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tLINA ISLANDER ' PAGE ELEVEN • 1 ~" EDITORIAL STAFF college. Therefore it is necessary that "itt'Chief . . Martha Meyer every high school include in its course ~h~ ~Assis'tant Editors: of study one or two foreign languages. t~Unnels Malcohn Renton REPORTERS ade, Frances Feltrop Je, Charles de Soto e ..... Helen McKelvey Myrtle Gibson • .Nellie Smith • .John Shields ASSEMBLY NEWS afternoon at 2 o'clock the ~embly of the year was hehl. quite forcibly impressed minds the extent of the re- resting on the shouhters of of us, in our new undertak- government. ~ntrodueed the student body John Shields. John made a address, in which he his desire to see all the stu- their co-operation with body, as they have in the Weeks. He also said that a was being drawn up, and be ready for discussion by body. asked each one of us to Our special duty to keep the of the schools in the best possible, for that is one of Ways we have of expressing appreciation for the use of but also our pride in the school on the Island. Announcements a~nonneement that all who to swim on both Tuesday and might do so, was received and rejoicing (it was warm Those who do not know how Will be instructed by some of swimmers during this hour. .glee dub, under the direction of will meet once a week at school for the present. golf rate is under consider- was also suggested that.the up golf. I)unkle ended the meeting by the two courses of study as N College Preparatory Course 3 units ; citizenship, ~ unit ; States history, ~ unit; a lab- SCience, 1 unit; algebra, 1 unit; language, 2 units; home eeo- girls), ~ unit; physical or R. O. T. C., credit the course. Additional es to eomp/ete seventeen units, a second academic major from mathematics, languages, or social science. Elective Course 3 units; citizenship, ˝ unii; science, 1 unit; home eco- (for girls), ~ unit; mathemat- eolnmercial arithmetic, 1 unit; education or R. O. T. C., throughout the course. Addi- to Complete seventeen units, in- a secoml aeadenfie major and Inajor from any department. P~rQign Language Department Years of a foreign language is by every student who enters Ahnost all schools in the state offer either Spanish or Latin, as there is more denmnd for these than any other tongue. Not all schools with an en- rolhnent as small as onrs offer two modern languages; in fa/:t, we are unique in that way. German and Latin were offered, as well as Spanish, this year, but the demand was so small that classes could not be formed. The dropping of Latin from our curriculum has made a definite change in the department this year. The classical language has been superceded by French. In popular opinion a mod- ern language. Nevertheless, the opin- ion of ninny men in professions and business, and of those who have studied languages, is that Latin is of very great importance, for it is the basis of French, Italian, Spanish, Port- uguese and English. French, however, is very popular, and is more widely studied in the United States than any other foreign language• It is a musical language as well as one of great re- finement, and we are indced gIad to have it in the curriculmn this year. There is nothing definite about its be- ing continued next year, as it is now being given as a special class for those who need a foreign language credit. At present Mr. Dunkle has five stu- dents in the class. Spanish was given last year, and is being continued this year. It is con- sidered especially important for stu- dents living in the southwestern part of the United States to have a know- ledge of this language, for it is of great value in the commercial and business world. Some of the world's greatest literature has been produced in Spanish. There are ten students in the first year and fifteen in the second Sl~anish this year. Classes are taught by Mr. Robinson. Those who may wish to join the French or Spanish classes are welcome to enroll. This is with the regular school classes, provided that there are not enough to form a separate evening session• First year French is given second period--8:45-9:20, and first year Spanish is given fourth period--10:30 11:15. Separate assemblies for the boys and girls were held Thursday afternoon. In the boys assembly, two outside speak- ers were present, who gave interesting talks. Mr. H. 13. Robison, Avalon Boy Scout Scoutmaster spoke on the bene- fits gained in later life, and in the business world, by being able to say that you once were a scout. He also extended an invitation to all boys of scout age, who are not Boy Scouts, to come to the next regular meeting on Saturday night and learn something of the scout organization• Rev. LaRue C. Watson gave a bene- ficial talk that was enjoyed by all, and also gave solne humorous stories. Mr. Priestly selected four men, each to be captain of a volley ball team. The teams are to be named "Giants," "Su- perbas," "Yankees" and "Senators." Tuesday will be the first games of the series and some interesting competi- tion will probably develop. At the girls' assembly on Thursday, Miss Fox explained how the Ju. aud Sr. Hi girls might form an interesting organization. These organizations, called "Girls Org." have proven quite delightful in many other schools and colleges. All girls in school belong to the club, no distinction between grades being made. The idea met with im- mediate approval. A committee was appointed composed of three Sr. Hi girls aml two from Jr. Hi The com- mittee members will soon meet to de- cidc upon the kind or organization this is to be, aml form plans for drawing up a constitution. THE CATCH "John Henry, John Henry, where are you? Come here and beat this rug. What do you mean by leaving me to do all the housework ?" A tall, gaunt woman, shaking a broom vigorously, called from the doorway of a dilapidated c9ttage. Her sharp, shrill, falsetto voice fell on nothing but the drowsy spring air. The man was slinking along near the back fence, out of sight from the house, with a fishing pole in one hand, a can of worms in the other. The placid stream where he was accus- tomed to tempt the poor fish with his worms, flowed arund a bend a short distance from the house. After he had cast his line into the rivulet he relaxed at full length under a shady tree. Then he dropped off to the land of pleasant memories, reminiscing over the large fish he had caught the last time' of his escape. Splash! He awoke with a start. Out in the water he saw a huge rainbow trout whose scales glim- mered in the sunlight. Oh, how de- lighted he was! Such a beauty he had never in all his long experience seen. If he could only land hitn safely. The fish was madly endeavoring to be free. But, closer and closer John Henry drew him till he was almost in his grasp. Then, he was rudely shaken. .... Ah, ha!" cried a feminine voice that was not especially pleasing to the fisherman's ear. "So this is how you spend your time, John Henry Bentley." You march right home, sir, and beat those rugs which should have been done three hours ago." IN BOTANY John M.--Mr. Priestly, may we bi- sect a fish tamorrow? JUNIOR LIFE SAVERS There are only four of the many excellent swimmers in Catalina Hi that have passed the tests and received the titles of Junior Life Savors. They are Patty Lee, Gordon Coleman, Hermine Sierks and Georgia Coleman. Seems strange, but is true, that there are three girls and only one boy. To be- come a Junior Life Saver it is neces- sary first to be twelve years of age. (a lot of students are more than that); second, to know five carries, the chin carry, breast carry, hair carry, head carry and tired swimmer's carry;third, to know how to administer artificial respiration; fourth, to know the fire- man's lift, and fifth, to be able to swim fifty yards fully dressed and then re- move clothing without holding to any- thing• For a small sum each of these four were registered at national head- quarters as Junior Life Savers, and received a beautiful little pin and an emblem. Jack Hughes, swimming instructor, officiated. There surely must be many more students who are capable of winning these honors and of beeonfing profi- cient in so helpful a work. Although the Junior Life Saving Club is not connected with the high school, the girls and boys who are eligible to en- ter are of junior and senior high age aml we, as a school, want to have our swimmers in the front ranks• Seldom are such splendid chances of practic- ing swimming afforded people. Make the most of this opportunity. The class in public speaking has en- joyed many interesting talks during the past week from its respective mem- bers. Most of the speeches were on the South American countri'es and items of material interest. GRAMMAR SCHOOL HAPENINGS Supplies for the first grade rooms arrived last week. This will make things go a great deal more smoothly now, both for the pupils and teacher. The little first-graders are happy over their new equipment. Our Island schools are proving at- tractive to people all over the country. The fourth grade has a new pupil en- rolled-Tom Findley, by name. We hope you like our school, Tom. Mr. Robison, scoutmaster, paid a visit to the grammar school and gave them physical education, last Thurs- day. It's hard to believe, but they are bare facts: The grammar school pupils are so enthusiastic over their school work that they have asked for more home work. Mothers and fathers, did we, now in the Hi, feel that way in grammar school? Impossible![ The rule recently passed prohibiting skating and coasting around the schoor house has lessened the noise, amt im- proved conditions greatly, because neither teachers nor children are now bothered by the undue commotion. During registration of minors many parents were given an opportunity to visit school and get an idea of the work their children are doing this year. Mike Is in Our Class Pat and Mike stood before a store window, wherein were placed trunks on sale. Said Pat: "Moike, why doncha buy a troink ?" "What for ? and pray tell me." "To put your clothes in, ye blitherin' ijit." "What.~ and me go naked ?"--R. T. Gee. 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