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

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

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


e-hallpass; Realization of struggle

Dyani Porter, Staff Writer September 16, 2022

Students have returned to Piper High School only to be greeted with another change.  The new program called e-hallpass was designed to help with the ongoing distraction of leaving the classroom, but...

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Pirates Bay makes changes due to compliance issues

Pirates Bay makes changes due to compliance issues

Deanna Jones and Jackie Gildo May 20, 2022

  Pirates Bay, which opened in 2015, is a student-led store, where students can purchase snacks and drinks all under five dollars, with the occasional collaboration with the PHS culinary team,...

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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson during her hearing in front of the senate.

Senate hearings conclude for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Adrienne McCoy, Staff Writer March 31, 2022

With the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court comes many opinions, some positive and some negative.  The Senate has been grilling Jackson for over a week, about anything from...

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The Piper USD 203 school district used the hashtag #futureready to encourage voters to vote Yes on the bond.

Piper USD 203 prepares to implement $64 million bond

Zoey Pudenz, Co Editor-In-Chief January 27, 2022

After a 1307 to 813 vote, the district passed a $64 million bond on Tuesday, Jan. 25. The bond, which was approved by the Board of Education on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, will create significant improvements...

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Advanced algebra students work together while in a class with 36 students.

District Prepares to Vote on Bond Issue, Jan. 25

Audrey Menzies, Co Editor-In-Chief January 11, 2022

Voting day for the bond issue is a heavily anticipated day for teachers, parents, students, and community members alike. For many students, they look at it as a day that determines the future of their...

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Head coach Rick Pollard coaches in the Leavenworth game during the 2020-2021 season. Pollard was head coach for four years.

Community reacts after Head Football Coach is Let Go

Zoey Pudenz, Co Editor-In-Chief December 16, 2021

The saying “Piper wants Pollard” and “#bringbackrick” has been circulating the community after beloved varsity head football coach Rick Pollard was fired by the school Board of Education due to...

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A screenshot of the message the Piper community received from principal John Nguyen.

‘In Abundance of Caution’ School goes on Soft Lockdown amid Potential Threat

Zoey Pudenz, Co Editor-In-Chief December 2, 2021

As seen above, this is the message that has been sent to students and family by high school principal John Nguyen regarding the soft lockdown. Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 Additional security has been updated...

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Business students work in a pod workspace while following the new optional masking policy.

Recent mask optional decision results in mixed opinions

Audrey Menzies, Co Editor-In-Chief November 12, 2021

Among other things discussed during the Nov. 8th Piper school board meeting, one of the most talked about is the unanimous decision to make masks optional for all high school students. This decision is...

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Piper Middle School uses cones to block incoming traffic. This is one of the new safety precautions implemented for pedestrian safety.

Traffic Turnaround: New campus driving plan causes unanticipated school traffic

Annalia Escalante, Arts & Entertainment Editor October 22, 2021

On Oct. 4, Piper Middle School created a new driving route to increase the safety of student pedestrians. This route, which only allows both middle and high school drivers to take the same entrance and...

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The last day to register to vote for the Jan. 25, 2022 bond issue is Jan. 4, 2022.

Hitting the Polls: Seniors register to vote in upcoming Bond Issue

Zoey Pudenz, Co Editor-In-Chief October 22, 2021

The community will hit the polls to vote on the new proposed Bond Issue on Jan. 25, 2022. The last day to register to vote is Jan. 4, 2022, which has many adult seniors eager to vote.  The proposed...

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The Frankenstein Bill would allow state funding for private schools.

‘Frankenstein’ Bill moves through state legislature

Brylie Reese April 21, 2021

The “Frankenstein” Sub House Bill 2119, introduced on Jan. 22, sets out to change the format of funding for private and public schools. The bill will allow state funding to go to private schools for...

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Sophomores Jackie Gildo, Annalia Escalante, and Deanna Jones converse during newspaper stay late night.

Kansas Senate passes bill requiring full in-person learning throughout districts

Zoey Pudenz, Co Editor-In-Chief March 9, 2021

On Mar. 3, the Kansas Senate passed Senate Bill no. 235 which would require all K-12 schools to have a full in-person and full remote option by Mar. 26. Up to this point, the district has offered a “half-day”...

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