The Observer

THRIVE Club brings peace to CHS

Caitlyn Jennings, Maya Simon, and Kiley Greiner (the officers of the new THRIVE club) after the club's first meditation, held by sponsor Makeyda Soriano.

By Jordyn Green, Assistant Online Editor-in-Chief

May 13, 2018

CHS can be one of the most stressful places there is, so it’s often hard to find a place to relax. The THRIVE club, whose main goal is to make CHS a more positive environment, decided to hold a lunchtime meditation Apr. 20. The meditation was led by guidance counselor Makeyda  Soriano, who me...

Adult Coloring Books Gain Popularity as a Method of Stress Relief

Freshman Emma Gray relaxes with an adult coloring book.

By Laura Sneller, Public Relations Editor

April 29, 2016

After a stressful week of tests and homework, students typically unwind by napping or watching Netflix. Now, there is a new relaxation method that increases artistic ability while relieving stress—all you have to do is color. Adult coloring books are spreading through the nation as more p...

Chin Up, Churchill

Chin Up, Churchill

January 4, 2016

Chin up, Churchill. Recently, there’s been a case of negativity going around, whether it be because of acts of violence or accumulation of academic stress. But even in the face of it, it’s important to stay positive, to find those cliched silver linings in storm clouds wherever we can. Ordinarily,...

Standardized Tests Are Getting a Failing Grade

By Ariel Levchenko, Online Opinions Editor

December 23, 2015

CHS students will have taken an average of 113 tests throughout their education. There are tests in every class, the PARCC, quarter exams, semester exams, final exams and AP exams. Wait, don’t forget SATs, SAT Subject tests and ACTs. The problem with these standardized tests is that they aren’t...

College Visits Interfere with Student Learning

College Visits Interfere with Student Learning

By Rebekah Sklute, Circulation Manager

October 29, 2015

If a student skips class, he or she is more likely to get into the college of his or her choice. Given the choice between attending University of Michigan’s college presentation or an AP class, a student is stuck with a tough decision. He has the desire to learn about the university and how to...

CHS Brings Back Assessment Schedule after Experimental Year Off

By Maya Rosenberg, Social Media Editor

September 29, 2015

The workload for students at CHS is never supposed to be easy. But last year, during my first year of high school, I was swamped by the workload. I would have days with three or four summative tests in multiple classes, then I would have only one assessment or nothing at all the next. It’s a given...

Facing stress, students smoke to blow off steam

Facing stress, students smoke to blow off steam

By Ben Fox, Sports Photo Editor

March 1, 2013

You can smell it on their breath. It lingers in their cars. It sticks to their clothes and cannot be washed out. The smell of cigarettes follows smokers everywhere, even through the Bulldog Lobby and into the halls of CHS. Smoking has long been a problem among teens nationwide. According to DoSometh...

New assessment schedule aims to reduce student stress

New assessment schedule aims to reduce student stress

By Julia Heimlich, Circulation Manager

October 2, 2012

The start of a new school year often brings the start of stress, pressure and anxiety. But this year’s new testing policy could potentially override some of these tense feelings. A new system was put into place this school year to try to regulate the number of tests given in a school day. Each depa...

Therapy provides outlet for teens under stress

By Amna Farooqi, Editor-in-Chief

April 15, 2011

During the developmental years of adolescence, it’s safe to say that life is ruled by stress. Whether it’s the stress of academics, the stress of group drama or the stress of relationships, stress seems to be the recurring theme in everyone’s life. For teens, it seems that dealing with the stress...

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