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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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Nov 29 2017

Thanksgiving break schedule wastes resources

With Thanksgiving break approaching, members of the Marshall community are looking forward to having some much needed time off from school. Students are heading off to visit family across the country and a good number of them will end up missing school on Wednesday. With so many students absent, it does not make sense for …

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Nov 06 2017

Breathalyzers violate privacy of attendees

In one of the enduring moments in the legal battle for student’s rights, Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas delivered the line “it can hardly be argued that students […] shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” His majority opinion in the case Tinker v. Des Moines set a …

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Nov 06 2017

Juniors, seniors debate relative pain of school

Senior year, despite the stereotype that it is easy, challenges students as much if not more than junior year. Seniors deal with the constant torment of worrying about life after high school and multiple IB assignments on top of the the work and social pressure of normal student life. The meticulous process of applying to …

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Nov 06 2017

Refusal to approve clubs weakens community

Marshall has an array of activities, such as sports, clubs and arts programs, which offer ample opportunities for students to get involved; however, just because these activities already exist does not mean that everybody is going to be interested in them. What if one searches for a club that covers what they are interested in, …

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Nov 06 2017

Late bus program fails at intended purpose

The late bus runs on Mondays from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and is a great advantage for those who stay after school for clubs, activities and after school help. At the same time, its effectiveness is limited because it is only available one day out of the whole week. There are several clubs and activities …

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Nov 06 2017

HI elimination costs sophomores valuable skills

The Social Studies department decided this year to remove the Historical Investigation, or HI, from the Government curriculum, tampering with hundreds of sophomores’ chances to practice writing a major essay in a more supervised setting. The HI aims to examine and compare varied perspectives on a historical topic the writer chooses. Although typically an essay …

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Nov 06 2017

Rank & File to innovate with larger staff size

When the returning staff began planning Volume 55 of Rank & File, I made a point of embracing innovation. Last year, we proved ourselves capable of carrying on the legacy of the publication that our predecessors created. We managed to receive the distinction of crown finalist from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, putting us in …

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Jun 14 2017

Late finals week results in unnecessary anxiety

Coming to school with nothing but a pen and a stack of random papers stuffed in your backpack is the epitome of fatigue most students experience by the time the end of the school year rolls around. Anticipating the classes where little classwork occurs is a huge part of the appeal of the end of …

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