The PCS Roar

PCS Kids Opt Out of In-Person Instruction
PCS Kids Opt Out of In-Person Instruction
Kira Valles-Knoll, Art Editor • May 23, 2021

I spoke to some of the students who are staying home this year. Meaning, they’re doing distance learning, all the time. My intention was to...

Farewell, Ms. Fitts!
Farewell, Ms. Fitts!
Meris Childs, Staff Writer • May 22, 2021

This year one of our most beloved PCS teachers, Ms. Lauren Fitts, an eighth- and ninth-grade history teacher, will be moving to Portland, Oregon....

More Kids Get Covid Vaccines!
More Kids Get Covid Vaccines!
Sophia Casaletto, Staff Writer • May 22, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed, and they are now available to students as young as twelve. In fact, most colleges say that they will...

Take a Hike: Baldwin Loop
Take a Hike: Baldwin Loop
Aaron Saunders, Staff Writer • May 22, 2021

I am doing a series of reviews of hiking trails around Santa Cruz. Next up: Baldwin Loop.

Bike the Flow Trail
Bike the Flow Trail
Jonah Guyer, Staff Writer • May 22, 2021

Mountain biking is a great sport and has lots to offer. You are getting good exercise on the climbs, you are out in nature, and (the best part)...

PCS Track and Cross Country Adapts Around Covid-19
PCS Track and Cross Country Adapts Around Covid-19
Xander Coomes, Assistant Editor • May 22, 2021

In recent months, the Covid-19 tier for Santa Cruz County has moved from the purple tier (widespread viral distribution) to the orange tier (moderate...

A&E
Finch Publishes New Issue
Finch Publishes New Issue
May 23, 2021

The Finch, PCS' student-run literary magazine, published its final issue of the year on May 21st. The issue features poetry, art, fiction, non-fiction...

Choir Classes Create Virtual Cabaret!
Choir Classes Create Virtual Cabaret!
May 23, 2021

The choir classes conducted by Ms. Hughes released their end-of-the year cabaret performances last week. Their video cabaret showcases nine solo...

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff in Marvel Studios
Podcast Review: Wandavision
Zoe Perera and Sivanna Sommerville May 23, 2021

In this podcast, Sivanna and Zoe discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Marvel's recent series Wandavision.

Nature Photography
Nature Photography
Sivanna Sommerville, Staff Writer • May 23, 2021

This is a gallery of the best photos I have taken in Spring 2021. Most of them are outdoor and close-up photography.    

The Poison of Our Seas
The Poison of Our Seas
Anareli Hernandez , Staff Writer/Cartoonist • May 22, 2021

My watercolor painting is explaining how pollution really harms sea animals, especially turtles. Every time you don’t properly dispose of a...

COVID Photo Gallery
COVID Photo Gallery
Isaac Seymour, Writer, Photographer • April 3, 2021

My name is Isaac and I'm in 7th grade. This is my photo gallery. The theme of these photos is "Life in Aptos during COVID-19." I have been taking...

Capstone Class Presents Second Annual Symposium
Capstone Class Presents Second Annual Symposium
Sophie Folger, Staff Writer • May 23, 2021

Despite the 2020-2021 school year being mostly in distance learning mode, some PCS juniors and seniors have still managed to complete Capstone...

A sophomore at PCS, Marco Panzardi just got his driver’s license a little more than two weeks ago.
PCS Students Get Behind the Wheel
Ellen Zhan, Staff Writer • May 23, 2021

I am currently 16 years old, and I’m learning how to drive so I can take myself to sports and other extracurricular events. The complexity...

PCS Teachers and Staff Crossword
PCS Teachers and Staff Crossword
Ellen Zhan, Writer • March 13, 2021

Play this crossword to learn more about your PCS teachers and staff! Look at the PCS Staff and Faculty Bios on the PCS website for the crossword...

Why Students Need to Know Paleontology
Why Students Need to Know Paleontology
Alec Barker, Staff Writer • May 22, 2021

As a lifetime fan of paleontology, I have always been bothered by how disconnected the subject is from other sciences. By this I mean the lack...

Photo by Ashley Gilbertson  for The New York Times.
Impeachment and Insurrection Set New Precedents
Pakal Gonzalez-Montejano, Writer/Cartoonist • March 22, 2021

In the history of our country, a total of three presidents have been impeached, those being President Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in...

Some Food For Thought Before I  Eat a Snickers Bar
Some Food For Thought Before I  Eat a Snickers Bar
Ayla Ferrell February 21, 2021

We’ve all been there. It's 3pm after a boring school day. We’re feeling sluggish and wandering aimlessly around the house. We need an activity....

First Pandemic Thanksgiving
First Pandemic Thanksgiving
Tanya Sorin & Amogh Tandon March 17, 2021

In their podcast produced for Mr Hunt’s Rhetoric class, Tanya and Amogh discuss their chaotic Thanksgiving together this past year. They describe...

Lake Powell
Lake Powell
Evan Hedrick March 17, 2021

In the podcast he created for Mr. Hunt’s Rhetoric class, Evan shares a story from a trip to Lake Powell in 2014. He briefly recalls a trick...

Latinas at PCS
Latinas at PCS
Natalia Jimenez-Ortiz and Emily Garcia-Solis March 16, 2021

Natalia and Emily’s podcast, which was produced for Mr. Hunt's Rhetoric class, explores the unique experience of being two of the few Latinas...

School vs. Online School
School vs. Online School
Anareli Hernandez, Writer and Cartoonist • March 28, 2021

What inspired me to write this short comic about pros and cons of school in person and online school, was about real experience. I feel like...

PCS Puma
PCS Puma
Ayla Ferrell, Staff Writer/Cartoonist • November 6, 2020

COVID Cross Country
COVID Cross Country
Pancho McKee, Staff Writer/Cartoonist • November 3, 2020

Staff Spotlight
Isaac Seymour
Isaac Seymour
Staff Photographer

Isaac joined journalism because he wanted to get involved in pictures, news, and podcast-related activities. Isaac is excited about posting many pictures on the PCS Roar website, and possibly creating...

Ayla Ferrell
Ayla Ferrell
Staff Writer

Paper View Plain Text View Ayla joined journalism because it seemed like a fun way to stay in touch with the school and meet new people. She is excited to update the cartoons section. Outside of...

Ellen Zhan
Ellen Zhan
Staff Writer

Ellen joined journalism because she enjoys writing and hopes to learn more about the PCS community. She is excited to write articles for the Roar and to possibly also try contributing other media content...

Zanthee Schwarzmann
Zanthee Schwarzmann
Assistant Editor

Edelein Zanthee is a Junior who has been at PCS since 7th grade. She joined the Roar because of her interest in journalism and to hone her journalistic writing style. Zanthee enjoys painting with watercolors,...

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