Student-led GlobAL LANGUAGE INITIATIVE DIVERSIFIES MHS’ LEARNABLE LANGUAGES

Ally Guo | Staff Writer Language barriers are being broken thanks to Mason High School’s (MHS) Global Language Initiative. Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and American Sign Language are offered during the school day as classes to Mason students. However, the Global Language Initiative (GLI) was established two years ago so that students could learn an even wider array of languages.  […]

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Mason City Schools introduces new quarantine options to combat COVID

Meghan Dincler | Online Editor Two hundred and seventy six days since March 13. 276 days since the announcement of the first quarantine. Now, Mason High School is slowly becoming more and more equipped to combat the Coronavirus.  As the country receives more information on COVID, the quarantine options fluctuate. Now, Mason City Schools is giving students three different quarantine […]

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Inclusive excellence team promotes diversity and inclusion

Alana Amaya | Staff Writer Kaelyn Rodrigues | Managing Editor Mason High School (MHS) is taking a new step towards creating a more welcoming environment through the Inclusive Excellence (IE) Student Leadership Team. This year, the IE Student Leadership Team was created to elevate student voices, especially regarding the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion, while establishing a peer-to-peer support […]

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Mason Band bursts COVID bubble for performance of the year

Meghan Dincler | Online Editor It might have been their most satisfying performance of the year, but it was only witnessed by a handful of parents and 67,000 empty seats.  That was the reality for the Mason Marching Band’s final performance at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on October 24. Due to their inability to perform at competitions this season […]

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New traditions arise amidst cancelation of school dance

Abby Waechter | Staff Writer Before COVID-19, highschoolers never imagined they would have to spend their homecoming at home.  When the dance was cancelled, many students thought that there would be no celebration this year. However, a handful of MHS students refused to let the pandemic get in the way of the tradition and are throwing their own “fake” homecomings, […]

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Proficiency based learning approach introduced in foreign language classes

Abby Waechter | Staff Writer Foreign language teachers are taking a new proficiency based approach to teaching in order to enhance students’ learning.  A proficiency based approach focuses on a student’s progress rather than a letter grade. By replacing letter grades with progress reports, students are able to see where they fall on the scale of proficiency.  Compared to letter […]

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Colleges implement test-optional policies in light of pandemic

Rilee Malloy | Staff Writer Amidst ACT cancellations, many colleges are following in each other’s footsteps and becoming test-optional. While schools such as The Ohio State University have become test-optional for only one application cycle, others have different ways of adapting to limited ACT resources. Colleges such as Ohio University and The College of Wooster have decided they will no […]

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COVID Unemployment impacts college plans

Scott Reckers | Staff Writer College has a lot to offer: higher education, social life and making new connections and friends; unfortunately it has an achilles heel, the cost. According to the U.S department of education the average tuition & fees for colleges in Ohio the academic year 2019-2020,  is $7,588 for in-state and $17,131 for out-of-state. High prices mixed […]

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District to expand use of SafeSchools tip-line

Raghav Raj | Staff Writer At Mason City Schools, administrators are transforming the SafeSchools tip-line into more than just a way to report textbook threats throughout the school.  For seven years, concerned Mason students have been utilizing the line to alert the school administration on safety issues. But in a moment where students are asking Mason’s administration to step up […]

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Mason Amnesty International Club prevents deportation of pastor

Abby Waechter | Staff Writer Amnesty International members are striving to make a difference by advocating for human rights. Amnesty International is a chapter of the largest human rights organization in the world that aims to fight against human rights abuses. Co-president Maya Morjaria, a junior, said that the new club has worked closely with other branches of Amnesty International […]

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