The Talon

Assemblies Should Include More Active Student Participation

February 7, 2012

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...

Probational Cell Phone Policy Unfairly Burdens Students

May 2, 2011

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 p...

School Should Permit Cell Phone Use During Non-Academic Periods

October 19, 2010

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,...

Overall School Improvement Due to Efforts of Both Students, Staff

September 22, 2010

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 t...

‘Listening to Student Voices’ event can help promote understanding

November 13, 2009

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...

Students, Teachers Must Have Open Discussions About Offensive Humor

September 24, 2009

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 unsur...

Health Van Provides Valuable Resource to Divided Campus

Editorial Board

October 17, 2008

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 w...

School Should Let DIversity Happen, Not Force its Teaching

Editorial Board

May 2, 2008

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 i...

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

Editorial Board

March 25, 2008

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. &n...

School Ought to Send Richer Message to Student Groups

Editorial Board

March 4, 2008

When the school’s American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) tried to book the Eagle Theatre, it found the process comparable to navigating a maze of thorny shrubs. After a month of unanswered e-mails, it took a phone call and anot...

Speaker Presentations Offer More Than Just Career Advice

Editorial Board

February 5, 2008

During Writers Week, dozens of writers come to the school to spend their time inspiring new generations of writers. They speak to students as literary equals, perhaps contemplating whether the next J.K. Rowling is sitting among t...

Lack of First Semester Student Bonding Segregates School

Editorial Board

December 14, 2007

During the month of May, students forfeit their lunchtime to attend the annual dodgeball tournament. Although the air in the gym is ripe with the stench of competition, there is a sweeter smell that also exists: the unity of ...

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