DCS Deals with Potential Gun Control Protests

Dexter students may participate in protests inspired by the Parkland school shooting

by Isabella Franklin

Due to the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, students around the United States have been protesting the lack of government action in regard to gun violence. Students have been participating in protest walkouts, in which they leave school en masse and don’t return for some specified amount of time. In Dexter, some students are planning to participate in the walkouts on March 14th and April 20th, and the administration needs to decide how to handle these protests.

Superintendent Dr. Timmis has determined that, while students will be able to walk out of school and exercise their first amendment rights fully, there needs to be guidelines for how to treat these protests. On Tuesday, the 27th of February, Dexter Community Schools administrators will be discussing what official rules for teachers and students they will set up to keep these protests under control and safe.

Currently, Timmis suggests that teachers don’t participate in the spontaneous or planned protests by cheering, chanting, or holding signs, but that they impartially monitor their students who leave class and make sure the students who stay behind are supervised and safe.

DHS to Show Documentary About Technology Overuse

Screenagers addresses the issue of tech obsession in teenagers

by Isabella Franklin

The amount of technology usage and reliance, especially by teenagers, has increased rapidly in the past decade with the introduction of smartphones and tablets. In some cases, this use becomes addiction-like. This idea is explored in a documentary called Screenagers by Delaney Ruston, a Stanford physician, that deals with the use of technology in teenagers. The documentary centers around Ruston deciding whether or not to give her teenage daughter an iPhone and how parents and students can handle the overuse of technology.

Throughout the country, groups can request to host a showing of Screenagers to raise awareness about technology addiction in their communities. Dexter High School will be hosting a screening in the Center for Performing Arts on Monday, February 26th at 6:45 p.m. to address the issue in Dexter students. Anyone who wants to see the documentary can come, but the school especially encourages high school students and parents to come see the screening.

Dexter, Too

Social media has brought attention to sexual assault, but the community has to address the issue locally

by Isabella Franklin

With movements such as #MeToo, celebrities and the media are doing very important work by bringing attention to sexual assault, letting victims know that they aren’t alone, and empowering people to come forward. The important thing that many people are missing about the movement, though, is that victims and perpetrators aren’t only celebrities who come out about their experiences or get exposed for their mistakes: they’re people all around us that we see everyday. Dexter isn’t exempt from this issue—we can’t ignore the issue within our own community, especially not within the high school.

The Squall conducted a study about sexual assault and harassment within Dexter High School. The results showed that almost half of the students at DHS think the school doesn’t take sexual assault seriously enough.

“I have close friends and generally know about other people who find it okay to joke about sexual assault and harassment,” freshman Oliver Walton said. “They feel it’s an okay thing to joke about among other friends who have not experienced it in any way.” Continue reading “Dexter, Too”

The Students of Dexter High School

An inside look into the lives of students who do the unordinary

By Bailey Welshans


Emily O’Keefe (Senior)

Most people know Emily O’Keefe as one of the varsity sideline cheer captains, but what many don’t know is that Emily competes in beauty pageants nationally. When Emily was 13 years old, she started participating in these pageants, and her love for them has increased over the years.

“A lot of people say [the pageants] are all about beauty and looks, but the ones that I do are about building character, confidence, and relationships,” O’Keefe said. 

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Shield Road is Open for Business

The traffic flow leading to Dexter High School is now a lot more efficient

By mitchell sterlitz

Shield Road has been a pain in most high school students’ lives ever since it closed down for maintenance in the spring of the last school year. Originally, the road was supposed to undergo construction over summer for bridgework and repavement. It was said to be open by mid October. Shockingly, the actual date of the road being open was way off. It opened almost thirty days later. The road crew took a much longer time than expected — as a result, traffic flow suffered greatly. Continue reading “Shield Road is Open for Business”

Meet the Debate and Forensics Clubs

Shining a light on two under-appreciated teams

by Isabella Franklin

When someone says the word forensics, it usually brings images of dead bodies, crimes, and investigations to mind. When someone says the word debate, people picture polished politicians calmly debating the state of American policy. But for kids in the speech activities club, they most likely picture their friends, a script, pages of research, and tired-looking, middle-aged judges staring at them from across a desk.

Speech activities is an entirely different world from many other activities, even other clubs, so it’s not surprising that it’s so widely misunderstood. After all, public speaking is consistently found to be the most common fear amongst Americans, so this begs the questions: why do these students choose to speak publicly, and what exactly is it that they do in these clubs?

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Club Sport Struggles

The difference between school and club sports is unfair

By JIllian Chesney

Here at Dexter High School, there are many sports that are not recognized by the school, and subsequently are categorized as club sports. Field hockey, lacrosse, freshmen baseball, water polo, and equestrian are the club sports at DHS. These sports are only given a varstiy letter if they meet the set requirements. Continue reading “Club Sport Struggles”

Latest SPACE Show Was a Success

By George Deljevic

On May 20th, the talented Dexter High School students of the SPACE Club performed in front of a huge audience in the high school CPA.

Acts such as Barry Megler, Stewie Weber, Jake Lamb, Zach Barnes, and singer Kate Emrich redid the hit single “Let it Be.” The talent didn’t stop there, Craig Rafail performed one of his songs and blew the crowd away with his amazing guitar skills.

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Backpack weight

After weighing five random students and their backpacks, four of these five backpacks weighed over 25 pounds and all five students’ backpacks weighed more than 10 percent of their personal body weight. According to the American Chiropractic Association, this situation is dangerous to students’ health.

This situation also concerns Michelle Rabideau, a physician that specializes in family medicine, who suggested to DHS administrators that something needed to change in regards to students having to carry backpacks around school every day.

“I probably see an average of one a week with back pain, neck pain or headaches – but I find more if I ask at routine physicals,” Rabideau said. “Mr. Kit Moran stated that the interval between classes is sufficient for students to use their lockers, because some students figure out how to do it.

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High school discusses weighted grades

The Board of Education met and discussed proposed changes to the weighted grade system at the high school at its regularly-scheduled meeting on March 17. Although Dexter High School already has weighted grades for all Advanced Placement courses and International Baccalaureate Higher Level (HL) courses, the proposed change will branch out to include IB Standard Level (SL) courses as well.

IB HL classes span over the course of two years, whereas IB SL classes cover only one year. HL classes are thought to be more difficult than SL classes, but both levels are considered rigorous based on their external moderation.

During the 2012-2013 school year, a committee that included administrators, teachers and parents met to discuss the possibility of weighted grades at the high school.

“Once we decided that we would weigh grades at the high school, the next question needed to be: ‘What classes are we going to weigh?’” Principal Kit Moran said.

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