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Valle retires as other staff departs

Valle retires as other staff departs

Dorrie Gaeng, Staff writer

May 18, 2017


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English and special education teacher Barbara Valle has decided it’s time to retire after 42 years of teaching, 25 here. “Yes, I am retiring despite colleagues’ predictions that I would be hobbling out of here on my walker or being carried out on a gurney,” Valle said. Valle was known for her...

Teacher inspires senior’s winning essay

Teacher inspires senior’s winning essay

Sophie Bates, Editor in chief

May 18, 2017


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It’s not every-day that a student here nabs a $5,000-check for their favorite teacher and the school. Senior Randall Davidson was on a scholarship-seeker website earlier this year, looking for possible contests he could be eligible for. The Barnes & Noble’s ‘My Favorite Teacher’ contest...

Assessing value as catalyst for creativity here, beyond

Assessing value as catalyst for creativity here, beyond

Claire Vecchioni, Meera Rothman, and Greg Zapas

May 18, 2017


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For senior Aliah Walls, one group project stands out in particular. During last year’s policy project in Advanced Placement English 11, clashing ideas caused the simple project to spiral into chaos. “When it came down to it, I felt as if every little decision was an argument,” Walls said. Not...

Admission can bring sticker shock

Admission can bring sticker shock

Meera Rothman, Editor in chief

May 18, 2017


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Cost was the pivotal factor in senior Arielle Williams’ decision to attend Howard University next year. “Everything about American was really calling my name from the campus to the classes to different teachers,” Williams said. “My mom wanted me to go to American, I wanted to go to American,...

Shift yields declining suspension rate

Shift yields declining suspension rate

Daniel Longest, Staff writer

May 18, 2017


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Changes in the school system’s behavior handbook follow a national trend, veering from zero tolerance, a system of rigid punishments for specific infractions. The result? Figures from the administration show the percentage of students with one or more suspensions has declined to less than 2 percent...

Sex survey finds students tend to be more cautious than liberal

Sex survey finds students tend to be more cautious than liberal

Sophie Bates, Editor in chief

May 18, 2017


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While rates of sexual activity in some categories are increasing locally, an anonymous pen and paper survey of students in all grades and academic levels finds that when it comes to sexual intercourse, sexting and oral sex, students here are less active than their peers nationwide. Among the salient...

Reacting to Dance’s departure

Reacting to Dance’s departure

Emma Walz, Managing editor

April 27, 2017


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Students yelled out in the middle of class as the unexpected news broke around 10:15 a.m. April 18. Staff received an email from Dallas Dance, and the news trickled down to students from social media announcing that the superintendent will resign from his position June 30, according to a Baltimore Sun...

Teachers cope with sleep deprivation

Emma Walz, Managing editor

March 17, 2017


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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, 2017


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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, 2017


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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, 2017


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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...