There have been two school-wide walkouts this year, and while both have been in support of incredibly important issues, they have also been frustrating. During the Reproductive Freedom Walkout on May 9, students in the crowd were laughing and joking with friends. For those who were personally invested in theContinue Reading

Sports are known for being beneficial to one’s physical and mental well being. However, in the competitive environment which we reside in, this isn’t a reality. Not only are players competing against teams in their district, they’re competing against their teammates. Tryouts set up the environment for the rest ofContinue Reading

From the time we chose courses for the 8th grade, many Marshall students will remember being strongly encouraged by our counselors to pursue an advanced diploma. One of the biggest obstacles, however, to graduating with the advanced diploma is the obsolete requirement to take foreign language. The Virginia General Assembly’sContinue Reading

There are few childhood moments more sacred than waking up, refreshing a Twitter feed and running outside to build a snowman. But hold onto your hats, because snow days are under attack. The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation in early 2021 that allowed school districts to convert snow days intoContinue Reading

We’re over 600 days into the COVID-19 pandemic, but Fairfax County Public Schools is still lagging behind for coronavirus testing. FCPS recently announced new COVID-19 testing procedures, including optional opt-in parental consent forms that must be signed for any student to be tested as a plan to test 10% ofContinue Reading

Between conflicting spirit week schedules and an uproar over changed traditions, Homecoming Week escalated into controversy that disrupted our community. The poor discourse between administrative groups and students is all the more frustrating because every person involved has the same goal in mind: bring together the community and increase schoolContinue Reading

Measles, mumps, chickenpox, Hepatitis, HPV: these are all viruses and diseases FCPS students are required to be immunized against. We should add to this list COVID-19. Last month, Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the nation, became one of the first school divisions to announceContinue Reading

It was two days before the presentation, and I knew tomorrow I had work until the evening, Yvon had football practice, and Abby was embroiled in the logistics of a school-wide food drive. We decided to plan ahead and agreed to meet for Wednesday off hours. No warning given, noContinue Reading

Letter from the Editor Gwyneth Murphy – Editor-in-Chief In our November issue, we published an article entitled “Criminal Justice increases prop security following graphic video.” Rank&File articles go through an extensive editing process, and this story was no different. We felt justified in its publication because we conducted research fromContinue Reading

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 TinkerContinue Reading