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Welcome to the Palette

Senior Arden Dickson poses for a college audition headshot.

Arden Dickson, Staff Writer

October 5, 2020

Welcome to The Palette! My name is Arden Dickson, and I am a senior, an actor, musician and writer. I tend to go through phases frequently so it’s a little hard to explain what my hobbies and interests are, but for the sake of simplicity, I love yoga, the color pink, meditation, Childish Gambino, th...

Adapting to virtual learning in the Special School District

Online learning has been a significant transition for students and staff in the Special School District (SSD).

Pathfinder Editorial Board

September 30, 2020

Since March, many of us have grown used to the Zoom-meeting, online school, new-normal atmosphere. However, these adaptations have been simpler for some more than others, and several hurdles have been overlooked. Members of the Special School District (SSD) community have been working to voice their con...

What can you do?

The emphasis on the Black Lives Matter movement has become stronger than ever and will continue to grow.

Bri Davis, Staff Writer

June 11, 2020

Moving further into 2020, the death of George Floyd caused by police officers has awakened the Black Lives Matter movement. For the past two weeks, protests have been spreading all over the world, from the United States all the way to Europe. The attached video shows how people all over the world are...

Black Lives Matter statement

Protesters gather for a march in downtown St. Louis in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Pathfinder Editorial Board

June 10, 2020

Like school newspapers worldwide, the Pathfinder is tasked with telling stories that otherwise may never be told. This is not a responsibility we take lightly. We are committed to using our platform to challenge injustice, uplift historically silenced voices and fight oppression in our community and...

2020 vision: seniors look to high school memories

2020 graduation may not have looked as expected. However, seniors still leave with memories that will last a lifetime.

Parkway West Editorial Board

May 26, 2020

Ever since our grade was old enough to understand the concept of a play on words, the “2020 vision” jokes have not stopped. No matter what elementary or middle school you went to, we were all connected by one thing: our 2020 vision. Not once throughout our school careers could we have seen COVID-19 com...

An open letter to our teachers: Thank you

Due to the challenges eLearning has posed, teachers have gone above and beyond to provide a positive experience for students.

Pathfinder Editorial Board

April 30, 2020

  Dear teachers,    Thank you.  As we roll out of our beds at 9 a.m., yawning and tripping over messy bedrooms to get to our computers, you greet us on video calls with warmth and enthusiasm. You remind us that our first priority is ourselves, that this time should be low-stres...

Changing our mindset towards Special Olympics

Junior and cheerleader Tori Fischer hugs a Special Olympics athlete during the opening ceremony last year. Throughout the basketball tournament, cheerleaders encourage athletes from the side of the court. “Cheering for Special Olympics is honestly one of my favorite things I get to do during the school year,” Fischer said. “At normal games, we have to stay in formations and do planned cheers and people are so used to us that [it] doesn't get people excited. But at Special Olympics a lot of the athletes get excited when they hear us cheering for them and we can cheer them on in a totally relaxed and more personal way.”

Pathfinder Editorial Board

March 5, 2020

In the days following Special Olympics, Instagram floods with photos of “Buddies” smiling next to their athletes. Buddies are student volunteers who help and support their partnered Special Olympics athlete throughout the event. However, the basketball tournament, the sole purpose of the event, ...

Reform education for equity now

We must incorporate more Black history into our schools.

Pathfinder Editorial Board

February 29, 2020

African-American history is American history. There is no doubt that our curriculum, and even the way we interpret the past, does not reflect that truth or even a mere semblance of it. The teaching of African-American history must transcend slavery and civil rights––especially because these two subjects are ...

Stop forcing kids into AP

A photo illustration of letters scattered around an 'A' and 'P.'

Pathfinder Editorial Board

January 13, 2020

Last semester, my AP English Language and Composition class was instructed to complete a survey regarding access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses. After a slew of leading questions expressing the perceived benefits of the AP program, the survey asked about the effectiveness of various persuasion technique...

Editorial: Teacher versus colleague of the year

Writing a Teacher of the Year nomination note in World History teacher Amy Thornhill’s class, sophomore Kate Yates gets the opportunity to thank her teacher of choice, as well as possibly nominate them as Teacher of the Year. “[Teachers] spend so much time and effort to teach us and make sure we understand the content. We need a way to appreciate them so they know we are thankful for everything they do for us,” Yates said. “We should [have a say] because we spend the most time with [teachers]. We are the ones in their classes all day.”

Drew Boone and Brinda Ambal

November 26, 2019

Each November, staff members receive an email encouraging them to nominate a fellow staff member for the annual school-wide Teacher of the Year award. However, when students are the ones first-handedly experiencing instruction, isn’t it conducive that students’ opinions should count? The process in...

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