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Dangerous discipline

By Myla Sapp | March 5, 2011, 8:26 a.m. | In Connections Blog »

After Stuban's tragic death, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is under high scrutiny for their strict disciplinary zero-tolerance policy. Stuban is the second student in two years to commit suicide after being suspended in FCPS.


Getting counseled

By Melodi Anahtar | Jan. 22, 2011, 5:40 p.m. | In Connections Blog »

Each time I've visited the counseling office this week, it has been filled with students sitting outside of their counselors' office with a pink schedule change slip in hand.


Silver Spring cycling

By Anya Gosine | Dec. 28, 2010, 11:32 p.m. | In Connections Blog »

A recent post in the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission's (M-NCPPC) blog The Straight Line discussed the possibility of developing bike networks throughout the county.


Acronym attack

By Alison Kronstadt | Dec. 14, 2010, 1:04 a.m. | In Connections Blog »

This blog is about standardized tests. Now for those of you that haven't instantly clicked away from this page, take deep breaths.


Respect on the ride

By Valerie Hu | Nov. 21, 2010, 10:35 p.m. | In Connections Blog »

After trudging through a full day of classes with a cloud of fatigue growing inside me, the last thing I, or any other student, need is to be yelled at for an illegitimate reason on the way home.


A valueless campaign

By Melissa Haniff | Nov. 13, 2010, 5:06 p.m. | In Connections Blog »

"Did you know…it's cheaper to buy a school lunch than to pack one from home with the same nutritional value?" the flyer read. I began to laugh loudly, thinking to myself, "This couldn't possibly be true."


Green plots, green thoughts

By Masha Lafen | Nov. 1, 2010, 11:25 p.m. | In Connections Blog »

An initiative to convert two plots of land in Silver Spring into community vegetable garden will add much needed community vegetable gardens to our area.


Stop-and-go on the Boulevard

By Melodi Anahtar | Oct. 15, 2010, 9:36 p.m. | In Connections Blog »

Every day, the end of fifth period lunch signals the start of yet another terrifying trek down Blair Boulevard.


Crossing the line

By Anya Gosine | Oct. 1, 2010, 1:53 a.m. | In Connections Blog »

It was near the end of last school year that the administration had their spark of dull inspiration to block off parts of Blair Boulevard during lunch periods.


Good night and good luck

By Sophia Deng | June 3, 2010, 11:38 p.m. | In Connections Blog »

As I sit at home, finding myself nostalgic about being pushed and shoved in Blair Boulevard during lunch, I've realized that my feelings about leaving are not clear-cut jubilation, but those of ambivalence and deep sadness.


Finally at peace

By Mandy Xu | Feb. 1, 2010, 12:57 p.m. | In Connections Blog »

JD Salinger was a man who understood the angst-filled, awkward years of young adulthood better than anyone. His famous best seller "The Catcher in the Rye" revolutionized literature. Although "Catcher" was criticized initially, reading the novel has now become a vital rite of passage into adulthood.


Tweet tweet

By Jenna Bushnell | Jan. 26, 2010, 8:30 a.m. | In Connections Blog »

As a senior, I've admittedly had a difficult time sitting down and focusing on the piles of homework that I have (second semester, you're almost here!). Recently, with final exams, I've found myself having an even harder time staying on track. And, in all of my distracted glory, I've gotten myself a Twitter.


Cruising on Google's Wave

By Sophia Deng | Dec. 16, 2009, 9:27 a.m. | In Connections Blog »

Beginning in September, Google Wave captured the hearts of computer users everywhere when Google issued 100,000 invitations for its new Wave software.


A lost gem

By Julia Wynn | Dec. 4, 2009, midnight | In Connections Blog »

Four years ago Downtown Silver Spring was a completely different place. It was a bustling center of activity for Blazers who frequented the many restaurants and the Astroturf green.


House cup v. Presidential Medal of Freedom

By Julia Wynn | Oct. 3, 2009, midnight | In Connections Blog »

If you have ever conspired to create Polyjuice Potion after reading a Harry Potter book with every intention of transforming yourself, then you can join the ranks of former President George W. Bush.


Standing up for sitting down

By Julia Wynn | May 16, 2009, midnight | In Connections Blog »

As I was waiting for my 3:00 bus last week during eighth period, I decided to park myself amongst the lockers on Blair Boulevard so I could talk with my friends.


Doubting divorce

By Lucas Alvarado-Farrar | April 29, 2009, midnight | In Connections Blog »

"Wait," I said to a college admissions representative over the phone. "So you are saying I'm going to pay double!?" I was met with a haughty yes and a circular explanation.


A senior's ID rant

By Anika Manzoor | April 19, 2009, midnight | In Connections Blog »

I would consider myself a pretty compliant student. Okay, compliant may be too strong of a word...but I generally complete all my assignments, maintain a low-key profile in class and I've rarely sought beef with the staff.


The impossible dream

By Sean Howard | Jan. 27, 2009, 10:25 a.m. | In Connections Blog »

Recently, Fairfax County transportation planners developed a no-cost proposal to deliver high school students to school later in the morning, possibly pushing the starting bell to 8:30 a.m. from 7:20 a.m. Excuse me while I find a suitable outlet for my jealousy.


Shut up and pledge

By Deepa Chellappa | Dec. 6, 2008, midnight | In Connections Blog »

In my first period class, I am one of a handful of students who regularly stands up and recites the Pledge of Allegiance. On some days, I do so even though my teacher continues lecturing right through InfoFlow. With the relentless stream of information about the structure of atoms going in one ear and straight out the other, it's often difficult to concentrate on either chemistry or patriotism: "I pledge allegiance...electrons...flag...molecule...liberty...bond...all." What a riot.


Wise words from a sleepless senior

By Anika Manzoor | Nov. 16, 2008, midnight | In Connections Blog »

As my junior year came to a close, I promised myself that I would start all my college stuff over the summer. In fact, I went so far as to "start" on a recommendation packet (resume, questionnaire, college list, the works - juniors, expect to get these soon) before school even ended - the exact date was June 13, 2008. And that's how far I had gotten - name, date, typed-out questions. Nothing else.


United we stand

By Deepa Chellappa | Nov. 11, 2008, midnight | In Connections Blog »

I was shocked when I heard about the death of Tai Lam last Saturday. He was so young and had so much to live for. An honor student, a member of the wrestling team and fashion club, Tai was clearly a popular kid. He made so many friends in just the first two months of school. Last week, the impact he had on Blazers was obvious. A purple-and-white haze enveloped the hallways, and bowed heads and tears were no strange sight.


Save our bladders

By Deepa Chellappa | Oct. 23, 2008, midnight | In Connections Blog »

It happened again on Thursday. I was rushing down the hall, hefting my enormous backpack and cumbersome tennis bag when I heard the warning bell ring. I was so close. I had one hand on the door to the girls' bathroom, but I resigned myself to a sixth period of discomfort, fearing the wrath of my editors should I arrive late to Silver Chips.


Temp IDs, please

By Jenna Bushnell | Oct. 15, 2008, midnight | In Connections Blog »

It was three minutes before the 7:25 late bell and I was frantically dashing to my first period class. Before I could sprint through the University Blvd. entrance, I was halted by security requesting my ID. I halted, fishing though the abyss that is my humongous backpack to find nothing but an ID from last year. Attempting to be sly, I tried to flash the back of it, thinking that I could avoid that fact that the front of it was last year's red instead of this year's white.


A small but God-like black bag

By Charles Kong | Oct. 6, 2008, midnight | In Connections Blog »

There was a small black bag sitting on a cafeteria table today at the beginning of 5A lunch, alone and unguarded. A girl approached the table and, not knowing what to think of the lone, small black bag or who it belonged to, quietly sat down in her normal seat. Moments later, her friends came in and, also disregarding the small black bag, sat down with her. It seemed like another peaceful and uneventful lunch period, until the very angry owner of the small black bag appeared at the scene.

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