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Mark Sims reflects on 2017-18 school year

“It’s the people here that I think I’ve been most impressed with, our students, our parents, our teachers,” Principal Mark Sims said. “It’s a unique situation, and I’ve been in a number of places. I would compare San Marin favorably to the best places that I’ve been.” The end of the 2017-2018 school year will conclude Sims’ first year as

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Teachers protest lack of sufficient school funds

By: Vivian Bui and Vivienne Tran In early April, teachers from Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma and West Virginia went on strike to protest the lack of funding for education and teacher salaries. These protests consisted of teachers walking out to demand better pay and funding, which are struggles that also exist in the Novato Unified School District. Schools with participating teachers

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Concern grows over English Language Development program

For many years, San Marin has been having problems with its English Language Development (ELD) program. Many students and teachers feel like they are not getting enough resources and the proper curriculum to succeed in English acquisition. Arturo Ruvalcaba is a senior taking ELD 3 this semester. Ruvalcaba has improved his writing and reading skills but there are certain aspects

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Teachers and students discuss the merits of political discussions

“You don’t know who you’re going to offend or make feel uncomfortable when talking about politics,” said sophomore Eliam Weinstock. Weinstock is among many other students who think that teachers should not express their political views to their students. In an age when politics are discussed regularly in households, on social media and even in the classroom, this has become

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Rodents irritate students and staff, interrupt classes

The rodent problem at San Marin has infested the lives of students and teachers. They come into classrooms and leave their droppings, making a mess for teachers to clean and disrupting the class. Principal Mark Sims said that the problem mostly comes from where the school is geographically located. The hills that surround the school and the abundance of trees

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Cheating and plagiarism harm the integrity of students

It’s really easy to pull out your phone, type the first problem into Google, find a website with the answers, and copy them down. The chances of being caught are slim, many people do it, and repercussions are inconsistent. However, there are underlying consequences to this form of cheating. According to the Educational Testing Service (ETS), 70 to 90 percent

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New year, new classes

Next year, many new classes will be coming to San Marin, but first they have to go through a rigorous process to become a class. AP Calculus BC, Sculpture and Ceramics 1, Multimedia Design, Multimedia Production & Design, Media Portfolio Development, Aerospace Science 1, 2, 3, 4 and English 11: Literacy, Advocacy, & Public Service: Advanced English in Public Service

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Stress puts strain on students’ lives

In response to difficulty, people are overrun by angst. Butterflies hasten from within, a sweat breaks out and speaking normally grows to become a difficult task. Unfortunately, stress has always been prominent, especially among teenagers. According to the American Psychological Association, an estimated 44 percent of Americans have reported an increase in their stress levels over the past five years.

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Latino students face obstacles in academics

San Marin offers information to its students to help them plan for their future. However, many Latino students believe that they do not receive enough guidance, especially with difficult classes. Sophomore Juan Cruz said, “Latino kids aren’t in AP classes because they are in a tougher position than non-Latino kids.” Cruz said many Latino parents either aren’t educated enough to

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