The Tower Pulse

Senior final exams…optional?

Senior final exams…optional?

Tower Editorial Board

May 31, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Featured Content, Final Issue

It’s the end of May, with only a week left in their four years of high school. AP tests have just ended. The seniors have already taken midterms/finals seven times by now. Most of them have already committed to a college, or have plans for the next year which are not dependent on their second semes...

School’s Out? Proposal for school closure has been reviewed by school board

School’s Out? Proposal for school closure has been reviewed by school board

Tower Editorial Board

May 9, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Featured Content

With the Grosse Pointe Public School district losing approximately 100 students per year, the school board has reviewed a proposal that would require the administration to consider a school closure if that school does not currently meet certain conditions. According to the proposal, these conditions ...

We can make a difference

We can make a difference

Tower Editorial Board

May 2, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Featured Content

Last Thursday, while Grosse Pointe South students walked out of the building at 10:55, the teachers remained. That afternoon, they went through routine staff development training with an emphasis on an issue that pervades our modern society:about mental and emotional health concerns, and how our staff can...

Improving the new district-wide BYOD plan

Improving the new district-wide BYOD plan

Tower Editorial Board

April 25, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Featured Content

When some students leave at the end of the school day, they don’t have access to a computer or WiFi at home in order to do their schoolwork.  In order to combat this problem, the school district is implementing a new program called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), which encourages parents to buy their...

Thank you staff for your dedication

Thank you staff for your dedication

Tower Editorial Board

March 28, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Featured Content

Teachers to custodians. Hall monitors to office workers. Counselors to administrators. We at The Tower are so thankful for all of our staff members. With Staff Appreciation Week rapidly approaching, it is important to take time to remember how essential their role is at our school. Here at South, w...

Finsta fixation puts students at risk of tarnishing reputation

Finsta fixation puts students at risk of tarnishing reputation

Tower Editorial Board

March 22, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Featured Content

Fake Instagrams, better known as “Finstas” seem like a harmless concept. A place to keep random pictures and videos the creator didn’t find worthy enough to earn a spot on their main page, put there for followers to enjoy. However, in an era where social media dominates the social spectrum, thes...

Recent school shooting sparks new school safety policies

Recent school shooting sparks new school safety policies

Tower Editorial Board

March 9, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Featured Content

Last Friday, March 2, assistant principal Cindy Parravano made an announcement on the P.A. at 3:04 p.m. The school stood still, even after the final bell rang, to listen to her words. The message within them disclosed several new changes to school policy in light of the recent shooting at Marjory Ston...

The conflicted reality of diversity between Grosse Pointe, the stigma behind the N-Word

The conflicted reality of diversity between Grosse Pointe, the stigma behind the N-Word

Tower Staff

February 15, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Featured Content

From the horrors of slavery to the pages of Mark Twain novels to the lyrics of today’s rap music, the N-word has deeply rooted itself into American history and, following suit, Grosse Pointe. Flipping through South yearbooks, it’s easy to point out a lack of melanin.  According to the 2010 ce...

Tower offers support to survivors of sexual assault

Tower offers support to survivors of sexual assault

Tower Staff, Editorial

February 9, 2018


Filed under Editorial

Larry Nassar will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Never again will he be a free man.  Never again will he be a practicing doctor.  And, in turn, never again will he be given an opportunity to molest young girls.   The former United States Gymnastics Team doctor has been sentenced to 40 to 175 yea...

Persevering through the changes: The Tower’s adaptation with a shrinking budget

Persevering through the changes: The Tower’s adaptation with a shrinking budget

Tower Editorial Board

January 24, 2018


Filed under 90th Issue, Editorial, Featured Content

The district budget has a deficit. Everyone knows it. The Tower has written about it and its effects enough times to know this: science department has had to cut down on experiments, middle school elective teachers have become part time and the addition of security guards in lieu of hall monitors...

Our view: Students, internet users at risk without net neutrality

Our view: Students, internet users at risk without net neutrality

Tower Editorial Board

December 15, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Featured Content

The internet is amazing; it has completely changed the way we live. We spend hours every day browsing the internet on our phones, and school curriculums have been overhauled to take advantage of the internet. We often forget how revolutionary the internet was as it has become an essential aspect of m...

Clearing the smoke: addressing a national debate and how a proposed bill will impact the district

Clearing the smoke: addressing a national debate and how a proposed bill will impact the district

Tower Editorial Board

December 6, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Featured Content

Las Vegas music festival shooting. Texas church shooting. Northern California elementary school shooting. Detroit Noel Night shooting. Just two months after the Las Vegas mass shooting and a few weeks after the mass shooting in Texas, the Michigan Senate committee approved bills to allow gun own...

Editorial