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It was a fun experience but being new to it, challenging to keep track of the prompts and storyline. Everyone was very supportive, said Hunt. Pictured is the skit, Film Critic, where DeBoer and DeClerck discussed The Friendly Alien. Photo by: Ava Mohror

Faculty Fundraiser Improv Show was a success

Ava Mohror and Elizabeth Gallo January 19, 2024

The eighth annual Faculty Fundraiser Improv Show brings laughter to Ventura and funding to the drama department On Friday, Jan. 12, the VHS Drama Department held its eighth Faculty Fundraiser Improv Show....

Sherman to Steinbeck: controversial authors, language and how their work fits into Ventura High School English classes

Sherman to Steinbeck: controversial authors, language and how their work fits into Ventura High School English classes

Avery Cameron June 12, 2023

Sherman Sherman Alexie, author of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian,” which is taught at VHS, was accused of sexual harassment in 2018. He issued a statement verifying these claims:...

Ventura High School students gathered to protest during period four near the Main Street Gym and the surrounding parking lot. Photo by: Adi De Clerck

VHS students walk out to protest teacher salaries

Alejandro Hernandez, Adi De Clerck, and Jocelyn Wood October 25, 2022

Students joined a protest by walking out during period four on Oct. 21 Ventura High School students walked out of their period four classes at 10:41 a.m. Oct. 21, 11 minutes after the beginning of the...

The Ventura High School Cheer Team poses for a photo at the VHS versus Buena High School football game Oct. 7, about a month after former head coach Orby Ortas resignation. Photo by: Elizabeth Botello

VHS Cheer Team head coach resigns

Alejandro Hernandez October 12, 2022

Former VHS Head Cheer Coach Orby Orta has resigned from his position Former Ventura High School Head Cheer Coach Orby Orta was selected as head cheer coach in April 2022 and formally appointed in May...

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.)....

Ballots had to be submitted by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Photo by: Caroline Marsden

Ventura High students on voting for the first time

Caroline Marsden June 10, 2022

 18 year old students who had the opportunity to vote in the 2022 primary election gave their takes on the first time voter experience  On Tuesday, June 7, 2022 the Ventura County primary election was...

Seniors Quinn Clow, Ella Girtsman, Kristina Efner, Audrey Flynn, and Clare Duganne (left to right) who all go to different schools within Ventura County. Photo by: Rachel Gonzalez

Protests ensue as Supreme Court votes to overturn Roe v. Wade

Greta Pankratz and Sophia Nacu May 12, 2022

A leaked draft of a Supreme Court ruling could mean the end of the 1973 Roe v. Wade protection of abortion rights The afternoon of May 3, 2022 had the front of the Ventura County Government Center crowded...

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...

Todos los miércoles durante el almuerzo, la maestra de apoyo para estudiantes de inglés, Emily Bradvica Downard, lleva a cabo sesiones de «Simon dice» para estudiantes de inglés en el salón 50. En las sesiones, los estudiantes adivinan la palabra en inglés para la acción de otro estudiante. Foto por: Alejandro Hernández

Los estudiantes de inglés perseveran en la escuela secundaria Ventura

Alejandro Hernandez and Rachel Gonzalez April 26, 2022

Los estudiantes de inglés constituyen más del 16 por ciento del alumnado, pero ¿cómo son atendidos académicamente? The English version of this article can be viewed here. Los estudiantes de la...

Every Wednesday at lunch, English Learner Support Teacher Emily Bradvica Downard holds Simon says sessions for English learners in room 50. At the sessions students guess the English word for another students action. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

English learners persevere at Ventura High School

Alejandro Hernandez and Rachel Gonzalez April 25, 2022

English learners make up over 16 percent of the student body, but how are they accommodated? La version en español de este artículo se puede leer aquí. Ventura High School students are separated...

VHS Principal Marissa Cervantes said, Our safety plans are used in various ways but the minute we received the initial information our safety plans went into effect by contacting our District offices and our School Resource Officer. From there we adhered to our safety plan throughout the investigation. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

March 28 gun scare resolved as a false alarm at Ventura High School

Alejandro Hernandez March 31, 2022

Report leads to an investigation into a student’s potential firearm possession The administration of Ventura High School received a report that a student was potentially in possession of a firearm on...

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