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Fleetwood Is Back (Almost) Full-Time!

March 21, 2021

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Fleetwood came back full force as of 8 March. Students understand the intentions of going back four days a week but are feeling shaky about following through with such changes. Students were finally acclimating themselves to the hybrid system just as this most recent school board decision created another complete shift.  Going back includes having […]

FBLA Teams with Ronald McDonald House for Annual Project

March 15, 2021

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The Fleetwood chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America recently launched a project with Ronald McDonald House of Charities. Every year, the club forms a project that benefits the community. Last year’s FBLA’s project was titled “Superheroes for Autism.” This year, they’re working with Ronald McDonald House of Charities. For this project, students will […]

Kids’ Health Is Too Often Overlooked During the Pandemic

March 4, 2021

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For almost a year, most children have been navigating the new, difficult normal: social isolation; deeply stressed parents; the effects of financial uncertainty; school from home or from WiFi equipped school buses if they don’t have Internet. Covid-19 has largely been sparing children´s physical health, but studies have shown it has taken a toll on […]

Fleetwood Mock Trial Team Completes Round 1 of Regionals

March 4, 2021

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“I know our team is very strong. But there’s always uncertainty when judges and jurors are evaluating us,” Mock Trial Advisor Mrs. Molly Sherman said. This year, Fleetwood’s Mock Trial team has been going through trials for the District competition. While it’s different because of Zoom, the team is doing well, so far winning all […]

Seaman and Baez Sign Letters of Intent

March 2, 2021

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Wesley Seamen and Alexis Baez kicked off their college careers by signing letters of intent. A letter of intent is a bonding agreement the school gives a student. Writing these letters is a big step in an athlete’s life, one that helps them to accomplish their dreams in sports.   These two Fleetwood athletes chose to […]

Teen Loses Life to Suicide because of the Pandemic

February 24, 2021

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“Check on them every morning, every night, no matter how old they are, if they’re at home,” Jay Smith said. “Always give them a hug and tell them how proud you are of them. I remember always telling Spencer that. I think I should have told him more.” Spencer Smith was an outgoing, sixteen-year-old high […]

Snow Days Look a Little Different This School Year

February 24, 2021

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“I think it would be cool to have a full spring break instead of snow days,” sophomore Casey Batz said. Winter came this year and it came with a vengeance compared to last year. The groundhog even saw his shadow, so winter’s going to be extended. Again. This year, due to the hybrid schedule of […]

FAHS Blood Drive Offers Chance for Giving, Involvement

February 13, 2021

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Science teacher Jennifer Neiman recently worked with students and Miller-Keystone Blood bank to prepare a blood drive. The goal of this drive was to help others in need of major surgeries. The blood drive is for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and those who have participated four times in their high school careers may earn a […]

Biden’s Covid-19 Task Force Enters the Scene with Apprehension

February 7, 2021

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Newly inaugurated President Joseph R. Biden’s Covid team is nervous about what the Trump team hasn’t told them.  Biden is inheriting a nation that is grieving over those who perished from the virus. Biden’s team is feeling frustrated and concerned about having a full understanding of the scope of the problems they will confront on […]

Students, Teachers React to the Start of a New Semester in Hybrid Instruction

February 7, 2021

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“The first semester went well. I didn’t fail anything,” freshman Kaitlyn Geist said. Now that students and teachers have experienced a semester figuring out teaching styles, how to work technology, and the new changes to their internal clocks, most are better prepared to take on new classes. This year has been unlike any other year, […]

November Students-of-the-Month Named

January 30, 2021

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The students named Students-of-the-Month by the FAHS faculty for November were Julia Spanier and Sarah Davenport. Sarah is the daughter of Matt and Stephanie Davenport of Fleetwood. Her future plans include attending college as a biology major before continuing to medical school. Sarah has been involved in many clubs/activities at Fleetwood Area High School, including, […]

COVID-19 Vaccines Rolls Out across America

January 30, 2021

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The new vaccinations are now out for distribution, with experts predicting that inoculation will help the efforts in fighting the novel coronavirus. There are many different groups to which vaccines are given out at the moment. With the vaccines, many are hoping to return to normal life soon. The people who are in the top […]

A New President Is Inaugurated

January 26, 2021

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“I will always fight for you. I will be watching and listening. I wish the new administration great luck and great success. They’ve the foundation to do something really spectacular,” former President Donald Trump said. On 20 January 2021, Joe Biden was inaugurated as this country’s 46th president, and Kamala Harris became the first female […]

LGBTQ Anti-discrimination laws LGBTQ Axed

January 26, 2021

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Imagine being a target of a hate crime, turned away from health care because of who you are, and turned away from businesses because of who you love. There are so many struggles that people in the LGBTQ community face every day of their lives. The fight for equality has been a long and daring […]

FAHS Students Approach New Year with High Hopes

January 21, 2021

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The year 2020 was eventful in all the wrong ways, but many hope 2021 can land more smoothly for Fleetwood students. “Last year was tough because of everything going on. But I feel like I’ve grown as a person in 2020 and have learned so many new things to use in my future,” Amy Fitzgerald […]

FASD Transitions to SSO Authentication on Zoom

January 21, 2021

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As zoom progresses, so do SSO zoom calls. Fleetwood has been in a hybrid system with two days online per student per week. Online days will change with this update. SSO is based on a trust relationship set up between an application, known as the service provider, and an identity provider. This trust relationship is […]

Berks County Police Chief Warns of a Phone Scam

January 16, 2021

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A Berks County police chief is sounding the alarm over the latest strain of a phone scam that has claimed at least two local victims by stirring panic that their identifications were used by drug smugglers. South Heidelberg Township Chief Leon J Grim said on Friday that two township residents were scammed out of $8,000 […]

COVID Affects Sports and Small Businesses

January 16, 2021

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“The Governor is in an unenviable position.  He needs to balance public health with mental health and economics,” Coach Zeller said. COVID has been hitting hard on all of us, but small businesses and sports might be the ones who are getting hit the hardest. “I feel bad for those who have lost their jobs […]

Artifact Club: What Is It, and What Do They Do?

January 6, 2021

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“I got to the point where a lot of the art goes home, and I wanted to have a summary piece that had a tangible copy of the art,” Artifact supervisor Mrs. Chisdak said. This year is the twentieth anniversary of the club, Artifact, which makes events like Blurb and the Art Event possible.  Chisdak, […]

Will Fleetwood Go Virtual or Remain Hybrid?

January 4, 2021

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Will Fleetwood ever go fully virtual? Fleetwood started virtual last year, but by the end of summer, the hybrid system began. As the months have gone by, students have begun to prefer the hybrid system over the virtual one. Some virtual students believe they can’t work at their fullest potential. But, if cases keep rising, […]

Reading High School Sports and Extracurricular Activities are Reinstated by School Board

December 15, 2020

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The Reading School Board members have decided to reinstate district sports and extracurricular activities.  It took a long time and a lot of convincing for it to happen, but, after voting and discussing, the board members decided to come to an agreement to make it happen and test it out.  The Reading School Board voted […]

Downs, Leininger Sign Letters of Intent

December 14, 2020

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Fleetwood students Olivia Downs and Sarah Leininger have signed their National Letters of Intent.  Olivia will be attending Widener for swimming, and Sarah will be attending Millersville for Girls Volleyball.  The NCAA manages the daily operations of the NLI program while the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) provides governance oversight of the program. It started in […]

School Lunch Funding Decreases Amidst Pandemic

December 2, 2020

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Only a quarter of students are eating lunch from the cafeteria this year; even fewer are eating breakfast. Even though the school lunches and breakfasts are free, only a quarter of kids are getting lunch from the cafeteria, which lowers the USDA funding to be able to provide these meals because they do not receive […]

Mock Trial: Another Year, Another Victory?

December 1, 2020

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“People do not win people’s fights. Lawyers do,” aerospace businessman Norman Ralph Augustine said. Over 300 high school student teams from across the state have the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil and criminal trials before actual judges and panels of juries. Lawyers volunteer to assist students as team advisors, scorekeepers, […]