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CYOA

by Sarah Shields,

A poll of questions involving 30 West Hills students.

What grade are you in?
9th: 10 10th: 5 11th:8 12th:7

Do you bring lunch, buy it, or not eat at all?
Bring it: 15 buy it:11 don’t eat: 4

Do you drive yourself to school?
Yes: 19 no: 11

How many periods are you taking?
5: 10 6: 17 7:3

Are you planning on going to college?
Yes: 18 no: 5 idk yet: 7

Through this poll I have come to a realization. I have noticed most West Hills students are ambitious. They are also hard working. They are prepared for school, most drive themselves, and bring a lunch. It is very smart to bring a lunch. Most aspire to go to college and that’s great! West Hills has amazing students, who strive to be better. These kids are going above and beyond. Great job wolf pack!!

Back to school Interview

by David

Interview #1, back to school- Nolan Smith

David: Thank you for the opportunity to interview you. I’m here to ask you about back to school. so,What is your favorite part about back to school, Nolan?

Nolan: I would say getting to see people I didn’t get to see over summer is pretty cool.

David: Fair enough, and I agree. On the flip-side, what is your least favorite part (of b.t.s.)?

Nolan: Homework is my least favorite part by far.

 

David: Oh as every kid’s is as well, I’d assume. Do you enjoy your classes though?

Nolan: Yeah, a few are starting very slow though, so they can be boring.

David: I’m sorry to hear that, I certainly hope they start gaining traction soon. What is your favorite class this year so far?

Nolan: I’d say Principles of Engineering with Mr. Sklenicka.

David: Sounds like an interesting class. What would have you done differently in your first week of school?

Nolan: In the first week I could have sat next to new people instead of my friends, so I could meet new people.

David: Interesting, it’s good to separate from your bungee cord buddy. What would you not change about what you did?

Nolan: I would not change sitting next to my friends in my AP Government class.

David: Fair enough, your friends often make the class. Are you content with being a senior already?

Nolan: I’m still getting used to it being my senior year, but I’m happy with it.

David: Fair enough, I feel the same. What was your favorite year of high school so far?

Nolan: My favorite year… probably junior year, but I feel senior year will be even better.

David: I feel the exact same, senior year is certainly an exciting time. What was your least favorite year?

Nolan: My least favorite year was sophomore year, I just wasn’t a big fan of my classes, it was just a boring year.

David: That makes sense, I’m glad the next year was better for you. Final question, what is your least favorite class this year?

Nolan: That’s a tough choice, but the one I enjoy the least is Photo with Miss Hinkle, I was just put into it instead of 3D Design. It’s a good class though.

David: How unfortunate, I hope you come to enjoy it. Well, thus concludes our interview. Thank you for joining me today, Nolan. It was a pleasure.

CYOA: Survey results

by Cameron Brooks

                                  Math               English            World lang.          History                Other

Favorite class? 5 2 0 8 11

                           Football            Baseball            Basketball          Volleyball             Other

Favorite sport event to attend at WHHS? 13 1 1 3 8

Yes                                              No

Attend the plays? 13 13

Yes                                   No                            Somewhat

Enjoy School? 6 12 8

                           Math               English           World Lang.          History               Other

Least favorite class 7 10 0 3 6

Summary: During this survey I chose 26 people at random after school in the pit from different  grade levels. The first question, ¨What is your favorite subject,¨garnered results which differed slightly from what I would have originally thought. Other was the most popular result, which I expected as the other classes not listed are electives which the student gets to pick. However, I did not expect math to do as well as it did and I expected world language to at least get some votes. Most people I know seem to despise math and generally enjoy the language they chose to take. The next question,¨Favorite sport,¨ gave expected results with football being the most popular followed by other which includes tennis, water polo, and wrestling. The third question,¨Do you watch the plays,¨ gave a perfectly even 50/50 split and from what I noticed most females chose yes and most males chose no. The fourth question again gave expected results with only 6 out of 26 students surveyed saying they enjoy coming to school and 12 out of 26 saying they do not with the rest somewhat enjoying the experience. The final question also provided interesting results with nobody choosing world language as their least favorite class and most people picking English as the worst. Math came in a close second along with other. This survey was designed to get student´s opinions on their classes and the events that occur on campus such as the plays and sporting events.

CYOA Final Draft

CYOA Written Interview

At almost every school there are dress codes that are enforced. Some common rules include: fingertip length shorts, two finger width straps and no inappropriate writing or graphics. The main purpose of these dress codes are to rid schools and educational environments of distractions. However, the codes can have the opposite effect. To get opinions and first hand insight on this topic, I interviewed a senior from West Hills, Gina Cazares.

Q: Would you consider fashion to be one of the ways that you express yourself?

A: Yes.

Q: How does dress code limit this kind of self expression?

A: It makes it harder for me to feel comfortable and confident in what I’m wearing.

Q: Do you usually follow the school dress code? Why or why not?

A: No because the clothing I like to wear is considered to be inappropriate for school.

Q: What are some of the positives of a dress code?

A: I can’t think of any.

Q: What are some negatives?

A: I can’t express myself, it’s unrealistic, and during the beginning/ end of school its very hot and I can’t wear shorts.

Q: Are dress codes more strict on males or females?

A: Females.

Q: Why do you think this is?

A: Because trends for girls are different like long shorts are not a fashion standard for girls but they are for guys so it’s easier for girls to get dress coded.

Q: Can you tell me about a time when you were dresscoded?

A: I was wearing a loose shirt and I was running to class and the shirt came up for brief second.

Q: Do you think you should have been dresscoded in this situation?

A: No.

Q: Why or why not?

A: Because if I were standing normally the shirt would be a dress code issue.

Final Draft Survey: Journalism

  1. Do you think West Hills ASB brings school spirit?
Yes: 21
No: 4
  1. Do you enjoy ASB-run events like school assemblies and pep rallies?
Yes: 15
No: 10
  1. Do you think our ASB could be doing a better job at these activities?
Yes: 19
No: 6
  1. Do you think our ASB is an accurate representation of the people at West Hills?
Yes: 17
No: 8
  1. Do you think we are a spirited school?
Yes: 20
No: 5
  1. Do you participate in class/ASB elections?
Yes: 15
No: 10
  1. Do you consider posters as an effective way of spreading information?
Yes: 13
No: 12
  1. Do you participate in class dress-up days?
Yes: 10
No: 15
  1. Did you enjoy HOWL day?
Yes: 20
No: 5
  1. Do you participate in things like blood drives (if qualified) or food drives run by ASB?
Yes: 7
No: 18

 

CYOA: Counseling Catastrophe

by Anna Parrott

Senior year in an exciting milestone filled with football games, painted parking spaces, and prom. It is supposed to be an easy and relaxing year. But for one senior her year thus far has been anything but smooth sailing. The source of her stress is a botched schedule. This is a common issue and most students have experienced the anxiety and frustrations of trying to get a schedule fixed. Here is the account of her dilemma and how she overcame the obstacle at hand:

Q: Were you happy with the schedule you were first given?

A: I wasn’t happy because they did not give me the class I had asked for and gave me one that I didn’t want instead.

Q: What did you want to change about your schedule?

A: I wanted to change to periods 1-5 and to drop theater.

Q: How did you go about changing your schedule?

A: I went in on schedule correction day and I was told to come back on the first day of school so I did. Then they sent me away and told me to come again on Thursday and it would be changed. I was told that it still couldn’t be fixed and that I would be called in on another day. Eventually, after no action, my parents met with the VP and I was able to drop theater, however; I didn’t get 1-5 like I needed.

Q: What class did you switch to? Are you excited for that class?

A: I switched into 4th year Spanish. I wasn’t expecting to take it but I’m excited to be able to speak it more fluently.

Q: How did it feel to not be able to get you schedule changed for awhile?
A: It was frustrating because I knew that the longer it took to get changed, the more behind I would be in whatever class I was switched into and I felt my needs weren’t being taken seriously as a student.

Q: How do you think the system can be improved so it’s easier to be seen by the counselors and to get the classes you need?

A: I don’t know exactly how it could be improved, but I just think that overall they need a better system for calling in students and fixing things for them because it seems to be getting done out of order.

Q: How do you think the counselors feel about all the students wanting certain classes or periods when so many others want the same thing?

A: I think that they sometimes pick and choose what they’re going to take care of because some schedule changes are easier than others.

Q: Do you think the counselors prioritize seniors?

A: From my experience I would say no simply because I have not been prioritized but others may not feel that way.

Q: How difficult is it to see your counselor during the first week of school?

A: It was extremely difficult for me because there are so many students trying to see them at the same time.

Q: Now that your schedule has been changed, how do you plan on enjoying your senior year?

A: I’m going to make the most of the classes I was given and spend lots of time with my friends at school.

Interview with Joey Da Rosa

by Anna Da Rosa

Question 1: Who is your favorite teacher and why?

Joey: Mr. Sutton, he is very dapper and has a good way of teaching.

Question 2: If you could change one thing about your schedule what would it be?

Joey: I’d probably change it so Spanish would be after lunch.

Question 3: Which class do you look forward to and why?

Joey: I look forward to my engineering class because it’s different than most of the other classes I’m taking.

Question 4: What is something you’re excited about for this school year?

Joey: Just seeing where all of this will take me and doing some stuff that’s different from my usual.

Question 5: Do you have any friends is your classes? Or have you met any new friends?

Joey: There’s a bunch of familiar faces from last year so I am at least somewhat acquainted with a number of people.

Question 6: What is your least favorite class?

Joey: Spanish because there is too many vocab.

Question 7: What is a goal you’ve made for yourself this year?

Joey: By the end of the year to have all A’s.

Question 8: How do you plan on achieving that goal?

Joey: Until the end of the year by slowly improving and making sure everything comes in on time.

Question 9: Which class could you see giving you the most difficulty in the future?

Joey: Once again, Spanish because more vocab cards.

Question 10: Did any of your classes give you homework during the first week back?

Joey: Yes, Spanish did.

CYOA

by Jayden Moreno

QUESTIONS:

  1. If you were to sit down a year from now, reflecting on your high school years, what would you have done different?
  2. How did you maintain good grades and stay organized?
  3. What was your favorite part about high school and why?
  4. What were some unexpected hurdles? What were some benefits of high school?
  5. What motivated you to keep trying when you weren’t doing the best?
  6. How did you keep a good grade in your hardest class?
  7. What was your plan during high school?
  8. Who was your favorite teacher why?
  9. What was your favorite class and why?
  10. What was your career choice?

ANSWERS:

  1. If I were to sit down a year from now and reflect on my high school years I think I would have been more active in school spirit.
  2. I maintain my good grades by turning in my work and even if I did poorly on a test I made it up by retaking it. I stayed organized by keeping folders for each class and regular backpack cleanings
  3. What I like most about high school was going to football games because everyone was there for the same reason and sociable.
  4. Some on expected hurdles I face were pop quizzes. There were never any of those in middle school. Some benefits were also PopQuiz because they made me more confident on tests.
  5. What motivated me to keep trying was when I wasn’t doing the best was I would think how disappointing my family would be if I didn’t graduate.
  6. In my hardest class I kept a good grade by asking many questions and staying after classes in school for extra help.
  7. My plan during high school was to get my GE at community college and then transfer to a university.
  8. My favorite teacher was Ms.Pagano because she always had us on our toes with a crazy activity. She was very personable and helped us with problems in school and out.
  9. My favorite class was sociology because I love studying the groups of people.
  10. My career choice was to work with male inmates as a psychologist.

CYOA, Counseling Catastrophe

by Anna Parrott

Senior year in an exciting milestone filled with football games, painted parking spaces, and prom. It is supposed to be an easy and relaxing year. But for one senior, her year thus far has been anything but smooth sailing. The source of her stress is a botched schedule. This is a common issue and most students have experienced the anxiety and frustrations of trying to get a schedule fixed. Here is the account of her dilemma and how she overcame the obstacle at hand:

Q: Were you happy with the schedule you were first given?

A: I wasn’t happy because they did not give me the class I had asked for and gave me one that I didn’t want instead.

Q: What did you want to change about your schedule?

A: I wanted to change to periods 1-5 and to drop theater.

Q: How did you go about changing your schedule?

A: I went in on schedule correction day and I was told to come back on the first day of school so I did. Then they sent me away and told me to come again on Thursday and it would be changed. I was told that it still couldn’t be fixed and that I would be called in on another day. Eventually, after them not doing anything, my parents met with the VP and I was able to drop theater. However, I didn’t get 1-5 like I needed.

Q: What class did you switch to? Are you excited for that class?

A: I switched into 4th year Spanish. I wasn’t expecting to take it but I’m excited to be able to speak it more fluently.

Q: How did it feel to not be able to get you schedule changed for awhile?
A: It was frustrating because I knew that the longer it took to get changed, the more behind I would be in whatever class I was switched into and I felt my needs weren’t being taken seriously as a student.

Q: How do you think the system can be improved so it’s easier to be seen by the counselors and to get the classes you need?

A: I don’t know exactly how it could be improved but I just think that overall they need a better system for calling in students and fixing things for them because it seems to be getting done out of order.

Q: How do you think the counselors feel about all the students wanting certain classes or periods when so many others want the same thing?

A: I think that they sometimes pick and choose what they’re going to take care of because some schedule changes are easier than others.

Q: Do you think the counselors prioritize seniors?

A: From my experience I would say no simply because I have not been prioritized, but others may not feel that way.

Q: How difficult is it to see your counselor during the first week of school?

A: It was extremely difficult for me because there are so many students trying to see them at the same time.

Q: Now that your schedule has been changed, how do you plan on enjoying your senior year?

A: I’m going to make the most of the classes I was given and spend lots of time with my friends at school.