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More districts push for re-opening schools

Philip Tate, Tech Editor

September 25, 2020

Multiple school districts in Maricopa County are pushing towards opening for in-school learning, even while COVID-19 is still raging and teachers are protesting against opening. “I was excited to open, in the sense of obviously wanting kids back in session, teachers back in session, you know, having...

Teacher sickout delays school opening

Cait Bunkers, Spotlight Editor

September 25, 2020

On September 8, the high school was supposed to open, but this date was delayed by the sickout by over 35 teachers. “[We’re here] because our teachers cancelled on us,” said Nathan Manchaco, a freshman who participated in the rally. The rally was originally planned as a protest after the teacher...

Senior athletes apply for scholarships amid pandemic

Ryan Bartholomew, Sports Editor

September 25, 2020

With seniors knee deep in the process of college application amidst a global pandemic, scholarship offers have started to come in for the schools top athletes. Recruitment and scouting for athletic scholarships can happen as early as freshman year for some, with the actual offers coming over the course...

New rules put in place to halt the spread of COVID-19

Cactus Shadows enforces a strict mask policy. Two-time offenders of the rule get sent home.

Mikki Warriner, Style Editor

September 25, 2020

Several changes and policies have been made to campus since returning back to in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic. The push to open school created challenges with trying to figure out how to work while having to social distance and stay safe. “All of the new policies are strange but they don’t...

How a person’s upbringing affects who they are

Laynee Smith, Staff Writer

September 25, 2020

People’s values and outlooks on the world are shaped by their specific experiences as they grow up in different places with different families. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “Attitudes may be related to cultural beliefs founded in common experience.” Being raised...

Opinion: Opening schools during COVID-19 too risky

Opinion: Opening schools during COVID-19 too risky

Kolton O'Connor, Staff Writer

September 25, 2020

While there are many drawbacks to online learning, it is still too early for the school to open up due to teachers’ increased risk and a lack of adequate instruction for students. While many people want to switch back to school in-person, it is dangerous for students and teachers because of the fact...

Opinion: Opening schools was the right choice

Opinion: Opening schools was the right choice

Owen Taylor, Staff Writer

September 25, 2020

The school board made the decision to have in-person learning return on September 8, which is the right decision. The risks and concerns about COVID-19 do not outweigh the importance of being physically in school. The board's choice to return to physical learning was necessary, because it allows students...

Microsoft to release new Xbox Series X and S

Erika Potter, Staff Writer

September 24, 2020

Later this year, Microsoft will be releasing its next gaming console, the Xbox Series X and Series S. While the Xbox Series S will be $299 when it launches, the Series X will cost $499 for that extra power and punch. Both will be released on November 10th, with pre-orders available starting September...

Campsites To Stay At

Max Hancock, Global News Editor

September 23, 2020

Amidst a quarantine and mass pandemic, students and adults alike are looking for locations and campsites where they can escape the heat. “I go camping mainly to relax and hang out with the people I love,” said Alex Grove, a sophomore. Camping has become a popular activity these past few months...

School puts safety protocols in effect for return

Jaden Lea, Staff Writer

September 23, 2020

Schools around the district who are back in school are taking everyday safety precautions to help keep the campus as safe as possible from COVID-19. Cactus Shadows has a set of its own safety precautions to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep the school running safely. “I feel the school...

Opinion: Sports matches better without spectators

Kolton O'Connor, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

Without fans in the stadium one of the biggest advantages in sports is no longer available and the results of matches have shown this to be true. One of the biggest advantages in all of sports can be a team's fans, and with the current pandemic, teams no longer have access to this massive advantage....

Opinion: Race for a COVID-19 vaccine could be risky

Opinion: Race for a COVID-19 vaccine could be risky

Michael Kaegi, News Editor

September 16, 2020

The race for a COVID-19 vaccine has led to concerns from health professionals as well as Americans wondering whether or not a safe and reliable vaccine will be ready in the coming months. The risk of rushing a vaccine so quickly could lead to a devastating amount of underlying problems that go beyond...

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