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Scheduling conflicts persist in the new year

There were many students who have experienced scheduling conflicts this year, the most prominent of which include starting second period instead of first, figuring out how to get to school and having to choose between classes. Scheduling has always been an issue, but this year, it has become difficult to satisfy everyone. Assistant Principal Diane Santamorena helped uncover why so

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New classroom guidelines

At the start of the 2018- 19 school year, the San Marin administration unveiled new “community commitments” and rules for enforcing them. Among these are a schoolwide use of phone caddies and “walk passes.” The four community commitments, drafted last year by a committee of students, teachers, parents and administrators, emphasize keeping students on task and in class. Following the

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Administration creates new programs to aid students

By Vivienne Tran Editor According to Student Success Advisor Katherine Warren, too many of San Marin’s students are getting D’s and F’s or have attendance issues. As a result, she is pulling up their grades and attendance regularly. If students are struggling, she contacts the parents and pulls the student aside to find out what the problem is before disciplinary

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School locker shortage raises concerns

Locker distribution at San Marin has been a longstanding problem that does not seem to be solved. This year, with a large freshman class and an increasing number of broken lockers, these issues are more prominent than before. Attendance Technician Jeanie Olian shared statistics on the number of lockers compared to students. “There’s still about 83 [students] that don’t have

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Freshmen leaving campus at lunch tests administration policy

Forty-one percent of freshmen report having already been off campus at lunch during the 2018-2019 school year, according to a survey conducted by the Pony Express. This statistic raises some questions, such as what the administration is doing to enforce the rule prohibiting freshmen from leaving campus, why freshmen are leaving, and what the consequences will involve. For years, the

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San Marin considers awarding “academic letters”

Principal Mark Sims is exploring the idea of an “academic letter” program for students in response to parent input. Members of the PTSA expressed interest in recognizing students’ academic achievements in an equivalent manner to athletic achievements. The “academic letter” would resemble the block letter patch that student-athletes receive after meeting certain standards in their sport. Students were polled for

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AP and CAASPP testing conflict causes problems

The overlapping CAASPP and AP test schedules have resulted in students and staff being concerned about individual grades and San Marin’s overall scores. The two tests were scheduled over the same two weeks, leading to conflict for many staff and students. The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, is used by some colleges to help determine incoming

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Lack of walkout upsets SM community

At 10 a.m. on April 20, San Marin’s campus was silent during a nationwide school walkout honoring the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. Across town, Novato High School students rallied outside with handmade posters in favor of gun control, leaving many students at San Marin wondering why the anniversary was treated like a normal Friday on their

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