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Staying healthy at home

WORKING OUT. Whether you are in quarantine or just staying at home, exercise is a great way to boost your mood and your mental health.
Simple ways to get the exercise you need
December 11, 2020

  After a long school day, whether virtual or in-person, going home and exercising may often be the last thing on our minds. While school is mentally exhausting, it does not provide the level of activity...

Wildfires Rampage Along The West Coast

WILDFIRES. This summer, many states in the West coast suffered a disastrous season of wildfires resulting in dozens of deaths and the destruction of over 5 million acres of land. The fires caused concern over air quality as plumes of smoke have travelled all across the country. “Not only was the air quality poor, but the sky maintained a dismal orange tone that blocked out the sun.” “It looked like a scene from the Martian,” explained Morgan Taylor-Cohen, a high school student from the Bay Area, adding that “at 3 pm it felt like 3 am.”
Families flee as smoke from wildfires reaches Europe
December 7, 2020

    By now, you have probably seen plenty of jarring images of the blood-red skies over the Western region of the United States this summer. Western states, primarily California, Oregon, and Washington,...

Face to face learning resumes

Face to face learning resumes
December 4, 2020

   As of today, December 4th, Sycamore Community Schools has made the decision to resume in-person instruction for face-to-face students beginning Monday, December 7.     After a week of joining...

Fact vs. Fiction: what will the virtual week of school really be like?

Pictured is the Google Meet homepage, something that students and teachers in 2020 know all too well. Although virtual students are used to attending class virtually through this interface, face-to-face students may be feeling nervous about adjusting once again during the upcoming week of virtual school. In order to ease some of these concerns, SHS principal Mr. Doug Mader explained the specifics of this week and beyond. He also reassured SHS students and staff, saying he thinks “it will be a very successful week.” Photo courtesy of Allison McElroy.
November 29, 2020

   As we approach the end of Thanksgiving break, many SHS students are wondering what the upcoming virtual week will bring. While virtual students are already acclimated to this type of learning, those...

Exclusive Q&A

Exclusive Q&A
With Sycamore Schools Board of Education President Melissa Weiss regarding remote learning
November 25, 2020

Q: How will the school determine if we go virtual for more than one week after Thanksgiving? A: We have had an approach since our healthy back to school plan was implemented this fall semester. We have...

Quarantine déjà vu

Déjà Vu. Does this
Will the second Covid-19 wave be a repeat of the spring?
November 24, 2020

   On Friday, November 13, 2020, a friend of mine commented that this would be the first “Friday the 13th” since that fateful day on March 13, 2020, before the Covid-19 pandemic changed the world...

Too much information

TMI. Many people use social media to share intimate details of their lives with their followers, which can result in oversharing. “I think people find it easier to share their ideas and thoughts through a screen,” Kendall Mather, 12.
Is social media leading to oversharing?
November 19, 2020

     TMI. Social media presents a quick and easy way to share information with as many people as you wish. With the increasing presence of social media in teenagers’ lives, there is more and more...

Daylight savings time is over

  BEEP! BEEP! That dreadful sound of an alarm in the morning. You look out the window and realize how light it really is outside.  Now how did that happen?  Well, Saturday night was daylight savings and all of the clocks in the US fell back 1 hour.  We are now officially out of daylight savings time.  The darkness though unfortunately gives Vivian Henry, 9, a “sad vibe.”
Why does the time change anyways?
November 6, 2020

   Daylight savings time is officially over. Now we are in that dreadful time of the year when it gets dark at 5:30 p.m. and by 6 a.m. it is already light out. Everyone’s schedules are all thrown off...

AMC Theatres: The New Plan to Survive Coronavirus

AMC THEATRES MAKES A COMEBACK Of all the questions over what our future will look like, many are wondering if we will ever have the chance to experience going to the movie theater with friends again. After a tough financial loss since March, AMC Theatres is looking to make a comeback. How will they manage this amidst a pandemic?
October 22, 2020

The excitement of seeing a movie for the first time in theatres is something we largely took for granted during our lives before the pandemic hit. We underestimated the sheer joy of heading into a packed...

Update on clubs

BREAKING NEWS. SHS administrators have just released updated information regarding the new way we will be doing clubs and activities in the era of COVID-19. Though cubs are strongly encouraged to meet virtually, face-to-face meetings have been approved with several extensive measures required. As always, “all clubs must follow the same social-distancing guidelines as classrooms if meeting face-to-face,” said Mr. Ashwin Coratiyll, student administrator. Photo taken before COVID-19.
What will SHS clubs look like moving forward?
October 21, 2020

   When I was a rising freshman, I attended a senior panel at the Sycamore Junior High School. There were seven nominated seniors sitting on the platform risers in the choir room, and my mother yanked...

Retail and restaurant industries face the economic brunt of Covid-19

BUSINESS CLOSURES. Throughout the pandemic, few things have been affected quite like restaurants and retail stores. Whether a local bar or a nationwide chain of stores, the past few months have been disastrous for all kinds of businesses.  Closures around the country have been rampant, but anyone can help by supporting their favorite local businesses.Pictured here is one of the many closed JC Penney stores across the country.  
Picture courtesy of Creative Commons.
October 16, 2020

   Since March 2020, hundreds of thousands of businesses, both local and national, have faced closures.  From restaurants to retail stores, the effect of COVID-19 on all businesses has been massive. ...

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