Rebecca Smalbach Editor in Chief (Print)

Rebecca Smalbach is excited to be an Editor-in-Chief this year!

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Week-long impasse between district and teachers’ union ends

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The Tamalpais Federation of Teachers (TFT) union ended a week-long impasse regarding contract negotiations on Thursday and withdrew their filing for state mediation. After seven months of fruitless negotiation, the TFT officially declared an impasse on Feb. 9, which would have triggered a state review and subsequent mediation between the union and the Tamalpais Unified […]

Newest Marin ramen collaboration disappoints

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Tam Tam Ramen opened its latest location in Mill Valley this past month, serving up an Americanized version of Japanese cuisine in the most recent iteration of the collaboration between Whole Foods and Genji, a company that operates sushi bars in some Whole Foods stores. This is the first stand-alone version of the restaurant (there […]

College rankings: A self-fulfilling prophecy

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In the next few months, many seniors will be finding out which schools they were accepted to, and many, when choosing which they want to attend, will use the U.S. News & World Report rankings to help them decide. I used to consider the U.S. News & World Report college rankings gospel. If the rankings […]

Class ranking obscures students’ true talents

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Every year around the time when many Redwood seniors are just beginning to submit their college applications, counselors at Redwood have a lot to do. They write letters of recommendation, send transcripts to schools, and, perhaps most important, give schools a copy of Redwood’s School Profile. The School Profile details a number of facts about […]

School board votes to expand wellness

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The TUHSD school board voted to expand the district’s wellness program to Tam and Drake on May 10 after an emotional months-long process for community supporters and the board. The extension of wellness will consist of the hiring of part-time wellness coordinators at the two schools as well as a wellness outreach specialist at Drake, […]

Andrews’ sophomore effort lacks driving plot

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The latest novel from the author of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “The Haters” is another coming-of-age tale that is good only when maintaining a suspension of disbelief. Wes, Corey and Ash meet at jazz camp during the summer; however, none of them are very skilled or interested in jazz. Instead, they are […]

Sophomore Kent Harrison relaxes in Redwood's Wellness Center.

School board considers recommendations to cut funding for wellness programs

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As the district budget study committee continues to review finances for the future of the district, Superintendent David Yoshihara and his cabinet have proposed four possible courses of action that the district can take regarding wellness staffing for next year. Three of the plans involve cuts to staffing while the fourth recommends no budgetary change […]

Creative writing: An unfinished fairytale

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Once upon a time, in a far off place, there was a magical kingdom called Redwood, where engaged students interested in writing forms other than dry essays about required reading had the opportunity to take a course called “Creative Writing.” There, the students were free from the monotony of analysis essays, and given space to […]

Friday Night Bites: Go cuckoo for Boo Koo in Mill Valley

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Friday Night Bites, Bark’s newest review segment, highlights hip places to eat and hang during your night on the town. From delicious desserts to superb suppers, The Bark knows where to go to tantalize your tastebuds.   For those who place a high priority on healthy, flavorful, vegetable-filled dishes, Boo Koo offers plenty to choose […]

College and Career Center offering practice standardized tests

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The College and Career Center is offering practice standardized tests this March to help students establish which standardized tests are right for them as well as understand the new 2016 SAT, which has changed its format so that it aligns more closely with the ACT. The center will also offer a practice ACT, a combination […]