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The Student News Site of Ventura High School

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The Student News Site of Ventura High School

The Cougar Press

Students can apply to join Team 4414 by going to their website. Photo From: Burton Sessa

What’s rolling with Ventura’s local robotics program?

Jocelyn Wood May 21, 2022

A look into Ventura’s Team 4414 HighTide robotics program. Team 4414, also known as HighTide, is a robotics team that was created in 2018. On their website they state, “[HighTide] provides opportunities...

CAASPP testing has required Ventura High School to begin using block schedule so that class periods are long enough to take the test. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Ventura High School undergoes CAASPP testing

Alejandro Hernandez May 17, 2022

What is CAASPP testing? The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), is a system of exams that test students’ academic abilities. It will be taken by Ventura High School juniors...

The past six months graph for positive cases in Ventura County, showing the winter omicron surge from January to mid-February. Photo by: New York Times

A recap of COVID-19 at VHS

Sophia Denzler May 17, 2022

How has the 2021-22 school year gone in terms of COVID-19 safety? The third year since the very first COVID-19 shutdown has recently passed. With the first COVID-19 case popping up in late 2021, the world...

I believe that Toby is real, not literally real, but what Toby actually is, and personally I believe it’s the spirit of every performer on stage, said senior Ryan Palmisano, who recently starred as Charlie Brown in the play You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, which was put on the very stage Toby supposedly haunts. Photo by: Livia Vertucci

The ghastly ghoul that supposedly haunts the drama department

Livia Vertucci and Adi De Clerck May 10, 2022

All about Toby the ghost who's supposedly stuck haunting the drama department for eternity For close to two decades, the story of the ghost of a teenage boy named Toby has haunted the drama department....

Junior Tobias Raymond said, I started playing [football] in 8th grade and I was always a little nervous to play but I fell in love with it. I think I love football because of the team camaraderie. It’s really fun being around all of the guys on the team. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Student feature: Tobias Raymond tackles his future

Alejandro Hernandez May 9, 2022

Junior Tobias Raymond on his football career and scholarship offers On May 2, junior Tobias Raymond received a scholarship offer from Yale University. He also has received offers from UC Berkeley, Oregon...

AP Computer Science teacher Linda Bergfeld, who is also the Ventura Unified Education Association (VUEA) treasurer, said, “The block schedule rotates based on odds and evens. We go one, three, five and then seven. We call it a ‘skinny seventh.’ Seventh period meets everyday versus one, three and five that are on a block and two, four and six being the next day.” Graphic by: Alejandro Hernandez

VHS set to introduce new block schedule

Alejandro Hernandez May 5, 2022

State testing requires longer periods Ventura High School will begin using a block schedule for California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing between May 16 and June 2. The...

The group of art students and chaperones on the field trip, posed in front of the infamous Colosseum. Photo by: Lauren Minadeo

VHS art students say “Ciao!” from Italy

Ava Mohror April 29, 2022

Lauren Minadeo’s art students took a trip to Italy over spring break, how did it go? Over the 2022 spring break (April 4-8), VHS art teacher Lauren Minadeo took 16 of her students to Italy. Originally...

Freshman Sevastian Smith, who is an ASSETS member, said, “I think that ASSETS is an amazing place, letting kids stay after school. Sometimes they can’t be picked up.” Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

ASSETS supports students after hours

Alejandro Hernandez April 27, 2022

Food, tutoring and transportation for all ASSETS, standing for “After School Student Education Teamwork for Success,” is an after school program at Ventura High School which does not mandate attendance....

Kyle Harvey comes back to perform at Ventura after four years not being able to in front of a crowd

Kyle Harvey comes back to perform at Ventura after four years not being able to in front of a crowd

Samantha Castañeda April 27, 2022

Kyle Harvey is a graduate student from the class of 2011 who first started his music career while in high school, but how did he make it this far? Kyle Harvey, known as Superdupekyle, KYLE or King Wavey...

Ventura College is a great example of the benefits community college offers, including offering a fantastic theater program, excelling in sports, and residing in the perfect location. Photo by: Brody Daw

Opinion: Wait…college can be affordable?

Brody Daw April 27, 2022

The ongoing benefits of community college and why any stigma around community college  should be erased Educational elitism is the cause of many stigmas that run rampant in high schools and our society....

VUSD student can no longer access the Chrome Web Store via their school Google accounts. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

VUSD students barred from using Google Chrome extensions

Alejandro Hernandez April 26, 2022

The Ventura Unified School District has disabled Google Chrome extensions on student Google accounts On March 23, the Ventura Unified School District permanently closed the Google Chrome Web Store (CWS)...

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