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Snow vs Screen Days

Snow vs Screen Days

Regan Stewart February 20, 2024

Anticipating, hoping, and praying the weather is perfect for the words Snow Day to be in their future. For years kids have been getting up early to check the news, their email, or wait for a phone call...

Staying up on your screen does a lot more than just make you tired

Staying up on your screen does a lot more than just make you tired

Bella Claeys February 15, 2024

The average teenager (14-17 years) is supposed to get eight-ten hours of sleep a night. Although, it is recommended to get more when having to get up for a test or an important matter in order to perform...

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Social Media and Mental Health

Brandy Brennan, Copy Editor May 10, 2022

DISCLAIMER: Discussion of Mental Health and Suicide A study in 2021 found that seven out of ten people use social media. The uses range from communication, entertainment, and networking. For most of...

A statue of mater, a key role model for the Woodlands community. This image was licensed from Ted Abbott.

The Infamous Mater Ceremony

Charlotte Sparks, co-editor May 10, 2022

There are multiple traditions that overtake Woodlands Academy during the year. From Senior Day to Junior Ring ceremony, the amount of ceremonies can feel overwhelming, especially to new faces. Not to mention,...

JB Pritzker, the Governor of Illinois, an advocate for student mental health days. Picture taken from Illinois Public Radio.

State Legislatures Finally Providing Students with Mental Health Support

Charlotte Sparks, Co-editor May 2, 2022

As days go further into the new year, there have been multiple bills that are being put into effect. One in particular allows for Illinois students to have five mental health days without a doctor’s...

Don’t Say Gay

Don’t Say Gay

Lani English, Co-Editor May 2, 2022

During this month of April, Florida Republican Gov. Ron Desantis, enacted a law in the Parental Rights Education Bill, labled the “Don’t Say Gay Bill”. This law without a fraction of the doubt limits...

Monthly Highlight: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Monthly Highlight: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Isabel Rettino, Managing Editor May 2, 2022

In this month's segment of Monthly Highlight, we are focusing on Breast Cancer Awareness month, which is recognized in October. To better understand Breast Cancer and its pertains to Woodlands, I interviewed...

What Is Vespers?

What Is Vespers?

Isabel Rettino, Managing Editor May 2, 2022

On November 5th, the Woodlands community celebrated its first Vespers prayer service. This celebration has been around for years, being celebrated in Catholic churches around the world. Before the event,...

Lockdown procedures. Image by Cory Doctorow.

Lockdown Drills: Why We Conduct Them

Karishma Bhatara, Features Editor January 21, 2022

Lockdown drills have become a common sight all over the US ever since the shooting at Columbine 22 years ago. Since then, hundreds of shootings have taken place all over the country, prompting schools...

Woodlands Academy Student discusses an assignment with history teacher, Mr. Sands, while wearing masks.

Masks at Woodlands

Brandy Brennan, Copy Editor January 12, 2022

17 of the 50 states have current school mask mandates. Since the start of the pandemic, masks have been highly debated. The state of Illinois holds a school mask mandate that requires all students, staff,...

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