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Battle of the Homerooms

Story by Cassia Pollock, Staff Writer

November 4, 2010

Recently, some homerooms have been participating in playful battles that are meant to increase the school’s feeling of community. Physics teacher George Stimson and social science teachers Kerry Koda and Scott Huntley have had their classes engage in a wide variety of competitive games and group activities. “It...

Students Speak Out

Story by Amy Dushkin, Staff Writer

November 4, 2010

Participants discussed parking, school communication and homeroom activities at the second meeting of the forum on Oct. 13. Students expressed concern about parent drivers in the student parking lot, parking in spots and blocking traffic. The idea was brought up for administrators to communicate more...

Students Vote in Mock Election

Story by Anna Williams, Staff Writer

November 4, 2010

The 2010 Myvote California Mock Student Election took place in front of the gym on Oct 26. Sponsored by the California Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public  Instruction, the election was held to educate students on the voting process as well as to give middle schoolers and high-schoolers...

Homecoming Week

Story by Elisa Figueroa, Staff Writer

October 15, 2010

The week of Oct. 18 is homecoming. ASB has been planning for the events since a retreat in mid-August. After taking suggestions for spirit days from the student body, ASB came up with Lumberjack Monday, Tacky Tourist Tuesday, and When I Grow Up Thursday.  The annual water and sports days will be taking...

Man arrested in abduction hoax

Story by Alexa Shapiro, Staff Writer

October 5, 2010

The San Diego Sheriff’s department has arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of picking up a 15-year-old girl on Friday, Sept. 24. The girl, an SDA sophomore, claimed she was abducted by three men and sexually assaulted over the course of an hour, and then returned to school. The following Monday...

Reeferandum

Story by Alexa Shapiro, Staff writer

October 2, 2010

Wanted to hear more student thoughts on Prop 19? The journalism staff contributed quotes and interviews to this story. Michael Slemon, 12 "I believe it should even though it may not be the best thing, we have the right to make stupid decisions and the government shouldn't intervene with that." Sam...

Classtrophobia

Story by Alexa Shapiro, Staff writer

October 2, 2010

Wanted to hear more student and teacher thoughts on class sizes? This article was contributed to by the Mustang staff. Alex Root, 11 "They're not much bigger. I haven't really even noticed it. It doesn't affect learning or cause problems for my learning." Johnny Ford, 12 "There are almost...

Scheduled Confusion

Story by Ashlynne Mclean, Staff Writer

September 30, 2010

Because of a glitch in the Aries computer program, approximately 800 students’ schedules were incorrect, causing old schedules to be printed instead of the new, updated ones. Kids started slowly piling in the counseling office confused about why their schedules had two fourth periods or why some classes...

Changes in LOP

Story by Alexa Shapiro, Staff Writer

September 30, 2010

This year the attendance policy has been tightened up, said Assistant Principal Jeanne Jones. The new policy will give a warning at the fifth tardy, lost of privileges, including no extracurricular activities, at eighth instead of tenth tardy each quarter, and a parent, student, assistant principal meeting...

A later start

Story by Alexa Shapiro, Staff Writer

September 30, 2010

When looking at how homeroom should be this year, Principal Michael Grove was searching for “a community to build relationships between students and staff.” To do this, the administration opposed the idea of eliminating one to two homeroom days a week to add more teacher collaboration time and instead...

Forum Meeting

Story by Alexa Shapiro, Staff Writer

September 30, 2010

The first forum meeting on Sept 15 brought a crowd of about 35 students and staff, as well as three graduates from last year. The forum is a place for students and staff to meet and discuss issues around campus. The items discussed included the new school board, community projects and ways to improve...

Student Drivers Only

Story by Katy Swanson, Staff Writer

September 30, 2010

Because of the new theater construction, the school has temporarily closed off part of the front parking lot, leaving parents to drop off their students in other places, such as the student lot, which has in turn caused congestion there. Although the front still remains open for parents to drop off...

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