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  • 2020 IB exams will no longer take place
  • Wash your hands
  • Washington K-12 schools closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year
  • AP exams will take place online from May 11 to May 22
  • Congratulations to the 2020-2021 class executives

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

editorial: tech dependency

editorial: tech dependency

Miles Gelatt, News Editor

October 25, 2019

  On Sep. 20, a significant cyberattack on the Northshore School District servers left most school systems non-operational. Suddenly, it became much harder for students to track their progress or complete assignments they would need for the year. This attack caused setbacks in a lot of academic w...

Editorial: Open campus

The debate around whether students should be allowed to have an open campus for lunch continues.

May 15, 2019

For many high school students, school is a major source of stress. School brings to light many known pressures: academic success, having a social life, extracurriculars, jobs and the looming question of what life will look like outside of high school. On top of it all, students’ school days can star...

Editorial: English classes overlook underprivileged perspectives

In all 11th grade English courses (English 11,
AP English 11 and IB Language and Literature 11 were observed), 11 of 21 works are written by white men, American or British. Only one is written by a woman of color.

March 31, 2019

“The Crucible,” “Of Mice and Men” and “Macbeth:” these are the classics many of us will eventually read in our English classes. The timeless themes of these books are so enriching that even today, teachers nationwide believe we can extract our own lessons about life and literature from them....

Editorial: Loving Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is often recognized to celebrate romantic love. But what is the real meaning behind this special day?

February 14, 2019

Today, take a step back from all the paper hearts, chocolate hearts, balloon hearts, store-bought hearts and look at the real hearts. We should reflect on the real reason Valentine’s Day was created: to value all those who are significant within our lives. Too many people pity themselves for not having a ...

Equity in school tech

Equity in school tech

Rachel Lawson, Managing/News Editor

December 30, 2018

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 93 percent of households in Washington own a computer (including a smartphone), and 87 percent have access to the internet. This may seem like a satisfactory number, but keep in mind that 7 percent of Washington households is 198,000 households, m...

Editorial: Sick students should stay home

Editorial: Sick students should stay home

February 9, 2018

Being sick does not always equate to staying home from school. Students can be seen — or rather, heard — in their classes sniffling and sneezing all throughout the period. Even if ill students make sure to wash their hands consistently and cover their mouths when they sneeze, they still pose the threat...

Editorial: Core 24 makes students stress more

Editorial: Core 24 makes students stress more

December 28, 2017

Graduation is often the central goal of a student's high school career.  Whether one plans on attending a four-year college or joining the workforce right after senior year, acquiring a high school diploma is what much of a student's schooling has amounted to. However, with the introduction of a new g...

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