Money, money, money, we all need it. Whether it’s for food, clothes, college tuition, electricity, or jewelry, it’s hard to get on without it. That’s why some kids these days have part time jobs, especially kids in high school. Preparing for the responsibility of a job helps kids prepare to go out into the world; and gives them money which they can then spend freely. Many students jump at this opportunity, Kiša, a twelve grade student for example when in the U.S.A.; did tutoring for 5 and 6 graders while being in the tenth grade. Kiša also told of friends doing part time jobs such as a cashier register in a fast food restaurant called Chic Fil A, or in a yogurt stand, and Starbucks. Some beginning ninth graders even do babysitting around their neighbourhoods. However with all the work that school creates and how little time students sometimes have…it’s hard to find a job that doesn’t cause a negative impact on their school work. Sure students might neglect their studies to do their job, and fail tests because they were too busy working, BUT there is a way teens can easily avoid this problem.
The main solution is organization. Students should try to schedule their jobs to only need them on days when they can spare, and so that work doesn’t disrupt their studies. Maybe creating a schedule even, one that organizes students study hours, work hours, social hours and free time. Also students could talk to their teachers and bosses to explain their situation, and get them to help create an organized schedule.
Enjoy some photos
from our December
of the International School of Belgrade students complain about not having a
cafeteria in the school. Well, apparently we’re not so unlucky. At least we can
eat as much as we want. According to Health
Freedom Alliance, elementary schools in San Antonio, Texas are installing
cameras into their cafeterias so they could see how much food the students eat.
This is one of the ways to fight the rising obesity rate among children in the
United States. According to kidshealth.org, one out of three kids in this
country is overweight. Based on the amount of food children eat every day,
local nutritionists will organize a diet. This means that the children in San
Antonio will not be allowed to eat as much food as they like. Same goes for
their favourite types of food. If the specialists consider them to be
overweight, they won’t be allowed to have candy. Dr Robert Trevino, one of the
researches, said that by doing this they will be able to determine “Whether
current programs that are aimed at preventing obesity work, and whether they are
really changing students’ behavior”. They also plan to implement programs such
as this one in elementary schools all over the United States.
Nevertheless jobs are always needed for a financial freedom, of course, people want a job they enjoy, pays well and needs their expertise.
Below are a list of jobs that in an interview with high school students are recommended for trying out:
· Selling tickets at movie theatre (most times a plus factor is free movies)
Some jobs that were not so popular amongst according to a Helium Website article:
This might be an effective way of helping kids stay healthy, but maybe they should do something else, like adding more physical activity, instead of forbidding children to eat food they like. We can’t really say much for certain before we see the results though, but we’re still allowed to have personal opinions. So, what do you say – is that plan just a way to make the time students spend in school even more annoying, or is it actually going to help? I would honestly hate having tasty food taken away from me, but I will leave to final conclusion up to you.
Yet while schools like this one might be overreacting, ISB does not really do much to inform its students about healthy nutrition. We don’t really know the amount of calories in the sandwiches we buy from the student store. I can’t remember if we ever had an ISB time day dedicated to nutrition. So in the end, being hysterical isn’t that much worse than not caring at all.
Death of Osama Bin Laden
By Marko M. Jukic
Stop the Drama
By: Shahaf Shay
On Friday the 13th of May, Overtures in Times concluded the drama performances for the school year 2010-2011. There were three main performances in this event. The 9th grade performances consisted of scenes that were written and directed by students. The after school play was directed by Mrs. Sands. This play was a Greek comedy with Ancient origins. The 10th graders went in a different direction and successfully produced a creative play with many different endings. They took a published scene and wrote different ends to it. All in all people enjoyed it a lot.
Mr. Hancock has commented on the 9th grade performance saying, “I was surprised by each piece, and found that each one had a hook or a twist that makes great drama”. He continued, “As a teacher, it was great to see the students excelling in an activity that connected to the Performing Arts realm”.
The Greek play has also received great comments. Emre, Mrs. Standley's son came to visit Belgrade and saw the performance. He exclaimed that the stage, the amphitheater, was amazing! He proclaimed that it added to the ambiance. In addition he found the plays very amusing and funny, though he found the sub-plots a bit confusing and at times hard to connect.
All in all, the last Drama performance of this school year was a great success. The actors are satisfied and blissful that they are over with the performance, but they are also wondering what next year will hold for them.
By Marko M. Jukic
As February turned to March, the revolution was in full bloody swing. The National Transitional Council (the NTC, also known as the Libyan National Council or Interim National Council) had been formed to represent the rebels and give the revolution an international face, proclaiming itself the “sole representative of all Libya”. NATO intervened and began enforcing a strict “no-fly” zone over Libya, and assisted the rebels by carrying out tactical missile strikes and bombings on pro-Gaddafi forces and strongholds (although there was some confusion when rebel tanks were accidentally bombed).
When his own army refused to shoot unarmed protesters, Gaddafi hired foreign mercenaries (Chadian, Nigerian, Malian, even Serbian) to do the job, paying them $1000-$3100 a day to mow down civilians, according to the Jamestown Foundation. The soldiers who refused to partake in these atrocities were systematically executed or simply burned alive. Indiscriminate violence against children has been documented as well, according to surgeon Abdulmajid Ali. Dissident anger only rose at this news, and the anti-Gaddafi fervor heightened even faster after the Colonel announced a ceasefire, then promptly disregarded it and continued hostilities. His soldiers weren’t the only defectors however; several senior public officials resigned and denounced Gaddafi’s regime, including the Justice Minister, Interior Minister, Foreign Minister, Prosecutor General and others.
Muslim organizations across the world condemned the dictator and demanded Libyans fight for their freedom, with a prominent cleric from Egypt even issuing a fatwa for Gaddafi’s death ("Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot a bullet at Mr. Qaddafi should do so."). Early in March Gaddafi’s forces launched an offensive towards the East, aiming at rebel strongholds, but were pushed back, and now remain in a constant battle. As of April 20, the rebels remain dominant in the Eastern part of the nation, in cities such as Benghazi and Tobruk, while Gaddafi home base remains the official capital in the West, Tripoli. Gaddafi’s demise is inevitable, although whether it will come sooner or later is unclear. We can only urge men and women to fight for the same ideals our forefathers fought for, and hope that the bells of freedom will soon ring in Libya, and in the rest of the Middle East, and some day throughout the whole world.