The Black & White

Rumor busting: New high school

School has been cancelled Oct. 3. due to threats sent to individual students and parents.

Matthew Berry, Opinion Editor

May 24, 2017

Rumor: Graduation will be held in the new gym of the high school next year due to the increase in seating capacity. Status: Busted. Reasoning: The new gym does not have an increased seating capacity. In an email interview, Athletics Director Gary Ross says that both the large gym at the current s...

Google Docs phishing scam explained

Google Docs phishing scam explained

Matthew Berry, Opinion Editor

May 4, 2017

On Wednesday,  iPad Headquaters issued a warning email to all Johnston students regarding a recent phishing scam. Phishing is the technique of making a fake service  appear to be the real service (email, Facebook, Twitter, PayPal, financial institutions) in hopes to gain personal or sensitive information....

Green Day’s long-waited return to Des Moines does not disappoint

Green Day lights up the stage during the chorus of

Matthew Berry, Opinion Editor

April 13, 2017

In my parents' old Chrysler Town and Country, en route to Kids Teen Connection, a first grade version of me listened to "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day as it played through the radio. Without knowing the meaning of the politically charged album "American Idiot" or even knowing the correct...

Scheduling situation

Scheduling situation

Matthew Berry, Opinion Editor

April 3, 2017

As the opening of the new high school approaches, administration is looking at making changes to scheduling and start times. Currently, the middle and high schools have 45 minute, eight period days. There will be a pilot schedule starting March 27 to April 7. The premise of a modified block schedule...

Schools are causing sleep deprivation

Schools are causing sleep deprivation

Logan Haller, Guest Writer

November 28, 2016

I wake up every weekday morning at 6 a.m. I take a shower, eat breakfast and prepare myself for the day ahead. Usually, I am ready to leave my house by 7:20 a.m. I’m not involved in any after school activities right now so I get home after school around 3:10 p.m. However, this still leaves very little t...