Today, students will have the opportunity to watch Career Day presentations, with experts in various professions visiting Aragon to explain aspects of their jobs. This biannual event will feature over 60 guest speakers of different occupations and will be open to all students.
The San Mateo Union High School District has been awarded $25 million in federal Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB) tax credits as a result of Obama’s stimulus package, which could save district taxpayers $6 million, according to Elizabeth McManus, District Deputy Superintendent of Business Services. According to a recent district newsletter, Tom Tolarkson, California state superintendent of public instruction, announced on Jan. 14 that 61 districts in California would receive money from Obama’s stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
In 2006 San Mateo County voters approved Measure M, allowing the San Mateo Union High School District to use $298 million dollars to renovate the district’s high schools by upgrading the safety of buildings and replacing aged facilities. Aragon students can see these renovations at their school in the form of a new pool, theater, and solar panels.
The second annual Improv Olympics will take place on Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in Aragon’s theater. The Improv Olympics involve Aragon’s Improv Team and Hillsdale’s Improv Team performing in a friendly competition between schools. Last year, Aragon hosted one day of the Olympics, and Hillsdale hosted the following day. This year, however, Aragon will host both days because Hillsdale’s theater is under construction.
From February 8-28, all students were asked to donate one dollar by placing it in designated boxes in their 5th period class as part of the One Dollar For Life campaign at Aragon. The 5th period class that raises the most amount of money will receive a pizza party from Aragon Leadership. One of the event organizers, leadership student junior Danielle Cutts, heard about the event from a classmate who attended a leadership conference where the One Dollar For Life (ODFL) organization was mentioned.
On Saturday, March 5, there will be a district-wide musical concert that will include all of the best high school musicians in the area. Students from Burlingame, Hillsdale, San Mateo, Capuchino, Mills and Aragon High School will be performing. Here at Aragon, band director Troy Davis and orchestra and choir director David Martin are involved in selecting musicians to participate in the 14-year tradition.
Take a listen to some of the sights and sounds of a wonderful night with good food, great music, and a night filled with love at Temple Beth-El in San Mateo, California. This coverage was put together courtesy of photographer Kore Chan and Outlook Photo and Technology Editor Eric Torres.
Take a look and listen to the wonderful sounds of the Double Exposure Jazz Concert event, held on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at the Aragon Memorial Theater. Photos and video by Kore Chan.
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.
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.
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.
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.