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The Coronavirus and the Grading System

The Coronavirus and the Grading System

May 29, 2020

While adults try to grasp how COVID-19 will affect their lives, students in school have seen their educational system flipped upside-down in the last month. Grades, in most educational institutions, provide a backbone that keeps the students institution in line, but due to COVID-19, the value of a letter grade has lost its meaning. Letter grades in theory, motivate students  to perform well and work hard, resulting in good grades, which land them in better secondary schools and subsequently better jobs.  Because all Massachusetts schools have closed for the rest of the year, many students in the Cambridge Public School District (CPSD) have been forced to adapt to taking their classes in an entirely new way: online. CRLS has put in place a grading policy for the final two quarters of the year which practically eliminates the standard of the A-F system. Due to the unfamiliar and less-engaging form of attendance required, CPSD feels that students should not be evaluated in the same way they were in school. 

How Do We Quarantine Congress?

How Do We Quarantine Congress?

May 29, 2020

The people of America may be quarantining relentlessly, but what has Congress been doing? How is Congress convening during a pandemic without risking the ...

Food Businesses Navigate Social Distancing Mandates with Support Cambridge Community

Azusa Lippit, Around School Editor

May 28, 2020

With social distancing guidelines in place for Cambridge, businesses selling food have continued to operate, though not without a fair amount of difficulty. Safely procuring food is one of the biggest concerns for Cantabridgians staying in their homes, and it is up to local businesses to take measures to protect their staff and customers. Richard S., a manager at Broadway Market, told the Register Forum, “We’ve had to come up with different options: online ordering, curbside pickup, and senior hours. We have the whole store protected with plexiglass, and everyone is wearing masks and gloves.”  Broadway Market, located next to CRLS, is normally filled by students and teachers throughout the school day, but with no school, that has changed. As far as the location goes, Broadway is incredibly fortunate; conveniently in the flow of traffic as students go to and from school, a significant portion of business comes from CRLS holding classes on campus. Businesses neighboring the school are particularly feeling  the absence of students. “Financially… we’re maintaining, let’s put it that way,” Richard S. continued. “We hope to get back to some semblance of normal, but hopefully [CRLS and Harvard students] will be back in school eventually, lunches will be back, and our revenues will change.”

Kim Jong Un - Dead or Alive?

Kim Jong Un – Dead or Alive?

May 28, 2020

What happened to Kim Jong-un, the infamous North Korean dictator? Where was he? Did he die? Was it a botched surgery? Did he contract COVID-19? These were all questions people around the world were asking as the possibility of the death of an unpredictable, reckless, nuclear-wielding dictator filled the news. Nobody knew anything for sure, and many of the credible news outlets were making wild claims based on unreliable sources. And so, the world waited. Then, on May 4th, the North Korean government sent out a picture of a smiling Kim opening a fertilizer company. He didn’t look the least bit dead, although it is difficult to find any reliable information about the dictator at all. The fertilizer plant image could very well mean that all of the reporting was nothing more than a farrago of misinterpretation, non-information, half speculation, and outright guessing. As the Washington Post put it, it was “an international game of telephone.”

Dreams Since Social Distancing Have Become More Vivid

Dreams Since Social Distancing Have Become More Vivid

May 26, 2020

I sat under the table in an abandoned cafe in NYC. I thought I had defeated the robot gorilla—but, really, who could be sure? After a few minutes of...

Some CRLS students that are working as grocery store employees have to choose between earning money and their health.

CRLS Students Who Were Grocery Store Employees Pre-Pandemic Now Essential Workers

May 26, 2020

While many CRLS students and their families are stuck at home all day during these times, there are some students who, in many cases, are having more ...

Pictured: Junior Adel Baimatova's workspace at home.

CRLS Students Push Through Hardships of Quarantine

April 30, 2020

The novel Coronavirus (or COVID-19) outbreak that has caught the world by surprise in recent months has led to dramatic lifestyle changes for people th...

Small businesses are getting some support from the government, but many business owners worry that it won't be enough.

Small Businesses in Cambridge, Adapting as Best They Can, Worry About the Future

April 30, 2020

On March 10th, Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts, closing all non-essential businesses until at least May 4th. While t...

Pictured: One of the district's meal distribution centers.

Cambridge Principals Reflect on the Daunting Task of Transitioning to Distance Learning

April 30, 2020

As the student body of Cambridge Public Schools has settled into taking courses online using such means as Google Classroom or video call platforms like ed...

How High School Students Around the World Have Reacted to Coronavirus

Luna Valayannopoulos-Akrivou, Contributing Writer

April 30, 2020

As of April 30th, coronavirus cases are soaring past three million cases worldwide, with over 230,000 confirmed deaths. A new pandemic that evolved in the provinces of China and has spread around the world is causing the numbers surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic to increase at a shockingly rapid rate. In order to ensure the safety of the city, Cambridge Public Schools closed...

Workers have criticized some multi-national corporations for putting profits over the health of their employees.

Corporate Priorities: Massachusetts Workers Ask Whether Their Employers Care More About Them or Profits

April 29, 2020

As citizens across the world shut themselves inside their homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, workers at all levels are struggling with the decisio...

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