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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Carnegies newest addition to all external doors blocks view of building from outside.

Post Uvalde, HISD to invest in guns on campus

By Ashley Becerra, Karla Berrueto, and Ava Lim September 28, 2022

This school year, Carnegie Vanguard High School and other HISD schools implemented new safety policies following the Uvalde, Texas shooting on May 24 at Robb Elementary. HISD approved a $2.3 million budget...

Pictured: graffiti from the June 25 act of vandalism, which contained the f-slur and sexually explicit images.

Graffiti found at Pyle Middle School contained racist and homophobic slurs, antisemitic symbol

By Harper Barnowski and Darby Infeld September 28, 2022

Graffiti discovered at Pyle Middle School this summer contained antisemitic symbols and both racial and homophobic slurs, Pyle Principal Christopher Nardi wrote in an email to The Black & White.  ...

Ceiling panels bloat and sink, forming brown rings due to water damage in room 113 as Ashley Friedman teaches her AP World History class during sixth period on Tuesday.

Torrential rain leads to costly ruin

By Ingrid Smith and Francie Wilhelm September 27, 2022

On Monday Aug. 22, teachers across McCallum experienced leaks and flooding due to Austin’s heaviest rain in three years. Constructed in 1953, the school is aged and has been prone to rain leakage for...

New student and staff holidays enforced in the FCPS school year calendar.

Changes to school calendar support diverse student body

By Shreeja Tangutur, Chantilly High School September 27, 2022

Controversy stirred after several Northern Virginia counties such as Prince William, Loudon and Arlington closed school on Nov. 4, 2021, for Diwali, an important cultural celebration celebrated by many...

@sexualassultatmasters has been taken down after posting 35 student and alumni anecdotes of experiences with sexual misconduct on their anonymously-run Instagram page.

Instagram account brings attention to sexual misconduct

By Carol Queiroz and Tara Phillips September 27, 2022

On Sept. 20, @sexualassaultatmasters, an anonymous student-run Instagram account that shared stories of sexual misconduct violations (including harrassment and assault)  within the Masters community,...

The Artemis 1 launch was delayed twice and is now scheduled to launch this September. Lockheed Martin in Littleton, a Colorado aerospace contractor, worked on creating the Orion capsule suitable for future astronauts to inhabit.

Colorado Contractors Lend a Helping Hand in Artemis Mission

By Meron Banjaw and Izzy Krauss September 26, 2022

After being postponed twice, NASA announced that the rocket for the Artemis 1 moon mission will launch the uncrewed Orion capsule on Sept. 27. Though the launch will be 1,894 miles away from Colorado,...

The Courier-Journal has been in turmoil over layoffs, unpaid furloughs, and low morale since the beginning of the pandemic, causing employees to unionize. Graphic by Brennan Eberwine

Sick of understaffing and overreach, Courier-Journal moves to unionize

By Brennan Eberwine, duPont Manual High School September 26, 2022

Employees at the largest newspaper in Kentucky filed their intent to unionize their newsroom with the National Labor Relations Council on August 30th. The Courier-Journal Guild made its intent public...

Journalism teacher Adriana Chavira gives Opinion Editor Satenik Ayrapetyan tips for designing pages for The Pearl Post.

LAUSD rescinds suspension of journalism adviser

By Gabrielle Lashley, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School September 26, 2022

Journalism adviser Adriana Chavira’s three-day suspension without pay has been rescinded by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as of Sept. 16. “I feel relieved,” Chavira said. “It’s...

Cardona is all smiles while listening to central office officials speak on HCPS programs.

U.S. Secretary of Education, Cardona, stops by Bluestone Elementary

By Clare Kirwan, Harrisonburg High School September 23, 2022

The room buzzed with anticipation and excitement, a light chatter filled the space. At approximately 4:12 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, the United States Secretary of Education walked into the library...

Similar to what the country faced in 2010, Pakistan is facing severe flooding again. Thousands of people have died, millions have been left homeless, and tens of millions have been displaced.

Floods in Pakistan leave thousands dead and millions homeless

By Ujala Chauhan, Carlmont High School September 23, 2022

More than one-third of Pakistan is under water as of Sept. 9. Thirty-two million people have been displaced, and, as of Sept. 13, 1,481 people have died. Two million acres of crops have been impaired,...

The Downers Grove Public Library displays a sign that says Books Unite Us in support of the canceled Drag Queen Bingo event.

Downers Grove Public Library cancels Drag Queen Bingo over violent threats

By Emma Fudacz, Downers Grove South High School September 22, 2022

During the final week of August, the Downers Grove Public Library (DGPL) announced that it would be holding a Drag Queen Bingo event for teens on Oct. 11, 2022 to celebrate National Coming Out Day. On...

Oracles Design Tech High School campus that was established in 2014.

Fanning the flames: administration’s response to rebellion ignites controversy

Thirteen students were suspended from Design Tech High School ( in Redwood City, California. These students, along with many others, protested the school’s new policies on Aug. 24, prompting allegations...

Governor Youngkin signs Executive Directive 3, creating new pathways for teachers.

Youngkin Signs Executive Directive Surrounded by Teachers, Students, and Parents at Forge

By Will Hagaman, Colonial Forge High School September 22, 2022

Governor Glenn Youngkin visited Forge today to sign his newest executive directive and announce a new system to communicate student needs with their parents. At a roundtable with parents, teachers,...

Principal Shaun Tomaszewski addresses the student protesters from within the crowd.

Students protest dress code, but their language draws criticism

By Leila Usanovic, Asmita Pokharel, and Olivia Rechtorik September 21, 2022

Several dozen students protested the dress code during homeroom today, but Principal Shaun Tomaszewski later criticized their use of obscenities while protesting. The students said they had been wrongfully...

SAVE LIVES. The risk of vehicle crashes is higher among 16-19-year-olds than among any other age group.

Tragic event leads family to set up scholarship

By Avery Cheatham, Willis High School September 21, 2022

When faced with a loss, families react in different ways.  Some families come together and become stronger. Some families suffer a break in their family. And then other families do more. They...

Alumnuns Anirudh
Bhardradwaj, William Huang, senior Antone Jung, and junior David Lee competing in the National Science Bowl Finals in Washington D.C. Not pictured: seniors Sharon Zhu, Eric Shen.

Lynbrook wins 32nd National Science Bowl competition

After four grueling days and over 275 abstruse questions, Lynbrook’s Science Bowl team emerged victorious over 64 high school regional champions in the 32nd annual National Science Bowl, hosted...

Negotiations between the faculty union and the administration are already underway for the 2022-23 school year.

Faculty Focus on ‘Job Creep’ as Collective Bargaining Continues

By Eliza Lampert, Latin School of Chicago September 20, 2022

The Latin School Union (LSU) is heading into the school year with no contract and no raise, but the collective bargaining process continues. In its inaugural year after the June 2021 election, the LSU...

The former crew coach sexually abused one of the victims at his apartment in D.C. in May 2018, when she was a senior in high school, and possessed explicit videos of a 17-year-old former student performing sexual acts.

Former Whitman teacher and crew coach Kirkland Shipley sentenced to 3 years in prison for sexual abuse

By Greta Berglund, Walt Whitman High School September 19, 2022

Content warning: this story contains language that pertains to sexual assault.  Former Whitman social studies teacher and crew coach Kirkland Shipley was sentenced to three years in prison at a court...

“My motto this year is, ‘Were going to do the best we can,’” counselor Ms. Michelle Berry said.

Amid National Staffing Shortage, La Salle’s Counseling Department Feels the Effects

By Lillian Paugh, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School September 16, 2022

With schools across America being hit hard by the current national staffing and teacher shortage, La Salle’s counseling department is not immune, beginning the new school year with only two counselors...

Pictured: Walt Whitman High Schools new wellness center.  While all high schools now contain wellness centers, only the six centers that were operational during the 2021-2022 school year are  currently open.

New high school wellness centers not on track to be fully staffed until December

By Harper Barnowski, Walt Whitman High School September 16, 2022

Newly constructed wellness centers at 19 MCPS high schools are not on track to open until December due to staffing challenges, according to the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services...

Phil Milligan speaks against Jessica Clarks comments during Patron Comments at the Sept. 1 Board meeting. Milligan was a band teacher at Lafayette for 11 years before he became an elementary school principal. He strongly opposed Clarks remarks. Shame on you, he said towards her.

At Sept. 1 meeting, community patrons react to controversy surrounding BOE member’s comments

By Sonya Sud and Juli Mejia September 15, 2022

During the Board of Education meeting on Sept. 1, the main topic of discussion was controversial comments Board member Jessica Clark made at a Real Talk Radio event on Aug. 23.  The meeting resulted...

Girls Tennis wore ribbons in support of Highland Park victims during a recent match against the school.

Community Still Healing After Highland Park Shooting

By Elsa Dahlgren, Lake Forest High School September 15, 2022

Like the local Lake Bluff parade, the Highland Park Fourth of July parade is an annual family event where the community comes together to celebrate a day of patriotism and community. That sense of community...

Political signs for state representative and county commissioner candidates stand on the side of Lockwood Blvd. In order to show good faith and abide by state law, all candidates’ signs must be removed within 30 days of being elected to office, being eliminated from the race or withdrawing their candidacy.

Students get involved in Florida primaries

By Nadia Knoblauch, Hagerty High School September 14, 2022

“We have a first-time voter!” Met with claps and cheers, senior Cat Bunn stepped into the Riverside Park Center with one goal in mind: filling out her first ballot, an important step into her adult...

FUHSD implements free menstrual products due to new California law

Packaging the period plan

By Lauren Chuu, Melody Cui, Avni Gandhi, Taryn Lam, Sarah Liu, Eshika Tiwari, and Sonia Verma September 14, 2022

FUHSD will begin providing free menstrual products in restrooms across all five high schools beginning the 2022-23 school year, in accordance with the Menstrual Equity for All Act signed into law by Gov....

Cafeteria manager Pat Gillman attends to a student in the NASH cafeteria.

End of free lunch program influences students, cafeteria staff

By Andrew McLaughlin, North Allegheny Senior High School September 14, 2022

It is a popular saying that there is no such thing as a free lunch, yet for the past two years, students at North Allegheny and across the country were able to receive breakfast and lunch free of charge...

Only a few students were present at school on Thursday after an anonymous threat to shoot up Midtown circulated on social media.

Shooting threat empties school

By Greta Gustafson, Jamie Marlowe, and Aran Sonnad-Joshi September 14, 2022

Students received an anonymous message Wednesday night detailing intentions to “shoot up” Midtown, forcing many to stay home over safety concerns.  The threat is a replication of a message that...

English teacher Erin Fluchel places Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” back on her bookshelf. While some staff members were concerned it might cause legal troubles because it contains a sketch of a naked woman’s chest, the district ultimately determined it was not offensive. “Some of these pieces are really powerful, important pieces of dystopian literature that deserve to stay. I think [the book] provides students with a different perspective that kids should be able to access,” Fluchel said.

New Missouri law bans schools from providing “explicit sexual content”

By Audrey Ghosh, Parkway West High School September 13, 2022

On account of a new Missouri law, school librarians and teachers have removed certain content from the bookshelves that was previously available to students. Passed Aug. 28, Senate Bill 775 modifies state...

At the Sept. 1 Board of Education meeting, Jessica Clark listens to patron comments. Most patrons spoke about comments Clark made at a Real Talk Radio event on Aug. 23.

School board takes action to address recent controversy

By Juli Mejia, Samantha Haney, Sonya Sud, and Eshwar Murali September 13, 2022

After comments made by Rockwood Board of Education member Jessica Clark on Aug. 23 were widely circulated on social media and in the press, the Sept. 1 meeting at Marquette High School drew a large crowd...

Two hours after the public announcement of the Queen’s death Sept. 8, crowds gather in front of Buckingham Palace backdropped by a flag lowered to half-mast. The official notice from the Royal administration consisted of two sentences posted on the gates as a double rainbow framed the Palace.

Death of Queen Elizabeth II ripples through community

By Rudi Chamria, Grace Hamilton, Clara Martinez, and Maarya Shafqat September 13, 2022

As a child, Assistant Principal Natalie Jaworski said she viewed England as a “magical place.” Jaworski’s perception of the country was largely shaped by stories of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign that...

Orchestra director Ricky Pringle helps a sixth grader in the fifth-period beginner cello and bass class at Lamar Middle School learn notes and finger position.

Budget constraints force Mac orchestra directors to take over Lamar Middle School program

By Ingrid Smith, McCallum High School September 13, 2022

As a result of AISD’s budget crisis, the award-winning McCallum Fine Arts Academy Orchestra faces a challenge it hasn’t encountered in over 20 years—sharing its directors with another school. In...

Trees line Burlingames main entrance on Mar. 12, 2021. On Tuesday, graffiti was discovered in the C-Building boys’ bathroom.

Racist, Anti-Semitic graffiti discovered on campus

By Elise Spenner and Jackson Spenner September 13, 2022

The Investigation On Tuesday afternoon, a student reported seeing graffiti of a swastika and n-word on the wall of the C-Building boys’ bathroom.  After being notified by the student, Burlingame...

Over recent years. there has been a growing discussion about law enforcement and their role in American society.

Shifting opinions around SROs

By Ananya Chaudhary, Nameek Chowdhury, Jason Chu, Krish Dev, Lillian Wang, and Michelle Zheng September 12, 2022

It took 78 minutes for the school district’s police force to enter the Robb Elementary classroom in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 students and two adults were killed on May 24. The shooting exhibited flaws...

Jacob Soboroff 01 addresses the audience filled with hundreds of friends and family of Ted Walch in Taper Gym.

School hosts 800+ for celebration of Ted Walch’s career

By Davis Marks, Harvard-Westlake School September 12, 2022

Community members celebrated the life and career of former Performing Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research Teacher Ted Walch at an event at the Upper School on Sunday. Walch, who...

Journalism teacher Adriana Chavira speaks to students and parents at Back to School Night on Aug. 25.

Journalism teacher Chavira suspended after refusal to remove information from article

By Gabrielle Lashley, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School September 12, 2022

A previous version of this article stated that Chavira was suspended over not removing an article, when in fact she was suspended over not removing information from the article. This was rectified at 2:52...

Paving the way for safer roads

By Kalyani Puthenpurayil, Monta Vista High School June 2, 2022

With a vision to decrease the fatalities and severe injuries on roads, the Cupertino City staff has been tackling local road safety through the Local Road Safety Plan. The LRSP is currently in its development...

Many colleges are no longer requiring applicants to submit standardized test scores.

Test optional?

By Vivian Polgreen, West High School June 2, 2022

For almost a century, standardized tests have been an important part of any student’s college application in the US. However, in the last two years an increasing number of colleges and universities have...

In Texas, two teachers and 19 students died in a school shooting at Robb Elementary School May 24. In response, Head of School Coreen Hester sent a community-wide email May 25, opening up conversations about the impact of the shooting on students, parents and teachers.

Texas school shooting spurs discourse on gun control

By Clara Martinez, The American School in London June 1, 2022

Over 1,000 students ages 5 through 18 walk onto the ASL campus every day. When doing so, students file past numerous security guards and bulletproof glass that surrounds the entrance. For 19 students and...

Almost 860 MCPS teachers are resigning or retiring from their positions by the end of the school year. The latest figure represents approximately 6.5% of the school district’s teaching staff.

Approximately 6.5% of MCPS teachers to resign or retire by end of year; departures increase districtwide

By Harper Barnowski, Walt Whitman High School May 31, 2022

Nearly 860 MCPS teachers are resigning or retiring from their positions by the end of the school year, according to the MCPS Department of Staffing and Certification. The latest figure represents approximately...

A student displays her handmade sign supporting McDonoughs reinstatement. Senior Nick Palma said he believes this protest will help bring Mr. McDonough back. “I feel like a walkout is something needed for the unneeded replacement of Mr McDonough,” Palma said.

Students hold walk out in protest of principal Michael McDonough’s reassignment

By Sonya Kulkarni, Bellaire High School May 31, 2022

About 2,000 students staged a walkout in protest of Bellaire principal Michael McDonough’s reassignment yesterday morning in the bus lane. Starting at 11:10 a.m., waves of students — some hoisting...

WSPN producers Max Brande, Josh Schreiber and CJ Brown record an episode of Wayland Sports Chat in the WayCAM studio. WayCAM has been an important asset of the Wayland community to several people, including WHS students, allowing  many to learn how to produce and edit videos. “[WayCAM is] a really great thing that Wayland has that not many other towns have,” sophomore and honors script to screen student Brendan Hines said. “Im incredibly lucky that I get to [gain experience in filmmaking through WayCAM].”

WayCAM: An underappreciated source in the Wayland community

By Nadya Chase, Wayland High School May 31, 2022

Over the past few years, WayCAM, a public, educational and government (PEG) channel located in Wayland, has continuously seen a decrease in cable subscriptions. Since WayCAM is a 501 nonprofit organization,...

“Unfortunately, sometimes crime does happen,” Vice Principal of Student Life Mr. Brian Devine said. “Our hope is that we can minimize that and reduce the impact of that.

Car Break-Ins Around Campus Raise Concern Among Students

By Megan Snyder, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School May 31, 2022

Junior soccer player Clare Daudelin immediately noticed something wrong when walking through the La Salle parking lot after school this past fall. The right front passenger window of her car was shattered,...

Students walked out at noon today for 21 minutes in honor of the 21 victims of the Robb Elementary tragedy.

Students Walk Out After Tragedy at Robb Elementary

By Caelan Jones, Dominion High School May 31, 2022

Today from 12:00 pm to 12:21 pm, led by Jacob Wesoky, Danielle Douglas and Nora Thimmesch, approximately 350 students walked out of school to support the 21 victims of the Robb Elementary School shooting...

Visitors enter the building and check-in at the front desk. School policy required photo identification to be let in. “Im beside myself this morning. What does someone like myself even do? We can vote the way we think we need to, and we can push people to make the right decisions, but the people above us that make the laws are going to have to stop just talking about it and do something; that is the bottom line,” mathematics and Computer Science teacher Jason Townsend said.

Community reflects on importance of school safety following a deadly shooting

By Addie Gleason, Parkway West High School May 27, 2022

On May 24, 2022, an 18-year-old opened fire on Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Nineteen students, two adults and the gunman were confirmed dead. Hospital workers are treating multiple other students...

Many Daniel Pearl Magnet High School students have said they haven’t learned much about climate change in the classroom and they say they hope the Climate Change in Education bill will change that. AB-1939 was passed in the California state assembly on May 5 and will move on to be reviewed in the California State Senate.

Climate Change in Education bill sparks interest in school

By Emily Short, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School May 26, 2022

In previous years, freshman Genesis Cuellar has not learned much about climate change in the classroom and its effects on the environment.  “When it comes from past experience, I don’t think there...

CE2 celebrates 50th anniversary

By Abbi Elliott, Tigard High School May 26, 2022

     Tigard High School’s program for Community Experience for Career Education (CE2) turns 50 this month. Students and business participants in the CE2 alternative program are invited to the milestone...

Senior Athena Widlacki stands in front of the St. Louis Arch on Kiener Plaza, with one of the free %23BansOffOurBodies posters.

St. Louis Community Rallies In Response To Supreme Court Leaked Draft Opinion

By Sruthi Ramesh, Wentzville Liberty High School May 25, 2022

Hundreds gathered at Kiener Plaza in St. Louis on May 14 in support of reproductive rights, after a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court on May 2 showed its opinions on overturning Roe v. Wade....

The MVA will end pandemic-era modifications to the driver’s test and resume administration of the open-road portion of the exam on June 6. The agency has administered a modified version of the driver’s test since June 2020 to allow for social distancing.

MVA to end modified driver’s test, return to standard exam format on June 6

By Aditte Parasher, Walt Whitman High School May 24, 2022

The MVA announced in a May 3 press release that it will end pandemic-era modifications to the driver’s test and resume administration of the open-road portion of the exam on June 6. Since June 2020,...

English teacher Angela Frye interacts with students. Frye discussed how movies could inspire students stories and related it to their current assignment in English 3 about categorizing types of people. “I always try to find ways to make school fun, and I want kids to enjoy my class,” Frye said.

English teacher Angela Frye receives a letter worth 70K

By Sapir Zachary, Parkway West High School May 23, 2022

English teacher Angela Frye expected to pay over 70K in student loan debt to the federal government. Since Feb. 15, Frye has been forgiven of her debt by the U.S. Department of Education and the federal...

The Social Science Department is defending its curriculum after a Daily Caller story criticized a privilege assignment .

Sociology assignment on white privilege draws controversy

By Connor Boyle and Saige Joseph May 23, 2022

The nationwide debate over how to teach race in the classroom came to LFHS this spring when online newspaper The Daily Caller published an article April 26 headlined “Illinois Teacher Reportedly Forced...

Students participate in a walkout in support of abortion rights on May 17.

Students walk out in support of abortion rights

By Cuyler Dunn and Arien Roman Rojas May 23, 2022

Students dropped pencils for protest signs on Tuesday, May 17, to protest a recently leaked Supreme Court draft opinion showing that the court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade. Nearly 400 students walked...

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