Titan Trio Participate in Sports Signing Day

Seniors sign letters of intent for scholarships

By Ms. Rivezzo

It is estimated that 1.9 million students participate in high school athletics across the country and only 6.5 percent of them go on to play at the NCAA college level.

On National Signing Day, Feb. 7, Skyline was one of the few schools in the Bay Area that had three seniors receive and sign letters of intent to NCAA football programs and either receive full or partial scholarships.

“This type of accomplishment from Skyline student-athletes is an example of how successful students on the hill can be if they take advantage of all the resources our school has to offer,” said Skyline Football Coach Joe Bates.

Naseme received a full scholarship and will attend Weber State in Utah this fall.

Ronald also received a full scholarship and will attend Lincoln University in Missouri this fall.

Joshua received a partial scholarship and will attend Black Hill State University in South Dakota this fall

In addition, senior Steven Lopez was awarded the Tony Fardella Pride Scholarship. Steven will soon be making a decision about where he will attend school this fall.

Engineering Club Builds ‘Solar Suitcase’

 

To be sent to poor nation for village power

The Engineering Club has just finished building a “Solar Suitcase” that will get sent abroad to developing villages to act as a more reliable and stable power source for important facilities.

The We Share project sends these suitcases, built by students, to locations around the world. These suitcases provide incomparably useful electricity to places that previously had no reliable access.

Previous suitcases have gone to schools in refugee camps in Kenya, to a women’s community center in Peru, and hospitals around the globe.

The students are really proud of building this, and are excited to have the opportunity for their skills to have a global impact.

But the final step in this project relates to the funds required to send this suitcase abroad and includes quality testing, shipping, hiking it to the village, and teaching the local villagers to maintain it.

The club is now working on raising enough money to send the suitcase abroad.

Read more and learn how you can help send the suitcase to a community in need at: http://www.gofundme.com/send-a-solar-suitcase-abroad

Winter Ball at the Oakland Zoo

By Noah Mitchell

If you did not attend Skyline’s Annual Winter Ball 2018, you missed out on a great time!

This year, it was held in the Snow Building at the Oakland Zoo from 8 to 11pm. The dance floor was sprinkled with lights and the DJ table was wired up and ready to go.

The multiple food tables were covered in everything from chicken tenders to some amazing fruit juice, even chocolate fountains. The tables were beautifully decorated and placed indoors as well as outdoors, and the view of the late night city was perfect for pictures and stargazing.

Bottom line was leadership did an outstanding job. When it came time to dance, however, only about fifty people had shown up. There was sort of a silent panic as the realization struck that no one else would show up.

When the DJ started getting down and everybody gave up on more people coming, one by one, people began to dance the night away as a tight-knit group.

OUSD Lops Off a Week of Summer Break

District moves up first day so fall semester ends  before holidays

By Paul Phelan

Most students at Skyline are aware of the pending plans to change to block scheduling in the near future, but that’s not the only upcoming change at this school. In addition to a new schedule, school will now be starting a week earlier than last year.

That’s right, one week removed from our summer break this year. When talking to students who hadn’t heard of this change, they were shocked.

One sophomore, upon hearing about this change, could only say, “No way, that’s not happening.”

After explaining that it isn’t a joke, she was severely disappointed. She thinks that this change won’t help anything at this school, and just will give students less time to spend doing independent activities, less time with family, and less time to de-stress.

When she found out that the main reason for this change is to have finals before winter break, she simply stated that they should speed up the process instead of taking time off break.

“They should just teach faster.”

Teachers, on the other hand, may feel differently. To determine this, we got an opinion from

Mr. Jensen is a history teacher here at Skyline. When asked what he thought about this change, he simply replied, “It’s alright.”

Students who overheard him say this were not thrilled, and questioned why he thinks so. He replied by saying that it will help the school by allowing finals to take place before winter break, which he believes will help students who tend to forget what they learned over breaks from school.

Although he makes a good point, not everyone agrees. Students who already knew about the change had much more to say about it,

“F*** that s***, it’s stupid,” one vocal junior told me.

It seems that most students are not happy with this change, and won’t be unless they give the time off back in some way, such as adding a week to winter break.

Overall,  while this change isn’t popular with students, opinion may change if finals end up being easier next year. If it helps things go more smoothly and helps with academics, people may have a change of heart.

The first day of school for 2018-19 is set for August 13.  The current school year began on August 21. Just four years ago, school started as late as August 25.  

AC Transit Bus Service Confirmed for Next Year

Deal is only for one year though, so talks will go on

By Anika Hua

Due to the recent budget cuts of our district, there has been concern for over a year about whether OUSD and AC Transit would discontinue their arrangement to run 50 buses to and from school.

After months of meetings between the two, however, it was announced that the buses will continue to carry hundreds of students to Skyline, Montera, and Community Day, all of which are public schools along the Oakland Hills.

Earlier in the 2016-2017 school year, Skyline was faced with the possibility of having several bus lines terminated, resulting in an outcry of protests.

This would have caused considerable damage to the students and Skyline itself, leaving many without a way to get to school.

Principal Bloom noted that two-thirds of Skyline’s students come to school by public bus, most from lower-income areas far from the campus situated  in a wealthy, hills neighborhood.

“If that [bus service] goes away, those kids go away. If it is reduced to a neighborhood school, that would completely segregate it,” Bloom was quoted as saying by the Oakland Post. “That’s not OK.”

She blamed concern about the bus service for underenrollment at Skyline, which has cost the school budget money.

“We can’t wait until May to know what is happening,” she said. “Families are already making up their minds for next year. We can’t leave huge numbers of families in the dark.”

What will happen to the hundreds ot students that rely on the bus to get to and from school everyday? What can be done to ensure the security of our future mode of transportation?

Another issue that has come to the attention of the Skyline community is the idea that students are still required to pay to get on the bus even though OUSD pays for the AC Transit to provide us with their services.

11th grader, Nathan Van, voiced his opinions on this situation,“Ya boi is broke too okay, so I think we shouldn’t be required to pay to get on the bus or at least make it available for students who are low-income.”

The idea of not having AC Transit  commute to Skyline has also concerned him as he says, “If the buses are no longer available, ya boi can’t go home.”

While it is a small victory, the debate over  bus usage beyond the 2018-2019 school year continues on.

Buses will continue to run for the rest of the year, but the decision beyond that is still up in the air. The buses are here to stay, for now, and we have only been given a  little breathing space.

Skyline Walks Out Against School Shootings

Staff, students make signs, hear speeches

By Noah Mitchell

In light of recent events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students from all over the United States joined together to rally against gun violence. In a sense to walk out and say, ‘We will not tolerate this anymore, this issue must stop!’

During 3rd period, teachers gave 15 minutes and supplies to students and the outcome was ammazingly creative, loud, expressive posters, banners, and picket signs with #Enough as an overall slogan. Then all students and staff walked to the field and held their artworks proudly as ASB president, Nadia Brooks, gave an extremely heartfelt speech dedicated to those who lost their lives and how it is never ok for anyone to have to deal with fear of violence in schools.

She also spoke about the laws that need to be changed surrounding guns in today’s society, and even broke into tears while speaking about why she hopes this never happens to her brother or anyone at Skyline.

Overall this walk out was needed, not only to support students all over the world or open the eyes of Skyline students to these threats, but to help end the generations of mass shootings in schools and to provoke change.

Police Chief Makes Bold Promise to Youth

Legal car sideshows, local hiring

By Gini Brown

Taking a look back at my freshman year I would have never thought that I would be sitting down with Oakland Chief of Police Anne Kirkpatrick and her fellow officers, as well as City Council member Desley Brooks, to talk about resolutions for issues in our community.

A lot of people will wonder what will make an East Oakland teen want to sit down with the police. Well, for a while I always wondered where that side was coming from and what was going through their heads on the daily.

Sitting down with them provided a chance for the chief, council member, and community members to come to some agreements.

First of all, you know them sideshows everyone loves, but can never go to because it’s too dangerous, or the police are always shutting it down? Well, during this talk, the chief agreed to start the process of putting together a sideshow in a designated area and making it a safer environment — but keeping it the same fun event for people.

“Legal sideshows will be difficult because it requires a lot of moving pieces aside from putting it together,” said community activist Mya Whitaker, Skyline class of ‘09, who set up the meeting. “That does not mean it can not or will not be done.”

Another agreement we were able to come up with was being able to prioritize local young people for a certain number of jobs in the Oakland Cadets police force training program. As of August 2015, only 8 percent of all Oakland police officers actually live in our city, which some say hurts their ability to do their job well.  

There is a graduating cadet class from Merritt College this semester, so we will be watching to see how many are from Oakland, as well as keep pushing to make legal sideshows a reality.