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Standardized tests hurt more than help

Standardized tests hurt more than help

March 23, 2016

Multiple standardized tests that are being pushed on U.S. students clearly are doing more harm than good, as the U.S. continues to lose ranking on the Program for International Student Assessment ranking scale, dropping to 36 out of 75 countries. Obviously the number of standardized tests needs to be ...

End of breeding program helps animals in capivity

End of breeding program helps animals in capivity

March 23, 2016

An announcement by the CEO of SeaWorld on March 17 could be the start of a revolution in captive animal care. Joel Manby, who took over as CEO of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment in 2015, has decided to end the orca breeding program and partner with the Humane Society of The United States. SeaWorld has...

Is Mr. Wildcat sexist?

Is Mr. Wildcat sexist?

February 25, 2016

Mr. Wildcat is advertised as a fun way to decide who the top male senior is; however, the exclusion of a female contest reveals a double standard. When Miss America was introduced to the public on TV in 1954, it drew 27 million viewers, basically imprinting the idea of a beauty pageant into pop cu...

Construction alters school schedule drastically

Construction alters school schedule drastically

February 3, 2016

West Chicago’s Board of Education made its final decisions for the 2016-2017 school schedule, and it’s pretty inconvenient. Resulting from major construction this summer, school will start Sept. 6 and go until June 8. The schedule has been changed for next school year, and only next year, due to aggr...

Emergency day alternative brings concern

Emergency day alternative brings concern

January 19, 2016

Now that the school is eligible to take e-learning days as opposed to emergency days, there are mixed feelings about the impact they may have on students. Since this is the first time any school in the state has tried something like this, the introduction to e-learning has left students curious ab...

Giving others a chance to be thankful

Giving others a chance to be thankful

November 23, 2015

With only days left before Thanksgiving, a time to give thanks and be grateful for the thousands of refugees in search of freedom who arrived in America many years ago, the country is torn between whether or not we should resettle 10,000 refugees in search of freedom in America today. After t...

Rethinking a national holiday

Rethinking a national holiday

October 9, 2015

Any day off school is a good day off school. Few students care what holiday is putting an end to school, yet some holidays make more sense than Columbus Day does. Monday, students get a day to stay home and relax and celebrate the discovery of the New World in 1492. Christopher Columbus lead an e...

Changes in school cellphone policy benefits students, teachers

Changes in school cellphone policy benefits students, teachers

September 30, 2015

Having cellphones in the classroom with a teacher's permission is a new rule for the school year, brings many benefits to the students. Before this year, cell phones were not permitted anywhere in the building during school hours. Now, it is up to the teachers to decide if they want to permit cell ph...

A switch from photos to technology causes student concern

A switch from photos to technology causes student concern

September 28, 2015

With the removal of old sports pictures in the hallways and the promise of technology to replace them, many students are concerned with the break in traditional photos. Players and coaches alike have expressed their dislike of the idea. However, many were not fully aware of what was happening wit...

District owned technology improves the school with one-to-one program

District owned technology improves the school with one-to-one program

September 20, 2015

The addition of district owned Chromebooks to student life has been a beneficial step forward for the school despite a few conflicts. While teachers can chose how much they wish to use the technology in their classes, it would seem that most have fully integrated the use of Chromebooks into the learning...

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