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BEAT: Journalism

by Isabella Reed

This week I diverted my attention towards the counseling office and counselors in general. Since it is the beginning of the school year the counselors are being bombarded with students trying to switch their schedules around. I, myself, went up to counseling and got a class changed and there were so many kids waiting in line to see if they were able to get a new schedule. I was able to, but many others were not as fortunate since a lot of classes are being filled quickly or it is not good for their academic career. Many students are still trying to make appointments at times when their assigned counselor is not busy.

I decided to think about what the counselors are currently going through. They said the beginning of the school year is the time when they are the most busy and stressful. They have the students to worry about but they still have to do their own personal work as well and attend meetings. They are sending slips down very frequently to meet with their students. I have gotten one of these slips as well. So far they are doing a decent job at balancing their priorities even though they are extremely busy.

BEAT, Library/Counseling

by Kayla Schoenborn

This week the Library has been closed during 7th period this week on Monday and Wednesday due to lack of staffing! Mrs. Sanwald wants to remind students that if students lose anything with a name on it in the library, they 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 and 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 you need, unless it is out of their region of expertise.

BEAT, Counseling

by Anna Parrott

The job of counselors is to assist students with anything they need. Whether they are switching out classes or asking for advice on college, counselors are there to help. They offer guidance and can answer any question that is thrown at them. The counselors are located in the offices above the library and are available throughout the school day so their assistance is easily accessible.
One of the main responsibilities of the counselors is to take care of class schedules. Also, if a student is in a class they do not like, the counselors will do everything they can to switch the class out. Secondly, the counselors have guidelines and suggestions for each grade to help students do what they need to do and to get through the year successfully. Especifically for seniors, the counselors provide resources on financial aid and scholarships for college as well as internship opportunities to help seniors find their passion. A major aspect of the counseling department is providing information about testing such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and even AP tests so that students can easily have access to details. Counselors also check in on students who may not be completing all of the required courses for graduation or college to make sure that they are on

Beat, counseling

by Isabella Reed

This week I diverted my attention towards the counseling office and counselors in general. Since it is the beginning of the school year the counselors are being bombarded with students trying to switch their schedule around. I went up to counseling and got a class changed and there were so many kids waiting in line to see if they were able to get a new schedule. I was able to, but many others were not as fortunate. Many classes are being filled quickly or it is not good for their academic career. Many students are still trying to make appointments at times when their assigned counselor is not busy.

I decided to think about what the counselors are currently going through. They said the beginning of the school year is the time when they are the most busy and stressful. They have the students to worry about, but they still have to do their own personal work as well and attend meetings. They are sending slips down very frequently to meet with their student. I have gotten one of these slips as well. So far they are doing a decent job at balancing their priorities even though they are extremely busy.

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.

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.

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. People 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.

 

The Indie way of Life

by Olivia DiSabatino

Indie is not the way you dress, the music you listen to, it is how you think and your personality. The Indie population is based upon people who do not follow everything mainstream that the public  expects one to follow. Indies do not dress a certain trend because it is popular, but because they like it themselves. The Indie Lifestyle is very interesting. They are a just typical people who double think about their environment, surroundings or what they choose to support; whether it is political leaders, movies, entertainment in general, brands, and social issues.  There are many different categories that fall under the Indie genre, whether it is music or movies. I personally love the Indie music genre and this article will be a bit like a review of Indie music.

    About seven months ago I started getting involved with Indie music because I was tired of the constant tunes playing on the radio and wanted to try something a bit different. The main reason of what sparked my desire to get involved with the genre was Harry Styles debut album, ‘HARRY STYLES’, his album was a rock alternative and I really enjoyed the album and wished I was familiar with more bands like this. I will be honest, Indie music is definitely not for everyone, especially those who listen to pop 24/7. There are many different Indie bands. My personal favorite would include ‘Foster the People’, a french band, ‘Phoenix’, ‘Bahamas’, and ‘Vance Joy’. Of course, I listen to so many more artists, but these are my all time favorite artists. If you are a newbie and are interested in some new Indie tunes, I recommend getting the free Spotify app and listening to the ‘Ultimate Indie’ album that Spotify creates for its listeners!

 

Beat Report

by Sara Willis

Tragedy has struck our women’s varsity golf team this season. Sara Willis has sustained a career ending knee injury and Victoria Nease has had back pains that have become worse. Our six starters this season where Sierra Streit, Victoria Nease, Sara Willis, Camille Torre, Alainna Bolton and Haley Tritthart. Due to the injury Willis sustained early on in the season Alyssa Borbolla has filled her spot. Monday, August 28th the girls faced off against University City on the Torrey Pines south course. What a treat it was to play on such a course and claim the win. Tuesday was Coach Armstrong’s birthday and the team had a short practice to celebrate! On Wednesday the team played through the heat against Cathedral Catholic. Victoria Nease was unable to play due to her back injury and newcomer Tara Bandi filled in. August 31st was the league opener against El Capitan. It was a good match, but the team lost 274-266. Next week the team will play Helix and Valhalla. The team is also having a scramble golf tournament with a shotgun start on Tuesday, September 5th at 4pm. There will be prizes for the winning team and other games. The proceeds will go to support the team.

Another sport in the spotlight is Cross Country. The team is having their annual Wolfpack Invite on September 1st. Around thirty schools compete in this event and everyone gets to race. The first heat starts at 4pm and it is the freshman girls. The heats go youngest to oldest, girls then boys. Each event is 20 minutes apart and they start behind the visitors bleachers and end on the track. Girls and freshman boys run 1.5 miles and boys run 2.1 miles.

Boy’s Varsity Water Polo has a great starting lineup this year with Keith Patrick, Jackson Lettow, Cody Breshears, Skylar Pelant, Garrett Fernandez, Tyler Grady and Cameron Canotal in goal. The team has added 5 new players to the team with 8 returning. The boys won their most recent game against Monte Vista with an astonishing score of 18-3. It is early in the season for these sports, but we have great athletes willing to give it their all for our school!