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Students and faculty debate how an open grade book will provide more transparency for the student body

Students and faculty debate how an open grade book will provide more transparency for the student body

By Hannah Ostfield, Senior Staff Writer

January 17, 2020

An open grade book may help students at first, but will it end up causing even more stress? After a month or school into the trimester, students await their progress reports, then a month later it’s their trimester report card, and then it’s finally their end of year grades. An open grade book c...

To give or not to give

To give or not to give

By The Editorial Board

January 17, 2020

The editorial board argues for continuing the tradition of giving out sports jerseys, positing that the tradition encourages school spirit and attendance at games — although alterations to the tradition must be made to ensure the comfort of students Jersey giving, a long-standing tradition on the...

Teachers limit phone use in class

Teachers limit phone use in class

By Maya Miller, Staff Writer

December 10, 2019

Teachers and students often debate the phone ban that has been instituted in certain classes throughout the Upper School. In certain classes, students are asked to keep their phones in their backpacks or place them in front of the classroom in order to help them focus. Despite the fact that students...

Tech Free Tuesday encourages students to focus less on technology

Tech Free Tuesday encourages students to focus less on technology

By Yingshyan Ku

June 3, 2019

A group of students sit across from each other around one of Hackley’s round tables in the lunchroom in silence. Each student is preoccupied with their phone and too busy with the digital screens to converse with one another. This situation is exactly what Hackley administrators sought to avoid...

A hate symbol promotes conversation on campus; action must follow

A hate symbol promotes conversation on campus; action must follow

By The Editorial Board

May 20, 2019

On Wednesday, March 13th, Upper School students received an email that stated that they were to report to the Johnson Center during their break period. The calling of the entire Upper School to a meeting with little notice was an unusual occurrence, and the halls were buzzing with rumors about the t...

Why I don’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

Why I don’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

By Oren Tirschwell, Guest Writer

April 12, 2019

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Thirty one simple words that every public school student knows in this country. Thirty-one simple words that I recited every morning from g...

Student-based scheduling limits course offerings

March 12, 2019

To the Dial Editorial Board, I read with great interest and enthusiasm two articles, entitled “Diversity vs. Decolonization” and “Students seek additional English department course offerings”, and would like to provide a few further comments to the student body so that, should they wish to...

English Department should develop additional course offerings

English Department should develop additional course offerings

By The Editorial Board

February 5, 2019

In this issue of our ‘Portrait of a Student’ series, The Editorial Board is focusing on seniors and the stresses they manage. We spoke at length with Ella Zaslow about her experiences as a senior, finding that in having to create an English major for herself, she exemplified the challenging dynami...

The Upper School’s starting time should be 9:05 AM

The Upper School’s starting time should be 9:05 AM

By Jared Tillis, Science and Tech Editor

January 18, 2019

Students are not getting enough sleep. Despite clear health recommendations for students to receive 8-10 hours of sleep per night, a National Sleep Foundation poll found more than 87% of high school students in the United States get far less than this amount. A report from Stanford Medicine finds tha...

Chapel talks provide pedagogy, unity, and wellness to the Upper School

Chapel talks provide pedagogy, unity, and wellness to the Upper School

By The Editorial Board

January 7, 2019

While King Chapel is no longer used for religious purposes, the chapel is still a place in which individuals come together as a community. Chapel talks, short speeches given by seniors to underclassmen, occur throughout the year and provide anecdotal but significant lessons to younger students. Chapel t...

Are “Safe Spaces” necessary on high school campuses?

Are “Safe Spaces” necessary on high school campuses?

By Eki Uzamere, Staff Writer

January 6, 2019

Last year, the president of the University of Chicago, Dr. Zimmer, spoke to Hackley students about  his decision to eliminate safe spaces from his campus. Dr. Zimmer wrote a letter to the students of the University of Chicago saying, he does “not condone the creation of intellectual safe spaces whe...

Teachers administer mastery tests to prepare students for challenging math classes

Teachers administer mastery tests to prepare students for challenging math classes

By Sophie Thomas, Staff Writer

November 14, 2018

To make the transition from summer into the school year, math students need to have a solid recap of previous material and a basic understanding of past concepts. After a long summer, students usually have a difficult time easing their way back into the material, often forgetting what they learned t...

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