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Teacher Profile: Susie Gomez

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

October 25, 2018

Filed under Community

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...

Housing Authority

Nathan Emeny-Smith, Nico Galin, and Will Peters

October 25, 2018

Filed under Community, Local Engagement

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...

JUMP Bikes

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

October 25, 2018

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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...

Gym Issue Hurts PCS Sports

Natalie Walker, Kirin Hopper, Madeline Briscoe, and Carina Rafaelli

October 25, 2018

Filed under Campus Life, Community

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...

Halloween Events Throughout Santa Cruz

Halloween Events Throughout Santa Cruz

November 14, 2017

  As the Halloween spirit descends upon millions of children and parents across the United States, many are curious as to what events will be occuring in Santa Cruz county on October 31st. With PCS out of school the next day, there are plenty of events to make your Halloween a memorable one. Here is a brief list: Downtown Santa Cruz Trick-or-Treating: A free event taking place from 2 to 5 pm with man...

California Fires

October 31, 2017

Filed under Community

As of October 27, 2017, “more than a dozen wildfires north of San Francisco had killed more than 40 people, burned over 160,000 acres and destroyed more than 7,000 structures.” What are possible factors that have led to these fires? One of the largest factors is population growth. California’s population has doubled in approximately 60 years. Wildfires are now hitting five times as more people as it did in the 1960s. Another factor is climate change. There is a clear correlation between climate change and natural disasters as an increase in hurricanes, heat waves and droughts has been evident globally. Wind has...

Halloween Costume Quiz

Halloween Costume Quiz

October 31, 2017

Don’t know what to dress up as for Halloween? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Just take this quick personality quiz and keep track of your points. We’ll let you know what costume to pick at the end of the quiz based on your points! What do you like to do in your freetime Crush the patriarchy (1 point) Eat (2 pt) Hang with friends (3 pt) Browse through social media (4 pt) Where...

Top 6 Halloween Treats to Make

Rachel Schultz, Lani Tavangar, Daisy Cholden, and Indianna Clark

October 31, 2017

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Top 6 Halloween Treats to Make By Rachel Schultz, Lani Tavangar, Daisy Cholden and Indianna Clark   Apple Mouths   Recipe: You will need: peanut butter, apples, mini marshmallows Cut the apples into slices Line the apples edges with peanut butter Place marshmallows in between the apple slices and position to look like a mouth Rating: on a scale of one to ten (10 is amazing/easy, one is horrible/hard)              What we think Taste: 9 Appearance: 9.5 Baking Efficiency: 8   Pumpkin Candy Bowls   Recipe: You Will Need: Ora...

New Teachers

New Teachers

October 16, 2017

Mr. Pandey is a  PCS alumnus and currently teaches AP English Language And Composition. He can be found in Room 127, dropping sick beats.   What attracted you to the job here at PCS? I knew I wanted to teach high school and was looking at options in terms of where I wanted to be living. Since I grew up here, there was an obvious attraction to coming back to a place that I love. I wa...

Cellphone Technology Research

Cellphone Technology Research

October 16, 2017

Right now, PCS administration, student government, and assorted teachers and students have been conducting research and working to update our existing cell phone policy. Through a collaboration between community members, this committee hope to discover the best way for students to learn while still using technology appropriately. Randy Garrett, Math Department Chair at PCS, and Sarah Madsen, a sen...

Odd Couple Interview

Odd Couple Interview

October 16, 2017

Names Maddie & Brookie Grades Seniors Role Directors Summary The Odd Couple, written by Neil Simon, is a play largely about the relationship between two friends-- Olive and Florence-- who decide to live together after Florence’s husband files for a divorce. Problems arise as the two realize that they are utterly incompatible-- in short, Florence is neat, Olive is messy-- and...

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