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The Wendigo in the room: our Columbus Day carnage

The Wendigo in the room: our Columbus Day carnage

Gokul Venkatachalam

October 8, 2018


Filed under columns, editorials, The World According to Gokul

The Algonquin people believe in a mythical monster known as the Wendigo. Depicted as a terrifying monster with a ghoulish appearance, the Wendigo is usually associated with heinous acts committed by deranged members of the community. When settlers began to arrive and steal Algonquin land, the Wendigo was...

Out with the old and in with the new: the tradition of Homecoming Court

Out with the old and in with the new: the tradition of Homecoming Court

Carly Anderson and Sabrina Bohn

September 27, 2018


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Between the football game, dance, Powder Puff, spirit week and other festivities, the traditions of Homecoming week are greatly celebrated and anticipated. However, are all of these high school traditions still right for our students? Despite Homecoming Court originating as a welcoming event for al...

Acceptance into elite colleges is the wrong goal

Acceptance into elite colleges is the wrong goal

Tyler Kinzy, Sports Editor

September 4, 2018


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It begins with a schedule filled to the brim with honors and AP classes to gain the upper hand in a frenzied GPA free-for-all, followed by several more hours allocated to an extensive array of athletics and extracurricular activities to further embellish one’s résumé. All of this occurs before toppi...

Virtual learning: a balancing act

Virtual learning: a balancing act

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions Editor

August 20, 2018


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The change that has been rolling out around the district is now making its way to West High: every incoming freshman will have a Chromebook for this school year. Parkway’s continual expansion of online learning offers students a vast amount of opportunity and flexibility, but just like in Spiderma...

The cost of effective educators

The cost of effective educators

Pathfinder Staff

May 11, 2018


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The number of headlines, activist voices and districts on strike is growing with each passing day as more and more teachers across the nation protest for better pay and benefits. Seeking what they view as a more fair compensation for the work they put into educating America’s next generation, the walkouts a...

Desegregation is not dead

Desegregation is not dead

Pathfinder Staff

May 8, 2018


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With a 10.8 percent African-American and a 71.9 percent white population, West High school is not exactly an exemplar of diversity. The statistics have been growing more disparate in recent years, and this image was mirrored across many St. Louis County schools. To remedy this, the Voluntary Interdistrict...

Editorial: counseling department is understaffed

Editorial: counseling department is understaffed

Pathfinder Editorial Board

April 9, 2018


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The counseling office is a constant hub of activity. All five counselors have a table used as a waiting room filled with drop-form-toting students, kids with parents’ notes requesting schedule changes; seniors begging for late arrival. But where are the kids who need counseling? Counselors are supp...

Advanced Placement tests carry drawbacks amid great benefits

Advanced Placement tests carry drawbacks amid great benefits

Pathfinder Editorial Board

February 22, 2018


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Because the Pathfinder staff vote of 25 respondents was significantly divided on the subject of Advanced Placement (AP) exams, with 60 percent agreeing that the AP tests are beneficial despite 40 percent agreeing that the College Board exploits students, a side-by-side comparison of opinions on this...

Scheduling stunts opportunity

Scheduling stunts opportunity

Pathfinder Editorial Board

January 8, 2018


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The counselors start coming around and teachers start conferencing with students: it’s registration time and for many students that means groans and the thought of another screwed up schedule. Everyone wonders how many of their classes or even alternate selections they will actually end up in, and th...

Parkway drops contract with Scantron® testing

Parkway drops contract with Scantron® testing

Pathfinder Editorial Board

November 30, 2017


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The question on everyone’s minds after learning about the latest Parkway policy change: How are we going to replace the gap that Scantrons® leave in our hearts–I mean, educational system? In line with Parkway’s mission and goals, teachers have been utilizing more performance events to test stud...

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