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Mar 20 2018

Schools need business model to increase student attendance

There is a term scholars use in business, ‘absenteeism’, which means the habitual evasion of work or willful absence as in a strike action. Typically companies with high absenteeism are struggling to motivate their workers, pointing to a flawed management strategy. But the concept applies to more than just corporations. In a way, students are …

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Mar 08 2018

Materialism misinterprets spirit of Valentine’s Day

No one loves cliché romantic gestures more than I do, so while I’ll never be against the Valentine’s Day tradition of buying that special someone a box of chocolates or an overpriced teddy bear, I take issue with the underlying notions surrounding the holiday. My issues with Valentine’s Day stems from an overarching problem with …

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Mar 08 2018

Fundraiser oversaturation dulls effectiveness

I am often critical of the phrase “too much of a good thing,” especially toward actions that benefit the community, but I have found that the oversaturation of fundrasers by various clubs and classes has dulled their own effectiveness. According to the Digital Giving Index of Network for Good, 31 percent of all donations to …

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Mar 03 2018

Staffer predicts 90th Academy Awards winners

The 90th edition of the Academy Awards come at the conclusion of a strong season for movies, and will see the best of Hollywood pitted against each other for the most prestigious awards in the industry. I have seen the majority of the nominated movies and though there are 24 categories in the entire show, …

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Feb 13 2018

Trump’s first year leaves much to be desired

The movement of the New Journalist was perhaps the defining socio-political movement of the cultural reformation that swept the United States through the 1960’s and beyond. Hunter S. Thompson, the godfather of Gonzo-ism, described the death of Objective Journalism and its relation to President Nixon as the need to “get Subjective to see Nixon clearly, …

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Feb 13 2018

Are Honor Society Requirements Too Easy?

To be inducted into an honor society, I believe that acceptance requirements should be much more challenging to ensure that each student is worthy of the honor society prestige. Honor societies are a way for students to expand their knowledge and show off their excellence. Individuals join honor societies based on their passions and interests. …

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Feb 13 2018

Substitutes’ inexperience diminishes curriculum

Often, a substitute teacher appearing in place of a normal teacher is a relief for students, but it is not always in their best interest. The major flaw in the substitute teacher system is the lack of organization based on subject. Oftentimes, a substitute teacher will have to lead a class with curriculum in an …

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Jan 06 2018

Lack of holiday spirit dulls excitement for winter season

The winter season is full of a diverse range of festivities like Kwanzaa, Christmas and Hanukkah. But, in high school, I believe that the lack of spirit in faculty and students belittles the excitement. Throughout the years, I have accumulated a wardrobe of ugly holiday sweaters to wear throughout the month, but I am alone …

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Nov 29 2017

ESOL program needs improved immersion

When Latin American and other ethnic students transfer schools to the US, high schools implement various programs to accommodate them as they learn the English language. One notable effort is the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. Constant exposure to the usual English classes can help these students naturally learn the accent and …

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Nov 29 2017

Inefficient grading deadlines restrict student remediation

As a junior dealing with a rigorous IB workload, I find myself monitoring my grades constantly; to that end, the Student Information System offers a convenient way to access grades, and for teachers to keep track of their assignments and responsibilities for each class. As the academic year progresses and classes demand more of their …

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