Work-to-rule teaches Frederick County a lesson

April 27, 2012
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By Ana Billotti Round Table web producer High school students’ school days are from 7:30 in the morning to 2:15 in the afternoon. They come to school, do the work that is given to them (or, depending on the student, don’t do it) and leave. They go home and do (or don’t do) the homework that was assigned and... Read more »

Sleeping with students is class-less

April 13, 2012
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By Ana Billotti Round Table web producer Sexual harassment by teachers, coaches or other school faculty of students in schools across the United States is an ongoing problem. As recently as February of this year, a teacher in Florida was arrested for inappropriate sexual contact with a student. It is concerning that teachers and students are engaging in rela... Read more »

FCPS cell phone policy calls for necessary change

April 11, 2012
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By Ana Billotti Round Table web producer Text messages from one high school student to another: “I just want to go home” “LOL” “So bored” Text messages from one high school student to another: “Hey what was the homework I missed yesterday?” “What was the name of that website where I ... Read more »

Round Table winners of WVU competition

March 19, 2012
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By Shannon McKenna Round Table editor 11 categories. Over 500 entries. 21 schools. Middletown: a top contender. Middletown High School’s The Round Table has annually competed in West Virginia University’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism high school journalism competition. The student... Read more »

Shreve’s library plan faces stacks of issues

March 14, 2012
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By Ana Billotti Round Table web producer Frederick County commissioner Billy Shreve announced his proposal to shut down the Walkersville Public Library and move it next door into the Walkersville Middle School last week.“It perplexes me that we have one library at Walkersville Middle School ... Read more »

Shooting to fame over shooting laptop

February 24, 2012
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By Ana Billotti Round Table web producer  A YouTube video posted in early February shot Tommy Jordan of North Carolina to fame. In the video, Jordan addresses the note that his 15-year-old daughter, Hannah, wrote and then posted on Facebook. Jordan created the video to teach his daughter a lesson; first by discussing the note, then by proceeding to take his... Read more »

Racy yearbook photos rejected

February 15, 2012
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  By Ana Billotti Round Table web producer   In early January, Colorado high school senior, Sydney Spies, claimed that her high school unfairly censored her. Spies’ school allows students to submit their own personal portraits to appear as their senior portrait in the yearbook, but Spies’ submission was voted ... Read more »

All work and no play: is it really worth it?

January 13, 2012
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By Ana Billotti Round Table editor Sometimes in life people have to do things that they dislike rather than things that they love. This can be doing anything from working, to homework, going to school, or even attending meetings that the person is utterly uninterested in. Life can’t be all fun and ... Read more »

Freedom to tweet

December 14, 2011
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By Ana Billotti Round Table editor  On Nov. 21, Emma Sullivan, a senior at Shawnee Mission East High School in Kansas tweeted, “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.” Thus, Sullivan unknowingly sparked a firestorm about freedom of speech and social ... Read more »

Believing criticism is a critical mistake

December 1, 2011
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By Ana Billotti Round Table editor Eleanor Roosevelt once said,  “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Those 10 words can provide comfort and strength to people going through difficult times. When people are told that they are not good enough, not strong enough or not smart enough, it lowers their self-esteem and makes them doubt themsel... Read more »