Recognizing the need for a break

Posted on April 10, 2020 by in Op-Ed

Sidney Gonzalez

News Editor

As spring break comes to a close, some of us might think back to what we had planned to do, but was pushed away to not contribute further to the current pandemic.

I was personally excited since last Christmas because I get sort of claustrophobic when I spend too long in a city environment. My dad was saving his work vacation for spring break, and my brother was not as excited as we were to spend the break at Yosemite National Park. 

However, as we know, quarantine kicked in, and all plans for spring break were replaced with staying home. Spring break is typically a time where students take a break  from stressful school work and the general chaotic nature of school. This time, unlike winter break or summer break does not have an elongated time period where students have all the time to spare doing work assigned. 

Although we are at home, I think it is important that teachers also take into account that this week is still a break. Even if classes are now online, we are still receiving assignments from all teachers and some are giving more work in the same amount of time than they would during normal classes. Not only is classwork an issue, but at home, students with still working parents have siblings to take care of, houses to clean daily, and meals to cook. Anxieties of the pandemic itself and stress caused due to claustrophobia of staying inside.

Personally, I have felt uneasiness in not going outside, since I rely on fresh air and the sun to keep me calm. However, due to the news spreading more fear than information, I have felt my anxiety skyrocket and affect every second of my life. Prior to the pandemic, I was improving the way that my anxiety affects my productivity and general daily life. One of the benefits that I’ve had during this break has been being able to talk more to my friends who live in different time zones and encourage me to keep a calm mentality. 

I think that in times like these, it is important for teachers to recognize students’ and students to recognize teachers’ feelings and anxieties and allow some time for each other to relax and understand the burdens that each is facing during these hard times.

Getting the hang of Zoom

Posted on March 28, 2020 by in Op-Ed

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Sidney Gonzalez

News Editor

As many students know, in place of classes, teachers are holding classes through Zoom.

Zoom is a platform for video conferencing, and can be used through the application or accessed online when teachers send messages with a link to the conference. You can use any device to use Zoom, computers and phones alike. Teachers can hold lectures, show PowerPoint presentations, and interact with all students in the class. Students can pitch in by using audio and responding, or when muted by teachers can comment in the Public Chat. 

So far, I’ve used Zoom in my English, Spanish, and Journalism classes and I have a generally positive opinion of the platform. I generally dislike video conferences on a personal level because I dislike the thought of seeing my own face, but Zoom has been pretty good on an academic level. Although the camera does have some lag, the voices of teachers are generally clear, and they’re able to communicate concepts and lessons as easily as in class thus far. I’ve also found that student involvement in discussions is possible and also flows well once we are able to start talking. Although it is not the same as a traditional class or classroom, I feel that Zoom is a good working platform to temporarily hold classes and I will hopefully continue to adjust to it as the days pass despite the situation being slightly uncomfortable.

Restrooms become open

Posted on March 20, 2020 by in News

Sidney Gonzalez

News Editor

Students have grown concerned over the restroom situation in the possibility of them being closed permanently.

Dr. Mary Reid and the administration team, consisting of the assistant principals, magnet coordinators, the dean, and the school officer decided to close restrooms during class time. Dr. Reid says this was in order to promote restrooms being used correctly and discourage students from setting fires, smoking, vaping, and ditching class. The only restrooms that were supposed to be open during this time were the 400s and the TCA building. In addition, teachers documented a student leaving the classroom and coming back on a sign out sheet.

The timing of this decision was in alignment with the fires, trash cans being set on fire in the restrooms, arts and P.E. buildings, and the sign out sheets were meant to help determine who set the fires to begin with. Fires of the sort are toxic to breathing and can harm anyone nearby that inhale the fumes. 

“I don’t want to discourage people from being here,” Dr. Reid said.

Misinformation over the restrooms being closed also spread, as initially among students it was said that the restrooms were to be closed during nutrition and lunch. Some restrooms were found to be closed not due to the plan to keep students in classrooms, but due to plumbing issues.

“I have to walk across campus to go use the restroom,” Melany Ramirez, TCA senior said,” and it makes me late when I go during passing period because there’s such a big line.”

Dr. Mary Reid says that she plans to keep the restrooms open meanwhile students remain responsible and no further incidents occur.

Clippers spark “Spirit”

Posted on May 31, 2019 by in News

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Sidney Gonzalez and Cristal Rincon

Chronicle Reporters

Four team members from the official dance squad for the Los Angeles Clippers, The Spirit, came on campus yesterday, for a private event to celebrate dance and cheer among our dance guard and cheerleading team.

The dancers performed a short piece for the students, showcasing some of their choreography. They then participated in a meet and greet, where students were able to ask questions and receive autographs. Students asked about the dancer’s personal backgrounds in dance as well as their experience auditioning and joining the Clippers’ dance squad.

Members of dance guard and cheer were able to show off their skills after the Q&A, performing their own short pieces for the dancers, while receiving tips for how to improve. These ranged from refining their choreography to enhancing their presence on stage.

Students were surprised and content with this unexpected event. Beatriz Lopez, PAM senior and co-captain of Hollywood’s dance guard was very appreciative of this opportunity.


“I think dance guard has never had it’s time to be appreciated,” said Beatriz. ”Now I can think of dance as more of a profession than just for fun.”

Assistant Principal Furioso initiated the process to make this happen. He donated some of his own money, which was then used to fund the event. “We want to continue to emphasize the importance of arts at Hollywood High School and both dance guard and cheer are examples of artistic expression,” said Furioso. He wanted to give our students a chance to talk with professionals, especially some who came from communities like Hollywood that have succeeded in the industry.

The LA Clippers worked closely with our administration, and were very passionate about coming to support our students. “I hope they were able to see a possible future and that we could spark some joy,” said Kylie Montoya, one of the dancers.

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.”

High school journalists refine their skills at convention

Posted on April 29, 2019 by in Op-Ed

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Sidney Gonzalez

Chronicle Reporter

The National High School Journalism Convention was recently held to further the skills of young journalists and yearbook contributors.

It was held April 25-29 at the Hilton of Anaheim, California. It consisted of workshops along with speakers where students and their advisers alike could attend and take notes. Some topics included the representation of the LGBTQ+ community, photojournalism, jump-starting creativity, leadership, and how to write good first drafts. Schools came from around the country, some from here in California and even Hawaii. There was around 3,500 attendants for the event.

Overall, for me the experience was overall a good one because of all the interesting options. One particular workshop that stood out was one centered around getting better interviews. As a reporter, interviews are so important because they further occurrences. They had us all practice different handshakes and also gave tips to improve questions. The 30-10-3 process is very useful in this. In this, prepare 30 questions, plan on asking only 10, and shoot for three solid questions.

There was also a lot of emphasis on the telling the stories of individuals. Focusing in on the community and the lives of community members allows newspapers and readers to connect on a more personal level and readers to be interested.

To anyone who is interested in writing and passionate in getting the truth out, I recommend joining Journalism next year.  It can help you improve your writing while giving a voice to your passions in our school community.

LA Sparks adopts girls basketball team

Posted on March 29, 2019 by in News

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Sidney Gonzalez and Cristal Rincon

Chronicle Reporters

At a surprise event held on Mar. 28, the Los Angeles Sparks revealed the adoption of the Hollywood High School girls basketball team to recognize them and celebrate their accomplishments this past season.

As part of the Adopt-A-Team Program, the team was granted a $2,700 check, season tickets, exclusive practice with the team, and STAPLES Center court time. Each year, the Los Angeles Sparks adopts different teams with the support of community partners, like the Hollywood Rotary Club.

“It is my hope that this motivates our young girls to continue to play basketball to pursue careers in either sports management or whatever they desire,” said Natalie White, Senior Vice President of the Sparks.

What started with a simple request for basketballs quickly became an unforgettable experience. Kristen Welch, LA Sparks senior manager, saw this request as a chance to provide an opportunity similar to the one she received when she played basketball as a high school student. Her own experiences getting to play at the STAPLES Center furthered her passion for the sport, and motivated her to pursue a career in the sports world, even after she stopped playing basketball.

“I love to provide for girls because I know what it’s like to play basketball,” Welch said. “Girls programs don’t get as much support. I hope that it opens their minds to what is possible.”

As soon as they heard the news, the girls faces lit up with both shock and excitement. Alyssa Cabahug, SAS sophomore said, “We’re very honored to be selected. We appreciate all they’ve done for us. I think it’ll improve our confidence because we’re able to see people care and want us to grow.”

In the midst of Women’s History month, this partnership supports gender equity within the sports community. The administrative team felt it was important to celebrate the girls basketball team, following their 15-1 season.

“We want to emphasize that female athletes are valued and that they are deserving of every chance and opportunity,” said Assistant Principal Pacino Furioso, who is responsible for organizing the event.

Maximizing your concert experience

Posted on March 8, 2019 by in Op-Ed

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Sidney Gonzalez

Chronicle Reporter

With music being accessible in just the press of a button, we tend to want more of it. If you have a favorite artist or band, you usually want to experience their music live. But you might not be too familiar with the concert experience, so here are a few quick tips so you can enjoy your time.

  • Getting your tickets

Most tickets are purchased online and if this is your case, make sure you know when they go on sale. Sometimes there are pre-sale tickets, so sign up for them if you can. When they go on sale make sure you have your method of payment and information on hand, and  refresh the page during this time to see if you’ve been let into the queue. Sometimes you are unable to get tickets and they sell out, but there are other places where you can get tickets. Websites such as TickPick offer resales.

  • Make sure you have your tickets at the gate

If you have a physical copy, make sure the ticket is secure and with you. For digital tickets, make sure you either have good Wifi to access the ticket or screenshot it and prepare to demonstrate it at the gate.

  • Plan for the weather

Make sure to check the news or your weather app for the day of and dress appropriately. If it’s going to rain, bring a poncho, raincoat, or umbrella. If it’s at night, it’s likely to be cold, so bring a sweater just in case.

  • Plan to get there early

Typically the area around the location will be very busy if a crowd is to be expected. Plan to leave early enough to give you time to get caught up in traffic or find another route and still get there in time

  • Don’t stress over getting there a slightly late

Most bands and artists do not arrive and start performing at the exact time treated on the ticket. Also, there is usually other artists opening for them, so unless you also want to watch them, don’t worry too much.

  • Buy merchandise before the show

A lot of people are very interested in buying merchandise as a memento, if that’s you, consider going before the show during the opening acts as the line is least likely to be as long compared to later on at the end of the show.

  •  Plan your ride back

Not everyone has a car, so make sure to plan how you’re going to get back. No matter the time of day, traffic and crowds get in the way of a commute. For public transportation, make sure you know the location of stops and stations and around how often they pass as well as the route. For those taking Uber or Lyft, it’s a good idea to find a distinguishable place to put as your location, that way there is no confusion to where you are.

  • Be aware of the type of concert it is

Not every concert is a sit down and in your own seat type of event. While there, look around you to check the area. Rock concerts in particular are known for their mosh pits, so know what you’re getting into and remove yourself from that area if you are uncomfortable.

  • Don’t look at your phone the whole time

People tend to get caught up on the taking photographs and recording videos when they go to a concert. Put down your phone even if it’s only for a few songs so that you are able to enjoy the experience and the music.

Hollywood’s Academic Decathlon team receive awards

Posted on February 14, 2019 by in News

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Sidney Gonzalez

Chronicle Reporter

The results are in for the Academic Decathlon and Hollywood High has some notable award winners including three gold medals.


The Academic Decathlon is as the name suggests an academic competition consisting of seven knowledge tests which were completed at Hollywood for our own students. These knowledge tests consist of  Art, Economics, Literature, Math, Music, Science and Social Science. After completing them, students later went to Edward R. Roybal Learning Center to complete the rest of the decathlon consisting of an essay, speech, interview. Students also competed in the fast-paced Super Quiz at this location, a challenge which is held live.

This year, the the topic focused on was the 1960s, which can be often referred to as a transformative time, with changes all around the United States from protests for civil rights and full women’s rights to the Vietnam war and rock and roll.

Stacey Kasai, a SAS senior is the team captain of the Academic Decathlon team at Hollywood. She won a medal for leadership/inspiration. For this portion, she had to read off flashcards which were used to challenge each other in vocabulary, as well as assign roles and act out Tom Stoppard’s play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”.

“It was really fun, we did a lot better than we thought we did. We placed 24th out of 57 which is a huge jump from last year,” she said.

This year has been the highest score that Hollywood has seen, before the highest was 26th place.

Jose Salazar, SAS senior, won a gold medal in the interview portion, with a perfect score alongside. The interview portion consisted of two interviews, one that had been prepared and another impromptu. He describes the process as consisting of a 20-30 second introduction followed by responding to questions for about five minutes.

“No, I didn’t think I was going to win,” he said. “I was really surprised because I wasn’t at the awards ceremony.”

He was notified of his win through a text from a friend who did attend the ceremony.

Another award recipient, Carmen Muñiz, an eleventh grade SAS student, won a gold medal in the essay and plaque for highest score on the team. She wrote her essay on Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, and his plan against poverty, as well as society in America. The students received three prompts for the essay, and Muñiz prepared the night before by watching an interview on the 60s and going over booklets.

“Decathlon gets a rap and is assumed as a nerd competition, but when you actually do it, it’s very fun. It has its own difficulties because it is a competition, but it is manageable to do well in,” said Muñiz. “You and your friends should join because it’s fun to do, especially if you are on a team with people you know.”

Concerns over attendance during strike addressed

Posted on January 24, 2019 by in News

Concerns over attendance during strike addressed

Salma Rodriguez and Sidney Gonzalez

Chronicle Reporters

Now that school is back in session, many students are still wondering if their absences will affect them. Seniors are especially worried about the absences being used against them towards their progress to graduation.

Ethan Kong, an SAS senior said, “As a senior, absences matter and we weren’t doing anything so I would be mad if they did count.”

Ms. Hernandez, a staff member in the attendance office helped put an end to all the confusion and one main concern surrounding attendance during the strike,“Students must bring a note to the attendance office to make clear them.”

The note must include the reason for the student not attending school, and be turned in to the attendance office. Absences will still be marked, but turning in a note like this will determine what type of absence it will be. A turned in note will mark the given absences as excused, if no note is turned in, absences will be considered unexcused. The good news for worried seniors is that their absence during this time will not be affecting their graduation at all.

Regarding the period of the strike, the attendance throughout the district fell on average 80%. As a result, many students ended up not attending school at all.

“I came the first day, but I felt that the district was using our attendance to benefit themselves,” an SAS senior Monica Sanchez said.

Students should make sure they keep these absences excused and turn in these excused notes.

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