Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A special Fraternity

Today we had sweeps. Most of you I'm glad to say were appropriately dressed and were on time. However, there were some who were not. And the overriding comments I heard, (other than you're tripping) were why all the new rules? and Why are we being so strict?

Let me answer it in two parts. #1 the rules aren't new. #2 It's because you deserve it.

You deserve to be in a school that cares about the way you dress and present yourself. You deserve to be in a school that cares whether you are in class learning so you can finish this 4 year road and graduate. You deserve to be in a school, that when you look around at your peers you see success.

You deserve to hold your head up high and walk down the street and say "I'm a Bruin." "I'm part of the Bruin Excellence."

You belong to a special Fraternity. This Fraternity goes back to 1972. Some of your parents and Granparents went here. Mr. K went here. I went here, (Best Class 1990)

Don't let the past, or any negative comments dictate what your High School experience will be like. People out there don't know what is going on in your school. Just because they had a bad experience in the past that's not your present. Their low expectations are not yours or ours for that matter. Prove them wrong.

If you ever listen to one of Mr. K's speeches it always has this message "You deserve the same as everyone else." And by that he means the same high expectations that Any Private, Catholic, or High achieving school has for their students.

I had it. He had it. Some of your teachers that graduated from here had it. And we are not only trying to have you have it, we are trying to raise the bar higher so one day you could tell your kids about your Fraternity. And how you would not send them anywhere else but here. Because they Deserve The Bruin Excellence.


  1. Can we start something at Bonnabel having to do with sororieties frats. here that would be very fun.

  2. I feel like I'm insane. Am I the only person that does not think these rules are strict? Some seem silly and arbitrary, but I have never thought of Bonnabel as some sort of fascist schooling camp.

    Also, I feel like the only student, except possibly miss valedictorian, who HATES teachers who don't teach. Example: I love Ms. Gwen Leonhard, because-- guess what?-- she TEACHES. Sure, she wanders slightly within the topic, but it's somewhat related to the class.

    Every other student I talk to hates this about her. They like teachers that don't even get to the topic itself. Why? How does this make sense? If you don't want to learn, take regular classes. Drop from High School. Don't complain because a teacher does their job. And DO complain when you 'don't do anything in her class', as with several other teachers, because YOU'RE the one who is going to suffer.

    I am as lazy as they come, but even I'm disgusted by the attitudes of these children sometimes.

    Also, the jukebox is annoying. I want the old tables back, I keep tripping on the metal bars of these.

    -Chloe Gauthier

  3. Brandi, How far do you want to go with this? I believe if done right this can be a very positive thing for our school. The way that I envision this is something along these lines... let me know if this is what you are thinking. First thing you are going to need is talk to a teacher who is willing to sponsor the Frat/sor. Next you need to do some research into a Current Frat/Sor in one of our nearby universities. Find one that is service oriented and very successful academically. They might be willing to become mentors for your frat/sor. Once you have that stablished you need bylaws that you and your members will adhere to then you could strt recruiting. I believe the right type of individual can pull this through.

  4. Lorien,
    Believe me when I tell you, you are not the only one. I recently had a conversation with a 55-60 year old EJ Warrior. He was telling me about his teachers and his days in high school. He claimed to be an average student. Kept his head down and did what he was told. But he remembered the only time he went to the principal's office. It was his senior year.

    He had this teacher who came in and just gave him and his classmates worksheets and notes to copy in his notebook. The first day the teacher came in and said, "You leave me alone, I leave you alone." At the end of the year, the teacher asked for the notebooks. The warrior said no.

    He wasn't going to hand over the notebook. He did the work, it was his work. The teacher hadn't taught him anything except how to waste an hour of his life for the past 9 months. He was angry as he was saying this because he felt cheated. Needless to say he went to see the Principal, the Principal rubbed his head (this must be a principal trait) and asked,

    "You're a senior?


    "This is the only thing keeping you from graduating?"


    "The notebook?"



    "Get out of my office! And Give him the stupid Notebook! I don't want to see you in my office again or I'll personally ring your neck!"

    The old warrior laughed as he recalled the Principal's anger. But then he went solemn, and said, "I didn't know how to tell him it wasn't the notebook that was keeping me from graduating. It was the lack of knowledge that I left that class with, that kept me from graduating."

    It amazed me that after all these years this ex-student remembered that incident so vividly, and so passionately. So I don't doubt the fact that students who are passionate about learning feel cheated when teachers don't teach. But what's harder to believe is students who we might not think they care really feel just as strongly as you do.

    After the old warrior shared his story, I shared how the Mighty Bruins were going to crush his team this week.