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Class ranking provides unnecessary stress and competition between students

October 8, 2018

Sitting in advanced placement classes, walking the crowded hallways, playing in the big game or debating in a big tournament, they are among us: the top stu...

Class ranking should be readily available for students to view

October 8, 2018

Class ranking should be readily available for high school students. During my three years at Grady, students have easily requested their transcripts on...

Shortened fall break is necessary to maintain momentum after first quarter

September 5, 2018

Like my peers, I am thrilled to receive a full week off from school after a very long first quarter, but a week-long, fall break in October is very disru...

Longer summer vacation not worth losing benefits of weeklong fall break

September 5, 2018

Summer break has once again come to an end, and just like every year, Atlanta Public Schools students have to endure the pain of being in school while ...

New final exam schedule creates more conflict for students than advantages

Anna Tischer

May 5, 2018

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Students may be celebrating the new policy to dismiss at 12:30 p.m. after their morning finals this week, but Grady and Atlanta Public Schools would have better served students by keeping the traditional schedule of two finals staggered throughout the day and two classes in between each for safety, equity and time management. Although the early dismissal appears to give students more t...

New final exam schedule allows for more benefits to students than disadvantages

Josh Wolfe

May 1, 2018

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Along with many of my peers, I am thrilled that I am no longer spending wasteful hours in school after completing two final exams each day this week. Recently, the Atlanta Public Schools district made the change for the new final exam schedule that allows students to leave school at 12:30 p.m. In the end of the first semester, I had survived the long hours and had just finished ...

Student should be able to get food off campus

February 12, 2018

Principal Dr. Betsy Bockman sounded onto the announcements on Feb. 1 to inform the student body that the administration plans to build a fence around ...

Students should not be able to leave for lunch

February 12, 2018

I love a good Cookout milkshake as much as the next guy, but leaving school to go get it is where I draw the line. Leaving campus to get food during scho...

Books are necessary for higher learning

Anya Lomsadze, News Managing Editor

December 5, 2017

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To today’s teenagers, the first thing they think of when they hear “story” is Snapchat. Reading stories for fun has become a relic of the past, a childish endeavor suitable only for the days when we dreamt of spells and sorcerers, not good grades and college applications. As students get older, they read for fun less and less. Research from Common Sense Media, an o...

Students should not be assigned extra reading

James Bryan, Comment Managing Editor

December 5, 2017

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In the status quo, students at Grady are not reading books for their English classes. This is not necessarily because they hate the assigned readings or reading in itself, but more often than not, it is because it is not high on a student’s priority list. With the combined stress of balancing too many AP classes with clubs like debate or mock trial and playing a sport, m...

Head to Head: Schools shouldn’t encourage all students to attend college

October 29, 2017

By Jack Rafferty Comment College is not for everyone. There are only so many people who can meet the rigor demanded by a legitimate four-year colleg...

Head to Head: Schools should encourage all students to attend college

October 29, 2017

By Sophie Rivard Comment While college may not be for everyone, students should still be encouraged to attend post-secondary institutions. It is imperative...

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