The Santa Rosa City School district has recently been campaigning for a noble, albeit, idealistic policy a policy that would allow all students to graduate eligible for college admission. The district, headed by superintendent Socorro Shiels, had originally planned on getting rid of all non-college preparatory classes and requiring students to complete A-G courses for a diploma. (A-G refers to the high school courses required for entrance into a UC/CSU. There are seven general subject areas labeled "A" through "G", hence the name). While this certainly seems productive at a glance, the district has run into stout opposition from teachers and counselors. It has since, backed down from its initial position, but the A-G policy is still a hotly debated issue.
Every year, SRHS seniors put on baggy pants and gold chains and head off to homecoming. This unquestioned phenomenon is called "ghetto fab," and pretty much all the seniors seem to take part. It doesn’t seem to have an official definition, but it’s pretty self-explanatory, right? Dress like you’re from the ghetto, and be fab. If it seems like harmless fun, that’s probably because you haven’t thought it through.
Don't Cut the Back Is that short enough in the front? Yes, that’s short enough, now I can see without all that hair in my eyes. What about the back? Ehh, I don’t have eyes in the back of my head, so don’t cut the back. Don’t cut the back? [...]
No Ending In sixth grade I wrote a scary story about a girl who goes to stay at her creepy aunt’s house. Freshman year I wrote a dystopian story about predetermined futures. Sophomore year I wrote a short story about meeting my seventy-five year old self. What do all these [...]
Finally Home I am not American. Technically speaking, I am an American citizen, and I was born in San Francisco; however, I have never been able to fully identify myself as living among the American culture. While my father and his brothers were the first generation to be born in [...]
Bug Girl For the entirety of elementary school, I was the weird bug girl. whenever the errant beetle, earwig, or spider wandered into the room, it became my time to shine. I would delicately carry out each six- or eight-legged creature amid the horrified gasps and screams of me classmates. [...]
Graffiti Artist Walking through the streets of downtown Portland, Oregon, trying to find a place to eat dinner in the mecca of food trucks and creative doughnuts, I remember seeing graffiti everywhere: on the side of a building, framing a walk through an alley, on a bridge across the Willamette [...]
By Sierra Maciorowski Flight risk. Those words reverberate through her mind, as she pictures the orange wristband over and over again. Flight risk. What does it mean? Why is she here, in an unknown hospital? It takes one month to find out. Journalist Susannah Cahalan was 24 years old, finally [...]
By Allison Ashley It is common for Sonoma Academy students to take a year off between high school and college; it is a chance for students to have learning experience outside the classroom. These adventures can happen close to home or across the world. Here are what some seniors had [...]
By Sierra Maciorowski Sorry, skiers and snowboarders, fishers and farmers: next year’s conditions will probably not give you any thrills. With reservoirs still at around 30% of normal water levels, and the Sierras' snowpack at 32% of average, according to National Geographic, the next few years could destroy some parts [...]