Student Council Results Announced

By: Viola Hsia

On Tuesday, the widely anticipated results for Clinton’s student council were announced. Now the new board is tasked with determining the path for the future of Clinton as a school.

The winners for president, vice president, and secretary were 11th grader Ralph Makombo (president), 10th grader Karen Tineo (vice president), and 10th grader Tobias Bremer (secretary). Two representatives were also elected for each grade: Bobbi Kurens and Zac Heidenry (ninth); Veronica Habacker and Aniello Bianco (10th); and Genesis Fermin and George Weathers III (11th). Continue reading

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Integrating Technology Into Education

By: Havah Bernstein

This year, more than ever, I have noticed students bringing tablets and computers to class. As juniors, students are asked to take a lot of notes and turn them into something useful to prepare for tests, and some juniors have already come up with a system that makes this significantly easier: bringing their computer to school.

Mr. Eric Stanton, upper grades history teacher, defended the juniors’ use of computers during class. He explained that everybody organizes themselves differently and that for some students, typing their notes may be “a better way of approaching [note taking] than just traditional organization in notebooks. Continue reading

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Is High School Preparing Us For College?

By: Alex Rosado

I’m sure you’ve heard this one before: in elementary school, a teacher says while teaching,  “Pay attention! You’ll need this for middle school.” So you show up at middle school and as it turns out, they end up teaching you that same topic all over again. So you say, “Alright. Won’t fool me again.” Then in middle school, the teachers constantly tell you, “You need to learn this now, because they’re not going to be teaching you this in high school. You’re expected to know this.” But then you show up to high school, and guess what they do? They teach you the same thing all over again! Naturally, the next step in the pattern is for teachers in high school to tell us that we need to know something that we’re just going to learn all over again in college. But is this the case? And why does this reteaching happen, anyway?

Teachers end up having to reteach students skills like grammar and note-taking because oftentimes, students don’t pick them up the first time around. Reteaching content that students are expected to know already takes time away from the content that they are actually meant to be learning that school year. Continue reading

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Citywide Student Walkout Against Donald Trump

By: Maya Rader

Election or not, Trump opposition is still going strong.

Students across the city walked out of their classrooms to protest Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election on Tuesday, November 15. The walkout began at around

Students who walked out listen to speakers in Washington Square Park // Calpurnia Carter

10:00 a.m. and congregated at Trump Tower on 57th Street. They protested outside of the building for about 40 minutes. Then students walked down Fifth Avenue to Washington Square Park, where some spoke about the election.

The walkout was organized by students at Little Red, a private school in lower Manhattan. Interest in the walkout gained momentum through a Facebook page these students created. According to Bennett Wood, a tenth grader at Little Red who helped organize the protest, about 1,500 New York City students attended.

In a phone interview with Wood, he stated, “we were all just really upset about the ideas that Trump was bringing up and normalizing in our country.” Continue reading

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The School Segregation That Exists All Around Us

By: Alex Rosado

In New York, the quality of education students receive is dependent on their zip code.

According to the New York Times, “From elementary through high school, New York City children tend to go to school with others similar to themselves, in one of the country’s most racially segregated systems.” This problem may seem outdated, but it’s actually still prevalent, even in a city as progressive as New York. This may seem strange at first, but the more you think about it, it’s obvious: race is connected to income, income affects where you live, and where you live affects your education… which affects income, and so forth. It makes perfect sense that certain kids are receiving a much better education than others, essentially based on their race.

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How To Be Alone On Valentine’s Day

By: Juliette Grossman Smisek

We all know the feeling. February rolls along, and grocery stores start filling up with hearts, teddy bears and chocolates. Everywhere you turn, there are little reminders that you’re a loner. You might not be spending Valentine’s Day getting all snuggly with someone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it just as much anyone else! So get out of your pit of self despair and follow these tips to have a great V-Day this year!

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Sexism in Clinton’s P.E. Classes

By: Alex Rosado

Throughout history, men and women have been separated in the world of sports. Oftentimes, women were not allowed to play, and when they were, they were only allowed to play with other women because of differences in perceived ability. If men and women were to play against each other, it is believed that the playing field would not be equal. Similarly, within the world of physical education, students are divided and stigmatized on the basis of gender.

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