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Undocumented students reach for college dreams at dinner

Undocumented students reach for college dreams at dinner

Claire Bugos, Executive Editor

February 3, 2016


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Members of the Dream Club shared their stories, gratitude and messages of hope during the sixth annual “Making Dreams Come True” dinner held in the MPR Nov. 20. Former councilwoman Barbara Pierce spoke and presented a certificate of recognition from the city of Redwood City for their efforts....

Disruptive construction continues

Matt Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

February 3, 2016


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Ominous chemical smells and loud noises have been infiltrating classrooms since the beginning of this year as construction workers have been renovating and updating the Sequoia campus. While the building of new classrooms is necessary, current students and teachers are being forced to suffer thro...

Teachers, rather than students, often absent

Leigh Alley and Glenn Billman

February 3, 2016


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English teacher Jose Rosario often finds himself subbing for the class next door, not because the teacher is sick, but because there isn’t one. An English 1 ICAP class has lacked a permanent teacher all year. Sub after sub has flowed through the classroom, with six teachers thus far going in and...

Stratospheric explorer pushes students to fly to new heights

Aviva Futornick, Staff Reporter

February 3, 2016


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Twenty-six miles, 15 minutes, 821 miles per hour and another layer of the Earth’s atmosphere: Alan Eustace made history on Oct. 24, 2014 after making the world’s highest freefall. Eustace spoke at Sequoia Jan. 29 to talk to students about his journey out of this world. “[I thought] what would it be like to han...

Love conquers time in Scottish musical Brigadoon

Mars Svec-Burdick, Page Editor

December 28, 2015


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The curtain rose on a tree-bordered stage and Scottish accents emerged from beyond the fog machine as Carrington Hall was transported back 200 years for the opening night of “Brigadoon” Friday Nov. 20. Scene one: a pair of well dressed contemporary New Yorkers wandered through the forests of ...

Undocumented students reach for college dreams at dinner

Claire Bugos, Executive Editor

December 28, 2015


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Members of the Dream Club shared their stories, gratitude and messages of hope during the sixth annual “Making Dreams Come True” dinner held in the MPR Nov. 20. Former councilwoman Barbara Pierce spoke and presented  a certificate of recognition from the city of Redwood City for their efforts. A repr...

Students scroll past work on Chromebooks

Nicholas Abraham and Alex Vick

December 14, 2015


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Chromebooks are used for everything from surveys to testing to turning in assignments. But these gadgets can be distractions from the very thing they were designed to help with: schoolwork. A recent study done by Stanford demonstrated that students with open laptops remembered less of what was said dur...

Academic programs support school in stepping over achievement gap

Academic programs support school in stepping over achievement gap

Benjy Jude, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2015


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Why does one student go to a community college when another goes to UCLA? The achievement gap is one reason. For the first time this year, Sequoia is working with Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS), an organization that advocates for better representation of non-white students of low socio-economic...

Test-optional trend relieves seniors and SAT’s significance

Maddie Pei and Philip Tyson

November 13, 2015


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SAT and ACT are among the scariest letters in a high schooler’s vocabulary. This year, however, some Sequoia seniors applying to college can breathe sighs of relief. Over 800 accredited colleges, including the recent addition of George Washington University, have eliminated their requirement for standardi...

Modern grading method abolishes check-box mentality

Philip Tyson, Copy Editor

November 13, 2015


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This year, for juniors enrolled in IB History of the Americas, only seven assessments—four pass/fail Essential Knowledge (EK) quizzes and three essays—determine a student’s first semester grade. “We’ve lowered the amount we expect you to know well, and we’re fine-tuning what we want you t...

Meet the candidates: A look at the Board of Trustees hopefuls

Claire Bugos, Executive Editor

November 3, 2015


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On Tuesday, Nov. 3, voters will cast their votes to elect three members of the Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees in the first all mail-in election in San Mateo county. The five candidates, including three incumbents have been vying for three open spots on the Board for months. Dur...

Speakers address Latino issues, inspire youth at Voto Latino Power Summit

Speakers address Latino issues, inspire youth at Voto Latino Power Summit

Emily Ducker, Entertainment Editor

October 17, 2015


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Thousands of young people from 13 states filled the halls and classrooms of Stanford University Saturday, October 17 for Voto Latino’s annual Power Summit. Celebrity and professional speakers including  actor Wilmer Valderrama,  journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and former mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Vi...

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