A Virtual Campus High student checks his schedule on Infinite Campus in preparation for class.

Behind the scenes: conflicts and collaboration in Virtual Campus High

Ulaa Kuziez, News and Sports Editor 2 days ago

Four school systems. Thousands of students. Dozens of classes. This year’s Virtual Campus High (VCH) was created to accommodate students who wanted to continue their education in a virtual format. Across...

Principal Jeremy Mitchell measures the distance between desks to aid in contact tracing. After measuring the desks, Mitchell gave the information to Assistant Principal Kate Piffel, who used seating charts to determine close contacts. “Dr. Mitchell measures the desks to see how far apart they are because if they are within six feet [there is a] 98% chance that those students are going to have to quarantine if they're that close to another student,” Piffel said.

Behind the scenes of COVID-19 contact tracing

Ellie West, Staff Writer February 22, 2021

Assistant Principal Kate Piffel sits at her desk, a phone balanced next to her ear. An overstuffed black binder lays open on her desk and she reads something from it, listening thoughtfully to the response...

Many students have been using Zoom for the past school year.

How virtual learning has affected the mental health of students

Emma Iswarienko, Staff Writer January 16, 2021

For the past couple of months, students and teachers alike have been on Zoom calls for most of their days. Sitting in front of a computer all day can be taxing on mental health. On the other hand, the...

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Club guide

Brinda Ambal, Opinions Editor December 18, 2020

While the school website has a master list of all school clubs and activities, not all of them are meeting in a virtual format. The Pathfinder, however, has your back. For our freshmen, our newcomers and...

Parkway West theatre department head Amie Gossett forms a district master class to take the place of in-person classes.

Parkway district master class replaces in-person theatre programs

Madi Michajliczenko, Staff Writer November 23, 2020

While sports are being phased back into school, clubs and programs have not had the same treatment. Theatre, however, found a way to combine all Parkway schools’ departments into one master class. “West...

Theater teacher Amie Gossett instructs her Foundations of Acting students on how to stand away from the camera when they perform. The students in the back were critiquing the performances that the online students gave to the class. “I’m going to run the class as I would run it if I were in-person completely. Things worked out very well last quarter virtually for theater classes, which was more than I had ever expected, so I am just going to improve on that model,” Gossett said.

A behind the scenes look at teaching a hybrid schedule

Emma Iswarienko, Staff Writer November 18, 2020

Dividing their screens and spacing out their desks are only a few of the changes that teachers are making. No matter how many years of teaching experience they have, teachers are as new to the in-person...

Schools remain closed as students and parents wait for information on the upcoming school year.

Parkway leaders share a glimpse of plans for the 20-21 school year

Bri Davis, Staff Writer July 16, 2020

Keith Marty, Superintendent of Parkway Schools Q: What are the special protocols for students, staff, families, and guardians who are at higher risk from COVID-19? Plans for Parkway will be released...

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A virtual reality: Juniors tour their future schools online

Makinsey Drake, Staff Writer May 25, 2020

With colleges closed all around the country due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, college-seeking students have had to explore their future school options via virtual tours.  Juniors Reese Berry, Bri...

It is recommended by the CDC that people should wear masks in public settings where social distancing orders may be hard to maintain.

Five things to know about the end of school

Maddy Truka, Staff Writer May 20, 2020

Remember all those things you left in your locker before spring break? And all those textbooks you still have out? As the 2019-2020 school year unconventionally comes to a close, here are a few things...

While COVID-19 still plays a part in our lives, principals have found a way for the class of 2020 to still be able to walk the stage.

2020 graduation is back on

Bri Davis, Staff Writer May 1, 2020

Despite schools being canceled for the remainder of the school year, not all is lost. Classes will end on the scheduled day of May 21 yet graduation for seniors will be pushed back to July in hopes of...

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