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The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

Coffee Chats expand LGBTQ+ home to school connection

Coffee Chats expand LGBTQ+ home to school connection

Johanna Pierach, The Rubicon March 15, 2023

Community. Connection. Support. One thing they all have in common is that they are essential in any circumstance, but especially when it comes to underrepresented identities one example being the LGBTQ...

STUDENT SCIENTISTS. (FRONT) Aryun Nemani, Rita Li, Calvin He, Becca Richman, Julia Colbert. (BACK) Rishi Bhargava, Henry Choi, Humza Murad, Aaron Lindeman, Will Richardson, Gabriel Bangoura, Cassandra Zirps, Maryeva Gonzalez, Yash Kshirsagar.

Scientists find success at Twin Cities Science Fair

Nelson Wodarz , RubicOnline March 13, 2023
A number of students will move on to spring competitions, beginning with state on Mar. 24.
BETTER PRODUCTS, PERIOD. USC member Cerena Karmaliani said, “We had a lot of complaints about the fact that [the current product applicators] are cardboard, there’s not different sizes [of period products], they don’t get re-stocked as frequently, and people don’t feel as comfortable going to the nurse for alternate products.” These complaints are the basis for the new subcommittees work.

USC launches trial run of new feminine hygiene products

Alison Mitchell, RubicOnline March 9, 2023
USC aims to provide more inclusive period products to female-bodied students.
SECOND GLANCE. While this photo might look like a student staring at a computer, look closer and recognize that it is slightly distorted. The image was generated by OpenAI’s DALL-E 2  based on the prompt: “Create a realistic photo of a student using ChatGPT.” (Chat GPT photo)

Rise of ChatGPT sparks conversation about educational values

Orion Kim, The Rubicon March 8, 2023
“[A student’s] capacity to gather, arrange, synthesize, and analyze information is going to be important in any field that [they] are in,” Academic Dean Tom Anderson said.
DONATE NOW. USC runs a sign up table in the English Commons on Feb. 20.

USC hosts annual blood drive

Grace Medrano and Ali Browne March 7, 2023
According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States requires blood every two seconds.
Maddy Fisher

Fisher hopes to inspire MS journalists in after school workshop

News in Brief March 6, 2023
For four weeks starting Friday, The Rubicon EIC Maddy Fisher will teach news literacy and introduce journalistic writing.
STATE 2nd PLACE. The Science Olympiad competitors pose with their second place trophy Mar. 4 at Bethel University.

Science Olympiad takes second at state

News in Brief March 5, 2023
The team competed Mar. 4 at Bethel University.
RECOVERY. The United States Navy recovers debris from the spy balloon in the Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 5.

Spy balloons shot down over North America

Siri Pattison, RubicOnline February 27, 2023
Tensions are on the rise in US-China relations following the incident.
PARKING PROBLEMS. Snow build-up, cold temperatures, and newly licensed drivers have been making parking in the SPA lots much more challenging. As the lengthy Minnesota winter carries on and most students are arriving to school in a car, its likely that these difficulties will remain prominent.

Parking lots shrink as snow piles up

Thomas Ferguson and Thomas Kovarik February 25, 2023
What is the cause of parking difficulties for SPA students? The answer lies in brutal Minnesota winter weather.
With upcoming forecast, teachers plan for snow day learning

With upcoming forecast, teachers plan for snow day learning

News in Brief February 21, 2023
With snow totals this week estimated near two feet for the second time in 2023, administration looks online to keep classes moving forward.
GRADES & RUBRICS. The History department utilizes similar lesson plans and rubrics across class periods, but the grading can differ. Other subject areas use completely different methods for assessing students, such as standards-based grading in the Science department.

Departments take differing approaches when grading across sections

Amanda Hsu and Shefali Meagher February 15, 2023
From standards-based grading to class-specific rubrics, methods of grading varies by subject.
SPENDING SPREE. Advisories brainstorm good, great and questionable ideas for using the new $50 advisory budget.

Advisory budget leaves room to reimagine Wednesday X-Period

Juan Miguel Adams and Greyson Sale February 13, 2023
A Caribou run? An advisory hamster? $50 can be used in a myriad of ways.
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