Raven Report

Superintendent bids farewell after 39 years

Maddie Pei, Managing Editor

February 15, 2017


Filed under News

After 39 years in education and 7 years as Sequoia Union High School District’s superintendent, Jim Lianides will retire at the end of the school year. Lianides’ most impactful actions in office include expansion of school facilities and redrawing school district lines—all in efforts to give everyone an eq...

Adaptive hockey team scores Sharks donation

Shannon Coan, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2017


Filed under News, Sports

Sequoia’s Adaptive Physical Education Class received a $30,000 donation from the San Jose Sharks as part of the Shark Foundation’s Big Give Program, Dec. 22, to fund their ice hockey team. Special Education teacher Rebeca Goodwin created Sequoia’s adaptive hockey team three years ago after discovering...

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...

GSA hosts LGBT-based teacher discussion

Isabel Sanchez-Foster, Staff Reporter

December 12, 2016


Filed under News

The Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) hosted a panel of Sequoia teachers who shared their advice with students, parents and other Sequoia administration members on how to create a welcoming environment for LGBT students. The discussion took place in the MPR on Nov. 9, and the panel consisted of Danny Bl...

GSA hosts LGBT-based teacher discussion

December 7, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

The Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) hosted a panel of Sequoia teachers who shared their advice with students, parents, and other Sequoia administration on how to create a welcoming environment for LGBT students. The discussion took place in the MPR on Nov. 9, and the panel consisted of Danny Blis...

Rep. Speier shares life experiences, motivates students at Sequoia assembly

Rep. Speier shares life experiences, motivates students at Sequoia assembly

Maddie Pei, Managing Editor

November 9, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

House of Representative member Jackie Speier of California’s 14th district visited Sequoia High School on Election Day, Nov. 8. Speier used the assembly, which convened in Carrington hall, to give an account of her life and encourage students to become politically active and to take advantage of oppor...

First storm of season wipes out electrical grid

Mackenzie Clarke, News editor

November 2, 2016


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Sequoia’s power supply unexpectedly shut down during the early hours of Friday, Oct. 14 during zero period. Per district mandate, the school is required to have a backup generator for situations such as this; however, that generator did not trigger to come on after the initial power outage at 7:45...

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

Beatrice Bugos, Feature Editor

October 31, 2016


Filed under Features, News

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...

Varsity football team kneels in silent protest of police brutality

Darien Daly, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase, Sports

Inspired by Colin Kaepernick, several varsity football players knelt to raise awareness of police brutality and unfair treatment of African Americans. A dozen members of the Sequoia varsity football team knelt during the Star Spangled Banner Sept. 28 in an act of solidarity with the fight against police brutality towards Af...

New year, new curriculum: two IB classes undergo changes

Aviva Futornick, Photo Editor

October 31, 2016


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Two International Baccalaureate (IB) classes have undergone makeovers during the summer; IB History of the Americas (HOA) and IB Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) began the year with changes in their curriculum, hoping to further engage students and expand on topics that were not taught as in-depth...

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