Conant Crier https://conantcrier.com The student-run news site of Conant High School Thu, 01 Oct 2020 23:07:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://conantcrier.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/cropped-logo-3-32x32.png Conant Crier https://conantcrier.com 32 32 Should vaccines be rushed despite the risk? https://conantcrier.com/voices/opinions/should-vaccines-be-rushed-despite-the-risk/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=should-vaccines-be-rushed-despite-the-risk https://conantcrier.com/voices/opinions/should-vaccines-be-rushed-despite-the-risk/#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2020 23:07:05 +0000 https://conantcrier.com/?p=18062 Abigail Denna

Since the pandemic swept the globe, people continue to ask themselves: when will a vaccine or cure be developed? This question sparked drug companies like Johnson and Johnson, and BioNTech SE, among others, to begin the race for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The possible development and distribution of a vaccine would have a major impact on local schools and communities. With the possibility of a vaccine, we, as a community, could sooner transition to a hybrid model or even traditional schooling. 

Now, everyone is holding their breath to see which company will produce a vaccine first, despite how rushing the vaccine testing and development could lead to disastrous results. 

Even though the vaccine is in development, skipping steps along the way might not be the most effective in speeding up the process. According to LiveScience.com, vaccine developers are getting ready to skip over animal testing in favor of testing it on humans first. 

Let that sink in. Some of the side effects you’ll get from a potential “vaccine” are yet unknown to you and the scientists. So, you’ll have more experience with the vaccine than a guinea pig. 

Though unknown side effects are unnerving, the cost and time it will take to develop the vaccine is just as bad. Director of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group Gregory A. Poland said that the creation of a vaccine “is usually seven to ten years or more, and about 1 billion US dollars.” So, while we may want the vaccine to become reality, we set unrealistic expectations of when and how it will happen. Not only are pharmacists skipping crucial steps in the testing phase, but they’re also increasing the cost and decreasing the time it takes to produce this vaccine. 

While we all want to speed up the process to save more lives, we have to listen to the voice of reason despite the people’s opposing views: the vaccine development needs to be slowed down. 

Contrary to popular belief, you are saving more people when you get the vaccine right in all scenarios. More people will die if the vaccine process is rushed and the final product doesn’t work because of a minor detail that was overlooked. Researchers should be thorough with their work, take other people into account, and avoid skipping steps. 

Even if a seemingly reliable vaccine is created, there is the risk of setbacks. This means that what we have now (a shot-in-the-dark vaccine) is less of a hope than what we originally wanted.

Given that pharmacists are under pressure to produce a vaccine or cure, they may overlook some key details that might mean the difference between life and death for some people. 

Shibo Jiang, a professor of virology at Fudan University and the New York Blood Center, said, “The virus behind COVID-19 might well mutate in ways that would make previously effective vaccines and antivirals useless.” In other words, when scientists do produce a cure, it probably won’t work on patients that had a mutation of the virus. At that point, who knows when another cure or vaccine will be developed. 

While we may want a vaccine or a cure to be developed as soon as possible, we have to realize that it comes at a cost. Whether it be at the expense of COVID victims or healthy people, there is something we will lose. Rushing something that traditionally takes years and billions of dollars into a few measly months is a recipe for disaster. 

We have to look at the big picture, not what we want immediately. We have to take our time with the right research and materials to produce a vaccine that will work in all cases.

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Seasonal sips – a fall drinks guide https://conantcrier.com/lifestyle/seasonal-sips-a-fall-drinks-guide/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=seasonal-sips-a-fall-drinks-guide https://conantcrier.com/lifestyle/seasonal-sips-a-fall-drinks-guide/#respond Sun, 27 Sep 2020 13:19:20 +0000 https://conantcrier.com/?p=17970 Fall often gets overlooked in excitement for the holiday season, but autumn brings tons of changes to look forward to, including sweet and savory flavors that pair well with a cool fall day. Here’s a quick breakdown on how to find your favorite fall drink to enjoy this year! 

Salted Caramel Mocha – Starbucks

Caffeine strength: Weak

Sweetness: Extremely sweet 

Overall rating: 6/10

 

Price: $5.75 (Large)

Savory, yet sweet with hints of chocolatey coffee. This one was a bit too sweet for my taste, but it would be great for someone with a low caffeine tolerance. The caramel-salt topping ties the drink together perfectly. I definitely prefer it iced, while the hot version would be ideal for a cooler night.

 

Pumpkin Swirl Coffee with Whole Milk – Dunkin’ Donuts

Caffeine strength: Moderately strong

Sweetness: Moderately sweet

Overall rating: 8/10

Price: $2.35 (Medium)

A classic. This drink is strong and not too sweet, but can be customized easily, including adding extra sweetener or ordering decaf.  It definitely has a strong coffee taste, which is perfect if you’re looking for a pick-me-up to start your day. The pumpkin swirl leaves you with a feeling of cinnamon-coated serenity long after the last sip.

 

Doubleshot With Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam – Starbucks

Caffeine strength: Moderately strong 

Sweetness: Moderately sweet

Overall rating: 10/10

Price: $4.75 (Medium) 

The perfect balance between sweet and savory. The sweet foam on top was like fall-flavored whipped cream, and balanced out the espresso perfectly. If you’re looking for the happy middle between strong and sugary, this drink should be a go-to. A single sip tastes like fall in a cup. 

 

Original Cappuccino Blast with Pumpkin Swirl – Baskin’ Robbins

Caffeine strength: Weak

Sweetness: Extremely, extremely sweet

Overall rating: 4/10

Price: $4 (Medium, seasonal deal!)

I was definitely not a fan of the “crunchy” texture. This drink consists of coffee concentrate, vanilla ice cream, ice cubes, and pumpkin syrup all blended together, and kind of tasted like a knock-off frappuccino. The flavor was good, but the combination of ice, ice cream, and watered down coffee was not super pleasing. This drink wins the Crier’s exclusive “fall-ure” award: 

 

Whether you drink your coffee black or take it with five sugars, there’s a perfect fall-flavored drink made for you. Leave a comment describing your favorite seasonal drink, and make sure to pick your favorite flavor featured in this article on the poll below!

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District 211 students raise over $1,000 through bake sales https://conantcrier.com/news/conant-news/district-211-students-raise-over-1000-through-bake-sale/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=district-211-students-raise-over-1000-through-bake-sale https://conantcrier.com/news/conant-news/district-211-students-raise-over-1000-through-bake-sale/#respond Sun, 27 Sep 2020 12:59:13 +0000 https://conantcrier.com/?p=17985

Images provided by Haley Kharvari, Isabella Melo, and Saher Ahluwalia

Over the summer, Haley Kharvari,’23, Isabella Melo,’23, Saher Ahluwalia,’22, and a handful of other Conant, Schaumburg, and Hoffman Estates High School students organized a bake sale to raise money in support of Campaign Zero, an organization that uses research-based proposals to reform the American police system. Their first bake sale raised over $450. 

 “[As a teenager] you can’t donate money yourself, and there’s only so much sharing posts on Instagram can do,” Kharvari said. “I thought being a part of the bake sale was a really good idea to get us involved so we could actually start something and make an impact.”

To keep the event organized, the students made three teams: The communications team took down and kept track of orders. The baking team got the purchases from the communications team and whipped them up. Once the students baked all the orders, consumers who paid an additional fee got theirs delivered by the delivery team. The students transported the products (socially distant with masks and gloves) on their bikes.

Each student posted on their social media how the bake sale would raise money and awareness about the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against police brutality, the goods they were selling, and how to order them. 

The students organized two more bake sales after seeing the success of their first. Between all three, they raised over $1,000. They used the money from the last two events to support the Lebanon Red Cross and UNICEF. Throughout the events, the students managed to organize and execute everything with little to no help from adults.  

“There’s still so much you can do even if you don’t think you have the resources,” Kharvari said. “It’s uplifting to realize that you actually can do something. It might take a lot of work, but overall, it’s worth it.”

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Books to read during remote learning https://conantcrier.com/entertainment/books/books-to-read-during-remote-learning/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=books-to-read-during-remote-learning https://conantcrier.com/entertainment/books/books-to-read-during-remote-learning/#comments Sat, 26 Sep 2020 20:43:34 +0000 https://conantcrier.com/?p=17980
Sallaria Ansong

The start of a new school year usually means an abundance of late-night studying, homework, and extracurriculars. Unsurprisingly, free time to curl up and unwind with a book is scarce. Plus, no one wants to waste time on a lackluster and overhyped story. In light of this, here is a list of great books that won’t let you down- even in the middle of remote learning.

Under fair use from Goodreads

“A Song Below Water” series by Bethany C. Morrow

This ethereal fantasy is about a girl named Tavia. Though she is already oppressed by her society, being one of the few Black people in Portland and a girl, Tavia has a huge secret: she is a siren with powers growing within her. However, once Tavia inadvertently lets out her magical voice, Portland is no longer a safe place for her. While sometimes it seemed like the story lacked focus on Tavia’s identity as a siren, the inclusion of politics gave the story some edge and complexity.

A tasteful mix of contemporary social standards and injustice with interwoven mythical elements, “A Song Below Water” is an exquisite, whimsical read that will take your mind off Zoom and transport you into a new world. 

This book is available on the Digital Library of Illinois

4.5/5 stars

Under fair use from Goodreads

“It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini and Rachel Cohn

Ned Vizzini’s “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” highlights the growing stress and pressure faced by the young generations today. Craig Vilner, an ambitious teen who is accepted into “Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School,” is overwhelmed with loads of pressure from the intense competition, and he ultimately attempts to commit suicide. In light of his mental illness, Craig admits himself to a mental hospital where he meets a variety of different people and realizes that someone always has it worse than he does. The other patients Craig meets are a bit over-exaggerated, but nonetheless, bring more perspective and representation to the story. 

With raw and emotional bits of light humor, Vizzini delivers a touching story of a young teen’s inspirational experience. 

This book is available on Sora.

4/5 stars

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“Flawed” by Cecelia Ahern

Taking place in a dystopian society that values perfection over everything, this novel draws readers into a powerful journey of a young girl against an oppressive society. Celestine North lives the perfect life – perfect family, perfect grades, perfect boyfriend – until one day, she makes a spontaneous decision that could turn her into an outcast. 

Celestine’s obstinate will and her fight against submission in society propel the plot at a perfect pace. While the beginning of the book was slow and a bit bland, Celestine’s hardships bring a hint of emotion and take readers through an extraordinary fight against injustice. 

This book is available on the Digital Library of Illinois

4.8/5 stars

Under fair use from Goodreads

“The Truth About Forever” by Sarah Dessen

Written by notable YA author Sarah Dessen, “The Truth About Forever” is an inspiring read about a girl learning to break out of her perfectionism. Macy Queen is living with survivors guilt over her father’s death, and to assuage her grief, she lives as the “perfect” daughter, spending her Friday nights with SAT flashcards and volunteering at the library while her genius boyfriend is at brain camp. But when Macy is forced to face the unexpected, like her new catering job with the immaculate Wish catering company, Macy realizes that she and her mother have stopped living their own lives since the death of her father. Dessen’s light hand at a tender, slow-burn romance between Macy and the tattooed Wes fosters Macy’s growth as a character since both understand the grief that comes with the loss of a loved one. 

“The Truth About Forever” highlights the importance of moving on and living on your own accord. 

This book is available on the Digital Library of Illinois

5/5 stars

Under fair use from Goodreads

“One of Us Is Lying” by Karen M. McManus

Five students were in detention; only four make it out alive, making each of these students suspects for murder. McManus’s high school murder mystery highlights the drama and insecurities of students today through her use of multiple perspectives and accumulating apprehension. Moreover, each character is based on a common stereotype, yet each has a complexity that develops throughout the story.

With an engaging plot and suspenseful mystery, anyone would love this book. 

This book is available on Sora.

4.7/5 stars

Under fair use from Goodreads

“Before I Fall” by Lauren Oliver

This book is an authentic coming-of-age story about Samantha Kingston, the typical cruel popular girl who occupies the top spot in the social pyramid. Samantha dies in an accident on “Cupid Day” but she oddly wakes up the next morning and relives the last day of her life 7 times. Realizing that the small actions give her more power over her fate, Sam starts to build a strong and mature persona rather than the petty and narcissistic queen bee she started as. As stereotypical and cliche parts of the book could be, seeing Samantha make amends and become an exemplary role model makes “Before I Fall” an enjoyable read.

From the raw and honest character development to the vivid plot, this book is a must-read. 

This book is available on Sora.

4/5 stars

Under fair use from Goodreads

“I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erica L. Sanchez

Sanchez delivers a heartfelt novel about loss and grief in a Mexican family. “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” is about a girl named Julia who loses her older sister, Olga, to a bus accident. Overcome with her family’s dependence on Julia to hold her family together, Julia faces constant criticism and pressure to live up to her sister’s standards. To learn more about her sister’s past, Julia, along with her best friend, seeks to uncover her sister’s story and legacy. Though the story was heartbreaking and relatable, Julia’s character is slightly arrogant and sullen, making it hard to relate with her and her journey. 

An emotional story about breaking out of cultural traditions and the pressures of holding everything together, “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” is a great book to try out. 

This book is available on Sora.

3.8/5 stars

Under fair use from Goodreads

“10 Blind Dates” by Ashley Elston

“10 Blind Dates” is a hilarious and light-hearted story about a girl named Sophie who overhears her boyfriend’s intentions to break up with her. To cheer Sophie up, her huge and boisterous family sets her up on 10 blind dates over the holidays. While some parts of this book were predictable, Sophie’s close relationship with her family and sister gave this book some warmth and tenderness. 

The light humor and unexpected romance make this book a fun and delightful read. 

This book is available on Sora.

5/5 stars

All of these books can be found in the Digital Library of Illinois by signing in using your library card. Share your favorite books with us by leaving a comment, DMing us on Instagram @theconantcrier, or tweeting us @ConantCrier.

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‘Great Pretender’: A Crime-Comedy anime worth your time https://conantcrier.com/entertainment/tv/great-pretender-a-crime-comedy-anime-worth-your-time/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=great-pretender-a-crime-comedy-anime-worth-your-time https://conantcrier.com/entertainment/tv/great-pretender-a-crime-comedy-anime-worth-your-time/#respond Sat, 26 Sep 2020 20:26:59 +0000 https://conantcrier.com/?p=17972
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Boredom has to be one of the toughest obstacles students have been facing since quarantine, but for student anime watchers, you are in luck. The new anime, “Great Pretender,” is exciting and worthwhile.

All Makoto “Edamame” Edamura wanted was to pay for his ill mother’s medical bills, but he ended up living a life of crime — pick-pocketing, scamming, and stealing from others for a living. That was all he knew, after all, and Makoto didn’t think anything would change. 

During Makoto’s usual schemes, he attempts to cheat an apparently clueless tourist, but he realizes that he had been tricked instead. Someone had stolen all of his money and suddenly the police are after him. 

While on the run, he bumps into the suspicious tourist once again, who claims to be a con man named Laurent Thierry. Makoto feels the need to challenge this man. So he follows Laurent to Los Angeles and challenges Laurent—his new rival—to determine the greatest con man. 

Jumping from city to city and from scam to scam, “Great Pretender” follows the adventures of Makoto alongside the slick and mysterious Laurent and his colorful allies — Cynthia and Abigail — in the world of high-stakes fraud and in this world, you must break the rules of the game. Makoto soon realizes that he was pulled into something bigger than before as his scammer skills are constantly put to the test and pushed to the limit. 

“Great Pretender” had me invested the entire time. When critics call this anime high-stakes, they mean it. The strategy in every scam is so fascinating that sometimes you have to try to figure it out yourself. The viewers must pay attention to details, and that’s what makes it that much more immersive. My favorite scenes were when characters carried out the scams. 

Apart from the exciting story, “Great Pretender” also dives into deeper themes like relationships, past mistakes, and memories. These captivating flashbacks are where you really get a taste of how each character came to be.

The animation and graphics were lively and unique, especially the scenery. Sometimes there would be a whole frame of the city Makoto was in, and the way the animators colored these frames was very stylistic. Different hues were incorporated into every space and object. Subtle details like this brought even the little things to life — making the anime ten times more entrancing!

The character design was just stunning and diverse. Characters were funny, dynamic, and colorful, especially Laurent and Makoto. Each one had a well-developed personality and backstory. For instance, at the beginning of the first episode, we got a glimpse of what Makoto had been through in his past with his sick mother and his financial issues.

He struggled with choosing honest work over deceitful work. This instantly gives the viewers an idea for all his actions and what his motives are. Because of that, each time a new character was presented, I desperately wanted to know their motives and backstory. 

I always look forward to soundtracks because they have a big impact on the scenes and the whole anime. The best soundtracks are the most memorable. This one was impressive but didn’t really do it for me. I needed a little more variation. It felt like the same two songs were being played: one upbeat action-packed song and then one sad song. 

Thankfully, there were a few English songs. Most of the time, the songs are in Japanese, of course, but listening to something I could understand was nice and completely changed the mood of some scenes.  

One of the characters, Cynthia, had a song connected to her past called “Someday” by YVY ft. Emarie. One lyric was “I can’t shake this feeling of loneliness.” This lyric really portrayed the sadness Cynthia felt in her past and made it easy to sympathize with her. The instrumentals were the perfect touch. Saxophone and piano incorporated into the background gave the anime a jazzy feel. 

Overall, this anime is pretty dramatic, but it’s a good type of dramatic. The drama made it much more entertaining and hilarious. I would definitely rate this a four out of five stars and recommend this to people that like a good action-packed crime show, but also to those that like a bit of comedy too.

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Virtual activity fair aims to help students stay involved https://conantcrier.com/news/conant-news/virtual-activity-fair-aims-to-help-students-stay-involved/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=virtual-activity-fair-aims-to-help-students-stay-involved https://conantcrier.com/news/conant-news/virtual-activity-fair-aims-to-help-students-stay-involved/#respond Sun, 20 Sep 2020 01:26:10 +0000 https://conantcrier.com/?p=17929
Provided by Conant Activities

This year’s Activity Fair, an annual event allowing clubs to promote themselves and get students involved, will be virtual as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“All of our clubs were asked to put together short videos to promote themselves, highlighting what they do, and help students to get connected,” Activity Director Mark Langer said. The videos were then compiled into a Youtube playlist that was shared on Schoology and the school website. 

This year’s fair was a collaborative effort, as both sponsors and students contributed to the videos. “[The videos] allowed all clubs a chance to promote themselves and give students one place to access this information, rather than getting multiple Schoology posts or emails from individual clubs,” Langer said. 

Students must register for clubs through their parent or guardian’s Infinite Campus portal before attending meetings. 

Even though the format has changed, the goal of the Activity Fair–getting students involved–is still the same. “This year, probably more so than any other year, it is so important to make and keep those connections. Students need to know what clubs are out there and what each of them is all about. Hopefully, this virtual activity fair will help connect a student to a club that they are interested in.”

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In-person SAT rescheduled for Class of 2021 https://conantcrier.com/news/conant-news/in-person-sat-rescheduled-for-class-of-2021/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=in-person-sat-rescheduled-for-class-of-2021 https://conantcrier.com/news/conant-news/in-person-sat-rescheduled-for-class-of-2021/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2020 03:09:10 +0000 https://conantcrier.com/?p=17928 From College Board under fair use

As announced via Principal Julie Nowak’s newsletter, District 211 has rescheduled in-person SAT tests for current seniors to either October 2020 or April 2021. Seniors will have until this Friday, September 18 to communicate their intended date by completing an online form.

Normally, students are required to take the state-sponsored SAT in April of their junior year. As a result of the state’s mandatory school closure order last school year, the exam was cancelled for the Class of 2021. Taking the SAT remains a graduation requirement at both the state and district levels.

Administration of this year’s SAT will look different than years past in order to adhere to D211 school safety protocol. For October testing, all students will be required to complete the D211 at-home wellness screener prior to coming to school, get their body temperatures scanned upon entering the building, and wear a face mask for the duration of time they are in school.

“Students will be assigned to testing rooms where appropriate social-distancing will be enforced, and testing rooms will have no more than the allowed 50 persons per space,” Student Services Director Bridget Cain said.

Sitting for the exam will also take longer because of the need to complete pre-testing material on the same day. “In a typical year, students would complete some pre-testing tasks on their answer document [beforehand] to save time on test day,” Cain said. “That won’t be possible this year.”

Testing in October and April may look different based on the safety protocols in place in the spring.

Sadaf Farsi, ‘21, said “I think that the SAT being constantly rescheduled is really putting a psychological toll on the Class of 2021. Many have been preparing for this test for a while and the uncertainty of when they can actually take it makes studying all the more stressful.” Cain has stated that many students still wanted the opportunity to take the SAT.

Students’ future plans might play a role in choosing a testing date. While a growing number of colleges are waiving standardized testing requirements for Class of 2021, other colleges continue to require the exam. Cain said, “Students are encouraged to consider the requirements of schools they are applying to when making their choice of test date.” Test scores from October can be used for college admission purposes, but scores earned in the spring may be too late for many schools.

The exam is not only important for students, but also for the whole school. “The SAT not only serves as a college admissions test for students,” Cain said, “but also as the state accountability exam for high schools. Our school’s overall rating is determined in part by our students’ performance on the SAT.”

Conant administration plans to provide more details about SAT testing to parents and students in late September. In the meantime, Conant is providing SAT test preparation resources for students as in the past, and school counselors and academic support are also available.

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Crier Inquires: how have you been adjusting to remote learning? https://conantcrier.com/news/conant-news/crier-inquires-how-have-you-been-adjusting-to-remote-learning/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=crier-inquires-how-have-you-been-adjusting-to-remote-learning https://conantcrier.com/news/conant-news/crier-inquires-how-have-you-been-adjusting-to-remote-learning/#respond Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:52:43 +0000 https://conantcrier.com/?p=17900 Before school began, many students were prepared to attend school in a hybrid environment. However on Monday, August 3, Superintendent Lisa Small sent out an email stating that all students were to begin the school year by connecting to their classes remotely. As the first month of school comes to an end, students and teachers discovered that remote learning was not the same as last year’s e-learning. We asked students and staff: How have you been adjusting to remote learning? Have you faced any issues? Did something surprise you about the process?

Bryce Loeger, ‘24 (no photo)

Remote learning hasn’t been the easiest, and it’s not the ideal way to start off your high school experience, but us students have to work with the situation.

Abhay Paidipalli, ‘23 (no photo)

I’ve been learning to manage my time better and prioritize certain things so that I can better adjust to remote learning. The only issues I’ve faced are technical ones with the internet, but none other than that. I was surprised at how easy I was able to learn through remote learning as I initially thought it would be really difficult.

Provided by Johanna Selmeczy

Johanna Selmeczy, ‘22

Adjusting to remote learning has been difficult. It’s been a challenge to stick to a routine and stay motivated with everything going on. Already my internet has cut out in the middle of math class and I had to scramble to rejoin which was panic-inducing, to say the least. I also have three dogs and they bark at anything that moves, so it can be tough to focus sometimes. I would say that the most surprising thing I’ve seen so far is the incredible adaptability and patience from the teachers, just because I know that they have so much going on in their own lives. To couple that with being responsible for so many kids every day is awe-inspiring. I’m glad that virtual learning is the method of education that was settled on, although I miss being in school, because safety should always be the number one priority.

Provided by Hannah Large

Hannah Large, ‘21

With March’s events and a several month-long quarantine, I haven’t had many issues adjusting, especially tech-wise. Everything has been going smoothly, but the aspect of not being able to talk to and bond with peers and teachers is something that can’t be replaced on Zoom, and that’s something I’ll struggle adjusting to. As an outgoing and talkative person, I’m certainly having issues connecting to classmates. I hope we can find ways to feel more comfortable in a remote school environment as I have been (and I’m sure other students are) struggling to do. The most surprising moment I’ve had was being told that teachers know as much as the students in this situation. This whole process and all of its abnormalities, I think, will continue to surprise us. No one really knows what to expect or what’s coming next.

Maggie Jakopac, File Photo

Mr. Stewart, AP Macroeconomics teacher

I think we all knew it was going to be different and it’s definitely a challenge. Mrs. Nowak has worked tirelessly to make sure everything is ready and getting school going. The staff also spent a lot of time getting things ready for school. The first step is figuring out what you are going to do and the second part is how is this going to work. I’m trying to keep this as simple as possible and that is a challenge on its own because every class at Conant has different challenges. Social studies classes can be conducted over Zoom but how are students going to complete labs for science? We had to prioritize our curriculum and that’s tough. Last year we read a book in class and even though it was a great supplement, we just don’t have time for it. It’s upsetting but it makes sense. We’re just figuring out as we go.

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Conant student receives Girl Scouts Gold Award https://conantcrier.com/features/conant-student-receives-girl-scouts-gold-award/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=conant-student-receives-girl-scouts-gold-award https://conantcrier.com/features/conant-student-receives-girl-scouts-gold-award/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 13:11:19 +0000 https://conantcrier.com/?p=17889 Neeharika Kakuturu, ‘21, recently received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award for the notable program. The Gold Award is presented to fewer than 6% of Girl Scouts and takes one to two years for Girl Scouts to plan. Watch our interview with Neeha to learn more about her service project and achievement.

 

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Quarantine self-care essentials for students https://conantcrier.com/spotlight/quarantine-self-care-essentials-students-need/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=quarantine-self-care-essentials-students-need https://conantcrier.com/spotlight/quarantine-self-care-essentials-students-need/#respond Sun, 06 Sep 2020 15:09:45 +0000 https://conantcrier.com/?p=17846 As students enter their fourth week of remote learning, it is imperative for them to prioritize mental health and self care.

Although the new block schedule at Conant allows students to only attend four classes a day, increased screen time and a monotonous virtual routine can still take a physical toll on students.

Adjusting to a new normal during remote learning, one that means not seeing teachers and peers in person and being taught through a 7.9 inch screen, presents new challenges and stress for students. Are you “Zoomed out”? Here are a few quarantine self care essentials students need as they continue into remote learning.

Blue Light Glasses
Increased screen time during remote learning can leave your eyes dry and tired. Digital screens emit blue light, which can cause eye strain and disrupt your sleep cycle. Blue light glasses are specially crafted lenses to filter out blue light from digital screens. They can help reduce eye strain and protect your eyes from glare. For those who already wear glasses, a prescription can be added to the lenses as well. 

$18 from Amazon

Tea
Does school have you overwhelmed with stress and anxiety? Do you feel so tired you can’t focus at all during school? Tea is the solution for your need to unwind or put some pep in your step. Calming tea can be used as a stress reliever to soothe your mind and body after a long day, and energy tea is packed with antioxidants and caffeine to help give you the extra push to keep you productive throughout the day.

 
Ella Saputra | Conant Crier



Calming Tea: $23 for 96 bags from Amazon
Energy Tea: $23 for 96 bags from Amazon

 

Weighted Blanket
As if quarantine didn’t mess up our sleep schedule enough, school means sleep deprivation for many students. The therapeutic “deep pressure touch” of a weighted blanket helps release stress, and improves quality of sleep to help you recharge for the next day.

$25 from Target

Ella Saputra | Conant Crier


Aromatherapy Diffusers
Essential oil diffusers can help offset stressful environments by leveling your mood and balancing hormones. Essential oils have many benefits including stress relief, improved sleep, increased memory, energy level boost, and the ability to alleviate headaches. Notes of eucalyptus and mint mean only good vibes in the study room.

$20 from Amazon

Acupressure Mat
Don’t be afraid of the flower spikes – they don’t hurt! This pillow hits 1350 pressure points to encourage pain relief and happy hormones. It is also designed to increase circulation and energy levels, and relieve tension in your back and neck as well.

$20 from Amazon

With the help of these self care essentials, you’ll be ready to take on remote learning productively and stress-free! If you try any of these self care items, don’t forget to tag @ConantCrier on Twitter to let us know what you think.

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