The Optimist

Bloomington South DECA club

Eva Stuart, Staff Writer

October 21, 2020

Have you ever wondered how to manage a company? Do you have an interest in marketing and finance? Do you like to win? If so, South’s new competitive business club might be just the place for you. South business educator Adam Price has recen...

South activities feel the effects of Covid

Lizzie Allen, Editor

October 13, 2020

South has had 11 reported student Covid cases since the beginning of the school year, and currently has fewer than 5 cases. But even such small numbers have had big effects on the students and activities around the school.  Sounds ...

For South students of color, coming to school in person has special risks.

CJ Miller, Staff Writer

October 8, 2020

As the world has been gripped by COVID-19 over the past few months, doctors have noticed that the illness largely attacks those with poor health and of an older age. But there is also another tidbit: COVID-19 affects people of colo...

Is Going Green A Good Idea?: The South Optimist Staff Opinion

Jenna Torline, Staff Writer

October 6, 2020

In the United States there are over 7.49 million people infected with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 128,000 thousand of those cases are in Indiana alone, and of those numbers Monroe County harbors almost 3,000 of them. This makes it, m...

Always a Panther: new English teacher James Kerr

Celie Kreilkamp, Staff Writer

October 2, 2020

James Kerr, a new teacher in the English department, is one of the many new teachers here at South this year. This story is the first in a series interviewing each. Are you new to Bloomington? I’m not new to Bloomington....

Covid or not: South seniors start applying to college

John Beggs, Staff Writer

September 18, 2020

‘Tis the season of joy, heartbreak, and waiting. It’s time for the seniors of Bloomington South to apply to colleges. Whether it be the monotonous task of filling out the CommonApp or the especially dreaded personal essays, South...

Metrics committee: Stay in Phase Yellow until Oct. 12

Iris Kreilkamp, Editor

September 15, 2020

The MCCSC Metrics Committee decided to keep schools in "phase yellow" until Oct. 12.  In the yellow phase, elementary schools are in person, while middle and high school have the option of hybrid or online. The “red phase...

Students give their opinions on the return to school plan

Neal Alderson, Staff Writer

August 30, 2020

To go back or not? Not everyone agrees on what’s best. On August 25, the MCCSC board reconvened to shape its policy for the next few months. Based on recent Monroe County health indicators, they decided that schools in t...

How art classes are transitioning online

Iris Kreilkamp, Editor

August 20, 2020

Art classes are often a chance for students to take a break from their normal academic schedule and do some hands-on activities and creative thinking. South students are particularly lucky to have access to wonderful resources t...

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