The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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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

Always practicing. Witherspoon doesnt only practice during school practices. He also participates in clinics for basketball and football and is going to Brooklyn for a basketball clinic this year.

Multi-Sport Athlete Ezrah Witherspoon

By Conner Ryan, Altoona Area Junior High School May 26, 2023

Imagine waking up at 6:45 a.m, going to school until 2:40 p.m., going home for just long enough to finish homework, then to track practice, working out, practicing basketball at home and finally getting...

There has been an increase in the number of students using AirPods in class, but teachers believe they provide an opportunity for cheating.

Should AirPods be allowed in class? Why or why not?

By Nikki K., Day Creek Intermediate School May 25, 2023

Have you ever seen someone using AirPods in class? Have you ever used AirPods in class? Although they’re generally not allowed, many students argue that they should be. Can the privilege of this technology...

Multi-Sport Athlete Jayce Johnston

By Conner Ryan, Altoona Area Junior High School May 16, 2023

Imagine waking up at 6 a.m., going to school, then directly to a track meet until 8 p.m., and finally getting home just to practice basketball and work on homework until 11:45 p.m. This is the routine...

Habiticas is a helpful habit for students and their procrastination.

Habiticas: A Helpful Habit

By Victoria G., Day Creek Intermediate School May 2, 2023

Read this article and you get a reward! If this was the app Habitica, it would definitely be true.  Many students of all ages wish for a world where chores and work would simply disappear. It may...

During standardized testing, students put up dividers and log onto a secure test browser.

Standardized Testing: Useful or Pointless

By River Y., Chloe L., and Nikki K. April 24, 2023

i-Ready. CAASPP. Two names the majority of Day Creek students dread to hear. It is the season of standardized testing, a time of long hours on a computer, forced silence, and teachers milling about watching...

BAD CHOICES. A Scribe model places his hands through some bars. Juveniles often make choices that can land them in legal trouble. Often, the consequences of their actions come as a shock.

Students Struggle With Their Criminal Past

By Mikaela Pyatte, John Sevier Middle School March 29, 2023

Editor's note: The names of the juveniles in this article have been changed to protect their privacy. Juvenile delinquency, the frequent breaking of laws by a minor, is a major problem across the United...

American culture has been wrestling with the role of law enforcement in minority communities.

Injustices Towards African-Americans Affect How Cops Are Seen In Society

By Ella F. and Razan A. March 22, 2023

As Black History Month came to an end, many people around the country were encouraged to take a real look at African-American history and culture. Perhaps they also reflected on more recent tragic events...

In a special education classroom, aids work with individual students and learn about the students’ abilities, areas of growth, and to help them in aspects where they need more assistance.

United as One: Special Education Students Join General Education Classes

By Nikki K. and River Y. March 10, 2023

Ring! The bell goes off at 8 AM. Time for another day at school. While walking down the hall, some notice a student in a wheelchair and wonder, Where do they go for class? A wide variety of students...

This new form of AI might allow students to have a computer write their essay for them.

A New Level of AI: ChatGPT

By Jasmine L. and Christina C. March 8, 2023

A new AI program has caught the attention of the general public, trending on Twitter and reaching 1 million users within five days of its release, at the same time increasing its holding organization’s...

Administration has a strict policy on dress code, preventing Day Creek students from enjoying a pajama day.

What’s Wrong with Wearing Pajamas?

By Sienna G., Sienna S., and Alice L. January 31, 2023

Spirit days have always been a fun and exciting time for Day Creek Intermediate students. Kids show their creativity while matching the school's enthusiastic energy of a fun school-wide theme. Some even...

William traveled to Dortmund, Germany to compete in the WRO robotics competition.

Day Creek’s World Robot Olympian

By Pablo GS., Josep M., and Ginny Z. January 25, 2023

Imagine working through countless challenges, until finally, out of hundreds of competitors, you receive news that you’ve been chosen for the final competition in the world. This trial will test your...

Makayla at the Emmys interviewing Eric Bauza, the voice of Bugs Bunny, winner of the Outstanding Voice Performance in an Animated Program.

Behind the Scenes on the Purple Carpet

By Addison J. and Sage P. January 18, 2023

Makayla S. was walking to class to work on a journalism assignment, when her adviser called her over to chat. He showed her a recent unexpected email that could be a unique stepping stone into Makayla’s...

Bagged food waste being placed into a green trash bin.

New Food Compost Law Affects California Residents

By Christina C., River Y., and Jasmine L. January 5, 2023

Have you noticed the new food waste barrels that popped up in our school cafeteria before Thanksgiving break? They are the result of a new law here in California that’s made them a common sight in schools...

DRIVE-IN ENTERTAINMENT A drive in theater is all about sitting back in a car with friends and family and watching a movie on a big screen. Although drive-ins are on the decline, the COVID-19 pandemic brought many customers back.

Local drive-in theater remains despite streaming competition

By Sydney Gentry, John Sevier Middle School January 5, 2023

Like a relic from a bygone era, most middle school students don’t know much about drive-in theaters. They may soon never have the chance to visit a drive-in due to housing developments, smaller families,...

Canned Food Drive

By Anahii H. and Ella D. December 22, 2022

This story was originally published on The Day Creek Howl on December 20, 2022.

Two adolescent girls opening the Gas app and taking a poll

Got Gas? No, the app silly!

By River Y., Christina C., and Jasmine L. December 21, 2022

A new app has entered the social media circle, collecting over $3 million with 1 million active daily users in three months. What is this new competitor? Directed towards adolescents, Nikita Bier, Isaiah...

MISSING BOOKS. New laws and policies may soon see books vanishing from shelves at schools across the state of Tennessee.

TN should keep hands off school library books

By Editorial Staff, John Sevier Middle School December 2, 2022

A new, controversial Tennessee law aims to remove books from school libraries across the state if parents don’t approve of them. This law’s goal is to remove “age-inappropriate” content from school...

DMS school nurse Terry Burdine saw a lot of cases of the flu in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving Break.

DMS address flu

By Lillian Thomason, DUNCAN MIDDLE SCHOOL November 30, 2022

The rate of absences before Thanksgiving Break was growing in the weeks leading up to the break. Although not all of the absences were marked as being related to the flu or even sickness, many of them...

“If you’re a fighter or you’re a survivor, it’s still always with you. It’s like a scar that cancer left me with. It left me with hope that I could change the world. -Avah C.


By Sienna S., Sienna G., and Alice L. November 16, 2022

Avah is a Stage 4 cancer survivor. She is also a curly-haired, jovial 6th grade student. Just two years ago, doctors informed Avah that she had Stage 4 nephroblastoma, a cancer that attacked her kidneys....

BeReal has gained lots of popularity in a very short amount of time.

BeReal’s Blowup

By Arush V., Pablo GS., and Josep M. November 7, 2022

You have two minutes to read this article. Hurry up. This would definitely be the case if BeReal were in charge of the Howl. After many years living under the social media dominance of Instagram,...

How Does Religion/Faith Affect Students’ Daily Lives?

By River Y., Christina C., and Jasmine L. November 3, 2022

On a typical day, Vanmayi B., a seventh-grade student at Day Creek Intermediate, prays before going to bed. Vanmayi was raised Hindu, but gradually accepted beliefs from other religions. “I personally...

Duncan police and fire vehicles gather at the intersection of Chisholm Trail Parkway and Clayton. Duncan Middle School went into lockdown Thursday relating to an issue within a neighborhood next to the school.

Students benefit from lockdown drills

By Berkley Morris, Ava Allbritton, Peyton Griffith, and Bralin McCartney November 2, 2022

Up until Thursday afternoon, Duncan Middle School students had no idea that the lockdown drills they practiced may potentially save their lives. Although Duncan Middle School students and teachers practice...

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.


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.

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 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...

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,...

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...

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