Juniors Ambivalent about New Test

Isabel Owens, Opinion & Copy Editor

September 29, 2017

The CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) test was administered to juniors from May 15-26. Juniors last year took the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) test, which vice principal Karen...

Birth Control Essential Health Benefit

Isabel Owens, Opinion and Copy Editor

August 14, 2017

Vox leaked a draft regulation on May 31 revealing the Trump administration’s plans to “gut the Obamacare contraception mandate," according to The Rolling Stone. The leaked draft, which is currently being reviewed by the O...

Public Broadcasting Unfairly Under Attack

Isabel Owens, Opinion and Copy Editor

March 29, 2017

With the release of his proposed 2018 budget on March 16, Trump announced that he plans to eliminate funding not only for 14 large departments but for “nearly 20 smaller independent agencies,” according to The New York Times...

Local, National News Covers Sinkhole Celebration

Isabel Owens, Opinion and Copy Editor

March 22, 2017

4 students have been credited with renewing concern over the sinkhole at the intersection of Rheem Boulevard and Center Street in Moraga. Seniors Kendall Schmidt, Michael DaRodda, Sierra Berrick, and Alexander Zerkle threw...

Block Schedule Controversy Continues

Isabel Owens, Opinion and Copy Editor

March 1, 2017

After a week-long trial of the recently approved block schedule for next year, held from February 6-10, controversy remains over whether or not the new weekly format is in the best interest of students and staff.  At least one...

Protest Critics Fear Change

Isabel Owens, Opinion and Copy Editor

January 30, 2017

Anti-protesting laws have currently been proposed in 10 states by senators aiming to increase penalties on protests which “block transportation and commerce, damage property, threaten jobs and put public safety at risk,” accor...

New Art Elective Going Global

Isabel Owens, Opinion and Copy Editor

January 17, 2017

World Art, a new class proposed by art teacher Jill Langston in response to the Acalanes Union High School District's request for single-semester class ideas, was adopted by the school board in December. Teachers were encouraged...

Intruder Drill Prompts Door Lock Upgrade

Isabel Owens and Genie Lee

January 17, 2017

The Acalanes Union High School District is planning to an install automatic door-locking device, the "Lock Block," on each classroom door on campus in response to teacher concern regarding emergency drill procedures. The timeline...

Trump’s Student Debt Plan Jeopardizes Equity

Isabel Owens, Opinion and Copy Editor

January 4, 2017

As a soon-to-be college student, the topic of education, particularly student debt, was perhaps of most relevance to me this past election. Though it garnered relatively little national attention (only 4% of adults think educat...

Jenn Finds Visual Arts Appealing

Isabel Owens, Opinion and Copy Editor

December 9, 2016

Photography club president Maya Jenn has come a long way since she decided, watching her cousins shoot family portraits, to "give it a try" with her iPhone camera. "My interest in it was probably the beginning of 2011, like...

Block Proposal Proceeding Amidst Controversy

Isabel Owens, Opinion and copy editor

October 31, 2016

The teachers' union approved, by a majority vote on October 26 and 27, a memorandum of understanding regarding intervention periods, a specific component of a block schedule proposal that is currently being developed by the...