The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School

Spartan Shield

The upcoming Nov. 2 school board race has become divisive and contested, with certain candidates running primarily on their position on banning mask mandates.

Misguided short-term thinking poisons school board election

Vinay Joshi, Business Manager October 18, 2021

The upcoming Nov. 2 election for three spots on PV’s school board has been unusually contested and competitive, reflecting an utter misunderstanding of a school board’s purpose. One key question...

Senior Molly Rawat reads her Humanities of the Early World textbook for class to learn about other cultures outside of the US. For US history classes, however, textbooks may not be as reliable on showing a vast number of cultures. In recent years, American textbooks have become disreputable for sugarcoating the historical tragedies experienced by POC in the country, as well as being inaccurate when this information is provided.

Discrimination in our textbooks: The persistence of eurocentric ideologies

Josie Olderog, Feature Editor October 18, 2021

As Indigenous People's Day passes, the conversations over if America has provided proper education in school curricula on the cultures of communities of color have once again arisen. Many students have...

Essential workers’ sacrifices have been extenuated by the emergence of a recent trend among teens: “early pandemic aesthetic.”

Teens, please stop romanticizing the pandemic

Shobini Iyer, Opinion Editor October 11, 2021

March 2020 has been widely regarded as the calm before the storm.  Schools were closed until further notice, TikTok trends were in their primetime and terms like “social distancing” and “variant”...

Haley Humphries gets engaged in Walt Disney World.

The epidemic of Disney Adults: Why are so many adults obsessed with Disney?

Alyssa Smith, Social Media Manager October 11, 2021

Disney World is the happiest place on earth for kids —and apparently for some adults. For many, you can never be too old to experience the magic of Disney. But what about this theme park keeps so many...

A student holds their phone with text messages representing toxic positivity on October 11, 2021.

American society’s lack of mental health resources and genuinity

Alex Hunter and Brady Hunter October 11, 2021

The effects of toxic positivity in today's society Alex Hunter Being a positive individual is tough. The concept is preached in schools, businesses and institutions all over the world. The pressure to...

A sign for the 2017 MuteRKelly movement recalls a mildly successful effort to shed light on the R&B superstar’s history of wrongdoing, urging the public to shun him.

R. Kelly’s long path to conviction represents the dismal state of accountability in the music industry

Vinay Joshi, Business Manager October 4, 2021

After decades of sexual abuse, R. Kelly was convicted of eight counts of sex trafficking on Sept. 30, bringing justice to the music industry’s nastiest open secret. Years of posting bail, settling...

The media’s relentless coverage of Gabby Petito’s disappearance overshadows the stories of the hundreds of thousands women of color that go missing every year.

Forgotten: The missing people the headlines ignored

Shobini Iyer, Opinion Editor October 4, 2021

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are reported missing in the United States. But only certain demographics make their way into the headlines. In light of the Gabby Petito case, this unbroken...

Students throw away a large amount of food on their trays, but it gets covered up by the plastic sheets that are used for pizza day.

PV exacerbates the food waste epidemic

Chloe Isbell, Photo Manager October 4, 2021

2012-2013 marked the first school year of Michelle Obama’s new food program. While this  required healthier options for students, it resulted in nearly 50 percent of food on students’ plates to go...

A student displays their iPhone 11 and 12, which represent another iPhone release that seemed mediocre.

Keeping brands accountable to excellence in their releases

Alyse Zuiderveen, Copy Editor October 4, 2021

When Apple announced the release of the new iPhone 13 during their Apple Event on Sept. 14, 2021, many individuals were shocked and disappointed. The iPhone seemed identical to the brand’s previously...

The tabloid magazines that flourished in sales in the early 2010s have been replaced with a new manner of shaming women: social media articles and advertisements.

From tabloids to social media: Society needs to change how it views women

Josie Olderog, Feature Editor October 4, 2021

Many members of Generation Z remember walking through the aisles of a grocery store as a kid and noticing the obscene titles of the tabloid magazines lined on the shelves. They featured headlines such...

The “Worth the Wait” curriculum is the basis for an abstinence-based sex education for all students to be taught at PV and has been for years.

The lack of quality sexual health education and its adverse effects

Josie Olderog, Feature Editor September 28, 2021

The lack of quality sexual education for students, both at PV and on a national scale, is no secret. Misconceptions surrounding sensitive topics such as sex, STDs, bodily functions and dating have been...

Turning on video games does not invoke the same excitement for students as it once did.

The rise and fall: Why gaming is not the same anymore

Mitchell Wood, Sports Editor September 27, 2021

When you love something, you make the time for it. Despite having once loved it, the majority of late teens who once considered themselves gamers struggle to find time for the thing that once gave them...

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