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With World Humanitarian Day on Aug. 19, students reflect on experiences helping communities in need

With World Humanitarian Day on Aug. 19, students reflect on experiences helping communities in need

Natalie Khamis

August 13, 2019

Once a week throughout his sophomore year, senior William “Will” Pugh would set aside his homework for an hour or two and log onto his computer. A few moments later, a group of excited children from a rural village in Cambodia would appear on the screen, ready for their next English lesson with Pugh,...

Fighting a Language Battle: Students, staff discuss Carmel’s foreign language learning opportunities throughout high school compared to internationally

Fighting a Language Battle: Students, staff discuss Carmel’s foreign language learning opportunities throughout high school compared to internationally

Tara Kandallu, Maddie Kosc, Robbie Ge, and Raphael Li

January 24, 2019

Junior Ava Hutchison walks down the hall with purpose, but stops when she sees someone who is familiar to her, her French II teacher, Kim Manlick. Although she was planning to go class early to study, she still stops to say “Bonjour.” For Hutchison, although France has always been a passion of he...

Proud to be… American? Recent surveys show some Americans see language as a key part of our culture. What do CHS students and staff think?

Proud to be… American? Recent surveys show some Americans see language as a  key part of our culture. What do CHS students and staff think?

Alina Yu, Feature Reporter

March 17, 2017

After moving halfway across the world from China to the United States in the summer before her sophomore year, Qitao “Rachel” Du, former English as a New Language (ENL) student and junior, took a test in the counseling center that measured her ability in the English language. “They tested me ...

Commending Capstone. Students should consider the AP Capstone program for the academic freedom and exploration it provides.

perspectives

April 23, 2016

A couple months ago, I remember sitting in an English classroom with limited knowledge of what I was doing. Everyone was in the same position as I was. We were some of the few students who took AP Capstone, a new pilot program that Carmel High School introduced last year. The Capstone program provides...

Students, teachers evaluate relative importance of classroom size on achievement

Students, teachers evaluate relative importance of classroom size on achievement

feature

September 16, 2015

A fair amount of students. A class that utilizes visual learning.  Junior Olivia “Olive” Phillips said these aspects are what appeal to both her learning style and environment, although she spends one period every day with approximately 56 other students in her English 11/U.S. history block class,...

Enjoying Reading. English classes should emphasize the fun of reading.

Enjoying Reading. English classes should emphasize the fun of reading.

perspectives

August 13, 2014

Recently, I was reading a piece of literature when I came upon a surprising realization - I was actually enjoying what I was reading. That’s actually not a common occurrence for me. Well, perhaps my reading habits aren’t as healthy as they should be. Honestly, my reading habits are akin to ho...

How should teachers grade writing?

blogs

March 27, 2014

An oft-debated subject in schools is the criteria we use to grade students' writing. In any setting, adjudicating writing requires some degree of subjectivity, but what constitutes "fair" grading? It seems a mired and unclear subject; two different graders, looking at the same work, could grade it completely...

The AP Capstone Program to be part of the English department next school year

The AP Capstone Program to be part of the English department next school year

Beats

November 13, 2013

The classes of the AP Capstone Program will count as English credits, according to Principal John Williams. He said the administration does not want students to sacrifice elective classes in order to participate in the program. Williams said, “Students will have to choose between the AP Capstone...

Students find success in both SAT, ACT despite statewide gap

Students find success in both SAT, ACT despite statewide gap

feature

October 11, 2013

As a state, Indiana has traditionally had a low average on the SAT, ranking at number 41 in the country with an average composite score of 1484 according to a study conducted by Statisticbrain.com. However, the state does have one of the highest average scores on the ACT tests of any state. A composite...

Bilingualism offers students advantages in cognitive control

Bilingualism offers students advantages in cognitive control

feature

April 27, 2012

Fluent in both French and English, junior Eleanor Spolyar considers herself to be a bilingual. At home, Spolyar’s mom speaks to her in French while her dad speaks to her in English. Spolyar said, “When I come home from school, my mom might say, ‘Oh, how are you?’ in French, and then my dad...

Drop the technology and pick up a book. As technology usage among the public grows, English skills decrease.

perspectives

October 19, 2011

English in school has always meant an easy A for me. Yet this year, I consider English to be one of my most rigorous courses. In previous years, the class consisted of completion grades and straightforward tests over grammar or the basic events happening in a book. Now, Honors English 10, well at le...

The Universal Language

feature

March 25, 2011

Although English is widely taught and spoken around the world, students discover importance of learning other languages when traveling abroad. By Sarah Yun <syun@hilite.org> It was three years ago when sophomore Silvia Lee, knowing little about the Japanese language, went to Japan during summer break. Lee said because she was fluent in Engl...