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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

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

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

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

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

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

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, 2017

Minorities lack representation

Minorities lack representation

Amanda Musolf, Editor in Chief

February 17, 2017

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, 2017

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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, 2017

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, 2017

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...