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Pandemic Changes to Standardized Testing

Pandemic Changes to Standardized Testing

Megan Amero

May 26, 2020

Standardized testing: this once-unshakeable institution all too familiar to high school students around the world has been intensely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. MCAS exams, usually administered in the spring, were cancelled, according to the Boston Globe. This was a first in the history of the ...

Collateral Damage of School Closures

An empty elementary classroom in Alaska.

Neve Sheckells

May 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused school closures both nationwide, and subsequently requires students to transition to online learning. Missing real-time interaction with teachers in school may be a rather insignificant change in the education of high school students, particularly because much of the...

Reopening Protests in Massachusetts and the Road Ahead

The Massachusetts State House, where some protests were held. Photo by TanRo via Wikimedia Commons.

Scott Janes

May 24, 2020

Around the country, people have become increasingly dissatisfied with stay-at-home orders due to coronavirus, and have begun to protest these restrictions. On May 4th, these protests found their way to Massachusetts. According to a report by NBC10 Boston, these protests called for a re-opening of...

As Coronavirus Cases Continue to Soar, so Does the Unemployment Rate

As unemployment rises, protesters gather in hopes of ending the shutdown.

Abby Simon

May 14, 2020

All across the country millions of Americans are losing their jobs due to the shutdown of almost all public restaurants, stores, offices, and workplaces. This lockdown is seriously affecting the economy and it is only becoming worse, leading to unimaginable stress, protests, and long lines in food banks. ...

How Other Countries Deal with COVID-19 When it Comes to Children

Franjo Tahy via Wikimedia Commons

Scott Janes and Thomas Kain

May 1, 2020

Around the world, 90% of the student population currently has school closures related to coronavirus, according to UNESCO. It’s no different here in the United States, with Hamilton-Wenham too closing and moving to online learning. While in the United States, we have one method of distance learning...

On The State Level: How effective is social distancing really?

Patton park in Hamilton closed off as Coronavirus raises worries

Julia Miller

April 10, 2020

All of us, no matter where we come from, who we are, or what we have, social distancing is now the only thing that we are told to pay attention to. As these harsh times continue to take precedence over our lives: it only leaves us with several questions, when can we see our friends, families, partners...

DECA States Conference

Hamilton Wenham DECA students about to go into an awards session

Sophie Wilbur

March 10, 2020

The Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) is a very popular business club that has over 225,000 student members worldwide. DECA helps students become more exposed to the business world and gain more experience in communication and creating business and marketing plans. DECA also helps students...

Democratic Primary Update: Super Tuesday

Presidential Candidates, including those who have dropped out or the race, are on the ballot for Super Tuesday.

Thomas Kain

March 2, 2020

The 2020 Democratic primary is now underway, and the field is thinning. On March 1, 2020, Pete Buttigieg exited the race, surprising many. The day after, Amy Klobuchar dropped out as well. Both candidates flew to Texas to endorse Joe Biden on March 2nd, as the moderate wing of the party consolidates...

How China is Dealing With the Coronavirus

Abby Simon, Will Gern, and Kaitlyn Menegoni

February 25, 2020

The Chinese government is facing criticism from the global media due to their inefficient and slow response to the Coronavirus.  China’s leader, Xi Jinping, has recently stated that officials are not to resist orders or let personal concerns slow government efforts to bring the outbreak und...

Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District Faces Budget Problems

The Hamilton-Wenham School Committee and members of school administration hear comments from community members on the school budget. 
From Left to Right: Gene Lee, Michelle Horgan, David Polito, Michelle Bailey, Julie Kukenberger, Vincent Leone, Stacey Metternick, and Peter Wolczik. Not pictured but present: Tai Pryjma.

Scott Janes and Mia Stebenne

February 25, 2020

Hamilton Wenham Regional School District is looking to raise the budget by 8.57% for fiscal year 2021 (FY21), causing significant uproar in the community concerning tax raises and extra funding needed for the schools. The budget overview, released and approved by the School Committee on January 8,...

Coronavirus Impacts Global Travel

Megan Amero and Sophie Wilbur

February 12, 2020

The coronavirus, originating in the city of Wuhan, China, has had a profound impact on world travel due to its contagious nature. Nations around the globe are taking steps to prevent the further spread of the virus, as 24 countries already have confirmed cases. Global travel has been affected, especi...

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