The Optimist

After state, looking back at Kate Lewis’s golf season

Iris Kreilkamp, Editor

October 19, 2020

Junior Kate Lewis made it to state with high hopes.  With Lewis being the first South team member to make it there in years, Lewis and South girl’s golf coach Dustin Carver were feeling optimistic. Lewis had performed well this season...

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 ...

Bringing back letter-writing while helping the USPS

Iris Kreilkamp, Editor

October 8, 2020

When was the last time you received a real letter in the mail? You might be hard-pressed to remember. In the digital age, mailing letters to friends and family is often an afterthought, when emailing and texting is faster and easier. These days, the only things you’re likely to find...

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...

South Speaks: Masks in school

Jenna Torline, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

How do some South freshman feel about wearing face masks every day in school? ...

South teacher creates face shields for firefighters

Eva Stuart, Staff Writer

August 27, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has turned many of us to baked goods and online yoga for any sense of comfort. For some Americans though, this chaotic period has been a call to action. Whatever their background may be, ordinary people are fin...

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...

First impressions on the new normal

Celie Kreilkamp, Staff Writer

August 20, 2020

Thirty-minute classes, interrupting parents, and messy desks: the first week of school at BHSS has come to an end, and students and teachers are getting accustomed to this new reality. A lot of changes had to be made to the daily...

How to go back to school, 2020 version

Iris Kreilkamp, Editor

August 11, 2020

At 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12, South students will be beginning their 2020 school year -- except this time, it’ll look a little different. Students will be logging on en masse to start a new system of virtual learning, one...

Saying goodbye to Darn Good Soup

Iris Kreilkamp, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

Darn Good Soup has been a staple of Bloomington life since 2011 -- located on the Square, and known for its delicious daily soups and friendly employees, it is a quintessential part of living in Bloomington.  Even so, the ...

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