Thornton Wilder’s Our Town to open this weekend

written by Christian Ploetner Our Town, written by Thornton Wilder will be opening this weekend in the Fine Arts Building Auditorium. There will be three shows: Friday and Saturday at 7:30p.m. and Sunday at 2:00p.m. The play takes place in a little town called Grover’s Corners. The daily life proceeds at a predictable pace. The milkman arrives like clockwork, the neighbor’s gossip about nothing and children contemplate their future. Two of these children, George (James Power) and Emily (Reilly Geraghty), fall in love as adults and, despite last-minute nerves, get married. Their happiness does not last, however, as Emily dies … Continue reading Thornton Wilder’s Our Town to open this weekend

Staff and students react to changes in code of conduct

written by Ximena Arellano-Marin As most students and teachers know, the Jefferson County Public School Student Code of Conduct has been changed. The new code of conduct minimizes school suspensions for certain offenses. Now even PRP’s students have had enough. Many students were told that JCPS planned on doing away with school suspensions for fighting and sexual abuse. The JCPS board had a recommendation to lessen the amount of suspension days for some offenses and eliminate suspensions for others. However, in the summer of 2016, the board decided on the changes. Profanity, gambling, dress code violations, the use of tobacco … Continue reading Staff and students react to changes in code of conduct

New phone policy bans phones during school day

written by Sydney Young The 2016-2017 school year has officially started and with it a new rule is in place: Phones should not be out at all from 7:38 to 2:20 in the school, even for instructional purposes. In the last few years, the rule itself has been changed several times, going from allowing phones to banning them all together. With the changes to the rule over the years, students are divided on the use of phones in the classroom. Some feel that phones are a strong learning tool, with educational games being a staple in some classes. Others feel … Continue reading New phone policy bans phones during school day

Spotlight: Dr. Rasheeno Griffith

written by Kaitlyn Sutton     Before 2014, the title Mental Health Counselor was foreign to those in the JCPS community. This year at Pleasure Ridge Park High School, Dr. Rahsheeno Griffith has taken on that role. As Mental Health Counselor, Dr. Griffith provides mental health/healing services for youth with behavioral and emotional issues that keep them from functioning in an academic setting. He describes his job as more clinical and therapeutic, whereas the Guidance Counselors are dealing with classes, scheduling, etc. Dr. Griffith was raised in Louisville and attended Male High School. He graduated from Campbellsville University, Boyce College, … Continue reading Spotlight: Dr. Rasheeno Griffith

School year brings multiple disruptions

Written by Alexus Smith Confusion struck Pleasure Ridge Park High School as fire alarms went off on the second day of school. Students stood outside for 15 minutes, but not for a fire. The unplanned drill was due to non-working exhaust fans and all ovens running in the kitchen. Alarms sounded because of heat but still gave students and staff good practice. Throughout the school year, schools are scheduled to have 12 fire drills. There are six for each semester but two have to be in the first 20 days. “Though I wasn’t incredibly pleased about the drill happening during … Continue reading School year brings multiple disruptions

PRP follows the Yellow Brick Road

written by Achsah Smith Beginning December 5, the PRP Theatre Arts Department will perform The Wizard of Oz. Junior Meredith Aliff, who will play Dorothy in the play, is very excited for the upcoming show and hopes to do well. Aliff explained that as a little girl she always loved Judy Garland movies. Her favorite song from the show is Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Crew members are also working hard on the show, and some of them find it very stressful. “I will rip my hair out,” said Stage Manager Christina McCune. She described rehearsals as edgy and nerve-racking. Assistant … Continue reading PRP follows the Yellow Brick Road

National Merit Semifinalist: Reece LeMaster

by Mark Welch JCPS had forty-six National Merit Semifinalists for the 2014-2015 school year, and PRP Senior Reece LeMaster is one of those semifinalists. “It’s probably my greatest achievement yet,” said LeMaster. To get into the program, you must first take a test and have scores that are in the top 3% of junior PSAT scores. PRP Guidance Counselor Tonya Wilson encouraged last year’s juniors to take the PSAT. PRP offers study sessions that go over the PSAT and provides practice tests to help the juniors taking the test. When asked what she would like for this year’s juniors to … Continue reading National Merit Semifinalist: Reece LeMaster

Student Council announces football homecoming theme

The Student Council has chosen a Halloween theme for this year’s football homecoming. The theme will be Monster Mash. Spirit Days will be as follows: Monday Oct. 27 Opposite Day Tuesday Oct. 28 Character Day Wednesday Oct. 29 Zombie Day Thursday Oct. 30 Halloween Day Friday Oct. 31 Red & Black Day The homecoming game against Seneca High School will take place on Friday, October 31 at 7:30. The homecoming dance will follow in the Old Gym from 9pm to 12am, and there will be a costume contest and prizes. Continue reading Student Council announces football homecoming theme