Teacup Poodle Protects Laptop to Defend Student from Separation Anxiety
Originally published in the Arnold Post, Spring 2011
By: Rachelle Preston, Arnold High School, Class of 2011
I was always overjoyed for another school year to be over. As a senior, this was my very last year to clean out my locker, erase all
stray marks from my textbooks and finally turn in my school issued laptop… And then I was suddenly struck with fear. I was going
to lose my laptop.
Several things ran through my head at this point. One: This computer has been with me for four years. I was completely unprepared
to lose all of my pictures, music, etc. Two: I have to hide somewhere with my computer so that they cannot take my computer away.
I thought about jumping in my car and running away with my laptop. I thought about leaving my laptop at home on check out day
and tell the tech director that my docile, killer teacup poodle ate it, like homework. I knew that I didn’t have the guts to actually steal
something, so I resorted to hiding in a closet in the school for awhile.
I sat with my laptop in the dark closet for almost twenty minutes before I took it out of my backpack. I traced the apple on the top of
it and watched it light up as I opened it. The background was a picture that I set. The smudges on the keyboard fit my hands and
fingers. It had a ‘Sticky’ on the screen, several actually, that I made of my classes and things to do. This was MY computer. As
silly as it may sound, I talked to it. “Well, old friend, you have treated me well. I don’t know what I will do without you…”
Unfortunately, the closet I chose was owned by my tech director. She opened door and saw me sitting in her closet. After a look of
confusion she sighed and sat down beside me on the floor of the closet.
“May I ask what you are doing?” she asked. I said nothing and hugged my laptop to my chest.
“You know,” she said with encouragement, “it’s going to be okay. Your computer will find another owner who treats it just as well
as you do. We will find her a good home, maybe in computer lab or something, where the cords are fresh, and the chairs swivel.
It will be treated very nice… And anyway, you’re the last senior so I need your laptop, please and thank you.”
I looked at her with her hand out. Her eyes looked very promising, and so I closed the top, trace the apple one more time with my
hands, and finally with reluctance handed her MY laptop.
Later that night, I was sitting in my room, looking at the desk that I used to set my computer on. I did not know how to proceed
without my beautiful, white Apple laptop. Right now, my computer and I would be enjoying several Youtube videos, creeping on
people’s Facebook, and finishing up a 16-page government assignment. Separation anxiety was not an understatement at this
point. I needed my computer.
After a few days, I was feeling very low and empty. I would drive by the park and remember how my computer and I loved to swing.
Or the beautiful landscape pictures that I edited in iPhoto. I missed my computer. Just as I thought that maybe life would be okay
without my laptop, my father called. He told me that in a few days he would be coming home for my graduation reception, and that
he had a present for me: a MacBook Pro… I was nervous at first, wondering if I would be able to fully devote myself to this new
computer. Could I handle the upgrade?! But when I received it, it was love at first sight. The silver with black keys, the zooming
speed, and the crystal clear screen. And so my relationship with Apple computers recommences, and I am proud to report that
my computer and I are very happy together.
Want My Mac Back
Originally published in the Redbird Buzz, Spring 2008
By Alexis Schwarz, Senior
For My Closest Companion
Originally published in the Redbird Buzz, Spring 2008
By M.C. Howard
It’s been a long year together darlin’. We’ve been virtually inseparable ever since I first met you. I know it’s only been a short
amount of time, but I think I love you.It’s going to be a long summer without you. I’m going to miss your smell, the way you know
all my songs by hard drive.
Sure we’ve had our little hiccups, like when you wouldn’t play my CD, or when I left you overnight at Connor’s house, but we got
Remember the time you rode the whole way to Lincoln on my lap? Or when I left you on the bus during that trip to Denver? Now
I wonder what I’m going to do without you.
You always remind me when my homework is due. And even more, you always help me do it. I don’t know how I’d have gotten
through junior year without you. Research assignments, English projects, teacher blogs, math homework; you’ve been a critical
It’s going to be a long summer without you, but laptop, I’ll never forget you. And your memory will stay with me like a scar. You
can’t break my heart, it melted when I met you.
AHS Students Deal With Separation Anxiety
Originally published in the Redbird Buzz, Spring 2007
By Alexis Schwarz, Sophomore
At the beginning of the school year, every high school student at APS received their very own laptop. The students received
backpacks that are specially made for laptops. They tow them around everywhere they go. The student and the laptop are
inseparable for the two semesters they are in school.
It’s time to prepare to have a little bit of separation anxiety because over the summer, the high school students at APS will
suddenly be “computerless”… yes, “computerless.”
Over the summer, Mrs. Nicole Badgley, the tech coordinator, will completely wipe the student computers out including movies,
music, and all documents. In order to save all the work that you want kept for next school year, you need to synch all of your
important documents before you hand in the laptop in for the summer.
Once the kids leave the school for the break, the computers will be updated with newer programs and make sure that all
of the computers are in working condition; although minor lines in the screens will not be replaced.
This year was the first year that all the 9-12 students had their own computers. “I tried not to set big goals for this year because
I didn’t want to push people to the point of being uncomfortable. Now that we have gone a year, next year’s goals are going to be
bigger and better, ” said Badgley.
At the end of the year, there is going to e a survey given to all of the high school students asking questions about the laptop
program. BAdgley will then analyze the data and hopefully find out what areas the students need to work on to fulfill the students’
Goals have already started being set like trying to extend and improve writing skills. Also, they are trying to move to a natural
integration so that technology is natural and not a second thought.
The laptops have had a very positive impact on the students learning at Arnold High School. Without them, the students
would have limits on their educational resources; with the computers, the sky is the limit.