Our View: Experience Should Trump Celebrity Status

by the squall staff When Oprah Winfrey gave a commendable speech on the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes, the nation was understandably ecstatic. In attacking sexual abuse and warning abusers that “their time was up,” she tied us all together at a time when we’re quite far apart. Whether you were a Hollywood superstar, average joe, office worker, or just a procrastinating high school student, it resonated with you. On social media, feeds lit up with yells of Winfrey 2020, while the talking heads on cable news spent hours…

Our View: Cheating policies should be more meaningful

By Staff Academic dishonesty and education go hand in hand, and never goes away. While this can range from copying homework to blatantly cheating off someone else’s test, it has become even more complex and commonplace in recent years. Yet, the Dexter Community Schools’ policy is vague and inconsistently enforced at DHS. Like everything else, cheating has evolved with the times, especially since technology has skyrocketed. Students have the internet at their fingertips; all they have to do is figure out a way to keep it there during a test.

Our View: Parent-Teacher Conferences Need Fixing

By Staff Once every fall, parents of Dexter students visit the high school for an hour or more of conversations with teachers they don’t know and about classes they probably aren’t familiar with at parent-teacher conferences. By the second semester, the information isn’t relevant anymore, due to the fact their students’ classes, teachers, and overall performance are likely all different. Since many parents may forget what they learn at conferences and get no point of reference for the next semester, one conference isn’t enough to inform them of how their…

Our View: Homecoming is Outdated and Needs to Change

By the Squall Staff The homecoming dance at Dexter High School is an unfortunate casualty of the times. Something once so revered with a central spot in high school life has become little more than a reason to throw a party anywhere but the school. Year after year, without relief, the dance itself has been watered down into something that barely constitutes a dance, let alone something meaningful or worthwhile to attend. The mobilization of dozens of chaperones, the acquisition of a DJ without a Spotify account, and the brilliant idea…

Our View: Starting school an hour later won’t help student get more sleep

Every weekday morning, millions of school goers all across the country wake up to the sound of their alarm and get ready for the school day to come. Most wish desperately to have an extra hour of sleep, still tired from the day’s previous events. Many schools around the country have opted to push their start time an hour later. However, with the average high schooler’s schedule getting busier each year, starting school an hour later will have no benefit for sleep-deprived students.

Letter From The Editor – Claire Ward

After a year of cramming to meet deadlines and proof-reading countless articles, this liberal feminist is moving away from DHS, and from being The Squall’s Editor-in-Chief. BY Claire Ward This may be the most anticipated and most hated article I’ve ever written. Oh well, here goes. I’ve spent nine months as Editor-in-Chief of The Squall, and man has it been a wild ride. From people telling me I’m trying to push my liberal agenda on the school, to having a good portion of the freshman male population hate me because…

OUR VIEW: The Billboards are a Smart Decision

OUR VIEW: Money received from the billboards outweighs any consequences $40,000 would buy over 8,000 daily planners for the high school. It would buy new art supplies for each school in the district. $40,000 would buy a lot and benefit every student in the community. This is the proposed amount Dexter Community Schools would receive from Adams Outdoors for two on-campus electronic billboards. $40,000 for the schools well outweighs the negatives that accompany the proposed billboards. Adams Outdoors wants to place two electronic billboards on DCS property: one on Baker…

Our View: Snow Days

Snow day determinations should consider new drivers, not just professional bus drivers By Caden Koenig Every year, students who attend Dexter Community Schools are awarded with five free snow days.  If the school district awards us more than five snow days, then any snow days, or cold days, over the five day regulation leads to extra days slapped on at the end of the year. This means if the district has six snow days, then one extra day would be sent to June to make up for that missed day. …

“Finstas” Necessary or No?

OUR VIEW: Fake Instagram Accounts Aren’t neccessary, but still worthwhile For those who do not know or did not see, an article regarding posting on social media was published in the Squall. This article referenced how posting two times a day isn’t ideal for an instagram account. Enter the finsta. Some students already know what these “finstas” are, but for those who don’t know, it is a compound word that, when separated, means fake instagram. This new phenomenon has swept many of the normal, daily instagram users. These daily users…