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Committee reexamines grading practices and policies

Committee reexamines grading practices and policies

Elise Truman, Online Editor

November 18, 2018

“Someone's intelligence or how hard they're working in a class shouldn’t be defined only in a series of numbers and letters,” sophomore Ellie Capra said. Education is imperative to the success of a society, but some students and teachers are not convinced the current testing approach is effecti...

Woman behind curtain of Cutaway Productions: Deb Drew

Woman behind curtain of Cutaway Productions: Deb Drew

Ella Stratmann, Video Editor

November 13, 2018

Many people wonder what keeps teachers motivated to keep teaching throughout the years. "The students, I love my students. That is one of the reasons why I love teaching," Deb Drew stated. The passion that Drew contains for her students is heart-warming and very admirable, and her students are the ...

Teens increased caffeine consumption brings concern

Teens increased caffeine consumption brings concern

Marie Lecuyer, Copy Editor

November 12, 2018

Young adults are experiencing health drawbacks of consuming caffeine daily starting at such a young age. This generation especially is turning to caffeine to resolve stress and exhaustion. Students are also using caffeine to improve their athletic performances. Adults are becoming increasingly concerned...

Malaina Fragnito trains as EMT

Malaina Fragnito trains as EMT

Soren Danelius, Layout Editor

November 6, 2018

Many students do not know what they are going to do in their future, but senior Malaina Fragnito does. Fragnito is participating in a 916 school class that provides her the opportunity to get her EMT certification in high school. The purpose of the EMT program is that it encourages students to get ...

Genesys Works, helps students prepare for career

Genesys Works, helps students prepare for career

Toby Weiss, Camera Editor

November 4, 2018

Genesys Works is a program that employs high school students and teaches them how to work an IT job in major corporations. Seniors can experience what it is like to have a $12.50 an hour, nine-to-five job in the IT world. According to seniors Donyea Davis and Chinmay Sahu, it is most definitely a re...

Agribusinesses contribute to local water pollution

Agribusinesses contribute to local water pollution

Haley Nelson, Online Editor

November 3, 2018

Pollution from agribusinesses is responsible for most of the pollution in over 100,000 streams in the U.S. With an increase in the population, larger farms and agribusinesses need to produce more crops, turning to chemicals to help them. These chemicals get drained into water streams that are now unu...

Drommerhausen begins 45th year of teaching

Drommerhausen begins 45th year of teaching

Grace Silbernick, Layout Editor

November 2, 2018

“Students...they just want to learn something, they want someone to love them, they want to meet new friends,... they want to have someone that’s going to help them plan out where they want to go from here. They just want someone to know that they care about them, and I think that’s been forever since time,” M...

Pollution impacts drinking water in Washington County

Pollution impacts drinking water in Washington County

Ben Jacobs, Podcast Reporter

November 1, 2018

The Stillwater community is affected by water pollution, as is any populated area. Large corporations such as 3M have had effects on the local environment and contributed to the pollution of water sources around Stillwater. Chemicals were dumped by 3M legally in the 1970s and since then have s...

Universities switch to test-optional administration

Universities switch to test-optional administration

AnnaMarie Born, Business Editor

November 1, 2018

The University of Chicago and other top colleges are beginning to make the switch to test optional admission. On June 14, the University of Chicago announced that they were going to have a test optional process. Colleges are making the switch to encourage a more diverse campus and to equal th...

Military recruiters seek out students

Military recruiters seek out students

Dylan Stormoen, Copy Editor

October 31, 2018

Army recruitment is making its way through public schools all over Minnesota. Local army recruitment teams are taking many approaches to get students interested and involved. Sergeant Seth Allia is a recruiter working at the Roseville office. Allia along with others, personally come to schools to...

Media center renovations implemented by administrators

Media center renovations implemented by administrators

Ben Kazmerski, Information Graphics Editor

October 30, 2018

This year, the media center has received the attention of administrators who allocated funds for a full renovation of the spacious room. According to staff, the new tables and computers are going to be arriving soon. The media center is one of the last spaces in the school to be updated following...

Swanson family changes lives of Namibian children

Swanson family changes lives of Namibian children

Jameson Stahl, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 27, 2018

From the outside, the Swanson family home looks just like any of the others lined up the block. Not many people know of the great gift that God has given them that lies inside. Two children from Namibia, Godlieb and Esther Swanson, now live here together in this new country. Godlieb is 17 years ...

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