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  • November 22 There is a Movie Club meeting on Thurs. Dec. 2 in Mr. Reitemeier's room.
  • November 22 Late Night at the Pirate will be on Mon. Nov. 29 hosted by BLA. Entry will be $5.
  • November 22 Seniors: if you placed an order with Jostens and did not pick it up, please stop by the office.
  • November 22 Seniors: Jostens will be back on Nov. 30 at 7 a.m. if you have not placed an order
  • November 19 Following Thanksgiving break, all students will be required to ride the bus to the CTE and back.
  • November 17 Bowling tryouts will be on Mon. Nov. 29.
  • November 17 If you are using school transportation, masks are still mandatory.
  • November 15 The first powerlifting practice will be Mon. Nov. 29.
  • November 15 The 5-minute grace period due to morning traffic is no longer in effect.
  • November 15 The Wizard of Oz musical is this week Thur. - Fri. Tickets are $7 student & $10 adult
The student news site of Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas.

The student news site of Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas.


Seniors Abigail Cahill and Anthony Alvarez share a scene during dress rehearsal.

The Otherside of the Rainbow: The Theater Department presents “The Wizard of Oz” post COVID-19 Break

Zoey Pudenz, Co Editor-In-Chief November 18, 2021

The dark year on the stage is over as the theater department presents “The Wizard of Oz” Nov. 18-20. Following a year after the success of their production of “Hairspray,” the anticipation is high. Senior...

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Spanish Teacher Rachel Ferguson helps a student with a problem in her Spanish 2 class.

COVID-19 Slide: Students Adapt to the Shifts in Learning Environment

Annalia Escalante, Arts & Entertainment Editor November 17, 2021

After a long period of abnormal learning around the U.S., students and educators are faced with the ‘Covid Slide’ after returning to in-person learning. The ‘Covid Slide’ is similar to the ‘Summer...

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The Young Democrats club meets on the first Thursday of every month. The Young Republicans club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month.

Politics in Piper: Students take the initiative to create political clubs

Zoey Pudenz, Co Editor-In-Chief October 4, 2021

Following the highly political year of the 2020 Presidential election, it was not uncommon for politics to be discussed in schools. This inspired many students to take the initiative of creating political-based...

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Teacher Marta Yang assists student with an class assignment. Fun fact about Yang, she grew up in KCK and attended USD 500 schools her whole life.

New teachers adjust to new district, in-person learning

Audrey Menzies, Co Editor-In-Chief October 4, 2021

After countless months of online education, students as well as teachers are transitioning back into full in-person learning. Last year was filled with an empty, desolate school building, so it is exciting...

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Senior Kaycee Scott works a night shift at Daylight Donuts after school.

Balance is Key: Students juggle academics, athletics, employment

Julie Jones, Staff Writer October 1, 2021

As the back to school season fades away and students are swiftly moving into the year, some are left balancing their busy schedules with school, athletics and part-time jobs. While this is no easy feat...

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Junior Jillian Collier snaps a selfie at the first Diversity Club meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Students introduce new clubs as school starts back up

Adrienne McCoy, Staff Writer September 27, 2021

After a year and a half of no in-person learning, many students were eager to get back into the swing of clubs.  With this, there have been multiple new club additions including, Latin Leadership,...

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Meet the 2021 Homecoming candidates

Astin Ramos, Photo Editor September 15, 2021


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Art featuring what mental health struggles can feel like everyday.

Teen’s Mental Health Decline Over Pandemic

Adrienne McCoy, Staff Writer August 27, 2021

TRIGGER WARNING MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLES AND EATING DISORDER As the pandemic stretched on, teens felt the changes of their mental health. According to the RAW project, a study done in South Wales, Australia,...

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Experts say that since the beginning of the pandemic, substance abuse has increased exponentially.

Substance Abuse on the Rise

Avery Roellchen, Photojournalist August 25, 2021

Among the fear during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts have seen a new kind of pandemic emerging. Due to the social isolation, substance abuse is on the rise.  “Humans are by nature, social creatures,...

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A pair of shoes float on a pond used for fishing in a small neighborhood. Photo by Astin Ramos

Plastic plagues the community

Astin Ramos, Photo Editor May 26, 2021

The plastic pollution and trash in the Piper community piles up year after year. With many organizations used to help combat plastic pollution, the community still has trash lining streets, sitting in...

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Nevaeh Fakeye and other students dancing at the senior prom.

Prom Gone Wrong: Students find disappointment after subpar prom experience

Riley Merrick, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

After a year of no school dances, due to COVID-19, the senior-only prom was held at the Willow Creek venue on April 17th. The attending seniors were allowed to bring a guest with them from another school...

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Moss, a Pot Belly- American Guinea cross, basks in the sun while enjoying a mud bath. Photo by Astin Ramos

It’s all in the family: Family maintains home farm to produce fresh foods

Astin Ramos, Photo Editor April 24, 2021

Homegrown and homemade fruits, vegetables, produce and baked goods are becoming a new way of shopping. Family farms are growing whole foods to be sold directly to the consumer. Farm to table is taking...

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