Homecoming is going to take on a new Covid-proof look next week as the Chargers prepare to take on the Uniontown Eagles. Students and staff enacted numerous changes in an attempt to make homecoming fun, but there were some disappointing decisions made. Student Council representatives met with principal Jan Hutley and discussed options for continuing with the traditional homecoming activities safely, although a few are still being prohibited.
Returning to school during a pandemic is concerning for a multitude of reasons: the unknowns of how long we’ll be able to continue in person, the constant possibility of getting sick or spreading the virus, the potential loss of another school year and sports season. All things considered, we feel USD 329 is doing all that it reasonably can to keep us safe and in school.
With new cancellations and closings happening every minute, it’s hard not to have coronavirus on our minds. We here at the Charger believe that, although inconvenient and disorienting, closing down the school and activities is smart and probably necessary. First, you have to look at the number of students and faculty that have travelled outside of Kansas over spring break. Some have likely been exposed to COVID-19 and it’s smart to provide time to practice social distancing and assure that they do not have the virus.
After using block schedule for several years, WHS recently switched to a seven period day. Many staff members were adamant about switching to a seven hour day, thinking it would be beneficial for students in ways, such as retaining information better from having classes daily, students staying on task with shorter class periods, and making it easier to get caught up when you miss class. Teachers also seem to be going through lesson plans more quickly compared to previous years.
As of Monday, Second Breakfast is no longer available. There are a few reasons behind the change, principal Jan Hutley explained. “I just think it’s unnecessary since we already have a first breakfast in the morning.” Initial theories for the change revolved around students being tardy to class after getting second breakfast, but this is apparently not the case. Hutley explained that she has no intentions of bringing second breakfast back, but will alter first breakfast to make it more accessible to students. These changes include making first breakfast open longer along and adding more a la carte options that give students the chance to buy them in the morning and eat them whenever they want throughout the day.
Going to state in volleyball and cross country is a special occasion for most schools, but for Wabaunsee it has become routine. Volleyball defeated Rossville to capture the sub-state championship and return to state for the second straight year, and the sixth time in nine seasons. There isn’t much room for improvement on a second... Continue Reading →
Parent-teacher conferences are unnecessary. Students should be held accountable for staying on top of school work and communicating with parents and/or teachers if they are having an issue in a class, without relying on parents to express certain concerns for them. This year, WHS administration endorsed a career readiness course called Xello, where all high school students were required to complete a series of lessons and construct a PowerPoint containing information about their results that they will present to parents during a student-led meeting.
Terry Hund and Barry Feaker with the Topeka Rescue Mission spoke with students last Wednesday on the dangers and warning signs of sex trafficking. It was a worthwhile presentation for WHS students. The speakers began by explaining what sex trafficking is and how to identify it. Sex trafficking is the exploitation of children and young adults for a monetary gain. Some signs of this may include having an older boyfriend, skipping school, and suddenly having many expensive items that they didn’t have before. Then, they explained ways for young adults to avoid sex trafficking and signs to report. All of their information was included on a handout given to students before the presentation.
After e-cigarette use became a widespread issue last year, which seemed to catch administrators, teachers and parents off guard, WHS worked to combat it by educating students about risks and clarifying the tobacco policy in the student handbook to include e-cigarettes. Possessing any type of electronic cigarette device is illegal on school grounds. The policy for use or possession of any tobacco or simulated tobacco (E-cigarette) product, as stated in the WHS handbook, for the first offense is one to three days of out-of-school suspension, contingent upon situation.
The Charger is Wabaunsee High School’s student newspaper. Our goal as staff is to inform readers in the school and community about events in the district, advocate for students and entertain the readers. As an independent student publication, the Charger’s freedom of press is protected by the Kansas Student Publications Act. This means our views do not necessarily reflect those of USD 329. It also protects our rights to advocate for students, even when the topics may be controversial.