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Posted by Chad (+1769) 13 years ago
Here's something I overheard last night that I found to be odd (please bear in mind I have yet to verify this for fact):

1. CCDHS athletes on out of town trips for games typically ride the bus together as a group, Freshmen, JV & Varsity. OK.

2. The district often pays for meals on longer (time or distance) out of town trips. I'd say OK on really long hauls or over nighters.

3. The freshmen teams are often taken out for fast food (McDonald's, Subway, Wendy's, etc.) while the JV and Varsity get to go to the Olive Garden, Johnny Carino's, Apple-bee's. etc.? They actually take the freshmen out while varsity or JV play or warm up. NOT okay.

I can understand saving money at the cheaper place, but why not some equity among teams and coaches- how would you like to be the junk food burger eaters Vs the well rounded meal eaters that get waited on and can order dessert?

As a matter of fact for time and money savings, why not have the athletes bring their own sack lunches or dinners like I did when I was travelling around for sports. Back when I was a kid......here I go again...... that's how it was done. I got up made a lunch, or dinner, threw it in a paper bag, and took care of my own meal. Yes, we were allowed to eat on the bus and we got home earlier as we weren't sitting around eating meals in a restaurant.

I guess I don't have much of a problem eating out, but I do have a problem if there is the inequity in quality of meals. The underclassmen/women athletes require the nutrition and calories that the upperclassmen/women do. Why should they be stuck with fast food and junk food?

If anyone has some insight or info about this please share.
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Posted by Leanne Stewart (+199) 13 years ago
I thought I was the only one that felt this way. I griped about it last year, and someone told me that its been like that forever. What got me was that the JV & Varsity would be eating when the freshman were playing their game. Then the Freshman would go eat. Fine, but then after the Varsity game before they came home, they would stop and get something for the JV & Varsity to eat on the way home but not the Freshman. The Freshman coach would bring snacks with her to pass out at this time. It sounds like we are the only school district around here that stills pay for meals. And from what I hear, it depends on what sport it is, as to what meals you get. I did contact a school board member and told him to watch this post as to how people feel about this.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+15076) 13 years ago
Yes, we certainly need to make sure the misery is spread equally.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17661) 13 years ago
That is extremely lame. Shame on the CCDHS athletic department.
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Posted by Mike Zier (+138) 13 years ago
So what happens when their not playing BC? I bet you theres no Olive Garden or Applebee's in Hardin. How about Glendive? Sidney?

When I was a player I tried to get coach Rohloff to stop at Shotgun Willies after a beatdown we gave Laurel.

He just laughed at me!!! Can you believe that? I was serious
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Posted by Kacey (+3153) 13 years ago
You do know that there has always been another big inequity with CCHS. Consider the fact that the music departments have to raise their own money to feed the kids when they travel. They eat at places like Burger King. I know a whole lot of kids who have gone on with their music and became teachers and performers. See how many of the football players from CCHS are still playing football for a living after school.
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Posted by Bob Netherton (+1886) 13 years ago
I have a feeling that goes on almost everywhere, Kacey. Sports have always ruled - maybe because they generate more income. I think there are people out there who don't give a hoot about music programs or other non-sport extra curricular activities. Make cuts to the music program and you'll get some complaints. Make a cut to the football program and its "Katie bar the door!".
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6170) 13 years ago
Band Geeks Unite! The marching band must take back what is rightfully theirs! What is a football field for but a large group of oddly dressed teenagers running around in pre-determined configurations?! Oh wait. That's the football team. Never mind.
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Posted by Cory Cutting (+1278) 13 years ago
Wasn't there a song about that in the 70's?

I also suggest a constitutional initiative banning freshmen from being allowed the better meals of the seniors. After all, everyone knows that freshmen are second class citizens in high school!

DOWN WITH THE FRESHMEN!!!

[This message has been edited by Cory Cutting (edited 12/9/2008).]
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Posted by Dee (+15) 13 years ago
Our Chorale ensemble has been asked to travel to different parts of the United States to preform but we can't let them out of school for one afternoon to go tape a Christmas special in Billings? Granted they do get to take 4 days off of school in the spring to go on a tour around Montana but still look at all the days the sports kids miss.
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Posted by marciehoff (+201) 13 years ago
My children never played football or basketball but they did play hockey. Their out of town games,or missed school days did count against the 10 day rule.??? But wait..it is a sport isn't it?! I'm willing to bet FFA produces many more farmers/ranchers ag-related professionals than either balls. Yet they are treated at best as second class. Huh. I know it wont change but thought I'd ad my food for your thought.
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Posted by urcrackinmeup (+140) 13 years ago
I wouldn't gripe about the school paying for meals. My kids, at a AA school, have to pay for ALL meals themselves no matter what level team they are on. Varsity does a pregame meal somewhere decent but the kids pay for their own there too. No other sub-varsity teams go anywhere. After the Varsity game, teams usually stop at a Safeway or some grocery store.
This year the activity fee for a kid just to participate in a sport is $60 and you pay for each sport they play. I'd be thrilled if my kids got some free meals. There are some healthy choices at fast food places these days.

Two years ago when my son was playing Varsity basketball, some of the parents got together and organized it so on all away games, they ordered pizzas (usually little Caesars or a similar place) and had them ready when the game got over so the kids could just hit the road with the pizza. Sometimes a parent had to go get them. It was a huge hit with the kids and got them on the road so much faster. Per usual,the parents paid for it out of their own pockets.
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3718) 13 years ago
I didn't mind buying our own food on FFA trips, but I didn't like Mr. Larson having us eat every single meal on our Kansas City trip at McDonald's. On one of our last stops on the way back a few of us rebelled and went across the street to a cafe and had a steak.
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Posted by marciehoff (+201) 13 years ago
Yes Levi you are correct McD's is the number one stop for the FFA.
I can tell you this firsthand this because I am in my fourth year of FFA.

The CCDHS athletics and other clubs are supposed to buy an activities ticket $30 in order to use school district transportation.
But when I asked Mr. Powell where that money goes he could not give me any specific answer, though he did tell me to talk to Mr.Schriber.
Many people have tryed to find out where that thirty dollars goes but to my knowledge no one has been given the information.

We do not have to pay a sixty dollar activity fee to be part of the FFA. But we do have to sell atleast twelve boxes of fruit, pay our fifteen dollar state FFA dues and our incoming freshman must also purchase their official dress. (roughly sixty dollars for official dress)

The activity ticket is also used to get into sporting events, if you buy the activity ticket you may get into any non tournament home game you please.

The CCDHS has an amazing corral/music department and I would love to see all of these kids (my friends) be able to travel more and show the rest of Montana what Miles City can do. If you haven't gone to any of their concerts you need to, you don't know what your missing.

As for the sports kids getting meals it also depends on the sport you're in. I would hope the people in Miles City step up a little and try to help us change these problems.

I could go on for hours and hours.

Tj Hoff

P.S. 2008 winter formal is this saturday grand march starts at 8 PM.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+15076) 13 years ago
"Yes Levi you are correct McD's is the number one stop for the FFA."

I didn't use to be that way. Can you say Gold's Buffet in K.C. It has been almost 30 years ago (32,850 meals) and I still remember that feast.
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Posted by Stewart (+155) 13 years ago
I believe McDonalds was the favorite because the bus driver eats free...those clever, clever marketing people!! And I for one am glad FFA kids paid for their own way and had to earn their dues. It taught us to be self-sufficient. A curious study would be average income/employment levels of participants in various high school activities. I'd be willing to bet sports isn't likely to win that game.
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3718) 13 years ago
"I didn't use to be that way. Can you say Gold's Buffet in K.C."

You know, if I had known back then what I know now about Kansas City's BBQ restaurants and steak houses, I probably would have been even more upset about all the Mickey D's.
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