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  • January 7Information regarding new learning model can be found in Friday's email blast
  • January 7Cohorts will resume remotely on Jan. 13
  • January 7Project Grad parent meeting via Google Meet Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7 P.M.
  • January 7Spring athletes should be in contact with their coach for lifting schedule
Fine arts teacher Randy Robertson stands next to playground during cohort break.
District remains Hybrid despite rise in COVID-19 cases
Riley Merrick, Staff Writer • December 15, 2020

With the rise in COVID-19 cases, many schools in the Kansas City area decided to switch back to virtual learning after having a hybrid schedule for a few months. For Piper, however, the school decided...

Social media distractions can cause students to become behind on schoolwork and unfocused on Zoom.
The Effects of Social Media throughout Online Learning
Jackie Gildo, Staff Writer • December 14, 2020

It’s the 21st century and social media has become a necessity to most. With most students having access to social media,...

Celebrations erupt Saturday, Nov. 7, following the announcement of president-elect Joe Biden.
Tik Tok creators speculate Civil War following election
Audrey Menzies, Design Editor • November 11, 2020

Prior to the election many rumors of a so-called “civil war” began on TikTok, an app used to create short videos. These...

Voter turnout sets for a record high as millions of mail-in ballots are still being counted.
Election Day Brings about Questions of Voter Suppression
Zoey Pudenz, Managing Editor • November 4, 2020

According to Britannica, voter suppression is any legal or extralegal (illegal) measure or strategy whose purpose or practical...

Election Updates
Election Updates
Blake Beashore, Editor-in-Chief • November 3, 2020

8:48 Monday, November 9 After most media outlets have projected Joe Biden as President-Elect, standing President Donald...

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Student April Gildo wears one of her many masks which have become a vital accessory.
Masks: The New Norm
Jackie Gildo, Staff Writer • December 15, 2020

Whether we like them or not, masks are now an integral part of our everyday lives. Wyandotte County and surrounding counties have implemented a mask mandate which requires people to wear a facemask in...

Juniors Emely and Elizabeth Lopez-Cardona celebrated their Quinceañera in July, 2019.
Quinceañera: A young Latina’s first step into adulthood
Jackie Gildo, Staff Writer • December 11, 2020

The diverse community of Piper allows people to learn about a storied tradition in the Hispanic community, Quinceañeras. A quinceañera...

Freshman Alison Asbury and her grandmother FaceTime over the holiday break.
COVID-19 hosts holiday gatherings over Video Chat
Madi Welker December 11, 2020

As the worldwide pandemic continues to progress, holidays will look different. Video chat programs including "Zoom" and "FaceTime" have become...

The Community Connections drive hosted a shoe drive throughout the month of November to donate to Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church.
Scarves, Shoes bring Smiles over the Holiday Season
Zoey Pudenz, Managing Editor • December 11, 2020

 Over the holiday season, the weather gets colder and the amount of people in need grows larger. Due to COVID-19, volunteer opportunities seem...

With only one week left of the semester, students are low on motivation.
The Virtual Learning Burnout is Here
Julie Jones December 8, 2020

Many students have started to reach their breaking point with online learning. With only one week until finals, students are having to push through...

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"Run" is only available on Hulu as of right now. Photo courtesy of Common Sense Media.
New "Run" movie doesn't disappoint critics
Adam Novak, Sports Editor • December 10, 2020

The movie “Run” is a thriller/horror movie that came out in November of this year directed by Aneesh Chaganty and written by Sev Ohanian. The movie has received generally positive reviews from critics...

HBO MAX users can now stream Euphoria season two teaser episode before its initial release date on Dec. 6.
Euphoria's filler episode is exactly what fans needed
Audrey Menzies, Design Editor • December 4, 2020

The long-awaited Euphoria holiday special is finally here and fans are raving about it. HBO decided to release the episode three days early on...

The food is set out in a buffet-style for a customizable meal. The restaurant follows all COVID-19 guidelines.
Mexican restaurant 'La Fuente' lives up to expectations
Riley Merrick, Staff Writer • December 4, 2020

  La Fuente is one of the newest additions to the Legends area. It opened in November 2020 and has gotten a lot of recognition for...

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Miley Cyrus's new era of rock music
Julie Jones December 1, 2020

Miley Cyrus has done it again. On Nov. 27, Cyrus released a rock album entitled “Plastic Hearts” with 15 songs, five of which had already...

The Kansas City Chiefs served as a polling place on Nov. 3 for the 2020 election.
Celebrities use platform to promote voters
Alex Ivanuska November 19, 2020

In the 2020 United States Presidential Election, there were a record number of votes cast. President-Elect, Joe Biden, received the most votes...

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According to Mayo Clinic,  alcohol use disorder can be mild, moderate, or severe based on amount of symptoms.
Alcoholism: More than just the Drink in Hand
Audrey Menzies, Design Editor • December 14, 2020

In movies, TV shows, and everyday life, the consumption of alcohol is talked about in this cool and almost romanticized way. For many teenagers, what they see in the media and the actions of their peers...

Wearing a mask has proven to reduce the risk of transmitted infection.
Why aren't we taking more precautions?
Madi Welker December 4, 2020

COVID-19 is the talk of the town these days. We have all been affected by the pandemic, some more than others. Whether it’s the school being...

Social sciences teacher Matthew Reitemeier speaks to afternoon cohort class while maintaining social distancing.
Teachers, Administration persevere despite virtual challenges
Blake Beashore, Editor-in-Chief • December 4, 2020

As students continue to struggle with the transition to online learning, an understated struggle is being taken on by teachers and administrators....

New iPhone 12 relives iPhone 4 and 5 days with original square shape.
iPhone 12 worth the upgrade?
Riley Merrick, Staff Writer • November 17, 2020

Hopes were high for the new iPhone 12 which dropped on Oct. 23. The new features of the iPhone 12 made people very interested in what this new...

Trial and Error of Online School
Trial and Error of Online School
Adam Novak, Sports Editor • April 6, 2020

One effect that COVID-19 has had on students is having to switch to online school. For a majority of students, this was their first experience...

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The Pirate Podcast is an ongoing student-ran talk show that highlights topics that students face regularly.
The student news site of Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas.
The student news site of Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas.