West Springfield High School Newspaper

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What’s a sick day? Students can no longer recover from their illnesses in peace due to constant pile up of makeup work

Megan Burpo, Orange Viewpoint Editor

December 3, 2010

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The words “sick day” bring to mind spending the day in bed and eating a bowl of chicken noodle soup, and maybe getting some quality T. V. time in too, but nowadays students are expected to do piles of school work while trying...

Law officials don’t ‘like’ party photos: Students need to be smarter about their posted pictures on Facebook

The Oracle, Editorial

December 3, 2010

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A message to the students who put pictures of themselves “partying” while posing with beers on Facebook: use your brain. We understand that teenagers feel the need to rebel and all of that, but  posting these kind of pictures...

To cheat or not to cheat? Students cross ethical boundaries to do well

Austin Kaminski, Orange Sports Editor

December 3, 2010

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People who have stepped foot in the halls of WS are probably well aware of the school’s impressive academic standards. The teachers and staff do a great job pushing students to their optimum academic performance. But at some...

No cheerleaders, no mascot…no spirit?

Jimmy McMahon & Jordan Miller, Oracle Staff Writers

December 3, 2010

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Two seconds left, WS down by one, the shot goes up. IT’S GOOD! And the crowd goes…silent? The loud and encouraging cheers courtesy of the cheerleading team usually heard during basketball games at WS are no more. Winter...

Give thanks for lunch

Summer Claveau, Orange ETC. Editor

December 1, 2010

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In elementary school, the times I remember so fondly, Thanksgiving lunch was a much anticipated day. I remember biscuits right out of the oven, steaming fresh green beans, and warm and buttery mash potatoes complemented by a ...

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...

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