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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...

ASB brings land of Oz to Sequoia

Maddie Pei, Staff Reporter

October 16, 2015


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Black and white to bursts of color. Yellow brick roads and witches’ castles. Flying monkeys and great wizards and the Emerald City. Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. Associated Student Body (ASB) envisions the land of Oz to come to Gym 1 on Oct. 24 for one night for this year’s theme “N...

Record high room temperatures not cool, pose health hazard

Mackenzie Clarke, Staff Reporter

October 16, 2015


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Record high temperatures in August and September made classroom environments unbearable. Because the majority of classrooms at Sequoia lack air conditioning, many students are forced to spend afternoon block-periods in uncomfortably hot rooms learning as usual without disruption. “It makes teaching difficult because ther...

National teacher shortage impacts English Department

National teacher shortage impacts English Department

Carmen Vescia, Executive Editor

September 14, 2015


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Squinting at his schedule, the freshman thinks there must be a mistake: there’s a blank space where his English teacher’s name should be. But it’s not a mistake, it’s simply a symptom of the regional, statewide and even nationwide teacher shortage. The English Department is still trying to fi...

Global Glimpse travelers gain new perspective

Carmen Vescia, Executive Editor

September 14, 2015


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Fifteen seniors. Two teachers. Three countries. Over 113,240 miles travelled in total. One summer. These 15 seniors, as well as English teachers Jose Rosario and Justine Rutigliano, travelled to Ecuador, Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic and each spent between two and three weeks in a foreign count...

App-solutely modern mobile design class just a tap away

App-solutely modern mobile design class just a tap away

Philip Tyson, Copy Editor

September 10, 2015


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Sequoia’s latest update in technology this year has been the implementation of a mobile app designing class, created for students of all grade levels with any level of prior coding knowledge. The class is taught in two different periods, one by tech teacher Cameron Dodge and the other by history teache...

Sequoia Awards honor dedication to community

Sequoia Awards honor dedication to community

Claire Bugos, Managing Editor

June 30, 2015


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The 2015 Sequoia Awards, presented to X students from the Sequoia Union High School District for outstanding volunteer efforts in the community, honored Sequoia students Cara Green, Dalia Jude, others? ask dalia. After a series of applications and interviews, winners are chosen from any SUHSD student...

Rutigliano named California IB Teacher of the Year

Claire Bugos, Managing Editor

June 30, 2015


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On a day like any other, IB English and Theory of Knowledge (ToK) teacher Justine Rutigliano woke up, ate an oatmeal breakfast, and became the California IB teacher of the year. After a secret nomination by IB Coordinator Lisa McCahon, Rutigliano was selected from all nominated IB educators in California...

Local event celebrates 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Claire Bugos and Carmen Vescia, Managing Editors

June 3, 2015


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Carlmont High School hosted Civil Rights activist and member of the Little Rock Nine Minnijean Brown Trickey, local Congresswomen Jackie Speier and Barbara Lee and Stanford professor Gavin Wright, to discuss the 50 year anniversary of the Civil Rights Act Oct. 29. Speier moderated the panel of speakers,...

$265 million bond prompts vast changes on Sequoia campus

Claire Bugos, Managing Editor

June 3, 2015


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Schools in the Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) will divide the funding of $265 million from the Measure A bond, which was passed June 3, using the money to construct new facilities and maintain existing ones. Aaron Jobson, one of the key architects working on the project gave a presentation...

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