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Counselors working to fix oversized classes

Andrea Lo, News Editor

September 15

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Many classes are too crowded and crammed with an abundance of students. Administrators are working to balance classes. World Language and Global Studies counselor Bonnie Roche-Blair attributes the oversized classes to numerous factors. For instance, one subject, U.S. Government, was not offered in the adult school this year. Therefore, students expecting to take the class at adult school were instead put into Venice High government classes, and therefore class sizes in that particular subject were larger than expected. “There were a number of changes in class schedules, and shifts in class faculty,” Ms. Roche-Blair...

Venice finally gets a permanent principal

Venice finally gets a permanent principal

Aranza Naguanagua, Opinion Editor

September 15

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On May 21, it was announced that Oryla Weidoeft will be the official principal of Venice High School. “I’m so excited to be at Venice High School,” said Ms. Wiedoeft. “I want to help Venice High reach its potential and I look forward to coming in and working every day.” Ms. Wiedoeft is looking forward to being principal of Venice High school. “So excited I got this position, being...

Seniors win Honors and Scholarships

Seniors win Honors and Scholarships

June 3

Seniors were awarded for their accomplishments on Thursday, May 22 at the Venice High auditorium. At the annual Senior Awards Night, scholarships and awards from various organizations including over $130,000 in scholarships from VHS Alumni Association, and others from PTSA, Venice academic and athletic departments as well as national and community organizations were awarded to seniors. At the awards...

Venice receives Accreditation

Kimberly Velasquez, Reporter

June 3

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Venice High has received accreditation from Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). According to WASC, accreditation recognizes schools that meet an acceptable level of quality education for all students. While former interim Principal Ms. Fonna J. Bishop was at the school, she obtained a letter from the Accrediting Commission for Schools executive director Fred Van Leuven, saying that the school had received the accreditation indicating that the school has “demonstrated appropriate attention to the critical areas for the follow-up noted by the previous visiting committee.” The accreditation was granted...

Save Lindauer and Super Shop 9

Save Lindauer and Super Shop 9

May 28

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Due to teacher cuts, Venice is at risk of losing Mr. Lindauer and Super Shop 9. To help keep him here at Venice, The Oarsman is reaching out to parents and students. A simple email to Board member, Mr. Steve Zimmer, will make a great impact. We encourage parents to voice their opinions and help save Super Shop 9. You can contact Zimmer through his email, steve.zimmer@lausd.net

Venice Welcomes Yet Another Interim Principal

Andrea Lo, Assistant News Editor

May 22

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Retired principal Eve Sherman is the new interim principal of Venice High. She is replacing the previous interim principal, Ms. Fonna Bishop, until a new permanent principal is found. Dr. Sherman started as interim principal in March. She expects to stay at Venice until the end of this semester. She was selected as interim principal out of a list of retirees. After five years as principal, Dr. Elsa Mendoza had left Venice before winter break for a position with the local district. Dr. Sherman interviewed to be principal of Venice in 1993. She didn’t make it but was the runner-up. “Everyone is proud that it’s...

Venice’s campus to be modernized by 2018

Venice’s campus to be modernized by 2018

May 11

In the next few years, the Venice High School campus will be remodeled with new outdoor spaces for each of Venice’s small learning communities. By 2018, a new lunch pavilion will also be built to replace the covered eating area, the student store, and outdoor courtyards, which are not currently earthquake proof. Construction will start in winter 2016, according to a desig...

UTLA and LAUSD come to an agreement

Jennifer Mendez, News Editor

May 11

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LAUSD and UTLA, the teachers’ union, recently reached an agreement to extend fully funded healthcare benefits and raise teachers’ salaries 10 percent. The LAUSD School Board approved it on April 14. LAUSD is one of the few school districts to provide healthcare benefits without any employee contribution to premiums, according to UTLA. The 10 percent salary increase was effective four percent retroactively to last year, two percent this year, and two percent the following two years, according to utla.net. Teachers are supposed to vote on it this week. New lower caps, the maximum number of students in a class,...

Senior dinner 2k15

Simran Ali, Editor-in-chief

May 11

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Seniors enjoyed the senior dinner on April 16th in the student cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. They were treated to a live DJ, a prom fashion show and a catered dinner. “Parents donated for the decorations, and many juniors helped out with the arrangements and dinner,” said Mr. Cristobal Vicente, senior class sponsor. The Senior Dinner was organized by Assistant Principal Rene Maza, Mr. Vicente, French teacher Pavlin Lange and math teacher Mike Smith. “It was fun seeing kids having fun,” said Mr. Lange. “It was definitely a success as students danced ‘til the end.” The event started with a fashion...

Blood out, Blood in

Jennifer Sanchez, Features Editor

April 16

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About 190 Venice students signed up to donate blood on March 26 but only 130 were able to donate due to either anemia (a lack of iron) or they did not weigh enough, according to Leadership Sponsor Mr. Danziger. Although this semester a lot more people fainted due to the heat, overall the blood drive was a success and went smoothly, according to Mr. Danziger. Student Leadership was in charge of the event. Maggie Solorio ran the event along with other students including Leslie Crespo, Andrea Cruz and Esmeralda Banuelos. All the blood that was donated that day was given to Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Online programs to help students with common core classes

Kimberly Velasquez, Reporter

April 16

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Two new online programs called Study Island and Achieve 3000 have been purchased for teachers to assist Venice students that need help in Common Core classes. Study Island will be helping students with English, math, science, geography, and history and Achieve 3000 will help students with their reading skills. Study Island is a Common Core web-based academic and instructional resource that was purchased by Venice High School in December. Because many students in the Common Core curriculum were “failing to demonstrate proficiency,” said Ms. Sharon Davis, the school’s intervention program purchased the two learning...

No charges filed yet against Venice students

Chad Sharrieff, Reporter

April 16

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The Los Angeles County District Attorney office said on April 7 that no charges had been filed against any of the 12 Venice students arrested in early March for alleged sexual assault. According to School Police Sgt. Keith Braden, the investigation is still pending so he cannot provide further information about the youths. The boys no longer attend Venice High School. On March 10, Los Angeles Police Department began an investigation after the school administration notified them of a case regarding alleged sexual assault of two Venice High female students. Los Angeles Police Department officials told the Los Angeles...

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