A Solution to Semester Exams

by Whitney Marie Halaby ’14 Way back in 1999, the Board of Education first discussed a change in high school exam policy. This proposal became known as the double ‘A’ exemption policy. Ultimately, the policy was not accepted by Board members because the members felt that there would be more pressure to have other types of tests for seniors and … Read More

The End Is Near … Again

by Isabel Paterson ‘12  Theories about the world ending in 2012 have been in the air for a while now. Some look at it as more of a joke, something to poke fun at or use in a punch line. Something bad happens and usually there is that one person in the group who says, “Oh it’s okay guys, we’re … Read More

School Neglects AP Test Takers’ Achievement by Forgetting AP Party

  Students who took an AP exam this school year, whether it was one or five, deserve to be recognized for their achievements. They challenged themselves by taking college-level classes and should be proud of what they have accomplished. For this reason, many students were disappointed this year that there was no AP picnic or AP t-shirts, which students who … Read More

What You Never Suspected About the Canadian Border

by Diana McDermott ’13 The U.S./Canadian border is some 5,525 miles wide is and could possibly be the most ignored, unwatched, undefended border in the world. Canada is the world’s leading producer of marijuana and with new strains of heroin and cocaine grown in Canada, the smuggling of narcotics by low flying planes, that are undetectable by radar, is not … Read More

CON: Good Intentions Gone Wrong

by Holland McCabe ’11 There is little argument that bomb threats, firearms, drugs and violent attacks have no place in a school for the safety of students. So to combat these threats, many school systems employ policies that automatically attach harsh consequences to dangerous infractions. Beyond the safety considerations, zero tolerance policies were put in place to objectively punish students. … Read More

PRO: Zero Tolerance Deters Danger

by Arjun Singh ’12 Students go to school every day to socialize, participate in extracurricular activities and, most importantly, learn. However, negative influences such as drugs, alcohol and violence can infect the school environment and disrupt the safe haven that students need to succeed in school. MCPS schools use zero tolerance policies to limit these negative influences and promote safer … Read More

Quizzing Doesn’t Need To Cause Stress

by Jessica Golding ’11 It is that dreaded moment of the day: quiz time. Throughout the week, it varies among which classes it occurs in, but the generalized feeling remains the same. “Ugh, quizzes,” many kids groan. But school does not have to feel this way. Just the type of quiz alone can have a huge mental impact on how … Read More

Generation of Stalkers

by Allie Sivak ’11 “Yeah, I saw it on Facebook,” is the nonchalant response that accounts for the knowledge of others’ relationship statuses, work information and day-to-day activities. Ever since this social networking site’s creation, it is all too convenient to see what old friends, current friends or even love interests are up to. With the simple click of a … Read More

College Board Holds a Harmful Monopoly

by Holland McCabe ’11 For many juniors and seniors across the country, the college application process looms large and occupies much of students’ free time with researching colleges, writing essays and taking standardized tests. Parents, teachers and counselors push students to take AP courses and succeed at standardized tests, and throughout this process many do not pause to appraise the … Read More

Spring is Right Around the Corner

With spring sport tryouts starting this week, it came to my attention that while the spring sports start, the winter sports have not finished. Many people play a variety of sports over the year, some play two seasons, some play all three. The date of tryouts for spring sports may bring up controversy in the world of Sherwood sports. The … Read More