Thought Bubble | Many classic books worth the effort

Books are categorized as classics on the basis that no matter when you read it, the book will always be relevant. 

Some of the most commonly known classics are “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Of Mice and Men,” mainly because they are both taught in high school English classes. Though most classics are widely known, people still tend to be hesitant to read them. Some classics can be very beneficial to read though —that’s what makes them classics. They have stood the test of time and continue to do so. 

Editorial Briefs | Winter sports finishing strong

Wrestling finished another strong season with two state placers and boys basketball got a playoff win for the first time since 2017. The girls face Kansas City Christian tonight and the boys play Jefferson County North at Mission Valley 5:30 p.m. Thursday. It was great to see a return of school spirit, as the parents and pep band participated in an '80s theme Monday night, and it makes us even more excited to eventually pack the gym again.

Students participate in an online gaming community called Twitch

If gaming isn’t exactly your specialty but you still enjoy video game content, watching live streams of gameplay might be right up your alley. 

According to Twitch’s website, “Twitch is the world's leading live streaming platform for gamers and the things we love. Watch and chat now with millions of other fans from around the world.” Twitch is a live streaming service for multimedia entertainment, similar to YouTube, but the restrictions are far more lax. The content on Twitch ranges from gaming to things like bands practicing.

The Charger talked to a few of our students who participate in streaming. Juniors Jacob Daley, Justin Carlson, Brady Bayless and Richard Wagner all hold their own streams.

OPINION | Inadequate sexual education failing teenagers

The sex education at USD 329 is inadequate, and it doesn’t prepare teens for a sexually healthy future. 

Kansas schools are required to teach sexual health education as part of high school physical education curriculum. The curriculum is not required to be comprehensive, meaning that it would teach about abstinence as the best method for avoiding STDs and unintended pregnancy, but also teaches about evidence-based information, condoms and contraception to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy and of infection with STDs, including HIV. Comprehensive sex ed also teaches interpersonal and communication skills and helps young people explore their own values, goals and options. 

USD 329 cancels school for weather, energy conservation

Why did we not have school Wednesday, February 17?

USD 329 schools were closed on Wednesday, February 17 and many people are wondering why. 

Going into the weekend the forecast was looking to be lower temperatures than had been experienced so far this winter. In preparation for the below freezing weather the custodians throughout the district left water dripping in the modulars and other buildings with water lines exposed to outside in the hope of keeping the pipes from freezing. 

Friday, February 12 and Monday the 15th were already scheduled off for parent teacher conferences and professional development comp time, and Tuesday the 16th was canceled due to extreme cold.

Throwback Thursday | 2006 Scholars Bowl

A week after the 2021 scholars bowl team ended its season in regional, we look back at the team from 2006.

Coached by Susan Scraeder and Dina Wingfield, the team placed first in the Mid-East League tournament.

The page also features Student Council, which planned homecoming as well as completing several service projects.

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