Raven Report

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...

Profiles: Andres Alas, Junior

Shannon Coan, Feature Editor

November 15, 2017


Filed under Features, Special Feature

Sitting in the corner by himself, contemplating suicide and whether or not to come to school the next day. This was the reality for current junior Andres Alas, who has depression and anxiety, as an elementary schooler. “I was always playing a character or some type of role in a life that I didn’...

It’s OK to not be OK—Vulnerability is a medium for connection

Mackenzie Clarke, Managing Editor

November 15, 2017


Filed under Op/Ed, Special Feature

Eyes scanning a test, filling with tears threatening to spill over. Crying in the bathroom, not knowing why and not being able to stop. Strapping on a stoic, cold and unfeeling mask as you’re sitting at a funeral. These are all examples of vulnerability, or rather, how I cover it. I’ve never taken...

Note to self: when it comes to academics, nobody is perfect

Trevor Crowell and Rio Popper

November 15, 2017


Filed under Op/Ed, Special Feature

Poet, philosopher and motivational speaker Miley Cyrus once said, “Nobody’s perfect, I gotta work it, again and again, ‘till I get it right.” Great point, Miley! Seriously, though, she’s right. In 2006, when this song was released, we believed her. After all, we were in elementary school;...

DACA Repeal: Facts and Figures

Aviva Futornick, Online Editor

October 18, 2017


Filed under Special Feature

Why is it being repealed? The Trump administration’s decision came after a group of Republican state officials threatened to sue the administration if they did not begin taking steps to end it. Although DACA was originally largely unopposed, it changed in 2014 when Obama proposed loosening DACA...

DeVos wages war on campus sexual assault policy

Mackenzie Clarke, Managing Editor

October 18, 2017


Filed under Special Feature

What is being repealed and why are people upset? In 2011 the Obama Administration proposed a plan on how to carry out sexual assault investigations and allegations on college campuses. A lower standard of evidence was introduced, meaning that universities had the option of using a “preponderance...

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