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New school year, new ID policy, no exceptions

Jonathan Perez, Staff Writer

November 12, 2010

With the new school year already underway, many questions regarding the ID policy have crept into students’ minds. “Do I have to wear them the whole time?” “Do I get written up or punished when I don’t wear it?” “When do I take the picture?” Freshmen and juniors took their ID badge photos...

Administrators make the move

Administrators make the move

Matthew Healy, Staff Writer

November 12, 2010

Over the class size, but not enough teachers. The student-to-teacher ratio is currently at twenty-five to one, but the budget and school size cannot achieve this limit on its own. Without the financial means to reach this limit, Miami-Dade  found a loophole to the twenty-five to one ratio through co-teaching. “I...

Panthers remember Sam

Panthers remember Sam

Kristen Coke, Focus Editor

November 12, 2010

The Palmetto community comes together during times of happiness, as well as times of grief, such as when one of our fellow Panthers passed away this month. Samantha Jade Trebbi, a sophomore at Palmetto, passed away on October 11 after being admitted for strep throat at Baptist Hospital. Born on April...

Intolerance elicits questions

Michael Tandlich, Staff Writer

November 9, 2010

After attaining an abolition of slavery, suffrage for women, and an elimination of discrimination, the United States still cannot seem to settle on its policy regarding openly- gay individuals willing to serve their country in the armed forces. In 1993, Bill Clinton passed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t...

Mary Jane may come to California

Michael Tandlich, staff writer

November 9, 2010

Some call it blow, green, dope, ganja. Others call it reefer, hash, herb, boom. But out of over 420 associated terms, the formally accepted one is marijuana: the hemp plant known for producing euphoric effects after consumption. In November, California voters will determine the legality of adult possession...

Election brings chance for a change

Alyssa Rosenfeld, News Editor

November 9, 2010

Turn on the television and politics seem unavoidable.  Negative advertisements seem to appear between every segment of shows.  Political debates are broadcasted daily.   Election time is here again. This year, the ballots in Florida include voting for one senator to replace George LeMieux (who...

FCAT: Florida Continues Altering its Test

Michael Tandlich, Staff Writer

October 7, 2010

FCAT: the standardized test that comes once a year. FCAT: the assessment that students dread with utmost disgust. FCAT: the test that is here to stay. Nevertheless, it  underwent many changes. Of the bottom 25 percent of Palmetto students who took the FCAT mathematics test, 65 percent passed. However,...

Students think outside the lunchbox

Jenna DeNight, Staff Writer

October 7, 2010

“Skinny Bitch” didn’t make it on the best sellers list because of its clever book title. It got there because of the potentially life-changing content the novel struck the nation with. Authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin expose the horrors of the food industry and provide a wake-up call to many...

Shrinking classes lead to rising tensions

Shrinking classes lead to rising tensions

Shannon Bush, Co-Editor in Chief

October 6, 2010

Thirty-plus students in an English class does not seem like a productive environment for either the cramped students or the swamped teacher.  That was the thinking behind the 2002 amendment to the Florida Constitution that set a 25-student limit on high school core classes such as math, science and...

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