China’s ivory trade ban

Many people have been concerned over the ivory trade that has recently been the cause of elephant extinction. According to National Geographic, this ivory trade takes place mainly in Middle Eastern countries, but it still gets to the U.S with illegal exportation.

According to Snap Partnership, the ivory trade is big in China as ivory is in high demand because of its value and looks. There is also legal trading for ivory, according to Snap Partnership, that many people living in China do not like. Their argument against legal ivory trading is that it allows for the importation and smuggling of illegal ivory. The citizens also argue that because of the legal ivory trade it encourages more people to buy ivory, thus increasing the demand.

Elephants have been going extinct at a steady rate, and according to The Chinese Government, the best way to stop it is to shut down the ivory trade in China entirely. This would decrease the amount of elephant deaths by a large amount, but as we know, there will always be illegal poachers, because there is always a loophole somewhere that is overlooked.

The people who sell and carve ivory legally are very sad about this ban. According to Mr. Liu, an ivory carver interviewed by BBC News, he says he feels like a sinner and is very sad. He says that he feels like a sinner, because the generations of carving passed down will die in his hands and care, and that he will not be able to pass it down to his children.

Although the ban has come through on the ivory trade in China, this probably won’t stop poachers and other ivory enthusiasts from continuing to sell and buy ivory illegally. In order to truly put an end to elephant poaching, as well as ivory trading, they would have to work with African countries to help reign in out of control black markets on the continent. Not only this, but expert advisor of the Chinese government, Wei Ji, says that without a legal market the “illegal market will go wild.”

It is clear to see that people love ivory in China, the aforementioned ivory carver felt like a sinner because he couldn’t keep on doing what had been a tradition in China for many, many years. Because people love ivory so much they will just buy it illegally in order to keep getting the stuff they love. This will inflate the already massive ivory black market (it was estimated by The Guardian that 90% of ivory in China is illegal), to a point where tons of people desperate for money will turn to poaching because the rewards financially will be tremendous.

Overall, this ban has multiple good intentions: to shut down something that has been long plaguing China and it’s people, and to try and save a nose diving elephant population. This ban may seem great, but the chances of it helping anything are minimal. China has had many problems in the past with following through, so the possibility of the government not enforcing the changes is very likely. Not only this, but the ban puts elephants at an even higher risk, as the poaching game will soon transform into a high stakes, big money, black market in already criminally challenged countries. Banning ivory might seem like a wonderful idea, but don’t let that fool you, it will hurt elephants even more.

New superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools

In the end, there were two candidates for superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools, after one of the final three candidates withdrew himself from consideration.

Undated courtesy photo, circa March 2017, of the three finalists announced March 23, 2017 to lead St. Paul Public Schools as superintendent. The candidates are, from left; Joe Gothard, superintendent of the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district, Cheryl Logan, chief academic support officer for Philadelphia public schools, and Orlando Ramos, regional superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. (Courtesy of St. Paul Public Schools)

The superintendent is like the CEO of the district. The superintendent’s job is to put into place the school board’s visions by making daily decisions about: educational programs, budget spending, staff, and schools. The superintendent hires and manages the staff and principals of the district.

The first superintendent candidate was Joseph Gothard. Dr. Gothard went to Edgewood Collage and has a Bachelors degree in Biology Education, a Masters degree in Educational Administration, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. He used to be a principal, and assistant superintendent, in Madison, Wisconsin. He has most recently been the superintendent for the Burnsvill-Eagan-Apple Vally school district.

The second candidate was Cheryl Logan. Dr. Logan has a Bachelors of Science degree, a Masters degree of Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate in Education Policy – from the University of Pennsylvania. She has served as Principal at Parkdale High School in Riverdale, Maryland; principal at Gorman Crossing Elementary School in Laurel, Maryland; and also as assistant superintendent of Schools in the school district of Philadelphia. She has most recently been the chief academic support officer for the Philadelphia school district.

The position of superintendent was said to have a $238,000 salary.

On April 11th, the SPPS school board chose Dr. Joseph Gothard to be the new superintendent of SPPS district. The board said they chose Gothard over Logan because of “[ Dr. Gothard’s] strong leadership experience and knowledge of education in Minnesota.” The board also said ” We were impressed by his public engagement in developing the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District’s strategic ‘Vision One91’ plan. Dr. Gothard is also skilled at bringing people together for a unified vision for a district, and understands racial equity and its impact on student learning.”

The school board and Dr. Gothard are still negotiating the terms of his contract. They hope to have everything finalized by May 1st of this year.

Additional information can be found at:

Prom 2017

This year for prom, like previous years, the prom committee will be selling tickets for those who want to go. All tickets will be handled, and sold, in Ms. Becker’s room – 2214.

Each week, the price of the tickets will go up by $10, so we encourage you to buy your tickets as soon as possible to spend less. The first batch of tickets will have the starting price of $35, and can be purchased at the following times:

  • Wednesday, April 19, at 2:05 PM
  • Thursday, April 20, at 2:05 PM
  • Friday, April 21, at 7:00-7:15 AM, during 2nd lunch, and at 2:05 PM

Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28, the price of tickets will be increased to $45. The tickets will be sold at:

  • Monday, April 24 – Thursday, April 27, at 2:05 PM
  • Friday, April 28, at at 7:00-7:15 AM, during 2nd lunch, and at 2:05 PM

The week that will be different is the week of prom. The tickets will be avalible for $55 on:

  • Monday, May 1, at 2:05 PM
  • Tuesday, May 2, at 7:00 – 7:15 AM, during 2nd lunch, and at 2:05 PM

Make sure to remember to buy your tickets as soon as possible! Not only will this help you, but it will help us, the prom committee, as well.

– Anyone age 21 and above may not attend prom.
– If you are bringing anyone that does not attend our school, then you will have to go to Ms. Becker to get a permission form. This form will have to be submitted by May 2.
– Unapproved guests will be turned away, even if they have a paid ticket.

*All attendees must have a photo ID to enter prom.

Spanish Immersion social studies teacher

There are many Spanish Immersion teachers here at Highland, and one of them is Elizabeth Feinstein. Ms. Feinstein is the social studies teacher for the Spanish Immersion program; she teaches 9th grade World History and 10th grade Human Geography. This year is currently her second year teaching at Highland.

Ms. Feinstein started teaching because she likes people and likes being around people a lot. Her favorite thing about teaching is that she gets to see a lot of people everyday.

What she doesn’t enjoy so much, about teaching, is that teaching can be a lot of work and stressful.

I then asked her what she liked most about Highland, to which she replied that she really liked the level of school spirit. She doesn’t have anything she dislikes about Highland.

Some of her hobbies outside of school is doing any outdoor activities, and watching T.V. She likes being outside and doing activities outside of the home.