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Do Students Feel Safe Right Now With the Pandemic?

Navigating through the pandemic has been difficult for both students and school administrators. As the country experiences its next surge in cases with the Omicron variant, school districts are reevaluating...

Monthly Early-Release Days: Effective or Defective

The growing pressures from a return to in-person learning have affected both students and teachers. In response, beginning in Nov. 2021, Lexington High School has implemented a monthly early-release day...

Supporting Lexington Small Businesses Amidst Closures

The recent flurry of business closures in Lexington Center has deeply affected the Lexington community. Both residents and business owners have been impacted by these closings, and during these tumultuous...

The New Lunch System: A Necessary Safety Precaution

The transition to in-person learning has been difficult—many changes have been made to student schedules to ensure the safety of students and faculty at Lexington High School, including a brand new lunch...

In-Person Advisory Sessions: Productive or Pointless?

Lexington High School conducted in-person Advisory sessions this fall to promote Lexington Public Schools’ core values and foster a sense of unity after a year of shifting learning models.  However,...

Will the Extracurricular Vaccination Policy Keep Students Safe?

This year, with the return of in-person learning, schools and states have ramped up safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amidst nationwide calls for vaccine mandates, many local governments...

Have Advisory Sessions Achieved their Desired Outcomes?

While social distancing has helped keep students and families safe, it has also created a vast disturbance in student life, making it more difficult for students to maintain relationships in their larger...

Should Tests Be Administered During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

This year has been vastly different with Lexington High School students and teachers working to adapt to a new learning environment imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other issues, test-taking, student...

Snow Days: A Thing of the Past?

Michael Gordon, Staff Writer

Snow days have been a fixture in Lexington Public Schools for as long as anyone can remember. Fond memories of playing in the snow, building a snowman, or drinking hot chocolate exist in the minds of countless...

The Progression to a Racially Equitable Community

Over the past year, the decades of racial tension and injustice in the United States of America has become a larger part of a national conversation. Increased awareness surrounding systemic racism embedded...

The Pandemic, Stress, and Tests: Why Standardized Testing Needs to Go

Standardized testing has been a part of the American education system since the mid-1800s, and for decades, colleges required either an ACT or SAT score as part of a student application. However, amid...

Was 2020 AP Testing a Success?

The 2020 AP exams were anything but conventional. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board administered the tests online, shortened the test length to minutes, and allowed students to access...

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