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The Rice University campus lacks its usual bustle of students during the pandemic.

1,450 colleges make SATs and ACTs optional and 300 colleges announce shift in admission priorities 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...

Black Lives Matter protests have inspired students all over the country to demand racial justice in school curriculum and policing.

Students Demand HISD Promote an Anti-Racist Curriculum and Environment Following Summer of Black Lives Matter Protests

By Ash Brown and Emma Pierce October 14, 2020

  Following a summer of protests in the name of racial justice, students and teachers are now informing themselves, and taking up the gauntlet to bring demands for racial justice to HISD schools. Integrating...

Senior Wendy Garcia takes a quick break on her job at Whataburger.

CVHS Juniors and Seniors Balance School and Jobs in Road to Financial Independence

By Carys Reyes and Julian Namerow October 14, 2020

According to an Upstream News survey taken by 74 Carnegie juniors and seniors, 28.4% have jobs while in school, and of those working, the juniors and seniors expressed financial independence as their motivation.  Of...

A social distancing sign hangs in front of CVHS restrooms.

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

By Maya Collins and Marcos Delgadillo October 14, 2020

[/audioclip] 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 face-to-face...

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...

CVHS club announcement board offers a variety of student-run activities for the campus to join, even from their homes.

CVHS Clubs Experience a Mix of Obstacles and Success Online

By Nicole Rodil Suarez and Leslie Reyes October 14, 2020

Looking at the CVHS clubs announcement board can be quite dizzying for some students. There are currently 93 student-run clubs listed on CVHS' website and usually in full swing during lunch times on a...

The HISD Dashboard reports 71 cases before the district reopens campuses to students October 19.

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...

Student protestors remind elected officials that they are accountable to young voters.

Seniors surveyed reveal a mix of hope and doubt in the outcome of the 2020 general election

By Alexandra Silva and Thomas Dowe October 14, 2020

It is a common tale that the youth is disengaged politically. However, while the Harvard Youth Poll reported 63% of youth ages 18 to 24 were likely to vote in this year's election, 35.7 % of the 98...

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

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

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...

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

Standardized Testing While Social Distancing: CVHS Prepares for Testing Season

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,...

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

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

By Ashley Becerra and Talia Moghnieh October 14, 2020

[/audioclip]   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...

The number of mental issues is growing among students in isolation during the pandemic.

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...

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