December 16, 2017

Prepare to say farewell to the Principal

Posted on December 13, 2017 by in Op-Ed

Carlos Agaton

Chronicle Reporter

As the first semester comes to a close, not only will we be stressing out over finals and leaving this semester behind, but we will also be saying good-bye to our principal, Mrs. Sanchez. She had the privilege of working here for several years but now she must move on. She has been promoted to become the new Staff Relations Field Director for Local District West. She announced her departure from Hollywood High on Aug. 18.

Knowing she had only about four months left as principal, she did her best to make it memorable for the students and teachers. Although there can be various opinions towards her and her decisions, she still tried to make our school stand out from others by making decisions that she thought were good for us.

Her presence around the school was extremely active because at any given moment during school hours someone could easily bump into her because she was always walking around observing what students were doing.

Her final day as principal will be on Dec. 15 and any kind of farewell could mean a lot to her. So be sure to do that as a sign of respect for what she has done for the school.

Santa’s Frosty Follies come to town

Posted on December 10, 2017 by in Op-Ed

Esteban Garcia

Chronicle Reporter

A marvelous choir show premiered on Thursday night, full of joy and Christmas spirit. Tis’ the season to be jolly and what a great way to start the season, with a holiday show. With solos in the show and Santa and his little helpers in the action, Christmas seems ever so close to arrive.

” I liked how Dr. Keislar was dressed up as Santa and the High Notes because it was very entertaining,” said Nicole Vasquez. ” I believe the show put everyone in the Christmas spirit.”

With Dr.  Robert Keislar as  Santa, the show made a spectacular hit in the Hollywood School. Not only did the singers sing, but they also performed on stage with their own little act. Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the red nose reindeer joined the action, with their own little skit.

“I thought it was a success in general,” said Jonathon Har, a High Note. ” Everything was amazing. I liked the way I was able to interact with students from other periods rather than just my own class.”

It was a splendid show with some humor on the side. It was all balanced out to make the show interesting but not long enough to bore anyone down. Lisa Hertzner, the choir teacher, put on a great first Christmas show at Hollywood. She has also performed this show at her school that she founded in Arizona.

Prepare for finals week

Posted on December 5, 2017 by in Op-Ed

Oscar Perez

Chronicle Reporter

With finals week coming up, teachers push their students to wrap up the semester by turning in work and preparing for their final. Students that are behind in the class could considerably have a very stressful week. Most of the week will be spent with doing all the assignments that they did not turn in when they were due.

From my perspective, I feel very stressed, even as I’ve turned in all my assignments. This means that even if all my work is turned in, teachers will give students the week before finals as a study week to prepare. While other teachers are still giving tests and assignments, expecting the students to study for the finals as well. With teachers giving assignments, students do not have a chance to study for the final at home and are stressing out as teachers begin to explain what will be on the final.

I believe that the finals are an excuse for teachers to lower down your grade. The teachers say that the final is going to be a big part of your grade and becomes worth more than half the semester work. From my past experiences of taking finals, the test is way different from what the teacher tells you to study for.

Does winning the lottery actually make one happy?

Posted on November 16, 2017 by in Op-Ed

Leslie Figueroa

Crimson Chronicle Reporter

 

    Try to imagine winning a multi-million lottery at this very instant. How would you feel? If you’re anything like the general population, you’d feel ecstatic. Just imagine what one could do with that type of money! There’s just one problem, would you still feel this way in a couple of months? Chances are that you probably wouldn’t. In a study, researchers studied a group of 22 lucky lottery winners and a control group of normal individuals who lived life in a relatively conventional manner. Surprisingly the lottery winners levels of increased happiness were not that different compared to the control group. In fact, some had reported that they were more unhappy then than before the big win.

  Other researchers like the one In 1978 by a trio of researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Massachusetts concluded that emotional well being (the frequency and intensity one feels emotions) did not correlate with wealth or status to a certain point. This is, in theory, corresponds with a thing called hedonic adaptation, or as it is more commonly known as the hedonic treadmill. By definition, it is “the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes.” In short, it is the human ability to adapt emotionally to any situation. For example say I offered you delicious food, the idea of that food would excite you, but you wouldn’t stay that excited for long. After perhaps taking the first bite, your happiness level would theoretically revert back to the way it was before I had even propositioned food to you.

 So while in a sense the hedonic treadmill limits our enjoyments of good things, it also helps us recover from the suffering of disheartening events. Nevertheless, it is also crucial to note that this is not the only thing that could make winning the lottery less enjoyable. Factors like not being able to wisely spend the millions of dollars, or even splurging all of it at once can make us unhappy. That is not to say that money makes us sad or even that winning the lottery is a bad thing but that if one wins a multi-million lottery to be cautious and not immediately assume all problems have poofed into thin air.

Students undergo stress as the semester ends

Posted on November 15, 2017 by in Op-Ed

Michelle Munera

Crimson Chronicle Reporter

With the semester coming to an end, there are even more assignments due and more tests scheduled. Most people (like myself) are just waiting for Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break to come. Already looking forward to celebrating the holidays, students are losing motivation as more school work keeps piling up.

Everyone wants to end the semester on a good note with good grades but the added stress just makes it more difficult. Teachers seem to be trying to cram more lessons and giving more tests to go into our grades. Perhaps it’s because they need to keep up with what the order the curriculum requires. But this ultimately just makes it more harder on the students, especially because it is rushed. Teachers also feel the pressure of keeping up with grading assignments and turning in grades on time.

School work is normally a challenge to keep up with throughout the semester, but it especially becomes more intense towards the end. All the extra lessons and quizzes just add more to our study list when preparing for our final exams. The fact that we learn some things last minute also makes them harder to stick. There are six classes we need to worry about and keep up with all at the same time. Although not all six classes give a final and the difficulty level is not the same for each one, we are still expected to be able to balance whatever work is assigned to us.

As a junior, each year that Finals Week comes around, it only seems to get more difficult to handle. Especially when having college in mind, the pressure of trying to impress colleges and reaching the standards they expect is what worries most students.

We also have a life outside of school, and some of us are involved in extracurricular activities or sports after school. We may not have all the time in the world when we get home to get our homework and studying done. Being teenagers, we have a lot of other things to learn and worry about as we get older.

As the curriculum just gets more tough each year, so will the tests and finals at the end of the semesters. Each year will not become easier even if you have become accustomed to feeling the pressure. But it is how students work under this pressure and stress that determines how good of a student they are.

To help take off some stress, it is helpful to prioritize time and stay focused while doing homework. Everyone can develop their own form of working and studying skills that may help them stay concentrated and will result in a good performance on the tests. It is definitely something that is possible to accomplish, and everyone is capable of doing so.

 

Sudan the last of his kind

Posted on October 26, 2017 by in Op-Ed

Leslie Figueroa

Chronicle Reporter

Unfortunately, animal extinction has come to be something of ordinarity. We don’t exactly know how many animals go extinct every year but it could be around 100,00. To put that into perspective that is about 1 every 5 minutes. Animals ranging from the polar bear to chimpanzees to the adorable giant panda is expected to go extinct within the next 15 – 40 years. This is very heartbreaking seeing as how these animals, in particular, are ones we grew up within the zoo and on the pages of our coloring books.

     What is it like to look upon the last of something? It’s mind-boggling to think that an animal as magnificent as the northern white rhinos could ever be in danger of becoming fictional, a thing of the past. You are seeing this unfold. Sudan is a captive Northern white Rhinoceros who lives at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya. If he is not able to successfully mate soon with one of the last two female white rhinos at the conservancy then there will be no more of their kind, regardless of gender anywhere on earth.

To further the problem it doesn’t seem like Sudan has a good chance at reproduction. He is getting old currently at 44 years of age and all of his previous breeding efforts have failed. Apart from these three animals at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, only two other northern white rhinos exist, unfortunately, both females and in zoos.

    Sudan is a precious thing, the last male of his kind. His horn was cut off to deter poachers who kill rhinos and sell their horns. It’s sad to think that a beast as magnificent as him, has been dragged through the dirt and now carries a sad exterior about him. In all of his pictures, he carries his head down with age, small black eyes downcasted. If you want to help visit the link below and help make a rhino!

https://www.gofundme.com/makearhino

Are grades worth my sleep?

Posted on October 22, 2017 by in Op-Ed

Stephanie Starks

Chronicle Reporter

In regards of high school as a high school-er:

High school is a place where children finally cross that bridge from a child to a young adult. New stress and new things to worry about, marked by the transition of care-free attitudes to a sudden worry for strict societal norms, are placed upon plate after plate as we finally get a taste of this new thing that adults label “life”.

High school is where us young adults finally gain the experience and the knowledge on the basic world and the common sense to live smartly, but not enough to where we can say we have “lived” yet. Underestimating the difficulty and the insistent stress placed upon our very underdeveloped brains, adults tend to compare our failures to their successes, i.e. their ability to buy a house with only an undergraduate education back when 25 cents used to be a lot of money.

That is where this misunderstanding is branched off to a bunch of other misunderstandings that are backed up only by, you guessed it, more misunderstandings. The last thing high school is going to do is prepare me for the “real world”. I guess if, in the real world of course,  someone is going to blindfold me and shove me into a dark room and force me to fix a car without the manual and any other knowledge except an engineering course I took three years prior, then by all means, yes, continue giving 16 year old kids 2-day long college level calculus tests without any notes, but until then, the only thing high school is preparing me for is how to think straight and have basic motor skills when I’m running on 3 hours of sleep.

I am a junior. Throughout my 3 years of high school I have learned how to do three things; multitask, to remain cognizant, and to pretend. Without these three basic things, I’m sure that any other teenager afraid of the future would agree, no one would survive. Once you become ‘aware’  and hit a certain peak of stress and lethargy, a sense of existentialism comes and you start to think.

I’ve started to think.

The education system is based on memorization, not what we really know. I mean, essentially, all things are based off memorization, the ABCs, how to count etc. But there is a difference between implanting a concept in your mind and memorizing something just for when it is necessary. A girl could learn the quadratic formula by heart for a test, but if you were to ask her a week later, there is a big chance she would not know. This realization hit me when numerous times someone would ask me for help simply for the things that were on the quiz so they could pass, and not  so they could understand the entire concept as a whole.

To reach a conclusion, Grades, at this point in time, are more important than learning. If you don’t have the grades you don’t graduate, you don’t get into a good college, and you don’t get blind folded and thrown in a room to engineer a car by memory. I have found myself worrying about my GPA more often than worrying about if I actually understand the material that is being shoved into my head ( a question I refuse to answer on record) and once you start to think about it, it is actually somewhat sad and an impediment to the advancement of our nations rep with education.

Rather than worry about whether we are learning or not, we’re worried about percentages and grade point averages and whether or not this B would make us go down or go up and it should not, really, be something we should stress over.

 

No spirit in Spirit Week

Posted on October 17, 2017 by in Op-Ed

Oscar Perez

Chronicle Reporter

So far, in my perspective many students have not been excited for spirit week.  The students are not participating in spirit week as much as they could. Less than half of the students just do not care about school spirit. Students like me think that spirit week is unnecessary because it really does not bring out school spirit.

Monday was pajamas day and not that many students were wearing pajamas because it is possible that they feel embarrassed to wear their pajamas to school. It is also possible that they did not want to wear it because it was too hot on Monday. Some of the students that actually wore their pajamas were probably not afraid to wear it or they were probably in leadership, where they are to wear it for a grade. I did not want to participate because it was too hot to wear my pajamas to school.

On Tuesday there is sports day where you had to wear a jersey of a team. Many people did participate probably because it meant showing their favorite team on them. The other students probably did not wear it because they either did not have a jersey or they just did not care. I did not participate because I do not own a jersey and it really did not seem interesting.

Cutting back school start times improves student attendance

Posted on October 11, 2017 by in Op-Ed

Chronicle Reporter
America Flores-Hernandez

School start times should be adjusted so students can get more sleep and if they live far from school so they can get to class on time. Considering the facts most students, especially high schoolers, tend to stay up the night before finishing up assignments. By far, 90% of high schools and 80% of middle schools start before 8:30 a.m.

Most teenagers have the desire to sleep later, come to think of it, it really isn’t the after-school activities that stop us from getting the right amount of rest we need – rather than it might be the time school starts which requires us to wake up so early. However, some may argue that pushing back start times can cause teenagers to stay up late, yet current studies can’t really support that idea.

A recent study by Yale University how tardiness affects students’ sleep and other personal issues. According to researchers, “six studies, two that were controlled trials, showed that changing school starters from 25 to 65 minutes increased sleep time of 25 to 77 minutes per week night.

Overall, students had the chance to sleep later in the morning and managed to head to bed at an adequate time, getting that extra hour of sleep.

Why we all know Gun Control is needed but why it won’t happen

Posted on October 5, 2017 by in Op-Ed

Leslie Figueroa

Crimson Chronicle Reporter

On October 1st, A mass shooting took place in Las Vegas killing 59 people and injuring 500.  Many have taken this news to hearts and as journalists have written about Gun control and the need to tighten its regulation is distribution. Does it sound familiar? That’s because where catastrophes like this happen the keyboard start typing and the paper starts printing. Something similar has always happened after every gun violence incident, always hoping to cause change. Nevertheless we have to take into consideration that perhaps this isn’t the easiest thing to accomplish. The NRA, and the Gerrymandering, are just two obstacles to overcome.

  To start off the NRA is a huge an influential group deeply rooted in the U.S governme. So much so that it has widely gained the reputation of being able to make it break any politician. Guess what their stance is on gun control? They heavily object to any proposal that would even remotely regulate gun violence. It’s so bad in fact the former congressman once told the New York Times, “That was the one group where I said, ‘As long as I’m in office, I’m not bucking the NRA.'” This obviously has deep implications that whatever NRA wants, NRA gets. And they so happen to not want gun regulations.

  Then there is the problem of gerrymandering. In definition the word means to “manipulate the boundaries of an electoral constituencies as to favor one party or class.” In short any attempts to pass firearm regulation laws have been shot down before they even began. This obviously has serious implications especially when you consider that if it suits someone’s needs then this form of manipulation can have some serious consequences.

  In short while gun control is something we desperately need In this country which is made evident by the time and time again violence it isn’t something that’s going to happen. A bit pessimistic maybe, but certainly realistic. While scary in their own right keep in mind that the NRA and gerrymandering is only two conditions that are preventing gun control. It’s a much deeper hole of contradictions then it seems.