Watkins leaves EHS

By; Anna Chanthaphavong

   After being at EHS for 15 years, Principal Rich Watkins has received a promotion, leaving EHS behind and starting a new chapter of his life at the district office as director of Pupil Services and Intervention.

   “I had an opportunity to step into a role that I’ve been interested in for years,” said Watkins.

   His new job will have him in charge of more serious student discipline, support school sites with their discipline processes, student safety and work with all the assistant principals throughout the district.

  Unlike his current job, Watkins will not be working with a certain school, which would be the first for him in over 20 years. He would be in a business where he would not interact with students as often.

  “I think he’s going to be very good at his new job because he knows the things he’s gonna be dealing with,” said Denise McClain, the principal’s secretary.

  Previously a teacher at EHS, an assistant principal for seven years and principal for 15 years, Watkins has watched the school grow, giving him more qualities for him to miss once he leaves. According to Watkins, he’s going to miss the students, who he was able to meet and watch them grow and develop, the staff and athletic events. He goes out everyday at lunch to interact with students and to clean up our campus.

  “All four years, I see him walk around, throwing trash into the trashcan and talking with students,” said Senior Katie Haub.

  With all that has happened in the 15 years, Watkins is proud of how the school has maintained tradition and history. Along with the fact that EHS is a student first school, where the staff supports the students and the new curriculum such as integrated math sets the students up for success. The seniors who also took the CAASP test last year had the highest English score out of the district and county and the math scores are improving.

   According to Watkins, his favorite memories are attending the football and other sporting events and seeing the music program grow from 12 students into the three classes and concert band, along with watching them perform at pep rallies and the Center for the Arts. He also liked seeing our FFA program grow and seeing students develop leadership roles.

  “What I’ll always remember the most is being loyal, strong and true,” said Watkins.

Rich Watkins started out as a science and p.e teacher at EHS before working his way up to an AP and then principal.

Mr Watkins yearbook photo.jpg



Requirements and The Jobs Of a Veterinarian Technician and How They Save Our Animals.

By; Ivanna Dolegowski

   If students love animals and want to help them, want to make towners happy, they should consider becoming a Veterinary Technician by attending a college that offers a pre-veterinary program.  

Veterinary Technician Will Marks works at Animal Specialty Hospital San Marcos. Marks loves to work with animals and their owners.

 Marks said, “I love helping the animals and their owners come and be at peace with their animals.”

   Jake Dolegowski, 28, graduated from Miami Dade College in 2003.  Dolegowski got a primarily associate’s degree to be a Veterinary Technician.

   “I started out with basic training, which involved: feeding, watering, patient restraint, monitoring animals for issues, cleaning and disinfecting cages and work areas, sterilizing laboratory equipment and surgical instruments, providing postoperative care, administering oral and topical medications and preparing specimens for lab examination,” said Dolegowski.  

  There is one necessary skill that Dolegowski needed to have which was physical endurance during physically challenging work days and adequate strength to restrain animals when needed. Being a Veterinary Technician, you also have to have social skills and be able to show emotion.

  Dolegowski reported that he wanted to be a Veterinary Technician after he found a puppy in an ally shivering in a box. Dolegowski worked at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Marcos.  But Dolegowski knew there was going to be a lot of training before he could become a Veterinary Technician.

  Dolegowski said, “I just love animals and I just want to help them and their owner’s.”


Veterinarian Doctor Fisher at Veterinary Speciality Hospital hugging her dog and giving love.



Yearbook is like no other elective


By; Madeline Church

   Yearbook is a business run elective that records events, sports and clubs, throughout the entire year.  Yearbook not only lets students be creative, it teaches them real life situations. Like running a business.  

  ¨I for sure think everything I learn this year will carry throughout my  life,” said Senior Aubrey Kelly.

  This class is not like any other elective. Students  have to be interviewed  so they can take this elective. There are a total of 36 students attending.  This class has lots of responsibilities, the largest being, advertising and promoting the yearbook.


The students organize and layout everything in the yearbook. Each student is assigned with a page and gets sent out to collect stories. But they need the advisor’s approval before publishing it. Jud Bordman has been the advisor for four years  and recommends everyone to join.


¨Anyone can join! Especially students who are artists, writers, photographers and videographers. It’s is a great class to join,¨ said Bordman.

This class is not all just advertising, the students have to make the yearbook.  They work online designing their page. They use programs like Adobe photoshop and illustrator and  these programs require student to think critically and be creative.


“Making the yearbook is fun. We get to learn about designing and photography. You get to take pictures and meet people. I’m a social person and photographer. This class is awesome,” said freshman Meaghan Latulippe.

 This elective is expensive to keep running. On average they spend around $65,000 just to print the 700 books per year they sell. They are always advertising for students to buy their yearbook early, to help students save money. At the beginning of the year they were selling for $80 with free icons on the cover. Later on the year the price will increase. For the first time, Yearbook is offering fundraising opportunities for students to buy their book. If you want a yearbook and need help with money or just want to learn about the class, come see Coach Bordman.  You can find him in room 806.


Yearbook is a team. They are always finding new ways to advertise and sell the yearbook.  They’re are always trying to include everyone in the yearbook and want to capture every student and every moment to make the yearbook more special and enjoyable.

  ¨A yearbook is the only thing in your life that no one ever wants to throw that away.  Ask your teachers, they all still have them. Creating something that tells the story of the entire school year, that is really cool to me and that is why I love yearbook.¨  said Bordman.



NCAl strive for championship

   By; Anna Chanthaphavong

   The varsity North County Academic League, NCAl team has been practicing both at lunch and after school every week to improve their skills and knowledge in order to win league and go to the championships.

  “The JV team last year won the championship so we’re hoping to win again this year,” said Liliana Guitierrez Lopez.

  Since it’s the varsity team, their questions are more challenging so the team spends their lunch practicing on Monday and Tuesday, along with after school  practice that are usually one to two hours everyday.

  “Seniors are busy people,” said Patricia Stepanek, varsity coach. “It’s hard to schedule times for all of us to be together.”

  During their practices they pull out buzzers and take their seats as if they are competing in a competition and their coach prepares them for questions that might come up during their competition. The questions for varsity are broader as they focus on math, science, music, art history, literature, government, current events, geography and any general trivia.

  “It’s difficult sometimes because the school doesn’t have French anymore or teach us topics like art history,” said Guitierrez.

  The team also practices bonus questions, talk strategies such as what to do if you don’t know the question and brush up on their math skills and other subjects they were fuzzy on so they’re ready for competitions.

  On competition days, which take place on Thursdays, the team spends all day practicing until it is their time to compete at 9p.m. The two teams send five players up to the table and they try to answer the questions before the other team does. When a team receive a bonus question, they have 30 seconds to work together to come up with the answers to the five questions. Whichever team has the most points wins the competition.

  “You have to think quickly and have communication with your teammates,” said Senior Odelia Ha. “No person knows everything which is why it’s important to work together.”


Varsity NCAL team pull out the buzzers and work on practice problems read by their coach at their after school practice on Wednesday, January 25.


Palomar Classes at EHS

By; Cherish Escobar

   Our EHS campus is now offering three courses on campus that all grades can take for high school and college credits.

EHS counselor Marybelle Esteban said, “The classes you can take include Computer Concepts, Chicano Studies and Oral Communication.”

These college courses should be meeting twice a week until late May.

These classes are very important especially for those planning to go to a CSU/UC as they are transferrable to these colleges.

College and Career technician Bonnie DeThomas said, “As of right now, the oral communications class is not in place as we have not found an instructor for the class, but there is a possible late start if we find one”.

According to our school website, the computer concepts course is an introduction to Windows operating system and application software including basic proficiency of the Internet; browsers and e-mail. Chicano studies focuses on the Chicano in The United States: A survey of early American History from the Mexican/Chicano perspective. The oral communications class focuses on public speech.

Not only are these classes transferrable to future prospective colleges, but students also learn valuable information for free, before it costs you money to take them after you graduate.

Senior Isabelle Perez said, “I would highly recommend taking these elective classes to underclassmen for more credits to graduate as they are informative and will benefit you in the long run”.

These classes run tentatively until May 25 and give students five credits towards graduation and for college credit as well.

The Escondido Palomar College campus located on East Valley Parkway.

Palomar College Escondido Campus. Stephen Davis/The Telescope


Robotics builds connections between students of all minds

   By Colin Atlas

   Whether it will be business, technologically, or mechanically minded people, robotics gives students a chance to contribute and learn about things that they might not be exposed to otherwise.

  “The main thing we emphasize on is asking questions, and as a completely new team our members are still learning about the whole building process and a question ranging from very basic to very complex and advanced is what we are looking for,” said Brenda Minjares, Co-Leader of the Robotics Club.

  Building of the robot lasts roughly six and a half weeks and within that time span all ideas are taken into consideration to try to see what works and what doesn’t.

  “Everyone’s preconceptions take place within the stages of idea making, prototyping and the actual building of the robot,” said Grace Gonzalez, student advisor and founder of the Robotics Club.

  Student’s have a list of different things that all contribute to prepare the robot for competition such as participating and asking questions in the decision making process, computer aided design and drawing layout.

  “It doesn’t matter what title you have as long as you are communicating with others and always trying to help one another,” said Gonzalez.

  Gonzalez is trying to get people to think in a way that is similar to hers being interested in the complexity of a single design and questioning everything in a new way.

   Minjares hopes that her students participating in Robotics can plan to go further

in their engineering careers than she did.

  “I’m really passionate on bringing forth the opportunity of students working together and learning about science, playing the role of facilitator, and learning something new everyday,” said Minjares.

  Freshman David Gonzalez is a member of Robotics and said that it is something new and friends are made in the process.

  “Everyone can contribute ideas and can plan the basic layout of how to build this robot, and as other members encourage questions to be asked, it makes it a fun and interesting club,” said David G.

Robotics club members, still in the early stage of the building process, start to build the lifting gear for the robot which is key component in this years competition.