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    NC Wise PowerSchool Up and Running

    By Jacob Moffatt At East, the infamous switch from NC Wise to PowerSchool has been a stressful time for counsellors. The revamp of the school grading system and database was intended to make it easier for teachers to record grades. PowerSchool allows students and parents to check their grades online at any time, much like Engrade. Unlike Engrade, however, the switch to PowerSchool required a complete transfer of all data on each student from NC Wise. The district was not notified of the switch by the state until September of 2012. With such short notice, counsellors had to work quickly. In the past, schedules did not have to be finalized…

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    After tribulations, library hours extended

    By Zoe Hazerjian It took petitions, email, and numerous calls from angry Chapel Hillians to the Chapel Hill Town Council, but finally, the Council has decided to extend the Chapel Hill Public Library’s hours of operation. The Chapel Hill Public Library returned back to its updated home off Estes Dr. e in April. A month after the move, the facility still smelled of new shelves and fresh books, yet there were still complaints. The library’s $16 million expansion project added 35,500 square feet to the facility, but it took away 14 hours from its usual 68 hour work week. Before the change in hours, people would walk up to the…

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    Campaign forums aim to legitimize SGA elections

    By Sam Killenberg The week before voting to elect next year’s SGA officers, East students had the opportunity to gather and watch the candidates running for each of the student government offices participate in the school’s first ever candidate forums. The four forums, held from April 23-26, were moderated by Student Body President John Thorp and SGA Faculty Adviser Dominic Koplar and took place in the black box and slant room. Students turned out in progressively larger numbers to watch the candidates present their platforms and visions for the school. “I think the forums are a good idea because they really make the candidates think through their campaign and their…

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    Meet the candidates: East’s Presidential Election!

    Interview by Corey Risinger As we head into this year’s election season, students are faced with a slew of candidates. But who should you choose? Well, the ECHO can’t answer that one for you. Hopefully, though, the interviews below will help you figure it out! The candidates chose their specific questions from a larger list, which accounts for the variety of responses featured in this article. Now, let’s meet the candidates~ Riley Foster (RF) ; Grant Holub-Moorman (GM) ; George de Castro (GC) ; Shane Jones (SJ)       1) What is your inspiration for running for office? RF: My inspiration for running for office stems from many things. I’ve…

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    MSL exams, what to expect and how to take them

    By Corey Risinger As the scheduled date for MSL exams approaches, students and teachers alike are struggling to understand exactly the preparation necessary. A conversation with Executive Director of Testing of Program Evaluation Dr. Diane Villwock reveals that these Measures of Student Learning are set to evolve once again. “The reality is [that] I am, just like all of you are, going to have to flex with the changes down the road,” Dr. Villwock said at a March meeting of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. Though students have lamented their own lack of understanding about the exams, Dr. Villwock reveals that she also has been largely left in the dark.…