The PCS Roar

El Nino: What Our Teachers Have to Say

Amelia Salzman, Calvin Dunbar, Alyssa Miller, Columnist

December 11, 2015

It's here. A few showers, days of rain here and there, increased swell, warmer waters--it all points to one thing: El Nino. Perhaps a storm of such a caliber could quench some of California’s thirst after so many years of severe drought. Or perhaps the upcoming precipitation will only bring slight reprieve from the climate change that has taken effect globally, and after it’s passing temperatures will continue to rise as water levels continue to drop. Either way, this long awaited storm will soon be upon us. So how should we prepare for the possible flooding, mud slides and various other side effects? Why not turn to...

College Board: Questionable

Rhiannon Mulligan

November 17, 2015

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...

Cautious School or Strict Rules

Liam Hughes, Anthony Cuturrufo, and Aneesh Medhekar

November 17, 2015

Opinion: School Overreacted to Ahmed’s Clock But Needed to be Cautious In Irving, Texas, a ninth-grade student named Ahmed Muhammad recently brought a clock he built to school, intending to impress his engineering teacher with his invention. Instead, Ahmed’s school and police felt that the clock resembled a bomb enough to be considered a threat. Police spokesman James McLellan said: “It could reasonably be mistaken as a device if left in a bathroom or under a car.” From the reaction on all media platforms, the majority of the public condemned the school’s actions and came out in support of the aspiring...

“Almonds: A Nutty Industry for Drought-Afflicted California?”

“Almonds: A Nutty Industry for Drought-Afflicted California?”

November 17, 2015

California, our beautiful home, has been suffering from severe drought for about four years now. This change in California’s climate has affected the whole state, including Santa Cruz— lawns are brown, the plants are wilting, the air is dry, and every time you pass Lexington Reservoir the dropping water line is distinct. This severe drought in Santa Cruz has forced us to change our habits in an e...

Why Students are Leaving PCS

Tyler Hayford, High School Reporter

May 12, 2015

In a recent meeting during ACS WASC’s (Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges) visit to our school, WASC wanted to understand why each year, so many students transfer out of PCS before 11th grade. I did not feel comfortable attending the meeting because of the way students were selected, but being a college senior who made it all the way through, I put some thought into the question. There are multiple parts to the answer: Junior year is the peak of stress for many students because at the minimum, there are three required AP classes. AP English Language, AP U.S. History, and AP ...

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...

Focused Driving Isn’t Always Safe Driving

Anaiis Nysether, High school Sports Writer

March 19, 2015

This weekend I was driving up to the city when I lost control of my car. I was not speeding. I was not texting. I was not under the influence, snacking or even distracted by friends in the car. I was driving by myself, during the day, on a relatively straight stretch of highway 17, when I hit a slick spot and began to veer too close to the vehicle to my right. While attempting to center myself in my lane, my back wheels slipped out from behind me and I crashed head on into the middle divisor. I bounced off backwards and spun around a full circle and a half until I smashed again into the middle divisor with my back...

PCS: Too shy to show Sports Spirit?

March 18, 2015

Recently, there’s been talk going around—especially amongst sports-spectating Juniors—about guidelines for PCS sports spectators. During a Boy’s Varsity Basketball game between PCS and Trinity several weeks back, what some students claimed as “school spirit” was perceived by parents of the opposing Trinity basketball team as “unsportsmanlike conduct.” “It was a tie game at the half when I arrived,” said Junior Jaivin Patel, an avid sports-goer at PCS. “I was shwanging with my friends all day and I really like to support Puma athletics. I try to go to as many home games as I can and I always bring...

No More Advisory

Blake Dixon, High School Reporter

February 23, 2015

Advisory was created and put into effect by PCS in order to give students a teacher and 45 minutes a week in order to talk and learn about subjects not covered in classes. Last year, a plan was given to all teachers that they were told they should follow yet they were allowed to deviate from but this year, no such plan was created. This year, most advisories have turned into tutorial time where students have time to do work yet can’t leave to go to work with other teachers or students. Some advisories have turned into periods where the teacher brings up any topic they want to talk about and hold a conversation with...

Don’t Police Tutorial

Blake Dixon, High School Reporter

February 23, 2015

At PCS, tutorial happens twice a week, unless there is a change in the schedule. Tutorial was created in order to give students time at school to do homework or meet with teachers for individual tutoring . Yet this is not what is happening--at least among the upperclassmen. Students are, routinely, signing out of their advisory class and then standing outside or sitting in cars to talk. Clusters of people can be seen in A-pod, study hall, or a classroom doing more socializing than work. While many students look forward to tutorial during school because it is their free time to work on homework or projects with other...

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