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Proposed policy could restrict student journalists’ rights

Proposed policy could restrict student journalists’ rights

The Patriot Editorial Staff

June 24, 2019

The first reading of a new district policy was done at the Shawnee Mission School District board meeting on Monday, June 24. The proposal would give the school and district the opportunity to restrict student publication, including the printing of controversial subjects – an important aspect of jour...

IPS-the big oops

IPS-the big oops

Jenica Kolbeck, 21st Century Journalist

November 13, 2017

The Individual Plan of Study (IPS) is now required to graduate any high school in the state of Kansas, this decision is about as well thought out as the state funding for public schools. In the state of Kansas an IPS is to be completed before a student graduates.  It’s supposed to be used as a “roadm...

Our Earth, Our Choice

Our Earth, Our Choice

Muriel Lund, Staff Writer

March 6, 2017

   One highly controversial topic in today’s society is the role of human activity in climate change and the existence of global warming at all. Global warming is the gradual increase in the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere and its oceans, a change that is permanently changing the Ear...

Growing up in the Obama Presidency

Growing up in the Obama Presidency

Addie Soyski, Staff Writer

February 14, 2017

Like many high schoolers, Barack Obama has been president for most of my life. Inclusion and high environmental standards were a staple of his presidency. His terms were also marked by healthcare and Wall Street reforms, a nuclear peace agreement with Iran, and the rescuing of the auto industry. His...

Being Single on Valentine’s Day

Being Single on Valentine’s Day

Nichole Thomas, Staff Writer

February 5, 2017

For years people have struggled to find a date for Valentine's Day. Why? Is being single all that bad? Is having the coveted Valentine the whole purpose of the holiday? Valentine's Day is the second biggest holiday for card-giving after Christmas. Dating sites have a huge increase in memberships betw...

Check yourself before wrecking someone else.

Check yourself before wrecking someone else.

Kaitlyn Wallace, 21st Century Journalism Reporter

December 7, 2016

There comes a time when horseplay and insults have to be left behind us and students need to grow up. They need to become mature adults and that means no name calling and no bullying. I used to be bullied as a child in elementary school and personally know how degrading the act is, but children will...

Why the Extra Day?

Why the Extra Day?

Alexis Kafoure, 21st Century Reporter

May 2, 2016

Because we used a snow day, for the Royals parade, school will not be ending May 26, but instead on May 23. The district will have all schools hold classes for half the day.   We shouldn’t have to come to school on Monday. Most people will just sleep in or forget we have school that day at all. So...

SMS Gotcha 2k16

SMS Gotcha 2k16

Leanna Farney, 21st Century Journalist

April 7, 2016

  The game is called assassins. At Shawnee Mission South we are not allowed to call the game the game that, so the seniors all call it Gotcha.  Everyone is running around screaming “got you.”  Gotcha is a fun, stressful and exciting tradition that seniors look forward too all year. With...

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