SBAC Tests Stressing AP Students

SBAC_logo_sm-2by Mary Asadulla and Jessia Esquibel  

Courier Staff Reporters 

Throughout the state of California, this year, 11th graders took the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) exam. This test assesses how “college-ready” you are. Not everyone was thrilled when this was announced. Especially, for the AP students, who have to take AP tests as well. Many feel like they weren’t ready for the AP test due to the SBAC, since it did interfere with studying. “There’s a lot of stress with SBAC since I’m also studying for for APUSH and AP Language and Composition.” Cynthia Chhour, 11th Grade.

SBAC can also substitute for the placement test, depending on how well you do, but not many people agree that we had enough time and preparation for the SBAC. “I’m really nervous about the AP testing and I really hope I pass. The SBAC isn’t really my number one worry, because I feel like it’s not as important as the AP testing. I’m still trying my best, but right now I’m just trying to get through AP testing. I feel like none of the students were really prepared for the SBAC cause they just implemented it so suddenly. Everything changed, it’s so different from the Star Testing. We didn’t do enough preparation for it. ” Janelle Totari, 11th Grade. As you can probably tell the test isn’t very popular among students, but it’s not just them worrying about the student’s performance on the AP test.

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Mr. Forrest Wins District Teacher of the Year

20150428_124708By Amber McGee

Courier Staff Reporter 

Mr. Forrest has been picked as this year’s Teacher of the District. Unlike Teacher of the Year the recipients of this award are nominated and chosen by various members of the school administration, not the students.

With this award Forrest will now move on to compete with other teachers for Teacher of the County. Winning that award would then mean he becomes nominated for Teacher of the State and so on.

When asked how he felt about the award Forrest replied, “I feel very honored to have been selected by my fellow teachers.”

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In Loving Memory of the Film Unfriended

By Leilani Neal

Feature Film Columnist 

It wouldn’t take many to tell you that being unfriended or “unfollowed”, as we say now, is not a nice thing. In fact, it’s a feeling that most would never want to feel in their lives. But in the case of, Laura Barnes, even the dead don’t want to feel that horrible rejection.

Throughout the film of, Unfriended, it was hard to find the point of the story. Aside from the fact that cyber-bullying is bad, the only thing that the film was doing to its audience, was not educational, but boring. Giving the fact that this film didn’t live up to its super scary “cyber-bullying is bad and will cause the person you bullied will come and kill you and all your friends” deal that it promised, it was still a pretty stupid movie. but let’s not judge too hastily before making a complete judgement on the film. Let’s dtart off by saying that the film teaches the audience something about cyber-bullying and that betraying your friend can possibly cause you your life. But aside from that fact, the film never really shows the story of how cyber-bullying can cause such terrible things to happen. Hollywood just wanted to make more money by showing “what if this happened after you bullied someone you knew” and though that’s fine, it still never did the one thing movies are meant for, entertain. Unfriended failed to entertain. Not only did it fail to entertain, but it didn’t even live up to its name, literally.

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New Haven Teacher’s Association Push for New Contracts

20140508-nhusd2by Kyla Laquian 

Courier Staff Reporter

The James Logan High School teachers asserted at the New Haven Unified School District Board Meeting that if their demands for health care benefits were not met, then an organized strike by the teachers would ensue in the spring of 2015. Since this time, negotiations that commenced between the Union and the District have resulted in a bargain of a 1% increase in salary the first year, followed by a 2% increase the second year, and finally a 5% increase the third year, which fails to meet the teachers’ demands in full, and is insufficient in covering their health care costs which is most likely to rise in the next couple of years. Though the teachers originally stated they will strike several months ago, they have decided to no longer pursue the protest, possibly because they believe that any effort to overturn the decision will be futile at this point, or just because this arduous process has worn them out and they are letting the issue be at peace in the meantime.

When the teachers began their two-week protest this past January during the time when negotiations between the District and the Union were stagnating, the teachers refrained from offering students help during lunch and after school, which is otherwise nonobligatory by their contract and they are unpaid to do so. This is Work to Rule, and since it negatively impacts the quality of education for students, the teachers hoped that this would push the district to meet their demands. While the teachers expect health care costs to rise in the next several years, the district believes this is untrue since health care costs were slightly down last year. Per teacher, the district pays more than $22,000 dollars to cover their Kaiser Family Plan and Delta Dental. According to John Mattos the NHUSD spokesperson, “We’re going to stop doing that after $22,000, what we want to talk about is raises. We want to give people money for raises as opposed to continue to tie ourselves with the Kaiser family.” Thus, the district believes cutting health care benefits is fine, and a slight raise in salary should be enough to cover the costs. The teachers disagree.

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White Cat Merely Meets Expectations

By Amber McGee

Weekly Reader Columnist 

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Curse Workers can change another person’s emotions, dreams, memories, or shapes with a simple touch. They can also kill you with a single touch. Cassel comes from a family full of Workers, but unlike them he doesn’t have the gift. With a brother working for one of the biggest organized crime families and a mother in jail, one would think that Cassel is geared for a life of trouble. They’re right.

Three years ago Lila Zacharov, daughter of the Zacharov family boss, disappeared. No one except Cassel knows the truth–Lila, his best friend and first love, died by his hand.

Or is she? Memories of that day are fuzzy at best, and though the eternal question of “Why?” haunts Cassel everyday he’s finally begun to move on. That is, until he wakes up one night hanging from the roof of his school complex in his underwear.

It all sounds very dramatic, and with single sentence paragraphs littering the book, it does really seem dramatic. When you’re reading from the perspective of a teenage boy who killed his best friend and is now struggling to retain his “normal” image it makes sense that it’d be dramatic. What brings White Cat down, in my opinion, is not the obvious attempt at having an edgy, cool, and jaded main character. What brings it down is that for all that makes sense in the setting, there’s a large part of the plot that doesn’t.

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Cockroach Infestation In Logan

cockroachby Jessica Esquibel and Mary Asadulla 

Courier Staff Reporters

Lately, there have been a few complaints about the cockroach “infestation” here in Logan. We talked to Mr.Belani, head of the custodian staff, to get more information on the problem.

“First off, we do have a company, Clark’s Pest Control, that is hired district wide that takes care of the pests,” he says. “we had them analyzed and they’re not roaches. I’m not saying every single bug is not a roach, but it’s a six acre facility. What’s happening is they’re coming up out of the sewer and the storm drains because of the drought.They’re searching for water. So that’s the problem. It has never been like this before but anytime that we find an area that needs treatment, we treat it.”

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Nintendo Emulator Developer Passes Away

by Timothy Salcedorachel

Courier Tech Columnist

A Nintendo Emulator is a type of emulator that allows a personal computer to imitate Nintendo’s video game console’s hardware and behavior and play games for that platform. Many users who are part of the gaming community, download many types of emulators. Most emulators that are download online are Nintendo emulators, Nintendo has the popularity of games from our childhood like, Pokemon, Mario, etc. We happily relive playing these games on our PCs. Rachel Bryk was one active developers who worked on these emulators to make us play it through our PCs and sadly she has passed away. Ever since she has passed away, the Dolphin (Developers who made the emulator) community has been sharing their memories of her.

The community made a brief statement of their beloved developer saying, “On Thursday, April 23rd, we lost part of our family. Rachel Bryk tragically died at just 23 years old. It’s hard to believe that just two years ago, Rachel was reluctant to submit changes to the emulator at all due to being relatively inexperienced. But over the course of two years, she spent a considerable amount of time working on what she loved, becoming the tenth most active developer over the time period.

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Logan Spotlight: Richard Yacco

by Yoselin Ontiverosy

Courier Staff Reporter

Richard Yacco is a teacher at James Logan High School, he has been a teacher at logan for three years and teaches digital video arts, multimedia  workshop, and he runs Logan Live. Mr. Yacco is part of the Electronic Media Production Academy (EMP), which is a one year course that is taken in a two year period. EMP 1 is taken by juniors and Yacco prepares them to be ready to run Logan Live their seniors year. Logan Live is a student produced live news broadcast run by seniors in EMP 2 during the beginning of second period.

Yacco explains that sometimes it can be hard to get the students completely prepared for Logan Live when they haven’t taken the course for atleast two years. “Not enough students take the class their junior year and when they come in their senior year, not knowing a lot can be challenging for the show,” stated Yacco.

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Technological Innovation in James Logan High School

Untitled drawingby Tiffany Chau

Courier Staff Reporter

In this age of rapid technological innovation, Logan High has been upgrading its technological resources: we are finally moving on from VHS Tapes to DVDs. Since the beginning of the school year, Carla Colburn, the school’s librarian, has been donating VHS tapes to teachers around the school, some are being kept for personal use while others remain on the library’s shelves. Colburn says that the DVDs will replace the much older VHS tapes as the “same material, but different format”. Colburn notes that some teachers prefer to keep VHS tapes to accommodate their lesson plans, while other teachers are turning to YouTube videos, DVDs, and LCD projectors to show educational videos.

In 1995, the school received abundant funding for the installation of computers, television sets, and VHS computers in the school. Some of the memories that come to mind are the vintage Macintosh computers, occasional movies playing from rolling TV carts, and the mechanical whirring of rewinding and fast forwarding of VHS tapes, which are gradually being replaced by DVDs and online resources.

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Hai Retires from Cloud 9

haic9by Christian Aguilar

Courier Tech Columnist

As of April 22nd, 2015; Hai “Hai” Lam recently retired from playing League of Legends professionally. The community felt strongly that Hai should be replaced or benched. The community and even some pro players/analysts agreed that Hai should be let go due to Cloud 9’s performance during the finals of the League Championship Series.

The days of Cloud 9 having the same roster for the most consecutive days are coming to an end. The team did well while it lasted. Now, it’s time to see how good they really are with a new mid laner. Their mid laner to replace Hai has yet to be determined. I would assume that they are going to choose a mid laner that is stable and will not constantly lose lane like Hai had a tendency to do.

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