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Is Single Sex Education Still Useful? The New York Times Wants to Know

Erin Kelly, Managing Editor

February 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Students 13 and older are invited to comment on the NYT Learning Network blog. #GOSEM! Are all-boys or all-girls schools still useful? What are their benefits? With the emergence of new ideas about the fluidity of gender identity, do they even still make sense? For example, what happens if a trans...

The Secret of the Red-Tailed Hawk

The Secret of the Red-Tailed Hawk

Lauren Pollina, Contributor

February 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Sports

SEM has 166 years of history and tradition. Some of it is quite mysterious - leaving students wondering, why things are the way they are? There is always a purpose behind every change that happens within the white bricks of SEM. This reporter researched our mascot. Why did SEM transition from being...

2017 Letter from Head of School

January 16, 2017


Filed under News, Opinion

The SEM community, built upon trust and respect, demands more of us. We need to push this concept beyond an individual pursuit of finding self.

Capstone Launches in the Junior Class

Abby Collins, Contributor

December 9, 2016


Filed under Opinion

The second trimester has begun.  This means that the Capstone course launched for SEM's junior students.  Capstone requires that students set aside time to focus on their future goals or career ideas and research a topic of their choice and create a project on that topic. According to Ms. Cait...

Acknowledge Arab-Americans

Sarah Hamdan '18, Contributor

December 5, 2016


Filed under Diversity and Inclusion, Opinion

For many years, the Arab-American community has been expected to document themselves as “white” for race/ethnicity on any and all legal documents and for census bureaus is inaccurate. With no selection for people of Middle Eastern heritage, America casts us aside and denies us acknowledgement. A “white”...

The Epidemic That Has America In Its Control

The Epidemic That Has America In Its Control

Elisa Yi, Contributor

November 20, 2016


Filed under Diversity and Inclusion, Opinion

At the 2013 American Music Awards, Katy Perry made quite the grand entrance on stage to perform her hit single, "Unconditionally." The stage was set to look like an Asian garden with bonsai trees, Asian-style fountains, and a bright red arch, recognizable in Chinese architecture. Perry and her b...

World’s Largest Business Competition Makes an Impact on SEM Girls

World’s Largest Business Competition Makes an Impact on SEM Girls

LucyMarie Gaulin, Student Writer/Editor

November 13, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Ever hear of 43 North? If you haven't don't worry, a lot of people haven't either. That was until October 27, when the Urban Studies Class headed to Shea's Preforming Arts Center. Urban Studies consists of 15 girls, and Ms. Kemmis, the teacher. The class has traveled all over Buffalo, from City Hall...

Locked In!

Locked In!

LucyMarie Gaulin, Student Writer/Editor

November 6, 2016


Filed under Features, Opinion

"Gunman Massacres 20 children at School," a New York Times headline read on December 14th, 2012. The Sandy Hook shooting would become a tragedy that would mark an important part in America's history and arguably an event that made schools all over the world realize the importance of having a set plan...

Cell Phone Usage is Off the Hook

Natalie Stothart, Assistant Head of School - Community Life

October 14, 2016


Filed under News, Opinion, School Administration

Cell phones connect us to people from all over the world, but they disconnect us from the people sitting right next to us.

An Outsider’s Look at Rosh Hashanah

An Outsider’s Look at Rosh Hashanah

Aerin Wagner, Writer/Editor

October 10, 2016


Filed under Features, Opinion, Student Life

Monday, October 3, I woke up thinking that I would spend the day getting back on track after absent days last week, so one could only imagine my surprise when I got to school and realized that we had the day off to celebrate Rosh Hashanah - the beginning of the Jewish New Year. At first, I did what...

Why SEM Needs Blue Stockings

Why SEM Needs Blue Stockings

Jesse Sloier, Student Writer and Editor

October 10, 2016


Filed under A&E, Features, News, Opinion

...our particular area of Elmwood was once called the "blue stocking district."

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

LucyMarie Gaulin, Writer/Editor

October 2, 2016


Filed under Features, Opinion, Student Life

Dear Class of 2020, Congratulations! You are now a member of the SEM student body! As you finish your first month of high school, the classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019 would like to give you advice for the rest of your high school career. Here are 15 pieces of advice from 15 SEM girls: Your grades ...

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