Cell Phones in Classroom

And what teachers have to say about it

By Donovan Nutting

Most schools have cracked down on a strict phone policy in recent years, finding more and more creative ways to keep those tiny little devices out of our hands and in our pockets. Every student has experienced it one way or another. Those times when even doing as little as having it sit on your desk can be enough to drive teachers absolutely nuts.

However dramatic it is, teachers dislike phones; but for fair reason. With the insurgence of social media platforms that have appeared over the past decade, it’s easier than ever to stay connected with friends. When the phone comes out, it’s almost always to Snap a friend or keep a streak rather than to look up something actually insightful.

With how easily distracted students can get via their phones, we leave ourselves with no grounds to argue the potential benefits they can have if they are allowed in class.

The current phone policy in classes is inhibiting in many ways, especially with how far and beyond teachers go with enforcing them. No matter the reason, be it to check a notification, do some quick math, or even to handle an emergency, most teachers hiss at the very sight of phones being pulled from pockets.

The perception of phones being absolutely bad has been engraved in teachers brains, it seems, as no excuse can prevent one from sternly requesting that you hand it over to them for the rest of the period, an unnecessary punishment that honestly does no good for either party. There are some however, that do realize the potential that cellphones have.

“Cell phones are a tool, that when used properly, can provide so much.” These are the words of Mr. Johnson, an 11th grade history teacher with a notoriously strict phone policy. When asked about the prospect of cell phone usage in the classroom, he had surprisingly good things to say.

They can be used for calculating math, using the dictionary, or even looking up quick facts that can make learning class content easier for everyone. However, the lack of “deep critical analysis” and easy distractions that they provide is just too big of an issue to be solved with any other solution than to keep them stored away.

Mr. Johnson even feels as strongly towards the policy that he encourages Skyline take up methods used by San Leandro schools, and have phones actually collected and stored away by the school to be returned to students at the end of the day.

Phones have the potential to be hugely beneficial for us, and as long as we can be responsible with them, there should be no limitation on academic phone usage.


The Spring Fashion

CYMK cropped boy in blueMichael

Where do you like shop?

It doesn’t matter the store. If I see something I like something I might get it

Who/What inspires your fashion?

No one

How would you describe your style?

I describe my style as different, I try to buy things that other people don’t wear or don’t have

CYMK girl in overalls blouse


Where do you like shop?

LMAO I like to thrift shop

Who/What inspires your fashion?

I guess Kehlani cause she just wears what she wants and doesn’t care what other people think about her outfits

How would you describe your style?

Just comfy I guess. I kinda just wear whatever feels good to me even if it looks weird

CYMK justin



Where do you like shop?

I like to shop at H&M

Who/What inspires your fashion?

Asap Rocky

How would you describe your style?

My style idk i just wear what looks good on me.

CYMK girl w guitar



Where do you like shop?

I go to Forever 21, Crossroads, H&M, and ROSS! Never underestimate Ross LMAO them prices are unbeatable

Who/What inspires your fashion?

No one really inspires me I have my own style

How would you describe your style?

My style is just whatever comes to mind. Like sometimes the weirdest combinations turn into something cute as hell


The ‘Black Panther’ Experience

Look if you haven’t seen “Black Panther” yet then I don’t know what to tell you, besides GO SEE IT

by Noah Mitchell

The international box office numbers of over $1 billion should prove that everyone and their momma went to see that movie.

I even have first-hand experience after seeing it twice opening presidential weekend at Grand Lake Theater and AMC Bay Street.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many African American people in one place and both times, might I add, I saw at least five people from Skyline and other OUSD schools. And the screaming when OAKLAND came up was such a surreal feeling for everyone!



Black Panther is about to be the newly crowned King T’Challa, while still mourning the death of his father King T’Chaka, a week after the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

When Ulysses Klaue, a vibranium stealing public enemy of the Wakandan nation, is found working with a mysterious new enemy it’s up to Black Panther, his family and surrounding tribes, as well as Agent Ross to defeat an unlikely enemy that may have closer ties to Wakanda than they think.


The Protagonist

T’Challa is really not a relatable protagonist on the surface. Let me explain. He loses his father and becomes the king of a highly technological east African country while also becoming it’s sworn protector who runs around in such a tech savvy cat suit that it would make Iron Man drool in amazement.

Now that’s what makes his character so great, is that despite all of that he is still able to relate to audiences. He wants to live up to his parents’ legacy, not disappoint the people he cares about the most; he strives to keep his loved ones safe, and continues to not only help his own people but humanity as well.

These qualities mixed in with a little humor and family drama, coupled with the tough decisions he has to make that challenges him to become a strong man as well as a strong king is so enticing for anyone to watch while rooting for T’Challa.


The Villain

Killmonger, portrayed by Michael B. Jordan, is one of if not the best villain Marvel has brought to the silver screen to date. You know you have a great antagonist to the main hero when the villain’s reasoning for conquest makes themself look like the protagonist of the film.

What I mean is Killmonger’s backstory of his father’s death at the hand of T’challa’s father (the original Black Panther) influences his motivations so much to fight for the African race as a whole all over the world and give them the tools to better themselves that Wakanda has been hoarding for so long.

Even though Killmonger chooses death and to forfeit his plan, in the end what he was fighting for ended up coming into fruition when T’Challa opened Wakandan’s resources to the UN. This shows that despite the way he chose to try and achieve it, there was good intentions behind his actions, good intentions he was willing to die for.

Supporting Characters

Black Panthers supporting characters all have a distinct roles add that helps to move the film forward.

Zuri’s backstory and eventual sacrifice to save T’Challa, General Ross proving his loyalty to Wakanda repeatedly, W’Kabi desperately trying to catch Klaue while dealing with his wife, M’Baku and his gorilla tribe aiding in the final battle, Okeye and the Dora Milaje and the sacrifices they are willing to make to protect their country, Nakia and her mission to help the rest of the world while dealing with her relationship with T’Challa, Shuri and her essential role in developing tech and supporting T’Challa, and just tons more!

There wasn’t a single character who shouldn’t have been on screen.


Final Thoughts & Criticisms

The visuals in this movie are stunning, even subtle touches like how Wakanda is usually bright and has more exposure, while the other locations in the world they travel to are dark and have low light to symbolize Wakanda keeping to themselves, and out of unruly world affairs.

The African costumes and rituals are odd to watch at first, but becomes extremely interesting as you begin to understand the depth how rooted they are in the culture.

The quote on quote “white” people in this movie have a nice balance of letting the African actors be prominent throughout the movie at the foreground (as it should be), but not only being in the movie as a butt of uncultured white people jokes or just plainly labeled as ‘colonizers.’

Some knit-picks I still have with the film are how Vibranium is basically a fix-all magic plot device; why did Zuri have to die if there was Vibranium that could have saved him; and wasn’t there a third Black Panther suit — used in Civil War and then discarded for Shuri’s revamp — that could have been used in the final battle against Killmonger?

I give it a 9/10 because with “Avengers: Infinity War” coming out this year and it already passing Black Panther’s presale records in like an hour, I’m positive Infinity War will be a 11/10.

The Rise of Kpop: Global Sensation Lands in America

BTS Show at AMAs Was Next Big Step

By Allison Dang

While K-pop, or Korean pop music, has been slowly rising in the American entertainment market, the group BTS has broken through in a major way this year and gained mass popularity.

Debuting in 2013 as a group of seven boys, they have released four albums, the last two of which were big sellers.

BTS’ music mostly consists of hip hop and pop music. They are one of the most popular groups right now and have accomplished a lot for the industry.

They have become the first K-pop group to perform at the American Music Awards, they were invited to the Billboards Award and even won the Top Social award, where they happened to break and set new records on the charts.

They had appeared as guests on the Ellen Degeneres Show and performed on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. They have captured the hearts of many fans and gained so much support over time.

“It’s very catchy, they mad cute, and it’s very entertaining,” said a student from Skyline, who wished to remain anonymous.

When asked by Forbes magazine about how they felt to be the first K-pop act to be top 10 in the Billboard 200, Rap Monster, the leader of the group said:

“It’s still like we’re dreaming. The Billboard 200 Top 10 is not something [I thought] that we could achieve. I was born to. I feel like we’re so lucky and so grateful for the fans.”

It is a breakthrough for any K-pop group to gain attention from the American industry and be invited to big awards ceremony and shows with large followings.

BTS and other groups continue to grow and gain attention from international entertainments industry. Many groups such as Big Bang and Girls Generation who had debut earlier have a big following internationally and have achieved a lot.

Over the years, K-pop in general has made huge accomplishments and many groups have a following from everywhere in the world. It is amazing to see how different cultures come together in the form of music.

If you want to know more groups, check out Big Bang, EXO, Black Pink, and Girl Generation, who also have a mass international following.


Skyline Drama Wins Award

Winners were announced for the 2017 Broadway World San Francisco Regional Awards in January and Skyline’s production of “Prospect High: Brooklyn” was named Best Production Performed by Youth. Skyline’s drama students performed the new play during the 2016-2017 school year at Skyline, as well as  at several other venues in Oakland and Berkeley, and at Logan High School in Union City.

In addition, the play was performed by Skyline’s drama students at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland in August 2017

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.