Mill Valley News

District implements new security features as part of safety initiative

District implements new security features as part of safety initiative

Ally Nguyen, Tanner Smith, and John Lehan

November 16, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The district budgeted over $2 million to implement new security measures after the passing of the USD232 bond. The most recently implemented measures are a door security system and the installation of magnets on every door within the building. Additionally, in compliance with new state standards, schoo...

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...

Defining student rights inside and outside the schoolhouse gate

Defining student rights inside and outside the schoolhouse gate

Alison Booth and Elizabeth Joseph

March 16, 2018


Filed under FEATURES, Spotlight, Top stories

With a polarized social and political climate, more and more of us have been challenged to speak up and use their voices. Whether it’s in school or on social media, students have been coming together and rallying for change. However, the responses to these actions from both peers and adults have rang...

Party culture: breaking down the negative repercussions that are often overlooked, forgotten or ignored

Party culture: breaking down the negative repercussions that are often overlooked, forgotten or ignored

Tricia Drumm and Nora Lucas

November 16, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Top stories

In elementary school, the counselor would visit your class and talk about drugs and alcohol. Back then, it was a foreign concept. You were eight years old, and the most alcohol you had ever seen was the wine at church or in your parents’ cabinet high up out of your reach. You didn’t even know what mar...

Recent driving accidents brings attention to the importance of safe driving

Recent driving accidents brings attention to the importance of safe driving

Abby Layton and Jakob Twigg

February 6, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, Top stories

In this school year alone, two car crashes have happened involving De Soto school district students. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, car crashes are the leading cause death for teenagers, making up one third of their deaths. Distracted Driving: Distracted driving is defined by t...

Expectations of privacy differ among students

Expectations of privacy differ among students

Alison Booth and Braden Shaw

September 28, 2016


Filed under FEATURES, Top stories

A recent criminal investigation involving a male student taking inappropriate and illegal photos of female students while at school has raised questions about student privacy in the digital age. The male student, who no longer attends the school, was reported in May 2016 after taking several inapp...

Police investigating student breach of privacy

Police investigating student breach of privacy

Alison Booth, Mill Valley News social media editor

May 11, 2016


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The Shawnee Police Department is currently investigating the actions of a 17-year-old male student who allegedly took inappropriate cellphone photos and videos of female students without their consent at school. According to an email from principal Tobie Waldeck directed toward students’ parents...

Mayor visits school to learn about school resource officer program

Mayor visits school to learn about school resource officer program

Adri Talavera, JagWire opinions editor & business manager

February 20, 2016


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

Mayor Michelle Distler visited the school to take a tour and learn about the school resource officer program on Friday, Feb. 19. She had initially heard about the school resource officer program from school resource officer Mo Loridon, who she is friends with. “I’ve heard about [the school...

New parking policy postponed to fall 2016

New parking policy postponed to fall 2016

Raya Lehan, JAG organizations editor

December 11, 2015


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The original plan of issuing parking passes to juniors and seniors and conducting a lottery for the sophomore class will be postponed to fall of 2016, while freshmen will remain unable to park in the parking lot. These changes were outlined in an email sent by principal Tobie Waldeck on Tuesday, ...

MV Update Oct. 8

MV Update Oct. 8

Adri Talavera, JagWire opinions editor & business manager

October 8, 2015


Filed under NEWS

New traffic patterns at the north exit of the parking lot Traffic patterns at the north exit of the parking lot changed effective Tuesday, Oct. 6. As indicated by the new arrows, the left exit lane will be for drivers turning left and going straight into into The Forest of Clear Creek subdivision...

Seminar parking survey provides information for administrators

Seminar parking survey provides information for administrators

Adri Talavera, JagWire opinions editor/business manager

August 29, 2015


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

Due to the shortage of available parking spots, administrators sent out a survey during seminar on Friday, Aug. 28, for teachers to give to juniors and seniors in order to gather data regarding parking. Over the summer, the administration rescinded a policy allowing students to choose their own assigned park...

Administration abandons plan for reserved parking spots for students

Administration abandons plan for reserved parking spots for students

Elizabeth Fleming, Mill Valley News assistant editor

August 4, 2015


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

  A new plan to assign parking spots to students for the 2015-2016 school year has been abandoned by the school after administrators miscalculated the demand for the 660 spots available to students. The new parking policy was introduced to students over the summer, with the goal to crea...

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