The Review

Eighth graders from the class of 2022 rest in the shade during a long hike.

Big Bend canceled due to COVID, replaced by Big Bend Lite

Dawson Chang, Staff Writer March 3, 2021
For the first time in 44 years, Class Eight students did not embark on the annual Big Bend trip. From Feb. 20-26, 123 eighth graders would have camped near the international border between the United States and Mexico, if not for the pandemic.
Wayt is a mobile app designed to optimize communications between businesses and customers.

Senior creates mobile app, wins annual Congressional App Challenge

Arjun Maitra, Staff Writer February 9, 2021
Senior Ethan Saadia won the annual Congressional App Challenge for Texas’s 7th Congressional District for developing Wayt, a mobile app designed to optimize communications between businesses and customers.
The Perpetual Pandemic: Exercising social responsibility amidst inequality, stigma

The Perpetual Pandemic: Exercising social responsibility amidst inequality, stigma

Laney Chang, Fareen Dhuka, Megan Chang, and Ashley Yen January 19, 2021
Due to an abrupt rise in COVID-19 cases over the holidays, juniors and seniors shifted to remote learning from Jan. 5 through Jan. 7. This interactive package covers the pandemic's effects on the SJS community, featuring several student perspectives on COVID-19.
Several students hold conflicting opinions about protocols for gathering safely.

Increased COVID case count causes tensions in SJS community

Dawson Chang, Staff Writer January 19, 2021

*Some names of the people interviewed for this story have been changed to protect their privacy. While staying in an El Paso hospital after suffering injuries from a fall, senior Selina’s* step-grandfather...

As of Dec. 14, multiple companies have a vaccine for COVID-19.

SJS healthcare workers discuss vaccines, share advice

Cameron Ederle and Wilson Bailey December 17, 2020
Nine months after the start of the pandemic, SJS parents in healthcare have a much better understanding of the nuance surrounding coronavirus and how to treat it effectively. 
Last year, Beckett Vine, Mary VanLoh, Amelia Williams and Christine Wang celebrated National Signing Day.

Athletes, coaches adjust recruiting during COVID-19 pandemic

Wilson Bailey, Staff Writer December 10, 2020
When COVID-19 caused the cancellation of sports seasons and SPC, many athletes lost a key opportunity to interact with and prove themselves to college coaches.
Lower School administrators pose together in their Dr. Seuss-themed outfits.

Students prepare for Halloween with safety precautions, inventive ideas

Ellie Monday, Staff Writer October 31, 2020
This year, Halloween falls on the Saturday of Daylight Savings Time for an extra hour of festivities, and it's the first Halloween with a blue moon since 1944. Yet only 22% of St. John's students are celebrating, according to poll data from the Review Online.
After moving from one COVID-19 hotspot to another to begin her new job in July, new Head of Middle School Chia-Chee Chiu is reimagining what a school leader looks like amidst the challenges of remote learning.

New Head of Middle School brings diverse experience, adapts to new learning environment

Olivia Doan, Staff Writer September 24, 2020
Chia-Chee Chiu, the new Head of Middle School, is looking forward to meeting MS students and their families.
To accommodate potentially sick students, Stasney Hall has been converted into an infirmary according to Headmaster Mark Desjardins's campus update on July 30.

SJS implements in-person learning with low-density reopening plan

Ella West and Russell Li September 11, 2020
From Sept. 14 to Oct. 9, Upper School students will take classes on campus following the School's Low Density Campus Plan.
The field hockey team celebrates after winning SPC in 2019. This year, however, the fall SPC season has been cancelled.

SPC cancels fall athletic season

Ellie Monday, Staff Writer August 31, 2020
On Aug. 21, the Southwest Preparatory Conference’s Board of Directors announced the cancellation of the 2020 fall SPC athletic season. 
Quarantine measures and limited social interaction has left people around the world struggling with mental health.

COVID state of mind: mental health in quarantine

Fareen Dhuka, Indrani Maitra, and Julia Smith June 3, 2020
A loss of support systems, from friendships to daily routines, can result in a significant decline in mental health during COVID-19.
The SJS Track & Field team at last year's SPC championship.

Coaches challenged to cover 2,020 miles in memory of lost season

Cameron Ederle, Staff Writer May 20, 2020
SPC coaches participated in a challenge to run, bike or walk a collective 2020 miles on May 2, the date that would’ve been the final day of spring SPC. 
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