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8 Tips to Survive Freshman Year

8 Tips to Survive Freshman Year

Birk Slothouber

September 25, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Student Life, Top Stories

Starting high school seems super stressful, but here are 8 tips that help you survive your first year.   1.) What you do freshman year does affect you later on when you apply for college, so it’s important to try hard now.   2.) You will hear a lot about subschools, if it is ...

Proper hallway etiquette

Proper hallway etiquette

Meaghan McIntyre, opinion editor

April 21, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

The sound of the bell ringing does not only signal the end of a class; it also marks the start of a six minute time span when students must make it from one classroom to another. When a class is right across the hall, this is not hard. But when a student needs to make it from the 700 hundred...

Fairfax County Public Schools faces budgeting problems

Meaghan McIntyre, Opinion editor

October 13, 2015


Filed under Opinion

A clear sign that a school system is facing monetary problems: when the Superintendent holds a conference and asks for as many student reporters to attend as possible. This is one way it is rather obvious that Fairfax County Public Schools are experiencing budgeting issues. Combine this with the fact...

A personal account of Pope Francis parade in Philadelphia

A personal account of Pope Francis parade in Philadelphia

Anna Hanfman, staff writer

October 6, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

On September 25-27, Pope Francis visited Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He visited Washington, D.C. just a few days before to speak with Congress about foreign issues and issues involving the catholic church. I attended a youth pilgrimage set up by The Arlington Dioceses of Virginia. The Dioceses and I trave...

Thank you and goodbye, SLHS

Thank you and goodbye, SLHS

Makhabat Abdisattarova, Staff Writer

June 23, 2015


Filed under Opinion

I was born and raised in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan. I have had a dream to study in an American high school and I reached my goal when I came to the USA as an exchange student. I arrived in Virginia with little knowledge of American culture and only basic knowledge of English. My first day at school...

FCPS Board faces criticism with new raises

FCPS Board faces criticism with new raises

Meaghan McIntyre, Opinion Editor

June 12, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Being a member of the Fairfax County School Board and being on the Board of Supervisors is technically a part-time job. A majority of School Board members voted to receive a $12,000 raise and will now make $32,000 annually. The Board of Supervisors awarded themselves a $25,000 raise, which led to their...

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...

Tips for success, surviving the stress of junior year

Meaghan McIntyre, opinion editor

May 14, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Junior year is stereotypically known as the “most difficult” year because of the late nights filled with endless homework, stress, SAT and ACT preparations, and college planning. To many underclassmen, junior year is already daunting and intimidating. Though junior year can be extremely stressful,...

Assignments over spring break

Assignments over spring break

Meaghan McIntyre, opinion editor

March 26, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Spring break is a vacation that many students and faculty members look forward to every year. It is the first relatively long break from school after winter break. Along with the possible bringing of warm weather, it gives time to relax prior to the major exams in May. How much homework should teachers...

Guest commentary: The blame game

Guest commentary: The blame game

Ryan Mcelveen

March 10, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

On Jan. 6, 2015, as students woke up to a coating of snow and untreated roads, they were failed by a school system that relied on faulty meteorology and non-existent snow-plows and sent its students to school. As I pulled out of my street in Tysons at 6:00 am, my car quickly began sliding, and...

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