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1,450 colleges make SATs and ACTs optional and 300 colleges announce shift in admission priorities during the pandemic

Rice University during the pandemic.

By Chiemelie Chinweuba and Kallisti Clemons

October 14, 2020

CVHS seniors are grappling with the changing requirements for college admissions during the pandemic. Since the start of quarantine, colleges have made changes to their admissions processes due to in person interaction being cut down. For many schools:  ACT and SATs are now optional Essays a...

Less than 10% of CVHS students return to campus, but district-wide concerns over HISD’s safety protocols continue

A social distancing sign hangs in front of CVHS' restrooms.

By Maya Collins and Marcos Delgadillo

October 14, 2020

CVHS has publicized its school reopening plans amidst continued calls for transparency and communication across the district. Out of 930 students, it has been confirmed that, overall, 90 students will be returning: 44 freshmen, 23 sophomores, 16 juniors, and 6 seniors are coming back to the campus for...

HISD distributes 36,298 hotspots to students without internet

HISD distributes 36,298 hotspots to students without internet

By Judith Carrizales and Roxell Bonilla

October 14, 2020

On September 8 when HISD schools started virtually, 68,000 students were absent because they did not have the technology to attend virtual classes. At the October 8 HISD board meeting, Superintendent Lathan reported that 6,619 laptops were still needed to meet students' needs.  CVHS students have no...

HISD Moves COVID Threat to Level 2 as 41% of Students Return to the Classrooms District-Wide

HISD Moves COVID Threat to Level 2 as 41% of Students Return to the Classrooms District-Wide

By Jonathon Morales and Diego Gonzalez

October 14, 2020

After six months of lockdown, students are finally getting the chance to go back to school. HISD has moved its COVID Gauge Level from the Red Level 1 at more than 7% positive cases rate to the Orange Level 2 at 4-7% positive cases rate, but has we have seen in other districts, cases rise when student...

Timeline: From Trump’s call with Gov Abbott to HISD’s school reopening

TX Gov. Abbott visits Trump in the White House May 7.

By Thomas Briones, Cameron Hart, and Andres Pargas

October 14, 2020

Only one month after the pandemic was declared in the U.S., President Trump has pushed states to reopen schools, even as the number of new weekly COVID cases rise.  April 27- 29,886: U.S. Average COVID-19 Cases Trump gets on call with state governors, including TX Governor Abbott stating that gover...

Standardized Testing While Social Distancing: CVHS Prepares for Testing Season

Students and teachers are expected to wear their masks during standardized testing.

By Vivian Huynh and Gabi Rodriguez

October 14, 2020

CVHS is officially in test day countdown. From October 27th through October 29th, the school will host the College Board’s PSAT for freshmen and juniors, and the SAT for seniors. Given the COVID-19 circumstances, administration is tasked with the added responsibility of accompanying hundreds of students, as well as...

Adapting to high school in isolation takes a toll on freshmen students

Freshman Vincent Huynh settles into a long day of online learning.

By Ashley Becerra and Talia Moghnieh

October 14, 2020

Every year freshmen students need to adjust to the workload, curriculum rigor, and social environment at CVHS. This year, 254 freshmen have an added struggle- adjusting to their first year while in a virtual setting.   Freshman student Lesley Reyes shared her struggles adjusting to the online plat...

HISD Offers Mental Health Hotline and Resources, But Students Are Reluctant to Access Resources

HISD Offers Mental Health Hotline and Resources, But Students Are Reluctant to Access Resources

By Abigail Nunez and Nadia Talanker

October 14, 2020

Back in May, HISD launched its "Let’s Stay Connected" Mental Health Hotline at 713-556-1340 that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's no surprise that mental health issues has risen among teenagers during the pandemic, but HISD's mental health resources have been largely not accessed by CVHS...

Student Athletes Adjust to New UIL Guidelines During Pandemic

CVHS Freshman Volleyball Team masks up for their first game against Klein Forest

By Amy Maya and My-Tran Vo

October 14, 2020

The district's and CVHS's fall season is underway, but with adjusted UIL guidelines to protect athletes from COVID. According to the 2020-2021 UIL COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines: Coaches and athletes must wear masks at all times Coaches and athletes must be screened each time they enter a buildi...

Businesses Question the Government’s Definitions of Essential During this Crisis

Banner made by Sign-Ups to remind people of preventative measures.

By Esha Sharma, Staff Writer

May 19, 2020

COVID-19 has effectively changed the way society operates on a day-to-day basis. During this time there has been an outline laid out for who is and isn’t an essential business. Shuchi (Sue) Sharma runs a sign manufacturing company, Sign-ups and Banners. Some small businesses, such as hers, are now qu...

A Way to Fit During Quarantine

By Donovan Snell, Staff Writer

May 18, 2020

The See 10 Do 10 challenge has arose across social media sites, mostly Instagram, to encourage others to stay active during these tough times. The challenge works by being tagged on social media doing the challenge, once you are tagged you then do the challenge yourself and tag other people to partici...

What It Means to Pass Away During COVID-19 As a Buddhist

Many families visit Buddhist temples every Sunday for seven weeks after they have lost a loved one to fully honor the deceased's soul and to help them transition into their next life.

By Hilary Nguyen, News Editor

May 18, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the nation, the number of deaths continues to increase. Generally, one’s death is followed by a funeral. However, due to social distancing, many are not able to hold funerals, let alone be near their loved ones who have passed. As a Buddhist, Erica is concern...

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