Tag: School

The Piper investigates teen drinking

alcoholMelissa Moura, 2014

It seems that since the beginning of time, teenagers have made bad decisions. As time and technology progressed, trends came and went, all except for one: teen drinking.

High school students all over the world drink underage. Social media, peer pressure, culture, and family issues often are the triggers of teen drinking; however, in the end it is still poor decision making. Read more →

Should texting be allowed in school?

photo 3 (2)by Harold and Kumar

Kumar: Texting in school should not be allowed because it distracts kids from paying attention in class. Everyone believes they can multitask, but truly, no human can focus on typing a text message and actually listening, not just hearing, to what is being taught. Texting and having phones out during class impedes the learning of not only the student committing such an awful crime, but to the students around the criminal.

Harold: While I agree with your point that humans cannot multitask as effectively as they can do individual tasks, that doesn’t mean that knowing how to multitask with a device and reality at the same time isn’t an important skill. Read more →

Almost 30 Years Later and “The Breakfast Club” Still Connects

The_Breakfast_ClubBrianna Dell’Isola, 2014

Everyone today participates in those “Throwback Thursdays” on social media, but why not take a throwback to an all-time classic movie: The Breakfast Club? This 1985 American classic is a perfect movie for anyone looking for a good laugh, especially young adults.

The movie follows five teenagers, each one representing a typical high school cliché; “The Jock”  Andrew Clark, “The Rebel without a cause” John Bender, “The Pretty Girl” Claire Standish, “The Nerd” Brian Johnson, and “The Outcast” Allison Reynolds. Read more →

Senioritis: Reality or Myth?

DSC_0137Catello Battinelli, 2014

If you’ve ever seen the movie Contagion you would know that diseases can spread rapidly. When a school full of people get together, more often than not, someone will wind up getting sick. The sickness will spread through the population and infect the healthy, unless proper health precautions are taken. Unfortunately, right now there is a deadly and infectious disease spreading among the halls of our beloved school. It is swiftly infecting members of the senior class and taking its toll on their collective grades. Read more →

Hats Off to You…

photo 2Pamela Fourtounis, 2015

Bad hair days afflict us all. Sometimes we wake up late with a serious case of bedhead and no time to fix it. Sometimes humidity and rain take over. What’s the quickest and easiest way to deal with the situation? A hat!

But not at SHS.  If you dare walk into the building wearing the prohibited accessory, within seconds you will hear, “Take the hat off!” Read more →

The other side of School Spirit

photo 1Catello Batinelli, 2014

School spirit can be defined as pride in one’s school. It includes, but is not limited to, attending school functions, supporting a sports team, or even participating in an after school club. One’s school can be seen as his/her second home and can be a place of safety.

However school spirit, or rather pride in one’s school, is not an inherently good ideal. School spirit, or what I like to call educational nationalism, can separate people and cause feelings of anger. Read more →

Highlander Pride Fridays in “Full Effect”

image-1Brianna Dell’Isola, 2014

Headmaster Mr. Oteri, announced at the first school assembly, that every Friday will now be considered Highlander Pride Friday.

Mr. Oteri started the Highlander Fridays tradition to really bring the school together. He said he has “hopes that this will unite everyone from all different groups in the school.”

A number of Highlander Fridays have taken place. However, the image of students wearing red, blue, or Highlander-themed shirts appears to be missing from the halls and classrooms of SHS.

The Highlander Friday tradition hasn’t been totally overlooked, though. Many teachers showed their pride by wearing shirts from the school store or even wearing their own throwback class t-shirts as Mrs. Brewster did with her class of ‘85 shirt. Read more →

Pep Rally 2013 Recap

SHS celebrated once again a successful and prideful pep rally last Wednesday!

Beginning with performances by the cheerleading team, dance team, chorus, and band, continuing with a ceremony honoring all our fall athletes, and ending with Senior Games, the Pep Rally was a memorable afternoon for many students.

Winners of the Senior Games:

Three-legged race:

Rachael Berry & Melissa Baptista

Wheel-barrel race:

Paulo Guedes & Matty George

Pie-eating contest:

Boys: Sergio Rodriguez

Girls: Juliana Abrantes

Other Awards:

Most spirited guy:

Max Freitas

Most spirited girl:

Brianna Dell’Isola

Check out these pictures from the Pep Rally!

New Merchandise Expands “The Hole in the Wall”

20131023_114529Talya Sogoba, 2014

The Hole in the Wall, our school store conveniently placed near the entrance of the main cafe, received a new shipment of merchandise, showcasing the famous Somerville Highlander and SHS logo.

The school store has garnered a number of new items, from Highlander-clad polos and fleeces to v-neck sweaters and zip-front jackets. Ties and long sleeve collared shirts have also been added to the mix. Read more →

East Somerville Shines Bright

Check out these pictures from the new East Somerville Community School!

Read more about the incident from 6 years ago here.