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CHS teachers prepare for statewide LGBTQ curriculum requirement

CHS teachers prepare for statewide LGBTQ curriculum requirement

Sally Ehlers

March 9, 2020

Last year, Gov. Phil Murphy mandated that all NJ public schools add LGBTQ-related topics into their lesson plans for middle and high school students. Twelve NJ schools began to pilot the new curriculum in January and the mandate is set to go statewide for the 2020-2021 school year, according to the A...

Some MCVSD schools emphasize inclusivity more than others

Some MCVSD schools emphasize inclusivity more than others

Isabella Ji

March 9, 2020

In some schools the LGBTQ+ youth are forced to stay hidden beneath the shadows in fear of any criticism that may come with revealing their sexuality. Some schools around the country have not always provided a safe environment for the LGBTQ+ youth to express their sexuality. These students still face...

Alliance provides a safe haven for the LGBTQ community at CHS

Alliance provides a safe haven for the LGBTQ community at CHS

Zaina Saif

March 9, 2020

The Gay-Straight Alliance or Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is a student-led organization found in high schools that intends to provide a supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth as well as their cisgender, heterosexual allies.  At CHS, GSA is a student-run club that provi...

Coming out comes with challenges

Coming out comes with challenges

Brigid McCarthy

March 9, 2020

When freshman Lee Gaines of Shrewsbury came out to their family as pansexual and nonbinary, they were swiftly and promptly written out of their great grandmother’s will. “She was very, very Catholic. She went to a Catholic school, she almost was a nun,” Gaines explained. “It’s fine. I l...

Ivy League allures CHS students, but doesn’t admit them

Ivy League allures CHS students, but doesn’t admit them

Liam Umbs and Rebecca Heath

March 9, 2020

Legend (and Naviance) has it that not one CHS student has ever gotten into Yale. Ever. That, however, did not stop senior Vaugh Battista of Tinton Falls from applying to the Ivy League school in Connecticut. The result? Battista was deferred, joining the large number of CHS students who have been deni...

College Board accounts for adversity with new Landscape program

College Board accounts for adversity with new Landscape program

Kaitlyn Delaney

March 9, 2020

Merit and minorities: two aspects college admissions teams struggle to balance when reviewing applications. Affirmative action and the new College Board program, Landscape, are among the solutions colleges are using in an attempt to fix this problem.  Affirmative action is a policy implemented t...

Teens allow self-diagnosis to get to their head

Teens allow self-diagnosis to get to their head

Nicola DeGregorio and Isabella Ji

January 17, 2020

The number of students suffering from mental illness continues to increase, says the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Yet, opinions still differ on whether or not CHS students take the issue seriously. The number of mental illnesses in teens is on the rise due to school-related stre...

CHS Students Share Their Approaches to De-stressing and Maintaining Good Mental Health

CHS Students Share Their Approaches to De-stressing and Maintaining Good Mental Health

Ainsley Vetter and Zaina Saif

January 17, 2020

Hundreds of students walk the halls of CHS everyday and, on the outside, it may look like they’re all fine; in reality, everyone is trying to cope with their own stresses. Minds are racing with countless thoughts about the tests they have to take and the homework that is piling up and many aren’t ...

CHS raises concerns about mental health resources

CHS raises concerns about mental health resources

Brigid McCarthy

January 17, 2020

New Jersey is one of only nine states that require mental health education by law. In August of 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill that “required public school health education to include mental health,” according to NBC. This bill will take effect during the 2020-2021 school yea...

Rising EpiPen prices put lives at risk

Rising EpiPen prices put lives at risk

Kaitlyn Delaney

January 17, 2020

Roughly 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, according to the American College of Allergies, Asthma, and Immunology. For those at risk of anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction, the EpiPen can be a life-saving medication. Yet, with prices on the rise, accessibility to t...

Overprescribing opens doors to addiction

Overprescribing opens doors to addiction

Sally Ehlers

January 17, 2020

Senior Erin Palmer of Tinton Falls may no longer have wisdom teeth, but she has almost an entire bottle of Vicodin, an opioid narcotic medication, lurking in her medicine cabinet. Palmer is responsibly awaiting the opportunity to properly dispose of her unneeded medicine at a pharmacy’s take-back pro...

Plant-based Diets Produce Food for Thought

Plant-based Diets Produce Food for Thought

Kaitlyn Delaney

November 15, 2019

After undergoing five documented mass extinctions, experts believe that Earth is currently experiencing its sixth, according to Science Advances. These extinctions weaken the food chain on a major scale, limiting access to nature’s food sources. However, similarly detrimental effects on the environment can ...

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