The Roar

Let’s work together to change class tone

May 18, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editor

It's no secret to some on campus that the soon-to-be junior class isn't exactly considered a family. We are known by the rest of the school as the most cliquish grade on campus. Even the yearbook staff knows it, and put it in...

Online class mandate wrong-headed

May 17, 2011

Filed under Opinions

A bill introduced by state Rep. Anitere Flores and recently passed by the Florida Legislature will require high-school students to take at least one online class before graduating. Though one class may seem like no big deal, I...

Store mannequin sends wrong message

May 17, 2011

Filed under Opinions

When I was at Kohl’s about a week ago, I saw something that absolutely horrified me. I was looking at bathing suits, when I noticed one of the mannequins had been made to look like it had hip bones and ribs sticking out....

Computerized testing disruptive, inefficient

May 17, 2011

Filed under Opinions

Recently, Florida’s Department of Education computerized the FCAT math test. I had the “pleasure” of taking it, on the first day, and I was not impressed or happy about it. The test takes up too much time from regular schooling...

Online interims a significant improvement

May 10, 2011

Filed under Opinions

I think having interims online is a great thing. First off, it saves paper by not having to print out an interim for every student. In addition, I think its a really good thing for students to see their grades for assignm...

Buying extra credit equals buying grades

May 10, 2011

Filed under Opinions

You're having a bad day. You just failed the only test your teacher has given you this semester, and your grade is bound to plummet as a result. You're worrying about how horrible your life will be after your parents ground you,...

Too much of Casey Anthony

May 10, 2011

Filed under Opinions

Every time I turn on the news there is some new "breaking news" on the Casey Anthony case. This has been going on for about two years now, and there seems like there will be no end to it. Anthony is everywhere I look. The...

Make lacrosse a sanctioned sport

May 10, 2011

Filed under Opinions

Lacrosse should become a school sanctioned sport. Many schools in Florida have lacrosse teams as a club but not as a school sport. Schools around the country have had lacrosse school sanctioned, so why isn’t it sanctioned here? The...

Computer-based FCAT a bad idea

May 3, 2011

Filed under Opinions

Staring at a computer all day is not my idea of fun. Sure, it's no big deal when you're surfing the web or absently clicking around Facebook, but when it comes to the important things — say an online test —  I just can't...

End-of-course exams off to dubious start

April 27, 2011

Filed under Opinions

Students throughout Florida may rejoice at the knowledge that the hated FCAT tests are being replaced. However, the Florida Legislature and Department of Education's plan to replace it fails to improve on the original tests. The...

Schools should reconsider validity of ‘Holiday for All’

April 21, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Imagine for a second that your religion is constantly being criticized. Imagine that your ancestors had to spend their lives defending what they believed in. Imagine that you are prevented from observing your traditions because...

Black’s ‘Friday’ proceeds support good causes

April 18, 2011

Filed under Opinions

Recently, a 13-year-old girl, Rebecca Black, has gained a lot of negative attention for her song “Friday”. The music video for this song has now been removed from Youtube because it gained over 1 million dislikes. The video...

Lawmakers go too far with their attempt to ban baggy pants

April 15, 2011

Filed under Opinions

I'll be the first to admit that I'm the biggest fan of saggy pants. I find the style disgusting, awkward, and incredibly impractical, but that's just me. Despite my personal opinion, I do not see any reason why state lawmakers,...

Let teachers know morning announcements aren’t optional

Staff Editorial

January 27, 2011

Filed under Staff Editorials

Increasingly, teachers have decided not to show the morning announcements during their fourth-period classes — even though that choice technically is not theirs to make. “Teachers are supposed to play the announcements,...

Arizona shooting tragic, but let’s not overreact

Stacey Corbett, junior

January 27, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editor

In the recent events of the Arizona shooting I find myself shocked at the reactions, or lack thereof, of my fellow students. The Monday after the event I was surprised that an alarming number of students seemed to have little...

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