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Movie review: Step 4

Step 4

Cast: Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Josh Hutcherson, Mike Ditka

Director: Jesse Dylan

“Here’s the deal, I’m the best there is I wake up in the morning and piss excellence” – Will Ferrell. The movie “Kicking and Screaming” was created in 2005 a year before the world cup the movie is about a dad named Phil who’s son becomes a benchwarmer on his dad’s team so he trades him to the Tigers Phil realizes how bad the Tigers are so Phil coaches the Tigers along with NFL coach legend Mike Ditka. Ditka wants new players and recruits two Italian boys named Massimo and Gian Piero from the local deli. Massimo and Gian Piero carry the Tigers to the championship games and make the Tigers a whole different team in the meantime Phil becomes addicted to coffee and becomes a raving maniac. Phil realizes what he did wrong and apologize to the team and the parents. On the whole road to the final he was benching his son Sam. It the end of the film the Tigers gather from what they know and win the final.

The brilliance of this film is the fact that they capitalize on the comedic effect to compliment Ferrell’s personality. Most people would say that kicking and screaming was an awful movie. However, Jesse Dylan took a whole different direction doing a movie that goes with a topic that America can’t relate to which is soccer and turned it into a film that got much criticism. To be fair he got a couple big star with the biggest one being Ferrell and Robert Duvall (commonly known from the Godfather) and not even an actor Mike Ditka former NFL football coach.  

 

Written Interview

by Katie Willoughby

I interviewed Ally, she is a student at West Hills. Ally is a well rounded honor roll student.

Katie: Where did you grow up and how has it affected you today?
Ally : I grew up in El Cajon and it made me into the person I am today.
Katie: What is your GPA?
Ally:  4.0.
Katie: How do you feel it has impacted your life?
Ally: It has made me into a great student with a great work ethic.
Katie: What do you think the most challenging thing will be when it comes to keeping your 4.0?
Ally: I think the most challenging part will be balancing my social life with school.
Katie: You have had a 4.0 your entire high school career right?
Ally: correct.
Katie: Do you feel it is rewarding?
Ally: It’s rewarding because I am very proud of it.
Katie: What’s the most challenging subject for you?
Ally: I think math is challenging but I get through it.
Katie: What is your favorite thing about school?
Ally: My friends.
Katie: What advice would you give to future students at WHHS?
Ally: Do your work and don’t listen to what other people say.
Katie: Are you excited to graduate?
Ally: I am so excited to move on to the next stage of my life but I am also nervous.

BEAT library

by Isabella Reed

This week I decided to investigate the library even further. The library at West Hills High School is more than just checking books out for a good read or textbooks. We have computers that you can use freely to finish your essays or any projects that require research or typing. We also have library TA’s that help Mrs. Sannwald organize and keep everything intact. You can always print out your work as well, in case you don’t have a printer at home. Its free but if you want color you only have to pay 50 cents.

Behind Mrs. Sannwald’s desk/checkout area, you can see we have a tech repair room. Chromebooks are now taking over the use of paper in schools so we have to have an area where we can get them fixed if anything goes wrong. We also loan out chromebooks for those days you forget to put your computer in your backpack or forget to charge it and it dies in the middle of class. They no longer supply chromebook chargers, but if you’re lucky some of your teachers hold extras in their class. The library is also a pretty popular hangout spot for lunch when it’s too hot/cold outside. It’s also a great place to host clubs for example “Best Buddies” is held inside!

Beat- Library Selection

by Audrey Lechien

As any library would, the West Hills library carries a variety of content. All of the titles are by category and alphabetical order. With such a wide selection and organized system, the students benefit greatly from this material.
The range of material is very wide going from school textbooks and research books to magazines. Of course there is academic content in the school library, but there is also things just for fun. For example, there are fictional novels and magazines. This is especially handy because you don’t need to go to a city library. You also don’t need a library card! Not all schools have such a great library, so all students should take advantage and use it as much as possible.

Library/ Counseling

by Alyssa Jenkins

Some pretty interesting things have been going on here at West hills. One thing that is happening this week, Winter Formal tickets are on sale! Yes! Sale! You better go get your discounted ticket before the price goes up! All you have to do is go to the finance office pay your small fee of $25. Then the price will just continue to raise. If you have any questions all you need to do is go to the library, counselors, front office, or even your teachers. They should know about this amazing deal. But make sure you act fast, because they are going to go fast. After this week the price will go up and you will have to pay full price. The dance is at The Rueben H. Fleet in Balboa Park on January 13th.

Everyone Has A Story: Kathy Worley

by Rider McKenzie

I decided to interview West Hills’ own manufacturing teacher Mrs. Worley, this year.

Q: When did you decide you wanted to be a teacher?

A: In my second year of college I went all the way through high school planning to be a doctor. I hated organic chemistry and wanted to have a life. My passion was elsewhere and I changed majors prior to junior year to industrial arts. Doing sports and trying to get into med. school was tough.

Q: Why did you want to teach manufacturing?

A: I didn’t know I wanted to. I was asked to start a new pathway that East County wanted. It is fun most of the time.

Q: Do you enjoy teaching at West Hills?
A: Yes I do, it is different than when I taught at Mt. Miguel for 23 years. It helped me grow as a teacher and was new and exciting.

Q: What is the best part about it?
A: The students make it enjoyable the majority the time and each student is different and unique. I get to know many different personalities, every student’s own strengths and weaknesses, and what they’re capable of.

Q: The worst?
A: The students. When a student isn’t motivated and doesn’t care about doing their work, that’s when it becomes a discipline issue. Not the students who may have trouble. They try their hardest to fix it and actually learn. It’s the students that don’t give any effort that are the problem.

Q: Favorite TV show?
A: Madam Secretary because the political discourse interests me, or shows like Cabin Masters and Barnhouse Builders, where I can maybe learn something and apply it.

Q: Favorite book?

A: The President. Not a best seller but a good book. I’ve held on to it over the years.

Q: Do you believe in ghosts?

A: Yes and no, it’s hard to get definitive proof. But there are some things out there that you can’t explain, so it’s hard to say.

Q: I understand that you were one of San Diego’s Teachers of the Year, this year. What was that experience like?

A: Yes, it was a lot of fun. A lot of activities, things like getting honored at Aztecs games, and getting free tickets. The mayor of Santee announced Kathy Worley day, and then a week after it was Kathy Worley day for San Diego county. A plaque at San Diego County Credit Union. It’s been really nice. Made my family really proud.

Q: How was the award show?
A: A lot of fun, wasn’t sure what to expect but was just like the Grammys or Oscars. It had entertainment, 10 groups of teachers and they choose 1 teacher from each group who each got to go to the semi-finals. It was nice. I had many family and friends come, and it was generally a good time.

Q: Coke or Pepsi?
A: Neither, Diet Cherry 7-Up is my choice.

Anyways, stay frosty, Wolfpack.

 

CYOA:Survey/Student Poll

by Alyssa Jenkins

I took a survey on school campus life, by asking students in some of my classes. I asked 25 people 5 different questions. It was interesting to see how confident students are in their finals and such. 5 out of 5 people said they were not looking forward to their finals. 3 out of the 5 people said that they were planning on studying all weekend. 2 out of the 5 people said that they got tutors for their finals. 3 out of the 5 people said that they already had or are going to have at least one final this week. 1 out of 5 said that they feel confident in their classes with finals. I was not very surprised by these results because this semester, especially seniors, have shown concern and stress for this semester of finals. Especially me, I am very nervous for what this semester’s set of finals holds. But it was interesting to see how different the students are in how they react to my questions and how different students answered these questions.

Everyone Has a Story

by Audrey Lechien

In highschool, it is easy to be friends or acquaintances without knowing things like their background and life outside of school. Everyone has a story and you’ll never know it unless they tell you. I decided to take a look into senior Chasity Shaw’s life and asked her a few questions.
Q: What are your hobbies or interests?
A: I do modeling and acting.
Q: When did you start acting and modeling?
A: I started acting when I was 7 and I just started modeling.
Q: How did you get into it?
A: I was scouted at a mall.
Q: What are some acting projects you’ve been in?
A: I have been in Haunted Hathaways, Criminal minds and a horror movie.
Q: Have you lived in San Diego your whole life?
A: I was born in San Diego and lived here until I was 9 and then moved to Oceanside. I lived up there for a few years and now I’m back.
Q: How has moving around impacted you?
A: It was hard to change school and make new friends when I just had to leave them again.
Q: Do you miss living in Oceanside?
A: Yes, I loved Oceanside and I wish I could move back.

Christmas Written Interview of Karyssa Macleod

by Star Gaylord

Christmas is a great time of year and many people celebrate it. There are many traditions within this holiday and some celebrate in different ways than others. Here is an interview to give some insight on how Karyssa Macleod celebrates!
1.What is your favorite part of Christmas?
My favorite part of Christmas is shopping for other people.
2.What is a tradition you have on Christmas?
(Our tradition is) going to my grandma’s and grandpa’s for breakfast.
3.Do you do anything fun leading up to Christmas?
Yeah, I go ice skating.
4. Do you attend or host Christmas parties?
(My family) attends.
5.On Christmas day do you celebrate at your house or do you go to a relatives?
(We celebrate at ) my grandma’s.
6.What do you eat on Christmas?
Eggs Benedict.
7.What is on your wishlist?
A lot of random stuff.
8.What is the best present you’ve ever received?
Hmm. Thats hard. My mom and dad have (given) me really cool things though. But last year was my Apple Watch.
9.Do you agree with the saying “Giving is better than receiving”?
Yes.
10.What aspects of Christmas are you most excited for?
Decorating and watching the people I love open presents.
Happy Holidays!

Beat: Administrative

by Gianna Creighton

Mr. Reiderer has worked at West Hills since 2004 as an ENS teacher, athletic trainer, Sports Medicine teacher, EdGenuity teacher, CEIS coordinator, and Assistant Principal. Mr. Reiderer received a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State and his Masters in Educational Admin from Alliant International University. His favorite thing to do outside of school is spend time with his family. He participates in activities like wakeboarding, traveling to Idaho, and going to SDSU football games. He was a member of the graduating class of 1987 and loves getting the opportunity to give back to West Hills. Mr. Reiderer stated, “My goal is to spend many more years as an administrator here, I love working with the students.”

Mrs. Dufloth has worked at West Hills now for two years. She attended SFSU and SDSU where she got her Bachelors and Masters Degrees and also attended National University where she got her Teaching Credential and Administrative Credential. Mrs. Dufloth favorite things to do outside is go camping, road cycling, mountain biking, and hanging out with her family. She chose to work at West Hills because it is the “best school in the district!” Mrs. Dufloth favorite memory was when on the first day of school her new office was decorated with silver, blue, and black.