• Counselor Meetings with Sophomores during Aviator Bell Nov. 15

  • Counselor Meetings with Freshmen during Aviator Bell Nov 8

  • Building Reunification Drill Nov. 3, 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.

  • ALICE Training for Freshmen and Sophomores during Aviator Bell Oct. 25

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Columbus Day reignites controversy

Columbus Day reignites controversy

Anisa Khatana, Staff Writer

October 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

On Mon. Oct. 9, our country held a national celebration of the man who pioneered one of the best-lauded accidents in human history. Although a blind “discovery,” many deeds of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’s famed mission were all but unintentional. Many of us once sat before a grade s...

September Columns: Looking at issue over Confederate statues, new movies, TV shows

September Columns: Looking at issue over Confederate statues, new movies, TV shows

Allyson Bonhaus and Sara Margolis

October 9, 2017


Filed under Columns

OPINION: The issue of removing Confederate statues has sparked many debates and emotions throughout the U.S. Hate speech stirs emotions, and so do these statues. This made me think of the debate over whether hate speech is protected by freedom of speech. Hate speech is a terrible thing, but it ne...

Las Vegas shooting prompts inaction

Las Vegas shooting prompts inaction

Jenna Bao, Executive Editor

October 5, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

I first heard of the deadliest mass shooting in recent American history on my drive to school. Pulling into the parking lot, I heard about it, muttered in surprise, got to my spot, and, well, proceeded with my day. Honestly, my reaction to the deaths of at least 58 people and the injuries of over 500 was, “This ag...

September Staff Editorial: Giving aid to those in need

September Staff Editorial: Giving aid to those in need

October 4, 2017


Filed under Staff Editorial

Tragedy is often devastating, but it also carries opportunity within it. Millions of people were directly affected by recent natural disasters, primarily Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Homes and lives were shaken, and the recovery effort will continue for years, but these events have also served as opportunities...

‘I can’t see it, so it must not exist, right?’

‘I can’t see it, so it must not exist, right?’

Harsimran Makkad, Executive Web Editor-in-Chief

September 29, 2017


Filed under Opinion

  “I don’t like to look out of the windows even - there are so many of those creeping women, and they creep so fast. I wonder if they all come out of that wallpaper as I did?” said the narrator in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper.”   The piece portrays...

What Americans can learn from controversy over confederate statues, Charlottesville

What Americans can learn from controversy over confederate statues, Charlottesville

Adhiti Chundur, Associate Editor

September 24, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Historical figures are not mythical beings that only epitomize the ideals of our society - they are humans with both great accomplishments and dark aspects that form their legacy. The distinction is what they are known for. We celebrate people such as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington for their con...

August Column: Opioid epidemic rages as debates over use of Naloxone continue

August Column: Opioid epidemic rages as debates over use of Naloxone continue

Allyson Bonhaus, Feature Chief

September 5, 2017


Filed under Columns

OPINION: When my dad turns on the news, unless it is “Saturday Night Live,” I generally go to the next room because I know the next day he will be discussing it, and I will be trapped in the conversation. These days, a frequent topic has been naloxone and its role in law enforcement. Naloxone, often referred t...

August Staff Editorial: Welcome back to a new school year!

August Staff Editorial: Welcome back to a new school year!

September 1, 2017


Filed under Staff Editorial

Welcome back to a new school year! We hope that you are feeling well rested and ready to go full steam ahead for another nine months. Whether you are a freshman, a new student walking the halls of SHS for the first time, or a senior ready for college, the idea of a new school or a new year can be...

Editorial Policy

Editorial Policy

August 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

EDITORIAL POLICY: Although students work under the guidance of a professional faculty member, the content is ultimately determined by the student staff and should reflect all areas of student interest, including topics on which there may be dissent and controversy. Students can not publish material that is...

May Columns: Reflecting on necessity of passes, track season wrap-up

May Columns: Reflecting on necessity of passes, track season wrap-up

Allyson Bonhaus and Maddi Saunders

May 25, 2017


Filed under Columns

OPINION: The wave of teachers giving out passes has surprised me. We should have them when we go somewhere, however, I remember longing for the independence of SHS. That dream seems to have more conditions now. The freedom to be responsible felt like my chance to prove I am ready to be out on my ...

May Staff Editorial: Saying goodbye and looking forward to new changes next year

May Staff Editorial: Saying goodbye and looking forward to new changes next year

May 25, 2017


Filed under Staff Editorial

Change is a ubiquitous aspect of life, but it perhaps occurs in high school even more than it does in the years to come. After all, with a whole quarter of the student body leaving and another coming in each year along with the changes that come with each grade's experience, no year of high school is...

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