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Defang Spang

Taking a deeper look at one of Garfield's veteran teachers
S. Avalon Leonard May 8, 2021

When you ask someone what they first think of when recalling their Garfield experience, they may have a couple different answers.  They might think of the many sports and clubs that Garfield exceeds...

Art by Izzy Wang

The Internalized Divide

AP classes are divisive and exclusionary.
Izzy Lamola May 8, 2021

Ask yourself: what is your classroom really like? Is it a welcoming environment that encourages peer support and vulnerability? Or is it full of judgment and hostility towards making mistakes? For students...

Illustrated by Molly Chapin

Back to 400 23rd Ave

The return to in-person learning.
Lizzie Carroll, Audrey Abrahams, and Nhu Tat May 6, 2021

Beginning April 19th, all Washington schools were required to offer a hybrid learning schedule to K-12 students. The sudden transition from fully online to partially in-person classes brings definite pros...

Cringe-Worthy Chronicles

Online-school stories that could have happened to you.
Liana Moore April 9, 2021

Kikicrazypants “There was this one time when I participated in a local nonprofit group within walking distance of my house. I've been going there for almost my whole life and now I help them with...


Changing Blocks

Exploring South Seattle's gentrified apartments through photography.
Nhu Tat March 18, 2021

Just a thirty-minute bus ride from Garfield sits a group of neighborhoods that are becoming unrecognizable. South Seattle, or, the Southend, is a historically diverse area with a rich culture, welcoming...

Art by Molly Chapin

The Year of Covid

12 Months of absence, change, and hope at Garfield.

During lunch on March 11th, 2020, news started to spread through Garfield’s hallways that school had been canceled for two weeks to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19. The two weeks soon became a month,...

Black Excellence

Black students at Garfield showcase their passionate work in and around the community.
February 26, 2021

  Nadia Caty Junior What things are you passionate about and why? What groups/organizations and projects do you work with? “I am passionate about a lot of things, it is hard to pinpoint...

Art by Kien-Binh Vo

What Do We Say Now?

How teachers at Garfield handled discussion of the Capitol riots.
Matt Lord January 21, 2021

With the January 6th riots on the minds of every student and teacher the Thursday after it happened, teachers couldn’t just continue their curriculum as usual. The insurrection at the Capitol left many...

Art By Kien-Binh Vo

Mess’s Guide to Winter-time

Chilling times calls for comforting measures
Izzy Lamola and Kien-Binh Vo December 10, 2020

As the coldness settles in, and the sun plays its yearly disappearing act, it's important to remind ourselves to take time for self-care. We can all use a little comfort while staying safe this season. The...

Art by Molly Chapin

Spending: It’s the True Holiday Spirit

A deep dive into consumer spending and the profit-oriented holiday season.
Lakelle Bridges December 8, 2020

The holiday season brings joy to all who celebrate, but can also bring on financial pressures. Black Friday, Cyber Week, and the overall commercialization of the holiday season plays a large role in the...

Art By Ria Maisano-Torres

Put Your Blood to Work!

An overview of Bloodworks Northwest's current programs.
Maya Shelton, Staff November 19, 2020

Founded as King County Blood Center in 1943, Bloodworks collected and dispensed blood to soldiers in Europe during World War II. Over the years, the organization expanded across Washington and Oregon,...

Art By Ria Maisano-Torres

On-Task, Online

How Garfield students are staying focused in online school.
Rylee Bundesmann, Staff October 29, 2020

Nothing about this year has been normal, and school is no exception. Amidst endless technology issues, lack of motivation, and feelings of isolation, Garfield students have a lot going against them when...

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