Be smart about social networking

People sometimes don’t think before they post. Like the girl who is hugging two giant bags of marijuana to her chest in her Facebook profile picture. Follow these simple tips from C.L. Lindsay, an attorney who runs a non-profit dealing with legal problems that often occur on school campuses, about how to be smart about posting online.

School 411: Washburn High School

Washburn is a very creative, colorful and diverse school in culture and languages.

School lunch fruits and veggies unappetizing, say teens

Deep-fried food is no longer served at Central Senior High in St. Paul.

“The food nutrition people came and took out all our deep fryers! Did you know,” asked Wanda Christensen, the high school’s cafeteria supervisor. “Everything from now on, including our fries, (is) baked now.”

School 411: Breck School

Breck is a private, Episcopal, college-preparatory school that excels in its academics but also provides students with other opportunities in extracurricular activities such as sports and fine arts. The biggest challenge for Breck in the upper school is definitely the lack of diversity because most of the minorities are in the lower school. For students, it is the amount of homework they receive, which is roughly around four hours of homework a night.

Youth media and education reform

Michael F.

Reality and small towns

I’m a loser … but I embrace it because the thing with being a loser is you have loser friends and they’ll love you no matter what.

Slacking to succeeding

When I was in middle school I struggled with academics a lot. I was usually always at the bottom of all of my classes. I was below the normal reading level and also below the expected math level.

Your Turn Winners! Sadie Anderson and Simone Fuller

The winners of our Your Turn contest about jumping cliques in high school are: Sadie Anderson of East Range Academy of Technology and Science and Simone Fuller of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.

Teen writers from LA, New York and ThreeSixty examine the challenges of staying in school

Inspired by President Obama’s challenge to teens – “dropping out is no longer an option” – ThreeSixty collaborates this month with youth journalism programs in Los Angeles and New York to examine that challenge from multiple perspectives.

Teens write about dropping out of school and returning. About aiming high and achieving. About schools that failed them and schools that saved them. About testing mania and good jobs that don’t require four years of college.

Students react to Obama's challenge for school: no excuses

Almost two months have passed since President Obama gave his speech to American students and Antonio Jenkins doesn’t remember anything about it. “I was in the theater of my school that day, but wasn’t putting to much attention to his words,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins, 18, is an African-American student at El Colegio Charter School in Minneapolis and, although he admires Barack Obama, he didn’t care about the speech that challenged students to let nothing get in the way of doing well in school.

St. Paul Central High School

Central is the oldest operating high school in Minnesota. The school’s motto is “Many Traditions, One School.” Located in Saint Paul, the home of about 287,000 people, Central continues to have the largest enrollment out of the six other Saint Paul public high schools. But it still struggles with cliques. One glance at the cafeteria and a person would noticed that Central students tend to only affiliate with people of the same skin color or academic accomplishments.

Motivations for young journalists

Last spring I attended a training on volunteer management – which many of you may ask, what does volunteer management have to do with writing?

Collaboration key for teen reporters

It’s three days until Halloween and we’ll be working on Saturday while others have visions of free candy dancing through their heads.

Algebra problems bring back the challenge of mastering new skills

A couple of weeks ago, I sat down to help a 13-year-old friend who struggles with math.

Recruiting teens who don’t like to write

A student at Gordon Parks High School today looked me straight in the eye – honest and open – and told me that he hates to write, that it makes his brain hurt.

I was there recruiting for News Team,

Minneapolis student learns for the love of it

In a school district where only 52 percent of students graduate in four years with a regular diploma, Rattana Sengsoulichanh, 17, is an academic star with a 3.7 GPA in the rigorous International Baccalaureate program at Patrick Henry High School.

Hmong graduation parties given for Ph.Ds, not high school diploma

It wasn’t hard for me to hear my great-uncle, even with dozens of relatives surrounding him, in his small backyard in Sacramento last summer. This was his celebration for my aunt, Mao Vang, who had received her doctoral degree the day before.

My great uncle waved his arms to get our attention. Then he looked at the young people, including me, and asked: “Who’s the next one to get a Ph.D?”


Friends' support got student back to school

A year ago, Nico came to school wearing dress shirts, a Mohawk and double chains around his hips. In class, when he was there, he was texting and talking constantly.

“Let’s just do our work,” I’d say.

“Party-pooper,” Nico would answer. Six months later, he gave up on school and dropped out.

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