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Freedom of choice among students

Started this discussion. Last reply by Angel Agrawal May 30, 2013. 24 Replies

One of the greatest things about the summer reading assignment, is that students get the freedom to choose their own book. We have the entire world of literature at our fingers and all we need to do…Continue

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What do you wish to accomplish before high school's over? What about sophomore year? What's your high school bucket list? Post here and then go out and do it!Continue

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Importance of Language in High School Education

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tiffany Surowiak May 31, 2013. 22 Replies

I was recently wondering, what is the point of the school making us learn a foreign language? Why is it that we are all required to take a language at some point or another? Is it to learn and…Continue

Willa Cather quotes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Farah Mohammad Nov 16, 2012. 1 Reply

"Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again." Willa CatherHow do you think this quote relates to some of the works by Willa Cather? To me, it seems to…Continue


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Code of Silence

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 8:30pm 5 Comments

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For my final book blog post of sophomore year I read Code of Silence by Tim Shoemaker. This book is a mystery/suspense type novel that takes place in Rolling Meadows. I like a book that I feel like I can relate to and not only is this book written with relatable characters that launch the reader back into their childhood but also the familiar setting contributes to a book that feels as…


Staying "good" Through High School

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

Good. It is a simple word if not a vague one. What is it to be good? Do we strive to be good, or do we want to exceed good? Good could refer to morals or something physical. Good can be so many things and yet we struggle to embrace it. In my opinion everyone possesses a little bit of good. Life experiences and the realism of the world tend to strip it out of you, experiences such as traumas, bullies, and above all high school. These are some tips on how you can keep the good in you become a…


A moment of silence for the end of The Infernal Devices.

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 9:20pm 4 Comments

These past two months teenage girls everywhere have swept one book off the bookshelves. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare completes the Infernal Devices trilogy, and it goes out with a bang. I idolize Cassandra Clare and have never hated a book by her, I hold her to the highest expectations. With that said, Clockwork Princess shattered these expectations. The book takes place in the same Shadowhunter world as the Mortal Instruments series except a couple centuries in…



Posted on March 27, 2013 at 1:00pm 4 Comments

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This month I read Heft by Liz Moore. Heft is an emotional novel told from the perspective of Arthur Opp and Kel Keller. Arthur Opp is 68, he weighs 550 pounds and he has not left his house, in Brooklyn NY, in a decade. Kel Keller is an athletic teen trying to make it through his final year at PLHS, a high school in Pells Landing, NY. Pells Landing is full of the rich…


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At 7:54am on September 11, 2012, Gary Anderson said…

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