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New Attendance Counselor

Christopher Acosta, Reporter

June 3

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The new attendance counselor, is Gabriella Morales but most people just call her Gaby. Her position here at Venice High School is Pupil Services and Attendance for the Counseling Office. She as well helps to convince students who have dropped out in hopes of making them return and finish their education. Before she had started working in counseling for Venice High, she was with Communities In Schools, at Venice helping students raise their grades and getting back on track. She applied for the counseling position after she got her Master's degree at UC Santa Cruz last year. "I thought I'd be a long shot to get ...

P.O.P.S. members receive scholarships

P.O.P.S. members receive scholarships

Jennifer Sanchez, Features Editor

May 29

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Nine members of the P.O.P.S. club attended the Beverly Hills Literary Society Luncheon on May 12 at the Intercontinental Hotel and some received scholarships. The Beverly Hills Literary Society held a high school essay writing contest in which two of the nine students won scholarships. Venice High school student Anthony Cortez won first place and recieved a $2,000 scholarship. Veronica Vargas,...

Things To Do This Summer

Jacqueline Payan, Reporter

May 29

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Summer is back! Here is a cool list of fun ideas for the summer of ‘15!   Hit the movie theaters this summer! Movies like “Insidious 3”, “Jurassic World”, “Ted 2, Minions”, “Ant-man”, “Mr. Holmes”, “Paper Towns”, “Fantastic Four” and “Sinister 2” are all out this summer.   Go the beach! The best time to go the beach is always the summer when the sun is out longer.   3. Don’t forget about the Santa Monica Pier! There is lots to do around the pier, like the indoor arcade and the small amusement park. Also, lots to eat with multiple ice cream shops and...

Join the Oarsman at Panda Express Thursday, May 28

May 27

Get great Chinese food and help the Oarsman staff pay its bills. Join Oarsman staff members at Panda Express in the Marina (4325 Glencoe Ave., Villa Marina Marketplace) Thursday, May 27 from 3 - 9 p.m. Click on the flyer below with your phone to give us credit. OarsmanPandaFlyer

Chew Family at Venice

Andrea Lo, Assistant News Editor

May 22

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Three members of the Chew family, two of whom are teachers, are currently at Venice High. Mr. Randall Chew and Mrs. Laurie Chew are both math teachers here at Venice. Mrs. Chew is at the World Languages and Global Studies Magnet, while Mr. Chew is teaching for EArtH Justice Small Learning Community. Their three children also attend or have attended Venice. In Mrs. Chew’s side of the family, there are three generations of Gondos: her father (Class of 1953), herself (Class of 1980), her two siblings (Class of 1977 and 1985, respectively), and two of her children (Class of 2008 and 2010, respectively). Her youngest...

How to Conserve water for the Drought

Kimberly Velasquez, Reporter

May 13

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It is important to conserve water nowadays because of the drought California is suffering. Here are a few ways that people can conserve water. Using water only when necessary prevents water waste and helps the world. However, if we continue to not do anything to conserve water, we will run out of drinkable water as well as provoke a series of local and global problems such as rising costs, reduced food supplies, health hazards and government bans. 1. Take Shorter Showers: One way you can save water is to take shorter showers. The most conservative way you can take a shower is to turn off the shower after soaping up...

Los Angeles Has A New Ambassador To Japan

Los Angeles Has A New Ambassador To Japan

May 13

Sophomore SaraJoy Salib was one of four students in Los Angeles to be selected as an ambassador to Nagoya in Japan through the Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation. Her trip to Japan will be from July 9 to 23. Salib said she’s “super excited to experience how life is as a high school student in another country. It’s not every day that someone gets the opportunity to become an important...

Heal the Bay

Heal the Bay

May 11

Heal the Bay is an organization that educates local youth on science and environmental issues. Heal the Bay has been fighting to make Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. In 2008, Heal the Bay was introduced to Venice High School. At first, members participated in beach cleanups several times a month until senior Adam Baron became...

Journalism Staff Takes Denver

Journalism Staff Takes Denver

May 1

13 Oarsman staff members traveled to Denver for the National High School Journalism Convention in April.

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Preparing for AP testing

Mariam Hassan Ali, Reporter

April 16

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As advanced placement tests approach, students start to wonder how they are going to prepare for that big test. These tests take place in May and students must know all the materials that they studied throughout the year. AP courses have many benefits. If the student that is taking an AP course earns A or a B, his or her GPA rises by one point. Also, if the student passes the AP test in May, then he or she can earn college credits. At Venice High School, many AP classes are offered. Some of these are AP Biology, Calculus A/B and B/C, Chemistry, Environmental Science, United States History, English Language...

Venice students place in regional Japan Bowl

Andrea Lo, Asst. News Editor

April 16

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Nine Venice High students participated on March 7 in the Japan Bowl of Southern California. Three of those students placed second, and another three placed third in their respective levels of competition. The Bowl encourages high school students currently enrolled in levels III and IV to compete in their knowledge of Japanese language, history, and culture. The Bowl encourages high school students currently enrolled in levels III and IV to compete in their knowledge of Japanese language, history, and culture. Three Venice teams participated, and each consisted of three students. Level III Team 1 consisted of...

The Oarsman Now on the Web

Joseph Medina, Assistant Sports Editor

March 6

Filed under Features

The Oarsman has launched an official online website. The website, veniceoarsman.com, which launched Dec. 18, contained the stories from the Dec. 11 issue and other important stories from previous issues. The website is expanding every day and will have stories posted on a regular basis. The Oarsman now also has an Instagram page, veniceoarsman, and a Twitter account, @veniceoarsman to deliver news regularly to the students at Venice High. The Oarsman website offers easy access to information about Venice High. The website will keep you up to date with events happening at Venice High and articles that are written...

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