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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

HEADS UP. Football coach Isaiah Spivey illustrates a proper tackle during a practice session. The most important part of tackling safety is to keep the head safe and let the shoulder pads absorb the impact.

Despite studies that football is not safe, Sevier coaches strive for safety

By Alli Valentine, John Sevier Middle School May 17, 2022

Football is a very popular sport that most everyone enjoys to watch or even play. Research has shown that football poses some dangers to kids who decide to play the game when they are young. Although most...

KEEP THE LEARNING GOING. Substitute teacher Sade Martin fills in for a Sevier Middle teacher. Martin is one of several new substitute teachers who are trying to help eliminate the substitute teachers shortage.

Kingsport, like schools nationwide, struggles to hire substitutes

By Ella Smith, John Sevier Middle School May 16, 2022

There’s a shortage of substitutes in Kingsport City Schools. Like many schools across the nation, KCS has a hard time finding people who want to work as substitutes. There isn’t just one reason people...

A HIGH-FLYING ADVENTURE. Sevier technology specialist Zach Welch holds one of his drones. Welch has a thriving side-business using drones for aerial photography.

The hobby of flying drones faces many legal complications

By Kaylee Hughes, John Sevier Middle School May 10, 2022

Drones have made a big impact on society. The military uses them to fight wars. Amazon and other companies have begun to use them for deliveries. Many people love flying drones as a hobby, but there are...

ENJOYING AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD. Customers enjoy a lunch service at local restaurant El Loco Taco. The restaurant managed to grow from a food truck to a physical location.

Restaurant “El Loco Taco” is a loco local success story

By Amrick Christian, John Sevier Middle School May 9, 2022

The story of “El Loco Taco” is inspiring. The local restaurant rose from humble beginnings as a food truck to one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in Kingsport. Daniel Lopez is the son of...

Nothing can break the bond between a mother and a daughter. Sarah(38) Alysse (5) on Halloween.

#Sarah’sWay

By Alysse D'Errico, Niles Middle School May 3, 2022

Sarah Elizabeth Matheny- D’Errico. The strongest woman I know, and will ever know. She fought every day until she could no longer. All she wanted was to come back to my dad, brother, and me to live normally...

Special ed. students are back on the Day Creek campus.

A Special Return to Campus

By Ariana A. and Elaria B. April 26, 2022

The past two years introduced a struggle unlike any other for students across Day Creek’s campus. While everyone seems to have a story connected to Covid, few may have considered the impact on our special...

Janelle Cummins is an artist and illustrator and first-generation immigrant.

Janelle Cummins: A Barbadian Artist

By Meena Pradeep, Clague Middle School April 21, 2022

Janelle Cummins is an illustrator and designer who currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Cummins is from Barbados and is a first-generation immigrant. Cummins has worked with big...

Then and Now: Fasolo’s career in softball led her to the English teaching position she has now at the Altoona Area High School. Left: Fasolo pitching during an AAHS away game (Photo courtesy of Alyssa Fasolo); Right: Fasolo posing at her desk in her classroom (Photographer: Melissa Krainer).

Softball Coaches Reveal Past and Talk About Present

By Melissa Krainer, Altoona Area Junior High School April 15, 2022

She started playing when she was five. He’s been teaching for 20 years. Now she’s the head softball coach and he’s the assistant. Their names? Alyssa Fasolo and Scott Berardinelli. Fasolo’s...

A stereotype is a generalized belief about a certain category of people.

The model minority: Positive sterotyping of Asian Americans

By Ashley Han, Clague Middle School April 12, 2022

The smart, the diligent, the successful. The “Model Minority.” Stereotypes like these have been thrown around to Asian Americans, both in jest and in complete seriousness. These stereotypes are...

Turning Red is an overall enjoyable movie, and came out on March 11th on Disney+.

Turning Red

By Kylie A., Day Creek Intermediate School April 11, 2022

Pixar’s new 2022 film Turning Red has brought audiences a myriad of emotions. This coming-of-age film directed by Domee Shi was cast with actors Rosalie Chang, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Sandra Oh, Addie...

Former Coyote Delaney Spaulding brought home an Olympic Medal from the 2022 Games.

Hometown Coyote, an Olympic Champion

By Emily L., Day Creek Intermediate School April 5, 2022

Imagine getting the email of a lifetime. You are going to the Olympics. Then during a softball game, tragedy strikes. You tore your ACL, a couple of months before you are planning to take the biggest athletic...

The communtity has come together in honor of Specialist Alex Joseph Ram.

Honoring a Fallen Soldier

By Abigail B., Day Creek Intermediate School April 4, 2022

Tragedy struck the night of February 1, 2022. 20-year-old Specialist Alex Joseph (AJ) Ram of the US Army was pronounced dead while deployed in Syria. Soldiers die in the service of our country nearly every...

CFHS Middle School teacher Rachel Langer posted an adaptation of the periodic table to reflect Black History Month

A periodic view of Black History Month

By Amy Fick, Marilyn Mausolf, and Emmy Nelson March 1, 2022

Martin Luther King Junior. Harriet Tubman. Rosa Parks. Barack Obama. Medgar Evers. These are just a few of the many African Americans who have made a significant impact on the country. Black people haven’t...

Woodwind advisor , Beth Carpenter takes a selfie with six , seventh and eighth grade band!

Band shenanigans!

By Madison Aboud, Altoona Area Junior High School February 23, 2022

This story was originally published on Livewire on February 1, 2022.

Since 2015, Grammarly has been used by millions of students, but does it provide them an unfair advantage?

Is Grammarly Cheating?

By Aurora GS. and Kirsten L. February 16, 2022

We’re all familiar with the constant onslaught of Grammarly spam while browsing on our YouTube feeds. Although it initially drew the attention of internet users in 2015, its popularity exploded in 2020....

TAKING OUT THE TRASH. Several black trash bags full of
trash and food waste are collected and removed each day.
The cafeteria experiences serious food waste due to short lunch times, picky eating habits, and COVID-19.

COVID-19 pandemic causes food waste in school cafeterias

By Dixon Armstrong, John Sevier Middle School February 15, 2022

For several years now, Sevier students have gotten free meals in the cafeteria thanks to a federal grant. Students, however, have to get the required food for each meal. Some students may not like all...

A 7th grade Day Creek student recently broke 4 national records 2 for squats and 2 for deadlifts.

Lifting Her Way Up

By Declynn G., Emily L., and Camilla S. February 4, 2022

Seventh-grader Dakota C. gets to the gym at 9:00am. She heads toward the benches and begins to warm up. She starts off light. When her group, called a flight, is announced, she waits for her number to...

NO PLACE TO GO. A Scribe model illustrates the problem of homelessness. Many people, adults and children, struggle with homelessness in Kingsport. The city school system has served over 300 homeless children in a single school year.

Homelessness remains a major problem in the model city

By Calli Venzon, John Sevier Middle School February 3, 2022

There are many homeless people in Kingsport. Some of them walk around without coats or without warm clothes. All of them have no place to go. Although many people don’t think twice when they see a homeless...

This was a drawing to represent the Tipi that Larry Richie brought to Cannon Falls Middle School

The travelling tipi

By Brenna McCarthy, Cannon Falls High School February 3, 2022

It is said that the tipi represents the earth on which we live, the walls represent the sky and the poles represent the trails that extend from the earth to the spirit world, according to some Dakota teachings....

GRADED FAIRLY? A group of band students are practicing during class. All teachers at Sevier cannot give a grade lower than 60, which not all teachers and students believe is fair.

Students earn minimum grade of 60%, even for missing work

By Maddison Ball, John Sevier Middle School February 1, 2022

John Sevier Middle has an unwritten rule for teachers: students cannot get a grade lower than a 60, even for missing assignments. This policy has caused a major controversy to erupt among students and...

Encanto is a great movie watch as a family. The movies great animation and music give this film a 4/5 stars.

Encanto Disney’s Latest Trending Musical

By Kylie A., Ariana A., and Andrew H. January 27, 2022

Walt Disney Studios’ new animation movie “Encanto” has recently been trending among family movies. Directed by Jared Bush, Byron Howard, and Charise Castro Smith, the movie was introduced in theaters...

How Omicron Has Affected DCIS

By Eliana N. and Layla G. January 25, 2022

This story was originally published on The Day Creek Howl on January 24, 2022.

To many students suprise, there were therapy dogs during lunch to help kids cheer up.

“Paws To Share” Spends a Week at Day Creek

By Declynn G., Emily L., Jadyn K., and Adrian M. January 20, 2022

It’s another typical Monday at Day Creek Intermediate School. You head to your regular lunch hangout with your friends but stop when you notice a few unusual Ez-Ups. There is already a long line of students...

Seventh-grade students fill the hallways as Duncan Middle School dismisses for the day. Students will be out Thursday and Friday because of an increase in illnesses.

DPS cancels school Thursday, Friday

By Finley Davis and Emily Hallford January 14, 2022

Because of COVID-19, the flu and other sicknesses, Duncan Public Schools is canceling school for the next two days. A total of 166 students were out today, and 21 staff members were out. Yesterday,...

In our world today, many people choose to avoid conversations with others in hopes to avoid conflicts. But what would our world be like if people listened?

We’re All in This Together

By Kirsten L. and Aurora GS. January 13, 2022

The theory of a spiral of silence represents the idea that a larger group disagrees with, then isolates a smaller group’s opinion, causing the minority group to fear sharing their viewpoint. Unfortunately,...

Andrew H. is a DCIS student who has been improving his swimming skills since the age of four. He has practiced a majority of his life to accomplish his dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer.

Coyote Makes a Splash at Junior Olympics

By Jadyn K., Adrian M., Declynn G., and Emily L. November 18, 2021

As you walk into the meet, nervous energy begins to build. You have worked so hard to make it to this point and you're finally there. All the hours you have given toward practice are finally paying off....

LEFT BEHIND. Seventh grade science teacher Raven Olsen works with his students. Olsen is one of several teachers that decided to return to Sevier Middle this year. Many teachers did not return.

Major teacher staff changes strike Sevier Middle

By Claire Mooney, John Sevier Middle School November 15, 2021

Teacher turnover is an issue that schools face all over the country, and this obstacle has hit Sevier especially hard this year. Students were shocked when they found out almost twenty-six percent of full-time...

TEXTING FOR HELP. A student illustrates how to use 911 texting. The Kingsport Police Department recently introduced the ability to text 911 for Kingsport residents.

Call if you can, text if you can’t

By Calli Venzon, John Sevier Middle School November 11, 2021

An old lady has fallen on the sidewalk, the wind knocked out of her. Her leg is broken. She can hardly breathe, much less talk. Calling 911 is out of the question. Instead, she can now quickly text 911...

Students have been taking part in the Devious Lick Trend by vandalizing school property. Is there a way to prevent this from happening?

A Devious Challenge

By Declynn G., Adrian M., Emily L., and Jadyn K. October 21, 2021

As you rush to the restroom those last few minutes of lunch, you peer inside and all you see is destruction. Someone threw toilet paper all over the stalls and the soap dispensers have been torn from their...

PRIVATE AND RELIGIOUS. Providence Academy in Johnson City is one of several private schools in the region.

Local private schools are not that different from public schools

By Karmela Whiteside, John Sevier Middle School September 20, 2021

Most students believe public and private schools are completely different. Public students usually picture private schools as stuff, strict, with school uniforms. Private school students often think public...

Cathy Barker teaches about 9/11 in her humanities class. Many DMS teachers have stories about where they were when the attacks occurred.

2021 marks 20th anniversary of 9/11

By Delilah Ballard and Charlee Lafee September 17, 2021

There are some moments people will never forget. At Duncan Middle School, many of the teachers could tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard about the 9/11 attacks....

Oh my gorgeous! Four beautiful women express self love for their body.

Nobody Struggles Alone

By Abigail Shearer, Altoona Area Junior High School May 21, 2021

Many teens and young adults struggle with body image issues. These issues can lead to bigger issues such as eating disorders. Plenty of young teens and adults struggle with an eating disorder, but no one...

Now that Hybrid learning is underway, kids are finally being able to see their friends and teachers again, and even though distance learning definitely had its drawback, there may have been some positives as well.

Benefits of Virtual Learning

By Ryan W., Sebastien A., Hailey A., and Ryan A. May 14, 2021

Over the past year, schools across the country have been shut down due to the pandemic, and teachers have had to rely on Virtual learning to teach their students. After a year of Virtual learning,...

Malak Y, Hana S.

The Howl Unscripted: What is Ingenuity?

By Hana S. and Malak Y. May 11, 2021

This story was originally published on The Day Creek Howl on May 10, 2021.

“Young, Proud, and Sung-Jee” is a book Joyce Lee wrote to help educate face racism for Asians and teach others about it.

Joyce Lee tackles anti-Asian racism through her book “Young, Proud, and Sung-Jee”

By Angela Chen, Clague Middle School May 3, 2021

Trigger Warning: Asian hate crimes mentioned For Joyce Y. Lee, a social work researcher at the University of Michigan, anti-Asian racism was not new. Being Korean-American, and a female, hate towards...

Malak Y, Hana S.

The Howl Unscripted: What is Earth Day and How Can We Contribute?

By Hana S. and Malak Y. April 28, 2021

This story was originally published on The Day Creek Howl on April 19, 2021.

Cathy Barker is a member of the Duncan Legislative Team. Team members go to the Capitol and meet with legislators about public education.

Duncan teachers continue involvement at State Capitol

By Katelyn Young and Joelliza Fincher April 13, 2021

Duncan Public School teachers have gone to the Oklahoma State Capitol to persuade members of the House of Representatives and the Senate to support public education. A couple of Duncan Middle School...

Lauren Kelly of the Boston Pride (and Watertown Middle School) celebrates with the Isobel Cup after Boston beat the Minnesota Whitecaps, 4-3, for the NWHL title on March 27, 2021, at Warrior Ice Arena.

A championship to cherish ‘for the rest of my life’

By Katherine Schick, Watertown Middle School April 13, 2021

“Pure joy and excitement!” That’s how professional hockey defender and Watertown Middle School instructional assistant Lauren Kelly felt when her team, the Boston Pride, won their second National...

Many students are eager to return to their school campuses, but is it safe?

Going Back to School

By Lily G., Ryan W., Sebastien A., and Edhen A. April 12, 2021

You overhear your parents discussing your return to school. Are they a little too eager to send you back? Are they certain denying virtual learning is the safest option? This will cross more than a few...

The Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor has a recording studio where students can learn about Hip Hop.

Creating Hip Hop in Ann Arbor

By Ketki Patil, Clague Middle School April 1, 2021

Music is everywhere. It is found in every culture. Music doesn’t just include what is heard, it includes art and dancing — and it is being created in Ann Arbor with the help of Elliott Sabbagh. Sabbagh...

Cancel culture should not be a way of ruining lives, but a way to call out those who make bad choices and help them grow.

Has cancel culture gone too far in the US?

By Ashley Han, Clague Middle School April 1, 2021

Cyberbullying is a familiar topic, internet safety very extensively talked about in schools. But then the question emerges: Is cyberbullying a bully okay? The answer is usually (and should always be)...

Sen. Chris Kidd and Sen. Jessica Garvin talk to middle school students this morning, following the Legislative Breakfast.

State senators, representatives visit Duncan Middle School

By Ava Miller and Presley Sanders March 29, 2021

Oklahoma state legislators visited Duncan Middle School today, giving them a chance to meet with Duncan educators and students. Senators Jessica Garvin and Chris Kidd and Representatives Marcus...

Teachers have reported it’s a new challenge for them to keep their students’ attention for the full length of classes online.

Thoughts on Quarantine: How Teachers Feel About Teaching Remotely

By Claire Wang, Clague Middle School March 16, 2021

Switching to a quarantine lifestyle has changed things for everyone; the world is filled with cancelled opportunities and things people can’t do. For everyone’s safety, most activities, including school,...

The book club meets two Wednesdays a month at 12pm.

Teaching Through Books: Mrs. Fleming’s Mission to Get Students to Read

By Satvika Ramanathan, Clague Middle School March 11, 2021

Wanting to find a way to combine two of her favorite things, Social Studies teacher of 22 years, JL Fleming, started the Cougars Care Book Club in 2018 to try to teach kids about social justice while getting...

What is the importance of being bilingual and what does it do for the world?

What is the Importance of Being Bilingual?

By Hayley B., Edhen A., and Aishwarya A. March 2, 2021

Being bilingual can be a valuable skill for everyday life. Not only when traveling to another country, but in everyday trips out and about in Southern California, it makes everything so much easier being...

With the current circumstances, academic struggles are more present in our society than ever before.

Grades Dropping During the Pandemic

By Hannah G., Day Creek Intermediate School February 11, 2021

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools have been forced to teach students virtually. For nearly six months, classes have met through online platforms like Zoom and Google Meet. Students are...

There have been millions of people who have gotten COVID-19, but is there a chance your furry friends can also get this virus?

Can Pets Get the Coronavirus?

By Hannah G. and Keira S. January 4, 2021

The number of adopted animals has dramatically spiked since the advent of COVID-19. But have you pondered if your furry friend could also test positive for the virus? According to local veterinarians,...

Karter H. on his 12th birthday two weeks before the aneurysm ruptured.

“I had to relearn everything a human knows”: A Brain Aneurysm Fighter

By Hailey A. and Keira S. December 7, 2020

A brain aneurysm is a weak blood vessel in an artery in the brain that fills up with blood. Sort of like a thin balloon, it has a chance of rupturing. If it does burst, blood spills between the skull and...

SOMEBODY IS WATCHING. Scribe opinion editor Anna Harrington works on a school-issued laptop. Teachers can use software called Netop to observe students screens while on campus

“Netop” allows teachers to monitor student Chromebooks

By Cameron Roberts, John Sevier Middle School 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. ...

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.

Former Sevier athletes reflect on what it takes to become successful

By Kylie Moore, John Sevier Middle School 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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