Crossed Sabres

Generally speaking: Undocumented students have a right to education


January 16, 2020

On October 1, Arlington Public Schools (APS) sent an email to students, staff and parents explaining their policy regarding students’ immigration status. The email emphasized the importance of school being a safe space and acting as a “second home,” assuring families that, in accordance with federa...

The price we pay for a “shining” diploma

The price we pay for a

Ariel Gill-Ehrenreich, Web editor

October 28, 2019

To the average student, it seems that there is always the same subconscious voice in their head telling them what will look best on their college resúme. For many, this is how decisions are made. A breakfast-loving student figures that joining that Pancake Club will not help them when it comes time to...

School calendar shift

Image, created by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), reflects data from the 2018-2019 school year. An updated version has not yet been published.

Julia Van Lare, Managing Editor

October 17, 2019

Since the 1980s, Virginia schools have opened after Labor Day because of a law nicknamed the “Kings Dominion Law.”  This law has nothing to do with improving education outcomes; rather, it was designed for the benefit of the tourism industry by extending the time teens could visit amusement par...

Tall Girl falls short

Talley Schroeder, Design Editor

October 16, 2019

This past September, Netflix released their new teen romance film “Tall Girl”. The film received a score of 28 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and criticism before it even officially came out. The arrival of yet another teen rom-com sparked controversy and backlash due to what critics consider a lack...

Young people are angry, and rightly so

Young people are angry, and rightly so

Sophie Muir, Staff Reporter

October 12, 2019

Across the globe fires are burning, destroying the Amazon rainforest and other vital wildlife and lands. Glaciers are melting at alarming rates, contributing to the rise of the sea level. Hurricanes, such as Dorian, are devastating communities and accelerating the refugee crisis. Biodiversity is shrinki...

Generally Speaking: Transgender PIP

2019-2020 Staff

October 10, 2019

The Arlington Public School (APS) system is currently in the process of enacting a new Policy Implementation Procedure (PIP) regarding transgender and gender non-conforming students in the county. The PIP would, among other things, allow these students to use the bathrooms and join the sports teams that ...

Advice from a senior

Holland Forsythe, Social Media Editor

October 9, 2019

Dear Freshmen, Start off strong. First off, I’d like to congratulate you on making it through middle school. That’s impressive stuff. Although you’re no longer the top dogs of the school, you’re about to embark on a new and exciting journey. These next four years are going to fly by, so ...

“Dumbo” was a dumb choice for Burton

The theatrical release poster for Tim Burton’s 2019 reimaging of the classic children’s movie “Dumbo”. At the end of its opening weekend the film held a score of 50 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Hannah Rosman, Editor in Chief

April 25, 2019

Tim Burton is a dark director who is popular for his eccentric horror movies and magical dramas. He is best known for his cult classics like “Edward Scissorhands”, as well as his animated features like “Corpse Bride”. Throughout all of the movies Burton has directed, from fantastical adaptations li...

Arlington’s tolerance of conservatives

The Young Democrats and Young Republicans clubs held a joint meeting earlier this school year to discuss their positions on various issues. The event was an exercise in political inclusivity in Arlington.

Abigail Presson, Managing Editor

March 27, 2019

In the country’s polarized political climate, some members of the community feel that it is less acceptable to hold conservative views than liberal ones in Arlington. Northern Virginia’s liberalism, sometimes seen by others as a positive aspect of the area, may have created an unwelcoming environm...

On board or on skiis?

Students participate in snow sports during the cold winter months. Some students prefer snowboarding to skiing.

Anika Bahl, News Editor

March 26, 2019

As the peak of the winter season winds down, after a series of long weekends made that much more enjoyable by snow, many students and their families have taken trips to nearby ski resorts to enjoy one of the most popular hobbies of this time of year. However, on the slopes, a longstanding rivalry has been...


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wearing her favorite collar. She often wears her collars to express her views and has different ones for majority and dissenting opinion.

Sophie Muir, Staff Reporter

March 23, 2019

She walks up the steps in a deep blue coat, beaming into the camera. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s brief cameo at the end of the movie “On the Basis of Sex,” which tackles telling her story, was for me the most powerful moment in an incredibly compelling movie. The movie begins with Felicity Jones, who pl...

How your feed influences your politics

A student opens her instagram feed to access a familiar and steady stream of information sources. Little does she know her feed is different from that of someone on the other end of the political spectrum.

Annabel Phoel, Staff Reporter

March 21, 2019

From the government shutdown to the black-and-white optics at the State of the Union address, the political divisions in the United States right now are clear. While polarizing figures in Washington, D.C., are at least partially to blame for the rift in American society, other forces like the news and ...

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