Changing With the Times…

Erin Hogge, Editor-In-Chief

November 13, 2017

  For some girls, selling Thin Mints and Samoas isn’t enough. Soon, those girls will be able to explore new activities through an old program. On Oct. 11, the Boy Scouts of America, BSA, announced it will include girls in its programs next year. The Bo...

Profile of a 21st Century Student

Harper Crater, Co-Managing Editor

November 10, 2017

  If you’re not a good test taker, and you prefer hand-son learning, you’re in luck. The Virginia Department of Education, VDOE, is moving away from standardized testing and into a new way of assessing student knowledge. By eliminating a few SOLs, ...

Major Change for Cougars

Erin Hogge, Editor In Chief

October 13, 2017

Every new school year brings changes, but some more so than others. Meaghan Brill was named the new principal of Kettle Run this past spring and officially started the position June 5. As just the second principal of the school since Major Warner, who w...

From Teacher to Administrator

Harper Crater, Managing Editor

October 13, 2017

After Mr. Warner’s promotion to Associate Superintendent, former Vice Principal Meghan Brill stepped into the principal position, leaving a hole in the Assistant Principal’s office. This fall, students and staff welcomed back Lashonda Reed in that role. “I kicked o...

The Great Homework Debate Finally Ends

Madison Slevin, Features Editor

October 13, 2017

Fauquier county has altered the amount of homework by annexing weekend hours, limiting weekday homework, and by setting a 10 percent maximum on homework for an individual’s overall grade. According to a Stanford University...

One Man’s Extensive Road to Recovery

Carly Herbert, Managing Editor

October 13, 2017

  Since 2013, heroin overdoses have been the leading cause of unnatural deaths in Virginia. Heroin isn’t just an issue here in Virginia, it’s also becoming a nationwide epidemic. This makes the message of reformed...

Celebrating 10 Years

Jack Tessier, Lifestyle Editor

October 13, 2017

  This is us. . . ten years later. Three state championship titles, a successful football program, an award winning publications program, a Blue Ribbon music program, a thriving iStem program and a school full of spirited students. “I’ve seen more spi...

Remembering a Tragedy 16 Years Later

Emma Gray, Viewpoint Editor

October 2, 2017

    For the first time in 16 years, there are students in the building who were not alive when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001.    “With this year’s sophomore class being the last ...

Bee Population on the Decline

Harper Crater, Lifestyle Editor

May 2, 2017

The bees are dying, there’s no denying it. Around the United States the bee population has begun a rapid spiral downward, and the population decrease has begun to worry not only beekeepers, but the public. According to CNN, between April 2014 ...

What Are Your A’s Really Worth?

Carly Herbert, News Editor

March 27, 2017

The phrase “work smarter, not harder” might be taken too seriously by the generation of students today. When teachers grade tests with a curve, they aren’t just raising your grade, they might also be influencing all the...