Time With TRiO

By: Shania Finney and Claudia Zacarias

This month TRiO students are taking a trip to four of San Diego’s best colleges and Universities. On April 24 and 25 the Woodlake High School Students- along with other TRiO students in the Valley- will be going to San Marcos college, University of San Diego, San Diego State, and UC San Diego. TRiO is an amazing program to be involved in; however, many people do not know what TRiO is. TRiO is an Upper Bound Math and Science program that has an emphasis on science and math based majors. The program is world wide and takes students to colleges and helps the students enhance their education on college and how to get there. They also help tutor students once a week in math, science, and many other based subjects. College of the Sequoias in Visalia is the main TRiO center around here. It houses Woodlake High School, Farmersville High School, Orosi High School, and Lindsay High School. Together, these schools gather and go to college trips. It is a great way to see old friends from other schools who have been in TRiO, and to meet new incoming TRiO members.


On the 24th, several of the TRiO students woke up at 4:00 am and went on a charter bus to the San Marcos College. It was a beautiful campus and there was a great tourist. After that, the group went to UC San Diego where they had a quick tour, and then went off into groups to participate in a fun-filled, photo scavenger hunt. The hunt was a blast and the students learned how to better navigate new surroundings by asking for assistance and exploring around the campus. After the hunt, one of the high school alumni, who was attending UC San Diego, took the group of students to a beach location, where the view was absolutely breathtaking.


On the 25th, the students got up bright and early to visit the private school University of San Diego. The school was absolutely gorgeous and quite calm. Then they headed to their last school, San Diego State. The school was lively and overly impacted, but not overwhelming. Most of the students fell in love with this campus! The tour was split into two groups and one of the groups got to meet the president of the campus!

It was a great trip and the students look forward to the next one.


You Forgot the “e”!

By Juan Macias
3.14159265…How did someone get those numbers? “What are those numbers,” one might ask? Those randomly ordered numbers are not so random, they are actually the solution to 22/7, imagesand they go on forever. They are the digits of Pi, π and were first discovered by an Ancient Greek Mathematician of Syracuse, who gave a close estimation of what Pi is today. Pi is widely mistaken to be another subject taught in school and appears to be useless when being used in a math class, but its use is major. Pi is used in careers that make our everyday lives, si240px-Prince-of-pimple and easy, such as astronomy, physics, engineering and architecture. Without any of those jobs, life today would be impossible. So why not celebrate it? Larry Shaw, a physicist, organized the first celebration of Pi March 14, of 1988, in San Francisco, but became national on the 22nd of July 2009. Well when is Pi day? The correct guess would be 3/14 or March 14, but Pix-wide-communityonce every century people can celebrate not only the first three numbers of Pi but the first five, March 14th of –15. So readers who didn’t celebrate it this year, you’ve always got a chance next year.

Teacher Talk

By: Claudia Zacarias

Woodlake High School students are always in the spotlight, but what about the teachers? Teachers obviously have lives as well, however seeing them at school verses at the store on the weekend shows different side of them you may have never seen. In order to get to know more about our teachers, they were asked some some questions. So, let’s get to know about the educators that can be our best friends or enemy, our stress-reliever or stress-giver.  

File_000 (1)Nicole Frazier, Biology Teacher

What would students be surprised to find out about you?

Frazier: “I’m not as scary as everyone thinks. I think I’m funny although they don’t think so, but I do. Actually I think I’m more eccentric,and not as weird as everyone thinks I am.”

Who inspires you?

Frazier: “ My two sisters are insane as far as just who they are as people, their respect for life, God, their health and they way they treat people. So I would definitely say that my sisters are inspiring.”

If you won the lottery would you decided to give up teaching?

Frazier: “Absolutely, I would probably email my boss and say I’m not coming in tomorrow. So yeah, I mean I love teaching, but if I could retire and could spend all day with my kid, my ponies, and maybe the husband, then yeah I would totally quit my job.”

What current trends are baffling to you?

Frazier: “In my day in age we said the word ‘chill’ and it meant to relax, but now it freaks kids out when I say chill because they automatically think I mean sex. So, the at whole ‘Netflix and Chill’ thing really boggles my mind because I literally mean  just relax and hangout. Some of the current dance moves make a lot of you look like you’re having seizures, so I wish I  understood what the heck that was because I don’t understand the whole bobbing of the head and the arms go flying. Or the whole look at your armpit thing  ‘dappin’ or ‘dappering’ whatever it is, so those kind of drive me crazy even though I try to do them because I secretly do want to look cool.”

File_001Andrew Jensen,Spanish Teacher

What would be your last meal?

Jensen: “A yummy steak because it’s juicy.”

What current trends are baffling to you?

Jensen: “I would have to say seeing the 80s style coming back because they were bad the first time, so it’s sad and not attractive when you see high waisted shorts and stuff.”

What would students be surprised to find out about you?

Jensen: “Well if I told them then it wouldn’t be a surprise any more.”

If you could grow up in any decade, which decade would you choose?

Jensen: “Well, now because I could still be me.”

File_000 (5)Richard McCue, Band Teacher

Are there any embarrassing teaching moments that you’re willing to share?

McCue: “A typical day with the band when we’re joking around.”

What’s the best and worst thing about teaching?

McCue: “ The best thing about teaching is seeing the results and that ‘ah-haa’ moment when students understand the concept. The worst thing about teaching is when students are ungrateful.”

How long do you think you would last if you were in a Zombie Apocalypse?

McCue: “I would probably be the first one to die because I look like food.”

File_000 (6)Antonio Lopez, Math Teacher

What’s your dream vacation?

Lopez: “My dream vacation would be to go to Jerusalem and visit the…is it the Great Wall? Where David built a temple for God and many people go to worship and pray. It’s a holy land and I’d think I’d really enjoy it.”

In your opinion, does technology make teaching easier or more difficult?

Lopez: “I think it does both because sometimes it can go through technical difficulties or not working the way you would like it too. Although it can make it easier, such as when your graphing because instead of doing it by hand, you type it into desmos and within a matter of seconds it appears.”

How do you remember all of your students names?

Lopez: “I don’t I give them all nicknames. Nah, by two weeks I know all there names just by looking at the seating chart and by talking to them individually.”

If you could take your students anywhere in the world, where would you take them?

Lopez: “I would take them to Israel so they can see that in this country we have the freedom of religion, and people in other countries are dying over religion. It’s sad to see, but sometimes a real life experience is exactly what we need.”

Band Fam!

By: Shania Finney

This March, March 3rd to be exact, the band at Woodlake High School went to the CMEA Festival! CMEA stands for the California Music Education Association. The band attends every year, if not, almost every year. The CMEA festival is a time for schools from all over to come to one place and perform in front of judges. It is not an actual competition, but the groups do get rated on a normal grading scale by how well they perform as well as the fundamentals in their performance. The festival was held at Porterville High School this year and Woodlake got a grade of an 82 out of 100! A great score of a B and a fun time for the band! After their performance, they all hung out, had lunch, and enjoyed the rest of their day because of their hard work. Below is a very small portion of the Woodlake group who took dashing photos in their uniforms. Next time we hope to get the entire group! Great job Woodlake Band!


Love Doctor!

By Shania Finney

It is that time of the year again! Flowers, candy, teddy bears, hugs, and more is given out. Every year on February 14th, gifts are exchanged between loved ones and this is considered a well known day such as Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air!


The reason behind how and why Valentine’s Day was created is because of a man called Saint Valentine. Valentine was a priest who was known in the third Century in Rome and served time. During that time, the Emperor, Claudius II made a rule that men who are not married, or are in any relationship with a women, were the only people who were fit to serve in war. Valentine saw injustice in this, and decided to secretly marry young couples together anyways. Soon Valentine was discovered, and Claudius ordered for him to be put to death. There are many other murky stories to why Valentine’s was considered the iconic figure to starting Valentine’s Day, such as helping Christians escape the Roman prisons. Behind all these several reasons and stories, the main thing about them was that he was well known for being a sympathetic, heroic, romantic man. Many believe that Valentine’s Day is in remembrance of Valentine’s death and it lives on every single year on the 14th of February.

Save the Drama for your Mama By: Nikole Kimble


Get ready for this year’s exciting Spring play, which will be Lady Pirates of the Caribbean. This whimsical musical is about Esmerelda, the captain of the Lawless Ladies, a her ruthless pirate crew. Esmerelda and her lady pirates are on an adventure, recovering stolen gold from a different group of pirates. She and her ruthless crew disguise themselves as a shipwrecked theater troupe who happen to stumble upon the luckless Parrot Isle. There will be singing and dancing and a good old fashion, pirate sword fighting. Auditions begin on Tuesday, January 24 in the PAB at 6:30 PM. Be prepared to sing, dance and read from the script! Their is a total of 21 speaking parts, (male and female) and lots of extra roles for pirates!

Christmas Day in Ukraine

By Valeriy Khimyuk

Many Ukrainians have a day off on Christmas Day, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. It is an annual public holiday across Ukraine and falls on January 7.


Christmas Day celebrates the day Jesus Christ, pictured above, was born.

Christmas for many Ukrainians is an important family holiday. When Ukraine was part of the former Soviet Union, Christmas Day was not a public holiday, but Christmas traditions were not forgotten. After Ukraine gained its independence in 1991, Christmas Day was made a public holiday. Many Ukrainian Christmas traditions are based on pre-Christian Pagan customs. The Ukrainian Christmas festive days according to the Julian calendar, start on 6 January, Christmas Eve, and end on 19 January, “Jordan” or Epiphany.

Svyatyi Mykolai (Saint Nicholas) – Ukrainian Santa Claus?

The image of Svyatyi Mykolai as a person who brings the Christmas gifts for children, the feast of which is marked on 19 December. It is supposed, that children should find their Christmas gifts under their pillow on that morning.

Holy Evening – time for family celebrating.

Sviata Vecherya or “Holy Supper” is the central tradition of the Christmas Eve celebrations in Ukrainian homes. The dinner table sometimes has a few wisps of hay on the embroidered table cloth as a reminder of the manger in Bethlehem.

Kutia (sweet grain pudding) is traditionally served at the Ukrainian Christmas dinner table. It is often the first dish in the traditional twelve-dish Christmas Eve supper and is rarely served at other times of the year.


Koliadky (Caroling)

At the end of the Sviata Vechera the family often sings Ukrainian Christmas carols. In many communities the ancient Ukrainian tradition of caroling is carried on by groups of young people and members of organizations and churches calling at homes and collecting donations. The Ukrainian song “Shchedryk” became the basis for the world famous Christmas Carol, “Carol of the Bells”.  Another well-known carol is Boh predvičnyj narodivsja.

Didukh (Grandfather)

When the children see the first star in the eastern evening sky, the Sviata Vecherya may begin. In farming communities, the head of the household now brings in a sheaf of wheat called the didukh which represents the importance of the ancient and rich wheat crops of Ukraine, the staff of life through the centuries. Didukh means literally “grandfather spirit” so it symbolizes the family’s ancestors. In city homes a few stalks of golden wheat in a vase are often used to decorate the table.

Christmas Day is a public holiday across Ukraine, so many businesses, schools, universities and public offices are closed.

Many Orthodox Christian churches in Ukraine observe the Christmas Day date from the Julian calendar, which is different from the more commonly used Georgian calendar. So, while Christmas is still on December 25 in the Julian calendar, it appears on January 7 in the Gregorian calendar, up until 2100. After that, the Gregorian date for Orthodox Christmas will be January 8 in 2101.

My family also has it’s own traditions for Christmas, and this time of the year is my favourite time, because all our family gather together. I like the atmosphere of Christmas, and I will miss my family at this year’s’ Christmas.   

Tiger Talk

By: Claudia Zacarias

The city of Woodlake is known for its small town hospitality. It is a town known for its neighborly citizens and friendly school system in which students have known one another since pre-school. However, though you may know a lot about someone, you can never know too much about a person. Here are some Tigers that got interviewed for their perspectives on some random questions.

file_000Ray Rodriguez, Sophomore

If you were granted three wishes, what would you wish for?

Ray: “I’ve actually put some thought into this before and my first wish would be to have an unlimited amount of money. My second wish would be to have 20/20 vision because I have glasses. My third wish would be to be the fastest man alive.”

Jessica Sandoval, Junior

file_001When was your most embarrassing moment and why?

Jessica: “It was during an assembly, my second grade year and I wasn’t paying attention. They were giving out parent awards and they called Jessica Sandoval, which is my name. Although it was actually my friend’s mom’s name, so I go up in front of the whole school thinking it’s me. And they tell me that it’s not me they were calling and tell me to go sit down. Everyone was laughing at me.”


Reeana Muñoz, Freshman

Which Netflix shows are you watching right now and would recommend?

Reeana: “Shows I would recommend include The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars, and Vampire Diaries. ”

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.


Spring Fling Is Clean

By: Crystal Zaragoza

Spring Fling at WHS is usually done a week before Spring Break, sort of a way to start off your break. It is full of fun dress up activities and fun for all students. Throughout the week many students dress up for the fun and the welcoming of the Spring season. It’s not only fun, but it also lightens up the mood around school with smiling faces, great dress up ideas, and excitement for the next day to dress up. All in all, it is just a great way to have fun, be involved, and show some school spirit!

Dress up Days:

Monday: PJ’s

Tuesday: Gender Bender

Wednesday: Beach Day

Thursday: St. Patrick

Friday: Orange & Black