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Grading the Homework Policy

Grading the Homework Policy

Priya Dixit, Staff Writer

September 27, 2016


Filed under Issue-1, Opinions

By now, we are resigned to the fact that homework is an intrinsic element of school, and by extension a student’s life. Its existence is ingrained into routine, yet the specifics are always subject to updates. The homework policy put into effect last May was an attempt to bring the previously shadowy...

Disneyland: Where Did the Magic Go?

Disneyland: Where Did the Magic Go?

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer

September 17, 2016


Filed under Opinions, Web Exclusive

Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” Disneyland is growing, but it is blatantly obvious that the “Imagineers,” the people who design Disneyland, have no imagination. Disneyland originally was a...

Social media through the eyes of a non-user

Social media through the eyes of a non-user

Ross Avery, Staff Writer

August 19, 2016


Filed under Issue 0, Opinions

Before I describe my views on the impact of social media, I have a confession to make: I don’t actually use social media. I don’t post on Facebook, share any photos on Instagram or send Snaps (which, I have learned, is the correct name for a message sent through Snapchat). I suppose I’m sort of...

Let’s stop complaining about airplane noise

Let’s stop complaining about airplane noise

Haley Ecker, Staff Writer

August 19, 2016


Filed under Issue 0, Opinions

On any given day, at least a thousand flights depart from San Francisco International Airport and Mineta San José International Airport. It’s often possible to hear the rumble of these departing planes as they zoom overhead. However, some residents of communities along the San Francisco Peninsula...

College Board Prioritizes Profits over Students

College Board Prioritizes Profits over Students

Kevin Yen, Senior Writer

May 30, 2016


Filed under Issue-8, Opinions

Each spring, when AP season comes around, I ask myself why I’m paying a ninety-something dollar fee that seems to rise every year, just to take a test.    Seconds later, I fight the impulse to shout that the College Board is stupid, that they’re a money-grubbing company that masquerades as a ...

Anti-Transgender Bathroom Laws: A Step in the Wrong Direction

Anti-Transgender Bathroom Laws: A Step in the Wrong Direction

Kevin Yen and Michael Sieffert

May 30, 2016


Filed under Issue-8, Opinions

The nation was shocked in March when the state of North Carolina passed an obviously anti-transgender bill into law. This law bans citizens from using any bathroom that is not designated for the gender that appears on their birth certificates. The state decided against addressing the backlash, which ...

Is It Worth It To Duck and Cover?

Is It Worth It To Duck and Cover?

David Lisbonne, Senior Writer

May 30, 2016


Filed under Issue-8, Opinions

Every Tuesday students are granted 30 minutes to meet with teachers, catch up on work or review for tests. Tutorial is a necessity, and the numerous occasions upon which the administration has commandeered it for situational drills is upsetting. In the fast-moving, work-heavy schooling environment we live i...

On Disbelief, Ignorance and Rape Culture

On Disbelief, Ignorance and Rape Culture

Jim Hollingworth, Staff Writer

May 23, 2016


Filed under Issue-8, Opinions

Last month, a childhood hero of mine was accused of rape. His name is Toby Turner, a YouTube sensation who made his way into my eleven-year-old heart with a collection of video-game parody songs. He was accused by an ex-girlfriend called April, who detailed his sexual abuse in a three thousand word T...

School Traffic Safety: Underlooked and Underappreciated

School Traffic Safety: Underlooked and Underappreciated

Keith Bohrer, Staff Writer

May 17, 2016


Filed under Issue-8, Opinions, Showcase

When I was 6 years old, my oldest brother was hit by a car as he biked home from Egan Junior High School. After being rushed to the emergency room, our family received news that he was going to be fine thanks to one special thing — a helmet. However, as my brother left campus that day, he wasn’t we...

Scheduling Conflicts with SBAC Testing

Booker Martin, Staff Writer

May 2, 2016


Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

Last year, high schools in California introduced the newest iteration of standardized testing: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, also know as SBAC. The school’s primary issue with SBAC testing no longer revolves around the content on the exam itself. The problem nowis scheduling conflicts, which...

Corporations are the Real Common Core Culprits

Spencer Dembner, News Editor

May 2, 2016


Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

It’s easy to forget that before the Common Core became the one thing everyone can agree to hate, it was the one thing everyone could agree on. Created in 2008 by a partnership of idealistic education reformers and the National Governors’ Association, the Common Core State Standards initiative originally...

Taking Too Many AP Classes is Overrated

Chris Dadok and Rachel Lu

May 2, 2016


Filed under Issue-7, Opinions

Throughout the years, the intent of AP courses has changed dramatically. However, one constant remains the same — the content for AP level courses are meant to prepare students for college, and many colleges do accept high AP scores as college credit, which saves tuition and allows students to get...

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