How’s Your Mental Health?

By: Claudia Zacarias

As WHS students get back into the groove of learning, Art classes throughout the day took the time to tell us about their last project, Mental Health. Several classes participated in the seven-day course that taught them how to be proactive in Mental Health situation. A huge shout out to Art (taught by the talented Mrs. Bowers) for positively informing students and trying to make Woodlake High a better place.  

IMG_1885Pria Bunn, Junior

“Why is it important to learn about Mental Health?”

Bunn: “ It is important to learn about mental health because you can help save a life. There’s nothing worse than hearing about a tragedy and knowing how you could have prevented it.”

 

“What was the most interesting part about Mental Health?”

Bunn: “The most interesting part about mental health was the very  similar signs between suicidal and teenage development.”

 

IMG_1884Jasmine Ellis, Freshmen

“What made you decide to learn about mental health; were you happy you decided too?”

Ellis: “I’m glad I took the course because several upperclassmen told me that it’s a great, and it’s really informational.”

 

“What was the best part about learning about Mental Health?”Ellis: “ The best part about taking Mental Health course was learning how to prevent a suicide.”

 

IMG_1886Jacqueline Rodriguez, Sophomore

 

“Would you recommend taking Mental Health to other  WHS student? Why?”

Rodriguez: “I would definitely recommend taking it because it gives you a better understanding of how to be proactive.”

 

“What’s that craziest thing you found out while in the course?”

Rodriguez: “The craziest thing was probably hearing all the statistics of how common it is within schools.”

Teacher of the Month! by Reyes Aguilar

Teachers are the backbone of any high school, they provide students with the information we need to succeed while also caring for us as their own. One teacher in particular this month is being recognized for her courageous attitude and her drive to put any student into the path of success. The teacher that Woodlake High School has chosen to recognize is Blanca Lucatero. Blanca Lucatero, also known as Mrs. Luc by her students, is a jack of all trades by nature. She wears many hats here at Woodlake High School. She is the AP Spanish teacher, GSA and CSF Advisor, the cross country assistant coach, and even the swim teams coach. Students are excited to enter her room, not only because she’s a phenomenal teacher, but also because she acts as a motherly figure to every single one of her students. She supports her students in multiple ways, which is much appreciated.

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Q: What’s your favorite part about teaching at Woodlake High school for 18 years?
“My favorite part about being here and teaching here is building relationships with the parents of my students, and as a matter of fact, I actually now have one of my past student’s daughter in my class now; Kayla Rueda”
Q: What’s your motto for the way you handle students?
“Usually my motto for children is ‘portansen bien’, haha, but my main motto is usually to keep your options open; don’t back down to anything new as in to scholarships and college applications and things like that”
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“I know this may be heartbreaking to hear, but I almost just gave up on teaching in 2009 after 10 years of teaching, mainly because I just wasn’t happy with teaching. I was left with a decision, either leave my job or continue working, despite the fact that I was unhappy. I made a decision to just go back to school and get my masters in social justice, and that is what motivated me to continue teaching”

The Start of Something New

By: Amarys Gonzales

It is finally the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year. This year has flown by leaving WHS with four months left until summer break, and for some, graduation. This semester marks the last year for many seniors, and the end of  the first year for the freshmen. Let’s see how the first semester went for some of WHS’s students.

Sierra Bolanos, Freshman

How did your first semester as a high school student go, and how is it different from middle school? “The first semester for me was a lot different than I predicted it to be; the teachers grade harder than in middle school, so I had to step up my work. It was also different being put into classes with mixed grade levels as a freshman, made things very intimidating for me.

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Andres Aguilar, Sophomore

How was first semester and was it more challenging than freshman year?

“First semester was a bit of a struggle for me personally. I like to think that I’m a pretty top student, so having a C for most of the semester really woke me up. Sophomore year is more challenging than freshman year only because the teachers are assigning more work with quicker deadlines.”

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Arianna Medrano, Junior

Are you looking forward to senior year? Why or why not?

“Junior year has been a lot more challenging than sophomore year, so I think I will be prepared for senior year. I am looking forward to what next year has to bring.”

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Adam Lupercio, Senior

How was first semester for your senior year and do you think this semester will be more challenging?

“Personally, I felt like the first semester was more of a challenge for me coming back and getting ready to face my last year in high school, as for the second semester, I feel like if do what I did last semester, I’ll have no problems.”

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See You at Sadies!

By: Vanessa Meza

Have you purchased your tickets for this years Sadie Hawkins? If not, make sure to pay for you tickets in the front office while they are still $5. The sophomore class has been working hard to put on a glamorous dance for the students. Sadies will be held in the old gym on March 9th from 7pm-12am. The theme of this dance will be Passport to Paradise, so book your trip to sadies now! Here are a few ideas on how you can dress up…

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Carnival Fun

By: Jasmine Sandoval

Are you looking for a fun time and some yummy food? Who needs a night out on the town when you can stop by Woodlake High School’s carnival on March 16th from 5-8 p.m. The carnival will be held in the Leo Robinson Football Stadium and will be open to the public. Tiger athletics and other school clubs will be having carnival games such as; balloon pop, soccer shoot out, a dunk tank, football toss, corn hole, and so much more! Don’t be shy! Play some games and work up a big appetite because Tacos Galacticos, Jamba Juice, Kettle Korn, corn on the cob, and Kona Ice will also be at the carnival! The Tiger leadership class will be selling refreshing drinks as well. Don’t miss out on a fun time, see you there!

A New Goal to Strive For

By Jordan Price

As the new semester has arrived, many students will strive for new goals. A couple students from Woodlake High School will share their goals and what they hope to achieve this semester. These goals can vary from grades, to sports, to skill building. Interviews were held with several students to find out what exactly they are striving to improve about themselves.

“What goals and achievements do have for this new semester?”

Victoria Benavidez: “I hope to finish this semester at Woodlake and get good grades. Along with good grades, I want to hang out with my friends more often.”

 

“What goals and achievements do you have for this new semester?”

Wyatt Frazier: “I hope to raise my GPA and get A’s and B’s this semester. I hope to accomplish this goal, but if I don’t, at least I am going to spend some more time with my boys.”

 

“What goals and achievements do you have for this new semester?”

Julian Duran: “I strive to get the highest GPA in school and beat some of my swim times from last year. This semester is going to be a blast!”

 

It looks like Woodlake High School is going to have a hard working and fun semester. Later this semester, I will be checking with these students to see if they’ve met their goals for the year.

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Falling for Formal

By: Nikole Kimble

      Everybody was dancing so hard they fell! If the students were not dancing, they were enjoying a wonderful selection of candy! This years 2018 Winter Formal took place at the Wyndham Hotel on January 20th. The theme being, “The Black and White Ball”. A big thanks to the Senior Class for doing such a great job decorating. The next big event is prom! Here are some pictures of people who had an amazing experience at this years formal.

Let’s Talk STEM!

By: Callie Vincent

DSC_0725 eWhen Xavier was living in Woodlake he spent his high school summers working as a ranch hand and school days with his face in the books. He had no idea what the future had in store for him. Now he lives in Los Angeles and is a proud alumni of the University of Southern California with a degree in engineering. It was a tough journey but he made a really good friend along the way. Marvin is an engineering graduate of USC as well – He is that friend and he is also from the Central Valley. Together, they were able to reach their goals of graduating from their dream school and making a positive impact in the STEM field. Now they want to share that experience with you during their upcoming STEM speech at Woodlake High School.

STEM stands for (Science Technology Engineering Math). It is one of the fastest growing fields in the world and has so much opportunity for people to learn how to improve themselves and the world around them. This speech will expand on those opportunities you have as a student majoring in the STEM field. It’s a fun and fast paced world at college. It’s not all that easy though. Xavier and Marvin will share how they struggled to find their footing and push past their early academic failures. Their talk will be genuine and they’ll share why they never gave into the voices telling them to quit during tough times. On February 2, 2018, the duo will once again join forces to bring to you a speaking tour like no other covering their college experience from the fall to the rise.

STEM has been integrated into Woodlake’s school system for the past 2 years and the students seem to find it intriguing, challenging, and fun to learn all at the same time! The students have learned to use an engineering program called solidworks, where they can create any kind of 3D model imaginable. They will be building robots by hand and in 3D form during the second semester of the school year.

In one hour Xavier and Marvin will share with you what took them 5 years – or 43,800 hours – to learn. You will learn how to be resilient in your journey after WHS. You will learn how your diversity will be your advantage. You will learn how to build a great support system.  You will learn how to improve your quality of life. You will learn how all this ties into the STEM field. As engineers they were taught how to create something out of nothing. Xavier and Marvin thought to themselves why not apply that concept to create success? – so that’s what they did. Welcome to Engineering Success: The Speaking Tour!

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Student Spotlight

By: Claudia Zacarias

Welcome WHS students to a new year full of exciting hope and goals! With the start of a new year, many students are ecstatic to see what this year will bring them. As a matter of fact, some students have a lot to say about it, so here are a couple Q&A interviews\\ from tigers.

IMG_8709Ricky Dominguez, Senior

“How’s senior year going? What are the pros and cons of it?”

Dominguez: “It’s going great, the cons of being a senior is that it’s almost over and your leaving your childhood behind. The pros are that your starting you life which is exciting.”

“Are you taking any challenging classes? What makes them challenging?”

Dominguez: “I’m taking AP Lit, and that class is challenging just in the aspect of having to read a lot and find the time to do it with my busy schedule.

“Do you have any things on your bucket list you want to do before you graduate?”

Dominguez: “Before I graduate I’d really like to get a Valley Championship ring in soccer.

IMG_8707Isaak Martinez, Sophomore

“What’s something that most people would be surprised to know?”

Martinez: “Most people don’t know that I sing in the shower.”

What are your hobbies or interest?”

Martinez: “I like listening to music, like hip hop and rap. I also like being outside surrounded by nature.”

What do you want to become when your older?

Martinez: “ I haven’t given much thought to it, but I would like to become a DJ.”

IMG_8721Pria Bun, Junior

How’s Junior year going? Anything difficult?

Bun: “ It’s going  pretty good , my challenging classes ar chemistry and English.”

What has been your most memorable moment at WHS?

Bun: “I would have to say formal because of the people I was surrounded by.”

What is something that is really popular now, but in 5 years everyone will look back on and be embarrassed by?

Bun: “ I definitely think that we will look back and be embarrassed of our dance moves, like the whip and the nae nae.”

 

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IMG_8719Guerra, Freshmen

“What’s something you love about high school? Any 

surprises?”

Guerra: “ I was really surprised by the various amount of electives offered. I also think that it’s harder because the teachers have high expectations and give more homework.”

What’s something random that other people would be surprised to find out?

Guerra: “ Most people would be surprised to know that I enjoy Art- it’s one of my favorite classes because I get to relax.”

In one one word how would you sum up finals week?

Guerra: ‘Hell.”

Funky Finals

By: Jasmine Sandoval

Students at Woodlake High are experiencing a change to their school year schedule and many are not fond of it. The change in their schedule results in their first semester continuing into the New Year, with finals set to take place three weeks after a three week break. Students believe it makes the final process more challenging because of the extension of the fall semester. Students, however, are not the only people that are being affected by this change. Teachers are also facing a challenge. They must decide whether or not to teach an additional unit within the two weeks before finals.

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Because the schedule has been extended, teachers also have to cram more work into a small amount of time because the testing schedule has not been pushed back, making testing preparations for students a much harder process due to less time available for studying. In an attempt to change the schedule back, students have began signing petitions to persuade the Woodlake School Board to change the schedule back to its original way.