Denebola 50 Years

Section: Education

Decile cut-offs at record high

By David Pemstein, Volume 24 November 21, 1984 South’s class of 1985 boasts the highest decile cut-off points since 1971, when the school began keeping annual records.  These usually high grade point averages have become a source of concern to many seniors.  However, Dr. Margaret Addis, head of the Guidance Department, feels that the higher [...]

The ABCs of the SATs and GPAs

By Alex Schneider, Volume 46 April 13, 2006 Pressure.  The word certainly does not justify the long hours juniors and seniors spend nationwide applying to colleges in a process that never seems to end. Regardless of the overwhelming odds, the director of South’s college and career counseling resource center, Barbara Brown, explains that, “for the [...]

Is no college the best?

By Denebola Staff, Volume 18 April 25, 1979 82.3 percent of Newton South’s graduating class of 1978 continued their education. Wellesley and Brookline tied at 80 percent  Newton North came in with 68 percent. Apparently there are many adults with no college education at all. If this is true, then why do so many of [...]

College hunting causes great stress

By Jonathan Zaff, Volume 29 November 23, 1989 The time has come once again when seniors visit colleges, have interviews with prospective schools, and sit down with their word processors to hack out their many dreaded college essays.  At this point in the year, the pressure put on seniors is incredible.  Senior Mike Taylor attests, [...]

Does it get any better?

By Sam Lanckton, Volume 32 December 23, 1992 The disappointing thing is that I’m not bitter anymore. I used to thrive on bitterness, it was what got me through the day. I would wake up in the morning and think about how much I didn’t want to go to school. Then I would go to [...]

Plagiarism makes good copy: “No one ever told me it was cheating”

By Debbie Andelman and Lani Wishnie, Volume 22 February 16, 1983 Pla-gia-rism (plá jə-ris m) n. The act of stealing and using the ideas or writings of another as ones own (derived from the Latin word ‘plajiarius,’ meaning ‘kidnapper’).  As Dorethea Gaudet, librarian at Newton South High School states, “Plagiarism is the greatest crime in [...]

Academic dishonesty still exists at South

By Michael Fuchs, Volume 50 February 15, 2011 Cheating—all students have seen it, most can say they’ve been tempted to do it, and some may confess to having done it.  Regardless of whether students agree with the principle of cheating, many will not deny that taking a peek at a peer’s test can translate into [...]

Girls in math and science: do the numbers add up?

By Stephanie Simon, Volume 25 November 28, 1985 This year, there is only one girl in the Advanced Placement BC Calculus course. There is only one girl in AP Physics, and one in AP Chemistry. There are no girls in advanced computer classes. According to Warren Manhard, head of the NSHS math department, there are [...]

Girls in science today: a modern perspective

By Leigh Alon, Volume 50 February 15, 2011 In comparison to his days teaching science in the 70s, science department head Charles Hurwitz has noticed a significant shift in the number of girls taking AP science courses at South. Today, girls make up 53 percent of AP Biology classes, 37 percent of AP Physics classes, [...]

Weintraub teaches with passion

What is your favorite part about teaching? I love sharing things that I love with people whom I genuinely enjoy spending time with. It’s a win-win situation for me, and sometimes I feel like the luckiest guy on earth. I mean, in my Senior Film Studies class, we get to spend five weeks discussing, debating, [...]

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