The Optimist

An Analysis of Plato (or Edmentum) At South

Elizabeth Allen, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Plato (or Edmentum), is a program where students can take Core 40 classes online. Edmentum also provides the service of Study Island, which some students may be familiar with from English classes. Students often use Plato for a variety of re...

The awkwardness of Ash Wednesday

Katie Apple, Staff Writer

March 9, 2020

No, I don’t need to clean my face. It’s not dirt or makeup, although it looks like I did have a mascara mishap. It’s actually Ash Wednesday! Last week, Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, which is the forty d...

A Solution for the Strange ISTEP Schedule

Elizabeth Allen, Staff Writer

February 14, 2020

Anyone who has attended an Indiana school from 1987 to 2019 may be familiar with the state-mandated test, ISTEP. ISTEP tests children and teenagers over english, math, science, and history (some depending on grade level or cla...

Guide to finals

Lizzie Allen, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

Three times a year, South students once again go through the stress, pressure, and anxiety of finals. Every teacher gives different study tips, every student has different study methods, and everyone dreads the weeks leading up...

Importance of teacher retreats

Fahad Aloufi, Staff Writer

January 31, 2020

Breaks are recurrent through every student’s day. For me, I simply grab my phone or get a bite to eat in between sessions of doing homework or studying. They give me enough fuel to finish the task at hand, and - needless...

Let’s Bring Back (Some) of the Roaring Twenties

Elizabeth Allen, Staff Writer

January 23, 2020

It’s the '20s again, and this decade should be as roaring as the one a century ago. As a reminder for those who don’t remember the 1920s, it was more or less sandwiched by the two world wars, and the decade was defined by p...

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