The School Newspaper of Lawrence Free State High School

Superintendent Rick Doll announces his retirement

Superintendent Rick Doll announces his retirement

Libby Stanford, Maame Britwum, Online Editors
November 23
Filed under Briefs

At a school board meeting Monday, Lawrence Public School's superintendent, Rick Doll, announced his retirement effective June 2016. Doll has been superintendent since July 2009 and is stepping down to take a position at Kansas State University next year. He will be a professor and executive director... Read more »

USD 497 technology policy provides equal access

USD 497 technology policy provides equal access

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
November 20
Filed under Briefs, News, Top Stories

This year the school district took new steps to incorporate technology in learning. Textbooks in AP U.S. History classes and Algebra I classes are now being used online. One concern that arose out of this new policy was how the district is going to accommodate for students who do not have access to computers... Read more »

IPS students discuss the effect the class has had on them

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor
November 17
Filed under Briefs

When senior Kirsten Baska first signed up for her interpersonal skills (IPS) class, she knew it would be unlike any other class she took. An average class is more than just taking notes and tests. Baska said the curriculum for IPS includes lessons on topics such as stress relief, how to be more kind,... Read more »

FYI club works to raise awareness about suicide prevention

FYI club works to raise awareness about suicide prevention

Reagan Sullivan, reporter
November 16
Filed under Briefs

For Your Information club, (FYI) works to inform students about various issues at Free State. Junior Katie Lane, FYI club leader, explained what their latest project, suicide prevention, is about. “We are trying to train people in part of the Yellow Ribbon Project, so the first step is to train... Read more »

Student Council members discuss General Assembly

Maame Britwum, Co-Online Editor
November 9
Filed under Briefs, News

At the start of the year Student Council began its transition from a classroom setting to a general assembly. Instead of having Student Council meet exclusively during third hour, meetings will be held after school to incorporate more students. Senior Meghan McClorey says the move is a return to how... Read more »

Reporter shares her thoughts on the recent office construction

Juna Murao, Reporter
October 6
Filed under Briefs, Opinion

Over the past year, the Lawrence school district renovated Free State's office to a more modern design. The additional classrooms were built in response to the growing number of students in the building. In the first few days of school, I was overloaded with textbooks and supplies for my new classes,... Read more »

Editor visits Ladybird Diner after recent reopening

Editor visits Ladybird Diner after recent reopening

Trenna Soderling, Editor in Chief
September 30
Filed under Briefs, Entertainment, Food

As I walked up to 721 Massachusetts St. on a Sunday afternoon, I groaned a little bit. Not because I wasn’t excited about the food; I felt the opposite. However, college students and families were rushing to the door, and I knew I would have to fight for a spot in line. However, the wait for a table... Read more »

Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer resigns

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
September 8
Filed under Briefs, News

On the 12th of August Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer announced his resignation. This was two days after he stepped down as executive director of Just Food, a nonprofit food bank. Elizabeth Keever has replaced Farmer as interim executive director of the program and former City Commission member Mike A... Read more »

New journalism editors discuss plans for improvement

Ryan Liston, Reporter
May 4
Filed under Briefs

Next year, the journalism publications (newspaper, online and yearbook) will be combining staffs, the senior editors from this year will be entering college, and new editors will be filling their positions. Before that happens, here are all of the new editors’ plans for improving the staff and working... Read more »

Humanities club celebrates the arts

Evan Frook, Reporter
May 1
Filed under Briefs

Humanities Club stemmed from a simple coincidence. Sophomore Lila Alvarado was reading “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and the author Margaret Atwood was visiting Lawrence in early February. Interested in attending Atwood’s talk, Alvarado met with English teacher Kylee Wright. The discussion became... Read more »

Peyton Townsend’s sketch turns into a stand against Brownback’s policies

Peyton Townsend’s sketch turns into a stand against Brownback’s policies

Maame Britwum, Editor-in-Chief
May 1
Filed under Briefs, News

When senior Peyton Townsend heard about the cuts Governor Sam Brownback was enacting on the education budget, she was upset. Instead of sitting on her anger, Townsend did something about it: she created a ‘Brownbackistan’ design. “I was inspired by that sticker it says ‘Kansas not Brownbakistan’.... Read more »

Seniors chosen as Lawrence Journal World’s “Academic All-Stars”

Libby Stanford, Reporter
April 29
Filed under Briefs, News

For the 18th year in a row, the Lawrence Journal World announced their Academic All Stars. This program highlights some of the highest achieving high school seniors from Lawrence and surrounding areas. Among these 26 individuals were Free State seniors Jack Ziegler and Sophie Westbrook. Both Zieg... Read more »

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