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Press Perspective: Is the eight-period schedule beneficial to students?

October 9, 2020

2020 has been the year of big changes. A pandemic, a forced shift to online school, and even a schedule change. But was the schedule change really worth it? Does it help students be more successful? 

Press Perspective: Class Rankings

March 22, 2020

The Issaquah school district used to rank students by GPA: the person with the highest GPA in the class was valedictorian and had a rank of 1, the person with the second-highest GPA had a rank of 2, and so on. However, in 2016, the Issaquah school district decided to eliminate the ranking system, choosing instead to use the latin honor system. At graduation, those with cumulative GPAs above 3.9 are summa cum laude, those with GPAs between 3.7 and 3.89 are magna cum laude, and those with GPAs between 3.5 and 3.69 are cum laude. Some Liberty students appreciate this change, while others are mad, which begs the question: should high schools rank students?

Press Perspective: Climate change defines 2020 election and our future

Press Perspective: Climate change defines 2020 election and our future

April 20, 2019

Narrowing it down It’s that time of year again in the world of politics—each week, the race for the presidency in 2020 is becoming more crowded, and the U.S. public is becoming more overwhelmed with the vast selection. So far, 18 notable Congresspeople, governors, and entrepreneurs have officially ad...

Press Perspective: Analyzing Amazon’s Actions

Press Perspective: Analyzing Amazon’s Actions

December 27, 2018

Amazon’s recently exposed questionable practices have once again put them in public crosshairs. Their actions regarding the treatment of employees, overall corporate practices, and the effects of those actions have reignited the debate on whether their actions are justified or not.

Press Perspective: Flex time? More like waste of time

November 8, 2018

BACKGROUND The Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele issued a charter that commissioned a high school scheduling committee be formed to discuss and ultimately propose a new common schedule for the three high schools (Liberty, Issaquah, and Skyline). While discussing pros and cons of dif...

Press Perspective: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

Aria Soeprono, Opinion Editor

December 15, 2017

Background on the SDQ: On November 15, administration gave out the very first SDQ, or Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, to all students. It was part of a recent initiative by the Issaquah School District called PBSES (Positive Behavior and Social Emotional Stress Program). Prior to conducting th...

Press Perspective: Gun control

Tatum Lindquist, Opinion Editor

November 9, 2017

Gunfire echoes and screams erupt as the crowd ducks, scrambling for cover. On October 1 at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old male, open fired on the concert’s crowd, killing at least 59 attendees and injuring hundreds more. Not to mention, just recently...

Press Perspective: Diversity in film starts with Hollywood

Sabrina Suen, Opinion Editor

May 11, 2017

The acting world is notorious for its misrepresentation of cultures. The most iconic example is perhaps Disney’s Mulan, which features a traditional Chinese folk tale that is riddled with historical inaccuracy, including the use of Japanese style clothing and flags. So when we heard that Renton’s...

Political protests surge as the election sweeps through America

Press Perspective, Opinion Editor

March 27, 2017

The Situation So Far On November 9, a change of colossal proportions struck The United States. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in what has been called the greatest upset in modern political history, won enough electoral votes to secure the presidency instead of the expected winner,...

Press Perspective-Kneeling during the national anthem: a demonstration of freedom or disrespect?

Sabrina Suen, Opinion Editor

March 23, 2017

The History If you’ve watched a NFL game within the last few months, it’s impossible to avoid the controversy surrounding players who kneel during the national anthem, as sign of protest in the face of the rising Black Lives Matter movement and the alarming number of fatal black shootings by police. The...

Apple vs. FBI controversy: Personal privacy outweighs national security

Tyra Christopherson and Sara Flash

April 18, 2016

On December 2, 2015, two shooters carried out a mass shooting that left 14 people dead and 22 seriously injured. This San Bernardino terrorist attack was the worst since the 2012 Newtown shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The FBI is in possession of the iPhone of one of the shooters and wants...

Cultural Appropriation: where to draw the line between honoring and mocking

Sara Flash and Tyra Christopherson

December 7, 2015

When you think of the winter months of the year, some common things come to mind: Halloween, Christmas trees and more sweets than any one person knows what to do with. But in the midst of this happy and festive time of year, it is important to recognize the traditions we are following, the ways we are...

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