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Corrosive cost and stressful selectivity

Corrosive cost and stressful selectivity

By Emily Olson

April 8, 2015


Filed under Opinions

One of the consistently growing enterprises of today is becoming a confusing business— college. In the modern day, in which a college education is often necessary for success in the career or everyday life, costs are high and schools are selective. While it is logical these two aspects would exist,...

SpringBoard? More like Spring-bored!

SpringBoard? More like Spring-bored!

By Lucy Arnold, Peninsula HS, Gig Harbor, Wash.

December 4, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

Though SpringBoard has some benefits, many students and teachers believe that it is detrimental to PHS students’ education.

New ‘patriotic’ AP U.S. History curriculum would cause much more harm than good

New ‘patriotic’ AP U.S. History curriculum would cause much more harm than good

By Joe Jolley, Ballard HS, Seattle

November 20, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

This is a very clear attempt at censoring the uglier parts of U.S. history. Not only would this new “patriotic” course deprive students of a proper education, it would also be extremely damaging to the country it claims to be defending if implemented on any sort of large scale.

College-crazed juniors up the competition: For the Class of 2016, A- becomes the new F

College-crazed juniors up the competition: For the Class of 2016, A- becomes the new F

By Maxwell Shukuya, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

November 12, 2014


Filed under Features, Showcase

At junior Zoë Bowlus's September birthday party, a group of her close friends surround an outdoor table on a cool summer night. But her friends aren't discussing Taylor Swift's new hit or the latest episode of "American Horror Story." Instead their conversation is a parent's dream. It's almost too...

Is APUSH too much of a push for freshmen?

Is APUSH too much of a push for freshmen?

By Michelle Gomes, Springbrook HS, Silver Spring, Md.

November 7, 2014


Filed under Opinions, Showcase

One of the listed accomplishments on Springbrook High School’s website is that the school has the highest number of freshmen students enrolled in Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH). However, this fact is not something to brag about due to the number of students failing the exam. AP...

New club allows students to earn academic letter

New club allows students to earn academic letter

By Jack Hiegel, Francis Howell Central HS, St. Charles, Mo.

November 5, 2014


Filed under Features

A chapter of Epsilon Beta, a statewide club for high school students interested in reading, has been set up in our school. The group, sponsored by Mrs. Kelly Hauquitz and Mrs. Andrea Head, meets in the Learning Commons on the second Thursday of each month. The club, which was created in 1931 in Washington,...

In Model United Nations, tomorrow’s leaders solve today’s issues

In Model United Nations, tomorrow’s leaders solve today’s issues

By Elijah Zawatsky, Sycamore HS, Cincinnati

October 31, 2014


Filed under Features

Imagine walking up to a podium, facing what feels like thousands (but more likely is only hundreds) of students, and delivering a speech you have just made up about a topic you know little about. This situation may sound more like a nightmare than a club, but it is a reality for the students who participate...

AP Spanish class works around lack of materials

AP Spanish class works around lack of materials

By Alexus Plascencia, A. A. Stagg HS, Stockton, Calif.

October 14, 2014


Filed under News, School, Showcase

Money is an issue. The class isn’t. With cooperative students, and the teacher carefully planning out what needs to be taught, both students and teacher expect the class to run smoothly.

School begins replacing AP courses with new advanced courses

School begins replacing AP courses with new advanced courses

By Alexa Fishman and Sigal Spitzer

June 2, 2014


Filed under News, School

Beginning next fall, Shalhevet will begin eliminating Advanced Placement courses in the hope of replacing all of them with advanced courses offering more depth, critical thinking and problem-solving, administrators announced May 1. Two new courses will kick off the program next fall: Advanced Biology,...

Students take projects to international science fair

Students take projects to international science fair

By Emilia Massa, Lincoln HS, Portland, Ore.

May 29, 2014


Filed under News, School

After winning awards at the PPS and State Science Fairs, junior Lukas Schwab and sophomore Clemen Deng will be competing in the international Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles from May 11-16. Schwab placed second in both the PPS Science Fair and the Electrical Engineering portion of the S...

Students see military robots in action

Students see military robots in action

By Nick Arnold, Sparkman HS, Sparkman, Ala.

May 28, 2014


Filed under News, School

Robots, thought to be a thing of the future, exist today to help the U.S. Army and NASA. The groups brought the robots to the library for students to observe. The Army has been using robots for years to help scope out areas, disable bombs and help out in all fields. NASA has joined the army by building...

Early admission affects West Shore in unexpected ways

Early admission affects West Shore in unexpected ways

By Mikayla Almeida, Casey Schauman, and Alyssa Gorewitz

May 14, 2014


Filed under News, School

With more students doing Early Admissions or Dual Enrollment each year, West Shore’s senior class is getting even smaller. The upcoming senior class will have 70 enrolled students at Eastern Florida State College. Of these, 34 students will be Early Admitting while 36 students will be Dual Enrolled. This is the largest number in Wes...

Programs for academically gifted do more harm than good

Programs for academically gifted do more harm than good

By Sidd Ganghi, Athens Drive HS, Raleigh, N.C.

May 6, 2014


Filed under Opinions

Starting as early as kindergarten, children are often put into different tracks of advancement based on their intelligence. These tracks offer different levels of curriculum to allow students as identified as smarter to learn at an accelerated rate and get ahead of their peers even in elementary school....

Profiles in Passion

Profiles in Passion

By Perry Bruder, Farhia Osman, and Chiara Kohlmayr

April 8, 2014


Filed under Profiles

Students at Edina High School in Edina, Minn., must participate in the Passion Project, a year-long research paper on a topic of their choice and a summative presentation about the research.  

Post-Secondary Education Options take students off campus

Post-Secondary Education Options take students off campus

By Lucy Li, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

April 2, 2014


Filed under Features

“What’s your major?” Senior Charlie Southwick’s fellow French classmates at the University of Minnesota asked him this question, not knowing that Southwick was part of the Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program. “I was like, ‘Well I’m actually still a high school stu...

Teachers return to school to advance their education

Teachers return to school to advance their education

By Brently Probacso, Harrisonville HS, Harrisonville, Mo.

April 1, 2014


Filed under Features

Students often complain about how homework and school interfere with everyday life. Little do students realize that many teachers throughout the building are struggling with the same, everyday complications. Many teachers throughout the building are continuing on with their education. Though many have r...

Cyber Day policy implemented to prevent longer school year

Cyber Day policy implemented to prevent longer school year

By Hope Kelly, John Carroll School, Bel Air, Md.

March 31, 2014


Filed under News, School

Snow, snow go away. Come again another day. Even if the administration took to singing this song, it would hardly help stop the winter weather Harford County has been receiving. As a result of the weather, the administration made the decision to create a new policy and institute Cyber Days to keep students...

Learning for Life aims to put LHS recycling first

Learning for Life aims to put LHS recycling first

By Will Foreman, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

March 24, 2014


Filed under Features

The football rivalries between Linganore, Oakdale and Urbana are intense and passionate. On Friday nights we paint up, we scream, and we bleed red and black. The real contest, though, is not football – it’s recycling. The Learning for Life students are going for the I-70 trophy of trash. They want...

Students enjoy freedom of online and blended classes

Students enjoy freedom of online and blended classes

By Fernanda Galera, Lewisville HS, Lewisville, Texas

March 17, 2014


Filed under Features

Cindy Nguyen liked the freedom; she didn’t need to show up to class every day. Marilyn Castro could enjoy the comfort of her home while completing assignments at her own pace. Josue Varela was able to catch up on his sleep. Jimmy Nguyen had the chance to manage his time and schedule. All these...

Seattle tutoring center poses as travel supply company

Seattle tutoring center poses as travel supply company

By Ian Gwin, Ballard HS, Seattle

March 13, 2014


Filed under News

Near the corner of 85th and Greenwood you can buy a bottle of uncertainty for less than $10.  It is, of course, just a jar; its surrounding shop – the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company – isn’t just a novelty store, however. In truth it is a storefront funding 826 Seattle, a nonprofit wr...

Building his future: Junior competes in Destination Imagination, robotics

Building his future: Junior competes in Destination Imagination, robotics

By Grace Kimball, Vista Ridge HS, Cedar Park, Texas

February 14, 2014


Filed under Profiles

He tilts his head, staring at the hastily drawn models filling the whiteboard. His eyebrows furrow in concentration as he looks for a solution. However, the long lines of desks are empty and the clock is far past 3:45 p.m. even though it’s a Thursday. Junior Matt McClain remains after school with his ...

Teachers tread lightly on Twitter

Teachers tread lightly on Twitter

By Savannah Whitmer, Lovejoy HS, Lucas, Texas

February 12, 2014


Filed under Features

The era of instant sharing isn’t the private realm of students anymore as everyone, including teachers, can express themselves instantly using Twitter, Instagram, Vine, and Pinterest. “I always like to joke that I have a Twitter because that’s where I do my best work,” teacher Mike Motsne...

Learning beyond the classroom, students testify before Legislature

Learning beyond the classroom, students testify before Legislature

By Emily Cieslak, Wenatchee HS, Wenatchee, Wash.

February 11, 2014


Filed under News

Four Wenatchee High School students testified for House Bill 2410, which strives to enhance student’s nutrition in public schools through equipment, in Olympia on Jan. 30 to the House Committee on Capital Budget. State Representative Brad Hawkins asked seniors Jackie Bollinger, Carie Graves, Logan B...

For these students, school continues at home

For these students, school continues at home

By Hailey Verdick, Iowa City HS, Iowa City, Iowa

February 6, 2014


Filed under Features

Just like so many high school students, Mary Arch ‘17 wakes up in the early morning hours to the sound of her alarm clock buzzing. She manages to crawl out of bed and drive to City High with her brother, Joseph Arch ‘14. Then she studies at City for three periods. But unlike other freshmen at...

Helping to find reliable sources, librarians aid student projects

Helping to find reliable sources, librarians aid student projects

By Madison Hunter, Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas

January 30, 2014


Filed under Features

Librarians Michelle Spencer, Pat Chon, Pamela Pinkerton aid work in the school library from 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m . Throughout the day, students utilize the computers, study or read the books. An instructional aide was not Ms. Spencer’s first choice of career. “My husband was in the military and ...

Replace textbooks with tablets

Replace textbooks with tablets

By Jonathan Greenzaid, Winston Churchill HS, Potomac, Md.

January 30, 2014


Filed under Opinions

Slugging textbooks to and from school can be a pain, both figuratively and literally, and in a new world immersed in technology, tablets should be allowed in classrooms in order to fit modern culture. Textbooks are becoming a thing of the past as schools start to incorporate more technology i...

Slinging into science

Slinging into science

By Shalavé Cawley, Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas

January 24, 2014


Filed under Features

Senior Peeti Sithiyopasakul delicately places the baseball into the bra cup, which serves as the unorthodox sling of his nearly seven-foot tall trebuchet that he named “Ze Pink Panther.” He slowly takes his hand off the lever arm and releases his grip on the sling only seconds after. The class’s...

School can be tough for hard-of-hearing students, but teachers accommodate

School can be tough for hard-of-hearing students, but teachers accommodate

By Tre'Veon Flowers-Robinson, Kentridge High School, Kent, Wash.

January 16, 2014


Filed under Features

Imagine a world in which you look around and see everyone speaking a language you don’t know. A world in which you’re laughed at for not knowing what is happening around you, where need help. How would you feel? That’s what life can be like for the deaf and hard of hearing. Alyssa Walker...

Grades vs. learning: Which motivates students more?

By Sabrina White and Madison Service

January 14, 2014


Filed under Multimedia, Video

From an early age, students are told of the importance of getting good grades, especially in high school. But should those grades be emphasized more than the learning in a class?

Editorial: Participation grades unfairly reward extroverts

By Staff, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park, Minn.

January 13, 2014


Filed under Opinions

“Everyone should be contributing to our discussion,” the teacher says loudly over the quiet hum of the classroom. “Participation will be a very noteworthy part of your grade.” While some students have never even considered the implications of this type of assessment, others are left with mediocre...

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