Mill Valley News

Staff editorial: Excessive texting can do harm

Staff editorial: Excessive texting can do harm

JagWire staff

November 19, 2015


Filed under OPINION, Staff editorials

As technology becomes increasingly prominent, more students are depending on texting as their primary form of communication. While texting serves as a convenient and quick way to contact others, it also can be a distraction and hinders basic communication skills when used excessively. According to ...

Staff editorial: Emphasize consent education

Staff editorial: Emphasize consent education

JagWire staff

October 28, 2015


Filed under OPINION, Staff editorials

Throughout high school and college, students will likely be faced with experiences involving sexual consent, either directly or indirectly. Because of the role consent plays in health and well-being, the JagWire decided to report on sexual consent and assault as its main story for this issue. We believe...

Staff editorial: JagWire redesign leads to new goals

Staff editorial: JagWire redesign leads to new goals

JagWire staff

September 26, 2015


Filed under OPINION, Staff editorials

Before completing the first issue, the JagWire staff had already had to adjust to changes and overcome challenges that come with completely reformatting a newspaper. As you may have noticed, we’ve made a few improvements to the JagWire, the biggest being that we’ve replaced our squarish page size you...

Staff editorial: More technology changes necessary

Staff editorial: More technology changes necessary

JagWire Staff

April 14, 2015


Filed under OPINION, Staff editorials

The Board of Education passed a new $1.7 million technology plan for the district at the Board meeting on Monday, April 13. This is a long-awaited improvement, but the district still needs to implement more changes to allow maximum efficiency for students and staff. This plan includes 3,300 pieces...

Staff editorial: Board member should resign over misconduct

Staff editorial: Board member should resign over misconduct

JagWire staff

March 11, 2015


Filed under OPINION, Staff editorials

After superintendent Dr. Doug Sumner and director of teaching and learning Dr. Jessica Dain’s recent resignations, many district residents have alleged that Board of Education member Scott Hancock contributed to the resignations through inappropriate behavior and general misconduct. This includes dis...

Staff editorial: Teachers deserve more in new contracts

Staff editorial: Teachers deserve more in new contracts

JagWire staff

February 19, 2015


Filed under OPINION, Staff editorials

Illustration by Jason Chen The De Soto Teachers Association negotiations team has been discussing teacher contracts for this school year with the Board of Education since February. Currently, De Soto teachers have contracts based on the 2013-14 school year. The negotiations team is requesting higher sa...

Staff editorial: Shortened-day process needs changes

Staff editorial: Shortened-day process needs changes

JagWire staff

February 19, 2015


Filed under OPINION, Staff editorials

Illustration by Jason Chen With almost half of the senior class — 133 of 281 seniors — having a shortened day, the effects of such scheduling have become more apparent than in past years. While shortened-day schedules are beneficial for many students, there are still aspects of the process that need revision. ...

Staff editorial: Mill Valley should continue to improve

Staff editorial: Mill Valley should continue to improve

JagWire staff

February 19, 2015


Filed under Staff editorials

Looking back at Mill Valley’s 15 years of existence, it is clear we have come a long way. If you look around the main hallway or the gym, you can see the various achievements of activities and athletics, but there are many other accomplishments and improvements of our school that go mostly unrecogniz...

Staff editorial: Marriage decision provides next steps

Staff editorial: Marriage decision provides next steps

JagWire staff

December 11, 2014


Filed under OPINION, Staff editorials, Top stories

The Kansas Supreme Court recently lifted Johnson County’s ban on same-sex marriages. The JagWire believes this decision should inspire change across Mill Valley. By lifting Johnson County’s ban on same-sex marriage, the Kansas Supreme Court paved the way for people to become more accepting of...

Staff editorial: Seminar changes ineffective

Staff editorial: Seminar changes ineffective

JagWire staff

September 18, 2014


Filed under OPINION, Staff editorials

Mentoring Mondays is a new program set into place as a part of the district-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support policy, in which seminar travel is stopped to allow teachers to check up on students’ academic standing. In addition to Mentoring Mondays, Professional Learning Community me...

Staff editorial: AP classes improve

Staff editorial: AP classes improve

JagWire staff

April 15, 2014


Filed under OPINION, Staff editorials, Top stories

In order to create more practical courses, the College Board is currently in the process of changing the guidelines for AP class curricula. Some AP classes have already undergone change, and next year AP U.S. History and AP Physics will undergo reformation as well. The general trend in the AP changes...

Staff editorial: murals improve school

Staff editorial: murals improve school

JagWire staff

February 3, 2014


Filed under OPINION, Staff editorials

In hopes of creating a livelier school, members of the National Art Honor Society have begun to paint murals around the building. They recently added one in the downstairs C-wing, which is creatively designed and represents the school well. The JagWire staff is nothing but thankful for the NAHS members...

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