Monthly Archives: November 2017

Senior Activities

JENNIFER SANCHEZ/ Pop-culture Editor

It’s senior year, and that means senior activities, but Poway is severely lacking in number. Poway needs more activities for upperclassman; trips to amusement parks, senior sunrise, a beach day, a luau. Adding more senior events, will increase our school spirit, as well as unifying seniors as a class.

A top priority would have to be getting Poway High seniors to an amusement park. All the other schools in PUSD attend Disneyland as a senior field trip, or have their gradnite there. According to ASB director Mrs. Pratt the trip to an amusement park like Disneyland relies on a senior class president to organize the trip. Maybe it’s time to put some pressure on ASB.

Senior sunrise is the iconic experience of watching the sunrise sitting on your cars, while having breakfast with friends in the school parking. The whole class wakes up before the sun and hangs out before school. This activity could be simply organized by the students themselves, for an easy senior activity.

Senior beach day could be one of the year’s last senior activities, with everyone meeting at the beach for a barbeque, hanging out, and relaxing. A day in the sun and sand would allow students to take advantage of the lovely California weather, and catch a tan. A beach day would also allow them to relax before the stress of senior year and college apps kick in.

A luau would be a great way for the school to increase attendance on minimum days such as PSAT day. Students could have some food, play some games, listen to music, and enjoy each other’s company on such short days.

Having more senior activities will require more planning and effort by Poway’s ASB, but it will make a more spirited and tight-knit group of Titans. More activities for upperclassmen will have a positive outcome and will definitely be worth the effort.

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Team Traditions

RYAN FITZGERALD/ Staff Writer

Teams have all different types of CIF traditions. This year, two sports teams are changing their look for CIF are boys water polo and football. Both teams decided to start new traditions and continue old traditions for this year’s CIF. Both traditions relating to the hair of all the players on the team.

This year, boys water polo decided to start a new tradition for themselves. The team has decided to adopt an “old man haircut” for CIF. This haircut is shaved on top and normal everywhere else. The entire team met up on the pool deck before their first CIF practice and senior Bailey Loughnane got a hair trimmer and cut off the top part of everyone’s hair. Everyone except four players shaved their heads. The team decided to shave their heads for good luck and for intimidation.

Unfortunately for the water polo team, their CIF haircuts only lasted them until semifinals of CIF when they lost to UNC.

“It sucks that we didn’t go D1 all the way with the flow” junior water polo player Kellen McGrath said.

The football team decided to keep up their tradition of bleaching their hair for CIF. The team debated at first whether or not they would but ultimately decided to keep the tradition going. The team ultimately lost in the first round of CIF which makes student and players question whether or not it was even worth it.

“Its unfortunate we didn’t get very far this year in CIF. I think this year will help show us what we need to work on for next season” junior football player Maguire Withrow said.

 

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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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Cars: Enemy of Boarders

ALLI GOODBODY/ Staff Writer

Being a skateboarder in a city is a very dangerous thing, especially with cars paying almost no attention. There is already danger being a pedestrian on foot, but if you are on wheels, you are far more at risk. I speak from experience, having been clipped by a car on my board while crossing Poway Road while the crosswalk light was green.

Car drivers tend to be reckless and careless towards pedestrians of all types, even motorcyclists. I have seen multiple bike riders have to either brake hard or swerve and hit the curb due to a driver just not caring enough to look. People just drive without consistently checking mirrors and their blind spots, or even simply looking to the side. Really, how hard is glancing to the side? The driver who clipped me wasn’t even going on a green light. They ran a red light while I was crossing the street.

Stopping on a bike or scooter is far easier than a skateboard because you have actual brakes on your wheels instead of having to use your foot. Newton’s laws dictate that an object in motion tends to stay in motion, so trying to use your foot to stop the momentum of a fast moving board could send you flying. Cars cannot expect boarders to be able to stop on a dime just so they can drive however they please. Our turning radius on a board is also very limited. Most boards can’t even make a forty five degree turn quickly.

Car drivers should learn to drive safely and slowly when confronted with pedestrians on foot and on wheels, to make the world a safer place for all.

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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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Fellow Titans who have survived cancer

HANNAH WILLIAMS/ Editor-in-Chief

Every year, over 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, a plague where tissue cells start growing abnormally and uncontrol­lably. Some fellow Titans survived this horrific dis­ease and were willing to share their story.

Determined survivor and amazing English teacher, TeriAnne Libby returned to Poway High with her head held high after treatment and recovery for most of the 2015-2016 school year. “The waiting and not know­ing until the CT scans came back was the worst week, because you don’t know if it had spread,” Libby mentioned. Post eighteen weeks of chemotherapy, the pain continued as she received surgery then radiation for five long weeks.

“The hardest thing to go through would be chemotherapy, because it takes away all your energy, and it feels like you have the flu,” Libby explained.

Libby had a lot of support from family and friends all through the treatment. She was out for most of the school year, and re­turned during the last six weeks of the grading period, even though she was tired and was still doing radiation.

Another strong-willed survivor is math teacher, Susan Sebas­tian. She was quite surprised when given news of the diagnosis. Before making a full recovery, she suffered a long process of five brutal surgeries, fol­lowed by tiring chemotherapy that took 19 months to complete. During this process, Sebastian always had her family and friends by her side, which is the best moral support anyone can ever have.

“I have a new joy of life, and a determina­tion to be the best me I can be,” Sebastian stated.

Sebastian gave some advice to people who have been diagnosed: “Follow recommenda­tions of doctors working with you if you are diag­nosed, but most impor­tantly, all women should follow medical guide­lines—regular mammo­grams and self-exams— that allow breast cancer to be detected before it’s too advanced.”

Breast cancer is an unexpected and evil disease, and has taken away many important lives. Luckily, Libby and Sebastian are all right, and even though the struggle is un­imaginable, all the Titans are here for them and anyone who is going through this.

 

Seen above: Math teacher, Susan Sebastian

 

Seen above: English teacher TeriAnne Libby

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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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1-800-273-8255

HANNAH WILLIAMS/ Editor-in-Chief

American rapper Logic released an album in May called Everybody, which has hit the top of the bill­board charts.

His music focuses on many of to­day’s problems, some from his own experience. This album features topics rang­ing from mental illness to mass shoot­ings, and has caught attention of many.

On his album, his songs focus on some­thing im­portant. He has songs about rac­ism, being broke, on welfare, being poor, and more. Logic is shedding light on who he is and the message he spreads as a whole.

The song “Anxiety,” addresses a panic attack he had in 2015 and a battle with crippling anxiety that led him to the hospital. Logic also grew up poor and had parents who struggled with addiction.

“I think Logic is very wise and has good ideas about how to better the world,” junior Cora Gladlow said.

A top hit on his album “1-800-273- 8255,Heart” was made to help those who are in a dark place and can’t seem to find the light. It is an anthem for suicide prevention, and makes a strong attempt to let the fan know some­one is there for them. It’s sup­posed to be an emotional plea for survival that encourag­es listeners to fight for their lives and over­come feelings of suicide.

“His new song 1-800 was very inspiring to young teens that are gay and/or suicidal. I believe it is re­ally deep, and it describes a lot of relatable experiences,” junior Kelli Bamford said.

Logic’s message is that no one is alone, and with all the problems in the world, we need to come togeth­er. With the spread of peace, love, and positivity, this world can be a better place.

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Fall is here

HANNAH WILLIAMS/ Editor-in-Chief

Autumn is here, which means it’s time for the leaves to change colors and people throw on their sweaters. Apple picking, visiting pumpkin patches, and getting lost in corn maz­es are perfect things to do this time of year, and luckily there are some local establishments who specialize in these activities.

Mountain Valley Ranch, located in Ramona, is having its 20th anni­versary. It’s open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and has free admission. They have many things to enjoy there, including: assortment of pumpkins and indian corn, a corn maze to get lost in, a corn cannon, a petting zoo, hayrides, and pony rides. All of these attractions are open 7 days a week, and the ranch is open through Oct. 31.

“What I love about fall is that I can wear colorful sweaters and go pump­kin picking with my friends and family,” senior Angela Weeks said.

There is a fall festival in Julian at Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures, and it opens every weekend through Oct. 29. Admission is free, which in­cludes entry to the pumpkin patch.

“I love going up to Julian during the fall, because the whole atmo­sphere is the essential part of fall,” sophomore Kaila Kiesel said.

There is a fall festival activity package, which is $20 per person or $5 for each activity. The activities in­clude hayrides, a hoedown, jug band participation, cider pressing, petting zoo, candle dipping, and pumpkin painting.

Additional activities like archery, tomahawk throw, and a paintball slingshot range are available. This is a great place to go to get that fall experience.

These are some fun and cool places to go to celebrate the new season. As the weather gets colder, these activities are a great way to spend an autumn day.

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Memory of Madi Taylor

HANNAH WILLIAMS/ Editor-in-Chief

Madi Taylor, who would have been a freshman here, passed away on Oct. 15 after battling cancer since the sixth grade. Many Titans are af­fected by the loss, and some of her close friends remember her here.

“She was a true ray of sun­shine and didn’t let anyone get in the way of her happiness. Even though the time spent with her has become a memory, those moments are treasures. Everyone who got to know her, or even just met her knows that she gave so much to remember. Her happi­ness would always be a promise that you are loved. When we would go out and take pictures for class, she could turn the five minutes into an hour of fun and I will forever be grateful,” fresh­man Jenna Opel said.

“Madi is such a fighter and amazing girl that impacted my life and lives of others. I know she’s up there watching over us with all her puppies, and heaven got a beautiful angel and she will always hold a place in people’s hearts that no one else can fill. She left fingerprints of grace on our lives, and won’t be forgotten. Rest in peace, Madi Taylor,” fresh­man Samantha Seward said.

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