Articles with the tag: News

Students flew to New York for their first Model United Nations conference

When they arrived in New York City, Rainier students experienced the culture shock of the Big Apple: tall buildings, glowing billboards plastered with advertisements and yellow taxi cabs. After landing in the late evening, the Rainier Model United Nations conference participants had their very first taste of NYC pizza. The next day, the group saw something they don’t see often in San Jose: Snow!

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Activism is shown through art

Walking into room 1222, the chilled out energy of the Intro to Visual Arts class is unmistakable. A soft buzz of chatter amongst the students flows across the classroom while they peacefully sketch out their latest projects.

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Rainier English teachers express the importance of English literature

Every day, people speak it; it is read; it is lived. Every day, people around the world live the English language and read its literary works of the present and past. Even today, everyone reads books, stories and even poetry of writers who existed in the time of the Renaissance and writers who are still writing today.

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Students own their truth about overcoming barriers at conference

Imagine being afraid to come to school every day because a male student is stalking and harassing you on a daily basis. Imagine being too scared to reach out for help from your mom because she has been diagnosed with stage four cancer and your father is absent.

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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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Shasta Art Expeditions impacts the lives of students

Here at Summit Public Schools: Shasta, the Intermediate Visual Arts and the Intro to Visual Arts teacher is Meridith Burchiel, and the Intro to Video Production teacher is Vincent Nelson. In these classes, students work on making videos, scripts, drawings, paintings and being creative.

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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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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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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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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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Facing its stigma by embracing mental health
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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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The Trump Administration is planning to move $266 million into detention centers

President Trump has made it clear since the beginning of his campaign that he would crack down on immigration policy in the United States. Recent budgeting decisions have reflected how the Trump Administration is set on following through on those promises.

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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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Dr. Ford’s testimony cultivates both support and backlash

There are many interpretations of what Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s Senate testimony means, but it undoubtedly brought awareness to sexual assault survivors and what problems regarding sexual assault are still prominent in America.

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Sunnyvale City Council candidates discuss school shootings

The Sunnyvale City Council candidates have strong feelings about school safety and gun violence. They feel the need to address mental health and how to keep students safe.

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Sunnyvale City Council candidates create a sustainable Sunnyvale

The candidates for Sunnyvale City Council agree sustainability is a vital part of the city’s future. Improving citywide traffic, they concur, is a large part of that goal.

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Sunnyvale City Council candidates believe in the importance of finances

Finances are the core of a city’s government, and Sunnyvale City Council candidates believe they must consolidate the city’s finances before moving onto other ventures. Candidate discussion at an Oct. 4 press conference, held at Summit Denali, revolved around the sustainable financial situation of the city of Sunnyvale.

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Sunnyvale City Council candidates are concerned about quality of life

Sunnyvale City Council candidates are concerned that the city’s quality of life is being challenged by many social and environmental issues.

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City Council candidates explain major traffic issues in the Bay

Sunnyvale City Council candidates are concerned about housing problems in the community.

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City Council candidates explain major traffic issues in the Bay

Four candidates for Sunnyvale City Council are very concerned about the amount of traffic in the city.

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Candidates explain their main goals for the Sunnyvale City Council

Sunnyvale City Council candidates value the quality of life in the city. As incumbent Glenn Hendricks puts it, “We need to have long-term financial stability in order to afford our sewage systems and parks.”

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Marc Berman discusses his work for the State Assembly

State Assemblymember Marc Berman believes that the current California tax system is creating economic inequality which shows through the education system.

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Marc Berman discusses his work for the State Assembly

State Assemblymember Marc Berman would like to better protect the youth in his community through improved mental health services.

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Marc Berman discusses his work for the State Assembly

State Assemblymember Marc Berman is focused on helping marginalized communities.

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California Assemblymember Marc Berman believes the California housing crisis is a larger issue

Assemblymember Marc Berman believes that the housing crisis in California acts as the basis for many other unsolved issues.

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Assemblymember Marc Berman discusses his government’s stances

According to State Assemblymember Marc Berman, the state of California will continue to act independently from the federal government regarding issues such as climate change and immigration.

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Marc Berman discusses his work for the State Assembly

California State Assemblymember Marc Berman values affordable housing, election security and protections for sexual assault survivors. When asked what issue is most important, he stated, “We have a lot of issues.” On Oct. 5, Rep. Marc Berman visited Summit Denali to answer questions about his position and what he wants to do in office.

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Marc Berman explains problems caused by the housing crisis

California State Assemblymember Marc Berman believes that the housing crisis in California is a major problem.

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Students debate their role in the upcoming midterm elections

While much of the world’s attention has been drawn toward the approaching midterm elections in November, a vast body of individuals seems to have been overlooked: students. We began exploring this set of voices as the midterms neared.

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Rep. Lofgren visits local school to talk about policies

U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who represents California’s 19th Congressional District, believes young people hold the power in determining which direction the country is heading toward.

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A closer look at the Trump Russia investigation

Russian interference in our elections is a serious and controversial issue that has resulted in 35 indictments or guilty pleas. President Donald Trump has called the investigation a “witch hunt,” and it is a highly divisive issue. It is important to understand what is happening, how the investigation started, who has been impacted by the investigation and what might happen next.

What is the Russia investigation?

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Warren Lieberman Gives Insight into the Belmont City Council Election

With the Belmont City Council election coming up, Warren Lieberman has been busy working on his campaign for city council. Lieberman has served as a Belmont city councilman / mayor for 12 years. With four candidates running, and only three spots available, Mr. Lieberman has his work cut out for him.

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Warren Lieberman Gives Insight into the Belmont City Council Election

With the Belmont City Council election coming up, Warren Lieberman has been busy working on his campaign for city council. Lieberman has served as a Belmont city councilman / mayor for 12 years. With four candidates running, and only three spots available, Mr. Lieberman has his work cut out for him.

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Julia Mates talks Belmont Community

On Nov. 6, Belmont will have its City Council election. Candidate Julia Mates answered questions about the upcoming election and her passion for Belmont.

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Julia Mates talks Belmont Community

On Nov. 6, Belmont will have its City Council election. Candidate Julia Mates answered questions about the upcoming election and her passion for Belmont.

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Newcomer Deniz Bolbol wants all Belmont residents to be heard

This fall, on Nov. 6, Belmont will have its City Council election. There are three available seats with four candidates running. The candidates include Charles Stone, Warren Lieberman, Julia Mates and newcomer Deniz Bolbol. Ms. Bolbol is a Belmont community member who wants to see active change in her community after feeling let down by the current council.

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Charles Stone talks Belmont development and infrastructure

Charles Stone is from San Mateo County in California. He’s lived his life in Daly City, San Bruno and before moving to Belmont with his family. There, he began taking notice of the issues in the city, and he decided he needed to do something about it.

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Charles Stone talks Belmont development and infrastructure

Charles Stone is from San Mateo County in California. He’s lived his life in Daly City, San Bruno and before moving to Belmont with his family. There, he began taking notice of the issues in the city, and he decided he needed to do something about it.

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Newcomer Deniz Bolbol wants all Belmont residents to be heard

This fall, on Nov. 6, Belmont will have its City Council election. There are three available seats with four candidates running. The candidates include Charles Stone, Warren Lieberman, Julia Mates and newcomer Deniz Bolbol. Ms. Bolbol is a Belmont community member who wants to see active change in her community after feeling let down by the current council.

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Midterm elections are coming up: Here’s how to make an informed decision

The process of voting for candidates who believe in our ideals of government is difficult, and it can be challenging to identify who is the right candidate. In this video, a few staff members from Summit Public School: Rainier talk about voting and what obstacles stood in their way when choosing their candidates. They discuss what makes a good or bad candidate and what difficulties there might be in voting.

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Cristina Osmeña visits Summit Shasta for a press conference

Cristina Osmeña, who is running to represent the 14th Congressional District of California against Democratic opponent Jackie Speier, wants to focus on making changes for the Bay Area by lowering taxes, being an active participant in the legislature and trying to implement bills in her first 100 days in office.

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Cristina Osmeña has conflicting feelings on immigration

14th district California Congressional candidate Cristiña Osmena has conflicted feelings on immigration in the United States. She believes in stricter immigration policies and wants stronger borders; however, she herself is an immigrant.

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Cristina Osmeña Challenges What It Means To Be A Republican

Cristina Osmeña, a congressional candidate for the 14th District in California, is a strong Republican – but she’s not your typical GOP candidate. She’s a proud Filipina immigrant and defines herself as a centrist, neither extremely conservative or liberal.

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Cristina Osmeña Wants to Uphold the Values of the 14th District

Congressional candidate Cristina Osmeña wants to be an advocate for the values of District 14 and District 14 only. Ms. Osmeña believes that she would be a great candidate because she will be a voice for the people.

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Cristina Osmeña Fights for Fiscal Conservativity

Congressional Candidate Cristina Osmeña wants voters in the 14th district to know that her defining mark is her belief in fiscal conservativity. On Aug. 23, Ms. Osmeña walked into Shasta’s journalism classroom for a press-conference style interview.

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Congressional candidate Cristina Osmeña pushes for fiscal conservatism and strict immigration control

Ms. Osmeña came to Summit Shasta on Aug. 23 for a mock press conference with students from the journalism class. During the press conference, Ms. Osmeña offered her opinions and policies about fiscal conservatism and immigration control. She also gives a bit of her own personal history.

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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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