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Former Amazon supervisor protests working conditions and unprotected employees

A small group of Amazon employees protested at the JFK Amazon Fulfillment Warehouse in Staten Island in March, led by their then supervisor, Chris Smalls, to protest what he said were unsafe working conditions in the face of the COVID 19 pandemic. Smalls was fired two hours later.

Maia Keller and Kwynne Schlossman, Contributing Writers

May 1, 2020

Amazon has experienced tremendous growth these past few months despite the drop in the stock market on March 12. While on the outside it may seem Amazon is doing the best they can to help their community, an inside source unveiled his troubling perspective on the situation.  Chris Smalls, previously a supervisor, worke...

Blue light glasses in high demand as screen time spikes

Brian Wolfson examines a pair of blue light glasses. These glasses are becoming more popular as schools and businesses shift to online platforms; they help protect the eyes from blue light, which can cause eye discomfort when exposed for long periods of time.

Sabrina Wolfson, Contributing Writer

May 1, 2020

As the chaos of the coronavirus has continued to spread, school communities have been forced from their campuses, leaving students and teachers to explore the complexities of “virtual learning.” Consequently, the number of hours that students spend on their screens has practically doubled, propel...

Coronavirus Chronicles: living with a coronavirus patient

Sophomore Denis Sadrijaj washes off a bowl in his house. Sadrijaj helped care for his father who battled the coronavirus for many weeks.

George Chang, Staff Photographer

May 1, 2020

Testing for the coronavirus can be frightening, but sophomore Denis Sadrijaj found out during spring break that his father had tested positive for the virus. For weeks, Sadrijaj has been living with his recovering dad. Sadrijaj said that his dad no longer requires medication and is doing better da...

Video: States begin to reopen as coronavirus battle continues

Jeri Arazie, manager of GDC Home, uses Lysol to disinfect a chair in the store. The furnishing store located in Johns Island, SC, is one of many businesses that was permitted to reopen last week. State governors across the United States are beginning to lift restrictions, which has generated mixed emotions from customers and employees.

Logan Schiciano, Editor-in-Chief

May 1, 2020

May 1 marks the beginning of a new chapter in the United State’s battle against the coronavirus. The Trump administration's “slow-the-spread” guidelines expired on April 30 and now, the responsibility of reopening belongs in the hands of individual state governors. New York Governor Andrew C...

Meet the co-chair candidates: Sophia Viscarello

Sophia Viscarello is running for one of two 2020-2021 co-chair slots. She hopes to prioritize getting to know the student body and taking into account their input next year.

Annie Rubinson, News Lead Editor

April 28, 2020

Photographer and fencer Sophia Viscarello said her ideas about next year focus around the themes of connection, communication and openness.  “‘The wisdom is really in the room,’ is a quote my mom always says,” she said. “If you’re able to listen to what people have to say, you can acco...

Meet the co-chair candidates: Rachel Schwartz

Rachel Schwartz is running for one of two 2020-2021 co-chair slots. She hopes to bring back flex lunches and eliminate co-curricular requirements for juniors and seniors next year.

Annie Rubinson, News Lead Editor

April 28, 2020

Girls’ varsity soccer captain and Gold Key tour guide Rachel Schwartz said she’s always looked up to the co-chairs throughout high school. “I thought it would be something I’d really enjoy, but I never thought I’d actually run,” she said.  Now that she has advanced past the primary elec...

Meet the co-chair candidates: Brody Leo

Brody Leo is running for one of two 2020-2021 co-chair slots. He plans to prioritize democratizing executive committee, as well as improving its culture.

Annie Rubinson, News Lead Editor

April 28, 2020

DISCLAIMER: Leo is a member of the Tower staff as News Editor. He has recused himself from writing and editing any publications regarding the 2020-2021 co-chair elections. Brody Leo describes himself as a natural leader, and hopes to bring his best assets to the position of co-chair next year. “A leade...

Meet the co-chair candidates: Caio Lanes

Caio Lanes is running for one of two 2020-2021 co-chair slots. He hopes to prioritize inclusivity in executive committee, as well as Masters'

Annie Rubinson, News Lead Editor

April 28, 2020

“I like to think of myself as an ambitious person,” Caio Lanes said, reflecting upon his decision to run for one of next year’s co-chair slots. A Brazil native, Model United Nations delegate and two-term Boarding Representative, Lanes has sponsored six executive committee proposals in three years, ...

Meet the co-chair candidates: Shamira Guillaume

Shamira Guillaume is running for one of two 2020-2021 co-chair slots. She hopes to make morning meetings entertaining and informative, as well as include more students in discussions related to executive committee decisions.

Annie Rubinson, News Lead Editor

April 28, 2020

Shamira Guillaume collaboratively sponsored and passed her first executive committee proposal last September, after three years of participating in executive committee. The bill led to the installment of various faculty and staff face boards, as a means of faculty and staff appreciation, according t...

Stay-at-home orders lead to soaring screen time levels for students

Screen time levels during quarantine have increased dramatically because of new-found free time and online learning requirements.

Kira Ratan, Web Editor & Social Media Manager

April 26, 2020

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children ages 11 and above spend no more than two hours a day in front of a screen. However, according to a 2018 report from the Pew Research Center, teens spend an average of nine hours a day online, and quarantine doesn’t seem to be helping—both because of online school time and recreational ...

EFFECT moves annual Green Week online

A throwback to one of EFFECT's composting activities during the fall festival this year. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Carol Queiroz, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, and The Masters School’s environmental and sustainability initiative, EFFECT, is taking the celebration online. Due to the current stay-at-home order, what once would have been an on-campus event has been reorganized into a month of virtual a...

Recent religious holidays provide outlet for creativity and hope

A parent of a Masters family prepares to launch a

Logan Schiciano, Editor-in-Chief

April 20, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has altered all facets of daily life and religion has been no exception; with places of worship across the country closed off to congregants, people utilized the friendly confines of their homes, technology and a little bit of creativity to remain connected during the most recen...

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