The Talon

Students Should Keep Perspective When Looking at Homecoming

October 23, 2012

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It’s easy to get caught up in Homecoming festivities. They’re exciting, they’re traditional and they have major benefits for our school. However, Homecoming also brings with it aspects that are less desirable. Often, Homecoming’s problems stem from the same cause as its positives—its power as a tradition. There are...

Teachers, Students Should Take Advantage of Differentiation

September 25, 2012

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Many students are regularly faced with the dilemma of choosing between a class that is too difficult and work-intensive for them and a class that is not challenging enough. Too often, when they choose the second option, they end up spending a year feeling unchallenged. Teachers are responsible for educating classes full ...

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

May 18, 2012

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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 teachers and students, grea...

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 should increase upperclassman...

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 good to be true? A popular...

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 themselves second semester se...

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 will be paying attention to...

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 parent/student...

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 28-point increase from las...

‘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 editing and many days of s...

Students, Teachers Must Have Open Discussions About Offensive Humor

September 25, 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 inappropriate the skits may have been...

Health Van Provides Valuable Resource to Divided Campus

Editorial Board

October 17, 2008

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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 it. The sad fact, however, i...

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