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Some students say high school dress code sexist, biased, figure-shaming

Some students say high school dress code sexist, biased, figure-shaming

Jackson Margolis, Page Editor

November 12, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Graphic by Jack Christian With nearly all sophomores, juniors and seniors believing that there is some gender or body type bias in the dress code, according to a Sept. 26 Octagon poll, the dress code is one of the most controversial rules on campus.  On Sept. 28 sophomores Aaron Graves and Naomi Turnbull, junior Nate Jakobs and senior Amalie...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Avi Bhullar, ’17, develops a taste for squash at University of Washington

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Avi Bhullar, ’17, develops a taste for squash at University of Washington

Elise Sommerhaug, Reporter

November 10, 2017


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Avi Bhullar, ‘17, attends the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. Although she has yet to declare her major, she is interested in becoming a doctor.   Q: What are you majoring in? A:  I’m thinking of majoring in public health or global health. At UW. you have to apply into a maj...

Drop in enrollment delays budget release, frustrating elective teachers

Drop in enrollment delays budget release, frustrating elective teachers

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 8, 2017


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When administrators and the Board of Trustees met late this summer to finish planning the 2017-18 fiscal year, they were met with unfortunate news - enrollment had dropped by 24 students. The administration was expecting 485 students but ended up with only 461, according to head of high school Brooke Wells. That dip in enrollment meant that the budget plans that chief fi...

Octagon receives ‘royal’ nomination by Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Octagon receives ‘royal’ nomination by Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Jack Christian, News Editor

November 8, 2017


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With the 2017 newspaper awards season coming to a close, the Octagon is in the running for another accolade, this time from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). The Octagon has been nominated for a Gold Crown by the CSPA in the hybrid category, which includes both the print and o...

Drama teacher uncertain about play after five strong actors graduate

Drama teacher uncertain about play after five strong actors graduate

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Business Manager

November 7, 2017


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Drama teacher Brian Frishman just doesn’t know what to expect. He’s never had more new actors and actresses (except in 2004, his first year of teaching drama at SCDS.) “There’s just so many new faces,” Frishman said. “There’s three (returning actors), and there’s six or seven new kids.” Returning junior Brandy Riziki is uncertain, too. “I don’t know how the freshmen work...

Faculty member to run in New York City Marathon following Oct. 31 terror attack

Faculty member to run in New York City Marathon following Oct. 31 terror attack

Kristine Schmitz, Reporter

November 4, 2017


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When a terrorist drove down a busy bicycle path in Manhattan and killed eight people on Tuesday, Oct. 31, three alumni weren't far away.  Austin Talamantes, ’17, and Ryan Ho, ’15, attend New York University. Victoria Loustalot, '03, is a writer living in New York City. According to Ho, the distance fr...

Fires devastate California’s wine country; SCDS students, teachers, alumni feel the burn

Fires devastate California’s wine country; SCDS students, teachers, alumni feel the burn

Héloïse Schep, Page Editor

November 3, 2017


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Frightened Frishman sees flames from house On Monday, Oct. 9, drama teacher Brian Frishman was woken by a call from the county sheriff at 1:18 a.m. A raging fire was only a mile and a half from his home in Grass Valley; he had to evacuate immediately. Frishman and his wife woke up his friend from Thailand and his son...

Alumna was there for deadliest massacre in modern US history

Alumna was there for deadliest massacre in modern US history

Katia Dahmani, Print Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2017


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Aside from the 58 people killed by Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, 546 were injured. One of them was Philip Aurich, the boyfriend of Alyson Opper, ’07. Along with about 10 friends, Opper and Aurich attended the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival on Oct. 1 and were caught in what...

Conference period extends day; 32 percent of high school students say they’ve used the extra 15 minutes to get help from teachers

Conference period extends day; 32 percent of high school students say they’ve used the extra 15 minutes to get help from teachers

Héloïse Schep, Page Editor

October 23, 2017


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Say goodbye to using your precious free period, elective, break, or lunch to meet with teachers - starting this year, you can meet with them after school during the new conference period.  From 3:25-3:40 p.m., students can meet with their teachers if they have questions or concerns regarding that teacher’s class, according to head of h...

NAHS chalk mural honors Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, iconic anime films (video included)

NAHS chalk mural honors Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, iconic anime films (video included)

Chardonnay Needler, Harrison Moon, and Ian Thompson

October 20, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Video

The 26th annual National Art Honor Society Chalk Mural took place on Oct. 13. The featured artist was Hayao Miyazaki, a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author and manga artist of Studio Ghibli, which is known for anime feature films. Eight sidewalk squares near the high scho...