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Buckle up: COVID-19 guidelines impact student bus rides to school

Due to COVID-19 concerns many students have altered routes to school.
November 25, 2020

With the number of COVID-19 cases growing in many states across the country, the safety of schools, especially school buses, is an ongoing point of contention between parents, students, and government...

Pandemic restrictions force a break with tradition

Many CHS events must adapt due to COVID-19 concerns, including the annual Coffeehouse (Coffeehouse 2019 pictured above).
November 25, 2020

Communications High School dealt with event cancellation after event cancellation when the COVID-19 pandemic hit last spring. As the school enters a new year, students and staff are trying to find ways...

Freshmen face isolation starting high school

Unlike the Class of 2023 (pictured above) the Class of 2024 was unable to have a bonding day which now makes socializing difficult for freshman.
November 25, 2020

For the Class of 2023, the bonding trip to Thompson Park on Sept. 6, 2019 had an unexpected change. Last year’s freshmen went to GoodSports USA, a year-round sports complex due to bad weather. Now, for...

CHS reflects on almost two months of hybrid learning

A survey of 70 CHS students from Oct. 26 to Nov.2.
November 25, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the teachers and students of Communications High School carry on with classes in an unprecedented fashion. Computer screens have replaced the school’s once congested...

CHS Students Elect to be Politically Aware

CHS students become politically active even though most can not vote for the 2020 election.
November 25, 2020

As the tension surrounding the presidential election came to a peak the first week of November, students at CHS took action and took sides, through social media platforms and various other outlets.  Many...

Young hits it out of the park earning athletic scholarship

Young pitches the ball on the baseball field at Neptune High School on May 14, 2019.
November 25, 2020

Senior Brian Young of Neptune started playing baseball when he was 4 years old. His years of hard work are paying off now that he received an athletic scholarship to Rider University, making him one step...

New English teacher comes to CHS, replaces Diver

CHS welcomes new English teacher Anne Kelterborn. https://unsplash.com/license
October 9, 2020

Anne Kelterborn has held many titles throughout her life: farm girl, college student, prep cook, community volunteer. ‘English teacher,’ however, wasn’t one she was seeking out — at least, not...

School year preparation becomes a teachable moment

Photography teacher Amanda Fitzpatrick describes the parts of a camera during a virtual lesson on Sept. 18. Most CHS teachers are using Webcams and broadcasting virtually from their classrooms through at least the beginning of October.
October 9, 2020

With the Monmouth County Vocational School District facing a virtual start to the year, many teachers are finding ways to make online learning more engaging, aiming to bridge the gap between virtual and...

Teens adjust to “new normal” in school and at work

Daily routines have changed greatly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. https://unsplash.com/license
October 9, 2020

As Communications High School students prepare to endure another school year through a global pandemic, they are saying one thing: bring it on.  “I’m not sure anything about the pandemic really...

Fall activities face changes

Fall actives such as sports and other extracurriculars adapt to new safety guidelines. https://unsplash.com/license
October 9, 2020

While some Monmouth County schools are opting to move to strictly online instruction, others are sticking to hybrid models, and the varying reopening plans for the new year have students wondering what...

Stark gives back through grief

Stark, left, sits on her brother Ryan’s shoulders in 2008 in her first home in
Westfield, NJ. She started a foundation in his name after his overdose.
October 9, 2020

“It has been said that grief is the final act of love,” says Ryan’s Love of Life Foundation and its co-founder, senior Brooke Stark of Manasquan, “and we’ve chosen to channel our grief into healing.”...

Bailoni feeds local families

Alessandra Bailoni, of the Wall Township Food Services, makes sure no child goes hungry. 
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June 12, 2020

As quarantine continues, many people are experiencing rattling changes. Millions are out of jobs, countless are ill and it is much harder to access food, especially for families with lower incomes. During...

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