobart Gazette. What was in the next issue of the Ga- zette? One paragraph which cited the lack of communication and participation as the reasons for cancellation of the pageant. Mr. Banks didn’t go into any details. The Jaycees have been doing the pag- eant for well over a decade now. When in- terviewed. Mr. Banks said that other Jay- cee programs interfered with the pageant planning. He said that he and other Jay- cees were downstate for a week earlier last fall and the “time got away for me.” The pageant was a place where other factors, along with academics, were con- sidered. It was also a chance for the senior girls to perform and receive some recogni- tion for their talents. In addition, this pag- eant was the only opportunity some girls had to r eceive scholarships. Another reason that was given for the cancellation was the renting of the HHS facilities. Mr. Banks said that renting the facilities in 1986 cost $388. This year he said the cost was from $600 to $800. How- ever, Mrs. Patti Hicks said that the $388 charge was just to rent the auditorium. This did not include what the Jaycees paid for the custodians, which could have brought the cost up to over $600. Also, this year’s auditorium charge is only $390, so there was not much of a difference in costs. Mrs. Hicks also said she suggested to the Jaycees that they schedule the dress re- hearsal for Friday night instead of Satur- day, so they could save the cost of custo- dians. 12 Mini-mag
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