Track races to League Finals

By Devante Demyers

Track and Field got off to a bang and there are high hopes for pulling through and collecting a few more victories.

“I feel the team is improving. I just hope that we can pull through and finish strong in League,” said Track and Field Head Coach Randy Boozer, who has been coaching for 17 years.

The team practices hard each day, working to improve their skills.

“My goal,” said Sophomore Marlon Bristol, 15, who is participating in High Jump, “is to jump higher than the rest of the team and to prove the stereotype wrong that ‘white men can’t jump.’”

Some students are hoping to beat their own personal records, but some also have their doubts.

Sophomore Ian Watt, 15, said, “I’m afraid that I won’t break 35 feet on shot put this year.”

League Finals were on May 15 at Del Norte, starting at 4:15 p.m.

Going into finals, Coach Boozer was feeling pretty confident in his team and that they will do great during the tournament.

No matter how it ends, the athletes all feel great to have played with their fellow competitors.

“I’m proud to be a part of Track and Field,” said Watt. “It’s like being welcomed into a new family. It’s great.”

Runners Timothy Inthilath, David Turney, and Aaron Fite race against their opponent during their San Dieguito meet on April 16.

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It pays to go to games

By Anna Chanthaphavong

At our school, it is obvious that the football, basketball and wrestling games get promoted and have more attention than the other sports.

“If people can go to their games, I don’t know why they can’t go to our games.” said Varsity water polo and swim  player Sophomore Rebecca Breeze, 15,

In the announcements they always say ¨come to their games to show support¨ whenever it involves a game about football, girls and boys’ basketball and wrestling, while other sports only get the location and time of their games.

Some students find that unfair, and often would not go the games because they would have to pay to go see it.

But students should buy tickets for their games, not only because it supports the team, but all the money that football, basketball and wrestling makes pays for all the other sports.

“No money is given to one sport over the other,” said Athletic Director Stephen Bridges. “The school gives equal attention to all sports.”

Each sport has to pay for their own uniforms and equipment, so that’s why they all do fundraisers.    According to Title 9, it is stated that both girls’ and boy’ sports have to equal access for facilities and opportunities, so Administration has one account for all the sports and equally divides the money so that each sport has three tournaments. Some sports get more or less tournaments depending on how much it costs for an officiating official. If there is any money left over, it is given to the sports that need it the most.

Some students refuse to pay to go see games, either thinking it’s pointless or a waste of money, but now there’s another reason to go to them.

Athletes or athletes should definitely come to football, wrestling and both girls’ and boys’ basketball even if they aren’t in those sports because not only will it help support the teams, ands show school spirit, it also benefits to their sport as well.

“People might as well go since it supports the school and helps with the other sports.” said Senior Mario Garcia, 17.

Q & A with Coach Baldwin

Q)What started your career as a coach?

A:I have a complete love for basketball and as a junior in college I realized I wasn’t going to go anywhere in basketball or go pro so I asked myself, “What do you want to do?” I always enjoyed doing anything with sports and I had the opportunity to begin coaching.  It’s been a way of helping young people, and if it wasn’t for basketball, I wouldn’t be where I am today, so basketball has been my passion for coaching.

 

Q)What have been some of your greatest achievements as a coach?

A:You know, really looking back at it, it has nothing to do with the wins and loses.  It’s the relationships I’ve made.  I’ve gone to three of my past players’ weddings and I’ve been invited to three more, so really the wins and losses aren’t my achievements, the relationships are.

 

Q)How long have you been coaching?

A:I taught 10 years in the elementary district teaching adaptive physical education where I’d go to the five elementary schools and help special education students with PE.  I was offered this job at Escondido High and it allowed me to keep teaching adaptive physical education but be here for my players during lunch.

Water fountain issue “leaks” to campus

Students don’t use water fountains like this one by the science classrooms because of the trash, dirtiness and low pressure of it.

By Anna Chanthaphavong

Along with the unsanitariness and the temperature, the locations of the water fountains are inconvenient and often have low pressure and get clogged up, making students not want to use the fountains.

“The night custodians are supposed to clean the fountains on a daily basis but sometimes they don’t get to it because of their busy schedule for that night,” said Head Custodian Ariel Alatorre.

When fountains contain trash and rust, it increases the bacteria in them. According to the website DivineCaroline.com, there is 2.7 million bacteria cell per square inch found in water fountains, which is more bacteria than the bathroom has.

Besides the sanitariness on the fountains, there is also the issue of the pipes and the water supply. Students should let the water run for a few seconds before actually drinking it.

. Many of the fountains also have trouble working, either always getting clogged up or having low pressure. Fountains like the one in the P.E area always flood, which prevents students from actually drinking water from them. Almost all the fountains have low water pressure, making the water barely rise from the nozzle.

“I hate using the P.E one because it’s always flooding and it’s just gross,” said Freshman Cesar Infante, 14.

There are many solutions to the unsanitariness and problems with our water fountains, though some of the solutions require money. One of the solution is for the school to buy new pipes or fountains, but the average cost  for water fountain installations is $1500. That does help with the bacteria and new pipes, but it will take long to put in new pipes and fountains along with costing a lot of money.

Another solution is to put water coolers around the school and into each classrooms. Students wouldn’t have to leave class to get water and they would feel more comfortable filling their water bottles with the water coolers instead of fountains and it would be more sanitary.

“It would be better than the water fountains because people wouldn’t have to leave class and miss lesson and would it definitely be a lot cleaner.” said Junior Jordan Delgado, 16.

Though these solutions do have better results, of the easiest and cheapest thing students can do is bring or buy their own water bottles. Students can bring a $1.50 and buy water from the school which also helps raise money or they can bring a water bottle from home and continue to fill it up everyday.

Another way students can help is write to administration about the qualities and conditions of our fountains. If administration knew about our how unsanitary our water is, they might ask for businesses to sponsor us and provide us water coolers or other drinks. A simpler way is to write or talk to the custodians about the fountains or any other problems around the school.

“If you have a problem with anything just come talk to us and we’ll fix it.” said Alatorre.

Dont judge girls for what they are wearing A new way to think about sexism

By Rylee Penrod

Your shorts are too short. You’re fat. You should lose weight. You throw like a girl. You can’t do that you’re a girl. No girls allowed.” These are a few things girls face almost everyday.

Teenage girls all around the United States are viewed negatively for being who they are, whether it’s not following the dress code or being viewed differently for being a girl.

Many girls are sent home because they are not following the dress code. Administration is sending girls home because their outfits do not follow school dress code or is “distracting to boys,” cutting into their class time. This only takes away the learning time for girls who are sent home.

Many schools do not allow girls to wear leggings to school because is it a distraction to boys. But for boys it is okay to wear revealing clothes that show off their “toned muscles”  or shirts that show off inappropriate pictures of woman, not following schools dress code.

Why are girls being sent home and missing their lesson in class because boys are more focused on what the girl is wearing rather than being focus on what is happening in class? If girls are being sent home because if inappropriate clothing, then why aren’t boys?

According to globalpost.com, parents and school administrators are convinced that adopting a school dress code creates a better learning environment. School uniforms reduce the individual differences of different  socioeconomic classes. However, Educationbug.org states that having a dress code allows students to express their individuality. Allowing students to wear their own clothes allow them to foster their sense of pride and belonging.

From my own experience, I have learned that a girls should not be viewed negatively because of their clothing. Being a girl you can see that nothing is wrong with their outfit, but from an administrator’s point of view they see it differently. Many teachers see boys’ shirts but do not do much about it. One day in my spanish class, one of my peers was wearing a shirt with a photo displaying a girl in her bathing suit. My teacher say it and said something, but did not make him change or sent to the office. This is showing that a boys shirt can be inappropriate but the teachers will do nothing about it.

The next time you make a remark to a girl about their ability to do something or make an inappropriate comment, think about how they might feel after.

Photoshopped pictures encourage a certain body type for girls.

Should seniors ditch “Ditch Day”

Pros:

Waking up early and attending  school is not something anybody is excited about especially after 12 years of it.

Seniors in past years, as well as this year, are isolating a single day for fun activities instead of attending school. Although teachers are not fond of the “Senior Ditch Day”, seniors seem to look forward to the day of fun.

“It’s pretty much a senior event; everyone knows about it,” said Senior Cassidy Cole,17.

Seniors should be free to have a day to themselves without having to worry about grades or teachers trying to sabotage them with higher point assignments on that specific day.

“Senior teachers have assignments due with extra credit points for that day,” said one teacher, who preferred to remain anonymous.

Although lesson plans for senior classes may be ruined, senior ditch day is a positive, healthy way for seniors to get a taste of life after graduation and even be refreshed for the next day of school.

“It is healthy and rejuvenating for seniors that have been here for four years,” said senior Derek Grassel,17.

Senior ditch day, I am sure has a bad reputation with teachers and staff among all high schools, but is still is a tradition and should be treated as an event for the twelfth graders at most high schools with students who crave relaxation, rather than school.

Waking up early and attending  school is not something anybody is excited about especially after 12 years of it.

Seniors in past years, as well as this year, are isolating a single day for fun activities instead of attending school. Although teachers are not fond of the “Senior Ditch Day”, seniors seem to look forward to the day of fun.

“It’s pretty much a senior event; everyone knows about it,” said Senior Cassidy Cole,17.

Seniors should be free to have a day to themselves without having to worry about grades or teachers trying to sabotage them with higher point assignments on that specific day.

“Senior teachers have assignments due with extra credit points for that day,” said one teacher, who preferred to remain anonymous.

Although lesson plans for senior classes may be ruined, senior ditch day is a positive, healthy way for seniors to get a taste of life after graduation and even be refreshed for the next day of school.

“It is healthy and rejuvenating for seniors that have been here for four years,” said senior Derek Grassel,17.

Senior ditch day, I am sure has a bad reputation with teachers and staff among all high schools, but is still is a tradition and should be treated as an event for the twelfth graders at most high schools with students who crave relaxation, rather than school.

“It’s just apart of high school,” said one teacher.

Cons:

As seniors approach their last weeks at school, the last thing they want to be doing is hanging out in Saturday school.

Being seniors the school provides lots of fun senior activities that allows students to get out of their classes. Is it necessary to participate in “Senior Ditch Day” and miss out on school work and possibly earn a Saturday school for something you could have easily done over the weekend?  This is a question Attendance Supervisor Jason Jacobs wants seniors to think about.

“As seniors the last thing you want to do is miss out on senior activities and end up having Saturday schools, ” said Jacobs.

What has caught to the eye of many students this year is that there hasn’t been one official day where the seniors, as a majority, ditch. There have been about three days where seniors are trying to get more to of their class members to participate. With more days being added on, there is being more money lost for school equipment and activities.

Senior Arianna Guererro, 17, said,  “The school loses money because of the lack of attendance on senior ditch day.”

Not only do you get punished by missing out on the school day but it actually affects the entire school. With the amount of students not on campus the school loses money that goes towards new equipment, affording new textbooks and teachers’ salaries.

Some may argue that as seniors they need a day to “relax” or “get a taste of life after high school”. May I remind you, once again, that seniors have their own separate activities made especially for them that allows them to hangout with their friends and not worry about what’s going on in their classes. As to the other reference of students “getting a taste of life after high school” I believe going to the beach with friends on a school day is not preparing you for anything but failure.

Guerrero said, “When you participate [in Senior Ditch Day], you miss classes and teachers get upset and can lower your grade.”

Some teachers even offer extra credit or give some extra information to reward those attending class.

Beach days can be saved for summer.  Don’t let one day of fun make you fall behind in classes and get you a Saturday school.