CHS Must Address Popularity of Juuls and E-cigarettes

In Carrboro High School, “Juuling” been a problem since the start of 2017. Students bring their electronic devices such as vapes or Juuls and they share it in the school bathrooms. Juuls are e-cigarettes originally designed to help nicotine smokers to quit smoking cigarettes.

In the past year, use of Juuls by high schoolers increased by “78 percent between 2017 and 2018,” said Rachel Becker, backed up by information from the FDA. Juuls can harm these vapers’ bodies, and in the future it can possibly cause dangerous diseases, heart problems, cancer or addiction. As mentioned on Juul’s website, James Monsees and Adam Bowen co-founded Juul when they applied their background in product design to the challenge of finding a better alternative to smoking.

I believe that using Juuls are very dangerous because they deliver nicotine. Some students do not even know that Juuls contain nicotine.

It is rare to ever see a student smoking a cigarette in the bathrooms with the continual increase in underage vapers. Most of the students that vape do it because of peer pressure.

A recent study at Brown University in Providence, R.I. found that “Peer smoking was by far the strongest predictor of smoking progression,” said the study’s lead author Elizabeth.

As mentioned by Jordan Crook, writing for TechCrunch,’s article, the US Food and Drug Administration is increasing efforts to help keep young people from using Juuls. “The commissioner today announced a plan that would remove all flavored electronic nicotine delivery system products.”

Schools such as Carrboro should focus on educating students.

The school is not taking a correct approach to students who are smoking Juuls, but instead they suspend them for at least 3 days which gives the students more free time to smoke and not be in school.

Some students in CHS mentioned that some high schools have removed the doors of the bathrooms and reported to teachers to watch out and don’t let more than one student go to the restroom at the same time. It’s going to be difficult for high schools to stop students from Juuling because of its increasing popularity. Schools such as Carrboro should focus on educating students about Juuls and how they could be harmed as opposed to implementing current methods of punishment.

Positive Reception from the Band’s First Concert of 2018-2019

Carrboro High School’s band had their first concert of the year on December 14, 2018, showing their ability to perform familiar and unfamiliar music in a classical style. While not the most popular class in Carrboro, the students who take band really seem to enjoy and appreciate the experiences they get from the class.

“I have gotten so many benefits from being in band that to be honest, it is kind of unreal. It’s been an eye-opener for me ever since middle school. And to be honest if I didn’t have band I wouldn’t be the person that I am as of today, and for that, I can not be grateful enough,” said Jeremiah Shelton, sophomore.

“It’s really amazing to see kids perform in such of professional level,” said Vivian Pitts, Shelton’s mother.

Most of the parents enjoyed the performance. It was a challenge for the class of 2018-2019 because there was a lot of growing that happened since 2017. A lot of new students and freshmen form the majority of the class.

“Almost two-thirds of the band are freshmen, which [means] they will have a lot of growing as musicians,” said Casey Spillman, CHS’s band teacher.

The band performance allowed students to show off their talents.“My favorite thing they did well is how much energy they brought to the stage,” said Spillman.

Some of parents and students were surprised by the music selections, as a there was only one Christmas song.

“They should have done songs that were more familiar. I thought they will have more Christmas music,” said Pitts.

It’s very important that bands change their tone for each new piece, depending on the character. Instrumentation alone won’t do that. There has to be a concept along with it.

Spillman had a lot of fun ways to involve others in the concert — not just playing instruments, but getting some teachers to wear helmets and tapping their heads with paper pipes to make music.

Spillman also mentioned in the concert that the young musicians are working to become better and have more power in the music to impress families.

ESL Newcomers

A lot of students don’t know about the ESL program at CHS and the people the program helps.

ESL is coursework in Carrboro High School designed to help students who are looking to learn English as their second, third or in some cases as a fourth language.

It’s a really big challenge for ESL students to come to a place where nobody else may speak their language, and they need a lot of help from teachers to understand English and its vocabulary.

“International students need help more than American students,” said Jeff Roberson, retired ESL teacher, about why he made the switch from English to ESL teacher.

From the student perspective, “I think English learning was hard because of all the big amounts of vocabularies I had to learn to go through one class,” said Faisal Al Zoubi, CHS senior and ESL student.

ESL teacher Mrs. Angela McChesney chose to teach the newcomer class to learn about different beliefs and life experiences.

“I love traveling and to learn about different languages and cultures,” said McChesney, who teaches World History and English for CHS newcomer and ESL students.

Speaking other languages can help teachers connect with students. Roberson can speak different languages, such as Spanish and French, which makes it easier to explain English to newcomer students. McChesney teaches students who don’t speak English by acting out or showing pictures to their students, but best way is repetition.

“Repeating the same thing again and again [helps] because studies show that repeated exposure to vocabulary is necessary,” said McChesney.

The ESL program is an opportunity to get the students to improve their English by practicing it in a comfortable. The students are allowed more time on the test, which can help give time to understand vocabulary.

The program also includes learning about different social skills and American culture. The program gives students the chance to talk with teachers who have an experience with different cultures, which becomes a common connection between the students and the teacher.

In the end of every year, the students are required to take an ESL test. The ESL test is made up of 4 parts:  speaking, writing, listening and reading. The test is made to see if the students have improved and to see if the teachers have done their job perfectly.

“I passed the ESL test, but I have experienced it for four years, and it was kind of  hard each year, but every year I took it, I improved,” said Gerardo Medina Lopez, sophomore.