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Students and faculty reflect on school’s reentry decision as remote start looms

The front door of Masters Hall will remain closed for the start of the 2020-2021 school year as students will be learning remotely for at least the month of September. Members of the Masters community have mixed reactions to the school's decision to begin online.

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

September 5, 2020

With the first day of classes just days away, students and faculty at The Masters School have varying opinions on Head of School Laura Danforth’s decision to return to remote teaching and learning for at least the month of September. Danforth detailed the school’s reentry plans, which she said w...

U.S. military provides aid, takes precaution during pandemic

Soldiers stand socially distanced and masked in front of the Javits Center in New York City, which the Army turned into a hospital for the COVID-19 pandemic in early April.

Hanna Schiciano, Contributing Writer

August 17, 2020

The last time the U.S. faced a disease as contagious as COVID-19 was the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, while military troops were battling in World War I. Over 100,000 American troops lost their lives in that war, around 45,000 of those from the influenza (i.e. Spanish flu). Now, 102 years later, many American troops stationed at home and around the world are suffering from the effects of COVID-19, and those who are called upon are providing aid to COVID-19 p...

Podcast: Danforth reflects on remote start, anti-racism plan

Head of School Laura Danforth speaks at the 2018 MLK Assembly. Danforth recently made the decision to begin the school year with remote learning despite many schools in the area closing to return to the classroom this fall.

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

August 14, 2020

As students across the country prepare to return to the classroom amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, The Masters School will begin the year with remote learning. But the pandemic is not the only crisis at this time. Longstanding issues of injustice and inequality were brought to the forefront...

Opinion: Cancel the 2020 NFL season

The National Football League (NFL) and NFL Players Association recently announced plans to test players and personnel daily for two weeks when training camp begins. As people across the U.S. still struggle to get tested for COVID-19 and receive results in a timely fashion, the NFL should not be diverting resources away from the general public.

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

July 22, 2020

The National Football League (NFL) is determined to begin its season on time; however, as the coronavirus pandemic continues in the United States, it is not just unsafe to be playing football, but also unethical.  On Monday, July 20 ESPN reported that the NFL and the NFL Players Association have agr...

The mystery of mask denial: Why is it so hard for Americans to mask up to save lives?

A group of boys from North Carolina said they don't wear masks because it is a

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor

July 2, 2020

The United States reported 52,789 new coronavirus cases on July 1 – the most in a day since the start of the pandemic; yet, individuals across the United States, including many of the top officials in the Trump Administration, refuse to wear a mask.  The Center for Disease Control originally issued gui...

The COVID-19 blame game

The COVID-19 blame game

Logan Schiciano, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

June 10, 2020

While the Trump Administration has pushed theories that COVID-19 started in a bio-lab in Wuhan, China and also blamed initial Chinese responses to the virus for the pandemic spread of the disease, the Chinese government has denied these allegations. Chinese boarding students at The Masters School...

COVID-19 changes gap year statistics

California College at San Diego is among the schools haulting in-person classes next fall.

Tyler Conway, Sports Editor

June 6, 2020

With schools closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year, there is a palpable sense of loss amongst students nationwide. This sense of loss becomes more intense for members of the 2020 graduating class, as they are the first class of students to collectively miss out on end of year activities s...

Prisoners deserve better during COVID

Prisoners are not being adequately protected during the coronavirus, because they are unable to practice social distancing.

Sophia Van Beek, Copy-Editor

May 21, 2020

In an Alabama state prison, an anonymous man is hunched over a camera pleading for his life; another inmate claims that “death is imminent” according to a CNN report. One hundred inmates rioted for their lives when six people at the Washington State Penitentiary tested positive for COVID-19, accordin...

Power For Good: Essential workers in our community

Essential workers stand outside their hospital, receiving meals during their shifts. Healthcare workers have had to work extra shifts and take pay cuts due to the ongoing pandemic.

Kyla Barantsevitch, Contributing Writer

May 11, 2020

Grocery workers. Delivery people. ER nurses. The list of people who hold jobs that are considered “essential” can go on and on. Within our own school community there are many students whose parents are these types of workers. And while the current coronavirus pandemic compels millions of Americans t...

COVID-19 concerns force Broadway to go dark

After New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo's order not to gather in large groups was set in place, live entertainment industries, including Broadway, were forced to go dark and stop shows.

Lexi Wachen, Contributing Writer

May 11, 2020

It’s been 54 days since Broadway’s last spotlight went dark. This crisis has not only had an impact on the performers but creative teams, musicians, directors and programs. Throughout history, Broadway theatres have never experienced a closing this extensive, even after the shutdown after the terrorist ...

Moria – a refugee camp during the coronavirus crisis

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Emanuel Adamiak, Blogger

May 11, 2020

The conversations, the news, the political discussions now all revolve around the coronavirus – how to stop its spread, mitigate its effects and cushion its economic impact. The COVID-19 pandemic made the world stop and made some problems of the past irrelevant. However, although potentially talked...

Brock employees receive support from Paycheck Protection Program

Chairs stacked on the tables in the Cameron A. Mann dining hall. Brock employees, who staff the dining hall, were laid off on March 30 and had to file for unemployment. They are now beginning to receive stimulus from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Logan Schiciano, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

May 10, 2020

Over 50 days since The Masters School closed on March 9, the Masters dining hall staff received their first paychecks from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on Friday, May 1. General Manager Lee Bergelson was notified April 19 that Brock and Company, Inc., the school’s dining services company,...

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