South Lakes Sentinel

Guest commentary: Seniors: you have come a long way; prepare for more to come

Dana Walker, Class of 2014 Assistant Principal

June 13, 2014

You may recall those first few weeks as freshmen back in 2010. Many of you were tiny, scared, worried, crying, quiet, clueless, and some even cocky. The truth is that I possessed many of the same qualities as well, with the exception of being tiny. Yet, together we have come a long way since then and...

Net neutrality controversy may bring the SOPA/PIPA crowd back to the battlefield

Net neutrality controversy may bring the SOPA/PIPA crowd back to the battlefield

Sami Saab, graphics editor

May 7, 2014

Google, Netflix, Yahoo, and many more may be coming back to the battlefield to fight what some journalists are calling “the death of the internet as we known it.” The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, is proposing a new set of rules on the May 15 permitting what they call an internet...

First person narrative: speak now

First person narrative: speak now

Grace Erard, online editor

April 11, 2014

I failed one of the first tests that I ever took. I refused to accept the results initially, even going so far as to sympathetically suggest to my pediatrician that perhaps the batteries in her machine were not working correctly. After I was unable to pass the re-test, though, I was forced to face reali...

College Board makes positive improvements to SAT

Alexa Amster, editor

April 10, 2014

The College Board announced that the SAT would undergo new changes to "more closely mirror classroom curriculum than its current version," according to College Board President and CEO David Coleman. The new changes, which go into effect for test-takers beginning in 2016, will better represent one’s true c...

Less talk, more action: school start times must change

Charlotte Smith, print editor

April 9, 2014

The snooze button: one of modern technology’s greatest inventions. If only our biological clocks could work like our alarm clocks- we would all be asleep and silent with a push of a button, until it is time to wake up again. Well, that is sometimes what happens at 6 a.m., when, more than half asl...

Guest commentary: librarians serve important purpose

Linda Frantz, librarian

April 8, 2014

Here is a glimpse into a day in the life of our librarians. Our day begins around 6:50 a.m. As Ms. Sedgwick and Ms. Hawkins open the doors, a few students trickle in behind them. After they turn on the lights and computers and unlock the doors, the room quickly fills up. By this time, there are alr...

Students: take Mental Wellness Week lessons, activities to heart

Students: take Mental Wellness Week lessons, activities to heart

April 4, 2014

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...

Forward-thinking can consume you if you do not learn to enjoy the present

Forward-thinking can consume you if you do not learn to enjoy the present

Alexa Amster, editor

February 28, 2014

Keep thinking. My entire high school career I have uttered these two words to myself. When my mom asks me what I am doing, I am more than likely to reply "thinking." During the day, or at night, thinking consumes my thoughts. Of course, the prospects of my future have been the source of my recent...

FCPS must build more snow days into school calendar

David Freeman, opinion editor

February 25, 2014

The Virginia Department of Education requires public schools to have a minimum of 180 school days. This year, with all the snow Fairfax County has faced, it has turned into quite a struggle to fit all of those days in without extending the school year too far. On Monday Feb. 17, also known as President...

TOK course should not be limited to IB Diploma candidates

Grace Erard, online editor

February 24, 2014

The most valuable class in the South Lakes course catalog is mandatory for certain students at the school, yet forbidden for others. IB Diploma candidates around the world must take Theory of Knowledge (TOK), a seminar-style course that explores the nature, production, and limitations of human knowle...

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