Put on by the Black Student Union, the annual Black History Month assembly earned strong reviews from those who made it inside the theater to see songs, dances, skits, and other relevant performances.
Students who miss breakfast are starving by third period
By Simon Huang
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that has this issue of being in class starving. It might be that breakfast or lunch isn’t enough or that we just happen to skip a meal in order to get something done. Maybe we sometimes just simply forget to eat.
Skyline should provide some snacks in class. I think this would help me as a student who sometimes, but not often, comes to school late, which leads to skipping breakfast in order to get to class. I know that students aren’t supposed to eat in class, but if students are responsible in not making a mess it would be fine. Going to class hungry can really hinder a student from focusing in class or being able to learn.
I notice that some students bring some junk food in class or even sell some on campus. This made me think how nice it would be for classes to provide some snacks to students. I wouldn’t eat any of the snacks the students sell because it’s mostly junk food. The school’s breakfast can only do so much for me because around 3-4th period I get hungry.
I remember last year we had fruits delivered to classes. I wonder what happened to those and why they stopped coming. I remembered that it had apples and oranges which were really good.
The only class I know that serves snacks is Ms. Rahmaan’s class. In her class she always keeps a box full of snacks for her students. As one of her students, I definitely think that the snacks have helped me a lot.
Ms. Rahmaan, a history teacher, gets her snacks from the FRESH (Food Retail Expansion to Support Health) program, which she hosts on a daily basis.
“Students come in. Grab a bite to eat. Get up and put trash in the trash can and I don’t ever have to cleanup,” said Ms. Rahmaan.
It’s really impressive for her classroom to be as clean as it is without her having to pick up a single thing. Ms. Rahmaan has been providing snacks for the past four months because she wants to be able to help the students learn more, think more, be comfortable, and eat healthy.
It’s very important that schools take students’ needs to consideration when it comes to healthily eating. They should also promote healthy eating habits for students. Students need to be more responsible with their diet instead of eating too much junk foods. Overall, having snacks in class would just be a huge benefit for students.
Rules are there for safety, but not everybody follows them
By Noah Mitchell
OUSD has a strict policy about selling snacks on campus for many reasons, yet anytime I’m seen with a duffel bag they are 100% guaranteed to ask,“You sellin’?”
Usually students tend to sell hot chips, juices, even donuts for a dollar or two daily and rake in a ton of cash by the end of the school week. Buying tons of low-cost snacks at places like Walmart and Costco and selling them for a dollar provides a stable business to continue to slowly gain revenue after using some of that money to buy more inventory.
So, should this be allowed?
Personally, I buy snacks all the time from anyone who just so happens to walk by advertising, whether it’s from students or leadership. I even remember a teacher in my previous years who used to sell to students on the daily.
Some teachers and staff are pretty lax about it and will turn a blind eye or simply tell you to put it away.
“This teaches students to be entrepreneurs and manage their own businesses because a lot of the skills it takes to do it here will apply later in their careers. Right now we’re selling World’s Finest Chocolate as a fundraiser for next year’s prom. Ironically, we are not allowed to sell them on campus,” Junior Cymone Winters commented.
A junior and snackseller who wished to remain anonymous, believes enforcement of the ban is hypocritical.
“I’ve been busted before and understand OUSDs ‘healthy eating initiative’ where the school is labeled responsible for all of the unhealthy things students consume, but most stuff we sell you see in the student store and the snack bar anyway.”
Another student chimed in, adding, “I was selling down by PE and got caught by the PE teacher at the time. He pulled me aside and explained to me why he was taking all my snacks; I swear the staff ate them all or sold them because what else would they do with them.”
It seems like there’s only two groups of people who are ‘permitted’ to sell anything on campus; anyone approved by Leadership and the Student Store. There are exceptions to this rule, however; every year the Seniors are allowed to fundraise for their prom by selling food.
A common go-to concern of many admin is that ‘all the food that is circulating is just junk,’ and they are not necessarily wrong.
Students sell anything from Hot Chips and Cup of Noodles to Honey Buns and Ice Cream. The reality of the situation is, that’s what sells.
The only reason I see no problem with it is because most of the stuff sold on campus is junk food anyway. Not even good junk, I mean have you seen the Lay’s air they sell in bags in the snack bar?
Alumni twins Mikayla and Miarra Franklin, who are freshman at Western Oregon University. had this to say about their experiences back in the day:
“We sold brownies, cupcakes, candy, among other stuff to help fundraise for cross-country, prom, and grad night. Some of the admin knew that my twin and I were selling to the SSOs and them in the office, but not all of them were cool with it. I feel like it’s fair for seniors to sell food because their activities are really expensive. It is not fair that only seniors can get approval to sell food on campus because other students need cash in order to pay for bills, food, or other home expenses. You never know what kids are going through.”
Another obvious problem is the school ‘losing money’ to students who sell more diverse options for less all over campus. That is a very real issue. Or it was a very real issue due to tons of kids bringing lunch from home or buying snacks from students coupled to the fact that lunch is now free for Skyline students.
My final verdict: Although, the district brings up all kinds of reasons for why students distributing snacks on it’s campuses should be outlawed, students should be allowed to sell food on campus because the reality of the situation is that they don’t enforce the rules enough to make a difference, anyway.
These are the winners!
Rules are there for safety, but nobody follows them
By Gisell Hernandez Noyola and Rejanea Rhone
At Skyline High School, every student must have a valid driver’s license and valid car insurance in case of any emergency. Every student driver and staff must buy a parking pass, students are to be parked at the bottom parking lot while teachers are left to park at the top parking lot.
Although there aren’t as many car accidents, all students are asked to drive safely and cautiously at all times. Even though in reality, most teenagers drive extremely fast outside of school. At times many teenagers don’t realize the dangers they put themselves and others when it comes to driving.
In some cases some students prefer to speed up a bit more than others and drive in extreme conditions. “Some students are safe some are speedy,” says Rodney Kirkpatrick, describing how he sees students driving skills. This is not only dangerous to them, but other students and other people. Although every student is encouraged to drive safely, there are others who follow their own rules
“Depends of what type of mood I’m in, Saturday/Sunday Funday we don’t stop, we drive recklessly,” says Hector Galan, a senior.
More than 32,000 people die every year in car accidents. Only 7 percent of those were teen drivers, however they accounted for 11 percent (about $10 billion) total cost of motor vehicle injuries.
Skyline student drivers are to drive safely coming up to school and leaving school. When asked about their driving habits, many students chose to remain anonymous because of their reckless driving.
“When I participate in sideshows, sh*t be wild,” a senior said.
Many teens participate in events called sideshows because of the style of the driving and to show off their driving skills.
When it comes to “swinging it” or “doing donuts,” many students would be graded with an A+ when it comes to stuff like this.
The majority of students at Skyline have not been in accidents thankfully, but they should be encouraged to always drive safely and follow the rules of the road.
Imbalance in opportunities
By Tanim Woodruff
Pathways: Most everyone in Skyline is a part of one. No matter if you are in Visual Performing Arts, Green, Computer Science, or Education we all look forward to one thing: the field trips.
Some of us go for the learning experience in an effort to gain more information in possible careers. Some of us go because it’s an escape from the mundane classes and pure boredom. Whatever your reason, it’s something we all look forward to; but have you noticed some pathways go on way more field trips than others?
We all have our biases, saying one is better or one goes on too many field trips. Though through the years, one has always stuck; Green Academy goes on way too many field trips.
Why is it that they go on so many field trips? Many of us are quick to say, “They have so much funding.” Which is likely true, due to California prioritising the creation of academies it leads to bonuses to certain academies, specifically Green, Computer and Education.
Whatever the reason, they seem to have an unfair amount of resources for field trips. Though there is more to it than funding; they also have the most support from faculty and staff.
Since Green is such a large academy they have plenty of teachers to get trips approved and serve as chaperones on their way to a fun “learning adventure.”
All this culminates in what is seen as an unfair advantage to green students. With the trouble that Education and Computer go through to get their field trips, and the lack of any for the “Liberal Arts” non-pathway, the high criticisms doesn’t seem like bashing but honest emotions about the academy from the outside.
If the same amount of time, energy, and money was provided all academies than this problem would fall away very fast.
Help with Supplies
Dear Titan Times,
I’m writing this letter to inform you about both a problem and a good thing at Skyline.
First, the school needs to provide more school supplies. I see many students that are poor, or the parents do not have enough money to buy their kids proper supplies. The government should give the schools more money for this, because it is very needed.
Also, there’s 90 percent of students that waste supplies. There should be rule for students that do not care about school to not waste supplies.
Finally, I want write this letter to appreciate Skyline’s teachers and other staff members for their support on getting students on track this year.
I really got a lot of help from my teachers and campus leaders this year — much better than the last three years that I have been here. Thank you.
Paint It Red
Dear Titan Times,
I would like to draw your attention to a problem at Skyline: The schools colors are red and white yet the whole entire campus is a dull green color.
If anything, the color emulates how the teachers and students feel about coming to school.
I believe that if we paint all the structures and lockers red, the school overall will have more pride.
It would bring a more lively look and remind everyone why we’re here everyday.
Two weeks is not enough is really recharge
By Viviana Gonzalez
If they’re making summer shorter anyway, why not make winter break longer?
Many people say that summer break is too long. You start to forget the things you learned at school, don’t interact with as many people, and after a while you start to get bored. So what if they made summer a little shorter, and instead made winter break a little longer?
It makes sense; extend winter break to three weeks, which is a longer amount of time to recharge yourself after a stressful semester, and shorten summer break to eight weeks instead of nine.
Two weeks of winter break is just barely enough. Most students get assigned tons of homework, which can take up a lot of time. And a lot of people travel and see family over the holidays.
Because of this, students don’t get very much time to relax or have fun, which is really important after a whole semester of school work. If students don’t take breaks from school work they can become stressed out and unmotivated, which can affect their grades in the next semester.
Not only that, but after summer break, people usually have trouble coming back and remembering what they learned from the last school year. A shorter summer, combined with a longer winter would make students less likely to forget things over their breaks. This could help students improve their academic performance.
Although losing time in the summer doesn’t sound like the best idea, I think it would be worth the trade off if it means having a longer winter break. Summer feels long enough anyway, so if you had one less week it wouldn’t be a huge difference. The positive benefits of a longer winter break are worth considering this change in the future.
Elder reassures a nervous junior
By Aden Jibril
The prospect of a huge project at the end of high school is a bit daunting for us lowerclassmen, and some may just not think about it.
To many senior year is when your grades don’t matter anymore, and all you need to do to graduate is to get a 2.0. It’s a chance to do the minimum amount of work after an arduous sophomore and junior year.
As a junior, throughout the last few years we are told very little about the year-long project that we must do. Different academies have different ideas of what we should do, and what else they tell us is ambiguous at best. To clear some things up for me (and hopefully for you underclassmen), I asked senior Kayshawn Goodwin about his experience while working on the project. He said that in the beginning of the year he “thought it was gonna be hard, and I had realized it was an important project, but I didn’t think it would start in the first week of school.”
I thought senior projects would be stressful, but Kayshawn and a few others I spoke informally with only were “a little stressed”; so it does start early, but isn’t the worst thing in the world. For the seniors I talked to they weren’t too worried about it. However, according to Kayshawn, “right now it’s not hard, but when you start it will be a lot harder than you think.”
School is, to put it mildly, a nuisance for practically every being that exists on campus. I hope I’m not the only one who was a little nervous about senior projects, and hopefully someone else has had some questions or worries put to rest.