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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


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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...

Jean and belt culture

Dario McCarty and Matthew Eisenberg

December 12, 2016


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Recently, many students have been spending exorbitant amounts of money on premium designer brand jeans. Jeans have long been a staple of high school fashion, but, as of late, many students seem to be making the choice to spend an extra $200 on pricier brands of jeans. These premium denim brands, which...

Football players keep their head in the game despite risks

Football players keep their head in the game despite risks

Simon Clarke, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2016


Filed under Features, Sports

When sophomore Emily Knopf was asked if football was safe, her attitude was one widely shared by fans across the country. “It’s not safe, but that’s why people like it,” Knopf said. Students like Knopf feel that watching football is unpredictable and exciting to watch. Similarly, it is fa...

Potential presidential policies hit home to many students

Shannon Coan and Isabel Sanchez-Foster

November 2, 2016


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Last November, Dream Club members shared personal stories during a fundraising dinner. Debt free college and a wall along the Mexican border are potential outcomes of the presidential election Nov. 8. Depending on whether Republican nominee Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wins, these potential policies could hit home for some Sequoia students and their families. IMMIGRATION “America is the land of opportunity—you watch movies and America looks so amazing—you come here for bigger opportunities,” said sophomore Alyanna Belong, a Filipino emigree. America is home to many immigrants who will be vulnerable if certain policies are adopted,...

Believe it or not, California electorate votes for propositions and POTUS

Beatrice Bugos, Feature Editor

October 31, 2016


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Proposition 51 Public School Facility Bond A proposed $9 billion bond will fund construction, modernization and renovation of buildings for schools and community colleges. This bond will be $17.6 billion, costing the state approximately $500 million a year. Most of the money goes to construction for...

Freshman Guide to the Galaxy: Tips for navigating freshman year

Liam Menendez Brendan and Maddie Reynolds

October 31, 2016


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Ah, freshman year, that time of social flailing where you’re trying to work out your place in the social hierarchy (hint: you’re at the bottom). Thankfully, not all the upperclassmen are out to destroy your social life, despite what Sequoia’s own Kenny Ortega wants you to believe. Here...

Young Republicans Club is Stronger Together

Mars Svec-Burdick, Opinion Editor

October 31, 2016


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“We appreciate that we have the rights to hold this club,” Acevedo said. “It’s fantastic. In other countries, we could be arrested for gathering like this.”

Vegans at Sequoia plant diet in morals and health

Vegans at Sequoia plant diet in morals and health

Nick Abraham and Matthew Eisenberg

October 31, 2016


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There are many reasons people decide to go vegan: disagreement with the treatment of animals by the meat and dairy industry, the processing of their goods and even reasons pertaining to personal health. The latter has been the rationale for many high-profile proponents of alternative diets, includin...

The science of focus

The science of focus

Aviva Futornick, Photo Editor

October 31, 2016


Filed under Features

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