Tutorial and interventions ideas on the table for next year

by Braeden Kantz, sports editor

Rumors have been swirling through the halls regarding the possibility of scheduled tutorials returning for the 2018-19 school year. After the 2015-16 school year, there have been no scheduled tutorials or study halls. Many students and teachers relied on those periods to tutor students and get work done.

This year, junior high students have been place into WINN (What I Need Now) classes, an advisory period for students who will benefit from an extra period to study, complete late work, or participate in enrichment activities. Many students and teachers agree that a similar class would be advantageous for high school students.

“There is an opportunity that some students will get a tutorial-like period opposite a gym class, but will not be offered to all students. However, there is also a possibility that intervention and extension periods will be introduced as an everyday occurrence,” Principal Tom Baker said.

Many students agree that the intervention and extension periods are useful, but may be redundant if offered every day. “I think everyday would be too much. They should just bring back the regular tutorial,” junior Abbey Passilla said. Others see the extra time as beneficial. “I would definitely use the time to do homework,” junior Hillary Twiford said.

Thanks to the early scheduling process this year, students should know by late May what to expect for the 2018-19 school year.


Career Search: what it means to be an editor

By Paula Stachuletz, staff writer


Paula Stachuletz

In today’s world, we are surrounded by text. Online, on paper, on TV, on ebooks – text is everywhere and plays a crucial role in sharing and getting information. To make sure that they’re error-free and logical, you need someone to look over and correct them. That is what an editor does; they’re one of the most important people behind every piece of writing that is published.

To become an editor, you will need a bachelor’s degree in English, journalism or communication. Many employers prefer people who already have some experience in different kinds of media – working for your high school’s or college’s newspaper is great for that. Most editors start out as assistants and climb the career ladder by proving they have an outstanding ability to work with text. You can even become a manager in your area if you’re good enough.

If you want to work in this field, you’ll need lots of creativity, a broad knowledge and the determination to meet hard deadlines. Sometimes a lot of projects are going on at the same time which also means that your work days will be longer; an average day is between eight and nine hours. However, more work can mean more than ten hours. While many editors work in offices, it’s often possible to operate from home where you can plan your schedule yourself. That makes the job a little easier.

Editors in 2016 had an average annual salary of $57,210 and earned around $28 per hour. Most editors are hired by professional information services, book publishers, magazines and newspapers. While it’s an option to become self-employed, it’s normally safer to get a job at a company.

With the ongoing digitalization of our world, the traditional job of an editor is slowly losing importance. Autocorrect replaces actual humans to proofread and point out mistakes; however, a machine can’t spot logical or aesthetical errors. If an editor can work well with computers and text programs it is possible to get a good job.

I always had a passion for text, but the thought of being an author never really amazed me. While I enjoy writing, I prefer not being in the spotlight too much. Since I’m very interested in grammar, spelling, logical plotlines and such, being an editor sounds great to me. My uncle works for a newspaper and it’s very fascinating to learn about the journey that a story goes through before it’s published. I would like to be a part of that process.

Career search: A look into speech-language pathology and audiology

by Kaity Gage, design editor


Kaity Gage

When a family member can’t pronounce their “r’s”, “th’s”, or even has a hard time speaking or swallowing due to a recent stroke, that is when it is time to go see a Speech Pathologist.  

Speech pathologists are often known as speech therapists. They’re the ones who can diagnose and treat disabilities involving speech, voice, language, communication and swallowing disorders.

From a young age, I knew that I wanted to help people. Watching my brother go through therapy when he was younger inspired me to explore the different therapy fields. I eventually learned about speech pathologists and the role they play in helping their communities.

To be a licensed speech pathologist, you must obtain your master’s degree in speech-language pathology and audiology. The salaries vary between states and areas in which the therapists are working, but there is an excellent job outlook for these experts. The rate is currently at a 21 percent job increase projected from 2014-2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This past summer I spent some time researching colleges that offered the master’s degree for speech pathology and that is when I found Clarion University of Pennsylvania. In August I toured their campus and fell in love with the facilities and the professors. I received excellent treatment from everyone I met, so I decided to submit my application that day. After waiting patiently for two weeks, I learned that I was accepted into Clarion. Now I am an incredibly excited senior who looks forward to my future schooling, and I am more than ready to go into the world and help those who need my services.

If you are interested in becoming a speech pathologist, have any questions about this profession, or would like to know more about Clarion’s Speech Pathology program, please email me at kagage@psdmail.org or visit Clarion’s website for more information about their program.

(Career search will be an ongoing feature this year as staff members share explorations of their future plans.)

Wrestlers look for a sweet victory at Team States

By Payton Brooks, social media editor

The Panther wrestling team has had an incredible season, but it’s not over yet. They are now seeking gold at the Team State Championship in Hershey, Pa.

They qualified to go to Team States at the District Duals tournament on Feb. 4. At the Duals, they won 45-21 against Titusville in the first round, lost 53-13 against Reynolds, and then beat Fort Lebeouf 32-25. The team earned third place, so they had to travel to Moshannon Valley on Monday, Feb. 6 to see who would get to make the leap to Hershey. The Panthers did it again with a 37-21 victory.

“I think we’re going to do well, and I think we’re going to put forth our best efforts,” freshman starter Matt Posego said.

The first match the Panther’s have is at 4 p.m. on Feb. 9 against Bishop McDevitt. You can follow all the action on Twitter @PantherPressSHS.