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Lockdown Drills Fail to Stop the Shot

Connor Dunphy, Editorials Editor

November 6, 2016

FCPS began to practice lockdown drills in 2014, following a nationwide trend. However, a lockdown does not work well in a school environment because it forces students to hide and wait for rescue rather than fleeing. For example,...

Extracurriculars vs. Student Jobs: What are helping us more in the long run

Connor Dunphy, Opinions Editor

October 6, 2016

In results driven NOVA, students do everything that they can in order to get a step above their peers. Motivated students do extra-curricular activities in order to get that step. Robinson offers hundreds of clubs and sports in...

“The Crossover” Fails to Make a Basket

Jessica Reid, Entertainment Editor

November 4, 2015

Is “The Crossover” a beautiful work of poetry or a novel meant for fifth graders?            Over summer 2015 seventh through tenth graders were required to read “The Crossover” before the next school ye...

How to be creative in IB

Ben Eisen, Managing Editor

December 4, 2014

In the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at school, creativity is held to a high standard.  For a student in the program, the ability to interact creatively is one of the greatest attributes he or she can have.  While...

School not targeting right areas in fight to help mental illness

Kimberly Williams, Editor-in-Chief

December 4, 2014

It’s no secret depression is a severe illness haunting millions of people worldwide, but how it manifests and incapacitates someone suffering from it does seem like a secret. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) alone has faced...

Prom Can Be Too Expensive

Owen Joyce, Editor-in-Chief

May 21, 2014

Prom: is it too expensive? The answer is an easy one, yes. The amount of money students, and their parents, have to funnel into prom each year is ridiculously high. While prom is a great time for most high school seniors, it has...

Extend School Days, Not Years

Rachel Keith and Sara Kline

May 21, 2014

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have decided to extend the school year from June 20th to June 25th; this was a terrible decision. There was another option that many schools around the DC area have implemented--adding time...

Affirmative Action Helpful to Schools

Hiba Ahmad, Business Manager

May 21, 2014

Public universities in Michigan cannot use race as a factor in admissions decisions. This is the outcome of a recent Supreme Court case, upholding a 2006 referendum supported by a majority of voters in the state. The policy...

Motivation freezes as temperatures drop

Danielle Nelson, Online Editor

February 20, 2014

Lazy, an adjective many people choose describe themselves, is becoming a widespread trend among students and the rest of the world alike. Though taking time to relax can be a positive thing when done in moderation, spending ho...

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