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The Pen is Stronger than the Pandemic

Griffin Harper ‘21 practices guitar on a cold October afternoon. Harper thinks back on his time in quarantine, and how it affected his views on making music. ¨Yeah, well for me quarantine.. it gave me a lot more freetime, so I was making one song a week and posting it online because it made it a lot more easier to improve.¨
December 2, 2020

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on every American's lives within these past few months, but how has it affected artists? One of the main problems artists face is a lack of time they can use to practice,...

The Show Must Go On

The poster for Trap, the spring play last year. It was pre-recorded and live streamed on YouTube last May. “I think it’s the best we can do under these circumstances. Would I prefer doing in person shows? Yes. We can’t because, you know, we can’t,” says stage manager Jess Hu ‘21.
November 12, 2020

Despite the many obstacles that the coronavirus pandemic has created, the theater program is still going strong, even though it’s being conducted over Zoom. Starting with the cancelation of The Music...

The Music Scene of Quarantine

Hollis-Brookline musicians perform at a socially distanced concert at Nichols Field this summer. “It was a lot of hard work, but it paid off,” said drummer Miles Montgomery, ‘21 (pictured back-middle). Musicians have been hard-pressed to find opportunities where they can perform due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
November 9, 2020

COVID-19 has affected many different aspects of our lives, but one that isn't considered very often is live music. Live music is vital to many, and it plays a significant role in HB student culture. Without...

How the Class of 2022 are Handling Remote Learning

This remote learning space belongs to Ava Chretien, who just recently switched to remote on the switch day. The setup aids her in continuing to learn just like she would if she was in-person. “As far as education goes, I believe the HBHS teachers have been doing a really good job at keeping remote students involved during classes,” said Chretien.
November 9, 2020

At HB, the first remote/in-person switch day happened on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The switch day allows students to switch between in-person and remote only on that day, but the real surprise was that more students...

Virtual Guitar Night 2020

Sean Tisa, guitarist, plays a Blind Melon song with his band. Backed by Miles Montgomery 22’, Helene McNabb 22’, Ian McNabb 20’ and Mary Martin 20’, Sean knew this song was one for the ages. “No Rain by Blind Melon was for sure my favorite. We played that at 90s night,” said Tisa.
November 6, 2020

As the Class of 2020 reached the end of their High School career at HB, the many musically inclined students were disappointed by the cancellation of their last Guitar Night. But, in times of pain, Eric...

Mrs. Brooks: Behind the scenes

While getting materials ready for today’s AP Environmental Science class, Mrs. Brooks briefly removes her mask for a quick smiling photo. “Really the joy of my life is teaching science,” said Brooks.
October 30, 2020

Students at HB, may have seen Nancy Brooks, the long term sub for Camille. Carson. Brooks spends the majority of her time in room 304, where she teaches Environmental Science, and She occasionally takes...

Differences Between Remote and In-Person Learning at HBHS

William Bird 22’ in a live zoom remote class at his home workspace.
October 27, 2020

  There are two options for students at Hollis Brookline High School to pick as far as attending school: in-person or via Zoom. What are those differences and what do students generally seem to...

Harry Porter’s Unique Approach to Making Music

Harry Porter ‘21 creates his music using FL Studio on a personal laptop. Many of the sounds in Porter's music come from sources on the internet.
October 26, 2020

With the number of kids participating in band and choir class at HB, you almost certainly know someone with musical talent. With the rise of electronic music, you might even know some electronic music...

Covid-19 Guidelines at Hollis-Brookline High School

The guidelines at Hollis-Brookline High School are still being revised as problems are arising. At the beginning of the year lunch seating was not tracked specific enough so now the school has QR codes for contact tracing. As long as the school keeps making changes to ensure the highest level of safety the school should be able to stay open. 
“This is one area we are always looking to improve because lunch is the biggest transition during the day,” said Barnes.
October 21, 2020

Hollis Brookline High School has opened for in-person learning with many guidelines to keep students safe. One of the guidelines set in place is to wear a mask at all times when social distancing is not...

Life During Quarantine

A class at HB being taught over Zoom. This year has forced teachers to be adaptive and innovative in order to tailor their classes to remote environments. “I think teaching online can make you a better teacher. You have to be crystal clear with where you want to go, what learning experience will help students develop skills, and you have to be really, really organized, and think ahead all of the time.” said Illingworth.
October 21, 2020

On a cold March day, students left the building with hopes high, looking forward to returning to school in two weeks once COVID-19 blew over. What students didn’t know, however, is that this would be...

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