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“Netop” allows teachers to monitor student Chromebooks

SOMEBODY IS WATCHING. Scribe opinion editor Anna Harrington works on a school-issued laptop. Teachers can use software called
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. ...

Former Sevier athletes reflect on what it takes to become successful

BACK IN HIS OLD STOMPING GROUNDS. Daniel Kilgore visits Sevier Middle, where he once played several sports. Kilgore has gone on to great success as
a professional football player.
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...

Harmful scents remain a problem in middle school

PLEASANT SMELL. Air freshners like this one are common in many classrooms. They can cause problems for students with allergies or asthma.
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...

Halloween Amid a Pandemic

Halloween will definitely be different from past Halloween celebrations that we’ve done before.
October 21, 2020

Clusters of kids line up, each with the intent to bite into an apple, all in an effort to collect as many as possible. Others run from door to door loudly proclaiming their ‘Trick or Treat’ in hopes...

Behind the Scenes of the Hybrid Learning Plan

School will definitely be a lot different compared to before.
September 28, 2020

Day after day, students log on to a computer and look at a screen in order to learn. Nothing is face to face; everything is digital. Multiple months have passed since Day Creek Intermediate School has...

DCIS is Exploring the Possibilities for the 2020-2021 School Year

DCIS staff members are working to plan for all of the potential outcomes of this pandemic.
May 20, 2020

As the 2019-2020 school year is coming to a close, students are growing more and more excited about the possibilities of the upcoming school year, scheduled to start in August of 2020. Children used to...

Healthcare Workers Are Stepping Up Against the Pandemic

Healthcare workers are still going to work even if they are put at risk, continuing to be there for their communities.
May 7, 2020

The coronavirus has temporarily closed businesses and offices until it is considered reasonably safe to return to public places. But health care officials are still required to go to work, as hospitals...

Growing trend among parents causes them to avoid vaccines

VACCINATED. Tennessee state law requires vaccinations for students to attend public schools. Some parents have begun to avoid vaccines.
Anti-vaccination groups are in conflict with health officials, education laws
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...

Teachers and students embrace body art

MY BODY, MY CANVAS. Sevier teacher Ty Hayworth shows off his tattoos. Several Sevier teachers and students have body art.
Tattoos and piercings are common among staff and students
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...

Marvelous masks

Once the masks were finished, they were sorted into plastic bags.
April 17, 2020

There has been a huge swell in face mask usage lately as the COVID-19 virus works its way across the world. Fearful citizens wear them on the few trips taken out of the house. Food workers sport these...

How Has the ESD Staff Been Affected by Distance Learning?

The halls at Day Creek Intermediate may be empty, but learning is still taking place despite the current situations.
April 16, 2020

It is widely known that due to the coronavirus, the Etiwanda School District has temporarily closed its schools and transitioned to Distance Learning. Many students are pleased to swap six hours of school...

Hackers target schools for money, personal information

HACKED! Sixth grade math teacher Kristen Bridwell illustrates what it may feel like for a teacher's computer to get hacked. Hackers are targeting schools more than ever before.
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...

New anonymous reporting system arrives at Sevier Middle

HELP IS AVAILABLE. Macy Davis, left, checks out a poster advertising the new
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. ...

The Howl Unscripted: Day Creek in Quarantine

In this episode, Ashley and Azam discuss the effects of the Coronavirus quarantine on DCIS...and they are mostly negative.
April 8, 2020

This story was originally published on The Day Creek Howl on April 7, 2020.

COVID-19 virus shuts down Kingsport schools

SMALL VIRUS, BIG PROBLEMS. This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals the structure of the coronavirus. Since the virus has arrived in the United States, it has shut down schools and business all over the country.
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...

Students, teachers handle switch to online classes

Assignments and updates are posted through Google Classroom, email and other sites to keep students updated. Students have used their Chromebooks and physical books throughout the first week of online classes.
April 3, 2020

School has been closed since March 16 with an original return date of April 6 due to the Covid-19 virus. Now, it is not supposed to resume until at least April 30 under Governor Tom Wolf’s newest order. Since...

Joe Biden Commits to Choosing a Female Vice President

During the 11th Democratic Debate, Joe Biden committed to selecting a female running mate. The move has caused both support, and controversy. In this episode, Ashley and Azam take a deep dive into whether the move was good or bad.
April 1, 2020

This story was originally published on The Day Creek Howl on March 31, 2020.

Local student becomes a champion in new sport Disc Golf

A RISING STAR ATHLETE. Eighth grade student Dakota Benton has become a champion in a new sport, disc golf. He has won several events and is event ranked by the official disc golf association.
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....

No one eats alone

Student council members marked the middle schoolers  hand while they got into the line for lunch.
A special lunch, although awkward, made everyone feel included.
March 25, 2020

Awkward stalls in conversation abound as the middle schoolers walked toward their tables. Entering into the lunchroom on February 21, middle school students were met with unusual circumstances. Colored...

Hartsook looks back on her season as a female football player

READY TO TAKE THE FIELD. Katie Hartsook stands on the sidelines during a Sevier football game. Hartsook was the only girl on Sevier's football team this school year.
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...

Robinson Middle tests “Harry Potter” inspired house system

A KINGSPORT HOGWARTS? This coat of arms mock-up represents the effort of Robinson Middle to bring a
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...

A divided nation continues to grapple with the death penalty

PRO DEATH PENALTY. A large percentage of students surveyed support the death penalty, despite the fact that they also believe innocent people have been sentenced to death.
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...

KCS sports mascots are part of a national controversy

INAPPROPRIATE SPIRIT? The Sevier Middle School
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!”...

Former orchestra teacher leaves a legacy of love

A PASSION FOR TEACHING. Guice teaches her orchestra students at Sevier Middle in this 2013 file photo. She spent more than 25 years teaching passing along her passion for music to students of all ages.
Ashley Guice passed away after a struggle with cancer
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...

Bus behavior affects drivers

Amtran buses takes students home at the end of the day. The Amtran buses are parked outside the junior high.
March 5, 2020

Riding the bus to school is a part of everyday life for many students. The student code of conduct establishes rules and guidelines for behavior on the buses.  Some students might not think anything...

Student hairstyles cause controversies across nation

CONTROVERSIAL HAIR? My'yon Lanier wears her hair in a natural style while waiting for school to start.
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...

Earning His Wings- Sean D.

Despite having dyslexia, Sean D. pursues his childhood dream of being a pilot.
February 17, 2020

A California driver's license can’t be obtained until the age of sixteen, but what about a pilot’s license? You’d have to ask eighth-grader Sean D. who has been drawn to the idea of flying since...

Dancers share love of art form

Emma Mussleman started dancing when she was three years old. She practiced different styles of dance over the years.
February 10, 2020

Students are involved in other activities outside of school such as dancing. Dancers must make a time commitment daily. “I’ve been in the same studio since I was three or four years old. I took...

Masses of Masks?

Many students, under one demograhic, have begun to wear masks in order to prevent the onset of the Coronavirus. However, it's become a reason for misunderstandings  and racism among Asian-American students.
February 6, 2020

The recent headlines of the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak have become a part of the conversation at Day Creek Intermediate. However, the bigger picture at Day Creek seems to be on the faces of our classmates:...

Tennessee needs to get rid of prior review

THE POSSIBILITY OF CENSORSHIP. A student newspaper editor works on layout. Tennessee students are subject to prior review, which can lead to censorship.
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...

New members elected to KCS board

NEW KIDS ON THE BOARD. Julie Byers, left, and Jim Welsch were recently elected as new members of the Kingsport City Schools Board of Education.
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...

Should DCIS Revive After-School Sports Teams?

Could Day Creek be as recognized in sports as they are in academics?
January 27, 2020

Crowds of parents and fans gather at Day Creek Intermediate School. They wait eagerly for their children to enter the gym, and when they do, the crowd roars with excitement. Let the games begin! There’s...

Livewire nominated as Crown finalist

Student reporter Danielle Bardelang takes photographs for an upcoming story on Livewire. Junior high news reporters take photos and write stories for the school's newspaper.
January 6, 2020

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association has nominated the Livewire student newspaper for a crown award. This isn’t the first time the newspaper has been nominated. This time though, the Livewire...

Kiera’s dream concert scheduled for this weekend

MUSIC TIME! The Altoona and Hollidaysburg orchestra students all cram on to the stage during a concert earlier this year.  On Dec.8 at 3 p.m,  the youth orchestra students will perfom a concert honoring Kiera Chirdon and it will be held at the Mishler theater.
December 20, 2019

On Dec. 8 at 3 p.m, the youth orchestra will perform a concert honoring Kiera Chirdon, an orchestra student who passed away in her sophomore year. The concert takes place at the Mishler Theater.  “I...

Half a Heart Didn’t Stop Her

Carly Mason has a rare heart condition...And she’s still dancing.
December 17, 2019

She enters school, greets her friends and goes to class. Typical Day Creek student, right? Or so it seems. Except she has half a heart. Carlie M., an eighth grade student, has a medical condition...

More Time to Sleep

SB 328 makes schools start later than 8:00. But is it really the best idea?
December 12, 2019

When you heard about the School Start Time bill that was recently signed by Governor Newsom, your immediate thought probably had to do with sleeping in. Until students think about the law apart...

Editorial: video game addiction is real and must be fought

ALL TIED UP. Video game addiction, now an official mental health disorder, is a mayor problem among teens.
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...

Procrastination frequently strikes middle school students

DISTRACTED. A middle school student illustrates how procrastination can happen. Many students avoid doing their work and instead play on their electronic devices. According to research, this is not laziness, but avoidance.
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...

Halloween Through a New Perspective

With the recent influx of different cultures at Day Creek Intermediate School, questions regarding how other countries celebrate Halloween are part of the conversation.
November 20, 2019

Costumed kids seem to be everywhere, smiling and laughing as they walk around the neighborhood, knocking on door after door asking for candy. A smaller group appears to be loitering in front of the first...

KCS discovers lead in water fountains

A CLEAN DRINK OF WATER. Rayna Welsch drinks from a fountain at Sevier Middle. KCS recently replaced several fountains across the district due to lead.
Maintenance department removes water fountains
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....

KCS teacher pay change coming soon

MORE CASH? Kingsport City Schools teachers like Amanda Cox will see some changes in their pay check next school year.
State test scores to no longer be used in pay decisions
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...

Harriet Tubman’s $20 bill delayed

LONG WAY OFF. Adding Harriet Tubman to the 0 bill has been delayed from 2020 until at least 2028.
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...

NBA’s Controversy with China

Over one tweet supporting Hong Kong, NBA players are starting to speak out and China is not taking it lightly.
November 4, 2019

On October 4, general manager Daryl Morey of the Houston Rockets sent out a tweet about the recent conflict between China and Hong Kong. He tweeted in support of the Hong Kong protestors. Some people agreed...

Shelters vs. Breeders

Dogs are affectionately cared for at animal shelters until a loving adopters come along.
October 29, 2019

60.2 million U.S. households own a dog. But how many of them were adopted from a shelter? According to the 2019 Woof Stats, an estimated 6.5 million animals are taken into an animal shelter every year....

World Health Organization declares gaming addiction a health disorder

HANDCUFFED BY GAMING? The WHO has declared video game addiction and mental health disorder. Many students at Sevier Middle agree that it is a major problem among teens.
Researcher agrees with the decision while video game industry fights against the label
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,...

“Vaping” becomes a dangerous trend among teens

SMOKE SIGNALS. The smell of vaping is become more common around teenagers.
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...

Schools continue to evaluate safety measures

SAFETY FIRST. Student Resource Officer Mike Campbell directs traffic before school starts. The SRO position is one of several
ways the school system works to keep students safe.
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...

Students sing their way to upcoming chorus concert

Let's go!
Chorus teacher Jessica Connell plays the piano to
May 14, 2019

On May 3, eighth and ninth grade varsity chorus members will be performing for their spring concert. Choral director and teacher Jessica Connell has been preparing the...

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests get closer

Try to remember it all!  Eighth graders Nicholas Ray and Logan Wilt are practicing and reviewing for the science PSSA's.  Since the beginning of the year, seventh and eighth grade have been preparing for the standardized tests.
May 14, 2019

The seventh and eighth grade PSSA's are here.  These standardized tests include reading and mathematics for seventh and eighth grade, writing for eighth grade and science for eighth grade. These tests...

Sen. Scott visits DMS

Tammy Bennett, STEM teacher, talks about her program during Sen. Paul Scott's tour of Duncan Middle School
April 11, 2019

Oklahoma Sen. Paul Scott of Duncan, paid a visit to Duncan Middle School Friday, taking the opportunity to hear from teachers about their concerns with education in Oklahoma. Throughout his time...

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