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Covid-19 Continues to Impact Late Work Policies

Zoe MacDiarmid, Editor-in-Chief | October 5, 2021

As students grapple with this year’s changes, many teachers are amending their late work policies to help students readjust to in-person learning and a seven-course schedule. Still, some teachers have returned to more traditional, pre-Covid policies, including the deducted the traditional ten-percent-off-a-day rule was almost entirely left behind during online school.  According to English...

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Social Justice Club Rallies Support for Removal of Police in Schools

Zoe MacDiarmid, Blaiz Blackston, and Belen Kidanu | June 14, 2021

At 1:30 PM, May 27, 2021, one hundred Wilde Lake Students participated in a walkout to remove school resource officers (SROs) from Howard County schools. The walkout was organized and led by the Wilde Lake Students for Social Justice Club, a group of students that meet to discuss and spread awareness for social issues. Their most recent fight is for the removal of SROs, an issue that has been a...

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Wilde Lake to Bring Back Advisory. What Can We Learn from the Past?

Emerson Alberti Ramirez and Zoe MacDiarmid | June 10, 2021

Next school year, Wilde Lake plans on adding an extra period to the six-period day, Advisory — 20-minutes for students to meet with teachers, attend clubs, and study.  Advisory is not new to Wilde Lake. The program, at its best, was time to be productive. At its worst, time for students to wreak havoc. But as the structure of the school evolved, Advisory fizzled out. Now, the school intends...

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Wilde Lake Reports Four Cases of Covid-19

Rowley Jackson | June 6, 2021

In November, Wilde Lake reported its first cases of Covid-19, two staff members. The first student case was reported in April, and another staff member reported positive in May.  According to principal Ms. Leonard, the county requires contact tracing and quarantining at home with positive cases. Still, schools have no way of knowing how many cases have gone unreported as it is impossible to...

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As Difficult Year Ends, Motivation Plummets

Greta Giuliano and Zoe MacDiarmid | June 6, 2021

When online school started in April of 2020, sophomore Kaia Roberson says she was doing the bare minimum because of the pass or fail system. As the year progressed, turning in work got harder, she says. Kaia largely attributes her dip in motivation to being distanced from her classmates, teachers, and friends.  “When I lost those interactions, I lost the environment of school itself,” says...

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