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Winter is here!!!!!
Winter is here!!!!!
Optimist Staff

It snowed today.

Thanksgiving break extended by two days due to continued staffing shortages and COVID cases
Thanksgiving break extended by two days due to continued staffing shortages and COVID cases
Clare Hong, Editor in Chief

In an email sent out tonight, Nov. 17, Superintendent Swift announced that Thanksgiving...

COVID infection concerns, low staffing, and a much-needed break for staff and students prompted the cancellation decision.
Superintendent cancels school on Monday, Nov. 1
Aaron J. Puno, Staff Writer

Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Kerr Swift announced earlier today...

Huron, Skyline and Forsythe to temporarily move online due to staff shortages caused by illness
Huron, Skyline and Forsythe to temporarily move online due to staff shortages caused by illness
Clare Hong, Editor in Chief

UPDATE Oct. 25 - Superintendent Swift announced this morning that A2STEAM, grades...

D2A2 commuter express buses resumed service after a pandemic-prompted hiatus. Photo courtesy of MLive/The Ann Arbor News.
Detroit-Ann Arbor regional bus service restored
Aaron J. Puno, Staff Writer

After long delays related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Detroit-Ann Arbor Express...

Soap was taken out of the mens restroom and thrown onto the Pioneer roof.
“Devious lick” challenge has students stealing soap, moving toilets, and even selling buildings
Lulu Zhang, Editor in Chief

The “devious lick” challenge--an internet phenomena encouraging students...

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Jodi Bullinger, whos been a teacher at Pioneer for over two decades, transitioned into her administrative role as ninth-grade dean at the beginning of this year.
Staff profile: Jodi Bullinger
Ari Jacob, News Editor

A look at Pioneer’s Jodi Bullinger, her teaching philosophy, transition into administration, and her goals in this new position.  “It’s been...

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Superintendent Swift announced the closure of schools next week on Nov. 17 in an evening email sent to parents.
Shutting down early for Thanksgiving break: a poor decision
Solomon Bernstein, Opinion Editor

Less than one week before Thanksgiving break was set to begin, Ann Arbor Public Schools superintendent...

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The life of a Jewish student in public school
Solomon Bernstein, Opinion Editor

The life of a Jewish student is not always easy in public school. That was something that I needed to...

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The dress code farce, from the male perspective
Aaron J. Puno, Staff Writer

The dress code is a relic from a long-gone era that does nothing but stifle creativity and boggle reasonable...

Inside the cafeteria, students crowd around tables with seats just seven inches apart, nowhere near the six feet recommended by the Center for Disease Control.
Pioneer and AAPS must improve COVID safety protocols
Jonah Botkin, Staff Writer

Aug. 27 saw the return of students to Pioneer High School, many after an 18-month hiatus. And while the...

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Oscars 2021: a step in the right direction?
Lulu Zhang, News Editor

The Oscars Awards ceremony has always been a landmark event in the film-making industry. In fact, the...

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Halloween Kills: Where did the old Micheal go?
Halloween Kills: Where did the old Micheal go?
E.V. Bowden-Dykehouse, Staff Writer

The Micheal Myers of the past has been sacrificed to the modern horror movie cliche. Spoilers...

All mentioned shows can be streamed on Netflix.
Top five underrated Netflix shows
Rachel Lewis, Entertainment Editor

In recent years, many streaming services have gained massive amounts of popularity....

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Big Brother 23 Review
Rachel Lewis, Entertainment Editor

As CBS wraps up the 23rd season of “Big Brother” (U.S.) the network is receiving...

Although October is over, these bone-chilling horror films are sure to keep you in the Spooky Season mood.
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10 horror movies to keep Spooky Season alive
E.V. Bowden-Dykehouse, Staff Writer

If you’re looking for something to match the chilly weather outside and stay in...

Pioneer bands rehearse at Skyline before their All Hallows concert (Image courtesy of Sabine Gabaron).
Return to the ensembles: Pioneer musicians celebrate in-person playing after an online year
Dhivya Bala, Regular Contributor

With bows on strings and mouthpieces out of cases, playing in an ensemble for the...

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Alleged racial slurs from Bedford players cause Pioneer varsity football team to forfeit game in protest
Alleged racial slurs from Bedford players cause Pioneer varsity football team to forfeit game in protest
Ari Jacob, News Editor

Pioneer’s football program forfeited its varsity game against Bedford Friday night to protest alleged racial slurs directed at Pioneer players during...

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