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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Steve Aspinall, school resource officer, talks with Kasey Mills, hall monitor, while he ensures safety in the halls. Four resource officers were hired to increase officer coverage at the elementary schools.

District Hires Four Safety Officers

By David Moss, Marquette High School May 25, 2023

Susan Hartley, science teacher, has a child in kindergarten and first grade, both at Ballwin elementary. She is always alert to the safety of her children. “When they have intruder drills and things...

Broken glass fills this view of sophomore Kritkika Kothas family car. Kothas sister took this picture as she hid in the vehicle, which had been shot at during the shooting at Allen Premium Outlets. The shooting occurred May 6. I didn’t scream or anything, she said. I was more frozen. I was sitting in the car, and I was terrified. I didn’t know what was going to happen.

Students share personal experiences from Allen mall shooting

By Anisha Mandem, Prosper High School May 25, 2023

Gun shots rang out through H&M. They sounded like fireworks. Screams pierced the atmosphere. The crunching sound of broken glass traveled from the shooter's footsteps. Shoppers hid in fitting rooms...

Students at Sunshine Gardens Elementary learn more about how to ride their bikes.

South San Francisco connects a community through bikes

By Samantha Crowther, Carlmont High School May 24, 2023

The ‘Every Kid Deserves A Bike’ (EKDAB) program is celebrating a year of providing bikes to kids by expanding into additional schools and doubling the number of bikes it provides. The City of South...

Tyrone firefighters working to extinguish a Washington Avenue house fire. A string of recent fires has made the issue a hot topic in Tyrone.

Tyrone Wrestles With Fire

By Elijah Knarr, Tyrone Area High School May 24, 2023

Tyrone has suffered several high-profile and costly fires in its 166-year history. Most notably the 1972 Pennsylvania House Hotel fire that resulted in 12 deaths, and the natural gas explosion in downtown...

The fentanyl crisis recently leaked into educational spaces. Coppell High School student resource officers are now training in the use of Narcan, a drug utilized to aid in opioid overdose, in order to protect students from fentanyl and other drug-related crises.

The silent killer

By Angelina Liu, Sri Achanta, and Manasa Mohan May 23, 2023

Tracing the swirling letters with a finger on her forearm, Pinkerton Elementary School physical education teacher Colleen Michaelis reminisces on a gift that her late son and Coppell High School alumnus...

Seniors Grace Fotheringham, Kelsea Wilson, Luisa DAquino Lazarini and Ibrahim Hacking pose together after attending Parkway’s Educators’ Signing Night. Students were encouraged to invite family, friends and teachers to watch. “Signing days are cute, and I never committed to a sport, so I never really thought I would have the opportunity. I’m excited that I [got] to be a part of a signing day for education. On signing night, it was wholesome to see everyone’s future plans and invite my family and teachers. It made me realize how important teaching is and how we need more teachers,” Wilson said.

Fueling the future of education

By Lia Emry, Parkway West High School May 23, 2023

When you think of signing day, you probably picture athletes committing to sports, but Spark! is changing that idea one student at a time. The Parkway and Rockwood School Districts worked together with...

One Tyrone family had the unfortunate bad luck of suffering two house fires in the span of just six months. Their home on Washington Avenue was a complete loss.

Tyrone Family Escapes Two House Fires in Six Months

By MacKenzie Hyde, Tyrone Area High School May 22, 2023

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were 356,500 house fires in the US in 2020, resulting in 2,580 deaths, 11,500 injuries, and $8.4 billion in property damage. While...

A velella velella lays in the sand with its sail upright. The hydra species uses its sail to catch winds that carry them through the ocean.

Velella Velellas Have Taken Over Southern California Beaches

By Sam Carroll, Sage Creek High School May 19, 2023

Over the month of April, Carlsbad, Torrey Pines and other Southern California beaches have had a seemingly new visitor: shiny blue blobs. These blobs are identified as a type of hydra similar to jellyfish...

Flowers on the Fairfax Bolinas Ridge show their colorful blooms.

Marin’s wildflowers burst into a super bloom after heavy winter rainfall

By Ava Alsterlind and Isa Mclachlan May 19, 2023

California began experiencing “super blooms” at the beginning of April, a phenomenon that describes various wildflowers blooming in abundance. The last instance of a California super bloom was in 2019...

West and Creek French teacher Jennifer Polland introduces an assignment on April 27  to her 7th  class of 10 students. French enrollment at West has been steadily declining ever since students have returned from online learning.

Le Départ: Declining Enrollment Threatens French Program

By Aram Bazarian and Maddie Hart May 19, 2023

Four years after the COVID-19 pandemic, Creek’s middle schools are finding themselves forced to cut French programs due to lack of teachers and enrolling students. When the pandemic started, many...

The Montgomery County Council will vote on the bill on May 25, and if approved, the salary increases will go into effect for the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 school years. 

Montgomery County Council to vote on salary increase for MCPS staff

By Nikhita Dass, Walt Whitman High School May 17, 2023

County Executive Mark Elrich proposed a new budget on April 27 to the Montgomery County Council that includes increased teacher wages and funding for MCPS. The Council will vote on the bill on May 25,...

Drug use trends indicative spikes in use of all drugs, including marijuana and heroine.

Spike in student drug use demands awareness, reevaluation of existing policies

By Cassie Clark-Barnes, Sakina Tahir, and Paria Karimi May 17, 2023

Over 590,000 teenagers aged 12- to 17-years-old nationally have used an illicit drug in the last month, according to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics. The same study found that 6.96% of teens...

Juice jacking, a form of a cyber crime that involves stealing data or installing malware on a device through a USB charging port, has become an increasingly common threat in todays time. As more and more people rely on their phones and other devices to stay connected, the convenience of public charging stations has made it easier for cyber criminals to carry out their attacks. Training and awareness would be the best sources of prevention, Chief Technical Officer Fernando De Velasco said. We also install our own electric outlets and purchase the charging outlets (like the portable units,) so we know those come without any issues. People are not aware of this issue in general, and having convenience outlets in many public spaces adds to this problem.

Experts warn against dangers of juice jacking

By Nada Gad, Prosper High School May 17, 2023

Juice jacking, a form of a cyber crime that involves stealing data or installing malware on a device through a USB charging port, has become an increasingly common threat in today's time. As more and more...

ILLUSTRATION • The lines are blurry when it comes to mental health. Social media can connect and it can harm.

A Different Beast

By Julia Gray '23 and Kaitlyn Ho '26 May 16, 2023

A recent CDC report found that the percentage of teen girls who have felt persistently sad or hopeless hit 57%, a near 60% increase from 2011, and the highest reported level over the past decade.  ...

Two Dublin teens shove a sophomore to the ground and appear to punch him in a sixth period algebra class.

Dublin teens allegedly attack Cal student in class last week

By Andrew Ma and Ylin Zhu May 16, 2023

Three Dublin High students entered Cal High’s campus and allegedly attacked a sophomore boy on Monday, leaving students, staff, and parents in the community shaken.  A video of the alleged attack...

Students walk the halls between classes as the school year winds down in May. As districts across Texas prepare to move to four-day weeks, Humble ISD plans to keep its current schedule -- which includes an October and February break -- in place.

As 4-day weeks trend in Texas, Humble ISD sticks with current calendar

By Krisslyn Boyles, Kingwood Park High School May 12, 2023

With a teacher shortage plaguing much of the country, Crosby ISD changed its school schedule to a four-day week in hopes of attracting more teachers. Crosby is one of almost 60 school districts making...

Level four champions will go on a Champions Trip to Japan paid for by the Bowls organization and the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kakehashi program.

Lynbrook places second in National Japan Bowl

By Chelsea Lee, Lynbrook High School - CA May 12, 2023

In the 31st annual National Japan Bowl Championships on April 13 and 14, Lynbrook won second place in every competition level, surpassing nearly 200 students from 19 high schools across the U.S. After...

College and career counselor Camille Nix seeks higher ground by standing on a desk after a raccoon scurried into her classroom toward the end of first period today. After the room was evacuated, faculty members were able to coax the raccoon into a trashcan and then let it go outside.

Raccoons make landfall

By Noah Braun, McCallum High School May 9, 2023

After an ordinary hour and a half or so to begin the day today, the early morning calm within classes was abruptly and chaotically put to an end just as the first period drew to a close. Mac found itself...

East SDA members hold signs and chant at Union Station as student protest leaders give speeches.

Metro-Area Students Demand Action Groups March Through Denver: See Moments Here

By Carly Philpott and Peter Philpott May 9, 2023

Students from Denver-area Students Demand Action chapters gathered with parents and community leaders at the Colorado State Capitol on Saturday to protest against gun violence. Denver East High School...

Listening to a speaker, senior Cassie Ramirez learned that “the one thing you can never take away from a person is their dream, and that dream is keeping them going,” she said. “He [told] us what he thinks the American Dream is, its proving that you belong, its proving that you have a meaning to life.”

El Otro Lado: Students and Staff Experience Life at the Border First Hand

By Clara Hudson, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School May 8, 2023

With immigration being such a controversial and misunderstood topic within the United States, nine La Salle students and two staff members traveled on an immersion trip to El Paso, Texas to learn about...

Posters were put up all around Dobbs Ferry, warning voters to reject dispensaries.

Dobbs Ferry holds special election; residents vote to opt out of dispensaries

By Xavier Rolston, The Masters School May 5, 2023

On Dec. 13, 2023, the Village of Dobbs Ferry announced a reversal of their decision made just over a year prior: the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to allow dispensaries in the village. The decision...

Selling their Cavalier Croc Charms in front of the 9000-building, the Charm Dept. is prepared to tackle their JA Company Program throughout spring.

The Charm Department Competes in JA Company Program

By Aaron Rojas, Coral Gables Senior High School May 5, 2023

UPDATE: As of April 26, the Charm Department was announced the Junior Achievement Company of the Year with 62 points. As they head off to the national conference this summer, the Charm Department will...

The EF2 tornado caused a lot of home destruction in Coralville and surrounding areas.

Storm Scares

By Jocelyn Klein, Liberty High School - North Liberty, Iowa May 5, 2023

On March 31 and April 4, the Iowa City School District released all schools early due to the threat of severe weather. These threats caused the district to send kids home to stay safe from the storms....

Dispute over Trumps arrest reflects the current political polarization of America as there is a large disparity between the beliefs of Democrats and Republicans over whether Trump is guilty.

Donald Trump’s arrest highlights government distrust

By Elaine Jiang, Carlmont High School May 4, 2023

Donald Trump became the first former president to be charged with a crime when he was arrested with 34 felony counts for falsifying New York business records. The scandal spotlights Trump’s controversial...

After June 1, city officials have until Sept. 19 to accept the final report, which will then open the pathway for supervisors on the board to develop plans toward funding chosen recommendations.

Addressing racial injustice with reparations

By Jason Shan and Eileen Zhu May 4, 2023

On March 14, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a draft plan for reparations for the African American community, as proposed by the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory...

Senior Ella Zachery wins first place in Massachusetts and fifth place nationally in the InvestWrite writing competition. Zachery is the first girl to win the InvestWrite competition in business teacher Fred Lehmanns Investing and the Creative Economy (ICE) class.

More than a trophy: Ella Zachery changes precedent in WHS InvestWrite contest

By Emily Roberge, Wayland High School May 4, 2023

Every year, Wayland High School students in the Investing and the Creative Economy (ICE) business class participate in the national InvestWrite competition. For years, on the walls of the WHS business...

On April 24, Disney ambassador Raevon Redding and surprise guest Chef Mickey came to Matthew Thompsons third period culinary class. The class was filmed completing a cooking challenge while Thompson was interviewed for winning  the Imagination Campus Disney100 Teachers Competition.

Disney celebrates culinary teacher Matthew Thompson

By Angelica Mendez, Hagerty High School May 4, 2023

While Matthew Thompson and the culinary students are usually the most energetic ones in the room, this time it was Mickey in a chef hat.  On April 24, Disney ambassador Raevon Redding visited Thompson’s...

Hyundai and Kia brand cars have been stolen at drastically increasing rates around the St. Louis area due to a weakness in their software and security systems. As a result, the unit growth rate for Hyundais and Kias decreased by nearly 16% from 2022 to 2023.

St. Louis Sues Kia, Hyundai Amid Rise in Car Thefts

By David Moss, Marquette High School May 3, 2023

Late last February, Matt Shockley, father of Layla Shockley, sophomore, parked his Hyundai Sonata overnight at a hotel in Independence, Missouri. When he went to his car the next morning, there was someone...

Representative Elisabeth Epps (D-HD6), the bills sponsor, opens with testimony. Its the guns, she repeated.

Colorado House Judiciary Hears “Assault Weapons Ban” Bill: See Moments Here

By Carly Philpott and Quinn Rudnick May 3, 2023

The Colorado House Judiciary Committee is currently deliberating over HB-1230, which aims to limit the sale and possession of assault weapons, in a hearing that is expected to last 12 hours. 522 people...

District One Officers and McKinley High School students at pedestrian safety rally.

HPD Partners With McKinley JROTC For Pedestrian Safety Rally

By Jade Bluestone, McKinley High School - HI May 3, 2023

The Hawaii Police Department with officers from District One invited McKinley’s JROTC as well as other students and community members to rally together on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:00 am, after McKinley...

Narcan, also commonly known as Naloxone, is an opioid overdose-reversing drug supplied both as an injection and nasal spray form for emergency rescue use.

“We Realized That It Needs To Be Done”: La Salle Implements Opioid Overdose Rescue Kits

By Lillian Paugh, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School May 2, 2023

Amid ongoing national and local opioid-related fatalities in recent years, La Salle has equipped its campus with overdose reversal kits as a precautionary measure and an effort to bring awareness to students...

ChatGPT is impacting the nature of the workforce as well as parts of the education system.

Let’s Chat: GPT

By Heidi Du, Maya Chu, and Mrudani Ramkumar May 1, 2023

Write me a 1000-word essay analyzing the Hero’s Journey in “The Odyssey.” Can you explain meiosis to me in simple terms? Give me a programming function to loop through a file. How about writing a...

A graphic displays the Rocky Mountain Columbine flower, often used to honor or remember Columbine High School after the school shooting that took place 24 years ago.

24 Years Later: The Lasting Impacts of a Tragedy

By Elsa Swanson and Elly Brooks May 1, 2023

Today, April 20, marks the 24th anniversary of the Columbine High School (CHS) shooting. On April 20, 1999, students Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris walked into Columbine, both carrying guns and bombs....

Robotics team advocates for state-wide funding bill at the Indiana State House

By Amanda Zheng and Allison Erickson April 26, 2023

Through the lenses of safety glasses, Robotics team members observe their robot gliding across the workshop floor. The clanking of metal, humming of motors and shouting voices are heard all around the...

West Sylvan Middle School is one of two public feeder schools to Lincoln; the other feeder school is Skyline K-8. 62% of students at West Sylvan identify as white while only 3% of students identify as Black. Lincoln is 66% white.

West Sylvan Middle School’s response to January hate-based attack

By Leela Moreno, Kate Haddon, and Abby Yium April 25, 2023

After a hate-based attack on a student at West Sylvan Middle School occurred in January, Cardinal Times reporters investigated the school's response. According to a Feb. 9 article published in The Oregonian,...

Carnegie students walkout with posters in order to protest the TEA takeover

CVHS students organize walkout amid TEA takeover

By Adrianna Guadalupe and Ava Manchac April 25, 2023

CVHS students participated in an admin-approved district-wide walkout to protest the TEA takeover on April 6.  The walkout, which took place during lunch, comes as a response to the TEA takeover, which...

Juniors Tristen Banks, Kimora Jones, Nylah Thompson and Chris Williams smile with the trophy after winning the national Stage Breakers competition on April 15. Five teams competed for the championship. “Things that we [had] were [competitiveness], eagerness and determination, because the other teams who were here did good. To be able to beat other step teams, you need to [be the best in] precision, rhythm, and know how to put first things first,” Banks said.

A step to glory: Parkway step team wins national title

By Elizabeth Franklin and Samari Sanders April 24, 2023

Rho Sigma Delta became national champions this past Saturday. Competing at the Stage Breakers step competition in Dallas, the high school team brought home a 3 ½ ft tall trophy to Parkway School District. ...

Backpacks lined up in a circle around the Kent State gym.

Active Minds tries to bring suicide awareness to Revere

By Chloe Grimm, Revere High School April 19, 2023

Revere senior and co-president of Active Minds Szilvia Wiksell walked through double doors into the Ohio State Mansfield gymnasium where she experienced something unexpected in a college gym. Before she...

There have recently been many bills proposed to restrict social media for youth to combat the negative effects social media could have. These pieces of legislation have sparked many debates on whether they are necessary or not.

U.S. targets teen social media use

By Andie Korenge and Kevin Hamm April 14, 2023

As states begin their 2023 legislative sessions, more and more bills are being introduced that would regulate the usage of social media by minors. States such as Utah, Iowa and Texas seek to restrict or...

Photo illustration: Synthetic Marijuana is a deadly substance made artificially with illegal chemicals sprayed on ground leaves. Texarkana has seen a sharp increase in overdoses in the past few weeks due to the deadly substances in this drug.

Texarkana issues public health emergency

By Anna Bell Lee, Texas High School April 13, 2023

The light fades. Their eyes close. Their life ends: all because of one choice.  Throughout the past few weeks, the twin city of Texarkana saw seven deaths and 17 overdoses due to use of illicit synthetic...

Concerned community members have signed a petition to address shortcomings in APS regarding academic achievement and operations by calling for new leadership.

Petition calls for replacement of superintendent, administrators

By Aran Sonnad-Joshi, Midtown High School April 13, 2023

An online petition with more than 800 signatures is calling for the replacement of Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring and the APS senior cabinet.  The petition highlights academic...

Senior Ciara Bibbs passionately addresses Hagerty students at the walkout. The walkout was peacefully protesting gun violence after a recent shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville.

Over 100 students walk out to protest gun violence

By Kailey Calvo, Hagerty High School April 11, 2023

While walking out of class to protest may seem drastic to some, for senior Ciara Bibbs, it was necessary to stand against a cause she believes in fighting: gun violence. Chanting “no more silence, end...

Senior Alia Attar, who co-leads the schools Students Demand Action, helped organize the walkout.

LFHS students participate in national school walkout fighting for change

By Saige Joseph, Lake Forest High School April 10, 2023

Just a day after Highland Park High School’s own walkout was spoiled by a student seen with a gun at school, LFHS students gathered to participate in the national school walkout. Students gathered...

Although some people with dyslexia see words and letters backwards, it is not the most common form of dyslexia. There are many different types of dyslexia such as phonological and surface dyslexia.

Dyslexia test opens doors for the next generation

By Kate Ridgway, Carlmont High School April 7, 2023

Attempting to make reading and spelling challenges for students with dyslexia easier, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)’s Dyslexia Center recently released a new screening test. Dyslexia,...

On Jan. 11, Universal Destinations & Experiences announced its plan to build a Universal Studios Theme Park in Frisco. The park is set to target a younger demographic and a local audience, as opposed to the broader reach of its counterparts in California and Florida.

Frisco welcomes one-of-a-kind Universal Studios Theme Park

By Sameeha Syed, Coppell High School April 7, 2023

Living off of Panther Creek, Frisco resident Rizwan Ahmad’s home is mere minutes away from the to-be constructed theme park. Ahmad was initially excited about the development, before realizing its proximity...

Beet diggers and farmers line up at the field where Lyle Bjornstead died to help the 3B farms finish beet harvest and to support the Bjornstead family.


By Emma Brence, Powell High School April 7, 2023

In the past few years the Big-Horn Basin has felt the shock and grief of the passing of beloved community and family members. Tragedies and devastations are part of life, but the families don’t have...

Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 99 display signs expressing their demands for higher wages, health benefits and better working conditions on March 21, the second day of the SEIU Local 99 strike. SEIU and LAUSD have made a tentative deal that will be voted on for ratification by union members.

SEIU strike ends, tentative deal reached

By Maggie Simonyan, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School April 6, 2023

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced on March 24 that it has officially come to a tentative agreement with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 99 on a signed contract...

In response to struggling local newsrooms, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks Journalism Preservation Act would require Big Tech companies to pay a fee in order to use smaller publishers content.

California act proposes journalism usage fee for certain technology companies

By Kara Kim, Carlmont High School April 5, 2023

Oakland Assemblymember Buffy Wicks has recently authored the California Journalism Preservation Act (AB 886), a bill focused on the state that would require Big Tech companies to pay a “journalism usage...

After collecting bags from recycling and trash bins in the cafeteria, custodian Hunter Towle brings them out to the dumpster on Jan. 6.

Can recycling be salvaged?

By Sophia Murray and Amelia Sinclair April 4, 2023

Since its origin in 2006 with the introduction of white paper recycling, Algonquin’s recycling programs have undergone numerous changes due to new initiatives and decreased participation rates. Presently,...

Amisha Shankar ’26 took this photo for her Pre-AP Biology class and then
uploaded it to the iNaturalist website where scientists later identified the
insect as a European Firebug, which is not native to the United States.

Student discovers invasive insect: European Firebug

By Sophie Bücker ’24, ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN HIGH SCHOOL April 3, 2023

For most iNaturalist users, uploading pictures to iNaturalist offers an easy way to identify local wildlife without flipping through dozens of zoology textbooks. But for Amisha Shankar ’26, uploading...

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