Staff Columns

  • French Student Exchange Program: New Country, New Isa?
    11:43 AM

    French Student Exchange Program: New Country, New Isa? ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 8 Photo by Isa Gil On Wednesday, March 22, a group of students and I from Niles West and North went on the French exchange program trip. The students came from all different levels of French: levels 1,2, and 3, which

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  • Is Varsity P.E. Necessary for Athletes in Season?
    11:25 AM

    From juggling morning and after school practices, gym class and our education, it is hard being a varsity athlete at Niles West. My grades definitely become harder to maintain during the fall and spring because I am in season for cross country and soccer. Because of practices six days a week, you are mentally and physically

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  • Are AP Classes Worth it?
    9:33 AM

    To most people, there’s nothing unusual about the first couple weeks of May. To AP students, however, it’s two weeks of pain. The idea of offering college-level courses to high school students began in the 1950s. Since then, the program has expanded to having 38 different courses with around 60 percent of high schools in

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  • Homeroom: Is It Really Necessary?
    11:08 AM

    After the third period dismissal bell, the hallways are filled with chaos and a frenzy of lockers opening and closing, and students dipping into one bathroom only to see that the line is too long and they won’t get to their next class in time. Except that there is no real class that these kids

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  • Hungry Like the Wolf: Pi Day
    8:21 AM

    This year’s Pi Day, the annual March 14 celebration of the irrational number and mathematics in general, make sure you celebrate in an extra special way with a homemade pie. Here’s my recipe for a simple, classic blueberry pie and crust. Blueberry Pie – 2 cups blueberries – 1/3 cup granulated sugar – 1 tablespoon

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  • Hungry Like the Wolf: Why a Stand Mixer is a Must-Have
    4:02 PM

    Have you ever tried to make your own meringue cream before, only to have your hand had get awfully tired after whipping the egg whites for five minutes straight? Or maybe you were working with really chunky or tough dough and you had a hard time kneading it? Lucky for you, there is one machine that

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  • Hungry Like the Wolf: The Many Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar
    11:51 AM

    Do you have a bottle of apple cider vinegar sitting at home that you just don’t know what to do with?Lucky for you, there are actually many uses for apple cider vinegar. Believe it or not, apple cider vinegar is one of the healthiest substances you can digest, whether you’re on a diet or not.

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