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The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

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QUIET STUDY. It might sound appealing to study with music, podcasts, and videos in the background, but it’s not good for focus. Instead, it’s better to work in a quiet, calm environment. “Humans are inherently horrible multitaskers, so trying to do more than one thing at once will drag down productivity,” Ostrem writes.

Keep your focus on staying focused

Peter Ostrem, The Rubicon November 28, 2023
Eliminate distractions and focus on one thing at a time during the semester's final weeks.
ON AND ON. Students are stuck in the parking lot lines as 8 a.m. approaches fast. Construction on Randolph avenue has led to more congestion in this entrance. “The problem is definitely the construction, Sophomore Nellie Larson said.

Parking lot lines lead to increase in tardies

Nora Grande, Staff Writer October 27, 2023
Parking lot lines due to construction are making students late... And there's not much we can do about it.
Feeling down? Try music.

Feeling down? Try music.

Taryn Karasti, Staff Writer March 13, 2023
Based on numerous science experiments, music could be one simple solution to lowering stress and increasing concentration.
ICEBERG. Toxic positivity is like the iceberg that sank the invincible Titanic: hidden underneath the surface-level offering of consolation and sympathy, the bottom two-thirds of the phrase becomes an uncalled for silencing that washes a tide of false reassurance and invalidation over the receiver of the words.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Melt toxic positivity with a solutions-focused mindset

RubicOnline Staff, RubicOnline December 7, 2021
As midterms are rounding the corner and stress levels are at an all-time high, students too can feel more agency by practicing a personalized solutions-focused mindset.
TOO MUCH. An overuse of out-of-school time for students on homework and other assignments can cause unnecessary stress.

SPA should not give homework

Orion Kim, The Rubicon December 6, 2021

Sophomore Declan Monohan thinks homework is something that should lay in the hands of the student. They should be able to decide how much effort and time is necessary for their growth. “I think if...

READY, SET, STUDY! Sophomore McKinley Garner works on several homework assignments during a very short study hall.

SPA should give homework

Orion Kim, the Rubicon December 6, 2021

Sophomore McKinley Garner says that although he partially agrees, he thinks if teachers put homework entirely in the student’s hands, many of them will fall behind. Once they go to the teacher for help...

TOO MUCH. An overuse of out-of-school time for students on homework and other assignments can cause unnecessary stress.

[2 SIDES, 1 ISSUE] How much homework is too much?

Orion Kim, The Rubicon December 6, 2021
Regular assignments, projects, and tests can be productive but also cause stress. How much is too much?
The resumption of school winter sports offers students the chance to get activity and connect to the SPA community during the COVID pandemic.

[SPORTS OPINION] Sports provide necessary exercise, improved mental health amid pandemic

Bobby Verhey, RubicOnline January 23, 2021
The return of sports for student athletes is something that was much needed in terms of both mental and physical health.
Everyone seems to be handling the challenges of this pandemic differently. And that’s okay.

It’s a pandemic; don’t worry about grades

Colin Will, Opinions Editor May 27, 2020
Everyone seems to be handling the challenges of this pandemic differently. And that’s okay.
Junior Stella McKoy started baking after getting multiple concussions.

A piece of cake: McKoy’s sweet stress reliever

Salah Abdulkarim, The Rubicon March 10, 2020
Whether it’s reading or playing sports, everyone has their own hobbies. For junior Stella McKoy it’s baking.
A large group of sophomores enter classroom 6110 to grab a gift. They are happy yo see their  surprise.

SoCLC’s surprise gift to sophomores lifts spirits and boosts motivation

Elle Chen, RubicOnline December 12, 2019
Upon hearing the growing concerns and complaints of fellow sophomore classmates, the members of the Sophomore Class Leadership Council felt obliged to help plan a small surprise for their class, attempting to lift spirits and boost motivation. 
Sophmores Emily Gisser, Jack Bogdan, Mason Brooks share their midterm tips with 9th graders.

From sophomores to 9th graders- Midterm advice

Elizabeth Trevathan, RubicOnline December 10, 2019
As exams roll around, the current sophomore class remembers their feelings in the weeks leading up to their first set of midterms. But no longer rookies in the exam world, the sophomores are now offering their expertise to the 9th graders who are about to begin their first exam week.
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