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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” 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...

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

Harmful scents remain a problem in middle school

By Meredith Mooney, John Sevier Middle School 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 will definitely be different from past Halloween celebrations that we’ve done before.

Halloween Amid a Pandemic

By Lily G., Audrey C., and Nisreen M. 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...

School will definitely be a lot different compared to before.

Behind the Scenes of the Hybrid Learning Plan

By Hailey A. and Audrey C. 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 staff members are working to plan for all of the potential outcomes of this pandemic.

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

By Shivani R. and Mikah C. 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 still going to work even if they are put at risk, continuing to be there for their communities.

Healthcare Workers Are Stepping Up Against the Pandemic

By Mikah C. and Shivani R. 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...

VACCINATED. Tennessee state law requires vaccinations for students to attend public schools. Some parents have begun to avoid vaccines.

Growing trend among parents causes them to avoid vaccines

Anti-vaccination groups are in conflict with health officials, education laws
By Michael Fanning, John Sevier Middle School 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...

MY BODY, MY CANVAS. Sevier teacher Ty Hayworth shows off his tattoos. Several Sevier teachers and students have body art.

Teachers and students embrace body art

Tattoos and piercings are common among staff and students
By Amber Cowden, John Sevier Middle School 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...

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

Marvelous masks

By Grace Miller, Cannon Falls High School 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...

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

How Has the ESD Staff Been Affected by Distance Learning?

By Shivani R. and Mikah C. 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...

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.

Hackers target schools for money, personal information

By Kaitlyn Burke, John Sevier Middle School 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...

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

New anonymous reporting system arrives at Sevier Middle

By ShayLeigh Honaker, John Sevier Middle School 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. ...

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

The Howl Unscripted: Day Creek in Quarantine

By Ashley P. and Azam E. April 8, 2020

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

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.

COVID-19 virus shuts down Kingsport schools

By Meredith Mooney, John Sevier Middle School 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...

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.

Students, teachers handle switch to online classes

By Paris Lawson, Altoona Area Junior High School 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...

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.

Joe Biden Commits to Choosing a Female Vice President

By Ashley P. and Azam E. April 1, 2020

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

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.

Local student becomes a champion in new sport Disc Golf

By Camille Carter, John Sevier Middle School 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....

Student council members marked the middle schoolers  hand while they got into the line for lunch.

No one eats alone

A special lunch, although awkward, made everyone feel included.
By Angel Zheng, Cannon Falls High School 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...

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.

Hartsook looks back on her season as a female football player

By Anna Harrington, John Sevier Middle School 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...

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

Robinson Middle tests “Harry Potter” inspired house system

By Adyn Smith, John Sevier Middle School 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...

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.

A divided nation continues to grapple with the death penalty

By Michael Fanning, John Sevier Middle School 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...

INAPPROPRIATE SPIRIT? The Sevier Middle School

KCS sports mascots are part of a national controversy

By Meredith Mooney, John 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!”...

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.

Former orchestra teacher leaves a legacy of love

Ashley Guice passed away after a struggle with cancer
By Anna Harrington, John Sevier Middle School 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...

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

Bus behavior affects drivers

By Maddie Cowfer, Altoona Area Junior High School 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...

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

Student hairstyles cause controversies across nation

By Aubree Puckett, John Sevier Middle School 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...

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

Earning His Wings- Sean D.

By Addison M. and Kaylee L. 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...

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

Dancers share love of art form

By Sufana Hamid, Altoona Area Junior High School 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...

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.

Masses of Masks?

By Ashley P., Day Creek Intermediate School 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:...

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

Tennessee needs to get rid of prior review

By Kylie Moore, John Sevier Middle School 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 KIDS ON THE BOARD. Julie Byers, left, and Jim Welsch were recently elected as new members of the Kingsport City Schools Board of Education.

New members elected to KCS board

By Chloe McConnell, John Sevier Middle School 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...

Could Day Creek be as recognized in sports as they are in academics?

Should DCIS Revive After-School Sports Teams?

By Shivani R. and Mikah C. 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...

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.

Livewire nominated as Crown finalist

By Paris Lawson, Altoona Area Junior High School 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...

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.

Kiera’s dream concert scheduled for this weekend

By Sufana Hamid, Altoona Area Junior High School 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...

Carly Mason has a rare heart condition...And she’s still dancing.

Half a Heart Didn’t Stop Her

By Addison M. and Carolina A. 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...

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

More Time to Sleep

By Kaylee L., Day Creek Intermediate School 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...

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

Editorial: video game addiction is real and must be fought

By The Editorial Board, John Sevier Middle School 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...

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.

Procrastination frequently strikes middle school students

By Aeriaunna Tucker, John Sevier Middle School 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...

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

Halloween Through a New Perspective

By Riley G. and Christine L. 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...

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.

KCS discovers lead in water fountains

Maintenance department removes water fountains
By Aubree Puckett, John Sevier Middle School 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....

MORE CASH? Kingsport City Schools teachers like Amanda Cox will see some changes in their pay check next school year.

KCS teacher pay change coming soon

State test scores to no longer be used in pay decisions
By ShayLeigh Honaker, John Sevier Middle School 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...

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

Harriet Tubman’s $20 bill delayed

By Ellie Jackson , John Sevier Middle School 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...

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

NBA’s Controversy with China

By Shivani R., Day Creek Intermediate School 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...

Dogs are affectionately cared for at animal shelters until a loving adopters come along.

Shelters vs. Breeders

By Carolina A. and Mikah C. 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....

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.

World Health Organization declares gaming addiction a health disorder

Researcher agrees with the decision while video game industry fights against the label
By Chloe McConnell, John Sevier Middle School 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,...

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

“Vaping” becomes a dangerous trend among teens

By Olyvia Flemming, John Sevier Middle School 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...

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