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Math dept. to revise course offerings

Math dept. to revise course offerings

Story by Maddie Baden, Editor in Chief

May 5, 2018


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For the past seven years, eighth graders have had the opportunity to test out of algebra I and take honors geometry their freshman year. For the 2018-2019 school year, all freshmen will take algebra I, and honors geometry will no longer be offered to students. In the past years, eighth graders were taugh...

District considers prospective assistant superintendent

District considers prospective assistant superintendent

Story by Journey Jaramillo, Managing Editor

May 5, 2018


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After serving six years as the superintendent of the Monett School District, 1981 PHS graduate Brad Hanson will become assistant superintendent for USD 250. “Having grown up in Pittsburg and having family living in the area, I have continued to keep up with Pittsburg Schools,” Hanson said. ...

Final thoughts

Final thoughts

Story by Kali Poenitske, Editor in Chief

May 4, 2018


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After the Building Leadership Team (BLT) discussed the consistent number of tardies and absences, the solution of finals exemption was brought up. “We started talking about tardies being an issue. There were 40 to 50 kids in the hall when the bell rang,” principal Phil Bressler said. As a ...

Socially sound

Socially sound

Story by Joseph Lee, Reporter

April 6, 2018


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Every year, the repertory theatre class performs a social issue play. With the help of playwright Debbie Lamedman, theater director Greg Shaw and the repertory class create a production to spread awareness on various controversial issues in school. The repertory class decided that this year’s show, which will ...

District hires new superintendent

District hires new superintendent

Story by Nicole Konopelko, Managing Editor

April 6, 2018


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USD 250 school board members unanimously approved Richard Proffitt as the district’s new superintendent of schools at their meeting on March 26. Proffitt, who will replace superintendent Destry Brown, was selected from a nationwide pool of 38 applicants compiled by hiring firm Ray and Associates. &nbs...

Walking out to speak up

Walking out to speak up

Story by Maddie Baden and Susana Canales

April 6, 2018


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The clock struck 10:00 on March 14, students rose from their seats, walked down the halls and assembled in the courtyard. The high school was one of around 3,000 schools, according to USA Today, across the nation to participate in this walkout in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting o...

Graduated admission

Graduated admission

Story by Gina Mathew, Editor In Chief

April 6, 2018


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Along with caps, gowns and tassels, seniors will receive tickets to deliver to family and friends for graduation. Administration opted to reserve the commencement ceremony as a ticketed event this year following discussions on reduced occupancy levels in the main gymnasium. Construction in the gym over the summer incl...

Assuring safety

Story by Kali Poenitske, Editor in Chief

April 5, 2018


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On March 6 a threat was found in a textbook and brought to the administration’s attention by two students. Local law enforcement agencies were immediately contacted by administration. “Everything that comes to us as a threat gets investigated,” principal Phil Bressler said. “We had Crawford County Sheriff...

As easy as 1, 2, 3

Story by Gina Mathew, Editor in Chief

March 5, 2018


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Freshmen brushed up on their ABCs this year as they reverted back to a traditional letter-based grading system following a year of standards-based grading at Pittsburg Community Middle School (PCMS). Standards-based grading (SBG) is an alternative approach to academic reporting. Rather than letters,...

Aftermath

Story by Nicole Konopelko, Managing Editor

February 5, 2018


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In a traditional math class, a student sits at a single-student desk and watches as a teacher solves example problems on a board. For years, this was the only instructional method PHS math students knew. But research from the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) prompted PHS math teachers to reevaluate...

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