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

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

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Tech-free Tuesdays can provide some much needed relaxation in the school environment

Opinion: Institute a Tech-free Tuesday tradition in classrooms to detox from an overreliance on classroom technology

Maisha Rahman, Staff Writer February 23, 2024

It is no secret that the environment of Townsend Harris High School can be stressful at times, with Harrisites having numerous weekly assignments, college-level coursework, and assessments (despite the...

The Townsend Harris 2024-2025 Elective Guide recently came out. Students shared their thoughts on the new course offerings.

Opinion Roundup: New course offerings released for elective signup period

Aki Benjamin, Staff Writer February 19, 2024

On Friday, Interim Acting Assistant Principal of Guidance Jessica Graf sent the annual THHS Elective Guide for the 2024-25 school year to Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors. This year’s edition boasts...

Students trying to log in for synchronous instruction received error messages throughout the snowy day.

Technical issues during the February 13 snow day sparks controversy over whether remote learning belongs on snow days. Here’s why it should not.

Joyce Shen, Staff Writer February 17, 2024

Since the implementation of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become an integral part of New York City public school students’ lives as they navigate unprecedented challenges throughout...

Should students in writing heavy classes have more options for using AI during the creative process?

A meaningful integration of AI begins with conversations about the technology’s potential

Anya Basnayake and Violet Au February 16, 2024

The Townsend Harris High School academic integrity policy prohibits students from using AI “to complete an assignment, in full or in part.” The policy stresses that involving AI in student work entails...

Snow beginning to fall on the Queens College Campus.

Opinion Roundup: Perspectives on today’s mostly asynchronous remote learning snow day

Sayemah Nadi, Staff Writer February 13, 2024

Along with the pandemic came the world of virtual classes and online instruction, and for New York City students, that new world of remote teaching took away one of the most cherished parts of the school...

The FAFSA application has been a source of stress for seniors this year.

OPINION: Colleges should reform demonstrated interest policies

Mirabelle Miketa-Garcia and Ramisa Sharif February 6, 2024

For today's generation of college applicants, putting together an application for a chance at claiming a seat at a top university requires tremendous work. But for some students, brilliant essays and recommendation...

What are the best ways to use phones to study?

Three applications to help you study this school year

Emerson Lin and Mohashin Tasfiya December 19, 2023

Recent applications that provide students with alternative studying techniques have become more popular, with some intriguing Townsend Harris students. The Classic asked Harrisities about their usage and...

What are the best ways to overcome test anxiety?

OPINION: Tackling test anxiety requires a heightened emphasis on progress

Michael Babayev November 24, 2023

Today’s high schools and higher education institutions share many things in common, among them is their reliance on high-stakes testing. For some students, testing offers the chance to perform well in...

Transportation issues for some students with IEPs stem from requirements that allow for only one drop-off time for each school.

OPINION: Busing issues deprive students with IEPs from equal access to the educational opportunities at THHS

Maisha Rahman, Staff Writer November 16, 2023

During the 2022-2023 school year, transportation issues forced me to drop AP Physics 1. This subject presented me with a perfect opportunity to gain exposure to a college-level class required for the STEM...

The THHS Election Simulation should be held at all schools.

Opinion: Mock elections belong in every high school

Aki Benjamin, Staff Writer November 8, 2023

As the 27th year of the Election Simulation concludes at Townsend Harris High School, it's evident that this unique activity has far-reaching benefits that extend beyond grades. As it's extremely valuable...

Townsend Harris High School students face an unexpected metal detector and hold during class on September 26.

EDITORIAL: With the fear of deadly violence now a fixture in American schools, students deserve better communication when metal detectors and a “hold” disrupt normal operations

The Editorial Board October 30, 2023

On the morning of September 26, Harrisites arrived at Townsend Harris High School to find the New York Police Department’s School Safety Division, conducting a “random scanning,” according to Principal...

Testing in the gymnasium.

Opinion Roundup: Students share thoughts on changes in AP World History exam rubric

Bella Chen and Mark Mbogho October 13, 2023

This year, significant alterations have been made to the rubric for the document based question (DBQ) on the AP World History, AP European History, and AP United States  History exams. The DBQ is the...

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