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The Student News Site of Millard West High School

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Emma Baker, Catalyst Editor-in-Chief
March 2, 2021
David and Myra Sadker, authors of “Failing at Fairness: How America’s Schools Cheat Girls,” found that there are major differences in the expectations, attention and praise given to students by teachers based on gender.

Sexism starts in the classroom

Morgan Weir, Opinions Editor
February 8, 2021
Senior Owen Hamill receives his COVID-19 test in the lecture hall on Friday, January 29. Medical professionals from Test Nebraska set up shop in the lecture hall and administered tests to students and staff.

Helping reduce case numbers in schools

Tenley Wright, Chief Photographer
February 5, 2021
Some students sit, socially distanced, in a public school classroom while others appear on Zoom. As Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos refuses to attend discussions about school reopenings, students and teachers are adapting and showing resilience.

The destructive legacy of Betsy DeVos

Morgan Weir, Opinions Editor
December 10, 2020
Located just across from Millard West on the corner of Renfro Street and 176th Avenue, the cemetery draws in families from all across the neighborhood who come to watch in awe as Smith’s house is illuminated with multi-colored lights and dancing skeletons.

Family guilds “spooktacular” graveyard

Tenley Wright, Chief Photographer
November 6, 2020
President Donald Trump was right when he referred to America’s history education as a “twisted web of lies,” but it’s not because of a heavy emphasis on slavery, as the Southern Poverty Law Center found in their study.

America needs to confront its history

Morgan Weir, Opinions Editor
September 30, 2020
Millard West Administrators thank teachers for all their hard work with a surprise Cupcake Cart.

Teacher Appreciation Cupcake Cart

Tenley Wright, Chief Photographer
September 18, 2020
Millard West math teacher Brooke Hartnett reviews with her students on Zoom before their quiz. She has explored many new digital tools, like a program called Formative, during her time teaching online. Although she acknowledges that it’s great to bring back new things to the classroom, she misses her students. “I miss interacting with my colleagues and students,” Hartnett said. “I really miss the feedback I can get from the facial expressions and body language of my students when Im teaching. It is very difficult to gauge their level of understanding without that.”

An education enigma

Emma Baker, Staff Reporter
May 8, 2020
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