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Reach for the Stars

Reach for the Stars

Sara Javkhlan

January 31, 2019

It’s almost time to start choosing classes for the next school year and you may find yourself wondering what classes to take. Perhaps you should consider taking astronomy, a brand new science class that would cover all things space-related —the solar system, stars, black holes— you name it. Let’s...

A Bathroom for All

A Bathroom for All

Simone Cielos

January 31, 2019

Across the hall from the band room, the bathroom which had previously been assigned “Girls Only”, has been converted to an all-inclusive restroom with a bright blue sign titled “All Gender Bathroom”. Its abrupt arrival has startled many Garfield students. The reactions vary in and out of the...

Shutdown Showdown

Shutdown Showdown

Jaya Duckworth

January 31, 2019

35 days and counting, we are currently in the longest government shutdown in United States history. The U.S. entered into a partial government shutdown on December 22nd when Congress and President Trump failed to reach a budget agreement. Since then, Trump has refused to compromise on his demand for...

News Briefs

News Briefs

Hailey Gray

January 31, 2019

Los Angeles Teacher Strike On January 14th, 2019, Los Angeles public school teachers organized one of the biggest school strikes in our nation. Gathering over 30,000 people, many individuals in the Los Angeles area went on strike for various reasons: increased teacher salaries, smaller classroom sizes,...

Get to Know: Jamya Jones

Get to Know: Jamya Jones

Molly Chapin

January 31, 2019

Stage fright can afflict even the most confident people, especially when competition is involved, and for sophomore Jamya Jones it was no different. But in spite of her fears, she made it onto American Idol. In August of 2018, Jones auditioned for the upcoming season of the renowned television talent...

Garfield’s New Homelessness Policy

Garfield’s New Homelessness Policy

Izzy Lamola

November 19, 2018

On October 23rd, 2018, Seattle Public Schools district staff received an email from the Mckinney Vento assistance program declaring that all students and families experiencing homelessness must re-register every year. The Mckinney Vento program, as defined on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction...

Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

Millan Philipose

November 19, 2018

This September, two of Garfield’s most difficult junior-year classes were combined into the school’s first ever AP humanities block. Proposed and taught by Garfield teacher Nathan Simoneaux, the new block combines AP United States History and AP English Language in a two-period class. This allows...

The Calling Of Psychology

The Calling Of Psychology

Hailey Gray

November 19, 2018

TW: Discusses societal stigmas surrounding mental illness. Recently, talk of an AP Psychology class has floated among our classrooms and hallways. Several students have advocated for the creation of AP Psych in order to ignite more discussions centered around the mind, human behavior, and mental health....

Get to Know: Nat Beaumon

Get to Know:  Nat Beaumon

Grady Canty

November 16, 2018

Most kids take a language class at some point in high school. But for Nathan Beaumon, a Garfield sophomore, language is more than just a class in school—it’s his niche. For the past eleven years, Beaumon has studied the Mandarin language at Washington International School. Recently, Beaumon’s...

World News

World News

Milena S. Haile

November 16, 2018

Yemen: Yemen, a small country in the Middle East bordering the Red Sea has been in a civil war, for the past three years. It has been labeled as “the worst humanitarian crisis in 2018. As the conflict enters its fourth year, more than 22 million people, three quarters of the population, need humanitarian...

Teaching for Black Lives.

Teaching for Black Lives.

Sav'ell Smalls

October 18, 2018

Jesse Hagopian is one of Garfield’s most beloved teachers. Students have raved about his ethnic studies class, calling it one of the best classes they’ve taken. Now, after publishing his second book, he hopes to be able to impact people beyond his classroom. For years, Hagopian has been extremely...

Counselor Shuffle

Counselor Shuffle

Tova Gaster

October 18, 2018

In a chaotic start to the school year, many students found themselves with their counselor assignment suddenly changed, disrupting years of supportive relationships many students had developed. All 10, 11th, and 12th grade students in the Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) track were switched to Mr. Courtney...

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