Anna Bayuk

Broward County Public Schools waives finals and Florida Department of Education cancels end-of-course exams

Broward County Public Schools waives finals and Florida Department of Education cancels end-of-course exams

Due to the coronavirus crisis, Broward County Public Schools has entirely transitioned to online classes to complete the fourth quarter. The district has acknowledged the difficulties associated with this transition for teachers and students alike and thus has altered its standards for the 2019-2020 school […]

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A still image from one of the Pentagon released UFO videos. Image courtesy of the Pentagon

U.S. Navy releases footage and documents regarding UFOs

In the midst of a global pandemic, it’s hard to focus on much else. However, in the background of the coronavirus crisis, new information regarding UFOs, or unidentified flying objects, has been released by the United States government. Navy footage and documents that were once […]

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A produce box from Mecca Farms includes a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for customers to enjoy. Photo courtesy of Melissa Falkowski

Local farms offer produce boxes for low-contact pickup

During this COVID-19 crisis, grocery stores often evoke images of post-apocalyptic films: customers anxiously roaming the aisles, masked and gloved, quickly filling their carts. However, local farms have begun to offer adaptive services to the community during the crisis. Local farms like Bedner’s Family Farms […]

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Many furry friends have found new homes. Photo by Fenthon Aristhomene

With Florida on lockdown, pet adoption surges

Sheltering in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus can be boring and lonely. However, something that is rarely lonely or boring is having a new pet. Quarantine has caused a significant spike in adoption and fostering of pets, including dogs and cats. Many are […]

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The 2020 AP Exam schedule.

AP Exams are moved online following COVID-19 outbreak

The fast-changing and life-altering coronavirus crisis has forced a number of quick adaptations to every part of the education system. On April 3, the College Board announced that they would be adapting the Advanced Placement Exams to be shorter, digital and focused on curriculum that […]

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Students experience racial bias with gifted program recommendations. Graphic by Leah Ronkin

[Opinion] Gifted program is a form of modern segregation

On freshmen and sophomore course cards, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students are presented with two very similar options: gifted English and honors English. On transcripts, these two classes are effectively the same. Though they count the same when factored towards GPA, there is a […]

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[Opinion] MSD needs more vocational training

[Opinion] MSD needs more vocational training

If you check the course card for a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, you’re sure to see dozens of options for classes. However, most of these options are academic-oriented: higher-level or niche science, math, history and English classes. A few options for vocational education […]

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It's important to find out what's going on in the minds of our students. Graphic by Leah Ronkin

Opinion: Schools should institute universal mental health screenings

In sixth grade, every student in Broward County receives vision, hearing, BMI, and scoliosis screenings. These coincide with screenings in every academic subject area to gauge the ability to read, interpret information and do mathematical operations. There is one field, though, that is entirely neglected […]

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Twitter generates loud, graphic and public outrage. Graphic by Leah Ronkin

Opinion: Twitter is creating less informed citizens

Twitter is a social media site that took the world by storm. The premise was simple: 140-character messages sent out for anyone to read and respond. It distilled social media down to its barest bones. It was quick and to the point. Twitter did not […]

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The detectors used in MSD bathrooms. Photo by Anna Bayuk

MSD should replace the smoke detectors in the bathrooms with heat detectors

In the 2019-2020 school year, the number of false fire alarms has been wonderfully low. However, the alarm was recently set off at two incredibly inopportune times: one about twenty minutes before school began, and one only five minutes after it ended. Both alarms were […]

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