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Oarsman gets Targeted!!!

February 23

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During the weekend of Jan. 23 to 25, someone broke into Room 11, home of the Oarsman newspaper and teacher Nancy Zubiri.  Two cameras worth approximately over $1,000, two tripods, and a bag of chocolates bars were stolen from the classroom. The person or people who broke in used a tool, probably a crowbar, to break the door to enter. Mrs. Ruth Greene, English Teacher, discovered that the room was broken into on Sunday, Jan. 25.  “ I came to school on Sunday and was working on papers, then I heard a noise coming from Room 11 and I thought Ms. Zubiri was here. So I went to say hi to her, but noticed teenagers in the...

Venice in search of new principal

Simran Ali, Editor-in-Chief

February 19

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Venice High is expected to have a permanent principal some time in March. The school is currently in process of reviewing resumes and selecting candidates to interview. Dr. Elsa Mendoza, former Venice High principal, was promoted to Administrator, Option School Principal Support for ESC West. She will work with options school principals to increase the focus and support provided to students in alternative school programs. In her five years at Venice, Dr. Mendoza achieved some great successes with academic improvement, expansion of AP courses, parental involvement, implementation of the STEMM Magnet, and a large increase...

Mr. Buccieri adopts Stanford curriculum

Mr. Buccieri adopts Stanford curriculum

February 19

History teacher Daniel Buccieri has adopted the online Stanford University history curriculum called “Reading Like a Historian” in his US, World, and AP world history classes. A report on last year’s state standardized US and World History exams showed that only about one-third of students were found to be proficient, according to the Los Angeles Times. LAUSD has signed an 18-month, $140,000...

LAUSD enforces rule regarding TAs.

Jennifer Mendez and Simran Ali

February 19

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Los Angeles Unified School District is currently enforcing an existing rule that allows seniors to take only one semester of library practice, office technician or service technician. As a result of the enforcement of the ruling, the library lost its student assistants and offices and teachers lost their students assistants this semester. Counselors are expected to place each student in appropriate academic courses and intervention/support courses that meet the student’s needs, according to the LAUSD Reference Guide. According to a lawsuit that led to the ruling in 2012, some schools were using service classes...

Juniors win medals in graphic arts competition

Harry Phillips, Editor-in-Chief

January 29

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Juniors Danielle Asenas and Belen Teferi competed in the SkillsUSA Regional Graphic Communication Competition, at LA Trade Tech in Downtown LA on Jan. 24, and won gold and silver medals. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, industry representatives and teachers, working together to ensure that America has a workforce that is skilled for multiple professions. Normally the competitors would have to complete a task, but since there were few competitors the rules were different. The rules of the competition were: bring in a project they were working on or had finished, describe how they are working on it or fini...

Dr. Mendoza Leaving Venice

January 12

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Principal Elsa Mendoza has accepted a new position as Administrator of Option School Principal Support for ESC West and in her new position she will be working with different principals to increase the focus and support  students need in alternative programs. “ It is disappointing to see our well, respected principal leave. She will be dearly missed and it’s also a mystery to see who will be the future of this school,” said Auto Shop Arnold Winston. During the four-plus years Dr. Mendoza lead Venice, Venice High School reached the following goals: yearly API growth met academic yearly progress goals...

New Assistant Principal

Andrea Lo, Assistant News Editor

December 18

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Venice has welcomed a new assistant principal to its family. Mr. Robert Marks is filling for Dr. Debbie Eller as assistant principal. Dr. Eller is currently on an illness leave. "We don't know when she'll come back," said Principal Elsa Mendoza. "There's no return date." Mr. Marks started his job at Venice on Nov. 13. He was previously an assistant principal at University High and El Camino Real, and was a secondary principal at Hale Middle School, Porter Middle School, and Cleveland High school. Mr. Marks retired in 2012. According to Mr. Marks, Venice fit his expectations, and he had visited the campus twice....

Venice High receives a donation of $139,000

Joseph Medina, Assistant sports editor

December 15

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The late Richard Landau, a Venice High School alum who  recently passed away, donated $139,000 to Venice High School this school year. Mr. Landau was involved in real estate investing and construction. He donated three percent of his estate to Venice High school after his passing in Jan. of 2013.   The donation of $139,000 this year was not the only donation. He and his wife, La Vina “Vi” Landau, also donated $60,000 last year. Next year there will be another donation of $60-80 thousand. The total amount of the money that will be donated to the school will be $250,000-300,000.   “Landau...

Turning Venice into a distinguished school

Jennifer Sanchez, Features Editor

December 11

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Principal Elsa Mendoza is finding new ways to turn Venice High School into a California Distinguished School. A distinguished school is a public school that is honored by the California State Board of Education for having most of their students succeed. Normally schools must be nominated in order to receive this award. This year because there are no CST scores, the process is open to any school to apply. Dr. Mendoza is trying to achieve this by adding new programs to Venice High School. A meeting was held on Nov. 6 where interested staff members and community members were informed about this new idea. Together they...

Breakfast in the classroom

Janalthy Orozco, Reporter

December 10

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Breakfast in the Classroom was first served Oct. 29. Breakfast in the classroom is a way to give students who aren’t eating a chance to eat. Between periods one and two, two students are assigned to report to the cafeteria from each class to pick up two food carts. The bell schedule now reflects a nutrition break for students and teachers of only 17 minutes instead of 24 minutes. Teachers and students have different opinions about the program. When asked Mr. Art Lindauer, Graphic Arts teacher, about the BIC, he said, “breakfast shouldn’t be in class, but it’s working out and there hasn’t been any problems...

Seniors honored with Jacket of Excellence

Seniors honored with Jacket of Excellence

December 10

On Nov. 21st, 44 Venice High seniors received a Jacket of Excellence and a Certificate of Commendation during a luncheon at Venice High School. Jackets of Excellence were awarded to students who have attended Venice High School since 9th grade, earned a cumulative, unweighted 3.75 GPA, scored proficient on their test scores, exhibited excellent behavior and participated in extra-curricular activities. The...

SRLA breaks world record

SRLA breaks world record

December 10

Students Run LA (SRLA) collected 18,302 shoes, including almost 400 shoes collected at Venice, and broke a Guinness World Record for “Most Shoes Collected for Recycling.” SRLA is a group that trains middle school and high school students to complete the Los Angeles Marathon. The shoes were collected in the spring and the record was announced Aug. 9. The shoes were donated to Soles for Life,...

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