Convicted Sheriff Pardoned by Trump

Sheriff Joe Arpaio was pardoned by President Trump on August 25th, 2017, after being charged with racially profiling Latinos. Joe Arpaio, from Maricopa County in Arizona, first made headlines February 4th, 2009 by handcuffing almost 200 illegal immigrants together in Tent City, Phoenix, for incarceration prior to their trials. Some of the inhabitants of Arpaio’s … More Convicted Sheriff Pardoned by Trump

Is the Freshmen Population Problem Truly Over?

As summer drifted away and another school year began, SLVHS students entered the classrooms to discover an unusual amount of students. This year, there was an unexpected overflow of freshman, which resulted in jumbled schedules and huge amounts of students in classes. The class of 2021 had more students than SLVHS was ready for. When … More Is the Freshmen Population Problem Truly Over?

North Korea’s Nuclear Program Threatens US as Tensions Rise

The dictatorial country of North Korea has had a long and controversial history with its turbulent usage of nuclear weaponry. Just within the past year, North Korea made its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, and Kim Jong-un threatened a nuclear strike on “the heart of the U.S.” due to America’s threats to … More North Korea’s Nuclear Program Threatens US as Tensions Rise

Civil War continues to plague South Sudan; starvation rampant around the nation

Hunger, malnutrition, and famine keep coming in South Sudan with an inability to plant or harvest crops. Five million people are in need of help in South Sudan, according to the UN World Food Programme. People are forced to scavenge for food with not enough food deliveries to supply everyone. With a population of 11.3 … More Civil War continues to plague South Sudan; starvation rampant around the nation

Road Damage plagues winter in The Valley

“Our roadways have been pounded this winter by the severe weather conditions,” Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said, putting into quick words a summary of the drastic events that have taken a toll on San Lorenzo Valley this past winter. After a harrowing season, multiple mudslides, road closures, and power outages the citizens of San Lorenzo … More Road Damage plagues winter in The Valley

Controversy over Title IX and Transgender Bathroom usage under Trump Administration continues

Donald Trump’s administration on February 22nd withdrew former president Barack Obama’s era guidance on letting transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice.    Last May, the Obama administration sent what’s called a “Dear Colleague” letter to school districts. The letter made clear that the administration was interpreting Title IX, a law to stop discrimination … More Controversy over Title IX and Transgender Bathroom usage under Trump Administration continues

Donald Trump appoints climate change denier to EPA; considers cutting program

Donald Trump is no friend of climate change activists or climate scientists, but many have wondered whether his talk prior to the election would translate to action as president. He has outright denied that the increases in average temperature over the past century are the result of human activities, and instead insisted that they are a … More Donald Trump appoints climate change denier to EPA; considers cutting program

Cougar(s) found in Fall Creek raises concerns in SLVHS community

As this long winter begins to subside, it appears the forested mountains surrounding San Lorenzo Valley High School are beginning to awaken. On February 21, 2017, a parent living in the area behind SLV called into the middle school office and reported seeing a fairly large mountain lion in the woods behind the middle school. … More Cougar(s) found in Fall Creek raises concerns in SLVHS community

Lake Oroville spillage causes immense damage to Northern California

  With all of the rain that has hit California in the past few months, containing all of the water, through the use of dams and other resources, has been difficult for California workers. One of the biggest issues is Lake Oroville, which became so full that the dam gates were opened and the spillways … More Lake Oroville spillage causes immense damage to Northern California

“Alternative Facts” Hit Hard at Trump’s Presidency

Previously known as lies, alternative facts have become widely popular throughout the United States in lieu of the recent presidential election. Although they are both undoubtedly lies, Alternative facts differ from typical lies by the addition of gaslighting the listener. The phrase “alternative facts” was coined by U.S. Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway during … More “Alternative Facts” Hit Hard at Trump’s Presidency

Storms wreck havoc on once drought-ridden Northern California

After years of a sustained drought, some of California’s strongest storms in years have moved into the state this winter. The Bay Area has experienced a particularly wet winter, but the Santa Cruz Mountains have likely been hit the hardest by all of the storms. Crews hired by Santa Cruz County on Friday scrambled to … More Storms wreck havoc on once drought-ridden Northern California

President Trump and Executive orders: how the new administration uses them to their advantage

After a weekend of Inaugural extravaganzas, media altercations, and briefings, President Trump commenced his first business week by signing a series of executive orders that reveal the true victor of the 2016 election: big business. On Monday, the new president signed an order that will slash regulations drastically by attempting to retract two regulations for … More President Trump and Executive orders: how the new administration uses them to their advantage

SLV Changes WiFi Policy, Crushing Students Dreams

On Monday, January 6th, 2017, SLVHS students were surprised to find out that they could no longer access the school-wide wifi on their cell phones. Many students found that their phones could connect to the server, but would not open most apps, or found that their phones did not connect at all. Students then received … More SLV Changes WiFi Policy, Crushing Students Dreams

Women’s March takes place across nation

“Not our president” signs wave proudly and determinedly in the stark breeze on January 21, 2017, as more than three million men and women from around the globe participate in this impactful movement against America’s current leader. It all started out with a facebook post, created just after Hillary Clinton’s defeat to Donald Trump in … More Women’s March takes place across nation

Supreme Court Welcomes Judge Neil Gorsuch to its Ranks

Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, the forty-fifth president of the United States, on Friday, January 20, the country’s new president has already accomplished many of his Day One promises that he made throughout his campaign trail. Some of the executive changes that have been occurring include actions taken relating to the illegalization of abortion, … More Supreme Court Welcomes Judge Neil Gorsuch to its Ranks

Online petition for “Cal-Exit” gains promidence with recent election

Though Calexit is rife with controversy and differing motivations, detractors of the movement won’t have to worry. It would be a miracle for Calexit to even come close to happening. “Calexit”, a name created by social media to describe the movement to have California to secede from the United States, has been gaining incredible momentum … More Online petition for “Cal-Exit” gains promidence with recent election

Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death over Racially Charged Murders

On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof entered one of America’s historic black churches in South Carolina and began firing away at every church goer within his firearm’s sites. Imagine, as a religious person or someone who frequently attends church, the horror of going to a place of worship only to be shot down by an out-of-control … More Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death over Racially Charged Murders

18 year old is kidnapped and tortured live on “Facebook Live”

Has recent hate crime instituted a new Americanized “normal”? On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, four African American young adults brought in the new year by kidnapping and torturing an 18-year-old, mentally ill white male in Chicago, and broadcasting the gruesome act via Facebook Live. The 30 minute long video of the attack has since been … More 18 year old is kidnapped and tortured live on “Facebook Live”

Russian ambassador shot at Istanbul Art Gallery

Andrey Karlov laid motionless on the ground as visitors seek safety in a corner- struck by fear as the gunman stands over his body in the now iconic photograph that covered newsstands in mid December. At an Ankara art exhibit in Istanbul a lone gunman fired seven shots at the back of ambassador Andrey Karlov … More Russian ambassador shot at Istanbul Art Gallery

Silicon Valley businesses boycott “Muslim Registry”

Donald Trump made many shocking promises during his campaign for the presidency, by far one of the most noteworthy and baleful being his threat to impose obligatory registration for Muslims in the United States. In the US, demographics create a very obvious relation between Muslim Americans and employment in the tech industry, due to the … More Silicon Valley businesses boycott “Muslim Registry”

Racially-charged police shooting lead to nation-wide protests

Almost five years ago, neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, igniting a nation-wide conversation on race relations; Zimmerman was acquitted on July 13, 2013, on the grounds that he had acted in self-defense. In response to Trayvon Martin’s death, three queer black women began using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. That movement grew … More Racially-charged police shooting lead to nation-wide protests

Allegations of assault and sexual misconduct plague the President-Elect Donald Trump

“Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you,” Donald Trump snidely remarked of Jessica Leeds, one of a growing number of women who have publicly accused him of sexual assault in the past few weeks, at a North Carolina rally. Leeds purports that she was groped by Trump in … More Allegations of assault and sexual misconduct plague the President-Elect Donald Trump

The only thing Samsung does right is prove Apple is best

The phone called the “best phone yet” is, in reality, one of the biggest fails a smartphone company has ever created. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has gone up in flames (literally). The Note 7 was released on August 19, 2016 and were originally very sought after and anticipated. However, soon after the release, the … More The only thing Samsung does right is prove Apple is best

Over 35 Dead After Yet Another Syrian School Bombing

Despite the Russian promise of a ceasefire, conditions in Syria continue to worsen. For five years, Aleppo has been a city of silence- the streets colorless, every still-standing building covered in a layer of debris from nearby collapsed buildings. The city experiences multiple airstrikes per day. Douma, Syria, has been under siege since 2013. On … More Over 35 Dead After Yet Another Syrian School Bombing

A look at the third-party candidates for the U.S. President

While the national voting day is coming upon the United States, the citizens look towards the two leaders of the main parties candidates, but what about the third party candidates? What do they bring to the election? Jill Stein, the Green Party’s candidate, and Gary Johnson, the Libertarian, are still in the race, but they … More A look at the third-party candidates for the U.S. President

Technological progression has given this man a helping had – literally

  A man was paralyzed for ten years without movement of any limbs, and then after participating in a scientific research experiment, he can feel natural things again. What is your first reaction? For Nathan Copeland it was shock. After a car accident as a teenager, Nathan was diagnosed with tetraplegia-the inability to move your … More Technological progression has given this man a helping had – literally

Hurricane Matthew Wreaks Havoc

Causing billions of dollars in damage, countless lives, and an intense strain on several countries, Hurricane Matthew tore through the Southeastern US and the Caribbean throughout late September and left behind a legacy of brutal destruction. Hurricane Matthew formed near the Windward Islands on Sept. 28, 2016, and soon became an extremely deadly, long lived, … More Hurricane Matthew Wreaks Havoc

The Election Results: You Love them or Hate them

This year, on November 8, 2016, one candidate will be chosen as president, and this will not only affect the next 4-8 years of all American lives, but long after that as well. The Democrat and Republican candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, have run a tense campaign throughout the entire election. Their attitudes and … More The Election Results: You Love them or Hate them

Curious about the Congressional races in 2016?

Unforeseen strength at the top of the Republican ticket motivated the maintenance of conservative majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. While Democratic optimists had anticipated winning the Senate, they narrowly prevailed in Illinois and New Hampshire, winning only 2 of the 5 seats they would have needed to claim control. While … More Curious about the Congressional races in 2016?

Nationwide outrage leads to recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Penn.

As Donald Trump’s supporters rejoice in their unforeseen triumph, his numerous opposers seem to have erected one last hurdle for him to jump: the electoral college vote. Thousands of democratic voters have launched desperate efforts to reverse Trump’s upsetting victory after a petition for electors from states that supported Trump to change their votes attained … More Nationwide outrage leads to recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Penn.

Post-election results anger some and humor others

After this year’s controversial election came to an end in early November, political newcomer Donald J. Trump slid into victory. He surpassed Hillary Clinton, an experienced politician. This unexpected win came as a surprise to most students at SLVHS, and as one can see in the survey, most were not happy. Out of 194 responses, … More Post-election results anger some and humor others

Underwhelming “Super” Moon Leads to Flooding

On November 14, the world experienced the biggest, brightest supermoon since 1948– and many casual moon-gazers found themselves sadly disappointed. After days of hype surrounding the approaching lunar event, the public was geared up for a spectacle. The full moon didn’t exactly live up to those high expectations. Only slightly larger than an average full … More Underwhelming “Super” Moon Leads to Flooding

2016: A look-back

The year 2016 has left the world beaten and battered. It has definity not been the best what with so many tragedies leaving everyone feeling pretty down in the dumps. There have been natural disasters, the loss of David Bowie and other important celebrities, and a controversial election. The year started out with North Korea … More 2016: A look-back

Paris, 8 Months and 17 days after the crisis

Paris, much like any glamorous big city, is desirable, yet destitute. As tourists, we often fail to recognize the tragedies these cities bare within themselves, and often, we ignore the hardships all foreign nations have faced. We often believe that the vacation spot is some sort of a paradise, simply because it differs in build … More Paris, 8 Months and 17 days after the crisis

SLV students head to Washington DC to witness 2017 inauguration

The atmosphere on campus was grim and hopeless for many, staff and students included, on the morning of November 9, as President Elect Donald Trump took the stage for a victory speech. Now, one thing is certain as students prepare for the long awaited Presidential Inauguration trip with Ms. Martinez: It will be an election … More SLV students head to Washington DC to witness 2017 inauguration

Trump Has Big Plans for His First 100 Days in Office

The United States’ president-elect, Donald Trump, has made many promises throughout his campaign, but will he actually follow through? Can Trump perform the tasks now hanging over his head- the ones that got him elected as the next leader of the United States of America? In a recent video that is spreading across the web … More Trump Has Big Plans for His First 100 Days in Office

Former SLV student discusses New Zealand quake

On November 14th, a 7.8 earthquake struck right after midnight across New Zealand. The earthquake triggered a tsunami and sent over 60 aftershocks across the country with magnitudes of 4.5 or greater. Two people were found dead and thousands were stranded in the town of Kaikoura near the quake’s epicenter. There was somewhere between 80,000 … More Former SLV student discusses New Zealand quake

“And Then There Was One” Directors Abby Halper and Aaron McKay

“My mother always told me to try every part of what you love.” Senior Aaron McKay is co-directing “And Then There Was One,” one of the two student directed shows taking place this spring. He has participated in almost every aspect of theater. He has taken part in over thirty shows throughout his life, ten … More “And Then There Was One” Directors Abby Halper and Aaron McKay

Many Americans still cannot deal with Trump

With the Donald J. Trump being elected to president, there has been some tension – and some protests. These protests have appeared nationwide: Berkeley, New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle are just a few locations. Most of these protests are violent. Among the protests, school walkouts have been the … More Many Americans still cannot deal with Trump

The ‘Trump Effect’ -Bullying in Schools

The Presidential election affects everyone’s lives, but this year it is having an unprecedented effect on the nation’s schools. The Southern Poverty Law Center is an organization dedicated to fighting hatred and bigotry and seeking justice for vulnerable, persecuted members of our society. During the election, they surveyed and collected statements from educators about the … More The ‘Trump Effect’ -Bullying in Schools

Mental health counselor Deborah Mitchell relocates therapy office

Deborah Mitchell has been a mental health counselor at SLV for the past nine years– and until a few months ago, some students weren’t even aware her position existed.   This year, Ms. Mitchell occupies a comfortable room in the counseling office, easily accessible and with regular hours. For the past two years, she’s been … More Mental health counselor Deborah Mitchell relocates therapy office

As the 2016 presidential election draws near, SLV shows clear preference

With the election fast approaching, our school shows a clear political bias, although our school is still somewhat divided. With supporters for each of our presidential candidates within the school, it is certain not everyone will be happy with the results. With four clear top candidates, many may not entirely know who each candidate is, … More As the 2016 presidential election draws near, SLV shows clear preference

Possible Correlation Between School Absences and Grade Drops Discovered

As many students know, there has been new administration implemented at SLVHS this year, however, many do not know that there is a new detention policy put together by Mr. Hearn, the vice principal, and Mr. Calden, the principal. The new policy was created to help the administration and the students with time management. Mr. … More Possible Correlation Between School Absences and Grade Drops Discovered

Colin Kaepernick has Been Taking a Seat During National Anthem

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” quotes Colin Kaepernick on why he didn’t stand for the national anthem at the preseason game in August. Kaepernick has been sitting, or kneeling, in his games this season to make … More Colin Kaepernick has Been Taking a Seat During National Anthem

Chilean Students Enjoyed Their Time at SLV

On Monday, September 19, students in Ms. Osenga’s Spanish class watched with curiosity and delight as a group of exchange students performed the Chilean-based La Cueca dance. For one week, every other year, San Lorenzo Valley High School has the privilege of hosting around ten Chilean exchange students in the tenth grade. Isidora Cerda, a … More Chilean Students Enjoyed Their Time at SLV

Trump Flounders in First General Election Debate

A hushed Republican populus, strained with anticipation and weighed down by the formidable reality of the United States’ presidential prospects, watched the first 2016 general election debate on Tuesday night, feebly hoping for any indication that the cataclysmic nominee that it had thrust upon itself had miraculously transformed into a more palatable, presidential candidate. He … More Trump Flounders in First General Election Debate

SLVHS Experiences New Problems and New Solutions in Online Systems

SLVHS students began their school year this year with a completely different grading system. While last year SLV used Powerschool to post grades and Schoology was used for class updates, this year both will be done on Schoology. The only service Schoology does not fulfill this year for students is an online attendance log, which … More SLVHS Experiences New Problems and New Solutions in Online Systems

The Downfall of Domestic Pipelines

The Standing Rock-Sioux Tribe has been in the midst of a difficult protest, as a company, Dallas-Based Energy Transfer Partners, has been attempting to build a large pipeline that would conflict with sacred grounds and the reservation’s entire water supply. Ever since the Bakken/North Dakota pipeline issue came into light, there have been protesters at … More The Downfall of Domestic Pipelines