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CHLORINE CHRONICLES: For a swimmer, the road to becoming world-renowned is long, complex

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: For a swimmer, the road to becoming world-renowned is long, complex

Rebecca Waterson, Blogger
May 26, 2017 • 39 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Freshman Rebecca Waterson lives at school and the pool. You will find her catching a nap in the car on the way to practice, staring at the black line at the bottom of the pool for hours every day, being yelled at to go to bed because she has to be up in four hours for morning practice or grabbin...

History gets metal! Freshman sees favorite band Sabaton live in San Francisco

History gets metal! Freshman sees favorite band Sabaton live in San Francisco

Spencer Scott, Reporter
May 21, 2017 • 106 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

“So this is a metal concert!” was my first thought as I joined the line to see Sabaton on May 10. I had come with my old friend Max Walker, who got me interested in the band, and another one of his friends. Metal music wasn’t always my favorite, but my obsession began early into eighth grade. I was listening to Sabaton...

NICOLE’S PONDERINGS: Five Russian movies you should see

NICOLE’S PONDERINGS: Five Russian movies you should see

Nicole Wolkov, Page Editor
May 19, 2017 • 71 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

There are many methods to language learning. Watching films in a foreign language is a useful way to aid in pronunciation, listening comprehension and knowledge of colloquial vernacular. So as someone who studies Russian, I’ve seen a lot of Russian films. Here are five I recommend.   ...

WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES: By growing up at Country Day, blogger learns to embrace differences

Gabi Alvarado, Blogger
May 17, 2017 • 64 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews

Sophomore Gabi Alvarado, who enjoys writing, will blog biweekly on the origins of her creativity and artistic vision. Growing up at Country Day was very difficult for me. Throughout lower and middle school I thought I was surrounded by people who differed greatly from me. In fifth grade, I remember ...

Help, I’m eSTRANGEd from my friends for my weird addiction!

Help, I’m eSTRANGEd from my friends for my weird addiction!

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Reporter
May 16, 2017 • 152 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

I’ll admit it: I’m addicted to puns. Nothing gives me more joy than getting to the PUNchline of an original joke.  My love for these “bon mots” began last year, and since then, my MOTivation to make them has only GROAN. But while I’m bursting at the seams, others don’t SEAM to be impressed. ...

EDITORIAL: Don’t allow students access to online grades; parents will see!

EDITORIAL: Don’t allow students access to online grades; parents will see!

May 13, 2017 • 150 views
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The school’s new software service, Blackbaud, which will start in 2017-18, comes with a grade-book component. It will allow students to have unrestricted access to their grades - if individual teachers so choose. While this system of giving immediate online access to grades to students is common at other schools, th...

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: Long-course season leaves swimmers wondering ‘Where did the wall go?’

CHLORINE CHRONICLES: Long-course season leaves swimmers wondering ‘Where did the wall go?’

Rebecca Waterson, Reporter
May 3, 2017 • 131 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase, Sports

Freshman Rebecca Waterson lives at school and the pool. You will find her catching a nap in the car on the way to practice, staring at the black line at the bottom of the pool for hours every day, being yelled at to go to bed because she has to be up in four hours for morning practice or grabbing a sn...

NICOLE’S PONDERINGS: After celebrating 17th ‘Forever Family Day,’ adopted daughter shares the ups and downs

NICOLE’S PONDERINGS: After celebrating 17th ‘Forever Family Day,’ adopted daughter shares the ups and downs

Nicole Wolkov, Page Editor
April 30, 2017 • 144 views
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When children celebrate birthdays, their family recalls memories of bringing the brand-new baby home from the hospital to other siblings and eagerly awaiting family members. Instead, my parents remember flying to Gaozhou, China, after nine months of paperwork and interviews with stern Chinese officials to adopt a 10-month-old girl. We have chosen to cele...

WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES: Horrible turn of events is reminder of the stories behind tragedies

WHEN INSPIRATION STRIKES: Horrible turn of events is reminder of the stories behind tragedies

Gabi Alvarado, Blogger
April 26, 2017 • 114 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Sophomore Gabi Alvarado, who enjoys writing, will blog biweekly on the origins of her creativity and artistic vision. Riding shotgun with my dad driving one night, I saw a wreck on the side of the highway. There were a few police cars there, but it was late. There was a lot of traffic through there - people just wanted t...

NICOLE’S PONDERINGS: Five Chinese movies you should watch now

NICOLE’S PONDERINGS: Five Chinese movies you should watch now

Nicole Wolkov, Page Editor
April 21, 2017 • 173 views
Filed under Opinion & Reviews, Showcase

Family movie night is a nice idea in theory, right? Well, it’s hard when you want to watch a psychological horror film, your father wants to watch an action movie, and your mother hates both and would prefer a Hallmark production. Luckily, there’s one genre that all three of the Wolkovs can enjoy: ...

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