Mr. Ellison Critiques Education Reform in Bloodletting

by Amber McGeedavid

Weekly Reader Columnist

The topic of education reform is often an overlooked one, mostly because for a majority of students these days this “reformed” world is the only one they will ever known. For long time teachers like Mr. Ellison, this reformed world is a nightmare. After 31 years of teaching Ellison has had more than enough time to gather his thoughts and opinions on the changes to schools and the school system. Bloodletting: Why Education Reform is Killing America’s Schools are all those opinions and thoughts put on paper.

Bloodletting was a common medical practice in the old ages, and it was used for just about everything. Doctors would withdraw great amounts of blood from patients until they felt that the balance in their body had been restored. Needless to say, this operation always made the patients worse rather than better. As Ellison puts it, “It made things worse because it was a misdiagnosis. Everything we’re doing today to reform education is wrong, and it has ended up causing great harm. From charter schools, vouchers, merit pay…to standardized testing. It’s all because of a misdiagnosis.”

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Megan Abbot’s “Fever” Is Worth Catching

By Amber McGee

Weekly Reader Columnist

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Nothing sells better than high school drama.

Teenagers who live it can’t help but keep the cycle going, and adults find themselves so fascinated with the topic that they write and produce hundreds of stories about it. The Fever is, in respect, just another one of those stories. The only thing that saves this novel from being another teen drama written by an adult is Megan Abbott’s exceptional writing. It’s with her skillful descriptions and imagery that this otherwise weak story becomes a compelling.

When star student Lise Daniels has a seizure in the middle of class everyone is convinced it’s just a freak thing. The school is shaken, but it’s not until another girl suffers the same kind of attack during a concert that the hysteria starts. With just a few photos and videos the small town of Dryden is shoved into the national spotlight. As more and more girls experience the same attacks speculations fly, everyone desperate to find an answer. Just what is the cause of this mysterious affliction? Is it the off-limits toxic lake near town, or is it an unforeseen side effect of the HPV vaccines they all received?

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Logan Senior Class Contemplates Grad Night at Disney

by Billy Deh-Lee

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Senior year is often depicted as one of life’s most memorable milestones. It is an exciting time of both change and new beginnings, but before we depart on our quest in life, we simply can’t forget about the perks synonymous of being a high school senior. For James Logan High School, those are the things like Winter Ball, Prom, and perhaps the most anticipated, Grad Night.

Grad Night is notably one of the most memorable experience of senior year. A three day and two night field trip at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. This trip is specially designed to bring together the senior class in both an unforgettable and uniting experience.

As the term goes “you only live once” and James Logan has spared no expense on this last voyage, which many are enthusiastically waiting for.

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Sony Introduces Faceplates to the PS4

by Timothy Salcedounnamed (20)

Courier Tech Columnist

Sony has revealed that you can now customize your PS4 console by adding faceplates. So far Sony has only showed some certain faceplates based off games that have recently come out. Last Friday, Sony showed two limited edition faceplates from recent games such as Bloodborne, and another unique design called, “ Playstation Symbols”, both to be released on March 27th. These two limited edition faceplates are part of Sony’s Project SkyLight, a program which will launch sometime in the near future.

Sony is planning to put out more of these faceplates in the future by asking the fans what they want. The faceplates will cost twenty-five dollars. I would recommend that Sony incorporate the ability to customize your own faceplates to further enhance the creative atmosphere the current generation consoles have. With addition of the faceplates, what would you guys want Sony to release in the future?

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What is the True Importance of the Senior Quote?

By Leilani Neal

Courier Staff Reporter

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Here lays one of the most anticipated times of high school life, their senior quote. As seniors rush to social media and past yearbooks for guidance they will soon realize that they are all looking in the wrong directions. What needs to be on their minds is their heart. Why is it that nearly every senior wants to be remembered for saying something clever or witty but not something meaningful and beautiful? Why not tell their underclassmen that they are beautiful or that they can achieve anything that they set their minds to? Because…

Who wants that? Why encourage people who say random things like, “What’s up? No you…” In the yearbook and not think twice about it. Most of the time when teens write their quote for their yearbook, they are happy about it until they look at it again 20 years later and ask themselves, “What was I thinking?”  Why waste your time asking yourself that when you can use the beautiful mind you were given and create something amazing. Simple words can brighten someone’s day and might as give them advice to take with them in their own life. So, instead of stressing out about being clever or saying something silly, think of something meaningful and beautiful. Make someone happy that they read your quote, don’t make them pass over it.

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James Logan Closes Off Parking Spaces

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Courier Staff Reporters

Recently two parking spots in our school parking lot have been painted over with a “No Parking” sign. A number of students who usually park everyday there are no longer allowed to, and must find another spot.

We have interviewed the students to gather up their opinions and how they may feel towards their parking spots being taken away. A certain number of students usually park there everyday, and the rest park there now and then.

Q: How do you feel about not being able to park in the same spot anymore ?

A: “I mean, I knew I was illegally parked but I was surprised that they would actually take action.” Ryan Baclig (12) says.

“It sucks because in previous years they have been parking in that same parking spot, it just so happens that midway through this year, after I’ve been parking there since the beginning of the year they just decided to paint no parking lines there” Brandon Bautista (12) says angrily.

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Number of Homeless Students at an All Time High

Homeless_Youth_Under_BridgeBy Angelica Castro

One in five students in California are experiencing homelessness, according to Shahera Hyatt, Director of CHYP (California Homeless Youth Project). Since 2010 youth homelessness has doubled to more than 20,000 students in the state. Beth McCullough, one homeless educator of 16,000 other facilities, is currently helping thousands of homeless students around the world. “If you have a good homeless program, you shouldn’t be able to tell who is homeless by the way they look,” says McCullough. 

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Room 66: The Secret Room of James Logan

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by Yoselin Ontiveros 

Courier Staff Reporter

The students of James Logan High School walk through the halls without ever realizing what goes on in most classrooms. Many people walk by multitudes of classrooms assuming that they are just plain old regular rooms. Yet there might be one room that might be little a bit more interesting than the rest. “The Secret Room,” or as most of the staff calls it “The Junk Room,” lives up to its name-being literally filled with useless junk. You can find up to anything in this room, from washing machines and old desks, to broken fire alarms and wrecked chairs.

The “Junk Room” is at least three times bigger than a regular classroom, and it is filled with trash from edge to edge. Chairs, computers, old keyboards, paintings, papers, cabinets, clocks, boxes, and printers are piled up all over. In 1959, room 66 was built with the rest of the building, and for many years it held the auto shop class. If you go in there you can still see that the classroom is big enough to host multiple cars. Since the auto shop moved to a new location in the 100’s, about 10 years ago, the empty room slowly became “The Junk Room.”

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Baby Face Foundations Brightens the Faces of Many

By Keyanna Sutton

Courier Staff Reporter

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Little Baby Face Foundation is an organization that gives children that are  born with birth deformities free plastic surgery. The founder of this organization is Dr.Thomas Romo. The co – founder is Lauralouise Duffy – Blatt. There are a lot of world class surgeons and medical providers that work at this facility in New York City, New York.

These world class surgeons do all sorts of surgeries to kids that are born with deformities. Little Baby Face Foundation is a company/facility who changes kids lives who have been bullied because their appearance. They show that despite deformities at birth, lives can be lived and happiness can be achieved from the care of others like Little Baby Face Foundation.

 

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Warm Weather Welcomes Starbuck’s New Cold Brew Coffee

starbucks-cold-brew.0.0By Amma Prempeh

Alternative Media Columnist

Following small-scale test-marketing last August, Starbucks is launching the new Starbucks Cold Brew coffee nationwide.

Cold brew is a simple, super-tasty cold coffee drink. The grounds are steeped for anywhere from 7 to 26 hours in cold-to-room temperature water. The result is a more caffeinated, less bitter alternative to iced coffee. The cold brew’s strength means that baristas dilute with water and ice before serving. Cold brew is dark, dense, smooth, and sweet- wholly enjoyable. It’s unusual then, that it took the coffee king of the world so long to introduce this craft-shop champion.

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