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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

SEQ Life app rewards student participation

Maddie Reynolds, Online Editor

October 31, 2016

Facebook? Check. Instagram? Check. Snapchat? Check. SEQ Life? You bet. In the latest addition to Sequoia students’ library of essential apps, the “SEQ Life” app strives to win your attention and—hopefully—your participation. The new app was made specifically to track and reward student participation...

He said, she said: Presidential candidates talk in flip flops

Benjy Jude, Feature Editor

October 31, 2016

Abortion, women’s rights DJT: In 1999, when politicians were still scared of the abortion taboo, Trump said he was completely for it. However, since the announcement of his candidacy, he has been adamantly against, and, in an infamous interview with MSNBC journalist Chris Matthews, he said he would puni...

ASB convention showcases political spirit

Mackenzie Clarke, Staff Reporter

May 25, 2016

The second annual ASB convention, held April 28, served to elect junior Leah King as ASB vice-president and juniors Caitlyn Gilbert and MacKenzie Utley as student activities/dance commissioners. Four delegates from each 5th period class were chosen to represent a given state in the Union, mirroring th...

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