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Global pandemic brings imperative stay-at-home order

Art by Sonya Sheptunov

Ishika Kaushik, Reporter

May 21, 2020

Amid the highly contagious COVID-19 virus that has surfaced around the globe, 42 states in the US alone have implemented stay-at-home orders, urging 316 million people to stay at home, self-quarantine and contain the spread of the virus. An order of this kind has never been seen before and has impact...

Urgent climate action needed to match nature’s resilience

Art by Aditi Jain

Aditi Jain, Co Editor-in-Chief

May 20, 2020

The world has changed; quarantine has allowed us to take a step back from our hectic lives and reorganize our priorities, from the meaning of life to our relationship with the environment. It has also brought critical awareness to issues of air pollution and climate change. Because of the decreased activi...

Stimulus checks provide a band-aid solution to larger problem

Stimulus checks provide a band-aid solution to larger problem

Margaret He, Opinion Editor

May 11, 2020

On March 5, an op-ed calling for a government stimulus package of $350 million and stimulus checks of $1,000 to most Americans was published in the Wall Street Journal. As businesses, schools and public places were forced to close in the following weeks in response to the pandemic, such a solution be...

Online curricula adapts to unknown circumstances

Online curricula adapts to unknown circumstances

Gloria Shen, Reporter

April 6, 2020

Amidst the extreme precautions taken by Northshore School District in light of the developing COVID-19 situation, normal school days were stopped in favor of an online learning curriculum for the week of March 9 to March 13. The school closure, which was targeted toward minimizing the spread of diseas...

More protection for student self-expression is needed

 The impact of the New Voices Act on student journalism highlights the progress being made for students’ self-expression rights. Art by Naomi Nam

Naomi Nam, Cheeky Editor

April 4, 2020

Students are told that they are given the right to freedom of speech and expression by the First Amendment, the very first thing prioritized when writing the Bill of Rights. Although the foundation of the United States is based on our rights to certain freedoms, students are not always protected by the...

Point/Counterpoint: college phone tracking

Point/Counterpoint: college phone tracking graphic for web. Art by Priya Annapureddy and

Priya Annapureddy and Minita Layal

February 7, 2020

Pro: Throughout the nation, dozens of colleges are starting to track their student’s phones, using an app called SpotterEDU. The primary goal is to increase student attendance, thereby encouraging students to engage. The school’s faculty has access to the students’ whereabouts,  attendance rate...

editorial: staff and student speakers create impactful assemblies

Memorial assemblies graphic for page five. Art by Sonya Sheptunov

Sonya Sheptunov, Editor-in-Chief

February 7, 2020

Assemblies in memoriam hold a unique place in the hearts of those with ties to the event they honor. Their purpose is to honor the event’s foundations while paving a road for the future— a balancing act sometimes difficult to achieve. The assembly itself is a true indicator of whether or not the...

Vaccine exemptions jeopardize public health

Vaccination compliance opinion article. Graphic for thumbnail. Art by Mia Tavares

Mia Tavares and Miles Gelatt

February 7, 2020

In May 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill that nullified vaccination exemptions grounded in personal or philosophical beliefs for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). The new law took effect on July 28, 2019, and it still allows exemptions for religious or medical reasons. Although...

Standardized testing fails to account for complete student profile

Bar graph depicting how SAT scores correlate positively correlate with household income. Art by Mia Tavares and Eli Shafer

Eli Shafer, Co-Business Manager

December 20, 2019

From the SAT to Common Core tests, standardized assessments have been used to measure student achievement for years. However, these tests measure student success in a very specific and limiting way, and they often do not provide an accurate reflection of a student’s achievements. With these tests,...

editorial: Growth based grading

Growth-based grading has its benefits and downsides. Art by Margaret He

Miles Gelatt, News Editor

December 20, 2019

Growth-based grading is a measure of a student’s performance and improvement over time, in which teachers base a part of a student’s grade on growth. This grading system, in theory, is supposed to help students in their work by raising their grades and encouraging students to strengthen their ex...

Point-counterpoint: Items for service hours

PointCounterpoint on items for hours; thumbnail graphic. Art by Naomi Nam

Sofia Leotta and Naomi Nam

December 20, 2019

Yes, donations reflect meaningful service Naomi Nam National Honor Society (NHS) encourages students to support their community through volunteering. Donating items is one of the ways to earn hours during the holiday season. The Inglemoor honor society chapter allows their members to donate items to...

editorial: Need for transparency regarding sexual misconduct

Illustration of a football helmet in the boys locker room. Art by Margaret He

Margaret He, Opinion Editor

November 22, 2019

Last spring, a student at Bothell High School approached a campus police officer about a conversation he’d overheard, in which athletes described a practice called “Rape Squad” that involved players restraining a teammate and touching his genitals. As reported by the Seattle Times, this investi...

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