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Theme-based academies at new high school are limiting

The construction of the new high school offers the opportunity for educational reform designed to engage more students.
Third annual Trashin 'Fashion held Friday

The Trashin' Fashion Show, organized by Ali McKenna's Juneau-Douglas High School journalism class, is back for its third year. This year's event will take place beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Juneau Douglas High School auditorium.
Let's see the positive potential of Thunder Mountain High School

With news of the Thunder Mountain High School, most of the media attention and community discussions seem negative and even paranoid that the Juneau School District is not taking the community's concerns into account.
Hacking the mystery of MySpace

Imagine a greasy 37-year-old man, coming home to an empty apartment from his pathetic accounting job, where, after two years, everyone still thinks his name is Bob.
Student describes the symptoms of senioritis

We've gone through initiation debacles, been kicked out of dances, complained about parking, gotten tickets and complained even more about parking, been pulled over by the cops and in most cases, gone to court at least once.
Earlier school start time contradicts brain research

According to the Juneau-Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School information guide, "Bell time for the high schools will be set 15 minutes earlier during the 2008-2009 school year, with first period beginning at 7:45 a.m. and school ending at 2 p.m. Since this is not an ideal schedule for adolescent students, the administration will continue to look at options for the 2009-2010 school year."
Repetitive curriculum debate has two sides

We, as students, understand that repetition is an important tool in the learning process; however, when we don't feel like we are progressing or getting any farther into the subject, we quickly lose interest.
Let's celebrate singles on Feb. 14

Feb. 14 is the most dreaded day by singles nationwide. Red, pink and flowerly it decends upon us. Valentine's Day. A day for holding hands, exchanging gifts, and giving out overpriced cards to all your friends.
Closed campus will just bring more problems

The New Generation Planning Committee recently decided that a closed campus policy will be phased in during the next four years. For the 2008-09 school year, freshmen will not be able to leave during lunch. Each year, a new grade will be phased in. This will occur at both schools.
Give teachers a break!

I got a job at Auke Bay Elementary School about a 1½ years ago teaching violin. My first day, I did the "Let's get to know each other" thing and started them out pretty well.


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