The Black & White

Rounding grades

Rounding grades

Parker Anderson, Staff Writer

April 8, 2019

With the sudden switch to standards based grading, there is a lot of debate about rounding grades. If a student would get a seven out of eight on an assignment, it would give them a B+ in the class. For most students, they would just accept the 87.5% and move on, while everyone else would get tons of an...

Musical chairs, secretary style

Musical chairs, secretary style

Duncan Christakos, Staff Writer

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 for eight years before switching positions. “I have about eight years until retirement and I was not...

Fantasy Sports in Johnston

Fantasy Sports in Johnston

Jacob Kim, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

Professional sports have become a staple in American culture. Baseball has historically been recognized as America's national pastime. The National Football League draws in millions upon millions of viewers every year. The National Basketball Association has recently ascended in popularity over the past...

Getting into National Honor Society

Getting into National Honor Society

Liz Jones, Staff Writer

March 31, 2019

Every year, dozens of students get an email inviting them to apply for National Honor Society (NHS). They pick up a letter from Physics and Chemistry teacher, Chris Beguhn. The letter then instructs each student about where to find the NHS application and how to fill it out. This sets in motion stud...

Rewarded with Cords at Graduation

Rewarded with Cords at Graduation

Akshaya Kumar, Staff Writer

March 31, 2019

For a high school student, graduation is perhaps the single most impactful day in their academic life. Commencement, the graduation ceremony, recognizes and validates the accomplishments that each student has earned over the course of four years. While commencement affirms those achievements verbally, gr...

Snow Many Cancellations

Snow Many Cancellations

Akshaya Kumar, Staff Writer

March 7, 2019

A polar vortex swept across the United States, bringing harsh weather conditions with it. Johnston saw record lows with deadly winter temperatures. As a result, the school district was drastically impacted. Within the span of two weeks, two early-outs, two school cancellations, and one late start were...