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Cross-Curricular Program Piloted with Freshman Students

Cross-Curricular Program Piloted with Freshman Students

Trish Truong and Rachel Schlueter

December 6, 2019

This past summer, three Madison teachers designed a brand new curriculum for a program that would approach teaching and learning in a new and non-traditional style in order to better equip their freshmen students with skills they could use beyond their high school careers. This program is called the Cros...

Why We Should Warm Up to the 4.0 Scale

Why We Should Warm Up to the 4.0 Scale

Aida Araia, Business Manager

December 4, 2019

Madison has taken a grand step forward in regards to its grading scale, as I’m sure most students have noticed. In the hopes of making grading more equitable for students, Madison has slowly been replacing the old 100-point grading scale with a new 4.0 grading scale. The transition is supposed to b...

Veg Club Plans to Raise Awareness this School Year

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Katie Bartlett, Opinion Editor

November 1, 2019

Living a plant based lifestyle, whether it be vegan, vegetarian, or pescatarian, has numerous benefits. Cutting meat out of your diet has been connected to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and lower rates of heart disease. It is also environmentally beneficial, because the meat and dairy industries a...

What Madison Students are Looking Forward to Most this Year

What Madison Students are Looking Forward to Most this Year

Caroline Scheider-Williams, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2019

Almost one quarter into the school year, students have started to form routines that they will follow for the rest of the year. While there are still months to go until we even take our first SOL, AP test, or final exam, it is never too early to start looking into the future. One student from each c...

Food For Thought

Food For Thought

Leah DeFreitas and Christina Luckett

February 13, 2019

Each day, over 180,000 students make their morning trek to a Fairfax County public school for their seven-hour school day. For many families, their daily routine is marked by after-school practices, homework sessions, and carpool, but getting a decent meal is rarely a concern. For the almost 24,000 ...

A career in review: 12-time varsity athlete John Finney reflects on high school athletics

A career in review: 12-time varsity athlete John Finney reflects on high school athletics

Devan Fink, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 7, 2019

“Joo-ohn Finn-ney!” Clap, clap. Clap, clap, clap. “Joo-ohn Finn-ney!” Clap, clap. Clap, clap, clap. The crowd chants in excitement of the play. It does not matter whether it is a football game and Finney has just scored a touchdown, or if it is a basketball game and he has just made a three poi...

Warhawk Dance wins East Coast Regional Dance Competition

Warhawk Dance wins East Coast Regional Dance Competition

Hannah Kase, Online Editor-in-Chief

January 28, 2019

The Madison Varsity Dance Team competed in the East Coast Regional Dance Competition at West Springfield High School on Sunday, Jan. 27. The Warhawks won first place in the categories of Hip Hop, Jazz and Pom. These three routines were the highest scoring routines in the entire competition, with Hip...

My story: Struggling with mental health

My story: Struggling with mental health

Madeleine LeTendre, Sports Editor

January 24, 2019

Disclaimer: this article contains descriptions of self-injury, anxiety, and depression. If you are in crisis, please see the resources at the bottom of the article. Not a ton of people expect a 12-year-old to suffer from addiction. Until recently, I didn’t realize that what I have been going throu...

A New Year’s Resolution for all: Realize there is no “War on Christmas”

A New Year's Resolution for all: Realize there is no

Stephen Desmarais, Editor-in-Chief

January 9, 2019

For many, the first day of December marks the first day it’s acceptable to play Mariah Carey’s hit single “All I Want for Christmas is You.” However, it also signifies the reemergence of a more sinister movement that vocalizes itself around this time of year. Ever since Starbucks started putting...

A eulogy for the Vienna Taco Bell

A eulogy for the Vienna Taco Bell

Abbey Gastrock, Staff Reporter

January 8, 2019

After months of controversy over whether our favorite Mexican restaurant would be replaced by yet another Starbucks, the time has finally come to say goodbye. The Taco Bell on Maple Avenue has officially closed and is set to become a drive-thru Starbucks. I have been confused since April, a.k.a. the beginni...

Editor-in-Chief Editorial: The free press issue

Editor-in-Chief Editorial: The free press issue

Editor-in-Chief Editorial

December 11, 2018

During a White House press conference, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta questioned President Donald Trump’s characterization of the migrant group approaching the United States border, which Trump had previously described as an “invasion.” When Trump avoided giving him a direct answer, Aco...

Gerrymandering: The defect of democracy

Gerrymandering: The defect of democracy

Devan Fink, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 7, 2018

Thirteen years after his famous “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech, Patrick Henry and his Anti-Federalist colleagues drew the boundaries of Virginia’s 5th congressional district in an attempt to keep James Madison out of the House of Representatives. This was the first instance of gerrymanderin...