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New Policy Allows Students to Play Songs Over the Intercom

New Policy Allows Students to Play Songs Over the Intercom

By Ivy Lowery, North Star Reporter

Published: October 2, 2019

During the start of the 2019-2020 school year, a new procedure in the hallways was set. This new procedure makes it possible for students to suggest songs to be played on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and teachers to suggest songs for Tuesdays and Thursdays. These songs will be played over the inte...

Snack Table Remains in Business After Almost Shutting Down

Snack Table Remains in Business After Almost Shutting Down

By Aadhi Satishkumar, North Star Reporter

Published: October 2, 2019

     FHN students returning to school this year may have been confused about the lack of the snack table outside the commons. This familiar sight, which was made to raise money for the All-Knighter, finally opened on Tuesday, Sept. 2.    “We had a few problems starting up,” Holly Gannon, co-...

Math Teacher Steve Willot Uses Smart Phones in the Classroom to Engage His Students

Math Teacher Steve Willot Uses Smart Phones in the Classroom to Engage His Students

By Andrew Reese

Published: October 2, 2019

Coming after the short era of flip phones, smartphones are quickly becoming a staple in the average student’s toolbox. But, the limitless potential of smartphones makes it easy for students to find themselves straying away from their classwork and slipping into a game or social media platform. ...

Spanish Teacher Valerie Green Has Students Put Phones Away for the Entire Class Period

Spanish Teacher Valerie Green Has Students Put Phones Away for the Entire Class Period

By Karsyn Williams

Published: October 2, 2019

It’s difficult to try and teach an entire class of students who aren’t paying attention, and are more focused on their phones than the lesson. Spanish teacher Valerie Green knows this problem all too well. Students were unfocused and not fully understanding the material, so Green decided to take actio...

Phones in Classrooms are Eliminated to Avoid Distractions

Phones in Classrooms are Eliminated to Avoid Distractions

By Sydney Ellison

Published: October 2, 2019

The students walk in the room. Right away they know what to do: phones get put in the pouch. It’s the longstanding phone policy of teacher Donna Malkmus. At the end of class, students may get their phone back in their possession. This is how life works in Room 182. “If their phone is a distraction, y...

New Missouri Law Forces Calendar Committee to Restructure 2020-2021 School Calendar

New Missouri Law Forces Calendar Committee to Restructure 2020-2021 School Calendar

By Emily Hood, Executive Producer of FHNtodayTV

Published: October 2, 2019

Eliminating fall break, taking finals after Christmas break and continuing school beyond Memorial Day were changes to the FHSD Calendar that were considered after new legislation changed the rules for school districts across Missouri. FHSD called a Calendar Committee, made up of teachers, parents, a...

Junior Jordyn Inman Puts her Phone Away to Avoid Distractions

Junior Jordyn Inman Puts her Phone Away to Avoid Distractions

By Chloe Horstman

Published: October 2, 2019

Going from one challenging course to the next, junior Jordyn Inman walks to her AP Language class, ready to learn. After school, she’ll walk to the tennis courts for practice, if she is not going to a meeting for HOSA, StuCo, Science Club or volunteering for NHS. With such a busy schedule, it is hard to...

Using Phones in Classrooms Brings Students Engaging Opportunities

Using Phones in Classrooms Brings Students Engaging Opportunities

By Sydney Ellison

Published: October 2, 2019

If a phone was out in class 15 years ago, it would have caused a shock to go through the room because a mobile phone was a new, intriguing concept. Now they are a regular part of students’ lives. In a 2018 study done by the Pew Research Center, 95% of teens have a smartphone or have the ability to ac...

Marching Band Trains for Competition Season

Marching Band Trains for Competition Season

By Julia Sampolska, North Star Reporter

Published: October 2, 2019

   FHN hosts a marching band competition on Oct. 19 called Music in Motion, though they will not compete in it. They will they be competing in high school level competitions, including two Bands of America (BOA) competitions. “I’m so excited for the competitions,” saxophone player Rylie Miller said. ...

FHN Students Make Instagrams For Their Pets

FHN Students Make Instagrams For Their Pets

By Skylar Vogel

Published: October 2, 2019

Not many people would consider making a social media account for their pet, but for junior Natalia Salazar and sophomore Rana Shaker, that’s not the case. Both students have created and curated Instagram for their friends with fur, and have turned these accounts into their own relaxing, stress-free h...

Freshmen Jessica Gillen and Makenna Davis become Starters on the Varsity Girls Soccer Team

Freshmen Jessica Gillen and Makenna Davis become Starters on the Varsity Girls Soccer Team

By Joel Boenitz, FHNGameday.com editor

Published: May 10, 2019

On rare occasions, a freshman gets granted a varsity role from the beginning of their freshman year. This was the case for two freshmen on the varsity girls soccer team: defender and best friends Makenna Davis and goalie Jessica Gillen. While the girls have known each other since they were seven yea...

Senior Corey Valleroy has Brought up the culture of “Big Save”

Senior Corey Valleroy has Brought up the culture of “Big Save”

By Joel Boenitz, FHNGameday.com Editor

Published: May 6, 2019

“And that’s another Howell North…” “BIG SAVE!” For the past four years in every boys soccer game that senior Corey Valleroy played in, the spectators in the stands could expect to hear the phrase being shouted by both the fans and players whenever a save was made. Valleroy has been a g...