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Stories from John Sevier Middle School
“Netop” allows teachers to monitor student Chromebooks
Middle School

Cameron Roberts | November 20, 2020

Netop allows teachers to “spy” on students

In the Kingsport City Schools system, students use computers every day. While in class teachers use a program called “Netop” to monitor their students.

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Former Sevier athletes reflect on what it takes to become successful
Middle School

Kylie Moore | November 12, 2020

Many student athletes believe they will eventually play in college or become professional athletes. The odds of becoming successful athletes beyond middle and high school, however, are low. Daniel Kilgore…

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Harmful scents remain a problem in middle school
Middle School

Meredith Mooney | November 10, 2020

It’s hard not to love something that smells great, whether it is lotion that smells like flowers, soap that smells like clean laundry, or hand sanitizer that smells like morning air. What if these lovely…

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Growing trend among parents causes them to avoid vaccines
Middle School

Michael Fanning | April 30, 2020

In Virginia, the House of Representatives is trying to pass a law that students need thirteen more vaccines and a required flu shot to attend public school. Many lives that have been lost throughout history…

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Teachers and students embrace body art
Middle School

Amber Cowden | April 27, 2020

When people think of tattoos and piercings, they think of them as something cool. There are many stereotypes about tough people that have them, like bikers and criminals. As it turns out, however, there…

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Hackers target schools for money, personal information
Middle School

Kaitlyn Burke | April 14, 2020

In October of last year, Johnson City Schools’ teachers and staff members received a message from computer hackers on their screens.

“Every byte of any types of your devices was encrypted,” the…

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New anonymous reporting system arrives at Sevier Middle
Middle School

ShayLeigh Honaker | April 9, 2020

Kingsport City Schools has recently put a new anonymous reporting system in place. Students can now report problems at school anonymously.

Holly Flora is the principal at John Sevier Middle School.

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COVID-19 virus shuts down Kingsport schools
Middle School

Meredith Mooney | April 6, 2020

People all over the world are buying massive amounts of toilet paper to protect themselves against a world-wide fear: COVID 19. This massive illness has shut down schools all around the world, including…

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Local student becomes a champion in new sport Disc Golf
Middle School

Camille Carter | March 27, 2020

If travel, playing your favorite game and winning sound fun, then take a look at the life of Dakota Benton, a disc golf champion.  

Benton is 14 years old and attends the 8th grade at Sevier Middle….

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Hartsook looks back on her season as a female football player
Middle School

Anna Harrington | March 24, 2020

Football is a physically demanding sport that is most often played by boys. It’s fairly rare for a girl to join a football team, but not completely unheard. In the past, there have been girls that occasionally…

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Robinson Middle tests “Harry Potter” inspired house system
Middle School

Adyn Smith | March 18, 2020

In the “Harry Potter” stories, the school of Hogwarts is divided into houses. Students are sorted into these houses based on their traits and their own wishes. In the House Cup challenge, houses face…

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A divided nation continues to grapple with the death penalty
Middle School

Michael Fanning | March 17, 2020

Michael McCormick was sentenced to death for murder in Chattanooga in 1985. He was convicted due to a strand of hair found at the crime scene. After twenty years awaiting his execution, however, the DNA…

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KCS sports mascots are part of a national controversy
Middle School

Meredith Mooney | March 17, 2020

The football players walk onto the field, the wet grass on their cleats. Sweat trickles down their backs as the crowd erupts in cheers. Their cries echo across the stadium: “Red-skins! Red-skins!”…

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Former orchestra teacher leaves a legacy of love
Middle School

Anna Harrington | March 9, 2020

You can lose a part of yourself and never know it. 

Former Sevier orchestra teacher Ashley Guice recently passed away after a brief struggle with cancer. Guice has taught many students in the Kingsport…

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Student hairstyles cause controversies across nation
Middle School

Aubree Puckett | March 5, 2020

In New Jersey, a referee forced a high school wrestler to cut his dreadlocks before he could participate in a match. In Texas, a 4-year-old named Michael Scott had to cut his long hair before he could…

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Tennessee needs to get rid of prior review
Middle School

Kylie Moore | January 29, 2020

In 2005, Oak Ridge High School principal Becky Ervin took all 1,800 copies of the student newspaper before they could be handed out to students. According to the Student Press Law Center, she was not happy…

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New members elected to KCS board
Middle School

Chloe McConnell | January 29, 2020

Jim Welsch and Julie Byers were elected earlier this year to serve a four-year term on Kingsport’s Board of Education. They are both first-time members and join returning members Carrie Upshaw, Eric…

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Editorial: video game addiction is real and must be fought
Middle School

The Editorial Board | November 26, 2019

They can’t fall asleep. Their palms are sweaty. They can’t stop thinking about their obsession. It consumes their thoughts and everyday life. They are suffering from an addiction. This addiction hides…

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Procrastination frequently strikes middle school students
Middle School

Aeriaunna Tucker | November 22, 2019

In middle school, procrastination affects many students and their ability to get work done. Procrastination is when someone puts off a task until the last minute. Procrastinate comes from the latin word…

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KCS discovers lead in water fountains
Middle School

Aubree Puckett | November 14, 2019

Recently, lead was found in Kingsport City Schools water fountains. These water fountains were located at Dobyns-Bennett High School, as well as the elementary schools Jefferson, Johnson, Kennedy and Roosevelt….

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KCS teacher pay change coming soon
Middle School

ShayLeigh Honaker | November 11, 2019

For the last few years, Kingsport City Schools has based teacher pay in part on students’ TNReady scores. Next year, this is set to change. TNReady scores will no longer count towards teachers’ overall…

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Harriet Tubman’s $20 bill delayed
Middle School

Ellie Jackson | November 6, 2019

In 2016, the Treasury Department proposed that the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, would be replaced with an accomplished black woman, Harriet Tubman, on the $20 bill. Although…

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World Health Organization declares gaming addiction a health disorder
Features

Chloe McConnell | October 24, 2019

Video games have been slowly taking over the world. They are played frequently and are becoming a problem. About 67% of Americans, or 211 million people, play video games on at least one type of device,…

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“Vaping” becomes a dangerous trend among teens
Middle School

Olyvia Flemming | October 9, 2019

Tobacco has been an epidemic around the world since it was first harvested and used. The cancer-causing plant, filled with addictive nicotine, has had a major negative impact on the world.

Alternative…

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Schools continue to evaluate safety measures
Middle School

Micah Maynard | October 8, 2019

School safety: a common topic among students, parents, teachers, and even politicians. Teachers, students, police, and government officials have been debating new safety procedures to keep students safe…

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