Cómo aprobar un examen de nivel avanzado: Edicion quimica

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Isaac Mejia es el editor de destacados de Ethic News

Los cursos avanzados de colocación pueden ser difíciles y la química es famosa por ser una de las clases AP más difíciles que las escuelas secundarias tienen para ofrecer. Sin embargo, una estrategia efectiva y una preparación temprana pueden hacer que aprobar el examen sea mucho más factible. Aquí hay algunos consejos prácticos que realmente me ayudaron a obtener un cinco en el examen de química AP.

1. Libro de revisión

Comprar un libro de revisión es esencial para aprobar el examen. Un libro de revisión incluye múltiples exámenes de práctica completos, preguntas de práctica de opción múltiple (MCQ) y práctica de preguntas de respuesta libre (FRQ) para cada unidad.

En mi opinión, la marca de libros, The Princeton Review, es una opción más confiable que la de Barron. (ISAAC MEJIA/ Ethic News)

Pero,  ¿qué revisión debo comprar? Aconsejo a la marca Princeton Review de libros de revision, preferiblemente el número del año en que tomarás el examen. Por ejemplo, tome el examen en 2021, así que obtuve el libro de revisión 2021. Las preguntas de opción múltiple y respuesta gratuita se adaptan específicamente al plan de estudios de AP y proporcionan casi exactamente las mismas preguntas que recibí en el examen. Si bien algunas personas podrían recomendar el libro de revisión de química AP de Barron, yo no lo hago. Personalmente cometí el error de comprar el libro de revisión de Barron primero y terminé comprando Princeton Review de todos modos, porque sentí que Barron ‘s no se correlacionan con el plan de estudios tan precisamente como me hubiera gustado.

Los libros de revisión son asequibles y perfectos para utilizar justo antes de las pruebas de capítulos y unidades en clase. Puedes comprarlos en Amazon y deberías comprar uno tan pronto como comience la escuela: cuanto antes, mejor.

2. Notas diarias en video de AP

Captura de pantalla del sitio web de College Board que muestra cómo los videos diarios se organizan cronológicamente dentro de cada unidad. (ISAAC MEJIA/ Ethic News)

Las notas de AP Daily Video son notas que la Junta Universitaria proporciona a los estudiantes. Proporcionan una visión general de cada concepto dentro de las nueve unidades y le dicen específicamente lo que necesita saber para el examen. No deben actuar como su única fuente de notas; deben usarse además con las notas de su maestro. Después de tomar notas sobre un tema específico, refuerce viendo los videos el mismo día o un par de días después. Esto te obliga a revisar el mismo material más de una vez. Mantiene los conceptos frescos en tu mente y puede proporcionarte información importante que tu profesor podría no proporcionar.

3. Tarjetas de memoria

Hay mucha información que se espera que aprendas a lo largo del año escolar y recordar términos clave simples se puede desechar fácilmente. Sin embargo, conocer estos términos es útil, porque prevalecen en toda la sección de opción múltiple y libre respuesta de la prueba. El uso de tarjetas y la repetición espaciada le ayudará a aprender definiciones concretamente y evitará que confunda temas entre sí. Las tarjetas de vocabulario deben ser específicas para sus necesidades individuales.

4. Descanso Primavera 

Un componente importante que me ayudó a obtener una puntuación alta en el examen fue revisar en el momento adecuado. Si bien se supone que las vacaciones de primavera son un “descanso” de la escuela, también es el momento perfecto para comenzar a revisar el material cubierto, porque le brinda la oportunidad de centrarse únicamente en revisar las unidades que su maestro ha cubierto hasta ese momento. Para cuando se acerque la prueba el próximo mes, la revisión será más fácil y menos abrumadora. Los temas ya estarán frescos en tu mente y estarás por delante del juego.

5. Momento

Este es un consejo simple pero subestimado. Tiempo para ti mismo cuando practiques tomar MCQ y FRQ, para que la crisis de tiempo del examen real no sea un problema.

6. Pruebas de práctica

Práctica MCQ y práctica FRQ son necesarias para pasar la prueba. Si bien su libro de revisión debería poder proporcionarle algunos, cuanto más, mejor. El College Board proporciona pruebas de práctica de “control de progreso” que incluyen tanto MCQ como FRQ para cada unidad. Los hice todos. Además, las FRQ de años anteriores están disponibles en Google para usar si quieres más.

El diseño actualizado 2021 de la Junta Universitaria tiene comprobaciones de progreso ubicadas al final de cada unidad y requiere que los maestros las desbloqueen para uso de los estudiantes. Las comprobaciones de progreso pueden ayudar a los estudiantes a identificar los conceptos que están sobresaliendo y los conceptos que necesitan mejorar. (ISAAC MEJIA/ Ethic News)

Finalmente, recomiendo tomar un examen AP de práctica de larga duración antes de la prueba real. Esto te ayudará a medir lo que sabes y lo que necesitas para estudiar más. Le proporcionará una idea de cuánto tiempo dura realmente la prueba y la hará menos intimidante porque ya sabrá qué esperar.

Cada uno tiene su propia estrategia para conquistar el examen AP y las técnicas de estudio de todos son diferentes. Sin embargo, creo que estos seis consejos te ayudarán a aprobar el examen con un cinco.

Read this article in English here: https://ethic-news.org/2021/09/24/column-how-to-pass-an-advanced-placement-exam-chemistry-edition/

Spotify Weekly Playlist: Road trip Vibes

By EMERSON SUTOW

Although most of the world is stuck inside, that does not mean we have to be sad about it. These are some songs that give you road trip vibes, but whether you travel or not this playlist can be a fun way to commemorate different places. Even if we all come from the same city, state or county, all places can be seen or celebrated differently, which can create a wide range of diversity and culture.

Portland by Bowling Shoes

West Virginia by The Front Bottoms

Los Angeles by The Midnight 

Beverly Hills by Weezer

Jesus in LA by Alec Benjamin

Hello Seattle by Owl City 

Miami by Taking Back Sunday

Welcome to New York by Taylor Swift

Houson by R.E.M.

Strasbourg by The Rakes

Getting know to Citrus Valley’s newest principal Maisie McCue

Created by EMILY WALOS Edited by BELLA ESPINOZA

Maisie McCue, Citrus Valley High School’s newest principal sits down to answer questions based off her past experience as a principal, her goals for Citrus in the upcoming year, and her impact at Citrus Valley both in the present and looking to the future.

Review: After six years of silence, Adele’s ‘30’ album tops charts

By NADIA CENICEROS

Adele’s last album, “25”, was released in 2015 and she later went on a 6 year hiatus until now. On Oct. 14,  2021, Adele released “Easy On Me,” along with a music video. She later stated she is releasing a new album, “30”, on Nov. 19, 2021. The album has 12 songs, lasting 58 minutes.  The album can be streamed on all music platforms.

The songs in the album include:

  1. Strangers by Nature
  2. My Little Love
  3. Oh My God
  4. Can I Get It
  5. I Drink Wine
  6. All Night Parking (with Erroll Garner) Interlude
  7. Women Like Me
  8. Hold On
  9. To Be Loved
  10. Love Is a Game

Adele had a ‘One Night Only Concert’ on Nov. 14 where she performed 10 songs at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. She performed six songs that were from her past albums, along with four songs from her new album including ‘Easy on Me’. 

The concert audience included celebrities like Lizzo and Melissa Mcathy and people who managed to get tickets. This was her first concert since 2017. 

She had damaged her vocal cords causing her to cancel her last two shows, according to USA Today. This caused a huge break in the singer’s career. 

Adele has also announced that she will be doing a Las Vegas concert residency. It is set to start on Jan. 21 and end on April 16 2022, where she will perform two shows a weekend.

Taken on Nov. 18 2021, a day before the release on Nov.19 2021 at a local Target, Adele Vinyls and cassettes being sold and purchased. (NADIA CENICEROS/ Ethic News photo)

Before the album was released, Target had released the vinyl and cassette player the day before release date. Fans were able to purchase them before the album was supposed to be released. 

Only three days after the album was released, the album has become the best selling album in the US in 2021. The album stayed the top of the Billboard Music Charts for several weeks, selling over 1 million copies.

The album is about her divorce with Simon Konecki. “The estranged couple originally separated in April 2019, before Adele officially filed for divorce in Sept. 2019,” according to Vanity Fair. The songs relate to how the divore happened and how she felt during it. The songs also involve her son Angelo Adkins. Angelo was six at the time of the divorce. 

Opinion: Schools should teach pronouns to support students, reduce discrimination

By MARSHALL SCOTT

Trigger Warning: This article mentions suicide rates.

Every 1 in 4 LGBTQ youth use pronoun combinations outside of the gender binary construct, according to Trevorproject.org.

Newer pronouns should be taught in schools to show their importance. Nowadays, more and more people, old and young are using different pronouns than the standard she/her and he/him. It could help students feel more supported, especially if they’re not supported at home. It could help reduce discrimation and increase the respect of gender non-conforming individuals. 

Nowadays, people have been using them more than the “normal” pronouns. The news station Time says 26% of individuals identify as non-binary while 20% question if they are transgender. 

Ryleigh Fort, a student at Citrus Valley, who uses she/they/he pronouns, states, “I think that newer pronouns, such as they/them and neopronouns should be taught in school because not everyone uses the ‘regular’ she/her, he/him pronouns. It’s also helpful for people to get accustomed to using them when they’re older. Not only that, it can help people who feel trapped in the wrong body feel more comfortable and not as dysphoric.” 

Students who may not feel supported at home could feel a sense of security at school when people understand how to use their pronouns. The Trevor Project, a LGBTQ organization, says, “Affirming LGBTQ youth’s gender by using pronouns that align with their gender identity has shown to improve mental health outcomes.” 

Pronoun pin that was obtained in the beginning of the school year. (MARSHAL SCOTT/ Ethic News photo)

When people intentionally misgender someone it can be very hurtful to a person’s mental health, especially if they’re already struggling. An act as simple as asking for someone’s pronouns and respecting their pronouns could potentially save someone’s life.

According to the Trevor Project’s 2020 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, “TGNB (Transgender and Gender Non-Binary) youth who reported having their pronoun respected by all or most of the people in the lives attempted suicide at half the rate of those who did not have their pronouns respected.”

By having schools teaching students about newer pronouns, the rates of suicide, discrimation to one’s gender identiy and much more could be dropped immensely. Starting as young as first grade would be an appropriate age to teach kids about pronouns. Having just a lesson on the pronouns could be using, whether it being neopronouns, or the standard pronouns would help people who may not feel connected to their assigned sex at birth.

Pronouns such as they/them, it/its, xe/xem and many more should be a part of schools curriculums to ensure the students understand the importance. By doing so students would feel like they’re understood, and could potentially be excited to go to school without having to worry about not being accepted.

Correction: The last three paragraphs were inadvertently not included in the original publishing of this article at 2:45 pm on Nov. 9. The correction was made at 5:25 pm to include the full original article, with the intended last three paragraphs included.

NFL Coach Jon Gruden’s emails get exposed

By KENDRA BURDICK

Through emails sent, the Raiders head coach, Jon Gruden, was pushed out of his position due to his explicitness, usage of homophobic slurs and denunciation of the emergence of women as referees. 

Networks such as ESPN and NFL express disapproval for his use of profanity in his emails to players. The Raiders’ lead coach was pushed out of his position because of an email sent to the wrong people.

Gruden’s emails were sent to a wide range of people such as current NFL coaches, players, and various media entities; many of which questioned Gruden’s use of these terms and expressed distaste towards his comments. Photo by Official Travis AFB, Calif. is licensed with CC BY-NC 2.0.

The issue started when Gruden sent an email with explicit content to a former player, Derek Carr. This cost him his job because he was not allowed to send emails like this to other players.

The email also was sent to a group of high-ranking executives at NFL league offices, such as the former President of the Washington Football Team Bruce Allen and the American football coach and defensive coordinator for the Washington Football Team Jack Del Rio.

This email used the homophobic slur which is considered offensive and unacceptable to LGBTQ individuals.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to the emails, “Next time you call me, stop with the homophobic slurs and get to what’s need to be said; you can use any other offensive language that you want.”

The emails say, “I don’t like women officials, I don’t like female coaches, I don’t like kids [. . .] women should not ref. We all know this is true.”

The main story about the email incident also stated that several NFL coaches and players were pressuring the Raiders’ coach, but he declined to comment, according to The Guardian. Gruden was officially let go after half a season. He is expected to become the head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Concerning the media, the NFL was not interested in this story because of “confidentiality” issues. The NFL has an anti-discrimination policy and relies on each team and each staff to follow it.

The Raiders were not interested in this story because they were not mentioned in the emails and said that Gruden was a veteran coach, and he had been working for the team for years.

The NFL Players Association was not interested in the story because they were not included or mentioned in the emails. CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC were not interested in the story because of “confidentiality” issues.

What are others’ thoughts about the Raiders Coach getting fired due to inscripting emails found?

Many fans of the Raiders and others were appalled by this type of behavior by someone who is supposed to be a leader in his field. While some people believe that it is a way to get rid of people who are not talented enough for the job, others think that this is a way of punishing someone for their offensive comments.

Redlands East Valley takes home the smudge pot

 By CRAIG MORRISON

The Smudge Pot game took place on Oct. 15, 2021, between the Redlands East Valley Wildcats and the Redlands High School Terriers.

The Smudge Pot game was a thrill to watch. Fierce competition was present in the field and stands as the game ran into two overtimes. 

In the first quarter of the game, both teams showed great defense. The ball hardly moved from the Terrier’s end zone as both defenses were making great stops. 

The first touchdown graced the audience in the second quarter with a passing play that resulted in a 7-0 lead for the Wildcats. After this touchdown, Redlands High School made a fantastic kickoff return that would have tied the game; if the flags were not against them. Shortly after, the Terriers threw long for a touchdown to make the score 7-7. This tie would stay for the remainder of the first half of the game.

Redlands East Valley, in the red uniforms, attempting a field goal kick against Redlands High School, in the blue and white uniforms. This field goal kick by the Wildcats to win the game in overtime was just shy of the uprights. (CRAIG MORRISON/ Ethic News photo)

Seven minutes into the third quarter, the Terriers threw another touchdown to make the score 14-7. Tension and excitement was audible in the stands as chants and cheers increased. Two fumbles by the Wildcats and Terriers were seen before the end of the third quarter resulting in the Wildcats having possession going into the fourth.

After another passing play by the Wildcats, the score was once again tied at 14-14 with 9 minutes left of the fourth quarter. The defense increased dramatically on both sides as the clock winded down. 

The last two minutes of the game seemed to crawl by. The Wildcats were holding the Terriers to their end zone and created many attempts to get a touchdown. With just a few seconds remaining before the last quarter ended, the Wildcats attempted a field goal kick to win the game. As the game clock expired, the ball was sent flying into the air, heading just right of the uprights. This sent the game into overtime.

The Terriers started with the ball in overtime. They began a drive that led to an almost game winning touchdown pass. But, it was blocked by the Wildcat defensive player Nate Wells. The Terriers decided to finish their overtime possession with a field goal kick that was just shy of making it in, giving the ball to the Wildcats.

The Wildcats used many quarterback runs to gain yards in their drive. A few long shots were seen but were unsuccessful. The Wildcats resorted to a field goal kick that went to the Terriers sideline and stayed in bounds. This was recovered by the Terriers and almost led to a win for the Terriers, if not for the Wildcat kicker Yaqiym Halliburton. 

The second overtime of the game started with the Terriers’ drive but with no touchdown or field goal, giving possession to the Wildcats. The Wildcats moved the chains with more quarterback runs which ultimately showed little success. An unfair matchup was spotted on the field by Wildcats coaches with Wildcat receiver Laviel Pickett and Terrier cornerback number 15. The sizable height difference gave huge advantages to the Wildcat receiver. 

The Wildcats decided to use this matchup and threw up the ball to Pickett in the endzone. Pickett caught the ball and landed in the endzone, securing the Wildcats as the winners of the Smudge Pot game.

Redlands East Valley Wildcats holding up the Smudge Pot trophy. This win was no easy feat for the team, so the excitement was apparent. (CRAIG MORRISON/ Ethic News photo)

Both teams showed great effort. The suspense and tensions of the game made for an enjoyable experience that will leave many fans waiting in anticipation for next year.

Avocados provide many health benefits

By CRAIG MORRISON

With a taste that has been described as creamy and rich, avocados are used by many to complement foods.  They form great combinations with cheese, chicken, toast and eggs. It is even used as a type of butter. However, avocados are significant for other reasons besides taste. They contain many great health benefits that may not be known at first.

A split avocado lying on top of a cutting board. About half of an avocado,100 grams, contains 160 calories, 14.7 grams of fat, 8.5 grams of carbohydrates, 6.7 grams of fiber, and less than one gram of sugar. (CRAIG MORRISON/ Ethic News photo)

According to an article on MedicalNewsToday, vitamins C, E, K and B6 are all found inside an avocado—all greatly needed to keep a human body healthy.

Vitamin C helps with the growth and repair of body tissues. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that is necessary for the functioning of many body organs. Vitamin K is used to aid in blood clotting and prevents excessive bleeding. Vitamin B6 keeps the nervous and immune system healthy and helps with brain development. 

In addition to their nutrient benefits, avocados also contain many healthy fats. These fats help keep an appetite full for longer periods of time and can help with decreasing food intake between meals. This can be very beneficial to people on diets and wanting to suppress their snack cravings. 

Along with other various benefits, avocados also help maintain healthy cholesterol levels which lead to a healthy heart. This is because avocados contain beta-sitosterol, a natural plant sterol known to lower cholesterol levels. 

Minerals such as potassium have a high amount in avocados. Potassium, when consumed in high quantities, is linked to reduced blood pressure. This reduction of blood pressure can lead to a lowering of risks of diseases such as heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. A 100 grams of avocado has about 14% of the recommended daily allowance compared to the 10% in bananas, a food most people think of when they hear potassium. 

Avocados are a great source of fiber too. Fiber can be broken down into two groups: soluble and insoluble. 

Soluble fibers are dissolved in the gut and are known to nourish the good type of bacteria. Insoluble fibers prevent constipation by absorbing liquid. Both types are found in avocados and increase their nutritional benefits. 

MedicalNewsToday says avocados contain about 18% of your daily fiber needs in half of the fruit. This amount of fiber will keep your intestinal tract healthy and running well. 

Finally, avocados can prevent certain types of cancer.

According to ScienceDaily, in the article “Avocados May Help Prevent Oral Cancer, Study Shows,” extracts from Hass avocados stop the development of cancer cells that lead to oral cancer. Also, compounds contained in avocados prevent the beginnings of some cancers such as stomach, colon and pancreatic.

Although known for their taste, avocados have notable health benefits. From maintaining healthy cholesterol levels to keeping the immune system healthy, avocados offer much nutritional value. So, the next time you want to eat something healthy, try an avocado.

Photos: Wildcats show creativity on ‘Anything but a backpack’ spirit day

By MIA ARANDA

Photos by AVA LARSON

Spreading to spirit weeks across the nation, the “Anything but a backpack day” trend has escalated in popularity as students approach unique alternatives to bringing their backpack to school.

Redlands East Valley High School held their “Anything but a backpack” spirit day on Wednesday, Oct. 28 as a part of their Halloween spirit week.

The idea is for students to creatively store their school supplies in a carrier that isn’t their everyday backpack. Although the possibilities were endless on what students brought, among some of these substitutes were ice coolers, strollers, mop buckets, suitcases and trash cans.

Photo 1: Redlands East Valley High School seniors Ebony Staten and Jalyn Gilkey bring a double baby stroller and a rolly chair on Oct. 28. (AVA LARSON/ Ethic News photo)

Photo 2: Redlands East Valley High School junior Raquel Van Diest pulls a mini metal shopping cart on Oct. 28.  (AVA LARSON/ Ethic News photo)

Photo 3: Redlands East Valley High School sophomores Haylee Lyon carries a bindle alongside her friend Ashley Ranabauer on Oct. 28.  (AVA LARSON/ Ethic News photo)

Photo 4: Redlands East Valley High School sophomore Jesse Mendez holds a Pampers Swaddlers box on Oct. 28. (AVA LARSON/ Ethic News photo)

Photo 5: Redlands East Valley High School junior Davinson Porto (left) pushes junior Xaviar Guardado (right) in a wagon on Oct. 28. (AVA LARSON/ Ethic News photo)

Photo 6: Redlands East Valley High School senior Kieran Robson carries a piano bench decorated with fake spider webs on Oct. 28.  (AVA LARSON/ Ethic News photo)

Photo 7: Redlands East Valley High School junior Seth Bruer stands next to his mini fridge on Oct. 28.  (AVA LARSON/ Ethic News photo)

Video: 50 Questions with Ethic – Wildcat executive president chats candidly 

Interviewed by MAURICIO PLIEGO

Filmed by ELLA FITZPATRICK

Directed by ISAAC MEJIA

Come join Ethic News as they interview Redlands East Valley High School Associated Student Body Executive President Shannon Cockerill. Cockerill answers questions about her life inside and outside of school as well as some fast, controversial “this or that” questions at the end of the video. 

Q&A: Redlands child nutrition staff discuss school lunches 

By KENDRA BURDICK and MIYAH SANBORN

The quality of school lunches has been a subject of debate for districts around the country for many years and students have often expressed their dislike for them. Lunch distribution has posed many questions such as: Are they substantial for students? Are schools providing enough food to get students through the day?

At Redlands East Valley High School, there are baskets of fruits that students can have easy access to after they grab the rest of their meal. These fruits play a vital role in a healthy diet. (KENDRA BURDICK/ Ethic News photo)

In recent years, there has been a push to have healthier food in schools. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was designed to improve children’s health by reducing childhood obesity rates.

Despite the intentions of this legislation, many schools still serve unhealthy food to their students. A 2020 study, Impact Of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act On Obesity Trends, by the Harvard School of Public Health found that two-thirds of school districts serving lunches below the federal guidelines.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires that lunches served in schools must be improved and made healthier. 

To provide further insight on the substantiality of school lunches and how they are prepared, an interview with Josie Perez was held. Perez is the nutritionist at Redlands Unified School District. 

Is the food sustainable for a growing teenager? 

As the registered dietician for the school district, we go by the USDA standards to what we feed our kiddos, and our students at schools, the high schools, middle schools and elementary school level. So the amount of food in terms of what is provided by the USDA, we make sure we hit that and that if not go above that.

How do you respond to any negative comments about the food? 

In the lunch room at Redlands East Valley High School, there is a stack of empty cardboard containers that are no longer being used. Instead they are replaced by more plastic containers to hold the food in. (KENDRA BURDICK/ Ethic News photo)

I would have to say, I listen to it and we try to make modifications as we go along. I know like yesterday I got a call from a parent. She was concerned because her child felt that the school meals weren’t good and they didn’t like them. And I was like ‘oh, I’m sorry.’ I wanted that feedback because the way I see it, the more feedback I get from the students, I can make those changes on the next menu that comes out. It’s very helpful in seeing what you guys like or don’t like, what we think you might like versus the reality of what you really like.

Are there any meals served that you feel are distasteful? 

No, we try our best to pick the items we put on the menu as a team, and it’s not my own personal choice. We discuss anything new to be tested and see ‘ok, does this work? Will it not work?’ So, I’m proud of the choices we try to make for our district and if what we think doesn’t work we try to switch it out the next time around and find something more appropriate for the kids.

Do you think that the food served has enough culture involved? 

I try to balance that out when we can on the menu. We try to do things like a little Italian here, Chinese, do American. I wish we could get a little more ethnic diverse food, but that’s something that we can grow into time as we are still getting back into having our kitchens open. But if there are any ideas or suggestions of what students would like to have, we would be more open to hearing it and seeing if it’s something we could possibly make.

Two items on the school’s menu that are popular amongst the students are the pepperoni pizza and the spicy chicken sandwich, often served with chocolate milk. (KENDRA BURDICK/ Ethic News photo)

Would you eat some of the school lunches? 

Yes. I actually eat some of the school lunches, I try to go to schools and see how the sites are cooking and try it there and see ok “would I eat this? Are the kids eating this?’ I do try the food. 

What is the hardest thing about your job? 

I mean every job is hard but it’s just figuring out how to solve the problems and I know, like food choices and flavors, I’m not going to please everyone. But, we try our best to reach the mainstream. But, yeah, I think developing the menu can be hard at times. But, it’s actually really rewarding too because it’s interesting to see what the kids like and don’t like. 

How much input do you have on the menu selection? 

I have a good amount, but as I said, I share it with our department team. Here we have a team of three field specialists and then also a central kitchen lead where we evaluate products. We evaluate and taste to see if this is a good product, if we want to bring it in or not, so it’s definitely a team effort in siting what is purchased. 

To discuss some common questions, an interview was conducted with Denise Sathda. Sathda is a child nutritional services worker at Redlands East Valley High School and is responsible for school meal preperation. 

How many students get served the school lunch everyday? 

Between 850-900. 

How do you respond to the negative comments? 

Well, it depends on what negative comments, like if they say ‘oh it’s cold’ we say well I’m sorry you know it happens. And if it’s about the food you know it’s what they sent us you should be grateful, this is not a restaurant, you know we try to do our best with what they give us.

Are the ingredients in the food fresh? 

For the salads, we have the fresh spinach, the lettuce, the tomatoes, the cucumber. And the fruits we get daily also, all the fruits, the veggies.

What is the hardest thing about your job? 

We have many things to cook like everyday. Every once in a while, they will change the menu. So, we’re going to be changing the menu in October to see what the new menu is. We have the orange chicken and the cheeseburgers, we don’t just put things in the oven. We need to, you know, cook them, put together the sauce, the rice. The rice takes like two hours for example, so it depends on the menu. Some days are easier than others.


For more information on nutrition and food services at RUSD, visit https://rusdnutrition.org/.

Orangewood SkillsUSA chapter donates to Redlands Animal Shelter

By CELESTE LUJAN

Photos by ALEXIS GARCIA

Orangewood High School students from the local SkillsUSA chapter decided to do a toy drive for dogs and cats. They took a field trip to the animal shelter on Oct. 28 to drop off the donations and to experience visiting the animals at the shelter. 

According to the SkillsUSA California website, their goal is to ”empower people to become world class workers to become leaders and responsible American citizens to help the citizens improve the quality and life of our nation’s future skilled workforce.” 

The OHS Skills USA chapter got students to help donate items for the local Redlands Animal Shelter. Members shared their opinion on the experience at the animal shelter and what caught their eye. 

Photos above: The SkillsUSA chapter from Orangewood High School took a field trip to donate items to the Redlands Animal Shelter on Oct. 28. The students held an animal toy drive at school and walked to the shelter to donate the items. (Photos courtesy of Alexis Garcia)

“They have more pit bulls than any other animal. It sucks because pit bulls are always in the shelter,” said Isaiah Dennie, OHS SkillsUSA vice president. “A lot because people think they are ugly, but they are actually very beautiful and cool dogs.”  

Johnny Dominguez, OHS SkillsUSA treasurer, said, “I think this place needs more money to be treated a little better and wish the animals get treated a little better, but they look happy,” said Dominguez.

Lissette Atkinson, an officer at the Redlands Animal Shelter, shared about how she felt with OHS students being there and donating.

“It’s great I love having you students here and we appreciate it a lot and for you guys to come visit us means a lot,” said Atkinson.

“And we are glad to give you knowledge about what the animal control does and what the animal shelter does, because not a lot of people know and a lot of people think, ‘oh they are just dog catchers, they are just there to catch dogs and there to be mean.’ Absolutely not,” said Atkinson. “We are primarily educators and we care about the animals and we want to make sure we give you guys the proper tools to be a successful animal owner.” 

According to the Skills USA website, they are “a national non-profit organization, who is serving middle school, high school and college students. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.” 

To learn more about California SkillsUSA visit https://www.skillsusaca.org/about

Redlands Youth Council engages students in local government

By MAURICIO PLIEGO

Empty Council Chambers as students waits for more to arrive along with the Council Member Denise Davis to begin the meeting (MAURICIO PLIEGO/Ethic News photo)

Council Member Denise Davis, who represents the first district in the city of Redlands, has started a group for the students of Redlands Unified School District, called the Redlands Youth Council.

A total of 30 students from various schools in the RUSD such as Citrus Valley High School, Redlands High School, Redlands East Valley High School, Loma Linda Academy and the Grove High School applied and were accepted into the program.

Since Davis, the director of the Women’s Resource Center at the University of California, Riverside and adjunct faculty member at the University of Redlands, has recently been interested in having more people involved in the political process, she started the Redlands Youth Council.

Davis says, “I wish that I had more education on local government and civic engagement when I was in high school, so I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to engage with high school students in Redlands.”

Zaid Hintzman, a Redlands High School senior, is a member of the council, Redlands High School president of Speech and Debate and an organizer with GenVocal.

Hintzman says, “I was interested in the council because Councilwoman Davis seemed genuinely interested in empowering students to make changes.”

The purpose of the Redlands Youth Council is to educate students about local government and civic engagement. But, it is also a place where they can share concerns and work together to solve problems within the city.

Charles M. Duggan, the Redlands City Manager, is speaking to the students and answering their questions related to climate change and homelessness. Duggan oversees the different departments and manages the everyday operations of the city. (Photo courtesy of Denise Davis)

 Miyah Lopez and Mauricio Pliego stand with Denise Davis as leaders of the recent Students For Change movements in the Redlands Unified School District. (Photo courtesy of Taryn Thomas)

The council will have an indirect role in affecting decisions made within the city. Members of the council will have a chance to interact with other council members, city staff and others who impact the decisions within the city, according to Davis. 

She says, “The youth council will advise me on policy issues that they feel need to be addressed in the city of Redlands.”

One of the many members is Miyah Lopez, a senior at Citrus Valley. She is the executive director of Blackhawks for Change, a student-led initiative meant to bring awareness to social issues within the Citrus Valley campus and the city around it.

Lopez says, “I thought that it would be an amazing opportunity to be educated on the structure of local government and I wanted to make a change in our community. In this, I hope to increase the diversity in our system, increase racial equality in our community and try to make Redlands a safe place for all.”

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Halloween proves to be a dangerous time of year for black and tuxedo cats

By MARSHALL SCOTT

During the month of October, it can be dangerous for tuxedo and black cats across the world. These cats often suffer miserable treatment this time of year. People tend to associate black cats with bad luck from the witch rumors that had happened in the olden years, making them a common target for mistreatment. 

People often adopt black and tuxedo cats as halloween decorations, then quickly move on and get rid of them. Other times it could be worse mistreatments like abuse, and sacrificial rituals and death. 

Starting around the medieval times and continuing on to 2014, while other attempts for cat rituals haven’t been disclosed in more recent timing.This practice has been going on, in a way to “protect” people from evil spirits.  According to the staff from Oakland Veterinary Referral Services, “Many of the old Pagan religions also associated the black cat with witchcraft and evil. This carried through into Medieval times, where witches were said to take the form of a black cat at their will. During the witch trials, black cats were often burned at the stake alongside witches.” 
 

The common misconception is that both black and tuxedo cats tend to bring bad luck towards families who adopt them. These are the reasons why they are the least adopted cats, and why there’s a lot in shelters. The team from Priceonomics writes, “ Black and white cats, also known as “Tuxedo” cats, have an unusually low adoption rate at just below 70%.” In some shelters, workers are even being cautious on letting people adopt these cats during October to make sure the cats are not in any danger. Redlands animal shelter has a strict adoption process.  Often doing a check in by contacting the family to see the wellbeing of their new pet.

Eight month old black cat by the name of “Boo” sits in her cat bowl after trying to capture the red dot from her laser pointer. (MARSHALL SCOTT/Ethic News photo)

 People make sure to keep their black cats indoors during halloween to prevent harm towards them. People sometimes even tend to foster these cats during this time. After fostering them they’ll put them into a no-kill shelter to insure their safety even more. Even creating a small food and sleeping area for them could help the lives of these furry guys.

Spotify Weekly Playlist: Ultimate Halloween Party

By DESTINY RAMOS

With Halloween nearing, all have begun planning the ultimate party to celebrate the spookiest holiday. And a great Halloween party always has to have great music to go with it, so get dancing to this playlist! It has great songs ranging from popular children’s movies to songs some have never heard before.

This is Halloween by Danny Elfman

Friends on the Other Side by Keith David 

Monster Mash Bobby Pickett and The Crypt Kickers

My Family by Migos, Karol G, Snoop Dogg, and Rock Mafia

Freaking Me Out by Ava Max

Spooky, Scary Skeletons by Andrew Gold

Disturbia by Rihanna

Graveyard by Halsey

Calling all the Monsters by China Anne McClain

Oogie Boogie’s Song by Ken Page and Ed Ivory

Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell

Haunted Heart by Christina Aguilera

Remember Me (Duo) by Miguel

I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow

Witchcraft by Frank Sinatra

Photos: Wildcat varsity boys water polo team crushes Beaumont

By MIA ARANDA 

Redlands East Valley High School varsity boys water polo team defeated Beaumont High School with a score of 22-3 at REV’s pool on Oct. 18. Their win has allowed them to maintain their rank as first place in the Citrus Belt League.

Above: Redlands East Valley High School senior Nick Sadowski (right) attempts to block passes from Beaumont High School’s Sean Dickinson (left) during the first quarter of REV vs. BHS on Oct. 18 at REV. Sadowski scored one goal overall in the first quarter. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photos)

Above: Redlands East Valley High School senior Gavin Oliver dribbles the ball toward Beaumont High School’s half during the first quarter of REV vs. BHS on Oct. 18 at REV. Oliver had a total of five points scored throughout the game. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)

Above: Beaumont High School goalie Noah Lopez attempts to defend a shot from Redlands East Valley High School junior Ruben Villanueva during the second quarter of REV vs. BHS on Oct. 18 at REV. Lopez surrendered 22 goals throughout the game.  (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)

REV secured the lead quickly as they were winning 8-0 by the end of the first quarter. REV seniors Gavin Oliver and Riley Bour tied for most goals in this quarter with three goals scored each.

Above: Redlands East Valley High School senior Riley Bour receives an assist prompting him to successfully score against Beaumont High School during the second quarter of REV vs. BHS on Oct. 18 at REV. Bour had a total of five goals scored during the game. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)

Above: Beaumont High School’s William Peters prepares to pass the ball while being guarded by Redlands East Valley High School senior Ralph Veach during the second quarter of REV vs. BHS on Oct. 18 at REV. Peters would go on to later score Beaumont’s third goal in the fourth quarter. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)

By the end of the second quarter, REV maintained their spacious lead by continuing to not surrender any goals to BHS. They also scored nine goals in this quarter equating to a score of 17-0.

Above: Redlands East Valley High School senior Nico Perna guards Beaumont High School’s Peter Williams during the third quarter of REV vs. BHS on Oct. 18 at REV. Perna had a total of three goals scored throughout the game. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)

During the third quarter, Santino Nicassio-Ortiz scored the first goal for BHS while REV continued to gain five more goals.

Above: Redlands East Valley High School senior Luca Smith guards the goal during the fourth quarter of REV vs. BHS on Oct. 18 at REV. REV varsity water polo captain Gavin Oliver said, “Luca Smith [was] great in the goal. Not too many shots on the goal, but everytime there [was] one, it’s mostly blocked.” (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)

With a final score of 22-3, Brady Hall and William Peters were able to score two additional goals for BHS during the fourth quarter. 

REV seniors and varsity captains Nico Perna and Gavin Oliver attribute their team’s strengths to being cohesive and adaptable. Perna and Oliver have both been playing water polo for about six years, thus have gained much experience. 

Oliver said, “If someone says to another person ‘hey, do this,’ they’ll do it right away. We listen to each other. We respect each other.” 

“Our current game plans are working pretty well and we can adapt quickly,” said Perna. 

Despite the win, Perna and Oliver express personal improvements they could have made during the game. 

Oliver said, “I feel like in this game, I could have made better passes. I made a few that were too high, too low, but if they were more accurate, we could have had two more goals maybe.” 

Perna feels he could have improved on his shooting.

The REV junior varsity boys water polo team also beat BHS following the varsity game on Oct. 25. The final score for junior varsity was 22-2. 

The REV junior varsity team captains are sophomores Zachary Cash and Lucas Torres.

Torres, who has been playing water polo for two years, said, “The JV team worked great together and excelled in defense. It’s amazing seeing how all our practices helped bond the team to where we can trust each other’s decisions versus how we first started.”

With the season wrapping up, Torres said, “I just hope all my boys had some fun and consider joining the club team [Renegades Waterpolo] or maybe continue next year if they’re up for it.”

REV varsity boys water polo will play in the CIF playoffs  on Nov. 13.

 AB 101 will make California first state to require Ethnic Studies as a graduation requirement

By NATHAN DENNIS

Governor Gavin Newsom of Redlands California signed legislation on Oct. 8 that will make California the first state to have Ethnic studies as a requirement to earn a high school diploma. The mandate will go into effect beginning with the graduating class of 2029-30 and will require one semester of an Ethnic Studies course for public high school students.

The introductory excerpt from Assembly Bill 101 is featured above. The full text of the bill can be found at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ (Ethic News image)

High schools will be required to provide ethnic studies course options starting in the 2025-26 school year. Some districts have already started the process. Los Angeles and Fresno Unified school districts both voted in 2021 for ethnic studies as a requirement for high school students.

Governor Newsom’s signing of the Assembly Bill 101, written by California Assemblyman Jose Medina, is the final step in the state-wide process for creating a curriculum that closely resembles California’s history, culture, and struggles of its diverse population.  

Medina said “The signing of AB 101 today is one step in the long struggle for equal education for all students.”

Citrus Valley High School Ethnic Studies teacher Yon Okorodudu says, “I am very happy about the bill. In my opinion Ethnic Studies is an important and informative course that all students should be exposed to.”

Both Okorodudu and Redlands East Valley High School Ethnic Studies teacher Duan Kellum believe that AB 101 will have a positive impact on the Redlands School District and increase opportunities for all students.

Okorodudu says, “I think it will have a very positive effect on the school district. More students will have an opportunity to be represented in the history curriculum. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the many contributions and struggles of different groups for American history.”  

Kellum says, “I think it is a positive step. Contrary to the thoughts of some, all students will benefit from expanding their knowledge about American history and the way we develop our identities and world views.”  

Currently, all high schools in Redlands offer an Ethnic Studies course option, according to Kellum.

“Unfortunately, I do expect pushback from some members of our community,” said Kellum, “There has been a national backlash to programs and curriculum that address equity and the voices of those that have been muted throughout history.”  

Kellum expresses some concerns students may have, as well, “Some students may not like having to take an additional class to graduate. However, since it won’t be in full effect until the 2029/2030 school year, I hope it will be normalized by then. School districts will have to be creative to provide the class without adding undue burdens on their academic schedules of students. Over the years I have received positive feedback from students, both current and former, as to how they have used knowledge they have obtained in the class in their academic and personal lives.”  

The Instructional Quality Commission, which is responsible for curriculum development, has notably revised the draft and in March the State Board of Education approved said curriculum, which is optional for district use. The legislation authorizing the design of the model has encouraged to focus attention on the four ethnic and racial groups: Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans and also incorporated lesson plans for Sikh, Jewish, and Armenian Americans. The curriculum model encourages schools to implement discussions on the ethnic heritage and legacy of students in their communities.

In Governor Newsom’s veto message a year ago, he restated his support for ethnic studies, but called the early model of the curriculum, “insufficiently balanced and inclusive.” He didn’t mention the earlier veto in his news release on Friday, but he did mention that the bill does include, “a number of safeguards to ensure that courses will be free from bias or bigotry and appropriate for all students.”  

In Newsom’s statement, he said that ethnic studies will expand the educational opportunities in schools and has credited it for increasing academic achievement. He gave recognition to recent research co-written by Thomas Dee, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, that ethnic studies has had a positive impact on attendance, graduation rates, and college enrollment for multiple classes with below average San Francisco students who have taken the course in 9th grade.

Medina has personally thanked governor Newsom for signing the bill in the news release. “The inclusion of ethnic studies in the high school curriculum is long overdue,” Medina said. “The signing of AB 101 today is one step in the long struggle for equal education for all students.”

The enactment of AB 101 releases 50 million in this year’s state budget for all country offices of education, charter and public school districts to implement ethnic studies curriculums. The money will be distributed to schools accommodating high school students according to the California Department of Education.  

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” brings a interesting and new experience for Sony’s October release 

By Emmitt Murphy

Note: This article will contain spoilers. 

Directed by Andy Serkis, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is the highly anticipated sequel to 2018’s “Venom” starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock and Venom and Woody Harlson as Cleatus Cassady and Carnage.

The image is the logo for the movie “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.” The film started production on November 18, 2019 but was delayed in Spring of 2020.  File:Venom Let There Be Carnage logo.jpg.webp. Sony Pictures Entertainment from https://sonypicturesuniverseofmarvelcharacters.fandom.com/wiki/Venom:_Let_There_Be_Carnage This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Released in the United States on Oct. 1, the film has grossed $90 million on its opening weekend with a current box office total of $353 million.

Critics seem rather indifferent about the film with ratings of 60 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, 48 on Metacritic, and 6.5 on IMDb. On the other hand, audiences seemed to enjoy the film with an audience score of 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.3 on Metacritic.

The film wastes no time and jumps straight into action. Within the first 20 minutes, Cleatus’s motivations are set and the amazing computer-generated imagery for Venom is shown in full, not to mention the witty banter between Eddie and Venom. While Cleatus and Carnage’s rampage through the city, watching Eddie and Venom argue like a married couple is very entertaining.

The finale is down wonderfully, from the action to the atmosphere. The fight was incredibly tense as Venom was at a disadvantage at almost every moment, not to mention the incredible CGI on both symbiotes.

“‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage is action packed and has many humorous moments,” says Citrus Valley freshman Presley Price. “The special effects were excellent along with the soundtrack. Overall, I liked the movie and recommend it to Marvel and sci-fi fans.” 

Though the movie is fun to watch, critics aren’t too fond of the film due to plot conveniences such as how the symbiotes can do almost anything.

As Eddie searches for the bodies of Cleatus’s victims, Venom is seemingly able to do everything. From perfectly remembering a drawing on a wall to making Eddie type extremely fast.

Carnage also falls victim to the symbiote plot convenience. In the movie, Carnage is able to do incredibly outlandish actions, including hacking a computer to find the location of Ravencroft Institute.

With a runtime of only one hour and thirty minutes, Naomie Harris’s character of Shriek is not able to get any character development. She appears to be a simple plot device to give Eddie and Venom a disadvantage with her staple super-sonic screams.

For anyone with a liking to superhero movies or anyone who just likes a fun experience, the film is a good watch.

Also, Spider-Man fans who plan to see the film might want to stay past the credits.

REVIEW: “Squid Game” tops the charts worldwide

By Salvador Barrera

“Squid Game,” a television series on Netflix, has become a worldwide phenomenon in the blink of an eye. The show poses the question: how much are you willing to sacrifice for a chance at salvation? “Squid Game” boiled down to its core, demonstrating how much humanity is willing to sacrifice for hope.  

Salvador Barrera poses with a card that is seen frequently in the show. (Bella Espinosa/Ethic News photo)

The series starts with Gi-Hun in poverty and needs money to regain custody of his daughter after. As the show progresses, he meets a man who offers him a chance to participate in Squid Games where he gambles his life for money. He competes in children’s games and as he continues in the games, he becomes desensitized to the death of others. By the end of the series, a man is willing to persevere and not succumb to the death that longs for him. 

This series is a masterpiece in its own way. However, it leaves much more to be desired as many plot holes need to be addressed in the new season, such as what happens to Gi-Hun’s daughter and how do the organizers of Squid Games get gamemasters to host the games. 

Although many questions arise, “Squid Game” gives a thorough explanation for the current events in the story, such as the backstories of each of the main characters and the shock that the old man has a dark realization that everything is not as it seems.

Yet, the show identifies the different plot points well. The show depicts how every contestant has a life outside of the games and their different motives for wanting to win the prize. The cash prize is the incentive for the contestants since they are all currently in poverty. Despite the different plot points, the show finds a way to connect this to the main idea that all the contestants have to play. 

It successfully brings attention to the hardships that many have to endure and how they see no other way out of their pain and struggle besides the games. 

Although the contestants are faced with the reality that they can quit the games, they decline and put their life on the line for a glimpse of hope. 

Many critics of “Squid Game” say that it is too gory and insensitive to audiences. However, the show uses an adequate amount of horror to hook the audience in and keep them on the edge of their seats. It is not made for children, it was made for people seeking the truth of humanity with evil and people should expect this as they watch it.

Blackhawks take victory over Wildcats football

By DESTINY RAMOS and CRAIG MORRISON

Photos by DESTINY RAMOS, MARSHALL SCOTT and CRAIG MORRISON

The Redlands East Valley varsity football team faced off against Citrus Valley High School in Dodge Stadium on Friday, Oct. 8. A well-played game by the Wildcats, but the Blackhawks took the win with a final score of 7-57.

REV Analysis:

Redlands East Valley put up an admirable performance at the game. With the score aside, they showcased many great traits of the team. 

However, a few crucial flaws gave way to the landslide victory. These hiccups revolved around inconsistency.

Inconsistency with tackling was a huge part of the problem. Many times Wildcat defensive players were in the correct position but were unable to bring the opponent down. These occurrences resulted in Blackhawks gaining points and eventually touchdowns.

 Citrus Valley High School, wearing the white and black uniforms, kicked off to Redlands East Valley High School, wearing the red and black uniforms, on Oct. 8 during the third quarter of the game. This sight was a common occurrence due to Citrus Valley’s high score. (CRAIG MORRISON/ Ethic News photo)

Another area of improvement is speed. The Wildcats’ safeties and cornerbacks were simply not fast enough for the Blackhawks’ wide receivers. The Blackhawks’ receivers would gain a lead between their defenders and easily catch a throw for massive gains of yards.

On the positive side, the Wildcats displayed many noteworthy attributes during the game.

The Wildcats’ quarterback had great, fast and accurate throws. He was throwing the ball quickly after receiving it which really helped the Wildcats pick up some yards. 

The Wildcats’ offense also improved play variety. More passing plays were seen in this game compared to the previous one and even a fake punt was attempted.

In addition, the Wildcats’ defensive line was working hard this game. Kaden Khalloufi, linebacker for the Wildcats, was able to sack the quarterback in the middle of the third quarter.

All in all, the Wildcats have some areas that need improving but put up a great and entertaining game on Friday.

Citrus Valley Analysis:

Citrus Valley made their ultimate comeback on Friday, Oct. 8 as the varsity football team faced off Redlands East Valley. The Blackhawks put much hard work into this game, which clearly paid off with the win and score of 7-57. The varsity team had lost their previous two games to Centennial and Cajon high schools, with the winning teams leading by ten or more points.

One of Citrus Valley plays during the third quarter that resulted in another touchdown for the Blackhawks. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News photo)

The Blackhawks were off to a great start. Eight minutes into the game, player number four made the first touchdown of the night, which was the beginning of the Blackhawks’ touchdown streak. 

The Citrus Valley Spirit Crew attended the game and led students with chants such as “you have no field” and “we can’t hear you.” Although the chants were well unexpected, the Blackhawks did not disappoint their team. 

The first quarter ended with Blackhawks leading 0-14. 

The second quarter was consistent with two touchdowns and one field goal. Wildcat player number 23 had gotten REV’s first touchdown, but that would have been the only time the Blackhawks would allow the Wildcats to score that night. At second-and-27 in the game, player number 4 made a 20-yard touchdown pass. The score was 7-27, Blackhawks leading by halftime. 

The third and fourth quarters had the Blackhawks leading by more and more points. Great plays were made that eventually resulted in the high score and victory against REV. The Wildcats may not have gotten the best score, but they did fight hard and gave an entertaining game.

Spiritleaders Ashley Pham, Jenna Negrete and Malani Tauli cheer for their team after the final Blackhawk touchdown in the fourth quarter. (DESTINY RAMOS/Ethic News photo)

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” trailer leads to speculations

By EMMITT MURPHY

The long-awaited trailer for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” was released to the excitement of many fans worldwide on Aug. 31. Since then, leaks and speculation have surfaced on social media focused around the villains, heroes and overall plot of the movie.

The image is the first promo of the film “Spider-Man: No Way Home” in December 2020. Ever since the release of the trailer, many speculations have been discussed.  (This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License)

So far, three villains have been confirmed for “Spider-Man: No Way Home”: Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus and Jamie Fox as Electro. 

Fans believe that the trailer shows Sandman, played by Thomas Haden Church, due to a sandstorm shown with the first strike of Electro’s lightning. 

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” was released in the United States on Oct. 1. The film’s post credit scene has Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy, being transported into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and witnessing Spider-Man being named a criminal by J. Jonah Jameson. With the focus on Peter Parker being framed as a murderer by Mysterio, it is safe to assume that Venom will be in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” bringing the Sinister Six to the big screen for the first time.

The most anticipated aspect among fans is without doubt the potential of both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprising their roles as Peter Parker. Leaked videos and photos from the user spider.fan1962 on Instagram on set reveal both Macguire and Garfield in costume. 

These videos were thought to have been deepfaked. But, recently VFX artists on Youtube, The Corridor Crew, debunked the theory in their video “Andrew Garfield Spider-Man is Real – VFX Artists Explain Why.”

Gabriel Leon, a freshman at Citrus Valley High School, said, “I think it will be astonishing to see Tobey reprise his role as Spider-Man along with Tom Holland, as well as Willem Dafoe coming back as the Green Goblin, the movie will truly be a great experience.”

There have also been rumors of Matt Murdock played by Charlie Cox making an appearance. If true, this would officially canonize Netflix series “Daredevil,” bringing Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin into the MCU who is a major villain between Spider-Man and Daredevil.

With the plot already confirmed to be focused around the multiverse, there has been speculation on Twitter that this could possibly be how Spider-Man leaves the MCU. Sony has been building their own cinematic universe with 2018’s “Venom,” “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” and now “Morbius” set for 2022. These are all characters from the Spider-Man mythos with no Spider-Man, leaving fans to think Tom Holland’s role as Spider-Man will find a way to leave the MCU to be a part of Sony’s cinematic universe.

 Noah Jaffer, a freshman at Citrus Valley, stated, “Well, I mean that’d be pretty disappointing. With ‘Captain America: Civil War and Avengers Infinity War,’ we saw Spider-Man in the MCU for the first time with all these great character interactions with Iron Man and Doctor Strange and them all and so if he were to leave the MCU it’d just feel just so much more empty.” 

With speculation, it is important to take everything with a grain of salt because of how easy it is to spread misinformation on the internet. Nothing is truly set to happen until it is either confirmed by Sony or Marvel themselves.

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La ex alumna y Wildcat April Saibene se une al personal de consejería de Redlands East Valley High School

Por MIA ARANDA

Traducido by JAZUI MEJIA

April Saibene, una alumna anterior de Redlands East Valley High School, ha regresado a REV este año escolar como consejera recién contratada. Después de trabajar como consejera en la Escuela Primaria Clearwater en Perris durante dos años, Saibene fue contratada por primera vez en REV como consejera temporal que cubría los grados del décimo al duodécimo, se apellida Dj-J, pero unas semanas después del año escolar, obtuvo el título permanente. posición.

La consejera de Redlands East Valley High School, April Gamez, en su oficina el 8 de septiembre. Gamez asesora a estudiantes de segundo, tercer y cuarto año con apellidos que van de Dj a J. (MIA ARANDA / foto de Ethic News)

Nacido en Brawley, California, Saibene vivió en México hasta los tres años; sus padres nacieron en México, por lo tanto, habla español con fluidez. Además, ha vivido en Redlands y Mentone. En su tiempo libre, Saibene disfruta pasar tiempo con su familia. Ella y su esposo, Andrew, tienen actualmente un hijo de siete meses llamado Sonny. Saibene también tiene tres hermanos: Diana Gamez (REV 05 ‘), Frankie Gamez (REV 07’) y Angel Gamez (Citrus Valley 12 ‘).

Saibene se graduó de REV en 2010. Considera a la consejera Laree Orland una mentora durante y después de la escuela secundaria; Orland es actualmente el consejero que cubre a todos los estudiantes de Avance Vía Determinación Individual.

Mientras estaba en REV, Saibene participó en atletismo y pista y campo, entrenado por Andrea Johnson, y softbol con Jim Cruz y Sandy Crumrine como sus entrenadores. También jugó fútbol fuera de la escuela de forma recreativa.

Saibene, amante de los deportes, había pensado que seguiría una carrera relacionada con los deportes en algún aspecto, como especializarse en kinesiología.

Sin embargo, finalmente decidió especializarse en sociología.

Mientras estudiaba para obtener su licenciatura en Cal State University, San Bernardino, Saibene trabajó como mesera en Johnny ‘s Tacos and Sports en Redlands durante cuatro años.

Después de obtener su licenciatura en 2014, Saibene trabajó en Tom Bell Chevrolet durante dos años. Mientras estuvo allí, fue recepcionista y se abrió camino hasta convertirse en redactora de servicios y luego en subdirectora.

Posteriormente, Saibene asistió a la Universidad de Redlands para obtener su maestría en consejería escolar mientras comenzaba a sustituir en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Redlands. Se graduó en 2019.

Además de regresar a REV, Saibene también ingresará al mismo campus que su hermana mayor, Diana Gamez, quien actualmente se encuentra en su noveno año de enseñanza de español y maestra de Avance Vía Determinación Individual en REV.

Gamez solía almorzar en su habitación y mantenerse para sí misma, pero ahora intenta pasar al menos una vez al día para visitar a su hermana para saludar o almorzar juntos.

Gamez dice que Saibene “tiene un corazón de oro y es muy compasiva. Sé que le gustó mucho trabajar en la escuela primaria, pero honestamente creo que va a abrir grandes caminos en REV.

Saibene atribuye a su hermana ser uno de sus modelos a seguir, ya que Gamez era la mayor y la más influyente para ella y sus hermanos.

El aspecto personal de la consejería es lo que más ama a Saibene. No quería convertirse en maestra porque siente que trabaja mejor con grupos pequeños e individuales en comparación con un grupo grande.

En medio de esta pandemia, Saibene cree que lidiar con el dolor, la falta de habilidades sociales y no ser consciente de las expectativas escolares son algunos de los mayores desafíos que enfrentan los estudiantes.

Debido al COVID-19, la pérdida de miembros de la familia se ha convertido en algo común para algunos estudiantes.

Como resultado del aprendizaje a distancia para el año escolar 2020-21, Saibene siente que algunos estudiantes no han desarrollado una comprensión de las expectativas para el aprendizaje en persona, especialmente los estudiantes de primer y segundo año que nunca habían estado en el campus de REV todavía.

“Técnicamente, nuestros estudiantes de último año solo estuvieron aquí por un año y medio, por lo que realmente no conocieron las expectativas o les gustaron los rituales, pues  las cosas que tenemos aquí en REV que lo convierten en REV”, dijo Saibene. “Creo que ese es un desafío que [los estudiantes] están enfrentando; simplemente no saben y no saben qué esperar y todos todavía se sienten asustados y nerviosos”.

Sin embargo, para que los estudiantes tengan éxito en la escuela secundaria, Saibene recomienda encarecidamente participar en algo en la escuela, como clubes o deportes.

“Yo diría que te asegures de mantenerte involucrado, sé amable con los adultos, defiéndase a sí mismos y hablen por ustedes mismos “, dijo Saibene.

En REV, Saibene aspira a ser alguien con quien los estudiantes y el personal se sientan cómodos al llegar.

“Espero ser un lugar seguro para los estudiantes y el personal en el que se sientan cómodos conmigo, ya sea para compartir buenas o malas noticias, si necesitan orientación, consejo o simplemente un espacio para que se desahoguen”, dijo Saibene.

Read this article in English here: https://ethic-news.org/2021/09/27/wildcat-alumni-april-saibene-joins-redlands-east-valley-high-school-counseling-staff/

Thrifting promotes environmental friendliness and unique finds

By MIA ARANDA

A customer browses through the rack of men’s t-shirts at a Goodwill in Redlands on Oct. 9. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News Photo)

Thrifting has garnered more and more popularity throughout the years. Any store that sells donated clothing, furniture and other merchandise at discounted prices is considered a thrift store. Although often thought of as simple stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army, thrifting can also include rummaging through bins and booths at garage sales and swap meets.

Part of the attraction that draws many to thrift stores are its affordable prices and unique pieces. Oftentimes, clothing items at thrift stores only cost a few dollars allowing customers to purchase multiple items for an outstandingly low cost.

Redlands East Valley High School sophomore Alma Shelly King said, “[Thrifting] is a lot more affordable for people who can’t always buy from the more expensive clothing brands.”

King typically looks for sweaters, band t-shirts and jeans at local stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army. Their favorite thing about thrifting is finding old, vintage clothing.

Many also find excitement in discovering unexpected pieces, which can help diversify one’s closet, especially if they are yearning for more distinctive, occasionally unconventional, articles of clothing. In addition, the special experience of finding and purchasing a hidden treasure at a thrift store makes the item even more memorable.

Chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s concept of “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” accurately illustrates the fixation over thrifting.

Thrifting is also admired for being environmentally friendly.  Thrifting promotes the reusing of items. As a person gives an item a second life, they are helping decrease the size of landfills and the need for the production of additional items. It can also help preserve water due to less clothing production, reduce chemical pollution and lower one’s carbon footprint, or in other words, the greenhouse gas emissions produced from one’s actions.

According to Goodwill, their stores have contributed greatly in “diverting nearly five billion pounds of goods from landfills and into reuse.”

Thrifting can be a time-consuming pastime that may require a lot of patience, but the thrill of accumulating unique finds for low prices and promoting environmental friendliness makes it worthwhile.

Bees fly and take over Redlands East Valley

By KENDRA BURDICK and AVA LARSON

Note: NO ANIMALS WERE HURT FOR THIS ARTICLE 

The bees are more attracted to the trash cans because of the pheromones that are released by the trash. Bees are being killed because they get caught under the lids of these trash cans. Some people have even suggested that governments should be working on a solution to this problem, but it may be too late for that. Photo made with Autodesk Sketchbook, a drawing and sketching app. (AILEEN JANEE CORPUS/ Ethic News art)

Since the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, honey bees have been very attracted to Redlands East Valley High School and are collecting in the trash cans and the trees around campus. They are hovering over students’ food and intruding on their lunch time: a time that would normally serve as a peaceful break from teacher instruction. 

The bees have become especially troublesome to people with bee allergies because they are forced to constantly pass trash cans during passing periods and lunch.

“I have to be aware of the bees because of my allergies to bees,” Emiliy Jean Scott, a freshman at REV, said. “They’re mainly in the trash cans which are gross, and they’re beginning to bug people. I believe that they smell something sweet and that’s why they are going into the trash cans.”

Fae Norris, a sophomore at REV, said, “The bees are terrible due to my allergies and I don’t carry an EpiPen. I get attacked by bees a lot, and I think that if they were to move the trash cans away from the students, just so we don’t keep getting attacked.”

Sharon Dobesh, the pesticide coordinator in the Department of Entomology, explains the main reason for bees surrounding the trash cans. 

Dobesh says, “They are just looking for new sources of nutrition since flower populations are declining.” 

The bees are attracted to anything sweet, mainly items with sugar such as candy, granola bars and sugary drinks. They will also swarm around fruits such as apples, dragon fruit and oranges, which explains the swarms near the schools near the orange groves. 

Bees form and create hives as their place of producing their honey for their spawns. The typical honey bee likes to live in rock crevices and hollow parts of trees in which they believe that it has enough space for their colony to live and survive. They construct their hives out of wax, which they chew to make it soft and bond it into honeycombs to form their hive.

In addition to bees inconveniencing students, they are also becoming a burden to teachers. Because of the autumn season, teachers are opening the doors and window seals of their classrooms to allow light and the thin breeze to brush through. However, when teachers open their windows, they are met not only by the seasonal breeze but by bees that fly into their classroom and disturb valuable instructional minutes. 

REV earth science teacher Ted Ducey said, “The bees come through the windows when I have them open and cause a small disruption to the class.”

Kalynn Greenley, an English teacher at REV, says, “It’s affecting my class because it takes ten minutes to catch a single bee.” 

In order to prevent bees from invading their classroom, many teachers on the lower level of the English building have been putting up magnetic screens on their doors. However, some teachers do not have these screens and are interrupted hourly by bees flying into their class.

The bees takeover has caused a loss of focus, learning and even disrupts students walking through the halls. With the orange groves right next to REV, there is no indication that the swarm of bees are leaving anytime soon. 

Justin Tucker set a new record for the NFL

By CRAIG MORRISON

The NFL record for the longest field goal kick made was set on Sunday, Sept. 26. Justin Tucker, NFL placekicker for the Baltimore Ravens, set the record during the Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions football game. Tucker set it by hitting a 66 yard field goal to set the Ravens over the Lions in points and win the game.

Tucker took the field in the final seconds of the game with the Ravens trailing by one. As his foot made contact with the ball, the game clock expired. The ball sailed across the field, coming down directly on the crossbar and bouncing in through the uprights for the three points the Ravens needed to win.

This made Tucker 16 for 16 in the last minute of regulation field goal attempts. This record setting hit goes alongside his record for being the most accurate kicker in NFL history.

The record for longest field goal kick made in the NFL was previously set with a 64 yard field goal by Denver Broncos placekicker Matt Prater in December 2013. This record was undisputed for eight years but was finally beaten by Tucker’s amazing kick.

Before the game, Tucker practiced hitting 65 yard field goals but was coming up short each time both ways.

“Thankfully, we found an extra yard-and-a-half that I didn’t have three hours before,” said Tucker as reported by ESPN.

This new record will secure Justin Tucker’s legacy and his path towards the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Photo by All-Pro Reels, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

China limits time on video games: What do you think?

“What do you think?” is a series of articles asking the opinion of others on different subjects, rather than having the writers share their opinion. Each “What do you think?” segment will share information on a different topic and provide an opportunity for readers to answer a related interactive poll question at the end of the article.


By NADIA CENICEROS

Guess it is “game over” for some gamers in China. The Chinese government has banned people under 18 from playing video games for more than three hours a week. According to the official China news agency, minors will only be allowed to play on weekends or public holidays for an hour. Minors will only be able to play for one hour between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. at night. This law was put into place on Sept. 1.

Video game consoles like Playstation are being used to a limited extent in China (NADIA CENICEROS/Ethic news)

Before this law was decided, in 2019, minors were only allowed to play for only 90 minutes on weekdays and three hours on weekends. China is blaming video games for children having nearsightedness, addiction and laziness. Parents were concerned about their children because they were “becoming too addicted to the game” and it is “affecting their mental and physical health.” Children can find their way around this ban so the Chinese government has asked all families to cooperate to prevent kids from playing longer. Officials say that this will help kids to get better grades and to be more focused.  New laws will now be issued at local schools, putting specific requirements so students do not play video games.

Citrus Valley High School students Marquille Glenn (left) and Brooklyn Lane (right) answer a whiteboard question. The whiteboard question was “Is there such a thing as ‘playing video games too much?’” (JASMINE ROSALES/Ethic News Photo)

Tencent, a multinational conglomerate company and the largest video game company in China, have sent out a statement on the situation. The company said that they have been working on “various new technologies and functions for the protection of minors” since 2017. The company also said they will “continue as Tencent strictly abides by and actively implements the latest requirements from Chinese authorities.” The Chinese government has required minors to register for games with their real names.

Caleab Losee, a junior at Citrus Valley, answers a whiteboard question.  (JASMINE ROSALES/Ethic News Photo)

The National Press and Publication Association, also known as the NPPA, is the regulator which approves video game titles. The NPPA have made all video games connect to an “anti-addiction” system that is operated by the association.  Xi Jinping, the current Chinese president, had said three months earlier how gaming can make children unsuccessful in their academic classes and warned publicly about the endangerment of youth video game addiction. This statement caused the NPPA to consider the situation.

Citrus Valley students Ashlyn Gaines (left) and Madalyn Higham (right) answer a whiteboard question.  (JASMINE ROSALES/Ethic News Photo)

Some of the citizens have very different opinions on this new rule. Some American citizens believe that China will become better in their education and more children in China will succeed more than Americans. According to The Edvocate, Chinese students “outperform American students.” The Edvocate explains that China focuses more on “fundamental understanding of calculations” while American education focuses on “creativity and how the student will use the knowledge in society.” This causes more students in China to do better in the education system than students in America.

Amelia Cox, a student at Citrus Valley, answers a whiteboard question. (JASMINE ROSALES/Ethic News Photo)

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Closed restrooms open discussion about safety versus convenience

By ELLA FITZPATRICK

At Redlands East Valley High School, student access to the restrooms has been limited. Since the end of August, the upstairs bathrooms in the K-wing have been closed.

The upstairs student restrooms in the K-Wing of Redlands East Valley High School have been closed since August. After the Devious Licks trend, REV administration thought it would be best to close the restrooms for the safety of students and to limit vandalism. (Ella Fitzpatrick/ Ethic News photo)

During each passing period — an eight minute time frame — the restrooms quickly become crowded with students. This is because there are only two restrooms for males and two restrooms for females open on campus with a student count of almost 1,900. 

“Once when I really had to go to the bathroom, the line was so long that I was two minutes late to my class,” says Alicia Gullon, a senior at REV. 

With every student that waits in line, another student may be late to class or must wait until another passing period and hope the line is shorter then. This may cause a rise in tardiness among students. 

The passing period is meant to be a short time where students can quickly socialize with friends, eat a snack, and use the restroom while on the way to their next class. Some teachers do not allow students to use the restroom during class because it is what passing period is meant for. It is also to ensure that students get the most out of their instruction. However, having to wait to use the restroom can cause discomfort for students.

REV security officer Molly Gonzalez said, “From my standpoint, all of the tardy students that I deal with, they want to be tardy. They could care less. And I think that we forget that there are other students who do care.”

Some students, as well as staff,  who have been late to class or have been otherwise affected because of this issue believe the second floor bathrooms of the K-wing should be opened. 

“I don’t think it is something we need to debate. It makes sense to open it. I think it should be an easy fix,” says Gonzalez. 

According to assistant principal Ron Kroetz, restrooms are closed due to a lack of supplies provided by the Redlands Unified School District including soap dispensers and toilet seat covers. This shortage is connected to the Devious Licks trend that began on TikTok in September. The Devious Licks trend encouraged students to steal and destroy school property which put everyone on campus at risk. 

“These social media trends are tough to deal with sometimes when kids are being encouraged to vandalise the school,” says Kroetz.

As a solution, administration agreed to close the restrooms upstairs impermanently. 

The school has also been short on officers, an essential part of campus safety. By opening up the bathrooms upstairs, security would need to accommodate and split up where they patrol.

“We don’t have enough staff to keep an eye on them,” says Kroetz. 

“We can barely manage the two restrooms open now,” says Gonzalez. 

With a lack of security officers on campus, they often have to be more vigilant. 

“Recently, we have had girls go into the restrooms and start fights,” says Gonzalez, “And safety is going to overrule convenience.” 

Lea este artículo en español aquí: https://ethic-news.org/2021/11/12/banos-cerrados-discusion-abierta-sobre-seguridad-versus-conveniencia/

Photos: Dragons end softball season with 3 home runs against Birch

By DEBBIE DIAZ and JOSEPH PACHECO

Orangewood High School participated in their last softball game of the season on Oct. 13 against Birch High School, hitting three home runs and concluding their season with a win.

Orangewood High School senior Jocelyn Gomez runs to first base versus Birch High School on Oct. 13. The OHS Dragons are coached by Mark Perkins. (DEBBIE DIAZ/ Ethic Photo)

Orangewood High School junior Jesse Navarro pitches to Birch High School on the Oct. 13 softball game. Navarro is the Dragons’ main softball pitcher. (DEBBIE DIAZ/Ethic photo)

Orangewood High School senior Jocelyn Gomez prepares to bat versus Birch High School on Oct. 13. As as senior in the last game of the season, Gomez played her last softball game. (DEBBIE DIAZ/ Ethic photo)

Orangewood High School junior Alicia Zaragoza waits for the coach to announce safe or out on the Oct. 13 softball game versus Birch. “Zaragoza is our best first baseman,” says OHS senior Jocelyn Gomez. (DEBBIE DIAZ/ Ethic News)

Orangewood High School senior Jocelyn Gomez rounds first base in the Oct. 13 game versus Birch High School. As a senior in the last game of the season, this is the last softball game Gomez plays for the Dragons. (DEBBIE DIAZ/ Ethic News)

The next generation consoles cause frustration

By SPENCER MOORE

 The Xbox Series X, released November 10, 2020. (SPENCER MOORE/Ethic News photo)

The Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles are in short supply. While almost every console gaming fan wants one of these illustrious machines, the process of obtaining one, even after nearly a year of being on the market, is ridiculously hard.

Unfortunately, what seems to have happened is that a perfect storm of a number of elements come together to make purchasing one a nightmare for the video game consumer. These elements include resellers, semiconductor shortages and the unprecedented level of demand.

First and foremost, the reason that most consumers blame for having so few of these consoles in supply at retailers around the country, is because of the resellers, commonly referred to as scalpers. As evidenced by popular reselling websites, these scalpers are selling these hot ticket consoles at a ridiculous premium of up to $1,800 when the retail price is $300 to $500.

With so many consumers either unable or unwilling to pay these incredibly high markups, many people throughout the world have expressed their frustration with these resellers. Along with this, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the majority of retail chains across the nation to switch to online-only purchases for these consoles opening up an opportunity for scalpers to set up bots to buy them in mass.

Another massive cause for these console shortages has been the worldwide semiconductor shortage. This shortage was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic requiring a greater number of mobile phones, laptops, personal computers, webcams  and more to be produced so people can stay connected along with making work run smoothly while being at home.

The majority of the semiconductors in the world are assembled by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company or known as TSMC. They are responsible for 54 percent of the semiconductor production in the world. With a lack of a key component, the manufacturing arms of Microsoft and Sony cannot produce these devices.

An additional reason that the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X|S are difficult to purchase is due to the unprecedented level of demand for each of these consoles. In Winter of 2013, the season in which the Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles launched, the Playstation sold over 4.2 million units, while the Xbox One sold just over 3 million units.

However, in 2020, the Playstation 5 sold over 4.5 million units and the Xbox series consoles sold around 4.1 million units, according to GameSpot. This doesn’t sound like much, however, with all of the above factors, demand is a huge part of availability for the masses.

A possible solution for this issue lies in these companies producing more machines for the masses.

Nathan Upshaw, a senior at Redlands East Valley High School, says, “They should have waited until they had a good few million units to ship, to meet the demand.”

When these companies produce more units, the demand will be met.

Another possibility for a higher purchase rate for these consoles is due to the lowering of their price, especially with the scalped console prices.

Ruben Lara, a freshman at Redlands East Valley High School, says, “If the consoles were lower in price, there would be a higher adoption rate.”

Purchasing a Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X|S has been difficult, and likely will continue to be, but fans of these respective devices should be aware of the reasons behind the difficulty. Whether it be scalpers, semiconductors or high demand, there will always be a barrier for consumers to get these highly demanded items.

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Smudge Pot football game fuels burning school rivalry

By AILEEN JANEE CORPUS

Wildcats celebrating their 5th consecutive Smudgepot victory in 2017. (ANDREW VINES/ Ethic News photo) https://ethic-news.org/2017/10/17/wildcats-win-smudge-pot-for-fifth-year-in-a-row-against-terriers/

It’s October and that means two things for Redlands East Valley High School and Redlands High School students: Halloween and the annual Smudge Pot football game. The Smudge Pot game is the rivalry between the REV Wildcats and the RHS Terriers.

To start off, what even is a smudge pot? A smudge pot is a device that burns oil and is placed in orchards in order to keep the trees from frosting their leaves and their fruit.

Although the use of these orchard heaters has been illegal in California since 1947, that does not stop the symbolism of the smudge pot from prevailing in Redlands, California, once home to more than 15,000 acres of orange groves.

On the smudge pot, a statement is engraved: “A perpetual trophy, honoring redlands’ citrus industry heritage, passed to the winner of the annual Redlands High School vs. Redlands East Valley High School football game, in the spirit of friendly competition and sportsmanship.” (AILEEN JANEE CORPUS/ Ethic News photos)

The beginning of this rivalry amongst two schools started in 1997, the first year that REV was open, and continues to this day every school year in October.

Per tradition, whichever school wins the football game also wins the smudge pot with the score of the game engraved on the smudge pot. In the past 23 years, Redlands East Valley High School has taken the smudge pot 14 times, and Redlands High School has taken it 10 times.

The Smudge Pot game is also a great opportunity for the REV Litterbox and the RHS Boneyard to show their school pride and high spirits. In past years, students have painted their bodies according to their school colors and have cheer-offs against the opposing school.

For this 2021-2022 school year, the Smudge Pot game will occur Friday, Oct. 15 with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and kickoff at 7:00 p.m. at the RHS football stadium, Dodge Stadium.

Tickets to the game can be purchased at any time on the website gofan.com, and game-day tickets will be available for purchase. Tickets for adults are $8 and tickets for students are $5. Children 6 and under and students with an ASB card will be admitted to the game for free. 

Good luck to both teams, and may the best team win.

Opinion: Teachers have too low of a salary   

By NATHAN DENNIS

Many teachers don’t get the recognition for their work to educate their students in class, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when it’s even more difficult to teach students. Many teachers provide time for students that need help before and after school outside of their scheduled hours. Teachers’ salaries are too low considering the time, dedication and effort taken to educate their students. 

The Redlands Unified School District typically does not provide supplies except the bare necessities like pencils and computers. If teachers want to purchase other supplies, such as colored pencils, markers, whiteboard markers, erasers, notebooks and paper, they have to use their own money. 

Outside of their scheduled hours, teachers grade work, volunteer for school-related activities and events without any additional pay and provide a flexible time for tutoring test make ups, before school, during lunch and after school.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an additional hurdle that has hindered teachers ability to teach. During distance learning, teachers tried as much as possible to communicate and interact with their students. Teachers provided time for students that did not understand the material being taught to give additional support before and after school, using video conferencing platforms such as Google Meet and Zoom.

The RUSD Bargaining Unit Basic Salary Schedule shows the varying salaries from teachers in Class A and Class F. The staff’s education or experience determines the class they remain in.  (NATHAN DENNIS/ Ethic News Photo)

According to the RUSD Management Team Salary Schedule, a staff member’s education, experience and position in the school affects their salary.

“Teachers aren’t paid nearly enough, and they feel less appreciated, more stressed, and less supported than they have in the past,” The National Education Association says. 

Considering all the extra time, money and effort teachers give to their school and students, they all deserve an increased salary. A teacher’s pay is not enough for the many things they do for their students. 


Link of Certified :  CEAppA-1.20.21.8.11.20.pdf, 

Redlands East Valley builds homecoming floats to kick off homecoming week

By KENDRA BURDICK and AILEEN JANEE CORPUS

For Redlands East Valley High School’s homecoming, the different classes made their floats after their fairy tale theme called “Once Upon a Homecoming.”

 Redlands East Valley High School  sophomores decorated their homecoming float’s background as the ending page of the book “Hansel and Gretel” on Sep. 30. The sophomore class won best homecoming float.  (KENDRA BURDICK/ Ethic News Photo)

 The class of 2025 created the grandmother’s house and a hooded girl with a forest background from a children’s tale on Sept. 30. Their homecoming float has the theme of “Little Red Riding Hood.” (KENDRA BURDICK/ Ethic News Photo)

 The class of 2025 showed off their “catchy” play on words with their theme on the back of their homecoming float on Sept. 30. (KENDRA BURDICK/ ETHIC NEWS)

A trio of freshmen students begin to paint the tree trunks in the forest background of their “Little Red Riding Hood” float on Sept. 28. (AILEEN JANEE CORPUS/ Ethic News Photo)

 The class of 2022 homecoming float had the words “Surrender Dorothy” in black clouds on Sept. 30. This showed off their theme of “The Wizard of Oz” perfectly. (KENDRA BURDICK/ Ethic News Photo)

The class of 2022 added the yellow brick road and the tornado swept house to add to their scene on Sept. 30. All of their add-ons helped complete the float and earned them second place in the homecoming float competition. (KENDRA BURDICK/ Ethic News Photo)

Two senior students painted the city of Oz in green on the “Wizard of Oz” inspired float on Sept. 28. All floats were inspired by the theme of fairy tales. (AILEEN JANEE CORPUS/ Ethic News Photo)

The class of 2023 created the beanstalk on their float to represent their theme “Jack and the Beanstalk.” This shows off their theme and how much effort they put in to make their float. (KENDRA BURDICK/ Ethic News Photo)

REV junior Deborah Toma helps with painting the gradient of the “Jack and the Beanstalk” float in the REV autoshop area on Sept. 29.  The REV Associated Student Body displays these floats during the homecoming football game and uses their funds and donations to gather materials for each float. (AILEEN JANEE CORPUS/ Ethic News Photo)

REV junior Deborah Toma (left) and ASB junior Emma DeDoes (right) work on painting grass on the juniors’ float on Sept. 29. Everyone was welcomed to volunteer and work on their class’s float. (AILEEN JANEE CORPUS/ Ethic News Photo)

Redlands East Valley students are seen working on floats, eating snacks or talking with friends on Sept. 28. The students building the float gain, not only, community service but also a fun time to spend with friends or make new ones. (AILEEN JANEE CORPUS/ Ethic News Photo)

Citrus Valley High School annual Fall Fest kicks off homecoming weekend

By JASMINE ROSALES and DESTINY RAMOS

Citrus Valley High School held their annual Fall Fest after school from 12:33-3:30pm on Sept. 24. This event gives each club a chance to fundraise for themself and attempt to sell out in the product they are selling. This provides a fun entertaining environment for both students and clubs.

Participating clubs had canopies stationed in their designated spots around the quad and each program was given time in sixth period to prepare their table for the chaos to come. As soon as the bell rang, students swarmed the quad with money in their hands ready to purchase goods. 

Each club is in charge of getting their own donation from businesses to sell at their booths. The quantity is up to club leaders and businesses to ensure they are within their budget. Club leaders are free to donate and help fund their materials being used. 

All the clubs fundraising were successful and Fall Fest was a hit with students enjoying their treats and meals after school in the quad. It is planned to return for the following school year and make another appearance on campus.

Photo 1: Students at Citrus Valley crowd around multiple clubs selling a variety of snacks and drinks. Lines during this part of Fall Fest became extremely long making it difficult for students passing through. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

Photo 2: Fall Fest included the hosting of a talent show, where many students showed off their amazing talents. Sophomore Elizabeth Roman was one of the first performers, singing the song “She Used to Be Mine” from the musical “Waitress” with the help of ASB sophomore Briana Ton. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

Photo 3: Fall Fest included the hosting of a talent show, where many students showed off their amazing talents. Sophomore Elizabeth Roman was one of the first performers, singing the song “She Used to Be Mine” from the musical “Waitress” with the help of ASB sophomore Briana Ton. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

Photo 4: Sophomore Atalia Rivas performed a song on her guitar, showing off her talent with the instrument.  (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

Photo 5: The students at Citrus Valley lined up to get a cup of Kona Ice. Kona Ice was one of the most popular snacks out of all that were available. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/ Ethic News Photo)

Redlands School District tracking confirmed COVID-19 cases

By DESTINY RAMOS

A new school year started for the Redlands Unified School District and a question arose on whether or not safety is enough for students. Since last month, the district website has become updated with confirmed cases of COVID-19 through a district dashboard on their website.

The district dashboard tracks and publishes confirmed cases within a two-week period for each school.  

The RUSD recently added a COVID-19 dashboard on the district website for the schools within the district. The dashboard includes a 14-day covid case chart and newly reported cases. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic Photo)

COVID-19 was first discovered in December of 2019, and later caused the global pandemic that still remains, two years later. Exactly a year after the first case was discovered, the first Delta variant case was reported. Since then, it swept its way through Europe before reaching the United States in March of 2021, where the variant is now predominant. 

Around the same time the Delta variant made its way to the US, most, if not all, students and staff had begun to make their return to schools all over the country. In the RUSD, learning online was an option while being on-campus was the other. Depending on the state, some students might not have had the option to learn from the comfort of their own homes. Many students were forced to go on campus or stay online, and others got to choose for themselves. Whether or not students chose to attend school in person, they would all have returned to school regardless of state in August 2021. 

As students around the US began school, COVID-19 rates escalated very quickly. In the span of a month, the seven-day case rate had risen from 30,000 per week on July 20, to 145,000 cases a week by Aug. 20. More than half of these cases were reported from students and school staff around the country. 

After a year of distance learning, half of the RUSD students returned to school in April. Many precautions were taken to ensure the safety of students. These precautions included the requirement of masks, social distancing, hand sanitizer stations around the school and the use of plexiglass in classrooms. 

Yet, all precautions, minus the mask requirements and hand sanitizer stations, were lifted in August. 

Some students agree schools are not safe to attend due to COVID-19 at the moment.

 “[Covid cases] can’t be controlled and are still spreading through schools regardless of masks. They both spread through sports, and through people who didn’t even know had covid or the delta variant,” stated Jenna Tampubolon, a sophomore at Citrus Valley High School. 

Others prefer to attend due to their experience with lockdown earlier in the pandemic. 

“I don’t care if it’s smart or not, I’d rather live with Covid than go insane in solitude,” said Rico Weaver, a sophomore at Citrus Valley.

A link to the RUSD COVID-19 dashboard can be found at https://www.redlandsusd.net/Page/18775

Lea este artículo en español aquí: https://ethic-news.org/2021/11/12/seguimiento-del-districto-escolar-de-redlands-confirmo-los-casos-de-covid-19/

Opinión: Los estudiantes representan un cambio en el codigo de ropa

Por MIA ARANDA

Traducido por DESTINY RAMOS

Los códigos de vestimenta se crearon y aplicaron para ayudar a “mantener seguros a los estudiantes”, pero ¿ha llegado a un punto en el que está pasando por los límites? Este ha sido un tema recurrente y continuará a menos que haya un medio feliz entre administradores y estudiantes. Cuando se trata de códigos de vestimenta, se hace para responsabilizar tanto a las niñas como a los niños de su “ambiente de aprendizaje”, pero ¿cómo afecta el aprendizaje de alguien? Con la escuela de vuelta en sesión, esta cuestión ha surgido una vez más y posiblemente significativamente más que antes.

De mensajes recientes, los estudiantes de REV cuelgan carteles para llamar la atención sobre los códigos de vestimenta de las niñas. Este cartel estaba ubicado fuera del baño de chicas en el ala G. (MIA ARANDA/ foto de Ethic News)

La ropa es un tema muy controvertido, dados los muchos argumentos al respecto. Muchas prendas de vestir han sido etiquetadas como “provocadoras e inapropiadas” para una persona, mientras que puede ser todo lo contrario o ni siquiera un problema para otros. 

Con los códigos de vestimenta, todo varía entre el material y la persona, nada encaja igual para cada persona. Por ejemplo, una camisa, para una persona puede parecer de gran tamaño y un poco holgada. Pero si se le da a otra persona, puede encajar perfectamente. Las reglas del código de vestimenta son diferentes para cada escuela. Algunos son más irrestrictos que otros, y así sucesivamente, pero ¿así que los códigos de vestimenta realmente atienden a todos? Los códigos de vestimenta pueden estar un poco sesgados a veces. Muchos estudiantes pueden andar, por ejemplo, con una camisa ajustada y si tienes varias chicas usando la misma camisa con diferentes tipos de cuerpo, hay una clara diferencia en como puede verse la camisa.

Muchas niñas se sienten objetivo debido a los códigos de vestimenta establecidos. Debido a la controversia, ha habido muchas protestas realizadas por los estudiantes que han sido codificados de vestimenta y se han sentido representados por los administradores de la escuela. 

Marshall Scott, estudiante de primer año de Citrus Valley High School, afirma: “Si una mujer necesita cubrirse el cuerpo porque está distrayendo a los hombre en las clases de mujeres, entonces las escuelas deberían trabajar para enseñar a los hombres a no sexualizar a las mujeres.” 

A las niñas se les dice que están mostrando sus cuerpos de manera inapropiada en un entorno de aprendizaje o que van a cambiar porque su cuerpo es una distracción. Aunque las intenciones de la escuela son vestir su ropa para crear un entorno de aprendizaje seguro y para su propia seguridad, ha llegado a un punto en el que daña la autoestima de los estudiantes.

Si, mantener un entorno de aprendizaje seguro es lo más importante. Pero, ¿realmente se está manipulando la educación de alguien debido al hombro y la clavícula de una niña?

Innumerables códigos de vestimenta ocurren todos los días, pero la mayoría de ellos son hacia las niñas. Muchas chicas, especialmente recientemente, han afirmado cuánto afectan las redes sociales a su confianza y se ajustan al llamado estándar de belleza creado por las redes sociales.

Daniela Mora, estudiante de segundo año de Redlands East Valley, dice, “Siento que nuestros cuerpos están siendo etiquetados como distracciones y en realidad me hace sentir extremadamente incómodo. Es triste pensar que no puedo vestirme para el clima solo porque soy una ‘distracción.’”

Se ha dicho que ir a la escuela y que se codifique la vestimenta es desmoralizante debido a lo que se considera revelador. Una estudiante que lleva una camiseta sin mangas a la que se le dice que sus hombros se consideran una “distracción” puede ser molesto y desmoralizante porque el atuendo usado en la escuela podría haber sido algo en lo que el estudiante se sentía confiado. Desde la experiencia de primera mano, hacerse a un lado para que le digan que un atuendo distrae o demasiado “revela” puede hacer que alguien se sienta consciente de sí mismo porque ¿que se considera “demasiado revelador” para el ojo humano?

Encontrados en el primer piso del ala H, más estudiantes de REV se unen para llamar más la atención sobre los códigos de vestimenta de las niñas. (AILEEN JANEE CORPUS/ foto de Ethic News)

Recientemente, los estudiantes ya han tenido suficiente y ahora están tomando este asunto en sus propias manos y haciendo un cambio para el futuro. 

En las escuelas locales, los estudiantes han hecho y publicado carteles alrededor de su campus y han creado peticiones para minimizar las reglas innecesarias en el código de vestimenta. Algunos estudiantes incluso se han unido y todos llevaban algo considerado “fuera del código de vestimenta”, como camisetas sin mangas, camisetas sin mangas, camisetas recortadas que muestran al midriff, etc. para protestar porque no fue una distracción.

En la escuela secundaria Citrus Valley, niñas de todos los grados contribuyeron el viernes 27 de agosto y todas usaron ropa que se considera “fuera del código de vestimenta” para ponerse de pie. Los estudiantes de Redlands East Valley han pintado carteles y los han colgado alrededor del campus. 

A medida que circulen múltiples peticiones de códigos de vestimenta y se hagan más posiciones contra los códigos de vestimenta, los estudiantes de todo el mundo lucharán hasta que los estudiantes tengan la libertad de vestirse como quieran. Así que hasta entonces, mantente atento a futuros cambios en los códigos de vestimenta para poner fin a esta controversia.

Read this article in English: https://ethic-news.org/2021/09/16/opinion-students-take-a-stand-for-a-change-in-school-dress-codes/

Noticias breves: El rendimiento angelical de Tik Tok expía los lamidos tortuosos

Por CYRUS ENGELSMAN

Traducido por MAURICIO PLIEGO

Devious Licks es una tendencia que comenzó en TikTok a mediados de septiembre. Como TikTok tiene más de dos mil millones de descargas, rápidamente se convirtió en un punto de acceso para los participantes. Desde entonces, ha aparecido una nueva tendencia para expiar los pecados de Devious Licks: entrar en Angelic Yield.

Aunque la mayoría de las tendencias son inofensivas y están destinadas a entretener a los demás, la tendencia Devious Licks no solo daña a los participantes, sino que también daña a toda la escuela.

El propósito de la tendencia era que los estudiantes robaran o destruyeran la propiedad de las escuelas, principalmente dentro de los baños de las escuelas, y registraron y compartieran en línea.

Sin embargo, algunos estudiantes intentan contrarrestar la tendencia creando una nueva tendencia llamada Angelic Yield.

Esta tendencia hace que los estudiantes reemplacen la propiedad robada con equipos nuevos y mejores.

Debido a Devious Licks, las escuelas tuvieron que actuar con rapidez para minimizar el daño causado y asegurarse de que no se robara ninguna propiedad. Se tomaron muchas acciones, como cerrar los baños o los pasillos de los edificios durante el almuerzo.

Se instó a los maestros a estar atentos y cuidadosos con sus pertenencias, ya que muchos llevaron la tendencia fuera de los baños y dentro de las aulas, y muchos robaron posesiones y propiedades tanto de la escuela como de los maestros.

Nicole Steenhausen, profesora de inglés en la Escuela Secundaria Redlands East Valley, tuvo dificultades para lidiar con esta tendencia, porque le preocupaba que pudieran robar parte de su propiedad.

“En dos años escolares como ningún otro, esto es absolutamente lo último con lo que tenemos que lidiar. Tengo muchos estudiantes que conocen sus propias mentes y no sucumbirán a este tipo de tendencias ridículas ”, dijo Steenhausen. “Para aquellos de ustedes que están participando, los insto a pensar en el estrés que les está causando a sus maestros y compañeros”.

Algunos estudiantes se sintieron indiferentes ante toda la situación.

“¿Qué puedo decir sobre lamidas tortuosas? Soy mayoritariamente neutral. Pueden ser divertidos, sin embargo, el elemento de vandalismo es moralmente incorrecto ”, dice Jeremiah Bolaños, alumno de REV.

TikTok tomó medidas para evitar este comportamiento al eliminar y prohibir el uso del hashtag el 16 de septiembre. Esto redujo drásticamente la cantidad de vistas que podían recibir este tipo de videos. TikTok eliminó algunas cuentas que participaron en la tendencia, disuadiendo aún más a las personas de participar en el desafío.

Desde que TikTok condenó esta tendencia, muchos han recurrido a la aplicación una vez más y han obtenido visitas al participar en Angelic Yield.

Las formas en que los estudiantes están participando en Angelic Yield es llevando jabón, papel higiénico, poniendo notas adhesivas alentadoras y más.

Ya sea dentro o fuera del baño de la escuela, los estudiantes han devuelto y reemplazado los artículos robados tanto de las escuelas como de los maestros para redimir la confianza de ambos.

Aunque muchos han intentado difundir amabilidad con esta tendencia, no ha llegado a un público tan cercano como la tendencia Devious Licks.

Una encuesta informal reciente de Instagram de 20 estudiantes muestra que el 95 por ciento de los estudiantes ha oído hablar de la tendencia Devious Licks, mientras que solo el 50 por ciento ha oído hablar de la tendencia Angelic Yield.

Debido a la baja popularidad de la tendencia, el impacto de Angelic Yield puede ser menor.

Read this article in English here: https://ethic-news.org/2021/09/30/news-brief-tik-toks-angelic-yield-atones-for-devious-licks/

Wildcats lose homecoming game against Beaumont

By CRAIG MORRISON

The Redlands East Valley High School varsity football team faced Beaumont High School at Citrus Valley High School on Oct. 1. With both teams known for their offenses, this game was going to be the one to see. 

Beaumont scored their first touchdown and two-point conversion within the first eight minutes of the first quarter. Shortly after, Beaumont High School recovered their onside kick and brought the football down the field for another eight points.

Redlands East Valley, wearing the black and red uniforms, at Citrus Valley High School kicking off the football to Beaumont, wearing the white and blue uniforms, to start the first quarter of the game. This marks the beginning of the REV homecoming game on Oct. 1, 2021. (CRAIG MORRISON/ Ethic News)

This trend continued for the rest of the first and second half resulting in a devastating 61-21 loss for REV. Beaumont’s size and skill difference proved too much for REV to handle.

Even though the score difference was great, there were still many great highlights for the REV team. Outstanding runs, catches, and even a hurdle were seen by REV and made many in the crowd go wild. 

At halftime, the Redlands East Valley ASB announced the homecoming court and the king and queen for Homecoming for the 2021-2022 school year. This was topped off with a display of fireworks to celebrate the event. 

Homecoming Court tradition remains alive at Redlands East Valley High School

By MIA ARANDA

Homecoming has become one of the most anticipated weeks in the school year. Not only because of the dance itself, but due to the festivities surrounding the event, which includes a pep rally, carnival, spirit week, minimum day and the announcement of the Homecoming court at the Friday football game. Overall, these Homecoming celebrations help promote school spirit and welcome back students and faculty. 

However, students often become accustomed to these traditions without truly knowing how Homecoming came to be. 

Homecoming was originally used in colleges before it spread to high schools.

The University of Michigan is credited with beginning the tradition of Homecoming in 1911, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association,

Missouri Athletic Director Chester Brewer encouraged their alumni to return to their school for their annual football game against the University of Kansas, which drew a crowd for a weekend of festivities surrounding the game. Since then, its growing popularity among colleges has allowed homecoming to become a staple in American high schools. 

The Homecoming football game also draws much excitement as the Homecoming court is announced. 

The Homecoming court comprises students who are voted in to represent the student body as king, queen, princesses and princes. However, the tradition initially began with only women competing for the title of queen. 

At Redlands East Valley High School, one boy and one girl from each grade level need to be nominated from a sport or club to be a candidate. Then, after a voting period that is open to all students, the princesses and princes are announced at the Homecoming pep rally during school while the senior king and queen are revealed at the Homecoming football game. 

The REV Homecoming court was unveiled on Oct. 1 during their football game against Beaumont High School at Citrus Valley High School. Their court consists of the following students: Kadin Khalloufi as the king, Shannon Cockerill as the queen, Maxwell Cannon as the junior prince, Brooklyn Martinez as the junior princess, Palmer Aguilar as the sophomore prince, Amanda Morrison as the sophomore princess, Cash Dabbs as the freshman prince and Ciela Pickett as the freshman princess. 

Redlands East Valley High School senior Kadin Khalloufi wins Homecoming king alongside his mother Kathi Khalloufi on Oct. 1 during halftime of the REV Homecoming football game against Beaumont High School at Hodges Stadium. Khalloufi is the varsity football captain and was playing in the Homecoming game prior to halftime. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)


At REV, Khalloufi is a varsity football captain and participates in varsity wrestling, volleyball, Possibilities club, National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Key club, tutoring club and Speech and Debate.

“I think there is great honor in being the Homecoming king as you represent the majority opinion of the school,” said Khalloufi.

He continues, “It’s crazy to me that people actually wanted me to be Homecoming king and I still am in shock over it.”

Redlands East Valley High School senior Shannon Cockerill wins Homecoming queen alongside her father Brian Cockerill on Oct. 1 during halftime of the REV Homecoming football game against Beaumont High School at Hodges Stadium. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)

At REV, Cockerill is REV Associated Student Body Executive President, varsity soccer captain, the vice president of Chess and Games club and the president of the Red Cross club. She is also a part of varsity track and field, Key club, Mental Health club, NHS, CSF, Interact club and Heal club. 

“Everything I am in and have been involved in for the past four years helped me get to know a lot of people. I knew them from one activity or another and took the time to remember them and them remember me,” said Cockerill. 

“Being homecoming queen to me, is more than being a popular person. It was being someone people remembered for being kind, positive and friendly.”

Redlands East Valley High School seniors Kadin Khalloufi and Shannon Cockerill are crowned as Homecoming king and queen on Oct. 1. Khalloufi and Cockerill were both involved in Homecoming activities with Khalloufi as a football captain and Cockerill as the executive president for Associated Student Body. (MIA ARANDA/ Ethic News photo)

Blackhawk alum Carl Keiser welcomed as a full-time teacher at Citrus Valley High School

By EMERSON SUTOW

Seeing familiar faces on campus is important and as the school year starts, Citrus Valley High School’s class of 2022 has started to realize former resident substitute Carl Keiser is back and has his own classroom.

Carl Keiser poses with Paul Beaumont, a previous teacher and now colleague. (BELLA ESPINOZA/Ethic News Photo)

After spending two years teaching moderate-to-severe disabled students in transitional kindergarten through second grade at Cram Elementary School, Keiser is now at Citrus Valley teaching grade 12 English and Integrated Math IA and IIA.

Keiser says, “My Cram students have a very near and dear place in my heart because they were my first.” 

But, he is excited to tackle his first year at Citrus Valley and aims to show his students the true value of what they are learning.

Keiser says the biggest difference from subbing across campus is that he has the same students every day. 

“Seeing them at the beginning of the year and then at the end of the year will be truly rewarding,” Keiser said. 

Since most of his substitute teaching positions last for a month at a time, the amount of time Keiser has spent with his students is more than he normally would have. 

Keiser says, “We are already past a long term sub position, so this is already uncharted territory.”

Paul Beaumont, a world history teacher at Citrus Valley and one of Keiser’s previous teachers, said that Keiser “saw the practicality of what we were teaching and saw how it could be useful.”

He has used what he learned from being a student himself and transformed that into a teaching style that encourages and guides students. 

Beaumont has had a few of his students become teachers and even colleagues, but he especially believes Keiser is ready for the task of teaching. 

¨It’s great to see [Keiser] grow up, mature, and thrive in his profession,” said Beaumont. “He can do whatever he wants, because he’s got the skills.”

Kenneth McGrath, Citrus Valley Advanced Placement Literature and Composition and the Expository Reading and Writing teacher, remembers Keiser as a fantastic student and being super involved in school. 

McGrath said Keiser “is just capable of so much and is just starting to scratch the surface” with this new beginning. 

As he establishes the foundation of his new career, Keiser has taken inspiration from McGrath, Beaumont and Maria Deveau, a fellow Spanish teacher at Citrus Valley. 

With a strong team of supportive teachers, Keiser has readily made the shift from substitute to full-time teaching.

El Black and Gold Brigade de Citrus Valley High School se prepara para el primer gran espectáculo después de la pandemia “Accused”

Por DESTINY RAMOS

Traducido por DANIELA MORA

Mientras el fútbol americano regresa lentamente al Hodges Stadium, la banda de marcha de Citrus Valley High School, Black and Gold Brigade (BGB), lo sigue. BGB regresará este otoño con un nuevo espectáculo con música hermosa y bien ensayada para todo el público. Los estudiantes de Black and Gold han estado trabajando duro para prepararse para su primer gran espectáculo de la temporada, “Accused”, después de un largo año de aprendizaje a distancia.

La banda de marcha espera instrucciones en el campo durante su primer día de campamento de banda. Esta instrucción se usaría más tarde para el espectáculo de campo completo. (Crédito de la foto a Jeicy Jimenez)

Austin Meiners, el director de banda de CV, dice: “Se basa vagamente en ‘The Scarlet Letter’ y el propósito del programa es usar música clásica y pop de los viejos tiempos para contar una historia sobre los malentendidos de la sociedad y luego, finalmente, abrazar a alguien que es diferente. Es una idea un poco vaga de eso, pero sobre todo proviene de COVID y quiero que todos se sientan como parte de un equipo nuevamente ”, dijo Meiners. “El espectáculo tiene música, específicamente para el espectáculo de medio tiempo, tenemos música clásica como el Concierto para violonchelo de Dvorak, que se ha convertido para el campo. Tenemos el tema principal de una película llamada “Kill Bill”, que es famosa por ese pequeño silbido, y también tiene un poco de “Bad Guy” de Billie Eilish que se incorpora en la balada y el cierre. “

La banda de marcha de CV tiene una variedad de secciones e instrumentos para escuchar  y ver en el campo. Desde los instrumentos de viento, que incluyen flautas, clarinetes y saxofones, pasando por la sección de metales, que incluyen las tubas, trompetas y trombones, pasando por la percusión, que incluyen las marimbas, xilófono, caja, base y tenners. Junto con los abanderados de la banda con sus banderas y rifles. Estas cuatro secciones se unen para actuar en partidos de fútbol en casa y en múltiples competiciones en el sur de California.

Al igual que todos los demás deportes escolares y actividades extracurriculares, Black and Gold perdieron toda su temporada 2020. Sin embargo, tuvieron la oportunidad de actuar en algunos partidos de fútbol a principios de 2021.

“[Perder la temporada] definitivamente tuvo un efecto en cómo estructuramos todo lo que hacemos. Pero, estamos haciendo nuestro mejor esfuerzo en este momento para cumplir y ser seguros y responsables y darles a los estudiantes la oportunidad de hacer música y arte juntos ”, dijo Meiners.

Los estudiantes hablan entre ellos durante su tiempo en el teatro Blackhawk mientras aprenden la música de su programa. Durante este tiempo, los estudiantes de BGB también se prepararon para un preestrenar para los padres de los primeros minutos del espectáculo en el último día del campamento de la banda. (Crédito de la foto a Jeicy Jimenez)

Enseñar a la banda en persona una vez más ha dado mucha alegría a Meiners después de tanto tiempo.

“Estoy tan feliz de estar de regreso en este ambiente, los estudiantes aquí realmente me dan mucha alegría. La banda de música es muy divertida, pero agotadora. Llego a casa exhausto, cansado y tarde muchas noches, pero ver el resultado de su esfuerzo y su trabajo es por lo que vuelvo todos los días con una buena actitud porque veo la actitud y la positividad que trae a los demás en nuestro campus ”, explicó Meiners.

Black and Gold Brigade actualmente está organizando una recaudación de fondos a través de Snap Raise que durará del 19 de agosto al 15 de septiembre. Las donaciones se destinarán a nuevos uniformes, equipo y costos de viaje para la temporada.

“Realmente aprecio tener información y estoy muy contento de que la banda de marcha, creo, tenga una buena reputación en este campus como un lugar escolar divertido y positivo y espero que siga siendo así. Espero que la gente disfrute de nuestro espectáculo ”, dijo Meiners.

Después de mucho trabajo duro y dedicación, Black and Gold Brigade hizo su primera aparición en el primer partido de fútbol en casa de la temporada, el 27 de Agosto. El espectáculo de medio tiempo y las melodías del juego fueron grandes éxitos, según muchos estudiantes y padres que asistieron al fútbol. juego.

“Sonaban y se veían increíbles. No puedo esperar a ver el programa completo “, dijo la madre de BGB, Christina Marin.

Los estudiantes de BGB toman la forma de una “A” por su programa titulado “Acusado”. El primer programa del 27 de Agosto fue una vista previa de dos minutos de cómo se vería y sonaría su programa completo en competencias y futuros juegos en casa. (Foto aportada por Christina Marin)

Black and Gold tendrá su primer adelanto de apertura el 18 de Septiembre en Redlands High School junto con otras bandas de Inland Empire. Asista listo para animar a BGB y las muchas otras bandas que saldrán al campo esa noche. La información sobre las próximas presentaciones de BGB se anunciará en el Instagram de BGB y en el boletín de la escuela.

Read this article in English here: https://ethic-news.org/2021/09/15/citrus-valley-high-school-black-and-gold-brigade-prepares-for-first-major-post-pandemic-show-accused/