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Shedding light on student trends and culture at the high school.

Skipping class: an inside look at the issue

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As school moves into its second month, students get accustomed to the persistent rhythm of courses, homework and extracurricular activities. Though students are expected to be present in class, New Canaan High School’s Attendance Guidelines expect absences to be caused by personal illness, death in the family, court appearance, religious holiday, college visits, or emergency medical appointments may be excused. The problem, however, arises when students take advantage of attendance policy, and skip class for other reasons.

Going places with Tina: Library

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You enter the library and on your right you notice a black dress hung over a black spider web. Only three feet in you are bombarded with millions of books. Relax. Sit on one of the four couches (three black and one yellow) near the large stand, which is filled with childhood nostalgia, like If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, The Rainbow Fish, Goodnight Moon, Green Eggs and Ham, and Where’s Spot? Stories that students have grown up with are available at their fingertips.

Sophomore Kirstyn Vitale explains why she loves this part of the library more than others. “I really like the children’s books

Making and breaking your future – and you didn’t even know it.

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College. It’s a big deal. But the in-school college visits? Some see the in-school visits as just a way to show interest in a college they may apply to, whereas some are eager to escape the classroom. These visits have been at NCHS for 20 years now, and this year, 132 colleges are visiting our school. The question is: how valuable are in-school college visits?

The high school seems to be split 50/50 when considering the importance of the in-school college visits. “While some people do go to in-school college visits go to a lot, a lot of people don’t actually go to any…”

I think the high school just tweeted

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In an era where “google” is now a verb in the dictionary, and the Internet is increasingly accessible, it can be said that the Internet is vital to our lives. With that being said, technologically progressive websites, known as Web 2.0, now serve as an alternate and new mode of education. However, as these websites and technologies largely involve video sharing or social networking, they are often seen as a potential distraction while being an alternate educational tool. From this, a question arises at our schools: to block or not to block?

The summer vacation transformation

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Peter Lacerenza Features Editor It’s always an interesting phenomena walking in on the first day of school. Who are they? You might wonder, as a group of people resembling your friends approaches you, although with an inch to their height, bronzed complexions and obvious hours spent at the mall. After realizing that in fact, they are your friends, you begin to discuss your summers as if you hadn’t already over Facebook chat, although you realize that during the two month sojourn from school has altered their appearance as well personality. This summer transformation is something that has continued from kindergarten…

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