For the class of 2018, prom took place at San Francsico Design Center Galleria on May 5th. Prom is one of the most memorable high school event and for Seniors at Skyline, they get to show their individuality and style. Keep scrolling and look at our titans at prom!
Skylines on the news weather it’s good or bad you decide.
by Tanim Woodruff
On April 16th Skyline had an unexpected weather event that shook the campus. At around 7:00 am it started to hail; now hail at Skyline is nothing new but the level and the amount that it hailed was amazing. It lasted for 7 min and blanketed not only the campus but all of Oakland. The few students that made it up before had a great time. Maybe they had a little bit too much fun. Few students, who have not come forward, made a giant phallic design in our football field. To many of the students they found it quite amusing, like senior Steven Wilson who saw it through social media.
“I think its some of the funniest s**t to happen at this school in awhile,” said Steven, a Skyline senior.
Though it was funny it see a giant penis made out of the ice on your football field, it was not funny to NBC Bay Area news. Their helicopter news video of the hail storm that hit the bay area flew over Skyline capturing the snow on our field. The decided to zoom in on the field in which the giant dong was on full view and the video immediately shut off. Of course in the media-fueled world of today the picture was picked up by none other than Jimmy Fallon.
Skyline had the eyes of millions looking and laughing at us for the actions of a few students. Mr. Johnson, who was linked the news video by one of his family members on Facebook had this to say. “I mean it really doesn’t affect me, but do you guys really wanna be known for this. Its childish, and just kinda dumb.” Though not all staff members were as blaissez about the snow art. Mr. Anderson expressed his displeasure. “I’m more sad than anything that our young scholars would do such a thing. I just hope our seniors will be respectable at graduation. We don’t wanna wind up on Jimmy Fallon again.”
Skyline’s most recent media appearance wasn’t the most flattering put it did put a smile on the students here at Skyline.
Carlos Andrés Gómez came all the way from New York to perform some of his popular works of poetry for select Skyline students during 5th and 6th period in the library.
“My primary medium is poetry, but a lot of my life is just going out and interacting with people performing stuff that i’ve written,” Gómez said, in an interview just before his May 9 presentation.
Gómez is an award-winning poet as well as a speaker, actor, author, and a writer. While being most known for his viral poems, which have millions of views on YouTube, he has also co-starred in Spike Lee’s Inside Man with Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen, and appeared on shows such as HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and TV One’s Verses and Flow.
“The most exciting thing I’ve ever done [in poetry] is I got to read a poem I wrote for my sister and I performed it for her for the first time at this festival in Berlin. It was a really really special poem about her struggles with dyslexia, and I had a really hard time learning how to read. It was a singular moment in my life to be in this room with her, and to gift her this poem that she didn’t know existed, in front of all these people in this really exciting moment of my life is my best highlight,” he said.
When it came to giving students advice on how to become a poet and write compelling poetry, Gómez commented, “When I think about a poem I think about, ‘What is nobody talking about? What’s the most urgent thing you are grappling with?’ And that’s where you should start when it comes to your process. Things that make you scared, unmoored, or disoriented. That’s a good place to start in your creative processes because there’s a lot of electricity there and those are the stories we need to tell.”
“I’m here to do some poems and then I’m going to chop it up with students,” added Gómez. One of the students he talked to after his performance was sophomore Eleanor Wikstrom. “I thought [his performance] was really good. I’ve seen one of his performances when I was in middle school, so I wasn’t really sure if he was going to do the same material or different. He did one of the same poems, but of course it was still good two years later. I like the content, I feel it is really relevant considering that a lot of things that are happening in today’s political climate and social climate. So it was nice to hear him tell his stories.”
Mr. Bloomfield, the school librarian who helped organize the visit, also got to talk about his experience hearing Gómez’ poems. “This is the second time that Carlos has come to speak to students here at Skyline and both times he’s shown himself to be an absolute professional. He captivates the room quite easily while being able to work with our weird Wednesday bell schedule, and it seems as though kids walk away from his presentations excited about poetry in a way that really you can only get if you’re seeing it live from the poet himself. He has excellent delivery and writes about things kids are interested in and I really hope he comes back next year.”
“Two years ago when he came, kids came up to me after and said, ‘Hey can we get him to speak at our graduation.’ Unfortunately, like now, it was in May that he came to speak, so it wasn’t enough time for him to be able to do that. However, he does speak at graduations, so for future students reading this article right now let me know if you are interested and I’ll contact him earlier in the school year,” commented Bloomfield.
You can visit his website @http://www.carloslive.com for more information on Carlos, his poetry, social media, and his performances including times and locations.
Freshmen presented the results of their individual research in the gym on May 3. From Mr. Litzelman, one of the supervising teachers:
“About 400 freshmen from Mr. Usrey’s, Mr. Noah’s, Ms. Blumberg-Long’s, and my classes have been working tirelessly on a 12-week project investigating a topic or issue that matters to them and their community, ranging from police brutality to toxic masculinity to OUSD funding and beyond. From 9:00 am to 11:45 am in the gymnasium, freshmen will share their research, answering questions from their peers, teachers, families, and community members about issues that matter to them.”