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Personal Project new to Harding

Elijah Loscheider, Reporter

February 2, 2016


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New to Harding this year is the MYP (Middle Years Programme) Personal Project, which all sophomores are required to complete in their advisory classes. The project is “personal” because each person’s project is different, unique to that person. MYP is an IB program “There’s a lot of aspects...

Violence in schools leads to call for mediation

Wendy Scaletta, Editor-in-chief

January 7, 2016


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Staff in the SPPS district have considered going on strike after a recent surge of violence in schools, including fights, injured teachers and a weapon at school. On Oct. 21 a student at Harding brought a loaded gun to school, which was discovered after a teacher smelled marijuana in his backpack....

Jamar Clark deserves justice

Gao Xiong, Opinion editor

January 7, 2016


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Harding's African American cultural specialist believes that the protests surrounding Jamar Clark's death are good, but not enough, “They need to do more," said James Bush, who works closest with black students and families. "I feel that animals have more rights than humans." Jamar Clark died of...

New winter weather policy

Zuzan Win, Reporter

December 4, 2015


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The Saint Paul Public School district has a new policy this year on winter weather that would require cancellation if the windchill is below negative 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Last year, the district had come up with a “Winter Weather Wind Chill Threshold," which said that students did not have to go...

Knightbots in seventh place

Yusuf Aw Yusuf, Reporter

December 4, 2015


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The Knightbots, Harding’s robotics team, finished seventh in their scrimmage last week and hope to improve in the competition in April. Robotics is one of the many clubs at Harding and has been here since 2009. Every year Harding participates in a robotics competition among schools in the Midwest....

‘While The Lights Are Out’ preview

Gao Xiong, Reporter

November 11, 2015


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While The Lights Are Out is a play that follows a murder, a mystery and comedy that involves several characters trying figure out who murdered the victim. Tim Coleman, who has been at Harding High School for 14 years, is in charge of the fall play. He decided to pick While The Lights Were Out, because...

Student brings marijuana and loaded gun to school

Mai Vue, Wendy Scaletta, Reporter

October 23, 2015


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A loaded gun was found in a student’s backpack during the third hour class of Karyn Mickelson, an English teacher, Oct. 21. The student came late to class and sat down in his desk, when the smell of marijuana became obvious. “When I came to the back of the room [where the student was], it was...

Genius squad confident for iPad rollout

Andy Thao, Reporter

October 16, 2015


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Members of the Genius Squad are feeling more confident as the iPad rollout at Harding closes in. "I think we are ready to roll the iPads out as the IB 11th classes could help us by helping the younger teens with small issues with the iPads,” said Jose Romero, a member of Harding's Genius Squad....

Hmong Club announces the release of short film

Austyn Lo, Reporter

October 16, 2015


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A short film is to be released by Harding’s Hmong Club Oct. 20. It gives a sneak-peek into what’s going to happen in the play that will be performed at the Harding New Year. The film will include English subtitles when it’s released. The members of Hmong Club created the script for the film...

IB English students have ‘experience of a lifetime’

Yusuf Aw Yusuf, Reporter

October 16, 2015


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IB English students experienced "To Kill A Mockingbird" at the Guthrie Theater.   Juniors and seniors in Harding's IB program saw a play based on the famous book, To Kill A Mockingbird, Sept. 29, thanks to a partnership with the Guthrie Theater, now in its third year.   Harding's...

New year, new passes

Elijah Loscheider, Reporter

October 16, 2015


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Harding’s hall pass system has changed, but is it for better or for worse? For all new students, this year's hall pass system hasn't always existed; it's changed from the past. The passes last year were a standard lanyard pass (the traditional-ask- to-go-to-the-restroom-and-the-teacher gives-you-the-pass). Now...

Harding considering block schedules

Elezebet Mitiku, Reporter

October 2, 2015


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Teachers don’t feel like the way our classes are arranged or how short our classes are help us learn, especially since the iPad setups we have take up our classes. Last year, a couple of teachers felt like the time we spent in class is not enough time to digest what we learn or work in class. Ms....

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