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Students should carefully weigh pros and cons on AP classes

OPINION

By Everett Mulroe/ Eagle Post staff

Many schools are beginning to offer a larger variety of advanced placement classes for an increasing number of students. Students, teachers, and parents weigh the benefits against the threats of these programs.

High school students are becoming increasingly busy as they prepare for college and the work force. Many high school students balance a job, class work, community service, sports, and other forms of extra-curricular activities. Such full schedules make students and their parents nervous to commit to the work that comes with an advanced placement class, but the benefits of a college level course could outweigh the concerns of the commitment.

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MG district should stop requiring juniors to take ACT

OPINION

Emma Lehker/Eagle Post Opinions Editor 

Most colleges require applicants to submit standardized test scores along with high school transcripts, class ranks, personal essays, and, as are often encouraged, personal interviews. More and more people have been questioning, however, the value of standardized testing as a sign of college readiness.

Monona Grove, on the other hand, seems to encourage students to continue on the standard path of education, urging – nearly insisting – that all juniors take the ACT. While this certainly has its benefits, it also can lead to close-minded students and further the elementary notion that standardized test scores provide accurate, fair analyses of students’ knowledge and ability levels.

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Donate to struggling families through the MG Giving Tree

By Bailey Lottes/ Eagle Post staff

This holiday season many people look forward to all the presents under their tree. Those who are less fortunate may not have anything waiting there, unless you decided to donate an item to the Monona Grove High School Giving Tree that is located right outside the main office until Friday December 9.

The tree provides gifts for family’s right in our very own school district who are struggling this holiday season. If you donate to the giving tree, you could brighten the holiday season of someone who sits next to you every day in first period. The items on the cards range from larger gifts like an iPod to the small necessity of a package of underwear or socks. There are also cards for purchasing gift cards from grocery stores.

As Ms. Ziegelmaier’s AP Psychology classes learned that a little pocket change can add up to something extraordinary. There was a similar giving turkey which collected gifts before Thanksgiving break. Ms. Ziegelmaier made it a competition between all four of her classes to see which group could come up with the most money. Over a few class periods, she passed around a tube that students filled with their donations. In the end, her four classes alone raised $185 and were able to purchase items like cleaning supplies and gift cards to help multiple families in our district.

The AP Psychology classes proved that spare change goes a long way. Next time you are considering throwing your change on your car floor or drop it on the ground, pick it up and realize that you could make a difference in someone’s holiday or even his or her life, if you just take the time to donate. So grab some friends and snag one of the remaining tags from the Giving Tree to help check something off someone’s Christmas list, you can drop the gifts off in Ms. Baxter’s room, room 186.

Stubborn students don’t give thumbs a break

Text messaging interferes with learning

By Danielle Olivas

Eagle Post Staff

     At Monona Grove High School many students will pull out their cell phones and start texting during class. The administration has tried to enforce rules to prevent the use of cell phones, but students continue to disrespect teachers.

     Teachers think it is rude and students can miss important information. If students are not listening then how will they do well in class? Continue reading ‘Stubborn students don’t give thumbs a break’

Cheating’s many forms make treatment ineffective

By Gabrielle Komprood

Eagle Post staff

     Cheating in schools has been an issue for a while now and there is no clear solution to the problem. Administrators and staff have tried to solve the issue by banning iPods and cell phones, but students still find ways to cheat.

     The school board needs address this problem and create a system that encourages students not to cheat and not to let others cheat. It is a very difficult issue because there is no way to ensure that students do not cheat other than testing students in separate rooms, which is very unrealistic in the MG setting and still allows some students the opportunity to cheat. Cheating causes students to not learn as much as they need to, and it also takes away from the students who are actually doing the work. Students who put in the effort and do the work themselves are not rewarded and have no incentive to do their own work. If students who cheat do not get punished, students may conclude that it is okay to do so. Continue reading ‘Cheating’s many forms make treatment ineffective’

Grade point does not reflect learning

By Garth Levers

Eagle Post Editor

Grading Awards at Monona Grove are hard to come by. A student that receives a 3.0-3.49 GPA receives one “point” in the point scale that determines awards. The lowest award anyone can receive requires 6 points. In order to receive two points, a student must receive a 3.5-3.74 GPA. Finally, three points requires a 3.75-4.0 GPA. Continue reading ‘Grade point does not reflect learning’

New Ugandan law means death for homosexuals

 By Connor Mulhern

Eagle Post staff

     The African nation of Uganda recently passed a law that punishes homosexual acts with life in prison, and in some cases, death. This anti-gay legislation is supported by the Ugandan parliament as well as president Yoweri Museveni.

            As if the simple fact that this legislation exists isn’t enough to make eyes grow wide with horror, it may further disturb one to know that the laws have links to American fundamentalist preachers, such as Richard Cohen, who claims to have ‘counseled thousands of gays to turns straight,’ and Paul Cameron, a pastor who has published large amounts of anti-gay legislature. A Ugandan minister who helped write the bill has close ties to the famed influential evangelical preacher Rick Warren, who so far, has refused to condemn the bill. The bill also bans public discussion of homosexuality, barring AIDS groups from entering the country.

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