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Final thoughts

Final thoughts

Story by Kali Poenitske, Editor in Chief

May 4, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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