The Black & White

How effective are drills, really?

Maryam Mohammed '21 and Morgan Dunn '21 demonstrate the current procedure for intruder drills. The school conducts intruder drills by having students sit against the wall and be quiet, out of view of the hall; this is intended to prevent a shooter from realizing that there are potential victims in a room, but the school more or less glosses over what to do if an intruder gains access to a classroom with people.
May 27, 2019

Over the loudspeakers, students are told that a lockdown drill has begun. Teachers lock their doors, turn off the lights, usher their students out of view of the hallway, and tell them to be quiet for...

Incentive to leave: retirement packages offered to experienced teachers

Social studies teacher Mark Schillerstrom teaches students in the hall. Schillerstrom is one of 16 teachers throughout the district who are retiring at the end of the school year.
May 24, 2019

Students throughout the district are learning that many of their teachers - 16 in total - are retiring at the end of the school year. Two of those who are retiring are from the high school - Spanish teacher...

Musical chairs, secretary style

New counseling secretary Mindy Johannsen helping a student. After a series of temporary secretaries, Johannsen accepted the position on Jan. 15 and began working on Jan. 21.
April 8, 2019

Multiple changes have taken place in the administrative, guidance, and accounting offices since winter break. Sarah Marckmann was the former guidance office secretary. She worked at the high school...

What it means to be disabled

Rylee Swartzel '21 sits on her specialized wheelchair. She lost almost all of her movement after an ATV accident.
April 5, 2019

The Disabled List is a list of players who are too injured to play for a set period of time, that can be extended if the injury has not healed enough. This is common knowledge; every sports fan knows what...

The Foreign Exchange Experience

The three foreign exchange students at Johnston: Eduard Stancu from Italy, Aleksa Dogandzic from Serbia, and Anastasia Bilak from Ukraine.
February 13, 2019

Johnston, being landlocked in the middle of the United States, is not exactly a hub of diversity compared to many places like Chicago, London, or New York. Despite this, there are still three foreign exchange...

American history wrongly overshadows world history

American history wrongly overshadows world history
October 12, 2018

Eighth grade history covers the colonies to the end of the Civil War. Ninth grade covers the Reconstruction to World War I. Tenth covers world history, and eleventh is a comparative overview of all American...

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