Principal steps down from position

Posted on May 23, 2019 by in News

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Sidney Gonzalez

Chronicle Reporter

Edward Colacion has officially stepped down from his position as principal at Hollywood High School.

Colacion sent out an email to staff at Hollywood at 7:24 on Wednesday night where he stated his gratitude for everyone working towards the needs of Hollywood. In the email, he addressed his “step[ping] down” from the position as being a result of placing his attention to his mother and family.

Until another principal is hired, Fonna Bishop will serve as Interim Principal for the rest of the 2018-2019 school year. Bishop served as principal in the years of 2002-2008 until she retired.

Some students and teachers are confused by how sudden this is.

Francisco Juarez, teacher, said “I just hope that his mother gets better and he is able to provide whatever that she needs.”

Billionaire pays off student loans

Posted on May 22, 2019 by in Features, News

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America Flores-Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

Billionaire Robert Smith announced last week that he would pay off the student debts for the Morehouse College graduating class of 2019, a class that includes the son of Dean Essick Allen.

Smith was the commencement speaker at its recent graduation ceremony, when he announced he would pay off the student loan debt of the graduates.

“It came as a shock to all of us present at the ceremony, I can recall seeing a few students crying out of joy because once you get your degree and credentials to work in the field within it, you start preparing to pay off those debts, which usually take years to complete,” said Dean Allen.

According to close relatives, “Many of us assumed you would need an application for this sort of thing, but no it was real and not just your regular fantasy.”

Based on this experience, Allen noted the impact of historically black colleges/universities, and how they’ve shaped the progress of the black community in terms of educational, economical, social, and political purposes.

“This wouldn’t happen at UCLA would it? Now that’s the distinction between how giving back to your community no matter what, with nothing holding you back from doing so,” he said.

Known for his philanthropic and investment efforts to organizations that serve under-represented communities, especially those for people of color, Robert F. Smith has a net worth of $5 billion, and is among the group of Forbes’ individuals who rose up from humble beginnings. He has founded his own private equity and venture capital firm, Vista Equity Partners, which serves to assist individuals in times of need. 

Next weeks block schedule

Posted on May 17, 2019 by in Announcements, News

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Next week starting May 20th all juniors will be taking the CAASPP (California assessment performance and progress) test. The purpose the CAASPP system is to assist teachers, administration, students, and parents by promoting high-Quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of assessment approaches and item types.

Monday May 20
Math Computer Adaptive Test Periods 1,3,5

Tuesday May 21
Math Computer Adaptive Test Periods 2,4,6

Wednesday May 22
Math Computer Adaptive Test Periods 1,3,5

Thursday May 23
Math Computer Adaptive Test Periods 2,4,6

Friday May 24
Special Bell Schedule for Hollywood Idol

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Kahliyah Williams

Get your vote in at Prom

Posted on May 17, 2019 by in News

Get your vote in at Prom

Sharon Ulloa

Chronicle Reporter

Prom is right around the corner, this Saturday, May 18. Students attending will meet up at the Bonaventure Hotel at 7pm and will last till 12am. 

Prom Court applications were due on Friday, May 10. Requirements to run for the positions were: write an one page essay and a headshot of yourself. 

There are four nominees running for prom court this year. Two prom Queens and two Kings. Heidi Paniagua, Violet Tirado, Chandler Johnson, and Ali Dugaly. 

Voting for the nominees will end 9:30pm, so make sure you get your vote in. 

Math teacher uses her musical skills for a good cause

Posted on May 15, 2019 by in Features, News

Math teacher uses her musical skills for a good cause

Frida Larios

Chronicle Reporter

In an email recently sent to staff, PAM algebra 2 and pre-calculus teacher Alissa Abad explained a project she started to help raise money for the class of 2020 while practicing her violin skills.

The goal was to practice violin for 600 minutes.

“The reward for completing this challenge is
obviously for me to improve my musical skills, but there is also an opportunity for people to pledge money towards fulfilling the 600 minute goal, in which I will give 100% of the pledge money to a charity. Last year I raised some money to go towards the graduating class funds at my previous school. This year, I would like to give that to our very own Class of 2020.”

Abad asked for a donation of 1 cent or more a minute so if she reached 600 minutes, she would have at least $6 to donate to the junior class, but by the time she reached her 600 minute goal, she reached more than she initially thought.

“In total, a check of $146.05 will be written for next year’s graduating class.” Abad wrote in a follow up email.

“I am grateful for Miss Abad for doing that for us because that was her personal time.”

Says PAM junior, Jasmin Kim.

“I am thankful for the other teachers as well for participating because they didn’t have to do that.”

Students win LADWP art contest

Posted on May 15, 2019 by in News

Students win LADWP art contest

Cristal Rincon

Chronicle Reporter

Seven of Ms. Iamboliyski’s students have won awards in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Student Poster Contest, with artwork that brings awareness to water and power conservation.

It began as an assignment for Ms. Iamboliyski’s art classes, with an additional option to submit their work to the contest. “I think it’s very important that they learn to conserve water and power for the future of the planet and future generations,” said Ms. Iamboliyski.

The contest is a partnership between the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the LA Times in Education. As the second largest city in the nation, Los Angeles uses a large amount of water and energy. This contest served as an effort to promote conservation tips.

Students made original artwork using illustrations depicting different ways that one can do their part to save water and energy. Schools from all over Los Angeles participated, ranging from elementary schools to high schools. Awards were given in first, second, and third place for categories organized by each grade level.

Alyssa Lira, SAS Senior, received first place in the 12th grade category. Her artwork was a watercolor painting of the earth, with a faucet putting water into reusable water bottle. She included statistics on the amount of plastic wasted when using plastic water bottles rather than reusable ones.

“I didn’t think I would win, I think it’s really strange because I don’t consider myself a painter,” said Alyssa. “I just hope I get more people aware of the fact that we only have 12 years to reverse the effects of climate change.”

Along with Alyssa, the following students received awards:

  • Sorokina Maryna has won second place in the 9th grade category.
  • Laisha Salvador has won third place in the 10th grade category.
  • Violeta Torres has won first place in the 11th grade category.
  • Kayla Kwak has won second place in the 11th grade category.
  • Marilyn Chicas has won third place in the 11th grade category.
  • Alyssa Lira has won first place in the 12th  grade category.
  • Kaizz Maniego has won third place in the 12th grade category.

The winners will receive their awards and be celebrated at a luncheon held on May 23, at the Los Angeles Times Printing Plant, alongside the rest of the winners.

Support Hollywood at Starfest 2019

Posted on May 9, 2019 by in Announcements, News

Support Hollywood at Starfest 2019

Elvira Roman

Chronicle Reporter

Starfest 2019 is a free event hosted by LACER from 6 different locations. Middle Schools such as Bancroft, King, Irving, and Leconte are performing and being included in this event. Among them are Hollywood and Fairfax High School. Join LACER and students on May 11 at Irving Middle School from 1 to 3 p.m.

This annual showcase is meant to shows off student’s hard work in dance,art, and music. There will be an outdoor art show, showcase of student work, concessions, and raffles.

LACER is hosting this fundraiser to help gather money to support free after school programs in LAUSD. So any donations and sponsors are encouraged in order to help students have this program available at their schools.

Seniors, start returning your books

Posted on May 9, 2019 by in Announcements, News

Seniors, start returning your books

Elissa Martinez

Chronicle Reporter

Graduation is approaching quickly meaning now is the time to start returning your overdue textbooks and library books.

To graduate it is mandatory that you return/pay for your overdue items. This does not only include any fines you have from Hollywood’s library, it also goes for any other items you need to return/pay from other schools in the district.

If by any chance you lost your book and want to save yourself some money from paying the full fine, you are able to purchase a used book from online and replace your missing book like that.

Visit the library or textbook room to ask about your record if you are not sure about having any overdue items.

The deadline to turn in all of your books and clear your record for graduation practice is Friday, May 31.

Teachers feel the love

Posted on May 8, 2019 by in News

Teachers feel the love

Melanie Aguilar

Chronicle Reporter

This week, Teacher Appreciation Week is officially underway, so let’s show our gratitude and appreciation to the people that educate us on a daily basis not just this week but every week. 

Teacher Appreciation Week takes place from May 6-10 and originated in 1953 thanks to Eleanor Roosevelt. Roosevelt convinced congress that there should be a specific day to recognize teachers. Take the time to recognize the most undervalued workers for all the time and effort that goes into being a teacher. Teachers say grading papers and meeting every students needs are the most difficult aspects of instructing, so it’s important to thank our educators for their labor. Without teachers, careers are limited because there are no instructors to pass along the valuable information that could result to other professions. Teachers  play a huge role in everyday life. We are constantly learning the material that our educators are putting forwards and in the future we may find ourselves instructing others. 

This week we honor our faulty, who continue to inspire and mentor our students. They come to school everyday because despite how demanding it may be, they love what they do. Thank you teacher for helping shape future professions and making an impact in thousands of students lives. 

Fewer shortened days, more minimum days next year

Posted on May 6, 2019 by in News

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Rafael Hernandez
Chronicle Reporter

From May 2 to 3 before class started in the morning faculty members voted on whether to change next year’s 2019-2020 school schedule.

A email sent out by the school principal showed the results:

*   Our current OPTION A of 22 banked Tuesdays of Professional Development for the 2019-20 school year VOTE,  fell short of the 2/3 majority for classified and certificated.

Therefore, we shall have OPTION B

* 14 banked Tuesdays of Professional Development for the 2019-20 school year

    * 10 minimum days

According to Lee Tuomala UTLA Chapter chair three of four extra minimum days will be going towards finals while one is still undecided.

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