The Black & White

Unwrapping Sex Education

The current sex education program is not cutting it, but there are solutions.
February 12, 2020

In recent years, the health program has added curriculum on rape, but it is startlingly misguided. All the health classes show the documentary “The Hunting Ground.” It talks about the prevelance of...

Sustainable Fashion

A row of colorful clothes hangs on a rack.
The Run-Down on Sustainable Clothing
January 8, 2020

Fashion and sustainability are two of my passions. However, the news has pretty much clarified that the two subjects are often contradictory. This makes it really hard for me to reconcile both of these...

Librarians Should Stay at One School

Ruth Thoreson sits at her computer in the library, working on a project.
The librarians of the high school and middle school switch between the two schools.
November 13, 2019

  Back when I was in the middle school, my friends and I met in the library every morning before school. Sally Corcoran, the library associate for the middle school at the time, was always...

National French Honor Society

May 22, 2019

Last Tuesday, May 14,  National French Honor Society (NFHS) hosted a French Celebration. The purpose of the event was to induct this years members of NFHS, the first members of any Johnston NFHS....

Conversion Therapy

A rainbow flag is reflected in a mirror. The rainbow flag has become a symbol for LGBTQ+ rights and equality.
Unbeknownst to many, conversion therapy is legal around the country, including within Iowa.
May 15, 2019

In 2009, Iowa became the third state to legalize same-sex marriage. This was a monumental step for equality. In ages past, Iowa has been one of the forerunners of advocating for equal rights in various...

Living through History

Smoke billows over the city of New York covering the majority of the buildings.
Many teachers have lived through major events that have shaped the world.
April 24, 2019

Every year when US history teacher, Thomas Griffin, talks about 9/11, he is immediately reminded of the moment he found out. One of his friends found him after class with the news. "There was a tourist...

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