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Google Classroom vs Edmodo

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Story by Lindsay Long and Justice Nawman

With the 2016-2017 school year beginning, a number of changes are taking place. No more advisory, the removal of SSR and the transition from Edmodo to Google Classroom.

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Balancing the scale

Story by Sam Aaron, Hannah Wright and Chyna Wallace

 

As the summer of 2016 concludes a new school year begins, changes are bound to take place.  The grading scale Dutch Fork has used since its creation has adapted into the ten point grading scale.  With the previous seven point grading scale a 92 was a “B”, whereas with the ten point scale it will be an “A”.

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All Summer Sixteen

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Story by Zakiya Austin and Destiny White, photo by Zakiya Austin

School is back in session and students old and new are dragging their feet back to class. While the enthusiasm of the new school year echoes through the hallways, students reflect on their summers.

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Dutch Fork storms into a new season

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Story by Trey Martin and Warner Otto, photo by Trey Martin

With furious thunder storms in the area, Dutch Fork stormed their way into the 2016 football season last Friday night. Though the rain caused a two hour delay to kickoff, students still enjoyed their time at the game.

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DF vs. Independence, 8-19-16

Harsh winter is expected for 2016

 

Despite the warm weather recently and during  the holiday season, weathermen are predicting a large snowstorm to hit in the next couple weeks. Even though this was suggested by weathermen, some students aren’t expecting any snow at all. Continue reading “Harsh winter is expected for 2016”

Young Thespians take on the District Musical

 

“Horton hears a Who,”and “Cat in the Hat,” are just some of the Dr, Seuss’s famous books featured in this year’s district play: Seussical the Musical. But just from the name students may not know what the play is about. Continue reading “Young Thespians take on the District Musical”

Dutch Fork athletes hopeful to improve upon 2016 season

 

Last week, the majority of Dutch Fork sports came to a close, wrapping up an exciting spring season and school year. Though the campaigns may be over, the athletes are already eager to improve next season. Continue reading “Dutch Fork athletes hopeful to improve upon 2016 season”

New grading scale: good or bad change?

 

Last month, it was announced that South Carolina high schools will be switching to a 10-point grading scale next year, instead of the seven-point scale that was used previously.

While this is a new development, it has caused mass controversy among students and faculty.

Mixed opinions are presented as to whether or not the new grading scale is beneficial for South Carolina high schools.

Benefits of this grading scale include higher GPAs for students bordering on letter grades. For example, a 92 would be a B, but with the new scale it is now an A.

For the seniors that are graduating, however, they will not get to experience any benefits of this during their high school careers.

Also, teachers have also been massively confused as to how much GPA points will be per number grade now and if this new scale will change the way a high school GPA is calculated.

Another negative of this grading scale, students may lose their work ethic, thus not producing grades as high as they may have been before. This may not promote students studying and striving for great grades.

If a student has a 90 right now, they strive to get that to an A (93-above), but this will not be a relevant issue once the new grading scale arrives next year.

Schools should strive for excellence in their students, which entails going above and beyond for the best possible grades.

Hopefully this new grading scale does that and makes students want to aim for A’s, like before.

A solution to this loss of possible motivation could be a constant reiteration of the importance of studying, working and completing assignments on time.

New, 10-point grading scales could be a good thing for South Carolina high schools, but it has to be carried out properly. If not, then students will slack off and only strive for the bare minimum.

Even if a 90 will be an A with the scale, students should still attempt to achieve higher than just a 90 in their classes.

Promotions of healthy a healthy work ethic and study habits will positively affect students with the addition of this grading scale.

The new grading scale will bring several changes to South Carolina high schools that, if handled correctly, will be easy to handle.

While it may be a new change for South Carolina, the 10-point grading scale will be successful as long as teachers continue to reiterate to students the importance of schoolwork.

Story by Zakiya Austin, Malik Brazile and Sarah Emily Rish

Photo by Sarah Emily Rish

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