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Experiences in literature: Q and A with English department chairs, Kristen Alles and Jonathan Byrne

Experiences in literature: Q and A with English department chairs, Kristen Alles and Jonathan Byrne

By Ella McCarthy, Section Editor January 6, 2023

On Nov. 14, the GPPSS school board approved the addition of a new English course at North titled “Experiences in Literature.” We asked English department chairs, Kristen Alles and Jonathan Byrne, about...

THROWING AWAY POTENTIAL | The utilization of space inside the building is of utter importance to senior Grace Korkmaz, who questions how beneficial turning a classroom into a clinic will be. “ I feel like its a waste of classroom space,” Korkmaz said. “We have classrooms increasingly filling up and yet they chose to dedicate an entire large classroom to this.”

Community health check-up: Adolescent health clinic to open in science building

By Kaitlyn Barr, Sasha Poradun, and Maggie Dunn January 6, 2023

On May 18, GPPSS was awarded a grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to open an Adolescent Health Clinic which will be operated by Beaumont Health. On Nov. 28, the board approved...

ACT scores at an all time low: Largest decline of math scores 31 years

ACT scores at an all time low: Largest decline of math scores 31 years

By Elly Meteer and Joleigh Jackson December 1, 2022

The national average ACT score in 2022 reached a record low of 19.8, which is the first time since 1991 when the average fell to below 20 out of 36. Nationally, the math section experienced the biggest...

ENJOYING THE FRESH AIR | A new design element that has been added to the library is the live, self-watering plant wall, according to Branch Manager Pat McClary, making the library feel more modern and inviting to the public.  
	“All of those things under our director Jessica Keyser have been accomplished, including infrastructure, which makes the environment more comfortable and the space more usable,” McClary said.

Book it to the Library: Woods Branch reopens after construction

By Bella Yoakam, Gianna Roux, and Lauren Kaled November 7, 2022

After nine months of construction, the Woods Library has finally reopened its doors to patrons, with brand new features. Improvements such as a Dream Lab, also known as the Design, Record, Experiment,...

Climate crisis worsens: Hurricane Ian increases in severity amidst the warming of ocean temperatures

Climate crisis worsens: Hurricane Ian increases in severity amidst the warming of ocean temperatures

By Annabelle Julien, Grace Rossman, and Gabe Goode November 7, 2022

The deadliest hurricane to hit Florida since 1935, Hurricane Ian, struck the southwestern coast of Florida on September 28. Mass destruction followed, leaving homes and businesses either underwater or...

QUESTIONS ANSWERED | The event allowed a panel of students from the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods to ask Dr. Kendi questions regarding the topic of racism and “The Other America”. Senior attendee Maelisa Watkins expresses her gratitude for Dr. Kendi’s advice and the sense of community that was created at the event. “It was truly an amazing experience, just to see all these students coming together for the same cause, to see [Dr. Ibram X. Kendi] being able to answer their questions and to see the discussion that was going on, it was awesome,” Watkins said.

Bestselling author and professor visits Ford House

By Farrah Fasse, Grace Cueter, and Ella McCarthy April 7, 2022

March 14 marked the 54th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to Grosse Pointe South, where he delivered his “The Other America” speech to 3,000 spectators. This was one of King’s...

Biden nominates first black female Supreme Court Justice

Biden nominates first black female Supreme Court Justice

By Farrah Fasse and Shannon Kane March 10, 2022

Following the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, President Joe Biden has nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson, a Black woman, to fill Breyer’s spot on the Supreme Court of the United States,...

Parent-teacher conferences both virtual and in-person

Parent-teacher conferences both virtual and in-person

By Farrah Fasse and Katie Madigan November 5, 2021

Oct. 27 and 28, North hosted parent teacher conferences. For the first time ever, parents were given the option to attend conferences in person or virtually by making an appointment. English teacher Sarah...

On the day following the sick out, students showed their support for their teachers by wearing black. Social studies teacher Sean McCarroll said he was happy to know that his students understood their concerns. “It was great to see students who were supportive and on board,” McCarroll said.

Board votes to loosen quarantine restrictions, teachers express their discontent

By Farrah Fasse and Grace Cueter June 4, 2021

On April 26, the Board passed a resolution that aimed to improve students’ and teachers’ mental health by lowering the contract tracing radius from six feet to three feet and reducing the quarantine...

Senior Emily McCloskey, sophomore Isabella Yoakam and senior Eliza Ellery don different denim clothes to participate in Denim Day. Ellery said that the purpose of wearing denim was to spread awareness of important issues in the community. The purpose of denim day was to spread awareness of and take a stand against sexual assault harassment, Ellery said.

Denim Day garners support against sexual harassment

By Michael Hartt and Drew Lovell May 10, 2021

Diversity Club’s first annual Denim Day took place on Wednesday, April 28 as part of a national event spreading awareness of sexual harassment and assault.   The event consisted of students wearing...

Keeping up with COVID-19

Keeping up with COVID-19

By Kaitlyn Barr and Sophia Dragich March 22, 2021

Junior Anneliese Lechner was one of the many students who volunteered to participate in the free COVID-19 testing offered to all North students on March 9.  Lechner said the process was well-organized...

Board votes on return to face-to-face learning

Board votes on return to face-to-face learning

By Grace Cueter and Farrah Fasse March 3, 2021

On Feb. 8, after two hours of public comments from parents, students and teachers, the Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the district administration’s plan to return to full time face-to-face...

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