March 13, 2015

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Smarter Balanced testing is imminent

By Olivia Fuson The next stage of the never ending search for a way to quantify education is fast approaching. On April 17 and 18, the entire LOHS junior class will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment, a test designed to give teachers “timely, high-quality formative assessments that are instructionally useful and document student growth,” as […]

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March 13, 2015

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Schools across the country are taking action against Common Core

Across the country, students, parents, teachers and admin have been rallying against the implementation of the Common Core tests such as the Smarter Balanced test & PARCC test. Here’s a short collection of actions in the last month: Northwest: All teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle vote to refuse administration of Washington’s Common Core […]

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March 13, 2015

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Editorial: Opt out of Smarter Balanced

Opt out of the Smarter Balanced tests. All of the people who will have to take the test on our editorial staff have decided to opt out, and you should join us. It’s quick and easy compared to the eight hours you’d otherwise spend wasting your time on the Smarter Balanced tests. (We wrote a […]

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March 13, 2015

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How to opt out of Smarter Balance

By Andrea Prasil 1. If writing your own letter, list your reason for opting out as “religious reasons,” which legally requires no explanation. Otherwise, use a form letter, which is available online. “Religious reasons” can, of course be philosophical in nature. a. Explain what you will do instead of testing. One example is, “regular curriculum […]

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March 11, 2015

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Students mourn consecutive car crashes in West Linn and Oregon City

BY LAUREN ANDERSON On Friday, Feb 20 18-year-old Madison West died in a head on collision. The crash occurred just after 6p.m. in the Redland area of Clackamas County. According to police reports, West, who was driving a Saturn, veered into the oncoming lane. A 7 year old passenger who was traveling in the other […]

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March 11, 2015

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Random Acts of Kindness Club spreads positivity throughout the halls of LO

BY CLAIRE TORKELSON A newly created student lead club at LOHS has centered its purpose around spreading positivity and happiness every week to LOHS students and staff. Random Acts of Kindness Club was created by senior Jack Kehoe, and has 171 members that work towards making small gestures in order to brighten people’s day. These […]

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March 11, 2015

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LOHS student Jake Olson reaches twitter fame

BY CLAIRE TORKELSON Wisdom teeth videos has been a growing fad expanding with the rising influence of social media. It’s become standard procedure for adolescents to record their reaction to the drugs and swelling that occurs after getting wisdom teeth pulled. One student at LOHS has reached Twitter stardom by posting a video of himself […]

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March 6, 2015

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LOSD & LOPD punish Pranav for Fight Club, media attention

BY DANIEL VOGEL Lake Oswego High School junior Pranav Sharan has been told if he is found on district property outside of school hours or not during a school-sanctioned activity, he would be arrested for tresspessing, apparantly because of his involvement with Fight Club and the accompanying media focus. “I asked why, and they said, […]

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February 17, 2015

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On the Back with Jack: Education system restricts the independent mind

By Jack McLean Think back to the last time you got a problem wrong on a test. You thought it was right, but your teacher claimed it wasn’t because there was “a better answer” or “you didn’t do it the way they taught you.” Just because the teacher doesn’t see it the same way you […]

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February 16, 2015

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Back to the Game: Not so super Super Bowl

By McKenna Murray Gathered around the television with chips in hand, Americans are fascinated by the phenomenon that is the annual Super Bowl. The teams have prepared all year for this moment and we, as fans, sit on the edge of our chairs waiting for the play-by-play action. Stores stack up on the essential game […]

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February 16, 2015

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The Mysore Mantra: The pen is mighty

By Meghana Mysore Can a pen hold the same amount of power as a weapon of artillery? The recent shooting at a Paris paper, Charlie Hebdo, suggests it can. When the massacre occurred at the offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo, something momentous happened. What occurred in those offices is relevant for a variety of […]

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