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Standardized testing: Where do we draw the line?

Standardized testing: Where do we draw the line?

Michalea Halikias and Hannah Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

April 10, 2018


Filed under Commentary, Opinion, Top Stories

If you ask anyone to describe their junior year of high school, you will most likely hear the words college applications, APUSH, college visits, and most likely of all: standardized tests. The ACT and SAT are two standardized tests that are very familiar to all high school students. Whether you’ve taken th...

Third quarter blues

Third quarter blues

Samantha Moriarty and Hannah Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

March 23, 2018


Filed under Commentary, Opinion, Top Stories

Third quarter ended last Friday, March 16, which came as a relief to many students, including myself. Personally, I couldn’t be happier to be moving into fourth quarter. In my opinion, third quarter consistently stands alone as the worst few months of the school year. To begin, third quarter is the longest quart...

Living through a lens

Living through a lens

Hajera Naveed, Everett Eck, Section Editor, and Hannah Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

March 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Spring break is coming up in a couple days, so vacation is on everyone’s mind. And a majority of us also have another thing occupying our thoughts: vacation pictures. In this era, without recording our actions and experiences, it's easy to question: did it even happen? I think we are all guilty of “living life ...

Returning to the pass system

Returning to the pass system

Hajera Naveed and Hannah Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

March 16, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Over the past few weeks, teachers have been going back to enforcing the pass book rule much stronger than they have for the past three years it has been in place. The rule basically says that if a student needs to go into the hallway to fill their water bottle, go to the bathroom, or go to another tea...

To visit or not to visit

To visit or not to visit

Samantha Moriarty, Features Writer

March 15, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

With spring break coming up, everyone’s been discussing their upcoming travel plans. Because I’ll be staying in Chicago’s lovely 30 degree weather for break, I’ve found myself tuning out when I start to hear people discuss where they’ll be going on vacation. Despite my limited attention th...

Astronaut. Princess. Veterinarian. Lawyer.

Astronaut. Princess. Veterinarian. Lawyer.

Bryanna Lee, Contributor

March 7, 2018


Filed under Commentary, Opinion

How dream jobs differ from the future An occupation determines how well a person may live in the future, and how their job can change throughout their lives.  Usually, a younger demographic dreams to have more unrealistic goals such as being a ballerina, a pop star, or even a cat rather than jobs whi...

AP Tests: Should you take them?

AP Tests: Should you take them?

Hajera Naveed, Everett Eck, Section Editor, and Hannah Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

March 6, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

As May looms closer, so do the dreaded AP exams. Registration for the exams opened on Friday, Feb. 16, and the deadline for normal registration is Thursday, March 8. During this short time, many of us face the decision of whether or not to sign up for some of our tests. For many students, th...

Should we offer free test prep?

Should we offer free test prep?

Hajera Naveed and Hannah Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

March 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Recently, Glenbard Township High School District 87, the third largest school district in Illinois, has decided to offer free SAT classes for its juniors after school. The classes are twice per week for three hours each, and they are a mix of group work, teacher instruction, and individual assessment. The course started on Monday, Jan. 29 and will end on Thursday, April 5, r...

Battleground: Gun control after the Parkland shooting

Battleground: Gun control after the Parkland shooting

Brandon Belgrad, Scott Bitautas, and Hannah Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

March 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Policies, Politics, Politics, Top Stories

Background: On Wednesday, Feb. 14, tragedy struck at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. as former student Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and injured 14 more, making it the 11th deadliest school massacre in world history. Due to the involvement of guns, a nationwide debate has once again started regarding gun laws in the U.S. Cruz, 19, set off a fire alarm before using an AR-15 style semi-automa...

How to win a school election

How to win a school election

Lauren Wols, Everett Eck, Section Editor, and Hannah Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

February 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Walking through the halls during election season is always an interesting experience. When I say election season, I mean executive board and class board elections, not presidential elections, of course. Every candidate dedicates ample time to create campaign posters, which are then littered throughout...

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