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Learning from Home Survey Results

The learning from home survey was sent out to all schools in the SDUHSD district

Story by Taylor Lee, Staff Writer

May 29, 2020

San Dieguito Academy released a Learning from Home survey from May 13 to 20 during the seventh week of distance learning. This was developed by California School Climate, Health and Learning Surveys in partnership with the California Department of Education. Here are the following results from the survey:   ...

Everything SDA students need to know about the temporary grading policy for fourth quarter

SDUHSD has updated their grading policy for this quarter.

Story by Taylor Lee, Staff Writer

May 22, 2020

The San Dieguito Union High School District officially voted to modify its grading policy at the board meeting on May 21, 2020. Here’s everything you need to know about the decision.    High school students have the autonomy to choose between credit/no credit or a letter grade  Students ca...

SDUHSD Hybrid Grading Policy Decision Faces Uncertainty

SDUHSD holds a special virtual board meeting over Zoom to discuss new changes to the grading policy.

Story by Taylor Lee, Staff Writer

May 18, 2020

After many complaints and protests from community members, San Dieguito Union High School District announced that students will have a choice between a letter grade or a credit/ no credit grading policy for the fourth quarter. Superintendent Robert Haley sent out a letter on May 15 with the following message: ...

Thunderbirds honor frontline COVID-19 respondents with SoCal flyover

The Thunderbirds flight path today.

Story by Taylor Lee, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

Six Air Force Thunderbirds soared through the Southern California skies to honor frontline COVID-19 respondents on May 15 at noon. “I thought this event was such an amazing way to salute the first responders and bring the community together. My dad sent me a video and I saw people outside of their hou...

New survey administers how students are learning from home

The SDUHSD survey asked students to answer how they feel about online schooling.

Story by Taylor Lee, Staff Writer

May 13, 2020

San Dieguito Union High School District released a Learning from Home survey on May 13 in hopes to assess the current nature of students’ connectedness and how to best support schools now and in the future.  The questions encompass topics from routines, distance learning, relationships, and social and...

Test-optional universities leave some students relieved and others disappointed

The decision of many universities to become test optional for the Class of 2021 satisfies some students and disappoints others.

Story by Madelyn Sequeira, Staff Writer

May 12, 2020

Standardized testing has played a major role in a student's journey to college for many years. However, now that the spring testing dates for the SAT and ACT have been cancelled due to the coronavirus, dozens of colleges across the nation have announced their decisions to go test-optional for the Cla...

An Open Thank You Note to Teachers

SDA admin recognizes SDA teachers virtually.

Story by Taylor Lee, Staff Writer

May 9, 2020

Associated Student Body (ASB) at San Dieguito Academy posted kind thank you notes to San Dieguito Academy teachers on @sdastudentlife Instagram for Teacher Appreciation Week from May 4-8.  All notes were individualized for each teacher from their ASB student buddy or an anonymous student who wante...

San Diego begins reopening beaches: all you need to know

San Diego beaches have began to open up-- with restrictions.

Story by Sydney Randolph, Staff Writer

May 9, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many beaches were closed to prevent the spread of the pandemic. Access to specific beaches in San Diego went into effect at sunrise on Monday, April 27th. Many more beaches county-wide will continue to reopen, but here’s a list of all the ones currently available to ...

Encinitas beaches are alight

Biolumonescent waves in Encinitas.

Story by Kylie Schwartz, Features Editor

May 5, 2020

Impossibly bright, fluorescent blue waves have been crashing against beaches across San Diego County over the past few weeks. You may have seen this phenomenon on video or in photos and simply wrote it off as some kind of “camera trick”, but incredibly, this occurrence is completely natural. This ...

Athletes cut salaries to help others

Athletes are putting their money towards charity in a unique way.

Story by Ethan Davis, Staff Writer

April 30, 2020

It is widely known that many athletes make a large sum of money each year as a result of endorsement deals and pro contracts. However, as they remain financially stable during lockdown, there are many who have not been able to keep up with their standards of living because of pay cuts and layoffs.  F...

San Diego cities begin reopening beaches

Moonlight Beach on Monday April 27th.

Story by Aidan Dillon, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

Along the San Diego coastline on Monday, cities began reopening their beaches in a step towards a return to normal life. The beaches closed at the beginning of April and remained closed for a majority of the month to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Multiple protests took place throughout San Diego coas...

Grade Paradigm: SDUHSD students advocate for a new grading model for fourth quarter

A transcript illustration

Story by Taylor Lee, Staff Writer

April 27, 2020

In response to the San Dieguito Union High School District decision to do credit/no credit grading system, students are petitioning for a “Double A” system that would allow for an A or A- on their transcripts in the fourth quarter.  Assistant principal Katie Bendix said SDUHSD, like many other di...

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