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Conard Students Celebrate School Spirit Week
NEWS

By: Claire Flynn and Andrew Maglio

During the week of November 15, Conard celebrated Spirit Week by dressing up in different costumes that corresponded with each day’s theme. These festive themes were Pajama Day on Monday, Anything But a Backpack Day on Tuesday, Decades Day on Wednesday, Multicultural Day on Thursday, and Color Wars on Thursday. All students and faculty were welcome to participate, which often led to fun spectacles throughout the hallways as Conard’s creative costumes added joy to the Conard school day.

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November 21st 2021

Free the Earbuds

By: Emily Fleischmann

 

Many high school students take the opportunity to listen to music as often as they can. However, a disparity exists between the beliefs of teachers and students on whether or not this should be allowed during school hours.  When it comes down to it, do the beneficiary factors of listening to music in class justify permitting students to do so despite the potential conflicting desires of adults?

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Last Updated: 4/5/21

The Conard Debrief

  • Conard Mock Trial Took Home a Range of Accolades. Read the full story here.

  • Conard Drama's Next Play Will Be Little Women. Read the full story here.

  • For two months, starting mid-February, students around CT will be running Hope for Human Rights, a collaborative fundraiser geared towards protecting human rights. Through this fundraiser, groups of students at schools around Connecticut are raising money through various types of fundraisers for two months. It will be almost entirely run by students, with a leadership board of students from each school. At the end of the raising period, the money will be pooled and split between local nonprofits chosen by the leadership board. For a chance to become a leader, be creative, and make a state-wide impact, volunteer for Hope for Humans Rights! You can apply to be on the leadership board or volunteer to be a part of it in any way. Fill out either one of two forms: Leadership Form, General Volunteer.  If you have any questions or know of students at other schools, who would like to get their school involved, email 2022MayaP197@student.whps.org.

  • The Conard Courant hosted a Book Drive! Read the full story here

  • Specialized Performance Study Class is writing a new nonfiction play, The Chieftain Project, which follows Conard's journey with the Chieftain mascot. The play will be put out in the Spring.

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Summary of the Fall Sports Season: A Great Rebound

By: Noah White

The Conard fall sports season of 2021 featured a variety of successes and new accomplishments among the teams that took the field, court, course, and pool. Last fall, as students were filing into school for the first time in over half a year, the fall sports season never seemed to get off the ground. A season plagued with Covid stoppages, incomplete playoffs, and a delayed start prohibited the Conard student-athletes from fully competing in the athletics they have grown to love. That changed this fall.

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Portrait Series

By: Sofia Levesque

View two original oil paintings by a junior in AP Studio Art.

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More From the Fall Issue

The Crisis in Afghanistan | Connor Reardon

Queer Representation | Samantha Bernstein-Naples

Shades of Blue (Poetry) | Anonymous

Chieftain Volleyball | Safina Shakeel

+ Much More!

That's Gay

By: Emma Marcella

Living in such a progressive time, most people would assume that homophobia no longer exists. Many adults would even say that as a society we’ve gone too far in accommodating the requests of some. However, homophobia is still very much present in this time. It’s in the air, stinking up the school halls, scribbled on the bathroom walls, and poisoning the ears of the impressionable youth. It’s an energy rather than an idea, created to keep queer teens from being too comfortable with themselves, to keep things as they were. One might go as far as to say, to keep things like the majority would like. 

How Effective Really Is Community Block?

By: Gabriella Nobou

With Conard’s transition from Red Zone to Community at the beginning of last school year and the continuation of Community in the 2021-2022 school year, several students including myself have expressed concerns regarding the true effectiveness of the Community program in terms of prompting meaningful discussions in the classroom, and acting as an engaging experience for all students. Community’s constant reinforcement of embracing identity, intersectionality, and fulfilling the “Vision of the Graduate'' is a positive initiative taken to empower the student body and promote student success, however, these are not the only matters worthy of discussion.

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