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Valentine’s Day Playlists


In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Outlook has procured an abundance of love-themed student playlists for your listening pleasure. Whether you prefer indie rock-and-roll or radio hits, you’re bound to find something that’s to your liking. “Each song possesses different aspects of love which I greatly appreciate because I think that love should not be viewed in just one way. Maybe some of the songs aren’t meant to necessarily be love songs, but it’s nice to think of them as a little wake-up call. Listen, relate, and enjoy,” comments senior Zoe Bartlett on her playlist.


Week of rallies commemorates 50th anniversary

50 years

On January 21, 1961, now only marginally more than fifty years ago, Aragon High School opened its doors to students. Flash forward five decades. After coming back fresh from a three-day weekend, Aragon students began a 50th anniversary celebration for the school’s 50th birthday. To celebrate, students participated in a decade-themed spirit week, and a week of rallies was organized and held by leadership.


New AP testing policy sparks controversy


Aragon students may find their AP experience a little different this year. AP tests are no longer mandatory for Aragon students enrolled in AP courses, and the College Board is taking away the quarter-point deduction for incorrect answers on the AP tests. In response to recent concerns voiced by parents, school administrators in the San Mateo Union High School District are clarifying policies aimed at encouraging students enrolled in AP courses to take the corresponding AP tests.


Silver sword: system to go online soon

Silver sword

At the end of the last school year, former Aragon Academic Advisor Sue Barizon retired and passed on her managing duties with the Silver Sword Program. In her absence, the counseling office’s staff currently faces a time of transition as they also prepare for a new online self-reporting point system. The new online system will replace the present use of forms and signatures to track points.


Love and harmonies are in the air for Music from the Heart


Music from the Heart is effectively a cabaret, a form of entertainment featuring songs performed by small groups of people. Cabarets are distinguished mainly by the performance venue—a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting at tables, dining and drinking, watching the performance being introduced by an emcee. Both vocal and instrumental songs will be performed.


Aragon dance competition attracts interest from around the Bay Area


The Black Student Union’s 6th annual Dance Competition occurred on January 22 in Aragon’s main gym. Teams ranging from four to twelve dancers from twelve schools participated in the competition against The Exprezzion team, Aragon’s competing team. The Aragon Dance Team opened the show. Sophomore Exprezzion dancer Gabrielle Tompkins says, “Seeing the competition last year made me want to do it; I love it. I think the event is the fun part.”


Aragon student wins prestigious science award

Peter Zhan

At the beginning of lunch on January 12, music blared from the loudspeakers like any other day. But senior Peter Zhan had a strange feeling as he walked out of the counseling office. Stopped suddenly by a crowd of students, faculty, and his own mother, Zhan’s premonition was confirmed; something was amiss. Within moments, Principal Patricia Kurtz began a surprise award ceremony. She started by introducing Leroy Tripette of the Intel Science Program; Tripette explained that Zhan had been selected as a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search and presented him with an oversized $1,000 check.


Tardy policy ignites debate


The new tardy policy at Aragon dictates that after receiving five tardies, the student must attend Saturday school. The four-hour sessions are held every Saturday. After the fifth tardy has been given, the student in question must attend Saturday school at the end of the same week the fifth tardy was received, “If students come and speak to me in advance about a conflict, then arrangements can be made. Rescheduling is a possibility… it’s not etched in stone,” says Dean Michael Valmonte on scheduling conflicts with Saturday school.


Students await first winter formal in three years


With the dawn of 2011, Aragon students experience the first winter formal that the school has seen in three years with the theme “Under the Neon Lights.” This last dance before Prom will be held in the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday February 5. The dance, as the name suggests, will be held under colorful lights at the Hiller Aviation Museum. Tickets began at $20 and $25 with and without PAL respectively, and both rose by $10 this week.


Spirit in sports


College spirit can be a determining factor for some high school students when it comes to picking a college. Others, however, are as opposed to this concept as the Cardinal opposes the Trojan. As with all matters big and small, Aragon students were more than willing to let loose on their opinions of the value of school morale. “It’s a great opportunity for people to get out of their comfort zones, and makes way for some really great new experiences,” says sophomore leadership student Keaton Moe. “Spirit relinquishes stereotypes and brings people together under a common goal. It’s the pride that unites you and the [student] next to you.”