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Teachers cope with sleep deprivation

Emma Walz, Managing editor
March 17
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According to a pen-and-paper survey administered to 52 teachers last month, the majority of teachers here, 76 percent, say that lack of sleep has affected how they work and teach. Social studies teacher Julie Marx isn’t surprised by this statistic, attributing sleep deprivation to her weary behavior...

Adjusting to new reality: renovation debate 2.0

Meera Rothman, Editor in Chief
March 17
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The school board’s rejection of the bid for a $40-million renovation of the school came as a surprise to principal Sam Wynkoop. “I knew there was support there,” Wynkoop said. “I knew what people were asking for, but I had visions of coming in the next day and finalizing plans for renovations.” He...

Debating what—if anything—to do about cellphones

Debating what—if anything—to do about cellphones

Tirzah Khan, Managing editor
March 17
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Science teacher Marty Stranathan isn’t the biggest fan of cellphones being used in school. “Six hours a day without an electronic device is not that big a deal,” he said. “I don’t think students are showing enough self-restraint to give them the freedom to walk around the halls with their...

Survey shows widespread sleep deficit

Survey shows widespread sleep deficit

Doria Diacogiannis and Grace Knotts
March 17
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Sophomore Eddie Jancuk admits to planning his sleep schedule – but it happens to fall within the school day, not at home. “I usually fall asleep in most of my classes. I try to pick out the times I can fall asleep at,” he said. Jancuk follows a trend found in the pen-and-paper student slee...

Team triumphs physics competition

Team triumphs physics competition

Sophie Bates, Editor in chief
February 28
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Minorities lack representation

Minorities lack representation

Amanda Musolf, Editor in Chief
February 17
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Senior Tevian Whitehurst sees a pattern in his Advanced Placement classes. “It looks Caucasian and Asian,” Whitehurst said of his average AP class. “I’m the only black male in any of my classes. If there have been other black people in my AP classes they’ve been girls.” Whitehurst,...

DeWALT donates tools for HVAC students

DeWALT donates tools for HVAC students

Adam Zimmerman, Staff writer
February 17
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Teacher book study opens dialogue on equity in education

Teacher book study opens dialogue on equity in education

Jason Fontelieu, Deputy editor
February 15
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The need for book studies like the one he and 37 other teachers engaged in last semester is oh so real, social studies chairman Tom Maranville said. “Whether it’s Hispanics or African Americans or females or jocks or artistic people, everyone is always doubting their abilities,” Maranville said....

FBLA convenes, wins big

FBLA convenes, wins big

Julie Chotivatanapong, Editor in chief
February 15
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More than thirty Future Business Leaders of America members earned first place during competitions at their conference here Jan. 20. Saying he was proud and excited, FBLA sponsor Pat Holt praised students for their success. “We help, we teach and do all those things, but the reality is teachers come...

BCPS One cards axed

BCPS One cards axed

Grace Gary, Staff writer
February 15
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Although they were initially touted as a high-tech method for taking attendance and maintaining security, BCPS One cards won’t be employed here. “They have pulled the plug on that and it is finished,” principal Sam Wynkoop said. Security should be strengthened by the school’s renovation, set...

Students, teachers hit streets of Washington

Students, teachers hit streets of Washington

Meera Rothman and Meher Hans
February 15
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Senior Michael Gonglewski and sophomore Annaliese Colins each set their alarms for 5 a.m. the week of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Gonglewski, a long-time supporter of the new president, headed to D.C. Jan. 20 for the swearing in ceremony.  Colins trekked to D.C. for a different reason—the...