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.


The PHS academies being offered for 2022-23 school year

Academies: good in theory, bad in practice

Adrienne McCoy, Staff Writer May 19, 2022

At the end of this year, Piper High School announced the implication of career-based academies. These academies will be implanted at the start of the 2022-23 school year. Along with this announcement...

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No more Thoughts and Prayers: Change needed to stop school shootings

No more Thoughts and Prayers: Change needed to stop school shootings

Staff Editorial March 10, 2022

Three people were injured in a shooting at Olathe East High School on Friday, Mar. 4, a school mere 30 minutes from Piper. It happened around 10:30 AM, and news quickly spread.  Reactions were mixed....

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Students are distracted by the over looming threat of COVID-19 within the high school.

Higher Numbers, Higher Consequences: COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket Following Holiday Season

Rea Montgomery, Opinion Editor January 12, 2022

There seems to be an elephant in the room throughout the country that is going unaddressed, at least on the level of change, that is. Following the holiday season, COVID-19 cases have seen an extreme uptick,...

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A screenshot of the Instagram account in question. The owner of the account is still unknown.

It Takes Us All to Stop Hate

Staff Editorial November 10, 2021

TRIGGER WARNING: This editorial discusses topics of homophobia and hate speech. Throughout the years, Piper High School has been considered a safe space for many students of all races and sexualities....

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Many local news outlets covered the alleged outbreak with similar headlines instead of reporting on larger issues within the community.

STAFF EDITORIAL-Mind Your Business: News Should Affect More

Staff Editorial September 29, 2021

Editor's Note: Content below has been changed to better clarify the stance of the Pirates' Log and kcpipernews staff. The original story was missing some details that we believe are pertinent to our statement....

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United States troops first invaded Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001 attack.

The war on imperialism

Reagan Montgomery, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

The Biden administration announced plans for the US military to withdraw from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021. While this is a huge step for ending American imperialism, it may not go far enough.  For...

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Freshmen Jack Wells, Alison Asbury, and Ethan Weber sit in class.

It is time to do away with state assessments

Alex Ivanuska, Sports Editor April 22, 2021

It is that time of the year for students to take their state assessments, but how useful are they? Well, these assessments time and time again show barely any use anymore within the school systems and...

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Social media takes up a majority of our time. Read how to reduce time spent on social media. Design by Julie Jones

An ode to social media: Self-esteem wears away as internet usage builds up by day

Julie Jones, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

Social media has been integrated into almost every aspect of our lives today, and it’s affecting our mental health more than we know.  We live in a community where the amount of likes a picture gets...

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The new hybrid model will go into effect on March 23.

New Schedule Needs Improvement

Annalia Escalante, Arts & Entertainment Editor March 12, 2021

After many schedule changes this school year, we once again are forced to adapt quickly. Beginning on March 23, students will have the option to return to school full time for the rest of the year. The...

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Junior Reagan Montgomery poses for a picture with her dog, Coco.

Pets: Lifelong commitments

Reagan Montgomery, Staff Writer February 17, 2021

Over the initial quarantine period, there was a massive boom in pet adoptions across the nation. People got dogs, cats, birds, and rodents thinking they would give them something to take care of and something...

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The new learning model will go into effect Monday, Jan. 25.

Back to the Building: New schedule increases in-person learning

Julie Jones, Staff Writer January 15, 2021

Online school has become the new normal for almost every student across the world. Due to new lessened COVID-19 restrictions via the Wyandotte county health department, students will be allowed to return...

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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, Co Editor-In-Chief 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...

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