CYOA 2

by Katie Willoughby

 

How do you feel about the dress code? Good or Bad? Good 14 Bad  26
Do you personally follow the dress code? Yes or No? Yes  12 No 28
Do you think we should have a dress code? Yes or No? Yes 33 No 7
What dress code enforcement do you think is the most rediculous? (shorts or shoulders) Shoulders 13 Shorts 27
Why do you think we have a dress code? So people wear reasonable outfits for school 14 To protect people 26

 

I surveyed 40 people in the course of one week 20 of them were girls on my tennis team and the other 20 were picked at random. I asked them about their opinions on the dress code. I believe the dress code should be enforced but change throughout the seasons. Fifteen out of Twenty students had good feelings toward the dress code and the other twenty five had bad feelings about this. Most of them said it was because they wanted freedom of expression and they feel the dress code inhibits that. 10 out of the 40 people I asked said they do follow the dress code but even then some of them said they have been dress coded. The other 30 students said they do not follow the dress code but most of them have been dress coded. The majority of students said West Hills should have a dress code because it keeps people dressing in a respectful manner. The most ridiculous dress code infraction was determined to be shorts. Most people thought the dress code was put in place to protect people. The other surveyees said it was put in place to prevent people from dressing to scandalously. All in all most people thought the dress code needed a little bit of changing but in all it is fair.  

 

CYOA: Campus Poll/ Survey

by Taylor Hobbs

For my CYOA assignment this week I chose to take a campus poll in order to see the most common recurrences throughout the different grades. I found that the majority of freshman and sophomores had six classes that were most often periods two through seven. Juniors and seniors had either five or six classes that were one through six or one through five. Almost all of the students said that going home/ leaving the grounds was the best part about their school day, lunch came in second. For seniors, juniors, and freshman the most commonly picked answer for “Which type of classes are your favorite?” was art. The sophomores most commonly chosen answer of the same question was history. The grade that I had the most answers were seniors, so there was more of a variety. However, a decent amount of all grades, freshman, sophomores, and juniors, did supply a good amount of answers for each question. All in all, I learned that seniority does rule and that the juniors and seniors often get the best of the best of schedules.

App Review

by Devin Craig

Pocket Mortys is an enticing game that will make you angry at times, however; that anger will push you to succeed in the game. In Pocket Mortys, you play as a man named Rick Sanchez who wants to get his portal gun back from the council of Ricks. In order to do this, you have to take Rick to different dimensions and defeat the other Morty trainers that await you. Getting to these trainers is a difficult task because many other trainers stand in your way. Luckily, you can capture different types of Mortys while you are in other dimensions and build up your arsenal. Some pros of this game include it’s variety of collectable characters as well as it’s smooth gameplay. In addition, it has some of the best graphics and intricacy that I have ever seen in a mobile game. Now, for the cons of this game. Sometimes the levels are too difficult and you’ll find yourself spending days on a single dimension, struggling to fight others because of your low health that you cannot recover. Also, if you want to get more Mortys, you have to make micro transactions in the game. All in all, I would give this game a 9/10. Everyone should definitely give this game a try, you will not regret it.

BEAT – Library/Counseling

by Kayla Schoenborn
On Monday and Wednesday of this week the Library has been closed during 7th period due to lack of staffing! Mrs. Sanwald wants to remind students that if students lose anything with a name on it in the library, then they can get the items back to students. This includes Chromebooks! If students lose phones and they can’t identify them; they send them to VP secretaries. If students lose small items like water bottles or sweatshirts, they have a new lost & found area by the sign-in counter. Here is a picture:

Mrs. Bean informed me that there are many misconceptions about things like sports and PE credits. She wants students to know that for every season of a sport that is completed you get one semester of PE. You must meet all the requirements for the sport though, so that means participating in a certain number of meets or games. Also, for students who may not know, the counseling office is located above the library and you are welcome anytime but you should email your counselor first. When you get to the front desk, make sure to sign in! And if your counselor’s door is closed or they are with another student there is a waiting area. When they are ready they will come out and call you in. Don’t be afraid to talk to your counselor! They are there for you for whatever your needs, unless it is out of their region of expertise.

Mom Audio Interview

By Nick Webb

Interviewee- Jennifer Webb(my mom)

Disclaimer-This is not taken word for word this is paraphrased from the original recording.

Questions-

They are providing Nicholas and Olivia with a great high school experience delivering a great education and opened them to all new experiences that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.

Do you think that West Hills is a safe place to be?

West Hills is a safe place to be . From what I have experienced. No racial tension or drug violence. Very little negativity from what I could tell.

Was West Hills the first pick for you to send your children?

West Hills was the first pick being that how close it is to where we live and that my mother was a nurse for the Grossmont Union High School District and would often work there and WHHS would always get raving reviews.

If you had the opportunity would you send them someplace else would you take it and why?

If they were interested in something that West Hills could not provide then yes, but West Hills provides everything that is needed.

mom interview.mp3

Beat- Clubs

by Taylor Hobbs

This week school clubs will host a drive in the black circle during lunch. Until this date, no clubs are being held during lunch, West Hills High School offers clubs ranging from Key Club, which finds volunteer work around the community for students to do, to Disney Movie Club, who watch Disney movies every Friday. Our school offers an array of clubs all days of the week.  

Mrs. McDowell’s physiology class offers many summer internships in the health and medical field, in order to insure a spot you should sign up soon. Some extracurricular activities at our school include culture clubs such as Asian Culture Club. In Pawprints, the school newspaper, students are working to make sure students on twitter are informed. In order to know about more volunteer work and community service, Key Club is a great resource.

 

App Review

by Cass Emlund

Sarahah was an app first developed for companies to give feedback to their employees anonymously based on how they are performing on the job. However, since it has swept the nation as “the new ask.fm”, many teens have used it as a way to anonymously leave comments on other peers link. With an app such as this one there is always a high risk or bullying and/or risk for harassment when using these type of apps. After reading reviews of this app, I have found that when used for it’s intended purpose, not by teens, that the app seems to be a very good and useful tool. However, when it’s just used for “fun” it tends to be reviewed negatively and not get the positive results that the app can usually generate. After giving a try myself, I explored the features. It is a very minimal app to say the least, there is really nothing to it. You have a link and nobody can search you. They must have your link to give you feedback. You are also the only one that can see your feedback. So in reality you don’t even have a profile. It is all private. Likewise, this means that when the bullying aspect comes into play it’s kept to one’s self. Which many would say is better, but that also leaves no one to regulate the negativity. All in all, if you are using this app for its main intended purpose I would give it a 9/10, it does need some improvements, but overall it is a good app. But if you are trying to use it as a social site, I rate it a 5/10.   Honestly, there are no good qualities like.

App Review

by Skye Finnestad,

Looking for a game to keep me entertained in times of boredom, I stumbled upon the game Super Mario Run. First opening the app, I expected to play a few rounds and then delete it from my phone, however; I surprisingly became very addicted to the game. I played the first level and was challenged to run through a course and collect a certain number of coins, which is what drew me to keep playing. I played level after level, enjoying the challenge, yet noticed some things that had let me down. The game is in portrait mode rather than landscape, which makes it a bit more difficult to locate the coins you need to collect. This setting would not necessarily be unbearable if there were controls to go backwards during a level.

Throughout each level, you are only given the option to go forward, which can be quite frustrating if you miss coins needed to complete the level. Although there are some unfortunate features to this app, there are definitely some good ones! You are provided with unlimited lives, so you are not held down to a certain limit as to how many times you can play. There is also a really fun mini game, where you can compete against online players to earn coins and more toads to build your kingdom. In addition, you also have the choice to connect your game to your own premade wii character, which gives you the option to invite and play against friends!

Overall the game is really addictive and fun, but there is a price to pay. The free version of the game only offers one world, including four levels and three mini levels within each of of the four. If you want all six worlds, all twenty levels, and all sixty sublevels, you have to be willing to pay $9.99. In my opinion, the game is not worth ten dollars. Personally, I would play the game until I was bored of it and then delete the app. That is a waste of ten bucks right there. However, many people may find this a deal and be willing to drop ten dollars on this game. My overall rating out of five stars would probably be a four, because I feel like the game is not really anything special and definitely is not worth ten of my hard earned dollars. The game is enjoyable, yet I find it silly that we are expected to pay ten dollars for a phone game.

App Review

by D’vir Mona,

“Flappy Dunk” by Voodoo is a coordination game that tests your ability to time and judge distance. If you are interested in “Flappy Bird” or the sport of basketball, you will love this game! When you are bored or don’t have Wi-Fi it is a wonderful game to play, since it is an offline game. My favorite category of games is strategy and so this game’s falls perfectly under that category. I usually play this game when I’m just hanging out with the family, friends or I am bored. Once you play this game you will be hooked, as it is an endless game. It has an infinity of fun. The graphics of “Flappy Dunk” are very cartoonish and cute. They leave a really pleasing image on the eyes. Like many other games it’s very addicting with always fun features and icons. “Flappy Dunk” is a awesome app because it has features that give you rewards for your flapping. You can earn different colored basketballs that have different effects and outcomes. This game is also very simple, so it leads into some negatives. Although there is a “mission mode” It’s still not very difficult. If I had to make any adjustments it would be to make the game more difficult with different difficulty settings that challenge even the most skillful players.  Overall I think this is a very exciting and addictive game. It’s always going to be there to play and will never not be ready for your flapping. It has the offline feature so that’s always good for younger users who don’t have phones!

 

CYOA

by Skye Finnestad

This picture represents today’s society and their priorities. Notice that they’re all focused on their phones while in an electronics store. The back TV represents the real issues and worries of today’s world, but the people do not notice it because they are too focused on their phones. In the bottom of the picture, you see a fast forward button, a play button, and a replay button. I feel that this is the way people live their lives, trying to fast forward and just get through the day, pressing “play” to begin their day rather than actually enjoying the life they’re living, and replaying the same day over and over again in their life routine.