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Volume 55 NO. 1 September 2013

FEATURE page 5

New dress code policy is student friendly NEWS page 2

Student Newspaper of La Mirada High School

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PURPOSEFUL READING Jared Enrico, ’16, Nicole Guzman, ’16, and Deontae Comer, ’16, work through a reading of President Woodrow Wilson’s “Peace Without Victory” address. Students are encouraged to develop the skills and strategies needed to read complex texts.

STUDENTS AND FACULTY ON COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION

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Link Crew 9/11 event brings campus together FRONT PAGE picnic page 1 creates opportunity for social interaction

13520 Adelfa Drive, La Mirada, CA 90638 “When you annotate a passage, you break it down step by step, and it gives you a better understanding of what you are reading.” CINDY SAGASTUME/ELTORO

-Jason Galicia, ‘14

“Close reading will help every single student that uses it to succeed at a level they thought they couldn’t reach.” CINDY SAGASTUME/ELTORO

-Mark Williams, English

“Close reading the text helps me acquire a new level of understanding and helps me on a critical level of thinking.” CINDY SAGASTUME/ELTORO

-Michelle Rodriguez, ‘16

Common Core focus on student close reading of complex texts

By Mindy Sandoval, Editor in Chief The 2013-2014 school year marks a transition from the now defunct California State Standards for ELA and Math to the recently adopted Common Core State Standards. The Common Core State Standards call for increased text complexity across the subject areas. All subject area teachers are learning about new strategies that will enable students grasp complex texts in the areas of literature, science, math, history, art, etc. During Professional Development Late Starts teachers will be trained on reading strategies as they prepare students to read texts closely. The first foray into new establishing new skills for students began last year as students in most classes began using a new approach to note taking called Cornell Notes. Cornell Notes assist students to

I absolutely love taking Cornell Notes. It’s a great way to organize my thoughts, identify key words and concepts. .

-Valerie Vasquez ‘15

better understand texts and critically think about the subject they are learning. Valerie Vasquez, ’15, says, “I absolutely love taking Cornell Notes. It’s a great way to organize your thoughts, identify key words, and concepts. I have used Cornell notes as a helpful study guide and its arrangement makes it easy to find particular pieces of information. I definitely encourage everyone to use them as a study tool”. In addition to using Cornell Notes, students are now learning how to annotate texts using strategies in close reading. Throughout this year teachers will provide students with the opportunity to engage texts through multiple readings of the same text. Cornell Notes coupled with annotation help the students think critically and prepare them for college and career choices that require higher level thinking.

9-11 Commemorated Spirited grade level assemblies set tone in A.S.B. program for academic and social expectations By Claudia Cocoba, Staff Writer The Associated Student Body of LMHS commemorated the tragic events of September 11, 2001 during a school-wide assembly program. A.S.B. members were tasked with creating an event that both was solemn and uplifting. A.S.B. advisor Michelle Lazalde selected a local La Mirada resident to address our student body during the event. Principal Bill Seals introduced our guest speaker, retired Los Angeles County Firefighter Jim Gandee. Gandee spoke about his experience on the day of September 11, 2001. He was at the fire station where he worked, watching the events unfold on television. His fellow firemen and he wished that they

could go to New York as events unfolded before their eyes and help their comrades. Gandee was insightful and moving throughout his address. With over 2000 students in attendance, the respectful audience listened intently to Gandee’s message of hope. Jacob Stuart,’15, shared “His story changed my perspective on 9/11. It showed that even if you weren’t in New York it still impacted the whole country. It brought everyone closer together to support everyone’s loss”. Kendell Gandee, ’14 daughter of Gandee, said that having her dad speak at the assembly was “… kind of embarrassing but he did a really good job”. Twelve years after the morning of 9/11 Gandee’s message of hope is all the more important.

By Emily Whitley, Managing Editor Spirited grade level assemblies held in the L.M.H.S. gymnasium aimed to reignite Matador Spirit as well as reinforce academic and social expectations. La Mirada High School Associated Student Body President, Elvia Cabrera,’14, presided over each assembly as administrators made informative presentations. Although each assembly was tailored specifically for a grade level, each provided an array of presentations, motivational speeches, cheer and band performances. A motivational speaker during the sophomore assembly program, Mr. Kim Brooks focused on our school’s status as the only high school in the city of

La Mirada and how we all carry the mantle of the Mighty Matador Spirit in every aspect of our school life. Commenting on our willingness to meet all challenges, academic and athletic, Brooks said, “You bring them on. We take them on.” A.S.B. called for audience participation for the boys versus girls competition on skies. Teachers were asked to participate as they anchored each team. A variety of subjects were covered during the Assembly. The new discipline policy and the dress code were unveiled. In most students’ opinions the dress code changes were a much needed improvement. Mr. Powers reiterated girls were not permitted to wear spaghetti strap tank tops, however spaghetti

straps are now allowed. In addition, shorts must have an inseam of at least three inches. Other sensitive subjects were covered including LMHS’s stand against bullying. Principal Bill Seals shared with each grade level our current API score of 779. Our school’s performance faltered slightly from the previous year. Mr. Seals stressed the importance of each student working in his or her own way to improve in each class so we remain competitive with other high schools. The academic and social expectations change from year to year, however the commitment from administration, teachers, staff, students, and community always remains high.


02 NEWS September 30, 2013

On Saturday, October 19th, the Candyland themed Homecoming dance is being held at the Chuck Jones Event Center on Hyland Avenue in Costa Mesa. It will be held from 7-11 PM and admission includes a dessert and drink buffet and three gaming centers. Tickets go on sale September 23rd until October 7th and start at $35 with A.S.B. and $45 without. On September 6th, voting for the Top 15 “Sprinkled Sweeties” of Homecoming closed. The girls were; Domo Almuena, Jenise Alvarenga, Alexixs Corral, Natalie Del Real, Audrey Gaines, Samantha Garcia, Jessica Gutierrez, Breana Guzman, Briana Hernandez, Josefina Kalaj, Ivette Marquez, Alexis Meraz, Jalin Rivas, and Samantha Scovel.

-Erin Klansek

Club Day held in effort to recruit new membership On September 25, Club Day was held in the quad during lunch. At Club Day, students were able to explore and signup for clubs on campus. Some of the clubs that participated were FCA, Zombie Survival Club, Filipino Culture Club, and GSA. The new NHS club president, Mason MacDougall, said, “club day went great! We got a lot of sign-ups and many people were interested in joining.”

-Erin Klansek

Freshmen Election internet voting opens October 11th On October 9th, freshmen A.S.B. elections were held after several days of campaigning. The candidates were: Miriam Adhanom who was running for president; Vanessa Gonzales who was running for vice-president; Derek Ruiz who was running for secretary; Kati Pineda who was running for treasurer; Deusie Flores who was running for activities director; and Gabriella Hurtado who was running for spirit coordinator. According to ASB President Elvia Cabrera, the freshmen cabinet needs, “…to have leadership qualities” and to be, “…interested in working hard”. She also stresses their need for, “initiative and responsibility”. The results of this election were posted early in October. On October 16th the new Freshmen ASB board was announced during the morning announcements.

-Erin Klansek

New bell schedule effectively ends academic incentive “I don’t like not having extended lunch, they should have it again!” -Dallis Todd, ‘14

“I enjoyed having it last year but at the same time I didn’t enjoy it as much because not all my friends had extended lunch. -Celeste Gomez, ‘14

“I had extended lunch last year and so not to have that extra time to hang out with friends is a bummer.” -Carlos Rodriguez, ‘14

By Courtney Polk, Staff Writer During the first week of school students were mystified as to the lack of an extended lunch period. Students raised questions as to why the new bell schedule lacked the 15 additional minutes students have grown accustomed to. Some students wondered if last year’s trash laden campus resulted in no more extended lunch. Mr. Ollie Lynch, Dean of Students, explained that the district revoked extended lunch

and SSR from all high schools in the area. District administration worked with the high school principals, and developed the new bell schedule. The revised schedule provides all high schools within the district identical schedules and instructional minutes. Instructional minutes are a State of California requirement of all public schools. This change came as a shock to both students and faculty alike. Lynch said, “there may be extended lunch again but it’s

not up to LMHS, its dependent on what the district approves of’. Lynch also commented on the longer 4th period classes, “two extra minutes were added to every class this year. Fourth period was given an extra six minutes due to the daily announcements”. The revised schedule was received with mixed reactions. Senior Carlos Rodriguez said of the lack of extended lunch, “I had extended lunch last year and so not to have that extra

time to hang out with friends is a bummer.” Some students were not impacted by the change, while others felt that the combined loss of S.S.R. and longer periods is too much to handle. La Mirada developed the extended lunch in order to provide incentive for students to excel on state assessments, G.P.A., and attendance. With the lack of this incentive, A.S.B. and administration will be challenged to develop new incentives for our deserving student body.

New dress code rules cheered by student body By Jacob Stuart, Staff Writer La Mirada High School administration recently revised the longstanding dress code policy to accommodate student requests and fashion. The change in dress code policy was announced by Assistant Principal Mr. Joseph Powers during the Back to School Assemblies. Claudia Cocoba, ’15, said “I was really happy when Mr. Powers announced it at the assembly, both of my hands shot up in the air and I shouted

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Candyland themed Homecoming dance to be held on October 19th

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IN BRIEF

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‘WOOOO’!” The revised dress code policy calls for two major changes. The old policy called for, “No clothing which reveals undergarments. No spaghetti straps less than two (2) inches in width.” The new policy allows students to wear spaghetti strap with no width requirement. In addition, the old policy called for, “No micro-mini skirts, shorts, or dresses that when standing, are shorter than the length of the student’s fingertips.” The new policy allows for students to

wear clothing with a three inch inseam. The revisions to the dress code mostly affect the female students on campus. Male students expressed a desire to change the dress code policy regarding team jerseys. Eugene Benson, ’15, said “I’d rather have them let us wear jerseys because it’s just a way to show our team pride and for style” The current policy reads, “Students shall not wear clothing or articles of clothing related to unau-

“The new dress code makes it easier for me to choose my wardrobe, I no longer have to find a sweater to put over my spaghetti straps

DRESS CODE: A NEW LOOK

– Briana Alvarado, ’14

“The new dress code isn’t too bad, but I feel like I should be able to dress freely and not be told what I can and can not wear.” – Britney Romo, ’15

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“This years dress code is perfect and I don’t see why anyone would complain about it.” – Chelsey Patino, ‘16 CINDY SAGASTUME/ELTORO

“Now you may dress comfortably without second guessing the dress code policy.”

-Cindy Flaro, ’15 Do you plan on

wearing spaghetti “The school’s new dress code doesn’t straps? affect me, but I think it’s good that the ELTORO school is taking the student’s ideas into consideration and making a change.” – Rossano Gramajo, ‘16

thorized group...” Although this policy does not directly call for the prohibition of team jerseys, the implication exists on campus. Sophomore Rossano Gramajo said, “The school’s new policy doesn’t affect me, but I think it’s good that the school is taking the student’s ideas into consideration and making a change.” The L.M.H.S. student body trends to play it safe, so in time perhaps even more revisions to the dress code policy may continue to have a positive reception.

Do you agree with the three inch rule?

Number of Dress Code Occurrences LY The newly revised dress code was agreed

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upon by administrators in the hope of eliminating the number of discipline occurrences.


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Newly promoted dean looks to support students through safety By Marcus Alvarado, Staff Writer

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SMILING DOWN SKEPTICS Newly promoted La Mirada High school teacher, Mr. Ollie

Lynch, utilizes his disarming personality in a multitude of situations in and out of his office.

La Mirada High School over the years has garnered a tried and true reputation as a safe school. The safety of our campus is in no small part due to our student body and their adherence to the rules and routines established by our administration, Principal Mr. Bill Seals, Dean of Discipline Mrs Laurie Uesugi, and Mr. Joseph Powers. In early September longtime business teacher Mr. Ollie Lynch assumed the Dean of Discipline position as Mrs. Uesugi accepted a promotion to curriculum and instruction. Our student body, especially those who have had Mr. Lynch as a teacher are confident in this change, however there are

always the skeptics who do not believe anything until it has been proven to them. Mr. Lynch himself is working to reassure these skeptics. He is doing this with nothing but his word by stating his philosophy as, “… students should feel safe to be themselves and a big part of it is me being out and communicating with all the students and hearing their concerns and addressing each one that comes up”. Commenting on potential threats and bullying, Mr. Lynch said, “definitely anything that comes up I want to know about it or hear about it and find out the solution, and see what was behind the talk that’s been out there. So I will be out there, at all the football games, athletic events, at lunch, at break, and

before and after school. I definitely want to be a presence”. Lynch is an alumni of La Mirada High School’s Class of ’98. As a life long L.M.H.S. advocate he assures students he will provide a safe campus for all. “I have been at La Mirada for 11 years and this is my home and I think it is a really special place, and it can definitely be better, and my goal is to take it to the next step. And being a part of this place is important to me.” Lynch has garnered vast amounts of knowledge and experience during his 11 years of being on our campus and this has given him a very intimate look at the school’s accountability system and he understands the students perspective.

Matador Scholar Academy hosts Freshman Boot-Camp By Alicia Perez, Contributing Writer On Wednesday September 18th, freshmen students and parents piled into the M.P.R. to attend the inaugural M.S.A. Freshman BootCamp. The goals of the M.S.A. Freshman Boot-Camp were to provide freshman a taste of what to expect from demanding honors classes, ways to get involved on campus, and information on how to survive

their freshman year. During the opening session, speakers Ms. Melissa Naudin; M.S.A. coordinator, Nathan Decker, Elvia Cabrera, Mrs. Decker, and UCLA alumni provided insightful commentary on maintaining the path towards a university education. Freshmen were encouraged to walk the M.P.R. and visit tables representing honors classes including Biology Honors, Geometry Honors, World History Honors, etc..

The boot-camp is a great way for freshmen to get an understanding of what to expect from high school. .

-Nestor Guerrero, ‘16

Each table was staffed with sophomores previously enrolled in those classes, which meant that they understood both the curriculum and the teachers. Freshmen were given the chance to ask questions they had pertaining to the classes they were taking as well as how to balance academics and athletics. This balancing act may seem nearly impossible for new freshmen, but the more expe-

rienced sophomores shared anecdotes and strategies on how to maintain balance. The M.S.A. will continue to provide support for freshmen throughout the school year. M.S.A. also has plans to support all grade levels with an emphasis on communication. Sophomore Nestor Guerrero mentioned that “The boot-camp is a great way for freshmen to really get an understanding of what to expect from high school”.

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Matadores of the Month CINDY SAGASTUME/ELTORO

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Johan Cervantes

Alexis Ibarra

Kayla McDade

Austin Watkins

Jordan Rodriguez

FAVORITE TEACHER:

FAVORITE TEACHER:

HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHT:

CAREER OBJECTIVE:

FAVORITE TEACHER:

Current GPA: 4.30

Ms. MacDonald-Emge, because she teaches with humor but still manages to teach in a fast paced and intensive way.

HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHT:

I would say meeting new people because it is nice to have old friends but having new friends is always a new experience.

CAREER OBJECTIVE:

I am interested in becoming a software/hardware engineer, specializing in programing (JAVA, HTML,etc).

Current GPA: 3.80

Mr. Grago is an amazing teacher that gives great advice and is always supporting the school.

SUCCESSFUL SUBJECT:

Current GPA: 3.60

Joining F.C.A. has been really great so far! I’m really glad I joined...finding other people that you can relate to and know they will be there for you during anything.

My most successful subject is math as I am taking trigonometry and going all the way to AP Statistics.

ROLE MODEL:

HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHT:

CAREER OBJECTIVE:

My highlight is being involved in school spirit supporting all sports as well as making friends as time flies by

My grandpa. He was my best friend and my #1 fan in everything I did. AVID, it has helped me so much these past three years and opened my eyes to help me in my future.

Current GPA: 3.80

To become a firefighter.

LMHS INVOLVEMENT:

Football, Soccer , and F.C.A.

FAVORITE TEACHER:

Mr. Walker was my favorite teacher because he was nice, helpful, funny, and outgoing.

ROLE MODEL:

My grandpa , an honored war hero in WWII.

HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHT:

Playing varsity football my freshman year.

Current GPA: 3.50

Ms. Upson, Ms. Mead, and Mr. Taylor because they are all helpful with all my schoolwork. Mrs. Kosareff because we both love Disneyland and she makes learning fun.

HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHT:

I played dodge ball for the first time in F.C.A.. I was a little scared at first, but afterwards I had fun.

THREE REASONS TO ATTEND LM: There is a lot of activities, sports, and teachers that help students get ready for college.


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“GET INVOLVED IN EXTRACURRICULARS, BUT DON’T LOSE ACADEMIC FOCUS.” -Jaxyn Henderson, ’16

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Back to School: Breaking the Cycle of Stress

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THE BEGINNING OF A NEW SCHOOL YEAR MARKS A MILESTONE FOR MANY. FOR A GREAT DEAL OF STUDENTS THE START OF A NEW YEAR MAY MARK A MILESTONE IN STRESS. WITH A FOCUS ON ORGANIZATION, TIME MANAGEMENT, AND SLEEP A REMEDY FOR WHAT AILS SO MANY IS CLOSE AT HAND. By Grace Spirescu, Staff Writer

According to sleeepfoundation.org,“teens need 9.5 TIME MANAGEMENT All students deal with stress in different ways. hours of sleep to function For some students stress relief comes naturally, for others it takes best”. more discipline. As students begin the school year, stress is not

15%

Only 15% of teens report sleeping at least eight hours on a school night.

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According to teenhelp. com 65% of ...”teens stress derives from schoolwork.”.

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yet an issue. As the year progresses, students will rely on friends, parents, some teachers, and the Internet for tips on how to better manage time to avoid the onslaught of school induced stress. The College Board has eight tips on time management; make a to-dolist everyday, keep your work with you even outside of class, don’t be afraid to say no to friends’ invites, find your productive time, create a dedicated study time, budget your time, don’t get sidetracked, and get a good night’s sleep. According to MTV. com, the number one reason students do not complete homework is television. Even with Istagram, Twitter, and Snap-chatting all the rage, the T.V. still derails the best of intended plans. Be assertive in your daily plan, and involve others, like friends or parents who can remind you to stay focused. Most importantly, have a vision why you are doing all you do. Time management is not always easy with life getting in the way, but it will definitely help you in school when you have multiple deadlines from six or even seven teachers.

ORGANIZATION If you want to beat down stress, then buy or download a planner. A planner is often your main tool against stress. Having a planner enables you to write your assignments, for every class, create a to-do-list, and make notes to yourself. Once you check off everything on your agenda, you experience a feeling of achievement. A wall calendar is a constant visual reminder of long term projects or assignments you have due month to month. It is hard to avoid a wall calendar, and the constant reminder will push you to set time aside for school work, practice, and social time with friends and family. SLEEP and FOOD With homework and tests getting added onto the to-do-list, sleep becomes an issue. Students wake up early to get to zero period and go to sleep late to finish homework. Most students average 5.5 hours of sleep a night. With students not sleeping enough hours they are draining their mind and body making it difficult for them to concentrate during the school day. Breakfast is a good way to charge up your energy for the day and your concentration level. Many students agree that when you are hungry, it is even harder to pay attention in class. Plan on eating healthy snacks throughout the day such as apples, almonds, yogurt, cheese, etc. With enough sleep and the right food, students will be able take on the day’s work.

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In a CNN poll 75% of high school students engaged in “serious cheating” to relieve the stress of an assignment.

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“SLEEP IS SECOND IMPORTANT TO SCHOOL WORK” -Esther Yang, ’11

“YOU SHOULD KEEP SECTIONS ACCORDING TO DATE AND SUBJECT; IT’S IMPORTANT NOT TO BE THAT PERSON WHO FORGETS EVERYTHING.” -Kaylen Vargus, ’11

“I AM NOT ORGANIZED AT ALL. I ALWAYS FORGET MY HOMEWORK AND USUALLY HAVE TO CRAM RIGHT BEFORE A TEST.” -Clarissa Alcala, ’11

“I LOVE SLEEP! SADLY, I DON’T GET ENOUGH OF IT. I NEED MY SLEEP BUT SOMETIMES I HAVE TO GIVE UP SOME FOR THE SAKE OF KEEPING UP MY GRADES.” -Ginger Perez, ’12


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SUPER HERO SUPPORT Link Crew: Got to Go Big

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“A-TEAM WAS SO MUCH FUN I EVEN CAME ON MY BIRTHDAY.” -Grace Gama, ‘15

ORIENTATION The 2013 Link Crew Freshmen Orientation featured an opening assembly program with Ms. Grayson as a motivational speaker. The orientation hosted over 380 freshmen and involved over 80 Link Crew Leaders. Leaders worked in teams of two along with a “crew” of 10-15 freshmen. After the opening assembly leaders lead their crews through a series of planned social interactions. Junior Link Leader Sydney Cloward said, “The Orientation provided the freshman an opportunity to meet people that they can rely on and trust to help them in their first year of high school.” One aim of the orientation was to foster interaction between the freshmen and allow for the crews to support one another. “The orientation went well because the freshen opened up, and were not shy.” Said Richelle Bulda,’15

On September 3rd the La Mirada High School Link Crew Leaders arrived on campus at 5:30 AM to a darkened campus, yet poised to bring light and laughter to the Class of 2017. Each Link Crew Leader participated in two six hour training days to prepare for orientation and the “small group” interactions. Students were reminded to “Go Big” and provide “Total Support” for the freshmen. This year the Link Crew executive board decided on a Super Hero themed orientation. Leaders were challenged to create signs, posters, class decorations, snacks and outfit/costumes befitting the theme. In addition to the orientation, Link Crew provides social and academic support through out the year. The Welcome to LMHS Picnic attracted over 250 freshmen who sat and ate with their leaders and crews. SOCIAL SUPPORT Leaders serve as a role model to their freshmen. Although most leaders are socially well-adjusted, they are able to share their own struggles in adjusting to a new high school with many more students and opportunities to become involved. “I serve as a leader and someone to look up to, a new friend.” said Milan Granillo,’15. Second year Link Leader and Link Crew Executive Board member senior Sarah Bennett said, “I am an impact on my freshmen lives. I am able to let them meet new people, and expand their group of friends.” Link Crew’s social interactions aim to connect new students to our campus. If students are able to establish a connection, they will experience success. “I try to help them get involved in school clubs and activities and also tell them my past mistakes and past experiences so they can succeed in their high school experiences.” Marco Alvarado,’15. ACADEMIC SUPPORT Leaders will participate in Academic Check-Ins throughout the year and will host Cocoa and Cram prior to semester finals. The academic success of freshmen is vital to maintaining a viable graduation plan. “I told them that if they need help in school they should go to tutoring and talk to a counselor.” Isabel Garcia,’15. Junior Andrea Castillo echoed the support leaders provide, “By helping my link crew kids in their school success I am able to be someone to help and guide them through their years in high school.”. Often just connecting and conversation is enough, “By encouraging my Link Crew kids and telling them the importance of their four years in high school, I am able to remind them and motivate them to try their hardest in school.”, Grace Spirescu,’15.

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MY BIGGEST CONCERN IN LINK CREW WAS NOT BEING ABLE TO CONNECT WITH MY FRESHMEN. -Kyli Watkins, ‘15

WHAT EVERY FRESHMEN SHOULD KNOW

SOCIAL

1. Discover what you are good at and develop that talent.

2. Become involved in as many clubs you can commit to. 3. Do not get caught up in the drama of high school.

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WHAT EVERY FRESHMEN SHOULD KNOW

ACADEMIC

1. Don’t stress out. Have a plan to deal with stress.

2. Stay organized by managing your time. 3. Make an effort to know your teachers as people.


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CLUB SPIRIT Justin Chow, ’15 and Richelle Bulda, ’15 show their club spirit as they wave around the South Korean flag and recruit club mem- SIGN UP Min Kim, ’15 encourages fellow Matadores to join and volunteer. Students earn bers to join Korean Club. Justin and Richelle joined over 15 clubs and organizations on campus in an effort to interest students in participation.

service hours and become eligible for either the M.S.A. or Community Service graduation sash.

Club Day engages student’s interests President of N.H.S., and three year member believes N.H.S. is a good way for people to earn service hours and volunteer for our city. Exactly forty students are in NHS and this is because of the rigorous selection process. “You have to apply, have 3.50 G.P.A., and volunteer for service hours. Once you apply you have to be approved by a committee of teachers,” explained Mason, “but it’s worth it. We help organize the Relay for Life for the American

Why is Club Day important to our students?

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– Katinka Rivera ‘14

– Breanna Lazalde ‘14

What would it take for you to join a club?

Do you believe club involvement helps on a college application?

The LMHS A.S.B. plans on having several club

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rush days throughout the year. The aim is to connect all students to a club on campus.

Percent of students involved in a club

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As a Publicity Director of A.S.B. I feel that it is important for everyone to be aware of clubs on campus and get involved. With such a large A.S.B. there is a position to fit everyone’s personality.

American Red Cross Anime/RPG Art Club ASB Book Club California Scholarship Federation Catholic Club Christian Club Drama Club Earth Club Future Business Leaders of America Fellowship of Christian Athletes Filipino Club Gay-Straight-Alliance Girls’ League Inter-Act Key Club Korean Club Link Crew Solar Energy Club Virtual Enterprise Youth in Government

is fun, it’s a good form of exercise, and it’s nice to hang out and ride to the beach and get lunch every so often.” Bike Club meets Mondays in room 465, and has bi-monthly rides to Huntington Beach via the Santa Ana Bike Trail. Unlike N.H.S., Bike Club has no requirements, it is for all those who are, “able to ride and have the willingness to show up.” A.S.B. has another Club Day planned for November. A listing of clubs is available on-line.

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“I believe club day is important because it keeps students aware of the different groups on campus . It gives everyone a chance to get involved.”

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Cancer Society and we represent our school well.” N.H.S. meets every other Friday in Mrs. Hernandez’s room. While N.H.S. might seem a bit too serious for some students, other clubs like Bike Club can be a great opportunity. “Bike Club’s all about riding bikes, hanging out and having fun!” said Cole Schweers, ’14, who founded Bike Club mid last year, and believes people should join because it’s fun! Cole continued, “Bike riding

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This year’s Club Day was held on September 24th and boasted over 30 clubs and organizations. A.P.P.L.E. advised by Mrs. Wood, explained how A.P.P.L.E. trains students to become professionals and leaders in education, “It’s for people who want to work with kids; it’s an opportunity for them to work with small children and help them learn.” A.P.P.L.E. Established three

goals this year; hold competitions to develop student leadership skills, work with mentors from La Pluma Elementary, and raise La Pluma students’ test scores. Mrs. Wood adds, “We have a hundred and four members right now, and we meet at my room at lunch every other Tuesday.” To join you have to have, “a big heart and the desire to change a life.” National Honors Society manned a booth during Club Day. Mason MacDougall, ’14,

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Percent of females involved in a club

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes draws record crowd By Jacob Rosales, Staff Writer F.C.A., which stands for “Fellowship of Christian Athletes”, is a new club on the La Mirada High School campus. The club advised by Mr. James Zurn, meets every Wednesday in the gym. F.C.A.’s mission is to spread the word of Jesus and how He impacts our everyday lives. The F.C.A. has packed the gym during lunch meetings for the last three weeks. The increasing number of students illustrates

the need for such clubs on our campus and the commitment to faith our students posses. It is a great way for athletes to come together and share common beliefs. But it is not only for athletes; it is for anyone who believes in Jesus and his teachings. Mr. Zurn, La Mirada’s Varsity Baseball coach, started F.C.A. as a way to combine his passion for sports and Christianity. This club is growing throughout local high schools, colleges, and now in our own community.

F.C.A. members can look forward to many activities throughout the school year, which may include guest speakers, pizza parties, and meetings called “huddles”. A “huddle” is a time where teammates and coaches share their desires to become better people and make a difference for Jesus Christ. Member’s positive living can impact the lives of other students and athletes. On any high school campus it is important to have role models who can positive-

ly influence students. F.C.A. is looking to student athletes on our campus to lead others in a positive enriching experience. F.C.A. members can expect other club advisors to join in and help F.C.A.. This includes Mr. Bryce Jones, the Varsity Boys’ Basketball coach, who is Christian. His involvement draws athletes from his basketball program. Mr. Zurn’s commitment to F.C.A. is evident, “There is no point in doing something if you’re not going to be dedicated.”

SARA SALAS-SARMIENTO/ELTORO

HELPING HAND Mr. James Zurn is a

teacher, baseball coach, and advises F.C.A.


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EDITOR IN CHIEF Mindy Sandoval

MANAGING EDITOR

THE UPDATE SEPTEMBER

BOOKS

“The mother of the possed child is being questioned by police.”

Emily Whitley

COPY EDITOR Erin Klansek

Academics Editor Grace Spirescu

MOVIES

Joshua Spillane

COMMUNITY EDITOR Courtney Polk

FRONT PAGE & FEATURES EDITOR NEWS EDITOR Erin Klansek

THE UPDATE EDITOR Sara Salas Sarmiento

PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Cindy Sagastume

El Toro Staff Marcus Alvarado, Claudia Cocoba, Erin Klansek, Antonio Ortega, Brianna Pineda, Courtney Polk, Aaron Puga, Jacob Rosales, Cindy Sagastume, Sara Salas Sarmiento, Mindy Sandoval, Grace Spirescu, Jacob Stuart, Emily Whitley, Lily Yoo

Advisor Mr. John Alvarez El Toro dedicates itself to producing a high-quality publication that both informs and entertains the entire student body. This is a wholly student managed, designed, and written newspaper that focuses on school and community events. El Toro is a student newspaper published monthly. La Mirada High School, 13520 Adelfa Drive, La Mirada, California, 90638 Telephone (562) 868-0431 ext. 3170.

A Walk to Remember

John, an angry rebel, dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life, until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah yearning for John to finish his tour of duty, and John craving to settle down with the woman who has his heart. However, neither of them though foresees 9/11, which changes everything. John does what he thinks is his patriotic duty and re-enlists. After the long separation from his love, he gets a letter. “Dear John...” the letter reads, and with those two words a heart is broken and two lives are changed forever.

In this epic romance Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a few girls. He even swore that he had once been in love. But he certainly thought that the last person in town he would love was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s Baptist Minister. Jamie was a quiet girl who kept to herself and carried her Holy Bible everywhere she went. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. Landon never would have thought he could have fallen for her but soon Landon finds she is sick, and he refuses to leave her side. Jamie taught Landon the depth of the human heart and true love, but does their story end there?

By Emily Whitley, Managing Editor

ATHLETICS EDITORS

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Dear John

Insidious 2

By Sara Salas Sarmiento, Staff Writer What do original scare tactics, character development, and unpredictable plot line have in common? They all forgot to show up to James Wan’s Insidious 2, the highly anticipated sequel to Insidious (2011). However, Insidious 2 did a great job of tying up loose ends, while still providing a satisfying end to those who loved the first film. The story takes place a day after the first Insidious, when Renai, mother of the possessed child, is being questioned by police for

MUSIC Wrecking Ball

the murder of the medium they used the day before. Believing the murderer was her husband, they released her back home, with her family and mother-in-law. However, paranormal events continue even after the supposed demon is cast away. The movie touches on some of the family’s own dealing with spirits in 1986, when Josh, Renai’s husband, was hypnotized to forget his own contact with spirits. Overall, Insidious 2 provided great jump scares, while still entertaining the audience with a new take on the classic haunted house.

FITNESS

By Emily Whitley, Managing Editor

“Create your personalized regimen. Focus on yourself, knowing your fitness level.”

By Jacob Rosales, Staff Writer Editorial Policy The editorial content of El Toro expresses the views of the newspaper and not necessarily of the administration, faculty, staff, or the NLMUSD. Bylined editorial content is the writer’s opinion and not necessarily of the administration, faculty, staff, or the NLMUSD. If you believe an error has been made or wish to have your opinion expressed in El Toro, please contact us via mail or email. Letters sent become the sole property of El Toro and can be edited for length, clarity, or accuracy. El Toro editorial board reserves the right to accept or reject any ad in accordance with its advertising policy. Contact El Toro El Toro Newspaper 13520 Adelfa Drive La Mirada, CA 90638 eltoro.lmhs@gmail.com

Miley Cyrus, the former Disney star has fully transitioned to adult music with her latest album. Her new release “Wreckin Ball” aside from the provocative video, is a heartfelt lamintation.

Radioactive

By Jacob Rosales, Staff Writer Imagine Dragons’ debut album has made an intense impact on listeners in the world of music. Their hit single “Radioactive” has been at the top of the charts for this year’s summer ranking. “Radioactive” is a song full of angelic guitar sounds, emotion, and a loud chorus that displays lead singer Dan Reynolds’ melodic voice.

Motivation

By Joshua Spillane, Athletics Editor Learning to utilize driving forces to personalize fitness goals is vital to achieve any set goals. Fitness goals are most definitely mind over matter. More importantly is the magnitude of goal that has been put into action. Understandably if your personal de-

votion is not willing to create sacrifice it will conflict with achieving your goals. You must decide on what you are focusing on, whether it be to lose weight, get massive gains, or to shred it up. After you figure out your focus, the next step would be to create your personalized regimen. Focusing on yourself, knowing your fitness level and not going beyond that

is important. Stay in your workout niche or realize you are straying from it before you begin. Don’t take time from your sleep, homework or chores to workout. Instead, you can cut out unnecessary things such as video game and television. Sacrifice is trial that you must overcome to form your body into what you want it to be.


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MATADOR ATHLETICS PLAYER PROFILE • PLAYER PROFILE • PLAYER PROFILE • PLAYER PROFILE • PLAYER PROFILE VARSITY FOOTBALL

VARSITY X-COUNTRY

Position: Fullback

Position: Runner

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

NICKNAME?

Novak Djokovic.

“Little Lettuce” because my sisters were on the team too.

WORST INJURY?

WORST INJURY?

I had a foot injury for three days and I wasn’t able to move as fast.

I had a stress fracture in my patella bone. I was out my whole freshmen season.

STRONGEST MOTIVATION?

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

My family and friends.

The girl in front of me. She inspires me to run faster and get ahead of her.

CHALLENGING OPPONENT?

We focus on every school and take them just as seriously as any other team.

GREATEST FEAT?

KUNAL SINGH

Beating my PR after PR my second year.

VANESSA LECHUGA

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By Joshua Spillane, Athletics Editor

By Joshua Spillane, Athletics Editor

Kunal Singh is the epitome of “Heart, Pride, Trust” the emblematic driving force of our football program. During Kunal Singh’s football career he has played tight-end, offensive line, and now, fullback. This being his final year on the turf he devotes countless pain stricken hours to make the best of the entire team’s season, as do all other football players. Injuries hit everyone, it is the game, but whether you get up and keep playing is left to determined. Kunal describes an injury that impacted and eventually strengthened his mindset, “I had a torn ligament in my foot, I was back in within no time dealing with excruciating pain and letting it try not to impact my performance was tough. I overcame, as many fellow athletes have, and believe it to make me a stronger individual”. Kunal on the 2014 season said, “I have high expectations with the progression our team has made in years past”. Singh explains the driving factor throughout each game, “To display the utmost respect for our school, coaches, and family”.

Starting the Cross Country season strong Vanessa Lechuga sets her sights high to continuously beat her PR (personal record) for the 3 mile race. Given that her previous season was plagued by a chronic Runner’s knee she had little room to triumph her 2nd year, the 2012 fall season. She emphasizes that change is needed since, ”Injuries in our team are more frequent, Coach Travis has us on a program that seems to be working”. Back in the routine Vanessa strides her way to improve her PR with each meet. Vanessa needs little motivation, to reach season’s goals. Vanessa thrives on the grand opportunity to “blow past the girl in front of me when I kick it the last few hundred yards”. Practice seems to pay off with dropping times, and boosts her pride when she knows she has PR. An advantage Vanessa believes strengthens the team is “firsthand knowledge to our diverse course at La Mirada Regional Park, and all the hills”. When fall season ends she has a short offseason, and then it is time to focus on achieving a successful season in Track.

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Varsity Football

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Cross Country

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Girls Volleyball

H.P.T. tested in hard fought preseason match up

New coach implements changes Girls’ Varsity Volleyball ends September on winning note improving team performance

La Mirada faced a challenging game against the Servite Friars. The Matadores were defeated in a competitive preseason matchup 38 - 14. During the first quarter action, the Friars scored 14 points. La Mirada scored 7 to end the quarter. Both defenses rallied during the second quarter. Servite scored on two safeties. At halftime Servite led Matadores 18 - 7. La Mirada’s defense once again stiffened and held Servite to 0 points in the third quarter. La Mirada’s offense remained scoreless in the fourth to the Friars’ 20 points. La Mirada next faces St. Francis in non league play.

Embarking on a new season with a new coach can help develop a strong team. Many of the runners will agree that, with Coach Travis, their running times could improve immensely. Although this season’s schedule may appear to be sparse, competitively, it is designed to maximize the results and minimize the injuries amongst the runners. Also, by limiting the number of invitationals that the team attends, it will increase their opportunity and ability to afford the state championships. At the Cross Country Classic in Costa Mesa Sophomore Samantha Huerta ran 18:27 placing in the top five.

Girls’ volleyball faced strong competition to begin this year’s campaign. After three consecutive loses, the Lady Mats rallied to two consecutive league victories. Facing Suburban league foe Artesia, the girls prevailed in a straight set victory. Leading the victory was Alexis Meraz with ten kills and two aces. Juniors Hickman and Rodriguez each had four digs. Senior Dominique Almuena said, “We must improve on our communication, putting all the pieces together on the court”. With continued growth the girls look to improve their record against Bellflower and the Cerritos Dons.

-Antonio Ortega

-Joshua Spillane

-Antonio Ortega

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Girls Tennis

3-1 Girls Golf

Girls’ Tennis secures dominating victory over Artesia

Girls’Varsity Golf begins season with winning record

The La Mirada girls Varsity tennis team faced off against Artesia and, despite an injury to Sydney Cloward, ‘15, they still managed a win 180. Power serves and court side motivation from teammates, propelled the girls to a relatively easy win. Cloward described their inspirational tactic, “We all huddle around our teammates before their matches to pump them up and motivate them”. Cloward conveyed the need to work on consistency, as a team, with striking the ball. Varsity tennis will host Glenn at Regional Park on September 27th at 3:00 PM.

The La Mirada girls Varsity Golf team is off to a torrid start to the 2013 season. Leading the way is junior Danielle Lee. Danielle is team captain and her teammates include freshman Nikki Kang, sophomore Jessica Flanagan, junior Briana Torres, and senior Laura Yoo. The girls varsity golf team was victorious in preseason play over Valley Christian. In league matches the girls played masterfully to beat Mayfair at the La Mirada Golf Course. Facing Cerrritos, at Lakewood Golf Course the Lady Mats fell in competitive play to the Dons.

-Aaron Puga

-Aaron Puga


El Toro September 2013