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Technology takes over classrooms

Technology takes over classrooms

Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter

October 28, 2018


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As virtual learning becomes more popular, the Lawrence School District voted in 2017 to give students personal laptops which they can use for the duration of the school year.  By using certain tools like Google Classroom, teachers are able to upload assignments online so that they are accessible to s...

Teachers and District at Impasse

Teachers and District at Impasse

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

September 18, 2018


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On August 23, a mass email titled “From The Table” was sent to over 950 teachers in the Lawrence school district. The message contained a summary of what had been decided at the August 9 negotiations session. The more teachers that opened the message, the more frustrated “reply alls” were sent back...

Tired of the Culture: Part 3

Sabrina Castle and Grace Porter

May 19, 2018


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Students and staff take action to bring awareness to sexual violence within the school

Tired of the Culture: Part 2

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

May 19, 2018


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As sexual assault allegations are surfacing against prominent men in our society, rape culture has become a frequently discussed topic. Since the public's attention has become focused on the issue of sexual violence, students are voicing their concerns that administrators are tolerant of rape culture....

Tired of the Culture: Part 1

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

May 19, 2018


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Anonymous  “I was with someone for a long time, for like a year. We broke up in September and that was kind of hard on me. I just felt really stuck, so I turned to drinking on the weekends and parties and getting high.” Fifty percent of sexual assault happens while victims or perpetrators are u...

Too Juul For School

Too Juul For School

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

February 13, 2018


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As one of the most recent trends to gain popularity, the illegal use of e-cigarettes and "Juuls" has become common among the school’s underage population. The use of vape products—vaping for short—was introduced in 2003 by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik. It was originally advertised as a way for people ...

Online classes growing in popularity

Online classes growing in popularity

Grace Porter, Reporter

February 1, 2018


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The rise of technology based education has made online schooling an easier option for some students. Students can get a full education online through the school district or choose to take only some of their classes online. There are several reasons why students might prefer virtual school over traditional...

Lawrence Board of Education selects new superintendent

Lawrence Board of Education selects new superintendent

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief

January 30, 2018


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Dr. Anthony Lewis has been selected as the next superintendent of Lawrence schools effective July 1 according to a press release sent out Monday morning. Lewis previously served as an assistant superintendent in the Kansas City, Missouri school district. “I am extremely humbled and grateful to...

Junior declared Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year

Junior declared Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief

January 29, 2018


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After three student speeches and three standing ovations inside Liberty Hall Thursday evening, junior Ruth Gathunguri was recognized as the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year. Just short of the award, Lawrence High School junior Hasiya Asuku and Free State senior Christian LaPointe were also recognized...

District hosts second Community Conversation, administrators absent

District hosts second Community Conversation, administrators absent

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief

January 19, 2018


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Around 50 students, parents, teachers and staff packed the auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library on Dec. 14 for a Community Conversation. It was the second of two opportunities for community members to provide input on issues marginalized students and their families face in local schools. The event ...

New Ascent club plans to construct wind turbine

New Ascent club plans to construct wind turbine

Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter

January 4, 2018


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Over the past summer, senior Ascent club president Sandhya Ravikumar had an idea to build a wind turbine. The Ascent club is new to Free State this year. The club is an outreach program for underrepresented women and minorities in STEM fields according to Ravikumar. Ravikumar and club sponsor Julie...

Band students gifted new instruments, scholarships from Band of Angels

Band students gifted new instruments, scholarships from Band of Angels

Jackson Barton, Editor in Chief

December 12, 2017


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Marching into band class, junior Gabriel Leverette had no idea it was one of the last times he would play his old trumpet, the instrument he started with and played for the past five years. “I never thought I would have enough money to get a trumpet on my own,” Leverette said. “I’m just so...

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