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Class ranking provides unnecessary stress and competition between students

Ellie Werthman, Co-Editor in Chief

October 8, 2018


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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 students in each grade. Each grade at Grady has around 300 to 400 students. Each competitive student fights to move up in rank or struggles to stay ...

Class ranking should be readily available for students to view

Kiki Soto, Comment Managing Editor

October 8, 2018


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Class ranking should be readily available for high school students. During my three years at Grady, students have easily requested their transcripts online, with their class ranking and semester grades shown. Currently, class ranking is a controversial issue. Grady’s counselors declined a comment ...

Shortened fall break is necessary to maintain momentum after first quarter

Josh Wolfe

September 5, 2018


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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 disruptive to the school schedule. I would recommend we use the extra days during our fall break and extend our summer break, so we do not start a full mo...

Longer summer vacation not worth losing benefits of weeklong fall break

Joe Earles

September 5, 2018


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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 their friends and family from outside the district are still enjoying summer. For a week. Maybe two. Eventually, however, students from other school d...

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, eq...

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 th...

Student should be able to get food off campus

Alex Opsahl, Lifestyle/A&E Managing Editor

February 12, 2018


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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 the campus to both prevent students from leaving campus during school hours and improve security. While the administration should work to create a safe c...

Students should not be able to leave for lunch

Jack Hudson, Sports Assistant Managing Editor

February 12, 2018


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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 school hours has been banned as long as I have been at Grady, and rightfully so. It brings safety risks to both those who leave and those who remain on ...

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 ...

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 ma...

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

Jack Rafferty, Assistant Managing Editor-Comment

October 29, 2017


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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 college, and there is a limited job market for careers that make the investment of a college degree worthwhile. High schools that indiscriminately push four-year c...

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

Sophie Rivard, News Section Editor

October 29, 2017


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By Sophie Rivard Comment While college may not be for everyone, students should still be encouraged to attend post-secondary institutions. It is imperative that high schools continue to create programs that urge students to attend four-year colleges because the consequences of not doing so could b...

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