Inspiration for Teacher-Student Relations

Ms. Litwin admits mistakes, allows students to be themselves

By Kayshawn Goodwin

Everyday when I walk around campus, I usually keep my headphones in and ignore everyone around me. But one day, I heard a number of students complain about a few of the teachers I’ve had in the past. It hurt at first because I had a mutual relationship with said teachers, but then I began to think about how many mistakes those teachers made when I was in their classes.

So I interviewed a teacher I’ve had in the past. Though she has made mistakes before, she always managed to fix them in any way possible.

Ms. Litwin has been a teacher in OUSD for seven years and has taught at Skyline for five. She grew up in Lafayette with her parents, her older brother and her older sister, making her the baby of the family. For such a bright person, she did not have it easy as a child. The roof of her house leaked occasionally and her family didn’t get along.

But out of the harsh childhood, Litwin came out as an optimistic human being. “What doesn’t kill you, make you stronger,” she likes to say.

She graduated from continuation school, majoring in “visual arts” and now lives in San Leandro, happily married with her musician husband and her 5-year old son.

I’ve always marveled how organized she was and how well she got along with her students. So I asked her what her secret is.

“Students are adolescents,” she said. “Teachers forget that.”

What she meant by that, I think,  was that teachers were once like us, but have forgotten that it isn’t easy to change. They don’t know what to say or do. They’re not sure how to handle it.

By her words, I believe that she reminds her students that it is alright to make mistakes. For example, whenever she makes a mistake, the next day she’ll fix it and apologize for the mistake, taking responsibility for her action.

Ms. Litwin is a wonderful teacher and a great inspiration to myself and others. I only hope that she could inspire her fellow staff to be just like her.

Who is the New Oakland Being Built For

More rich fold want to live here, driving up rents for the rest of us 

By Andy Franco 

I live, breathe, and eat in Oakland, but over the years rent has become so out of hand because of the tech boom that I’m not sure what is going to happen. (And yes, I know it’s been like this since the turn of the century, but it is now completely ludicrous.)

More and more people who are looking for work and want a high-paying job in the tech industry come to the Bay Area because that’s where it’s at. All the jobs are here. In Oakland alone, we have Pandora and other smaller companies, while Uber is expanding to our downtown, but it doesn’t matter if you work in SF or Fremont, living in Oakland is cool now for young techies, and their checks don’t bounce.

More pay equals more money to be made for real estate agencies and landlords, who are turning out their current tenants in greater numbers — never mind if they told you when you’re first moving into your new home that they will never raise the rent on you

It’s the technological era. They’re enjoying it all while every working-class Oakland native is suffering for them. I know what you are thinking: “Why not just keep the rent low for the working class?” It’s smart in theory but doesn’t work in reality when businessmen own most of the rentals, not the government. We must understand the reason why rent is so expensive in Oakland now is the fact that landlords want to have newer and richer people to live in their homes so they can charge more. Simple economics.

I went to an Oakland Commons meeting earlier in the school year and one speaker said the only way to solve the housing problem in Oakland is to build more houses. The idea is that the rich can move into houses more to their liking, which causes them to move out, and regular people to move back into the cheaper houses, basically filtering everyone out. There are some new big housing developments happening, like the one down by the estuary, but more new rich people might arrive to take them.

I’d like to learn some other ways we can combat the current housing crisis, and maybe buy us some time to prepare for the next one.

Popular Coach Remembered

‘The realest person at Skyline,’ Carlo Tateo was a mentor to many

By Gisell Hernandez-Noyola

This  past summer, Skyline lost a beloved staff member and alumnus, PE teacher and coach Carlo Tateo. Early on the morning of June 18, Father’s Day, Tateo  was gunned down by an apparent stranger outside a San Francisco nightclub.

“He was a very caring person who is truly missed,” said Coach Salazar.

Tateo, a 31-year-old father who worked at Skyline for three years and himself graduated from the school a decade before, was treated for his injury on the scene, but later passed away at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. He leaves behind a partner and two-year-old daughter.

Students and staff saw Tateo as a caring friend who would put others first. Tateo was well known for being kind hearted and filled with lots of life and energy. He strived to help troubled teens find a correct path in life.  

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“When I would skip [class] he would give me advice and was always there when I needed someone to talk to,” said Estrella Amezcua. “He would make me laugh.”

Even Skyline students who didn’t know him through his football coaching appreciated and had a great amount of respect towards him because of the type of person he was.

“Tateo’s laugh and smile [would] lighten up the room,” said Claire Chao. “[He was] the realest person at Skyline.”

Hundreds of students, teachers and other staff gathered in the gym two days after the shooting to mourn, even though school had closed for the summer break. Standing in an oval around the basketball court, individuals took turns sharing their favorite memories of their late mentor, friend, teacher, coach and colleague.

Calling him a campus “prophet,” Coach Bates called Tateo’s character “second-to-none,” according the East Bay Times. “He was able to connect instantly with toddlers, infants, teenagers, peers, people of like age, different age and the elderly. It was natural for him. He could blend with any group.”

According to the SFPD, the investigation is still open and they are still searching for those responsible. On September 20, the department released surveillance video of three “persons of interest” in the case who had been loitering in the area where the shooting took place.

“We do not believe that the suspects or Mr. Tateo had ever met before,” McEachern told reporters. “Those individuals (the three wanted for questioning) had been in the area for about an hour (before the shooting) – talking with patrons coming and going from the area so it wasn’t as if they had just shown up and got out of a car.” Police would not reveal which of the three they suspected, but said they had identified the gunman.

Unfortunately, as of mid-December, there had been no announcement of developments.

“His life was about helping young kids, kids in trouble,” Tateo’s uncle Don Apperson told CBS News. “He worked at a recreational center in East Oakland where he helped troubled teens in the area to get their lives together.”

Tateo’s family is hoping the community will help police find the killer or killers.

“If you recognize someone, please make a phone call. We don’t want this to happen to another family,” Sonja Tateo said.

The Spring Beauty Guide

New Products: Hot or Not?

By Yasmin Saechao

The makeup world is always going crazy when brand new products are soon to be released. It’s like the whole community becomes chaotic. And while I understand the need to buy every single product from each one of these brands — lots of us might not be able to afford certain items and the luxury of splurging all the time, especially on such high-end products. So it’s also important for your bank account to take a break.

If anyone was planning on making a purchase from one of these brands, buying one of these products, or even if you didn’t know about any of these new upcoming launches — I’m here to provide some insight. Because let’s be real, while it’s nice to buy all of these products just for the sake of owning it or maybe because we get so caught up in the hype, feeling pressured to buy these new items — we don’t necessarily need all this makeup, especially when new things are always coming out — it’s likely that the makeup is going to end up in the back of a drawer somewhere, wasted.

I’m going to break down each one of these products listed and provide you all the information you need to decide which products are really worth buying. But keep in mind, I’m just breaking down the information and discussing the products.

I might not have the same opinion as someone else and that’s fine. I might like something or I might not like it at all but that does not mean you have to abide by my opinions.

These are just my personal recommendations based off of what I know about the companies and products I own, have tried, love or dislike from them.

The first thing I’m going to discuss is the Amrezy x Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighter, a metallic gold that was created in honor of beauty influencer Amra Olevez and ABH collaborating. It’s $28 and was released on the Anastasia website on Valentine’s Day, and retailers like Ulta Beauty or Sephora on March 6.CYMK anastasia highlighter on floral

It’s a beautiful shade and I’m actually planning on picking it up for myself. I love gold so when I saw the shade, I knew I wanted it. I love Anastasia’s other products especially their highlighters. They give you a glow without being too shimmery and having chunks of glitter in it. I definitely recommend this for medium, tan and deeper skin tones.

The second product is the Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat eyeshadow palette consisting of 6 neutral shadows, ranging from a matte white to orange and browns. Released Feb. 22, it is retailing for $29. But for the price, I definitely don’t think it’s worth it at all. For me, this is a pass. The shades aren’t new or anything unique especially since I’m pretty sure every girl or boy already owns similar shades in palettes that they already own.


But if you are really looking for a warm toned palette with reds and browns, for an additional $25, the Naked Heat palette would be great since the Petite Heat is practically the mini version of it.

The third thing is from Jeffree Star Cosmetics — the brand will be launching their entire Love Sick collection that will launch February 10th. But for the purpose of this article, I’ll be focusing on the Blood Sugar palette which retails for $52 and consists of 18 eyeshadows ranging from baby pinks to reds and a handful of purples. At first sight, the palette is really pretty especially because there are 18 shadows but the shade range is pretty similar. And, just like the Petite Heat, the shades can easily be found in other palettes for less or already in your makeup collection.


Return of La Raza

Club celebrating Latino culture is back on campus

By Kimberly Abarca

La Raza is a club at Skyline that was brought back last year and continues to grow. First established by Ms. Elias back in 1998, the new version of the group  is led by senior Nathalie Reyes and meets during lunch every Tuesday.

As of this reporting,  15 students had already joined the club.

Students in La Raza talk about their culture and social problems. The purpose of the club is to represent the latino culture and get more people involved in its  traditions.

La Raza, which can be translated as “The People,” takes its name from the activist Chicano (Mexican-American) movement of the same name, which joined other civil rights organizations in the 1960s and 1970s to demand a more just, equal society.

Reyes, the club president, explained La Raza members come up with ideas for ways to participate on campus, whether it be for Hispanic Heritage Month, Titanpalooza, or the club’s annual cultural assembly.

The Mystery of the Missing Golden Buddha

Who would steal a beloved decoration with only sentimental value?

By Viviana Gonzalez

If you’ve had ceramics class before, you probably know what the golden buddha is: A heavy clay statue, painted gold, sitting in an outdoor area called “the cage.” But in September, the Buddha was mysteriously stolen.

The theft, which might have otherwise gone unnoticed, was quite upsetting for the ceramics teacher, Ms. Salonga.

“It just breaks my heart knowing that somebody, or a group of people, came in and just took it,” she said, regarding the stolen Buddha, which was made years earlier by ceramics students and had become something of a visual icon between the 10 and 20 buildings. “I’m having such a hard time with it.”

Although she’s curious about who stole it and why, she decided not to pursue an investigation, preferring to  focus on her teaching.

“I don’t know what they got from [stealing] it, but I know what I learned from it is that y’all are teenagers. I’m just gonna have to handle it that way and show my students that we’re all gonna move past it. We’re just gonna create a new one, because life goes on.”

Although she wants to move on from the theft, she thinks it’s important to have students work displayed in her class. She plans to make a replacement for the Buddha next year, and has opened it up for students to help.

The sculpture is a depiction of the “Laughing Buddha,” a figure popular in Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhism and folklore, identified with contentment.

Athletes of the Month

 by Nasim Al-Jabri and Leroy YauCYMK Salazar PhotoJanissa Salazar has advice for freshmen: “Just take [school] seriously and don’t joke around in class.” She says her greatest strength is being smart, and that her weakness is, “I get mad very fast.” Her greatest accomplishment was when “I made it to NorCal in my freshman and sophomore year for golf.” She handles stress by “trying to forget about it.” What will she do if she finds $10 million? “GO SHOPPING!”

CYMK Bess PhotoWe asked Jordan Bess a few question about herself and what inspires her. She said one of her greatest experiences is playing in the national championship volleyball tournament with her team. “I am a hard worker,” Bess said. She handles stress by hanging out with her friends. She is also in a relationship. Finally, she added, “My role model is my mother because she became successful all by herself.”

Change Threatens Kittens

By Tanim Woodruff

For many of us here at Skyline, the Internet is an integral part of our lives. It’s how we get our news, catch up, and talk with our friends, and send weird pictures of dog faces plastered over our real faces in order. make each other laugh. Soon, though, you’ll likely have to pay for access to websites you enjoy freely now, and have to wait 15 minutes for a video to buffer unless you pay even more for “faster” streaming. If this sounds bad, now it gets worse, because everyone’s “favorite” president Donald Trump is to blame, along with giant telecommunications companies like Comcast, AT&T and Time Warner

So what does this have to do with your access to large amounts of cat videos at a moment’s notice? Well, the problem is the elimination, on December 14, of government commitments to protect a concept called “net neutrality,” which basically means that all those who access the web have equal opportunity to use it. The members of the Federal Communications Commission, which is part of the U.S. government but also supposed to be somewhat independent from it, voted 3-2 to allow “internet service providers” like Comcast to start “blocking and throttling traffic and offering paid fast lanes,” according to

“The only real rule is that they have to publicly state that they’re going to do it.”

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai just happens to be an former associate general counsel for Verizon, one of the companies wanting to end net neutrality so it can charge more money for the access you currently enjoy.

The FCC regulates all radio, television and other communications technologies, including the Internet. The five members are appointed by presidents, but a maximum of three can be from the same political party; the current president appoints the chairman of the commission.

Usually Americans only think about the FCC when they censor something, like the “7 dirty words” you can’t say on terrestrial radio airwaves. (For more ways of knowing what they censor, just watch the Family Guy episode PeteTV, where Peter sings a whole showtoon on them.)

Now, because of three FCC commissioners, the whole country may soon have to pay extra fees on your internet bill just to access sites like Youtube, Netflix, and other sites too adult to state here. Many parents won’t pay the extra fee for you, so you will lose access to those sites.

They will also slow down your upload and download speeds if you have their “general” package, but for an extra charge, say $15, you can get access to their better “faster” internet.

In some other countries, a lack of net neutrality means that consumers are forced to pay fees for each thing on the web you want to see, including even particular news or entertainment websites.

The argument against net neutrality is crazy. They say we can trust companies, and the “free market,” to protect consumers, and that they only want to prevent “overbearing” government regulations. They also say that the internet is worse now, because it is impossible for “competitive” selling of access to it.

However, what is left aside is that the customers, for the most part, don’t have many choices — the biggest companies have a chokehold on how you access the  web through mobile or cable.

All these arguments all just say, “WE WANT MORE MONEY SO WE ARE GOING TO DESTROY THE INTERNET TO GET IT.” We must stop this from happening, so there are a few things we can do:

1. Call (888) 225-5322; this is the phone number of the complaint services of the FCC — if we call complaining and asking them to stop this madness, it might work.

2. If we do lose net neutrality we need to protest, just like after the election. Look up local protests online and join.

Maybe if enough fight back we might get to keep the internet the lovely home of cat videos and dank memes, safe and free to access when you need it.