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Venice High partners with Santa Monica College

Aranza Naguanagua, Opinion Editor

December 3

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Venice High has recently partnered up with Santa Monica College to provide students with a new Media class starting in the spring. MEDIA SLC lead teacher Ruth Greene says the class is “going to be a history of media; history of radio and other media leading up to movies and how it relates to everyday life.” It will also give students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. Principal Elsa Mendoza recommends students take this class because it “creates a natural link from high school to community college.” Venice High got the opportunity to partner up with the community college...

iPads for the World Language Magnet

Steven Dimas, Assistant Features Editor

December 3

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The World Languages and Global Studies Magnet recently received 30 iPads for the foreign language classes from the Friends of Venice Magnet. These iPads are to be used to help students experience learning activities other than what is offered in the classroom, said Italian teacher Ms. Carolyn Willcox. The iPads include apps like Duolingo, Jupiter Grades, and Quizlet. But some educational websites like Quizlet are blocked. Only some of the language classes use the iPads once a week. Monday is Spanish, Wednesday is Japanese, and Thursday is for Italian. “I look forward to continue to try new ways to supplement...

Oguni High School

Oguni High School

December 3

Nov. 7 was Oguni High School’s thirteenth annual visit to Venice High to participate in a cultural exchange. About 90 Venice students taking Japanese made posters welcoming Oguni, which were hung around the auditorium. Oguni High School students arrived around 9 a.m and were welcomed into the auditorium by Venice students. Assistant Principal Rene Maza made a speech with the help of a translator...

Blood Drive at Venice High

Blood Drive at Venice High

December 3

On Nov. 10, Cedars-Sinai held a blood drive in the east gymnasium at Venice High. About 162 students and faculty members showed up and 125 units of blood were collected. Some people were turned away when they tried to give blood because they either had low iron, were not feeling well, did not weigh enough, or were too young to donate. Donating blood was limited to seniors and juniors because the...

New Assistant Principal

Simran Ali, Editor-in-chief

December 1

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Mr. Rene Maza is the new assistant principal at Venice High School and is the new administrator for the Media Small Learning Community. Some of Mr. Maza’s responsibilities include discipline, safety, supervising the athletic and elective departments, and managing student body activities. When asked how he likes Venice High so far, Mr. Maza replied, “I always get this positive energy when I walk around the school.” Mr. Maza said that the students and teachers have been very welcoming and friendly and that he is looking forward having an amazing experience. Mr. Maza mentioned that he is from San Diego,...

Venice launches a new program called OASIS

Simran Ali, Editor-in-chief

November 21

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On April 25, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to bring the city’s social, health, and economic programs and services into LAUSD schools through a new partnership called Optimizing Access to Services, Inspiring Success (OASIS). OASIS partnered up with Venice High School, Fremont High School, Audubon Middle School, and Utah Street School. OASIS will work with these schools to bring more afterschool programs and services that support the health and well being of struggling working families and their children. OASIS will bring services like healthcare, counseling (depression, bullying, and peer pressure),...

Finegold does jail time

Jennifer Sanchez, Features Editor

September 11

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Michael Finegold, former teacher and tennis coach of Venice High School, was found guilty on two counts of having an inappropriate relationship with a student and is currently in jail. Court records obtained by the Oarsman show that he was charged with six counts, but was only found guilty of two: a felony count of sending harmful matter to seduce a minor and a misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a minor. The other charges were dropped due to a plea deal. On July 9, Mr. Finegold was originally sentenced to 28 months in Los Angeles County Jail, but his sentence was reduced to six months due to a plea negotiation. Mr....

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