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Student poets, English teacher strive to make poetry more accessible

Student poets, English teacher strive to make poetry more accessible

Sophia Hawkins

March 20, 2020

For any student of Jason ElRite, ninth grade English teacher, poetry is a regular part of his routine. Every week, he gives his students a prompt, on which they must base a poem. At the beginning of the last class of each week, ElRite takes about half an hour to stand at the front of the class and rea...

CHS removes communication course graduation requirement beginning 2020-2021 school year

Rhea Acharya

February 21, 2020

CHS will drop the current speech and debate graduation requirement beginning next school year, according to Assistant Principal Valerie Piehl. Piehl said this requirement has always been CHS specific, not mandated by the state of Indiana. She said Indiana requires school districts to provide a good combination of instruction in literature, non-fict...

Next year’s English curriculum to incoporate more freedom of choice in literature

Kassandra Darnell

February 21, 2020

Starting in the 2020-21 school year, the school board plans to implement a more diverse English curriculum throughout the district. This curriculum will expand the type of literature students read in their English courses and allow students more freedom of choice over the texts they read in class. Assistant Superintendent Amy Dudley said t...

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...