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Changes to tutorials would benefit all students

Changes to tutorials would benefit all students

March 21, 2013


Filed under Editorial, News, Opinion

Over the past few years, administrators have been discussing strategies to improve the tutorial format and better utilize teachers’ time and resources. Instead of making major changes, the free period should be restructured so students can continue to take advantage of this time but allow opportunities...

5 Tips to improve your ACT score

5 Tips to improve your ACT score

March 1, 2013


Filed under News, Opinion

TA Keating ‘13| Executive Web Editor Next week, South’s junior class will take part in a trial that all high school students must face: the ACT. No one can precisely say when the ACT was created, although most leading scientists suggest it has extraterrestrial origins. The ACT has the remarkable...

Changing schedules risky without backing research

Changing schedules risky without backing research

February 13, 2013


Filed under Editorial, News, Opinion

After months of research, survey and discussion regarding a possible change to the school day schedule, the 21st Century High School Review Team will likely make a recommendation to the School Board on Monday, Feb. 25. This committee made some solid recommendations to the Board last month on numero...

Extreme Pizza is extremely forgettable

Extreme Pizza is extremely forgettable

February 7, 2013


Filed under Entertainment, Featured Content, News, Opinion

Luke Kirtley '15 | Graphics Editor With lunch being open campus, students often travel across the street to get a bite to eat before their afternoon classes start. But at Extreme Pizza, expect to be in a hurry to get to class on time. The first time I went, the restaurant was fairly unprepared for t...

“Warm Bodies” smarter than the average rom-com

“Warm Bodies” smarter than the average rom-com

February 7, 2013


Filed under Entertainment, Movies, Opinion, Uncategorized

By Olivia Lang '15 | Feature Editor As yet another movie joining in on the post-apocalyptical zombie fad, Director Jonathan Levine’s “Warm Bodies” offers a new outlook on the seemingly overused theme. Anyone who has seen anything that relates to zombies knows that zombies have no emotions. They...

Assembly encourages school spirit, unity, acceptance

Assembly encourages school spirit, unity, acceptance

February 6, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Opinion, Uncategorized

As a top-ranked high school in Michigan, South has a long-standing tradition of being a respectable and safe place for students to earn an outstanding education. However, earlier this year, a survey about respect and unity at South was distributed to students and the results were less than satisfying. Over...

Editorial: Administration should be credited for drop in unexcused absences

Editorial: Administration should be credited for drop in unexcused absences

January 16, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Featured Content, Opinion

Hard work on the part of Grosse Pointe South students and administration towards the new attendance policy has allowed for a nearly 50 percent drop in unexcused absences this past school year. Students deserve recognition for complying with these rules, as well as the faculty and staff members who enforce...

Junior tells of adjusting to early babysitting routine

Junior tells of adjusting to early babysitting routine

December 21, 2012


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

By Carly Walkowiak '14 | Staff Writer Over the summer, I received a very unexpected call from my friend who had been nannying for a family all summer.  She was wondering if I was interested in babysitting before school every morning. Before school? Every morning? Right away, I told her the...

Junior celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah

Junior celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah

December 20, 2012


Filed under News, Opinion

Harrison Krasner '14 | Staff Writer December brings eight plus one crazy nights to my house.  We celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas because my father is Jewish and my mother is Catholic. It is really the best of both worlds with family celebration through Hanukkah and then a traditional Christmas...

New legislation will impede success of Grosse Pointe Schools

New legislation will impede success of Grosse Pointe Schools

December 19, 2012


Filed under Editorial, News, Opinion

Recent bills proposed in the state legislature, particularly House Bill (HB) 5923 and the Oxford Foundation Proposal will draw funding away from the Grosse Pointe Public School System (GPPSS) and make it difficult for it to operate at its current capacity. In response, the School Board decided to hold...

Choir delivers chilling performance in winter concert

Choir delivers chilling performance in winter concert

December 18, 2012


Filed under Choir, Entertainment, News, Opinion

By Price Zimmer '14 | Art & Entertainment Editor This is the time of year when classic jingles and memorable Christmas songs are played non-stop, and living up to these well-known tunes is quite the challenge. The Grosse Pointe South Choir’s Saturday night show, while not always perfect, was...

New half day schedule increases absences, hassle for teachers

New half day schedule increases absences, hassle for teachers

December 13, 2012


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

In past years, South used a half-day schedule that consisted of seven 19-minute periods with seven minutes of passing time in between. Concerns over low student attendance, teachers having limited time with their students and an entire 49 minutes spent in passing time led a board of administrators and...

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