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Doubling Enrollment

Doubling Enrollment

By Sarah Zimmerman
March 8
Filed under Paper Day, Showcase, The Big Topic

At the beginning of the school year, there were approximately 300 students, including Hussein. When the presidential election neared in November, the school’s enrollment abruptly doubled to 600 students due to concern for policy changes. Because of this, the academy had to quickly adapt. As more students arr...

Inspiring Aspirations

Inspiring Aspirations

By Sarah Zimmerman
March 8
Filed under Paper Day, The Big Topic

The academy is presented with the task of teaching immigrants, refugees and all ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students the English language and culture. To do this, many elementary teachers use visuals, speak slowly and pull small groups, among other things. Students must also go throu...

Nahed Chapman Prepares Immigrants for American Society

Nahed Chapman Prepares Immigrants for American Society

By Sarah Zimmerman, Newspaper Staff
March 8
Filed under Click for More Content, Paper Day, Showcase, The Big Topic

Tenth grader Abdulkadir Hussein strides into the middle and high school building to start his day and is greeted with a smile and a “good morning” from each teacher. A few steps into the hall, he starts to walk under the many different flags of countries that line way above him. As the flags han...

A Year to Remember

A Year to Remember

By On Behalf of the Editorial Staff
May 4
Filed under Editorials, Newspaper, North Star, Paper Day, Showcase, The Big Topic

Well, this is it. The end of the year is just around the corner, and what a year it has been. This year has been one that will be hard to forget. For most of us, this will be a year that will always be in the memory books, whether it be the great times we’ve had with friends or the stress that we had b...

North Star Take: FHSD Should Have Wi-Fi

North Star Take: FHSD Should Have Wi-Fi

By On Behalf of the Editorial Board
April 13
Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Showcase, The Big Topic

In a society in which cell phones play such a significant role in people’s daily lives and potential municipal wireless networks are discussed, students and staff members should have access to Wi-Fi during the school day. However, effective March 9 of this year, the FHSD school board made the dec...

North Star Take: For the Students, By the Students

North Star Take: For the Students, By the Students

By On Behalf of the Editorial Board
March 17
Filed under Opinions, Showcase, The Big Topic

Missouri Representative Elijah Haahr proposed a bill that would allow college and high school student journalists the freedom to produce content they choose. This bill, now awaiting House vote, is known as the Walter Cronkite New Voices Act. This bill was drafted after Jack Dalrymple, North Dakota’s...

Where to Get Help with Suicidal Thoughts at FHN

Where to Get Help with Suicidal Thoughts at FHN

By Anthony Kristensen, Opinions Editor
March 16
Filed under Showcase, The Big Topic

Family problems. Depression. Emotional pain. These are common reasons that a student would typically be faced with suicidal thoughts at FHN, according to guidance counselor Mary Kerr-Grant. Most of the time, according to Kerr-Grant, the situation isn’t reported by the student who is feeling suicidal. ...

Counselors Discuss Motives for Suicide and How to Help

Counselors Discuss Motives for Suicide and How to Help

By Claire Boenitz, North Star Staffer
March 16
Filed under Showcase, The Big Topic

Suicide is an issue that devastates, shocks and perplexes. Many people wonder what drives a person to do such a thing to both themselves and the people around them. Bullying, mental illness, loss, substance abuse, family situations and exposure to suicide - whether through the Internet or direct exp...

Hard to Realize, Harder to Forget

Hard to Realize, Harder to Forget

By Claire Boenitz, Newspaper Staffer
February 26
Filed under Showcase, The Big Topic

The summer following her freshman year was, for Sarah*, the beginning of something beautiful. Until it wasn’t. At the age of 14, she entered an eight-month relationship in which she was emotionally blackmailed, abused and raped multiple times. It took until after her relationship had ended to reali...

Rape Culture in Twenty First Century Society

Rape Culture in Twenty First Century Society

By North Star Staff
February 11
Filed under Showcase, The Big Topic

Most of us have talked about rape--what it is, why it happens or why it's wrong. Some may even know someone who has been a victim of rape. It's a serious topic, yet in today's society, it has become normalized through jokes and media. It's treated as a punchline, a plot device, an edgy lyric. This lack...

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