Articles with the tag: San Jose

Arts courses help students develop fundamental skills

Rainier students have not only been learning math and English but also how to draw portraits and even write monologues for plays. Summit Public School: Rainier has been providing Expeditions classes to their students for some time now; they offer elective classes for students to expand their horizons outside of their core learning classes.

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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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Visual and Performing Arts Expeditions courses inspire students

Kids are pacing around the classroom in a circle, walking in different ways. The teacher selects a student with a unique walking style and asks the rest of the class to mimic the way the student treads around the classroom. Afterwards, students are asked to walk around and bump into different people and continuously change the way they walk in order to match the person they recently bumped into.

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Rainier students take a stand on bathroom policies

Summit Public School: Rainier has implemented a new restroom policy in which students receive green passes per semester that allow them to use the restroom a set amount of times per class. After these passes run out, students are no longer able to use the restrooms during class time unless it is an extreme emergency. In extreme emergency situations, teachers are to notify other teachers and staff that the student is allowed to leave; the student must also speak to multiple adults in order to get access to the restroom. When students want to go to the restroom, they must: have a pass signed by their teacher; get the restroom key– which is attached to a five gallon water jug– from the office if a teacher is not present in the quad to open the door; then use the restroom; return the key; then return to class.

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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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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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San Jose City Council members prepare for November 6 elections to take office again

Many of the politicians in San Jose have made a difference for everyone in the past and are still making differences as we speak. These people have been through the hard process of campaigning, and many of them have needed to get closer to the voters and make themselves seem as if they were average people, trying to make a difference. To do this, many of them share their own personal life stories as to how they have come to be here, and many of them also talk about their past careers and qualifications. This article will shed light and touch on how some of these city politicians have gotten to where they are now, what their beliefs are, and how they aim to influence society some of their goals and accomplishments for society.

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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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Gubernatorial Election November 2018 Candidate Election Guide

Democrat Gavin Newsom and Republican John Cox won the primary election and are now going against each other in California’s gubernatorial election this November.

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