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Editorial: Teacher versus colleague of the year

Editorial: Teacher versus colleague of the year

Drew Boone and Brinda Ambal

November 26, 2019

Each November, staff members receive an email encouraging them to nominate a fellow staff member for the annual school-wide Teacher of the Year award. However, when students are the ones first-handedly experiencing instruction, isn’t it conducive that students’ opinions should count? The process in...

Editorial: It’s time to clean up

Editorial: It’s time to clean up

Pathfinder Editorial Board

October 31, 2019

The cafeteria during sixth hour, now absent of laughter and warmth, is completely still at first glance. A second look reveals custodian Sean Smith continuing his daily agenda of shuffling through bins–blue, yellow and gray–making a thorough effort to separate the bits of trash which have been s...

When parents are the problem

When parents are the problem

Pathfinder Editorial Board

September 30, 2019

“My daughter will not be participating in this nonsense,” “More Lefty Stuff,” “I think being offended has become a hobby for some people.” Irrational, rude and uncalled for comments circulate social media throughout the school year; what is unexpected is that these comments come from pare...

We’ve got a situation…scheduling. It’s time to talk about solutions.

We’ve got a situation…scheduling. It’s time to talk about solutions.

Susie Seidel and Kathryn McAuliffe

August 30, 2019

Have you ever reviewed your released schedule for back to school without rolling your eyes or emailing your counselor for a change? Each back to school season consistently presents problems surrounding scheduling. Schedules could be released to students in the spring, providing a greater amount of t...

Substitutes, not study halls

Substitutes, not study halls

Pathfinder Staff

November 30, 2018

The day that a teacher is out sick and a substitute from Kelly Educational Staffing comes to take their place, students respond with either surprised glee or a suppressed groan.

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

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...

The cost of effective educators

The cost of effective educators

Pathfinder Staff

May 11, 2018

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

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

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...

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