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It’s back to school for Mr. Danovitch

It’s back to school for Mr. Danovitch

By Alexa Fishman

April 9, 2015

After becoming increasingly interested in the philosophy of education during 11 years at Shalhevet, General Studies Principal Mr. Roy Danovitch plans to attend an intensive school leadership program next year at Columbia University in New York. The program, called the Klingenstein Institute, is one...

Cost of college a key point of SOTU

Cost of college a key point of SOTU

By Lizzi Thom

March 9, 2015

On January 20, 2015, President Obama addressed a Republican-controlled Congress in his sixth annual State of the Union Address. With two years remaining of his second term, the President will not be eligible for reelection in 2017. That being said, his readiness for bold, controversial actions could...

Standardized testing reveals gap between America, China

Standardized testing reveals gap between America, China

By Alec Morin

March 4, 2015

Advancements in standardized testing have made it easier than ever for countries to compare scholastic performance. The recent popularity of programs such as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) have only increased interest,...

The gift of education

The gift of education

By Tim Flynn, Katherine Spieker, and Evan Moe

February 20, 2015

Back in November, Owatonna High School competed against Faribault High School in the annual week-long Cash Drive event. OHS students raised a total of $10,463.29 for the charity Yuda Bands. The money raised will sponsor eight Guatemalan children's dreams of receiving an education in the impoverished...

APUSH controversy: college framework catastrophe?

APUSH controversy: college framework catastrophe?

By Morgan Menin and Amy Shim

February 20, 2015

Opponents of the revised 2014-2015 AP U.S. History (APUSH) exam have begun a patriotic uproar against the College Board and its released framework for the modified test. Teachers and politicians have described the curriculum as “liberally biased” and “radically revisionist,” and claim the...

New program gives students a taste of reality

New program gives students a taste of reality

By Chris Forte, Shawnee Mission North HS, Overland Park, Kan.

May 16, 2014

On Jan. 27 and Feb. 12 students participated in Reality U, a program intended to educate high school students about the intricacies of budgeting finances as an adult. Ms. Carol Ann Washer, one of the teachers whose classes participated in the program, describes it as a “big picture of budgeting after hig...

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.

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...

Go north for an education? More Americans are choosing Canada

The logos of McGill University, University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia.

By Beth Barnhart, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

January 23, 2014

Canada: a country known for maple syrup, moose, Mounties, and ... college? According to Statistics Canada, the number of high school graduates that head up north for college is increasing by 8 percent annually. American students who attend Canadian universities often go for the multicultural society,...

Financial education prepares students for future

Personal Finance teacher Kevin Doherty teaches students how to be smart and savvy with money.

By Erica Spaeth, Winston Churchill HS, Potomac, Md.

January 17, 2014

Senior Emily is in the mall debating whether to buy the cute sweater she has been eyeing. She is headed to college next year and is worried about her finances. If she cannot handle this small situation, how will she conserve her money in college? Questions start to cloud her head. How much will it cost...

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.

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...