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Bio class travels to UCSD to perform endoscopies on pigs

Bio class travels to UCSD to perform endoscopies on pigs

By Mati Davis

March 31, 2015


Filed under Health, School

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to look inside a pig’s stomach? On February 24, nine Shalhevet biology students joined students from YULA, B’nos Devorah and Yavneh at UC San Diego's Imflammatory Bowel Disease Center. There, professional scientists led the students through the process...

Students plan AP Europe travel tour

Students plan AP Europe travel tour

By Harsimran Makkad

March 30, 2015


Filed under School

Spring break is just around the corner. And for students in European History AP, this means going on the annual AP Europe trip to the countries they have been studying since the beginning of the year. History teacher Mr. Andrew Ovington is in charge of the trip. He has gathered a group of ten students,...

PV released from football game against non-public opponent

PV released from football game against non-public opponent

By Jake Aferiat

March 27, 2015


Filed under School, Sports

Last season, the Pascack Valley Indians played one game against DePaul, a Catholic school, and lost 35-14. But come next season, DePaul will not have the opportunity to play Pascack Valley. It will also mark the first time in six seasons that PV will not have a non-public school on its schedule....

Helping hands

Helping hands

By Jamie Mills

March 24, 2015


Filed under School

The gift that every construction class student and teacher was responsible for giving senior Jacob Spiller was simply just a ramp. However, this slanted piece of wood--to assist Jacob in getting inside his house after a recent osteosarcoma surgery--was nothing compared to the gift that Jacob really received...

Student launches sign language course

Student launches sign language course

By Sydney Czyzon

March 16, 2015


Filed under School

When her freshman year began, current sophomore Kendall Fris was disappointed to learn that Joliet West lacked an American Sign Language (ASL) course. Since her mother is a Sign Language interpreter, Fris had a serious interest in learning how to speak with her hands. However, instead of just accepting...

AmeriCorps volunteer making a difference at TAHS

AmeriCorps volunteer making a difference at TAHS

By Kendra Wertz

March 16, 2015


Filed under School, Showcase

Most Tyrone High School students and faculty know Miss Chelsey Markel as the math tutor. It’s her job to help students who have not passed their Keystone math exams get ready for retakes by providing individual or small group tutoring. What most people don’t know is that Markel is also an AmeriCorps...

Mayfield Science Olympiad qualifies for state competition

Mayfield Science Olympiad qualifies for state competition

By Jeesoo Kim

March 13, 2015


Filed under School, Showcase

This past Saturday evening, the Mayfield Science Olympiad team’s bus ride home from the Case Western Reserve University was filled with ecstatic laughter, the loud clinking of medals, and shouts of pride. “We’re going to State!” After a long period of dedication and hard work since the...

A new app to stop cyberbullying

A new app to stop cyberbullying

By Kathryn Harter

March 12, 2015


Filed under School, Showcase

Scared to speak against bullies online or in real life? In Indiana, there is now a solution. The app BullyBøx allows students to submit pictures or screenshots directly to administrators of their school anonymously. This free app was created by 17-year-old Brandon Boynton, a victim of bullying, in...

AMSA to remain without a principal

AMSA to remain without a principal

By Anagha Indic

March 9, 2015


Filed under School

AMSA interim Executive Director Dr. Mary Ann DeMello announced on Saturday afternoon that she will not be hiring Dr. Christopher Lord or Joshua Romano, the two finalists for the school’s vacant principal position. In an email to the school community titled “Principal Update,” Dr. DeMello informed...

Students have an ‘obligation to join the political process’

Students have an ‘obligation to join the political process’

By Janette Aqyirre

March 5, 2015


Filed under School

On Monday morning, Congressman Andre Carson sat down for a question and answer session with students in the Ben Davis theatre. The Q&A, led by Wayne Township superintendent Dr. Jeff Butts, gave students an opportunity to voice their opinions on state issues. Students were able to use the #RockTheWayneVote...

Colonia takes a walk in the ‘PARCC’

Colonia takes a walk in the ‘PARCC’

By Michelle Remite-Berthet

March 4, 2015


Filed under School

The "PARCC" is a newly developed standardized test given in 13 states, including New Jersey. There has been quite a bit of controversy about the test, but what exactly is it? According to the PARCC’s official website, “The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers" is a...

District bonding time

District bonding time

By Alyssa Foster and Ashley Novo-Gradac

March 2, 2015


Filed under School

Bond (n): A debt investment in which an investor loans money to an entity (corporate or governmental) that borrows the funds for a defined period of time at a fixed interest rate. Quickly approaching the USD 458 district is Election Day on April 7. Voters will be allowed to vote on a new bond in ...

Elementary schedules more academic, less culturally rich

Elementary schedules more academic, less culturally rich

By Jessica Gross and Ellie Gavin

February 23, 2015


Filed under School, Showcase

A first grade teacher watches her students as the clock ticks towards 2:55. Little fingers rub tired eyes and stifle yawns. Beneath desks, legs shake restlessly. It’s been a long day. The teacher sighs and closes her classroom door.

More at stake than one teacher’s job

More at stake than one teacher’s job

By The Editorial Board

February 23, 2015


Filed under Opinions, School, Showcase

The editorial staff of The Shakerite have covered a recent controversy within their school district: the decision whether or not to fire a long-time teacher over a potentially tragic mistake. It's tempting to take the easy way out in an op-ed--to respond only to an isolated incident, rather than...

The gift of education

The gift of education

By Tim Flynn, Katherine Spieker, and Evan Moe

February 20, 2015


Filed under School

Back in November, Owatonna High School competed against Faribault High School in the annual week-long Cash Drive event. OHS students raised a total of $10,463.29 for the charity Yuda Bands. The money raised will sponsor eight Guatemalan children's dreams of receiving an education in the impoverished...

TALON Racing advances in FormulaOne competition

TALON Racing advances in FormulaOne competition

By Johanna Dakay

February 19, 2015


Filed under School

After months of late hours designing and working in the manufacturing shop, Akins TALON Racing team took their Formula 1-styled model racecar to the track in January to go head to head against schools from across Texas. At the regional meet held at the Circuit of The Americas racetrack, TALON Racing...

Avoid prom dress faux pax online

Avoid prom dress faux pax online

By Alexis Turgeon

February 17, 2015


Filed under School

Months in advance of the big night, both juniors and seniors are wondering who will be wearing what dress to Junior Banquet and the Senior Prom. To give everyone the chance to enjoy others’ dresses and to avoid repeats, Instagram pages were created for both events. The pages began by inviting a...

Good Morning, DC: Divine Child’s daily news program

Good Morning, DC: Divine Child’s daily news program

By Trevor Renner and Jen Lessnau

February 17, 2015


Filed under School, Uncategorized, Video

Air Force band holds concert at DCHS

Air Force band holds concert at DCHS

By Kaylee P.

February 17, 2015


Filed under Music, School, Showcase

The U.S. Air Force "Heartland of America Vortex" band traveled to David City High School on Feb. 9 to offer a clinic for middle and high school music students and hold a music concert for the student body. Vortex entertained the school with music such as Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and Katy Perry’s...

Uncapping the truth

Uncapping the truth

By Mina

February 16, 2015


Filed under Health, School

Have you seen all the boxes and plastic bags filled with bottle caps lying around the school? Have you ever wondered what they are collected for? In a recent survey asking if students knew where the bottle caps go or why we collect them, only two out of ten answered correctly. Out of the eight that...

First year Bronco’s fight inspires forgiveness

First year Bronco’s fight inspires forgiveness

By Leah Bowen and Rachael Crews

February 16, 2015


Filed under Health, School

On August 14, new teacher Loressa Pecoraro was on the way home after her first teacher work day when a teenage driver fell asleep at the wheel, hitting her head-on and causing severe injuries. The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 380, causing back-ups for several hours. The student, from a different...

Michigan signs with College Board’s SAT

Michigan signs with College Board’s SAT

By Kayla Smith

February 16, 2015


Filed under School

Some would say that the juniors this year have dodged a bullet, but the sophomores weren't so lucky. Beginning next year, all juniors in the state of Michigan will be required to take the SAT instead of the ACT. For the past eight years the juniors in Michigan have been required to take the ACT. Schools...

Awareness campaign brings water bottle filling stations to Homestead

Awareness campaign brings water bottle filling stations to Homestead

By Erin Connolly

February 16, 2015


Filed under Health, School

The school bubbler woes of students and faculty may soon be quenched as a water bottle filling station will be installed this week in Homestead High's 900 wing. As a result of an idea Homestead students conceived, enough money was raised to install one water fountain by one of the commons. To cut...

AMSA students return from their futures to dispense advice

AMSA students return from their futures to dispense advice

By Rebecca Perlin

February 16, 2015


Filed under Features, School, Showcase

It’s no secret that the college application process is extremely long and stressful. So how incredible would it be if, as a college student with some experience under your belt, you could hop in a time machine and go back to give your high school self some advice? That is precisely what AMSA’s...

Community members express opinions about ‘State of the Schools’ speech

Community members express opinions about ‘State of the Schools’ speech

By Zachary Nosanchuk, Natalia Perkins, and Alexa Jankowsky, Shaker Heights High School

February 13, 2015


Filed under School

Superintendent Gregory C. Hutchings Jr. gave his second State of the Schools speech Feb. 10 in the large auditorium. In true Shaker style, the audience reaction to the presentation was diverse and included some pointed criticisms. Before the event, students and administrators shared what they expected...

Bringing writing to calculus class

Bringing writing to calculus class

By Kate Daniels, Homestead High School

February 9, 2015


Filed under School, Showcase

The last thing one would expect walking into room 205 is to find a class full of calculus students writing to their third-grade pen pals. But Mr. Ordinans, math teacher, allows just that. The pen pal program originated when Mr. Ordinans was a high school teacher at Waukesha High. Mr. Ordinans and...

A moment of silence for silent protests

A moment of silence for silent protests

By Hannah Hoffmann, Parkway West High School

February 9, 2015


Filed under Features, School

Sitting down during the pledge of allegiance. Pink fingernails. Students not uttering a single word for all six hours of the school day. Anything in common here? If you said no, you are far from alone in that thought: many students and teachers have never noticed the “silent” protesting done in classrooms. So...

Building a (robotics) team

Building a (robotics) team

By Lilia Wood, Glen Rock High School

February 4, 2015


Filed under Features, School, Showcase

The robots may be made of metal and circuit boards, but the Glen Rock High School Robotics Team is built of hours of hard work, preparation and engineering ability. This is the team's first year at Glen Rock. Late last year, former middle school students wanted to continue competing in robotic competitions...

Swim team’s future includes new pool

Swim team’s future includes new pool

By Noah Van Hooser, Lovejoy High School

February 3, 2015


Filed under School, Sports

Practicing for ninety minutes every day from August to May takes an incredible amount of dedication from the Leopard swim team. The fact that their practices occur far from campus is the icing on the cake. Fortunately, future swimmers will have the convenience of a new pool on campus. Though it is not...

Videos that pack a punch

Videos that pack a punch

By Victoria Sundin, Robert E. Lee High School

February 2, 2015


Filed under Health, School

For better or worse, fights at school will catch anyone's attention. In the heat of battle, some run away, some call a person of authority, and some even try to break it up. Some encircle the action with their cellphones, recording it to show their friends -- or the world. The shrine to Robert E....

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