Students Reflect on Religious Preferences

  “My family and I celebrate Chanukah. For me, on each day we do something different. Like one day, we play games as a family and on another day we give out food at a shelter. On the last day, we make traditional food.”  -Arielle Pesach ‘13 “My most memorable holiday is the old Russian New Year because it’s an … Read More

Realizing that I am an Atheist

by Alex Porter ’13 One of my earliest memories of religion was coming back from a church service at the Naval Academy while visiting my brother. After the service I asked my mother, “how do we know that there’s a God?” She sent the reverend an e-mail shortly after, asking how to explain it to me. The answer I got … Read More

Students Set Apart by Faith

by Ellen Kirkness ’12 Cliché nonconformists separate themselves from their peers through music or art, academic or athletic commitment. We often overlook those who distinguish themselves from their classmates through religious practice. “My religion guides me in my life and in my lifestyle,” said sophomore Addi Fullmer, a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints … Read More

Environment Places Low on Candidates’ Priority Lists

by Connor Martin ’13 The 2012 presidential election is just 13 months away, and the battle for the Republican nomination is in full swing. Republicans are not only looking for the person who represents the Republican Party to the core, but also for the nominee that has “electability.” In other words, Republicans want the person who can rally the nation … Read More

Dinerman Blows Through Causes of Unusual Weather

by Rachel Zemel ’13 Just days before students swarmed into Sherwood for the first day of school, Hurricane Irene, a category three hurricane, attacked the local area, escalating teens’ interests in the various factors that result in different weather patterns. The AP Environmental Science curriculum provides an in-depth look into the causes of climatic patterns, including the causes of more … Read More

Sparksnotes Sparks Debate

by Arjun Singh ‘12 Assigned reading is an intrinsic aspect of education, beginning as early as elementary school. As students get older, however, many increasingly find the “easy solution” by turning to online sites such as Sparknotes. These sites provide summaries of books and analyses of each chapter, and while students use these sites to reinforce what they have read, … Read More

They’re Just Resources, Right ?

by Jamie Langbein ‘13   After a hard day at school, many students get home and indulge in a little personal time; which often involves turning on computers and laptops. To them, it is a source of entertainment and a way to catch up on what is going on in the world. To others, however, these internet hotspots are invitations … Read More

Hey, Can I Copy the Homework?

by Allie Strosnider ‘12     Every teacher assigns work to be graded for completion, and this category of assignments can count for as much as 10 percent of the grade in a class. Some students, however, do not take work for completion seriously and view it as an invitation to copy. According to math resource teacher Debbie Hiltner, work … Read More

Cutting Corners To Learn

by Vicky Florian ‘14 Foreign language teachers see the use of online translators as cutting corners, leading to insufficient comprehension of the language. Students, on the other hand, see translators as a modern form of the dictionary, but a more convenient alternative. The question remains, whether there is any common ground between these two views. Teachers are not entirely opposed … Read More

Free Speech in School

Can Students Use Symbolic Speech to Protest in School? Tinker v. Des Moines, 1969 Background:  Students chose to wear black arm bands to school as a form of protest to the Vietnam War.  The three were suspended until they agreed to comply with a school policy that banned the wearing of armbands in school.    Ruling:  The court ruled in favor … Read More