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Students should pay attention to the arts

Students should pay attention to the arts

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

May 30, 2013


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

Because of the departure of notable teachers in the arts department, rumors are swirling about the future of CHS performing arts. Students are worried that the programs may change for the worse, but instead of panicking, students should focus on using their own talents to keep the arts going strong. ...

Reaction to cheating only rewards dishonesty

Reaction to cheating only rewards dishonesty

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

April 30, 2013


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions, Top Stories

During the 2013 AP Language semester exam, numerous students found a copy of the exam online prior to taking it and, upon discovering it was the exact exam they would be taking, they distributed and used this exam to study, which, of course, is cheating. Originally, these students were to get zeros for...

Brickyard shows worst of political system

April 5, 2013


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

After nearly two years of legal battles, sloganeering and dramatization, county officials have scrapped plans to convert Nick Maravell’s beloved farm off Brickyard Road in Potomac into a kids’ soccer complex. At what cost? Between the picket signs and the accusing videos, the lawsuits and the re...

Education reform needed to compete

By Joe Nolan, Opinions Editor

February 28, 2013


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

In the midst of the Space Race of the 1950s, the US was startled to find itself playing catch-up with the USSR for the title of world’s greatest superpower. When the Soviets launched Sputnik into space, America accepted the challenge and quickly shifted its education standards to usher in an era of unprec...

Test schedule only leads to more stress

By Joe Nolan, Opinions Editor

December 20, 2012


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

CHS has now studied and tested for three months under the new school policy that dictates the days each department can test. With ample time to see how it works, it is clear that the well-intentioned administrative decree only agitates the problem it attempts to solve. According to assistant school admin...

Star Wars goes to the dark side

By Lara Fu, News Editor

November 29, 2012


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Disney bought Lucasfilm and ruined the Star Wars  franchise forever. According to an Oct. 30 Associated Press article, Disney will buy Lucasfilm and the rights to George Lucas’s Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises for $4.05 billion. Disney has announced ...

New hall pass policy restricts students

New hall pass policy restricts students

By Brett Sachs and Jane Zankman, Chief Production Manager and Production Editor

November 7, 2012


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

"Who are you? Where are you coming from? Do you have permission to be here?" These questions might sound like they were taken straight out of a CIA interrogation room, but CHS students experience such questioning daily when they walk through the hallways. The unnecessarily strict enforcement of hall ...

Scoreboard funds better spent elsewhere

By Brittany Goodman, Features Editor

September 25, 2012


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

How likely is it that a CHS student-athlete will go pro? Let’s just say most students should not depend on it as a career choice.  Professional sports today are so competitive that it is extremely unlikely for even one of CHS star players to get signed on a professional level. Because of this, CHS...

Flipped classes would increase achievement

Flipped classes would increase achievement

By Joe Nolan, Opinions Editor

May 25, 2012


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

At the height of the Information Age, we have at our fingertips what is perhaps humanity’s greatest invention: the Internet. This technology reduces all kinds of human feats, from the rapid spread of ideas to chatting with a friend across the world, to the simplicity of a few keystrokes. It is trul...

‘Hunger Games’ not unlike college process

‘Hunger Games’ not unlike college process

By Joe Nolan, Opinions Editor

May 2, 2012


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

  As parents and teachers sat down at movie theaters to see what all the fuss was about, they were nothing short of appalled at the scenes forced into their heads by the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, The Hunger Games. They were revolted by the glorification of teenagers slaughtering each...

Student glorify school violence online

Student glorify school violence online

March 26, 2012


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

 Last month, a fight broke out at CHS. While fights are not that rare in high schools, one troubling aspect of this fight was that many CHS students were involved, not just the ones who threw a punch.  In this case, the bystanders were part of the problem, not the solution. At least one student’s fir...

Eliminating on-level history adds pressure

Eliminating on-level history adds pressure

February 21, 2012


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The CHS administration and social studies department are considering eliminating on-level U.S. History for the 2012-2013 school year. This pending decision is largely justified as a method of accomplishing goals established by the School Improvement Plan (SIP), a yearly report developed by administrators...

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