Online learning has ignored mental health needs

By Nashali Laza High school is a time to prepare students for the real word, yet with Covid-19, students from around the world have been forced to learn online for the past year. This screen-to-screen communication every day has not only been detrimental to students’ learning and preparation, but it has restricted students from socializing and communicating like before.  This lack of communication caused by online learning has affected students’ mental health and loneliness more than ever, and with the school year of 2021-2022 approaching, resolving this issue is crucial, as we don’t know yet whether we will be returning … Continue reading Online learning has ignored mental health needs

Keyboard warriors ruin healthy discourse

By Mark Harrington Some friends of mine were talking about clothes and cosmetics they wanted to buy. One of my friends chose something that I hated: fake rainbow teeth. The type of look your local SoundCloud rapper wears. I hated it and felt the need to lambaste them for their poor taste. Their response: “Who cares”? Such a simple, blunt, response. But it really made me think. Why do I care so much? Sure, I still find the teeth stupid, but why do I care what they spend their money on? Why do I feel the need to tell them … Continue reading Keyboard warriors ruin healthy discourse

The deadly toll of U.S. sanctions

By Sam Popnik Opinions Editor Throughout US history, the idea of peaceable coercion has been a long-living one. Popularized by Thomas Jefferson with his use of the Embargo during Europe’s Napoleonic Wars, the idea to further the country’s needs through purely peaceful, typically economic means, has been a humane response to other countries unfair trade deals, disagreeable foreign and domestic policies, and dictatorial actions. All of this takes place in sanctions, penalizing a country by raising the price to buy their resources or limiting the resources available to the country. Former President Trump did this with Iran, China, Venezuela, and … Continue reading The deadly toll of U.S. sanctions

A return to normal: Irondequoit high school considers a return to in-person learning

By Colin Mosley Editor-in-Chief The West Irondequoit Central School district  has put together a task force, titled the Reopening Task Force [RTF] to determine the feasibility of returning to fully in-person learning sometime this year or in the 2021-2022 school year. This decision comes on the heels of schools such as Penfield opening up their own reopening task forces with a similar goal in mind. But therein lies the biggest question, and the largest reason for skepticism: What will a reopening plan even look like? “When we say full reopening… the end goal is five days a week back in … Continue reading A return to normal: Irondequoit high school considers a return to in-person learning

As times change, IHS adapts

IHS introduces new hybrid learning model By Colin Mosley Editor-in-Chief With the start of the school year in September came the ushering in of the new hybrid model of learning. This new model has forced students and teachers to adapt to a new form of schooling. The new model of learning now splits students into two groups who go into school on different days. The blue group goes into school on Mondays and Thursdays, while the gold group goes into school on Tuesdays and Fridays.  The new hybrid model has created a lot of new work for our teachers.“I knew … Continue reading As times change, IHS adapts

Students and administrators find ways to work together during protests

By Maddie Verhagen Sports Editor In 2016, San Francisco quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, knelt for the National Anthem to bring attention to police brutality against African Americans. This protest sent a shockwave through the professional sports world. In 2020, we are still riding the ripples sent by his simple yet emblematic action. Kaepernick’s message reverberated from professional sports down to high school sports. Young athletes began to imitate Kapernick by taking a knee during the anthem to protest police brutality. In past years, IHS athletes have exercised their first amendment rights and participated in this movement. In 2017, members of the … Continue reading Students and administrators find ways to work together during protests