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Students and teachers share their thoughts on blended learning

Students and teachers share their thoughts on blended learning

Maame Britwum, Online Editor
October 14, 2015
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As teenagers being raised and taught during the Information Age, it only makes sense for students to have technology in the classroom. That’s the direction many schools are starting to take, including our own. Recently, the school district and administration has pushed for blended classrooms--a...

Social Studies teacher Jordan Boyd wins the Horizon Award

Social Studies teacher Jordan Boyd wins the Horizon Award

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
October 7, 2015
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Social studies teacher, Jordan Boyd, was shocked and a little frightened to see members of the administration coming into her room on September 22nd. Boyd was soon informed, however, that she was not in trouble as she thought, but that she had received the Horizon Award. “They came into my first ...

Black Violin pushes boundaries of classical music in upcoming Lawrence concert

Black Violin pushes boundaries of classical music in upcoming Lawrence concert

Kaya Shafer, Copy Editor
September 25, 2015
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On October 1, Black Violin will be coming to the Lied Center of Kansas for the second time. Putting a modern twist on classical music, Kevin Slyvester (Kev Marcus) and Wilner Baptiste (Wil B) took what they learned from their elementary, middle and high school orchestras and combined it with pop music....

New school-wide policy prevents students from earning extra credit

New school-wide policy prevents students from earning extra credit

Evan Frook, Reporter
September 21, 2015
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Senior Brett Carey did a double-take when he read the extra credit policy in the student planner. Carey is a good student in multiple AP classes, and he gets A’s in them. That’s not to say he doesn’t work hard, and the new prohibition of extra credit caused temporary pause. “For me it’s...

Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer resigns

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
September 8, 2015
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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...

Free State names Myron Graber new head principal

Free State names Myron Graber new head principal

Maame Britwum, Editor-in-Chief
May 12, 2015
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Superintendent Dr. Rick Doll’s criteria for Free State’s new head principal was simple: a strong leader who isn’t afraid to point out flaws in the school. “[We were looking for someone to] continue the rich tradition of success at Free State, but also to look for changes that could be made...

New construction will increase school security

New construction will increase school security

Kenneth Palmer, Reporter
May 5, 2015
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The bell rings at 8:05 a.m., just as freshman Ava Cormaney’s mother pulls her car into the circle drive on the south side of the school. This year, running a few minutes late generally calls for a quick stop by the attendance office. Next year is a different story. “At 8:05, the north doors and...

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, 2015
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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’....

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

Libby Stanford, Reporter
April 29, 2015
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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...

March, South Park Rally advocate for public education

March, South Park Rally advocate for public education

Kyra Haas, Editor in Chief
April 28, 2015
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Two years ago, on her first march from Kansas City to Topeka, Heather Ousley, member of Game On for Kansas Schools, spent much of the 60-mile journey alone, aside from friends bringing her food. One major exception was her trek through Lawrence, which happened to be on St. Patrick’s Day. “I was...

Agriculture teacher, Future Farmers of America sponsor Laura Priest to resign

Agriculture teacher, Future Farmers of America sponsor Laura Priest to resign

Ryan Liston, Online Editor in Chief
April 13, 2015
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For the past eight years, agriculture teacher and Future Farmers of America sponsor Laura Priest worked to advance Free State’s FFA chapter and break down stereotypes regarding agriculture, but now she’s moving on. “I’m going to miss it,” Priest said. “But you know what? When one chapter...

New bill passed prohibiting “harmful material” in schools

Juliana Hill, Reporter
April 13, 2015
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Wednesday, Feb. 25, a bill was passed with a 26-14 vote by the Kansas Senate aimed at prohibiting any school taught material that may be deemed harmful or inappropriate.The bill’s purpose is to limit harmful or pornographic material taught in schools. Teachers found guilty of the offense could face...

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