DHS begins using a buzz-in system

By kira perry & rachel wittenberg

Around two years ago, Dexter Community Schools was given a $500,000 dollar grant to install a buzz-in security system in the six of its buildings, Assistant Principal Ken Koenig said.  

However, not every building used this security system as was originally intended.  Bates Elementary School has been using it for a while, said Stacey Wing, Dexter High School’s secretary.

DHS, however, started using the buzz-in system last Thursday after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting happened in Parkland, Florida.  After this tragedy on the February 14, the county superintendent sent out an email about school safety.  That is when the high school decided to start using the buzz-in system.

“I probably buzz in about 50 people a day,” said Wing, who keeps the camera and button on her desk. Wing also said DHS will be getting another camera and button to put on another secretary’s desk.

An administrative meeting will take place on Tuesday where school safety will be a main topic of discussion, Koenig said.

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DHS Blood Drive

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On Valentine’s Day, February 14, the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at Dexter High School. Every three seconds in the US, a patient needs a pint of blood. Due to issues such as winter weather conditions and flu season, blood supplies across the nation are getting dangerously low. The Red Cross urges all students to donate blood to help with this problem. Optionally, students can download the Red Cross Blood Donor app to receive rewards for blood donations.

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Bond The Builder

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By Alisha Birchmeier

As trees are cut down and the ground is chopped up, emotions are flooding the Dexter community. Between angry parents voicing their opinions and the mixed emotions of students, the bond has become the center of conversation in the community.

The original plan was to clear twenty acres of trees to place the two fields; however when looking at the placing and size of the fields only seven or eight acres needed to be cut down. While there is a rumor that all of the trees will be replanted, that’s not true; only some of them will be. Healthy new trees will be placed along the roadside to block the fields’ view from the road. Continue reading “Bond The Builder”

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Hollywood Sexual Assault Allegations

#MeToo

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Amazon Announces New Service

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Catalonia Separates from Spain

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Vehicular Attack in Lower Manhattan

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Michigan Considers Bill for Concealed Carry in Schools

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Craig McCalla Named Outstanding Practicing Principal of 2017

Every year, Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association, or MEMSPA, presents the Outstanding Practicing Principal award to only one principal in the state. The winner for 2017 is Craig McCalla, the principal of Cornerstone Elementary School. McCalla was chosen for his leadership capabilities and respect of all students, along with his awareness of issues among students. In his nomination for the award, DCS Executive Director of Instruction Mollie Sharrar wrote: “Mr. McCalla is an advocate for all students and is a leader in Michigan for transgender students and social justice awareness in schools.” Former MEMSPA president Tom DeGraaf described McCalla as someone who has not only contributed to Cornerstone, but to the education community at large.

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Charles Manson dies after 46 years behind bars

By tess alekseev

On Sunday, November 19th, the iconoclastic Manson family leader, Charles Manson, died. In 1969, he directed his cult to murder seven people. The perpetrators have been living out lifelong prison sentences since their apprehension. The murders made Manson one of the most culturally iconic criminals of the 20th century, and multiple movies and books detail his life and the murders — and any new material will include his death. Manson died at 83 of natural causes in Bakersfield, CA.

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Roundabout additions to Dexter

New roundabouts being put in to keep Dexter famliy’s safe

By Kellen Porter

Its that time of year again as the leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping fall is upon us in Dexter Michigan. Fall can be such a beautiful time,but everyone has experienced those late night drives home from the football game and the roads are quite slippy and it is not very visible due to the rain.In most cases people make it home fine but there are a few cases that have led to accidents due to lack of visibility along with weather conditions and people going faster than they should on those dirt roads.Therefore there will be roundabouts put in two separate areas of Dexter to make sure people are staying safe as the weather conditions worsen. There are many pros and cons to these two new roundabouts, for the people that like the roads they way they are I will state the cons. Continue reading “Roundabout additions to Dexter”

Positive Social Media App Sweeps DHS

By tess alekseev

This August, the anonymous messaging app TBH launched in Georgia. Since then, it has gained traction in other states, including Michigan.

It works like this: you enter your name, grade, gender, and school, then you add people from your suggested list. When you go leave comments on people’s profiles, it allows you to pick from a group of four people, and to pick the person that a superlative applies to. Examples include “looks stunning without even trying” and “has the guts to steal a car and drive to Vegas.” Continue reading “Positive Social Media App Sweeps DHS”