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New building embracing ‘flexibility’

New building embracing ‘flexibility’
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,...

SpringBoard? More like Spring-bored!

SpringBoard? More like Spring-bored!
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
American History Redux
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?
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,...

AP Spanish class works around lack of materials

AP Spanish class works around lack of materials
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

Mrs. Katie Frederick teaches as her two fans guard the classroom's entrance in an attempt to combat rising temperatures at Camarillo High School in California.
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
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
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...

Spencer Wiley: Born to lead the choir

Spencer Wiley: Born to lead the choir
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....

Early admission affects West Shore in unexpected ways

Early admission affects West Shore in unexpected ways
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...

Programs for academically gifted do more harm than good

Programs for academically gifted do more harm than good
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...

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
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...

More than just cat videos: YouTube videos supplement classroom learning

More than just cat videos: YouTube videos supplement classroom learning
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...

Substitute teachers bring rich backgrounds to classrooms

Christy Passoth left fulltime teaching to be a substitute teacher.
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...

Why do we read poetry?

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...

Profiles in Passion

Profiles in Passion
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

Senior Cynthia Zheng takes Chinese classes through PSEO. When making the decision, she had to take into consideration the academic balance of her programs, but also timing and budget for things like driving and paying for parking. “I have to leave right after school every day so I have no time to meet with teachers and no time to meet with other people when I’m in a group project,” she said. “That’s been really difficult.”
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...

Cyber Day policy implemented to prevent longer school year

Cyber Day policy implemented to prevent longer school year
Most students surveyed give online assignments a chilly reception
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,...

Students enjoy freedom of online and blended classes

The new LISDblendED program provides an alternative to the traditional classroom setting. Several students who have taken online classes discussed their experiences.
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...

Class crowding becomes new normal at Maryland school

Sophomores Natalie Mozoki, Jordan Nicolette and Joyce Song complete classwork first semester during Kristi Korrow’s period six Gifted and Talented English 10 class. With 35 students, it’s one of the school’s largest English classes.
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...

Learning beyond the classroom, students testify before Legislature

Katherine Robinson, Logan Brown, Carie Graves and Jackie Bollinger, all seniors at Wenatchee High School in Washington, present at a public hearing at the State Capitol in Olympia on Jan. 30.
Students have idea for funding equipment to lead to improved nutrition
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...

For these students, school continues at home

For these students, school continues at home
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...

Replace textbooks with tablets

Replace textbooks with tablets
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...

Slinging into science

Slinging into science
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...

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

Brandon DuBois, junior, stands for the Pledge of Allegiance at the Veteran’s Day assembly. DuBois is completely deaf in one ear and feels that he is treated well at Kentridge High.
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...

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
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...

New desks could be future of classrooms

Node chairs, each comes equipped with a backpack and an iPad holder, swiveling seat, moveable tray and wheels. They have been installed in four classrooms at Westlake High School in 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...

Think twice on weighted class schedules

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...

Culinary students cater school events

The culinary arts class provides a fruit plate garnished with Lion spirit.
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...

Smart phones go underutilized in classrooms

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 than paper: Teachers use creative hall passes

Better than paper: Teachers use creative hall passes
September 4, 2013

APs lurking, JROTC officers snooping and teachers on the lookout are all roadblocks and obstacles in our paths when trying to make a quick journey to the bathroom. The only things that gets students...

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