Greeting cards crafted by student club promote kindness

Isabelle Paley | The Chronicle A traditional birthday or holiday card has taken on a new meaning. Cards for a Cause (CFAC), is a student lead group started in 2019 by senior Jessica Li. CFAC combines service and creativity to craft uplifting messages for nursing homes, hospitals or students and staff in need by utilizing paper cards as a means […]

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Marching band seniors continue musical pursuits post final marching band season

Ava Yungbluth | The Chronicle Mason’s marching band seniors are “marching to the beat of their own drums” as they decide where to take their musical talents after high school. Starting sixth grade, every student at Mason is offered the opportunity to pursue an instrument. Those pursuing band have the opportunity to further their musical journeys through marching band, where […]

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Students gain valuable work experience through Experiential Learning program

Ava Yungbluth | The Chronicle  Mason High School students are getting exposure to the real world through the Experiential Learning program.  Marketing teacher Deanna Hogenkamp is the director of the program. She believes experiential learning opportunities will help students find out more about career paths while also helping them build their resume.   Hogenkamp has helped connect students to internship style […]

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Online versus paper learning serves as a dilemma to students, teachers

Bradyn Johnson | The Chronicle As schools around the world begin to implement one-to-one technology programs, teachers are faced with the dilemma of distinguishing when to use paper versus technology. Teachers at Mason High School (MHS) are implementing effective ways to keep students engaged in learning with and without the use of technology. Although teachers have differing opinions as to […]

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ON SHORT SUPPLY: Nationwide supply difficulties force cafeteria staff to make difficult choices

Aimee Liu | The Chronicle Choosing an entree and two fruits or vegetables is all it takes to receive a free lunch at Mason High School. The task of providing students with these well-balanced lunches at no charge has been increasingly difficult for Mason’s nutrition department. Across the nation, schools have experienced issues providing affordable lunches for students while still […]

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New language club provides alternate approach to learning English

Aditya Thiyag | The Chronicle  Learning a new language often consists of intense grammar and writing practice, but one club is bringing an alternate approach to teaching English. Speakeasy is a new tutoring club at Mason High School that emphasizes conversation as a method of teaching Mason’s English as a Second Language (ESL) students. Taking place during Connect Time on […]

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Teachers incorporate diverse selection of books into classroom libraries

Ava Yungbluth | The Chronicle By diversifying their bookshelves, teachers are showing their students how to read between the lines. All across the Mason City Schools (MCS) district, books have become more varied along with the students that read them. Inclusive excellence, which is an aspect of superintendent Jonathan Cooper’s “three big rocks”, centers around valuing, engaging and including a […]

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Election 2021

Six candidates vie for three open seats on Mason City School Board Many freedoms develop the culture of Mason High School, and the Mason City School Board plays a big role in making it possible. The school board is a team of five individuals who are elected every four years and have ultimate authority over the school district. From eliminating […]

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Upgrades to peer tutoring program will benefit students

New advisor, new classroom, new corp of tutors ready to help students who need academic assistance Isabelle Paley | The Chronicle The peer tutoring program at Mason High School is getting a makeover. Not only has the classroom space been transformed but so has the philosophy of this program aimed at helping students who need academic assistance. Bonnie White, the […]

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THE BELLY BUTTON IS BACK

Fashion conscious teens showing off more than just their style Divy Bose | The Chronicle Despite the many attempts to ban its appearance, the belly button has resurfaced and it’s here to stay. At least for now. Style, primarily that of the young women at Mason High School, has evolved over time. The world of fashion is constantly changing and […]

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Students, teachers adjust to return to full capacity

Aditya Thiyag | The Chronicle Five hundred and seventeen days after the entire world first shut down in March 2020, Mason City Schools has resumed operating at full capacity. The return to full capacity also means the return of thousands of students and teachers who are back in buildings throughout the district. The return to school has been an adjustment […]

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Students using medication fight to conquer associated stigma

Eliza Orlando | The ChronicleShravani Page | Managing EditorAbby Waechter | Managing Editor For years, medication has been a pitfall for divide. Pain and cold medications such as Ibuprofen and Allegra are widely accepted by the public, but anything outside of that realm is buried in debate and polarization. From ADHD pills to antidepressants, dependence on medication can potentially be […]

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