West Springfield High School Newspaper

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Juniors before seniors? Coveted locker space goes to eleventh graders

Julie Parisi, Oracle Editor

November 15, 2010

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After receiving my schedule at Spartan Spree and comparing classes with my peers, I embarked on a journey to find my last high school locker. My search began in the Foreign Language Hall, an area I knew was reserved for seniors.  I...

Don’t join The Plastics, use reusable water bottles

The Oracle Staff, Editorial

November 15, 2010

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Rule number one: Hydrate yourself. Rule number two: Don’t bring a plastic water bottle to school. Sorry, but doesn’t this seem contradictory? The two most important things a student needs are sleep and water; sleep is...

School board pushes for renovation: After concerns from student body, Fairfax County responds

Thomas Ariale, Kelly Carlin, Andy Gholson, Julie Parisi & Lisa Williams, Oracle Editors

November 15, 2010

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Being the complaning teenagers we are, we rag on our school way too much. Maybe it is the whiny teenage complex we all have inside us; we like to think that the parents and staff at this school don’t care what kind of environment...

Farewell, video announcements

Lee Gleason, Blue Sports Editor

November 15, 2010

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Please turn your TVs to Channel Six…never mind, just listen. With the retirement of Media Marketing teacher Bill Gibson, Friday morning announcements have lost their significance, along with their comedic touch. Last year...

Spartan surveillance program in effect: Security officials and administration crack down on attendance, behavior policies

Thomas Ariale, Oracle Editor

November 11, 2010

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Skippers beware: Someone’s out to get you. Security has heightened to the point where I feel like I am back in Irving, with Raymond Cruz, Irving’s security man, yelling at me to get to class. Honestly, it’s ridiculous. When...

Lunch is no longer our favorite subject: Cluttered lines and lack of food taint our experience in the cafeteria

Jimmy McMahon & Austin Kaminski, Orange Sports Editor

October 22, 2010

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The lunch line seems to find new ways to get worse each year. Not only are they still selling two hot-dogs in one pack and hamburgers stacked on top of each other (which is sketchy to say the least), but they replaced our belo...

Shhhhhhhh, we’re in the library!

Summer Claveau, Orange ETC. Editor

October 22, 2010

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In previous years, the only time the library was ever a quiet place for study was when there was practically no one in there. But not anymore, all you rowdy kids who use the library as gathering place for chit-chat, instead o...

Spartans are ‘too cool’ for school: We consider ourselves ‘chill,’ but having to bundle up is pretty ridiculous

Kelly Carlin, Editor

October 22, 2010

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What any television, comic book, or movie fan can tell you is this: anyone who lives in an ice-castle is a villain. Just look at Mr. Freeze, the White Witch, and the evil Ice King from "Adventure Time." Being cold makes you me...

Teens’ lack of money affecting studies: Students now face cost of calculators required for their math classes

Anna Lehman, Orange Entertainment Editor

October 22, 2010

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Money’s on the brain, but is it in my pocket? "Money, money, money must be funny in a rich man’s world." Abba was right, it really must be funny to have enough money that you can laugh at it, while the rest of us lau...

Say goodbye to personal bubbles

Editorial Piece

October 20, 2010

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Fairfax County is the nation’s 13th largest school system, and after squeezing into the jam-packed classrooms, we do not doubt it. We house over 2,300 students, rivaling the size of some colleges. This, however, is less than ...

Budget cuts limit building renovations

Peter Simonsen, Oracle Staff Writer

October 5, 2010

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It can be an easy assertion to make that our school’s budget is mismanaged: a 40 year old AC system that takes temperatures to the hot and cold extremes and crumbling restroom facilities make it seem obvious that funds are being...

Special privileges both excite and disappoint class of ’11

Lee Gleason, Blue Sports Editor

October 5, 2010

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Patience is a virtue…unless you’re a senior. With senior year comes Senioritis, senior parking spots, senior skip days, and now, senior lunch lines.  The senior lunch line besides the senior parking spot is far and...

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