Scythe is an Interesting Utopia/Dystopia

Neal Shusterman’s book Scythe paints an interesting contrast between life without death, and now. It is set in a “post mortal” world where there is no death, but in order to control population, people must kill. These people are scythes. They are chosen from the ranks of the best people in the world, the people who don’t want to be scythes. Continue reading Scythe is an Interesting Utopia/Dystopia

Axis and Allies 1940 Review

By Leo Katowitz, a Novice Axis and Allies Player

You sit in a chair, leaning over a game board the size of the world. You determine the strategy of your next turn. You look over at your opponent, he is attacking the heartland of your territory, the capital. He is shaking over the massive amounts of troops you have, ready to strike. You grin. They are going into a trap, perfect for the situation. By the end of the game, you have pushed them back to their capital. You stand victoriously over the battlefield, looking down upon your enemies. If you are a lover of board games, and intensity, then Axis and Allies is for you!   Continue reading Axis and Allies 1940 Review

Is America Too Tech-Obsessed?

America is home to some of the biggest consumers on the planet, so it makes sense that we would be obsessed with the latest technology.  The average American adult spends ten hours a day staring at a screen. The average teenager spends nine hours a day on a device. Computers are powerful, useful machines, so it kind of makes sense that we would use them that much.  It’s possible to do so much with these devices, so why don’t we use them for more?

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9:00 AM Wednesday Start

When the news that the Wednesday late start coming to an end filled the middle school, there was an uproar. One eighth-grader said “I am very upset that the late start is now gone. I used that time to catch up on sleep and or work on projects. That time helped me not only be more energized in school but also helped me get work done.” It was a day where school started at 9:00 a.m. leaving children an extra hour to sleep in. If the student could not stay home during this time, they were allowed to come to school and wait for school to start.  Continue reading 9:00 AM Wednesday Start