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English teacher refers to music producer in lesson

English teacher refers to music producer in lesson

By Emily Byrne, Mayfield High School

November 16, 2018


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Alexandra Shaw is an English teacher who incorporated influencer DJ Khaled into her lessons to help students relate to the topic. In eleventh grade English during the week of Oct. 20, students read the essay “The Fallacy of Success,” which explains how success can be attained by hard work, not...

ANP receives new structure

ANP receives new structure

By Mac Cooper, Oakville High School

November 16, 2018


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Students are familiar with how ANP (Academic Network Period) works: kids go to their class and at 9:05, they can go to their teachers and get help, go the library or work on other school projects. But this school year, administrators have brought change to ANP: OHS has introduced ANP Seminars. The purpo...

Fall musical advertisement vandalized

Fall musical advertisement vandalized

By Abby Intveld and Dani Orloff

November 16, 2018


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Seeing the words “so gay” and “boo” spray painted over theater’s advertisement for “9 to 5 the Musical,” senior thespian president Nietzsche Deuel said she was disappointed at the immature vandalization. “It wasn’t just graffiti, it was directed at our show,” Deuel said. “It was i...

Student safety in jeopardy due to bomb threat

Student safety in jeopardy due to bomb threat

By Maura Burns, East Grand Rapids High School

November 16, 2018


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Less than one month after the school-wide lockdown in September, East Grand Rapids High School received a second safety threat on Oct. 29. Monday morning, Administrative Assistant Nancy Scott reported receiving a voicemail threatening of a bomb in the school. Immediately after receiving the message, admi...

Stay Day ready to wow

Stay Day ready to wow

By Amelia Bautz, Plano Senior High School

November 16, 2018


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With Stay Day taking place on Nov. 2, students are excited for the festivities of this school tradition. For those unaware, Stay Day is an event that happens twice a year, once per semester, where various food trucks come by the school and sell different food items. Instead of going off campus for...

Colleges downplay test scores

Colleges downplay test scores

By Andrew Yung, Granite Bay High School

November 16, 2018


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 Standardized testing has been just another aspect of the high school experience for more than half a century now – the SAT and ACT were introduced in 1926 and 1959, respectively.   However, while these tests used to cause much stress and were considered to have a large influence on college acceptan...

Gun at Douglass Casts Doubts on Metal Detectors

Gun at Douglass Casts Doubts on Metal Detectors

By Staff Report, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

November 16, 2018


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Frederick Douglass High School principal Lester Diaz sent a letter home to parents this afternoon indicating that a student was caught on their campus with a gun. In the letter, Diaz stated that the male student did not enter the building through the walk-through metal detectors and that he checked...

Killer bees move to River Oaks, threaten students and residents

Killer bees move to River Oaks, threaten students and residents

By Eloise Reasoner, St. John's School

November 16, 2018


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As small and nimble as they might appear, killer bees are taking the streets of River Oaks by swarm. Africanized bees, colloquially known as “killer bees” or “feral bees,” are hybrids of the African honey bee and various European honey bees. These honey-makers have heightened defensive behavi...

‘Where there’s a Will there’s a way’: School relaxes rule on fundraising to support ailing junior

‘Where there’s a Will there’s a way’: School relaxes rule on fundraising to support ailing junior

By Shani Israel, St. John's School

November 16, 2018


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Fundraisers at school are typically not allowed because, according to the Student Handbook, “the School wants students to focus on personal service to others.” On Oct. 23, administrators made an exception for one individual: Will McKone. McKone, who has been at St. John’s since kindergarten, needed ...

Hyped over energy drinks

Hyped over energy drinks

By Julian Bartlebaugh, Bellwood-Antis High School

November 15, 2018


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Bellwood-Antis High School students were thrown a curve ball a few weeks ago when Mr. Tim Trexler put up a sign saying no more coffee would be served in the media center. The announcement caused widespread panic, even though it was all a hoax. Mr. Trexler wanted to spark kids' interest in reading ...

Possible Football Hazing Leads to Charges for Five Damascus Students

Possible Football Hazing Leads to Charges for Five Damascus Students

By Aidan Brami and Anna Stewart

November 15, 2018


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Five Damascus High Schools JV football players have been charged after allegations of hazing in the boys locker room after school on Halloween which resulted in the cancellation of their final game of the season. The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) charged one player with three counts o...

Grant helps Meridian students understand new advances in biological research

Grant helps Meridian students understand new advances in biological research

By Sydney Moore, Meridian Senior High School

November 14, 2018


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Imagine understanding the determining factor that makes you, well, you. The two genetics classes at Meridian High School are doing just that. They are taught by Sheila Rappe, who has been teaching in the Meridian district since 1994, previously teaching at Blue Mound in 1993. A grant from the Illinois...

TriMet threatens Lincoln students’ commute

TriMet threatens Lincoln students’ commute

By Luke Gladen-Kolarsky, The Cardinal Times

November 14, 2018


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Every morning students pile out of the Max at the King’s Hill stop and walk to school. In the afternoon, they board again to head home. The ease of this commute is in jeopardy. In June, Portland’s public transit agency, TriMet, announced that it was considering closing stops along the red and blue...

Frustration with Flooding

Frustration with Flooding

By Phoebe Chapnick-Sorokin, Iowa City High School

November 14, 2018


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Rain has dampened basements, trails and streets in Iowa City all of this Fall. Just as the water has risen, so have people’s frustrations. Beatrice Kearns ‘19 lives in a house with a creek running under it, so she often experiences flooding in her basement. Due to the recent heavy rain, her base...

Church holds services in the PAC

Church holds services in the PAC

By Jazzabelle Davishines, McCallum High School

November 14, 2018


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The AISD Performing Arts Center, a community center for district schools to showcase their fine arts performances, is an unlikely location to find hordes of shouting protesters surrounded by police. On recent Sunday mornings, however, the crowds are hard to miss. On Aug. 26, the Celebration Church laun...

Passwords get longer and more secure for teachers and new students

Passwords get longer and more secure for teachers and new students

By Margot Carlson, Benilde-St. Margaret's School

November 14, 2018


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This year, for security purposes, all transfer students, seventh graders, and faculty members received new, sixteen character passwords. The passwords are used for students to login to their laptops, PowerSchool accounts, any other BSM account, and the printers. Although the passwords may be long, they hel...

Important lessons for all in ALICE training

Important lessons for all in ALICE training

By Watertown Splash staff, Watertown Middle School

November 13, 2018


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An intruder bursts through your door, you know it's not real, but it seems like it might be. Alert. Lockdown. Inform. Counter. Evacuate. All schools in Watertown practiced ALICE training this fall, in case an active shooter ever came into the school. Every year, the Watertown Middle School goes over an...

Consecutive fires strike MAC

Consecutive fires strike MAC

By Janssen Transier and Kristen Tibbetts

November 12, 2018


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To prepare for their program concert on Saturday, the McCallum Youth Dance Company rehearsed in the MAC theatre Monday night. Everything seemed to be running as usual, until students began to smell smoke at the start of the second act. While junior Tosh Arora and senior Liliette Rodriguez’s rehearsed...

Turning away from suspension

Turning away from suspension

By CAM MEDRANO and DANIELLE BENNETT

November 12, 2018


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In part one of a two part investigative report, Eye of the Tiger previews how the new model will enforce positive strategies to address behavioral concerns. In the next issue, part two will explore the effect the new practice will have on RJUHSD students, staff and suspension rates.   When superin...

Superintendent confirms anti-Semitic graffiti

Superintendent confirms anti-Semitic graffiti

By Madison Gallo, Rachel Cohen, and Josh DeLuca

November 9, 2018


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At the Pascack Valley Regional High School District Board of Education meeting held on Monday, Nov. 5, Superintendent Erik Gundersen addressed the two “isolated incidents” of anti-Semitic defacement that were discovered Sept. 27 and Oct. 18 inside of Pascack Valley High School. Two swastikas w...

Astronaut speaks at Carleton

Astronaut speaks at Carleton

By Marta Hill, St. Louis Park High School

November 9, 2018


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After hearing Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to travel to space, speak, sophomore Bella Steward said the most empowering aspect of the program was how applicable Jemison's message is to her own life. “My favorite part was when (Jemison) spoke. She is really inspirational, and as a woman of color, it was...

Senior superlatives get a new look

Senior superlatives get a new look

By Tim O'Leary, Davenport West High School

November 9, 2018


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The senior superlatives are a tradition in many high schools. A vast array of titles just waiting to be seized by those renowned by their peers. But to those that aren’t able to partake in it, the voting process can be fairly alien. To put it simply it all begins with white. A list of categories ...

The Goose Who Wanted an Education

The Goose Who Wanted an Education

By Amy Yip, Dhir Patel, and Madison Burnett

November 9, 2018


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It seems that even geese want an education at Holbrook Middle-High School. On September 26th, a goose was spotted at the school’s entrance. It was later discovered that the goose was named Marley and she was a seventh grade student Grace Graziano’s pet. Principal Stevenson said, “When the goose...

Jewish Student Union strives to create a welcoming community

Jewish Student Union strives to create a welcoming community

By Susie Seidel, Parkway West High School

November 9, 2018


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With goals to create a safe place for students of all different religions and cultural backgrounds, the Jewish Student Union (JSU) was started this year. The formation of JSU was initially implemented by senior Lexi Bratton, following growth in her own faith over the summer. “I went to Israel this s...

Women Move LA during second annual Young Women’s Assembly

Women Move LA during second annual Young Women’s Assembly

By Farah Faiza, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School

November 8, 2018


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More than half a thousand girls from the Los Angeles County were urged to share their stories and change the world at this year’s second annual Young Women’s Assembly. Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland first held the event in March 2017, to promote gender eq...

New Homework Policy for Triton High School

New Homework Policy for Triton High School

By Alexander Michals and Eric Deprez, Triton High School

November 8, 2018


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Triton High School instituted a new homework policy this year that includes regulations on teachers regarding the amount of homework they give, and how much the homework percentage of a grade can count for. Specifically, the new homework policy includes: homework cannot exceed 10 percent of a stude...

SGA’s role not fully communicated to students

SGA’s role not fully communicated to students

By Helen Moore and Kaitlin Palaian

November 7, 2018


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Although most Grady students are too young to vote in the midterm elections, they still have voting opportunities through the Student Government Association. Knowledge about who the candidates are, their roles in government, their stances on issues and the changes they support is a key aspect of voti...

Be The Change

Be The Change

By Jenna Elahmad, Klein High School

November 7, 2018


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At 5 a.m on a Saturday morning, students who would usually be sleeping in, came out to support their community at the first ever student-led service event, called Klein Serves, an event spearheaded by students and their teacher sponsor.  Over 850 volunteers displayed the Klein 5 values at different lo...

Meme Page Popularity

Meme Page Popularity

By Chloe Postlewaite, Woodside High School

November 7, 2018


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The @wwoodsidememes Instagram page was created months ago, and it has been extremely popular among students ever since. Two anonymous Woodside seniors created a school-specific meme account, sharing their first post on August 28th. In order to keep their anonymity, they will be referred to as Admin A ...

Room crunch causes teachers to travel between rooms, sometime even outside their department

Room crunch causes teachers to travel between rooms, sometime even outside their department

By Mary Youngblut, Benilde-St. Margaret's School

November 7, 2018


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As BSM’s community grows with a huge freshmen class and new teachers in many departments, teachers are leaving their traditional teaching rooms and moving around continuously throughout the day. Spanish teacher Mr. Eric Luna Martin now teaches his three Spanish I classes in an art room located ...

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