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Michigan Superintendent proposes a longer school year
Emma Mertz, Staff Reporter • March 26, 2021

As many students struggle to find a sense of normalcy over this past year, many find it unsettling to hear about the possibility of an extended school year. On February 3, Michigan superintendent Michael Rice made a statement proposing the idea of extending the school year to make up for any lost learning time students may have missed due to the pandemic.  Although the proposal has been pushed...

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APs…Online or In-Person…?
APs…Online or In-Person…?
Praneetha Ankisettipalli, Staff Reporter • March 3, 2021

COVID-19 — the pandemic that not only shook the entire world, but also altered many lives in unimaginable ways. In comparison to the large scale problems the world is facing at the moment, the troubles students are going through during these tough times might come across as silly and unimportant. But, what a student is going through is something many would not understand, unless they are a student...

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"What's The deal With Midterms?"
Andy DeGrand, Print Editor-in-Chief • January 12, 2021

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are over 130,000 K-12 schools that are currently 100% virtual in the United States. Regardless of how students feel about their district's virtual learning plan, they can't avoid that January, the month of midterms, is approaching.  “My friends and I haven’t heard any news on how midterms are gonna be like this year, or if we’re...

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The Race to a Covid Vaccine
Manny Al-Nsour January 12, 2021

With the total number of COVID-19 cases rising higher and higher each day, the race to create a viable vaccine nears its end. The Food and Drug Administration met Thursday, Dec. 10, and voted in favor of Adam Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Although the vaccines have been through extensive testing and approval, many people are still skeptical. The most common concern is that the vaccine was rushed,...

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Please, stay six feet apart
Please, stay six feet apart
Vanisa Kumar, Business Editor • November 7, 2020

During a pandemic, it can be very easy for most peoples to overlook the businesses on which they so greatly depend. With the recent opening of the mall, movie theatres and many stores of Troy, businesses have to keep up with regulations to take an active role in stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Many small businesses have dramatically been hit by this pandemic and many have permanently closed...

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Diagnosis: Election Anxiety
Diagnosis: Election Anxiety
Vanisa Kumar, Business Editor • November 7, 2020

“Refresh, refresh, refresh, ok maybe refresh one more time,” that has been the life of millions of people across America for the past 3 days. For many Americans, this is the biggest and most high risk election.  An article from SCL Health identifies a term, “Election day Stress,” which is exactly what it sounds like, the stress endured from Election Day. “...it is affecting people...

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The empty halls at Troy High
Going Virtual
Andy DeGrand November 6, 2020

It has been over a month now since hybrid learning started, where 38% of students at Troy High were physically going to school. Since then, a second wave of the COVID-19 virus has impacted Oakland county. On Thursday, Nov. 5, Kerry Birmingham, the director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives, sent out an email to parents and staff explaining how classes will return to 100 percent virtual learning. “As...

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The Equity and Inclusion Commitment
Varsha Penumalee, Staff Reporter • October 16, 2020

On Thursday,  June 2, parents from all across the Troy School District received an email from Superintendent Rich Machesky about a commitment to equity. Following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and other Black lives, Dr. Machesky emphasized the need for enhancing a more inclusive learning environment.  Dr. Machesky’s email explained that the school district truly reflects...

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The New Schedule Change
Andy DeGrand, Print Editor-in-Chief • September 25, 2020

It has been a month since the school year started with virtual learning, and now students are transitioning into a new hybrid learning structure. On Wednesday Sept. 23, an email from Kerry Birmingham, director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives, went out to parents informing them of the new schedule that will start Monday Sept. 28.  “We know that many of you are anxious to see what a...

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Face-to-Face
Face-to-Face
Vanisa Kumar, Business Editor • September 21, 2020

Since the transition to virtual learning in mid-March due to the coronavirus, for many students school hasn’t been the same. Now rise hybrid learning, a supposedly safe and inclusive system of learning that will, hopefully, not suppress those that choose to stay online but let those who want to go to school, go to school.  As written in an email on Monday, Sept. 14, , Kerry Birmingham, director...

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