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Staff members receive award for ‘Staff of The Year’

Staff members receive award for ‘Staff of The Year’

Jessica Carter, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


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High school science teacher Bradford Buck, middle school math teacher Elisabeth Reeder, instructional coach Courtney Young, and security officer Zena Bush have been selected as the winners for the 2nd annual ‘Staff of The Year' award. Starting January 4, 2019, teachers and support staff within the Confluence Dist...

UPDATE: No school Thursday, Jan. 31

UPDATE: No school Thursday, Jan. 31

Aurora Phillips, Engagement Editor

January 29, 2019


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Update: Citing poor driving conditions, school officials have canceled classes for Thursday, Jan  31. Classes will resume on Friday, Feb. 1, which is still an A day. Original post: Due to extremely cold predicted temperatures, school has been canceled for Wednesday, Jan. 30. Classes will resume on Thursday, Jan. 31, which is still a B day....

Cast list for Shrek: The Musical announced

Cast list for Shrek: The Musical announced

Aurora Phillips, Engagement Editor

January 25, 2019


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The cast list for the theater department’s spring musical, Shrek: The Musical, was just announced, and this week marked the first week of rehearsals. With more than 20 students involved, the cast is larger than any other theater production in recent history. The students range from middle schoolers to ...

After months with no official training, teachers find workarounds to use new interactive boards

After months with no official training, teachers find workarounds to use new interactive boards

Kennedy Brown, Staff Writer

January 17, 2019


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It has been four months since the new BenQ Boards have been installed. In that time, teachers have had to find different tools and tricks to make the BenQ Board usable, since no official training was ever offered. “Pretty much I looked up online," said Bradford Buck, high school science teacher. ...

GCAAtoday named finalist for national award

GCAAtoday named finalist for national award

Aliena Yost, Coverage Editor

January 16, 2019


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GCAAtoday.com is one of 44 finalists for the 2019 Online Pacemaker from the National Scholastic Press Association. The NSPA looks at the work of many different high school student media publications, to award the best of the best. They review yearbooks, magazines, online sites, and broadcast programs....

School to dismiss at 1 pm on Friday, Jan. 11

School to dismiss at 1 pm on Friday, Jan. 11

Aurora Phillips, Engagement Editor

January 11, 2019


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Due to impending inclement weather, school will dismiss at 1 pm on Friday, Jan. 11. Please keep an eye on GCAAtoday.com for more details as they become available. Update: 7:49 am All classes will still meet today on a shortened schedule. Below is the bell schedule for the day. Advisory 8:00-8:3...

Major minor system uses incentives to improve middle school behavior

Major minor system uses incentives to improve middle school behavior

Natalie O'Dell, Business Manager

January 7, 2019


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Inspired by South City Academy’s policy, the major-minor system uses punishments and rewards to enforce school rules among middle school students. “I like it because it gives students the opportunity to correct their behavior before something major happens...and they won’t have to have major c...

Opening up a conversation: education about sex-trafficking

Opening up a conversation: education about sex-trafficking

Aiya Hunter, Staff Writer

December 22, 2018


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Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. St. Louis is a core city in human trafficking in North America because of its major highways and center location. Opening up a conversation is a sim...

Newton transitions from middle school teacher to dean of students

Newton transitions from middle school teacher to dean of students

Christopher Corriveau, Staff Writer

December 18, 2018


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After almost a semester without a dean of students, previous eighth grade history teacher Arnez Newton was selected to fill the position. The decision was made by a panel of GCAA staff, including the head of school Ashley Olson, middle and high school principles Tennille Peeler and Gina Bell-Moore,...

Winter Concert combines instrumental and vocal music into one event

Winter Concert combines instrumental and vocal music into one event

Natalie O'Dell, Business Manager

December 18, 2018


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Students in both instrumental and vocal music pathways came together for the Winter Concert, breaking the trend of having two separate events for each.  The idea of combining the two concerts was developed at a department meeting. “I think it was a mutual decision on the part of the music department...

Student project seeks to provide relief for classmates with anxiety

Student project seeks to provide relief for classmates with anxiety

Amirah Bauder, Staff Writer

December 17, 2018


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Her erratic heartbeat thumps noisily in her chest, speeding up by the second. Everyone’s gaze locks in her direction and she feels as if the world is closing in on her and preparing to swallow her whole. Everything is moving in slow motion: the whispering of her classmates, the subtle tapping of feet, the...

The Covering House talks with student body about sex trafficking

The Covering House talks with student body about sex trafficking

Aiya Hunter, Staff Writer

December 15, 2018


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The Covering House is a non-profit organization that provides services for girls who are survivors of sex trafficking and not in need of care in a long-term home. Their provided services include counseling, group therapy, case management, life skills classes, summer day camps, mentoring and tutoring, ...

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