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

Students, teachers share opinions on quarter-system

Katie Eckrich | Of The Talon staff Students and teachers have differing opinions about the new quarter system implemented this year for online school. In the past, the school used a semester system where students had seven classes on their schedule for each semester. The new quarter system is different because there are four classes in the first quarter, and three classes in the second quarter. Junior Kendall Woody said…

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

Reflecting on Early Graduation

Bridget Reichmuth This past December, students who met the minimum graduation requirements were able to graduate early and only complete one semester of their senior year.  Students may choose to graduate early for a variety of reasons and all have their own opinions, thoughts, and feelings about their ultimate decision. Senior Madeline Tuohy was one of several students who made the decision to graduate early from their high school career.…

Posted on: April 17, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

CDC Guidelines Force Spring Break Alterations

Mary Leibrecht | Photo Editor For many students, Spring Break 2020 turned out quite different than anticipated. Flight cancellations, resort and hotel closures, and beach shutdowns ceased the fun for some.  For my own spring break, I visited Fort Myers Beach in Florida. I had planned on staying with two of my friends for the full week. However, the first day that I arrived in Florida, I got a call…

Posted on: April 17, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

Reflecting on Early Graduation

Bridget Reichmuth | Of The Talon staff This past December, students who met the minimum graduation requirements were able to graduate early and only complete one semester of their senior year.  Students may choose to graduate early for a variety of reasons and all have their own opinions, thoughts, and feelings about their ultimate decision. Senior Madeline Tuohy was one of several students who made the decision to graduate early…

Posted on: April 17, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

At-Home Learning Poses Changes to Coursework

Kavya Ramesh | Of The Talon staff With the closure of schools temporarily due to COVID-19, an alternative learning plan (ALP) was created to continue learning at home. The ALP program was created to maintain relationships, keep students connected to school and classmates, continue instruction and feedback towards the progress of essential course outcomes, and consider and try new activities to enhance instruction in the future. Platforms such as Zoom,…

Posted on: April 17, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 1

Students Return to Decade-Old Video Game During Quarantine

Rohit Khanolkar | Business Manager In wake of the nation-wide quarantine caused by the spread of the coronavirus, many older video games have made a return. A large amount of free time has accumulated as a result of this quarantine, and many students have used this time to relax and play video games with their friends. With so many people now at home, many games have started to “come back,”…

Posted on: April 16, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

MSHSAA Cancels 2020 Spring Sports Season

Taylor Spencer | Of The Talon Staff Coinciding with the closure of schools to slow the spread of COVID-19, MSHSAA has canceled the 2020 spring sports season. In an official press release, MSHSAA announced all remaining post-season events for the 2020 season are canceled as well. Activities director Mitch Lefkowitz said he is working with coaches on ways to recognize seniors who will not get to complete during their final…

Posted on: April 16, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

Advanced Placement Exams Altered to 45-minute At-Home Tests

Danny Murnin | Assistant News Editor With the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases causing school closures around the country, the College Board made the decision to drastically change the way Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be taken in May.  Usually, students enrolled in AP classes will take their exams during a school day during a period that stretches a number of hours. The exams consist of both free-response and multiple-choice…

Posted on: April 16, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

Rockwood Gives Back Program Alters Donation Guidelines

Thomas Powell | Of The Talon staff In light of the spread of COVID-19, The Rockwood Gives Back Program has been forced to accept limited donations.  In the past, The Rockwood Gives Back Program has assisted families and organizations as well as recently holding their first 5k to raise awareness of their program. However, because of COVID-19, committee member Jaime Bayes said the program has stopped accepting certain contributions. “We…

Posted on: April 16, 2020 Posted by: rstalon Comments: 0

Tennis Court Reconstruction Started

Gabe Sasser | Of The Talon staff With the tennis courts in no condition for match play, replacement of the courts has started and is set to be done by fall of 2020. Girls and boys tennis coach Kevi Harwood said the new courts will require a full renovation. “They are going to take all the fences out, tear the wall down, and put everything back in brand new,” Harwood…