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Orchestra Make Preparations Against Raging COVID Numbers

The virtual orchestra concert this year is taking place on Dec. 8.
November 23, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads, a multitude of schools, jobs, and businesses have been affected, as of now, numbers have increased dramatically. In fact, many planned events have been canceled; shows, concerts, and...

First Time Voters Take on the Polls

Senior Haley Hahn shows off her ‘I voted’ sticker that she earned on election day.
Seniors discuss what it was like to vote for the first time and what to expect
November 23, 2020

Across the U.S. there are a great deal of people who want to vote and yet cannot. According to the Global Citizen some reasons for this include lack of transportation, past convictions, and lack of a government...

Johnson County Health Department Warns Against Winter Sports

Boys and Girls Basketball season started yesterday with tryouts, every athlete wearing a mask.
November 17, 2020

On Oct. 28 Johnson County Health Department released a tweet stating that they recommend winter sports should not be played if COVID-19 protocols cannot be in place after cases have been spiking.  "Indoor...

Students and Teachers Navigate the New District Online Learning Option

Olathe West students show off their online learning set ups.
November 17, 2020

No whiteboards, no bells, no other students. Only you, your teacher, your computer and your homework. This is what life is like on this newly utilized frontier of education: online learning. In this time...

Adapting to Halloween During a Pandemic

Saftey precuations are being taken to keep children safe this year during Halloween.
November 3, 2020

According to CNN, more than 148 million Americans will be celebrating Halloween this year. However, the coronavirus pandemic has changed how even day-to-day life looks. So, Halloween will also undoubtedly...

Wildfires in Oregon and California

In the total of fires going on, there have been 33,917 wildfires ongoing. At least 723 were due to human causes, and 154,400 acres have been lost. (source: Washington Post)
October 30, 2020

As violent fires flare across the arid grasses of the West, people are fleeing, fearful, and many losing their homes--some even losing their family. At least 154,400 acres have been lost due to the 168...

Olathe West Football Speaks on Black Lives Matter

Patriots player kneels before game during national anthem among other teammates.
October 30, 2020

On Aug. 26 2016, former San Francisco 49er’s player, Colin Kapernick, kneeled during the National anthem to protest racial inequality and the oppression of Black people in America. Kapernick’s protest...

Freshman Reflect on Starting High School Online

“I can sit here and thell you fifty things that I hate about [online learning]. I could also tell you fifty things that I love about it.” -Bryce Mallory, Olathe West Freshman
October 28, 2020

Starting high school can be overwhelming with a new building, new classes, and new people. Anyone who’s ever been a freshman can attest to that. This year’s freshman class, however, faced a new challenge:...

Choir Still Performs Despite Covid-19 Holdbacks

The OW choir will continue to perform even if it needs to be over technology, and with many other restrictions.
October 12, 2020

The performing arts have given up a lot in the Covid-19 pandemic. Multitudes of shows, concerts, and activities have been canceled in the wake of the shutdown. However, this does not mean that the performing...

Olathe Schools on Virtual Learning: Concerns and Challenges Being Faced By Students and Parents

Parents and students protested to support in-person education and to continue fall sports before the Sept. 3 board meeting.
September 5, 2020

As districts all across Johnson County decide to start their already delayed school year online, this brings up many questions among parents and students. Parents and students have the option of...

How Shutdown has Evolved in Kansas

Rosedale park in Kansas City closes of equipment from the public.
May 5, 2020

A little over a month ago, on March 11, the Sprint Center in Kansas City held thousands of visitors from multiple states. The precautions taken then to weaken the spread of COVID-19 were small: for example,...

Education Continues Amidst the Coronavirus

Education Continues Amidst the Coronavirus
How Olathe Schools are Continuing to Handle Online School and AP Testing
April 17, 2020

On March 17, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly shut down all school buildings in the state for the rest of the year in order to slow to a stop the spread of the ubiquitous Coronavirus.  This preventative...

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