The Urban Legend

Homework survey results inform teaching practices

Sophia Vahanvaty, Editor-in-Chief of Newspaper

March 29, 2018

Complaints about excessive homework are a constant presence in the Urban School’s hallways. But how much truth is there to these claims? Led by Geoff Ruth, the Academic Dean, the school administration began to answer this question with data collected through homework surveys: schoolwide surveys tha...

Sci-Fi or Sci-Fact? Urban science department discusses

Lily Dodd, Staff Writer

December 8, 2014

By Lily Dodd The science department is passionate about many things. Among them: The San Francisco Giants, moths, Batman, science (of course), ski jumping, moths, time travel, sea otters, movies, and moths. Today we combine two of those wonderful passions, science and movies, and learn which popular...

Lack of snow in Tahoe delays annual ski trip; students bummed

Lack of snow in Tahoe delays annual ski trip; students bummed

Tessa Petrich, Staff Writer

February 23, 2012

Excited skiers and snowboarders flocked to Lake Tahoe this winter and found dry dirt runs instead of fresh powder. During the winter of 2010, Squaw Valley reported more than 10 feet of snow during the start of the season, but this season saw only about two feet of snow on most slopes. The lack of...

Don’t flip out: Urban tries a new approach to classes and homework

Don’t flip out: Urban tries a new approach to classes and homework

Eli Dinkelspiel, Staff Writer

February 17, 2012

It was a warm Monday evening. Birds were swooping and chirping outside my windowsill. The net of the basketball hoop was swaying in the breeze. I was thinking of all the videogames I could be playing. Unfortunately, I had missed a day of school and had to do both my homework and somehow reconstruct...

Japanese earthquake and tsunami connects to students

Japanese earthquake and tsunami connects to students

Adrienne von Schulthess, Writer

April 16, 2011

On March 11, a 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. Seven days later, Leah Schummer (’14) and Marina Chen (’14) were selling cupcakes, cookies and other treats to raise money for the citizens in Japan affected by this tragedy. They raised a total of $774.67 from three bake sales. “My mom i...

Is Earth Day dead?

Is Earth Day dead?

Sara Brooks, staff writer

April 11, 2010

Does the world really need Earth Day? As Earth Day’s 40th anniversary draws near, its relevance is called into question: Can a single day genuinely and productively address environmental issues, when their gravity has become so pronounced that 351 out of 700 of world leaders already say climate ch...

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