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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Protestors who congregated in a Bethesda parking lot succeeded in their goal- to prevent the sale of the historic property.

Local Black cemetery spared

By Julianne Cruz, Richard Montgomery High School - MD December 2, 2021

Two months ago, demonstrators congregated at a Bethesda parking lot to protest the then-pending $50 million sale of the lot and its surrounding apartment complex, which houses the historic Moses African...

The Pajama Pals logo designed by Merris Gable. The Pajama Pals drive at BPHS is running throughout the month of December.

Pajama Pals strives to give all children comfortable night’s sleep

By Meghan Krapp, Bethel Park High School December 2, 2021

Pajamas are something that we change into at the end of every day before crawling into bed for a restorative night's sleep. That being said, there are thousands of children who don't have the luxury of...

A flag of Nicaraguas ruling party, the FSLN, flies above a busy street intersection.

Nicaraguan presidential election undermines the prospect of democracy

By Hudson Fox, Carlmont High School December 1, 2021

Shots ring out. Tear gas fills the eyes of the protesters. Stumbling over the bodies of fellow students from their dorm room, a mad dash ensues. Police forces converge on the group of students protesting...

Senior Sydney Schneider, junior Julia Shen, senior Kaitlyn Chou and junior Claire Myers practice alongside the rest of the dance team in the cafeteria on Wednesday, Sept. 20. The team performs “Chantilly Lace” at school football games as per long-standing tradition.

‘Chantilly Lace’: school theme song faces backlash over lyrics

By Mahika Sharma, Chantilly High School November 30, 2021

For decades, the 1958 record “Chantilly Lace” by American musician Jiles Perry Richardson Jr., better known as The Big Bopper, has been the CHS theme song. However, many are calling for change in light...

Sit-ins are recorded on the new school mural. In addition to the murals, the stories of civil rights activism are told through display cases recently added inside the remodeled building.

Sit-in memorialized in new remodel

By Tessa Collar, Lawrence High School November 30, 2021

Dating back to 1857, Lawrence High School boasts a rich history. The building is full of stories of those who have walked its halls: stories of triumphs and victories, friends that became family, but also...

Raina Pfeifer talks about starting a SEA club at West and plans for the future.

If we’re green, we’re golden

By Krisha Kapoor , West High School November 29, 2021

The House of Representatives passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill Nov. 5, which includes $47 billion designated to climate resilience and preparing communities for natural disasters that have been...

IT STARTS WITH THE STUDENTS: Campus Ministry commissioners, sophomores Angelin Tran (far left) and Hailey Mouat (second from the left), take their turn volunteering before school to collect donations for Thanksgiving Outreach on Wednesday, Nov. 10. “I think it’s important to be able to use the privilege that we have to give to others who are less fortunate,” Mouat said. (Photo courtesy of Brigette Ramirez)

$15,000 in gift cards raised in annual Thanksgiving Outreach

By Brigette Ramirez and Tia Shackeroff November 24, 2021

With Thanksgiving comes the beginning of the holiday season and the season of giving. To kick off their three annual outreach programs, Campus Ministry begins Thanksgiving Outreach on Nov. 1 each year....

Mohammad Othman (No. 11) was a senior at Carlmont and was shot on Jan. 7, 2019. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Belmont Fire Department.

Community reacts to recent arrests in Mohammad Othman case

By Calista Shohet, Carlmont High School November 24, 2021

As the third anniversary of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Carlmont student Mohammad "Mo" Othman approaches this January, justice is beginning to be served, as suspects have been arrested. Othman...

While Bloomington Normal has shown economic growth, Unit 5’s struggles to fill vacant positions in the food service and custodial departments and is in need of substitute teachers, teaching assistants, and bus drivers.

Community feels impact of staffing shortages

By Avani Rai, Normal Community High School November 18, 2021

Staffing shortages, said Superintendent Kristin Weikle at the Oct. 17 School Board meeting, are “one of the biggest challenges [the district] is facing” this school year. Unit 5’s struggles to...

LAUSD school bus driver Ismael Cabrera keeps an eye on the students boarding his bus after school on Nov 10.

School bus driver shortage leads to reduction in routes, longer rides

By Delilah Brumer, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School November 16, 2021

Before the fog fades or the dew evaporates, school bus driver Ismael Cabrera takes the wheel. Cabrera’s schedule, which recently has lengthened, begins when he wakes up at 4:30 a.m. and ends when...

Staff shortages, among other issues, prevent smooth rollout of the already restricted food form being distributed.

Shortages eat away at California’s free lunch program in DVHS

By Mahika Arya, Megan Dhillon, Jade Wang, and Mitali Mittal November 15, 2021

At DVHS, challenges of shortages, from staff to supply, along with COVID safety protocol are hampering the variety and quality of meal options in the new district free lunch plan.  California’s free...

CRT Is Racism: Members of WakeUp D99 gather at Oct.18 board meeting to voice their Critical Race Theory and mask policy concerns.

COVID-19 mandates, CRT fuel conflict at board meeting

By Tabitha Irvin, Downers Grove North High School November 12, 2021

At District 99’s latest Board of Education meeting on Oct. 18, the topic of discussion revolved around the proposed semi-block schedule for the 2022-23 school year. Those who spoke during the public...

Juniors Dylan Neal and Mason Michulka walk across the House Park field during halftime after being crowned Class of 2023 homecoming royalty.

King, queen and in between

By Alice Scott, McCallum High School November 12, 2021

Nothing screams Texas like high school football. And as the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. Pep rallies, Friday night games and homecoming are just a few of the events that make up football...

Writers use National Novel Writing Month to get as many words into a draft as they can in a demanding challenge to compose an entire novel in a single month.

50,000 Words. One month.

By Aris Pastor, North Allegheny Senior High School November 11, 2021

While some may think of November as the month of Thanksgiving break or the days when the chilly air turns into frosty mornings, many writers see the month as a different time. National Novel Writing Month,...

Junior Nevaeh Dobyne speaks during open  forum Nov. 9. Students in SOAR organized the event as a response to a white faculty member saying the N-word.

Use of N-word by faculty member sparks anger

By Molly Schochet, Elena Ortiz-Fishman, and Andrea Melear November 11, 2021

The conversation “We want change,” students cheered as SOAR members wrapped up their discussion regarding the use of the N-word by a white faculty member Nov. 4.  Students Organized Against...

After years of advocating, an effort originally started by social studies teachers in Houston ISD, the state of Texas officially recognized an African American studies course to be taught in high schools across the state in late April. This year, the course has made its debut in Frisco ISD classrooms and on campus, with students diving deep into the history of Black Americans.

More than a textbook page: African American studies teaches history and heritage

By Trisha Dasgupta, Liberty High School - TX November 10, 2021

After years of advocating, an effort originally started by social studies teachers in Houston ISD, the state of Texas officially recognized an African American studies course to be taught in high schools...

Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes meets in Palo Alto with representatives of the US Department of Defense (DoD) during DoD meetings with several high-tech companies in April 2013. Holmes founded Theranos in 2003 as a 19-year-old Stanford dropout.

Elizabeth Holmes trial for fraud and conspiracy intensifies in its 8th week as more witnesses take the stand

By Emma Gao and Ariana Goetting November 9, 2021

Former employees and investors in Elizabeth Holmes’s now defunct Silicon Valley biotech startup Theranos testify against the company as Holmes faces charges of fraud and conspiracy in the eighth week...

A school lunch last Friday. The carrots were served in plastic bags, and fruit and vegetable options were served without plastic trays. While it was unclear whether or not this was due to supply shortages, it was a sign of how school kitchens are being run differently due to shortages in staff and supplies. Cherry Creek School District is facing a shortage of kitchen staff workers, yet despite this shortage and an increase in students needing meals, every student that has needed a meal has been able to get one. “I’ve yet to have anybody say that they weren’t able to get a meal,” said Kim Kilgore, Director of Food and Nutrition for Cherry Creek School District.

CCSD Kitchen Staff Shortage Threatens Student Food Supply

By Emily Gleason, Cherry Creek High School November 9, 2021

Cherry Creek School District (CCSD) is currently facing a shortage of kitchen staff working in school cafeterias and has been since the COVID-19 Pandemic started. “The supply chain and the staffing...

To make getting the vaccine less scary for younger children, San Mateo County has a set up a pediatric vaccine clinic with many fun activities. According to the county website, they have set up televisions and life-size games of chess and Connect Four [that] will also help children feel at ease while waiting for their shot and during the 15-minute observation period.

CDC approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11

By Robin Linares, Carlmont High School November 8, 2021

Children ages 5-11 are now eligible to get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, following the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The decision comes following a Pfizer study whose...

The information box at Yancey Park reflects on the familys legacy and contributions to Edina history

Edina renames park to honor historic Black founders

By Hannah Owens Pierre, Edina High School November 8, 2021

At the main entrance of Yancey Park lies a tall triangular box commemorating the Yanceys, a family of Black pioneers who were among the first people to settle in Edina. One year ago, Garden Park was renamed...

“We live in a time that is so politically charged and so polarized that sometimes it’s important to just step back and think about this is not politics, this is about human beings,” Mr. Dreisbach said.

Following Newberg Ban, Students and Staff React to Displays of Pride and BLM Symbols on Campus

By John Pham and Lillian Paugh November 5, 2021

A one-hour drive from La Salle, the Newberg School Board recently banned staff from displaying Black Lives Matter signs and Pride flags in their classrooms, alarming and angering some of Newberg’s staff...

Mikuni is closing on Mondays due to being short staffed. This is one of the many sacrifices that businesses need to make to adapt to a smaller staff.

Employee drought leaves local businesses understaffed and unprepared

By Justin Ha, Granite Bay High School November 4, 2021

If you walk into any of the seven Mikunis in California that CEO, Taro Arai, owns, you will find a busy sushi restaurant bustling with activity. Patrons clumsily pick up their sushi rolls, while chefs...

The new sign right on Jo Anderson Drive to commemorate the renaming of Circle Drive.

Driving Through a Legacy

By Harry Lowitz, Francis W. Parker School November 3, 2021

Every morning, hundreds of cars make a right turn off of Clark Street into a driveway and release students into the Parker atmosphere. This right turn into “Circle Drive” has been made for many years....

The parking lot in front of the former Dart Bowl remains on Grover Avenue behind McCallum and is frequently used as a practice location for groups of motorcyclists.

New property developments mean big changes for Austin, McCallum, surrounding neighborhoods

By Francie Wilhelm, McCallum High School October 29, 2021

Small businesses in the Brentwood and Crestview neighborhoods around McCallum have recently shut their doors, but thanks to the desirable location, property developers have purchased many of the sites...

A map is split into colored regions to represent the multitude of Buy Nothing communities within the Bay Area.

Cast-offs find new homes with Buy Nothing

By Charlotte Gordon, Carlmont High School October 29, 2021

During the pandemic, many people forged connections with neighbors through the world of Buy Nothing. Buy Nothing is an international free item exchange group that is primarily conducted over Facebook....

A nurse prepares a Pfizer booster shot at the San Jose Valley Medical Center on October 18. After preparation, the booster can then be administered to elderly and immunocompromised citizens.

FDA approves Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots, administration currently underway

By Edward Huang, The Harker Upper School October 29, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared COVID-19 booster shots from Pfizer to be safe for individuals over the age of 65, people with compromised immune systems and essential workers on Sept. 22...

The extra layer of protection provided by the booster shot has been a relief for those highest at risk of contracting COVID-19.

Getting booster shots is the new normal

By Mason Fang, Mitali Mittal, Aditya Arora, and Allan Zhang October 28, 2021

On Sept. 22, the FDA authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot for individuals in specific demographic groups, resulting in high demand for the vaccine while experts consider a future with regular...

According to United States Drug Enforcement Administration, a dose a fraction of the size of a penny) can be lethal  depending on a person’s body size, tolerance and past usage.

Rise of fentanyl poisonings in Placer County youth concerns local experts

By Sarah Yee, Granite Bay High School October 28, 2021

Why have fentanyl-related deaths among teens increased in Placer County? Two milligrams of fentanyl, two specks on a penny, can be lethal.  Victims of fentanyl poisonings first stop breathing and...

In a car, the catalytic converter sits towards the front of the car, in front of the muffler.

Thieves drive off with catalytic converters

By Sienna Reinders, Carlmont High School October 28, 2021

Catalytic converter theft has been taking place in the Bay Area for years, but incidents dramatically surged in the past few years. As the value of the precious metals that make up catalytic converters...

 PVHS held its job fair on Oct. 20 as local workforces are burdened by labor shortages.

Vaccine mandates threaten to exacerbate US labor shortage

By Jayne Abraham, Pleasant Valley High School - IA October 28, 2021

As the world attempts to move to a post-COVID state, vaccine mandates are becoming popular across professions. On Sept. 2, as reported by AP News, President Joe Biden “ordered sweeping new federal vaccine...

A recent MCPS report revealed that students experienced significant academic setbacks after a year of virtual learning.

MCPS students miss academic targets after year of virtual learning

By Ethan Schenker, Walt Whitman High School October 27, 2021

After nearly 18 months of virtual learning, MCPS students returned to in-person school less academically prepared than pupils in previous years, according to newly released educational performance data...

Bills in the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives have proposed allowing residents of Buckhead, Atlantas wealthiest district, to vote on de-annexation. De-annexation could harm Atlanta and APS and place the North Atlanta cluster in a state of uncertainty.

Potential Buckhead de-annexation could harm Atlanta and APS

By Aran Sonnad-Joshi, Midtown High School October 26, 2021

Buckhead, Atlanta’s wealthiest district, is trying to de-annex from the city and create its own local government. Two bills, one each in the Georgia Senate and the Georgia House of Representatives, have...

Ethnic studies teacher Benjamin Andersen walks among his students, who are learning about the different histories and cultures of people of color in the first year class.

New ethnic studies class engages students

By Alice Oh, California High School - CA October 26, 2021

Cal High’s new ethnic studies class is encouraging students to make a major impact on campus and in the San Ramon community as a whole. The class unpacks the intersectionality of the histories, cultures...

The Nicasio Reservoir, which is approximately half as full as it should be this time of year.

County reservoirs at historic lows, local wildlife at risk

By Henry Pratt, Archie Williams High School October 26, 2021

From 2011 through 2019, California suffered its worst drought in recorded history. Without the luxury of rainfall relief in the past year, California now suffers from low reservoir levels and likely faces...

In the photo above, sophomore Christian Alfano holds one of the mini pride flags that was passed out before school, Monday, Oct. 18. Students rallied to protest for LGBTQ+ rights in the face of anti-LGBTQ+ speeches given at recent school board meetings. People should be allowed to feel comfortable with loving other people — it shouldn’t be a crime or something to be embarrassed about, senior Jordyn Leggiere said. Everyone deserves to love.

Students petition for right to display LGBTQ+ flag on school grounds

By Kalyani Rao, Prosper High School October 25, 2021

An anti-LGBTQ+ speech given at an Aug. 23 school board meeting motivated Rock Hill High School student Kelsey Reid to start a petition to "allow the Prosper ISD School District to freely display...

Pack the Halls. Students navigate
hallways and staircases during the
transition between 2nd and 3rd period
on Aug. 26, 2021. With 3,570 students on
campus, congested hallways are a daily

Maxed Out

By Kate Becker and Haley Jackson October 22, 2021

With the 2021-2022 school year underway, students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are feeling the effects of increased enrollment. This increase has raised many questions: is MSD over-enrolled?...

REGISTERING STUDENTS: English teacher Jacob Morgan points to the link for students to sign up for a cohort for this years SOAR program. The first SOAR meetings were held this past week and will continue into next week.

New program SOARS above prejudice

By Arushi Sharma, James Bowie High School October 22, 2021

Beginning the 2021-22 school year, the Bowie administration has formed a campus-wide initiative called Students Organized for Anti-Racism (SOAR) with 30 faculty sponsors, including teachers and counselors,...

At Downers Grove South, students have six absences where they don’t have to provide a doctor’s note; they can just be called out. Any time a student is absent, they can make up their work,”DGS Counselor Jenny Franz said.

Illinois to institute mental health days for students

By Emma Fudacz, Downers Grove South High School October 20, 2021

In August 2021, a bill signed into effect by Governor J.B. Pritzker stated that all Illinois students will be allowed to take up to five mental health days per semester starting in January 2022. Students...

On Friday, Sept. 24, students rallied in front of Tampa City Hall for Climate Day of Action. Around 150 people came to call on Tampa to declare a “Code Red” Climate Emergency. (Lina Chen)

Plant students call on Tampa to declare “Code Red” Climate Emergency

By Ava Satterfield, HB Plant Senior High School - Newspaper October 19, 2021

On Friday, Sept. 24, young people around the world rallied to fight for climate action. The event, Global Day of Climate Action, drew thousands from Germany to Nigeria to right here in Tampa....

Pumpkin sales spiking in fall lead to many pumpkins rotting on the streets or in landfills.

Pumpkin-caused emissions spook the environment

By Annabel Chia, Carlmont High School October 18, 2021

With the autumn season in full swing, pumpkin sales are beginning to spike.  This annual surge in pumpkin sales brings about a whole new meaning to "spooky season" as a result of their potential for increased...

Enbridge has spent the last seven years building the 1,031 mile long Line 3 pipeline.

Line 3 in use, destruction arises

By Elizabeth Trevathan, St. Paul Academy and Summit School October 14, 2021

Barely three days after oil first flowed through the new Line 3 pipeline on Oct. 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released information on the environmental destruction caused by the pipeline's...

Student leaders of The Artemis Center set up a poster board during the club fair, informing the community on opportunities to engage with service. This year, as the club fair coincided with the Los Angeles climate strike, the Artemis center provided students with information about the strike happening that same day and encouraged students to sign a petition for California plastic laws.

‘It is not just to stand on the street’: Student leaders guide community engagement in climate strike

By Rose Sarner, Archer School for Girls October 13, 2021

The annual global climate strike demanded urgent action for climate justice in 99 countries different countries, according to The Guardian. Friday, Sept. 24, marked the global climate strike organized by...

Section 4 of Senate Bill 3 requires that teachers explore all viewpoints and perspectives equally and give no preference to one particular viewpoint. Under this new requirement, student murals depicting certain social movements in a strictly positive light, such as those facing Sunshine Drive that appear on the brick wall across from the outdoor stage, could be considered unlawful. Photo by Alysa Spiro.

‘Critical race theory’ bill spurs discussion, criticism

By Alysa Bijl-Spiro and Amaya Collier October 12, 2021

Senate Bill 3, the “critical race theory” bill, has ignited debate on the McCallum campus. This controversial legislation that restricts how history is taught in Texas public schools was signed by...

Samuel Ramirez, 9, and other JROTC members walk in line to the cafeteria on Oct. 6, during modified lockout procedures. Legacy went into a modified lockout during the active shooter incident at Timberview High School.

Legacy Responds to Timberview Shooting with Modified Lockout Procedures

By McKenzie Canton and Blake Hinerman October 8, 2021

During an active shooter incident Oct. 6 at Timberview High School, Legacy went on a modified lockout securing all 64 exterior doors from anyone entering and exiting campus and not allowing students to...

After returning to full in person school, Coppell High School students have been facing academic and emotional challenges.  Coppell ISD is working to bridge learning gaps caused by COVID-19 by emphasizing learner choice and interaction.

Molding to the new normal

By Akhila Gunturu, Coppell High School October 6, 2021

For many Coppell ISD students, the 2020-21 school year began in the silence of their bedrooms in front of a screen. Fast forward, and the school year finished in the same place, with only a screen to connect...

An MHS cafeteria worker hands out lunch to students during the shortage of cafeteria staff.

Falling Short: RSD Faces Bus Driver, Substitute & Cafeteria Worker Shortages

By Aarushi Bute (she/her), Marin Ellington (she/her), and Anika Talyan (she/her) October 6, 2021

As RSD returns to its first full in-person school year since COVID-19, staff shortages have affected departments including transportation, substitutes and nutrition.  Bus Driver Shortage Following...

English teacher Tom Wiegman holds up the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card he received after being vaccinated with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in March 2021 and the second dose in April 2021. The Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] sent out an email Sept. 2 to all staff mandating vaccination verification to fulfill a state requirement that the governor signed into law Aug. 11. Anyone working in the FJUHSD who chooses not to be vaccinated must take a COVID-19 test on a weekly basis beginning Oct. 18.

FJUHSD mandates vaccines for entire staff, offers secondary option to test weekly for unvaccinated

By Kate Yang, Sunny Hills High School October 5, 2021

In compliance with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new public health order, the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] announced, through an email sent to students and parents on Sept. 3, its decision...

Students take their first tests in-person on paper after spending a year in online school.

Teachers adjust to in-person test-taking following online school

By Anaisha Das, Dougherty Valley High School October 5, 2021

As Dougherty Valley High School transitions from remote learning to in-person learning for the upcoming school year, students and teachers adjust to changes in conducting assessments. The differences...

CVHS junior Barbara Butali and her parents warmly embrace as they celebrate their fully vaccinated status as of February 2021. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Butali)

Vaccine inequality struck international family members of CVHS students and staff

By Caitlin Liman and Nina Nguyen October 1, 2021

Just last Friday on September 16, 2021, the FDA Vaccine Advisory Committee rejected President Biden's booster shot plan for the general population amidst growing criticism of vaccine disparity, including...

An astonishingly low voter registration rate among the youth in Orange County has lead to the community questioning the efficacy of government curriculums in school.

Low Teen Voter Registration in OC Leads to Records Request

By Nikki Iyer , San Juan Hills High School October 1, 2021

The Civics Center, a nonpartisan organization working to increase youth voter participation, filed a public records request last month to determine whether CUSD and other Orange County school districts...

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