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Carlmont reels from the effects of COVID-19

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...

Wildcats Find Ways to Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Elise Hadidi, a Woodside sophomore, sews a N95 mask cover at home.
Listen to how Woodside students are helping their communities.
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...

Teaching from home: a new reality for teachers

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

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.
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...

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.
How schools have reacted to the impact of coronavirus through distance learning may have future impact on education.
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...

Impacts of COVID-19 on the senior class

Seniors have learned to adapt to changes in their daily life due to COVID-19.
Many seniors encountered unique situations due to COVID-19, which altered the last quarter of their senior year
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...

Helping her community with a mask-making campaign

Sophomore Stephanie Chung creates face masks in light of COVID-19
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....

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.
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...

A musical response to COVID-19

EXPLOSIONS OF NEW MUSIC: Shortly into the early days of quarantine, Senior Jazz Aguilar released her debut single:
For Mac musicians, the shelter in place order caused by the coronavirus has inspired a seven-week virtual jam session
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....

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.
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...

Celebrating The Graduates

Holding her basket of gifts, senior Sarah Rodriguez thanks her adoption family.
Leander Mom Starts Community Group, Helps Coordinate Gifts To Seniors
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”...

‘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.
Multiple perpetrators hijack a class meeting with veterans and students by screen sharing explicit content
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

‘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.
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....

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.
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...

Junior Ava Thompson founds FaceTime Storytime volunteer service

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

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

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

Students sharpen culinary skills by baking during quarantine

And yes, the popular LAUSD coffee cake is among the baked goods students have created.
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...

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.
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,...

Athletic adjustments

Many athletes are having to change their plans for college recruiting in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With junior year being crucial for college athletic recruitment, the cancellation of spring sports presents many challenges and unique opportunities for athletes.
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...

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.
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...

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?
Students, teachers, parents and administrators across the country are already wondering what next school year will be like.
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,...

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
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...

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,
As Gov. Abbott allows re-openings, local owners carefully consider best interests of their employees, customers
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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.
Several area cheer squads are adapting and improvising to social distancing recommendations to keep their seasons on track
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...

Learning to accept

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

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.
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...

Prisoners deserve better during COVID

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

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.
Stores, Businesses beginning to reopen
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...

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.
Governor Cuomo says New York will allow religious gatherings of up to 10 people. Rabbis here wonder what they might look like as they wait for guidelines.
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...

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.
Physical Education teachers make fun and active workout videos for students quarantined in their homes
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...

Trapped

Social distancing has impacted students' mental health both positively and negatively.
WSS takes a look at how isolation due to social distancing is affecting the mental health of students.
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...

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.
People working in grocery stores as essential workers have faced a duality of treatment from the media and customers. They have been applauded as heroes and have also been put head first into the horrors of retail.
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...

Working from home: teaching while parenting

Elementary students use the app DreamBox to practice their math skills online.
With the pandemic forcing everyone to stay at home, teachers with kids suddenly have to find ways to keep their children occupied and teach their students at the same time.
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...

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
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...

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.
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...

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.
Admin, teachers have adjusted to the many challenges of online education
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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

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

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.
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...

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.
Advocacy organizations remain concerned about a lack of communication from Governor Kemp about the census during COVID-19
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...

COVID-19 economic crisis impacts Grady community economically

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

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.
Class of 2020 Voice Opinions About Sudden End to Last Year
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...

LCPS Changes Grading Policy Due to Covid-19

Students will have an opportunity to improve their yearly grade by completing 4th quarter work.
A comprehensive look at the what and why of the changes that have been implemented since students left school on March 11.
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...

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