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On The Move

On The Move

Head Coach Brett Oberzan and Offensive Coordinator Bob Lisher Leaving SMS
Jake Foil, Reporter May 12, 2021

Yesterday morning, Coach Brett Oberzan called the football team into the weight room for a team meeting to announce his resignation. A shock to the entire team, as nobody had seen this coming. Brett Oberzan,...

Return to Hybrid

Return to Hybrid

With second semester on the horizon, the district makes a change to the learning model.
Sarah Ohlde, Copy Editor January 13, 2021

With the beginning of second semester, middle and high school students will return to hybrid learning on Jan. 26. This means that students who have chosen the in-person learning option will be in school...

The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On

Despite many challenges this year, the SM South theater department prepares for their first show of the year.
Annalie Polen, News & Opinions Editor December 18, 2020

Relentlessness has been shown many times throughout this year as past South traditions find a way to continue in a covid friendly way. One holiday tradition that is having to be revised this year is...

Subpar Streaming Services

Subpar Streaming Services

New way to watch high school sports takes the SMSD in a wave of new and expensive problems.
Nathan Judd, Sports Editor November 4, 2020

This year, the Shawnee Mission School District partnered with the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) to bring high school sports fans a reliable way to watch while following Covid-19 guidelines....

The Ups And Downs Of Hybrid

The Ups And Downs Of Hybrid

Two takes on the new integration of the new hybrid format of school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Annalie Polen & Nathan Judd, News and Opinions Editor & Sports Editor October 26, 2020

PRO: As coronavirus has been present throughout the last few months, many controversial decisions have been made to accommodate the virus. Many logical decisions have been made such as ending the in person...

The Final Swing

The Final Swing

The Raider girls golf and tennis squads head into the finishing stretch of their season with regional events.
Sarah Ohlde, Copy Editor October 16, 2020

Last weekend (Oct. 10-11) the girls tennis team competed at regionals, hoping to qualify for state. Although seniors Mary Novak and Madison Hanna got 5th place at regionals, they won’t be going to state...

Voter Registration Step by Step

Voter Registration Step by Step

As many first time voters attempt to register, COVID-19 has only made it more hectic. Here is a step by step guide to make sure you are registered.
Noel Mohammed, Reporter October 12, 2020

This year with COVID-19 you may not feel comfortable registering to vote in person. Luckily there are two other ways to register contact-free. In Kansas, you are allowed to vote in-person and by mail....

Homecoming Madness

Homecoming Madness

Amidst the global pandemic, a rescheduled football game, and thirty minutes of rapid planning, court nominees look to find the silver lining of homecoming this year.
Reese Woods, Multimedia Editor October 9, 2020

Friday, Oct. 9 is the 2020 homecoming football game and ceremony that was originally scheduled for the coronation to begin at 6:30 and the football game against Olathe South to follow, but with the COVID-19...

The Gates Have Opened

The Gates Have Opened

Johnson Country has officially revised the gating criteria for schools surrounding COVID-19.
Sarah Ohlde, Copy Editor October 7, 2020

On October 1, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) released an update on school gating criteria regarding COVID-19. Johnson County is in the orange zone,which according to JCDHE,...

Online School Pods

Online School Pods

Many parents are tackling issues they never thought they would have to deal with because of the new type of education for students across the district.
Katie Hiebl, Asst. Editor-in-Chief October 5, 2020

School, for the year of 2020 at least, has become anything but normal. With everything that has happened in the last six months, going back to school in the traditional way was inevitably impossible. This...

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