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[Mar. 12th, 2006|02:22 pm]
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Hello! º( ^_^) My name's Katie... I got in the lottery for CAHS and I'm going there this coming year.. I'm really excited. What's it like? What languages does CAHS teach? What's the student diversity like? Is there a student exchange program? Anything I really should know?...

Okay, well, I think I'm done making myself known... If I have any more questions I'll ask. <(^_~ ) Nyahahaha.... °( >w>)°
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[User Picture]From: alita42
2006-03-13 12:45 am (UTC)

Yay for soaring above the mundane!

Wow. I'm glad you posted, but you may not know that most of us are alumni. I started this community in a very nostalgic mood and generally it's used to talk about random nostalgia and encounters with Mr. Tracy.
That said, I'd be happy to tell you what I know about the current CAHS. Despite having lost numerous wonderful teachers to a vicious and nasty principal (Hairy Badger, we called her), I'm sure it still attracts the same offbeat intellectuals. It is a school for nerds. It will always be a school for nerds. All different kinds of nerds. Slacker nerds, honor student nerds, weed-smoking nerds. But they're all nerdy about something. Even if they haven't found that something yet, they remain nerdy. You may not really understand this until you get there (slacker nerds? wtf?), but it remains true.
Anyway, there's the International Bacheloreate program that I don't know shit about except that it completely divided the faculty and ruined the proper dynamic of teachers vs. administration.
I'm sure, however, that the Advanced Placement program is better than most, but I'm also sure it wasn't what it once was. I blame Hairy Badger and her IB program for it. Others here probably know more about it than I do, though.
When I was at CAHS, they taught Spanish, French, Latin, German, and Russian. There was a severe imbalance between them, though. There were three Spanish teachers and one French teacher who, though I love Mr. OG, he was kind of a flake. The languages that are most likley not to be there are German and Russian. I think they were taught by the same teacher and I haven't heard anything about her since I left so I have no idea if she's still there or not. Just don't count on them at this point.
About diversity, I have no idea what the actual ratio is, but it always seemed like a 60/40% minority to majority ratio. I may have heard that from somewhere but I may be making it up. Politically, though, just don't stand up in class and say you're against Affirmitive Action or you will get jumped. Not really, but people will get pretty angry with you. It's a very liberal school, though at times with issues like homosexuality (a pretty hot issue when most of us were in school), students and some teachers (those three who aren't gay) can get surprisingly conservative.
I suggest googling Columbus Alternative for more information, but they're not exactly known for updating their website when something happens. There are certain teachers I'd recommend, but I have no idea if they're still there or not.
From the Totoro icon and the emoticons, I'm going to assume you're an anime fan. When I entered CAHS, I was a beginning anime fan and immediately joined the anime club I later co-convened my senior year. I was unfortunately forced to leave the club in the hands of an idiot and I have no idea how it turned out, so there might still be an anime club for you, but it's been so long it might have simply disbanded.
Anything else you should know? hmm... Do you know, yet, that you will work harder and learn more than you ever have? Do you know that Hairy Badger is a racist moron, and is to be completely ignored about pretty much everything?
Anyway, I hope my friends have stuff to add to this. I'm now a senior in college, so I'm kind of out of touch, of course, so are most people on this community. I hope this helps, though!
Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: pickypocky
2006-03-21 08:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Yay for soaring above the mundane!

Oh, yeah, haha! I kind of guesed that when I read some of your previous posts. Heh-heh!!
Oooh, a school for nerds, eh? Well, I'll fit right in, then!!! I'm pretty much a mixture-nerd.... Drama-nerd, anime-nerd, honor-roll-nerd, and all-around-GORGEOUS-nerd, ne?
-STRIKEAPOSE- º( >w<)º~happyhappydancingtime!~
^^Proof of nerdiness^^
Ahem.

Anyway. Languages. The one I most want to take is Japanese, but I didn't expect them to have that. ^_^ Latin sounds fun... So does Russian, but now I'm a little wary of the teacher, lol! Heh-heh... Anyway, I'll just have to wait and see, ne?

So the 60/40 minority/majority ratio means that... There're less white people than not? lol... um, yeah, I'm sort of confused. Anyway, either way you look at it, that's good!! :D I don't want to go to an all-white shcool, that'd be boring. Or an all-ANYTHING school, for that matter. |||( >___>)

What's Affirmative Action? Anyway, I'm pretty open. I'm not very conservative... I support homosexuality—though when I REALLY think about it, it sort of grosses me out, but in all honesty so does thinking deeply about what happens between a man and a woman, in the end. XD so I guess I'm still pretty immature. But I know as much to figure out that I'm straight. lol.

Yeah, I've checked their website many times and it's never updated. =___=||| I'll Google it then... Or, should I GIZOOGLE it?.... Hmm. I must ponder.

Nyahaha. Exactly. I'm a HUGE animaniac...
-laughs as she remembers the TV show, nyahaha-
Anime fan, anyway. ^_^ Oh God, and ANIME CLUB?! Dude, sign me up!... O____O
~happyhappydancingtime!~ ~again!~
If it's not there anymore, I'll try to start it!!! :D Yay!

That's too bad, about being forced to leave. I hate when things like that happen... Although I can't honestly say it's ever happened to me, but... Ahem. Ahem. Cough.

Well, I think I DO need to work hard, as I'm really not doing so at the moment... I really need to challenge myself, and from what you said I can tell CAHS will do that for me. ^___^ I'm looking foward to it in a way, but I'm sure that'll stop once I start. XD
...How is she a racist moron? O.o

Thank you so much!! This really did help, I'm glad I've been able to hear all this before I start!!!! Thanks a bunch!!! (>o< )<333
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[User Picture]From: alita42
2006-03-22 04:28 am (UTC)

Re: Yay for soaring above the mundane!

Sometimes people forget how old they were when they started learning things like what Affirmative Action is. Sorry. It occured to me that I probably didn't learn about it until after I got to CAHS. I didn't really learn much of anything in middle school.
Affirmative Action is a law that requires employers and public schools to employ or admit a certain number of minorities (though it extends to the admission of women as well). It ensures diversity in the school and the workplace. Admittedly, there are problems with it, but the incident I was actually referring to was when this boy (who happens to be black), stood up in class and argued against it. The irony here is that he wouldn't be at CAHS without Affirmative Action, which is the exact reason why the rest of the class stood up and yelled at him. It was in American Humanities junior year with Ms. Saunders, Mr. Fawcett, and Mr. Tracy. Great class. Kind of a trip though.
What I meant about being forced to leave was that, as a president of the club and a graduating senior, I had to leave control of the club to an idiot boy who liked crappy anime. I was only forced to leave because I was done and had to go to college.
Oh yeah, heh, the thing about Hairy Badger is that she used to work in one of the suburban schools and one of the students quoted her (when she was working there) as having called CAHS "elitist." I heard about that the summer before she came. But the incident in particular that I was thinking of (because who could forget?) was my graduation. Before the students even come in and sit down, she gets on stage and, essentialy, yells at the parents. She declares that there would be no loud whooping or cheering for the students and there will be no applause between the announcing of students. She talked all about making this graduation "civilized" and "orderly." It was obvious, at least to the parents that she was referring to enthusiasm characteristic of black culture. They booed her. They yelled as loudly as possible for every single kid. Kids they'd never heard of, they whooped and hollared screamed a name they didn't know. Hairy Badger interrupted twice to yell at them AGAIN. Sorry, yo, you just don't yell at parents who are that proud of their kids. It's just plain stupid.
So, yeah, basically ignore anything she says.

And, umm... it's kind of obvious that you'd want to study Japanese. I go to a school that has a special exchange program with Tokyo and Waseda Universities, so there's always a large chunk of our school that is Japanese as well as a huge chunk who is obsessed with anything Japanese. There are so many people who come there for the Japanese/Japanese studies program and a lot of them are really just anime fans. I'm not belittling anime fans (hell, I am one), I'm saying that Japanese language, history, literature, and culture are all different things. It's easy to have an interest in one and not the others. Within the anime world there seems (or it did when I was your age) to be this idea that you're more knowledgable or more cool if you know more about Japan and their language. Bullshit. Watch some Kurosawa movies and if they interest you, then maybe this path makes sense. If not, then maybe it is just anime that catches your interest and not everything Japanese. I'm really just passing on some good advice that actually, many Japanese Studies majors would have done well to have found out long before they declared. If you like anime, that's awesome, but it doesn't mean you'll like the Japanese language. By all means try it out, but don't put yourself in the position to stick with it until you're sure you're dedicated to it. That's all. Old fogey is gonna shut up now.
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[User Picture]From: pickypocky
2006-04-15 11:31 pm (UTC)

Re: Yay for soaring above the mundane!

GYAH, this took me forever to reply to, I'm such a procrastinator... O__O When I last posted, I was 13, and now... -shakes head- I'm 14. GAH!~
Anyway.

Ah, okay, I get it now. lol. Yeah, I'm not really like that... From what you TELL me of Affirmative Action, it sounds like I'd support it. But yeah, anyway.. >.>

lol, okay, I'll take that into consideration. XD That really sucks, with the graduation thing. Good for those parents, I'd've been cheering right along with them if I was there!! XD I mean, relaly. It's your kid's GRADUATION. Who would deny someone pride in their own child? It's idiotic. O.o

Oh...well, I mean, that IS the reason I STARTED wanting to learn Japanese—anime and manga, I mean. But lately I've become more and more interested in more of the culture and just the language itself... And the history's really interesting, as well, and I'm not too keen on history in general. I think... I think I just MAINLY want to learn more about the world in general. They teach us a lot about OUR society at my school—our CATHOLIC society—but not much else. We're learning American history, and I want to learn MORE—I want to know the WORLD. And I firgured, I ought to start one step at a time. I'm into Japanese stuff at the moment (gyahaha, I'm eating Japanese sugar star thingies I bought at North Market, at the moment... HYPERRUSH, NYAHAHA, HERE I COME!). Next it may be Indian, or Chinese, or Spanish—who knows? I just know that NOW, and THIS MOMENT, I want to learn as much as I can about Japan, and I think this feeling will last until I achieve this goal of mine. Which would probably start by learning the language a bit.

Though, admittedly, it would be awesome to know the language for anime purposes. lol.

Hey, what school do you go to, anyway?
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[User Picture]From: alita42
2006-04-16 08:47 pm (UTC)

Re: Yay for soaring above the mundane!

I go to Earlham College. It's a small, Quaker, liberal arts school in Richmond, Indiana. I'm glad you are genuinely interested in Japanese language because it takes a hell of a lot of dedication. Kanji are the worst! Good luck! (Oh yeah, and you'll get to learn a lot more about the world in your 9th grade humanities class!)

Yay for the North Market. My mother owns a bakery called Omega Artisan Baking in the North Market. It's such a great place to hang out and there's always wonderful food to be had. My CAHS friends and I used to have lunch there sometimes and then wander around downtown and the Short North. I miss Columbus. Richmond sucks.
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[User Picture]From: pickypocky
2006-04-17 05:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Yay for soaring above the mundane!

Oh.. I've never heard of that school before.. But then again, pretty much none of the schools that are sending my sister letters, have I ever heard of. '>->

Haha. >.< I expected it to be hard. I mean, it's a totally different form of grammar, isn't it? When you really think about it, the grammar of the English language is relatively berserk. And the linguistics and everything — I can't imagine what it would be like to have to learn our language. ( O . O)
Plus, add in the characters (and the different FORMS of characters), and — well, lets just say I know it won't be easy. At all. But I still want to learn it. ^-^ Thanks! ^_~

Oh, that's good. I just feel...cramped. Like my social studies teacher doesn't want us to know any other points of view apart from that of the American people in general, and the Catholics in general. Okay, so yes, I know I'm Catholic, but I'm still allowed to think for myself, and look through other's eyes. I want to understand why things happen. That's not what I'm learning here. I mean, I'm GRATEFUL for what my teachers do for me, and what they teach me, because I DO need to know all of this. And my English teacher's really good at trying to open our eyes. It's just my one teacher... my Social Studies/Religion teacher... that seems to think we should be closed into our own little Catholic Americans society. =____=|||
Anyways, I'm breaking out this year, so chya, I get to LEARN!!!! x3

Haha!! I LOVE North Market. If they let me, I'd live there. *.*
...I think I've seen your mom's shop-thingy there!! I've not gone to it yet, but yeah. ^-^
Aw. -pets- I guess I take Columbus for granted, ne? I mean, I seem to think it's pretty boring.. but when I really think about it, there's a lot you can do here. There's North Market, Easton, the Ohio and Palace Theatres, and lots more. (I'm not mentioning COSI... It sucks now. =__=|| I liked the OLD COSI, from when I was a kid... Like the dump truck ride, that dumped you out. XD That was awesome.)
Haha, my sister and I got lost on the bus on the way down there. xD We ended up on Cleveland Avenue, in front of the waasteland where the Timken plant used to be, and it scared the heck out of me. O__O We ended up taking 4, rather than 2, buses to get down to Spruce street... >___> Nyarch.
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[User Picture]From: lamia_twin
2006-03-13 07:41 am (UTC)
alita, the maintainer of the community, is my best friend. We graduated the same year and everything. I think her little story up there is fairly on point. I mean, for us, that's what we've most recently heard and remember CAHS to be like.

You'll most likely get along with everyone from your grade level, cause you do a lot together anyway. Projects and such. I knew the first names and most last names of everyone in my grade level and could talk to each of them without fear or anything. I've heard the theater department got kinda crappy after we left, but that used to be the biggest thing there, might still be. You'll most likely make a good set of friends at this school, I did. So, just enjoy everything, go to all the school events, cause, well, you won't want to miss a second. Funny stuff happens.

Oh, and its a great place to be yourself, so relax.
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[User Picture]From: alita42
2006-03-13 09:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, definitely relax.
Where do you go to middle school? Lamia and I also went to middle school together and it was kind of a shock coming to CAHS from where we went. Off beat people like us were cool, and not outcasted like we'd been in middle school. People will like you whoever you are. You always have a niche at CAHS.
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[User Picture]From: pickypocky
2006-03-21 06:29 pm (UTC)
^_^ Well, last year I went to Wedgewood (this is actually it's last year, it's closing after the school year is over. Probably because of the whole principal scandal... did you hear about it? O__O With the drinking and provacative dances in the principal's office? XD Ew ew ew ew ew....ew. *shudder*), but this year I switched back to the school I'd gone to since kindergarten, a K-8 Catholic school, Trinity Elementary. It's really boring here. =_______=||| People are so prejudice, and they all thought I was crazy for going to a public school and high school. Well, nuts to them.

That's good to know, too!! Wow, I'm very relieved, phew. (Haha!)
I'm sort of like that... Like, most people don't understand me. XD I'm a huge anime fan... And I'm relatively strange. XD Most the people I know (except for a few friends from last year) are NOT like that; they're very conformist and closed-minded.
So I'm excited to hear that CAHS isn't much like that!!! o(^w^ )o
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[User Picture]From: pickypocky
2006-03-21 06:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, okay, thank you! That's good to know... I'm nervous about going to high school, I really am. [I'm sure everyone feels this way when they first go in, right? (^_^')] But I AM really excited, and it's good to hear what you just said.

Thank you so much! ^_^
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[User Picture]From: funnyfuzzybunny
2006-03-13 08:17 am (UTC)
I graduated the year after alita and lamia, but i on the whole enjoyed my experience at cahs. i did have a fairly bitter experience my last year with the theater department, which i had a great love for. i have a lot of issues with CG, who i heard is divorsed and is ms. cordie now. and with the loss of i think all of my favorite teachers i dont believe its the same school i went to. my little brother started this year as a senior there, but then elected to do the internet school thing for second semester. he did it for a variety of reasons one being that he didnt enjoy school there, he is a very different person than me so i dont know how true that is. all and all i know it has changed a lot and i dont know if its any better for it.

i took latin at cahs, i really loved it, but the teacher i had left. the new teacher i heard is good, but different. i'd say not to take german or russian. i took russian for a semster and the teacher who taught it was horrible. she also teaches russian. if she's not there any more i'd imagine there wont be anymore russian, and possibly no german. they're just not popular languages.

the summer reading at cahs is crazy. start early and keep up with it, or you'll spend your last weeks of summer doing nothing but homework. it's not unheard of to have 30 pages of work to turn in the first day of school.

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[User Picture]From: alita42
2006-03-13 09:27 am (UTC)
Did you take Russian or German? Oulanoff also teaches German. I can't remember if Jojo liked her or not (she having taken both, I think...), do you?
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[User Picture]From: funnyfuzzybunny
2006-03-14 06:37 am (UTC)
i took russian. jojo only took german but she took it through AP. i never heard anyone say they liked oulanoff. i found her thoroughly confusing. when she'd ask a question i'd be confused on what she was asking. and with the tiny classes it was particularily unnerving. there were only 5 students in my russian class.
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[User Picture]From: pickypocky
2006-03-21 06:51 pm (UTC)
Hm... well, I guess I'll just have to wait and see, ne? ^_^
Okay... Hmm, I've always wanted to take Latin! ^_^ The language I most want to take is Japanese, but apparently they don't have it. Haha!! Alright, great, thank you for this advice!!
Oh, wow. Okay, thank you, that's good to know!! O____O I'm normally a procrastinator (haha), so I'm really going to start working on that... Haha, wow.....
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