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Carlmont reels from the effects of COVID-19

Carlmont reels from the effects of COVID-19

By Ruya Yaman and Zachary Khouri

June 1, 2020

As discussion rages on about the future of Carlmont, students and staff weigh-in to offer their opinions and experiences with online learning. This story was originally published on Scot Scoop News on May 30, 2020....

Wildcats Find Ways to Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Elise Hadidi, a Woodside sophomore, sews a N95 mask cover at home.

By Taila Lee, Woodside High School - CA

June 1, 2020

COVID-19 has affected everyone’s lives, and though times are tough, students at Woodside High School are finding ways to support their communities. Wildcat Masks “I have a bunch of friends and family that are kind of on the frontlines,” Elise Hadidi said. “At the beginning of quarantine...

Teaching from home: a new reality for teachers

Despite the difficulties of teaching online, teachers now have more time to spend with their family.

By Diana Kohr and Pranav Mishra

June 1, 2020

For centuries, the traditional classroom has remained virtually unchanged: desks and chairs, pens and notebooks, teachers and students. The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, has radically changed this image, forcing teachers to rethink their strategies in order to adapt to online learning....

Strain on meat supply chain, rising prices effects dietary choices

Vegan or vegetarian substitutes have grown in popularity in recent years. The recent increase in price of meat has also made many turn to these substitutes.

By Lucia Kouri, University of Chicago Laboratory High School

May 29, 2020

COVID-19 breakouts and coronavirus-induced slowdowns at meat processing plants have significantly reduced meat supply and increased meat prices in the US, forcing some families to reshape and reflect upon their diets.  COVID-19 outbreaks have placed significant strain on the nation's food supply chain, particularly in meat processing plants, where more than 100,000...

Learning curves

Schools across the globe resorted to online learning in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, relying heavily on learning devices such as computers and tablets to connect with students.

By Jenna Crowley, Cathedral Catholic High School

May 29, 2020

For Cathedral Catholic High School student Taylor Lepisi ‘22, the inability to attend on-campus school has proved a serious obstacle for his learning capabilities. “For me, as a student, it's easier to keep track of upcoming assignments when the teachers are constantly reminding you," Lepsisi...

Impacts of COVID-19 on the senior class

Seniors have learned to adapt to changes in their daily life due to COVID-19.

By Steven Curto and Tanner Smith

May 29, 2020

On March 17, Gov. Laura Kelly ordered K-12 schools across the state to close for the rest of the academic year and transition to remote learning plans. The district was forced to cancel prom and postpone graduation until July 25, which has taken a toll on the senior class.  To cope with the sudden...

Helping her community with a mask-making campaign

Using her craft skills, and her Youtube platform of over 25 thousand followers, sophmore Stephanie Chung has begun to create masks to help her community stay safe during the outbreak of COVID-19. She has started a campaign, to not only create her own masks but get her followers and peers involved.

By Ana Cuen, Liberty High School - TX

May 28, 2020

Scissors, thread, stitches, and a camera.   Simple materials on their own, but with the potential to save lives together.  Most people have been staying home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. However, sophomore Stephanie Chung has taken it a step further and has created a campaign to make fac...

Students adapt summer plans, find new opportunities during social distancing

60% of U-High student respondents lost their summer job or activity due to the coronavirus pandemic.

By Peter Pu, University of Chicago Laboratory High School

May 28, 2020

Despite canceled and postponed programs worldwide, the coronavirus pandemic has not stopped students from planning a productive summer break that maintains social distancing. Internships Internships including SummerLink programs for business, social sciences and humanities have been affected. Out of 2...

A musical response to COVID-19

EXPLOSIONS OF NEW MUSIC: Shortly into the early days of quarantine, Senior Jazz Aguilar released her debut single:

By Scarlett Houser and Olivia Capochiano

May 28, 2020

It has been seven weeks since the Shelter in Place order has been given. Seven weeks since Texans have had the collective realization that we are now left to our own devices on how to spend our lives. For the musicians of McCallum and beyond, it has been a golden opportunity to do what there is often...

COVID in the community: Mrs. Nadine Kassity-Krich

COVID in the community uncovers the members of the Cathedral Catholic High School community taking on the novel coronavirus.

By Cole Hume, Cathedral Catholic High School

May 28, 2020

University of San Diego admissions officer Mrs. Nadine Kassity-Krich discusses the novel coronavirus’s impact on admissions, and what incoming undergraduate and graduate students can expect for the Fall semester. This story was originally published on El Cid on April 25, 2020....

Celebrating The Graduates

Holding her basket of gifts, senior Sarah Rodriguez thanks her adoption family.

By Lacie Perry, Cedar Park High School

May 28, 2020

The COVID-19 virus may have taken away spring sports, prom and traditional graduation plans, but it can’t take away their celebration, thanks to one mom, Lisa Hunt, who started the “Adopt a Senior” group on Facebook for LISD seniors. The “Adopt a Senior” was created in central Texas during...

‘Zoom bombers’ target Cal High’s video conference with Vietnam War veterans

With online classes using virtual meetings to hold lectures, people have found ways to hack into these calls to disrupt the peace.

By Isabelle Coburn, California High School - CA

May 27, 2020

Nearly 100 Cal High juniors had their Zoom meeting for U.S. history hijacked on Friday when they were continuously shown screen shared videos depicting racial abuse, suicide, executions, and pornographic material. The meeting was designed to give students taking U.S. history an opportunity to interact...

A virtual reality: Juniors tour their future schools online

More than 1,800 colleges in the US offer a substitutional way to get an on campus feel.

By Makinsey Drake, Parkway West High School

May 27, 2020

With colleges closed all around the country due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, college-seeking students have had to explore their future school options via virtual tours.  Juniors Reese Berry, Bri Davis and Nicholas Harms have all attended virtual college tours as an alternative to in person visi...

RSD Community Lends Helping Hand to Students and Families

South Base Terminal Manager Alex Gensler (left) and Starr Giammanco, meal distributor, (right) load school buses with boxes of prepared meals for regional distribution.

By Lauren Pickett, Marquette High School

May 27, 2020

Rene Moore, senior, faces a new stressor amid the threats of an unparalleled crisis in recent history with the novel coronavirus pandemic. She is concerned for her grandparents' medical issues and financial insecurity. Her grandmother is unemployed and her grandfather is out of work due to a shutdown...

COVID-19 impacts economy

Companies and industries across the globe have been suffering as a result of COVID-19. Both students and teachers explain the toll the virus has taken on the economy.

By Mia George and Ella Podurgiel

May 27, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has delivered the fastest, deepest economic shock in history,” according to an article by the Guardian published Mar. 25. This article also said that as a result of the spread of Coronavirus, all sectors of the economy and financial markets have been dramatically affect...

‘They did not have any tests’: how Covid-19 tore through the tri-state area

A graphic of cases throughout the tri-state region, which has been devastated by Covid-19. Circles represent relative size of outbreak but may not be to scale.

By Jared Mitovich, Pascack Hills High School

May 27, 2020

On March 13, the day school closures were announced statewide, there were 50 reported Covid-19 cases in New Jersey. By April 13, the virus would infect over 100 in Woodcliff Lake and Montvale alone. With preliminary studies in New York indicating that 14.9% of its population had contracted the coronav...

Behind the scenes of COVID-19 testing with Mr. Rick Chandler

Mr. Rick Chandler is the Senior Vice President for Strategic Development at Montefiore Hospital in The Bronx, New York.

By Charlotte Burchetta and Libby Kaseta

May 27, 2020

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, healthcare and other essential workers are dedicating their time and skills to serve others in this time of need.  Mr. Rick Chandler, Senior Vice President for Strategic Development at Montefiore Hospital in The Bronx, New York, helps organize and coordinate...

Junior Ava Thompson founds FaceTime Storytime volunteer service

A seven year old listens to junior Ava Thompson read Dr. Seuss'

By Anna Brodsky, Archer School for Girls

May 26, 2020

Inspiration comes in many forms — and for junior Ava Thompson, it came from a meeting with a teacher and a bag of childhood books from her garage. At the end of March, Thompson had the idea to found FaceTime Storytime, a volunteer service in which teenagers read to younger children over video chat....

Stuck-at-home boredom makes hair dyeing an exciting pastime

Stella Heon after dyeing her hair from her natural brown color to red.

By Amanda Cassel, University of Chicago Laboratory High School

May 26, 2020

The governor may have deemed hair salons to be non-essential businesses, but when teens are stuck at home facing extreme boredom, some take matters into their own hands by turning changes in hair color and style into entertainment. “It’s just no one can see how bad you look over Zoom, and it’s...

Students sharpen culinary skills by baking during quarantine

Sophomore Valeria Luquin’s take on the popular LAUSD coffee cake.

By Chareena Pascua and Christopher Sarenana

May 26, 2020

Since the start of the quarantine, many students, including junior Amelia Sanchez, have spent their time baking either to ease anxiety or use up some of their free time at home. “I never used to bake that often but with more time on my hands, I have been baking about two to four days a week,”...

CSU colleges move fall term classes online while others plan for in-person instruction

Many CSU colleges have large student bodies; in the 2019 fall semester, Chico state had about 17,000 students.

By Lucy Dou and Sonali Carumbaya

May 26, 2020

On Tuesday May 12th, Chancellor Timothy Chite of California State University announced that this fall, the nation’s largest four-year college system is planning to cancel most in-person classes. Instead, all 23 campuses will offer online classes to students. The current decision has considered the...

Athletic adjustments

Many athletes are having to change their plans for college recruiting in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Caroline Chandler, West High School

May 26, 2020

Amongst the flood of cancellations, spring sports seasons are no exception. What will become of the summer season has yet to be announced. Athletes are doing their best to stay in shape and keep their hopes up for next year’s seasons. However, college recruitment plans have also been cut short, having...

The Talking Point: Episode Five: Hope?

DIFFERENT: The way people consume media has changed, so The Boiling Point has decided to present news and interviews in a new format.

By Eli Weiss, Shalhevet High School

May 26, 2020

In this episode, staff writer Juliet Wiener interviews science teacher Dr. Elizabeth Basheer on the why it may take so long to develop a coronavirus vaccine and Senior Editor Alex Rubel shares his thoughts on how to stay motivated as a senior in the age of COVID.Co-hosts Molly Litvak and Benjamin Ga...

Will Schools Be Back to Normal in the Fall?

Predicting what school will be like in the fall is anyone's guess. So let's ask the Magic 8-Ball: Will school be back to normal in the fall?

By Mario Grugan, Tyrone Area High School

May 26, 2020

As summer looms with no end to the coronavirus pandemic in sight, the big question on every student's mind is: "What will happen next school year?" Unfortunately, public health officials, politicians, administrators, and teachers all seem to have the same answer: “We don’t know.” As the picture...

The Effects of COVID-19 on Children and Their Families

A family photo of Krysten Gentile (far right) and John Gentile (far left) with their three boys, Bradley (middle left), Christian (middle), and Dean (middle right).
Photographer: Stacey Zarro Photography

By Nicole O. '20, Padua Academy

May 26, 2020

School closures have been a huge effect of COVID-19. Usually, only older students are thought of during this time. High school and middle school students have the advantage of being able to easily meet with their teachers, do class work, and still hang out with their friends on a virtual level. However,...

Local eateries cautious about resuming dine-in services

Top Notch employee Abbey Sanders serves a customer's pickup order on May 8. Top Notch opened for carhop service and other distance delivery methods on May 4. Owner Kelly Chappell said that he prioritizes the comfort and safety of his employees. “We are still working at a limited staff capacity, but the people who are there very much want to be there,

By Samantha Powers, McCallum High School

May 26, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott announced on April 27 that starting May 1, essential businesses could reopen to 25% capacity. These essential businesses included restaurants, movie theaters, and malls. In Austin, some restaurants responded to the order by reopening to partial capacity, but a lot of Austin restaurants...

High-Risk: Living With Chronic Illness During COVID-19

Jesse Deutch, sophomore, has Chronic Kidney Disease, which puts her at a higher risk for contracting the novel coronavirus. Being in the high-risk group means she is significantly more likely to develop complications from the virus than compared to the average person.

By Arpitha Sistla, Marquette High School

May 26, 2020

A day in the life of Jesse Deutch, sophomore, looks a lot like any other teen in quarantine’s day. She sleeps in, does her schoolwork, FaceTimes her friends and scrolls for hours through TikTok to occupy herself and avoid the inevitable boredom that comes with self-quarantine. However, unlike...

Additional costs, plummeting endowment will leave multi-year financial impact on Lab

The pandemic will leave a multi-year financial impact on the Laboratory Schools.

By Berk Oto, University of Chicago Laboratory High School

May 26, 2020

Whenever someone enters one of the Laboratory Schools buildings to pick up something out of a classroom, they have to be escorted by security personnel. And when they leave, custodial crews clean up everywhere they went and everything they touched. “We’ve always invested a lot in cleaning, but...

Across the Region, Cheerleading Tryouts Go Virtual

This spring the TAHS cheerleaders (pictured above) as well as several other high school squads in Blair County, decided to hold virtual tryouts instead of cancelling or postponing them until later in the year.

By MacKenzie Hyde, Tyrone Area High School

May 26, 2020

Due to the coronavirus, athletes across the country have been forced to be creative in order to prepare for what will hopefully be the fall sports season. Makeshift at-home gyms, team zoom meetings, and remote workouts have become common for athletes of all sports. For high school cheerleading squads...

Learning to accept

As teachers adjust to a new normal through online learning, they contemplate the future of school.

By Andrea Plascencia, Lewisville High School - TX

May 26, 2020

Spring tends to be a time of euphoria for teachers and students. Though tasks are endless and stress is at an all-time high, the underlying excitement about the quickly approaching summer always prevails. The end of year, though unbearable at times, is jam-packed with events and activities to give the...

Religious observances during quarantine

With iftar time arriving, junior Fatema Rehmani and her family gather to break their fast with dates and water, a tradition rooted in the religious teachings of Prophet Muhammad.

By Tasneem Nasufovic, Ulaa Kuziez, Ridwan Oyebamiji, and Ulaa Kuziez

May 26, 2020

With holidays arriving during a pandemic –and social distancing measures remaining in effect across the globe to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus–students describe how their practices changed during this unprecedented time. Ramadan: Ramadan is a holy month observed by Muslims as a month of ...

Prisoners deserve better during COVID

Prisoners are not being adequately protected during the coronavirus, because they are unable to practice social distancing.

By Sophia Van Beek, The Masters School

May 26, 2020

In an Alabama state prison, an anonymous man is hunched over a camera pleading for his life; another inmate claims that “death is imminent” according to a CNN report. One hundred inmates rioted for their lives when six people at the Washington State Penitentiary tested positive for COVID-19, according...

Opening Up

Due to the new rules and regulations, class sizes at Farrell's have been shortened. Following the new guidelines are important to franchise owner Mr. Jeremy Eppenbaugh, both for members and instructors.

By Isa Muhlecke, Gretna High School

May 26, 2020

Starting on April 2, all non-essential businesses in Nebraska were ordered to close. Businesses like movie theaters, salons, shopping malls and gyms all closed on that day. Since then, Nebraska has started the path to flatten the curve, with fewer people contracting COVID-19 since the closure. However, staying closed has caused businesses to lose money, even facing bankruptcy. Which is why ...

New York allowing minyans, Los Angeles not yet

MINCHA: An outdoor minyan observed strict social distancing March 18 in Hancock Park. Officials say that is not permitted in California or Los Angeles, although it will soon be allowed in New York.

By Molly Litvak, Shalhevet High School

May 22, 2020

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that religious gatherings of up to 10 people will be permitted there starting tomorrow, but Los Angeles rabbis say they have not heard anything about when davening and religious services might be permitted in Los Angeles or California. Head of...

Working Out While Staying In

Mr. Michael Bunton made workout videos for his students stuck at home. He is finding fun ways to incorporate his daughter in his routine to put a smile on his viewers faces.

By Sarah Percy, Francis Howell Central High School

May 22, 2020

Quarantining in your own home is no easy task. The hours become days, the days weeks, and the weeks a month. And all the while, as time goes on, your motivation continues to deteriorate with each passing minute. Motivation to do the school assignments that at this point seem monotonous and a way to...


Social distancing has impacted students' mental health both positively and negatively.

By Hanah Kitamoto and Misha Canin

May 22, 2020

Six feet. That’s the distance every person is recommended to stay physically apart from others, according to the CDC. Although social media and other online communication methods can partly fulfill the sense of isolation, some may believe seeing a friend over a screen simply isn’t the same as in-person....

Cal High students are working in grocery stores as essential workers

This picture was taken at the Safeway on San Ramon Valley Blvd. before the mandate to wear face masks in public.

By Liann Bielicki, California High School - CA

May 22, 2020

Mile-long lines, brawls over toilet paper and waves of frenzied shopping have put the brunt of the coronavirus panic on grocery store workers. While other workers across the world may find ways to turn their jobs digital, these employees must be at work because of the highly essential nature of their...

Working from home: teaching while parenting

Elementary students use the app DreamBox to practice their math skills online.

By Bess Frerichs, West High School

May 22, 2020

When schools closed after spring break to not reopen for the rest of the year, science teacher Jenny Eustice had to figure out how to homeschool her kids while teaching her classes. Jenny’s kids are both elementary age: her daughter Peyton is eight and her son Charlie is six, and while elementary schools...

What Will The Future Look Like?

What is usually a very busy Woodall Rodgers Freeway became nearly empty after Dallas enacted it's shelter in place order . Courtesy of Google Images

By Connor Thompson, Lake Ridge High School

May 22, 2020

COVID-19 has brought our way of life to a screeching halt, but we have adapted. First responders have gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep those who have been infected alive. Grocery store employees have continued to work so that the American public still can put food on their table. Just two...

COVID-19 has transformed the world into a classroom

Although most in-person classes are cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, students can still learn experientially, outside of the classroom.

By Sydney Kim, Sacred Heart Greenwich

May 22, 2020

This year, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created a period of great uncertainty and enormous change.  Although we have reshaped our definitions of work, shopping, and socialization, we, as a country and as a world, are struggling to redefine education.  As politicians, principals, and parents...

Quiet Halls and Longer Days

The 2020 senior awards banquet is one ceremony that did not take place this year. In 2019, then-senior Joelynn Petrie shook the hand of then-Assistant Principal Mr. Tim Wormald.

By Rachel Kuntz, Powell High School

May 22, 2020

First, the cancellation of sports practices and activities. Next, a three-week spring break. And then, the cancellation of all spring events and the transition to remote learning. No one could have prepared for where we are today, bringing worries of the repercussions that follow. Despite...

New mothers face isolation challenges amidst COVID19

Lisa DeBord, special education teacher, leaves the hospital with her newborn baby born during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Kayla Estrada, Kings High School

May 22, 2020

Lisa DeBord felt blessed to have her husband with her the whole time during the delivery of her third child on April 3. The hard part came afterward when no one was allowed to visit. “No one was allowed to visit me after my son was born, including my Mom or my other children.  All doctors and...

COVID-19 and the class of ’21: a new approach to college admissions

Due to COVID-19, the college admissions process is going to look exceptionally different for the class of 2021 and possibly many classes in the future.  “Whether you're in your sophomore year or you're a junior or a freshman, we know that this is going to be a really strange place on most transcripts,” Strategic Advisor for Admission and Financial Aid at Williams College Twink Williams Burns, said.

By Taylor McGuire and Eliya Howard-Delman

May 21, 2020

With colleges and universities closed due to COVID-19, many students approaching their senior year are wondering, “what will the application process look like for me?” With SAT and ACT tests canceled or postponed and college campuses closed, the application process is bound to be exceptionally different...

Atlanta community comes together to support healthcare workers

LIGHT UP THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Several houses in the Morningside/Lenox area displayed luminaries to show support for healthcare workers.

By Lindsay Ruhl, Henry W. Grady High School

May 21, 2020

Although the Atlanta community can’t physically come together, people across the city have come up with various ways to stay connected while supporting healthcare workers fighting COVID-19. Every night at 8 p.m., residents in the Midtown area go out on their balconies to cheer and chant for the frontliners. “I live right in the middle of the cheeri...

Is This Love? Episode 6: Self-love in self-isolation

Is This Love? Episode 6: Self-love in self-isolation

By Kimberly Mitchell, Anna Feng, Zachary Khouri, and Samantha Chu

May 21, 2020

Two months into quarantine, people all around the world continue to adjust to their new life under a pandemic. In this episode of Is This Love? Zach, Kim, Alena, and Anna discuss how social distancing and coronavirus have affected their progress towards self-love and how to stay positive amidst a glo...

COVID-19 poses difficult dilemma for rising college freshmen

COVID-19 solidified senior Fiona Courogen’s plan to take a gap year. In 2021, she will attend Colorado State University.

By Cate Bikales, Lincoln High School - OR

May 21, 2020

COVID-19 has created a challenging situation for current high school seniors: go to college in the fall or skip it? According to a national survey of 487 rising college freshmen conducted by the Art & Science Group, a higher-education consulting firm, one in six high school seniors who originally...

Georgia Census groups scramble to change practices amidst COVID-19

Yard signs encouraging people to fill out the 2020 Census have popped up in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By George Lefkowicz, Henry W. Grady High School

May 20, 2020

The United States Constitution mandates that every 10 years, the government counts everybody under its jurisdiction. Since its start in 1790, the U.S. Census has attempted a direct count of every person in the country to determine direct taxes, congressional districts and billions of dollars of funding...

COVID-19 economic crisis impacts Grady community economically

The Plaza Theatre, located in the Briarcliff Plaza Shopping Center, displays encouraging message,

By Ava Smith, Henry W. Grady High School

May 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected public health, it has also affected the health of the economy. Amid shutdown orders across the country, Georgia was one of the last states to issue a “shelter at home” policy and mandated that “non-essential” businesses close their doors. One...

Senior Slump: The Favorable, The Dreadful and The Disheartening

Seniors Iriyana Lipkin and Mallory Ramos show school spirit at the first white-out football game of the season in August. Ramos said that moments like these mean everything to seniors looking back on their high school experience and to the year that was left unfinished.

By Addie Dawson, Cedar Park High School

May 20, 2020

This 2020 school year is the most unique year that many of us have ever lived through, with a global pandemic breaking out right before school let out for spring break on March 13. Little did the students know, once they left for spring break, they’d really be leaving for an early summer vacation,...

LCPS Changes Grading Policy Due to Covid-19

Students will have an opportunity to improve their yearly grade by completing 4th quarter work.

By Morgan Fischer, Dominion High School

May 20, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic closing LCPS schools, the LCPS administration and school board decided to change how the 4th quarter would be graded as well as how final grades would work for students across the county. LCPS has been teaching its students through its Continuity in Education plan in which,...

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