The 2010 winter concerts occurred on Tuesday, Dec. 7, and Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the theater. Orchestra and choir, under the direction of David Martin, performed on the first day. It consisted of the string orchestra, chamber orchestra, women’s choir, concert choir and chamber choir. Troy Davis’s concert band, symphonic band and wind ensemble played on the second day.
Three murders made up an enticing murder mystery in Aragon’s very own musical production of “Curtains,” which took place between Nov. 18-21. Set in Boston in 1959, “Curtains” featured Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, played by senior Alex Phinney. After the star of “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West” is murdered on opening night, Cioffi must quarantine the cast, save the show, and solve the case before the show reopens, without getting killed himself.
Nov. 23 marked the day that Aragon had its annual blood drive. Blood Centers of the Pacific set up in two trailers in the parking lot opposite of room 112. They do this every year at Aragon and other schools and businesses around the Bay Area.
School districts across the state are facing hardship as the California budget crisis continues to frustrate lawmakers. The current economic situation has already put strains on our own school district, seen earlier this year in the abnormally tense negotiations process between the district and the Teachers’ Union over healthcare, which eventually led to secretive mediation sessions.
On October 13, the Teachers’ Union and the District reached a tentative agreement over this year’s contract. The contract lasts for this year and next year, expiring on June 30, 2012. In February or March of 2012, a new round of negotiations will start.
In response to recent gay suicides nationwide, the Gay-Straight Alliance participated in a nation-wide campaign called Purple Shirt Wednesday on October 20. Students came to school with purple shirts, pants, shoes, or bags. Purple Shirt Wednesday was during Ally Week, which according to junior Jesenia Garcia-Rovetta, “is dedicated to the LGBT and straight alliance, and is a great time for people not in the GSA to say they support people of any sexual identity”.
Contrasted to Aragon’s vast campus and large student body of 1591, Peninsula High School’s student body of roughly 250 students shocked Senior Kevin Birchett. After attending Aragon for his freshman and sophomore year it is understandable why San Mateo Union High School District’s continuation school, Peninsula High School, was such a drastic change for Birchett.
After suffering a year of health problems, James Richmond, the Aragon Robotics Team’s faculty advisor, has stepped down from his position; as a result, the Robotics Team has faced an array of questions concerning the future of the program.
Aragon’s 6th annual International Food Fair was held on Friday, October 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the large gym. It featured foods from China, India, Korea, Mexico, the Philippines, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, France, Peru, Italy and the Pacific Islands. Assistant principal Joe Mahood says, “The International Food Fair is a gathering where students and parents alike from different ethnic groups can share their cuisine with the rest of the school.”
In late November, Aragon High School will be visited by students from Hanasaki High School in Tokyo, Japan. Hanasaki students will be joining Aragon band students in homestays and will be participating in a band exchange. This has all been made possible by the Bravo Music publishing company of Florida. Both schools, though very different, are acquainted with the publishing company.
On November 9, a deadly gas explosion ripped through San Bruno, displacing hundreds of people. However, it was not only people who were affected by the incident; animals and pets were displaced as well. The animals that were lucky enough to escape have been since taken in by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), a non-profit organization that helps to protect animals that are in danger. Upon hearing about the situation, Aragon students decided to start the Adopt-an-Angel campaign.
Headed by senior Amrit Saxena, the Aragon Mathematical Talent Development Committee (MTDC), a club that fosters mathematical abilities in middle school students, plans to hold a math competition to encourage the celebration and continued development of their math skills. The Aragon Math League (AML) competition screens more than 300 students for seats at the Aragon Math Marathon (AM2), the math competition scheduled for January 7, 2011.