January 17, 2019

Teachers Strike Update

Posted on January 13, 2019 by in News

Teachers Strike Update

Maria Alfaro

Chronicle Reporter

The Los Angeles teachers’ union and school district failed to reach an agreement these past days. Teachers rejected the last offer that was made to them from the nation’s second-largest school district. Teachers from Los Angeles Unified School District have set to go on strike Monday, Jan. 14 to have their voices be heard. It is unclear on how long it will last, since the strike of 1989 lasted nine days.

According to USA Today, teachers are going on strike because they want an increase in salary, lower class size, less standardized testing, and more money for counselors, nurses, and librarians. LA Unified Schools, led by Superintendent Austin Beutner, has declared that they cannot meet all the demands from United Teachers Los Angeles or else they would go bankrupt. Since they could not come to an agreement, teachers have decided to go on with their plans of striking on Monday.

LAUSD schools will be open for all students to attend. The district has let parents know that students are expected to go like any other day. They will be offered breakfast and lunch and have instructional time. However, things won’t be the same without teachers. Although the strike has not started it has already started to have an impact on students schedules.

Students in Hollywood will have a different schedule than they normally do. They will have a special four-period block schedule and be divided by SLC. Throughout the day, each SLC will take turns in being placed in the gym, auditorium, cafeteria, and track and field. Jaimelee Belisle, a senior from the New Media Academy said, “They’re too long and how can they teach if everyone is learning something different.” The teacher strike will leave an impact on many people. However, teachers want their voices to be heard and will go through with this despite the rainy days ahead.

Teacher strike affects extracurricular activities

Posted on January 10, 2019 by in News

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Elvira Roman, Kahliyah Williams, and Elissa Martinez

Chronicle Reporters

As many know, teachers will be going on strike on Monday and it is unknown for how long. Many teachers will be striking, substitutes will be limited, and student’s education will most likely be delayed. But what happens to students who have tutoring after school, or are in certain clubs and/or sports?

Here is an update for people who have questions regarding what will occur to anyone in after school sports and clubs. Basketball and soccer are the current sports that will be affected due to the strike.

SAS Counselor and Athletic Director Raul Grijalva said, “Basketball and soccer games are cancelled and there’s a possibility of rescheduling… L.A.C.E.R. will be cancelled, [but tutoring] is still happening.”

“Nobody wants a strike [to happen] but we’re standing up for students and teachers rights,” he said.

The teacher strike is really going to throw things off for a lot of sport programs at LAUSD schools. For anyone in sports, it has been said that teams are not allowed to play any games or even go to practice.  It is going to be different for players not being able to play and practice with each other any time soon since it is usually a part of their daily routine. During the meantime, many students who do any extracurricular activities will have more time to do homework.

Jacqueline Ramirez, a senior at Hollywood High School who plays basketball, gave us her opinion on how she feels about the strike. “I’m mad that basketball is being cancelled; it’s my senior year and I want to play as many games as possible. We are doing good as a team so it sucks not being able to finish what we started. I guess we aren’t allowed to practice but our coach wants us to run two miles each day… we are trying to get far in playoffs so we can’t be missing days of practice.”

Strike FAQs

Posted on January 10, 2019 by in News

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Novalee Lopez and Yadira Romero

Chronicle Reporters

Lately, the halls of Hollywood High have been filled with questions and anticipation for this teacher strike. For many students, they have not witnessed something as drastic and intense as this back and forth negotiation with UTLA and the school district in hopes to come to an agreement.  UTLA has decided to postpone the strike to Monday, Jan.14 in order “for clarity and to allow members, parents, our communities to plan.”  Being newly exposed to a possible teacher strike has stirred up plenty of questions such as:

What are the teachers striking for?

Since the board has agreed to meet the demand for a 6% raise the teachers wanted, teachers are now demanding smaller class sizes, less standardized testing, and increased staffing at schools such as more qualified librarians, more nurses, and more counselors.

 How is the strike going to affect us, the students?

Since there will only be about 300 substitute teachers for 30,000 teachers for all of the LAUSD schools, our school is most likely not to receive subtitutes. Therefore each SLC will have an administrator looking after them and will be located in different locations. It would be harder to communicate with teachers since we will not be able to see them as much as needed. Obviously, since the teachers won’t be there, we won’t be learning as much as we have to especially for the AP students. Our learning would be delayed.

How long is the strike going to last?

There is no definite answer as to how long the strike will last. Ultimately it comes down to how fast the school board is willing to meet conditions the teachers have asked for. If the strike does occur on Monday, Jan 14, it can last for days or even weeks.

Are students able to participate in the strike?

Students will have the opportunity to stand with the teachers during the strike, as long as the student’s parent is alongside with them. Due to safety precautions this is the only way that we, the students, can show our support.        

 

     

 

Strike Date Nears

Posted on January 8, 2019 by in Announcements, News

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Picture Credits: Rafael Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter

Mayeli Acuna & Katie Adaya

As Jan. 10 approaches, the controversy between LAUSD teachers and the school board tenses up. The district tried to ban special education teachers from striking, but were denied by a judge. LAUSD filed a “federal court paper seeking an order to prevent a strike by members of United Teachers Los Angeles who provide special-education support and services to more than 60,000 students,” according to CBS Los Angeles.

Ms. Zeineddine, a special education teacher at Hollywood High School, explained how “disappointing to know that is coming from our superintendent in the district we represent and how much we invest and love our students, special ed, gen ed, any student…”

Following that, this situation targeted specific students. “To target our specific students and make it seem out of a place of caring so much now and it makes me question well.. Why now? There is a lot of times when we are wanting a lot of support for our students and don’t feel heard.” That shows the lack of consideration the district has not only for the teachers but for the students. 

Not much on how the school will be conducted during the strike is known. However, what is known is that “the only people that are going to be here are the administrators, the principals, secretaries, the cafeteria staff, and security,” said Raul Grijalva, Hollywood High  SAS counselor.

The administration will be in charge of controlling the school while the teachers participate in the strike. “My guess is that they’ll just put a lot of people in the auditorium and library. As far as lesson plans, we don’t know. They haven’t told us anything. It’s all up in the air, we don’t know,” said Grijalva.

It is uncertain if the strike will still take place Thursday, Jan. 10 or be postponed. After a court hearing today, a decision will be made. Stay tuned with the Crimson Chronicle for more updates regarding the strike.

 

Avoid schedule confusion this finals week

Posted on December 10, 2018 by in Announcements, News

Avoid schedule confusion this finals week

Stephanie Starks

Photo Editor

With our pencils out and notebooks filled, finals week has finally made its appearance. No matter the grade or seniority, the schedule for finals week or the week of pep rally is always confusing. So, to avoid any mishaps and keep your head in the game, here’s the schedule for this 12/10-12/14:

Tuesday 12/11

Period 1(BIC): 8:00 a.m. – 10:13 a.m.

Nutrition: 10:13 a.m. – 10:28 a.m.

Period 2: 10:34 a.m. – 12:32 p.m.

Lunch: 12:32 p.m. – 1:02 p.m.

Period 3: 1:08 p.m. – 1:31 p.m.

Period 4: 1:37 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday 12/12

Period 3(BIC): 8:00 a.m. – 10:13 a.m.

Nutrition: 10:13 a.m. – 10:28 a.m.

Period 4: 10:34 a.m. – 12:32 p.m.

Lunch: 12:32 p.m. – 1:02 p.m.

Period 5: 1:08 p.m. – 2:04 p.m.

Period 6: 2:10 p.m. – 3:06 p.m.

Thursday 12/13

Period 5(BIC): 8:00 a.m. – 10:13 a.m.

Nutrition: 10:13 a.m. – 10:28 a.m.

Period 6: 10:34 a.m. – 12:32 p.m.

Lunch: 12:32 p.m. – 1:02 p.m.

Period 1: 1:08 p.m. – 2:04 p.m.

Period 2: 2:10 p.m. – 3:06 p.m.

Friday 12/14

Period 1 (BIC): 8:00 a.m. – 8:49 a.m.

Period 2: 8:55 a.m. – 9:29 a.m.

Period 3: 9:35 a.m. – 10:09 a.m.

Brunch: 10:09 a.m. – 10:39 a.m. 

Period 4: 10:45 a.m. – 11:19 a.m.

Period 5: 11:25 a.m. – 11:59 a.m.

Period 6: 12:05 p.m. – 12:39 p.m.

Sounds of the Season Holiday Show

Posted on December 5, 2018 by in News

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Alex Glebov

Chronicle Reporter

Tomorrow the choir is putting on a holiday show. The choir has been working tirelessly since the beginning of the year to perfect their songs for all of us to hear. Roughly 50 students will be signing in perfect harmony in the show, so come on down to support choir on their big day.

The show will take place Thursday  in the auditorium at 6pm and will last until 7:30pm. Tickets can be bought at the student store for $3 with a student ID, and $5 without an ID.

Deadline extension saves the day

Posted on November 29, 2018 by in News

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Melanie Aguilar

Chronicle Reporter

With college deadlines closely approaching, there’s seems to be more and more stress to get an application in on time. But if you’re currently in a time crunch, struggling to get things in on time and still do work for individual academic classes, here’s some news that will hopefully uplift you..

Cal State Universities have announced an extension to their deadline for the 2019 Fall academic school year. Instead of submitting your application on Nov 30 by 11:59 pm there is now a two week addition of time to continue submitting. With high demands to extend the deadlines and several website crashes, CSU’s have confirmed this delay as an accommodation for all students to apply to their desired Cal States. The new deadline to apply to all 23 cal state universities is Dec 15 at 11:59 pm.

With many students facing hardships as a result of the California wildfires, CSU has granted all students excessive time to submit an application. It is evident that this added time is a set of good news for all. SAS senior, Monica Sanchez let us know how relieved she was by this set of good news, “I’m so glad that the deadline was extended because now I have a bit more time to get it together”. In hopes that with this extension more students will be able to get their applications in at a less stressful rate, CSU’s have accommodated to our needs.

CSU’s “fire” response

Posted on November 28, 2018 by in News

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Chronicle Reporter
America Flores-Hernandez

Many seniors have sighed in relief and for a good reason, in response to the recent wildfires, the following press release by the CSU was made: “With many prospective students, their families and communities facing hardship due to wildfires affecting the entire state, the California State University (CSU) is extending the priority application deadline for fall 2019 admission to December 15.” They also announced that accommodations would be made for certain individuals affected by the fires, if they were to consider on-campus housing once verifying their acceptance to any of the 23 campuses. In addition to these press releases, students will receive financial-aid based on the severity of their situation based on the fire’s impact towards their communities.

https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/news/Pages/CSU-to-Extend-Fall-2019-Application-Period-to-December-15.aspx

Latest mural receives mixed reviews

Posted on November 15, 2018 by in News

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Kenyon Dawson

Chronicle Reporter

Hollywood High School has recently been under works for a new mural on the southwest wall of the building, and as of Nov. 13 2018, it is complete. Students have very strong opinions towards the mural illustrated by artist Don Rimx entitled, “Unifying Eternities”. The mural depicts two colorful, yet anonymous, faces constructed by abstract shapes and objects, alongside various patterns, plants, and shapes. “I like it because it’s really vibrant and pops out at you..” says TCA senior Kelvin Salazar.

On the other hand, many students don’t see eye-to-eye with the intentions of the mural. “…I just don’t understand the historical significance of it, that’s all.” says PAM senior Scarlett Gomez. Hollywood High Principal Edward Colacion says “It celebrates not only the diversity we have here at Hollywood High School but also the diversity in the community of Los Angeles. It was a great opportunity to [improve] this corner, which was kind of neglected.”

The real superhero passes

Posted on November 14, 2018 by in News

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Novalee Lopez

Chronicle Reporter

Stan Lee is a name many, if not all, are familiar with. Sadly, Monday, Nov. 12, Lee passed at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Stan Lee is the infamous creator of all Marvel comics, characters and the mind behind the movies. He was well known and very respected in the industry. Stan Lee was able to bring action, joy, and inspiration with words and a few pictures to all comic enthusiasts.

Lee was well rounded, he was well respected not only in the creative world, but in the ‘real’ world as well. He was a veteran, he served his military time fighting in World War 2. Needless to say he was a selfless person at heart. This is exemplified in his founding of the Stan Lee Foundation, which mains purpose was education, literacy, and the arts. This foundation supported programs that wanted to improve access to literacy resources. He’s giving personality, popular comics and even more popular films will be missed. Stan Lee is a man whose legacy will not be forgotten.

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