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Art Show displays students’ talents

Art Show displays students’ talents

April 15

The second annual Student Art Show, sponsored by the MEDIA Small Learning Community, was held at Venice High from April 8 to 10.

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MEDIA SLC to offer filmmaking

Simran Ali, Editor-in-Chief

April 15

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The MEDIA Small Learning Community is offering English 9 and Filmmaking first and second period respectively with Ms. Ruth Greene to incoming non-magnet freshmen next August. Students will complete their 9th grade English requirement by taking English 9 and will fulfill their fine art requirement by taking filmmaking Students in these classes will focus on analyzing media and creating digital media projects. In the English class, 9th graders will focus on learning Common Core content through the perspective of media. In the filmmaking class, they will create their own films in response to English Common Core content. “If...

MESA students to compete in the LA County contest

Simran Ali, Editor-in-Chief

April 15

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Ten Venice High students won in different categories in the pre Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Competition held Saturday, March 7 at USC and will compete in the LA County contest on April 25th at USC. The four universities in Los Angeles that sponsor MESA are UCLA, USC, California State University, Los Angeles and California State University Long Beach. Each of these universities sponsors 16 high school MESA programs. The Venice High MESA club is sponsored by USC. The 16 high schools sponsored by USC competed in the Pre-MESA Competition and the top three teams were selected from each category of the...

Different Shades of Equality

Kimberly Velasquez, Reporter

March 27

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Students, teachers and parents were given the chance to write about personal experiences about discrimination, as part of “Different Shades of Equality,” a Venice storytelling contest celebrating Black History month. However no one participated in the contest. Awards were being offered to the winners. Ms. Sharon Davis and students from both Leadership and the Black Student Union (BSU) club spearheaded the contest to celebrate the diversity in the school. Students were invited to write stories about their own experiences and be open about inequality. Submissions could be written anonymously and were supposed...

Special Olympics brings out special talents

Simran Ali, Editor-in-Chief

March 27

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Venice High special education students and general education students together participated this year in Special Olympics Unified Sports for basketball and soccer. Unified Sports partnered with numerous schools to bring people with and without disabilities to train and compete on the same team. The goal is to improve physical fitness, to encourage fun and to get young people to learn more about each other, according to the special Olympics website. The teams are made up of students of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and, games more challenging and exciting for all. LAUSD partnered up with...

Skateboard banned from classrooms

Skateboard banned from classrooms

March 27

Venice High is reinforcing an existing rule about students not being allowed to bring their skateboards to class. Students are supposed to keep their skateboards in their locker or at the dean’s office during school hours. That prevents students from skating around campus during the day. Assistant Principal Rene Maza said that this rule about skateboards always existed, but the problem was that...

Venice Art Show coming up April 8-10

Venice Art Show coming up April 8-10

March 25

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The second annual Venice High student Art Show, sponsored by the MEDIA Small Learning Community, will be presented this year in the newly restored Fine Arts Building on April 8, 9 and 10.

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Helping people travel the world!!!!

Helping people travel the world!!!!

March 10

Carlos Cymerman is a man whose obsession in life is to travel the world and help people fund their travels. Cymerman has traveled all the places he desired. He said through traveling, people could learn different cultures, languages, and music. He created a business, We Travel for Good, to accomplish this goal (wetravelforgood.com). Cymerman is currently helping the Oarsman raise funds to attend t...

Journalism Applications Being Accepted Now

Journalism Applications Being Accepted Now

March 7

Update: Deadline has been extended to Friday, Mar. 20. Newspaper adviser Nancy Zubiri is currently accepting applications for next year's Oarsman staff. Deadline for the applications is Friday, March 13, 2015. Applications should be dropped off in Room 11, by the football field. To join the staff, you must have a C or better in your English class. Oarsman editors will be visiting English classroo...

New Recording Studios

New Recording Studios

March 6

This year Venice students will be able to get a closer look at the world of the music industry and technology through new recording studios that opened Jan. 12 on campus. Two companies, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and the dropout prevention program Communities In Schools (CIS), funded the music studios. Young Producers Group (YPG), led by Lawrence Grey, the project coordinator, will mentor students...

Your Character Counts

Jennifer Sanchez, Features Editor

March 6

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Assistant Principal Rene Maza is reminding everybody about the six pillars of character which are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, citizenship, and caring. Mr. Maza brought this program to Venice High School in hopes of getting students to be better people. “Sometimes we don’t know what a good person is,” says Mr. Maza. Mr. Maza says that kids are exposed to negative influences from music, T.V, and movies and they hardly get any positive ones. Mr. Maza established this program in other schools that he has worked at. Nothing is going to change overnight, he said, but he hopes that slowly...

Teachers Protest Against LAUSD

Aranza Naguanagua, Opinion Editor

February 28

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  On February 26, thousands of educators protested in downtown Los Angeles. The reason for the rally was to publicize the fact that Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has stalled contract negotiations with workers for more than six months. United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is demanding an 8.5% increase in salary for educators who have not had a pay raise or a cost of living adjustment in the last eight years. UTLA is also focusing on fixing issues such as class size and counselor-to-student ratio. “Teachers haven’t gotten a raise in LAUSD seven years and every time the districts say they are...

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