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The Friday Awards

By Emily WinterSeptember 18, 2009
Welcome to a Special Edition of The Friday Awards! Thanks to everyone who wrote in with beginning-of-school-year horror stories, and for making last week's Friday Awards the most successful yet! We wish we had room for every single... More  →
The Friday Awards

10 Signs You Should Dump Your SO

By ContributorSeptember 18, 2009
Sparkler zella435 offers some serious (and seriously good) advice in her first Sparkler post! Enjoy! —SparkNotes Editors Some people are just not dateable. They’re, well, jerks. It doesn’t matter how cute he is or how sweet she is, these people are not worth your time.... More  →
10 Signs You Should Dump Your SO

How to Take a Killer Senior Portrait

By Kathryn_WilliamsSeptember 18, 2009
A senior photo is the big daddy of all school pictures. Why? Because it is your last chance to prove that everyone was wrong about you. It is your indelible mark, your contribution to posterity, your pièce de résistance. This is the image your classmates... More  →
How to Take a Killer Senior Portrait

Why Earth Is Getting Nerdier (and Why That's a Great Thing)

By Matt_HunzikerSeptember 18, 2009
Twenty years ago, “nerd” was the kind of word that caused students to declare war on each other or start stealing lunch money. Now there are whole groups of people who proudly call themselves nerds. On the first day of school, there were... More  →
Why Earth Is Getting Nerdier (and Why That's a Great Thing)

Hot Lunch vs. BYO: The Food Feud

By Katie_RolnickSeptember 18, 2009
Ahhh, lunchtime. Aside from giving you a desperately-needed brain break, lunch is also one of the few moments during your school day when you have control: Do you get the hot lunch/a la carte cafeteria option or do you go with something brought from home?... More  →
Hot Lunch vs. BYO: The Food Feud

Three Clues Your Science Teacher Is In Completely Over His Head

By Jon_SkindzierSeptember 18, 2009
Ever had a teacher who seemed exactly as confused about the material as you were? It was a science teacher, wasn't it? (Please just nod politely even if it wasn't a science teacher.) Granted, there are some teachers outside the sciences who majored in Golf Course Management... More  →
Three Clues Your Science Teacher Is In Completely Over His Head

Awesome Fall Movies on the Way

By Joe_LynchSeptember 18, 2009
Now that fall is here and summer blockbusters are over, conventional wisdom has it that we'll see smarter, better movies in theaters. Do this fall’s movies look like they’re all that? We preview some of the more promising flicks coming up and investigate... More  →
Awesome Fall Movies on the Way

The Villains in Your Backpack

By ContributorSeptember 18, 2009
Ever feel like the whole world, inanimate objects included, is conspiring to ruin your life? Sparkler ShortyMcShort92 knows the feeling, and has captured it in this clever post! Enjoy! —SparkNotes Editors Hello, fellow Sparklers! This is a handy guide to the shady characters that... More  →
The Villains in Your Backpack

Blogging The Scarlet Letter: Part 6 (Chapters 11 and 12)

By RamseySeptember 17, 2009
Ramsey is keeping you company as you read The Scarlet Letter. Need to catch up on past posts? Here's the index page. Chapter 11 – The Interior of a Heart Here’s the theme song I wrote for a new sitcom I’m going to pitch around... More  →
Blogging The Scarlet Letter: Part 6 (Chapters 11 and 12)

Chris Listens: Sparklers Respond to Dropping the F

By Chris_DikenSeptember 17, 2009
As we suspected, a lot of Sparklers are crushing hard on their BFFs, and while many don't know what to do about it, almost all of them want to do something. Based on the comments and electronic mails and smoke signals I received,... More  →
Chris Listens: Sparklers Respond to Dropping the F