The Talon

Teachers, Students Should Take Advantage of Differentiation

September 25, 2012

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 spendi...

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

May 18, 2012

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...

Advisory Should Strive to Increase Interaction Between Students

May 2, 2012

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...

Culinary Students and Cafeteria Should Form Closer Partnership

March 13, 2012

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...

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 25, 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

By 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

By 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...

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