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The Student News Site of Ventura High School

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The Student News Site of Ventura High School

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The voluntary summer program is operated by the Ventura Unified School District, which entirely runs the June session and partners with the charter school Learn4Life for the July session. Graphic by: Alejandro Hernandez

VHS summer school is now underway

Alejandro Hernandez June 21, 2022

Ventura Unified School District allows for summer credit recovery The summer program at Ventura High School has begun its June session, which will take place between June 20 and 30 (8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.)....

Bradley Orozco 23 said, “I joined the Safe Space Club because I think its cool to have a place where you can just say how youre feeling and where you can be honest and stuff. I like that theres fun people who wont judge and I like the mutual agreement of ‘whatever happens in the club stays in the club.’ I feel safe talking about my problems because seeing other people talk about theirs, lets me know they trust me and I can trust them. Graphic by: Samantha Castañeda

Club feature: The Safe Space Club helps students find their safe space

Samantha Castañeda June 20, 2022

The Safe Space Club recently joined the VHS club scene The Safe Space Club is a place where students can go and talk about anything; whether it be about their personal life, anything that has been on...

Majority of approved class novels represent only 18 percent of student body

Majority of approved class novels represent only 18 percent of student body

Avery Cameron June 10, 2022

Required reading part one: As VHS teachers are required by the state to teach novels from a “broad range of cultures and periods," class novels remain consisting of 81 percent white authors VHS English...

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...

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...

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....

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