The Talon

School Should Notify Students and Parents Before Changing Grade Availability on SIS

May 18, 2012

Filed under Editorial

At the end of first semester, access to semester grades via the Student Information System (SIS) was turned off while teachers were entering grades. This led to concern from many students and parents who were not able to view grades right after finals. In order to reduce stress on the part of both t...

Advisory Should Strive to Increase Interaction Between Students

May 2, 2012

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For over a decade, Advisory has strived to bridge the gap between eighth grade and freshman year. But although the goals of creating a sense of community and facilitating the transition between middle school and high school are worthy, Advisory falls short of reaching its full potential.The school sho...

Culinary Students and Cafeteria Should Form Closer Partnership

March 13, 2012

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Four years ago, the Eagle’s Nest Cafe, a student business operating out of the Culinary Arts room, offered fresh, homemade cooking as a lunch option for students. It served up a menu including personal-sized whole wheat pizzas for $2, beef pot pies for $3 and a variety of hot soups for $2. Sound too...

Assemblies Should Include More Active Student Participation

February 7, 2012

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For as long as current students can remember, school assemblies have nearly always followed the same basic format: sports captains introduce their teams for the season interspersed with club announcements, cheer routines and dance performances. The seniors cheer from the stands when they can finally call...

Probational Cell Phone Policy Unfairly Burdens Students

May 2, 2011

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In response to student and staff requests for a more lenient cell phone policy, the administration announced in March that cell phones will temporarily be allowed during brunch and lunch. Fourth quarter will be used as a trial period to determine the effectiveness of the new policy. The administration...

School Should Permit Cell Phone Use During Non-Academic Periods

October 19, 2010

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Walking across the quad during lunch, students and teachers alike share no surprise when they see people on their cell phones. Students on their phones know fully well that they are violating the school’s cell phone policy, but they continue to text in the hallway. This policy, as defined in the school’s...

Overall School Improvement Due to Efforts of Both Students, Staff

September 22, 2010

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Tutorials spent on STAR test prep may have finally paid off. Staff members find it difficult to pinpoint a defining reason for testing  improvement, but the rising Academic Performance Index (API) score shows that the school is on the right track. This year, the school raised its score to 853—a...

‘Listening to Student Voices’ event can help promote understanding

November 13, 2009

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When third period ends on Monday, students will have an hour-long activity before their next class. But students cannot write it off as just another pointless Tutorial video. If they listen to it, students will hear their peers share heartfelt, honest stories about their lives. After 500 hours of editi...

Students, Teachers Must Have Open Discussions About Offensive Humor

September 24, 2009

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When marching band returned from its retreat earlier this month, most students were still thinking about the Skit Night jokes that had become so distasteful. Some were trying to keep the story hushed up, while others were unsure as to why the humor was so offensive in the first place. However inapp...

Health Van Provides Valuable Resource to Divided Campus

Editorial Board

October 17, 2008

Filed under Editorial

It’s not often that household conversations begin with the words, “Mom, can you make me a doctor’s appointment? I think I may have gotten an STD from Jenny, and I want to ask our family pediatrician about it.” The typical teen would not say such a thing to his mother if his life depended on ...

School Should Let DIversity Happen, Not Force its Teaching

Editorial Board

May 2, 2008

Filed under Editorial

The emotion that filled the air as students packed into the gym for the Diversity Assembly on April 11 was different from the one visible on their faces when teachers announced that tutorial period would be spent discussing the impact of derogatory words a few weeks earlier. The Diversity Assembly and the Power of Wo...

Staff Members Ought to Play Bigger Role in “Words” Activity

Editorial Board

March 25, 2008

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Last year, a police officer had to escort a Hispanic student from the office to guarantee his safety because with a single derogatory word, the student had offended several African-American students to the point of violence.   While the actions of all involved were deplorable, the story is ...

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