“Safe at home” means work at home for many Mustangs

Hiral Patel-Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The ongoing COVID-19 quarantine has left LRHS students surrounded by family all day. This can mean added responsibilities in addition to new remote learning routines. Some Mustangs have younger siblings to babysit and must be teachers to their younger siblings, teaching them new lessons and helping with other schoolwork….

Despite disappointments, LRHS seniors maintain perspective

Olivia Loop– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- With the spread of COVID-19, Fla. Gov. Ron Desantis announced that public schools will remain shut for the remainder of the academic year.   LRHS graduation has been reschedule for July 29. Despite the disruption to their lives, some LRHS seniors are trying to maintain perspective. Senior Gabbi Tomaselli says, “It is very unfortunate that I am…

eLearning may be valuable skill for college bound Mustangs

Corinne Kasten – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Public schools have undergone a drastic transition into e-learning due to the coronavirus. Although some students feel as though it is harder, when managed responsibly online courses can teach them valuable college skills they may not have gotten in a regular classroom setting.  First, taking online courses…

Mustangs plan on continued caution after shutdown

Jenelle Bayor– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Due to the ongoing global pandemic, families are limiting contact with other people and wearing gloves and masks in public. But as soon as COVID-19 passes will everything just go back to normal for Mustangs?  Junior Javien Rodriguez said, “When everything goes back to normal, I believe I will be just as comfortable going out as I was before. I…

Business closures personal for some Mustangs

Peter Fisichella- Mustangs Ahead  (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Small businesses around the world are feeling the effects of the corona virus as social distancing and stay at home orders cause businesses to be closed or very limited.  Some of those businesses hit close to home at LRHS.  Umbrellas 1296 in Sarasota is just one example of many small businesses that were forced to close, and the…

Dance, peer tutoring, other activities continue despite shutdown

Isabella Estrada– Mustangs Ahead  (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Despite COVID-19 canceling school, many Mustangs are still finding ways to connect with one another at home and participate in school and community activities.  Even when quarantined at home, Mustangs are determined that this will not be the end to their extracurricular activities. Along with other activities, dance classes are now starting up online with students dancing in their living rooms.  “I…

English teachers adjusting to eLearning challenges

Erica Kennedy-Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – With the new online class adjustment, teachers have found different ways to connect with Mustangs and teach virtually.  Switching to online teaching for all courses does not come easily, teachers work very hard to transfer their material into an online setting. Some teachers prefer to use Schoology as they are familiar with the platform and how it works. English teacher Jacob Garfield thinks switching…

Quarantine can be a time to develop new hobbies

William Flood – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) -In this time of “Social Distancing” there is more free time to spend at home, so now is a great time to try out new hobbies.   There are many easy to pick up hobbies out there to choose from; examples including cross stitching, cooking, longboarding and…

Sharrer encourages fitness during quarantine

Ella Botko– Mustangs Ahead  (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Since the start of eLearning, LRHS Health Opportunities Through Physical Education (HOPE) teacher and District Wellness Adviser Maggie Sharrer has been sharing ways her students can stay active while at home.   By adding a specific folder on Schoology and other online platforms, she has provided a multitude of helpful tips and goals for her students.  Sharrer acknowledges…

LRHS livestock not forgotten during shut down

Evelyn Bachman – Mustangs Ahead   (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Due to Covid-19, Mustangs are not allowed on campus. This includes the agriculture students whose animals and plants still need care.   In order to continue the care needed for the plants and animals, the agriculture teachers and advisors have stepped up and have taken full responsibility for the upkeep of the animals and gardens on campus.   Sophomore Brooke Oneil said,…

Schoolwork done? Still plenty to do

Marissa Briggs – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- With the outbreak of COVID-19 everyone has had to adjust to doing things at home; this includes schoolwork, working out, sleep schedules, etc. Many Mustangs are finding new ways to stay positive and busy when not working on schoolwork.  Junior Ella Botko has found multiple ways to…

Continued online learning means new daily routines

Emma Brooks– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Mustangs are learning to adjust to their new routines as school has moved to an eLearning platform. Students began their classes online March 30 and received assignments for the upcoming weeks.  With this new format, many students are finding it difficult to adjust and establish new routines at this point in the…