The “Holiday” Spirit

When Branson students hesitantly stepped back onto campus after Thanksgiving break, we were greeted by a cheerful array of holiday decorations. Massive wreaths were hung on the windows of the Commons, red, green, and gold ornaments dangled from the trees...

Cheating in High School Tennis

A basketball player takes one too many steps without dribbling and immediately pauses. “I’m sorry, I travelled!” she announces, handing the ball over to the other team. A baseball player slides into home plate, clinching his team’s victory. “No, you’re...

America… what next?

The Branson community reeled after the election of Donald J. Trump. S.T.R.I.V.E. leaders Sophia Leswing, Alexander Bates, and Saani Borge put up a poster where students could share their thoughts and emotions. Photo credit: Adriana Golden Once the post-election shock...

Thanksgiving: Turkey and Traditions

  In elementary school, every American student learns about the (somewhat unsavory) story behind Thanksgiving. In the fall of 1621 the famous (but arguably cruel) pilgrims of Plymouth Rock feasted with the (unsuspecting) Wampanoag Native Americans. Since that historic date,...

The Meme of the Month

The Meme of the Month: Ken Bone (Reuters/Rick Wilking) After his astute question at the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Ken Bone, a man with a kind face and a red sweater, became an internet sensation....

Co-Curricular Week: Successful or Restful?

The week of October 3rd marked Branson’s first co-curricular week. It was three full days dedicated to all aspects of wellness education. Although the days were different for each Branson class, students participated in a variety of community engagement activities,...