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MPS has contracted a software company called Gaggle to monitor student accounts and writing to identify possible signs of suicide ideation, self-harm, harm to others, signs of depression, exploitation, or bullying. “I would feel comfortable saying that we’ve saved some lives with what we’ve done with [Gaggle],” said Jason Matlock, the Director of Emergency Management, Safety, and Security at MPS. 
However, many students are unsure of what Gaggle does or unaware that it even exists. Aesha Graffunder, a sophomore at Roosevelt said, “I see little to no problem with Gaggle itself, its purpose is to provide schools with information that can help protect students. I see way more of a problem with school administrations and how they handle the flags they get from Gaggle.”
Gaggle: MPS's new student surveillance software brings possible protection and danger
Khayaal Desai-Hunt, Arts and Entertainment Editor • March 14, 2021

Students are experiencing major mental health challenges in the Covid-19 pandemic. With distance learning, supporting mental health is harder...

MPS votes to terminate contract with Minneapolis Police Department
Erika Peterson, Features Editor • June 2, 2020

During the Board of Education meeting at 5pm on Tuesday, June 2nd, the Minneapolis school board voted unanimously to terminate their contract...

Minneapolis Public School Board Director and Clerk Josh Pauly announced that he wrote a resolution to terminate the district’s contract with the Minneapolis Police Department. The contract, signed in August 2017 for $1.15 million per year that employs 14 School Resource Officers, was up for negotiation this year.
MPS Board Member announces resolution to terminate contract with MPD
Erika Peterson, Features Editor • May 29, 2020

On Friday, Minneapolis Public School Board Director and Clerk Josh Pauly announced that he wrote a resolution to terminate the district’s contract...

Souths school-based clinic is still offering some of their services  to students during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  If you are in need of any services the Clinic can offer, contact Jen Vaupel by calling or texting 612-599-3195.
Through distance learning, the School-Based Clinic still encourages students to “use us if you need us!”
Kinsley Wilcox-McBride, Features Editor • May 24, 2020

In these difficult times of social distancing, while administration tries to make plans to honor the seniors and teachers try to recreate their...

We shouldn’t have any excuses to not want to be in school when we get back
We shouldn’t have any excuses to not want to be in school when we get back
Shanell Gordon, Staff Writer • May 27, 2020

This Stay at Home Order has been very frustrating because I had to stay in the house for the most part. Plus I had a lot of plans that I had to cancel because of...

Kindness and compassion have never been so valuable
Kindness and compassion have never been so valuable
Eamonn Briem, Multimedia Editor • May 27, 2020

Kindness is key.  The willingness to supersede frustration, impatience and negativity in the pursuit of kindness is something that everyone especially people our...

School closure has helped grant me the freedom that I needed
School closure has helped grant me the freedom that I needed
Quentin Wolf, Staff Writer • May 27, 2020

This "vacation" that we have received from this virus has had pros and cons. While it is very unfortunate that many are dying, and will continue to die, school closure...

Members of the South community were polled on how much they believe in the responsibility of Trump versus individuals for the insurrection. The 89 individuals polled averaged a higher belief in Trump’s responsibility than individual action. However, Trump faces no consequences for his incitement of violence at the capitol. “I don’t think it should be pardoned. I do think it was treason. I think it was hateful and disgusting, and disheartening,” said sophomore English teacher Ms. Hodge.
Recent impeachment trial not convicting Trump of inciting insurrection shows telling narrative
Grace Bischoff, Staff Writer • February 26, 2021

On January 6th, hundreds of die-hard Trump Supporters stormed the capitol. They bypassed security and walked the halls of the capitol, screaming...

Local hip hop artist, Chadwick Niles Phillips, ‘Niles’ taught students in South music departments about hip hop, music and how to unlock their own creative power. He is passionate about spreading a message of positivity in the hip hop movement. “[hip hop] being multicultural, it brings everyone together, if you look all around the world, you see people from all walks of life you see people that are connected to hip hop,” he remarked.
Guest Artist 'Niles' Teaches Hip Hop to Music Departments
Grace Bischoff, Staff Writer • April 20, 2021

In March, guest teacher Chadwick Niles Phillips, ‘Niles’ graced the South music department with his knowledge of hip hop and the arts.  The...

Senior Eliana Storkamp, one of the captains of South’s nordic skiing team, during a race this season.  “For practice we are required to wear a mask the entire time, but for races it’s different.  When you first are at the start of the race they want you to be wearing a [face covering]... and once you start racing you can put it down and put it back up when you finish.”  Photo credit: Kate Anderson
"It’s a lot different”- the return of winter sports
Caleb Stipkovits, Managing Editor • February 23, 2021

It’s been a challenging time for pretty much everything, including the sports world.  Now, after being put on hiatus, high school winter sports...

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