The Southerner

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
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 the break. But I am glad that my mom went...

Kindness and compassion have never been so valuable

Kindness and compassion have never been so valuable
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 age often struggle with.  The necessity...

School closure has helped grant me the freedom that I needed

School closure has helped grant me the freedom that I needed
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 has helped grant me the freedom that...

Everybody needs to handle things in their own ways

Everybody needs to handle things in their own ways
May 19, 2020

Although being quarantined in our houses is not something most of us are used to, it’s important that we all find ways to keep ourselves mentally stable in these weird times. I’ve seen on a lot of...

Allow yourself to grieve and practice self care

Allow yourself to grieve and practice self care
May 19, 2020

When I first sat down to write this letter weeks ago, all of my thoughts and emotions sounded dumb to me. It sounded so insignificant to complain about missing a few concerts and such while families grieve...

It’s hard to only see your family

It's hard to only see your family
May 11, 2020

It's weird to think that what we're living through right now will undoubtedly be taught about in school in the future. No one alive has ever lived through anything like this and it's hard to say if something...

I miss normal life

I miss normal life
May 11, 2020

Initially, I had thought that being quarantined would be relaxing, or at least something of a neutral experience. Recently, however, I have begun to feel increasingly isolated from my pre-quarantine life....

Appreciate what you have

Appreciate what you have
May 7, 2020

If there’s one thing I have to say about this whole situation, it’s that it has really caused my estimation of the value of hard work to depreciate. I hope that’s just a temporary standpoint for...

Be kind, focus on yourself, and stay safe

Be kind, focus on yourself, and stay safe
April 30, 2020

Even though this pandemic is affecting people globally, it is easy to feel alone during these confusing times. Although social distancing is extremely important to curb the spread of the coronavirus, for...

“I don’t know how, but I’m thinkin’ it’ll all work out”

“I don’t know how, but I’m thinkin’ it’ll all work out”
April 27, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, one of my students suggested I write a letter to the Southerner about my experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic. I sat down to write a few days after they mentioned it, and what...

There has never been a year like this one

There has never been a year like this one
April 24, 2020

These are truly very strange times!  As a teacher of over 30 years at South High, I can confidently say that there's never been a year like this one.  In 1991, school was called off many days due to...

Focusing on the small things during the COVID-19 pandemic

Focusing on the small things during the COVID-19 pandemic
April 22, 2020

The experience of being quarantined is one that is virtually unfamiliar to all of us, and certainly one that comes with its own set of unique experiences. Each person experiences social and physical isolation...

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