75th Anniversary of The Cougar Press
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The Student News Site of Ventura High School

The Cougar Press

75th Anniversary of The Cougar Press
Gap periods can have some beneficial aspects but there are also many downsides that need more attention at Ventura High School. Graphic by: Kendall Garcia

Opinion: Gap periods, let’s talk about it

Kendall Garcia October 21, 2022

 Ventura High School switched to a block schedule this year, which means students can have 100-minute blocks of time without class throughout the day Students at Ventura High School are not allowed to...

Students with a gap period must report to the library or the cafeteria. Ventura High School Librarian Susan Adamich doesnt see any benefits to block schedule. She said, “100 minutes with nothing to do. There are some students who do some studying, but not a lot.” Photo by: Alexis Segovia

New state law changes VHS atmosphere with block schedule

The new school year brings a new schedule to accommodate state laws; faculty and students share their thoughts on the effects of the new schedule As of the 2022-23 school year, Ventura High School has...

Cougar Catnip: Block schedule is NOT ideal!

Cougar Catnip: Block schedule is NOT ideal!

Belen Hibbler May 27, 2022

It’s nice only having three classes a day, but this new schedule doesn’t comply with my social needs. Block periods are 100 minutes while regular periods are 54 minutes. This makes sense because the...

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...

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...

Ventura High students will be using the program Canvas for the fall semester. Drawing by: Katie Medina

Crack open your computers, school is in session

Katie Medina and Riley Ramirez August 17, 2020

VUSD shares new details regarding the fall closure. Ventura Unified School District has introduced multiple learning programs during the school closure and has recently presented two programs that are...

“I hate [block schedule]! Because I have to spend two hours in the same boring class and I can’t do anything when I’m done testing, commented junior Trevor-Kane Baum. Photo by: Jezel Mercado

Block schedule: beneficial or bust?

Jezel Mercado and Tanya Turchyn June 6, 2019

These past few weeks at Ventura High School, students and staff have been experiencing “block schedule.” Block schedule is when there are fewer periods in the day that are one hour and 45 minutes...

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