The Booster Redux

Assuring safety

Story by Kali Poenitske, Editor in Chief

April 5, 2018

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

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

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...

Taking Action

Story by Darius Tinsley, Reporter

January 22, 2018

As the semester begins, administration is taking steps to encourage positive attendance habits using money, donuts and a new policy. Last semester, students would reportedly show up more than 10 minutes late to a class in order to avoid a tardy due to an imbalance in consequences. According to las...

Eating away at the debt

Story by Maddie Baden, Editor in Chief

January 22, 2018

Senior Alexis Pichler is an office aide. One of her tasks is delivering notes from the office to students. As she walks in and hands over one specific note in the middle of third hour, she can see the expression change on the students’ faces as they read the piece of paper. The note from USD 250...

‘Urinetown’ is statebound

‘Urinetown’ is statebound

Story by Kali Poenitske, Editor in Chief

December 4, 2017

On Jan. 4, the music repertory class will be performing “Urinetown” in front of an audience of 1,800 thespians on opening night of the Kansas Thespian Festival. When sophomore Addy Campbell heard the news, she was filled with excitement. “I actually kind of flipped out. I almost started cry...

Math dept. adopts new textbooks

Math dept. adopts new textbooks

Story by Kali Poenitske, Editor in Chief

November 3, 2017

On Sept. 27, a parent meeting was held to explain the new math delivery system. With only 24 hours notice, over 90 parents and students attended what was supposed to be a 30 minute meeting, but turned into an hour and a half. Parents voiced concerns about the effectiveness of the new instructional method...

Dreamers On The Field

Dreamers On The Field

Story by Gina Mathew and Ximena Ibarra

October 11, 2017

At a glimpse, the soccer team at PHS is like any other. The minute the dismissal bell rings, players gather at the soccer field to practice assists, kicks, blocks and headers. But the diversity of players is what makes them unique, incorporating students from different genders, ethnicities, schools...

Students encouraged to attend tonight’s DACA March & Rally

Story by Gina Mathew, Editor in Chief

September 8, 2017

A rally will take place tonight at 6 at the Pittsburg Farmers’ Market, where junior Ximena Ibarra will be a featured speaker. Earlier this week, President Donald Trump announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Obama-era program allowing undocumented immigrants who came to...

Students View Eclipse

Students View Eclipse

Story by Nicole Konopelko

August 28, 2017

Americans across the nation were using their protective glasses to observe the first total solar eclipse crossing the country from the Pacific to Atlantic Ocean since June 8,1918. Across the district, elementary and middle school students made pinhole projectors out of paper and were provided with g...

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