The Stuyvesant Spectator

The Stuyvesant Spectator "The Pulse of the Student Body" The Spectator, as “The Pulse of the Student Body,” is a forum for student expression. The paper was founded in 1915 and is the official Stuyvesant High School newspaper.

It is a bi-weekly publication that is run completely by Stuyvesant students. It is independent of any other organization, such as the Student Union or school administration. It receives no funding and is uncensored. All printing is paid for by subscriptions and advertisements. It is accessible to all parties and is available at no cost. The Spectator has been independent of the school administration, both in terms of funding and prior review since 1998, when the school administration briefly shut down the paper. As a result of this, we developed a formal written charter and the policies of financial and editorial independence. The newspaper staff is composed of 12 departments, six writing and six non-writing. Each member of the newspaper staff, consisting of over 250 students, works for one or two of the 12 departments. The writing departments include News, Features, Opinions, Arts & Entertainment, Sports and Humor. The non-writing departments include Photography, Art, Layout, Copy, Business and Web Development. Together with the Editors in Chief, the Department Editors comprise the Editorial Board, the backbone of The Spectator. The Editorial Board, which meets daily in The Spectator Journalism class, makes most of the decisions that affect The Spectator. These decisions include content selection/changes, voicing opinions through Staff Editorials, and managing work flow. The Spectator, most importantly, is an open forum for the Stuyvesant High School community. We report on issues that affect our school and aim to do so with the best of our ability, while maintaining the highest levels of journalistic integrity and excellence. We welcome and encourage Letters to the Editor, which can be sent to [email protected] or be put in our mailbox in the mail room on the second floor.

It is a bi-weekly publication that is run completely by Stuyvesant students. It is independent of any other organization, such as the Student Union or school administration. It receives no funding and is uncensored. All printing is paid for by subscriptions and advertisements. It is accessible to all parties and is available at no cost. The Spectator has been independent of the school administration, both in terms of funding and prior review since 1998, when the school administration briefly shut down the paper. As a result of this, we developed a formal written charter and the policies of financial and editorial independence. The newspaper staff is composed of 12 departments, six writing and six non-writing. Each member of the newspaper staff, consisting of over 250 students, works for one or two of the 12 departments. The writing departments include News, Features, Opinions, Arts & Entertainment, Sports and Humor. The non-writing departments include Photography, Art, Layout, Copy, Business and Web Development. Together with the Editors in Chief, the Department Editors comprise the Editorial Board, the backbone of The Spectator. The Editorial Board, which meets daily in The Spectator Journalism class, makes most of the decisions that affect The Spectator. These decisions include content selection/changes, voicing opinions through Staff Editorials, and managing work flow. The Spectator, most importantly, is an open forum for the Stuyvesant High School community. We report on issues that affect our school and aim to do so with the best of our ability, while maintaining the highest levels of journalistic integrity and excellence. We welcome and encourage Letters to the Editor, which can be sent to [email protected] or be put in our mailbox in the mail room on the second floor.

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Operating as usual

11/16/2020

UPDATE

The Stuyvesant administration has maintained that, as of now, students who attend live instruction remotely despite being scheduled for blended learning will not be penalized or marked absent, as has been the policy since the beginning of the school year. Still, it is possible that other schools would have different policies if they are taking in-person classes. If that is the case, attendance may be measured by if they come to those in-person classes.

11/14/2020

CORRECTION: November 15 is the last day to opt into BLENDED LEARNING, not remote.

NEWS

With the testing positivity rate in New York City steadily rising, the possibility of public schools closing is becoming real. Mayor de Blasio warned that families should be prepared for a school closure on Monday.

In the case that schools do remain open, though, the policy for in-person students has changed. Following November 15, the final day to opt-in to blended learning for the remainder of the academic year, students will be required to attend in-person school if they are signed up. In other words, students will face an unspecified consequence (though it seems likely that this consequence will be an official absence) if they do not come in-person.

Happy November! The Spectator’s 5th issue is out! For easy viewing, read the paper here: https://issuu.com/stuyspectator...
11/13/2020
Volume 111, Issue 5

Happy November! The Spectator’s 5th issue is out! For easy viewing, read the paper here: https://issuu.com/stuyspectator/docs/issue5-online. Make sure to check out our Freshman Caucus endorsements, where we endorse three out of 16 tickets that we think would best serve the freshman class. Be sure to also read an inside look into friendships at Stuyvesant, a review on the mockumentary sequel “Borat 2,” and a Sports editorial advocating for the return of PSAL sports.

Please fill out this form if you are interested in receiving a paper copy and feel free to email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns: https://forms.gle/Uh6VwJ3J4Uw96PBRA. Finally, be sure to check out articles on our website: https://www.stuyspec.com/.

Happy reading ❤️📰

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Happy Stuyloween (or Halloween Eve)! 🍂🍁 The Spectator’s 4th issue, THE SPOOKTATOR, is out! 👻 For easy viewing, read the ...
10/30/2020
Volume 111, Issue 4

Happy Stuyloween (or Halloween Eve)! 🍂🍁 The Spectator’s 4th issue, THE SPOOKTATOR, is out! 👻 For easy viewing, read the paper here: https://issuu.com/stuyspectator/docs/issue4_8dcbda2d9c9798. In celebration of Halloween, make sure to check out some beloved past costumes of the Stuyvesant community, ways to stay festive this year despite the pandemic, and, of course, our special Halloween-themed sleeve. Also read special News coverage of how students have been preparing for the 2020 presidential election and a Science piece about the mysterious phenomenon we know as dreaming.

Please fill out this form if you are interested in receiving a paper copy and feel free to email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns: https://forms.gle/EjuHNmuKxzUGRMrq7.

The Spookator 2020!

We are so excited to announce the release of The Spectator’s Fall 2020 Magazine: The Quaranzine! Read the online at issu...
10/24/2020
The Quaranzine

We are so excited to announce the release of The Spectator’s Fall 2020 Magazine: The Quaranzine! Read the online at issuu.com (https://issuu.com/stuyspectator/docs/mag). If you’re interested in receiving a physical copy of the magazine and will not be in the Stuyvesant building for blended learning, fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd69jiSJEKJb5Y3bv8pnVCcqQmugF-fUccuFrF79eaC54E0Kg/viewform?usp=sf_link. If you’d like the printed PDF to print out your own copy at home, email us at [email protected]!

The Quaranzine is a collection of various articles that examine aspects of the Stuyvesant remote and blended learning experiences. Read to discover the origins behind the rise of Perusall as well as some of the silver lining(s) of virtual school. And, make sure to watch this video to catch a glimpse of a day in the life of a remote learning student (our own News Editor Maddy Andersen), here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bOD0PH2Vik&t=6s

We hope this magazine will resonate with the current Stuyvesant community and, down the line, serve as a historical record of this time.

Happy reading! ❤️📰

The Spectator's Fall 2020 Magazine

Calling all Stuyvesant students!The Spectator News Department is conducting a school-wide survey for an upcoming article...
10/16/2020
Stuyvesant Schoolwide Survey: Presidential Election

Calling all Stuyvesant students!

The Spectator News Department is conducting a school-wide survey for an upcoming article about the presidential election. If you are a current Stuyvesant student, please fill out this quick survey. All responses are completely anonymous.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdHm0tMQskjuJkDBQ0Y_5kG3t7bTTRdHXKA6NyMGmq8Wxi5Rg/viewform?usp=sf_link

The information retrieved from this survey will be used for a Spectator News article about the presidential election. People who fill this form out will remain completely ANONYMOUS. We will NOT record your email or have any traces of you, so please don't be afraid of filling this form out. Thank you...

The Spectator’s third issue of the year is out! For easy viewing, read the paper here: https://issuu.com/stuyspectator/d...
10/13/2020
Volume 111, Issue 3

The Spectator’s third issue of the year is out! For easy viewing, read the paper here: https://issuu.com/stuyspectator/docs/issue3-online. Be sure to check out our Class of 2024 Freshman Survey as well as our coverage of “Mulan” (2020) in both Features and A&E. And, of course, check out the Humor cheat-sheet on how to get into your favorite Spectator department this fall!

Speaking of which, if you’re interested in attending our Recruitments (10/14 and 10/16) to learn more about the school newspaper, sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/stuyspec.

Please also fill out this form if you are interested in receiving a paper copy and feel free to email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns: https://forms.gle/NxxkBDf8drwgoEQ88. Finally, be sure to check out articles on our website: https://www.stuyspec.com/

We hope you enjoy the issue 📰❤️!

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ICYMI: SLT 9/29By Spec * SUTL;DR• In the first few days of school, the administration will try to check the temperatures...
09/30/2020
ICYMI: Fall 2020 Reopening Updates

ICYMI: SLT 9/29
By Spec * SU

TL;DR
• In the first few days of school, the administration will try to check the temperatures of each student. Randomized testing will be performed and family consent is strongly encouraged. Students and families have the right to refuse testing but may be subject to moving to remote learning.
• The PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will not be administered in October for sophomores and juniors due to inadequate space and safety measures. The administration is looking to collaborate with the College Board and the NYC DOE to potentially administer it in January. Students also have the option to register at other testing sites to take the exam.
• There will be restroom supervision, as only one student will be allowed in the restroom at once. Adult supervision will also be required if students want to move around or stretch in between classes.

Read the full update here: https://www.stuyspec.com/news/icymi-quarantine-meeting-updates

Updates on virtual conferences, such as School Leadership Team meetings, that have occurred prior to the upcoming school year.

BREAKING NEWSEliza Shapiro of The New York Times reports, "NYC principals union just held a vote of no confidence in de ...
09/27/2020

BREAKING NEWS

Eliza Shapiro of The New York Times reports, "NYC principals union just held a vote of no confidence in de Blasio over school reopening. The union is asking the state education department to intervene, and for the mayor to give over control of NYC schools to the Department of Education."

Read the CSA's letter and their press release below.

With caucus elections taking place tomorrow, be sure to check out The Spectator's endorsements for the sophomore, junior...
09/23/2020
The Stuyvesant Spectator

With caucus elections taking place tomorrow, be sure to check out The Spectator's endorsements for the sophomore, junior, and senior caucuses.

For Sophomore Caucus, The Spectator endorses Satvik Agnihotri and Gitae Park. For Junior Caucus, The Spectator endorses Cynthia Tan and Elio Torres. And for Senior Caucus, The Spectator endorses Ruth Lee and Falina Ongus.

Read all of the campaign coverage here: https://www.stuyspec.com/news/campaign-coverage

The Stuyvesant Spectator is a newspaper published by Stuyvesant High School students every two weeks.It contains sections such as news, features, opinions, arts & entertainment, humor, sports, photography, art, layout, copy, business, and web. With such a wide range of topics, readers would never ru...

The Spectator’s second issue of the year is out! Check out the PDF attached, or for easier viewing, read the paper here:...
09/22/2020
Volume 111, Issue 2

The Spectator’s second issue of the year is out! Check out the PDF attached, or for easier viewing, read the paper here: https://issuu.com/stuyspectator/docs/issue2-online. Be sure to check out our Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Caucus endorsements as well as a Science “Quarantine Check-In” detailing how STEM-related clubs have been functioning virtually and a point-counter-point on Novak Djokovic’s disqualification from the U.S. Open.

Please also fill out this form if you are interested in receiving a paper copy : https://forms.gle/bEGLdmBfSFTz9VjNA. Finally, be sure to check out articles on our website: https://www.stuyspec.com/

We hope you enjoy the issue 📰❤️!

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09/17/2020

BREAKING NEWS

The New York Times reported that high schools will not reopen on Monday, September 21 as had been previously announced. Instead, New York City will follow a phased reopening plan, where pre-K students and students with special needs will attend school on September 21, elementary schools will open on September 29, and high schools will open on October 1.

BACK TO SCHOOL UPDATE:The daily schedule for the upcoming school year will consist of five 55-minute periods per day and...
09/10/2020

BACK TO SCHOOL UPDATE:

The daily schedule for the upcoming school year will consist of five 55-minute periods per day and 10 minute passing times in between periods. Synchronous learning and office hours will be mandatory for all teachers, with the latter being held from 2:30-2:50pm. According to the administration, schedules will be released tomorrow and program changes will likely occur. The administration also noted that teachers and classes on MyStudent are likely inaccurate for some students.

Hi everybody,We are super excited to announce that The Spectator’s first issue of the 2020-2021 school year is out! For ...
09/10/2020
Volume 111, Issue 1

Hi everybody,

We are super excited to announce that The Spectator’s first issue of the 2020-2021 school year is out! For easier viewing, you can read the issuu version here: https://issuu.com/stuyspectator/docs/issue1-online.

Check out our open letter to Principal Yu, our summer-themed photo essay, and a profile of marathon runner and AP of World Languages Francesca McAuliffe. We hope you enjoy this issue 💕

While we will be distributing paper copies at Stuyvesant, we will also be sending out individual copies for those of you who are not coming into school. If you are interested in receiving a paper copy of the issue, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/YQZ4qRMmHdmgJqmE6.

Happy reading :))

Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu’s millions of monthly readers. Title: Volume 111, Issue 1, Author: The Stuyvesant Spectator, Name: Volume 11...

We're about to release the first issue of volume 111! (We hope you're as excited as we are) ❤️ 📰 If you're interested in...
09/08/2020
The Stuyvesant Spectator Issue 1 Delivery

We're about to release the first issue of volume 111! (We hope you're as excited as we are) ❤️ 📰 If you're interested in receiving a physical copy of this issue in the mail, please fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/oMipWGf1ZgNQ1osX9

We will be sending out copies of Volume 111 Issue 1 of The Spectator! Please fill out the form if you are interested in receiving a copy. Please reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

BREAKING NEWSAccording to The New York Times, the start of in-person classes has been delayed 10 days in response to con...
09/01/2020
New York City Delays Start of School to Ready for In-Person Classes

BREAKING NEWS
According to The New York Times, the start of in-person classes has been delayed 10 days in response to concerns regarding in-person instruction and to avert a teachers' strike. Teacher prep days will be September 10, 11, 14, and 15. Remote instruction is set to begin on September 16 and school buildings will open on September 21.

READ The New York Times report here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/01/nyregion/schools-open-coronavirus-nyc.html?referringSource=articleShare&fbclid=IwAR0f9EXula3IvIhDVxHcEwqVCP-2j_uv5KRs8vnjTVzj05XKnzYe2lRSViA

The city’s 1.1 million children will not have any in-person classes until Sept. 21. Most children will not start remote classes until that date.

In the wake of Breonna Taylor's murder and Jacob Blake's recent shooting, the NBA has rallied behind the Black Lives Mat...
08/27/2020
The NBA Takes a Stand

In the wake of Breonna Taylor's murder and Jacob Blake's recent shooting, the NBA has rallied behind the Black Lives Matter movement, sending the simple, yet impactful message that enough is enough. Follow Sports writer Aidan Look as he dissects the NBA's response to the systemic racism that has plagued and continues to plague the country.

READ: https://www.stuyspec.com/sports/the-nba-takes-a-stand

The NBA is taking steps to fight racial discrimination. In response to recent violence from the police, playoff teams have decided to boycott their games.

BOE Releases Student Union Election Timeline for the 2020-21 Academic YearThe Board of Education released this fall's sc...
08/14/2020

BOE Releases Student Union Election Timeline for the 2020-21 Academic Year

The Board of Education released this fall's schedule for Student Union and Caucus elections. All the elections had been pushed from the spring to the fall in hopes that students would be back in school and able to engage in typical campaigning in the fall. As a result of the delayed elections, elected officials have continued serving over the summer and have assumed interim positions.

View the calendar here:

ICYMI SLT 08/13By Spec X SURead the full update here: https://www.stuyspec.com/news/icymi-quarantine-meeting-updatesTL;D...
08/14/2020

ICYMI SLT 08/13
By Spec X SU

Read the full update here: https://www.stuyspec.com/news/icymi-quarantine-meeting-updates

TL;DR
● Principal Yu presented Stuyvesant’s Exception Model, which proposed dividing the 36 percent of students who did not opt into full remote learning on the DOE survey into four blended learning cohorts with approximately 300 to 400 students in each cohort. The school would follow an eight-day rotating schedule, in which each of the blended cohorts would come to the building for two consecutive school days. All students will attend five periods each day.
● Students in blended learning will learn in one of five designated locations: the third or sixth-floor gymnasiums, the library, the cafeteria, or the auditorium. Students are expected to wear a mask, bring a device and headphones for class, and maintain six feet distance with others at all times.
Key concerns highlighted were the ventilation system and the bandwidth capacity, as well as access to personal protective equipment and adequate staffing.
● The SLT reached consensus to support Principal Yu’s Exception Model with an added request for the DOE to resolve and provide clarity on several issues, including providing a ventilation report on the building, doubling bandwidth capacity, implementing random testing, and providing an adequate supply of PPE.

In today’s School Leadership Team (SLT) meeting, Principal Seung Yu presented the Stuyvesant Exception Model that will be submitted to the NYC Department of Education (DOE) for approval tomorrow, Friday, August 14.
The exception model will divide the 36 percent of students who did not opt into full remote learning on the DOE survey into four blended learning cohorts—A, B, C, and D—with 300 to 400 students in each cohort. Students who opted for full remote learning (64 percent) will not be placed in a blended learning cohort and will be designated as cohort E unless they opt into blended learning at one of the four designated times throughout the year, the first of which will be in November. There will be an eight-day rotating schedule, in which each of the blended cohorts will come into school for two consecutive school days. All students will attend five periods each day (i.e. periods 1-5 on Monday, periods 6-10 on Tuesday). The school day will start at 9:10 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m, and periods will be 50 minutes long with 10 minute passing times. There will be no designated lunch periods, and meals will be grab-and-go and distributed for students to eat during an instructional or free period.
Students in blended learning will be assigned to one of five designated locations: the third or sixth-floor gymnasiums, the library, the cafeteria, or the auditorium. Students are expected to wear a mask, bring a device and headphones for class, and maintain a six feet distance with others at all times. Each period is expected to be a mix of live virtual instruction and independent work, though details have yet to be worked out.
The majority of teachers will teach their lessons virtually from designated classrooms throughout the building. As of now, 25 percent of teachers have submitted medical accommodation requests to the DOE; if the accommodations are approved, these teachers will instruct from home.
For those seeking emotional support, guidance counselors will be stationed at various locations throughout the school. Because 13 percent of non-academic staff have applied for medical accommodation, some counseling meetings may take place virtually rather than in person.
Yu also acknowledges the imperfections of the exception model. Among the issues highlighted by Yu and the SLT were bandwidth, ventilation, and testing. As of now, the school has a bandwidth of 200 megabits per second (Mbps), which will need to be upgraded to sustain more than 400 simultaneous users. The school was already in the process of installing fiber-optic cables and will continue with that project while seeking to extend the bandwidth to 400 Mbps. The school’s ventilation system currently uses filters with MERV-8 ratings, 25 of which were labeled defective in the city’s 2019 inspection. Filters with ratings of MERV-13 and above are recommended to protect against COVID-19. While the custodial staff will conduct deep cleanings of the building each night, there are concerns about safety as it relates to testing, with many SLT members calling for random COVID-19 testing with a 24 hour turn-around time for results.
The model allows for students to easily opt in or out of blended learning, and will continue to function even in the case of a school-wide closure. It also provides programming flexibility that will allow the majority of the course catalog and electives to be kept. The exception model also allows for students to have a degree of socialization and engagement with peers, teachers, and staff around the school building, something especially for the 54 percent of incoming freshmen who chose blended learning and will be entering the school building for the first time.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the SLT engaged in consensus-building on whether or not to endorse the reopening plan as a committee. The initial vote did not show a full consensus, with more than four members voting against the measure. It was suggested that a caveat be added to the proposal to request that Stuyvesant engage in fully remote learning unless the DOE resolved issues of ventilation, testing, personal protective equipment, bandwidth, staffing, and more. A consensus was reached for a section to be added to the proposal calling for the DOE to resolve these outstanding issues, which Yu agreed to advocate for.

LOOKING AHEAD:
● Stuyvesant’s Exception Model will be submitted to the DOE tomorrow, August 14, to be reviewed. The final reopening plan is due to be cemented by the week of August 31.
● The anticipated start date for the 2020-21 school year is September 10.

Access the full meeting recording here: https://youtu.be/-qQwRS57ys0
Access the agenda and the exception model proposal here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1e9-Id5TN5he_w_o-oZRgMBi5SSujVwxe
Find more information on the DOE’s website: schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020

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