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College Career Coordinator, Sherdeill Breathett

Davina Alvarez, Reporter

September 27, 2019

The CCC of North High School is Sherdeill Breathett- you might know him as Mr. B or even Coach B. His typical day includes waking up at 5:30 a.m. every morning to check emails. Usually during 3rd or 4th hour, his office is open to students who are trying to get ...

An Adventure to New York City

Maleah Evans, Reporter

September 19, 2019

Some students in the North High drama department are taking a trip to NYC and Chicago, but sadly there are no more spots for the trip. Even though there aren't any spots left, you can sign up and be put on a holding list if interested. The...

Conservation Club finds a Colorful way to Recycle

Alexa Almeda and Dorely Espinoza

September 19, 2019

The North High Conservation Club is starting a school wide initiative to recycle dried out markers instead of throwing them out and having them end up in a landfill. By the end of next week, each and every classroom will have a...

Sing for Your Scholarships

Sadie Millard, Reporter

September 19, 2019

Are you ready for college? Students in College Prep are quickly finding out. Taught by North High's fourteen year Choral Director Amy Davidson, students are learning to stick their landing in college choral auditions. The...

Common sense can save the future

Karla Cardenas Pasten

September 16, 2019

Imagine seeing 20 years into the future. What can be seen or how it’s seen, is a mystery. It can be either good or bad depending on one's actions. Many students at North High don’t realize that they are only trashing t...

Why So Much Homework?

Maleah Evans, Reporter

September 13, 2019

A typical student in high school has about ten classes, give or take, and if all of those classes give two hours of homework, that's at least 10 hours of homework each night. Now factor in the facts that some kids have practice after school, whether that be sports or drama, which can last until 5:00 p.m. or later. Those students are up until 3:00 a.m. or 4:00 a.m. in the morning finishing their homework and they have to get up early in the morning for school. It's recommended that kids get 9 1/2 hours of sleep each night, so these kids aren't getting anywhere near the hours they need of sleep. This can lead to some serious stress levels in students and students falling asleep in class because they didn't get enough sleep the night before. So, what should happen- should the kids be less involved in school, or should teachers not assign so much homework? Granted some teachers don't believe in homework and some rarely assign homework so that can change these numbers, but a majority of teachers assign homework every night. Most parents of high school students don't realize the overload of homework their child endures. They just assume their child is being dramatic. Most kids just suffer in silence and struggle in school. Studies show that excessive amounts of homework can cause stress in students and parents. Both the National Education Association and the National PTA support a standard of 10 minutes of homework per grade level, so for younger kids, 10 minutes total, and for kids in high school, 2 hours of work per night. A recent study shows that kids in early elementary school received around three times the amount of recommended homework. A study in 2013 concluded that any more than 2 hours of homework a night for high school students is counterproductive, and the students who participated in the study reported doing more than three hours of homework each night on average. Less than 1 percent of the students interviewed said homework wasn't a stresser. Alyssa Goerzen is a junior at North. She is also in Repertory Theatre. She says she spends 2-3 hours every night because of the classes she takes.  “I think it depends on the class but on average I don’t get that stressed out on homework,” Goerzen said. Alyssa also said that extracurriculars cause more stress for her than her core classes.  Alexa Almeda is a sophomore at North and she is involved in Bio-Med and AVID. Alexa says she spends an hour and a half at least on her homework. "What causes me more stress is my job because I have to manage when I do my homework and when I go to work," Alexa said. Since she is in Bio-Med, she has more homework from Human Body Systems, a class included in Bio-Med, and she has more quizzes to study for. In AVID the "homework" is binder checks. So some students have varying levels of homework, and in turn, have varying levels of stress....

Teens roles for the future

Davina Alvarez - Reporter, reporter

September 13, 2019

Did you know that there are 800 million teenagers in the world? That's 13% of the global population. Its the highest number of teenagers yet. "Teenagers are forced to be reckoned with. Making up 13% of the population, teens...

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