These photos were taken during their Friday and Saturday practice before their performances.
This was a lab in Pre-AP Chemistry where students tested properties of certain ionic and molecular compounds, such as electrical conductivity and melting point, lead by Mr. Simpson.
Find the November issue of the student newspaper on stands at the front of the school, near the attendance office, by the library, by the English B hall, inside the J-building doors, near the competition gym, and by J229.
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By Cady Russell, Online Editor-in-Chief
Featured photo by Alana Bruni
By Cady Russell, Online Editor-in-Chief
Featured photo by Teagan Krewson
Sleep used to be trivial, insomnia was on a nightly basis.
Gradually, things began to shift,
peaceful nights, well-rested days.
Looking back, my naiveté was laughable.
We go outside, but don’t see any faces
Only the eyes of others peer out of masks,
Talking face to face a memory of what I used to do
Siblings used to be annoying now they are a treasure
So happy that we are able to be together.
While this time is hard, we do the best we can.
Everyone stays to lend a helping hand.
My family drives me crazy, but at least I get to exercise
Exercise my body, exercise my patience, exercise my self-control
But family has been changing, more together, more aware
Having to compensate in times of compensation, times of uncertainty
Any chance of a natural sleep routine gone
Family gets ever closer, but friends steadily distance
The bond between parents and child grows stronger with each week
Friends voices through a speaker, yet it never seems like enough
Friends only connecting through a screen
Six feet apart but it seems miles away
Watching the world through a screen
Wishing to be closer
Thousands of these bright screens
Burning the eyes of all who see,
There’s a lack of company
In my absent hopes and dreams.
The mix of lethargy and restlessness
Creates strange phenomena
I miss people I didn’t know I knew
As I’m trapped in these walls
It is in these trying times, that people start showing new and strange behaviors
That denote their true selves and show their inner feelings.
They can no longer hide their vices,
Of which they must be rid of or let the world see them drown themselves in them.
We can only witness things through the window, it feels less genuine.
Now school’s gone it makes us realize how integral it was.
We have to make sacrifices and do what’s best for our community
We need to be selfless and see how we can help
It is just better to keep to ourselves right now even if it’s boring.
Decide whether or not it is necessary to go out.
I might fail AP physics because there’s less assignments,
I dread the next school year.
I have so many mixed feelings about these times.
It’s really hard to not be able to see friends or people I took for granted, but I’m
Becoming closer to my family, and the change of pace has been very needed.
We will all grow from this and come back grateful.
This time at home has been full of mixed emotions,
Joy of family, sadness of missing friends, exhaustion from caring for siblings.
Family is the one constant right now as nobody can really go out.
I hear so many stories of people that are feeling like they are going crazy,
But personally, I hope that everyone can see the joy and blessings that it can bring.
Giving a people a moment to say their thanks
People stand outside their homes in the evening,
Applauding those who risk their lives everyday
To help those who are not in good health
The heroes of this new world.
More time to do things we enjoy,
More time to sleep,
Because we are stuck in our houses.
As tough as it may get, it won’t last forever.
Out of the window it has all gone,
Losing motivation, social skills and sleep.
Now I have not a care in the world for much,
But the kids that make me happy make my day.
Although others have found positivity in their time,
I have lost it, lost it, lost it all.
I don’t miss, I don’t feel, I don’t care.
I just go day by day wondering what it was like before,
Continuing this endless monotony day by day…
Teddy bears in the windows smiling on.
We used to feel drowned in the crazy (and sometimes I still do),
But now it seems as though everyone is stuck in the quiet.
We used to wish that times would slow down,
Now that they have, we wish they would speed up.
My hope is that instead of constantly wishing for something different,
That people would see what a blessing this time is.
We are so used to running through life; it feels strange to slow down
We are so used to having no time to stop and look around
No time to enjoy the things that are right around us
And it’s amazing all the things we missed that we found now
We will weather the storm, and it will get better
We just have to stay strong and find ways to appreciate the things that we have
If we only focus on the negative, then we will only end up making this worse
Will it ever be the same, the unanswered question in my mind
Something so new has turned into a routine
After living in the busy schedule of our normal lives,
This new way of living with an abundance of free time,
Has brought a new perspective to our outlook on our existence,
Which has made us grateful for the small things.
Quarantine allows a great deal of time for self-reflection
Who I am, who I was, what I want to be, and what I took for granted.
But I have also used this time for healing
My only wish is to emerge into the world better than when I had to leave it.
Stay positive, stay inside, and stay healthy
Is what we continue to be told,
And it’s what we continue to do yet,
The world is in a state of flux.
Society is crumbling, on its knees,
Riddled with distrust,
Filled with those who don’t understand,
Not a place for us to be.
But at this time I make a plea,
One to hear for you and me.
Our mindsets, lives, and communities,
Vastly damaged and void of hope, or so it seems.
Now we have a unique choice, indeed!
A chance to replace hate and greed, with kindness and empathy.
To restore ourselves and the world,
The way we know it should be.
Maybe the virus was a way for us to see,
Something we had never noticed before,
That now more than ever,
We have entered,
The crux of humanity!
A wall becomes an iron bar,
The Warden goes by “Dad”.
Every step outside this fence
Is my first but might just be my last.
By fifth period GT/PAP English II Kaatz class
Coronavirus? Covid? What is that, a game?
Supposedly the end has come
It crept up slowly but surely
Unnoticeable until it was too late to stop
Now we lie in wait for an end that may or may not come
With no end in sight, We hope it’s soon done
At first it was the airlines
And then went the events
Soon after schools followed
And then everything was closed
Livelihoods destroyed with no hope to look to
The isolation started with too little, too late
This mistake may seal our fate
And yet still,
Our government treats this like a race
After an initial refusal, they consulted doctors to save face
An onslaught of death brought on by obstinance
But worry not about that for our economy is in trouble
Some people are affected
Families whole lives change
And yet some people sit around confused and kinda scared
Survivors guilt to all those who were much too much prepared
It’s alright though,
I’ll put Lysol in my veins
At what point do we say there are things more important than living?
Is a stock portfolio really greater than caregiving?
Shelter in place?
I already shelter in a place
There is a frown on my face,
I miss the place with all of my friends.
They’re the ones that bring me joy.
Without them, what will I do?
Being forced to isolate makes me feel a little sad
Isolation is now the way of life
No contact with those we love
It’s much different than it being voluntary
Although I have a way to connect
It feels like I’ve been pushed away
From the very place I was trying to fit in
Animal crossing to replace human interaction
Our social lives reduced to a mere fraction
Longing and yearning for a world just outside
But instead we’re stuck, from the virus we hide
A new boss emerges, the zoomers all fear
For the new schooling system of zoom is now here
It rounds up the children,
And brings them in tight,
And makes sure that they are taught good and right
In 2019, 5 Feet Apart was released
The government now suggests we keep 6
Is this foreshadowing? Who knows
All I know is there are no more cliques
Pop culture has become too literal,
With the two bros chilling in a hot tub
Six feet apart so they don’t die
And now the joking Tik Toks
About spreading disease round’
Our neighborhoods are an unfortunate reality
As people are still going around
Acting oblivious and thinking irrationally.
Doctors and nurses risking their lives
While some people still can’t manage to stay inside
They claim they’re sad the school year has ended;
Then maybe that sleepover they shouldn’t have attended
Time to reflect on what matters most
To band together with unifying hope
To not let yourself become a host
Not a host of the virus or of friends
To connect in ways no one expected
We connect from afar to not get infected
Distance makes the heart grow fonder
Listlessly staring out the window
Wondering how the others are doing
Wishing to be with them again
Rekindle connections that have been lost
Put fire to bonds colder than frost
The death tolls start rising
A new definition of community gets put into place
Separate but not alone
Together we are stronger
So much more time the question is how to spend it
I just don’t want to regret this newfound self-government
How will it be when we are all free?
Will we return to the old or form new communities?
Will it ever be quite the same?
Will we treasure the time whence we came?
Or cherish a new kind of culture?
Will we long for the past or cling to the future?
So much uncertainty
Everyone needs to be doing their part
To go back to the way things were, and better.
We may not know what lies ahead
But we have each other and we’ll get through it.
By eighth period GT/PAP English II Kaatz class
By Cady Russell, Online and Social Media Editor
Featured photo by Cole Ary