• Parent/Teacher Conferences Oct. 5

  • Homecoming Dance Sep. 23, 8:30 - 11:30 p.m.

  • No School Sept. 29 - Professional Development Day

  • Homecoming Game Sep. 22 at 7:00 p.m.

The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio

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Numbers over knowledge: Stress placed on grades

Numbers over knowledge: Stress placed on grades

Sarah Horne

March 18, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Students are often told to check their grades online to keep up, but every time I check my grade it only seems to add stress. I have gotten into the habit now of checking my grades so often that it has become an automatic task. If I am even slightly nervous I realize I mindlessly go to my comp...

What should you read?

What should you read?

Emily Tyler

February 27, 2014


Filed under Infographics, Media, Opinion

 

When celebrity stars burn out

When celebrity stars burn out

Eli Zawatsky

February 23, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The Oscars are one of the most prestigious red carpet events. For four and a half hours on Mar. 2 celebrities from all over the world are seated in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Millions will watch on television as they present and receive awards. Why are we, as culture, so entranced by these so cal...

sNOw more snow days

sNOw more snow days

Elijah Zawatsky

February 14, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Seven weeks have passed since winter break ended, and the week of Feb 10 is the first full school week. I loved the large number of snow days for the first week or two; I would wake up, think “I wish I was asleep right now,” look at the T.V. for a cancellation, and go straight back to sleep. ...

Why we read: the mental and emotional benefits

Why we read: the mental and emotional benefits

Emily Tyler

February 13, 2014


Filed under Opinion

As I was reading things from a classic by Orwell to fantasy by Tyra Banks, a question that I could not let go of came to me: Why do I read? Why do I dedicate so much time to a story that does not appeal to me at all? What would my life be like if I did not give so much of my time to characters, write...

Twitter finally overtakes Facebook

Taylor Evans

February 13, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Remember when flip phones were “the thing”? Then, that shortly turned into the sliding phones, and now smart phones have taken over.  Evolution of technology is an inevitability of life and as the younger generation, we are fortunate to witness its progress. However, one’s progress may be an...

Chipotle pioneers new advertising methods

Chipotle pioneers new advertising methods

Lila Englander

February 13, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Last week I turned over the New York Times to find something that made no sense.  An advertisement titled “An Open Letter to Everyone with Mouths.” The letter goes on to argue on behalf of a company that does not exist. A full-page advertisement in The New York Times is not cheap. I coul...

Gray skies ahead: college winter visit bit too realistic

Gray skies ahead: college winter visit bit too realistic

Lila Englander

February 13, 2014


Filed under Opinion

A college visit could dissuade a student from applying to their dream school. Or a college visit could seal the deal for a student that was only mildly interested beforehand. The great significance of these few days raises a pertinent question, how representative and realistic are college vis...

Less than inclement weather causes snow day

Less than inclement weather causes snow day

Taylor Evans

February 12, 2014


Filed under Opinion

While waking up at 6:30 a.m. and being told that you can go back to sleep because it is a snow day is arguably the greatest feeling ever, it should be saved for the appropriate time. Many of us were more than confused to find that school was cancelled on Dec. 10, seeing as a little less than t...

‘1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…’ so what

‘1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…’ so what

Maddie Marsh

February 12, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Columbus Day is the day the great Portuguese explorer Christopher Columbus 'found' the Americas. When one was younger, teachers had students make Indian feather headdresses and tomahawks, pilgrim hats, and taught them the famous ‘in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.’ Columbus was a hero. ...

Excluding exclusion

Excluding exclusion

Eli Zawatsky

February 12, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Imagine walking into the commons on any normal day and seeing a student sitting by him or herself. Like any other day, you go straight to the table you always sit at and start talking to your friends. But the sight of the student sitting alone bugs you for the rest of the day. What could you have ...

Why an outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl deserves more credit

Why an outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl deserves more credit

Zach Fritzhand

February 1, 2014


Filed under Opinion

On Feb.2, the Denver Broncos will play the Seattle Seahawks in the first ever outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The forecast calls for a high of 46 degrees with a 10% chance of precipitation according to Weather.com.  Last week, the forecast called for snow s...

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