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Trade Secrets

Trade Secrets

Maeve McArdle (she/her) February 16, 2024

Garfield’s lesser-visited Teen Life Center, next to the Quincy Jones building, holds Seattle Skills Center classes for Garfield students that are offered as an introduction to various trade jobs. Other...

Is GHS Supporting All Its Students?

504 plans, named for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which protects students from discrimination based on disability, are plans a school must put in place to accommodate students with physical...

Symbols of Palestine Resistance

Watermelon Artists and civilians use the native Palestinian fruit watermelon, which shares the colors of the Palestine Flag, as a form of protest. In 1967 the Palestine flag was banned in Israel, including...

Queer People Pee Too

Queer People Pee Too

Salem Bill (he/him) and Jae Kinskey (They/He) January 19, 2024

Recently, students may have noticed that the girl's bathroom on the second floor, across the hall from Mr. Firman, Mr, Z, Ms. Young, and Mr. Lovre’s rooms now has a gender-neutral sign on it. Students...

Caring Clubs Create Closets

Maeve McArdle (she/her) January 19, 2024

This chilly winter, Garfield’s Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (APISU) and many other clubs organized a winter gear and necessities drive here at school that started on Thursday, January 11. The...

Graphic by Violet Pody

Phone Bad?

Violet Pody January 19, 2024

As second-semester approaches, some teachers are turning to stricter phone policies to crack down on excessive in-class phone use. Along with fellow Garfield teachers Ms. Savoie and Mr. Gish, Mr. Lovre...

Absence of BIPOC Representation in Education

Absence of BIPOC Representation in Education

Kelan Sato (he/him) January 19, 2024

Garfield’s student body is diverse, but some students feel that the topics they learn in the classroom and the community that teaches them doesn’t represent Garfield’s diversity.  Senior Gisselle...

New Vice Who Dis?

Keegan, Averill January 19, 2024

After Mr. Barnes’ abrupt departure last fall, Ms. Manuel has been appointed as interim vice principal. Manuel shared her goals in the position and experiences as a long-term Garfield teacher.  “There’s...

Dawgs that Compost

Havana Hakala, Staff December 15, 2023

Some scientists believe that only 12 years are left until climate change is irreversible, so Garfield students formed the Green Team to improve our school’s carbon emissions. Sophomore Xintong He, club...

Adult Insecurities

Kennedy Greenfelder (She/Her), Managing Editor December 15, 2023

Talk of violence in schools is at the forefront of media and a cornerstone of many political campaigns in America today. Conversations within the school and the media often revolve around the student experience,...

Turnover (Not the Dessert)

Teachers, administration, social workers, an athletic director, an orchestra director, 504, and testing coordinators: all positions at Garfield that have had an increasing number of staffing changes, leaving...

Map of current Israel-Palestine region and surrounding areas

Israel – Palestine

On October 7, 2023, Palestinian Hamas militants launched an attack on southern Israel, killing over 1,200 Israelis and taking over 240 hostage, according to Israeli officials. Israel responded with an...

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