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Shawn McAteer Awarded Teacher of the Year

Aarushi Bute, News Editor March 14, 2021

As teachers were grading tests, talking to students and explaining problems, a group of administrators crept quietly to the nearby classroom with balloons and flowers. Shawn McAteer, resource teacher,...

Travis Young, senior, spent time during his 14-day quarantine reading and playing video and card games with his family. As a participant in this study, Young is joining a list of other family members who have opted to participate in studies related to COVID-19, such as vaccine trial research.

RSD Schools Participate in National COVID-19 Study

Lauren Pickett, In-Depth Editor March 2, 2021

All RSD schools are participating in a study investigating cases of students and staff who tested positive for COVID-19 or identified as a close contact in an effort to research the impact of mitigation...

Juniors taking the ACT this year get extra peace and quiet. Freshmen, sophomores, and seniors will be virtual while the juniors come to school and take the test.

Juniors Take ACT on a Virtual Day

Liza Cooper, Staff Reporter March 2, 2021

Early spring means one thing in education: testing season. More than 470 juniors are taking advantage of the free ACT test that is going to take place Tuesday, March 16. Traditionally, freshmen and...

Katelyn Siegel, sophomore, shows her set up for the Parkway West virtual competition. She props up her computer using a ladder in order to achieve the necessary height needed to keep her upper body in the frame.

Speech and Debate’s Success in Adapting to the Virtual Format

Lajja Patel, Staff Reporter February 14, 2021

While many activities have been put on hold this year, Speech and Debate has attended more competitions than usual through the virtual platform. Head Coach Cate Sanazaro said that normally they only...

The official emblem of Mission Mental Health Awareness (Mission MHA) is a Monarch Butterfly, which LHS senior Isha Deol, founder of Mission MHA, said was inspired by the symbol of the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County. According to the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County website, the Monarch Butterfly is representative of what people with mental illness go through: the initial cocoon of the butterfly symbolizes the internal struggles of mental illness, and the progression into a colorful, winged butterfly represents hope for a better future. The Monarch Butterfly begins migration, persevering through obstacles, which is comparable to the healing process those with mental illness face.

Mission Mental Health Awareness aims to boost resources in RSD

Zara Tola, Copy Editor February 4, 2021

What initially started off as a mere attempt to earn a Girl Scout Gold Award eventually blossomed into a full-blown campaign for change in RSD by LHS senior Isha Deol. Deol started Mission Mental Health...

Jennifer Holman (left) and Jacqueline Lindner (right), teachers at MHS, dress up for

Teachers Discuss Views On In-person School

Aarushi Bute, News Editor January 24, 2021

When Jane Doe, teacher at MHS, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, first thought of the 2020-2021 school year, she felt excitement, optimism and eagerness to return.  But now, she...

Anna Gray, social studies teachers, brought in newspapers from multiple publications to class the day after the incident at the Capitol Building. Gray said it was important to offer many resources to students to demonstrate all the perspectives of a situation.

Living Through History: How Social Studies Teachers Taught the Breaching of the Capitol

Connor Del Carmen, Associate Editor January 16, 2021

When Anna Gray, social studies teacher, instructed her students to watch the counting of the electoral votes, she was expecting an uneventful process. However, the usually mundane event took a drastic...

Last Wednesday, Jan. 6, pro-Trump demonstrators infiltrated the Capitol building, interrupting the counting of electoral votes that would confirm Joe Biden's win.

Protest at the Capitol Sparks Student Reactions

Zara Tola, Copy Editor January 10, 2021

The protest at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 6, obstructed the ceremonial counting of electoral votes that would declare Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election.  Pro-Trump demonstrators...

Mal Tockman, junior (left) and Liv Kalemis, junior (right) hold their posters at the Woman's March last January in downtown St. Louis to support the LGBTQ+ community.

RSD’s Initiative for LGTBQ+ Inclusion and Equity

Marin Ellington, Co-Sports Editor December 25, 2020

Dr. Terry Harris, executive director of student services, received a call one day from a concerned mother on the verge of tears because her child wouldn’t log onto Zoom. This child was transgender...

LHS Principal Dr. Calcaterra spoke alongside MHS Principal Dr. Steve Hankins at a RSD Board of Education (BOE) meeting Oct. 22. Dr. Hankins said the MHS administration has prepared for various large-scale issues that could arise in the school and community due to the pandemic in 2021. “Hopefully, we have all our bases covered, but I am also realistic and something new might pop up that we have to address, Dr. Hankins said.

RSD Approves Changes to Second Semester Schedules

Lauren Pickett, In-Depth Editor December 19, 2020

The administration released information Friday, Dec. 11, concerning changes to the academic schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.  First semester will conclude Thursday, Jan. 14, allowing teachers...

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