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Possible changes push to improve mental health at WCHS

Possible changes push to improve mental health at WCHS

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

June 5, 2019

A high school teacher from San Francisco has gone viral after making a poster that allows students to indicate how they are feeling mentally with colorful post-it notes. This innovative type of mental check-in begs the question: would something like this be beneficial at WCHS? High-school teacher...

SAT adversity score is for the better

SAT adversity score is for the better

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

June 5, 2019

WCHS students monitor their scores religiously, hoping to improve their chances of admission into top tier universities. SAT/ACT scores, College Board subject test scores, AP exam scores: all common tests which students are accustomed to preparing for. Now, adversity scores as well. On May 15th, 2019, ...

Grade inflation can give WCHS students an advantage

Grade inflation can give WCHS students an advantage

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor

February 26, 2019

The seemingly perfect report card on WCHS student’s fridges might really be leaving them unprepared for the grading systems in college--where grade inflation simply doesn’t exist. As WCHS enters the third quarter of its school year, the nationally ranked school attributes its student’s academic...

Metal detectors have a place in WCHS

Metal detectors have a place in WCHS

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

December 6, 2018

With the hassle of getting out the door in the morning, rush-hour traffic, and school parking, would having to get through metal detectors just an additional excuse for why a student is be late to school?   In light of recent school shootings, public and private high schools around the co...

Celebrities should not publicly endorse political nominees

Celebrities should not publicly endorse political nominees

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

November 26, 2018

Pop singer Taylor Swift shared her views on political candidates in a lengthy caption that she posted to her instagram. Swift’s picture was liked by over 2 million people. Meanwhile, our president’s inauguration was attended by only 900,000. Recently, celebrities have been impacting politics by promoting ...

Students should not be graded based on their participation

Students should not be graded based on their participation

By Anna Kronthal, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 19, 2018

“You are expected to participate in class discussions.” At the beginning of nearly every school year, teachers preach this expectation to students along with the usual mentions of kindness, work ethic and class rules. But, does it really belong on the course syllabus? Should the amount of tim...

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