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The Pandemic and Online Learning Has Affected Student’s Mental Health As Social Workers Adapt Support To A Remote Setting

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Editor’s Note: The Jet Jotter granted anonymity to protect sources who spoke about their experiences with depression. “The pandemic has definitely been a very stressful experience,” says an anonymous Senior who has struggled with mental health. There is no doubt that the pandemic has presented numerous challenges for both students and teachers this school year.

“The State Doesn’t Get It,” Chief Dearborn Says Town Could Administer 500-1000 Doses Of Vaccine Per Day

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Massachusetts’ vaccination program has come under increasing scrutiny, especially in Western Mass where people like State Senator Lesser believe Springfield has got the short end of the stick. The complicated appointment process and lack of vaccination centers has caused students to sign up their grandparents and created a Craigslist market for people willing to transport elders to get vaccinated.

School Committee Members Respond To The Zoom Attack On The Longmeadow Coalition for Racial Justice Task Force

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Last Thursday, February 4th, during a routine meeting of the Longmeadow Coalition for Racial Justice Task Force, anonymous attendees of the public Zoom call unmuted themselves and unleashed a stream of anti-semetic and racist hate speech. They were quoted as having said “n*****s need to burn” and “f**k n******s.” In addition, they plastered the screen

LHS Trivia Team Members Are Able To Find The Silver Lining In A Year Full Of Restrictions

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many extracurricular activities have been forced to adapt and switch to an online setting. One such club is the “As School Match Wits” club, which has an upcoming tournament on March 3rd.  The contrast between this year and a previous, normal year started in the meetings. Other than the obvious

Swimming in Silence and Self-Motivation: How Swim Has Changed During COVID-19

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Last year, a swimmer at LHS would look around and see swimmers and coaches swarming the deck and the bleachers. As they gracefully dove, they would hear the cheers from their teammates through the chaotic waters. Their heart would pound as an opposing swimmer trailed behind them, in a heated competition to the finish.  However,

Seniors Will Be Given The Option To Return To School Four Days A Week

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At a School Committee meeting held over Zoom, Mr. Landers announced that Seniors would soon be given an option to return to school 4 days a week.

“Seniors have lost the most, they have the least amount of time left with us,” said Principal Mr. Tom Landers at the School Committee last night, February 9th.  Superintendent Dr. Marty O’Shea and Mr. Landers announced that Seniors would receive an email this Friday letting them opt into a four day return to school, beginning

Longmeadow Receives First Batch of Vaccine Doses with Plans To Begin A Vaccination Clinic This Month

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As Massachusetts enters into Phase 2 of vaccine distribution, town officials are working tirelessly to create a clinic to inoculate eligible Longmeadow residents as soon as possible. This past Wednesday, February 3rd, Longmeadow received 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine which will be used to vaccinate the first group of clinic volunteers. A town press

Pooled Testing: One Step Closer to Normalcy

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For the last 10 months, COVID-19 has done everything to separate students and staff from the high school, but a new form of testing may have a strange way of bringing us together. In early January, Governor Baker announced the “Pooled Testing Initiative” for Massachusetts school districts. “Pooled testing is a way to pull together

Senior Trina Morrow Wins LHS’ 2021 Poetry Out Loud

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Senior Trina Morrow is Longmeadow High School’s 2021 Poetry Out Loud champion with her recitation of “Perhaps the World Ends Here” by Joy Harjo. She will advance to the regional semifinals next month with a chance to qualify for the state championship in Boston. This is the 5th year that LHS has participated in this

The School Committee Unanimously Votes To Support Application For EV Chargers At LHS

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Tomorrow the School Committee will take up the question of EV chargers being installed at LHS. The initiative would be funded by a state Green Communities grant and installation covered by Eversource.

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