The Milestone Staff’s top picks for staying busy in quarantine

By Hallie Kim, Olivia Rohling, and Kristen Van Huss As the Milestone staff continues to complete our homework and find creative ways to stay in contact with friends and family while social distancing, we’ve also been brainstorming ideas to keep us occupied as our time in quarantine continues. Some of the Milestone reporters compiled some … More The Milestone Staff’s top picks for staying busy in quarantine

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How to: Homemade cinnamon apple muffins are simple and delicious

If you’re looking for something to keep you occupied while staying at home, making homemade muffins is pretty simple to do, and has a fulfilling result at the end of the process!  I found this recipe recently, and found it pretty straightforward to follow. Gather all ingredients This recipe calls for two cups of diced … More How to: Homemade cinnamon apple muffins are simple and delicious

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Registered nurse discusses changes in hospitals due to COVID 19

Hospital policies have changed with the outbreak of COVID 19, all formed to protect the lives of the patients as well as the staff. One such policy is having staff members and patients wear masks. “We wear masks and face shields for our protection and the patient’s protection. Every patient that walks in the hallway, … More Registered nurse discusses changes in hospitals due to COVID 19

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Defeating breakfast: How to bake French toast in a mug

Even though it is a well-known fact that eating breakfast gives you energy throughout your whole day, a common problem is the lack of time or lack of energy students have to make breakfast. Breakfast is the one meal many have been trying for years to make simpler and quicker. For example, Nature Valley’s breakfast … More Defeating breakfast: How to bake French toast in a mug

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Underclassmen share thoughts, opinions on termination of in-person classes

When I learned that March 13 would be my last day of school for, what was at the time, just three weeks, I suppressed the thought. As I went through my day and as I went to each of my classes, I tried to shut out the idea that I wouldn’t be at my favorite … More Underclassmen share thoughts, opinions on termination of in-person classes

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McNick library hosts author for online book discussion

On Thursday, April 24, the McNick library welcomed author Deborah Wiles to an online book discussion held through Zoom. During the discussion, Wiles discussed her books, as well as her experiences as a writer, and students were able to ask questions.  Wiles answered questions about her life, her writing, her decisions to include primary sources … More McNick library hosts author for online book discussion

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Stay home, keep others healthy: Social distancing doesn’t exclude personal exceptionalism

On March 12, Ohio governor Mike DeWine and Director of the Ohio Department of Health, Amy Acton ordered all schools to be closed for three weeks after the confirmation of Ohio’s fifth case of COVID-19. This would soon inspire further restrictions for social gatherings such as a temporary ban on visitors in hospitals, jails, nursing … More Stay home, keep others healthy: Social distancing doesn’t exclude personal exceptionalism

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Seniors provide perspective on school closing

On March 30, Governor Mike DeWine declared that due to the continued spreading of the coronavirus, schools will be closed through the month of April. Consequently, McNick will be continuing online schooling. The closure affects all students, but seniors feel as though they are missing out on more than just school. In the month of … More Seniors provide perspective on school closing

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McNick continues online classes for month of April

As of Monday, March 30, Governor DeWine extended the closure of schools until May 1, due to a continued spread of the coronavirus. He plans to reassess the situation after that.  As a result, McNick will be continuing the online classes that began March 18. While the situation has been met with a rather grudging … More McNick continues online classes for month of April

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Women’s History Month: Lady Rockets shout out those who inspire them

In honor of March being Women’s History Month, I asked a few lady rockets to shout out the strong women (teacher, coach, mom, grandma, sister, etc.) they look up to and the impact they have made on their life. Senior Maggie Scott gives a shout out to track coach Cat Lest (’09) “I admire her … More Women’s History Month: Lady Rockets shout out those who inspire them

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Coronavirus impacts U.S. international students

International students in the U.S. will return early to their home countries, ending their school year because of Coronavirus. Currently, Coronavirus is spreading all around the country, and all of the United States’ schools, including colleges, are closed until Coronavirus completely disappears.  Therefore, students are doing homeschooling or video conferencing to catch up with classes … More Coronavirus impacts U.S. international students

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Fur-ever friends: Students, faculty show off their companions

On the list of lovable things in life, pets are surely near the top. McNicholas students and faculty share their dogs, felines, and everything in between, with whom they are able to spend more time with now that we’re social distancing due to COVID-19. Type of pet: Dog Name: Brady Nicknames: Brad, Roo, Ray, Bean, … More Fur-ever friends: Students, faculty show off their companions

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The Disappearance of Johnathan Andrews

The following is a fictional story that will be published through the McNicholas Milestone in installments. All characters, settings, and dialogue are purely figments of the imagination. PART FIVE: THE SMUGGLER Jillian’s eyes caught mine from the entrance of the tent before I could avert my gaze. A half-smile tugged at the corners of her … More The Disappearance of Johnathan Andrews

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Keeping yourself busy: Top documentaries to watch while stuck inside

Now that we’ve all been working from home for the past week and half and our weekends consist of travel only from our bedrooms to our living rooms, many have probably exhausted most of the trending series and movies on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Disney.  However, there might be a few you missed.  Think about … More Keeping yourself busy: Top documentaries to watch while stuck inside

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Fourth quarter burnout: Students share tips on staying focused

Fourth quarter has just arrived and so have longer days, warmer weather, and the online schoolwork that has come about as a result of the coronavirus.Many McNick students say that they find it more difficult to stay on top of school work as we move into the fourth quarter, and that issue is compounded by … More Fourth quarter burnout: Students share tips on staying focused

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McNick to move to virtual lessons on March 18th

On Thursday, March 12, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that starting Mon. March 16, all Ohio public and private schools, K-12, will be closed through Friday, April 3, out of concern of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. With this news, McNick looks to online options to continue learning. In response, McNicholas will use Microsoft … More McNick to move to virtual lessons on March 18th

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How to: Setting up Microsoft Teams for online instruction

Starting Wednesday 18, 2020, McNicholas will be transitioning into online classes as a result of the recent COVID-19  outbreak. Classes will be held using Microsoft Teams, a communication and collaboration service that allows for group chats, video conferences, and online meetings. To set up Microsoft Teams and join classes, follow these steps: Step One: Open … More How to: Setting up Microsoft Teams for online instruction

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Spread of coronavirus brings precautions

By Hallie Kim, assisted by Milestone Staff As of Wednesday, March 11, at 2 p.m. there are four confirmed cases of coronavirus, COVID-19, in Ohio with 21 people testing negative and 24 who are showing symptoms of “respiratory distress,” according to the Ohio Department of Health. On Tuesday, March 9, Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency in Ohio and made recommendations … More Spread of coronavirus brings precautions

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Mental illnesses turned quirky trend, sabotages legitimacy

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year and 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year. The fields of psychiatry and psychology are still relatively young which allows for a lack of knowledge and understanding. Though both fields … More Mental illnesses turned quirky trend, sabotages legitimacy

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Dorm room packing made easy: A guided list of what to bring

As third quarter comes to an end and seniors at McNicholas prepare for the next phase of life, the extensive changes that accompany the shift into college life can be intimidating. One of said changes is the transition from living at home to living in a dorm or apartment. It can be difficult to discern … More Dorm room packing made easy: A guided list of what to bring

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Take up the challenge: Impact the future with student fundraiser

Now is the time to call your grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and even second cousin Judith to inform them of the current goings-on at McNicholas and show them why they should support our school. It’s time for the annual student fundraiser. Many school fundraisers, including this one, are designed to raise money so that tuition … More Take up the challenge: Impact the future with student fundraiser

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Lunches need to return to 48 minutes

Disclaimer: The following is a Milestone staff editorial and it does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the McNicholas administration, faculty, or community as a whole. All interviews were conducted prior to the end of the school day on February 25, 2020. This piece is a culmination of approximately month of interviewing, researching, and collaborating … More Lunches need to return to 48 minutes

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