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Security Updates To Stow High School

  Stow high school has been making many changes to the school so students feel more secure. These changes are supposed to help the student body as a whole in case of an emergency situation.

    One of the additions to the school was an extra set of doors added by the athletic office. These are the doors students use when they are getting on and off the buses.

    The main doors at the school are now a security entrance. Which makes it harder for visitors to get into the school if they are not students or faculty. Students have to buzz in and state a specific reason for entering the building.

    Julie Archer’s desk was moved to be right by the front entrance of the school. Archer is a secretary who checks in parents who have items for students and signs kids out when they go to their cars. She now sits right by the doors to make sure people are checking in with her first.

    Officer Barry Smith also has a new office this year after being moved to the former mailroom. He is now right next to the main entrance of the school.

     Students and parents in Stow want to feel safer with the sudden increase in school shootings across the United States over the past year.

    The updates that have been made to the school are security cameras and the IT system as well. Teachers also felt the need to be updated on safety measures and messages needed to be easily sent to them.

    “We go through a number of exercised with teachers and plan to continue those drills this year.  In some cases it’s what’s called a tabletop exercise where we think through different scenarios, other times we conduct drills to practice what we think through during the tabletop exercise,” Jeffrey Hartmann, the high school principal, said.

      The school PA’s system became an even larger necessity with all the relevance it has in communicating quickly with the whole school in dire situations.

    “PA system announcements to make it easier for staff to make emergency broadcasts, improvements in classroom door security,” Hartmann said.  

    Tom Bratten, the superintendent of Stow, also worked hard over the summer to make the school feel like a safer place.

    “We have  increased security camera coverage and all of our cameras are accessible to the police.  We will continue to add more cameras this and next year, change out some security doors, and meet quarterly with the safety committee to discuss other improvements,” Bratten said.

    Bratten and his team made it possible for us to have a larger police presence in the schools. The hope is that everyone feels protected at all times in Stow and that the schools stay out of harm’s way.

An American Celebration Concert

By H. Suzie Lee

    Wind Ensemble, the high school band, performed a patriotic concert called ‘A Salute to Broadway’ with the choirs as well on May 5, at 7 p.m.

    Starting with ‘Star Spangled Banner’ by Francis Scott Key, the Color Guard from Boy Scout Troop 273 held the flag during the piece. Also, the choir sang the lyrics with the band.

     The concert continued with many selections of broadway songs such as ‘Give My Regards to Broadway from Little Johnny Jones’ by George M. Cohan, ‘Highlights from Phantom of the Opera’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber and ‘Mambo from West Side of Story’ by Leonard Bernstein featuring trumpet soloist Nick Lavy, class of 2018.

     Next pieces were ‘Somewhere’ featuring trumpet soloist Kendall Miragliotta, class of 2018, 76 Trombones from The Music Man by Meredith Willson, ‘I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables’ arranged by Michael Brown featuring vocal soloist Anne Marie McCombs, class of 2018, and ‘Highlights from Wicked’ by Julie Davalia.

     With SMFHS Vocal Jazz, the Jazz 1 band performed Jazz piece ‘Lullaby of Broadway’ by Luther Henderson. Vocal Jazz is a jazz choir team including Will Bender, Nick Ely, Anne Marie McCombs, Randi Mohr, Johnny Oliver, Emma Razor, Danny Schneider and Hanna Shull.

    After an uplifting Jazz piece, the Concert Choir sang ‘Being Alive from Company’ by Stephen Sondheim.    

    Within the narration of Tom Stephan, former teacher of the high school, ‘Ask Not’ was performed.

    Two more piece were performed with the Concert Choir: ‘An American Tribute’ by Douglas E. Wagner, ‘Salute to America’s Finest’ arranged by Paul Lavender.

    Also, the concert honored those who have served or are currently serving the country.

    Finally, the American Celebration concert ended with John Philip Sousa’s ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’ with the Concert Choir.

    Auditorium was filled with many people from the community in Stow and has earned positive feedback as well.

    Next upcoming concerts are the Spring Choir Concert on May 12, the Band Spring Concert on May 14 and the Band & Choir Memorial Day performance on May 28 at the Stow Cemetery.








Doggie Dash runs this Saturday

     By Madison Gash

     Student Council is presenting the Dog Show and first annual Doggie Dash on May 12 at 10 a.m. and all ages and dogs are wanted and welcome to join the fun.

    The registration ends on May 10th and you can pay the 10 dollars the day of the event. The Doggie Dash consists of an easy one-mile course around Stow-Munroe Falls High School field while the Dog Show is hosting a series of four events that include a obstacle course, an ugly but cute contest and costume contest and a best trick competition.

    There is a specific set of rules that need to be obtained in order for a dog to be able to compete in the dog show. These rules indicate the dog needs to be potty trained, the owners need to clean up after their dog, the dog must be on a leash at all times, they must be vaccinated and if the dog has any history of violence they are not permitted to enter.

    Violation of any of these rules will result in the dog being disqualified from the competition and Doggie Dash. The prizes for the winners are unknown at this time and are still being decided by Student Council, but it will be determined soon. Studco representatives are excited to start this new event and hope it goes will so there can be more dog-related events in the future.


Students begin state tests this week

testingscheduleBy Stohion Staff

Students at the high school will begin state testing this week.

Beginning Tues, April 17, students will have an altered schedule to accommodate for the testing times.

This week’s tests will run from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., and then an altered class schedule will follow through the remainder of the day when students are dismissed at 2:30 p.m.

According to the schedule sent out by administration, Tuesday is 9th and 10th grade English, Wednesday is Math I and II, Thursday is American History and Government, and Friday is Biology.  Students needing to take these tests must report to school by 7:30 on their scheduled testing days.

Any student not taking the required test will be asked to make it up the following week during the make-up sessions.