Articles with the tag: Community

Denali introduces Self-Guided Study to Summit Expeditions

During the 2019-20 school year, Summit juniors will get a chance to practice their self-directed learning through a new Expeditions course that was first introduced to Summit Denali High School this year. Currently, the half-day course allows juniors to study for AP classes or conduct an independent study while still participating in the required College Readiness course.

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Summit Tahoma Expeditions are glimpses into careers
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Summit Rainier Expeditions give students a chance to explore
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Summit Shasta Expeditions offer opportunities
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Summit campuses reflect on their college readiness
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Historical art still influences us today

Art from the past is still relevant today as shown in its impact on individual artists. Both local art museums and art courses on campus reveal the historical influence of art on our culture.

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New tools affect how society sees photography

As you walk into any art museum, it’s likely that people will line the hallways, trying to get a glimpse of the displays. Some might even have their smartphones out, trying to capture photos to share with their friends and family.

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Dance demands sacrifice

Dancers give up most of their childhood to achieve their dream of joining a world-renowned ballet company. These dancers make major sacrifices and put in their blood, sweat and tears in order to succeed in the competitive world of ballet.

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Classic literature is still relevant in the modern world

Classic literature has been a part of our lives and communities for many generations, and yet it never seems to grow old. Some would even argue that it is the difference in time that makes these books all the more valuable today. Whatever the reason, teachers and students agree that despite the distant language, classics definitely have their place in the modern world and in the classroom.

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Children experience the wonders of nature at Walden West

Walden West has gathered many interns from Summit Public School: Tahoma to volunteer as cabin leaders. Usually, when gathered at the site, there are other people who volunteer to also become cabin leaders. From there begins the joy of taking care of children and experiencing nature along the way.

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Arts impact education at Tahoma

Education takes many forms, such as lectures, reading and homework. Another way people are taught is through the use of art as an educational device. Art can be used to teach people more creative skills and can provide variety from the core school subjects.

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AI can both catch and create fake news

In the past few years, a new scam on Instagram has taken off in popularity. Accounts act as if they are affiliated with major—often fashion—companies and claim to be recruiting a small amount of young people, offering to give them free clothes, photo shoots and compensation in exchange for their actions. They are asked to share a post by the account, which is later sold to businesses due to the high amount of followers that the recruit has accrued. These accounts often have highly apparent mistakes or discrepancies that reveal that they are not authentic; yet, within a short period of time, these posts can become so popular and the accounts so high in followers that the companies being imitated take note and call out the scams.

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Sports form community

Sports are physical activities that involve individual teams competing against each other in order to appeal to certain fans, and they are also used to entertain people. Some of these sports include soccer, basketball, baseball and football. Although these sports are used for entertainment, they are also able to create an opportunity for people to bond with others, which creates a sense of community at school, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a fan or if you’re a player. We at Summit News decided to ask people in our community our essential question: How has sports impacted society and the way people work together in society? This is a question that needed to be answered.

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Community debates the role of physical fitness at Summit Shasta

Summit Shasta is known for its self-directed curriculum and its lack of a physical education system. A few students and faculty feel as if this should be fixed.

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Music influences today’s younger generation

A teen girl had lost herself in a dark time in her life. She turned to music, which brought her joy during that time, and found herself again. She used music as an outlet for her emotions and started a club at Summit Shasta, Music Club, for teens like her to do the same.

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Music empowers adolescents

Music surrounds us in our daily lives. We hear it on the radio on our way to school or work, on our phones, in restaurants; we hear music everywhere. Music holds the power to influence mood and behavior in people. Music impacts our lives in ways we don’t even realize. We all know that music is just there; we don’t realize how much music has been a part of our daily lives and how music helps shape who we are as a person.

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Basketball program builds up Summit Shasta school spirit

Sports are an important part of the high school experience. The basketball program is particularly influential in the Summit Shasta school community. How do student basketball players contribute to the Shasta community?

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Shasta Dungeons and Dragons Club provides a unique experience

Imagine fighting off a monstrous dragon with your flaming battle axe. Your best friend and a total stranger stand by you, weapons in hand ready for their last stand. With the role of the dice, the battle begins.

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The media and mental health: A look at Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Soldiers who suffer from PTSD, such as Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chris Ferrell, are asked to make masks that reflect how they feel. Source: Department of Defense

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Bay Area teachers who promote LGBTQ acceptance create welcoming school environments

Schools in the Bay Area need to support the LGBTQ community. Many schools use a GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) club, but not everyone does because students might not feel comfortable creating or joining such a public group. Therefore, schools should show support for their LGBTQ communities by encouraging teachers to promote LGBTQ acceptance in their classrooms.

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Summit Shasta confronts the concept of safe space

When walking through the Summit Public Schools: Shasta campus, you see signs / banners / stickers in multiple classrooms calling that room a “safe space,” a space where everyone is welcome, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation or religion. The staff also constantly tell students how this school is a welcoming and accepting place for all.

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Restaurants impact the Sunnyvale community

Once entering a Sunnyvale restaurant, you see colorful walls with paintings on them. You can smell the food being cooked. You will see employees cooking, taking orders, and smiling.

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Minority students are asking the Denali administration for the support they deserve

The Summit Denali Queer Straight Alliance was started in the fall of 2018, with the intent of creating a safe space for queer kids at Denali. Around the time the QSA was formed, the school held a Club Fair, intending to promote different clubs or social gatherings within the Denali community.

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Local Wilderness is a fun way to be outside

As the teacher plays the drums, the students must follow by sound. During the game called Blink Drum Stalk, the leader has a drum and the other students put on blindfolds and try to follow the leader by sound. This develops sensory awareness, a skill that the Local Wilderness students work to perfect.

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Electrical box murals add character to Redwood City

Downtown Redwood City is an ever-growing hotspot for people of all ages to gather to go see movies, get food or attend city-wide events. The downtown area has become iconic for the bustling nightlife at places such as the Fox Theatre or the busy day crowd in the square near the history museum.

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The Discord Community is unique and diverse

Louis Parks’ first experience with Discord was a few years ago in the summer of 2016, around one year after Discord’s release, when a few of his friends on Skype were urging him to make a Discord account. At first, he didn’t switch, but a few days later the peer pressure from everybody else switching had convinced him to try it out. After a few days of usage, he had adjusted to Discord and preferred the cleaner application over Skype. At this time, the only chats he was in were with friends who played Minecraft with him. At first, he didn’t really use it, but now he uses daily.

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Student athletes at Tahoma discover a positive impact

Students here at Tahoma are actively involved in sports, from volleyball to soccer. A popular discussion is how these sports affect students’ lives, both academically and socially. Mikaela Zavala, a senior soccer player at Tahoma, spoke with us about how sports affected her. She talked about how during freshman year sports helped her academically because she needed good grades to play, but they declined after the season. In her years since, she’s had good grades year-round, which soccer helped motivate.

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LGBTQ members of the Tahoma community find inconsistent support

At Summit Tahoma, the Human Sexuality Expeditions course put up posters around the campus saying, “Be Yourself Out Loud And Proud,” “The Heart Wants What It Wants” and more encouraging words.

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Having a mentor group means having a second family to Tahoma students

Students here at Tahoma are actively involved in sports, from volleyball to soccer. A popular discussion is how these sports affect students’ lives, both academically and socially.

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Ethnic Studies gives students a new perspective

Many problems have been occurring regarding race and immigrants. More and more controversial topics seem to be coming to light every day. There have been innocent killings of African-American males and desperate immigrants from Honduras trying to get into the United States. Most schools don’t converse about these topics. However, recently schools have been adopting a new class called Ethnic Studies. In this course, students are tasked with correctly dealing with situations regarding race and controversy. Students learn about historical figures of color and parts of the timeline that are not traditionally taught in school history classes.

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Downtown anticipates major changes from proposed Google campus

In December, the San Jose City Council agreed to sell over 10 acres of the downtown region to build a new Google campus. The proposed campus aims to positively renovate the infrastructure and strengthen the core of the city; however, the Google village has also sparked fear and anger from San Jose residents and business owners, specifically from those located in or around the land parcels sold to the organization during the negotiations.

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Denali soccer teams discuss their progress and challenges

The women’s soccer team run with the ball. PHOTO CREDIT: Ellen Hu

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Camp Fire in Paradise destroys homes

After the destructive fire in Paradise Valley, Jeanette Krzyzek was the only one of her family left with a standing house. Born and raised in Paradise, Mrs. Krzyzek knew almost everyone in town. She had moved out of the town to Chico before the fires started, but her family hadn’t. As a result, her family alone lost a total of 10 homes to the flames.

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Books influence the community

“I really didn’t start liking reading until I was in tenth grade. We had programs in middle school […] that after you read a book you had to take a quiz and then you have to earn so many points, and it just took all of the love of reading out completely of my life.”

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San Jose Unified proposal highlights need for affordable housing

All across California affordable housing is a major issue, especially for teachers. To address this problem, Santa Clara Unified has built 90 affordable housing units for teachers. A similar idea has been proposed in San Jose Unified that has met strong opposition from local residents.

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Lunch at Tahoma isn’t what it’s cracked up to be

“It looks like prison food, and the fact that it is the same price as buying a meal at McDonald’s … makes it even more insulting to pay for.” This is a response that was taken from a school-wide survey distributed to understand how the Tahoma students feel about the school lunch. Many of the students dislike the school lunch with a passion.

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Summit Denali High School searches for a permanent campus

Summit Denali High School is searching for a permanent campus, and school leaders are working to show their proposed campus is the best location for the school. The school plans to appeal to the City Council in a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.

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Community members express opinion on shared school campuses

As you enter the campus of Summit Tahoma and KIPP: Navigate, two charter schools, you see portables to the right of the Oak Grove High School buildings. If you walk through the KIPP campus, you see signs above the classes. The signs list values such as courage, innovation, reflection, collaboration and leadership. If you make your way down further into the campus, you see Summit Tahoma portables with brightly colored classroom doors.

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Technology affects education and social lives

Faris Khetto, a sophomore at Summit Tahoma, has been greatly affected greatly by technology. His father often gave him death and suicide threats. “He used to be really aggressive towards me, and he threatened to kill me a couple times,” he told Summit News. One day, Faris felt that he would have really died. “I felt that he was actually going to really hurt me,” he said, “like I would be dead.”

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Undocumented immigrants face struggle on a day-to-day basis

At the age of 13, Gloria fled her home because her father’s life was being threatened because of gang rivals.

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Facing its stigma by embracing mental health
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Animal hospitals play an impactful role in the community

When you arrive at the VCA Blossom Hill Animal Hospital, located on the south side of San Jose, you see a small animal hospital with calming trees surrounding the area, a large mall behind the building and a small one-story building painted blue and white in front of you. Inside there are animal pictures and posters all around the room, making you and your pet feel comforted.

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Rainier reflects on social media and the community

Rainier junior Cathy Ly has a social media success: her faux eyelash business. She recalls making the Instagram account during a moment of bravery, completely oblivious to the product it would become. Every day she receives messages from students of all grades at Summit Rainier who are eager to purchase a pair of faux eyelashes, and every week she is chasing a new person down who wants to buy a pair. As of November 2018, the Instagram page had a total of 310 followers and had sold over 100 pairs of faux eyelashes.

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Rainier finds multiple ways to help students of low-income families

Rainier Office Manager Lupe Trujillo is always trying to do what she can to provide for the underprivileged students at her school. “What I’ve tried to do aside from that is just, you know, have like a share bin,” she explained. The share bin is located in the office throughout the day; it has leftover food from lunch and fruit the staff purchased. At Summit Rainier, a large percentage of students come from low-income families. The school tries to provide aid for these students.

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Bilingual education enriches the community

In the learning environment of a bilingual classroom, students are surrounded by many colorful resources in both English and Spanish. When you enter Wendy Alcantar’s second grade classroom at Adelante Academy, you notice that students are provided books in both languages. Along the edge of the class there are the English books, and on the desks there are baskets containing the books in Spanish. Hanging on the walls of her classroom are Spanish writings done by her students, and the Spanish alphabet is printed along the top of the white board. Agendas, schedules and calendars fill in the remaining space.

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Soccer helps students become responsible

Among all the studying and hard work at Summit Public School: Rainier, joining the soccer team has made student athletes become responsible through managing school work and soccer games / practices. This is especially true for these students: Andrew Guerrero, Humberto Flores and Osvaldo Ayala.

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Martial Arts Instructor Explains Wushu

Xuanzi Zhuanti 720 (旋子转体七百二十), better known as the 720-degree-rotation Butterfly-twist, is a high level difficulty jump-kick of the martial art sport Wushu (武術). This acrobatic move is used in contemporary floor routines of Wushu and is part of the point-scoring difficulty movements that are considered of professional level. The difficulty movements, or “nandu” (难度), are similar to those of gymnastic movements and ice-skating corkscrews, axels and quads. These nandu highlight the agility of Wushu athletes and show what Wushu has evolved into today, with its gymnastic-like routines merged with traditional martial arts.

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First-generation seniors share their hardships

Immigrants come to the United States seeking refuge and a better life, just like the parents of Rainier senior Dorothy Le. “The Vietnam War caused a lot of Vietnamese people to … jump on boats and go to other countries to escape war, to escape communism,” Le explained. Many such immigrant parents did not attend or graduate from college, which puts their children in the unique position of being first-generation students.

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Summit Shasta builds community

Circles are when mentor groups gather around the middle of the classroom and talk about what is happening in each of their daily lives. Two people bring an artifact that means a lot to them every time there are Circles, in order to build a strengthened relationship. Circles are what mentor groups and Expeditions classes do to feel more connected with the people they are with and to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. Circles are also a way to support others and to focus on the successes and stresses of a student at Summit Public School: Shasta.

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Mentor groups build community at Summit Shasta

Summit Shasta’s mission is to prepare students for success in college.

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San Francisco struggles to serve the homeless in the Bay Area

The Homeless Youth Alliance is built on a bigger focus on empathy and care and their vans roam the streets of the Bay Area with one goal in mind: hand out needed items to the homeless, including food, hygiene products and more. These volunteers listen to the stories people share and create lasting bonds.

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Clubs build community at Summit Shasta

This year, Summit Public Schools: Shasta has over 30 clubs organized by students. Most students are involved in at least one of these clubs, which meet after school, during lunch or off campus.

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Mentor groups build community at Summit Shasta

Being a junior mentor, Hillary Odom has the unique opportunity to develop a closer connection with her students. Ms. Odom has used this connection to help her mentees in ways she never received from her high school teachers. She is currently helping one of her students look for cars; they are navigating together the different options available to young teens. This is something her school never helped her with, and she is glad to give the extra support to her mentee.

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Everest students become first-time voters

On Nov. 6, the midterm elections for the United States will occur. Voters from all around the country will be deciding on pressing issues that matter greatly to each individual state. For some people going to the polling station, it will be their first time voting.

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Community Service course launches at Everest

Delaney Jures, teacher of the Community Service Expeditions course

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Organizers Reflect on the Everest Walkout

The organizers of the Sequoia Union Walkout put their skills to use and grew as activists on the day they took a stand for school safety. On March 14, students from Everest Public High School and Summit Preparatory Charter High School participated in the National Walkout Day to protest gun violence.

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Fitness course helps students stay in shape

At Summit Preparatory Charter High School, the Expeditions team offers a class that goes to the Riekes Center to work out. On March 14, students from Everest Public High School and Summit Preparatory Charter High School participated in the National Walkout Day to protest gun violence.

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