Tide Lines

Students have the option to switch to full virtual learning very soon. This will cause a decrease in students in the school, and may cause almost empty classrooms. “I think having the option to be able to switch to virtual if needed is great. You can get your work done and be home at the same time, and your at less of a risk of getting sick” said sophomore Olivia Moser.

Virtual learning opportunity

Faith Younker, Staffer October 19, 2021

The last day of the first marking period is October 28th. It’s then that if you're in person that you can become virtual. Anyone is allowed to switch to virtual as long as they can handle it academically....

Samantha Woodford looks at the gorgeous view of The Pinnacle. “I adore hiking, one of the ways I get fresh air during quarantine.”

Exploring the Pinnacle

ETC Staff Explores Nature
Samantha Woodford, Editor in Chief, ETC March 25, 2021

Did you know the Pinnacle is about a 9 mile hike found in Hamburg Pennsylvania? This is a loop hike using a section of the Appalachian Trail to climb to two rock outcroppings—Pulpit...

Trinity Lutheran Church takes COVID-19 restrictions very seriously. Instead of an in-person service, a drive by communion was done along with a blessing. “At the beginning of Lent I went to Ash Wednesday mass with my parents to which started the season,” said freshman Emma Seiger.

Celebrating Lent during COVID-19

Alex Maley, Staffer March 11, 2021

On Wednesday February 17, 2021, many families begin the season of Lent. In catholicism, Lent is the six week preparation period before Easter. It is also the start when people usually give something up...

While the board meeting was held in the middle school auditorium, they also live streamed it on Facebook for anyone who wanted to join. They voted to end the hybrid cycle. Principal Tiffany Hummel said, We are looking forward to welcoming many of our students back to full in-person instruction while still offering a virtual alternative.  We are working behind the scenes to plan for our students return next month.

Board eliminates hybrid instruction

Tanya Johnson, Staffer March 1, 2021

At the board meeting on Wednesday, February 10, the committee decided on going back to full days in person, eliminating group A and group B days. The plan is to have one week consist of 4 days- virtual...

Former resident of Pottsville and alumni, Scott Thomas revives his COVID-19 vaccine at his local hospital. Hospitals are allowing pre-scheduling of it so as many people can stop the spread of COVID-19.

Stopping the spread of COVID-19

Alex Maley, Staffer February 17, 2021

COVID-19 hasn’t been the easiest thing to adapt to as a society, but after almost a year a vaccine has finally been released to the public. Currently, only healthcare workers, people of advanced age...

After testing positive for Covid-19 Samantha Woodford was quarantined for 14 days. While wondering what’s next, we have to stay occupied.

I Tested Positive, Now What?

January 15, 2021

“COVID is tough, but together Pennsylvanians are tougher. United, we can defeat the virus. You matter, and so do your actions. When we make good choices and follow health and safety measures, we see...

Pictured above are the five runners up from Winter Carnival 2019. After the pageant was over everyone who participated were allowed to celebrate the new winners at St. Nicholas Hall with friends and family. “I’m honestly so disappointed that Winter Carnival was canceled. It’s completely unnecessary to take away all of the fun things that you can only experience so many times during high school. First winter prom and now this, it’s just so frustrating and uncalled for. You could easily take precautions and still continue with doing the pageant. I know of so many girls that were looking forward to it, even I was and I’m not even allowed to run this year. It was my favorite opportunity that I received my junior year and being named Miss Congeniality was something so special to me. The memories I made with all of my friends were unforgettable and to have a once in a lifetime chance to participate as a junior being taken away just upsets me,” said senior Greta Snukis.

2020 Winter Carnival canceled

Tanya Johnson, Staffer December 23, 2020

With Governor Wolfe’s new regulations, any activity that includes more than 10 people cannot happen. The Winter Carnival was canceled this year.  Winter Carnival has been going on for 53 years. This...

Nativity Senior, Matt Ross is in action at wrestling practice getting ready for the season. The wrestlers had to adapt to wearing masks during practice. Ross said, “Most of us have things we can do to stay ready for the season at our houses so it won’t affect us too much.”

Three week shutdown affects the Pottsville wrestling team

Ava Jefferson, Staffer December 22, 2020

Before the wrestling season even started, the Pottsville Area wrestling team had to shut down due to the COVID outbreak. This has been occurring many times this year due to the cases rising.  The pandemic...

(From left to right Allie Miske, Greta Snukis, Ava Stankavage) Allie, Greta, and Ava pose in front of the festive fall door. If a person couldn’t see their family members in person, they had the option of FaceTiming them or talking to them in during a zoom call. Senior Greta Snukis said,“Every year at almost every holiday, my cousins and I get a photo in front of my aunt’s door. My cousin, Allie, was unable to attend our celebration because of her being in a different state. So we put her on FaceTime and found a way to still get the photo.”

Thanksgiving with COVID-19

Tanya Johnson, Staffer December 7, 2020

Like everything else in 2020, Thanksgiving was very different from past years. With COVID-19 cases rising, families celebrating Thanksgiving could only have up to 10 guests while maintaining social distancing.  For...

The real debate

The real debate

December 4, 2020

Graphic design is everywhere. From walking down an aisle of a grocery store, pondering cereal box logos. To something much more like the logo of a presidential campaign.  According to InteractionDesign.org,...

Expressing Creativity Through Masks

Samantha Woodford, Editor November 20, 2020

World wide there has been more than 900,000 deaths to Covid-19. According to the CDC "masks should always worn in public and when around people who don’t live in your household." With a shortage of...

The Importance of Change

The Importance of Change

Emma Troutman, Staffer November 13, 2020

 It’s no surprise that students may often get frustrated with school. For some it’s the waking up early, for some it’s the homework, and for some it’s just having the responsibility on their shoulders...

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