The Griffin

Teachers mobilize to change grading policy

Teachers mobilize to change grading policy

Meera Rothman, Editor in chief

November 22, 2016


Filed under News, Uncategorized

Teachers here are joining the countywide teacher union’s effort to challenge mastery grading. “I’m not against the idea of mastery grading, but the workload that is created without any thought is a concern,” said Maureen Burke, who is the representative here of the Teachers Associatio...

Survey: students dislike new mastery grading even as policy evolves

Survey: students dislike new mastery grading even as policy evolves

Julie Chotivatanapong and Amanda Musolf

November 18, 2016


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Junior Alex Ozbolt wasn’t surprised that the Griffin’s anonymous survey in English classes found 66 percent of students here find their classes harder thanks to Baltimore County Public Schools’ new mastery grading system. “On paper, the theory that students would be able to master their scores...

TV network’s campaign history bus rolls up here

TV network’s campaign history bus rolls up here

Meher Hans, Editor in chief

November 18, 2016


Filed under News, Photo Gallery

  Freshman government students attend an information session on the C-SPAN network’s Campaign 2016 history bus Nov. 10. A representative informed students of the network’s mission to serve as a database for unbiased information, adding that the website’s video library is available for p...

Later school start draws support, concern

Meera Rothman, Editor-in-Chief

November 18, 2016


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The school board’s newly approved 2017-2018 calendar doesn’t impress junior Mark Bonner, especially the plan to morph spring break into a long weekend. “It’s a bunch of bologna,” he said. “Spring break is supposed to be lit. It can’t be with only four days.” The Board of Education has...

Teams wow at school’s first speech, debate tourney

Teams wow at school’s first speech, debate tourney

Meera Rothman, Editor in chief

November 17, 2016


Filed under News

The weeks of preparation that senior Jessica Ye and sophomore Olivia Summons spent researching paid off Nov. 12. Summons and Ye competed at the Baltimore Catholic Forensic League debate tournament here, earning a bronze medal and an undefeated record. All five other debate partners finished with two...

Teachers share stress, remain optimistic

Meher Hans and Emma Walz

November 17, 2016


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Of the 20 percent of staff members who responded to an anonymous questionnaire in their mailboxes last month, just over a third were neutral on the new grading policy. Yet critics emerged. “The policy is being piloted this year and, therefore, there are a lot of changes that are coming in on a weekly...