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School board hosts LGBTQ+ panel, shares plan of action

School board hosts LGBTQ+ panel, shares plan of action

Rowan Plinsky and Jackson Barton
November 2, 2016
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LGBTQ+ students in the Lawrence public schools deal with ignorance concerning their sexualities and preferred pronouns. On Oct. 18, nine members of the Lawrence public schools LGBTQ+ community sat down in front of a room full of district administrators and told them their stories. Audience members,...

Higher enrollment pressures counselors, teachers

Higher enrollment pressures counselors, teachers

Juna Murao, Reporter
September 23, 2016
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Cramming through the walls of people, students try to get to their lockers or class before the bell rings. Juniors and seniors might notice the growing population of the other grades this year.   Counselors recognized the influx of freshmen. It has been challenging for counselors to schedule the la...

Record number of Free State National Merit Semifinalists announced

Record number of Free State National Merit Semifinalists announced

Jackson Barton, Online Editor-in-Chief
September 14, 2016
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“I was so excited, like not just for myself, but for everyone, I was so excited for my friends that got in, I was so excited to see them come into the room,” semifinalist Erin Scherl said. “Like, ‘we did it guys!’” The College Board announced Wednesday morning, September 14th, that Scherl...

Booster Club disbands, clubs lose funding

Rowan Plinsky, Reporter
September 12, 2016
Filed under News, Recent

After twenty years of supporting StuCo, the whole Free State faculty and many other groups, the Booster Club has decided to disperse due to the lack of parental involvement. The Booster Club began when the school opened. They were a group of parents that raised money to help various programs around the...

Student injured after dangerous jump into nearby pond

Student injured after dangerous jump into nearby pond

Darby Gilliland and Mariah Houston
May 19, 2016
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The sirens from nearby police cars, ambulances and fire trucks startled the students and faculty on May 9, 2016. A sophomore had dove head-first into the shallow pond on private property near Free State. He injured his head, neck and spine leading to paralysis from his chest down according to senior...

Possible Repurposing of Black Box

Possible Repurposing of Black Box

Jackson Barton, Online Editor-in-Chief
May 6, 2016
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During a faculty meeting on April 7, the administration announced plans to repurpose the Black Box into a flexible space during school hours. Currently, the Black Box serves as theater classroom and English teacher Nancee Beilgard’s classroom. The proposed changes would move Beilgard and her classes...

Bullying is redefined by students, faculty

Bullying is redefined by students, faculty

Mariah Houston
April 7, 2016
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Teachers expressing their intolerance for bullying has been routine starting as long ago as elementary school. Through anti-bullying assemblies, students were taught to treat others the way they want to be treated and face their peers with nothing but kindness and acceptance; however, voices have been piping up in regards to incidents inv...

Students write plays for Black Box Theater Festival

Students write plays for Black Box Theater Festival

Juna Murao
April 6, 2016
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Experiencing writer's block, directing a show and casting his peers have been some of sophomore Christopher Pendry’s first steps as one of the playwrights for this year’s Black Box Theater Festival production. The festival takes place on April 21-23 at 7:30 pm each night. Among the five writer...

Female students of color participate in KU study

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
March 23, 2016
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A voice came over the intercom requesting that female students of color come to the auditorium at the end of third hour. When junior Lezley Linnear heard the announcement, she saw heads turn in her direction. Every eye in the room was focused on her. Linnear knew the question popping up in their heads:...

Recent Kansas legislative activity involves changes to education

Evan Frook and Sydney Gard
March 16, 2016
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In the face of the upcoming nationwide elections, legislation of all kinds is being passed, killed and proposed, much of which concerns education. “This year and last year the pace of proposals has picked up, and I’ve seen a couple of possible explanations for that,” school board memb...

Kyle Hayden chosen as USD 497 Superintendent

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
March 10, 2016
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Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations Kyle Hayden was chosen as superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools, effective July 1, 2016. Earlier this year, current Superintendent Dr. Rick Doll announced his resignation effective June 30, 2016 to be come assistant professor and executive director of the Kansas Educatio...

FYI club compensates for lost grant

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
March 8, 2016
Filed under News

FYI club was informed this fall that they would not receive the grant that funded Meg Lyles, the club’s sponsor position. The club is known for spreading awareness and getting involved in the community. Those who were involved were disappointed to say the least. “Obviously I was concerned about...

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