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

Schools remain closed as students and parents wait for information on the upcoming 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 on Monday,  July 20-same-day plans going out from all area school districts.  We have used informati...

A virtual reality: Juniors tour their future schools online

More than 1,800 colleges in the US offer a substitutional way to get an on campus feel.

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 Davis and Nicholas Harms have all attended virtual college tours as an alternative to in person v...

Five things to know about the end of school

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

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 to know about the end of school and locker clean out.  What needs to be returned Student mate...

2020 graduation is back on

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.

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 it being safer.  As school slowly comes to an end, graduation is right around the corner for thos...

An unexpected beneficiary of COVID-19: the environment

The global shutdown caused by COVID-19 is helping the environment as carbon emissions are reduced.

Ashlyn Gillespie, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

According to John Hopkins University, more than 2 million people have tested positive for COVID-19.  About 600,000 of those people have recovered, while about 160,000 have died globally. While COVID-19 is creating innumerable tragedies, there’s one unexpected beneficiary of the international shutdown: th...

Robotics team qualifies for their first VRC World Championship

During Robotics Club, sophomores David Meisinger and Rick Biswas build a robot that they competed with in local competitions. Freshman Joseph Britt notes that cooperation was an important factor in the team qualifying for worlds. “Our team is mostly new people, so it is pretty exciting that we were able to work together,” Britt said. “I really like the environment there, and we have been spending a lot of our weekends working on the bot. We aren’t fighting over jobs or fighting over who gets to do what or [over] what the bot should do. We are all able to work together and execute it as a team.”

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

April 23, 2020

At the beginning of the school year, Blue Brains, one of the schools four robotics teams, set various goals, including making it to state. After not only qualifying for state but winning the competition, they reached their final goal, something that the team had only joked about: qualifying for the  202...

Parkway announces eLearning plan for remainder of spring semester

Parkway School District announced that all Parkway schools will be closed for the remainder of the spring semester Thursday, April 9.

Lydia Roseman, News and Sports Editor

April 23, 2020

Due to COVID-19, all Missouri public and charter schools will be closed for the rest of the school year, and eLearning is to continue until the original end-of-semester date. Before this announcement was made, Parkway released the district’s plans for the remainder of the spring semester which remai...

“They’re not canceled?”: AP testing from home

On her desk at home, junior Emma Bateman completes her math homework. This is also how and where Bateman plans to take exams for AP Physics I and AP Government. “Honestly, I’m not happy about the testing [being] online because I focus better in a classroom or testing environment than my room,” Bateman said. “Also, I don’t like that it's going to be all FRQ based this year.”

Fatema Rehmani, Awards Coordinator

April 15, 2020

Though the world is at a standstill, the long-awaited Advanced Placement (AP) exams are still on schedule for May 11-22. The tests will now be administered online so that they can be taken from home. Each exam, regardless of the subject, will consist of a 45-minute test with free response questions (FRQs...

English students compare the ‘Red Death’ to the coronavirus

Annotating her copy of the short story, sophomore Zeina Daboul works on her assignment. Daboul found the parallels between the story and modern times interesting. “When you look deeper [into the story], you can see that it reflects our society, in ways that you wouldn't think a story written in 1842 would,” Daboul said.

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

Making connections between the past and modern times, English teacher Erin Fluchel’s students compare Edgar Allen Poe’s, “The Masque of the Red Death,” to the current Coronavirus pandemic. Offered as an extra credit opportunity, Fluchel’s Honors English II and English III students were task...

Parkway works to reduce carbon footprint

A Solar Installer from Bright Energy Solar finishes installing the first array of solar panels on a Parkway roof. These specific panels were put on six years ago, but they were just added to last summer. “The most recent 75 kW installations that were put up at West High, South High, Green Trails, and Wren Hollow were completed by Straight Up Solar,” Lueders said.

Ashlyn Gillespie, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

The National Public Radio reported earlier this month that the Australian bushfires were fully extinguished. Fueled by prolonged drought and enduring for over 240 days, the bushfires burned through more than 27 million acres of land, claimed the lives of at least 30 people and destroyed about 3,000 home...

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