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The Rise of “Phone Jails” in Classrooms

The Rise of “Phone Jails” in Classrooms

By Annabella Saccaro, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts

November 18, 2019

Cold sweat dripped from her forehead as she sat in her chair, shaking. Each time the unnamed student heard a notification ring from the phone that was  on her teacher’s desk, English teacher Peggy Mellon described her as “exhibiting withdrawal symptoms like you would expect from a junkie.” This...

On the Spot: California school shooting hits close to home for Bowden

On the Spot: California school shooting hits close to home for Bowden

By Karen Lu, Coppell High School

November 18, 2019

A quick search on Twitter reveals “two killed, three injured”. On Thursday morning, a school shooting occurred at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif. Coppell High School English teacher Matthew Bowden attended Saugus High School his freshman and sophomore year in 1985-87. Thursday’s...

Hate Crime on the Rise

Hate Crime on the Rise

By Prerna Mukherjee, Beachwood High School

November 18, 2019

David Johnson went back-to-school shopping with his wife and granddaughter on Aug. 3 at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Arturo Benavides, a war veteran, was checking out at the cash register. Jordan Anchondo was shopping with her husband with their two-month-old son.  These innocent people were among t...

Live Coverage: Spray paint graffiti appears in school parking lot

Live Coverage: Spray paint graffiti appears in school parking lot

By Gabby Mathis and Julia Golovey

November 18, 2019

The asphalt in Granite Bay High School’s parking lot, as well as the concrete block walls shared with a housing development at the end of the main parking lot and the Grizzly bear statue were vandalized sometime Saturday, Nov. 9 or early Sunday, Nov. 10. Using spray paint, the unknown perpetrators...

Alarm over Carnegie Minute requirements halted as questions resolved

Alarm over Carnegie Minute requirements halted as questions resolved

By Hayden Cottrell, Lafayette High School

November 15, 2019

According to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a Carnegie Minute is a unit developed in 1906 as a measure of the amount of time a student spends studying a subject in the actual classroom. These units are what determine the credit a high school student receives for a class. In...

Goodbye: Several NHS teachers are searching for opportunities elsewhere, leaving students unsettled

Goodbye: Several NHS teachers are searching for opportunities elsewhere, leaving students unsettled

By Kendall Reynolds, Hope Lynas, and Jon Page

November 15, 2019

The discrepancy between the paychecks of Noblesville employees’ and those of their colleagues in neighboring districts has played a major role in the loss of several popular teachers. These educators were some of the most beloved teachers in the building, instructors who genuinely cared about their...

Autonomous cars in Austin fuel concerns for driver safety

Autonomous cars in Austin fuel concerns for driver safety

By Samantha Thompson, James Bowie High School

November 15, 2019

Austin: a city overflowing with live music, bats, and “Keep Austin Weird” stickers, can soon add self-driving cars to its growing list of unique sights. Austin is the third city to be announced by Ford in their Autonomous 2021 plan, following Miami and Washington, D.C. In their plan, Ford has ai...

Forgotten Youth: when college is not your first choice

Forgotten Youth: when college is not your first choice

By Aaliyah Rapping, Kelly Tran, Kamryn Harty, and George Lefkowicz

November 15, 2019

When 2018 graduate Peter Bowden began Grady in 2014, he lived next to a crackhouse that was undergoing renovation on Boulevard. Growing up, he saw friends jailed and even killed. Bowden said kids around him engaged in illegal activities to make money for their families at an early age. “They’re...

Same School, Different Levels

Same School, Different Levels

By Carrington Peavy, Beachwood High School

November 15, 2019

Beachwood City Schools is a thriving and diverse school district home to a population of over 1,500 students. The district is ranked #6 in Ohio, according to the most recent school report card data. BHS earned four A’s and two B’s on the state’s indicators. 72% of BHS students took one o...

Protecting Lives or Protecting Guns?

Protecting Lives or Protecting Guns?

By Amy Chen, Beachwood High School

November 15, 2019

Only 13 hours after the Aug. 3 shooting in El Paso, Texas, a 24-year old opened fire on a crowded street in Dayton, Ohio. Within 32 seconds, 27 were wounded, including 10 now reported dead. This is one more tragic episode in a long string of mass shootings in recent years. In spite of these many tragedies,...

From Classroom to Courtroom

From Classroom to Courtroom

By Mia Capretta, North Allegheny Senior High School

November 14, 2019

When murder trials are the subject of lessons in social studies class, the learning typically takes place with a textbook in hand. But yesterday, the Law and Justice classes witnessed such a trial firsthand. On Wednesday, Mr. Greenleaf’s Law and Justice students took a field trip to the Allegheny...

Portage Northern campus shuts down after shooting threat

Portage Northern campus shuts down after shooting threat

By The Staff, Portage Northern High School

November 14, 2019

This story was originally published on The Northern Light on November 14, 2019....

The high cost of Bay Area living forces some teachers to find second jobs

The high cost of Bay Area living forces some teachers to find second jobs

By Andrew Ghazouli, Carlmont High School

November 14, 2019

Teachers in the Bay Area have the unfortunate burden of dealing with high costs of living coupled with not enough pay. This forces some teachers to work multiple jobs to make ends meet.  "I've seen some staff members working at restaurants, driving for Uber, and other second jobs," said Principal...

U.S. will officially withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement

U.S. will officially withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement

By Elizabeth Trevathan, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

November 13, 2019

President Trump officially began the year-long process of removing the United States from the Paris Agreement on Nov. 4. He announced his plan and stopped making efforts to meet the United State’s Paris Agreement pledge two years prior. The Paris Agreement was signed by over 190 countries in 2015...

County thins part of Laurel Hill County Park forest

County thins part of Laurel Hill County Park forest

By Marissa Coll, Wando High School

November 13, 2019

It was all nature. It was a break from the urban sprawl that Wando alumnus Michael Evans was used to in Mount Pleasant. Laurel Hill County Park was his escape. But he went back one day. Running. He came across several cleared, barren stretches of land on the north side and stopped in his tracks. He...

The CROWN Act: How SCHS Students Feel About Their Natural Hair

The CROWN Act: How SCHS Students Feel About Their Natural Hair

By Madeline Mack, Sage Creek High School

November 13, 2019

The CROWN Act was signed into law in CA just under four months ago. It states that no person can be discriminated against at school or in the workplace for wearing their natural hair. The oppression of wearing natural hair, in particular natural black hair has been forever present throughout U.S....

WCA Journalism Students Gain Insight into their Rights at the Heroes of the First Amendment Conference

WCA Journalism Students Gain Insight into their Rights at the Heroes of the First Amendment Conference

By Isabella Francois, Westminster Christian Academy

November 13, 2019

On Thursday, Nov. 7, students from the 800 News staff visited the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse to learn about how the First Amendment is interpreted in different cases and how it applies to students today. At the Heroes of the First Amendment conference, students heard from Mary Beth Tinker, ...

The Truth Behind Chick-fil-A

The Truth Behind Chick-fil-A

By Mei Lamison, Academy of the Holy Names

November 13, 2019

Chick-fil-A, the third largest grossing restaurant chain in America, has once again sparked attention in the media for their anti-LGBTQ history. Two critical tweets accusing the company of ties to anti-gay legislation in Uganda and to President Donald Trump's re-election campaign have resulted in public...

Hats off to Olivia: PV community rallies behind one of its own

Hats off to Olivia: PV community rallies behind one of its own

By Maria Vaaler, Pleasant Valley High School

November 12, 2019

The Pleasant Valley School District is no stranger to coming together to support members of the community facing immense hardships. And the recent cancer diagnosis of high school English teacher Tracy Lux’s 11-month-old daughter, Olivia, is no exception. Olivia Lux was diagnosed with an incredibly...

Light of hope: Addressing the foster care system through local adoption day

Light of hope: Addressing the foster care system through local adoption day

By Caitlin Crome, Pleasant Valley High School

November 12, 2019

On any given day, almost half a million American children are in foster care hoping for the day they will see a brighter future and the local Scott County District Court is working to ensure every kid will find a loving home. The month of November is known as National Adoption Month and aims to raise a...

Massachusetts on the “Ban” Bandwagon

Massachusetts on the “Ban” Bandwagon

By Nick Pagliarulo, Triton High School

November 12, 2019

Massachusetts has been starting to follow the modern way of policing the public, by simply creating bans. What seems like a radical idea to some in republican states is nothing out of the ordinary when living within a predominantly democratic state. Over the last couple years, Massachusetts seems...

“Are we prepared to fight for one another?” South students attend Bernie Sanders rally

“Are we prepared to fight for one another?” South students attend Bernie Sanders rally

By Erika Peterson, South High School

November 11, 2019

On Sunday, November 3, Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders held a rally with Ilhan Omar in the Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota. Several South students were in attendance to see their representative stand with Sanders, a frontrunner in the 2020 presidential race for the democratic nomination. One...

Aftermath of the CPS strike after a week back in school

Aftermath of the CPS strike after a week back in school

By Olivia Ostrowski, Saba Ali, Editor-In-Chief, and Lia Riechmann, Editor-In-Chief

November 11, 2019

On Friday, Oct. 31, the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) struck a deal with the city of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), bringing an end to a 15-day strike by the CTU. CPS agreed to a five-year, $1.5 billion deal that will include the addition of hundreds of nurses and social workers, a new committee to ...

Social media posts camouflaged as news

Social media posts camouflaged as news

By Talia Lissauer, St. Louis Park High School

November 11, 2019

Evolution of news Communications and journalism professor at the University of Minnesota Chris Ison said the modernized media has replaced reliable news from trained journalists with posts from online bloggers. “Journalists used to be the gatekeepers. Those were the folks who d...

The Vision editors report from the Trump rally

The Vision editors report from the Trump rally

By Caroline Boltz, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

November 8, 2019

Over 10,000 Mississippians flooded the BancorpSouth Arena for the Trump rally, vying for the chance to see the president last Friday Nov. 1. Five editors from "The Vision" were able to secure a spot in the news and media section--being the only high schoolers there with official passes. Trump held the...

‘We had to live with the unknown’: Students reflect on Getty fire impacts

‘We had to live with the unknown’: Students reflect on Getty fire impacts

By Anna Brodsky, Jessica Jimenez, and Vaughan Anoa'i

November 8, 2019

When senior Stella Gregg's mother shook her awake at 3:00 a.m. on Monday morning, she glimpsed her bedside clock and thought she had slept through the school day. Instead, her mother said she had to evacuate because of the Getty fire. She grabbed some of her favorite clothes and childhood stuffed animals....

Federal government defunds public health care’s Planned Parenthood

Federal government defunds public health care’s Planned Parenthood

By Dylan Rowe, Granite Bay High School

November 8, 2019

Abortion, a word that for most evokes strong emotions, has been a topic of controversy within the political world and the general public. Planned Parenthood, one of the leading institutions for women’s reproductive health services, including abortion, has officially begun to lose funding from the...

10-Year-Old Santa Ana Girl Dies by Suicide

10-Year-Old Santa Ana Girl Dies by Suicide

By Wendy Rodriguez, Godinez Fundamental High School

November 7, 2019

Allison Ruth Wendel, 10, from Santa Ana committed suicide on Sunday, October 13, 2019. She attended Hazard Elementary School as a fifth-grader in neighboring Garden Grove Unified School District. The Santa Ana Police Department confirms Wendel was found dead in the bathroom by her 9-year-old sister....

Brebeuf resists Archdiocese’s requests prompting decree and appeal: How it all went down

Brebeuf resists Archdiocese’s requests prompting decree and appeal: How it all went down

By Natanya Katz, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

November 7, 2019

Sometime before October 2017, the Office of the Archbishop of Indianapolis, also known as the Chancery Office, became aware that a teacher at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School was in a same-sex marriage under civil law. In October 2017, the Chancery Office notified the Brebeuf administration of the Archdiocese’...

When a Tower Falls

When a Tower Falls

By Zachary Khouri, Brianna Cheng, Auva Soheili, Maddy Ting, and Miki Nguyen

November 7, 2019

The Kincade Fire If you took an image of any of the 15 fires that have afflicted California in the last week, it would look like a snapshot from hell. Here in the Belmont-San Carlos area, the air pollutant PM 2.5 lingers in the air, a cautious reminder of the fires that burn not so far ...

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