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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

Senior field day brings class of 2016 together

Being a senior comes with many privileges and one of these privileges include senior field day. Senior field day is a day for the senior class to relax and have a day to themselves before prom, exams and graduation. Continue reading “Senior field day brings class of 2016 together”

Students thoroughly prepare to pass AP exams

Although the school year is coming to a close and motivation is at an all time low, students still have to study and prepare for AP exams. AP exams can be beneficial in that they have the potential to exempt a student from having to take a certain class in college, but only if they pass. Even though the preparation can be tedious, stressful ,and tiring, it will pay off in the end if the exam is passed.

Continue reading “Students thoroughly prepare to pass AP exams”

Is Midlands the best choice?

 

 

It is around the time of year where seniors get geared up to choose what college they want to go to. While many choose schools like USC, Clemson or Coastal Carolina, Midlands tech has very broad college options for South Carolina students after high school but is it the right choice? Continue reading “Is Midlands the best choice?”

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. Continue reading “New grading scale: good or bad change?”

One for the books: technology in the classroom

 

 

The Media Center has been conducting a survey on the effectiveness of the iPads and chromebooks in district five classrooms. The questions range from how often a student uses their school district issued device to how proficient they are with it. But the question of how useful it is to a student still remains.

Continue reading “One for the books: technology in the classroom”

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