Vale Middle School Reading Article
Cell Phone “Valets” at New York City Schools; Students Pay to Store Devices in Trucks (1170L)
Instructions: COMPLETE ALL QUESTIONS AND MARGIN NOTES
Read the following article carefully and make notes in the margin as you read.
Your notes should include:
o Comments that show that you understand the article. (A summary or statement of the main
idea of important sections may serve this purpose.)
o Questions you have that show what you are wondering about as you read.
o Notes that differentiate between fact and opinion.
o Observations about how the writer’s strategies (organization, word choice, perspective,
support) and choices affect the article.
Your margin notes are part of your score for this assessment.
Answer the questions carefully in complete sentences unless otherwise instructed.
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Cell Phone 'Valets' At New York City Schools; Students
Notes on my thoughts,
reactions and questions as I
Pay To Store Devices In Trucks
NEW YORK — Thousands of teenagers who can't take their cell phones to school have
another option, courtesy of a burgeoning industry of sorts in always-enterprising New
York City: paying a dollar a day to leave it in a truck that's parked nearby. Students
might resent an expense that adds up to as much as $180 a year, but even so, leaving a
phone at one of the trucks in the morning and then picking it up at the end of the day has
become as routine for city teenagers as getting dressed and riding the morning-rush
subway. "Sometimes it's a hassle because not everyone can afford it," said Kelice
Charles, a freshman at Gramercy Arts High School in Manhattan. "But then again, it's a
Cell phones and other devices, such as iPods and iPads, are banned in all New York
City public schools, but the rule is widely ignored except in the 88 buildings that have
metal detectors. Administrators at schools without detectors tell students, "If we don't
see it, we don't know about it." Schools where violence is considered a risk have metal
detectors to spot weapons, but they also spot phones. They include the Washington
Irving Educational Complex in the bustling Union Square area, a cluster of small high
schools housed in a massive century-old building that used to be one big high school.
The trucks that collect the cell phones have their own safety issues – one was held up in
the Bronx in June, and some 200 students lost their phones. That could be why one
operator near Washington Irving refused to speak to a reporter recently.
Matthews, K. Cell phone “valets” at New York City schools; students pay to store devices in trucks. Huffington Post
October 4, 2012.