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Empty animal shelters one positive side effect of Covid-19

Volunteers at Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control celebrate in front of empty kennels after every dog was adopted.

Eva Woods, Staff Writer

October 18, 2020

Quarantine kitties and pandemic puppies. While the coronavirus pandemic has brought many hardships to the community, it has had some positive effects as well. One of those positive side effects has been the benefit to animal shelters. With families being stuck at home for the better part of the day...

Low numbers of returning Olympic Heights students help to make for a smooth transition to “brick and mortar”

Low numbers of returning Olympic Heights students help to make for a smooth transition to

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer

October 17, 2020

Coming back to the Olympic Heights campus is a choice very few students have made. While the campus started the initial brick-and-mortar week off with 650 students, it dropped to less than 500 students within just a few days and was down to approximately 350 students on Friday, Oct. 16. Many OH sen...

California judge’s ruling could spell the end of college admissions tests such as the SAT and ACT

California judge's ruling could spell the end of college admissions tests such as the SAT and ACT

Jessica Abramsky, Staff Writer

September 29, 2020

The SAT, ACT and other standardized tests may be on their way to extinction due to the Coronavirus pandemic and other events that indicate that college admissions can still occur without these cumbersome, extensive, stress-inducing tests which have been labeled unfair for a multitude of reasons.  ...

Palm Beach County students can return to campus Sept. 21; have option to continue distance learning from home

Palm Beach County students can return to campus Sept. 21; have option to continue distance learning from home

Matthew Nebenzahl, Editor-In-Chief

September 7, 2020

The School District of Palm Beach County announced on Friday, Sept. 4, that schools will reopen on Monday, Sept. 21, welcoming back students whose parents want them to return to live instruction. Parents who think it is still too risky to send their children back to school for fear they may contract the ...

A junior’s perspective: Hey, seniors, we feel ya, but Class of 2021 also affected by pandemic

A junior's perspective: Hey, seniors, we feel ya, but Class of 2021 also affected by pandemic

Jordan Lanson, Staff Writer

May 29, 2020

I never thought I would be sitting at home on my computer being home schooled in my last semester of my junior year. Due to the coronavirus, many things have changed.   Many tutoring sessions for the college entrance exams have been cancelled or postponed, as students cannot meet with anyone due t...

2019-2020 Olympic Heights Underclassmen Awards Video

2019-2020 Olympic Heights Underclassmen Awards Video

May 27, 2020

The Olympic Heights Underclassmen Awards for the 2019-2020 school year were announced on Wednesday, May 27 via a video shared in an email from principal Ms. Kelly Mills Burke to the OH community.

Amazon employees don’t feel that the company is doing enough to keep them safe from coronavirus

Many of Amazon's warehouse workers feel uneasy about the lack of safety precautions taken by the company to lessen the threat of coronavirus.

Zoe Siegel, Staff Writer

May 22, 2020

During the current quarantine process, many stores are closed and people are  reluctant to visit the ones that are open. Those brick-and-mortar stores’ loss in Amazon’s gain. Even more so than in the past, people are turning to online shopping from everything from clothing to food. Amazon has...

Once a member of 4992, always a member of 4992

Once a member of 4992, always a member of 4992

May 21, 2020

As the 2019-20 school year comes to its unusual close, Social Media Editor and member of the Olympic Heights Drama Troupe 4992 put put together this video featuring past, current, and future Troupe 4992 presidents sharing their memories and hopes regarding their time as troupe presidents. They are all...

Olympic Heights Faculty Video Message to Class of 2020

Olympic Heights Faculty Video Message to Class of 2020

May 20, 2020

The Olympic Heights faculty and staff send their best wishes to the graduating class of 2020. This video was compiled by English teacher Mr. Zachary Goldstein and shared with the Olympic Heights community in a email sent out by principal Ms. Kelly Mills Burke.

Olympic Heights staff reflects on the Class of 2020

Olympic Heights staff reflects on the Class of 2020

Marie Preuss, Editor-In-Chief

May 19, 2020

Over the past two months, the whole world has experienced unprecedented lifestyle changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing social distancing measures. One such facet of life that has drastically been altered is school. From kindergarten to college, students of all ages have struggled to adju...

Florida enters Phase One of re-opening businesses and beaches, but will patrons follow the safety guidelines?

Jacksonville Beach was among the first of Florida's beaches to re-open, drawing large crowds that were not adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Arianna Wigodner, Staff Writer

May 14, 2020

After almost two months of businesses being shut down or running at a very limited capacity due to Coronavirus, stores and businesses are starting to think about reopening. With various state and local precautions established, many businesses feel that now is the time to get back to work. But are pe...

Olympic Heights Class of 2020 Senior Awards Presentation

Olympic Heights Class of 2020 Senior Awards Presentation

May 14, 2020

The Olympic Heights Class of 2020 Senior Awards were announced in an email to the OH community from principal Ms. Kelly Mills Burke sent this morning.  In that email Burke mentions, "Although we are all disappointed we were unable to have a traditional Senior Awards Night to celebrate our amazing OH...

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