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Local restaurants, such as The Office, are increasing their capacity as California nears its reopening date of June 15.

Businesses respond to an uncertain labor market

By Hudson Fox, Carlmont High School June 3, 2021

As the state of California nears a planned reopening date of June 15, many local workers and business owners are grappling with how to adapt to a post-pandemic world. Reports of labor shortages both nationally...

The Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.. Later this year, the nine justices of the Supreme Court will weigh in on a case concerning the limits of student expression when off-campus.

Supreme Court to Decide First Amendment Case, Students Fear Consequences

By Michael Nechipurenko, Wayland High School June 3, 2021

The United States Supreme Court is set to decide a ground-breaking lawsuit, entitled Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. The suit, which questions the power of the First Amendment concerning student expression...

As India struggles with the COVID-19 crisis, members of the Indian diaspora try to communicate with family members and friends affected by the virus

The Indian diaspora in San Ramon helps loved ones overseas amid COVID-19 crisis

By Anaisha Das, Dougherty Valley High School June 2, 2021

The Indian diaspora in San Ramon finds ways to help and communicate with loved ones amid the devastating surge of COVID-19 cases in India.   As restrictions begin to ease and more people are vaccinated...

YES: School officials say getting a vaccine could mean a green light for going massless to school next fall.

School officials study path to no masks next fall

By Juliet Wiener , Shalhevet High School June 2, 2021

In order for Shalhevet to be completely mask-free next fall, all staff and students would have to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, school officials said this week.  However, the question of whether...

Protestors assemble along San Antonio Road on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death

Protesters march on anniversary of George Floyd’s death

By Olivia Hewang, Los Altos High School June 1, 2021

Familiar chants of “I can’t breathe” and “Say his name” rang through the streets of Los Altos on Tuesday afternoon as activists marched from Los Altos High School to the intersection of San Antonio...

BEFORE: Thousands of an estimated 100,000 Haredim and others at Mount Meron sang and swayed together around a huge Lag B'Omer bonfire April 30.

Amidst dancing and ‘pure happiness,’ alumni saw tragedy unfold on Israel’s Mount Meron

By Keira Beller, Shalhevet High School May 27, 2021

Around 1:15 a.m. on April 30, Sam Rubanowitz tried to make his way down an overcrowded, slippery exit pathway from the Lag B’Omer celebration at Northern Israel’s Mount Meron. Twenty minutes...

A protest was held in Fountain Square on June 6, in response to the murder of George Floyd. Racial unrest this summer spurred Cincinnati Public Schools to begin work on an anti-racism policy.

CPS’ new Anti-Racism Policy, explained

By Delaney Owens, Walnut Hills High School May 27, 2021

On Dec. 16, 2020, the Board of Cincinnati Public Schools voted unanimously to adopt an Anti Racism policy that had been in the works since June. The CPS Policy Committee and General Counsel’s office...

A poster encouraging students to donate to organizations supporting those suffering in India hangs in the Theater Foyer. Members of the Community Action Committee organized a fundraiser to help provide vaccines, medical supplies and treatment facilities for Indian relief.

India battles worsening COVID-19 crisis

By Grace Hamilton, The American School in London May 26, 2021

As COVID-19 restrictions ease in the U.K., an enormous crisis unravels across the globe. India has recorded 25 million coronavirus cases and 283 thousand fatalities, per the World Health Organization....

FDA encourages adolescent vaccination in press conference

By Anjali Krishna, Coppell High School May 25, 2021

On May 12, the Food and Drug administration lowered the age for receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to 12 from 16 as an emergency use authorization (EUA) after the Center for Disease Control and FDA’s...

Protesters Rally to Stop Asian Hate at McPherson Square in D.C. on March 3. Like in Austin, the D.C. rally joined a national movement of  rallies against anti-Asian hate crimes.

Reports of Asian hate on the rise

By Bella Russo, McCallum High School May 25, 2021

Hundreds gathered on the lawn of Huston-Tillotson University on April 20 in a rally to Stop Asian Hate. The rally served as a vigil for the lives lost to violence against the Asian American and Pacific...

The Montgomery County Board of Education recognized May 2021 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The Board’s vote comes amid a nationwide surge in anti-Asian hate bias incidents and a recent discovery of racist graffiti at Whitman.

Board of Education unanimously votes to recognize May as AAPI Heritage Month

By Sonya Rashkovan and Zoe Cantor May 25, 2021

The Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously on April 20 to pass a resolution recognizing May 2021 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  The resolution encourages teachers,...

On Thursday, May 20, the SMUHSD Board rejected a proposal to fly the LGBTQ+ pride flag during the months of June and October.

SMUHSD Board denies proposal to fly pride flag

By Samantha Johnstone, Burlingame High School - CA May 24, 2021

On Thursday, May 20, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) Board held their last meeting of the school year. Superintendent Dr. Kevin Skelly recommended the motion to approve a proclamation...

The Cedar Rapids Police Department's car parked outside of Kennedy High School.

Students Raise Concerns Over Student Resource Officers

By Jami Martin-Trainor, Kennedy High School - IA May 24, 2021

Since the murder of George Floyd in the spring of 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement has pushed for a re-evaluation of the systems intended to keep us safe. While traditional police officers were the...

Indians wait in a long line at a vaccination site in Nagpur, India. Citizens are desperate to receive their doses of Covishield as the second wave of the pandemic consumes the country.

Eight thousand miles away

By Ramya Subramaniam, Pleasant Valley High School - IA May 24, 2021

The Ganges River in India lies silently as the ashes from COVID-19 victims float within it. Overwhelming smoke fills the air as hundreds of newly deceased corpses begin to burn. The entirety of India stares...

According to USAFacts, a not-for-profit, nonpartisan civic initiative, Pennsylvania’s average teacher salary has decreased 4.84% since 2000, and is a leading cause of the state's growing teacher shortage.

Filling the Gap: Tyrone Alumni Address Growing Teacher Shortage

By Ashlynn McKinney, Tyrone Area High School May 24, 2021

While COVID-19 has been a huge challenge for public education, a longer-lasting and potentially bigger problem is brewing in the form of a worsening national teacher shortage. Teachers are vital to...

Student enrollment has been decreasing since the start of the pandemic. (Infographic by Dillon Balantac, Staff Writer. Source: Administration.)

Student enrollment is down at Mid-Pacific and across the state

By Dillon Balantac, Mid-Pacific Institute May 24, 2021

Imagine sitting with students in a crowded Bakken Auditorium. Now picture the first two rows of the center section, empty. That’s the number of students who have left Mid-Pacific over the last two years...

WIth an unprecedented rise of COVID cases in India over the past few weeks, many students on campus with relatives living in the country are left concerned. 

“Our family planned to visit our folks in India like many of my other cousins planned,” parent Sumanth Senapathi said. “Unfortunately, we all canceled ours and now hoping to see what unfolds from this near apocalypse situation in India. We don't have any clue when we will be able to go back like before. Unfortunately, if we force ourselves then we don't know if we’ll all be back safe.”

As Texas opens up, the eyes of many Redhawks look to India

By Shreyas Viswanathan, Liberty High School - TX May 21, 2021

Sharp rise in cases. Shortage of hospital beds and oxygen tanks. An overloaded healthcare system with only one doctor for every 100 patients. Countless deaths and cremations. India, and its...

The gap in interpersonal gun violence between suburban and urban areas continues to increase.

Mequon versus Milwaukee: The disparities in gun violence between suburbs and cities

By Hannah Kennedy, Homestead High School May 21, 2021

In 2020, over 40,000 Americans lost their lives to gun violence with nearly 20,000 of those being homicide related, according to the Gun Violence Archive. This was the highest number of gun violence deaths...

Following a brief period of lowered COVID-19 cases, a recent surge of cases in April has left India grappling with a second wave, making it the country with the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world currently. Source: Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

India’s COVID case spike spurring increased caution among locals

By Sreeja Mudumby, Coppell High School May 21, 2021

After a period of little to no COVID cases in India, a recent surge of cases created a second wave, leaving millions infected. “Every boundation [imitation] was removed, schools, colleges, malls,...

FDA lowers Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine age to 12, holds virtual press conference

By Amanda Hare, Prosper High School May 19, 2021

In another step to fight COVID-19, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the extended use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 12 to 15 on May 12. On Tuesday, May 18, the FDA held...

Potomac student's backpack features many political patches after removal of Three Percenters emblem.

Student’s Three Percenters backpack emblem reignites controversy surrounding Potomac’s role in protecting POC and their allies

By Mina Bahadori and Ali O'Brien May 19, 2021

On Monday, May 10, a post appeared on the @blackatpotomac Instagram account regarding a student’s choice to have Blue Lives Matter and Three Percenter emblems on his backpack. Blue Lives Matter is a...

Students gathered outside of the high school to support law enforcement, while they held thin blue line flags. Counter-protesters stood across from them, and they held a flag along with cardboard signs.

Students walk out April 29 in support of law enforcement

By Morgan Delaney, Stillwater Area High School May 19, 2021

Editor’s Note: As an Editorial Board, we struggled with how to approach this issue and the events that have transpired over the past month, especially as it relates to social justice and how it impacts...

Pride, as celebrated each year around the world, will make its way to Staples this year thanks to the Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and Westport Pride. The Staples High School Pride Day will be the first to occur at a high school in Connecticut, with the activities consisting of wearing rainbow and highlighting queer artist’s work in front of the auditorium.

Staples’ first pride day provides the LGBTQIA+ community with hope, support

By Elle Vail '23, Staples High School May 18, 2021

Staples High School will make history as the first high school in Connecticut to officially celebrate a Pride Day, which will take place on Friday June 4. This event consists of showing spirit by wearing...

Math teacher Angie Seckar-Martinez teaches her seventh-period calculus class on Tuesday, April 20, the first non-testing day this year that in-person attendance exceeded 300. Since then, attendance on campus has exceed 400 students, just under a quarter of the total student population.

Students gradually coming ‘Back to Mac’

By Samantha Powers and Alysa Spiro May 18, 2021

On April 6, McCallum principal Nicole Griffith sent an email entitled “Back to Mac” encouraging parents to send their students back to campus for the final six weeks of the school year. After a year...

Some faculty and students at Fullerton Community College nearby Sunny Hills High School hold a demonstration outside their campus March 25.

Many Sunny Hills Asian students, alumni not surprised by nationwide and countywide series of hate crimes against their ethnicity though the actions remain hurtful

By Nevya Patel, Sunny Hills High School May 17, 2021

Accolade copy editor Michelle Sheen and staff reporter Esther Oh contributed to this report. Sophomore Jeffrey Tran spent his Sunday afternoon on March 28 helping out his friend’s parents tidy up...

Social media has a large presence in student society as a place where many can express themselves in any way they want. Should schools have the power to exhibit rules on the platforms?

Supreme Court tackles school and social media case

By Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder May 14, 2021

As one of the traditional pillars of a democratic society, freedom of speech has faced constant attempts to define and redefine its parameters.  This is especially true regarding the free speech rights...

Mayor Yan Zhao shares her own experiences with racism at the West Valley Stop Asian Hate Rally on March 27.

Saratoga mayor speaks out against anti-Asian hate at rally and at upper school club event

By Arely Sun, The Harker Upper School May 14, 2021

A sprawling crowd speckled with bold posters before her at Saratoga City Hall, Saratoga Mayor Yan Zhao stepped up to the podium and began her speech on March 27.  “America is a place with diversity,...

Hate crimes against Asians have increased as much as 1900% according to data from the New York Police Department.

“Honestly, I’m extremely disappointed and disgusted that people are committing these hate crimes against the Asian-American and Pacific-Islander community, and especially because they are attacking our elders, who are the least likely to fight back,” sophomore Sherry Hu said. “I think it’s despicable people act on their feeling of hate to assault and murder people, especially when it’s based on race.”

Hate crimes against Asians impacts Redhawks

By Erika Pernis and Athena Tseng May 13, 2021

 A woman spit at in her own garage. An elderly man being sucker-punched on the street. Another woman being pulled by her hair on a public bus. The common denominator: each of these victims...

A group of Whitman students encountered men with an anti-Israel poster in the school’s parking lot Tuesday evening. A photo of the sign circulated among Whitman students, many of whom condemned the poster’s rhetoric on Instagram.

Whitman students encounter anti-Israel protesters in school parking lot

By Ethan Schenker, Walt Whitman High School May 13, 2021

A group of Whitman seniors encountered at least five men with an anti-Israel poster in the school’s parking lot early Tuesday evening. The top of the sign displayed a Nazi flag adjacent to an Israeli...

Around 500 people gathered in the Hopkinton Town Common on May 6 to remember the life of Mikayla Miller.

Hundreds gather in Hopkinton after death of 16-year-old Mikayla Miller

By Ben Schanzer and Riya Mahanta May 13, 2021

A vigil was held at the Hopkinton Town Common to mourn the loss of Mikayla Miller, a 16-year-old girl, on Thursday, May 6. Miller was found dead in Hopkinton on April 18, reportedly tied to a tree in...

People hold up signs at an event held by Equality Texas at the Capitol last month. Several speakers opposed a slate of bills at the Texas Legislature that target transgender Texans' access to health care and school sports. Photo originally published on the Texas Tribune website on April 20. Reposted here with permission from the Texas Tribune.

Restrictive trans athlete bill likely to reach House floor

By Lucy Marco and Grace Nugent May 13, 2021

On April 15, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 29 in an attempt to ban transgender students from competing in school sports teams based on the gender they identify with. The bill passed in an 18-12 vote...

Masked WHS students talk after being let out of school for the day. As of April 27, social-distanced conversations such as these will be able to occur between vaccinated individuals without masks.

Massachusetts relaxes the state mask mandate for vaccinated people

By Michael Nechipurenko and Aditya Weling May 13, 2021

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced further plans for the state’s reopening on April 27, 2021. The most immediate change outlined in Baker’s proposal was the relaxation of the state’s...

Anna Zamenski and Julia McCarthy were longtime best friends, growing and traveling together to destinations like Canada for a French class trip in June 2017. Zamenski is running the paper petition in an effort to honor McCarthy, who passed away in August 2018, and keep her memory alive with an empty chair at the RSHS graduation. “The chair wouldn’t be big or flashy, I know she wouldn’t have liked that,” Zamenski said. “It would be more discreet and meaningful.”

Community Petitions for Honorary Chair at RSHS Graduation, Admin Declines

By Lauren Pickett, Marquette High School May 12, 2021

Julia McCarthy was a fun, sarcastic best friend to Anna Zamenski, Rockwood Summit High School (RSHS) senior, since they were in kindergarten.  “There was never a dull moment with Julia, and I never...

Due to the Connecticut State Senate's bill, students who were previously exempted from the vaccine for religious reasons are no longer excused.

Religious exemption bill for mandatory vaccines terminated

By Phoebe Miller ’23, Staples High School May 12, 2021

The Connecticut State Senate has passed a bill that will no longer allow religious exemptions from children’s vaccination requirements for schools, colleges and other educational facilities. One such...

Brehme Drug in Manchester keeps all their empty vials of administered Moderna vaccines.

Vaccinations, Masks, Social Distancing, and Safety: What Does the Future Hold?

By Gabby Drees, West Delaware High School May 11, 2021

While some students are feeling increasingly more hopeful about the future of COVID-19, partially because of new eligibility for vaccinations, school officials are still uncertain of next year's precautions,...

Senior Dylan Belak and his Pittsburgh Predators hockey teammates were in a Green Bay, Wis., hotel conference room when a shooting happened nearby.

Belak, Buys recount close escape from Green Bay shooting incident

By Lindsay Bonetti, Baldwin High School - PA May 11, 2021

Senior Dylan Belak was at a team dinner in a Green Bay, Wis., hotel after the last day of a USA Hockey tournament when his dad came into the room yelling. Dylan and his Pittsburgh Predators teammates thought...

Many current Grady students have recently felt empowered to tell their own stories of sexual harassment and assault they have experienced at school.
Their stories highlight a school culture where victimized students feel their experiences are minimized.

Students share accounts of sexual assault and harassment

By Anna Rachwalski and Stella Mackler May 11, 2021

After a bracket posted on social media ranking the appearances of female students led to initial reactions of outrage and disgust, many current Grady students felt empowered to tell their own stories of...

A sign on the ramp from Jackson Street to I-95 warns of the construction ahead. Work began in March 2021 and is projected to end in Fall 2023.

I-95 Construction Raises Questions of Safety vs. Convenience

By Emily M. '22, Padua Academy May 11, 2021

For Wilmington residents, students, and workers, Interstate 95 is a common sight and part of the daily commute as the East Coast highway runs directly through the city. Built in the 1960s, the highway’s...

Junior Maggie Miller supporting the LGBTQ+ community by previewing the Pride flag on her cheek.

Rights Within the LGBTQ+ Community

By Emilia Belcolore, Kickapoo High School May 11, 2021

Kickapoo High School is rated number 204 in the state, with a 97 percent graduation rate, along with countless sports and academic awards. Most view it as the picture perfect school on the outside. On...

Government teacher Micheal O'Neill believes it is important for students to develop their own political beliefs.

Teachers opening the floor for political opinions in classrooms continues to be a complicated topic of discussion

By Cache Merriweather and Emily Veenstra May 11, 2021

Last August, a teacher in Texas was put on leave after putting up an LGBTQ+ and BLM flag in her virtual classroom. Although she was reinstated a few days later, the situation raised questions of when it...

Outside of the high school, protesters Sara Breckenfelder, Alexa Eike, Aaron Hutchinson, and Jennifer Livingston protest against mask wearing in school.

Protestors Push for Optional Mask Wearing

By Gabby Drees, West Delaware High School May 11, 2021

As the school year draws to a close, tensions have been rising regarding mask mandates at West Delaware, culminating in a protest beginning around 8 a.m. Across the street from the central office, protestors,...

U.S. News & World Report ranked Whitman as the best high school in Maryland and the 111th best in the country for the 2020–2021 school year. Though many students emphasized their appreciation for the school's academic rigor, some aren't sure that the school deserved the honors.

“Best” U.S. News ranking invokes conflicted feelings from students

By Samantha Wang and Claire Lane May 10, 2021

Following the release of the U.S. News & World Report rankings that named Whitman as the best high school in Maryland and the 111th best in the country for the 2020–2021 school year, many students...

Common microaggressions against the Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community can snowball into violent hate crimes, as evidenced by the Atlanta spa shootings on March 16. The shootings sparked a nationwide reaction against racism and spurred local organizers into action.

COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act passes following waves of anti-Asian sentiment

By Akhila Gunturu, Coppell High School May 10, 2021

On April 22, the United States Senate passed a bipartisan COVID-19 hate crimes bill to enact protections for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The bill is a concrete step from the government...

An illustration shows the finality of Drake High School’s potential new name “Archie Williams” as the name change process comes to an end.

DLC chooses Archie Williams as final name for High School 1327

By Isabella Nash, Sir Francis Drake High School May 10, 2021

On May 6, the Drake Leadership Council (DLC) voted by a strong majority to suggest the name “Archie Williams” as the new name of Sir Francis Drake High School to the TUHSD Board of Trustees. The DLC...

Ref. 90: Bill passes on Nov. 3, 2020. Bill was voted on by 2,283,630 Washington state voters. “If students don’t learn about sex from trustworthy adults like teachers and parents - where are they going to find the answers to their questions?” sophomore Alison Powers said.

Referendum 90 will change Sexual Health Education in Washington state

By Hailey Cordell and Evan Aldag May 7, 2021

Sexual Health Education is an aspect of the American education system that has been a topic of controversy in recent years and is beginning to make more breakthroughs in expanding its role in students'...

By April 1, the U.K. had administered 54.3 doses per 100 people, while the EU administered just 17 per 100. London School of Economics Professor Christoper J. Anderson evaluates the success of the U.K.'s vaccine distribution program.

COVID-19 vaccination rollout: Professor sheds light on why the UK is ahead of other European nations

By Antoine Warnery, The American School in London May 7, 2021

Before the pandemic, measures of success for world leaders were key economic performance metrics such as unemployment or contributions to resolving domestic affair issues.  Currently, however,...

Westside High School Students and Staff reflect upon George Floyd Reenactment Incident

Westside Students and Staff React to Recent High School Incident

By Areeb Siddiqui and Kidus Tewodros May 4, 2021

On Tuesday, April 27, an image of two Westside High School students reenacting the tragic murder of George Floyd was discovered by administration. Within that day, the image had been spread city-wide through...

A Protester holds a sign while marching through downtown Mountain View.

Protesters unite against growing acts of hate across the nation

By Mira Sundar, Los Altos High School May 4, 2021

Protesters took to the streets of Downtown Mountain View yesterday at 1 p.m. under the scorching heat to unite against the rising acts of hate crimes across the nation. This protest — organized by...

The day after the resolution was deferred in the education committee hearing, Representative Kapela sent a memo to the Hawaii Department of Education asking them to immediately initiate proceedings to change the name of McKinley High School and remove the statue of President McKinley from school grounds.

Resolution To Rename School Fails In Committee

By Shane Kaneshiro, McKinley High School - HI May 3, 2021

A resolution to urge the Board of Education and the Superintendent to rename McKinley High School to Honolulu High School and to remove the statue of President William McKinley was deferred by the State...

Protesters in Dobbs Ferry last summer kneel in honor of the lives lost to police violence. In May of 2020, the murder of George Floyd sparked protests across the nation. Now, almost a year after Floyd’s murder, the community is once again reflecting on systemic racism within the criminal justice system.

Community responds to verdict in Chauvin case

By Kate Sibery, The Masters School May 3, 2021

Of the 16,000 times that an interaction between a police officer and a civilian led to a civilian death since 2005, only eight have resulted in an officer being convicted of murder. Derek Chauvin, the...

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