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Op-ed letter to students from VHS teachers

Op-ed letter to students from VHS teachers

The Cougar Press

June 21, 2020

Our dear high school students, tomorrow’s leaders,   Life and History, in the forms of a virus and the largest racial uprisings of your lifetime, have perhaps taught you more in the last twelve weeks than you have learned in our classrooms… if you have been paying attention.   Robbed from t...

Why I’m marching

Why I'm marching

Talia Wilcox

February 5, 2019

On January 19, 2019, I found myself marching in downtown Ventura in the 3rd annual Women’s March. Surrounded by signs and chants about freedom and rights, I felt part of the battle to which so many women before me have dedicated their lives. Marchers waved signs bearing the image of one woman in pa...

Guest Write: What you get with “The Hate U Give”

Talia Wilcox is a sophomore at Ventura High School. Photo by: Talia Wilcox

Talia Wilcox

November 7, 2018

Society uses movie theaters and other forms of entertainment to get away from life’s problems for an hour or two. We watch movies about superheroes and princesses in far off realities, different from our own. As an avid theater goer, I am constantly waiting for the next Marvel movie to come out, o...

Challenge to: Eating in class

Challenge to: Eating in class

Wendy Montejano

January 23, 2018

¨No food allowed in class! Throw it away or leave it on the desk by the door,¨ some Ventura High School teachers say when I bring food or drinks into their classroom. However, I believe that students should be able to eat and drink during class. When teachers tell students they can’t eat in class, many resp...

Challenge to: Electronic Devices

Challenge to: Electronic Devices

Micaela Plascencia

January 23, 2018

The rule against using electronics at Ventura High School states that “All electronic devices are not to be used or displayed during instructional time anywhere on campus,”  but the rule is so outdated that even teachers break it everyday. Seriously, why have a rule that no one follows? First ...

Challenge to: The grading system

Challenge to: The grading system

Gavin Cross

January 23, 2018

I, among many other students, believe that our current system of grading is unnecessary and is not good for the mental health of students. Grades lead to stress and stress leads to problems. This system also takes away from actually learning the curriculum. Students begin to put more of their effort into...

Opinion: Busy work is bogus!

The reality today, is that when students are overwhelmed with assignments they'll care more about getting it done for s grade, rather than actually learning the material.  This is another example of why homework isn't beneficial for students.
Photo by: Brooke Newman

Garrett Jaffe

January 10, 2018

As a Ventura High School student, I believe that my ability to attain a fruitful education has been limited by the district's long standing system of bureaucracy and allowing the teaching process to be substituted for a pile of paperwork. My personal belief is that education is the most important thing...

Club Week: yes, it’s actually worth it

Maya Krishnasamy, Rapha Rosalles, Max Cohen, Kate Marsden, Neela Krishnasamy, Peyton Reynolds, Sarah Florez, Sarah Clench, and Valentina Pfeifer at a Key Club beach cleanup spelling out Key Club with the dog toys they had just made for the Humane Society. 
Photo by: Helen Scovell

Sarah Florez

September 16, 2017

Having just finished a fantastic year of community service and helping our planet in both GWAT, Global Warming Action Team, and Key Club here at VHS, I have to say that club week --along with clubs at VHS in general-- are a raging success. Yes, I do have to admit that there are plenty of clubs that...

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