Raven Report

IB program distinguishes Sequoia’s curriculum

Soana Afu and Sarah Fazio

April 23, 2018


Filed under Features

Since 2002, Sequoia has been accredited as an International Baccalaureate (IB) school. Like IB’s more-common counterpart, Advanced Placement (AP), IB courses are college-level classes meant to prepare students for post-secondary success. “I think taking challenging classes is beneficial because...

Recent, diverse moves shine on the silver screen

Hannah Kloninger-Stever and Lauren Stevens

April 23, 2018


Filed under Features

“The more diverse [a movie] is, the more relatable it is, and the more people will want to watch it. You don’t have to resort back to white, straight, cis people. It will be successful anyway.” -Amy Abad, Sophomore

Textbook bias bleeds through to students

Rio Popper, Copy Editor

April 20, 2018


Filed under Op/Ed, Special Feature

Any textbook is vastly different from any other textbook–even when the books are about the same topic. The books used in California are different than the books used in New York, which are different from the books use din Virginia. Each books tells the story of history with a different slant. "Here...

College applicants weigh decision on whether or not to apply early

Rio Popper, Copy Editor

March 20, 2018


Filed under Features

While some college-bound seniors haven’t yet heard back from any colleges and have no idea where they’ll be attending next year, a few have heard back and know precisely where they’ll be come September. Many of these seniors who know where they will be going submitted their application to early...

Logan Paul video presses play on content controversy

Hannah Kloninger-Stever, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2018


Filed under Features

  22-year-old Logan Paul’s Youtube channel, ‘Logan Paul Vlogs’ has 487 videos uploads, totaling over three billion combined views. Uploading shocking or unexpected videos has always been a way for YouTubers to captivate potential audiences, but a recent controversial video begged the...

Perfection spurred by expectations

Ysabelle Punzal, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2018


Filed under Features

All A’s, varsity captain of the soccer team, student council president, and lead in the school play. This seemingly perfect life has its ups and downs. From dealing with mental stresses to feeling pressured to be the best, these [so-called overachievers/high achievers] have a lot on their plate. Feeling...

Ravens soar through the open skies

Aviva Futornick, Online Editor

January 24, 2018


Filed under Features

The engine roaring, speed picking up, hands grip the controls and suddenly you’re 100 feet in the air. For most, this is a rare experience, but for seniors Alex Strehlow and Alexander Berkaloff, it’s a common and welcoming experience. Strehlow and Berkaloff are student pilots­­­­­—in train...

How to ‘sleigh’ this holiday season

Ysabelle Punzal, Staff Reporter

January 24, 2018


Filed under Features

Whether celebrating the holidays with a big green tree or a ‘lit’ menorah, basking in the 70-degree California “winter,” dealing with stress pimples, sleep deprivation and the countdown to winter break ticking through our minds, this holiday season is just what we need to wind down and de-stress. Traditions...

Multifaceted musician makes meaningful music

Multifaceted musician makes meaningful music

Sam Brook, Staff Reporter

January 24, 2018


Filed under Features

As sophomore Michaël Dooley sits in front of his computer, he sees all of the different tracks in his newest song lined up in front of him: drums, bass, synthesizers, guitar and vocals. He puts his headphones on, presses play, and hears every instrument and sound he has made come together as one. He’s...

Silence is the speech of suppression

Staff Editorial

January 24, 2018


Filed under Op/Ed, Special Feature

Sequoia is a sea of diversity: our campus hosts one of the greatest distributions of races, socioeconomic backgrounds and geographic origins in the district. Yet, within days of commencing our own journey through this diverse landscape, an obvious barrier materializes from the sea of indistinguishable...

Tale of two schools: Division amongst diversity

Jonathan Guzman, Staff Reporter

January 24, 2018


Filed under Features, Special Feature

Diversity is prominent in the hallways of Sequoia, but upon entering a classroom, the Sequoia experience is dramatically different. Many diverse schools experience achievement gaps—a common pattern in America’s education system of underachieving low-income, African American and Latino students. The...

Separate but not equal: Barriers cut through Sequoia’s halls

Soana Afu and Sarah Fazio

January 24, 2018


Filed under Op/Ed, Special Feature

It can occur during the simplest interactions; a glance in the hallway to a brief conversation in class: implicit racism can take many forms, and it does. Unconsciously, individual possess biases and judgements of people from different racial and ethnic groups. People that are implicitly racist often...

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