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More School Dances Would Promote Spirit

May 4, 2009

The lights are down. That last guilty pleasure song is coming on. Everyone grabs someone’s hand and starts dancing. It is the last song, students are gathering around and everyone is emotional as if it is the last day of school. But...

Students Should Not Exploit Open Access

May 4, 2009

As fourth quarter rolls around, one of the most common questions asked among students is “How many APs are you taking next year?” It is not uncommon to hear a reply of three or higher. There seems to be an unsaid rule that...

Students Should Get Involved in Peer Tutoring

May 4, 2009

A student stares at blank answers. His tutor explains it a bit, and the two of them finish the problem together. They then start chatting about Katy Perry’s latest music video because they both love Katy Perry. No, this isn’t...

SparkNotes: Superb Supplements or Cheap Cheat Sheets?

May 4, 2009

SparkNotes an extremely useful resource By Jessica Lukrich Staff Writer SparkNotes: many students’ partner-in-crime but every English teacher’s number-one enemy. It is a weapon that helps students avoid sleep deprivation by n...

New Parking Lot Rules Unfair to Students, Need to Be Modified

May 4, 2009

Imagine a group of students sitting in a car, innocently munching lunch while listening to music. Suddenly, a member of the administration raps on the car window and forces the students to abandon the car for no apparent reason....

STAR Testing Needs to Be Taken Seriously

May 4, 2009

Most people think of STAR testing and roll their eyes in disdain. After all, it is just more standardized testing, something that takes up valuable time and in recent years has not contributed to the school’s academic reputation....

Naviance’s Poor Features Detract From Potential

March 3, 2009

Students cringe at it. Parents embrace it. Welcome to the Family Connection website, better known as Naviance. Since the site was introduced to the school three years ago, the school administration has been doing its best to get...

SATs Measure Intelligence Inaccurately

March 3, 2009

The SAT. The thought of all the studying and nerve-wracking stress that goes into such a tedious, pointless test makes most want to bang their heads against something. But the SAT Reasoning Test does not define a student’s knowledge...

Lack of School Excursions Trips Up Students

March 3, 2009

Back in the days of elementary school, students would be able to take a break from the monotonous routine of class. Field trips to the Egyptian and Tech museums were an integral part of the curriculum and offered students an engaging...

Graffiti: Expression at Its Greatest

March 3, 2009

Graffiti has been scrawled and scratched and painted and marked on all sorts of buildings for centuries. It has been praised and scorned in varying degrees of intensity. But no matter the opinions or wielding of words, graffiti...

Debasing Defacing, the Evil Art

March 3, 2009

Graffiti is a form of destroying public property and has far more negative effects than positive ones. Many youth picked up spray paint cans and defaced public buildings with a sense of glee, believing that they are urban artists...

Science, Technology Week Deserves Same Respect as Writers Week

March 3, 2009

As Science and Technology Week nears at the high school, more and more students are wondering if they will be lucky enough to participate in its activities. While the school allows all students to attend, some teachers have decided...

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