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The Student-Run Newspaper of Townsend Harris High School at Queens College

The Classic

The Student-Run Newspaper of Townsend Harris High School at Queens College

The Classic

Editorial: Two essays and a video is too much to ask of eighth grade applicants

Editorial: Two essays and a video is too much to ask of eighth grade applicants

The Editorial Board January 31, 2023

In December 2022, students in the eighth grade rushed to submit their applications to Townsend Harris High School and many other NYC public high schools. However, the application process for THHS looked...

OPINION: With test-optional policies for college admissions remaining in place, ignoring the SAT is a mistake for college applicants

OPINION: With test-optional policies for college admissions remaining in place, ignoring the SAT is a mistake for college applicants

Areesh Rehman, Lucas Kim, and Michael Babayev January 27, 2023

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports that the crisis would spell the demise of the SAT and ACT flooded the media. Amid test center closures and numerous test cancellations during the pandemic,...

Opinion Roundup: thoughts from around the school on new cell phone restrictions

Opinion Roundup: thoughts from around the school on new cell phone restrictions

Ragia Sultana and Angel Rahman January 17, 2023

The Townsend Harris High School administration recently reinstated a cell phone policy that restricts students from using their phones in the hallways, bathrooms, and stairwells. The policy has been publicized...

OPINION: New cumulative grading policy will leave students behind

OPINION: New cumulative grading policy will leave students behind

Emma Cheng and Lelaina Madrazo January 13, 2023

For the 2022-2023 school year, the grading policy looks different for Townsend Harris students. Unlike recent years, students’ grades will not reset with the new semester, leaving a cumulative average...

As students get ready to finally start that break assignment they’ve avoided, it’s time to ask: is break homework ever justified?

As students get ready to finally start that break assignment they’ve avoided, it’s time to ask: is break homework ever justified?

Felicia Granel and Sumyia Chaudhry December 29, 2022

With the December break sadly getting closer to its end, there’s something most students are trying to forget: those break homework assignments that they’ve put off for as long as they could. Though...

OPINION: COVID-19 numbers tend to rise during school breaks, so it is important to take the proper precautions as you enjoy the holidays

OPINION: COVID-19 numbers tend to rise during school breaks, so it is important to take the proper precautions as you enjoy the holidays

Michael Babayev and Spencer Ng December 24, 2022

As students and staff prepare to travel and gather with loved ones during the Winter Break, COVID-19 continues to circulate worldwide.  Returning to school after the four-day Thanksgiving weekend,...

EDITORIAL: THHS needs to address the gradebook problem

EDITORIAL: THHS needs to address the gradebook problem

The Editorial Board December 2, 2022

As the second marking period of the fall semester comes to an end, many Townsend Harris underclassmen are anticipating their first report cards with numerical grades this school year. Due to the loss of...

Students shared what they are thankful for at school this fall.

Opinion Roundup: Students share thankful thoughts about THHS for Thanksgiving

Janaya Sydney, Staff Writer November 24, 2022

While oftentimes the opinion pages of The Classic share forceful opinions from students about what needs to be changed, for Thanksgiving, The Classic asked students to share thoughts about what they are...

OPINION: Reinstated criteria for Honors Societies leave many students chasing requirements

OPINION: Reinstated criteria for Honors Societies leave many students chasing requirements

In an email sent to students in October, Coordinator of Student Activities, Jaime Baranoff revealed the launch of Townsend Harris High School’s Peer Tutoring Program for the year. The email discussed...

After being a lottery admissions system for two years, THHS is changing their admissions policies.

Opinion roundup: perspectives on the new admissions policy

Reah Joby, Staff Writer November 16, 2022

This fall, Townsend Harris High School unveiled a new admissions policy that includes two writing samples and a video prompt. This is a departure from previous admissions policies that largely involved...

Harrisites share their opinions on the first fully in-person Founders Day since COVID-19 hit.

Harrisites reflect on the first in-person Founders Day since 2019

On Friday November 4, Harrisites attended the first fully in-person Founders’ Day Ceremony since 2019. Taking place at Colden Auditorium, on the Queens College campus, Founders’ Day is celebrated every...

The removal of team gym was a tragic loss for many student athletes, as it played a major role in helping students manage their time.

OPINION: Team gym should be reinstated

Audrey Lin, Opinion Editor October 21, 2022

Upon receiving programs for the 2022-2023 school year, many student-athletes were puzzled to find that team gym was no longer part of their schedule. In previous years, upperclassmen at Townsend Harris...

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