This year started out like no school year ever has before. For the first time, we have been required to wear masks to school everyday in an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19. If a year ago it was common knowledge that masks would be necessary in schools, an uproar would’ve been the response. Now everyone wears masks, and it seems unnatural to see someone not wearing a mask.
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Mrs. Goldsberry is the new sophomore English teacher. She wanted to be a teacher since her junior and senior year of high school, where her amazing English teachers inspired and taught her how to think critically about the real world. The fond memories from her experience as a student droveher towards her passion of teaching and impacting the lives of kids just like similar to how she was impacted. She loves reading, writing, and in depth discussion. Now, a first year teacher at Maple Mountain, she can bring these ideas to the students in her classroom.
The Maple Mountain Marching Band has been hard at work practicing since July. It’s a wonder they even had a season this year, with Covid-19. There almost wasn’t going to be a marching band season, as it is difficult to play an instrument with a mask. The band has been engaged in their work, trying hard to create an amazing show. They were super excited to perform and show off all that effort. The homecoming game was their first opportunity to do so. The performance looked and sounded amazing.
Cross country is a sport that keeps on running. Members of the cross country team say that running is fun and gets you into shape but the best part is the team. The team is like a family because everyone is close, and there is a sense of unity. Most recruits join to see what all the hype is about or because a friend is on the team. They then end up getting hooked. When we asked the team what they would say to someone who wants to join, most responses mentioned how the people on the team are fun, and it feels rewarding after the races.
Amid turmoil and confusion, our dire students struggled to find ways to keep their Homecoming dreams alive. First, being interrupted by Covid, these students felt defiant. Eager to return to a sense of normalcy, the students rushed to school, genuinely excited to be there for the first time this school year. With the occasional whine and grumble, the students accepted that their future at school would require masks. Talking muffled and stuffy breath, students kept a single focus in their hearts. If only we can have our Homecoming dance… that’s all we need.