Mill Valley News

The district non-discrimination policy lacks protections for LBGTQ students

The district non-discrimination policy lacks protections for LBGTQ students

Sam Hanson and Steven Curto

December 13, 2018


Filed under GENDER, Special coverage

Like many other school districts in Kansas, USD 232 has a nondiscrimination policy which outlines what protections students and staff have under law. These include “not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, sex, religion, or disability in its programs, activities or emp...

De Soto sophomores start district girls lacrosse team

De Soto sophomores start district girls lacrosse team

John Lehan and Ben Wieland

December 13, 2018


Filed under GENDER, Special coverage, SPORTS

A new district girls lacrosse team, open to all girls from Mill Valley and De Soto, will play their inaugural season this spring. The team was founded by DHS sophomores Kaitlin Torres and Kennedy Ebberts, who faced challenges just for the chance to start the team. “We did a lot of research and sent a lot o...

Blue and Silver bands perform concert at school

Blue and Silver bands perform concert at school

Ben Wieland, JagWire Opinions Editor

December 6, 2018


Filed under NEWS

The band performed a concert on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the school.  The performance, which featured the songs “Accolade” by William Himes, “American Riversong Suite” by Pierre la Plante, “Whispers from the Heart” by Yuji Nomi, “Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes, “As Eagles Soar” by James S...

Debate team participates in national qualifiers for first time in program history

Debate team participates in national qualifiers for first time in program history

Sophie Lecuru, JagWire features editor

December 4, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

Four members of the debate team competed at Shawnee Mission South in a national qualifier meet on Saturday, Dec. 1. Participants were sophomores Zachary Botkin, Tanner Smith, Adam White and Ben Wieland. The partnership consisting of Botkin and Smith went 3-3 while White and Wieland went 1-5. https:...

Fellowship for Christian Athletes brings students together through shared faith

Fellowship for Christian Athletes brings students together through shared faith

Anna Owsley and Ben Wieland

November 18, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

The Fellowship for Christian Athletes, or FCA, was founded by sponsor Matt Best this year for student-athletes to participate in student-led prayer groups. Friday meetings held biweekly at 7:15 a.m. feature an ice breaker and a group prayer. According to junior Morgan Koca, the club brings student-a...

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...

Boys soccer season ends with 3-1 loss to Shawnee Mission West

Boys soccer season ends with 3-1 loss to Shawnee Mission West

Ben Wieland, Jagwire opinions editor

October 26, 2018


Filed under BOYS SOCCER, FALL, SPORTS

Standing in the rain after the Jaguars’ 3-1 defeat at the hands of Shawnee Mission West on Thursday, Oct. 25, head coach Arlan Vomhof attempted to summarize exactly what happened. In the end, Vomhof just said “those things happen.” The Jaguars scored first with a header from senior team captain ...

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...

StuCo hosts after-school blood drive

StuCo hosts after-school blood drive

Ben Wieland, JagWire opinions editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under NEWS

StuCo collected 40 units of blood in their biannual blood drive on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The blood donated went to Community Blood Center, a Kansas City-based organization that serves blood to over 70 local hospitals. Junior StuCo representative Tripp Starr, who assisted in organizing the blood drive...

Band places third at Emporia State Marching Festival

Band places third at Emporia State Marching Festival

Ben Wieland, JagWire opinions editor

October 4, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The band competed at Emporia State University in the Emporia State Marching Festival on Wednesday, Oct. 3, where the band earned a one ranking and placed third against many other local high school bands. The band performed “The Phoenix” by Fall Out Boy, “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay and ...

Students travel to gain sports experience

Students travel to gain sports experience

Ben Wieland and Steven Curto

September 22, 2018


Filed under FALL, SPORTS, SPRING, TRACK, VOLLEYBALL

Ben Trauernicht Senior Ben Trauernicht traveled to Australia to compete in the nine-day track and field Down Under Sports International Games this summer between Saturday, July 7 and Monday, July 16. The high-level competition, which has featured Olympic athletes in the past, was a success both competi...

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