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Percussionists band together in formation of Sequoia drumline

Sarah Fazio and Ysabelle Punzal

November 15, 2017


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After roughly eight years, percussionists at Sequoia came together to form a drumline and made their first appearance at the homecoming rally. The drumline is a student led organization directed by Band teacher Jane Woodman and allows members to improve both their their leadership and organizational...

Ravens’ scores soar well above SBAC test average

Beatrice Bugos, News Editor

November 15, 2017


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Last spring, 11.5 percent more students than last year met or exceeded in the English portion of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests, according to test results released Sept. 26. Not only at Sequoia, but across the San Mateo County, students did 11 percent better in English and 1...

Voting assembly brings politicians to Sequoia

Voting assembly brings politicians to Sequoia

Nick Abraham, Opinion Editor

October 18, 2017


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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Assembly member Kevin Mullin visited Carrington Hall Sept. 26 to celebrate Voter Registration Day. The main goal of the assembly was to encourage 16 and 17-year-old students to pre-register to vote, allowing them to be automatically registered once t...

New legislation keeps California pedestrians focused on the road

Mackenzie Clarke, Managing Editor

October 18, 2017


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At a meeting on Sept. 12,  San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa and other Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to ask state lawmakers to pass the requisite legislation necessary for the enactment of a distracted walking law to mitigate distracted pedestrian street-crossing and...

Wi-fi block disconnects students

Rio Popper and Lauren Stevens

October 18, 2017


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  “The wi-fi block allowed me to accidentally come across pornography, but stopped me from looking at Pinterest for art,” senior Ellis Spickermann said. Wi-fi is a centralizing force in most students’ lives. It makes sense, then, that many students would be bitter about the district...

Wine Country fires wreak havoc on bay air quality

Mackenzie Clarke, Managing Editor

October 18, 2017


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Fires which ignited due to high winds and dry conditions throughout Wine Country Oct. 8 have spread to consume around 160,000 acres of homes, nature, and vineyards. As of Thurs Oct 12, 400 people in the region have been reported missing, and 31 are confirmed dead. The Air District, an air quality...

Vaulters spring into new year with Stahler

Zack Rosenblatt, Executive Editor

September 20, 2017


Filed under Features, News, Sports

Sequoia’s Pole Vault team played its first matches during the 2017 spring season for the first time after Resources Officer David Stahler decided to lead the team. Though students could still compete in Pole Vault before last spring, it was reserved for students already participating on the track...

New teachers quickly find love for Sequoia

Sam Brook, Staff Reporter

September 20, 2017


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Vicki Barone Department: English Prior School: Gilroy High School Barone has moved around within the Bay Area for several years with her husband, two dogs, and one cat. Right now she commutes from Half Moon Bay to come teach several levels of English classes at Sequoia. Before teaching, she got her B...

Administrative, guidance offices gain experienced new staff

Mackenzie Clarke, Managing Editor

September 20, 2017


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Sequoia’s new additions to the administrative and counseling offices in this school year include Kristin Stout as Instructional Vice Principal and Patty Vlahakos as guidance counselor. The administrative position opened up following the departure of Mike Kuliga as Administrative Vice Principal and...

Trump administration moves in to end DACA, puts Dreamers’ program to sleep

Trump administration moves in to end DACA, puts Dreamers’ program to sleep

Rio Popper, Copy Editor

September 17, 2017


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President Donald Trump decided to roll back Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) September 5. Started with an Executive Order by president Barack Obama in 2012, DACA allows certain young, undocumented immigrants to lawfully stay in the United States, get jobs and obtain other benefits of...

Cherokees glimpse at the Class of 1917’s past

Cherokees glimpse at the Class of 1917’s past

Benjy Jude, News Editor

September 13, 2017


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A time capsule from the Class of 1917 was opened by Sequoia’s administration and the Class of 2017 June 8. After students asked to open it, they found it in the bomb shelter under the library. “Mr. Priest was very excited,” said Administrative Vice Principal Gary Gooch, who is in char...

Science-loving students travel to see total solar eclipse

Rio Popper, Online Editor

August 23, 2017


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As most Sequoia students sat in their second and third-period classes, several other students watched day become night in Oregon during the total solar eclipse. One such student was senior Layne Stanley, who finds science, and space in particular, interesting. He decided to travel with his family to...

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