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PGCPS adopts gender neutral cap and gown policy

May 28, 2019 4:10pm | Zenaida Vasquez, '20

In recent years, PGCPS has changed its policy on graduation attire to keep cap and gown colors gender neutral for transgender and other LGBTQ+ students to have a safe, welcoming space. The Parkdale graduating class of 2016 doned all black caps and gowns and since […]

Student disrespect should be addressed more effectively

May 3, 2019 4:58pm | Divine Okon, '20

In some classrooms more than others, both teachers and students alike have witnessed student-to-teacher abuse, whether it be verbal, emotional or even physical.  However, it seems that everyone refuses to address this issue. Teachers receive mediocre treatment, starting from their salary, and added to that, […]

Stoodints suffer wen Techars leaf mid-yeer: Students in academic hole due to mid-year teacher departures

March 29, 2019 3:33pm | Raymar Jones, ‘19

It suk when techar leaf mid year it feel bad for studant. U geh a substoote, substoote work, u miss u techar. It suk mang. U noe wud im saying holmes? Alotta keids at deh skool are unhappie wit dis current sitchuashin. If this situation […]

Daily spirit wear could increase compliance

March 29, 2019 3:25pm | Justice John '19

“Good morning Parkdale, today is Friday and you know what that means, we have three uniform options…” I know we’re all tired of hearing the same message every Friday, otherwise known as spirit day, as if we don’t already know we finally get the chance […]

Dress down day every Friday in exchange for strict enforcement through week

March 28, 2019 4:36pm | Yesenia Viveros-Saavedra, '20

At Parkdale, a uniform school, students are required to wear khaki pants and a black, white or green polo shirt. Along with the dress code, students are not allowed to wear open-toed shoes and must wear their student ID’s. As expected, many students have issues […]

Students focus too much on grades, not learning

March 8, 2019 6:09pm | Catherine Reyes-Sosa, '20

Complaints about student, grades, whether they are good or bad, can be heard rippling through the hallways on any given day. Some students say that they need to get extra credit just to pass the quarter while teachers are calling in a parent-teacher conference to […]

Wanted: More Clubs at Parkdale

March 4, 2019 8:28pm | Raymar Jones, '19

While some clubs at Parkdale are not as popular as others and don’t last very long, the clubs with the most members typically have the most longevity and encourage students to stay after school to participate. However, some could argue that there just aren’t enough […]

Beware: Pasts known to come back and haunt

March 4, 2019 8:26pm | Finn Sheerin, '19

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has recently been accused of appearing in a racist photo during his collegiate years. While he has denied he appeared in the photograph, the whole controversy has people calling for his resignation as governor of Virginia. Although social media did not […]

Life through eyes of immigrants

January 5, 2019 9:27pm | Victor Valdez, '20

Immigrants all over the world have faced problems in their lives at least once because of their drawbacks. The common problems are that immigrants face are (Language barriers, employment, housing, access to services, transportation issues, cultural differences, prejudice and racism, isolation, and children). Language barriers […]

How serious is testing anxiety?

January 3, 2019 5:48pm | Victor Valdez, ‘20

Everyone has at least gone through the fear of failure on a test that they don’t feel confident about. Test anxiety, is the condition where people experiences extreme distress and anxiety in a test. According to ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), students around […]