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School Board Focuses on Mental Health at Meeting

School Board Focuses on Mental Health at Meeting

By Sara Stanislawski, Maddie Bishop, and Katie McCabe

February 3, 2020

Wauwatosa East Junior Sarah Gifford presented a slideshow on school shootings and mental health at the Wauwatosa School Board meeting on January 27th.  The presentation by Gifford was a part of a larger focus on mental health in the district at the meeting. Another presentation was given as a report...

Iowa caucus preview: how students can get involved this February

Iowa caucus preview: how students can get involved this February

By Natalie Dunlap, Ken Wilbur, and Abby McKeone

February 3, 2020

With just three days left until Iowans will caucus for presidential nominees, the Iowa City area is abuzz with candidate rallies, media coverage and campaign events. Though only a percentage of West's student body will be eligible to caucus on Feb. 3, every interested student can be involved in the process....

Conflicts, respect, security of school environment factor into school fights

Conflicts, respect, security of school environment factor into school fights

By Ellie Winer and Anna Fedorova

January 31, 2020

Senior Aquinas Stillwell didn’t throw the first punch. He was leaving his pre-calculus class when another student snuck up behind him, hitting him while he wasn’t looking. His friend and classmate, senior Amir Haslam, stepped in and joined the fight, wanting to prevent Stilwell from getting into...

State introduces mental health program

State introduces mental health program

By Lukas Goodwin, Hagerty High School

January 31, 2020

Following a surge of tragedies in high schools across the country, most notably with Stoneman Douglas two years ago, the Florida state legislature created a new law requiring all public middle schools and high schools to watch a selection of videos regarding mental health, drugs and alcohol. These videos...

Iranian-Americans at school split on issue of border detentions of travelers

Iranian-Americans at school split on issue of border detentions of travelers

By Sam Rubanowitz and Liad Machmali

January 30, 2020

Learning of new problems for Iranian-Americans at U.S. border crossings, Shalhevet students and faculty of Iranian descent were divided over whether they were being unfairly targeted or whether it was a good idea. In the aftermath of a U.S. drone strike Jan. 3 that killed top Iranian General Qassem...

District-wide decision introduces ‘DyKnow,’ a new Chromebook monitoring program

District-wide decision introduces ‘DyKnow,’ a new Chromebook monitoring program

By Alina Jafri, Santa Clara High School

January 30, 2020

Senior Nabeha Barkatullah turns on her Chromebook during class time and opens to a tab from a previous class. After just a few seconds, her screen goes black. The message “stay on task, now’s not the time for that” appears on screen. “I thought it (the teacher monitoring my Chromebook) was...

Health, physical education TEKS revised for first time in 22 years

Health, physical education TEKS revised for first time in 22 years

By Madi Olivier and Ayra Charania

January 30, 2020

For the first time in 22 years, the Texas State Board of Education is revising the physical education and health Texas Essentials of Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. These changes will determine if health class should be a requirement as well as its curriculum, which includes sex ed. A deci...

Shoulder to Shoulder: Overcrowding at Lake Ridge

Shoulder to Shoulder: Overcrowding at Lake Ridge

By Osaivbie Uhunmwuangho, Lake Ridge High School

January 30, 2020

With nearly 3,000 students enrolled in total, Lake Ridge is the most populated high school in Mansfield ISD. This influx of students has created challenges that the school has had to accommodate for. As more parents continue to enroll their students in Lake Ridge, the school's population will only grow. ...

Marching A Step Closer To Equality

Marching A Step Closer To Equality

By Fiona Flynn, Wentzville Liberty High School

January 29, 2020

The fight for global peace and civil rights for every person has been a persistent battle since the 1940’s. From peaceful protests to colorful posters plastered around your community, office building or school, the movement is well known across the world. On Jan. 18, Women Rising, an organization that...

The unseen barriers in AP classes

The unseen barriers in AP classes

By Mesgana Mekibib, Walnut Hills High School

January 29, 2020

Colleges tend to look favorably on applicants who take higher level classes, such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and honors classes. These courses are designed to provide a more rigorous curriculum for students and to give them a chance at receiving college credit. However,...

Here’s why District 6 graduation rates have surpassed state average

Here’s why District 6 graduation rates have surpassed state average

By Nathaniel Rudolph, Greeley West High School

January 29, 2020

District 6 is full of schools that break boundaries and that go above and beyond to make kids have the best future they can have. But now, the whole district is stepping up its game, making sure each student graduates so they can achieve their dreams. The district's graduation rate exceeded the state...

Iowa Caucus and the candidates visiting CB

Iowa Caucus and the candidates visiting CB

By Laynee Spidell and Airamee DeBoodt

January 29, 2020

Iowa is the first in the nation to hold their primary elections with a caucus. In 1972, the Democratic party decided to move Iowa to first, with the thought that a caucus would take longer. Four years later, Iowa had the first Republican caucus. In a 2016 NPR article, Why does Iowa Vote First, Anyway?, author Sam Sanders speaks to Kathy O'Bradovich, pol...

Quigley highlights impeachment at annual visit to York

Quigley highlights impeachment at annual visit to York

By Ethan Thomas and Jack Castanoli

January 29, 2020

On Jan. 22, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) made his annual visit to York and had a discussion with AP United States History students. During his discussion, he highlighted the impeachment situation and talked about why he was one of the members who voted for both Articles of Impeachment brought against President...

Remembering the Holocaust

Remembering the Holocaust

By Kirthi Gummadi, Liberty High School - TX

January 28, 2020

In 1933 the world took a dark turn, when the systematic persecution of millions of people occurred because of their ethnic, religious and political views. In 2019, the state of Texas passed Senate Bill 1828, to mark Jan. 27 as Holocaust Remembrance Day. High schools all over Texas will be remem...

Is your privacy at risk?

Is your privacy at risk?

By Jesse Rider, Walt Whitman High School

January 28, 2020

People who text while driving have a lot to worry about: fines, striking other vehicles and being unaware of their surroundings. But all of those worries seem to fly out the window when they hear their phone buzz. Texters in Montgomery County, however, may have to start ignoring that buzz for good or...

Deaf education program provides community through education

Deaf education program provides community through education

By Nour Longi and Michael Haughey

January 28, 2020

Since 2005, Lemont schools have provided a comprehensive deaf education program to provide students within Cook County access to both quality education, and a community of other deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) students.  The program consists of four full-time teachers, two paraprofessionals, and eight...

Omar talks foreign policy and historic first term

Omar talks foreign policy and historic first term

By Nikolas Liepins, St. Paul Academy and Summit School

January 27, 2020

Chants of “send her back!” erupted at one of President Trump’s rallies last July. Now, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar — who represents Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District — has spun it into the slogan for her reelection campaign: “Send her back… to Congress!” After being catapulted...

Influenza season peaks early

Influenza season peaks early

By Elise Isakov, Henry W. Grady High School

January 27, 2020

More than 8,000 people in the U.S. have died of influenza this flu season, according to the CDC. According to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s a 90-percent chance the flu season has peaked this winter. Last winter, the flu season claimed an estimated total of 80,000...

Teachers Rally for Education

Teachers Rally for Education

By Sarah Winters, Santaluces High School

January 27, 2020

Thousands of teachers gathered in Tallahassee on Monday, January 13th, to protest low teaching wages and a lack of instructor support that has been plaguing Florida since the 1990s.  The 1:30 p.m. rally was organized by the Florida Education Association Teachers' Union in order to focus public attention...

To protest, dancers must sit

To protest, dancers must sit

By Ella Beiser, University of Chicago Laboratory High School

January 27, 2020

After being told they had to sit or stand rather than kneel during the National Anthem, Dance Troupe members were left feeling silenced by the idea that protecting modesty is more important than political activism.  According to Dance Troupe coach Nichole Magliocco, “Last year it started when we...

MV Students affected by US-Iran Conflict

MV Students affected by US-Iran Conflict

By Manahil Rizvi, Monte Vista High School - Danville, CA

January 24, 2020

The increasingly volatile conflict between Iran and U.S. and increasing tensions has affected the lives and families of a few students of Iranian and American identity here at Monte Vista. Just days before the missile attack that left General Solemani of Iran, among four others, dead, sophomore Enayah...

2020 Dallas Women’s March activists push importance of 19th amendment, politics

2020 Dallas Women’s March activists push importance of 19th amendment, politics

By Andrés Bear, Coppell High School

January 23, 2020

DALLAS - Armed with politically-charged signs aimed at the current political climate, hundreds of people participated in the 2020 Dallas Women’s March on Sunday. At 2 p.m., the march began at St. Paul United Methodist Church just as attendees were overflowing onto the premises of a nearby 7-Eleven....

California Students Get Ready to Sleep in Due to Later Start Times

California Students Get Ready to Sleep in Due to Later Start Times

By Wendy Rodriguez, GODINEZ FUNDAMENTAL HIGH SCHOOL

January 23, 2020

For some high school students, the constant lack of sleep can ruin their day. However, more sleep and wider awake students may happen with later start times in the next three years. On Sunday, October 13, 2019, California officially became the first state to push back school start times. State Senator...

Suspect in Nessah religious vandalism incident had no known ties to hate groups, BHPD says

Suspect in Nessah religious vandalism incident had no known ties to hate groups, BHPD says

By Liad Machmali, Shalhevet High School

January 23, 2020

Banging on his door around 7 a.m. on Saturday Dec. 14, a congregant waited anxiously to inform Rabbi David Shofet that it was not going to be a typical Shabbat morning at Nessah, their synagogue, located on Rexford Drive just south of Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. The night before, someone...

UC schools consider getting rid of SAT requirements

UC schools consider getting rid of SAT requirements

By Claire Tseng, Carlmont High School

January 23, 2020

For the past few decades, high school students have been tirelessly studying for the three-hour, 154 question test that would determine their future. Countless hours of preparation, tutoring, and tears have led to this moment, while thousands of dollars have been exhausted with the hopes of bumping t...

Emphasis on name-brand colleges causes pressure for students

Emphasis on name-brand colleges causes pressure for students

By Amber Chia, Carlmont High School

January 22, 2020

The long-awaited letter that would ultimately determine his future arrived in his mailbox. His hands shook as he slowly tore the envelope open, hoping his stats were competitive enough for him to receive admissions at one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. He felt the pressure of attending...

Students weigh in on marijuana legalization in Illinois

Students weigh in on marijuana legalization in Illinois

By Mary Kett, York Community High School

January 21, 2020

Illinois became the 11th state to legalize the recreational sale of marijuana on Jan. 1 after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the bill into law in June. Adults over the age of 21 can now purchase marijuana for recreational use from licensed sellers with or without a medical marijuana card.  The Elmhurst...

No school Monday means more than a day off

No school Monday means more than a day off

By Aaron Boehmer, Liberty High School - TX

January 21, 2020

The 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed Monday to honor the civil rights leader and his contributions to American society.  As a federal holiday, many government agencies and offices are closed for the day, including most school districts such as Frisco ISD.  For many people, M...

Food waste litters Dougherty halls

Food waste litters Dougherty halls

By Anika Garg, Steven Deng, and Harshita Neralla

January 21, 2020

At Dougherty Valley High School, abandoned lunch trays filled with leftover food are a common sight. Littering the quad, hallways and stairwells, these lonely trays are indicative of a sinister lurking issue: food waste.  Food waste contributes more to climate change than nearly any country; according...

Will Texas Democrats be saved by Bell?

Will Texas Democrats be saved by Bell?

By Alex Dowd and Mia Terminella

January 17, 2020

During an election, politicians find wisdom and inspiration in many places. Congressman Chris Bell shared that he found his political guidance in an usual place: a cartoon. In his conversation with Texas Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith last Thursday, Bell referenced Hilary B. Price's cartoon o...

New ordinance alters straw accessibility

New ordinance alters straw accessibility

By Sam Swisher, St. Louis Park High School

January 17, 2020

After the city’s new straw ordinance went into effect Jan. 1, the city’s solid waste manager Kala Fisher said the ordinance was put in place to reduce the number of straws used in St. Louis Park. “(The ordinance) would both reduce the amount of straws that people have to throw away and it would...

Students use fake IDs to drink while still underage

Students use fake IDs to drink while still underage

By Dylan Rowe, Granite Bay High School

January 17, 2020

Generation after generation, teenagers have always found new ways to cause mischief. One thing that has stayed constant is the undeniable demand of some teens for alcoholic beverages that are supposed to be unavailable to them. The law in almost every state in the United States prohibits people...

Small Electrical Fire Causes Power Outage At Liberty

Small Electrical Fire Causes Power Outage At Liberty

By Kay Copeland, Wentzville Liberty High School

January 16, 2020

*UPDATE 7:39 a.m. Mr. Kiesel has confirmed that the Liberty building resumed power at 9 p.m. on Jan. 15. The intercom and bells are not working as of now, but the school is working on it. Liberty students noticed something unusual while making their way into the school building on Wednesday, Jan....

As Climate Crisis Worsens, La Salle Curriculum Lags Behind

As Climate Crisis Worsens, La Salle Curriculum Lags Behind

By Maddie Khaw, La Salle Catholic Preparatory High School

January 16, 2020

“Our future > your fortune,” read a sign held by junior Isa Sale at a climate change inaction protest in downtown Portland in September 2019. Sale’s sign was one among hundreds of others in the midst of the thousands of activists that day. Other signs said “no place like home” and “ma...

B-A tries to move forward following board member’s arrest

B-A tries to move forward following board member’s arrest

By Julian Bartlebaugh and Haley Campbell

January 16, 2020

A Bellwood-Antis School Board member who has been arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor counts will remain on the board at least in the short term, B-A superintendent Dr. Thomas McInroy said today. The district became the center of local media attention Tuesday when reports surfaced that school...

Iranians deal with the effects of Trump’s actions

Iranians deal with the effects of Trump’s actions

By Khalid Kishawi, Carlmont High School

January 16, 2020

When Farhad Farnia hears his country’s name in news headlines, it never has to do with its 24 UNESCO World Heritage sites, over 4000 years of rich history, or its diverse cuisine. Farhad Farnia is a chef, grandfather, and one of 1 million Iranians living in the United States. He moved to Oklahoma...

Aftermath of Soleimani killing leaves countries tense, students conflicted

Aftermath of Soleimani killing leaves countries tense, students conflicted

By Lucas Barr, Liberty High School - TX

January 15, 2020

The Trump administration is targeting Iran with sanctions, days after Iran fired missiles at a U.S. occupied base in Iraq in retaliation for an American drone attack that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. As the situation begins to settle, Iranians in Frisco are conflicted about the situation...

Irvine’s Safety Is Nationally Recognized

Irvine’s Safety Is Nationally Recognized

By Sophia Stewart, Woodbridge High School

January 15, 2020

As one of the safest cities in the country, Irvine’s security is owed to the support from the police department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI reported that Irvine has the lowest crime rates out of cities relative to Irvine’s large size of 250,000 residents and growing....

Construction seeks to fix chronic issues with Carl Knox facilities

Construction seeks to fix chronic issues with Carl Knox facilities

By Daniel Davidson, Lawrence High School

January 15, 2020

Anyone who has swam at Carl Knox Natatorium knows exactly why students call it “the swamp.” Past and current swim team members report that Lawrence High’s pool faces problems unlike any other they have swam at. Inadequate facilities and poor communication throw doubt that current construction...

B-A feels the effects of teacher shortage

B-A feels the effects of teacher shortage

By Alyson Partner, Bellwood-Antis High School

January 14, 2020

English teacher Mr. Kerry Naylor remembers how competitive it was to get a job at Bellwood-Antis fifteen years ago.  When he applied to teach at B-A in 2006 after teaching at Tyrone for nine years, he was one of more than fifty people applying for the position. That has changed. Superintendent Dr....

Minnesota: No Hate. No Fear. unites community

Minnesota: No Hate. No Fear. unites community

By Anna Benishek, St. Louis Park High School

January 10, 2020

In response to an anti-Semitic attack on the seventh night of Hanukkah, Temple Israel hosted an event called Minnesota: No Hate. No Fear. Over 1,400 attended the event. Sophomore Ella Roether said she attended the gathering to stand up against anti-Semitism. “A bunch of different people spoke and...

Student reportedly brought gun to Lawrence High in response to off-campus threat

Student reportedly brought gun to Lawrence High in response to off-campus threat

By Daniel Davidson, Lawrence High School

January 10, 2020

Parents need to help students and faculty keep schools safe by securing weapons in the home, Superintendent Anthony Lewis said Thursday in a tweet. His call to action came a day after a loaded handgun was confiscated without incident from a student at Lawrence High on the first school day back fro...

Lawsuit filed over Seattle Children’s Hospital mold

Lawsuit filed over Seattle Children’s Hospital mold

By Mia Tavares, Inglemoor High School

January 10, 2020

On Dec. 2, a class-action lawsuit was filed by the Stritmatter Firm in association with Layman Law Firm against Seattle Children’s Hospital regarding the Aspergillus mold contamination in the air-handling system. The lawsuit alleges that the mold has been present in Seattle Children’s Hospital since...

Students in the Quad Cities area dispute over immigration forum

Students in the Quad Cities area dispute over immigration forum

By Cienna Pangan, Pleasant Valley High School - IA

January 9, 2020

A forum discussing immigration was held by local Republicans on Monday Dec. 2 in Bettendorf, IA. The forum was intended to discuss policy change and honor “angel parents”, or parents whose children died due to the involvement of an illegal immigrant.  However, this event did not go as planned....

DHS, Danbury Police, and city representatives work together to resolve altercations in school

DHS, Danbury Police, and city representatives work together to resolve altercations in school

By Viktoria Wulff-Andersen, Danbury High School

January 9, 2020

After the evaluation NEASC gave last Wednesday, Nov. 20, which described DHS as an “overall positive and supportive environment to be in,” DHS should have been elated. Yet, the rumors, physical altercations, and threats left the school anxious, tense, and even scared. “It seems like everywhere...

City Council bans sale of vape products, e-cigarette products

City Council bans sale of vape products, e-cigarette products

By Marta Hill, St. Louis Park High School

January 9, 2020

At the first reading of the ordinance, former City Council member Steve Hallfin said the City Council should not get to decide what adults put into their own bodies. “People put bad things in their bodies all the time. We could be up here trying to ban alcohol. We know how many people get killed beca...

General Election poses questions for UK

General Election poses questions for UK

By Sajah Ali, The American School in London

January 8, 2020

Boris Johnson became the new Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party in July 2019. The U.K. was due to leave the EU on Oct. 31, 2019. As the deadline approached, newly elected Johnson negotiated a new deal with the EU and put it to a vote in parliament.  Disagreements on timing to review...

Writing on the wall: racial hate notes found at York, Elmhurst College in late October

Writing on the wall: racial hate notes found at York, Elmhurst College in late October

By Mary Kett, York Community High School

January 7, 2020

On Oct. 24, a hate note with racial overtones was found in a boys restroom at York. While the note indicated it was meant to be a joke, York administration and the Elmhurst Police Department investigated the matter and determined no credible threat. As a precaution, police presence at school increased...

Greta Thunberg finds local angle on climate change

Greta Thunberg finds local angle on climate change

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Shalhevet High School

January 6, 2020

Thousands of protesters gathered outside of Los Angeles City Hall Nov. 1 heard the leader of the world’s youth climate change movement connect wildfires that were burning that day near the Getty Museum to the dangers of climate change. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist who is the...

Green Alert: Lack of Recycling a Challenge at TAHS

Green Alert: Lack of Recycling a Challenge at TAHS

By Mario Grugan, Tyrone Area High School

January 6, 2020

To recycle or not to recycle? In 2020 this shouldn't really be a question, but surprisingly at Tyrone Area High School and many other rural schools across the state, it still is. While TAHS currently does recycle cardboard, the only paper recycling containers in the school are in the copy rooms, which...

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