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I miss you

2020 has made this feeling more intense than ever.
January 14, 2021

Friends, school, concerts, even something as simple as a smile; the world is reeling in things they didn’t appreciate before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Before the pandemic hit, we were living our best...

I don’t care

I don't care
January 14, 2021

There is a common belief, especially amongst teenagers, that showing emotion or acting like you care is what makes you weak, lame, or annoying. And while being emotional around others can certainly make...

You shouldn’t need to be forced to wear a mask

You shouldn’t need to be forced to wear a mask
January 13, 2021

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service. This is one example of the many rules that we have all abided by for the past century. It’s common sense that in order to be accepted in public locations, there are...

Facts over fiction: the importance of verification

Facts over fiction: the importance of verification
January 13, 2021

Nowadays, the biggest social media platforms have become more than just places to share or communicate with friends. Social media has become a universal mecca for the ignition of political movements. ...

A new day

There's always hope for a new day.
January 6, 2021

Got your back

Got your back
January 5, 2021

The feeling of an arm around your shoulders. A place to rest your head. A listening ear. A partner in crime. Someone to laugh with. There’s really nothing like the feeling of a true friend. The feeling...

Back to school: secondary students prepare to return to the classroom, but why?

This is the district-created matrix that will decide whether or not a school is open.
December 30, 2020

The dust from the district turmoil over how to conduct school among a global pandemic has finally settled, and Portage Public Schools, following severe public backlash regarding the initial Return to Learn...

Yes, you should turn your cameras on

It can be tempting to leave our videos off, but turning them on creates a richer learning experience.
December 27, 2020

Full disclosure: at the beginning of the school year, I was a camera-off kind of girl and I loved it.  No one had to see that I was still in my pajamas or that I hadn't done my hair. Not to mention,...

There may be ways to travel safely this holiday season

There may be ways to travel safely this holiday season
December 22, 2020

                      During these times, we are all craving some form of normalcy. Many have struggled these...

How early is too early to put up Christmas decorations?

How early is too early to put up Christmas decorations?
December 21, 2020

Christmas is an important holiday for my family, but Thanksgiving is not held any lower, so the debate starts at when decor should go up.  I personally feel that if any decor for Christmas goes...

Black Friday: go or no?

The Crossroads mall is one of many brick and mortar establishments getting ready for Black Friday, but aside from kiosks, patrons can shop most of the mall stores online.
November 26, 2020

Every year, on the Friday after the day everyone gets stuffed with turkey, stores get cleaned out just like the tables on Thanksgiving evening. On Black Friday, nearly a holiday in its own right, everyone...

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