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World Economic Forum Reports Narrowing Gender Gap

November 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Madeleine Michael The World Economic Forum recently released its 9th Global Gender Gap Report concluded that equality is on the rise around the world. The report measures the how close countries are to attaining gender equality. To do this, they consider factors such as whether women are able to work, and if so, how much they make compared to men, whether they are able to get an education, positions in politics, and […]

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Faculty of Newton South: Custodian John Lawless

November 18, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Noy Alon and Min Park Born in Roxbury, Lawless had a relatively standard childhood. He went to school and hung out with other kids, and navigated the ropes of adolescence.  However, Lawless does express that it was a completely different time when he was growing up, seeing as he is now 69 years old. As Lawless matured, he transitioned from attending school to serving in military intelligence in order to help not […]

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Pro-Democracy Students React to Hong Kong Protests

November 04, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Inaki Uribe and Bimini Horstmann In the midst of China’s biggest political challenge since 1989, students hold strong pro-democracy opinions both in Hong Kong and at Newton South. Since July 2014, the Hong Kong protesters have been marching to protest against the Chinese government’s plan to oversee the entire leadership election of 2017 ruling out democratic elections for the people. Students and pro-democracy activists have been on the the streets for days, […]

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Possible Marijuana in Candy Raises Concern

October 31, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Emily Goetzler According to FOX NEWS, police officers in Colorado have advised parents to look for possible marijuana-infused candy in their children’s halloween candy collections. Many candies that look like name brand can be sprayed with hash oil. Once the hash oil dries, the candy looks completely normal and there is no way to tell the difference. The Denver Police Department, as well as Patrick Johnson, an owner of a marijuana shop […]

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Newton Community Reacts to Teachers Association’s Unity Action

October 28, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Denebola News Staff   On Tuesday, October 21, Newton teachers in all public schools throughout the city wore a T-shirt in support of the Newton Teachers Association’s quest for wages that compete with those of the surrounding school districts.   The back of these yellow T-shirts reads “COMPETITIVE WAGES=EXCELLENT SCHOOLS.”   The demonstration, which the Teachers Association calls “unity action,” came the day before official meetings began between the Newton School Committee […]

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Passionate Students Attend Climate March In New York

October 27, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

By Noy Alon and Min Park Taking their passion for politics to a global scale, Juniors Nathaniel Bolter and Emma Henderson attended the annual New York City Climate March on September 21 with several of their classmates from history teacher Jamie Rinaldi’s honors history class last year. According to Bolter, Rinaldi inspired him and his classmates to attend the Climate March in New York. “We had to wake up really early at four […]

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Benefits of Schoology Fail to Reach Entire School

October 26, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

by David Patkin and Jacob Denninger Last year, instructional technology specialists from around Newton set out to find an online learning solution. Through their research, they settled on a program called Schoology, which has a Facebook-like look to it and makes it easy for teachers to organize their units. Schoology can be used to post assignments, tests, and grades, as well as to hold discussions. The new program offers a more diverse range […]

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South Parents Attend SOS Information Session

October 23, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Winson Ye Parents gathered in the auditorium to discuss the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program with faculty and mental health professionals at Newton South on October 8. The speakers were Rebecca Davis, who works at the Riverside Trauma Center, and Principal Joel Stembridge. The director of guidance at Newton South, Shelly Borg, remained in the audience along with several other guidance counselors in order to answer any questions that parents had. The […]

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Newton South Senior Jasper Primack Accepted to National Debate Team

October 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Miranda Lassar Senior Jasper Primack competed in his first tournament for the US debate team on October 3rd and 4th in New Orleans, placing second in the team competition and fifth in the speaker awards. The national debate team consists of twelve high school juniors and seniors from all around the country who compete in international competitions with 67 other countries. After a rigorous application process involving a written application, three video […]

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Newton Includes Transgender Citizens in Law

October 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Emily Goetzler and Kimia Tabatabaei Another step towards equality was made September 15 when Newton’s Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to include transgender citizens in its non-discrimination ordinances in areas like housing. The ordinance states that nobody may be treated unfairly when renting or buying a house due to his or her sexual orientation. With a unanimous vote on including transgender individuals in the ordinance, citizens and board members alike were ecstatic […]