Theatre department waits for its princess

Posted on March 27, 2020 by in News

Theatre department waits for its princess

Cristal Rincon

Website Editor

Amid the spread of COVID-19, the school musical “Once Upon a Mattress” has been postponed, and many questions are still up in the air about its opening.

The musical was originally scheduled for the weekends of March 20 and March 27. It was almost ready to open, with only microphones, costumes, and the orchestra left to add. However, due to LAUSD’s decision to keep schools closed until May, “Once Upon a Mattress” joined countless shows all across the country that had to close down their productions. 

“Obviously, it’s extremely frustrating,” said director John Tourtellotte. “Countless hours of dedicated, disciplined work put in by the cast, the crew, and Dr. Sannah’s students to bring this musical to life, and we were almost there.”

The cast had been hard at work, rehearsing weekly since the beginning of second semester, with PAM sophomore Morgan Rhone and PAM senior Hannah Barukh leading the cast as Prince Dauntless and Princess Winnifred. Working alongside Tourtellotte was assistant director and PAM senior Zoe Schiller, choreographer Jessie Holder Tourtellotte, and musical director Lisa Hertzner. 

Despite the disappointment of the cast and crew, Tourtellotte assures that the theatre department of Hollywood High is “alive and thriving”, and “will continue to grow”. 

As of now, there are no rescheduled dates for the musical. Final decisions will be planned out depending on what the rest of the school year looks like. If given enough time, three to two weeks of heavy-duty rehearsals will take place before the show opens. 

To the audiences looking forward to watching “Once Upon a Mattress” after the quarantine, Tourtellotte says, “You can expect to see a theatrical phoenix that will rise from the ashes of postponement and Shelter-In-Place with a level of joyous abandon that will be impossible to explain.”

One less thing to worry about

Posted on March 26, 2020 by in Announcements, News

One less thing to worry about

Guadalupe Dominguez Trujillo

Chronicle Reporter

This period of quarantine to stop the spread of COVID-19 has caused the student body to worry not only for their grades but the AP exams. For precaution, all LAUSD schools will remain closed until May 1. Meaning the doors of Hollywood will open just days before the AP exams start taking place.

The College Board has decided not to postpone the AP Exams. Instead, they have shortened all exams to a  45-minute free-response exam. It was also announced that students will only be tested on what they learned prior to the closure of there, meaning everything learned up until the first week of March. In addition to that, a second test date will be added. So students can either pick to take the exam the date set before the closure of the schools or take it at a later date.

In order to prepare students, the College Board has set up online classes. They will be covering all AP courses from AP English Literature to AP Biology. For the schedule of these courses visit the Advanced Placement Youtube channel linked below. If students still feel unprepared they will be allowed to not take the AP exam with no penalty.

For more updates on the AP exam click on the following links:

Information for AP students-https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates

College Board Instagram- https://instagram.com/collegeboard?igshid=1wbhtqu2oth8g

Advanced Placement Youtube Channel- https://www.youtube.com/user/advancedplacement

LAUSD schools remain closed

Posted on March 24, 2020 by in Announcements, News

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Bertha Escobar Chronicle Reporter

On Monday, March 23, LAUSD announced that schools will remain closed till May 1. Schools were going to open on March 30 but COVID-19 cases kept extending more over time. Therefore, keeping schools closed will help prevent students from getting the virus going, within and leaving school campus. “I wish I could tell you it will all be back to normal sometime soon, but it does not look like that will be the case,” Beutner states. The district is looking for ways to help students continue their education. Even though, many students are not satisfied with having school closed because of the amount of assignments being given while being stuck at  home. However, staying safe and healthy should always be a priority for everyone.

Hollywood High lets students take chromebooks home

Posted on March 24, 2020 by in News

Hollywood High lets students take chromebooks home

Nayeli Alviar

Photo Editor

LAUSD made the announcement that schools would be closed until May 1, 2020. With this being announced, access to a computer has become crucial for students since all work being assigned by teachers will now be given via Schoology, Google Classroom, and even live video chats through things like ZOOM. Teachers and faculty members have been asking around if any student is in need of a chromebook to complete their courses and be successful in their classes through this pandemic. The school will be providing chromebooks Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am to 3 pm. In order to recieve a chromebook you will need your school I.D. and a parent to sign off the chromebook. Please notify your teacher if you are in need of a chromebook ASAP so you can be added to the list.

Next school year class openings

Posted on March 22, 2020 by in News

Next school year class openings

Enio Lemus

Chronicle Reporter

Upcoming class openings for next year include: Culinary Arts class, Italian language class, after school orchestra class, after school music studio class, afterschool film studio class. 

The culinary arts class taught by Mr Papa will be a class where students will make food and make a restaurant where they will serve food to the public for two to three hours daily. The Italian language class will count as a foreign language course. The film, multimillion dollar music studio, and orchestra class will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. afterschool everyday. 

We look forward to everyone participating in the highly anticipated classes for the next school year. 

Assistant Principal, Ms. Booker, said, “We look forward to students having fun doing what they love.”

Spectrum is offering free internet

Posted on March 22, 2020 by in News

Spectrum is offering free internet

Maria Hernandez

Chronicle Reporter

Spectrum will be providing free Internet to K-12 and college students who do not have internet access at home during this quarantine. Schools may be closed for more than two weeks due to the Coronavirus which means that students will be doing online school. 

“I feel like free internet by Spectrum will give students an opportunity to access lessons for school and videos that will help them for the future. I am thankful for this,” said Clarice Banda, SAS, junior. 

To receive these services by Spectrum a parent must call 1-844-488-839. The installation will be waived for new students. The free internet will only last for 60 days. If you are currently a client of Spectrum and are worried that you will not be able to pay the bills, you don’t have to worry about your services being cut off. Spectrum says they will not terminate services due to the inability to pay bills and they will waive any late fees that were caused due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Students, school is still on. All your work is online, make sure to get it done so you can keep high grades.

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.

Helping the environment one act at a time

Posted on March 19, 2020 by in News

Helping the environment one act at a time

Henry Alquiza

Chronicle Reporter

Fifty plants were donated to the Environmental Club; they hosted a gardening event, consisting of an opportunity for all students to receive volunteer credits for high school.

The plants were donated from TreePeople, who are a nonprofit organization who aim to inspire, engage and support those who want to take responsibility for their urban environment. The TreePeople corporation aims to unite with communities to grow a greener, shadier,and more water-secure city at homes, neighborhoods,schools and in the local mountains.

“We are glad our adviser reached out to the TreePeople and they definitely help us as being one of the smaller clubs in school.” said Angela Park, Vice Club President.

By giving these plants, the organization hopes to spread awareness of what is going on in the urban environment. With the involvement of students they hope they can be the future environmentalists and slowly restore Los Angeles.

The plants donated consisted of ten California sage brushes, ten California buckwheat, five purple needle grass, a purple sage, ten black walnuts, and five Catalina cherries.

Additionally Angela said, “It is something new and we have been trying to make projects with fellow students and collaborate.” The environmental club has always welcomed the help of students. “It took a lot of hands to get the work done but it was fun.”

They also intend to finish planting the rest of the plants they advise anyone interested in helping the schools urban environment contact them on through social media or meet with one of the club’s presidents.

Seniors stay updated

Posted on March 10, 2020 by in News

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Hellen Amaya

Chronicle Reporter

The seniors are having their second senior meeting of the year and it is getting more and more intense as prom and graduation approaches. Ms.Payne will be talking about any upcoming events that will happen. There have been many rumors that the date for graduation has been postponed to June 2nd and this Wednesday it will be confirmed.

  Yesterday at the student store Ms. Payne had the seating chart for prom, and students were able to reserve their tables for prom.

“We’re gonna talk about prom,graduation,and many more,” said Frida Larios, the secretary of the school.

Women’s history month is here

Posted on March 5, 2020 by in News

Women's history month is here

Julia Rouillard

Chronicle Reporter

Throughout the month of March it is Women’s history month which will be celebrated in the library with different activities from March 9-13, 2020. Throughout this week you can have a photo shoot while Ms. Whitman takes pictures of students dressed as famous women of history. You can also watch On The Basis Of Sex at lunch with complimentary popcorn and listen to music from amazing female artists during nutrition.

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