Archives for November 2014

Tardy Sweeps

By Anne Bonifacio

Courier Staff Writer

 

In the past month and a half, several tardy sweeps have been taken place here at James Logan. At the beginning of the school year, teachers were emphasizing how strict the staff will be on tardys this year.

Tardy sweeps happen randomly and unannounced. They take place right after the finalbell rings. During a tardy sweep, CST’s go around campus and bring any students that are found outside of class without a hall pass, and they bring them to their house office.

Our principal, Ms.McNamara, reported that if a student is caught outside of class during a tardy sweep, the student will have to call home and they will receive a detention.

Ms.McNamara expresses, “We hope that by doing these sweeps, we make students aware of the importance of being on time.” Ms.McNamara also confirmed that tardy sweeps will in fact be a year round practice here at James Logan.

Over the past few years, James Logan has not been very strict about coming into class late, and students will sometimes take advantage of that. This year, the James Logan staff will be stepping up in order to teach the students the importance of attendance and being on time. When asked about the increased strictness on tardys, Ms.McNamara replied, “We really want to send the message home that everyday counts!”

Tardys are problems that can easily be prevented. Students should try a different route to class if the route they take makes them late to class. Students should also try to ignore the urge to talk to friends while walking to class.

“Being on time is an important skill-we need to practice it and work on it all the time,” Ms.McNamara exclaimed, “It’s the #1 reason people get fired -they are late or absent from work!”

 

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Souls Of San Francisco Interviews Logan Students

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Courier Staff Writer

Dijon, a blogger, filmmaker, and photographer recently came to Logan and interviewed a couple of our very own Colts. He travels around the Bay Area, mostly San Francisco, and stops anyone on the street and has a conversation with them. He then takes their photo and posts it on all of Souls of SF social media websites. His goal out of this is to ‘uplift the community.’ If you were to go to any of the social media websites you could clearly tell that everyone he interviews all have different stories to tell and that we’re all unique.We were able to contact Dijon and ask him a few questions about the project.

 

James Logan Courier: So what encouraged you to do this project?

 

Dijon: I started this project because I wanted to be able to connect with people and make art at the same time.


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Life’s A Stage in Eyes Like Stars, Literally

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By Amber McGee
Courier Staff Writer
What does it take before a play is considered a masterpiece? Does it take a love triangle? A life or death battle between good and evil? Great costumes and memorable one-liners? Or, as the trend seems to be, is no play a masterpiece until it has something Shakespearean associated with it?
Meet Beatrice Shakespeare Smith, an aspiring playwright with one big advantage over her namesake. It’s not unheard of for writers to “live” with their characters but in Bertie’s case this is very literal, for she lives at the Théâtre Illuminata, where every character from every play ever staged resides. With the four fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream as her trusty sidekicks Bertie works her way through life at the Theatre, causing havoc, dyeing her hair an assortment of different colors, watching Ophelia drown herself, and splitting her attention between the hot pirate from The Little Mermaid and the seductive air spirit from The Tempest. After one accident too many the Theatre Manager finally becomes fed up with Bertie and makes a shocking declaration: she must write an original piece and make it a success or be kicked out of the Theatre.
 

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Rixton Debuts New Single, “Wait on Me”

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By Megan Duenas

Co Editor in Chief

Originating in Manchester, Jack Roche, Charley Bagnall, Danny Wilkin and Lewi Morgan encompass the new UK pop meets soul band, Rixton. Not so long ago in 2013, were these four playing in hole in the wall venues in hopes of reaching their goal of more than internet fame. WIth their hit song “ Me and My Broken Heart” debuting as #6 in U.S. charts and their discovery from Scooter Braun, who’s behind success of Justin Bieber and Carly Ray Jepsen, it’s safe to say they can successfully blend soul and harmonized pop into music for the ears of everyone who listens.

“ We knew what we wanted- huge pop songs with soul,” Jake Roche comments on their choice of genre and the vision for Rixton.  With their own start up just a year and a half before landing a label all band members started their own careers in music before being acquainted. Dropping out of school at the age of 16, Jake Roche and university dropout Danny Wilkin started the band playing around Manchester and living in a caravan. Three years after gigging and playing they were introduced to Charley Bagnall and Lewi Morgan, Rixton evolved into a band that would be destined for topping the charts in the U.K. and being backed by U.K.’s own, Ed Sheeran.

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Football and Cheerleading Squad Senior Night

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 By Ameena Mazada

Courier Staff Writer

James Logan had their final game of the season on Friday November 7, 2014 against Irvington High School. The football and cheerleader senior night ceremony began at 7:00pm following the varsity football game.

The Varsity Cheer team is proud to congrat Crystal Cruz, Giennely Ortiz, Jasmine Garcia, and Sarah Ritt on their high school graduation. These four individuals have cheered hard during logan sport events and at The Cheerleading Regional Competition 2014. They all hope to continue their studies and pursue higher education after high school. (more…)

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Missing Union City Teen Found: Will it Happen Again?

By Angelica Castro

Courier Staff Writer

A once missing 15 year old teen, Deavahnee Laws, from Union City has recently been found about 2,000 miles away from home; in DeKalb, Illinois. She was reported missing on September 18, 2014.

Unfortunately, Lewis isn’t the only child that’s been abducted recently. Hundreds of thousands of children were abducted from relatives or non-relatives throughout last year, according to NCM&EC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). Also from the same source, with the help of the Amber Alert program, hundreds of children’s lives were saved. (more…)

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Meet Jake Mcelfresh

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By Jessica Esquibel

Courier Staff Writer

Jake Mcelfresh is a solo artist who is known for his soothing and depressing acoustic music. He calls his one man show Front Porch Step. A lot of his songs hold the theme of heartbreak and backstabbing. If you’ve been through any of that then this is an artist you should definitely check out. Even if you are fortunate enough to not have went through those situations, you should still give his music a listen. Besides the dark themes in his music, he has a really loyal fanbase that continues to grow everyday.


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Play ‘Panic! In Vegas’

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By Jessica Esquibel

Courier Staff Writer

Looking for a new game to play? Bored of Candy Crush and Flappy Bird? Try downloading Panic! In Vegas. It’s newly released and addictive. If you are familiar with the band Panic! At The Disco then the name of the game should sound familiar. If you are not familiar, they are a punk rock band who are from Las Vegas, Nevada.  So it’s not coincidental that the game is based in Vegas. (more…)

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Christina Perri Takes on San Francisco

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By Megan Duenas

Co Editor in Chief 

The Masonic on September 29 was filled with the hustling and bustling of yet another show. The powder room is bursting with girls reapplying their lipstick, the smell of countless scents of perfume and the endless flashes of iPhones for pictures to upload for their blogging lives. The security warmly welcomes the visitors and the Masonic in itself amazes the eyes of everyone. San Francisco, a city known for it’s opportunities especially in the music scene, cordially welcomes yet another celebrity known for her singing success, Christina Perri.

Walking in the streets of San Francisco brings together the amass honking of New York, trendsetters pulling off fur coats and platform heels, urban coffee shops and illustrious music halls. The usual breeze of this city seeps through my face and during these mediocre moments do I feel like I am not just a 17-year-old high school girl, but also a girl that will one day live out the dream she aspires.

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Bay Area Basketball League, AOL

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By Elijah Permito

Courier Staff Writer

AOL stands for Asian Open League that is held in Hayward, California. Majority of the league consists of Filipinos, but those of different races are also welcomed. Depending on your height and skill determines what division you are put in. Everyone is welcomed to create their own team and pick up as many players as needed. Every team, has to pay a team fee for participating. I would recommend joining if you enjoy and love basketball.

This league is reviewed positively. There are many positive reviews about referees and the organization and scheduled times for games. A lot of the teams already have their own jerseys and team names which makes the organization a bit easier. You can check out some of the team players  and info at iconosquare.com/aoleague. Some people also keep stats and player info which may also be beneficial.

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