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Meet the geese

Meet the geese

By Hannah Hoffmann

May 22, 2015

No geese were touched or harmed during the making of this article. Only pictures were taken. Observe the wild Canadian goose in its natural habitat, the school grounds. Watch as the goose chases an innocent student across the front lawn; scientifically donned with the title of “plumeis odium” ...

Sit, stay, listen

Sit, stay, listen

By Julia Perry

April 20, 2015

Talking to animals always seems easier than talking to people; they listen, but don't judge. For many students, reading in front of an audience can be a daunting task, or for some, a very stressful or difficult situation. However, the benevolent presence of animals can help. At Watertown High School,...

PHS student volunteers time at Maryland Zoo

PHS student volunteers time at Maryland Zoo

By Hannah Stoller

March 10, 2015

Throughout the year, each Pikesville student has his or her own preferred way to spend the weekend. Some hang out with friends, some attend football games, some work, and some choose to stay home and catch up on sleep. However, not many students can say that they spend eight hours of their day standing...

Mice infestation becomes schoolwide problem

Mice infestation becomes schoolwide problem

By Chase Charaba, Emerald Ridge HS, Puyallup, Wash.

October 28, 2014

Emerald Ridge’s pet mice are scampering around in the walls all around you, but don’t panic just yet. Just two months into the school year, ER staff and students have spotted mice roaming the halls and lurking in the corners. Confirmed sightings have occurred in the library, office and the career...

Foxes cause disturbances on school property

Head soccer coach Rick Pribyl said he believes this soccer ball was chewed up by a fox.

By Zac Johnson, Blue Valley Northwest HS, Overland Park, Kan.

October 22, 2014

Huskies are no longer the only animals associated with BVNW. Recently, foxes have been spotted outside of the school causing disturbances. “I think the foxes are more of an annoyance,” lead daytime custodian Ronnie Goodson said. “I’ve only seen them running around; they don’t come up to...

Freshman falconer: Student gains raptor permit

Spencer Sweeney, a freshman at Benilde-St. Margaret's School, has spent over two years working to become a permitted falconer.

By Frankie Vochko and Kasey Desmond

October 15, 2014

Freshman Spencer Sweeney has dedicated her time for two years to pursue her passion and join the ranks as a permitted trainer of birds of prey.

Science building gets new mascot

A bearded dragon has taken up residence in the new science building, becoming the mascot of the biology lab.

By Caroline Cravens, Leander HS, Leander, Texas

September 25, 2014

Class pets are usually pretty simple – goldfish, hermit crabs and the like. In the new science building, Dr. Rasmussen’s bearded dragon named Spyro isn’t just unusual for LHS, he’s also got a recessive trait that make him a unique shade of yellow. While most bearded dragons are brown, his yellow...

Quirky, miniature and spiny: Students choose hedgehogs as pets

A lot of people have dogs and cats, [but having a hedgehog] is like going to the zoo every day,

By Noor Qureishy, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

March 28, 2014

Among the classic cat, dog, and fish lovers, only a few dare to adopt these quirky, miniature mammals, otherwise known as hedgehogs. Senior Katherine Jones and freshman Ross Kirby are two among these fearless owners, who battle hedgehog flu and clingy (also spiny!) pets, while bearing affection f...

Holy moly! Rogue mole on the loose

Holy moly! Rogue mole on the loose

By Erin O'Brien, Algonquin Regional HS, Northborough, Mass.

February 17, 2014

Papers are scattered everywhere. Chairs are turned over, and the office is in disarray. Calamity has struck Algonquin: a mole is on the loose. As you walk between classes, be on alert for a five-fingered feral animal that may be scampering anywhere around the halls. Nearing the end of the school day...

Puppy Bowl X: Everything you wanted to know

Puppy Bowl X: Everything you wanted to know

By Cunniff Kids News staff, Cunniff Elementary School, Watertown, Mass.

January 31, 2014

Reporters from the Cunniff Kids News have their questions about Sunday's big show answered by the producers at Animal Planet. View original story. Puppy Bowl X will be airing this Sunday on Animal Planet starting at 3 p.m. There will be a lot of fun at Puppy Bowl this year, including more than 60 dog...

Squirrels wreak disaster on garden beds

A fox squirrel finds a fallen nut around the trees surrounding the Quad. They will typically peel off the husk and eat it on the spot, or hop off to find a place to bury it, traveling as far as 100 meters to hide their catch.

By Kavya Ramakrishnan, Harker Upper School, San Jose, Calif.

October 29, 2013

Attempts by the Gardening Club to plant onions and arugula in garden beds next to Main have been hindered by campus squirrels distributing their nuts, an annual problem. “There’s just so many of them,” said Ben Spencer-Cooke, English teacher and Gardening Club advisor, referring to the abundance...