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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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Elevating solutions for unreliable campus systems

Elevating solutions for unreliable campus systems

By Emerson Traugott, James Bowie High School December 5, 2023

Math teacher Charles Cowey rolls up to the elevator on his scooter to see the bright yellow ‘out of order’ sign plastered across the doors. His broken foot doesn’t allow him to climb stairs like...

Politico Society Hosts Fireside Chat with Mayor Francis Suarez

By Sara Gelrud, Gulliver Preparatory December 5, 2023

Mayor of Miami, Frances Suarez, visited the Student Union last Monday for a fireside chat where he discussed a variety of topics: his 2024 presidential campaign, climate change, affordable housing, and...

Students hold up peace signs while others raise the Palestinian flag. November 1, 2023.

Breaking: P-CEP students organize humanitarian walkout in support of Palestine

By Sara Dallalah, Lucas Gentilia, and Sloan Shackelford November 30, 2023

For the safety of minors, students' faces have been blurred and students will be referred to by their initials. On Day 26 of the Israel-Hamas war, students from various cultures, ethnicities, ages,...

The Activist Club discusses school safety and how MCPS can keep students safe.

Fake bomb threats cause safety concerns in MCPS

By Rebekah Buchman, Thomas S. Wootton High School November 30, 2023

Fake bomb threats have plagued multiple MCPS schools over the past month. Eventually, the police linked the threats to a 12-year-old boy who cannot be charged for his offenses, due to his age. Blair...

The exterior of the Frenchtown Bookshop, located at 28 Bridge St, Frenchtown, NJ.

Frenchtown Bookshop stands up to local government

By Gianna Roberts, Delaware Valley Regional High School November 29, 2023

The Frenchtown Bookshop has successfully fought the local Zoning Committee after a neighbor's noise complaint led to a cease and desist letter being sent to the business. The local establishment is...

Public comments reflect fear, under-representation at Board meeting

By Will Kriner, Burlingame High School - CA November 29, 2023

On Thursday, Nov. 16, the San Mateo Union High School District Board fielded public comments and concerns from 65 speakers regarding the ongoing Israel-Hamas war and Superintendent Randall Booker’s initial...

REPRESENT: Wearing matching sweatshirts, Shalhevet students and faculty raise posters of those who were kidnapped by Hamas during Tuesday’s rally at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Calling for the release of the hostages taken by Hamas on Oct. 7 was one of the main themes at the Nov. 14 rally.

‘Let us not forget’ – 25 from Shalhevet join historic pro-Israel march in Washington, D.C.

By Ezra Helfand, Shalhevet High School November 29, 2023

A Shalhevet delegation of 21 students, four faculty, and many alumni and families stood in the front row of the March for Israel this past Tuesday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in what speakers...

At least twenty BHS students  attended the event, joining 1,800 from the Cleveland area. The crowd on the national mall was estimated at 290,000. Organizers are calling it the largest rally of Jewish people in modern history.

Thousands of Clevelanders Join March for Israel in Washington

By Isaac Gorodeski, Beachwood High School November 28, 2023

The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations held a rally for Israel on Nov. 14 at the National Mall in Washington, DC. According to...

Sophomore Margaux Hideliza Mojica works on their math homework assignment.

Divided mathematics

By Giljoon Lee, Monta Vista High School November 27, 2023

The California Department of Education published a revision of the California Mathematics Framework (CMF) on July 12, 2023 to “offer guidance for implementing content standards,” according to the California...

On Friday, Nov. 17, Wayland community members came together to rally against the recent antisemitism in town. The attendees gathered outside of Wayland Middle School, and remained there until around 8:35 a.m.. “We [are here because] we want to stand up with our Jewish neighbors who are feeling threatened,” Wayland resident Mary Ann Borkowsai said.

Wayland stands against hate: Community rallies against antisemitism

By Talia Macchi and Nadya Chase November 21, 2023

From 7:55 a.m. until 8:35 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, Wayland community members protested against the recent antisemitism in the “Wayland Stands Against Hate” rally. The rally took place outside of Wayland...

The Irvine Unified Board of Education heard public comments on whether to ban LGBTQ+ flags in its most recent meeting on Oct. 7. “This meeting being perhaps an eye opening moment for students and teachers alike to realize, ‘Wow, there are still a lot of prejudices and misunderstandings about the LGBTQ community,’ and we should talk about that to move forward,” English teacher Doris Schlothan said. “But in terms of coming back to this flag policy, I think [this conversation] is done.”

IUSD Board Meeting Calls Into Question LGBTQ+ Flag Presence in Classrooms

By Kayleen Kim and Ruhi Samudra November 21, 2023

During the Nov. 7 board meeting, the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) Board of Education heard public comments regarding a potential policy that would ban the LGBTQ+ flag from all classrooms,...

The seafood section at the Marina Food Market sells a variety of fresh fish each day. “We sell tilapia, black bass, carp, and catfish, and we have them labeled in regions also saying which farm we got it from,” Zhou said. Recently, the fish selection has been limited to buyers compared to past months.

Deadly tire toxin threatens California fish

By Matthew Law, Carlmont High School November 17, 2023

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched an investigation into 6PPD-quinone, a chemical found in tires, following a decline in fish populations believed to be linked to the...

In the shining gleam of their CD toy, the chicks reflect on their experience in the enclosed art gallery vestibule in front of the NASH Main Office.

Happy Bird-Day

By Brady Crow, North Allegheny Senior High School November 17, 2023

The NASH cafeteria is home to many different sounds: the excited call of hungry students, the scraping of plastic utensils on styrofoam trays, and the echo of locker doors slamming nearby. But recently...

To treat sepsis from his partial top surgery, Class of 2023 graduate, Mateo LaMar receives hyperbaric oxygen therapy. LaMar has been left with permanent scarring from the procedure, but says he does not regret it. Photo courtesy of Mateo LaMar.

Bans on trans bodies

By Maddy Cox, Lafayette High School November 16, 2023

After being signed into law June 7, 2023, by Gov. Mike Parson, the Missouri Save Adolescents from Experimentation Act, which restrains minors’ access to gender affirming care, went into effect Aug....

Kentuckys Democratic election night party started and ended on a positive note after Beshear secured four more years as governor. Photo by Isabella Edghill

Kentucky Democrats celebrate Beshear win while Republicans address Cameron loss

By Kaelin Gaydos, Grace Fridy, and Isabella Edghill November 15, 2023

The Republican election night party for candidate Daniel Cameron, which took place at the Downtown Marriott Hotel, was full of families with young children, older constituents and even a young man in an...

The state of bike lanes, sidewalks and more in Columbia Heights is still nowhere near the level of other Twin Cities metro area suburbs, argues Jack Israelson.

The need for bike- and pedestrian-friendly development in Columbia Heights persists

By Jack Israelson, Columbia Heights High School November 14, 2023

If you’ve been driving around the Twin Cities, you may have noticed that many first-ring suburbs—cities that share a border with a major city—have been including more bike lanes, trails and sidewalks,...

To implement the ban on new smoke shops in Westport, several changes must be made to existing laws, including banning smoke shops from all zoning districts and requiring special permits to sell tobacco products.

Planning and Zoning Commission reveals potential ban on smoke shops in Westport

By Zara Saliba '26 and Sophie Smith ’26 November 14, 2023

Several Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) members proposed a new ban to eliminate new smoke shops and signage being built in Westport, according to their discussion on Oct. 16.  Most commissioners,...

Is AI the answer? New district software aims to prevent suicide and self-harm

Is AI the answer? New district software aims to prevent suicide and self-harm

By Jack Tell, Lawrence High School November 13, 2023

For the past year, many teachers nationwide have been fighting the use of AI in classrooms. Now, the school district is turning the tables. In August, USD 497 purchased software called Gaggle that advertises...

School board members listen as Claire Moody addresses them Monday evening.

Students show concern over mastery scale grading system

By Josie Morrow, Rutherford B. Hayes High School November 13, 2023

Monday evening, sophomore Claire Moody passionately spoke at the Board of Education meeting about students' irritation with mastery scale grading.  Mastery scale grading is a redesign of the traditional...

Mayor Parker

SCH mom emerges as 100th mayor of Philadelphia

By Julien Friedland, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy November 13, 2023

Cherelle Parker, mother of a Springside Chesnut Hill Academy student, is on track to become the first female mayor in the history of Philadelphia. A Mount Airy native, Parker served as a member of the...

New communication methods from district improve lockdown response

By Maya Smith, Lawrence High School November 10, 2023

USD 497 put new communication measures to work on Monday during a lockdown caused by a reported weapon on campus. A mix of emails, text messages and phone calls went to students, parents and teachers...

Redwood Shores residents and pets would be looking to face 15 to 25 years of construction near their homes if Redwood LIFE plans are seen through.

Investigating Redwood LIFE

By Avery Wong, Carlmont High School November 10, 2023

Redwood Shores: a suburban area filled with families and wildlife in the Bay Area. With uniform houses lined up behind perfectly cut lawns, many view this small town as the ideal place to settle down....

Manual parents wait outside school to pick up their children after Wednesdays lockdown.

Active shooter threat, lockdown disrupts Manual classes

By Grace Fridy and Kaelin Gaydos November 10, 2023

Frightened students were clustered in the corners of classrooms for over an hour this morning while SWAT teams scoured the halls of duPont Manual High School, investigating an active shooter threat. Just...

According to Pew Research Center, 73% of teens in the ages of 15-17 use Instagram.

North Carolina Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Meta

By Amna Ahmad, Green Hope High School November 10, 2023

In a federal lawsuit alongside 41 other states, North Carolina Attorney General Mark Stein filed a lawsuit against social media conglomerate Meta.  Meta, which owns Facebook, Instagram, and other companies,...

Citing a 1967 university report on political statements, known as the Kalven report, the University of Chicago banned land acknowledgment statements recognizing Indigenous peoples.

University bars land acknowledgement statements

By Clare McRoberts, University of Chicago Laboratory High School November 9, 2023

The situation at a glance... The Kalven Report In the politically turbulent 1960s the University of Chicago president appointed a committee to define the role of the university in terms of “political...

History teacher Derek Smith introduces his Latin American history class to the guidelines that must be followed in order to get the most effective results from ChatGPT. Smith said how important it is to not fear it. Lets embrace it, he said.

History teacher uses ChatGPT as teaching tool

By Ali Garcia, Palmer Trinity School November 9, 2023

As ChatGPT continues to become a larger part of our everyday lives, certain teachers, like history teacher Derek Smith, are deciding to teach it as a teaching tool. “I think it's such a revolutionary...

The truth of Marin gun violence and Governor Newsom’s new measures

By Ella Furuichi, Archie Williams High School November 9, 2023

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed 23 new gun control measures into law. In the wake of nationwide shootings, Newsom’s new bills are intended to strengthen California’s gun...

Coppell Middle School East cross country coach Austin Yaeger poses in Coppell High School health science teacher Gary Beyer’s classroom on Oct. 23. Yaeger performed CPR on a collapsed student during a track meet and was able to get the student back into stable condition.

Heartstopping moment: Yaeger administers CPR to Plano West runner

By Manasa Borra, Coppell High School November 9, 2023

“Most people would say it was a heroic thing, that I jumped into action when I did,” Coppell Middle School East cross country coach Austin Yaeger said.“To me, I just felt like something needed to...

Senior arrested for possession of loaded gun at WJ

By Joshua Singer and Ely Snow November 9, 2023

As seventh period began on Monday, Oct. 23, senior Akram Nassir was pulled from his class, searched and arrested for possessing a loaded 9 mm handgun on school property. Nobody was injured and no shots...

The 2023 California wildfire season has been less active compared to recent years, leading to less natural destruction.

California cities avoid major fires and smoky days

By William Zhao, Dougherty Valley High School November 9, 2023

California’s 2023 fire season has been subdued compared to past years, allowing for less damages to local communities and more pristine skies.  Heavy rainfall in this past spring helped alleviate...

Journeying all over campus, the SkillsUSA girls have created a new kind of childcare option at Powell High School.


By Emma Johnson, Powell High School November 8, 2023

Personal, technical, and workplace skills. These are the three components that uphold the SkillsUSA framework and have subsequently become integrated into a community service project making a tangible...

Lower attendance rates in Coppell ISD schools are negatively affecting district funding and students academic performance. CISD is in the midst of a 12-week attendance campaign to combat lower attendance rates.

More than a headcount

By Sahasra Chakilam and Aliza Abidi November 7, 2023

It's a typical Wednesday morning at Coppell High School and the day of an AP English Literature unit test. CHS English teacher Benjamin Stroud holds 29 test copies. Little more than half his students...

Graffiti by an unknown vandal on the back of Contratti Parks scoreboard reads: Your shoes R Brighter than our FUTURE.

Structure in a Homeless encampment adjacent to Peri Park declared uninhabitable

By Stuart Pratt, Archie Williams High School November 7, 2023

On Sept. 20, the Fairfax Police Department and the Ross Valley Fire Department (RVFD) responded to a 911 call regarding an arson attack near Peri Park in Fairfax. The RVFD quickly extinguished the fire,...

Photo illustration of a teacher and students attempting to comprehend the current state of Israel.

Israel-Hamas War: School Calls for Compassion

By Amelia Bowman, Brimmer and May School November 7, 2023

As fears and tensions rise around the Israel-Hamas conflict, adults and students alike are highlighting the importance of accountable online news sourcing, informative discussions, and showing support...

After the Official Street Preacher demonstration on Tuesday, Mac parents decided to spread messages of love and support towards the LGBTQ+ community. Former McCallum teacher and current McCallum parent Nikki Northcutt organized the meetup through the parent Facebook page. “Silence is not gonna work,” Northutt said. “We also need to be positive and showing support and that’s literally the only reason I’m here. If one kid in there sees these parents and feels validated then it’s worth it.”

Mac community takes a stand against hate group agitators

By Francie Wilhelm, McCallum High School November 7, 2023

This story contains an alternate format that can only be viewed on the original site. View this story on The Shield Online. It was originally published on August 27, 2023.

Senior Alexander Collins cries and is consoled after speaking at the podium during the meeting while a previous speaker holds a sign reading TRANS KIDS Are STILL KIDS.

Proposed policy set to regulate restrooms on basis of gender if approved

By Colin Nichols, Francis Howell Central High School November 1, 2023

Various students, parents, and people of the FHSD community were seen holding up signs and heard speaking out during the Board of Education meeting on Oct. 26, after a newly proposed policy, if approved,...

STUDENT READERS: Shoved off the shelves

STUDENT READERS: Shoved off the shelves

By Mazzy Warren, James Bowie High School October 31, 2023

Hearing about a new proposed law, junior Avery McMahon was shocked. As co-president of the Bowie book club, she was disgusted. Reading further, she couldn’t help but think: school libraries are under...

McLean students host Palestine solidarity walkout

By Dania Reza and Minsong Ha October 31, 2023

McLean students participated in a walkout organized by pro-Palestine students during Highlander Time on Oct. 27. The protest was initiated to call for a ceasefire and an end to the deaths of innocent civilians...

Alumnus killed in Israel-Hamas war

Alumnus killed in Israel-Hamas war

By Lena Nadaner and Aliza Bellas October 31, 2023

On Oct. 20, CESJDS alumnus Omer Balva (‘19) was killed by an antitank missile fired from Hezbollah, a U.S.-designated terrorist group, while serving as a reservist in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)...

The new-to-PISD table, located toward the front of the lunchroom, seats four students. On the table is a set of cards with questions that help new students get to know each other. I remember what it was like to be a new student with no friends to sit with at lunch, junior Sarah Goddard said. For the first quarter of my freshman year, I sat alone. It’s pretty easy to find the kids who have nobody to sit with — the ones on their phones, aren’t talking to others — and so I just sat with them. Going to a new school is hard for anybody.

Lunchroom table helps new students adjust to PHS

By Lauren Clayton, Prosper High School October 31, 2023

As a brand new year starts at Prosper High School, hundreds of new students swarm the hallways in search of their classes. Out of the 3,434 students that attend PHS, a whopping 350 of them are brand-new...

STAAR gave white students an opportunity to learn about BIPOC history, cultures, and what they could do to fight racism.

STAAR shines bright amid the loss of their leadership class

By Corina Karr, Archie Williams High School October 31, 2023

Students Taking Action for Anti-Racism (STAAR) at Archie Williams puts on beautiful cultural festivals, performances, and informational events to raise awareness on Anti-Racist actions. In the past, STAAR...

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Students in a CUSD transitional kindergarten classroom learning about the alphabet. Since the 2022-23 school year, expanded access has allowed a greater number of students across the district to attend TK.

A look into California’s transition to Universal Pre-Kindergarten

By Myles Kim, Lynbrook High School - CA October 27, 2023

Two years since Governor Gavin Newsom signed California’s flagship Universal pre-Kindergarten program into law — scheduled for full implementation by the 2025-26 school year — educators across the...

Charlotte Korchak (front and center) poses with listeners of the event hosted by Jewish Club and MESA on Oct. 6.

Educator speaks at Jewish Club and MESA event

By Connor Tang and Justin Tang October 27, 2023

Jewish Club and Middle Eastern Student Alliance (MESA) hosted guest speaker Charlotte Korchak in Ahmanson Lecture Hall on Oct. 6 during lunch. Korchak works for StandWithUs, a non-profit organization dedicated...

Graphic by James R Prizant

D219 responds to unfolding of Israel-Hamas war; works to create safe environment

By James R Prizant, Niles North October 27, 2023

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East has ravaged both the world and this school, especially after Hamas’ invasion of the Gaza Strip and the subsequent declaration of war from Israel on...

Senior Georgianna McKenny won the grand prize in National Public Radios Student Podcast Challenge for her podcast How the Jackson Water Crisis Affects Education.

McKenny named NPR Student Podcast Challenge winner

By Ray Taylor, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science October 26, 2023

National Public Radio named MSMS senior Georgianna McKenny as the grand prize winner of its National Student Podcast Challenge on June 21. McKenny’s podcast triumphed over 3,300 other podcasts submitted...

With the backdrop of the Israel-Hamas war, Lab community members facilitate informed discussions related to both the conflict and its implications.

Classes, community address complex Israel-Hamas war

By Audrey Park and Sahana Unni October 25, 2023

After recent developments in the Israel-Hamas war, Christine Fojtik, AT Comparative Politics & Global Relations teacher, began to include informed class discussions about the conflict — assigning...

PROTESTING LEGISLATION: Texas families attend a protest at the Texas capital in support of transgender Texans, hoping to delay the passing of SB14. The bill went into effect on September 1, despite the immense push-back from the public.

New law bans gender-affirming care for Texas minors

By Charlotte Koellner, James Bowie High School October 25, 2023

Senior Lee Terrell's stomach plunges. His smile drops from his face as he feels the fear begin to claw at his throat. What was just a normal conversation with his friends took a shocking turn, as they...

The trademark “NASA Meatball” sits at the entrance to the NASA Langley Research Center on Oct. 21, 2023.

NASA’s oldest field center opens to the public

By Mahi Sakharpe, Ocean Lakes High School October 25, 2023

The NASA Langley Research Center opened its doors to the public for the first time in six years on Oct. 21. More than 40,000 people signed up to attend the event, which included activities ranging from...

RCHS freshmen William Wu and Jack Xu (center in the blue and white shirts) watch their robot complete different tasks at the Friendship Invitational in Denmark.

RCHS freshmen bring home third place victory from Denmark

By Fozaan Noor and Elika Seifi October 25, 2023

William Wu and Jack Xu, both freshmen at Rancho Cucamonga High School, focus on the task at hand. They’ve been studying different robot designs for so long, and they are confident in the design they’ve...

BBQ club grilling its way into history

By Arjun Ram, Thomas S. Wootton High School October 25, 2023

A staple of the school community for over 20 years, the BBQ club seeks to foster school spirit this football season, while also exploring grilling during other sports seasons. In addition to grilling...

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