March 11, 2011. Sendai, Japan. At approximately 2:46 p.m., a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck just east of Japan’s Tohoku region. The quake has been listed as one of the five largest since modern record keeping. Following the quake, Japanese residents along the eastern coast of Tohoku region were alerted to evacuate due to a large tsunami prediction. Soon, waves which peaked at about 100 feet high crashed upon the eastern coastline of Japan.
Aragon students will likely not be required to purchase summer reading books for the upcoming school year. Recent controversy over charging various fees by public schools has been sparked by a lawsuit in southern California last September. The lawsuit, which was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), alleged that dozens of districts were violating the California Constitution’s guarantee to a “free” public school system. In some schools, students were forced to pay for textbooks, workbooks and gym uniforms.
The second annual Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Art Show will take place between May 3 and Sept. 25, 2011. Mills, Menlo-Atherton, Carlmont, Woodside, and Aragon High School will be submitting photos and designs for the show. The show includes the work of students in digital photography, animation, graphics, video games and video production.
On April 1, the fourth annual Summer Opportunities Faire was held during an extended lunch period and provided students the chance to explore a variety of different summer programs. Elizabeth Stone, an education consultant, explains, “I started the faire four years ago. I’m an independent college admissions counselor and found that students had a very hard time even knowing where to look for summer experiences.”
California K-12 schools could face severe budget restrictions for the upcoming school year as the state legislature tries to cut spending. In January, Governor Jerry Brown proposed a tax extension that would soften the effects of the cuts to education, but had difficulty getting his resolution approved for a June ballot, putting the funding situation for K-12 schools in limbo.
Started last year, El Dia de Silencio, or the Day of Silence, is an event held by the Aragon Latino Club to promote immigration reform and continued support of the D.R.E.A.M. act. This year it will occur on Friday, April 29. The organizers chose silence as a way to symbolize how many immigrants cannot speak out for their rights because of fears of immigration laws.
Aragon’s annual String Fling occurred on the evening of Tuesday, March 22, while the Band Bash occurred the following night on Wednesday, March 23, in the large gym. This year, Borel Middle School musicians were Aragon’s special guests as they participated in both musical events.
There are plenty of activities for students to participate in here at Aragon, from sports teams and leadership classes to the yearbook or service commission. Aragon clubs range from ethnicity orientated to faith oriented, while others involve video games or pastimes. When you add them all up, you get 76 unique groups to choose from. Here are a few to be featured this month.
Advil versus generic Ibuprofen, True Religion versus simple jeans, Wonder bread, Uggs, Nalgene bottles, Starbucks. Brand names are common in today’s world, ranging from food to clothes, and medicine to colleges. But is this obsession with brand names a result of an increase in materialism?
While many are in the dark when it comes to the existing card game ban, rumors are circulating over a comprehensive and severe ban of all card games to be instituted in the next school year. Librarian Diane Gagliani commented that she has not received any specific ruling on the card games ban.
As April comes to an end, the deadline for seniors to submit their Statement of Intent to the college of their choosing looms nearer and nearer. Although graduating seniors may not be fully aware of what to expect, Aragon teachers have plenty of advice for the seniors having had first-hand experience with college life.
With the completion of the new pool, the swim team has been able to return to holding practices and meets here at school, having had its second meet, a home meet, against Mills on March 17. “It’s really nice. They did a nice job,” says freshman swimmer Brianna Keeling.