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Sequoia groups seclude, despite statistical diversity

Sequoia groups seclude, despite statistical diversity

May 31, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase, Uncategorized

Sequioa’s motto is “a place of friends,” yet its many different populations do not seem to get to know one another. “Diversity is an amazing thing. It gives an understanding of another background. Diversity lets people know that you don’t need to be the same race, age, color, whatever, it...

Senioritis strikes Class of 2017

Dario McCarty, Staff Reporter

May 15, 2017


Filed under Features, News, Showcase

“Senioritis is the acceptance of moving on with your life. It’s the acceptance that you’re done with high school,” Senior Chris Hagenau said. In other words, it’s just a total lack of motivation to go to class, get your work done or just do anything school related. Just how widespread is Senioritis? Well, sen...

Presidential promises stir fears for undocumented

Nick Abraham and Liam Menendez-Brennan

April 26, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

It is estimated that 12 percent of Sequoia’s student population is undocumented. Amid the recent executive orders signed by President Donald Trump and the promises made in his campaign, many of these students have an increasing fear of being deported. The main question surrounding this is: will Sequoia...

With dual nationality, multiple cultures collide

With dual nationality, multiple cultures collide

Shannon Coan, Staff Reporter

March 17, 2017


Filed under Features

Two languages. Two sides of the world. Two nationalities. Multicitizens aplenty study their own cultures here at Sequoia. “I’m pretty proud to have these different aspects to my culture,” said junior Karen Dooley, a French, Swiss and Irish citizen with an American green card. “I really lik...

Raven’s Review:“Best Picture” hopefuls contend for Oscar

Sam Brook and Isabel Sanchez-Foster

February 15, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Features

“La La Land” Outstanding cinematography makes La La Land  a compelling musical. The vivid hues add to the impact of each event, allowing the viewer to understand the plot. Mia dresses in vibrant colors while Sebastian in muted tonevs. Later, he becomes cheerier and dresses in bright cloth...

Smell of smoke and booze fill the air

Mackenzie Clarke and Zack Rosenblatt

February 15, 2017


Filed under Features

...the music blared; the bass was turned up high. Scattered red Solo cups painted the landscape of a stranger’s home filled with dozens of tipsy teenagers. Bottles passed around as chants escalated: “CHUG CHUG CHUG!” A Hollywood fiction or the average Sequoia party? Both. While scenes like these...

Laying down the law with drugs and alcohol

Nick Abraham and Trevor Crowell

February 15, 2017


Filed under Features

Consumption of drugs and alcohol by at least some of Sequoia’s diverse population is not uncommon‒but what happens when students get caught? Consequences are determined by the California Ed Code (CEC), a standard set of policies set by the state government to aid school administrators in addressing...

Sequoia crawling with rats

Darien Daly, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2017


Filed under Features, News

Rats have emerged from the depths of school ceilings and walls over winter break, resulting in issues of rat infestation. The signs are everywhere. Sequoia Librarian Elizabeth Snow was displeased to find droppings in the library. History teacher Teresa Yeager was cleaning her desk and screamed when she...

Standard based grading passes with E’s—not A’s

Standard based grading passes with E’s—not A’s

Shannon Coan and Benjy Jude

December 14, 2016


Filed under Features, News

The standard-based grading system has developed mixed feelings. “It’s shifted our conversation about grades to talking about students’ performance,” Physics teacher Ben Canning said. Standard based grading is a growing trend across schools that focuses on how well students understand and apply...

Teacher teams cause change, work to equalize education

Teacher teams cause change, work to equalize education

Beatrice Bugos, Feature Editor

December 14, 2016


Filed under Features, News

Have you been wondering why the bell rings one minute later before lunch? This year, the schedule has changed to add one minute to every third and fourth period class. This schedule change allows for the same number of Collaboration Mondays as past years. Early release Mondays allow staff to work...

Scoring goals not enough to stay in soccer

Krista Weaver, Staff Reporter

December 14, 2016


Filed under Features, Sports

At Sequoia, there are rules set up regarding academic progress while playing sports, but how many people are aware of them? How do those affected feel about them? According to athletic director Melissa Schmidt, five to ten Sequoia Boys Soccer players were unable to make the team this season du...

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