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The student news site of Amador Valley High School


The student news site of Amador Valley High School


The student news site of Amador Valley High School


PUSD, a prime example of “school 2” has to deal with outbreaks, contact tracing, and keeping kids in school all at the same time has to juggle many complicated tasks.

Schools should shut down over Omicron. Here’s why.

Kevin Zhu, Staff Writer January 21, 2022

As Omicron continues to ravage the nation with its high transmission rates and its breakthrough capabilities, schools should take a precautionary approach towards the virus and shut down schools for the...

The nativity scene celebrates the birth of Jesus on Christmas day.

Politeness of the holidays

Thomas Kim, AVT Editor December 23, 2021

Merry Christmas – it’s a universal saying that originated from the 16th century with an English Catholic Bishop, John Fisher. In the modern world, the phrase has received backlash for its exclusivity...

This is currently the only functional parking lot on the Amador campus. Every morning, Santa Rita all the way down to Valley is blocked, full of cars.

America’s car culture: what can be done?

Kevin Zhu and Yi (Steven) Yang December 22, 2021

The automobile was invented in 1886. Little did anyone know that this invention would dramatically alter the culture of Western society – with the United States at the forefront of that embracing of...

With mass immunization, it is possible that masks and social distancing may not be as necessary in the future.

When will COVID end?

Leila Touati and Mandy Wong December 21, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic won’t end, but not in the way we expect. It is anticipated, with herd immunity, for COVID-19 to end up being like the common cold, held back by vaccines and mass immunization. As...

Students report feeling overwhelmed by the hard to understand, old language used in classic texts.

Modern vs classic literature: what should be taught in English class?

Nadya Carreira and Soraia Bohner December 17, 2021

In 1870 America, Shakespeare was all the rage. Students went out to plays and formed secret societies devoted to reading his works. At the time, English wasn’t taught as a subject at universities, and...

Gacha games are one of the driving forces in the gaming industry. Are they innovative and thrilling, or are they the exploitative tools of greedy companies?

Ethics of gacha games

Mark Zhou, Staff Writer December 17, 2021

The gaming industry is expanding rapidly, especially among young people, and much of the expansion can be attributed to gacha games. The gacha model refers to “gachapon,” Japanese vending machines...

Many Amador math classes use CPM, ranging from Algebra 2 classes to Calculus.

An evaluation of the CPM math curriculum: what can be done?

Mark Zhou, AVT Staff Writer December 7, 2021

Students taking honors or AP math courses at Amador, from Honors Algebra II to AP Calculus, are all familiar with CPM, the textbook they use during every class period.  What is CPM CPM stands for “College...

Ever since the pandemic, most students have had to rely on digital references for communications and homework.

The online shift: an opportunity for many students

Yi (Steven) Yang, AVT EIC November 28, 2021

When the beginning of the pandemic hit almost two years ago, millions of students all around the world shifted online. From schools to club activities to extracurriculars, everything was either canceled...

League of Legends, the largest online multiplayer game in the world by player base, has their largest audience in China.

Privacy in the modern era: Chinese gaming ban

Kevin Zhu, AVT Staff Writer November 18, 2021

Gaming addiction: China’s youth problem In the modern world, privacy is increasingly rising in value as it becomes rarer and harder to protect. However, gaming addiction is a serious problem as well,...

As BTS churns out more English songs, they risk losing the cultural and artistic elements that had previously made their music so beloved by fans.

Bound to sink: BTS is losing what made them unique

Carol Xu, AVT Editor October 18, 2021

K-pop is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with: the sheer popularity of Korean idols has propelled South Korea’s soft power to astonishing global heights, and, riding at the helm of that enormous Hallyu...

San Francisco, pictured above, will be covered with ice, resulting in it being uninhabitable if the scientific phenomena from the movie come to fruition. What will humanity do to prevent it?

Pop Culture and Climate Change: How older movies are still relevant today

Yi (Steven) Yang and Kevin Zhu September 29, 2021

It’s said that fiction is based on reality. However, reality can be even more shocking than fiction.  Nothing has made this more imminent than the release of the new report from IPCC (Intergovernmental...

Taking Zoom classes at home granted students more flexibility in their own schedules and ensured the prevention of spreading COVID-19 to others.

Remote learning is our only defense against COVID-19

Carol Xu, Page Editor August 26, 2021

Last Wednesday, Amador students all returned to school, donning masks and arming ourselves with bottles of hand sanitizer. However, as the new Delta variant sweeps through Pleasanton and infected cases...

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