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Graduation is a bittersweet moment for many seniors. Many grads feel like they are losing their childhood and leaving meaningful connections behind. But, the silver-lining is the growth and experience that lie ahead of you.
Opinion: Embrace Change
Aubrey Lacavich, Sports Editor • May 8, 2024

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Editorial BoardApril 15, 2024

A Missouri bill was introduced to the House Thursday, March 29, that could charge teachers and counselors who support students' social transitions...

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This comparison photo shows the hallway seating (left) verses the standard lockers (right). The expanded seating has outlets and USB plugs for charging.
Opinion: Remove the Lockers
Elliott Jorgensen, Associate Producer • March 14, 2024

In a school of more than 2,000 students, MHS students are rarely seen loitering around their lockers. This raises the question: does anyone use...

Most students have very busy schedules which can make time management a big struggle. By keeping a planner it can make it easier to visualize your tasks and can help in remembering what you need to get done.
Opinion: Students Should have Part Time Jobs
Morgan Siegel, Staff Reporter • March 4, 2024

As job openings increase, so does the need for employees. With total payroll employment rising from January 2023 to January 2024 by 42,100 jobs,...

Opinion: RSD Canvas Investment is Valid

Media by Elliott Jorgensen
Canvas is one of the most used college interfaces and is seen in many Missouri universities, such as MIZZOU and St. Louis University. Blackboard is another popular site, while Google Classroom is rare to see in postsecondary institutions.

The Rockwood School District has decided to go all in on Canvas for the 2024-2025 school year.

While Google Classroom has been students’ preferred online learning platform, the advancements Canvas brings outweigh the familiarity of Google Classroom.

From MIZZOU to Harvard to St. Louis University, most of the post-secondary world has adopted Canvas as its main platform.

If we begin using Canvas in high school, the transition to college will be much easier.

This change doesn’t just benefit students. It benefits teachers as well.

Canvas integrates with the Infinite Campus platform and moves grades into Infinite Campus automatically and seamlessly. Teachers spend less time grading and more time teaching or planning lessons.

While the simplistic design language of Google Classroom is preferred by students, Canvas’ modules are organized more efficiently. Looking back at past assignments is quick and easy in Canvas while you may have to scroll for hours in Classroom.

The complicated design of Canvas may initially confuse students, but the in-depth tools integrated into the service are powerful.

Canvas links to Pearson, Studymate, Google Drive and more course-specific resources. Most math and science classes have already used Canvas and Pearson for homework, science labs and textbooks.

Google Classroom is often used by language arts, history and elective classes. There isn’t as much of an incentive to switch to Canvas for them because the Canvas tools don’t directly benefit their classes.

However, they should embrace this shift to Canvas for their students. If every class uses the same platform, students will be less disorganized and more likely to find their work.

Change isn’t always a bad thing. Streamlining the assignment and education process will only benefit students.

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Elliott Jorgensen
Elliott Jorgensen, Associate Producer/Production Editor
Elliott Jorgensen, class of 2024, is the Associate Producer for MHSNews and Production Editor for The Messenger. He enjoys going to theme parks, going on bike rides, and creating video content. He is the publicity lead for the Marquette Theatre Company and participates in Politics Club and Girls United. Elliott plans to attend the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri Columbia.
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