Shorewood Ripples

Schools still adjusting to new circumstances

Connecting to classmates and teachers is difficult while learning virtually, and new home learning environments can present distractions for students.

Katrina Kallas and Sonia Bendre

October 15, 2020

Shorewood School District has faced many new changes with virtual learning this year, with each school having to find new ways of teaching in a pandemic. Instead of being in a regular classroom, students are going to virtual classes through online meeting platforms such as Zoom and Google Meet, in ord...

School Board decides on “Virtual+” plan

School Board decides on

Abi Knox

August 21, 2020

On July 28, the school board voted 5-0 to approve an online first quarter for all district schools. School will be taught in what the district is terming a “Virtual+” model, with most of the instruction happening via online platforms, with small groups also meeting in-person to supplement the lear...

School board to hire owner’s representative as referendum project prepares to enter the contract bidding stage

Ella Kamm

January 11, 2020

The school board plans to hire an owner’s representative to review proposed contracts for the facilities referendum and manage the project. An owner’s representative is someone who acts as the spokesperson for the owner of a construction project. They are similar to a project manager, but ten...

How wealth impacts academic success

How wealth impacts academic success

Noe Goldhaber

January 9, 2020

In March of this year, Lori Louglin, Felicity Huffman and about 50 other families were implicated in an FBI investigation nicknamed “Operation Varsity Blues,” which is currently investigating privileged families who used their money and power to get their children into elite level colleges, including uni...

New AP exam registration isn’t all that bad

New AP exam registration isn't all that bad

Naomi Raicu

September 3, 2019

Starting this school year, students must register for AP exams before November 4, unless they want to pay $40 in addition to the $94 baseline fee. Students canceling their exam will be refunded all but $40. Last year, students could register until March, paying, in the relatively rare case that they regist...

Grade inflation: an affliction of high schools across the nation

Grade inflation: an affliction of high schools across the nation

Naomi Raicu

August 29, 2019

In a 2018 study from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, researchers studying North Carolina high schools found that while high school GPAs have risen, SAT, ACT, and other standardized test scores have stagnated. Other researchers have observed this occurrence in other states, concluding that grade inflation, a phenom...

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