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Let’s Talk About Tenure

OLIVIA JOHNSTON/ Staff Writer

Tenure causes many problems for schools and students. Tenure is earned when a teacher has been working successfully for a certain amount of years, and it makes it very difficult for that teacher to be fired.

Tenure is bad because sometimes there are teachers who have a new, fresh style of teaching that would be beneficial to students’ learning but cannot be hired because so many teachers have tenure.

Tenure causes problems with curriculum because some of the teachers that have it know that they are unlikely to be fired so they put in the bare minimum and make it difficult for the students to obtain knowledge from that teacher.

It is difficult to fire underperforming teachers because it involves the teachers’ union, the principal and the school board. It is very costly to fire a teacher that is performing poorly teacher.

Tenure makes it easier for teachers to put in the bare minimum and make it harder for the less experienced teachers. This is negative because sometimes the more difficult work is the work that the students would benefit most from.

Another negative side of tenure is that most school board presidents criticize and dislike tenure. In Oct 2006, a survey was conducted by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, asking school board presidents if they thought that tenure made it difficult to remove underperforming teachers and 91% of them said that they either agree or strongly agreed.

When teachers need to be let go seniority is a main priority instead of performance and quality of teaching. The “last hired, first fired” tactic is used in a situation of that kind.

Tenure makes it extremely difficult for there to be improvements to a school, and is also highly disliked. It should not make it so difficult for underperforming teachers to be dismissed

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Vandalism leaves its mark on Poway’s campus

HANNAH WILLIAMS/ Editor-in-Chief

A wide range of vandalism has occurred on campus lately. Graffiti on the bathroom walls, and damage of school property, such as dumping trash into a toilet to clog it or breaking into the ceiling.

Custodian Pete Cypher expressed his distress by saying, “It’s very frustrating and disappointing to see this, not only is it disgusting, it shows a severe lack of respect for the school, staff, and students.” He also added that it causes work for a lot of people and repairs have to be done by maintenance and operations.

Last year, a bathroom closed for five weeks due to vandalism, and that took a long amount of time to clean up.

It’s an expectation that when students come to school that it’s a safe place, and the students that are doing this are making that very difficult.

“It’s discouraging to know that students on campus are impacted in a way like this, most of it peer pressure. I spend over half of my time at this school, and it’s kind of like I live here. I would not expect someone to come to my house and do this. Nor would they expect me to go to their house and do that,” custodian Pete Cypher said.

The punishment for vandalism depends on how severe it is. Restitution for repayment to replace the damages is possible and has been done in the past, which can cost up to several thousand dollars at one time. Punishment is a little more severe if vandalism involves gang writing. Any sort of gang activity has its own set of circumstances including police involvement.

“There are better ways for kids to express themselves. If kids have that little respect for our school I’d say give it a chance. Get involved in some things, and you would see why doing that is not just insulting to the school, but the student body and all of Poway high,” Assistant Principal Aaron Little said.

Vandalism is a problematic and growing issue on campus.

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It movie is back 27 years later

HANNAH WILLIAMS/ Editor-in-Chief

Clowns are creepy no matter what, and Stephen King’s It, has the creepi­est. The clown “It” haunts every 27 years, and the director was very clever to release a remake exactly 27 years later, and definitely met expectations.

Set in summer of 1988 in the small Maine town of Derry, the film follows a group of misfit kids look­ing forward to summer, but it does not meet their expectations.

One of the kids, Bill Den­Brough, is the quiet one; he has a stutter and is still grasping reality from a recent family tragedy. His younger brother, Georgie, disappeared earlier in the year, which kicks off the plot of the film.

“This movie was way bet­ter than the original, and I can’t wait for the next one,” junior Emily Kleitsch said.

Soon, the kids learn their town is haunted by an evil force- “It”- who emerges every 27 years to torment the children. This “It” takes form of Pennywise, a circus clown who lives in the town’s sewers and has an ominous floating red balloon.

As spine-tingling as many scenes with Pen­nywise are in this film, overall “It” is more intense than scary.

“The movie was so terrifying,” senior Hugo Jimenez said.

Besides some inconve­niences, It ends exactly how films like this should and directors should take notes. Many fans can’t wait to see where the filmmak­ers take it next.

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Students celebrate the season with spirit week

THE ILLIAD/ Kately Dali & Alex Stearns

 

Titans sparkle with spirit: Students throughout the week dressed in their best and most comfortable pajamas, their ugliest holiday sweaters, their warmest flannels, their decked out snow gear, and finally their most spirited green and gray and festive hats. All grades seem to be getting ready for the upcoming two week winter break. Many Titans will be spending their break with family, friends, and loved ones gathering by the fire, unwrapping presents, driving through candy cane lane, ice skating, or even shredding on the slopes in Big Bear.

 


From left to right: Justin Pulson, Natalie Marriot, Sarah Butikofer

 


From left to right: Carly Matz, Sarah Aragon, Grace Driver

 


From left to right: Megan Elias, Taylor Elias, Roya Ghaseminejad

 


From left to right: Ivy Garcia, Allison Grissen, Catalina Greaves, Alyssa Hamilton, Rachel Jones, Carley Perez

 


From left to right: Kayla Persley, Hampton Boyde, Ahn Le, Nick Stansbury, Rachel Johnson

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Poway Students join in on Relay for Life

KATELYN DALI/ Sports Editor

The Relay for Life Event will be held on Saturday, April 25 at 9:00p.m. at Poway at Lake Poway in the Recreation Area.

Poway High students can participate in the relay and come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.

Anyone can sign up or donate online at the Poway Relay for Life website. Also anyone can volunteer to help out at the stands around the park.

During the relay, teams can camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around the lake. Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

This is a great opportunity for students to participate in activities and receive community service, all while they increase cancer funds and meet new people.

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New rink opens to Poway Public

PATRICK CUNNINGHAM/Associate Editor

On March 17th the Poway City Council decided on a new ice skating rink to open on the corner of Kirkham Road and Scripps Poway Parkway. Monday through Friday is practice time for the San Diego Gulls a minor league hockey team. The rink is open to the public Friday night, Saturday day, and Sunday.

Owner Nish Mehta has made a deal with the Ducks for them to pay half of the four million dollar project, it is estimated that the rink will be done by late this summer and ready for Poway families to enjoy the new facilities.

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Take a Perfect Portrait

AILEEN BLOMDAL. Staff Writer

Senior portraits are definitely on everyone’s high school bucket list, but not everyone can afford to get a print of their own smiles. Visual photography is kind enough to offer 10 seniors scholarships for their one in a lifetime senior pictures

Qualified seniors should contact Traci Barker-Ball in student services. To help keep students from feeling embarrassment, she does not ask for an explanation on why the student needs a scholarship. “They don’t need to get through one more loop,” she explains. These scholarships cover two 5×7 and eight wallet photos that students will be able to share with their children in years to come.

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