Tag: Leah Ronkin

[Opinion] High school workloads make students resent reading

[Opinion] High school workloads make students resent reading

In elementary school, reading for fun is emphasized as one of the best ways to sharpen students’ intellect. As kids progress through the school system, the emphasis stays the same while the workload gets more intense. Eventually, reading becomes less of a treat and more […]

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Students experience racial bias with gifted program recommendations. Graphic by Leah Ronkin

[Opinion] Gifted program is a form of modern segregation

On freshmen and sophomore course cards, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students are presented with two very similar options: gifted English and honors English. On transcripts, these two classes are effectively the same. Though they count the same when factored towards GPA, there is a […]

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Editorial cartoon by Leah Ronkin

Security changes are only a band-aid on the issue of shootings in schools

While it is easy for someone to look at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and pinpoint the problems that they think need solving, the students and staff at the school have a different perspective on what issues really matter.  Community members and organizations, such as […]

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Children of all ages play and enjoy the new Princess Meadow playground, equipped with monkey bars, swirly slides and other amentities, while their families watch over them. Parents and gaurdians were also able to appreiciate the play area as they mingled while their kids played. Photo by Maria Vera

Princess Meadow’s Playground officially opens to public

Princess Meadow’s Playground, a project 18 months in the making, formally opened on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. This project was intended to honor Meadow Pollack, who died in the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  The playground, which is […]

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Photo illustration by Leah Ronkin

MSD students struggle with body image, eating disorders

While looking in a mirror, it is easy for people to tear apart their self-esteem as thoughts of what they wish their body looked like clouds their head. With every meal, their mind envisions a pound of fat gained or an additional crease on their […]

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Royal Fun. Children of all ages play and enjoy Princess Meadow’s playground, equipped with monkey bars, swirly slides and other amenities, while their families watch over them. Parents and guardians were also able to appreciate the play area as they mingled while their kids played. Photo by Maria Vera

Princess Meadow’s Playground officially opens to public

Princess Meadow’s Playground, a project 18 months in the making, formally opened on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. This project honors Meadow Pollack, who died in the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  The playground, which is located at Betti […]

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It's important to find out what's going on in the minds of our students. Graphic by Leah Ronkin

Opinion: Schools should institute universal mental health screenings

In sixth grade, every student in Broward County receives vision, hearing, BMI, and scoliosis screenings. These coincide with screenings in every academic subject area to gauge the ability to read, interpret information and do mathematical operations. There is one field, though, that is entirely neglected […]

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Twitter generates loud, graphic and public outrage. Graphic by Leah Ronkin

Opinion: Twitter is creating less informed citizens

Twitter is a social media site that took the world by storm. The premise was simple: 140-character messages sent out for anyone to read and respond. It distilled social media down to its barest bones. It was quick and to the point. Twitter did not […]

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"For Which We Stand" by Jeff Foster, AP Government teacher, is to be released on Sept. 1. Photo courtesy by Scholastic

AP government teacher Jeff Foster publishes the book ‘For Which We Stand: How Our Government Works and Why It Matters’

AP Government teacher Jeff Foster has written a book on government. The book, entitled “For Which We Stand: How Our Government Works and Why It Matters,” is aimed at 8-14-year-olds and is intended to give an overview of the way the U.S. government works. It […]

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Editorial Cartoon by Leah Ronkin

Gender-neutral bathrooms provide a safe space for those who do not identify as cisgender

Whether you are male or female, using a public restroom may appear to be a simple task. However, for those who identify as transgender or gender-nonconforming, deciding whether to use the male or female restroom is a living nightmare, proving to be not only stress-inducing, […]

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