Rebecca Smalbach Former Staff

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

Contact Rebecca Smalbach: rsmalbach@redwoodbark.org.


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 […]

Students vote during an ASB meeting.

ASB club allocation fund no longer for individuals

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The Associated Student Body (ASB) found out this year that it can no longer give funding to individuals or unassociated students groups. It can now only provide money to official clubs registered with ASB. According to Leadership teacher David Plescia, money given to groups of students previously came from what ASB used to called the […]

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Divide and conquer: Learning better when grouped by ability

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Algebra P1-P2. Honors Chemistry. Geometry 1A. Honors Geometry. These are four classes that the Redwood administration did not offer this year. They did offer standard classes such as regular algebra, regular geometry, and regular chemistry. The administration’s decision meant that students who had excellent grasps on chemistry and geometry were forced into slower-paced classes, and […]

Enjoying the relative quiet of the wellness center at Redwood, a student takes advantage of one of the many activites aimed to bring about calmness.

Community reacts to potential wellness cut as board meeting nears

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Some members of the Tamalpais Unified High School District (TUHSD) community reacted strongly to news that funding for wellness programs in the district is uncertain due to upcoming budget decisions made necessary by increased enrollment.    Last month, superintendent David Yoshihara created a budget study committee to evaluate the district’s fiscal priorities and present a […]

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‘The Fifth Wave’ drowned out by sappy plot and weak script

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Adapted from Rick Yancey’s book of the same name, “The Fifth Wave” is a dull romance movie masquerading as science fiction. Yes, there are aliens, and yes, there is fighting, but what screenwriters Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner unfortunately choose to highlight is the love story between Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace-Moretz) and her […]

Budget committee to assess programs, funding uncertain

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The Tamalpais Unified High School District (TUHSD) formed a budget study committee to evaluate programs and recommend financial priorities to the TUHSD school board, according to an email written by District Superintendent David Yoshihara on Jan. 11. The committee, which will be comprised of students, parents, district staff and other community members will meet at […]

‘Death of a Bachelor’ breathes new life into Panic! at the Disco

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Since Panic! at the Disco’s previous album, “Too Weird To Live, Too Rare to Die,” the band has lost two of its members. This means that though its newest album, “Death of a Bachelor,” is still technically attributed to Panic! at the Disco as a group, the band now only consists of frontman Brendon Urie. […]

‘Brooklyn’ shines due to star power of Ronan

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“Brooklyn” is a softly sweet film that deftly avoids the many formulaic pitfalls to which its rather standard storyline is susceptible. Saoirse Ronan is outstanding as Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl who goes to America to seek new opportunities. Her Irish hometown holds little for her, and after encouragement from her family, she sails […]