The Glen Echo

Returning to school in a COVID-ridden era

High school students line up outside the Hamilton lobby before they are let in at 7:50 a.m., where every fifth person has their temperature taken. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Devyn Ivers, Copy Editor

October 12, 2020

The start of the school year has come and gone, but one thing still lies prominent on everyone’s mind: COVID-19. The virus that swept the country by storm in March made it seem unlikely that students and teachers would be returning back to school in the fall, but against all odds, the A and B day syste...

New principal aims to create a spirited school environment

Glen Rock's new middle and high school principal, Dr. Michael Parent.

by Yethmie Goonatilleke, Social Media Manager (Twitter)

October 9, 2020

Dr. Michael Parent has had ample experience in running a school as principal — for the past 13 years he has assumed that role. In a time filled with unprecedented events, Parent decided to take on a new challenge. As of July 2020, Parent undertook the position of principal of both the high school and mid...

Students reveal thoughts on hybrid learning model

by Andrew Kastelman, Rob Zamparelli, and Michael Silver

October 2, 2020

Glen Rock High School started the 2020-2021 school year with a hybrid learning model. The model consists of two days — A and B— divided evenly amongst the students, with the cohorts rotating every day for a full day of school. When students are not in school they may be participating in class remotely. The ...

Performative activism: how not to go about social media advocacy

by Charlotte Siohan, Staff Writer

June 17, 2020

In the era of social media, it has become increasingly common for users to utilize their platforms in offering support for various movements and causes. After the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, many people turned to social media to spread awareness for the Bla...

New Jersey Attorney General speaks at Black Student Union meeting

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal spoke to members of the Black Student Union club on Thursday. The club focuses on African American history and learning more about inequality and injustice in the Black community.

by Andrew Kastelman, Business Development and Marketing Manager

June 15, 2020

New Jersey Attorney General and Glen Rock resident Gurbir Grewal spoke to members of the Black Student Union (BSU) club on Thursday.  The club, which was started by Junior Kayla Stephenson, focuses on learning about African American culture and more about inequality and injustice in the Black community...

Our take on the 2020-2021 season

Fall sports are hoping to be able to start there season according to schedule, although the chances of this happening are not in their favor.

by Michael Silver and Rob Zamparelli

June 15, 2020

As summer sports training is expected to start for all high school teams on July 13th, there is speculation that the fall sports season will be unable to start on time. Summer practices have already been postponed and limited to non-contact activities. Football, soccer, volleyball, cross country,...

Seven Elements holds thoughtful, moving Story Slam in time of uncertainty

Georgie Badiel speaks to audience members about her life and Foundation. The Georgie Badiel Foundation provides clean water and sanitation to Burkina Faso and neighboring countries, in turn relieving the stress of retrieving water off women and children.

by Chloe Siohan, Chief Copy Editor

June 5, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic did not prevent the Seven Elements Social Justice Club from hosting their third annual Moth Story Slam, which they held digitally last week. The event was hosted by Seven Elements Co-Vice President Isis Kirkland via Zoom on May 28, where students and teachers told personal ...

Glen Rocks makes plan to honor the senior class

Banners have been hung up alongside the fences along the tennis courts and behind the upper turf field, with each banner saying the name of a graduating senior.

by Rob Zamparelli and Michael Silver

June 3, 2020

Although the senior class of 2020 will not be able to get back the experiences lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, accommodations can be made to give them a proper sendoff to honor their graduation.  High schools across the state have many different types of ideas to honor their seniors. Ridgewood H...

“Adopt-a-Senior” program celebrates Class of 2020

Senior Abby Kirsch poses with gifts given by her

by Jenny DeStefano, Managing Editor

May 28, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drastically alter lives and moments, the GRHS Class of 2020 received more than just their diplomas through the community’s Adopt-a-Senior program.  The Adopt-a-Senior program has been circulating the country as an unofficial way for communities to celebrate graduate...


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