Middle school is a long three years of life, and the innate awkwardness of it can make the experience hellish for some people. Others say that it is not so bad, or even fun (I question your sanity, but ok.) Because no issue can be debated without the input of your favorite editorial board, our editors reflect on how we feel about middle school as we are leaving it. Continue reading Corner Editors Look Back On Middle School
We have all been in a very boring class, wishing that we were watching Netflix at home. But most outsiders not in middle school do not understand that the passion for watching Netflix gets in the way of every part of a teen’s life. Many students have laptops and are encouraged to use them during classes in order to take notes or do research, but do teachers and the administration really understand the loophole that laptops and tablets create in the school’s strict “no phone” policy? Continue reading Editorial: Laptops in the Age of Netflix
Sports can be a controversial topic all over the world, and even at GFS, there are differing opinions about the positives and negatives of school sports and the middle school’s athletics requirements. In seventh and eighth grades, two seasons of sports are required, a reduction from three seasons required in past years. Although it is possible to get an exemption, the topics surrounding required sports and athletics in general typically spark some controversy.
After school shootings all over the U.S. such as Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech, many schools and colleges are tightening up their security. But there has been very little to no coverage on how Quaker schools such as GFS and other schools with similar values have been balancing their Quaker values of community with the need to protect students from physical harm from weapons such as guns or knives. How can administrators be proactive about school security without going over the top? Continue reading Editorial: School Security
Most students at GFS will admit to being a victim of overscheduling. This phenomenon is making its way into lots of middle schoolers’ lives and is resulting in sleep deprivation and stress, which are two things that shouldn’t be a major part of middle school students’ life. Our schedules are seeming to take over our brains, on some days making us completely dysfunctional without three cups of coffee. Why is rushing from place to place, having hours of homework, playing two sports, three instruments and still keeping up with your Instagram account now the norm?
One of the biggest changes brought in by Sean Hamer, the new Head of the Middle School, has been the new—and stricter—cell phone policy, which has not been well-received by many students. Continue reading Editorial: The Cell Phone Policy
Middle school is over for me and the other sixty-six humans with whom I have now spent much too much time over the past three years. So first, a congratulation: we actually made it! We managed to live through the first of the awkward years, the painful and humiliating years. The years that at family gatherings our relatives cringe to hear we are currently encountering. The stressful, socially inept and hormonally imbalanced years have descended upon us, and we have made it through eighth grade. Continue reading The Awkward Years: a middle school retrospective
We need a principal who cares. While this sounds self-explanatory, the Middle School often gets lost in the shuffle of a busy K-12 school such as GFS. Our principal should be willing to stick up for our division while collaborating with the entire school. To do this, he or she will need a vision for what the Middle School should be, and want to follow through. We believe that any person can be well-meaning, but it takes determination to make their job work. Continue reading Editorial: Our New Principal
On the other side of Germantown Avenue, just thirty feet from the end of Germantown Friend School’s campus, lies NHS Parkside Recovery, a methadone clinic. Even if they have noticed, not many students think about it.
As a rule, GFS is very liberal. The student body is fairly affluent. Almost every family owns one, if not two cars and most live in relatively good-sized houses. Full tuition for the Middle School costs $28,000 to $30,000 per year. The neighborhood of Germantown, on the other hand, has somewhat less. Average household income* is around $37,000, just 23% more than GFS tuition and only 13.1% of the population attends one or more years of college (100% of GFS graduates attend 4-year colleges). With all this, it’s no wonder the idea of a GFS Bubble is so often brought up. Continue reading Editorial: The GFS Bubble