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Podcast: COVID-19 and America’s teacher crisis

Teacher Andrew Van Herik protests outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters July 22.

Tyler Kinzy, Managing Editor-in-Chief

5 days ago

The vast majority of Americans believe teachers don’t receive the respect—or pay—they deserve, but that won’t stop the U.S. from forcing educators to work in potential COVID-19 hotspots with barebones safety protocols. Labor exploitation is anything but a new concept, and on this episode of t...

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...

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...

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...

Sophomore Zeina Daboul finishes her school year in Saudi Arabia

Sophomore Zeina Daboul poses with her sister in Saudi Arabia. Daboul felt that the situation regarding COVID-19 is more regulated in Saudi Arabia. “To me, I think the situation here is a lot more controlled than in the United States. The U.S. is having an increasing number of cases each day, while we have a constant number every day,” Daboul said. “The U.S. has also been struggling with its healthcare system and how it's handling the situation, and while I am pretty sure that [Saudi Arabia] has the same problem, the issue is magnified in the U.S. due to its size and huge population.”

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

May 20, 2020

After sophomore Zeina Daboul’s ordinary two week family trip to Saudi Arabia turned into a two month long stay, due to COVID-19, Daboul is now stuck 7,247 miles away from her home, unaware of when she will return.  Having to adapt to an eight hour time difference while shifting to eLearning has...

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...

How to make the most of summer weather in quarantine

With warmer weather on the horizon, obeying the stay-at-home order is getting more difficult. There are many ways to enjoy the almost-summer weather.

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

May 18, 2020

As temperatures rise, the sun comes out and summer feels closer and closer, it can be hard to keep from wishing that you were catching sun by the pool. While the current stay-at-home order prevents us from cannon-balling at the neighborhood pool, there are a bunch of ways to enjoy the warmer weather whi...

Parkway reevaluates meal pick-up services

Handing out food to students prior to the suspension and ultimate reinstating of the daily meal pick-up service, a volunteer provides meals to a family. Parkway has stated that they worked to resume the meal service as quickly as possible. “Right now we are working to put additional safety plans and precautions in place to protect our community and employees, including protective equipment,” Parkway said in a statement.

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Parkway made the decision to temporarily suspend their daily meal pickup service in order to reduce the spread of the novel Coronavirus.  “Food for our children is one of our primary concerns right now. We also have an obligation to ensure we ar...

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...

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