The PCS Roar

Maintaining Good Mental and Physical Health as a PCS Student

Sylvie Fraley

March 12, 2019

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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

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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

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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

Filed under Community, News

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

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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

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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

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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...

Jump Bikes on the PCS Campus

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

March 12, 2019

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Jump Bikes are rental bikes provided in Santa Cruz that are fun, efficient, and affordable. They are electric assist bikes meaning that they provide a “boost” every time you pedal. Jump Bikes are made for people of all shapes and sizes with a full size frame, adjustable seat, tamper proof brake lines, grip bill, and a built in U-bar lock. However, they have been banned from the Pacific Collegiate Campus. Why is this? Most importantly, to use a Jump Bike, you need the Jump Bike App, which tells you where the nearest jump bike is, and it guides you to where it is located. This creates a problem because if Jump...

PCS Eyes Campus Expansion

Ryan Olson, Giorgos Kottas, Nathan Emeny-Smith, Nico Galin, and Will Peters

March 12, 2019

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The PCS Board of Directors is currently in talks to possibly rent a large portion of the building across the street from the PCS campus which was formerly occupied by the Santa Cruz Housing Authority. The space is now available for rent due to the Housing Authority’s move to Capitola. Possible benefits of renting of the space would include a performance and storage space for the Visual and Performing Arts department, additional parking for students and staff, an assembly space for student/faculty/parent meetings, a possible outdoor play area, space for standardized test administration,  and additional classrooms. VP...

Gym Issue Hurts PCS Sports

Natalie Walker, Kirin Hopper, Maddie Briscoe, and Carina Raffaeli

March 12, 2019

Filed under Campus Life, Community, Sports

PCS does not have as gym. This predicament heavily influences the sports at PCS by limiting practices and games. Our school is geared towards academics which leaves little room for school spirit in regards to sports and other activities. When PCS moved from the Swift Street campus in the fall of 2015, the school lost access to the gym as well. The loss of a well-managed, easily accessible gym has since hindered the value of sports. The gym was primarily used for basketball and volleyball before it started falling apart due to erosion, mold, and inconsistent upkeep. Due to complaints from the athletes, construction on the old g...

Teacher Profile: Susie Gomez

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

October 25, 2018

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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 ...

Teacher Profile: Kyla Painter

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

October 25, 2018

Filed under Community

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...

Environmental Consciousness

Sylvie Fraley

October 25, 2018

Filed under Campus Life, Community, Opinions

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...

UNITED PCS: Teachers Decide to Unionize

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

October 25, 2018

Filed under Community, Showcase

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...

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