All posts by Hope Douglas

Freshmen day allows students to transition easily

The class of 2019 once walked and owned the halls of Kimpton Middle School, but now they have transitioned into a new atmosphere with nearly four times as many students in it. Before they made this huge transition, they had a day to themselves to prepare and become accustomed to what they would be dealing with for the next four years.

Their day started out along with all other new students to the high school by being divided into their homerooms, and from there, they broke into groups and did various tasks. Many included ice breaker games, a tour and advice sessions from current upperclassmen. Along with that, within their groups they made their way to the lower gym where many clubs and sports representatives tried to get the freshmen involved.

“I think it was mostly good,” freshman Josof Ruttig said. “I just wish there was more stuff set out at the activities thing to see everything that I could possibly be involved in.”

After rotations of the broken down groups, the freshmen and new students gathered together for a 30-minute lunch break. Shortly after lunch, they all got to have a quick run through of their schedule to meet their teachers and other students in their class.

“I liked how it was just the freshmen and how we had the mentors show us around and help us, instead of teachers. I didn’t like how no one told us where to go after lunch, so everyone was confused. Some people told us to go to homeroom, and some told us to go to our first period class,” freshman Hailee Slapnicker said.

Lasty, the most exciting part of the day was at the end of the day when everyone gathered together in the upper gym for their first pep rally. They learned the alma mater and received a free t­-shirt. The t­-shirt got them into the first varsity football game with a free ticket and free food voucher.

Overall, many freshmen seemed for the day alone to be helpful in the big transition from a smaller school to a much larger one. They are now ready to tackle the new year.

To see pictures from freshmen day click here.


Apple working to fix new iPhone bug

Recently this week many students have discovered the iPhone text messaging “bug.” Many students have found a way for iPhone users’ phones to be shut down by sending an encrypted message containing Chinese characters and the phrase “effective. Power.”

According to, “A text consisting of a particular string of characters, revealed on Reddit late Tuesday, exploits an inability of the messaging app’s preview feature to correctly render the characters, which are not the standard alphanumerics or emoticons one typically texts.”

Where this hack was found is unclear, but Apple is doing their best to try and resolve the issue. also states, “Apple wrote on its support site, under the heading ‘If Messages quits unexpectedly after you get a text with a specific string of characters,’ that the company ‘is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters.’ The post said Apple will make a fix available in a software update.”

Until the problem is solved by Apple, there are a few things one can do to prevent the problems from arising and not have to block any contacts. First thing to try is asking Siri to “read unread messages.”

Also, use Siri to reply to the message. After the reply, the phone will be able to open Messages again. Lastly, in Messages, swipe left to delete the entire conversation, or tap and hold the message, tap “more,” and delete the message from the conversation.

If all fails and the phone continues to have problems, the last thing to do is block the people who send the messages and do a quick reset of the phone.

Lastly, hold the home button with the power button as if one was taking a screenshot. Hold them in for a few seconds and an apple should appear. This signals that the phone has closed down all the apps and refreshed its system. All the contacts, photos, and apps will remain on the phone.

GLASS students support National Day of Silence

A national day created by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) was created on behalf of a fight against LGBT victims. Many students around the country, and even the world, have dedicated themselves to support this cause.

As a right of all students in the country, many stand up in the fight against bullying. A specific type of bullying is dedicated to April 17 as the national Day of Silence.

According to, “GLSEN’s Day of Silence is a national day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.

Many students at SMFHS have already taken this vow to be silent. They will carry a card that explains to everyone around them that they are participating.

According to, “The Day of Silence is a student effort to protest harassment, discrimination and hate. Participating students, led by GLSEN, will hand out cards that read the following: ‘Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies in schools. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice and discrimination. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today. What are you going to do to end the silence?'”

Although many people have seen the effects of bullying towards LGBT victims, not many students rise to support them. This day was created for students who have went through troubles based on their opinions and sexual orientation.

According to this specific day was originally founded in 1996, and, “the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”

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Students welcome new CBI teacher

Knowing that she wanted to enter the world of teaching as a kid, Melissa Knepp carried out a plan and achieved her dream.

Whenever Knepp was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer was always to be a teacher.

“Yes, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I didn’t want to be anything else,” Knepp said.

She started out her goal by enlisting herself in the Ohio Army National Guard, knowing that after her service her college would be mostly paid for.

When Knepp served in the National Guard she helped work on Chinook helicopters. She was later deployed to Iraq for a year’s worth of time.

“I went to Kent State and earned my undergraduate completely paid for by the Army, and I also earned my master’s which was mostly paid for but not completely,” Knepp said.

After earning her undergraduate and master’s degrees, Knepp pursued her life of teaching. She previously taught at Life Skills School in Akron and taught on an Online school.

With an outgoing personality and an enthusiastic attitude, Knepp seems to be doing well as a new teacher at the high school.

“I am a very talkative person, so my students pretty much know everything about me,” Knepp said.

Knepp lives in Kent with her dog, Penelope. She teaches all levels of math and enjoys all of her students.

“I am not married and have no children, just my pit bull, Penelope.  I grew up in Hudson and graduated from Hudson High School in 2003,” Knepp said.

Her hobbies include running, kayaking, Zumba, kick-boxing, home improvement projects/renovations and reading. Her strongest subject is and always has been math.

In high school Knepp was in jazz band and played the trombone. She didn’t participate in any     sports but shared that she really enjoyed being in band.

“I’m a vegetarian and my favorite food is sushi,” Knepp said.

If she didn’t have a chance to be a teacher she said she would have been an actuary–a statistic checker for an insurance agency.

Knepp enjoys teaching and always has. She looks forward to the upcoming years of being in Stow.