No More Late Work

By Zach Brown and Riley Phillips

At the end of the fall semester many students were up in arms about a new late work policy that would be put into effect after Winter Break. Teachers on the other hand, are showing quite a bit of interest in the new policy. “I feel like the new policy will help motivate kids to turn assignments in on time an will help keep some stress off of me,” said teacher Dylan Brown. The new late work policy was formulated around the halfway mark of the 2018 semester, but will not be put into full effect until the first week of the 2019 semester.

Both students and teachers have mixed emotions about the new policy and how it will be implemented. Many seniors, such as Nate Baker, are very against it and find the new policy absurd. “I don’t think the policy will help kids get work done; I think it will help them fail. Once they see how useless the new policy is, it will be changed right back to how it was previously,” said Baker. He is not the only one who feels this way. Many seniors believe that this new policy is gong end up dragging them down, rather than building them up. Not all of the opinions are negative though, some seniors and even underclassmen think that the policy is a good idea and will give them the extra push that they need.

It seems that most of the negative opinions are indeed coming from the underclassmen. “I think the new policy will bring me nothing more than additional stress, especially once it gets closer to finals,” said Junior Alicia Brown. After hearing about the policy just the week before finals in the 2018 semester, many students and teacher began to stress. Many students were rushing to turn in assignments and teachers were scrambling to put grades into the grade book, due to a trial run of the new late work policy last semester. After speaking to Brown again he had a more positive opinion about the policy. “Students should already be turning assignments in on time, this policy will help the students realize what it is like in the real world.” He believes that that very few kids will fail thew first semester because of the new policy, but it will be a wake up call for them. Most teachers in the building seem to share the same opinion and they are in agreement with the new plan to push the students to be better.

With the new semester getting started the opinions still seem to be mixed and students are still stressing. As the semester progresses students are bound to adjust to the new policy and do what it takes to succeed. Teachers are going to be held more accountable and students grades should improve. There is a long road ahead to see exactly how the new policy is going to change how the school functions.

Big Changes Coming Second Semester

By Riley Phillips

There will be some big changes coming next semester with one of the most popular topics, the dress code. From ripped jeans to leggings and even being able to show the shoulders, many students are happy with the new dress code that will be put into effect after Winter Break. “I am really happy that it is changing. I am most excited about the leggings change because I love wearing leggings and being comfortable,” said Junior Felicana Otano. These changes also brought relief to some students because they do not have to worry about being dress coded when the new semester starts. ” I am very excited for the dress code to be changed because it will give me more options to choose from. I will also not have to worry as much about being dress coded during he day or not,” said Junior Mackenzie Lillich.

It is not just about being able to wear ripped jeans for style or athletic shorts to be comfy. It is also about students being able to express themselves. “I think it is great that our policy is changing and evolving with the students in the building. It will give us a chance to express ourselves and we will also be able to focus more on learning rather than being dress coded,” said Junior Molly Romano. It seems to be the common trend that the students are excited about this new change and are ready to come back after break with less stress in deciding what to wear. By implementing this new change it will take stress off of both students, teachers, staff, and administration and allow them to focus on educating the students.

Wrestling Overview

By Riley Phillips

Since the start of the wrestling season there have been two tournaments and one duel. This Saturday the boys will take on the Tonganoxie Chieftains in a duel. “Seeing that this weekend’s tournament is a duel we will compete as a team rather than in individual brackets. We will have a few starters out of the line up, which will certainly make things tougher for us, but I am excited to see us compete as a team. It will truly take a team effort in order to find success at this competition,” said Coach Nick Flynn.

Mini Cheer

By Riley Phillips

For as long as anyone can remember, Mini Cheer has been hosted by the cheerleaders in both the fall and winter sports season. Young girls at the elementary level will learn cheers, dances, and what it takes to be a cheerleader.”Mini Cheer is going really well this year. I really enjoy knowing that we are affecting these young girl’s lives positively and that they are also habing fun as well,” said Junior cheerleader Abigail Butzbach.

This winter Mini Cheer will be held tonight during the girl’s basketball game against Spring Hill. “I am very excited to see the girls perform because they have worked really hard and I know they are going to do amazing,” said Butzbach. The LHS cheerleaders will be on the court with the younger girls, leading them the whole way. “Seeing that we changed up the way we teach the cheers and dances, the girls seemed to pick up everything really well, so I wouldn’t be surprised if tonight goes very smooth,” said Junior Feliciana Otano. The cheerleaders have shown that they know how to lead and are able to influence young girls to follow their dreams.

Lady Lions Prepare to Take on Spring Hill

By Riley Phillips

To kick off the girl’s basketball season the Lady Lions took on the Seman Vikings. The girls came out victorious with a score of 56-54. “I feel like the game went good. There are always things we can improve on, but going into the game we were well prepared for what was going to happen,” said Junior Stephanie Kirk. The Lady Lions have been hard a work to improve on their skills and prepare for their next game, which so happens to be tonight at 5 p.m. against Spring Hill. “Tonight’s game is going to be a harder game to win. They are 2-0 at the moment , but if we do what we have been practicing, there will be no doubt that we won’t win tonight,” said Kirk.

The Lady Lions have a strong returning squad. They know each other very well by now and are able to runs plays with ease. Just as Kirk said, if they do what they have been practicing, they are going to be hard to beat. So, come out and support your Lady Lions as they take on Spring Hill.  The theme of the game tonight is White Out and there will be Mini Cheer as well.