South Lakes Sentinel

High expectations leads to student stress

High expectations leads to student stress

Meaghan McIntyre, opinion editor

March 5, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) are typically considered top notch. With the number of schools that offer either Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, it is no doubt that the students who attend schools in Fairfax County have a very rigorous and time-consuming course...

Applying to less college provides benefits

Applying to less college provides benefits

Manaal Farhan, student life editor

February 27, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Applying to colleges is obviously a big part of being a senior in high school. However, many students struggle with an essential part of the college applications process: deciding how many colleges is the appropriate number to apply to. There is no magic number, but six to eight applications are generally...

Homework amount needs limits

Meaghan McIntyre, opinion editor

December 17, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

A student’s daily routine consists of completing homework assignments, projects and reviewing for tests. Homework is not the most enjoyable part of the day but it is a necessary resource to practice materials learned in class. When you create a schedule for the next upcoming school year with your...

New late bus schedule creates problems for many students

Meaghan McIntyre, opinion editor

November 26, 2014


Filed under Opinion

In past years, students were given the opportunity to take the late buses home on two different days. However, late buses are now only offered on Wednesdays. For those students who cannot drive, the late bus is one of the most convenient ways to get home. It allows students to stay after school on...

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...

Should the government be able to tell us what to eat?

Manaal Farhan, copy editor

November 21, 2014


Filed under Opinion

New rules requiring healthier foods in public schools took effect July 1 as a result of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act passed 2010. The new rules set nutrition standards for all food and drinks sold during the school day, including vending machine snacks and bake-sale goodies. The new standards...

School start time debate nearing decision

Meaghan McIntyre, opinion editor

October 1, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

After two years of discussion, the decision to push back high school start times reaches an end. On October 23, the school board will vote on 8 a.m. start times for the 2015-2016 Fairfax County school year. However, is this change in the student’s best interest? High schools in Fairfax County begin...

Lack of sleep leads to debate

Meaghan McIntyre, online writer

June 20, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Fairfax County is currently in debate over the controversial issue of changing school start times. Most students against the later start times are those who participate in extracurricular activities. Studies performed by doctors show the average teenage brain should not wake up until after 8 a.m....

World Cup causes controversy

Sarah Wood, student life editor

June 18, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Brazil was optimistic coming into the year 2014 as the World Cup host but the glory quickly became overshadowed by controversy. According to Forbes Magazine, Brazil spent an estimated $14 billion for preparations with $3.6 billion paid by taxpayers, making it the most expensive World Cup to date....

Many wishes for the school start time to change

Jay Park, copy editor

June 17, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Fairfax County is considering changing the school start time from 7:20 a.m. to 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. for 2015-2016. Students, teachers, and parents argue on whether the school start change is a wise decision or not. Some say that the county should not change the school start time because it conflicts with...

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