The PCS Roar

Berenice Felipe and Tia Salika Memorial

Rina Rossi & Carina Raffaelli

January 17, 2020

“Charitable. Generous. Kind. Compassionate. Passionate. Full of joy and mirth. Energetic, often to the point of hyper. Opinionated. Mama Bear. Sincere. Authentic. Educator.” These were words spoken by Andrea Roth, and Itzel Gonzalez Camacho, and used to describe Berenice Felipe, at their memorial held at PCS on Friday, September 20.  On September 20th, 2019, members of the PCS and Santa Cruz community gathered at Holy Cross Church for Berenice’s mass, celebrating the life and legacy of Berenice Felipe.  A beautiful ceremony took place, inclusive of all parts of Berenice’s identity. Passages and gentle hymn...

PCS Spikeball Club

Alessio Bernardi, Eric Aldrich, Colby Beck-Watts

January 15, 2020

Originating at first in 1989 by a Japanese toy maker Jeff Knurek, Spikeball took the stage by slight breeze and eventually died out in 1995. The rudimentary components of the original Spikeball caused easy mishaps and breaks within the design, ultimately causing its demise. Luckily, in 2003 entrepreneur and visionary Chris Ruder found new heights for this up-and-coming game. Harnessing an old set from the 1990’s, he quickly realized his love for the game and its potential. In 2008, Ruder bought a patent for the game at a mere $800 and began production. With some revitalization of certain aspects of the game and an over...

Global Climate Week Walkout

November 19, 2019

On the morning of September 27, 169 students from PCS gathered in order to walk out for the global climate strike. At lunch, students walked out of school along with other protesters worldwide in order to amplify the world’s awareness about the impacts of global climate change. Students marched down Mission Street, making their way to Santa Cruz High School to meet with students from other schools. They proceeded to march downtown, stopping in front of Wells Fargo Bank, where they met with more students and other independent advocates, some of whom gave speeches. The march did not stop there. Protesters continued dow...

Spirit Week

Kai Tao

November 19, 2019

During the week of September 23rd, PCS had our first spirit week of the year. The overarching tropical theme contained an ocean day, socks and sandals day, (a disagreeable fashion statement to some people), a shades day, a class color day, and a Hawaiian shirt day, on the days of the week ordered respectively. Along with the encouraged dress code, spirit week was accompanied with a multitude of activities. For example, Shades Day let one channel their inner detective and try their luck and skill at an official PCS scavenger hunt. The week also saw the culture dinner and homecoming dance take place; one highlight of sa...

Lunch Line is too Long!

Katerina Fanni, Claire Protti, Arie McNeil

November 19, 2019

Many people think that the lunch line at school is way too long. If you want pizza on Thursdays, or Burritos on Friday, you have to wait for a long time to get food. In addition, there is a serious issue regarding students running to get to lunch faster, and this can be dangerous since students can fall over and hurt themselves or others. Students are frequently seen running to the line to try to get a spot, because the line is always too long, and students have better things to do with their time like hanging out with friends and relax from the stress of school.  PCS students have reported, on average days, a wait of 5-15 minu...

PCS Teachers’ Union and School Enter Mediation Phase of Bargaining

Kai Tao

October 1, 2019

Roughly one year ago on the 15 of August, the PCS faculty began the long process of unionization, believing such a union to be a step forward for school-teacher relations and beneficial for the school environment.  In response to the comparatively low pay, high job turn-over rate, and rising cost of living heavily affecting teachers when working at PCS, a majority of its faculty decided to form a union for the sake of rectifying these issues and instituting worker protections.  The process of unionization began with a formal petition, in conjunction with the California Teachers Association, and consisted in negot...

Takara Restaurant Review

Luke Sangster

October 1, 2019

Located just outside the Capitola Mall, Takara is a Japanese restaurant serving a diverse range of sushi along with a large happy hour menu. Rather large and offering two bars, one with drinks, and another up close to the sushi chefs, the restaurant offers a variety of sitting areas. I typically order the California Roll, along with a few appetizers—usually a Miso Soup and some Edamame.  Good service is a rare commodity in most Santa Cruz restaurants, but at Takara, the servers are attentive. Food usually arrives within 45 minutes. The decor is pleasant, and at the entrance to the bathrooms, there are curtains ado...

Maintaining Good Mental and Physical Health as a PCS Student

Sylvie Fraley

March 12, 2019

Life at PCS can be stressful. Pretty much every single student (and teacher) here can agree with that. There’s a lot to do, from homework to maintaining some semblance of a social life, to exercising, to planning your future, to spending time with your family. If you feel like you don’t have time to relax and think about you, just you, you’re not alone. But it’s so important to take that time. Taking time to care for your mental and physical health is one of the most important things you can do in middle and high school especially, but really throughout your life. It can feel like you’re simply too busy to ref...

DON’T Uber Everywhere

Kirin Hopper, Carina Raffaelli, and Natalie Walker

March 12, 2019

Uber is a popular app that allows people to request rides from their mobile devices. The premise is that anyone can become an Uber driver by signing up with their personal vehicles, but the process of becoming an Uber driver lacks a lot of what many people would consider proper safety precautions. There are rarely any complete background checks done on Uber drivers, which raises the possibility of danger to someone who rides in an Uber alone. With 750,000 Uber drivers in the U.S, and 41.8 million Uber users, unfortunate attacks are bound to happen. Unlike cab companies, who operate a tighter ship with FBI background checks...

Conspiracy Theories Club at PCS

Gavin Kowalski, Logan Newkirk, Benito Sauceda, and Benson Young

March 12, 2019

Do aliens exist? What is Area 51 really about? If the government ever finds The Loch Ness Monster, what will they do with it? Larger than the PCS community, these questions have provoked the minds of many, and have led to a myriad of alternate explanations known as conspiracy theories. The Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe Club at PCS, also dubbed UMOTU, has recently gained considerable traction from PCS students fascinated with these questions. The club hosts weekly discussions around popular alternative explanations to world events, and viewings of documentaries and other media surrounding conspiracy theories. Three R...

PCS Teachers Unionize

Eric Spencer, Rina Rossi, Isabel Folger, Aneesh Medhekar, and Terry Cole

March 12, 2019

Although California public schools are generally unionized workplaces, some charter schools have unions while others do not. On August 15, 2018, a super-majority of teachers at Pacific Collegiate School voted and filed a formal petition to unionize with the California Teachers Association. Board President Tom Morell addressed the unionization of PCS teachers in a recent Thursday letter e-mailed to parents of Pacific Collegiate School students. Morell stated: “On August 15, 2018, the PCS Board and Administration received a notice that a majority of the PCS teaching staff had filed a petition to form a union, in aff...

What You Can Do to be More Environmentally Conscious and Friendly

Sylvie Fraley

March 12, 2019

The environment is our single biggest and most valuable resource, and we need to do everything we can do to protect it. The fact is, the environment has been depleted and destroyed by humans at a staggering rate, a rate that is not sustainable. Humans are going to continue to exist here, in growing numbers, and if we keep treating the natural world the way we are, not only will we fully destroy beautiful animals, plants, places, but we will also be severely limited in our resources, opportunities, and quality of life. We depend on the environment for everything we have: our food, our shelter, our jobs, our health, our lives...

New Faculty Profile: Ms Gomez

Alessio Bernardi, Taegan Dunton, Eric Aldrich, and Andrew Tsaronou

March 12, 2019

Susi Gomez is the new AP English Language teacher at PCS. Ms.Gomez was born and raised in Ecuador where she attended high school and studied journalism for 2 years. She worked on radio journalism and hosted a news show in Ecuador. During her third year of college, she participated in an exchange program in America where she attended Willamette University in Oregon for a year. Following this program, she decided to transfer and stay in America instead of moving back to Ecuador. Ms. Gomez attended university in New York for 3 years where she earned a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing. After she graduated college in ...

New Faculty Profile: Ms. Painter

Meris Childs, Ella Douglas, Audrie Flores, Keya Patel, Rosa Paten, Zadie Perera, and Kira Sangster

March 12, 2019

Kyla Painter is the new 7th grade science teacher at PCS. Ms. Painter is 28 years old and will be getting married in November. Her hobbies include reading true crime books and listening to true crime podcasts. She majored in biology at East Central University in Oklahoma. Her favorite color varies, but she is currently into blue and jewel tones. Her favorite subject in middle school was History (surprisingly, not science!) Ms. Painter realized she wanted to be a teacher when she started substitute teaching after college. After that, she began teaching at Watsonville High School. Now that she is teaching younger st...

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