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Lesson planning for students during online school

By Jamison Townsend, Intern

May 5, 2020

As the year progresses, more and more information about the COVID-19 pandemic comes out. Life has changed for many Americans as restaurants, bars and offices have closed down in Michigan. Most importantly for students, school buildings have closed for the rest of the school year. Debates on how education ...

COVID-19’s impact on anxiety sufferers

By Abi Murray, Page Editor

May 5, 2020

In the midst of a global pandemic, economic downturn and international quarantine, the mental health of Americans is a growing public concern.  To help alleviate students’ negative feelings, School Psychologist Christine Kuhl wants them to know that they are not alone. She is working alongside s...

Staying in shape during quarantine

By Colin Duffy, Staff Reporter

May 4, 2020

 For many of us, working out is a staple 0f our everyday lives. Whether it’s a 50 year old Grosse Pointe mom going for a run on the treadmill, or a 6'5" Division I athlete hitting some bi's and tri's, the gym can be a second home. Now that we can’t go to the gym to grind, we’ve had to get creative and use ho...

District switches to Google Hangouts after Zoom privacy concerns

By Grace Cueter, Staff Reporter

May 4, 2020

As schools around the world are transitioning to online schooling, most are turning to Zoom, an app that allows teachers, students, board members and more to connect through video chat. While Zoom is the most popularly used site, Grosse Pointe Public Schools have expressed their privacy concerns with the...

Counseling staff to assist students with mental health amid tragedy

Senior Emily Widgren thought the intent of the wellness week was good, but believed some of the activities didn’t fit the circumstances. She said the wellness week was too far after the incident to have been helpful for students’ initial grief. “Everything was more for stress relief,” Widgren said. “But, I think the situation was so much bigger than that.”

By Farrah Fasse and Michael Hartt

April 15, 2020

Following the death of a student, North’s building crisis team immediately began working to support students through the process of grieving. Counselor Jennifer Sherman assisted in the process of creating a suitable environment for students that sought out extra mental health assistance. The build...

Administration unblurs the lines between memorialization and glorification

After original messages designed to memorialize the death of a North student were dismantled by administration, students from both North and South came together to send a message to the community that “You R Loved.”

By Abi Murray, Colin Duffy, and Jo Jackson

April 13, 2020

In the wake of the death of a student, a group of students gave tribute with banners on the North baseball field fence and painting a rock in front of South, generally referred to as “The Rock.” Soon after the tributes were created, the GPPSS administration had them removed based on district p...

Students, staff reflect on COVID-19 school closures

By Brandon Miller, Staff Reporter

April 3, 2020

For many, time off from school in March and April means spring break. Unfortunately, the circumstances for the time off now may not be as enjoyable.  In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, all K-12 schools in Michigan, including GPPSS, have been closed for the rest of the school year.  English teacher Kristen Alles believes that while school closures were the rig...

Schools continue teaching through online programs

By Grace Cueter, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2020

In the midst of global school closures, students, teachers and parents are transitioning to online learning. For students, this can mean video meetings with teachers or completing work that has been posted for them online.  Math teacher Kelly Maisel thinks that there are both pros and cons to the s...

Meta-analysis study finds correlation between mood disorders and creativity

By Hannah Zalewski and Julia Magnan

February 5, 2019

For as long as she can remember, junior Presley Powder has spent her days with a marker, pencil and paintbrush at hand, scribbling away on a canvas. While many interpret her love of art as simple creativity, she attributes her relationship with art to her struggles with communication and being underst...

Shutdown

Shutdown

By Abi Murray and Brooklyn McWhorter

February 1, 2019

Tensions are rising across the nation as the government shutdown, beginning on December 22, has become the longest running in the America’s history, defeating President Clinton’s 21 full-day record in 1996 by over ten days. Because of this, 9 out of 15 federal departments and dozens of agencies are cl...

Contagious Hand-foot-and-mouth disease kicks way through varsity football team

Contagious Hand-foot-and-mouth disease kicks way through varsity football team

By Hannah Zalewski and Kylie Duke

November 23, 2018

Boiling fevers, mouth sores, and blistering skin out of a scary movie — the symptoms of Hand-foot-and-mouth disease that varsity quarterback Brendan Cwiklinski and two of his teammates faced, forcing them to skip out on football practice. According to MedlinePlus, Hand-foot-and-mouth disease usually pre...

KNOTS breakfast builds ties

By Sofia Ketels and Victoria Whittenberg

October 5, 2018

Although Friday, Oct. 5 marked the third official Kids Need Opportunities To Socialize breakfast, junior Zoe Graves experienced the event as a member for the first time. As a new addition, she looked forward to meeting her fellow KNOTS members, along with finding out who she would be working with.   ...