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Changes In Future Education

By Fernando Bustos

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Cuts in Education

During this time of great change in our every day life, I have noticed that in my school there are changes to come for the following years. The changes in the economy have hindered the possibility of future extra-curricular activities and other programs in our schools. Cuts in the school staff have also been a result of the recession, meaning that they have been giving out pink slips to many teachers. These changes have become an awful thought for teachers as well as me. I thought that it would have no effect on me, when teachers are being laid off, but now that I see what happen when there are fewer teachers to teach. This has become a concern for me, since it would affect my education and after school goals for the future. These major changes have affected everyone in their future goals for their education.


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MVP NBA 08-09

The NBA most valuable player candidates are Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Dwayne wade. I think Lebron James aka “the king” should be MVP.He averages 28.3 points, 9 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game. Kobe Bryant averages 28 points per game, he also brings his team from the bottom to the top in most game, with the Lakers having the best record in the league. Chris Paul aka “cp3”, averages 21.4 points and 2.8 steals pre game. And Dwight Howard aka “d12”, also with an average of 21 points, and 2.9 blocks per game. And finally Dwayne wade who averages 29.7 points per game. My pick is Lebron James because he is unpredictable and very entertaining . He is a team player, and has a great personality, he loves where he’s at and keeps everyone on their toes. He is a nice guy and a player that a coach would want to work with .he is the future of the NBA.

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Encinal Girls Make Playoffs

by Dishan Lowe

According to the Encinal girl’s varsity basketball team has earned a number three seed in the north coast section division three playoffs. Encinal will play the Tamalpais high tonight at Encinal. The lady jets are coming off of a 60-53 lost to st. Mary’s in the bsal championship game. The Encinal girls varsity basketball team has maintained their heart to fight for more. Although Encinal lost to st. Mary’s the girls aslo lost their jv coach to a heart attack . Their junior starting point guard Raeshel Contreras has scored 418 points and shot 60 three point shots with 111 assists. Raeshel is considered to be the team’s mvp. Being a Encinal high school student and a fan of high school sports the girls team has shown anything can happen while you are having fun

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Youngest Father at 13 years old!


By: Tony Shavers III

Photo: KellyB./ creative commons/ attribution

Photo: KellyB./ creative commons/ attribution

13 -year old Britain father Alfie Patten has impregnated 15-year old girlfriend Chantelle Steadman. She gave birth to a 7lb 3oz- girl named Maisie Roxanne. Patten said that he did not know how people would react to his situation but he wanted to have this baby anyway. According to the sun news, Alfie Patten said, “When my mom found out, I thought I was going to get in trouble. We wanted to have the baby but were worried how people would react.” While he is in a tough situation, he is determined to take care of this baby. “I didn’t know what it would be like to be a dad. I will be good though and care for it.” Patten said. Alfie is showing this world that being a father doesn’t mean to get a girl pregnant, but also own up to the situation and do what is right. Chantelle Steadman said Alfie has been really good with their new born child “Alfie has been really good with her. He made the first bottle and then we took it in turns feeding her. He did the first bit with me. We didn’t need any help from mum.” She said.

Both the father and the mother are going to stay in school, to ensure that the family has a great future.While teenage pregnancy is a big issue in today’s society, Alfie and Chantelle are working towards making sure that their child had the  best future ever.

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Cynthia Maxwell: Youth radio presentation of sound



Today at youth radio we, the winter core class, were introduced to Cynthia Maxwell who works at Apple to create applications and specializes in sound development.  During the presentation she mentioned that with every sound there’s a specific equation to make that tone. I’m only in the 11th grade and my favorite subject is math, but when she showed me what that equation looked like, I didn’t have a clue about what it meant. Luckily I was interested enough to ask if she could break it down and explain it to me after her presentation had ended.  Another thing that she mentioned in the presentation was that she used to work for NASA, and for anyone that’s a pretty huge accomplishment. She inspired me to apply for mathematics in college, something I’d never even thought I would ever consider.

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Cynthia Maxwell


By: Miguel Ojeda

Cynthia Maxwell’s job is very interesting. At first I had no clue what she was talking about or what her work was about. As she started to explain more in detail about what exactly she does it made sense. It was weird and new but it was cool. Creating a software to make new sounds based on new shapes and what you can do with these shapes is out of this world. I was amazed when she took out her Iphone and started making sounds based on how she physically moved the phone. I highly respect her work and it’s something I will be looking more into.

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Teaching Style

photo: Amin Tabrizi/ creative commons- attribution- non-commercial- no derivative works

photo: Amin Tabrizi/ creative commons- attribution- non-commercial- no derivative works

by: Nathaniel Lashley


Last week, in my California history class we had to take notes on a novel we read. The next day our teacher had us write the same notes from the day before. And every day after we had to write the same page of notes, over and over again. A few days ago we had to read a chapter from a text book. The chapter was just fact after fact. The pages were full of information strung together in the most boring, uninteresting way possible. Throwing facts at me does not help me learn. Reading facts without anything interesting to pull it all together makes the reading boring and not useful. Taking the same notes over and over is discouraging and makes you block out the useful information. Taking notes shouldn’t be just copying what is on the white board like machines. Text books are to factual and are only good for drumming information in your head without real understanding. They should be written for students of our age not for the people who majored in the subject. If they changed these things students would do better because they would actually know what they were saying not just repeating it like parrots. I believe that children can’t learn through the tedious and repetitive way that has been used and they should be taught more interactively. There should be more group activities, guest speakers, and more trips outside the school. Learning should be more interesting so you can grasp and understand everything.

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