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Town Hall addresses teacher housing as development grows in Peninsula

Nick Abraham, Opinion Editor

March 15, 2019

With boarded up windows downtown, vacant buildings and empty streets, Redwood City earned the nickname “Deadwood City” for years. Today, the city has taken a 180-degree turn. The development of the Downtown Precise Plan in 2016 brought the construction of more apartment complexes, the addition...

Ravens delve into faith with trip to Panama to see Pope

Pope Francis’s comments on topics, including divorce, gay marriage, and the sexual abuse scandal within the Catholic Church, have led to controversy.

Shannon Coan, Copy Editor

March 15, 2019

In celebration of World Youth Day, four Sequoia students traveled to Panama City Jan. 22 to Jan. 27 with their youth group in order to hear from Pope Francis. “What encouraged me to go was knowing that just by contributing and having this experience, I could make a change like the millions of...

New electives, math courses unveiled for next school year

Andrew Mancini, Staff Reporter

March 8, 2019

Elective offerings are broadening next school year, giving students an even greater opportunity to explore their passions, whether in the areas of child development, learning about leadership through athletics, or something else. Three new electives will be added next year―another Digital Photo 2 class ...

MUR remodeling speeds up lunch lines, introduces new food options

Sequoia’s new “Pit Stop” line in the MUR offers new entrees
such as chicken parmesan, enchiladas, and serves entrees such
as orange and teriyaki chicken freshly cooked instead of being

Nick Abraham and Jay Tipirneni

February 27, 2019

A new and remodeled lunch line in the Multi-Use Room’s (MUR) opened on Tuesday, Jan. 15, featuring a salad bar, cashless payment, and the elimination of pre-portioned entrees. The new line, called the Pit Stop, will be a departure from Sequoia’s past process of serving lunch and brunch where students...

Ready 4 Ravens pushes campaign to School Board, awaits recommendation

Since the 2001 decision to change the mascot to Raven, Native American imagery has been absent from campus. The work of the Ready 4 Ravens club has made the full change to Raven a real possibility for the school.

Aviva Futornick, Multimedia Editor

February 13, 2019

As the decision to change the mascot from Cherokee to Raven marks 17 years, the renewed push from the Ready 4 Ravens club to change the team name to Ravens has returned this issue and its discussion to the school board. In a Ready 4 Ravens poll sent to students and staff in December 2018, 57 percent...

Sequoia students win Youth of the Year award

Kelsie Garay, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2019

Two Sequoia students won the Youth of the Year Award on Jan. 15 at the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. Out of the four Sequoia students nominated, senior Ximena Sanchez Martinez was one of the winners of this award, allowing her to represent the local club in the next level of the event. “I...

RCSD bids farewell to four schools after declining enrollment threatens the district

Mia Padilla and Ysabelle Punzal

December 24, 2018

Due to budget cuts, a loss of funding and a decrease in enrollments, Fair Oaks Community School and Taft Elementary School will be combined into one campus, and Adelante and Selby Lane Spanish Immersion programs will become one starting the next school year. At the new combined Adelante and Selby Lane...

STEM-focused TIDE Academy to open, engage students next school year

Andrew Mancini, Staff Reporter

December 24, 2018

Enrollment has begun at the District’s newest, specialty school, TIDE Academy, set to open next year with a founding Freshman class. TIDE, short for Technology, Innovation, Design, and Engineering, will feature a unique hands-on curriculum designed to prepare students for college and career readines...

New Hillsdale Dining Terrace caters to San Mateo community

Madeline Carpinelli, Staff Reporter

December 17, 2018

  As the holiday season approaches, Hillsdale Mall’s long-awaited new food court, as a piece of a larger project with a movie theater and bowling alley, has finally opened its doors to the public Nov. 17. After many complaints about the extended amount of time the construction and rem...

Grant money loss slims down SAFE

Beatrice Bugos, Editor-in-Chief

December 11, 2018

The $250,000 grant from the 21st Century ASSETs Program will no longer fund the next five years of the SAFE Program, which offered afternoon tutorials and enrichment activities to Sequoia for the past 10 years. The Sequoia High School Education Foundation (SHSEF) is now funding the four essential SAFE...

A Dramatic Victory: ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ wakes up confidence, teamwork

Photos by Aviva Futornick

Zoe Dufner, Staff Reporter

December 11, 2018

The Sequoia Players fall production of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a musical about American musical comedy in the 1920s, opened Saturday, Nov. 10 in Carrington Hall giving students vital and beneficial experience in the many aspects of show production. “I’ve improved my public speaking skills,...

Media Center renovations aim to maximize space, improve efficiency

Media specialist Elizabeth Snow checks out books to incoming International
Baccalaureate Environmental Systems and Societies students.

Beatrice Bugos, News Editor

August 2, 2018

Starting June 1, the Media Center will be being remodeled to better meet the student body’s needs. The project is a part of Measure A, a bond passed in 2014 to fund construction projects across the Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) and will cost about $4.5 million in total. The project is...

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