DHS Students Plan Walkout for School Safety

Protests will occur in schools around the United States as part of the #NeverAgain movement by Isabella Franklin and Alisha Birchmeier Throughout the country, students are protesting gun violence by walking out of school as part of a movement called “#NeverAgain.” American high schools have come up with a way to deal with these walkout protests, and Dexter High School is no exception to this. Several students at DHS are planning to participate in the scheduled national walkout protest on March 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:17 a.m. The protest…

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…

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 Invisible Illness

Mental illness can be as severe as other illnesses, but students say even though they are hard to see, they are still there By Tess Alekseev, Heather Brouwer, Isabella Franklin, Evelyn Maxey, Kira Perry, and Rachel Wittenberg At five years old, she was so angry with herself for upsetting her mother that she placed a sign outside her bedroom door saying she was going to kill herself. “I was so scared of getting in trouble,” an anonymous student at DHS who will hereafter be referred to as Erin said. “I…

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…

News Briefs

The biggest local, national, and international news stories from the past month by Isabella Franklin Hollywood Sexual Assault Allegations #MeToo Harvey Weinstein and other public figures, such as Bill O’Reilly, Louis C.K., George Takei, and Kevin Spacey, have come under fire due to many accusations of sexual assault recently. An equal, if not larger, number of celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Gwyneth Paltrow, Terry Crews, and Anthony Rapp, have publicly opened up about their personal experience with sexual harassment and abuse. A movement called “#MeToo” has sprung up across social media…

News Briefs

The biggest local, national, and international news stories from the past month by Isabella Franklin Craig McCalla Named Outstanding Practicing Principal of 2017 Every year, Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association, or MEMSPA, presents the Outstanding Practicing Principal award to only one principal in the state. The winner for 2017 is Craig McCalla, the principal of Cornerstone Elementary School. McCalla was chosen for his leadership capabilities and respect of all students, along with his awareness of issues among students. In his nomination for the award, DCS Executive Director of Instruction…

What Is Free Speech?

Despite being one of the most talked about topics in the news today, free speech is only being used as a buzzword by Isabella Franklin “You also had some very fine people on both sides,” said President Trump on August 15. Though it may sound like he’s discussing the results of a close football game, he’s discussing Charlottesville protesters who chanted Neo-Nazi phrases such as “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us” while carrying torches. Why wouldn’t joining a group of Neo-Nazis disqualify you as a very fine…

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…

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…