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From the Board: Forming counselor relationships helps during college process

Newspaper Staff
June 12, 2015
Filed under From The Board, Opinion

Applying to college can be both a time consuming and stressful process. It involves writing essays, filling out background information, and getting recommendations while still maintaining first semester grades. A key factor in making the process easier is building a relationship with your counselor...

From the Board: ISIS

From the Board: ISIS

February 27, 2015
Filed under From The Board, Top Stories

ISIS is an Islamic (Sunni) jihadist group that has rapidly become one of the most feared terrorist organizations in the world. The terrorist group controls a large area of land stretching from Syria’s Mediterranean coast to south of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad. It brutally punishes citizens who do...

From the Board: Late school start time causes controversy

November 21, 2014
Filed under From The Board, Opinion

The Fairfax County School Board voted on Oct. 23 in favor of later start times, a change to be enacted next year. High schools will start at a time to be announced between 8:00 and 8:10 a.m. Students will be dismissed at a time to be announced between 2:45 and 2:55. Sleep deprivation is a growing...

Final farewell: senior staff members reminisce on four years of newspaper

Final farewell: senior staff members reminisce on four years of newspaper

June 16, 2014
Filed under From The Board, Top Stories

As journalists, we have had the opportunity to question, observe, and react to events that have happened over the past four years. But besides that, we are seniors. We have been fortunate enough to live these moments, and our final week of high school allows us to reflect on these experiences. In...

Students: take Mental Wellness Week lessons, activities to heart

Students: take Mental Wellness Week lessons, activities to heart

April 4, 2014
Filed under From The Board, Opinion

Ah, the beginning of the fourth quarter. We are now entering the final stretch of the school year and the most stress-inducing part of the year. The fourth quarter has it all, from IB tests to internal assessments, to SOLs and final exams. The beginning of the fourth quarter often involves late nig...

From the board: students must restrict cell phone use during classroom instruction

From the board: students must restrict cell phone use during classroom instruction

February 23, 2014
Filed under From The Board, Opinion

At the beginning of this school year, the administration loosened the rules of the Personal Electronic Device policy allowing for headphones and cell phone use during in the hallways. However, recent phone use has inhibited instructional time, as students take advantage of the PED policy to use the...

From the board: New school security policies promote ease of mind

From the board: New school security policies promote ease of mind

November 15, 2013
Filed under From The Board, Opinion

Within the past few years, schools across America have felt less secure with the increasing prevalence of school shootings and break-ins. Last week’s school lockdown created similar fear. No one was harmed in the wake of the lockdown, and the administration and security team assured our safety....

Seahawk Seminar changes show potential but lack flexibility

Seahawk Seminar changes show potential but lack flexibility

October 16, 2013
Filed under From The Board, Opinion

In the past four years, South Lakes has used four different formats for fourth period. Ultimately, the latest change brought Seahawk Seminar back to its roots with fourth period split into two, following a schedule rotation for students. While we praise the change and removal of Teacher Advisory and...

From the board: community college a decent choice for post-secondary education

From the board: community college a decent choice for post-secondary education

June 10, 2013
Filed under From The Board, Opinion, Top Stories

As they depart for the next chapter of their lives, seniors are making major decisions such as attending colleges and universities, pursuing careers, going to trade schools, or choosing community college. Northern Virginia Community College, commonly known as NOVA, is an accredited two-year college and in...

From the board: NRA makes poor suggestion to put guns in classrooms

From the board: NRA makes poor suggestion to put guns in classrooms

April 24, 2013
Filed under From The Board, Opinion

In the wake of mass shootings, most recently at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, the issues of gun control and safety are again under scrutiny by the entire nation. At Sandy Hook, 27 people, including 20 elementary aged children, lost their lives at the hands of a merciless and dangerously...

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