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Administration debates on reimplementing Purple Power Hour

Administration debates on reimplementing Purple Power Hour

Story by Sarah Alcantar, Reporter

February 27, 2019


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Students have been asking what is going to happen with Purple Power Hour, the 50-minute lunch period that was suspended in early September, but according to administration, there isn’t a definite answer. “The new cafeteria is not open yet. If we rewind a little bit, part of our issue was not ...

Board of Education begins search for new principal, extends timeline

Board of Education begins search for new principal, extends timeline

Story by Nicole Konopelko, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2019


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The USD 250 school district has kicked off its search for a candidate to replace head principal Phil Bressler, who resigned in early January to seek a superintendent position. The hiring process will be led by superintendent Rich Proffitt and assistant superintendent Dr. Brad Hanson. The district...

Jones qualifies for FCCLA State Star Event

Jones qualifies for FCCLA State Star Event

Story by Hannah Gray, Reporter

February 6, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase, Student Life

Last Wednesday, at the district Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competition at Pittsburg State University, junior Logan Jones presented his project, “Say Yes to FCS,” covering the benefits of family and consumer sciences, to a panel of judges. Jones earned a silver ranki...

BREAKING: District approves Bressler’s letter of resignation, contract effective through June

BREAKING: District approves Bressler’s letter of resignation, contract effective through June

Story by Nicole Konopelko, Editor-in-Chief

January 15, 2019


Filed under Breaking News, News, Showcase

Principal Phil Bressler will not be coming back for the 2019-20 school year. His resignation comes halfway through his second year at PHS. Bressler has applied to renew his district leadership license and is seeking a superintendent job. “There’s a lot of reasons for this decision, but I think it really comes dow...

Scholarship dedicated to honor Laushman

Scholarship dedicated to honor Laushman

Story by Nicole Konopelko, Editor-in-Chief

November 29, 2018


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2019 will be the first year in which the USD 250 Foundation awards a scholarship in vocal music director Susan Laushman’s name. “In my wildest dreams, I never thought something like that would be started in my name,” said Laushman, who has been a music educator for 30 years. “I’m flatter...

Administrating for change

Administrating for change

Story by Joy Lee, Reporter

November 1, 2018


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At day, Jeremy Johnson is a Jobs for American Graduates teacher and mentor to his students. At night, he’s a candidate campaigning for the Crawford County Commission. Teaching JAG for the past two years and Pittsburg’s mayor since January, has provided Johnson “first-hand experience” on wha...

Riachi reaches semifinal round of National Merit Scholarship competition

Riachi reaches semifinal round of National Merit Scholarship competition

Story by Cassidy Bayliss, Reporter

September 24, 2018


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On Sept. 12, principal Phil Bressler announced senior Andrew Riachi as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Riachi is one of four students in the last ten years to qualify for this scholarship. “Having the opportunity to do that is pretty cool,” Riachi said.“I am very happy with t...

Purple Power Hour suspended after successful pilot launch

Purple Power Hour suspended after successful pilot launch

Story by Cassidy Bayliss, Reporter

September 6, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, News, Showcase

Purple Power Hour (PPH) has been discontinued until further notice due to student misbehavior, according to principal Phil Bressler. The building staff was notified by an email sent out by admin at the end of the school day yesterday. “We’ve had conversations of ‘do we need to put something i...

Theater department receives state recognition at Jester Awards

Theater department receives state recognition at Jester Awards

Story by Darius Tinsley, Reporter

May 23, 2018


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PHS was one of the 41 musical theatre productions from 41 Kansas High School theatre programs to have participated at the Jester awards on May 6. PHS left with five awards and two scholarships. Not only were the actors celebrated but also the stage crew, production, design, vocal direction, orchestr...

Board of Education approves alternative school

Board of Education approves alternative school

Story by Joseph Lee, Reporter

May 21, 2018


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USD 250 will open a new alternative learning center in August. The plan was approved by the Board of Education (BOE) on May 14. Alternative learning provides a different learning setting for students who are not able to learn in the traditional school setting. Marlene Willis, president of the BOE, said t...

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