by Lily Zarr, News Editor
This summer, the English department offered students a variety of reading options. Some students read from a selection of 18 books and joined a discussion with students and teachers, while those who wished to read their own book will participate in a discussion about their book during the school year. Students could also choose to read John Green’s “Looking For Alaska” and/or watch and discuss the TV show over Zoom with English Department Head Brian Baron. Additionally, students were encouraged to take the 10-book Summer Reading Challenge, and the school plans to celebrate those who accomplished the challenge with a party this fall.
Students began rehearsing for this fall’s play, “The Three Musketeers,” in August. The play is adapted from French author Alexandre Dumas’ 1844 novel and is directed by fine and performing arts teacher Paige Perkinson. Performances will be held from Oct. 21 to Oct. 23.
Lion and WIN Blocks
Lion and What I Need (WIN) blocks have replaced previous years’ J blocks in the new schedule. Lion blocks provide a time for clubs to meet, with weeks alternating between blue and orange so that students can attend different activities. WIN blocks are flexible learning blocks for students to work on homework, meet with teachers or do other enrichment activities. During Monday advisory, students will sign up to go to a specific place for each WIN block, and attendance is required.
Free Lunches Continue
South will provide free lunch and breakfast to students for the 2021-22 school year, as it did last year. The initiative is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture as a way to combat food insecurity, which has risen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals will contain protein, carbohydrates, fresh fruit and vegetable choices and beverage options.