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New building embracing ‘flexibility’

New building embracing ‘flexibility’

By Alexa Fishman

May 14, 2015

UPDATED--Construction on the new building is on time and is set to finish in July, and the administration is now focusing on space usage and furniture. According to school leaders, all options are open, including which rooms will be used for classes and how many classrooms there will be. The plans...

SpringBoard? More like Spring-bored!

SpringBoard? More like Spring-bored!

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

December 4, 2014

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

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.

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

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...

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

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.

Turning up the heat: Classroom temperatures cause early school dismissal

Turning up the heat: Classroom temperatures cause early school dismissal

By Amy Shim, Adolfo Camarillo HS, Camarillo, Calif.

October 6, 2014

During hot and dry conditions normal during late summer and early fall, classroom temperatures often exceed 85 degrees and go as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hiring freeze leaves math class with substitute

Hiring freeze leaves math class with substitute

By Isabel Hanewicz, Robinson HS, Tampa

September 30, 2014

The problem is not exclusive to Robinson. There are currently 42 high school vacancies in Hillsborough County, all that cannot be filled with a permanent teacher until after the freeze. Including Robinson, five of those positions involve high school math.

Murals used as teaching aides will be lost in construction

Murals used as teaching aides will be lost in construction

By Siandhara Bonnet, Leander HS, Leander, Texas

June 10, 2014

The new science building isn't the only new aspect of the school under construction. Next year, we'll also have new room numbers, different wings, a new air conditioning system, and the walls will be painted over. The sad thing is that some teachers in those hallways have been in their rooms ...

Spencer Wiley: Born to lead the choir

Spencer Wiley: Born to lead the choir

By Claire Kyllonen, Leander HS, Leander, Texas

May 23, 2014

Spencer Wiley stands before his students, his hands at the ready. With one look he has command of the room around him; 28 pairs of eyes stare fixedly, waiting for his mark. Not one word. Not one sound. Then, the music begins to play, and suddenly the room is enveloped with the resonating melodies and...

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

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

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....

Dropping the formula, finding the voice: Eastern students study a Western approach to art

Dropping the formula, finding the voice: Eastern students study a Western approach to art

By Zoe Bowlus, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

April 30, 2014

When senior Cissy Shi signed up for teacher Patricia Kelly’s studio art class her sophomore year, she was concerned she wouldn’t be able to keep up. “I thought I needed extra help,” she said. So she started studying with Richard Yang, her cousin’s private art tutor. Yang is an independent...

More than just cat videos: YouTube videos supplement classroom learning

More than just cat videos: YouTube videos supplement classroom learning

By Aishwarya Nadgauda, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

April 25, 2014

A foolproof way to procrastinate is by going on YouTube and spending hours watching videos of cats, video games, babies… this list goes on. But while some videos cause homework to go unfinished for hours, others serve as a second set of teachers for SCDS students. Watching videos on the channels...

Substitute teachers bring rich backgrounds to classrooms

Substitute teachers bring rich backgrounds to classrooms

By Emily Leung and Frances Wu

April 23, 2014

Substitute teachers are always a nice change for Diamond Bar High School students, but their temporary stay in the classroom gives students little time to learn more about them. Although regular teachers have an entire year develop a close relationship with their students, substitute teachers don’t...

Why do we read poetry?

By Jasmine Xie, Ridge HS, Basking Ridge, N.J.

April 10, 2014

In a new generation of grungy coffee house hipsters, poetry has quickly devolved into a misunderstood art form commonly associated with angsty teenagers and beret-wearing creeps. Ask a class of adolescents whether or not they are looking forward to their poetry unit in English class and one is sure to...

Profiles in Passion

Profiles in Passion

By Perry Bruder, Farhia Osman, and Chiara Kohlmayr

April 8, 2014

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

“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...

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

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...

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

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...

Class crowding becomes new normal at Maryland school

Class crowding becomes new normal at Maryland school

By Maya Hoke and Will Paranzino

February 28, 2014

Tightly packed classrooms are spreading. Roughly two dozen more classes contain 33 or more students this year than last, enrollment data from the administration shows. Of the 452 classes, 86 have 33 or more students. Last year, 61 classes featured 33 or more students. Elective classes such as physical...

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

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

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...

Replace textbooks with tablets

Replace textbooks with tablets

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

January 30, 2014

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

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

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...

Spreading the Word: Teachers use new forms of communication to remind, inform students

Spreading the Word: Teachers use new forms of communication to remind, inform students

By Meredith Strickland, Blue Valley HS, Stillwell, Kan.

December 18, 2013

It’s a typical Sunday night, and you’re finishing up the homework you procrastinated on all weekend long. Your phone rings, and you read the message — it’s a text from your English Language Arts teacher reminding you about a quiz tomorrow. However, your teacher isn’t directly texting...

New desks could be future of classrooms

New desks could be future of classrooms

By Sara Phillips, Westlake HS, Austin, Texas

October 1, 2013

Four classrooms are piloting a new wave of futuristic desks as part of a plan to innovate the district. Called Node chairs, each comes equipped with a backpack and an iPad holder, swiveling seat, moveable tray and wheels. They improve student comfort and allow for a flexible learning environment in th...

Think twice on weighted class schedules

By Zak Jones, Carlsbad HS, Carlsbad, Calif.

September 10, 2013

AP. These two letters make quite a difference in a student’s life for an entire year. It’s no wonder why such mania surrounds the idea of advanced placement from March to the end of the year. It is an intriguing concept. Scribble down a little more homework, breeze through a few more tests ...

Culinary students cater school events

Culinary students cater school events

By Autumn Whittaker, Borah HS, Boise, Idaho

September 10, 2013

As the pan sizzles, a light aroma drifts up and into the hallway. Students walk by and take it in. Their mouths begin to salivate out of curiosity, wanting a taste, just a little nibble. Shanon Holt’s Intro to Culinary Arts students have prepared meals for many Borah events such as the Denni...

Smart phones go underutilized in classrooms

By Jarod Golub, Annandale HS, Annandale, Va.

September 9, 2013

From Twitter to Instagram, most students at AHS rely on their smartphones to get through the school day. With the rise of technology, in this day and age students of all ages are more likely to respond better with the use of gadgets in the classroom. “My phone is really important in helping me get thr...

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