Saying Goodbye to Jansports: New county policy mandates clear backpacks
BY LONDON DERNIS Broward County Public School (BCPS) mandated clear bags, backpacks and lunchboxes for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year. This will go into effect for CCHS students starting Monday, August 21. Visitors, volunteers, faculty and staff are exempt from this policy. “The purpose of this requirement is to... Read more
New Forms of the COVID-19 Variant Continue: Omicron spreads throughout the United States
BY ASHLYN COHEN It started off as simply COVID-19, and nearly three years later, the virus has mutated and now evolved to what is known as the Omicron variant. The first case of Omicron was confirmed in the US in California just a few weeks before Thanksgiving surprise, but... Read more
No more mandate: New vote results in lifting the mask mandate in all BCPS schools, allows opt-out
BY EMILY MORENO AND ELENA ASHBURN The School Board of Broward County (SBBC) voted 7-1 to remove the current mask mandate and substitute it with a new optional policy on Tuesday evening. Masks will now be ‘strongly encouraged’ for middle and elementary school students, staff, visitors and vendors. A... Read more
New mask policy: School board rules masks optional for high schoolers
BY ELENA ASHBURN, MELISSA SAROSI AND PEYTON FOX In a 5-3 vote, the School Board of Broward County (SBBC) approved making face masks optional for high school students and district staff on Tuesday. The lifted mandate begins Monday.  Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) released a statement Tuesday with more... Read more
We’ve got spirit: Homecoming, fall sports take center stage at pep rally
By PEYTON FOX The Cowboys take on South Plantation tonight in the homecoming game where the team hopes to land a spot as a top three football team in Broward County.  “We’re trying to finish third in the district,” head coach Rod Williams said. “I think we’ll fair well... Read more
Celebrating 50 years of success at CCHS
BY JENNA HEDRICK Cooper City High School has come a long way since 1971. Major changes have occurred throughout this campus, however, CCHS staff and students are still one big family.   In honor of 50 spectacular years, CCHS is holding a multitude of events on Friday, October 15 and... Read more
First Amendment plays a major role in teens: High Schooler faces court after posting her opinions on social media
BY ASHLYN COHEN In the decision between freshman high schooler Brandi Levy and Mahanoy Area High School, the Supreme Court ruled in Bradi Levy’s favor, upholding students’ right to freedom of speech. When Levy received the news that she didn’t make it onto her school’s varsity cheer team as... Read more
Quiet in “today’s hectic society”: House Bill 529 establishes moment of silence in public schools
BY ELENA ASHBURN  What can quiet down a classroom full of rowdy students? State legislation. House Bill 529 (HB 529) went into effect on July 1, 2021, requiring first-period teachers in public schools to hold a one to two-minute-long moment of silence every day.  According to the bill’s text,... Read more