Posted on: October 9, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

Use of Canvas met with mixed reception

Ruth Vogel | Of The Talon staff As the school year continues, many students and staff have developed different perspectives about Canvas.  The website allows students in the district to submit assignments, access Zoom links, as well as aiding teachers in grading.  Canvas has been a tool newly available this year, and debate has been sparked on if Canvas is a step forward or a step back from the previously used…

Posted on: October 1, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

Time management key for students in new schedule

Sirisha Mandava | Of The Talon staff Students with several different schedules are learning new ways to manage their time and navigate the new online alternate learning plan during the pandemic.  Currently, many students are still carrying out activities outside of school such as work, clubs and sports. The new learning plan has caused the first semester to work differently than previous years, with a new system for how many…

Posted on: October 1, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

Rockwood welcomes back over 3,000 students to classroom

Angela Colombo | Of The Talon staff In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rockwood announced in August that it would begin the 2020-21 school year online; however, it was announced on Sept. 15 that the district would be allowing preschoolers and K-2 students to resume in-person learning on Sept. 30. Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles said that the decision was based on recommendations from local and state officials. “Throughout this…

Posted on: September 30, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

Online learning leads to a new library experience

Danny Murnin | News Editor With the pandemic forcing schools to move online for at least the first quarter, all sorts of activities and services at the school have been forced to adapt, including the library.  Since August, the library has been offering curbside pickup, where students can request any book usually available at the library online, and then pick it up at the school anytime from 8 a.m. to…

Posted on: September 29, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

Rockwood goes ahead with fall sports

Taylor Spencer | Of The Talon staff High-frequency contact sports are now permitted to participate in games this fall against teams outside of St. Louis County after a district announcement on Sept. 18. According to a press release issued by the district, any upcoming games and tournaments scheduled outside of the county will be played. Additionally, directors are looking to schedule additional competitions with teams outside of St. Louis County.…

Posted on: September 28, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

Online learning gets mixed reception

Bridget Reichmuth | Of The Talon staff Beginning on Aug. 24, students started a new school year, but this time completely online as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic.  The completely online virtual learning is scheduled to last for at least the first quarter of the school year, which ends on Oct. 23. Students and teachers alike are having to adjust to this new and different way of learning,…

Posted on: September 28, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

Tennis Court renovations completed

Kavya Ramesh | Social Media Editor Starting Aug. 10, the new tennis courts, after months of renovating and over one million dollars spent, were finally open and ready to be used.  However, due to the girls tennis season being postponed, the girls waited two weeks before starting their season on brand new courts. Senior Amisha Condoor said that she could not wait to start playing tennis on the renovated courts.…

Posted on: September 28, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

New Zoom guidelines create controversy

Lily Tarticchio | Of The Talon staff New guidelines released that require the encouragement of turning on cameras during Zoom meetings have become a controversial topic for students and staff.   Many teachers are beginning to ask students to turn on their cameras during zoom meetings, but senior Corine Thier said she believes this may be invasive or stressful for some kids.  “I completely disagree with the requirement to have your…

Posted on: September 27, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

Pandemic disrupts summer plans of students, staff

Torryionna Miller | Copy Editor As a result of the pandemic, people had to cancel, postpone, or make the decision to still go on their summer vacations, as well as altering their summer plans in general.  Senior Zenb Ali said she was disappointed that her plans to take a trip to Turkey for a month were canceled. “It had me down for a few days because it was going to…

Posted on: September 26, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

Homecoming Week canceled

Taya Abraham | Of The Talon staff With COVID-19 still actively present in the country, various high school events have been canceled to limit exposure to the virus, including Homecoming week.  Homecoming provides not only students but the entire community a chance to come together and show their school spirit. The week leading up to Homecoming consists of various spirit days, Powder Puff, a pep rally, a parade, a football…