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Amador approves new shade structure plan

The shade structure will provide shade over this area, meaning that the lunch tables can be spaced further apart. It will extend from the hill to the right over to the senior cafe.

Yi (Steven) Yang, Staff Writer

September 25, 2020

Amador Valley leadership, partnered with the We Are Pleasanton organization, recently just approved a 225 thousand dollar project to add a new shade structure in the lunch area that is projected to start construction by spring of next year.  The shade structure is looking to allow for students to...

Third year of AVHS book club underway

Book club is a place where students can discover new books and ideas.

Mandy Wong, Senior Editor

September 24, 2020

Next Wednesday, September 30, Book Club will meet for the first time this school year. In Book Club, students have the opportunity to discover new books, share ideas, and talk to published authors. What began as a small group of students meeting to discuss books has grown into an official club. ...

27 AV students qualify for national merit semifinals

Twenty-seven AV semifinalists all have their own strategies and tips on how to ace your tests!

Elyssa Lieu, Page Editor

September 21, 2020

The results for the National Merit Scholarship competition are out, with 27 award winners from Amador Valley High. A lone one percent of high school juniors make this achievement each year. These students join the ranks of 1,926 other semifinalists from California, placing them among the highest-sc...

With no end in sight, online learning continues to pose challenges for PUSD

Amador is mostly empty in the mornings aside from some teachers and staff who want to be in their classrooms for remote learning. Everyone else is at home, connecting through Zoom.

Yi (Steven) Yang and Soumyasri Rangan

September 20, 2020

Online learning in Pleasanton is not likely to end soon, meaning that students and staff must continue to work together to overcome the challenges of remote learning.  Everybody is still adapting to the current situation, but its volatility means that it is difficult to predict what the next ste...

Lucie Bernard: AV Sophomore leads workshops for middle school musicians

Lucie Bernard has been playing the violin since fifth grade. Last December, she was accepted into CODA (California Orchestra Directors Association's Honors String Orchestra) at UC Santa Cruz.

Mandy Wong, Page Editor

September 20, 2020

Sophomore violinist Lucie Bernard leads virtual workshops for young string students. The free, one-hour sessions are part of a program Bernard created called Bow Buddies. “Bow Buddies is a free, peer-based workshop series and blog aimed at students grades 5-8. The goal of the workshops and blog...

Ms. Yu is running a virtual coping skills group for students on Zoom

Ms. Yu's group zoom meetings are open to all students and are a welcoming source of encouragement and relaxation.

Jamilla Zuniga

September 17, 2020

Starting at the end of September, AV support counselor Ms. Yu is hosting a series of zoom group sessions focused on teaching coping skills to students. The meetings will occur every Wednesday during the Intervention and Support period from 10:40-11:40 am. During these uncertain times, there are a lo...

Ms. Hewitt hosts live yoga session on September 9th

On her classroom website, Ms. Hewitt links her warm up flow, so students can start their day feeling more confident and alert.

Kendall Witters

September 14, 2020

To combat the inevitable stress of remote learning, the Leadership class organized a live yoga session with AV English teacher Ms. Hewitt.  The Leadership class has a special committee dedicated to promoting wellness to Amador’s community. The live yoga session was their first event.  “We dec...

Senior John Lester commits to Stanford and begins preparing for the olympic trials

“In 5 years I see myself graduating from Stanford and maybe turning to a professional career in running, and then from there, I’d like to go about my career path in either psychology or something business-related,

Soumya Sahay, AVT Editor-in-Chief

September 13, 2020

AVHS senior John Lester (‘21) began his track and field career his freshman year, and what began as a fun after school sport that allowed him time with his friends has now become a path to a Stanford level education and olympic level training. While others have taken Covid as a time to stay home with f...

Applying to college during COVID: Benefits/Cons to remote college application process

The college research process has undergone significant changes due to recent travel restrictions.

Matthew Kim

September 9, 2020

For the millions of seniors with the hopes and dreams of furthering their education in the numerous prestigious colleges and universities across the nation, college applications are a necessary but often confusing and stressful process. Throw in a global pandemic, and college applications appear unr...

What is leadership doing to replace aloha week?

What is leadership doing to replace aloha week?

Imogen Rogers and Kendall Witters

August 30, 2020

Aloha Week: a rally, a dance, and a spirit week. It’s considered to be a freshman's high school validation and a senior’s initiation to teenage royalty.  This year, in light of the global coronavirus pandemic, it has been translated into only a virtual spirit week. “As seniors it is esp...

What we know about FLEX Academy so far

Whether a student is enrolled in Hybrid or FLEX, they follow the same bell schedule.

Mandy Wong, Page Editor

August 28, 2020

 Of the three long distance learning models, Hybrid and FLEX Academy most closely mimic a typical, structured school day. Once it is deemed safe, students in the Hybrid model return to school, while those in FLEX remain online.       Though an overwhelming majority of students chose the Hy...

How the pandemic and remote learning affects the sleep schedules of students

Because both school work and free time are often spent in the same bedroom, students struggle with separating work and home.

Kennedy Mayo and Leila Touati

August 24, 2020

Amador students have shifted to online learning due to the pandemic, and it has affected their sleep schedules in many ways.  “It’s been making me sleep very late, and I’ve struggled to wake up on time for school, and it has made learning harder because it’s all independent and you have t...

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