The Student News Site of Souderton Area High School

The Arrowhead

The Arrowhead

The Student News Site of Souderton Area High School

The Arrowhead

The Student News Site of Souderton Area High School

The Arrowhead

The Arrowhead

All content by Erin Gavin

Space exploration benefits science, humanity

To create advancement, it is critical to invest in space exploration. Space exploration fulfills the need to explore, while also providing the groundwork for vital technologies that influence life on Earth.
June 3, 2021
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***Preparing for launch...**Setting up model rockets, astronomy club advisor Patrick Murphy helps sophomore Felicia Cappiello place her rocket on the launch pad. The astronomy club built model rockets on May 19 and launched them in the soccer fields on May 22.*

*Arrowhead photo by Erin Gavin*

Missions to Mars, moon advance space exploration

To continue exploring the solar system, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has landed the Perseverance rover on Mars and is planning a return to the moon. These missions are the next step in furthering space travel.
June 3, 2021
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**Prepping for exams...***Reviewing material for the AP exams, senior Hagar Eldeeb prepares to take online AP exams. Eldeeb will be taking exams for statistics, environmental science, and psychology in late May and early June.*
*Photo reprinted with permission from Hagar Eldeeb*

AP exam schedule altered for online students

To accommodate online students, the College Board is offering both in-person and online exams. Souderton will be offering testing during all three administrations and allowing virtual students to take in-person exams.
May 6, 2021
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It is still important to wear masks, even after being vaccinated

Even with the success of the COVID-19 vaccines, continuing to wear a mask and social distance is important to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Those who have the vaccine are still capable of catching COVID-19.
May 6, 2021
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**Cartoon by Miranda Razzi**

Pro: Flexible Instructional Days prevent extended school year

To keep students on pace for the school year, the implementation of FIDs makes up for lost time due to inclement weather. FIDs also prevent the school year from extending well into June if there are more closures than normal.
April 9, 2021
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Attempts at bipartisanship slow progress

To unite the country, the Biden Administration has tried to make bipartisanship a top priority. However, efforts to do so have resulted in serious changes to legislation and no gained votes.
April 9, 2021
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Con: Movie releases on streaming services are too expensive

To cope with the pandemic, many movies have forgone the traditional theater releases for releases on streaming services like Disney Plus and Amazon Prime Video. The switch to streaming has also poorly impacted small movie theaters.
February 12, 2021
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Historical significance of the attack on the Capitol

Throughout American history there is an unfortunate pattern of attacks on democracy like the insurrection at the Capitol. These attacks are mainly domestic terrorism and are perpetrated by white nationalist groups.
February 12, 2021
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Holding the president accountable is important for change, social justice

Despite Democrats controlling the White House and Congress, Americans need to continue to hold the president and Congress accountable for their actions. To see real social change, Americans cannot become complicit.
February 12, 2021
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Staying Safe...by regularly cleaning his hands and practicing social distancing, senior Steven Wicher is taking preventative measures to not catch COVID-19. Souderton is the only school district in Montgomery County that has done a full return to in-person learning for students. 
Arrowhead Photo by Charlton Allen

District uses policies, procedures to prevent spread of COVID-19 in schools

The district is using contact tracing procedures and following Montgomery County guidelines. The Pa. Department of Education has also outlined rules for in-person schooling.
February 12, 2021
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Good diet habits are part of healthy lifestyle

While there are many components to building a healthy life, a strong diet is a critical part. Dieting is not about a complete overhaul of the current diet, but instead about modifying it.
December 23, 2020
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Surging hospitalizations...As COVID-19 cases increase across the county, Montgomery County hospitals are reaching capacity. Data from this graphic was obtained from Montgomery County Open Data.

Montgomery County experiences COVID-19 surge, increased hospitalization

As cold weather forces more people indoors, COVID-19 is surging in Montgomery County. On December 2, the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners announced almost all hospitals are at capacity.
December 23, 2020
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2020 natural disasters are a result of climate change

Climate change has upended normal weather cycles on the planet and created a new level of natural disasters that are even more destructive and severe than their predecessors.
November 19, 2020
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Preparing for class...senior Katelyn Schuchardt completes classwork in her home for the Souderton Area Online Academy. Schuchardt is a fully virtual student this year. 
Photo reprinted with permission from Katelyn Schuchardt

School district offers online learning option for students due to COVID-19

By offering online learning, Souderton is reducing the number of students in the schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Souderton is also offering a five-day in-person option for students.
November 13, 2020
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Marching for change...Protesting through the streets of Philadelphia, many people gather for a peaceful protest for the Black Lives Matter Movement. This march took place on June 1.

People protest against police brutality, for civil rights

After the death of George Floyd, a series of protests have started across the nation against police brutality. Several thousand people attended the protests in Philadelphia, starting on May 30.
June 4, 2020
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Students, teachers have ‘mixed feelings’ regarding AP exam changes

By changing the format of the AP exams to allow them online, giving students the ability to take the tests from home.
June 1, 2020
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Con: Reopening too soon could spike COVID-19 cases

By pushing for reopenings of nonessential businesses and medical procedures, there is potential for a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. If states reopen before they should, they are putting their residents at an increased risk of contracting the disease.
June 1, 2020
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Undertesting alter COVID-19 numbers, allow states to loosen regulations

As the country moves toward reopening, many COVID-19 cases go untested, making models about the number of cases inaccurate.
June 1, 2020
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AP exams modified due to Coronavirus pandemic

By altering the AP exams, the College Board will now be administering an online version of the tests. Some colleges are also instituting a limited test-optional admissions policy due to SAT and ACT cancelations.
May 11, 2020
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Managing chronic illness is possible and sustainable

Living with chronic illness can be difficult to manage, with symptoms impacting daily life. However, medication is not the only way to minimize symptoms.
May 11, 2020
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Climate change is easy to slow- but only if we start now

There are many solutions to slow down or even reverse climate change, for both individuals, nations, and corporations, but the change needs to be made now. The atmosphere takes several years to feel efforts to stop climate change.
April 1, 2020
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News Byte: Advanced Choir

By preparing a selection of music, the advanced choir participated in a choir invitational with other local choirs. They included a range of serious to comedic music.
April 1, 2020
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Candidates campaign for position as Democratic nominee

Through the primary election process, candidates are campaigning for the position as Democratic nominee. The Pennsylvania Primary election will be held on April 28.
April 1, 2020
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Standardized testing harms students more than it helps them

By implementing multiple standardized tests on students, states and colleges are creating unnecessary pressure on students and lessening true learning experiences.
February 26, 2020
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China detains Uighur Muslims in ‘re-education centers’

Due to a belief that the ethnic minority are ‘terrorists,’ the Chinese government has created detention facilities to hold Uighur Muslims.
February 26, 2020
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Modern issues call for increase in social justice and diversity in young adult fiction

Authors of teen novels are beginning to focus on creating diversity and advocating for social justice in their novels; creating a more accurate reflection of the teenage population's concerns.
December 20, 2019
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Network disruption continues to affect students and faculty

Recovering from a network disruption in early September, students and faculty have been adapting to the loss of technology and continuing network issues.
November 17, 2019
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Pro: The electoral college should be reformed

While the popular vote is the most accurate way to elect the president, the Electoral College is still valuable in modern day.
November 17, 2019
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High school uses new screens in classrooms

November 17, 2019
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Network disruption impacts school district

Due to the effects of a network disruption, the Souderton Area School District lost access to all internet and is currently recovering from the disruption.
November 17, 2019
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