Down in the mouth -
I’m a metal mouth now. Well, not really – I only
got braces on the top of my mouth.
I actually only got three brackets, but the rest
are yet to come. In fact, I’ll have my bottom braces put on the day
before Thanksgiving. What fun!
I was all worried about finally getting them on and
wondering if I might have to get teeth pulled. But now that I think
about it, the most painful part was not having the wire put in or even
getting the bands put on.
The most dreadful part was watching the movie that
would prepare me for getting braces.
When Hurricane Katrina smashed ashore last
year, Louisiana teen Samantha Perez started writing about the
storm that washed away much of her old life. Her journal,
chronicled in the pages of The Tattoo, is all online at
Read it for an eye-opening and intensely personal look into the
eye of the worst storm in recent history.
-- Senior journal --
Seniors are put through a lot in their final
year of high school. Most of the workload revolves around applying for college
and scholarships, but starting the summer before senior year there’s another
group vying for a teenager’s attention: the military.
The various branches of the United States
military, particularly the Army, have stepped up their efforts to try to sign up
as many high school kids as they can in recent years.
Recruitment rates are at an all-time low – and
with soldiers dying every day in Iraq and Afghanistan, I can’t imagine why.
Anyone who can hold a gun is prime for
service, and these days that’s just about anybody.
Immigrants in school, through an educator's eyes
As an English as a Second Language teacher, it never
mattered to Dianne Iseman whether a student was an immigrant or not.
Iseman, a former ESL teacher at RJ Reynolds High School in
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, said it isn’t the teacher’s job to determine who
is an immigrant, it is the teacher’s job to teach.
Views on immigration often are linked to what a person does
for a living or their station in society.
While some may view immigrants as cheap labor – or as a
threat to their own job – many teachers, like Iseman, are just happy to help
immigrant students any way they can.