screenshot-docs.google.com-2019.06.12-09-41-37Dylan Weber

Here’s the scoop. Lately, in the world, political parties have been shutting each other down for their own gain. Liberal students in colleges riot to stop speakers like Ben Shapiro from holding a lecture and republican youngsters shutting down other students for political beliefs. This is not new to the political world though.

In 1965 students attending a junior-high school participated in wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam war. The principal preemptively knew about the protest the students would be taking part in. She made an announcement that all students will be asked to remove the armband or students will be suspended. Children arrived at school the next day sporting the dreaded armband. As warned, the armband was removed and students were suspended. The motive for the principal to do this was that is could cause a disturbance on the school grounds. Students sued the school district, and it went to the Supreme Court who ruled 7 to 2 in favor of the students stating “Students do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” Continue reading “Censorship”

AVID Interviews

screenshot-www.tustin.k12.ca.us-2019.06.12-09-32-37Annabelle Lona

AVID Interviews took place in Room G4A on Tuesday, May 28th, to Friday, May 31st.

The AVID teachers Mrs. Ortega, Ms. Thach, and Mrs. Valverde were interviewing 6th, 7th graders, including kids from Stacey and other elementary schools.

“The questions we ask are what subjects students excel in, what their challenges are, and why they think they would be a good candidate,” says Mrs. Ortega. Like most classes, the have to commit to AVID and be willing to work hard. 

Are Stacey Students Prepared for a School Shooting?

screenshot-docs.google.com-2019.06.12-09-25-21Ashley Wolf and Gwyn Kent

(Disclaimer: Gun laws were not brought up)

Every student in the United States has done simple school drills like earthquake, lockdowns, fire, and shelter in place. These drills are supposed to help us prepare for disasters that can happen at any moment in time during the day. Do they help to teach us what to do in the event of a disaster? Maybe. But do Stacey Students feel prepared for a school shooting?

School shootings are a topic that has recently come into the news, and we hear about them more often than we’d like. As a student, most people would have to agree that seeing this on the news makes the idea even scarier.

Just because shootings have been brought up more recently, sadly it doesn’t mean they are anything new. There are records of shootings from as early as 1840. Continue reading “Are Stacey Students Prepared for a School Shooting?”

Keeping Up With the Karsh Kids

Madison Evans

Emily Nguyen is a caring, friendly, and energetic seventh grader who has a lot to say about her Karsh classes. She is juggling three classes with Karsh and can’t wait for the school year to be over.

As a seventh grade all-honors student, she is expected to keep her grades up, and she does. She has A’s in all of her classes; just like most Karsh Kids. She likes all her classes equally, saying, “All of my classes have the same people, so it’s really all the same.” Her favorite part of her classes is working on group projects because she gets to work with her friends.

Emily has never thought of dropping out of any of her Karsh classes, saying the work isn’t all that hard when you get used to it. She usually has one hour of homework, but never more than two. “In general, I only have one hour every day,” she says. Her extracurricular such as dance, band, and other activities almost never interfere with her homework from any class. She says that her homework crosses with after school only “sometimes, depending on what I have on Tuesday or Thursday.” Continue reading “Keeping Up With the Karsh Kids”

“Donald Trump’s Treatment Compared to Obama’s Treatment and Why it’s Unjust”: A Counter Article.

Grace Baer

In the article, “Donald Trump’s Treatment Compared to Obama’s Treatment and Why it’s Unjust,” author Dylan Weber tries to compare the 44th president (Obama) and the current president (Trump). He asks the audience “Are they really? (different)” and in my opinion, yes.

Obama is very different from Trump in many ways. First, he respects each and every minority seeing that each individual is equal to one another. Trump has expressed hate towards minorities on Twitter and even on live TV. He is seen many times expressing hate for these people by insulting their intelligence. He told a female reporter once “You’re not thinking. You never do” over a controversial question she asked. He also mocked a disabled reporter in talking about the Washington Post. The video is here. Trump later says that he didn’t know what the reporter looked like, but it doesn’t take away the fact that Trump will insult or mock anyone who disagrees with him. Obama, on the other hand, was praised for the work he’s done because he deserves it. He apologized for things he couldn’t control and tried to either repay or fix them. Continue reading ““Donald Trump’s Treatment Compared to Obama’s Treatment and Why it’s Unjust”: A Counter Article.”

Trump’s Treatment Compared to Obama’s and Why It’s Unjust

Dylan Weber

Obama vs. Trump. Two people you may believe are different, but are they really? In 2014 Obama had a speech, talking of immigration policies. He himself states, “We’ll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country . . . even as we are a nation of immigrants, we are a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe they must be held accountable. Especially those who may be dangerous. That’s why over the past six years the deportation of criminals are up 80 percent and that’s why we are going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security.”

Donald Trump in a recent address said, “Illegal immigration affects the lives of all Americans, illegal immigrants hurt American workers, burdens American taxpayers, undermines public safety, and places enormous strain on our schools, hospitals, and community in general. Illegal immigration costs billions and billions of dollars each year.” Both presidents don’t like illegal immigrants. But there are more similarities. Similar to the current one, the 2014 government shutdown affected 2.2 million lives, according to PolitiFacts.com. Barack shutdown the government in order to force Obamacare. Donald Trump had a shutdown in order to fund the wall. Both of these presidents shutdown the government for debatably noble reasons. Continue reading “Trump’s Treatment Compared to Obama’s and Why It’s Unjust”

Debunking Anti-Vaxxers and Rebutting Their Claims: Part Two

Avi Walton

As many are aware, there has recently been a big controversy surrounding vaccines and whether or not you should vaccinate your child. But let me be clear, vaccinating your child is not just for their own good, it’s for the good of the entire community, and if you do not, you are neglecting the good of many other children.

Recently there has been a fairly large outbreak of measles throughout the USA. In this year alone, there have been 704 cases of the disease. According to the CDC, the states with  measles outbreaks include, “Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington.” The majority of people who got the measles were unvaccinated. Continue reading “Debunking Anti-Vaxxers and Rebutting Their Claims: Part Two”

Grumpy Cat-Astrophe


Madison Evans

Before his success and fame, Tartar Sauce, a deformed snowshoe cat, was an American cat owned by Tabatha Bundesen. He suffered from an underbite in his mouth and feline dwarfism, causing his forever-grumpy expression.

He was born on April 4th, 2012. He instantly became a celebrity through the internet; mainly making his appearances through memes. His pictures, taken by his owner, spread throughout the world wide web with captions such as “Mondays Suck,” “I had fun once; it was horrible,” and so much more. He made people laugh and smile daily, even though his face showed no care for it. Continue reading “Grumpy Cat-Astrophe”

Topsoil Disappearing


Jolie Phan

In the past 150 years, there have been many changes on the Earth. One of those changes is the decreasing amount of topsoil. Topsoil helps grow 95% of food but it’s starting to disappear.

Known as one of the most important things to grow food, without topsoil, the earth will lose the ability to filter water, absorb carbon, and feed people. The most important consequence is that our food will no longer have their full vital nutrients.

“We never want to see our soil unless we go looking for it,” says Keith Berns, a Nebraska farmer whose land hasn’t seen a plow in three decades.

He and his brother, Brian, noticed that their soil started to decrease. They came up with a plan to keep watering it and see what happens. Soon, they noticed that their soil started to increase. Not only did they notice that their soil was increasing but for every 1% increase of carbon, an acre of land can hold up to 40,000 gallons of water. Continue reading “Topsoil Disappearing”

The Journalism/Yearbook/Leadership Disneyland Field Trip

Gavin Mercado

On May 28th, Journalism, Yearbook, and even Leadership embarked on a field trip to Disneyland together. This trip to Disneyland wasn’t any ordinary one as it also came with a tour. The Journalism/Yearbook kids took a tour on marketing while the Leadership kids did a tour on Leadership.

The Journalism/Yearbook kids did their tour first thing in the morning while the Leadership kids did theirs in the afternoon. After the tour was finished, the Leadership kids received FastPasses for Splash Mountain and the Journalism/Yearbook kids received a FastPass for Indiana Jones.

After the tour was over, everyone was free to roam the parks as long as they had a partner. Continue reading “The Journalism/Yearbook/Leadership Disneyland Field Trip”