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Green class entered in contest for recycling program

Seventh grader Aelilian Ceron'-Reyes dumps waste from a classroom recycling bin into the main recycling can.

Natalie O'Dell, Business Manager

April 10, 2019

The middle school’s green class is among the fifty-nine St. Louis schools entered to win prizes worth up to $600 dollars for their work on bringing recycling to their school through Green Schools quest, a challenge from the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the US Green Building Council. Participants were pres...

Students, teachers participate in lip sync battle to fund HERstory

At the lip sync battle in the Sun Theatre, visual art teacher Caitlin Munguia, math teacher Michael Mancuso and (offstage)  counselor Kim Campbell perform to the song 'Push It' by Salt-N-Peppa. “I thought it would be a great way to have the kids see how silly I can be and that we’re just people too. The interaction and comradery it builds. I got to know Ms. Muguia and Mr. Mancuso better so that’s nice for me being new,

Aiya Hunter, Staff Writer

April 3, 2019

On Friday March 8, there was a lip sync battle between students, staff, and a mix of both. Students purchased one dollar tickets to attend the battle during block B8. Junior Paul Hollis hosted the event.  “Our two hosts that we had unfortunately dropped out and had other business to do. I was t...

Additional school days added due to extreme winter weather

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: A calendar with the phrase “Summer Break!” crossed out to represent the extended school year. The last day of school is now Thursday, May 30.

Aiya Hunter, Staff Writer

March 24, 2019

During the 2018-2019 school year, there have been four days called off due to weather hazards. As required by state law, there are six days built into the school calendar to accommodate for potential school closings due to weather or other circumstances. In a district-wide letter addressed on March 20, 2...

Students and teachers collaborate on this year’s HERstory Museum

Sophomore Lilliana Bremerkamp works on a poster for the HERstory Museum in art teacher Caitlin Munguia's room.

Jessica Carter, Staff Writer

March 15, 2019

On Friday, March 15, GCAA will be presenting the HERstory Museum from 5-7pm. Headed by art teacher Caitlin Munguia, the HERstory Museum is a display of student and teacher collaborative projects to honor National Women's Month through arts. Seventh grader Paul Notaro is one of the many students who contr...

Courtney Young wins award for ‘Staff of the Year’

Courtney Young wins award for 'Staff of the Year'

Jessica Carter, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019

We are proud to congratulate instructional coach Courtney Young, for winning 'Staff of the Year' at the district competition. Beating out all other support staff in the Confluence district, she was presented with a sash, goody bag, flowers, check, and plaque with her name. "It was just so amazing...

Staff members receive award for ‘Staff of The Year’

“They gave me the award in the middle of the cafeteria while I was talking to a student, so I was definitely taken by surprise. I think there were a lot of really deserving teachers, so I don’t really know why I received this, like it’s an honor I was chosen, but I know that there are a lot more deserving teachers,

Jessica Carter, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019

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...

Cast list for Shrek: The Musical announced

Cast list for Shrek: The Musical announced

Aurora Phillips, Engagement Editor

January 25, 2019

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

High school science teacher Bradford Buck demonstrates how he uses the BenQ Board in his classroom.

Kennedy Brown, Staff Writer

January 17, 2019

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

Image used with permission.

Aliena Yost, Coverage Editor

January 16, 2019

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....

Major minor system uses incentives to improve middle school behavior

Photo illustration.  7th grader India Mitchell and 7th grader Janelle Briggs horseplay in math class as 7th Grade Math teacher writes them up for minors on her clipboard.

Natalie O'Dell, Business Manager

January 7, 2019

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...

Student project seeks to provide relief for classmates with anxiety

Photo Illustration. Tonia Williams and Orion Yarbrough work on a Chromebook in Makerspace. Williams and Yarbrough are two of several students whose project is a national finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.

Amirah Bauder, Staff Writer

December 17, 2018

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...

OPINION: An art school or a school with art?

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: Aiya Hunter holds objects representing each of the pathways while her wrists are tied, to symbolize being restricted from creative artistic expression.

Aiya Hunter, Staff Writer

November 8, 2018

I think being a professional artist requires several key components, a few being; knowing your talents, understanding the business, training, experience, and patience. At school I am a student and actor, yet, I haven’t been offered classes that focus on how to help me manage the acting world outsid...

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