Jump Aboard

By Cynthia Gonzalez 

For the past two years, incoming Freshmen have been able to select which high school they attend.

The goal is to allow students to choose the high school that best suits them.

“Theoretically, if students and their parents take the time to look what schools benefits them the best, they’d be making a choice that actually will help them meet their future goals,” said Counselor Xochitl Gonzalez.

According to schoolguides.com, students who find a school that best suits them tend to enjoy the time they spend in school rather than dread it.

“It’s important for students to make the decision of what school to go to.  If they didn’t, they wouldn’t even bother to try,” said Freshman Erika Valladares, 14, and a feeling echoed by English teacher Shelly Fair.

Particular classes, specialized programs, and, most importantly, school environment are fundamental for student learning.

As an incoming Freshmen, students aren’t always aware of what goes on behind the doors of high school.  To help students become better informed, all eighth graders toured Escondido, Orange Glen and San Pasqual in February during Jump Aboard.

“Jump Aboard was a success. It is a great way to have students acknowledge the atmosphere at every school and what they all have to offer,” said Assistant Principal Chris Greene.


A night under the sea

By Leslee Reyes

The 2015 Escondido High School senior prom will be in the San Diego Seaworld ballroom, on Saturday, April 18, 9-11pm.

At prom, students will be able to play fun games and go to the arcade. There will be music, dancing and a photo booth.

ASB advisor Heather Weiner, said, “ It has a great sit down diner.  Students get to go to the arcade with a $10 card per person so couples together will have $20 dollars.  They also get Shamu cookies. We have had this location in the past and it’s been wonderful.”

The last chance to purchase a prom ticket will be through April 14-17, with the cost of $80 with an ASB card and $85 without an ASB card.

Students must bring their school ID to enter. Before purchasing a ticket, students must have cleared and library fines or debts..

Students enter at the far side of the Sea World parking lot. Check in starts at 7:15 p.m.. at the educational gate.

1st amendment do’s and don’t

By Courtni Demnianiuk

In our journalism class, we learn about the First Amendment, which gives citizens the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press. Students’ recent involvement with the Burn Book app, which focuses negative attention on students by exposing their secrets and cyber bullying them, shows that some students don’t really understand First Amendment rights.

As journalism students have learned, free speech doesn’t mean people can say whatever they want.  The Supreme Court, which interprets the Constitution, restricts some forms speech.  If people participate in unprotected speech activities, they can get into legal trouble.

While students have First Amendment rights at school, the Supreme Court has said that schools can legally restrict speech in order to prevent disruptions. For example, in the Bethel School District v. Fraser (1986), the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the school, which had suspended Matthew Fraser for using sexual references and innuendos in a speech nominating his friend for a position in student government (ASB).  It is important for students to remember that they have signed an “internet use”policy and to make sure they are using technology during school hours appropriately.

To keep you informed and help you safely express yourself, here are some tips from our Journalism textbook, “Journalism Matters”about what to avoid:



  • Use use foul language, which is considered obscene
  • Use “fighting words” which include racial, ethnic, gender or religious insults
  • Invade other people’s privacy
  • Say (slander) or write (libel) false information that damages someone’s reputation

Involvement brings more opportunities

By Crystal Chavero

Students will receive more scholarships and awards, as well as other opportunities, when they are  involved in school activities.

“Kids benefit from being in school activities because they connect to more people and can look for them as references when applying to jobs and hear about more opportunities,” said EHS Gear Up tutor Diana  Bautista.

Escondido High School has a variety of activities in school campus during school and as well as after school.

“I would tell other students that they should become more involved in school whether they join a sport or a club because the school has a huge variety of things to do,” said Senior Fernando Espitia, 17.

Being involved in a school activity or sport can benefit the individual since they are exercising and receiving community service hours or having a fun time before starting homework.

“If I could go back and be a part of something it would definitely be joining a sport like cross-country or track and field. I really enjoy running and it would have been cool if I got to a part of the EHS athletes,” said Espitia.

Not only does being involved help physically but can also help mentally such as helping communication skills as well as becoming more social and friendly.

“It has helped me by learning to work with others and manage my time with school and colorguard,” said Senior Kati Echeverria, 18.

Being in a club or activity does not only give students an opportunity to receive an award or scholarship but it also gives them the chance to create friendships that can last a life time.

“I have gained friends through the experience of working together and memories like going to competitions,” said Echeverria.

Students should try new things because they will not know what they are good at until they try.

“My older sister was in Colorguard therefore I thought I would give it a try as well and she has helped me over the past years,” said Echeverria.

Sometimes having an older sibling can assist if they have done the sport of been part of the club which can create a bigger bond.

“Kids do have more scholarships opportunities if they are in a school activity, especially if they have an officer position,” said Bautista.

Photo courtesy of Drumline

Lettuce be healthy

By Kim Hernandez

Low-carb, low-fat, gluten-free, 100 calorie snack packs. Health fads are everywhere. Students might overlook these healthy alternatives, but is eating pre-packaged, processed food really healthy?  A better alternative is to eat locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables.

According to Australia’s Better Health Channel, a campaign dedicated to bettering the health of the country’s citizens, adolescents should avoid a poor diet in order to prevent: weight gain, concentration problems, heart attacks, and other health problems.

As a teenager, I want to have a long lifespan ahead of me without worrying about health concerns. I think to myself, if these problems can be prevented by simply eating organic now, then why not do it?

Eating better does not just mean including more fruits and veggies in your diet— it also means eating organic and locally grown produce.

On our campus, the Agriculture Departments hosts a Cougar Market each Thursday after school where they offer fresh produce grown at their farm.

     “Farm to table practices offer the freshest food possible and they taste their best and you get a better overall product,” said Agriculture teacher Nicole Hoofard.

Photo by Anna Chanthaphavong The Cougar Market is available every Thursday from 2:30-6:00 PM.

Vandalism affects students and school

Class Editorial 

“Coach, can I go to the bathroom?” a student in P.E asked her teacher.

The coach nodded and the student left the track to go to the bathroom.

Once she reached the bathroom, she groaned in frustration as it was locked. She began to jog to the bathrooms in the main hallway and hoped that she wouldn’t get in trouble for taking too long.

For the students who don’t know already, both the girls’ and boys’ bathrooms by the stadium have been closed due to the vandalism in the boys’ bathroom.  In the boys’ bathroom, the stalls to separate the bathrooms are broken, the towel dispensers, trash can and soap dispensers are destroyed with graffiti all over it.

The bathrooms are closed all day, and will only open for events like sports events. The P.E, dance, choir, guitar, and band students now have to go to the bathrooms all the way in the gym or the main hall ways. Not only does it make students miss class time, they also have hurry all the way to the other bathroom if they need to go badly.

“There’s no point in closing bathrooms that are used a lot,” said Freshman Anthony Trego, 14.

When teams from other schools come for games, they mostly use the bathrooms by the stadium. Even though the bathrooms are open during games, it still leaves a bad impression on the school with the bathrooms being vandalised.

School vandalism can’t be stopped that easily since students have many opportunities to do it, but there are solutions to catch the students doing it.

For one, teachers can monitor who goes to the bathroom, especially in  P.E. Some teachers are unaware of who goes to the bathroom and who comes back from it, so in order to keep on eye on them, teachers can have bathroom sign out sheets. In years prior, teachers actually turned in bathroom sheets everyday, but maybe in the future, teachers can turn in their bathroom sheets on days that vandalism occur so it can help narrow down suspects.  It is difficult for coaches to check who is going to the bathroom during P.E. or practice, but they could occasionally check the bathrooms to see if students are messing around or hiding in there.

Another solution is for the school to set up cameras or have smoke or CO2 detectors.The cameras can only focus on who’s in the bathroom instead of the students actually using the bathrooms, and the smoke and CO2 detectors can indicate whether or not people are doing drugs in the bathroom. Though these solutions do cost money, but it will help prevent vandalism and the use of drugs from happening so much.

All these solutions can help prevent vandalism in the schools, but the easiest solution is to tell someone if you see something happening. Students don’t use this solution because they want to be labeled as a tattletale, but if they see stuff happening in the bathrooms or anywhere, they should tell security or their teachers. And if they don’t want to go tell them in person, there is a crime hotline for schools and students can call in as anonymous. Students can call 1-800-78-CRIME.

Vandalism may seem like a simple problem, but if it gets out of hand, it can affect the whole school. Not only would it close bathrooms for students, it will affect our school’s reputation and give us a bad image.

“Instead of destroying your school, take care of it. You have to come here for the rest of your high school years and it might even be your kid’s future school,” said Security Irais Agustin.

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Ceminsky Boys kicking down the stalls in between bathrooms is what caused the bathrooms to close.

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Ceminsky
Boys kicking down the stalls in between bathrooms is what caused the bathrooms to close.