Mill Valley News

Building leadership team allows faculty to grow closer

Building leadership team allows faculty to grow closer

Elizabeth Joseph, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

March 15, 2019


Filed under Special coverage

If, one year ago, teachers from all across the school were thrown into one room, the conversation would most likely have been limited. However, after an executive leadership team was established, teachers and faculty found themselves interacting with each other in new ways and bonding as a unit, creating...

Leadership among teachers is female-dominated

Leadership among teachers is female-dominated

Tanner Smith, Sam Hanson, and Elizabeth Joseph

December 13, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, GENDER, Special coverage

In addition to student leadership initiatives, teachers take part in various committees and teams around the school. Most of these committees are either female-dominated, or have women in higher leadership positions. Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Emily Schmidt feels that, because teaching is...

Media representation of gender impacts students in different ways

Media representation of gender impacts students in different ways

Sophia Armendariz and Elizabeth Joseph

December 13, 2018


Filed under GENDER, Special coverage

When sitting down in the movie theatre, popcorn in hand, you’re filled with anticipation to see a movie unlike any other, the first female-led action movie in more than a decade: “Wonder Woman.” Diana Prince, played by Gal Gadot, rules the battlefield, but has no problem showing empathy. You fi...

Debate team competes at second NSDA national qualifiers

Debate team competes at second NSDA national qualifiers

Elizabeth Joseph, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

December 10, 2018


Filed under NEWS

The Debate team competed at a national tournament qualifier, hosted by Lawrence Free State, on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8. Sophomores Adam White and Tanner Smith received seventh overall with a record of 4:2, juniors Thomas and Travis Babcock received ninth overall with a record of 3:2, sophomore...

Speech coach Annie Goodson increases rigor, competition of speech programs

Speech coach Annie Goodson increases rigor, competition of speech programs

Elizabeth Joseph and Sam Hanson

November 24, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

As a student stands at the podium in the front of the classroom, speech teacher Annie Goodson carefully critiques their performance. Goodson coaches Debate and Forensics, along with teaching drama and communications. While competitive speech students previously had no requirements for participation,...

Food and Drug Administration-issued restrictions on e-cigarette companies elicits mixed reactions

Food and Drug Administration-issued restrictions on e-cigarette companies elicits mixed reactions

Elizabeth Joseph, Hannah Chern, and Tanner Smith

November 15, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

As you walk into the bathroom, you’re suddenly hit with the scent of mango. You draw back before realizing that the smell is coming from a stall, and someone is vaping in the middle of the period. It’s an all-too-familiar situation in schools across the nation, leading the Food and Drug Administratio...

Debate duo places first overall at Shawnee Mission East

Debate duo places first overall at Shawnee Mission East

Elizabeth Joseph, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

November 13, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The debate team competed at a varsity tournament held by Shawnee Mission East on Saturday, Nov. 10. While no overall placements were given at the competition, sophomores Grace McLeod and Anna Owsley placed first overall, undefeated in each round, which is new to the school’s debate team. Additionally, soph...

jagPRIDE hosts door decorating contest for Red Ribbon Week

jagPRIDE hosts door decorating contest for Red Ribbon Week

Maddie Schaffer and Elizabeth Joseph

October 31, 2018


Filed under NEWS

  In order to help promote healthy lifestyles and behavior, 33 seminar classrooms decorated their doors to promote a healthy lifestyle as a part of Red Ribbon Week. The activities were sponsored by jagPRIDE. The seminars classes of social studies teacher Chris McAfee and art teacher Jodi...

District introduces Career Cruising-based curriculum for students

District introduces Career Cruising-based curriculum for students

Elizabeth Joseph and Ben Wieland

October 26, 2018


Filed under NEWS

The district has introduced a new curriculum designed to help students discover career opportunities and passions, using the Career Cruising software as the main part of the program. Every Monday, seminars will be closed for students to take part in the curriculum. A different grade will participate eac...

First annual Bark for Life hosted by school

First annual Bark for Life hosted by school

Elizabeth Joseph, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

October 21, 2018


Filed under NEWS

  After six months of planning, Jaguar Nation hosted its first annual Bark for Life event at Garrett Park on Saturday, Oct. 20. Students and members of the community participated in games, heard from different guest speakers and were able to purchase food and dog treats from vendors. B...

Foreign exchange students come to Mill Valley for new opportunities

Foreign exchange students come to Mill Valley for new opportunities

Tanner Smith and Elizabeth Joseph

October 21, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

Every year, up to two foreign exchange students can come to the school to pursue different educational opportunities and experience a new culture. The school currently has two foreign exchange students, seniors Gabriela Silva Moura and Francesco Spanakis, who are from Brazil and Italy respectively. ...

‘Bigger than Baseball’ raises funds for senior Nolan Sprague

‘Bigger than Baseball’ raises funds for senior Nolan Sprague

Elizabeth Joseph, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

October 16, 2018


Filed under BASEBALL, Nolan Sprague, SPORTS, SPRING

  As part of the continued efforts to raise money for the Sprague family, members of the community planned and participated in the Bigger than Baseball clinic, softball tournament and silent auction held on Saturday, Oct. 13. Around 250 people of all ages participated in the event. The Bi...

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