The PCS Roar

Dedication Day

December 4, 2015

College Board: Questionable

Rhiannon Mulligan

November 17, 2015

Filed under Campus Life, Mulligan's Mullings, Opinions

We need to talk about something. That something is the College Board, probably the most hated “non-profit” in the United States. First off, the College Board is not actually a non-profit. If your CEO is earning $1.3 million a year, you are making a profit. How did they make that money? Tests, tests, tests, tests, tests, and even more tests. While the underclassmen may not have been fully introduced to the frustration associated with the SAT and AP tests, the seniors are done. Not only is it emotionally draining to deal with the College Board, but it is also ludicrously expensive. As senior Leah Wolff says...

New Staff

Jasmine Gates, Nicolas Macotto, Nora Aron, and Ella Skye

November 17, 2015

Filed under Campus Life

Lindsay Cross: Growing up in Santa Cruz, Ms. Cross actually went to PCS.  She graduated in 2005 and went on to graduate from UCSC.  Her last job had her teaching at a lovely preschool in Oakland, but this is her first time teaching at this level.  When she is not teaching, she takes dance classes and cooks delicious vegan food while spending time with her partner. In 10th grade, she lived with a friend of hers in Germany for a year and attended a German public school. She has also spent a summer in Russia in a small children's village just outside of Moscow. She explained what inspired her to become a teacher: “When...

PCS All School Field Trip

October 27, 2015

Filed under Campus Life

Super Math Bros (feat. PCS Teachers)

Tyler Hayford, High School Reporter

May 26, 2015

Filed under Campus Life

Word is spreading about an impressive new computer game created by senior Shayne Hayes, which features playable PCS teachers. Hayes designed the original version of Super Math Bros. for his Senior Capstone project, but the current version is being developed for fun and general distribution. Super Math Bros. functions as a Super Smash Bros. inspired fighting game, but in a pixelated two player platform style with 32x32 pixels. At this time, the game’s characters include 6 incredibly accurate representations of Mr. Perera, Ms. Hutchinson, Mr. Pasari, Ms. Roth, Mr. Garrett, and Mr. Koens, but the game is in a state...

Homecoming Volleyball

Blake Dixon, High School Reporter

March 23, 2015

Filed under Campus Life, Community, Sports

To finish off homecoming week, PCS had its homecoming boys varsity volleyball team play a home game against Soquel. The game took place after school on Friday in the PCS gym where a large crowd attended to watch the game and announcement of homecoming king and queen. PCS won the game by winning 3 out of 5 matches after falling behind 2-1 matches and rallying back to win the game. Gabe Lavendel and Neetu Patel won homecoming king and queen.

The Story of Homecoming spirit points 2K15

The Story of Homecoming spirit points 2K15

March 23, 2015

The war between the 7th Grade and the Seniors Throughout the Homecoming week, it was pretty clear that the main combatants in spirit competition were the Seventh graders and the Seniors. At the beginning of the week, the Seniors had a solid lead over all the other grades, starting with 170 points transferring over from the spirit week last semester. In second were the 7th graders, who started with...

Tutorial—Good Vision, Loose Enforcement

Tutorial—Good Vision, Loose Enforcement

February 24, 2015

Tutorial, while on paper a great way to help out stressed students, is a system that cannot and will not ever be fully utilized by all PCS students. When asked, pretty much any PCS student will say that tutorial is the best thing since late Friday morning—there is a genuine consensus that tutorial is good for relieving homework and study stress. It’s a good time for students to ask for teacher...

According to students, PCS Logo interpretation takes a conservative turn How teams are reacting in response to stricter logo enforcement

Jason Zheng, Editor

February 9, 2015

Filed under Campus Life, Sports

All across PCS, student clubs, sports teams and other student-based organizations are questioning the current PCS logo policy, citing its allegedly strict enforcement and creatively stifling nature. The policy, which was first enacted 3 years ago in an attempt to standardize the then chaotic “hodgepodge” of club and sport logos, states that PCS clubs and teams’ logos must primarily depict the trademarked PCS logos—for academics, this is the beloved blue wheel; for sports, this is the Ward puma head (the black and yellow square PCS puma). Any departure from either of the logos is seen as a deviation from the regis...

PCS Mulls New Furniture Options

Blake Dixon, High School Reporter

January 26, 2015

Filed under Campus Life, Community

Over the past two months, new types of desks and chairs have been available for students to try in the A-Pod. Now that it is confirmed that PCS will be moving to their new campus next year, PCS is deciding on new chairs and tables for the new campus. Currently, each room at PCS contains different types of chairs, tables, and solo desks for students and teachers to use. Many of the metal chairs are rusty, bent, and uncomfortable yet still widely used throughout the school. Newer white and mostly plastic chairs have been bought to replace some of these metal chairs but these new plastic chairs are already deteriorating--many...

AP Physics Becomes Two-Year Course

Danielle Sugrue, Managing Editor

January 26, 2015

Filed under Campus Life

Due to a change in the College Board standards, PCS’s AP Physics class will become two 1-year courses - AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 - taught by science teachers Lisa Michael and John Wright starting in the 2015-2016 school year. Although its curriculum will be designed collaboratively, Mr. Wright will primarily teach the first year, and Ms. Michael, the second. “Looking at the success of [Ms. Michael’s] students, it is obvious that she has developed a very effective course. I am lucky to work with someone who is so knowledgeable and experienced,” Mr. Wright said. “I really enjoy collaborating with...

The Hacky Sack Comeback at PCS

Jason Zheng, Editor

January 24, 2015

Filed under Campus Life

From the C-pod to A-pod, small clusters of students and teachers gather in ring formation, engaging in casual conversation while hacking the sack. From stalling to swooping to simply kickin’ it, almost everybody can hacky sack, with enough practice. “It’s really easy” says sophomore Xavier Prochaska, “It takes no set-up and it’s just something we can do whenever.” “It’s caught on so much because we’re already standing around in circles to begin with and having something to do helps the conversation,” says Ze’ev Bernstein and Andreas Allaman. And while hacking is a universally attainable skill, do expect a...

What the heck is advisory?

What the heck is advisory?

November 7, 2014

Every Thursday at 10 a.m., when advisory is about to begin, you can hear the distinctive grumble of a significant portion of PCS students. You may also hear murmurs of excitement from others, who are pleased to have a 45 minute “break” before third period. Four years after it was implemented, opinions on advisory are still divided: some like it, others really don’t. Senior Sedona Bragdon,...

New Campus: An Upgrade For PCS

Blake Dixon, High School Reporter

November 7, 2014

Filed under Campus Life

On July 22nd, the Santa Cruz City Council granted PCS permission to start construction on the new campus--a 49,000 square-foot building located at 3004 Mission Street Extension, just around the corner from current school site. PCS requested approval for permits from the city council this summer in order to finish extensive building renovations by the beginning of the 2015-2016 year. In 2012, the Santa Cruz Unified School District informed PCS that they would have to vacate the Natural Bridges campus, which PCS has leased from the city since 1999, because they planned to reopen Natural Bridges Elementary School.  T...

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