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The Sagamore

The student news site of Brookline High School

The Sagamore

The student news site of Brookline High School

The Sagamore

Art students and teachers participate in a delicate balance between freedom and objectivity.

Calculated strokes: where school and art collide

Benjamin Tytell and Andi Lowe April 20, 2022

The hours given to the creative process, the arc of a crimson brush stroke across a linen canvas, the warm feeling of charcoal values and highlight. All of it condensed into a cold and unforgiving B+. The...

Conversations on race in classrooms place undue burdens on students of color. These conversations can impact their mental health and ability to learn effectively.

The consequences of talking about race

Andi Lowe and Molly Louison April 18, 2022

During his sophomore year, Senior Sam Lee had elected to take the Racial Awareness course, an elective offered in the Social Studies department that explores racism within national, local and high school...

Senior and captain Lyle Gray wrestles an opponent on the Needham team during his winter season. In order to wrestle at the varsity level since freshman year, Gray needed to out-wrestle boys on the team to take their spot for that weight class. Because as a freshman he could not beat the wrestlers near his natural weight class, he decided to wrestle at a class 12 lbs under his natural weight.

Restrictive weight classes force wrestlers to alter their bodies

Ansley Washburn, Sports Managing Editor March 25, 2022

As a freshman, captain Lyle Gray, now a senior, forced himself to lose 12 lbs to qualify for his chosen weight class on the varsity wrestling team. He did so again as a sophomore, increasing the amount...

In part of the fight for their contract, the BEU is asking for additional protections for BIPOC staff, as both students and teachers agree that having more BIPOC staff would be beneficial of all students.

Diversity clause sparks dispute in negotiations

Audrey Garon, Raiya Khan, Ava Varrell, and Mila Seifert March 24, 2022

In the Public Schools of Brookline (PSB), 18.6 percent of teachers are teachers of color, while 48.7 percent of students are students of color. The Brookline Educators Union (BEU) is pushing for policies...

A listening session was hosted by administrators during lunch on Friday, Feb. 18 in room 385 following a racist video that circulated the community. Many seats were empty at the beginning of the lunch block before a stream of students filled the room by the time it was second lunch.

Community grapples with racist video while administrative response is bound by federal law

Rowan Roudebush, Longform Managing Editor March 6, 2022

Room 385 was full of students sharing heartfelt testimonies at a listening-session hosted by administrators during lunch on Friday, Feb. 18. The space was created in the wake of a Snapchat video in which...

Tensions permeate contract negotiations

Tensions permeate contract negotiations

Eleanor Bergstein and Nate Parry Luff February 17, 2022

After months of contract negotiations, the Brookline Educators Union (BEU) and the Brookline School Committee (BSC) have still not reached an agreement. The convoluted negotiating process has taken a toll...

Return to school causes stress among students

Return to school causes stress among students

Rosa Caramazza and Raiya Khan February 4, 2022

Students walked into the new wing after a year in their bedrooms buzzing with the classic first day of school nerves and anxiety, the hope for a better year at the forefront of their minds. One month in,...

Head of school Anthony Meyer, and assistant head of school Hal Mason discuss in Masons office.

Administration attempts to respond to increased student stress

Jordan Liss-Riordan and Audrey Garon January 7, 2022

The summer before each school year is always an unnerving time for students. There are many unknowns: What will their schedule look like? What teachers will they get? Will they have any classes with friends?...

This year, teachers have been forced to juggle their personal and professional lives as the transition through the pandemic continues.

You aren’t alone; teachers are stressed too

Anya Rao and Luca Kelley Nielsen January 7, 2022

A year and a half removed from the initial isolation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, our town, country and world continue to face challenges as we begin to recuperate. Teachers are no exception...

For decades, administrators have come in and out Brooklines town hall. In the past seven years, Brookline has had six superintendents. This revolving door of leadership undermines substantial equity work.

Years of initiatives fail to address racial disparities in Brookline schools

Sofia Hauser, Longform Editor January 5, 2022

The first day of high school brings a potent mix of fear and anticipation. The towering columns framing the main entrance and busy, intense atmosphere intimidate even the bravest freshmen. And yet, year...

Female participation in sports, most notably in cross country and soccer, has increased over time. Long-term coaches have noticed jumps in participation from below 15 players to above 50 players on certain teams.

Girls sports teams have changed drastically

Sofia Hauser and Ryan Kravitz January 4, 2022

Walk around the campus and you will see an abundance of female athletes, ranging from track phenoms to soccer superstars. However, turn the clocks back 19 years and athletic culture at the high school...

Social media harms student mental health

Social media harms student mental health

Charlotte Dresser and Ava Varrell December 4, 2021

Facebook knows that Instagram has created an epidemic of insecurity and low self-esteem in teenagers. Ninety-Seven percent of teenagers in the US interact with a platform that connects them to other people...

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