The Express

DIRHA to Host First Campus-Wide Unity Week

DIRHA to Host First Campus-Wide Unity Week

Sandhya Ganesan, Opinion Editor

February 5, 2020

Students in the DIRHA program are curating a week of activities highlighting how we are different, but how sensitivity to those differences can make SJHHS more unified. DIRHA stands for Diversity Inclusion and Racial Healing Ambassadors and the event is called Unity Week. “I had this vision for Unity Week for a very long time, and I have spent count...

Saddleback Concurrent Enrollment Enhances Learning Experience

Saddleback Concurrent Enrollment Enhances Learning Experience

Warren Unzueta, Staff Writer

January 18, 2020

High school students in CUSD are eligible to enroll in community college classes through the concurrent enrollment partnership with Saddleback College.  Students can enroll in any Saddleback course at no cost (other than minimal health and book fees that apply for certain courses) as long as they me...

Rumors of World War III Rage Throughout the Media

Rumors of World War III Rage Throughout the Media

Gabby Laurente, Staff Writer

January 18, 2020

Rumors surfaced of a possible World War III after President Donald Trump threatened to wage war against Iran following the attacks on the U.S. embassy housed in Iraq. Violent ongoing attacks between the U.S. and Iran have occurred consecutively after Iranian protesters breached a military compound. ...

Facilities Improvement Bond Measures Approved for March 2020 Primary Ballot

Facilities Improvement Bond Measures Approved for March 2020 Primary Ballot

Max Katz, Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees voted to put new bond measures before voters on the March 2020 primary election ballot with the intent of generating funds to upgrade infrastructure at certain schools in CUSD. The move comes four years after the failure of Measure M, a previous...

New ‘Say Something’ Program Replaces Text-a-Tip

New ‘Say Something’ Program Replaces Text-a-Tip

Kaitlyn Kittredge, Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

A new program, “Say Something Anonymous Reporting System” replaced the previous “Text-A-Tip.” Both programs promote support and mental assistance to students easily and anonymously. The new system allows school districts to enable students and adults to submit secure and anonymous safety concerns...

Free CUSD Workshop Educates Parents on the Dangers of Vape

Free CUSD Workshop Educates Parents on the Dangers of Vape

Nikki Iyer, Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

After several months of planning, Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) has created free workshops on the dangers of nicotine and vaping for parents and students. The workshops will continue into 2020. The monthly, hour long meetings are held at the District Office. The program aims to teach parents...

Coach Arrested for Contact and Communication with a Minor

Coach Arrested for Contact and Communication with a Minor

Riley Goodfellow, Co Editor-In-Chief

December 13, 2019

Assistant Offensive Line Coach, Cole Austin Cazel, was arrested Oct. 30 for inappropriate contact with students, including requests for child pornography, according to an Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) press release.  Cazel graduated from SJHHS in 2015 and coached football at the school for fo...

Altar Project Allows Students to Dig Deep Into Family History

Altar Project Allows Students to Dig Deep Into Family History

Warren Unzueta, Staff Writer

November 11, 2019

Students in select Spanish classes have been constructing altars dedicated to loved ones or celebrities that have passed away to commemorate the Day of the Dead, a holiday celebrated primarily in Mexico from October 31st to November 2nd.  On the night of November 1st, cemeteries in Mexico come to life,...

Breakthrough Program Helps Disadvantaged Students Thrive in School

Breakthrough Program Helps Disadvantaged Students Thrive in School

Jack O'Connor, Staff Writer

October 18, 2019

The idea of a non-profit program whose sole purpose is providing free tutoring services to disadvantaged students may seem like just a dream, but Breakthrough Collaborative is making it a reality. “It’s a really great program that gives students a head start on everything. Not even just for the ...

NHS Accepts Fewer Members

NHS Accepts Fewer Members

Rylan Weber, Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

NHS applications this year reached a record high, but it seemed to many that the acceptance rate dropped dramatically.  NHS, National Honors Society, is a nationwide organization designed as an opportunity for students to excel in different areas of leadership on their school campuses. Participating in NH...

Spectators Accused of Racism at Game

Spectators Accused of Racism at Game

Ella Villar, Managing Editor

September 27, 2019

Cheerleaders from Lincoln High School (LHS) reported racial slurs being directed at them from a number of students and adults at San Clemente High School (SCHS) on September 13th. A Lincoln cheerleader posted on her Instagram a claim that students and adults were both heckling and racially tauntin...

LDS Seminary Moves to Campus

LDS Seminary Moves to Campus

Ben Bartlett and Grace Aitken

September 15, 2019

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has officially begun holding seminary classes in classrooms on campus during 0 period.  The change began this week, and classes will take place throughout the first semester until the neighboring church is completed this winter. However, according to...