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The History of Valentine’s Day
Valentine's Day is a very widespread date in several countries around the world, It's celebration does not only have to do with commercial reasons, as many people believe. It has an origin. According to Catholic history, in the 3rd century in Rome, Emperor Claudius II prohibited marriages because he needed soldiers in his army and if they had families, they were not willing to die for their country. For this reason, he preferred that they not have anyone waiting for them at home, except for their parents who were old. Valentin, an opposition priest, decided not to follow the rules of the letter and secretly invited couples to get married. Many young couples began to idolize him until his death in the year 270, after being discovered and sentenced to death by Claudius II. His death took place on February 14, therefore, that day the patron saint of lovers is worshiped in gratitude for celebrating love and affection, and years later he was canonized.

READ MORE ABOUT VALENTINES IN OUR LIFESTYLE PAGE!

 

Dress Code  - What do you think?

Dress code is a contrversaal topic that a majority of students disagree with. We asked some of our journalism students what they think.

Check out this video and see both sides of the issue. 

Ninety-three percent of school districts have dress codes or policies on what students wear to school. School and district administrators said the policies promote safety and security for students. Prohibitions against hats or scarves, for instance, allow educators identify who is a student and who is not. More than 90 percent of those dress codes, however, prohibit clothing typically associated with girls, commonly banning clothing items such as “halter or strapless tops,” “skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh,” and “yoga pants or any type of skin tight attire,” the report says. Many of those policies, for example, prohibit clothing that exposes a student’s midriff. About a quarter of them specifically bar the exposure of “cleavage,” “breasts,” or “nipples,” which are aimed at female students. Almost 69 percent prohibit items typically associated with boys, such as “muscle tees” and “sagging pants.” “My girls definitely feel anger towards the school for not educating the boys and making [the girls] aware every day what they wear can be a distraction to the boys,” the report quotes an unnamed parent in one district as saying. Some parents told researchers the policies promote consistency with values their children learn at home.Other policies fall heavily on students from racial or cultural groups that have traditionally been in the minority, according to the report. More than 80 percent of districts, for example, ban head coverings such as hats, hoodies, bandanas, and scarves, but only one-third of these dress codes specify that they allow religious exemptions, and a few include cultural or medical exemptions. Fifty-nine percent also contain rules about students’ hair, hairstyles, and hair coverings, which may disproportionately impact Black students, according to researchers and the district officials that GAO staff interviewed. For example, 44 percent of districts with dress codes ban hair wraps, with some specifically naming drugs, which are popular among African Americans for protecting curls or kinky hair, or other styles of hair wraps. The report also cites dress codes with rules specific to natural, textured hair, which disproportionately affect Black students. For example, one district prohibited hair with “excessive curls” and another stated that “hair may be no deeper than two inches when measured from the scalp,” according to the report.

Dress code biased ?
I think dress code is biased because its more directed towards girls. There’s more rules about girls and how they present themselves like most of the rules are you can’t wear crop tops, your shirt has to meet your pants, your tank tops have to be 2 fingers or more, your jean rips have to past your fingertips, shoulders must be covered, I feel most of those are aimed towards girls. The only thing that’s really pointed towards boys is the hats/hoodies and sagging but still even with those rules I feel teachers don’t tell them anything. I’ve seen lots of boys wearing hats and they don’t get told anything and with sagging I’ve seen so many boys with their pants practically falling off because of how low they have it and they always HAVE to show their underwear. They even wear a belt and still sag and I think especially with tank tops with the big holes on the side that boys wear they literally show their WHOLE chest. I agree with the crop tops to not be so short, it looks like a bra but the shirt HAVING to meet your pants I think is really unfair because boys have all these privileges but girls get told to change because it’s a distraction. There are some girls who go over board with the crop tops, the rips in the jeans, and the short skirts/shorts but I think it’s unfair to put practically everything that girls wear is on the dress code I think it’s unfair because there’s little to no rules for boys and the rules that are there for them they still don’t get told anything but for girls it’s a “distraction” and “inappropriate” and I think especially girls that are thicker I’ve seen so many girl with the SAME pants and shit and only the girl that’s thicker would get dress coded because of her body type because she had more body than the other girl maybe because she had a bigger chest and bigger thighs than the other girls I feel most teachers target girls with thicker body types because the clothes either fit them better or tighter than other girls.

Opinion on Dress Codes at our school from a male perspective:
Jonathan Chairez
Dress codes have been a huge discussion topic, sparking debates. While discussions often focus
on the female perspective, it’s crucial to consider the male perspective. The DHS Student
Handbook clearly has more policies for girls rather than boys. The girl’s policy is no revealing
attire, low cut blouses/shirts, blouse straps must be at least 1 inch in width, shoulders must be
covered and no short skirts. The boy’s policy is no gang, satanic, obscene attire, images and/or
language showing use of, or possession of illegal drugs, inappropriate activity, or alcoholic
beverages is strictly forbidden, and pants/trousers should not be worn above the hips (no
sagging).
In my opinion, the school’s dress code does not affect me as much. As a boy, I regularly wear
appropriate attire according to the dress code policy. When students (boys and girls) are
disciplined because of how they are dressed, class time is lost for a five-minute hallway lecture,
20 minutes to search through a bin of appropriate clothes, or even a full day suspension. ISS and
lunch detention is a consequence as well. At our school “Deming High” majority of girls are
flagged/punished for their clothing.

Dress Code
School dress codes are policies established by educational institutions to regulate students' attire during school hours. These codes often aim to create a learning environment that is focused, safe, and free from distractions. In many cases, school dress codes prescribe modest and neat clothing choices, discouraging clothing items that may be deemed inappropriate or disruptive to the educational process. This can include restrictions on clothing with offensive language or images,
revealing attire, or accessories that may pose safety concerns. Furthermore, school dress codes are designed to promote a sense of equality among students by minimizing socio-economic differences that may arise from varying clothing styles. While the specifics of dress codes can vary widely between schools, the underlying goal is typically to foster a positive and inclusive atmosphere that supports the educational mission of the institution. It's important for students
and parents to be familiar with their school's dress code to ensure compliance and contribute to a positive school environment.

NATONAL HONOR SOCIETY

DHS Student Council:

Gold stars all around! Our Student Council has been named Student Council of the Year. Hip, hip, hooray!

Let's scrapbook our way to victory! The Student Council secured 1st place for the Scrapbook of the Year Delegates Choice. Say cheese!

Projects, projects, projects! The Student Council snagged 2nd place for Project of the Year - Project Connection and 3rd place for Project of the Year - Environmental Awareness. Way to make a difference!

*Pictures coming soon!

  • Archery Club:
    Ashlynn McGinnis: What a sharpshooter! Ashlynn has nailed three consecutive 1st place wins and four season 1st place victories. Watch out, Robin Hood!
    Kendrick Rodriguez: Taking aim and hitting the mark! Kendrick snagged 3rd place at the Albq. City Championship. Bullseye!

MESA:
This past month Deming High School's MESA team went to Albuquerque to the Annual Governor's Challenge to present their interactive community playground. They were interviewed by KOB4 and presented to Meta, PNM, Pattern Energy, and other corporations. In the end they were sponsored by Meta (Facebook)! Nice job Mesa!

Starbucks Sued for Allegedly Using Coffee from Farms with Labor Abuses.
Jonathan Chairez
Starbucks, the biggest coffee company in the world, is being sued by a consumer advocacy group for misleading advertising. The group claims that Starbucks sources its tea and coffee from farms that violate labor laws and human rights, despite Starbucks claims of ethical sourcing. The massive coffee franchise is accused of deceiving the public by publicizing its "100% ethical" sourcing commitment on its coffee and tea products. However, its sources from suppliers with
severe human rights and labor abuses. The case was filed in a Washington, D.C. court on behalf of American consumers.  According to Greenberg, the lawsuit intends to stop Starbucks from making similar claims in the future, especially considering its "Committed to 100% Ethical Coffee Sourcing" advertisement.
"We are aware of the lawsuit, and plan to aggressively defend against the asserted claims that Starbucks has misrepresented its ethical sourcing commitments to customers," stated a Starbucks spokesperson. They said in a previous statement, "We actively engage with farms to ensure they adhere to our standards, and we take allegations like these extremely seriously."

Leap Year
Leap years only happen once every four years or so and it is usually known as February 29th. So, you are thinking why leap years are a thing that happens? The reason for leap years is simply because it takes 365.25 days (about 1 year) to orbit the earth. Because the .25 is there it leads to us having a leap year every 4 years. All calendars are made and when leap years happen the calendars make sure to mark it. The occasional 366th day is a cool thing and I feel like being born on that day would be rather annoying but also a good thing in some ways. Leap years actually don't occur exactly every four years, but this is in fact not true. Yes, that is the easiest way to see it but it is not the total truth. The reason for leap years is because if he ignored that .25 that the earth takes to orbit after about 700 years the seasons will began to drift. Instead of getting summer in July, we would start getting summer in July. The mathematical logic to getting a leap year every four years is if it is devisable by 100 and not 400, the leap year will be skipped. But we
will not skip a leap year until the year 2100. Leap years keep us at the right time and help us make sure that there will not be any seasonal time changes like summer in December.

History of Presidents Day – Kiley Ziller
The federal holiday honoring Washington was
implemented by an Act of Congress in 1879 for
government offices in Washington and expanded in 1885
to include all federal offices. Presidents’ Day is
celebrated on the third Monday in February. It was
established in 1885 in honor of George Washingtons
birthday. His birthday in on February 22, 1732, which he
would be 291 years old.

India’s Supreme Court orders 11 men
convicted of murder and gang rape to return to jail after early release

By Sioney Amaya
India’s top court on Monday reversed a state government’s decision to
release 11 men convicted of gang-raping a pregnant Muslim woman during
Hindu-Muslim riots in 2002, and ordered for them to be sent back to jail.
The men were part of a Hindu mob sentenced to life in prison for the gang
rape of Bilkis Bano, who was 21 years old and pregnant at the time. The same
mob killed 14 members of her family, including her 3-year-old daughter.
They were released in August 2022 after serving 14 years of their sentence
following a decision made by an advisory panel set up by the Gujarat state
government, which is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP). But on Monday, India’s Supreme Court quashed that decision and ordered the men to report back to prison authorities within two weeks.
The Gujarat government was “lacking in competency” to pass the remission
orders as the trial and sentencing happened in Maharashtra state, the court
ruled. The court slammed the Gujarat government for abusing its
discretionary powers in releasing the 11 convicts without authority.
Bano welcomed the ruling saying she “wept tears relief”.
“I have smiled for the first time in over a year and half. I have hugged my
children. It feels like a stone the size of a mountain has been lifted from my
chest, and I can breathe again,” she said in a statement.
When the convicts were released on remission in August 2022, Bano said she
felt she had “exhausted her reservoir of courage” but she then found strength 
in the solidarity that came her way from thousands of people across the
country.
“You gave me the will to struggle, to rescue the idea of justice not just for me,
but for every woman in India. I thank you,” she said. The move was
celebrated by supporters of Bano, who had decried the men’s release as an
attack not only on Muslims but women’s rights in a country where
government data shows a woman is raped every 17 minutes.


Black History Month
By Sergio Tijerina

Black History month is a celebration of accomplishments of African Americans. This celebration
originated from “Negro History Month” which was created by Historian Carter G. Woodson and
other African Americans in 1962. Carter G. Woodson is known as the father of black history,
Woodson chose February specifically because of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
Black history month was celebrated both in January and February back in the 1970’s. This
celebration used to only be one-week long.
Black History month was recognized by the U.S. government in 1976, President Gerald Ford
wanted people to stop neglecting accomplishments of African Americans. Black History Month
is an opportunity to understand Black histories, going beyond stories of racism and slavery to
spotlight Black achievement. The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century
after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. Since 1976, every
American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific
theme. Black history month is more well respected now a days.

WINTER SPIRIT  WEEK

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DHS Robotics Wins Competition

Article courtesy of Deming Radio

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