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Black Lives Matter attire worn by teachers seen as welcoming

Social studies teacher Jason Caballero wears a Black Lives Matter pin on his lanyard. It is a subtle way of showing that he and his classroom are welcome to everyone. A pin is one of many forms of teachers showing their support for Black Lives Matter.
Mason Buck, Broadcast Editor November 20, 2020

Teachers should be allowed to wear Black Lives Matter attire. With the recent world and political events, everybody has been feeling more politically opinionated, which has sparked some teachers to wear...

Staff Ed: Students working during school hours see an effect on learning

After junior Calli Dierkhising’s early morning shift she comes home to work on her homework. Online days give Calli the freedom to chose when to work. Having a job during school hours teaches students great time management skills.
Pony Express Staff November 9, 2020

Now that students are part time or fully online, many have considered taking shifts in the morning when school would normally take place. Online days have given students a bit of freedom on when to complete...

Protection for election security cannot come soon enough

Secretary of State Steve Simon and Senator Tina Smith are both elected officials striving to secure United States’ elections. Simon created the position of Election Security Cyber Navigator, held by Bill Ekblad.
Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief May 10, 2020

For the world’s oldest democracy, voting would seem to be the act most unilaterally protected by the government. In the United States, however, that does not seem to be the case. Although states and...

Pros and cons of distance leaning vs. traditional school

Schoology holds all  assignments and attendance for the school day. Students are required to log in and complete assignments for each class as they would on a normal day. Teachers are doing their best to make everything seem familiar for the students.
Libby Shepperd, Online Editor April 25, 2020

Towards the end of this year, schools had no choice but to shut down due to the global pandemic known as the COVID-19; this leaves students to responsibly complete their work online on a day to day basis....

Senior electives provide many benefits

Senior Jenna Yingling uses her sixth hour senior elective to work on schoolwork. She is getting help from math teacher Amanda Banick during her prep hour.
Allison Benning, Podcast Reporter March 27, 2020

With the many aspects of a high school student's daily life: homework, studying and extracurricular activities; a majority of students find it difficult to balance it all and still find some time for themselves...

School should require financial literacy

Freshman Jaden Petersen spends his free time learning about finances. He finds them both interesting and vital to success later in life. Finances are seen in every aspect of adult life.
Dorothy Chislett, Graphics Editor February 27, 2020

Financial literacy classes should be required if students are expected to lead an educated, financially independent life.  Students statistically show a lack of knowledge in important subjects such as...

Technology access necessary for education equality

Juniors Elliana Linn and Trisha Jacobson collaborate on an online assignment. With the growth of technology, this type of assignment is becoming more popular.
Natalie Williams, Photography Editor February 26, 2020

Around the globe, technology is becoming more and more heavily relied on. Jobs, classes and homework have turned from paper to virtual in an instant. While creating online assignments assists teachers...

ACT testing adds unneeded stress and provides an unfair advantage

Junior Tyler Olson studies an ACT Prep Class textbook. Many students take time out of their classes to study for the ACT, which interferes with their focus and learning experience during class time.
Lucas Polucha, Video Editor February 18, 2020

For many college-bound students, the ACT or SAT tests present the largest hurdle in high school. What is intended to be a test of one's ability too often becomes a stressful, inaccurate and even unfair....

School Board should listen to recommendations of community

School Board directors Tina Riehle, Sarah Stivland and Mike Ptacek are three of the four board members who voted not to expand Brookview Elementary, despite a growing community support surrounding the elementary school.
John Franklin, Copy Editor-in-Chief December 20, 2019

As a student who lives between Lake Elmo and Woodbury, I can see that times are changing.  Almost every day of my life I have driven past the Lake Elmo Airport.  Across from the Lake Elmo Airport, there...

Families express concern about Trump’s proposal to reduce free school meals

The lunch room supplies students with nutritious lunches, free or paid. Everyday, thousands of kids rush to eat their lunches and receive a break from learning all day, but with Trump's reduction of free meals, students could lose this opportunity.
Julie Xiong, Graphics Editor November 28, 2019

Education is key to a successful life and career. The future of our society depends on the younger generations to make a change, therefore, proper nutrition must be provided. President Trump’s administration...

Four day school week proven more beneficial

Freshmen Kendall Bajda, Eva Stafne, and Amelia Venzke hang out before the bell on a Friday morning. Rather than utilizing the Friday as a help day, they are waiting for the first bell to start their  seven hour school day.
Olivia Wavamunno, Podcast Reporter November 22, 2019

Within the past couple of years, Colorado schools―district 27J, as well as many others, have implemented four day school weeks rather than five. While some have found the change to bring some inconveniences,...

Political tribalism, violence, effects of having far-right news on social media

Senior Michael Finch views Breitbart News’ Facebook page. In 2018, Wikipedia said Breitbart could only be allowed for opinion supports in their informative articles because of the reporting slant.
Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief November 20, 2019

Breitbart News, during the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign, was one of the most trafficked news sources on the internet, behind Fox News. It is one of the farthest right news sites in the conservative...

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