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Spirit Wear with Hate Symbol Pulled from Circulation

Spirit Wear with Hate Symbol Pulled from Circulation

June 1, 2017

On April 13, Principal Simon Fletcher emailed the school community to pull from circulation some PCS spirit wear, made in late 2015, that features the internet meme Pepe the Frog. The t-shirts were pulled because the meme is now associated with anti-Semitism and racism, according to the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Mr. Fletcher stated in the Thursday letter on April ...

Principal Fletcher Response to Upcoming Protest

Principal Fletcher Response to Upcoming Protest

January 19, 2017

We are reprinting Mr. Fletcher's letters to PCS, along with a Q and A done by one of our reporters. Dear PCS, Our family gathered the other night, as I am sure many of you did, to watch President Obama's farewell speech to the nation.  Beyond the reminder of how inspirational Barack Obama is as a speaker, his speech was also a clear reminder to me about why what we do at PCS is so import...

TNOB Fashion Catalog

TNOB Fashion Catalog

December 9, 2016

As the leaves slowly turn orange and drift to the ground, you can smell the scent of pumpkin spice lattes in the air. It is in fact, Autumn. In this edition, we will be recommending multiple articles of clothing to complement different styles. Without further adieu, here are your must-haves for this fall. -Two Noodles, One Bowl East Coast:                                     ...

Teacher Turnover Hits Science Department Midyear

Teacher Turnover Hits Science Department Midyear

December 9, 2016

Last month, the eighth grade physical science teacher Mr. Herber left and in that same week, Mr. Gianino, the other eighth grade science teacher and the only chemistry teacher at PCS, left the school.  PCS was able to hire someone for Mr. Herber’s class--Mr. Hickok.  However, PCS has not yet found a new teacher for Mr. G’s class. Many students who have been directly impacted now feel stressed ...

PCS Reacts to Trump’s Victory

PCS Reacts to Trump’s Victory

December 9, 2016

The evening of Tuesday, November 8, 2016 held bad news for some and good news for others. Americans across the country who voted for Donald Trump as President of the United States were satisfied, if not jubilant. However, for the 75% of Santa Cruz voters who supported Hillary Clinton for the position, Trump’s victory was devastating. For sophomore Roxana Ortiz, the election results were “shockin...

Advice Fairy – Edition 2

Advice Fairy – Edition 2

December 9, 2016

Please Don´t Mess with our Boxes! Dear Advice Fairy, I´m really sad. I can not stop eating sugar. I´m fat. My parents say I'm skinny, but I know they´re lying. Help! -Stuck on Sugar Dear Stuck on Sugar, You are not alone. A lot of people are going through the same thing. You are not fat. Your parents would not lie to you. People come in all shapes and sizes, so be proud of who you ...

The Coin Prankster

The Coin Prankster

October 21, 2016

Somebody--we’ll call them the PCS Coin Prankster--has been going around campus glueing coins to various objects, in attempt to trick students into trying to pick them up.  According to Dan Hogan, the PCS building manager, coins have been found in a variety of locations, ranging from sinks and urinals to staircases. When asked about the situation, Mr. Hogan said: “I see the sarcasm and humor th...

Fantasy Football

Fantasy Football

October 21, 2016

It's that time of the year again.   I hear the whispers in the hallways...Gronkowski...Adrian Peterson...Matt Forte… As the list of names enter one ear and exit the other, I realize what this means. Fantasy Football Season is near.   You may be wondering, “What is Fantasy Football?” Created by Bill Winkenbach, a former limited partner with the Raiders, Fantasy Footba...

Basketball Thieves

October 21, 2016

Over the last couple weeks, there have been complaints about how the basketballs have been disappearing and how we are not replacing them with new ones. The eighth graders and some of the upperclassmen are annoyed that the school is not trying to get new ones.   Some students who do not even play basketball have some theories about why they are disappearing. These students are saying that ...

Advice Fairy – Edition 1

Advice Fairy – Edition 1

October 21, 2016

Dear Readers, The Advice Fairies have received some meaningful messages as well as some pranks. We thank those of you who have not done such things and really just want some advice, which is why the Advice Fairy was created. The way the Advice Fairy works is that you drop a note in one of the Advice Fairy boxes located in the library, student store table and office. The letters should be anonym...

Flipped Classrooms

Flipped Classrooms

October 21, 2016

Have you wondered why PCS math teachers have been simultaneously flipping their classrooms? Well, to reassure you, it is not being done literally. The Flipped Classrooms method is a system of learning that is a relatively new phenomenon in the PCS math department. The program instructs students to watch a video at home on their lesson, and complete “homework” in class. A new system of quizzes has...

A “Review” of the Winter Formal

February 19, 2016

Filed under Campus Life, Opinions, Satire

If you are a 7th or 8th Grader (or have the reading comprehension skills of a  7-8th grader), don’t bother reading this. You didn’t go. Wait for the Spring Formal. I think it’s some time in May. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I saw the word “Formal” in the title “Winter Formal,” I imagined a ballroom-type, formal dancing sort of thing. The Winter Formal was a standard PCS Dance except that we got to wear our fancy suits and dresses (or whatever you see first in your closet {Jack Peters}). The Winter Formal, along with every single PCS Dance since the dawn of time, had three types of people: Peopl...

PCS Lunch Options

Julian Doblo, Columnist

December 11, 2015

Filed under Campus Life

Are you looking for lunch locations near the new campus? This article has a list of quick restaurants you you could eat at during your break. First, one of the hundreds of taquerias in Santa Cruz, Taqueria La Cabaña. This taqueria receives 4 stars on yelp, with 252 reviews. The address is, 2332 Mission St. Also, if you just want a drink you could go to either a 7-11, which is on the corner of Swift and Mission, or a Jamba Juice, which is on the corner of mission and berkshire, past the 7-11 and another Bike Shop. Upper Crust is a Pizza and Pasta place on mission, and is a short walk from here. Or, if you want qu...

Student Stress Levels at PCS

Abhay Zope, Liam Hughes, Columnist

December 11, 2015

Filed under Campus Life

Academic stress is a large issue facing schools today. In fact, in a survey of 1,000 students ages 13-17 done in 2007, 51% said they had moderate stress levels. We conducted our own PCS study on stress levels relative to workload and sleep schedules. According to our data, most PCS students are frequently stressed and usually get 6-8 hours of sleep. The percent of PCS students that are extremely stressed out (46%) tells us how much of a problem stress really is. The grade level of specific students surveyed was somewhat mixed with the majority of responders (52%) being sophomores. There were also a decent amount of fr...

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