The Express

Letter From the Editor

Brittany Christensen, Editor-in-Chief

January 17, 2014

As the new year begins and my time at SJHHS draws to a close, I have been reflecting on high school as part of the college essay process. This writing task led me to discover what it is that drives me and how I can make something more out of my future based on my time here in high school. Without hesi...

Knott’s is No More

Tracy Gaylord, STAFF WRITTER

January 15, 2014

Due to the cancellation of STAR testing there is no longer a good reason for seniors to be off campus -- or so says CUSD. This is a major change to tradition at SJHHS and other high schools. Every year we would see and hear about the seniors going to Knott’s and even though we were taking STAR te...

No Knotts? Hooray!

Mrs. Krasilneck, Guest Columnist

January 14, 2014

Well it’s about time! Finally CUSD has the good sense to cancel that ridiculous senior Knott’s trip. For far too long freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have been taking STAR tests while seniors took a day off to frolic around Knott’s Berry farm, wasting a valuable day of potential instructional tim...

Is Internet Addiction Claiming Another Victim?

Is Internet Addiction Claiming Another Victim?

Alexea Malaletkin, Editorial Editor

December 6, 2013

The first step is admitting you have a problem. But should the Internet be categorized alongside nicotine and alcohol as an addiction? Some psychologists believe so. The DSM-IV, or ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, recently established Internet addiction as a legitimate menta...

Glendale District Monitors Students’ Social Media Accounts

Tracy Gaylord, Staff Writer

November 22, 2013

Companies paid to scan and monitor your social media accounts looking for signs of cyberbullying wouldn't bother you, right? What if they were also looking for signs of controlled substances, self-harm, disruption of school activities, truancy, hazing, sexual harassment of peers or teachers, threats...

Rated R Theater Policies Belittle Teens

Shane Battis, Business Manager

November 15, 2013

How many times have you been denied entrance to a rated R movie because you’re underage? Annoying isn’t it? If teenagers under 17 are trusted with so many other privileges like driving and seeking out their first jobs they should not be labeled as too immature for a rated R film. The prime reason th...

Has School Spirit Been Taken Too Far?

Nikki Rastegar, Staff Writer

November 8, 2013

It’s understandable that some competition among schools and different classes is healthy, but have students taken it too far? Riverside Brookfield High School, in Illinois, has a tradition which crossed the line this year. Each year, the students T.P. the campus in the week before homecoming. This...

Homework over break

Courtney Crane, STAFF WRITER

November 8, 2013

The long awaited break is around the corner. Students have been waiting anxiously for it for nearly three months. Thanksgiving break is a time to catch up with sleep, TV shows and relax. Homework is something almost every student has come to dread. During the school week, our “free time” is spent doi...

New Assessment Will Enhance Test Experience In The Future

Alexea Malaletkin, Editorial Editor

October 27, 2013

The time has come for state testing to get an update. California has made the decision to join a majority of the nation, as well as several other regions, in introducing the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS) for the 2014-2015 school year. However, while many anticipated our current year ...

One New Friend Request: Have You Finished Your Homework?

One New Friend Request: Have You Finished Your Homework?

Macy Drew, News Editor

October 19, 2013

While our society has continued to grow and develop, social media has offered a new and improved way for people to communicate with each other effectively. However, throughout the past few years much controversy over the opinions of teacher-student relationships on these networks have been widely expre...

Limit on Zero Period Explained

Brittany Christensen, Editor-in-Chief

September 30, 2013

Extracurriculars and electives such as ASB, dance, drama and sports ultimately make it difficult for students to arrange their schedules in ways that fit their preferred classes. Zero period courses, therefore, are offered as a unique alternative to condense students’ schedules, making it possible...

Cutting and Reckless Driving Cause Concern

Jenna Clemente, Staff Writer

September 21, 2013

Cutting in front of everyone else to get to school on time is selfish and just makes the traffic problem worse for everyone. With more students than SJHHS has ever had, both students and parents are faced with an outrageous traffic problem. In the morning, the line reaches all the way up Antonio and do...