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The push for AP

The push for AP

Elizabeth Payton, Staff Writer

November 2, 2019

The Advanced Placement (AP) system is, without a doubt, an opportune way for students to potentially earn free college credit before they even graduate high school, and with North Kansas City Schools paying the exam fee for all students who wish to participate, it seems like there isn’t anythin...

Side effects may vary

Side effects may vary

Elizabeth Payton, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019

It was over two decades ago that Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a former gastroenterologist from England, formally published his study that implied a potential link between specific vaccines and developmental regression in children, in what various sources say was one of the most accredited journals of its time....

The brain blues

The brain blues

Autumn Dewalt, Staff Writer

October 21, 2018

People with depression often feel like there is nothing in the world that can make the pain go away. It’s a normal occurrence for individuals to get a whiff of depression during their teenage years, especially when they hit puberty. Around this time teens start stressing about grades, graduation, id...

School start times should reflect student needs

School start times should reflect student needs

Jessica Glaszzak, Print managing editor

February 5, 2018

Gage Rabideaux After years of school start times remaining relatively unchanged, the board of education is currently discussing the age-old question: ‘When should school start?’, and for high schoolers, the answer is 7:43 a.m. The North Kansas City School District’s transportation department will no longer be able to ...

In representation we trust

In representation we trust

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

January 17, 2018

Gage Rabideaux In order to fairly and accurately serve and represent American citizens, the age, ethnic, gender and religious makeup of Congress should be more representative of the overall population of the United States. It is a common expression that the government is run by old men, but this expression actually holds truth when referring to the majority o...

The divided states of America

The divided states of America

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

December 18, 2017

Americans are increasingly making decisions on issues just because it has Republican or Democrat stamped on it, but simply arguing about solutions to important political issues diverts attention from actually solving the problems at hand. America is supposed to be a united nation, but yet...

When tragedy strikes, so should the response

When tragedy strikes, so should the response

Jessica Glaszczak, Print Managing Editor

October 30, 2017

Art by Gage Rabideaux News media and citizens should use tragedies as a reason to voice their opinion on legislation while still respecting those that the tragedy affected. The largest mass shooting in United States history occurred on Oct. 1, when 58 people were killed and over 500 people wer...

Image over impact

Image over impact

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

October 2, 2017

By removing the school-age child care center from Winnetonka in an effort to preserve a good community image, the district has also removed many of the center’s most positively impactful features for student-parents and their children. When the child care center was located at Winnetonka, student-parents...

Goodbye Gold Medallion, hello AP Capstone

Goodbye Gold Medallion, hello AP Capstone

Alyssa Magrone, Political cartoonist and review columnist

May 17, 2017

  The Gold Medallion honors program that many students hold dear to their hearts will soon be replaced with the AP Capstone program. Though some may be heartbroken, they need to open their eyes and minds to the greater advantages of the new program. The aspect of the AP Capstone t...

Feeding into the stigma

Feeding into the stigma

Katie Bullock, Editor-in-chief

April 15, 2017

With the new straight feeder patterns, the North Kansas City School District’s disregard for the importance of balanced socioeconomic class will reduce Winnetonka to a stereotypical low-income, low-performing school unless the district takes action to treat Winnetonka equitably. The new bounda...

Beyond the prize

Beyond the prize

Rachel Adamson, Online editor in chief and lead design editor

March 7, 2017

The installation of PRIDE tickets is a smart and out of the box method for encouraging and changing behavior in the classroom. PRIDE tickets are given to students who are following the PRIDE matrix - prepared, respectful, involved, driven and engaged - so that they are rewarded for that behavior. ...

New law, same consequences

New law, same consequences

Griffin Rites Staff

February 13, 2017

Cartoon by Alyssa Magrone Adolescents’ outrage over the reinforced law regarding school fights is immature and they are blowing the situation out of proportion. Starting in January, a law in Missouri was reinforced that suggests punishing adolescents with a felony if they partake in a fight on school property or transportatio...

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