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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Mason Schools Foundation maintains generosity amid pandemic year

Anna Kinasewitz | Staff Writer In a pandemic year when everyone pressed pause the Mason Schools Foundation (MSF) pressed forward in their efforts to fund innovative learning programs in the Mason City School District. As the local economy came to a standstill when the Coronavirus shutdown occurred, the foundation still managed to find unique ways to generate funds in order […]

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New club empowers female students to pursue STEM careers

Evelina Gaivoronskaia | Staff Writer  After noticing a lack of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Mason High School junior Marissa Riehm decided she was going to do something about it. She chose to create a club that allows young women to explore their STEM interests.  The young women of MHS have a variety of STEM courses available […]

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MHS solidifies COVID-safe Prom festivities for seniors

Scott Reckers | Staff Writer Through an unprecedented year, Prom is finally on the horizon. With last year’s Prom being canceled and this year’s homecoming meeting the same fate, students have been in a drought of high school dances. Student Activities Director Lorri Fox Allen has been working hard to devise a plan for Prom that is safe and fun […]

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Science Olympiad to host first Mason invitational virtually

Alisha Soni | Staff Writer Mason Science Olympiad strives to make its first invitational as exciting and unique as possible despite COVID restraints. During a typical invitational, schools nationwide bring multiple teams of 15 members to a chosen school who then compete in pairs among the 23 set events and additional trial events. With their designated schedules, the participants compete […]

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Teacher Academy creates guide to aid Mason students with disabilities

Raghav Raj | Staff Writer At Mason High School (MHS), aspiring teachers are casting aside their curriculum to make their school a more inclusive learning environment. Over the past few months, students at MHS’s Teacher Academy have paused their curriculum to work on a large-scale project alongside the Mason City Schools’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) council. The result is […]

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Teachers work to prepare online AP students for upcoming exams

Risha Chada | Staff Writer With the upcoming Advanced Placement (AP) tests in May, online AP teachers face the challenge of preparing their students virtually.  Come May, students of a variety of advanced subjects will face a grueling test covering the information they have learned throughout the course of the entire year. The timed test consists of a multiple choice […]

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Mason Staff, select students prioritized for COVID vaccine

Rilee Malloy | Staff Writer  Knowing when a COVID-19 vaccine would be readily available was a shot in the dark for healthcare professionals last March.  Now, almost a year later, Mason City Schools (MCS) staff and some students are in a priority group for the COVID-19 vaccine.  As frontline workers in high-risk locations such as nursing homes, some Mason High […]

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Mason allocates resources to tackle mental health issues

Alisha Soni | Staff Writer Through increased awareness surrounding mental health, Mason administrators are aiming to break down the negative stigma once associated with it. During a time when students are faced with everyday environmental issues– social, economic, academic, and health, among others– Mason administrators have allocated more resources towards mental health and wellness.  After a series of tragic suicides […]

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