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-AP Students and/or students who have taken the SAT

“It is not often that a man can make opportunities for himself.  But he can put himself into such shape that when or if opportunity comes, he is ready.” -Theodore Roosevelt

For years and years, high schools across the nation emphasize the aptitude test known as the SAT.  There are those who have the necessary funds, those who know which direction to go in life, and those who are backed with the many scholarships they have earned who may just shrug off the difficulty that comes with nothing more than another qualification for college.  For many, however, comes its blatant needlessness.  There will be those who have an interest in vocational schools, those who work straight out of high school, or those who pursued an alternate route.  Why must they receive the same emphasis if it’s not of their interest?

The SAT, in a sense, is an unnecessary test that has burrowed its way into high school life.  Perhaps it wouldn’t be needless if something like junior college was not made available as an alternate route.  Junior college, otherwise known as community college, is arguably the most efficient and helpful way to get into any four-year university.  Unlike a generalized test such as the SAT, community college can provide students with a more specific goal for when they reach any of the local Cal-States or UCs.  This is imperative to those who have yet to decide what they wish to pursue in life, what they know they’re good at, and what they’re the most comfortable with since it provides an extended two years of experience and flexibility that isn’t limited to mandatory classes in high school.

In hindsight, passing the SAT, ACT, or any form of aptitude test can prove a student’s worth in college life.  However, in today’s society, debt has become the accepted snake that crawls up and down everyone’s spine.  It almost always begins with student loan debt.  As opposed to what the SAT promotes, unless the student pursued scholarships, they are walking into the loan traps set in place by a majority of colleges.  Why must a student pay for general education classes in a four-year college?  These classes do not favor their pursuit in their occupation whatsoever, yet they are still paying the full price for courses and semesters.  Why isn’t it advertised that community college also covers general education classes?  You can complete said classes for a fraction of the cost all while figuring out what career you want to pursue.  Not to mention that transfers have a greater enrollment rate than freshmen going in straight from high school according to the statistics found on universityofcalifornia.edu.

As mentioned before, unless a student has access to adequate funds and/or scholarships, the SAT should NOT be emphasized in high school life without the consultation of alternate methods.  Students should be aware and should know what they must endure if they decide to go directly into a four-year college directly from high school.

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As a student at Corona High School, you’ve probably experienced a little popup whenever you’ve connected onto the Guest network whenever you try to connect to a website like Google. Tapping on “Cancel” refuses to load the website, but clicking on “Continue” gives the district the opportunity to take a peak at your messages, emails, and social media accounts.

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Most websites use something called HTTPS. Basically, it’s a form of encryption for websites that ensures that your information is kept confidential between you and the website. This confidential information may include usernames, passwords, and other personal information. You can tell that a website has HTTPS by looking at the address bar.

There’s an example of this on the right. The problem is centered around the Corona-Norco Unified School District firewall and the district’s need to block certain websites. The district firewall takes this HTTPS connection and put’s itself between you and the website. This is to ensure that no blocked websites such as YouTube are accessed, however, an arrangement like this is also regarded as a form of malicious attack. By putting a third-party between users and websites, personal information can be easily accessed, read, and saved. Because of this, regardless of who is performing this intrusive act, your information is at risk.

While the district has a comprehensive usage policy for teachers, students, and administrators using their equipment, they do not have a written privacy policy for handling the personal digital information which they can see on a day-to-day basis. As a result, the safety of your your information and how it is handled is completely unknown. This information could be your email addresses, your usernames, passwords, social security number, drivers license, bank account information, etc. In contrast, Google, a company usually associated with immense privacy invasion in the name of better targeted ads, has a quite comprehensive privacy policy. It contains information about the information they collect, how they collect it, why they collect it, and your options as a consumer for disclosing that information. The same is true for Corona[H][S], the website you’re currently reading, which also maintains a privacy policy for the benefit of our staff and readers.

When pressed for comment, Brian Trudy, director of Network & Infrastructure for the CNUSD, stated that:

Due to the highly confidential nature of this information, we cannot provide comment on this information. Our information technology department strives to provide the highest level of security to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for all students.

It’s a bit ironic that the district’s policies and procedures are protected under a veil of confidentiality, but personal information, which is meant to be confidential, isn’t?

So what can you do? Use your own devices. Create your own wifi hotspots and share with friends. Refuse to use any internet connected district equipment – this includes the laptops, the tablets, the desktops, etc. It’s a tough compromise, but it’s necessary if you want to protect your information.

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
– Benjamin Franklin.

Featured Image Credit: Sarah Klockars-Clauser 2010; Licensed under CC-BY-SA

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Christmas decorations are being put up, the air is getting colder and the stress of trying to raise your semester grades is getting to you… it must be time for finals. Don’t fret, here are some ideas to help you study. *Rememdownloadber these are just ideas, so do whatever helps you.

  • Start! Just start . Don’t wait until you feel like starting or after just one more YouTube video.
  • Predict questions. Look over past test and reviews to get an idea of what the test will be on the test.
  • Make it Memorable. Create rhymes or acronyms, maybe even make up new lyrics to a song. Something catchy that will help you remember.
  • Study the right way. Remember listening to Hamilton isn’t studying for History and reading articles on Buzzfeed isn’t studying for Language Arts. Instead of just staring at notes try practice questions.download-1
  • Study in Intervals. Don’t go over an hour without giving yourself a break. Maybe reward yourself with five to ten minutes of T.V. or social media.
  • Study with friends. This may or may not help you. If you can have friends around without being distracted, then a friend or study group could help you get more done.
  • Don’t stay up too late. I know we all feel like we need to cram in as much studying as we can, but sleep is also important. If you feel like you need a little more time, study in the morning before school.
  • Switch it up. Switch up the subject your studying to not feel overwhelmed or bored.

 

imagesOf course there is a lot more you can do but these are just some simple images-1guidelines to follow.In the end, just try different techniques and pick what helps you. Don’t stress over it too much, it isn’t the end of the world. Just by trying your best, the work will pay off in the end.

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Outdoor Garden

While many students tend to gravitate towards modern technological activities, some students still prefer to be involved with nature. Those include students in the Greenhouse club and the Go Green club.

Greenhouse club: Basil, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and sunflowers are only a few of the things Greenhouse clubs grows. This club has been doing this for over five years. At the end of each year they sell all of the produce grown.

The purpose of the club is to learn how to grow organic edible produce; or as adviser and biology teacher Kathleen Sainato more simply stated, “to grow plants”. Apart from the indoor greenhouse, located in S105, where most herbs are grown, the club introduced an outdoor garden. This space is located behind the C building and is primarily used for sunflowers and peppers.

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Indoor Greenhouse in S105

Go Green Club:

“We try to teach students how to change their daily habits in order to reduce their carbon footprint” says Senior Johanna Aleman, president of the club. Some of the things they promote are using less energy, recycling and vegetarianism as well as veganism.

This club has very big plans to impact our school this year. Over winter break there will be refillable water stations installed and more recycling bins are going to be placed around campus. They will also be reminding all staff to power down their computers over the break. Members meet twice a month on Wednesdays.

If you are interested in joining either of these environmentally positive clubs listen for the announcements or check around campus for posters. Both clubs meet in S105.

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“You have not lived a day until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan


A puppy cannot pay you money. A kitten cannot buy you lunch. An old rabbit cannot write a thank-you note. For members of Corona High’s Homeless Pets Club, knowing that they’ve saved the life of an animal or brought joy to a pet without an owner, is payment enough, and John Bunyan would agree – they’ve lived.

For those unfamiliar with Homeless Pets Club, the purpose is to do what the name implies; to help homeless pets. Countless numbers of pets including dogs and cats end up in shelters either because of their owners or because they were born on the street. Homeless Pets club is determined to help these animals until they’re adopted.  Jasmin Contreras, the treasurer, sums up the main goal of the club for the 2016-2017 school year, “to spread awareness about homeless animals and ways to help”.

Anyone can join Homeless Pets club, whether you want to work with animals as an adult or just think they’re cute. Ferah Williams, the Vice President, explained what would happen at an average meeting for those interested in joining, “We would just talk about homeless pets awareness, and upcoming events.” Currently, all officer positions are filled but that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved as a regular member. Ferah continued to outline the average responsibilities of someone in the club, “Just to show up at the events to show some support.”  

The club is currently contacting shelters to coordinate volunteer opportunities for students. If the club-life isn’t for you, simply show up to these events; the Homeless Pets club welcomes all the involvement it can get. Volunteers will get to do fun and hands-on tasks such as walking dogs and cleaning up which helps out these shelters a lot. These hours also look good on college applications when it comes time to apply.

Events aren’t the only thing this club does. Emily Heaston, the president, explains another main job within the club, “We’re going to get the word out about different pets that are almost being euthanized.” Members of the club will contact a local shelter and inquire about older animals or ones that have been at the shelter for a long time. Information about these animals will then be spread around school via social media, posters, etc. so that these animals can have the chance to be adopted before they’re put down.

So whether you love dogs or cats, own a parakeet or a snake; Homeless Pets Club welcomes you to join them as they help animals find wonderful permanent homes. You’ll need new friends, both furry and human. Meetings will be one to two times a month after school in K-1, with exact dates announced over the PA. If you have any questions about the club, Mrs. Grabow is available during first lunch or after school to answer any questions.

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About fifty or so years ago, the future was envisioned as flying cars, robots, and amazing technological advancements.  It’s the time and place, so where exactly are we?

Elon Musk, a very intelligent and efficient businessman with a vision that those people fifty years ago had.  He is making it a reality, albeit limited because of the skeptics of the 21st Century.  Musk is easily recognized as the chairman of Tesla Motors and the founder of SpaceX.  With both of these businesses under his belt, he is able to make all of those visions, those dreams, and those hopes a reality for the future.

Particularly with SpaceX, Musk has gained public attention by announcing his plans for a human expedition and colonization of our neighboring Planet Mars.

SpaceX began as a privately funded company and ever since it’s beginning in 2002, has become one of the more prestigious aeronautical companies with historical achievements.

According to Yaabot, SpaceX’s achievements are as follows:

Image courtesy of SpaceX's Twitter page.
Image courtesy of SpaceX’s Twitter page.
  • The first privately funded, liquid-fueled rocket, called Falcon 1, was able to reach orbit (28 September 2008)
  • The first privately funded company to successfully launch which was Falcon 1 once again (28 September 2008)
  • Orbit and recover a spacecraft called Dragon (9 December 2010)
  • The first private company to send Dragon to the International Space Station (25 May 2012)
  • The first private company to send a satellite into geosynchronous orbit

When will it become as simple as flying to another state as compared to a flight to Mars?  An even bigger question arises: when will be able to go to the next planet over?

Musk has narrowed down the many questions he has had for his expedition, but only one truly remains a mystery: when?

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All our lives we dream and make wishes so that we can get through the rough times. Our wishes provide us with a sense of security when we fail to find it anywhere else. Many people have a lifetime to strive towards their dreams, however, there are people who don’t have the luxury of time. We often don’t appreciate the effects a dream can have towards a person and their emotions. Regarding our wishes as something that can be put off because we believe that we will always have the gift of time is a false concept. We aren’t given the reassurance of tomorrow so it is our job to grant our wishes today. The MAKE-A-WISH foundation has devoted their time and effort to make the wishes for people who have terminal illnesses come true.

 

“We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy”                      -MAKE-A-WISH

 

For instance, Avery, a 5 year-old girl who has a Wilms tumor, was given the opportunity of a lifetime when her caseworker suggested she contact MAKE-A-WISH. Avery and her family’s goal was to lift her spirits during her rough medical treatments. Through this foundation Avery was able to fulfill her dream of seeing snow and building a snowman. In another case, Noah, an 8 year-old boy with a complex genetic disorder, wished to go to Los Angeles for a rescue adventure. His wish was inspired by ,the TV show, Emergency! where he decided he wanted to become a paramedic. Volunteers of the MAKE-A-WISH foundation made it possible for Noah to have a rescue experience with the police and fire department. He has had to undergo 24 surgeries so far and granting him his wish can be a beacon of light that he can hold on to when times get rough.

There are still many cases yet unfulfilled, that’s where you can step in and help tribute. Corona high school has a MAKE-A-WISH club where their goal is to raise $5,000 by the end of the school year in order to grant a child’s wish. Noah, president of the MAKE-A-WISH club, stated,” Once I saw the joy it brought to the children and families, I knew that I had to be a part of this club.” The club has a major impact for the children who are seeking to achieve their dreams. Anyone can sympathize with wanting to help grant wishes but be the person who will do something about it. Join the MAKE-A-WISH club today.

 

Images courtesy of Julie Richards photography

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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

     Students who join the Corona High Community Service Club are able to answer Martin Luther King Jr.’s question with confidence. As of right now, Community Service club needs YOU to make a difference.

     The president, Breelyn Betts, shares her main goal for the club in the 2016-2017 school year, “We want to get more involvement this year in our events that we do so we can make the most impact.”

     It’s not too late for you to get involved, either! Be sure to listen to the announcements to get info on when the next meeting will take place. Meetings will take place in J1 during first lunch and J8 during second lunch. 

     There are so many benefits in store for someone who wants to join Community Service. You can meet new friends and help the community while you’re at it. Officer Lauren Butler, a Junior, explains one of the main reasons she joined the club “A lot of my friends were doing it so I knew that we could all do the community service events together.”

     A variety of events are scheduled for this year from picking up trash to visiting assisted living centers. Vice President Melanie Hoang shares how impactful the club can be on the community, “…We always go to this place called Peppermint Ridge to help disabled people and then the senior centers so yeah, I think we make a difference.”

     There are also academic benefits that come when one joins Corona High’s Community
Service Club. Colleges and jobs are always looking to accept and hire the best people they can. One way students are able to stand out when compared to others is by how many volunteer hours they have completed. Gabby Enriquez, a Senior, concedes that “it looks good on college applications.”

     So whether you want to meet new friends, reconnect with old ones, help your college applications, or just help people in need… Community service club is eager for you to join. If you’re still not sure that this club is right for you, stop by Mrs. Brown’s class in J8 for more information. Happy volunteering!

 

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On campus, one program is training a multitude of students to make this money in well-paying careers such as doctors and engineers, both of which have impressive salaries averaging out to the startling sum of $150,000. Fortunately, this ludicrous amount of money is within grasp of almost every student here at Corona High School. The Stem program is starting its second year at our school and is looking for students with a passion for medicine or engineering.

` With Stem comes a new level of freedom for students, which in today’s world is hard to come by. Many classes have turned to technology for classwork, and students can be found working on computers every day. And with the self-guided concept that is well built into stem, less and less student-teacher interaction occurs with every passing year. Now at first glance this may come as a wonderful concept, but as Kenny Tran says, “with less lecturing comes a whole new level of difficulty.” This is due to students not being able to rely on their teacher.. “Most of the time we have to work together, than just being able to ask the teacher,” argues Daniel Alvarez, a frustrated student. But even with the many flaws in this new process of teaching, many participants are still content and even entertained, “It is a lot of fun not being told what to do all the time.”

In addition to science and engineering the program is based on fundamental such as having more hands-on schoolwork and going at your own pace. Hands-on schoolwork is immediately evident to every student enrolled. With only a month of school having passed, students have been involved in numerous experiments and projects. Ranging from identifying cocaine from aspirin and splattering blood. And moving at your own pace is determined by the individual by either succeeding with hard work or by being lax and falling through the cracks.

This exciting new program is guaranteed to be tough and bring on a wave of new experiences for those involved. Stem is an opportunity for students to be exposed to jobs,  learn advanced concepts, and overall get ahead in life.“It is a place for those who really want to challenge themselves and try new things,” states one enthusiastic STEM student. “…labs and experiments you wouldn’t be able to do otherwise,” says Mrs. Holtz. To join talk to your counselor about enrolling in the Stem program.