Saturday, April 17, 2021

Academics

A week of historic cold and snow

A hazardous storm brought cold and snowy conditions, leaving millions without power and clean water in the US heartland, esp. in Texas.

Perseverance lands on Mars

NASA's rover lands on Mars, on a mission to look for signs of extinct life. What can it teach us about life on Earth?

Robotics team at Metea Valley wins national renown

We congratulate the freshman robotics team at Metea Valley HS in Aurora, Ill., on winning an online challenge for inclusivity in STEM.

Biden is sworn in as 46th president

The historic inauguration of the 1st female vice president also made history during a unique ceremony without very many onlookers.

Florida balances optimism after the riots

Student newspaper are flooded with opinions about what happened at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, but a few in Fla. feature insightful reporting.

Arts

Movie review: Mank

Students from IL and KS review the new Netflix release, Mank, about the influence of the filmmaking art in America.

Marching band changes during the pandemic

Marching band has been greatly diminished by the Covid-19 pandemic; some schools have made various adjustments to the program.

Study links music achievement with other subjects

Music study can help a student's mind develop in all ways it can be developed, a new study from Kansas suggests. Don't sacrifice it.

An Iowa City show choir goes virtual

The 4th Ave. Jazz Co. show choir at Iowa City HS, like everything else at the school, faces a few weeks of virtual rehearsals.

Athletics

Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to 3 golfers

Golf took prominence at the White House Thursday, coming at the end of a historic cutting short of the high school season in Illinois.

College recruiting changes & cuts to athletics

High school athletes are facing additional challenges because of the pandemic, including recruiting changes and dropped programs.

Md. to administer tests in math, English

Students in Md. will still have to take standardized tests this spring in math and English language arts, following action of the state board.

Perseverance lands on Mars

NASA's rover lands on Mars, on a mission to look for signs of extinct life. What can it teach us about life on Earth?

A week of historic cold and snow

A hazardous storm brought cold and snowy conditions, leaving millions without power and clean water in the US heartland, esp. in Texas.

Md. student board members keep voting roles

A bill that would have prohibited student members of Md.'s school boards from casting a deciding vote on any issue died in committee.

Recent Stories

Summer vacation, summer job, or summer school?

One plan for Covid relief is to send kids to summer school to "catch up" on any ground they lost academically during the pandemic.

Robotics team at Metea Valley wins national renown

We congratulate the freshman robotics team at Metea Valley HS in Aurora, Ill., on winning an online challenge for inclusivity in STEM.

New federal guidelines for safe in-person instruction

The CDC has issued new federal guidelines for the safe reopening of schools for in-person instruction during the pandemic.

Hogan insists Md. schools open for in-person learning

The governor is insisting on schools reopening for in-person instruction in the next 40 days, dismissing reasons they now rely on e-learning.

Student Reports

Md. student board members keep voting roles

A bill that would have prohibited student members of Md.'s school boards from casting a deciding vote on any issue died in committee.

Perseverance lands on Mars

NASA's rover lands on Mars, on a mission to look for signs of extinct life. What can it teach us about life on Earth?

Summer vacation, summer job, or summer school?

One plan for Covid relief is to send kids to summer school to "catch up" on any ground they lost academically during the pandemic.

Robotics team at Metea Valley wins national renown

We congratulate the freshman robotics team at Metea Valley HS in Aurora, Ill., on winning an online challenge for inclusivity in STEM.

Florida balances optimism after the riots

Student newspaper are flooded with opinions about what happened at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, but a few in Fla. feature insightful reporting.

Trump impeached — again

A handful of student newspapers have been quick to enter opinions and editorials on the president's 2nd impeachment.

Wash. Mon. closed; fears of violence in 50 states

IL students continue to write about the events at the US Capitol Wednesday. State governments get ready for more.

Student news roundup: Assault on US Capitol

Students and schools in the US have been affected by the riots at the US Capitol Wednesday, and they have much to say about it.

High School New Year’s Resolutions

What are your New Year's Resolutions, if you make them? Here are a few I would suggest for schools, once they reopen.

Movie review: Mank

Students from IL and KS review the new Netflix release, Mank, about the influence of the filmmaking art in America.

IL district joins JUUL Labs lawsuit

Disposable tobacco products also threaten student health. While the lawsuit is about money and resources, student safety is at the core.

Maryland & Illinois

Md. student board members keep voting roles

A bill that would have prohibited student members of Md.'s school boards from casting a deciding vote on any issue died in committee.

Hogan insists Md. schools open for in-person learning

The governor is insisting on schools reopening for in-person instruction in the next 40 days, dismissing reasons they now rely on e-learning.

Baltimore Co. parents rally to reopen schools

Some parents in Baltimore County, Md., joined a rally outside district offices Sat., to encourage the faster return to in-person instruction.

Md. puts teachers in vaccine Phase 1B

Teachers in Md. will be in line to get vaccinated against Covid-19 sooner than expected, thanks to a governor who prioritized their job function.

3 US reps who signed on to the Texas lawsuit

A lawsuit brought by Texas asked the Supreme Court to overturn the election; 2 US reps from IL and 1 from MD signed on.