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Standards-Based Learning

Hannah Holladay, Karen Tritt, Reporter, Guest Writer

December 2, 2017

Pros  Can you ride a bike? Yes or no? That simple question will help explain why standards-based learning (SBL) is so effective. In previous years, student grades were influenced by behaviors that had no connection to student learning. That is no longer the case. Now, we focus on only one ques...

Senior Privileges

Shelby Hoelting, Reporter

November 28, 2017

From the day students walk into BV West as a freshman, they are looking forward to being a senior and being at the top of the food chain. They look up to the senior class and think about when they will be in the senior’s shoes and having the privileges of dropping JAG, shortening their schedule second...

The Consequences of Victim Shaming

Dana Nasr, Reporter

November 26, 2017

One in three women. This is not a statistic for a disease or an illness, nor is it a statistic for some great achievement committed by women. This is the statistic that is found when googling “female sexual harassment”. One in three women. That means there is a high chance that a friend, a siste...



Lanie Render and Jillian Dunlay

November 22, 2017

The impact that social media has had on our generation is almost too difficult to comprehend. We spend hours, sometimes days, editing pictures and videos to receive validation from followers. The mask that media allows us to hide behind has gradually grown and become more popular than ever. It seems...

Vape Nation

Behr Kitts, Reporter

November 20, 2017

Vape nation as defined by Urban Dictionary is “a nation dedicated to the homies who set out to rip the fattest vape cloud possible. They're experts in the art of vape tricks, spreading the word and blazing it hard.” This term came to be when the tobacco industry realized that smoking cigarettes was...

November: The Boring Month of Fall?

November: The Boring Month of Fall?

Chelsea Park, Reporter

November 9, 2017

Sandwiched right in between the months of October and December is November. The spooky season of October is exciting for many, while others can not wait to get in the Christmas spirit in December. October and December are both fall months that receive the much excitement and attention. On the other han...

Why School Spirit is Cool

Why School Spirit is Cool

Lanie Render, Reporter

October 26, 2017

Looking around at school events, it is evident that the young students are hesitant to participate in cheers. Whether this is at a football game or an assembly, it appears that the underclassmen consider it "uncool" to cheer and yell. I completely understand the hesitation, putting yourself out there...

Politicizing Public Opinion

Dana Nasr, Reporter

October 25, 2017

In recent events, such as the Las Vegas shooting, many in the media have been questioning the appropriate time to discuss change in policy that would have helped prevent from such a terrible event to occur. There are two sides of opposing opinions to the issue of discussing or trying to politicize these e...

The Snapchat Epidemic

The Snapchat Epidemic

Behr Kitts, Reporter

October 20, 2017

The use of social media has connected the world in ways like never before. This platform allows for loved ones and friends the opportunity to communicate with each other across the street, town, state, country, and even the world. This concept is remarkable because this kind of technology with human...

News: Why Bother?

News: Why Bother?

Natalie Fiorella, Reporter

October 12, 2017

People often say that teens are the future of America, but what if the future of America isn’t even keeping up with the present? Despite easy access to the news because of technology, teens often don’t stay informed about what’s happening today. A study from 2015 shows that 28 percent of teens pay ...

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