The Express

Grounded: Trips Experience Turbulence

Kimberly Sanchez, Feature Editor

November 28, 2012

Only one of the four non-school sponsored student travel opportunities that teachers organized this year is close to gathering enough students to proceed: the senior trip to Italy. The others, Costa Rica, France, and Washington D.C. canceled due to lack of enough sign-ups. The Costa Rica tour offe...

Battle of Wits

Makayla Thomas, News Editor

November 28, 2012

Sharon Spiers, the health and yoga teacher here at San Juan Hills High School, is also the coach for our Academic Decathlon team. She has been coaching for two years and was even on her academic decathlon team in high school. The 9th and 10th grade team won first place last year and the 11th and 12th ...

Saddleback Course For Seniors Returning to SJHHS This Spring

Jessica Arzetti, Photo Editor

November 28, 2012

Saddleback College is returning to San Juan Hills High School with APSY-140, a class for seniors for college-readiness. They will have the opportunity to take the class this spring semester. “Last year was the first year we offered the class and we were the only school in the district to offer it,...

No More Benchmark Testing

Olivia Johnson, Art and Graphics

November 28, 2012

Benchmark tests, the assessments teachers gave periodically last year, are now nearly a thing of the past. Students may no longer be required to take Benchmark testing this year. Christine Balentine, lead counsel for CUEA in negotiations with CUSD said of the tests, “We negotiated an agreement that...

CST Scores Give “Grade Bump” to Students and SJHHS

CST Scores Give

Teresa Quintero, Photographer

November 5, 2012

SJHHS surpassed both San Clemente and Capo Valley high schools for the first time with our new API score of 846, only 11 points behind Dana Hills -- the next closest to SJHHS. The jump in API scores follows a massive gain in 2011 when the school went to 835 (up from 810 two consecutive years). Five ...

Trustee Area 2 Up for Grabs

Trustee Area 2 Up for Grabs

Brittany Christensen, Editor-in-Chief

October 26, 2012

On November 6, voters within the new CUSD Trustee Boundary Areas will decide who will occupy the four seats available on the seven member school board. SJHHS is within Area 2, which covers Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Coto, and some of San Juan Capistrano. Here Carol McCormick faces Jim Reardon for a se...

Students Rush Clubs at Lunch

Makayla Thomas, News Editor

October 26, 2012

BY MAKAYLA THOMAS NEWS EDITOROn Friday October 19, students around the quad were entertained with an array of clubs. Club Rush was filled with much excitement and students were looking forward to seeing the new clubs here at San Juan Hills High School. “ We have about half of the clubs from last...

Ladera Grants

Brittany Christensen, Editor-in-Chief

October 26, 2012

The Ladera Ranch Education Foundation donated over $1,900 to San Juan Hills High School for projects requested by Newspaper, Academic Decathlon and English. “The foundation raises and distributes approximately $40-50K per year for our grant programs. In addition to this, we have several other fun...

Parking Revenue Not Enough, Valderrama Says

Parking Revenue Not Enough, Valderrama Says

Jessica Arzetti, Photo Editor

October 8, 2012

The price set for parking may seem excessive for a high school student, but ASB is using the money from sales of parking passes to pay for activities for students this year. Prices range from $100 a year to $50 a semester with ASB or $120 a year to $60 a semester without ASB. Parking passes netted SJ...

New Teachers and New Faces

Agafaye Victorino, Circulation Editor

October 8, 2012

While there are freshmen scrambling to adapt to their new world that is SJHHS, teachers are doing the same.Currently, there are five new teachers, one of them being a long-term substitute and four being newly-hired to SJHHS.One of the new teachers, Sara Cowell, is a Special Education teacher with a major...

School Marquee Would Provide Information to Students, Parents.

Makayla Thomas, News Editor

October 4, 2012

PTSA is now fundraising to provide San Juan Hills with a brand new Marquee. For those who don't know, a marquee is a roof-like projection over the entrance to a theatre, or in this case, on the front of the school. It would show upcoming performances, dances, games and other events. According to...

Prop 30 Threatens To Cut School Year

Jenna Clemente, Editorial Editor

September 21, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown proposes a temporary tax increase (Prop 30) that will be voted for on November 6, which could shorten SJHHS school year by 10 days. Prop 30 is the proposition which encourages an increase in sales taxes by ¼ cent on taxable goods and raise income taxes by 1% on individuals making m...