Monthly Archives: September 2009

Webster is going green

By Ashley Aguero

Staff Writer

Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School is going green with a new recycling program.

 Organized by Tracy Ogle, a Business and Information Technology Instructor at Webster, the program was originally an idea to beautify Webster. “The Class of 2009 decided to get a recycling program started and with class funds bought 20 bins that will be distributed throughout the school.”

 She also said that the purchased bins are going to be placed in the classrooms or offices that use a lot of paper once the recycling company ships the dumpster to Webster.

 “The way we’re looking at it, the senior class will be involved in the collection process.” Mrs. Ogle added. “It’s a win-win situation and it’ll help raise money. For every dumpster, which is approximately a ton, we could possibly be making a couple hundred dollars a month. We go through tons of paper,” she said.  

 Although the recycling program has not yet been announced, students and faculty said they believe the program would be terrific for Webster.

 “I haven’t heard anything about the program, but I like to recycle. I have plastic bins, can bins and paper bins at my house,” Laurel Coonfield, the Art Teacher at Webster, said.

 She said that she would participate in the program. “Absolutely!” Mrs. Coonfield said, “We need to help our planet. It’s good.”

Kaycie Kinley, a 16-year-old Webster junior, also stated that she has not yet heard anything about the recycling program but that she would join a recycling committee if one was created.

 “Yes, absolutely. Fo’ Sho,’” Kinley said. “Our campus is beautiful, and it’ll show other schools to recycle also.”

 Mrs. Ogle added that the recycling program at Webster is currently on a waiting list. “We’re waiting for the recycling company to bring the dumpster. We’re still on a waiting list, so I’m not sure when the program will start.”

 She said that we need to recycle and take care of our planet. “It teaches kids to be responsible for our planet, and the money would be a good incentive.”

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Students anticipate Homecoming

On Oct. 8, Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School will be having its annual Homecoming celebration. This is what the students had to say about Homecoming.

 Name: Jacob Farmer

Grade: Sophomore

Plans to go to Homecoming: No

Likes Homecoming: Sometimes

Favorite part of Homecoming: The football game


Name: Brandon Overton

Grade: Sophomore

Plans to go to Homecoming: No

Likes Homecoming: No

Favorite part of Homecoming: Going home


Name: Joe Lorona

Grade: Sophomore

Plans to go to Homecoming: Yes

Likes Homecoming: Yes

Favorite part of Homecoming: Seeing all the colors


Name: Colby Barnes

Grade: Junior

Plans to go to Homecoming: Might

Likes Homecoming: Yes

Favorite part of Homecoming: Parade


Name: John Thompson

Grade: Senior

Plans to go to Homecoming: Yes

Likes Homecoming: Yes

Favorite part of Homecoming: Floats


Name: Steve Cruz

Grade: Sophomore

Plans to go to Homecoming: Might

Likes Homecoming: Yes

Favorite part of Homecoming: Music


Name: Brittani Cunningham

Grade: Freshman

Plans to go to Homecoming: Might

Likes Homecoming: Yes

Favorite part of Homecoming: Football

Compiled by Antonio Breck.

GEAR UP students head to New York

By Amanda Barker

Staff Writer 

GEAR UP students are going on a trip to New York during fall break with the donations from GEAR UP.

Jasie James, a 15-year-old Webster sophomore, said that the trip is all expenses paid: plane, hotel and food. All they really need is money if they want to buy extra things while they are there, she said.

The group of 15 students will be working at a soup kitchen, going to the Apollo’s Theater, visiting the Statue of Liberty, seeing Shrek on Broadway, going to a couple colleges and touring Harlem, James said.

Bria Coleman, a 16-year-old Webster junior, has been a member of GEAR UP for about two years now. Two years ago, Ms. Kathy Henzel asked her if she wanted to join GEAR UP. Coleman signed up and started doing volunteer work and going to GEAR UP meetings.

“GEAR UP is a great program; people should really get involved in it. It’s a way to get involved in your community,” Coleman said.

Coleman goes to camps, conventions and field trips with GEAR UP. She also volunteers feeding the homeless, helping with donation drives and cleaning up areas such as parks.

According to the Oklahoma Higher Education Web site, GEAR UP is a federally funded program designed to prepare and educate middle school and high school students through academic preparation and scholarships. The stated goal of GEAR UP is to ensure all Oklahoma students are prepared for life after high school.

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Enforcing school policies

By Meranda Overton

Staff Writer

There have been a lot of new school policies enforced at Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School this year. I spoke with Webster Principal Jim Rector about that new enforcement. 

Q: What is the purpose for no facial piercing/tattoos? 

A: “The purpose for this enforcement is to focus on education.”


Q: Why has the rule been enforced about no food or drink in the classroom?

A: “To keep the food and drinks away from the computer equipment.”


Q: Why have you enforced the “no backpack” policy?

A:  “The kids will be asked to leave the backpacks at the door,” Rector said. He added that in the past there have been issues with students taking food from the cafeteria.


Q: Why does the school not allow flip flops?

A: “For safety issues: for example, if someone stepped on the heel, someone would fall down the stairs.”


Q: What is the reason for not allowing shirts to be longer then the fingertips?

A: “To keep gang-related violence out of the school.”

AVID program aims for college readiness

By Dale Barnes

Staff Writer

Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School has decided to take on AVID.

AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a school program that is designed for lower and middle ranged students. The program is supposed to help raise enrollment into four-year colleges. High school AVID is a four-year program for students who have the potential to succeed in college prep courses.

AVID is currently only available to Webster freshmen, AVID Elective Teacher Mary Bennett said. AVID is an elective class that occurs four years in a row. AVID teaches students how to take notes, test and organize their academic portfolios.

Two days out of the week tutors come in to the class and help the students prepare, AVID Coordinator Sharman Sanders said. Then on Fridays they take field trips to local universities, she added.

This year the AVID class consists of 25 students, Ms. Sanders said. Each year the program will take on 25 new freshmen, she added.

The goal is that the AVID students will have all their classes except electives with each other, Ms. Sanders said.

Ms. Bennett said she isn’t sure if that can be accomplished this year.

During the AVID students’ senior year the class will teach them how to fill out college applications, Ms. Sanders said. During the students’ four years in high school they are required to take Advanced Placement classes,  she added.

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Doors are open at Webster’s Spirit Store

By Jasie James

Staff Writer

Webster’s Spirit Store is all about school spirit.

 Debbie Little, Webster Parent Involved Facilitator, said that they are open the first hour before school from 8 to 9 a.m. Mrs. Little said that they sell school supplies, hats, class pencils, class T-shirts, dressier shirts, hoodies, aprons and school lanyards.

 She said that their most popular items vary with the season. She also said that they have a supply special for students that includes a complete binder with a zipper pencil pack, eight dividers, a package of paper, an eraser, pens and pencils for $6.

 Mrs. Little said she has been waiting to find out whether or not they can also sell or give away flash drives to students.

 Starting Sept. 21, students can pick up a flash drive in the Magnet Strand Coordinator’s office, across from the Broadcasting Center, from 8:30 to 9:05 a.m, said Jeff Thomas, Information Technology Magnet Strand Coordinator. He also said that students must have a valid student ID with them and that they can only pick up one flash drive each. The first 500 students will get a flash drive, he added.

Mrs. Little said that they weren’t going to sell the Tulsa County News at the Spirit Store because they didn’t have any interest from people to buy it in the past years that they have sold it.

However, Gary Percefull, co-publisher of the Tulsa County News, stated in an e-mail, “We have agreed to sell Tulsa County News at the Webster HS Spirit Store, beginning today – Sept. 15. We have a special arrangement with Webster to sell the paper there for 50 cents apiece (the regular price is 75 cents). We will deliver to Webster as many papers as we think can be sold and are trying to determine that quantity.”

 Mr. Percefull also stated, “Additionally, the Webster PTSA currently is selling annual subscriptions to the paper as a fund-raiser. PTSA gets $5 for every $22 subscription they sell. This program continues until Oct.1, when the subscription price rises.”

 Mrs. Little said that teachers are coming in the Spirit Store often. Chelsey Cochran, a 15-year-old Webster sophomore, said that she hasn’t been to the Spirit Store but that if she were to go she would get a shirt, hoodie or jewelry there. Holly Gould, a 15-year-old Webster sophomore, said that she hasn’t bought anything there but that if she was to go buy something, she would get a shirt or a hoodie.

 Mrs. Little added that they do have volunteers but that they are always looking for more and that they can never have too many. She also said that if a parent would like to volunteer they can go to the Spirit Store and get an application and that she would turn it into the office so that the parent could start immediately.

 Mrs. Little said that volunteers can volunteer at the store as long as they want: “Some have come in the morning and some have stayed all day.”  She also said that they are always looking for donations because they’re trying to encourage spirit at the school and that they’re a nonprofit store.

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Safety concerns keep lunch on school grounds

By Yolanda Mitchell

Staff Writer

Many students have wondered why off-campus lunch is prohibited at Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School. Off-campus lunch is prohibited for safety reasons, Webster Assistant Principal Dale Edwards said.  A few years back some kids from East Central were shot in a parking lot at Wendy’s, he explained.

 Students’ parents are not allowed to bring lunch because of the contract we have with Tulsa Public Schools cafeteria, Webster High Schools Dean Mary Miller said.

 “We have to support the student lunch program so it’s better if the parents don’t bring lunch to the students,” she said.

 Mrs. Miller said she was concerned that if off-campus lunch was allowed, the students wouldn’t be back in time for their next hour. “We couldn’t get the kids back in enough time with the short period of time you do have for lunch,” she said.

Mr. Edwards also said he was concerned that if the kids were allowed to leave, there would be excessive tardiness. “It creates a safety hazard and you’ll have way more tardies then normal,” he said.  

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