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Woodbury Elementary Provides Many Gap-Closing Programs

Leo Izen, Copy Editor

May 28, 2013

At Woodbury Elementary School, approaches to alleviating the achievement gap range from technological programs to team-taught classes. Sixth-grade teacher Ruth Heide mentioned a variety of programs applied at Woodbury. According...

Middle School Provides Programs, Support Aimed to Close Achievement Gap

Sarah-Jane Lorenzo, Print Editor in Chief

May 8, 2013

While test scores and state rankings indicate the achievement gap is present throughout the district, data has consistently implied that it may be most prominent at the middle school. Of all eight Shaker schools, the middle...

Finding the Balance for ‘Overclubbers’

Marcia Brown and Shane McKeon, Investigations Editors

March 26, 2013

Applying to college? Join the club. Or join all of them. For students deeply entrenched in the ever-more competitive college application process, clubs are playing an increasingly important role in their efforts to set themselves...

Clubs May Take Backseat To New Trends

Marcia Brown and Shane McKeon, Investigations Editors

March 26, 2013

According to Assistant Principal Eric Hutchinson, fewer students may “overclub” these days. Hutchinson believes that so many new things vie for students’ attention today that traditional pursuits such as club participation...

Girls’ In-Class Experiences

February 19, 2013

Dual-enrolled at Cleveland Heights High School and Case Western Reserve University, senior Natasha Madorsky is high achieving. However, she has never been interested in the sciences; she has “never been in a really good science...

Race Versus Gender in Admissions

February 19, 2013

Senior Evelyn Ting has noticed different treatment between male and female college applicants. “Colleges and universities will try to send emails that target girls for math and science programs, so I get a lot more of that mail...

What’s so Scary About an Educated Girl?

Abby White, Anna Seballos, Hillary Lacks, and Becky Marcus, Staff Reporters

February 19, 2013

Based on the numbers, Shaker girls kick Shaker boys’ butts. From the PLAN and Ohio Graduation Tests for high school students to the Terra Nova Tests and Ohio Achievement Assessments for younger students, Shaker students take...

Teachers’ Views on Extra Credit

Marcia Brown and Shane McKeon, Investigations Editors

December 12, 2012

The following quotations were compiled from email interviews with teachers regarding extra credit policies. “For the last twelve years, in my courses any assignment, quiz, or test can be retaken up until the end of the quarter. ...

Hostess Bankruptcy Could Affect Melt’s Fried Twinkies

Marcia Brown and Shane McKeon, Investigations Editors

November 17, 2012

UPDATE:  Melt Bar and Grilled Owner Matt Fish stated that the restaurant has prepared for the impending Twinkie shortage. "Over the last few days I was able to source roughly a six-month supply of Twinkies for Melt," Fish ...

How the Next Four Years Could Affect Your Life

Shane Mckeon and Marcia Brown, Investigations Editors

November 5, 2012

In the upcoming elections, more is at stake than just the direction of the country. The United States is one of the largest countries in the world, and Americans have a drastic effect on the health of the planet. This election...

Whether in School or Out, Suspensions Add Up

Allie Harris, Cover Story Editor

October 5, 2012

Despite ­­­talk among community members that there were record suspensions last year, Assistant Principal Sara Joyce and Ohio Department of Education data confirmed that the high school did not see a significantly higher number...

Seeking Alternatives to Missing School

Sarah-Jane Lorenzo, Editor In Chief

October 5, 2012

Disciplinary actions for suspension-level offenses vary as schools attempt to find alternatives for taking students out of their classes. An article published in the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration...

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