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Tribal history to be taught in schools

Tribal history to be taught in schools

By Elle Knofczynski, Lincoln High School - OR

April 1, 2020

For the first time, Native history is mandated to be taught along with Oregon history. Senate Bill 13 (SB13), known as Tribal History or Shared History, was set to be implemented in January of this year, with the intention of offering students an authentic education about the Native American experience...

February deaths on Mount Hood increase skiers’ caution

February deaths on Mount Hood increase skiers’ caution

By Devyn McMillen, Lincoln High School - OR

March 30, 2020

“Two unrelated deaths at Mount Hood on the same weekend are a rarity in mountain’s history,” opens an article in The Oregonian describing two unrelated snowboarding deaths on Feb. 16 and 17 in the same spot at Mt. Hood Meadows ski area Heather Canyon.  Heather Canyon is a popular skiing area a...

City council votes to increase fines for underage vape possession

City council votes to increase fines for underage vape possession

By Alyssa Ferrell, Augusta High School

March 19, 2020

After a presentation from Superintendent Matt Ward and Augusta Police Cheif Bob Sage March 2, the city council decided to raise the fine for underage pod possession from $25 to $200. “In 2019, Goddard school district partnered with our city to create an ordinance change that specifically targeted...

Administration seeks to thoughtfully acknowledge sexual assault allegations

Administration seeks to thoughtfully acknowledge sexual assault allegations

By Piper Bacon, Granite Bay High School

March 16, 2020

In this era of awareness, more women have taken a stance against sexual assault and raising awareness. They’ve been fighting for change, and the change they’ve been pushing for has begun to push through into their daily lives. This is being shown in all forms of culture throughout the country,...

Officer Kalama recognized for sacrifice

Officer Kalama recognized for sacrifice

By An Vo, McKinley High School - HI

March 13, 2020

Students and staff gathered at McKinley High School’s gym on Jan. 31 to pay tribute to Officer Kaulike Kalama. Hawaii lost two of its finest police officers in a shooting during a call on Jan. 19, one of which was a fellow McKinley graduate from the class of 2003. Senior Regina Nguyen, st...

In the Red

In the Red

By Carina Muniz, Alexa Vazquez, and Martin Abraham Zepeda

March 13, 2020

Financial difficulties within the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) date back to the 2018-2019 school year and have caused distress across schools who bare the emblem of the SUHSD. Bonita Vista High (BVH) has had its fair share of defects caused by the crisis: from seniors being excluded...

Parents look for answers at heated board meeting

Parents look for answers at heated board meeting

By Julian Bartlebaugh, Travis Luensmann, and John Kost

March 12, 2020

Parents and family members of Bellwood students questioned and expressed concerns regarding the sexual abuse allegations against Ryan Blazier last night at a board meeting at Myers Elementary. Board members and administration faced the public and attempted to address their concerns, which included...

Senior boys present bill proposition to California senator

Senior boys present bill proposition to California senator

By Ashley Yung, Granite Bay High School

March 12, 2020

Recently, two GBHS senior boys presented a bill to a California state senator.  In December, GBHS senior Zack Haug had the idea to promote 17-year-olds voting in the California primary election if they would be 18 by the general election.  “I got the idea because I planned to vote in the primary,”...

Kentucky’s Anti-Conversion Therapy Bill Still Pending

Kentucky’s Anti-Conversion Therapy Bill Still Pending

By Annika Koch, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School - KY

March 11, 2020

A Dunbar freshman who asked not to be named shared her fears about revealing herself to her parents. “I am not out to my family yet, and I don’t really plan on coming out any time soon because I'm scared they will send me to something like conversion therapy," she said. "I’m just really afraid...

Sanders travels to St. Louis looking to win Missouri primaries

Sanders travels to St. Louis looking to win Missouri primaries

By Kate Schreiber, Kirkwood High School

March 11, 2020

 “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!”  A crowd chanted and waved blue and white signs reading the name of presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as he took the stage Monday, March 9 at the Stifel Theatre. The senator addressed the crowd, hoping to encourage one of the largest voter turn-outs...

Nathaniel Woods: How a modern execution impacts the future of the American prison system

Nathaniel Woods: How a modern execution impacts the future of the American prison system

By Khalid Kishawi and Katherine Tsvirkunova

March 11, 2020

The case of Nathaniel Woods Nathaniel Woods is a 42-year-old African-American man from Alabama. In 2004, police officers broke down his door and tackled him in his kitchen on domestic assault charges. He quickly surrendered in front of Marquita McClure who later testified as a witness. Another man, Ker...

Banners installed, removed, replaced

Banners installed, removed, replaced

By Ellen Fox and Julia Kay Smith

March 11, 2020

At a Jan. 21 meeting, the boys and girls basketball teams, their parents, school officials and associate superintendent Dr. Craig Shapiro met to discuss the district’s decision to remove and ultimately replace the boys and girls team banners because they both included a player making a hand symbol...

Minnesota House of Representatives passes two gun violence prevention bills

Minnesota House of Representatives passes two gun violence prevention bills

By Maggie Klaers, St. Louis Park High School

March 11, 2020

Less than 100 days into 2020, the United States has experienced 47 mass shootings, according to Gun Violence Archive. Junior Daniel Goldenberg said legislation has lagged behind the growing gun violence issue. “The last couple years with all the school shootings that have been occurring, and it...

Biden talks unity and defeating Trump in St. Louis rally

Biden talks unity and defeating Trump in St. Louis rally

By Olivia Silvey, Kirkwood High School

March 10, 2020

Vibrant blue signs reading “Missouri for Biden” dominated the former Vice President’s campaign rally at Kiener Plaza held Saturday, March 7.  Presidential candidate Joe Biden addressed the crowd in front of the Old Courthouse around 12:30.  He took the stage after introductions by a number...

A safer school

A safer school

By Kaitlyn Willard, Millard West High School

March 10, 2020

During January of 2020, the 180 schools across Douglas County held a kick-off at the Omaha Police Department as they celebrated the beginning of the new Safe2Help Hotline.  This new hotline is for communities within Douglas County. The Safe2help can be accessed on the interweb or on an app. From...

Austin Properties files lawsuit against Shawnee over denied housing project

Austin Properties files lawsuit against Shawnee over denied housing project

By Ben Wieland and Steven Curto

March 10, 2020

Johnson County development company Austin Properties, owned by Greg Prieb, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Shawnee for denying a $50 million project to build multi-family and single-family homes in Woodsonia, claiming that the city's denial of the project was unreasonable. At a Dec. 23 city...

Missouri House Bill to potentially provide public school restrooms with free period supplies

Missouri House Bill to potentially provide public school restrooms with free period supplies

By Lydia Roseman, Parkway West High School

March 10, 2020

Girls restrooms throughout the school are equipped with shoeboxes stuffed with tampons and pads thanks to Go With the Flow, a club created “in hopes of destigmatizing periods, providing easier access to feminine hygiene products and lobbying for the removal of the Pink Tax.” With the introduction of ...

MHS Nude Photo Investigation Paused Until the DOJ Investigation Closes, School Disciplinary Actions Finished

MHS Nude Photo Investigation Paused Until the DOJ Investigation Closes, School Disciplinary Actions Finished

By Ella Roach, Middleton High School - WI

March 10, 2020

Middleton High School has stopped issuing disciplinary actions in relation to a police investigation into the sharing of nude photos at the high school. On February 22, spokesperson Perry Hibner told news outlets that about 20 students had been suspended and-or received athletic code violations. MHS Principal Peg Shoemaker confirmed last week that there have ...

Community angered by magazine article

Community angered by magazine article

By Cole Pressler, Evan Reynolds, Ella Mashroutechi, and Isabella Lo

March 10, 2020

Editor's note In this article, The Cardinal Times is citing several anonymous sources and not naming three students both out of personal safety concerns stemming from the online harassment that Beyond the Flock staff members have experienced and out of respect for the anonymity of those involved in an ...

Voice of STL: Biden rally at Kiener Plaza

Voice of STL: Biden rally at Kiener Plaza

By Lily Bartin, Olivia Silvey, and Liam Jackson

March 10, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden held a rally at Kiener Plaza in downtown STL on Saturday, March 7. Tiffany Hamilton - Biden supporter “I’m here today because I support Joe Biden and he’ll be our next president. I feel like he brings back the years before Trump, [and a sense of]  comfort. He’s genu...

Students mourn loss of classmate

Students mourn loss of classmate

By Jocelyn Fetter and Kamika Helsel

March 9, 2020

After the sudden loss of sophomore Devon Pfirshing, students, faculty, parents, friends, loved ones and family mourn the loss. “When I first found out about him and what happened, I didn’t look at him as a student or peer that was taken away. Having a 14-year-old brother, I saw Devon as my brother....

Resolution passed by SUHSD board to eliminate 237 positions in upcoming school year

Resolution passed by SUHSD board to eliminate 237 positions in upcoming school year

By Abraham Zepeda and Lucia Rivera

March 9, 2020

Teachers, librarians and community members from across the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) marched in union before joining others at 6:00 p.m. for the SUHSD Regular Board Meeting on Feb. 24. Several hours later, after 10 p.m. the Board of Trustees voted 3-2 in favor of Resolution No. 4658,...

Digging Up Dirt

Digging Up Dirt

By Lillian Metzmeier, John Woodhouse, and Sky Carrol

March 9, 2020

For us, it was the signs. That was our first encounter with the “Save Bernheim” movement. Scattered across our everyday landscape were these yellow, almost fluorescent-looking yard signs. Displayed across them, the phrase: “SAVE BERNHEIM FOREST.” So accustomed to seeing these in our daily life,...

Sexual harassment exacts heavy toll

Sexual harassment exacts heavy toll

By Evelyn Griffin, McCallum High School

March 9, 2020

High school has always been a time for teens to experiment, test limits and break boundaries. However, some poor decisions are much more serious than sneaking out late or cutting a class or two. Even though it is often not reported, sexual harassment is an issue at McCallum, at high schools across the...

Sen. Bernie Sanders holds rally on eve of Super Tuesday

Sen. Bernie Sanders holds rally on eve of Super Tuesday

By Talia Lissauer, St. Louis Park High School

March 9, 2020

Hours after Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the presidential race March 2, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders held a rally at St. Paul Rivercentre in St. Paul in hopes of winning Minnesota on Super Tuesday March 3. “It looks like St. Paul is ready for a political revolution,” Sanders said...

PLD Teachers Run to the Rescue

PLD Teachers Run to the Rescue

By Mike Marshall, Kennedy Gayheart, and Olivia Doyle

March 9, 2020

At an intersection near Harrodsburg and Old Higbee Mill roads, approximately 2.5 miles from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, band director Mr. Brian Morgan, physical education teacher Mr. Lee Jonas, and English teacher Mr. Gary Egan witnessed a three-car wreck on their way home from school. At approxi...

Recent Student Searches Related to Vaping

Recent Student Searches Related to Vaping

By Jocelyn Lear, Boyertown Area Senior High

March 9, 2020

This past week, several student searches concerning vaping have been conducted by administration and security, including in student cars—a right that BASH outlines in the student handbook and has fueled student rumors around the school. The student handbook rule titled "Searches" informs students...

Blurred: School tracking crosses the line between privacy and safety

Blurred: School tracking crosses the line between privacy and safety

By Preksha Kedilaya, Pleasant Valley High School - IA

March 9, 2020

National news regarding Inpixon, an indoor data tracking company, is raising a concern of privacy among students and parents. In at least 10 schools, Inpixon has installed radio frequency scanners that pull data from cell phones for tracking purposes. However, the motive behind the tracking is weary...

Calling the shots

Calling the shots

By Annabel Hendrickson and Marta Leira

March 5, 2020

One thousand four hundred eighty-five students. All with different backgrounds, and most importantly, different germs. With 1485 opportunities for disease, the school can provide a breeding ground for bacteria. is is the reality that West is hoping to avoid with increased enforcement of Iowa’s vaccination...

Sanders rally energizes Minnesota voters ahead of Super Tuesday

Sanders rally energizes Minnesota voters ahead of Super Tuesday

By Nikolas Liepins, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

March 5, 2020

Hours before Super Tuesday, presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) rallied Minnesotans in a “Get Out the Vote” concert at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. After former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) suspended his presidential campaign on March 1, and Senator Amy Klobuchar...

The 2020 Democratic Primaries: Super Tuesday

The 2020 Democratic Primaries: Super Tuesday

By Brianna Cheng, Maddy Ting, Calista Shohet, Anita Beroza, Keya Arora, Elise Hsu, and Isabelle Nunes

March 4, 2020

What do Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia all have in common? They’ll be casting their votes in the Democratic primaries on March 3, 2020, also known as Super Tuesday. Super...

Live Coverage: 2020 Primary Election

Live Coverage: 2020 Primary Election

By Sara George, Lindsay Cox, Maia Penuel, Lauren Hirschhorn, Alex Mohr, Henry Larson, and Ava Svolos

March 4, 2020

Welcome to live coverage of the 2020 Presidential Primaries. Check back on this page for updates from our reporters and analysts.  The polls closed at 7:00PM, March 3rd. Data updates every 15 minutes. 10:00 PM (3/3/20) - Thanks for reading our live coverage. We'll pick up tomor...

“They Belong In This Democracy Too” – Students March to the Polls

“They Belong In This Democracy Too” – Students March to the Polls

By Lindsay Cox, Stella Schitter, and Sophie Shors

March 4, 2020

We are only days away from Super Tuesday, which falls on March 3rd. On that date, 14 states will be voting to nominate a presidential primary candidate. While the Republican primary is more simple because the incumbent Donald Trump is expected to win, the Democratic ballot still has a wide spectrum of...

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar rally derailed by protestors

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar rally derailed by protestors

By Talia Lissauer and Marta Hill

March 4, 2020

This story was updated 1 p.m. March 2.  The day after Sen. Amy Klobuchar was set to speak at Park, she suspended her presidential bid March 2.  Expecting to attend a peaceful Amy Klobuchar rally at her own high school, junior Zoe Frank  said she was unsure how to feel when the rally was canc...

“Re-Education Camps” Detaining Uyghur Muslims in China

“Re-Education Camps” Detaining Uyghur Muslims in China

By Noah Bullwinkle and Emily Martinez

March 4, 2020

Buses and cars lay strewn across the street, their windshields crushed into minuscule glass shards. A combination of broken engines billowed black smoke into the air, while armored police shot tear gas into crowds of protestors. Bystanders ran amok, trying to escape the increasingly vicious confrontations.  ...

New PA Law Tests Students Civic Knowledge

New PA Law Tests Students Civic Knowledge

By Matt Clifton, Tyrone Area High School

March 4, 2020

A law passed by the Pennsylvania state legislature and signed by Governor Tom Wolf in June 2018 requires that by the 2020-2021 school year all school districts in Pennsylvania must test students in topics related to basic US citizenship, history and government at some point during grades seven through...

Everything you need to know about the California State Senate candidates

Everything you need to know about the California State Senate candidates

By Cedrik von Briel, Woodside High School - CA

March 3, 2020

With the primaries coming up on Tuesday, many of Woodside's seniors will be voting in the primaries for the first time. While the presidential election is the one most will pay attention to, there are other high-profile races that affect people at the local level. One of these is the California District...

Racist vandalism reported at Whitman

Racist vandalism reported at Whitman

By Taylor Haber, Walt Whitman High School

March 3, 2020

Racist graffiti was spray painted on Whitman school grounds over the weekend, including the n-word and a depiction of a noose, according to sources familiar with the matter. A building service member painted over the hateful messages early Monday morning to prevent students from seeing the graffiti. ...

Trump, Netanyahu propose Israel-Palestine peace plan

Trump, Netanyahu propose Israel-Palestine peace plan

By Sajah Ali, The American School in London

March 3, 2020

On Jan. 28, U.S. President Donald Trump announced another attempt at resolving the decades-long Israel-Palestine conflict. His proposed Middle East Peace Plan was drafted under the supervision of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and his Senior Advisor. Trump announced it alongside Israeli...

Hegar opening doors with U.S. Senate run

Hegar opening doors with U.S. Senate run

By Alex Dowd, McCallum High School

March 3, 2020

Last week’s Democratic presidential debate from the Paris Theater in Las Vegas smashed the previous records, becoming the most watched Democratic debate in American history at 19.7 million viewers; national news sources responded to the widespread public interest with nonstop coverage of the event...

Youth expected to make an impact on the primary elections

Youth expected to make an impact on the primary elections

By Daniela Rangel, Christopher Sarenana, and Maria Ruiz

March 3, 2020

In the upcoming 2020 presidential election, youth votes will prove to be especially impactful, prompting candidates to reach out to this group specifically. With the California primary election on March 3 fast approaching, presidential hopefuls are reaching out to prospective voters, including the...

Charges lead to wrestling coach’s dismissal

Charges lead to wrestling coach’s dismissal

By Julian Bartlebaugh, Bellwood-Antis High School

March 3, 2020

Pennsylvania State police on Thursday arrested Bellwood-Antis junior high wrestling coach Ryan Blazier and charged him with rape and sexual assault, among a slew of other charges Police allege the 39-yer old Blazier, a 1998 Bellwood-Antis graduate, sexually abused a girl from the ages of 3 to 8 years...

Whitman students fundraise to help fight the coronavirus outbreak in China

Whitman students fundraise to help fight the coronavirus outbreak in China

By Heather Wang, Walt Whitman High School

March 3, 2020

A few days before the Chinese Spring Festival, a holiday signifying family reunion, junior Baichuan Wang’s father was planning to fly back to the United States after a business trip to China. But he soon learned that he would have to extend his stay abroad — flights from China to the U.S. were either...

Sanders Draws Huge Crowd in Run Up to Virginia Primary

Sanders Draws Huge Crowd in Run Up to Virginia Primary

By Morgan Fischer, Dominion High School

March 2, 2020

Just four days before Virginians vote in the Democratic Primaries as part of Super Tuesday on March 3, over 10,000 people packed into the St. James Sports, Wellness, and Entertainment Complex on Saturday to see 2020 Democratic Front Runner and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Before Sanders took the...

The Wet’suwet’en people vs. modern imperialism

The Wet’suwet’en people vs. modern imperialism

By Kyla Clark, Lincoln High School

March 2, 2020

The Wet’suwet’en people are now in a mass protest against the nonconsensual implementation of a new pipeline on their land. The Canadian government, however, remains apathetic due to the compromises and projections stated by Coastal GasLink. Coastal GasLink is the company that outlined a natural...

Primarily speaking: What to look for next Tuesday

Primarily speaking: What to look for next Tuesday

By Anna McClellan, McCallum High School

March 2, 2020

March 2, also known as next Tuesday, which is also known as Super Tuesday, is one of the biggest days in the election year. Fifteen of the 50 states, including Texas, are holding their primaries next Tuesday, more than any other primary election day this year.  There are 155 Republican delegates ...

CCHS copes with coronavirus

CCHS copes with coronavirus

By Dillon Tarle, Cathedral Catholic High School

March 2, 2020

When Cathedral Catholic High School student Daisy Hu ‘20 returned to the United States after visiting family in China, she was shocked to discover the violent virus sweeping her family’s home. Once the magnitude of the virus became clear, Hu grew more worried about the disease and its effect on...

Later to play, later to rise

Later to play, later to rise

By Dillon Tarle, Cathedral Catholic High School

March 2, 2020

After a long school day of studying and playing tennis, the last thing Cathedral Catholic High School student Gigi Jasso ‘21 desires is to stay up late working on homework after a late game.  “I’ll have to start homework later, and I’ll have less time to do it,” Jasso said. “I’d rather...

More Than $5,000 in Student Body Funds Stolen

More Than $5,000 in Student Body Funds Stolen

By Emma Chiu and Taila Lee

March 2, 2020

What Happened More than $5,000 in cash was stolen from Woodside student body funds after the senior basketball game versus Menlo-Atherton on Friday, February 14. Girls junior varsity was the first game of the night, followed by boys junior varsity and girls varsity. The final game, boys varsity,...

Student web searches tracked, triggers safety checks

Student web searches tracked, triggers safety checks

By Zachary Reyna, Akins High School

March 2, 2020

To many people, a breach of online privacy can leave them feeling vulnerable and uncomfortable. However, some are okay with the idea of someone tracking their online searches if the purpose is to keep people safe. The Austin school district is required by the federal Children’s Internet Protection...

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