In the wake of the strongest earthquake in Japan’s history and the world’s fifth-strongest earthquake in the last 111 years, the Aragon Outlook offers ways to donate to those affected and get in contact with loved ones overseas as we bring you the most up-to-date information of the situation.
This month’s Arts and Entertainment section features four actions: create, listen, taste, and participate. From Sandy Frank’s honey brownie recipe to Lupe Fiasco’s upcoming new album “Lasers”, to foodie events in the Bay Area and to find ways to take initiative, this month’s A&E spread has all the bases covered.
Starting in mid-December of 2010, a wave of protest and revolution has spread throughout the Islamic world in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Incidents have taken place in 18 countries, and in two countries, Tunisia and Egypt, heads of states have already been overthrown. This wave of revolution started on Dec. 17, 2010 when the self immolation (setting oneself on fire as an act of martyrdom) of fruit merchant Mohamed Bouazizi sparked the Jasmine Revolution of Tunisia. Following protests, 28 days later on Jan. 14, President Zine El Abadine Ben Ali of Tunisia fled the country.
For violating the student code of conduct, students face consequences ranging from serious talks from teachers, to social probation, to suspensions. Many of these violations stem from conflicts that students face in and outside of school. Though the term “conflict” does encompass a broad variety of problems including firearm possession, family problems, sexual assault, and drug possession, a very common one at Aragon is relationship conflict between friends. It is important to note, however, that conflicts are not all similar and they differ from student to student.
“The marathon was a lot of fun. There’s not much else to do on a Friday night… [I would have been] just playing video games,” said Anthony Cabuslay, an 8th grader from St. Timothy’s Lutheran School. Not only did Cabuslay have an activity other than video games to do on his Friday evening, but he also won multiple awards at the Aragon Math Marathon that took place on Friday, Feb. 25.
Today, students will have the opportunity to watch Career Day presentations, with experts in various professions visiting Aragon to explain aspects of their jobs. This biannual event will feature over 60 guest speakers of different occupations and will be open to all students.
The San Mateo Union High School District has been awarded $25 million in federal Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB) tax credits as a result of Obama’s stimulus package, which could save district taxpayers $6 million, according to Elizabeth McManus, District Deputy Superintendent of Business Services. According to a recent district newsletter, Tom Tolarkson, California state superintendent of public instruction, announced on Jan. 14 that 61 districts in California would receive money from Obama’s stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
In 2006 San Mateo County voters approved Measure M, allowing the San Mateo Union High School District to use $298 million dollars to renovate the district’s high schools by upgrading the safety of buildings and replacing aged facilities. Aragon students can see these renovations at their school in the form of a new pool, theater, and solar panels.
The second annual Improv Olympics will take place on Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in Aragon’s theater. The Improv Olympics involve Aragon’s Improv Team and Hillsdale’s Improv Team performing in a friendly competition between schools. Last year, Aragon hosted one day of the Olympics, and Hillsdale hosted the following day. This year, however, Aragon will host both days because Hillsdale’s theater is under construction.
From February 8-28, all students were asked to donate one dollar by placing it in designated boxes in their 5th period class as part of the One Dollar For Life campaign at Aragon. The 5th period class that raises the most amount of money will receive a pizza party from Aragon Leadership. One of the event organizers, leadership student junior Danielle Cutts, heard about the event from a classmate who attended a leadership conference where the One Dollar For Life (ODFL) organization was mentioned.
On Saturday, March 5, there will be a district-wide musical concert that will include all of the best high school musicians in the area. Students from Burlingame, Hillsdale, San Mateo, Capuchino, Mills and Aragon High School will be performing. Here at Aragon, band director Troy Davis and orchestra and choir director David Martin are involved in selecting musicians to participate in the 14-year tradition.
In the chaos that is known as showbiz, the peak of an actor’s career is the reception of an Oscar. This 13.5-inch statuette acts as the culmination of a fantastic year for the winners from all categories. With all of the action-packed movies, animated films, and stunning performances by A-listers, as well as up-and-coming actors, choosing the best of each category might prove a difficult task for the Academy. The Oscars may have already passed, but here are Aragon’s thoughts on what should have won.