What Happens at Prom Stays at Prom

By: Crystal Zaragoza


Have you heard? Well if you haven’t, let me tell you, Prom is May 28, and the theme is a Night in Vegas. If you plan to attend prom it will be held at Wyndham Hotel (formerly known as the Holiday Inn.) Prom will begin at 8:00 pm and end at 12:00 pm (Pictures will start at 7 pm). You know what that means…find a date, start shopping for your “Vegas” night out, and be prepared to have the time of  your lives.  Test your luck and take a gamble on your prom date, it may be the best kept secret of a lifetime.


Museum of Tolerance


By: Jamie Jones

The Museum of Tolerance, in Los Angeles, features exhibits on: ¨Anne Frank¨,¨Ninos¨, ¨Positive Exposure¨, ¨Children of the Holocaust”, ¨Go For Broke Foundation Testimonies¨, and many others. The students who took the Mental Health First Aid Class, with Mrs. Bowers, were offered an opportunity to visit this museum on Wednesday, April 27th. At the museum, the students went on a tour and participated in the “Point of View Diner” where we were given a scenario and asked to rank how at fault individuals were in someone’s death. This experience pointed out that everyone had personal responsibility and was partially responsible for what had happened during these major historical events. The visit was eye-opening and should be on every individual’s bucket list.  Visiting the Museum of Tolerance is an emotional experience that educates the public regarding the injustices throughout history, and current ways to not allow those injustices to be repeated.

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FFA Members Electrified!

By: Sonni HacobianIMG_1335

On Saturday, April 22, FFA members left for the 88th Annual FFA State Convention.  The conference was held at the Selland Arena in Fresno CA, where the energy from the members could have powered the building. Woodlake FFA had 18 leaders attend this convention, and California had over 6,000 attendees from 309 chapters. The current State FFA Officers ran 5 sessions where the members were recognized for their premier participation in the FFA program.  Advisors were thanked for their dedication to the members, keynote speakers filled our brains with excellent advice, and the new 2016-2017 State Officer Team was voted upon by 2 delegates from every chapter. The conference theme was ELECTRIFY, by electrifying FFA, we electrify the world! This four days convention was filled with an unbelievable amount of success and excitement for the members of the Woodlake FFA Chapter! Woodlake High School’s FFA members are anxious to bring back the knowledge they have gained from the 88th State FFA Conference!

Cody Gibson “The Renegade”

By: Yarimel Barreto

Cody Gibson: a high school teacher by day and a mixed martial arts fighter by night. Life for Gibson may seem like a dream but it’s not all easy, a little hard work is not something he is afraid of. Simply having the job of teaching seems like a lot as it is, but there is more to his life than just his day job.

Question 1: Is the transition from teaching to training difficult? An obvious answer, “Yes. Of course it is.” Yet, Gibson still manages to find time to train for a fight. He arrives at the gym by 4:00pm daily and trains til 9:00pm. He’s one of the first teachers to arrive on campus in the mornings to ensure his lessons are well-planned for his students. Gibson, now (13-6) will make his return anticipating his next potential opponent, RoIMG_3746lando Velasco, the Tachi Palace Fights bantamweight champion, on May 19.

Question 2: How do you feel when you’re training for an upcoming fight? “Excited. I love to fight, and love to compete against a lot of people. Fighting feels like a natural thing. Not invented throughout time or generations like baseball, basketball, soccer or football. It’s a thing you do when you’re growing up with your siblings.” You might be wondering what it is like during a match… Gibson responds, “If I’m getting my butt kicked, not so good. If I’m kicking butt, I feel good. Really all depends on the fight and how it’s going.” He’s certainly not as nervous as when he started off as a NewB. He feels a lot more confidence now that he’s fought 20 pro fights.

Strategies. What is his strategy for a match? He answers, “It all depends on who you’re fighting. I use jiu jitsu, wrestling, boxing, and stand up. I have good boxing and wrestling techniques, so I’ll know what to use.” After many fights and rounds Gibson has a better knowledge of what strategies to use against his opponents.

Gibson isn’t always satisfied with his wins. He is his biggest critic even if he dominated the fight. “I don’t ever seem to be satisfied. People tell me I looked good and all, but I always think that I could have done this better or I could’ve done that in a different way.” Gibson admires the quote, “Be the best version of yourself you can be today,” because at the end of the day, you can only be you, so be the best you that you can be.

Taking Action for the Earth

By: Brenda Acostahappy-earth-day-2016-1024x427

Earth Day should not be just for environmentalists and hippies, it should be for ALL of us living on this planet.This celebration all began way back in 1970. Rumor has it that April 22 was chosen as the official day for Earth because it landed on a Wednesday, which was the best day of the week to encourage people to make a change. Earth Day is a day to reflect on our planet, the environment, and everything we can do to make it a better place for us all. According to www.sustainablecommunication.org, “Americans make about 10.5 million tons of plastic waste a year and recycle only 1-2%.” A single plastic water bottle can take about 450 years to decompose! Shocker right? There are so many more ideas that contribute to the issues regarding Earth, but there is only one way to make this situation better; we must take action. Making even the smallest changes to what we do in our daily lives can make a difference on the amount of damage that already exists. Here is a short list of activities for you to participate in on Earth Day to begin making a difference.

  1. Make a recycling plan
  2. Fix those leaky faucets
  3. Plant a tree
  4. Give up plastic water bottles
  5. Go paperless
  6. Organize a community clean up

Ready, Set, Test!

By Emery Elder

Juniors! Get ready for the CAASPP assessment. I know testing is monotonous, but there is a reason why students must take this assessment.  This assessment is used to rank your school and see how Woodlake High School compares to other schools in California and throughout the nation.  All juniors will be testing in their English classes starting May 18th. The school will be on a block schedule for 2 weeks. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “TWO WEEKS OF TESTING?!” But it has to be done, so be sure to start strong, stay strong, and finish strong! This assessment will reflect the new Common Core National standards. The school will be given a report card based on the student’s performance, hopefully we do great. It’s a very important test and you need to give it your best effort. Also the EAP is embedded into the CAASPP/SBAC assessment, making it one test instead of two separate tests. How well students score on the EAP portion will determine college placement in their Math and English classes.


CAASPP Test Calendar

 MONDAY                  TUESDAY               WEDNESDAY             THURSDAY                FRIDAY

May 16:  A Block

    ELA Test

May 17: B Block

     ELA Test                         

May 18: A Block

ELA performance


May 19: B Block

ElA Performance


May 20: A Block

ELA Performance Task

May 23: B Block

   Math Test

May 24: A Block math performance Task May 25: B Block Math Performance Task

CAASPP Test Schedule


A block: 1, 3, 5

B block: 2, 4, 6


Regular SBAC Schedule Late Start Wed SBAC Schedule
Per 1, 2:     8:05-10:10

Brunch:    10:10-1025

Per 3, 5:   10:29-12:33

Lunch:      12:33-1:08

Per 5, 6:    1:12-3:16

Per 1, 2:     9:10-10:54

Brunch:     10:54-11:06

Per 3, 4:   11;10-12:54

Lunch:      12:54-1:26

Per5, 6:      1:33-3:16