USD 329 started streaming board meetings along with other school events in spring of 2020, following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this practice began because of COVID-19, we are very thankful that it has continued and hope that it stays that way into the future.
Rock Creek has announced that it will leave the Mid-East League after 30 years of competition. While we wish them the best, we are also concerned about what may happen to the Mid-East League as a result of dropping down to five schools.
This is in response to the October 7 editorial “Destructive behavior reflects poorly on entire student body” that was published in the Wabaunsee High School student newspaper, The Charger. To clarify, the opinion article “Destructive behavior reflects poorly on entire student body” contained misleading statements. Rather than focusing on negative events, the positive outcomes from these life lessons are what should be sought after.
“Devious licks,” the newest TikTok challenge, has students destroying and stealing school property across the country. This challenge has unruly students knocking stalls over, breaking sinks, taking paper towel dispensers off the walls and stealing soap dispensers. Most of the damage has been in bathrooms due to the inability to have any form of security.
The addition of a Gay-Straight Alliance Club at WHS is long overdue. At the most recent board meeting, USD 329 approved the founding of a Gay-Straight Alliance club. Officially, the board approved the consent agenda which included the item “Per BOE policy & Federal law grant equal access to a non-school sponsored Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club.” There was no controversy in the discussion for the establishment of this club, and there really shouldn’t be.
As the school year begins, the Charger staff is excited to resume its work covering the stories and opinions of WHS students. But before we begin, we'd like to make our goals for the year clear and address some issues we face as student journalists. First of all, our mission statement: “The mission of the Charger newspaper and related media is to inform the students and school community about relevant issues in a fair, accurate and timely manner, to advocate for all students and serve as an open forum for student free speech.”
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.
Hot Takes | Mini editorials from the Charger staff
On November 3, Wabaunsee county community members will be voting on whether or not to pass a bond that will address the needs of the district. It will specifically go towards renovating or existing school buildings and creating new buildings to create a better learning environment for students and faculty. Bringing in a new bond... Continue Reading →
Now more than ever, it is crucial for young people to exercise their right to vote.
From 1972 to 2016, the proportion of youth ages 18 to 24 who reported voting in presidential elections decreased from 50 to 39 percent. With our country experiencing political turmoil, it is important that every voice is heard so the appropriate decisions can be made by the people who are voted as the best fit to run our country. For better representation of the youth in our country, all teens of voting age need to get to the polls.