Back to Black & Gold – The Tiger Print welcomes students for 2012-13 school year

Kelly Cordingley, Odi Opole, Editor-in-Chief, Web Editor

Back to Busy – How to avoid stress this year.
Procrastinators must read this. Now, not later.
High school is awesome — we all know that. 
However, it can also be difficult and, at times, straight-up stressful. But believe it or not, all the homework horror stories can be avoided, if you follow a few basic rules.
Become  organized­ — If you have a teacher who eliminates small forests with the amount of worksheets he or she assigns, find a way to keep them organized and in one place. Do not, I repeat, do not put any papers in your locker unless they are encased in a binder, folder or other organizational device. The locker fairies won’t return your paper or presentation notes until at least late May, and by then you won’t need them any more.
Plan your time wisely — If you don’t already have one, create an after-school routine that works well for you. For most people, the school year is a busy time — sports practices, club meetings, homework and friends make balancing your time effectively a must.
Don’t put off long-term projects — Most of us are probably already suffering from putting off our summer assignments, and those are due within the next couple of weeks. All-nighters are a direct result of not starting early, and coffee at 4 a.m. does not taste as sweet as success and a good night’s sleep.
Ask questions — If you’re iffy on a due date or an assignment requirement, ask. If you think there’s a test approaching, find out.  Then, find out what you need to study and whether you need help or not. Knowing in advance will make the schoolyear much easier.

Back to Press – Important information about student journalism.
Kansas is one of seven states to grant student journalists specific rights for their publications.
In 1987, the Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier case was argued in court. The school had censored material they deemed not suitable for a school publication, which the plaintiffs felt violated their First Amendment rights.
In the end, the court sided with the school district on the grounds that students do not have the same rights as adults while in school and should adhere to the school environment.
However, with the Tinker v. Des Moines case in the near future, student’s First Amendment rights were soon to be defended.
The Tinker siblings wore black armbands to school to protest the Vietnam War, and when the school officials asked them to remove the armbands, they refused and were subsequently suspended.
When the case went to court, the court stood by the students, arguing students “do not shed their First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse gates.”
In 1992, the Kansas Student Publication Act was passed, which grants student journalists in Kansas added protection against administrative censorship.
The Tiger Print is published nine times per year for Blue Valley students, staff and the surrounding community.
It is an open forum for student expression and therefore does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of BV high school administrators or those of the BV School District.

Back to .com – How to access The Tiger Print online, and how to communicate with and about the paper.
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