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Life decisions have no place with underclassmen

Freshman Gabriel Weber shreds a copy of the school's curriculum guide.

Maddie Hoffmann, Staff Writer

February 15, 2017

For most, the biggest challenge of childhood is winning a game in gym class or trying the convince your teacher to give you extra recess. While middle school places more emphasis on academics, the future is still clouded by hall passes and hand-raising. Once the transition is made from eighth grader...

A personal letter to Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos is sworn in as Secretary of Education on Feb. 7 2017.

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions Editor

February 13, 2017

Dear Betsy DeVos, I spent my childhood in 10 different public schools spread across three states, and that made life interesting, to say the least. I spent two weeks in one elementary school, long enough to take the required standardized tests and get moved to another school. I’ve taken standardized tests...

Take action in politics now

Protesting the Muslim ban, citizens rally in front of the Federal Court House in downtown St. Louis.

Sabrina Bohn, Staff Writer

February 10, 2017

If there were three words that described my feelings when discussing politics, they would be anger, frustration and sadness. In the last couple of years, I have become more aware of injustices, and I realized how much the world was suffering. Of course there is always good, but looking at the ...

I wore the hijab for a day

Junior Katie Spillman wears the hijab, a religious symbol of modesty for Islam, on World Hijab Day.

Katie Spillman, Staff Writer

February 6, 2017

Men and women of the Muslim faith invited people of all religions to try wearing the hijab on World Hijab Day, Feb. 1. When two teachers came into my third hour class wearing the hijab, I was empowered to ask if I could join them. To be frank, the teachers at our school lack religious diversity, none...

Parkway West’s dress code is sexist

Photo illustration of two students standing side by side.

Katie Spillman, Staff Writer

February 3, 2017

Dress codes are an often debated policy, from courtrooms to the desks of lawmakers. The controversial point is sexism, whether these codes enforce an ulterior agenda or if they promote a safe learning space. The real question in the Parkway Dress Code Policy debate is not “Which shirt should we allow them to wear” but rather “Are the pol...

Common Ground kills class time

Students talk during a class discussion.

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions Editor

January 24, 2017

During the 2016-17 school year, there are 12 Common Ground days built into its schedule, taking away seven hours of class time.

Donald Trump cannot be friends with everybody

Donald Trump speaks at a 2011 conservative political conference.

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions Editor

December 6, 2016

The growing relationship between Trump and Putin cannot be ignored.

The inevitable issues of the presidential election

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is presently predicted to beat GOP nominee Donald Trump according to the FiveThirtyEight Election Forecast.

Justin Cupps, News Editor

November 4, 2016

Approximately 305 days ago, I published a story that mocked the hilarious state of 2016 Presidential Primary Election and its various candidates, and now, as many had feared back then, the only two candidates that remain with a feasible chance of winning the election are GOP nominee Donald Trump and ...

Legal limits before liftoff

Celestial globes sit in Coleen O'Toole's astronomy classroom.

Nell Jaskowiak

September 23, 2016

The family car is a small green spaceship, traffic is flowing on aerial highways and the entirety of society is located at the top of very small spires: It’s The Jetsons.. Sadly, an era of common and public space travel, as depicted in the iconic 1960’s television show, like that is a long way away. Space ...

The Green Party’s rose-colored glasses

The Green Party's rose-colored glasses

Nell Jaskowiak

August 31, 2016

Physician-turned-politician Jill Stein has been a name among the Green Party for years, and as frustrations grow with mainstream presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, she is breaking onto the national stage as voters search for other options. As a physician in the 1990’s, St...

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