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Phones over Yondr

Phones over Yondr

By Cole Stanley, Owatonna High School

June 3, 2019

In April 2019, a select few OHS teachers introduced the Yondr bags to their students. The Yondr bag is a new piece of equipment that is designed to limit the use of cell phones or smart devices. It is a small green and gray fiber bag with a magnetic pin lock, similar to what retail stores use on expensive...

Students redesign hand wall after controversy

Students redesign hand wall after controversy

By Mary Hardy, Parkway West High School

May 30, 2019

When seniors Natalie Butler and Bailey Goughenour found out that their design for the senior hand wall in the cafeteria had won over the hearts of 75% of the senior class, they were excited because they thought the design was clever and relevant. However, shortly after, assistant principal Corey Sink...

New community service policy impacts students

New community service policy impacts students

By Alexys Ruiz and Aspen Jones

May 30, 2019

Missed any detentions lately? Well, here is the problem: if you have missed detention, you most likely have community service. Each community service requirement is one hour and it adds up the longer you push it off. If you have community service, you will not be allowed to get into prom. After talking...

Seniors have the chance to walk the old halls

Seniors have the chance to walk the old halls

By Jessica Krueger, Tigard High School

May 30, 2019

     Seniors will be kicking off a new tradition: the Grad Walk. After the Senior Awards Assembly on June 6, the class of 2019 will be bussed to Tigard’s feeder elementary and middle schools: Durham, Templeton, Mary Woodward, Metzger, CFT, Twality and Fowler.     Seniors will be able to...

CCHS skirt ban sparks student protest

CCHS skirt ban sparks student protest

By Angelina Hicks, Cathedral Catholic High School

May 29, 2019

More than 50 Cathedral Catholic High School students and parents, carrying signs in protest of the skirt ban for the 2019-20 school year, gathered on the sidewalk in front of CCHS this morning to dissent against the new dress code guidelines for girls. “I’m here because I think that this [dress...

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s visit sparks concern

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s visit sparks concern

By Grace Farley and Dani Orloff

May 29, 2019

While sophomore Claire Diamond-Wheeler said she is proud of her fellow classmate Amal, who initiated the Rep. Ilhan Omar visit to Park by sending Omar a letter, she said she had mixed feelings when she heard Rep. Omar would be speaking at Park. “I'm very proud of Ilhan Omar becoming the first Muslim...

Notre Dame Fire Sparks Discussion Over French Trip Plans

Notre Dame Fire Sparks Discussion Over French Trip Plans

By Austin Richard, Marquette High School

May 29, 2019

Some say it was an electrical shortage. Some blame it on a cigarette butt. Either way, a fire at Notre Dame on April 15 has lead to over a billion dollars in damages and left students wondering if they’ll visit the historical landmark on next year’s French trip to Paris. Notre Dame was built in...

Filtering Out the Distractions

Filtering Out the Distractions

By Cary Robbins, St. George's Independent School

May 24, 2019

“The intent of the new web filter is still about trying to figure out how to filter out inappropriate and distracting content while at school,” Technology Support Specialist Mr. Kevin Cranford said. “Like before, we don't filter you when you leave campus. That’s not our intent.” During this...

Stranger picks up bill for CHS students’ prom dinner

Stranger picks up bill for CHS students’ prom dinner

By Quam Odunsi, Clarksburg High School

May 24, 2019

A group of CHS students was in for a big surprise that saved a dent in their wallet, as they went out to dinner at Ted’s Bulletin on the night of prom. Seniors Therese de Leon, Dylan Mendes, Cristina Taffo, Gabby Gee, Connor Devine, Lillian McCarthy, Jade Porter,  Denise Ventura, Lydia Tadesse,...

Forty Days Of Controversy

Forty Days Of Controversy

By Tessa Bertine, Woodside High School

May 24, 2019

A group of Pro-Life activists has been protesting outside the Redwood City Planned Parenthood since March 6 as part of “40 Days for Life,” creating backlash throughout the community. Throughout the past decade, Planned Parenthood has been a very controversial organization, however, this is...

Cap decorating sparks conversation

Cap decorating sparks conversation

By Sarah Levy, Oak Park High School

May 24, 2019

The graduating class of 2019 will begin a new Oak Park tradition: all students will dress in black robes and will be permitted to decorate their graduation caps. The district decided upon this change in attire in an attempt to be sensitive and accepting of all gender issues and not identify students’...

Anticipated statewide teacher walkouts lead to TTSD cancellation

Anticipated statewide teacher walkouts lead to TTSD cancellation

By Meghan Turley and Olivia Young

May 24, 2019

    The Tigard Tualatin school district has decided to close school this Wednesday, May 8, in anticipation of the teacher walkouts planned statewide.     The District’s decision was caused by the unprecedented numbers of teachers planning to take the day off in order to attend rallies across...

Triton Students Remember Notre Dame

Triton Students Remember Notre Dame

By Sam Bell, Triton High School

May 22, 2019

Smoke clouds darkened Paris as the famed Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, “Our Lady of Paris” burned, a day after a group of Triton students has visited it. “I heard about it because someone texted the French [exchange] group chat,” said sophomore Alexandra Flodman, who went on the exchange....

Teacher helps students make it to prom

Teacher helps students make it to prom

By Hailey Livingston, Broken Arrow High School

May 22, 2019

Attending prom can cost students a lot of money. Most girls spend money on a dress, accessories, nails, makeup, and hair; while most guys spend money on buying the tickets, renting a tux, buying the corsage, and maybe even treating the girl to dinner. On average for a couple to go to prom, the price...

Fairness Committee overturns result of election for next year’s Fairness chairs, committee to have three next year

Fairness Committee overturns result of election for next year’s Fairness chairs, committee to have three next year

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks and Molly Litvak

May 21, 2019

Shalhevet’s Fairness Committee will have three co-chairs next year, after a Fairness deliberation changed the result of a Just Community election today for the first time in school history. The decision will take effect next year and apply only to next year, and the Fairness Committee also said the...

Box office closed: students reminisce about Cascade Drive-In

Box office closed: students reminisce about Cascade Drive-In

By Mary Wojcik, Downers Grove North High School

May 20, 2019

This summer, a popular activity frequented by students, friends and families will no longer be available to experience as the Cascade Drive-In officially closes down. The drive-in has been operating for 58 years but is forced to shut down due to the property’s landowner no longer permitting the...

Free the Pee open forum answers questions, leaves changes uncertain

Free the Pee open forum answers questions, leaves changes uncertain

By Abby Banks, Stillwater Area High School

May 20, 2019

Monday, April 1 marked the date bathrooms at Stillwater Area High School closed during class times, except for those next to the Red, White and Black Pony Centers. After the viral success of the "letuspee" Instagram account protesting the closures, the administration held an open forum in the cafeteri...

Mississippi flooding crashes over West

Mississippi flooding crashes over West

By Laurence Walker, Davenport West High School

May 20, 2019

On Tuesday, April 30, the levee that has been up for over a month holding the record high flooding from the Mississippi river broke, and crashed over downtown Davenport. According to KWQC, the river levels reached 22.64 feet on Thursday, May 2, surpassing the previous record of 21.63 feet set in 1993....

Incoming principal ready to make an impact at Baldwin

Incoming principal ready to make an impact at Baldwin

By Paige Crawley, Lindsay Bonetti, and Lena Barakat

May 20, 2019

Shaun Tomaszewski wants Baldwin High School to be a place where all students feel like they belong. “I hope to make sure that every single student in the school knows that they are cared for -- that Baldwin High School is a place where they belong, where they can thrive, and they can come to realize...

Araz the true ASB president

Araz the true ASB president

By Tyler Idema, Burlingame High School

May 20, 2019

An unlikely candidate sprung up in the midst of the ASB president elections when voting started on Feb. 13. Although he had not asked for it, junior Araz Ordubadi was “nominated” by his classmates without his knowledge, and before he knew it, a movement began. “All of a sudden, everybody had...

WHS students give back to their community

WHS students give back to their community

By Alex Janoff and Cammy Lehr

May 20, 2019

WHS requires students to complete 30 hours of community service throughout their four years at the high school. Where, when and how students choose to volunteer is up to them, and WHS students have engaged in a variety of activities for community service. Sophomore Erin Hines has been volunteering...

SMEA wages protests against SMUSD board over teacher contracts

SMEA wages protests against SMUSD board over teacher contracts

By ArvinJay Jumalon, Mission Hills High School

May 20, 2019

San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) teachers in blue San Marcos Educators Association (SMEA) shirts attended their monthly district meeting on April 16 to urge the SMUSD governing board to see eye to eye on concerns regarding their contracts, bringing with them their children and homemade picket...

Hatters share beloved Notre Dame experiences

Hatters share beloved Notre Dame experiences

By Kiara Kaltschnee, Danbury High School

May 20, 2019

The roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burst into flames with unidentified cause on Monday, April 15, 2019. While there were no casualties and minimal damage to artifacts, the estimation has gone up to billions of dollars that will be needed to repair the cathedral, which is home to a religious community and attracts thousands o...

Notre Dame burns, affects SJS French community

Notre Dame burns, affects SJS French community

By SJ Lasley, St. John's School

May 17, 2019

Following the unexpected burning of Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral on April 15, members of the SJS community reflected on their own connections to the famous building. French teacher Jacqueline Vest grew up in France and took regular trips to Paris with her parents. As an adult, she often took...

Students, parents and faculty express concern over sample elementary schedule

Students, parents and faculty express concern over sample elementary schedule

By Lauren Teller and Slater Dixon

May 17, 2019

The Sioux Falls School District (SFSD)  is facing widespread community backlash over a sample elementary school schedule that would cut fine arts and P.E. instructional time by 25 percent. The plan has caused considerable resistance among parents and students who see the fine arts as one of the most...

South High brushes up on an old mural

South High brushes up on an old mural

By Mia Swanson, South High School

May 17, 2019

The mural along the practice field at South High will be replaced by the end of this school year. Over the past 18 years the mural has been there, the paint has begun to chip away from the wall and the mural has been tagged multiple times as well. It wasn’t until a few months ago that South High Principal,...

Broken glass fuels focused fundraiser

Broken glass fuels focused fundraiser

By Cade Spencer, James Bowie High School

May 16, 2019

Glass lay broken on the ground as an estimated 75 windows were shattered around the Bowie facility. This vandalism that struck campus on Dec. 13, 2018 caused the school community to call for increased security. In response to such demands, the PTSA decided to focus their Build Up Bowie fundraiser on necessary s...

2019 Love Awards promotes female empowerment and unity

2019 Love Awards promotes female empowerment and unity

By Sarah Danielson, Pleasant Valley High School

May 16, 2019

When Jasmine Babers was 15 years old, she started a nonprofit magazine that had one main message: every girl has a story. After seeing how a friend was callously bullied by her classmates, Babers knew she needed to make a space for girls everywhere to feel safe. To Babers, every girl, no matter what...

Career fair news anchor’s Instagram video about hating high school causes unrest within SDA student body

Career fair news anchor’s Instagram video about hating high school causes unrest within SDA student body

By Joice He, San Dieguito Academy

May 16, 2019

KUSI news anchor and reporter Ashlie Rodriguez posted a video on her Instagram story about San Dieguito Academy’s career fair last Wednesday that some students criticized as disrespectful. The video was of herself at the career fair with the caption, “Just remembering why I hated high school....

Behind ‘Brave’: Music video promotes new Academic Center

Behind ‘Brave’: Music video promotes new Academic Center

By Allie Worchell, The Archer School for Girls

May 15, 2019

"Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out" echoed through the halls of the new Academic Center at the Grand Opening on April 13. Upper School students saw a music video celebrating the opening of the new Academic Center at the Upper School meeting on April 10. The video, made by Archer Comm...

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