The Tower Pulse

For the kids: New Children’s Club takes off to support pediatric patients

Graphic by Jackson Marchal '21.

Jackson Marchal '21, Assistant Business Manager

March 22, 2020

With an altruistic approach, the Children’s Club meets once a week to achieve its primary goal of bettering the lives of child hospital patients. Meetings start at 7:30, and breakfast consisting of donuts or bagels is always provided. According to founder, Will Sine ’21, the association was created...

Michigan Department of Education: Online schooling during COVID-19 outbreak will not count as instructional time

South has been utilizing online learning this week after Governor Whitmer's order last week to close all public schools in Michigan. Photo by Victoria Gardey '20.

Meghan Wysocki '22, Copy Editor

March 20, 2020

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) sent an email to administrators Friday, March 20 saying online schooling during the COVID-19 outbreak will not count toward the hourly instructional time requirement. This email comes nearly four days after Grosse Pointe Public Schools moved to online learning,...

Link Crew: Connecting classes

Link Crew: Connecting classes

Nina Simon ’21, Page Editor

March 19, 2020

Link Crew is accepting applications starting Wednesday, March 11th. Information can be found in the online message sent to students by Mrs. Paravano. Topics covered include leadership positions and how students can apply. Link Crew is a student organization meant to ease the transition for midd...

Restaurants, other public facilities across Michigan ordered to close

Governor Whitmer's order is now extended to May 28. Photo used with permission from the Gerald R. Ford School at the University of Michigan.

Maddie Weekley '21, Copy Editor

March 16, 2020

Due to the coronavirus, restaurants, cafes, movie theaters, fitness centers and other public facilities will be closed at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 16 until March 30 under an executive order signed by Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer. “This disease is a challenge unlike any we’ve experienced in...

Frenzied shoppers clearing shelves at local stores

The prepared meat/meat section is nearly empty on March 13, 2020.

Paige Evers '22, Web Editor

March 13, 2020

It has been three days since Governor Whitmer announced the first cases of COVID-19 in Michigan on Tuesday, March 10, and store aisles are looking emptier than ever. In the midst of this pandemic, panic buying is occuring at local stores like Kroger and Costco, among others. Panic buying, by defini...

Governor Whitmer orders all K-12 Michigan schools to close for three weeks due to Coronavirus concerns

Governor Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe order is slated to go through April 30. Small businesses deemed nonessential have been struggling especially. Photo from Wikipedia public domain.

Meghan Wysocki '22, Copy Editor

March 13, 2020

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced in a press conference at 11 p.m. Thursday, March 12, that all K-12 schools in the state would be ordered to close for three weeks, reopening Monday, April 6. The state has accumulated 12 presumptive positive tests for coronavirus, up from the first t...

Removal of rock memorial leads to community controversy

Removal of rock memorial leads to community controversy

Victoria Gardey '20 and Libby Flower '20

March 6, 2020

When students arrived to school Friday, Feb. 28 the rock was freshly-painted as a memorial to a North student who died by suicide on Feb. 26. During the school day, administration made the decision to have the rock covered in white paint. A similar memorial at North, in which students h...

Comeback Coffeehouse: Postponed event rescheduled

Josie Monahan '20 and Billy Vogel '21 perform during last year's Coffeehouse. The event has previously been held during the holidays but was moved to March this year. Photo by Victoria Gardey '20.

Aleena Siddiqui '22, Page Editor

February 27, 2020

The annual Coffeehouse fundraiser is for the first time to be hosted by the freshman class. According to freshman class president Caroline Jeup ’23, the event which features acts of singing, poetry and music is a fundraiser that directly supports their class. “We put all the money we earn towards...

Warming hearts one poem at a time

Graphic by Tre Benson '21.

Tre Benson '21, Page Editor

February 10, 2020

Advanced creative writing is holding its second annual Valentine’s Day Poetry event leading up to Valentine's day at the end of February. Throughout the month these students have been handcrafting unique poems for the students of South. According to Harry Campion, dozens of poems have already bee...

“Bring Your Own Device” policy uses tech as a teaching tool

Graphic by Ella Houting '21.

Ella Houting '22, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

The bring your own device policies first introduced in the middle schools will now become part of everyday life at South starting next year. Personal devices such as Chromebooks will be required for classes to enhance learning and provide students with more opportunities through technology usage...

Wellness club, a safe space for young minds

Graphic by Meghan Wysocki.

Meghan Wysocki '22, Copy Editor

January 18, 2020

For Megan Rabaut ’21, the lack of conversation about mental health was a gap that needed to be closed in South’s community. What started as a stressful discussion with geometry and psychology teacher Laura Distelrath about an upcoming math test turned into a vision for a simple idea: what if...