Homebuyers in the Bay Area face an increase in housing prices

December 14, 2017

As tech companies in Silicon Valley such as Apple, Facebook and Tesla fuel the economic engine of the Bay Area, the cost of housing in the Bay Area rises even faster. Meanwhile, members of the Aragon community have been impacted in several ways. HOUSING COSTS A steep increase of housing prices over the last few years have caused many Bay Area residents to look elsewhere for places to live. San…

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Affirmative Action: Is it fair?

With origins dating back to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, affirmative action, as defined by the West Encyclopedia of American Law, currently “refers to both mandatory and voluntary programs intended to affirm the civil rights of designated classes of individuals by taking positive action to protect them [from discrimination].” Such laws and programs, usually instituted in higher education and the American workplace, generally have goals of promoting diversity and making up for past cases of discrimination. This, however, was not always the case.

December 14, 2017
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SMUHSD climate control policy: Too cool for comfort

December 14, 2017

In a letter from Kevin Skelly, the San Mateo Union High School District Superintendent, the district informed Aragon staff at the beginning of November that teachers will no longer be able to regulate their classroom’s temperature due to the new sustainability policies.

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New recycling program introduced

December 14, 2017

The Aragon community and San Mateo Union High School District launched a new recycling program on Nov. 20 as an initiative to bring recycling back to the school. “We had the idea to recycle, and they supported us with the materials, like the blue bins,” said Psychology teacher Carlo Corti, one of the key facilitators of the project. Prior to this program, Aragon had only recycled items from the front…

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Nutrition-packed snacks: How our campus vending machines work

December 14, 2017

Currently, Aragon carries eight vending machines that were added to the San Mateo Union High School District before the 2000’s. Overall, they have remained beneficial to students. Aragon has vending machines that carry both snacks and drinks.“Its purpose [was to make] more revenue for the program as well as, I believe, just to have an option for the kids, maybe between service times such as brunch and lunch,” said SMUHSD…

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Middle College: An alternative to high school education

November 21, 2017

Located at the College of San Mateo, the Middle College program is an alternative education program provided by an agreement between CSM and the San Mateo Union High School District that allows junior and senior high school students to concurrently enroll in high school and community college courses. This program gives juniors and seniors the opportunity to finish their high school graduation credits, obtain college credit, and also have a college oriented experience as a high school student.

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