Construction and Parking Update

Construction

Arriving at Aragon for a new year, students were greeted by the sight of unfamiliar construction. Funded by Measure M, the construction will act as an extension of several areas of curriculum.

September 14, 2011
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Dons Decimate Bearcats: 50-22

Football

After suffering a defeat at the hands of the San Mateo Bearcats last year, the Aragon varsity football team appeared eager to reassert their dominance. Thunder and lightning were not enough to stop the Don’s 50-22 victory on Friday night at San Mateo.

September 14, 2011
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New Superintendent Joins SMUHSD

Superintendent

The San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) welcomes Associate Superintendent of Instruction Andy Parsons for the 2011-2012 school year. Parsons will be replacing Matt Bigger and is looking to empower the faculty of SMUHSD through cooperation and communication.

September 14, 2011
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Introduction: New Dons

New Dons

Why did you want to become a teacher?

Dunfey: I used to be a sailing instructor and I used to have white board mini lessons. I guess that’s where I caught the teaching bug.

September 14, 2011
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CALPADS releases four-year dropout rate

On Friday, August 11, the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System released four-year data regarding dropout rates. The statewide graduation was reported as 74.4 percent, with the dropout rate at 18.2 percent.

September 14, 2011
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High school: Reality Versus Expectations

Crowded hallways packed with unsmiling students, twisting corridors that lead to dead ends, and looming upperclassmen that possess no mercy. Fully adjusted to middle school, freshmen can be unnerved by the change in environment in the beginning of their high school adventure.

September 14, 2011
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The Game of High School: Competition

Academic Competition

For the modern high school student, the pressure to succeed can be overwhelming. Many teens feel obligated to take demanding classes while juggling intense workloads, and this competitive mindset often emerges in the classroom. Students have become increasingly competitive with their peers, their friends, and even themselves. Many now ask, where is the line between competition and antagonism?

September 14, 2011
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Learning Styles are Fake…Maybe

Learning Styles

Over the past generation, many high schools have transformed learning from a full day of lecture into a mixture of note-taking, interactive tasks, and simulations. The concept of learning styles played a large role in this shift in teaching technique. Varying from kinesthetic to visual, the learning styles designate each individual as learning most effectively when taught through a certain approach. But is this concept truly valuable or insignificant?

September 14, 2011
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The Myth of Multitasking

With homework, television, music, instant messaging, and the vast resources found on the internet, the modern student has a wide range of passive activities that can be done at the same time. This has led to multitasking on an exceedingly large scale, nearly enough to make it considered part of the modern student culture.

September 14, 2011
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So “Cool” It’s Hot

Phat, fetch, swell, hip, dope. These terms are so different in their literal meanings, yet they are all used colloquially to express the same meaning: “cool.” Although the word cool itself remains current to colloquial expression, each generation has felt the need to generate a unique arsenal of terms that marks its identity and contribution to the evolution of cool.

September 14, 2011
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Is it Hip to be Hipster?

Hipsters

Chances are that if Aragon experienced a hipster invasion in the near future, not many people would notice. Perhaps Aragon has already been infiltrated by the hipster kind. Perhaps, however, the average Aragon student just does not know what hipster is.

September 14, 2011
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