The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

MAKING NEWS. Utilizing news sources is a convenient way to make classroom content more relevant and to start conversations about current events. Both teachers and students can contribute to incorporating news media into school spaces by bringing them into classes, clubs and student groups, and daily conversations.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] It is time to learn about current events in school

The Rubicon Staff January 31, 2023
Bringing news into the classroom helps content feel more relevant and can debunk false information read online.
HIGHER GROUND. Putting the experiences of visible and invisible diversity on the same level diminishes the oppression that minority groups actually face. Instead of searching for reasons to consider oneself a minority, acknowledge where privilege is held and where it can be used to make a difference.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Oppression is not a competition: recognize privilege to create change

The Rubicon Staff December 7, 2022
There are other forms of acceptance that are not limited to minority groups, and the first step is examining the reasons as to why someone would want to be oppressed.
STAR OF DAVID. The Star of David is one of the most visible symbols of Judaism and one senior Lillith Greene-Freeman said, in her speech, that she hesitates to wear some days.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Antisemitism is on the rise. Let’s do something about it.

RubicOnline Staff December 1, 2022
Microaggressions, like jokes and rude comments, towards Jewish students set a culture where it's ok for antisemitism to exist.
BALANCING ACT. As teenagers grow older, it becomes increasingly more difficult to juggle responsibilities and mistakes are taken more seriously. However, parents shouldn’t take this as a reason to restrict their children’s freedom; instead, having more responsibilities is an opportunity to demonstrate independence and self-management skills.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Encourage teenage independence

The Rubicon Staff October 25, 2022
Even doing something as simple as independently caring for a pet, cleaning a bedroom, or helping around the house can demonstrate a student’s maturity and responsibility.
Students do not want to lose what is working for them in the schedule and are hoping to keep aspects that have worked well in the past.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Get your voice in the schedule discussions

RubicOnline Staff October 19, 2022
Upper and middle school faculty are in conversation with administration about aligning the schedules. Students should play a part too.
ACTIVE AUDIENCE. An increased administrative presence in the community has a clear impact on fostering positive relationships with the student body. While a greater involvement may feel unfamiliar, students should put in the same amount of effort to appreciate and acknowledge the administration’s attention to student voices and decisions.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] New admin sets new tone. Let’s meet their energy.

The Rubicon Staff September 27, 2022
Students have felt a closer connection to their administration team this year, and while it may be unexpected, their investment in student life should not be dismissed.
As a community, there are ways we can spread awareness and help people who might feel alone or like they have no other option.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Make a difference; save a life

RubicOnline Staff September 18, 2022
Don't wait until it's too late to know the signs of depression and suicide and the ways to find or offer support.
GIVE BACK. An increased demand for volunteers creates opportunities to do community work in diverse avenues. Embrace volunteering and viewing it as a way to help others is key to being genuine about it. While volunteering may be done with different motivations, the end goal of serving the community remains the same.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Treat volunteering as a chance to grow

The Rubicon Staff May 24, 2022
Everyone has every resource they need to volunteer: themselves.
Risk-taking is intrinsically tied to decision-making. Due to the biological stage of development in teens’ brains, adolescents go through the decision-making process differently than adults—driven more by the emotional and reactive parts of the brain than the thoughtful and logical areas of the brain.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Take more risks this summer

RubicOnline Staff May 20, 2022
Nine times out of ten, risk-taking is associated with dangerous, unsafe and harmful behaviors. Yet, extensive research concludes that making risky decisions is actually healthy, especially for adolescents.
PICK IT UP. Most students will effortlessly offer a “thank you, “ to lunch staff every day while still neglecting to keep the areas the lunch staff works in clean. Picking up trash requires little more effort than this simple expression of gratitude in the lunchroom, but in the case of trash, students are not confronted directly with the person who is responsible for cleaning up after them. If you really want to show gratitude, show your appreciation verbally but also through recognizing the effects of your actions.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] One student’s trash is no one’s treasure

RubicOnline Staff April 22, 2022
The “picking up trash,” argument may seem childish, and it certainly isn’t glamorous, but in reality, it’s necessary to combat a disrespectful practice that still permeates the upper school.
YES WE CAN. Student activism and voluneering will help close the achievement gap, but only if there are structures put in place at a legislative level by voting adults that create the conditions for success.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Work to close the achievement gap

The Rubicon Staff March 9, 2022
As Minneapolis teachers strike for better access and support for students in the district, it's important to note that not all students have the same learning experience.
TRIPLE SELF-PORTRAIT. Art is an essential part of life. Take the time to support local arts and keep your community vibrant.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Engage with your community: support local artists

Rubicon Staff February 26, 2022
Take advantage of local art and appreciate the impact it can have.
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