Dr. Sonny Arnel hands a mask to substitute teacher Sean Collins. All visitors, staff, and students must wear a mask when entering the building through Jan. 18. The board of education will re-evaluate the mask requirements later in January.

BREAKING: A Momentary Mandate

School district reinstates mask mandate for two weeks following sharp increase in positive COVID cases
Tea Perez, Editor-in-Chief January 11, 2022

As students entered the building on Jan. 10, an eerie sense of deja-vu clouded over them. Administrators stood at the entrances masks in hand, ready to give them out to any student who walked in unmasked....

A gas pump is depicted leaking money. The extremely high gas prices mean students are having the spend more than they are able to on gas money each week.

What’s up? Gas Prices.

Unseasonably high gas prices have student drivers feeling down
Tea Perez, Editor-in-chief December 14, 2021

 Senior Jenna Woelfel drives out of the school parking lot, already stressed about the schoolwork and responsibilities she must attend to, she doesn’t need another stressor added to her load. That’s...

Overwhelmed by the Opposition: A concerned member of the community expresses her view on current issues in FHSD at the school board meeting.

Controversial Classes

New Black Literature, History classes stir up controversy
Clara Kilen, Staff Reporter December 11, 2021

A look into a typical English class will feature texts written by J.D Salinger or F. Scott Fitzgerald and history classes will often look through the lens of a white explorer. Traditional classes often...

Kaylee Wright acting as Elvira.

Blithe Spirit

Rebecca Hornberger, Staff Photographer December 10, 2021

On Saturday, Nov. 20, the FHC Spotlight Players finished up their production of “Blithe Spirit”. Cast and crew had been working hard for 2 months to prepare for the show. There were four performances...

Inside Their Minds

Riley Wania , Photo Editor November 22, 2021

Social media has been a consuming part of the lives of many teenagers all across the world, including the ones at FHC. This video searches for the truth behind how social media can affect our generation...

Allie Raines holding the big ball of plarn

Good Planets are Hard to Find

Samantha Castille, Staff Photographer November 22, 2021

Environmental Club had planned on going on nature walk to pick up trash, but the weather had other plans. Despite the Rain      on  Wed. Nov. 17 the still managed to make an impact by turning plastic...

A Cap-Tivating New Policy

Samantha Castille and Charlie Rosser November 12, 2021

FHC has happily approved the new hat policy that was placed on the district this year. Students and staff are now allowed to wear funky, cool, and fresh hats to school as much as they want! Enjoy this...

Discussing the Change: Counselor Trevor Wolfe speaks to a student. Discussing with students their grades and how they look could be beneficial to students.

Switching the System

Brand new grading format causes some worry
Lauren Rohde, Staff Reporter October 28, 2021

For those who are academically inclined, having a fresh start every quarter for grades is a stress reliever. It provides a clean start for those who might have had a rough time keeping good grades. Francis...

A student doing
schoolwork in a library melts into an actual classroom.
Blended learning creates the opportunity
to expand the classroom outside of the standard
cement walls of a school.

A Blended Beginning

Evolution to a more innovative campus starts with blended learning
Tea Perez, Editor-in-Chief October 23, 2021

The idea of taking a course in which some days you spend in the classroom and others you spend doing your classwork in a coffee shop, library, or at home, is one that is often reserved for college. However,...

Seniors Anna Baranowski, Hannah Bernard and Jack Schriber line up in front of a set of lockers. All three of the students have been named National Merit Scholars based on their PSAT scores from junior year. In addition, both Baranowski and Bernard were named semifinalists, meaning that they are eligible to apply for the National Merit Scholarship.

Placing High in the Ranks

3 FHC students receive a national distinguished award based on their PSAT scores.
Faith Beckmann, Newspaper Editor October 23, 2021

In the afternoon of Sept. 15, 2021, 3 Francis Howell Central High School students received small slips of paper during their seventh hour. These slips held the long-awaited results they had been anticipating...

National Suicide Awareness Week 2021

Learning the facts, raising awareness, and breaking the stigma surrounding suicide.
Lorelai Finoch, Staff Reporter September 9, 2021

Senior, Bobby Soderstrom sings in the stands.

Kicking the Season Off

Keaton Frye, Photo EIC September 3, 2021

On Friday Aug. 28 the Spartans varsity football squad walked onto Fort Zumwalt East's turf, unsure but hopeful for what the new season would bring. The away stands were jam-packed with high schoolers dressed...

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