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Christmas setup too early?

Christmas setup too early?

Anushka Banerjee, Social Media Editor

December 2, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Christmas has always been one of the most celebrated holidays of the entire year. It’s the most important holiday for Christians, because it represents the birth of the most important Christian figure, Jesus Christ. Commercialization has caused Christmas to be pushed back further and further. The actual...

Too Much Rowling?

Too Much Rowling?

Cathrine Lilja, Photo Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Years after the completion of the legendary Harry Potter books, inspiration strikes J.K. Rowling once again. The hot topic this year, breathing lives back into desperate fans, has been the two newest creations of J.K. Rowling, the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the play, Harry Pott...

Sex ed: it’s not so scary

Sex ed: it’s not so scary

Hannah So, Editor-in-Chief

November 21, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Sex: it’s everywhere, but somehow the American education system has managed to sweep it under the rug. In 2013, 47% of American high school students reported that they had previously had sex. However, sex education in the US is far from common--and that needs to be changed. Less than half of all US states require sex...

New and “Improved” Parking lots

New and “Improved” Parking lots

Cole Torquemada, Staff Writer

October 10, 2016


Filed under Opinion

If you haven't already noticed, there have been some massive changes to the Amador front parking lot. Many student and teachers are upset about the new parking lot formats. In a recent survey, out of 50 students who can drive, 39 were unhappy with the new staff parking, and 11 were fine with it and ...

Urban Shield Protests

Urban Shield Protests

Mayank Sharma, Staff Writer

October 10, 2016


Filed under Opinion

Early this month, Urban Shield protesters took to Alameda County Fairgrounds to protest the Urban Shield training program, which gave police the opportunity to compete in SWAT games and buy merchandise related to law enforcement, as a motion against police brutality. About 20 protesters were arrested dur...

Amador’s missing mascot

Amador’s missing mascot

Esha Chawla, Staff Writer

September 29, 2016


Filed under Opinion

In every stereotypical high school movie, there are cheerleaders, jocks, nerds, goths...and a dressed-up mascot. Amador Valley high school seems to be missing exactly that. “A long time ago, they had the mascot running around with the Don outfit and the big head,” said Mr. Simms, a biology ...

Teacher Housing Crisis

Teacher Housing Crisis

Sanika Samel, Staff Writer

September 15, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

This year, Amador welcomed 25 new teachers on campus. We’re especially lucky to have them, because the Bay Area is experiencing a shortage of teachers. With the price of rent steadily increasing in Pleasanton, many teachers are struggling to live on a public service salary, in a phenomenon now kn...

“Amadump” Valley

“Amadump” Valley

Mariamane Akopyan, Editor-in-Chief

August 8, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Amador Valley high school prides itself on its academic excellence, high AP scores, and great reputation throughout the Bay Area. Parents flock to Pleasanton to give their kids the chance to attend Amador. However, the actual campus is not living up to the standards and expectations of a high-achievin...

Kanye West, fashion designer?

Kanye West, fashion designer?

Staff Writer

August 8, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

One of the things that I find most puzzling about celebrities today is their unabashed confidence in their abilities to do absolutely anything. I mean, celebrities tend to be know for their egos and thanks to the internet, we can often see glimpses of just how big those egos can get.   But this ne...

A criticism of standardized testing

A criticism of standardized testing

Madhumitha Krishnan, Online Editor

June 6, 2016


Filed under Opinion

George Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” policy aimed to help every child have an education. This was, of course, by implementing new testing procedures. Children, starting from the age of 5, have been bombarded with a variety of tests. Stress levels have soared, and the public school system is wrecking...

Are standardized test scores useful indicators of progress?

Nicole Morote, Editor-in-Chief

June 3, 2016


Filed under Opinion

For students, standardized testing is one of the most universally criticized aspects of a high school education. To some extent, this aversion makes sense: a 2015 study by the Council of the Great City Schools showed that the average American student takes 112 standardized tests between grades K...

Death with Dignity: Our Right to Die

Death with Dignity: Our Right to Die

Morgan Werder

December 18, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill young woman from Portland, Oregon, made headlines recently as the poster child for the The Right to Die. After being diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, she decided that she would not let her illness dictate the way she would die and she took to social media to...

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