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June 2011

Volume 50, Issue 5

Media College Preparatory High School, Oakland, CA

Seniors put in final K-12 days

Hurst takes charge of Fremont campus CPAA principal to lead three schools in 2011-12 Shima Kaid Photo Editor

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PREPPING FOR PRESENTATIONS Media Academy senior Thany Ouk reviews notes for her senior project presentation on June 6, four days before Media Academy's graduation.

Class of 2011 walks stage in three grad ceremonies Carolyn Saephan Staff Writer

Seniors are saying goodbye to senior projects, SAT’s, ACT’s, CAHSEE and all types of high school exams, as they graduate high school and begin the next chapter of life. All three academies of Fremont Federation planned to hold their graduation ceremonies at Holy Names University. Architecture Academy was the first to have its graduation ceremony on June 9 at 6 p.m. About 40 seniors graduated. Architecture has a tradition in which each grad gives a one-minute speech graduation ceremony. Gene Dalusong was valedictorian. Kejare James was salutatorian. Media Academy graduation ceremony is on June 10 at 3 p.m, with about 50 seniors walking the stage. Cesar Sanchez is the valedictorian of Media Academy. Sanchez received a full ride to the University of California, Berkeley and is honored to have the highest GPA of

For the first time in its history, Fremont Federation of High Schools will have one principal. Starting next school year, current College Preparatory & Architecture Academy Principal Daniel Hurst will become Fremont’s only principal. Media Academy Principal Benjamin Schmookler and Mandela Public Law and Service Academy Principal Robin Glover have both resigned from their jobs as principals. Glover has accepted a job with the district advising high school principals. Schmookler has accepted a job as vice principal of Oakland High “Mr. Schmookler and Mrs. Glover accomplished incredible things at their schools, and I think they found some other opportunities to move on to. I believe that the reason I stayed is that I believe that this is the

opportunity [for the school] to go from good to great,” said Hurst. “I feel very sad that my friends and colleagues will be leaving, but I feel that they will be moving on to do wonderful things.” In addition to Hurst becoming principal next year, each school will have one assistant principal. Media’s assistant principal will be math and chemistry teacher Sarah Mazzotta. Mandela’s will be counselor Ana Vasquez and Architecture’s will be Vice Principal Emiliano Sanchez The district told Hurst of his new position in mid-May. Hurst informed his staff a few days later. While some staff and students are worried about how the merging of the schools will affect them, some say next year won't be much of a change. “I don’t think it will be too much of a difference,” said Gi Le, an English and social studies teacher at CPAA. “Because even see LEADER page 2

Mandela principal resigns; counselor to be school lead

his senior class. “Working hard all throughout high school paid off. Having the highest GPA in my class shows my academic potential,” said Sanchez. Sandra Morales, the salutatorian of Media Academy, is proud of herself for achieving her goal. “My family is really supportive in my decision and they are happy that I am achieving and pursuing my dream to become a doctor,” said Morales. Morales is attending University of California, Davis in the fall. Mandela Academy seniors will be graduating on June 14 at Holy Names University with about 68 seniors getting their diplomas. Mandela’s valedictorian is Mi Hua. Nhung Le is the salutatorian for Mandela and feels happy she finally made it to the end of high school. Le is attending San Francisco State University in the fall and said her family is very proud and happy for her.

Robin Glover takes new OUSD position; will advise principals Cesar Sanchez Editor-In-Chief

After serving as principal of Mandela Public Law and Service Academy, and being the co-designer and founder of the academy, Robin Glover has resigned and counselor Ana Vasquez will lead the school next year. Glover was offered a job by the Oakland Unified School District to advise district high school principals. She will be working out of the network office located at 1025 Second Avenue. Glover could have remained principal of Mandela in its last year as a small school in 20112012, but she refused the offer.

“If Mandela wasn’t closing, I wouldn’t have taken the position,” said Glover. The three small schools at Fremont will merge in 20122013 back into one big school. In 1989, Glover began teaching French at Fremont High School, a position she held for 14 years. Before coming to Fremont, she taught French at McClymonds High School for five years. After 19 years of teaching, Glover moved up to become principal of Mandela Academy. Glover said she decided to found Mandela because she thought it would be easier for students to focus in a small school. “The biggest thing I will miss is the community, and along with that comes the spirit,” said Glover. Glover discussed the biggest see GLOVER page 2


Sports editor Leland Moore offers positive look at Tigers sports year

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City tries to restrict Norteños gang activity by imposing an injunction in school's neighborhood

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Outgoing seniors give incoming freshmen tips for surviving and succeeding in high school

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Students don't want Fruitvale injunction

Undocumented students might get financial aid


Gloria "Jack" Mejia-Cuellar


Opinion Editor

oney for gang injunctions, not education. That’s how many students feel toward the proposed Fruitvale gang injunction, which would restrict the activity of 40 Norteño gang members. The safety zone would stretch from 21st Street to High Street and from Brookdale Avenue to Glascock Street, including Fremont Federation of High Schools. Many thought Oakland would stop pursuing the Fruitvale injunction when City Attorney John Russo, the injunction’s main supporter, announced his resignation in May. Still, Oakland is determined to go forth with the injunction; the Oakland Tribune reported on May 17 that the City Council decided in a 4-3 vote to continue funding the city’s injunctions, including the North Oakland gang injunction against 17 North Side gang members. “Instead of creating a safety zone, the city of Oakland should worry about the education of children so that when they grow up they won’t commit crimes,” said Media Academy junior Jazmin Garcia. Many students think the injunction would waste money that could fund Oakland schools instead; the East Bay Express reports the Fruitvale and North Oakland gang injunctions have cost $761,128 so far, at a time when the Oakland Unified School District has laid-off staff for the 2011-2012 school year. In addition to the district cuts, schools at Fremont Federation have also been asked to cut their budgets, forcing them to layoff teachers. “The safety zone is pointless because it doesn’t actually benefit people or reduce crime,” said Garcia. Garcia might be right. The North Side Oakland gang injunction has not shown promising results. According to the Bay Citizen, since the injunction was enacted, shootings in the zone have doubled.

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SAFEty zone? The city is trying to implement a gang injunction in the Fruitvale district. It would restrict 40 Norteño gang members and would include Fremont Federation of High Schools. Still, officials believe the Fruitvale injunction will reduce gang activity. “For years Oakland residents have been victims of violent crimes,” said Cynthia Castellanos, a dispatcher for the Oakland Police Department. “Gang crimes have [risen]. The gang injunction sends a clear message that Oakland has had enough.” However, many students don’t view the injunction as a solution. “Our communities have to work on their own to control the violence, not [resort] to extreme measures like putting a gang injunction on a whole community,” said Media junior Luis Arroyo. The underlying problem, Garcia says, is education. “It’s sad because people care more about the gang injunction than they care about the budget cuts,” said Garcia. “It makes me feel like no one cares about our broken education system. No one wants to do anything to fix it.”

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he dream can still come true for undocumented students. That is because California bills AB 130 and AB 131 that would allow undocumented students to have the opportunity to receive financial aid for college might become law. AB 130 lets students receive private scholarships, grants and financial aid. AB 131 would grant the right of a variety of public funds to go to students who were once denied access due to their legal status. Media Academy junior Alejandro Vazquez supports giving undocumented students college aid. “Every student should get a chance to go to college," said Vazquez. ”It’s not fair that undocumented students [that] have good academics don’t receive a chance to go to college while documented students don’t use their opportunity to pursue higher education.” To get financial aid, the AB 130 would require students to have attended a state high school for three years and have earned a high school diploma or GED. An undocumented College Preparatory & Architecture Academy junior is excited to hear the news about politicians fighting for every undocumented student’s dreams of reaching college. “I am glad that our dream is still strong and there are people around California fighting for the rights of undocumented students,” said the anonymous student. reports that AB 130 passed the State Assembly on May 5 with a 52 to 21 vote. AB 131 passed the House of Representatives on May 31 in a 46-21 vote and is now on its way to the Senate. However, there are still opponents who argue that it is wrong to use public funds to pay for undocumented students' education. “Undocumented students are the reason our economy is going down the toilet,” told Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly the Sacramento Bee.

GLOVER: Vasquez confident of role

LEADER: Hurst named principal

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from page 1 though we combine, we actually won’t have [as] many students total [like] when we were big Fremont before. I am sure there will be challenges [but] I don't think the situation will be all that different." Hurst has a long history at Fremont. He was living in San Francisco after he was out of college and found a job with University of California, Berkeley as an English tutor at Fremont High School. Hurst said his time tutoring inspired him to take up teaching as his career. “The more I tutored the students, the more I realized how wonderful they are and the more I cared about them,” said Hurst. “I saw that their education was not as good as it could be; they were receiving a second class education and that simply wasn’t fair. So I went to school at night, got a teaching credential, and a job at Fremont High School.” Hurst taught English at Fremont High School before becoming an administator. Hurst has been CPAA’s principal for eight years, since Fremont broke up into three schools. According to Hurst, the vision of the new school is that students would be given as good of an education as anyone else in the country. “[I want] a school of high expectations and support. All of the teachers and all of the adults expect that every one of our students is going on to a university and [a] career. We will work very hard to support them to do that,” said Hurst. Earlier this year, Fremont focused on developing a green theme for the new school. Hurst confirmed that the school

Luis Arroyo

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leading fremont CPAA principal Daniel Hurst said he is excited to be principal of a merged Fremont.

"I want a school of high expectations and support.'" – Daniel Hurst, Fremont Federation Principal will have some element of sustainability. Hurst said the focus of the large school will be to make students succeed and achieve their academic goals. “The goal is to create a great school that serves the needs of all of our students, and if we serve and we meet the needs of all of our students and hold high expectations for them, everyone’s potential is maximized,” said Hurst. “If we do that, of course the kids will do better on all the tests and the API will go up.” Students are optimistic about a large school with Hurst as principal. "I think Mr. Hurst is very nice, kind, and easy to talk to. He cares about the students’ education," said CPAA freshman Gadaha Nagi.

obstacle to her job. “The budget is usually the problem [and] always a challenge,” said Glover. However, Glover said she was still able to make the school a success. Before deciding who would take her place, Glover said she made sure to talk to staff to make the transition for the incoming school year go smoothly. Students like Mandela seniors Tanya Garcia believe that Vasquez will do a great job leading the school. “She’s been here for a couple of years, and I think she is capable of taking over because she has experience,” said Garcia. Senior Julio Madrigal agrees. “I think the position is left in good hands,” said Madrigal. Mandela teachers Patricia Arabia and and Khanh Nguyen said they believe that Glover was an amazing principal. “She gives 100 percent of her time to her students, staff and student families,” said Arabia. “I don’t know how she does it.” Nguyen commended Glover for her time in Mandela and all she has accomplished for the school. “She’s done great things for the Fremont Federation and she will be missed,” said Nguyen.

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leaving fremont Robin Glover has been Mandela Academy's principal since 2003. She resigned from her position earlier this year.

"The biggest thing I will miss is the community, and along with that comes the spirit" – Robin Glover, Mandela Principal

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'Pi' man retires after 39 years Guirao says Staniland “He was best confidant when I had to talk about will have a lot to do, students we both knew, and including cooking Francisco Perez & Reese Brown


Staff Writers

LELAND MOORE Sports Editor

Moore offers year in review of Tiger sports


remont athletes have much to celebrate for their running, tackling, spiking and other sporting moves this school year. Kicking off the sports year in the fall, the Tigers football team continued its great success this season playing in its third straight Silver Bowl game. The team overcame many odds, including the consolidation of the junior varsity team with the varsity team due to a lack of players. Cross country had a progressive season during its second year with head coach Paul Coover, with country runner Rubi Castillo of Mandela just missing the state mark. The boys soccer team continued its tradition of winning, placing second in the Oakland Athletic League. Over the past 30 years the Fremont boys’ soccer team has won the OAL over 20 times. The Lady Tigers soccer team did better than expected for a team with many first-year players. Their great feats included an 8-point victory over Oakland High. The girls volleyball team had an exciting year, finishing tied for third place for the OAL with Oakland High. This was great for a team that generally lacked experience and lost many of last year’s star players. The Tigers men basketball team experienced a down year, having to adjust to a new head coach and a new playing style. Still, the team finished off the season with an exciting, but disheartening, postseason loss to Oakland Tech. The Lady Tigers basketball team showed growth over the last season. The team, comprised mostly of sophomores, looks forward to a better season next year. One sport that celebrated a state appearance was the Fremont wrestling team. Wrestler Siliveinsi Tomasi competed in the state wrestling championships in the 285 pound division. Softball had a year of growth but one with little experience. It struggled after losing some members midseason to the Poly Club, but battled on to finish the season of strong. Baseball team fared better due to more senior leadership. Track and field saw another year of great races. Though the team lacked quantity, runners Leland Moore and James Nelson finished in the top four in their respective races in the league championships. Through the ups and downs, 2010-2011 was another great year to be a fan of Fremont athletics.

o more free “pi.” That’s what came to mind when people heard Richard Staniland, a math teacher who loves puns and other math jokes, was retiring from his job at Media Academy. For years, a sign advertising "free pi” has decorated the door of room 1203 as one of Staniland’s jokes. Pi is a mathematical constant approximately equal to 3.14159. Staniland and his jokes will be missed next school year by many of his colleagues, but mostly by his wife, Felicidad Guirao.

we both shared, so I’m going to miss these comments with him,” said Guirao. Staniland also said he would miss working with his wife, whom he met at Fremont High School. “I’ll miss spending time with her every day,” he said. Although Staniland is retiring, he’s still going to have a busy life, according to his wife. “He has a lot of things to do — he has a 1955 Buick that needs to be fixed, he has a collection of trains that he has to dust, and he’s going to take cooking classes,” said Guirao. Michael Jackson, director of the Media Academy, had one main word for Staniland: "Congratulations!" “Now, I’m the O.G,” said

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FINAL SCHOOL DAYS Richard Staniland, math teacher at

Media Academy, stamps student work with his trademark frog stamper. Jackson, referring to the fact that as the teacher at Fremont with the most seniority, he's like an "original gangster." Staniland worked on the Fremont campus for 30 years and Jackson noted that he has been committed every single day to his job

“He was on time every day, few absences and he would teach anything and everything,” said Jackson. His wife feels mixed about Staniland's departure. “I was a little sad because I will not see him across the hall anymore,” said Guirao.

Fremont does not escape pink slips District rescinds most layoffs, but Fremont Federation still may lose four teachers Ricky Vargas & Rosa Gonzalez Staff Writers

Some Fremont Federation of High Schools students were very shocked to hear the news that their teachers had received pink slips. Pink slips are a warning that a teacher’s job might be in jeopardy for the upcoming school year. Mandela High School and Media Academy are both losing two teachers. School officials from College Preparatory

& Architecture Academy would not comment on whether their teachers received pink slips. More than 650 teachers who work for the Oakland Unified School District received pink slips on March 15. This is because some schools do not have many students in classes and they don’t receive enough money in the budget from the state. Most OUSD teachers who received a letter on March 15 learned later that their jobs had been saved. Out of the 657 pink slips that were sent to teachers, 180 teachers are still at risk for losing their job, according to district spokesman Troy Flint. At Media Academy, one of the two

teachers who received layoff notices believes his job still will be saved. “I’ve been told by some people that it was a mistake that they will rescind the letter ... at the end of the school year, but they haven’t done that,” said Media Academy teacher Richard Yacco, who teaches broadcast journalism and is the co-director of the academy. Some students were surprised because some of their favorite teachers received a pink slip. Students are upset because they thought that what the district is doing is not right. “I think that’s not good for teachers, because they might lose their job," said Jennifer Leng, a Media Academy sophomore.

Tiger Clinic will stay open over summer break Students who make and keep their appointments to get $5 Subway gift card


Linda Poeng Health Editor

or the first time, the Tiger Clinic will be available during the summer to all Fremont Federation students. This program is primarily for Fremont students and Fremont graduates who are under 21. The clinic can also see summer school students, as well as their friends, under 21 of course. Students can receive services such as: sports physicals, vaccines, health education for nutritional and sexual health, mental health counseling, condoms, and birth controls including emergency contraception (also known as Plan B). Students who make and keep their appointments during the summer will receive a $5 gift card to Subway. Also, the Tiger Clinic will be giving Tdap vaccines, which is a vaccine required by the school district. The clinic will be open during the summer on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Amy Ranger from the Tiger Clinic also mentioned that on a few Wednesdays (July 13 and 17) they will be opened until 7 p.m., and those are the

days which Fremont students may make evening appointments. However, the clinic will be closed from Aug. 8-19. The following staff members will be available throughout the summer: Lynn Polon (family nurse practitioner), Monica Gonzalez (human service specialist), Diana Rosalez (medical assistant), and Amy Ranger (Tiger Clinic supervisor). Psychologist Joanna Acentarez will only be available on Tuesdays. Two Tiger Clinic staff members who will not be available for students to see in the summer are Health Educator Katie Riemer and Pediatrician Gutierrez Raul. Ranger and the rest of the staff anticipated the opening of the clinic in the summer. The Tiger Clinic gets its funding from the grants and billing revenue insurance, and this year they had enough funding to launch this program. “We thought our students might want a place to get their health care over the summer. If enough people come, we will be open again in future summers,” said Ranger. Ranger and the rest of Tiger Clinic staff members hope that people will come by during the summer, even if it’s just for an athlete physical, birth control methods, Tdap vaccine, and even just a hello. The clinic staff members wants stu-

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SUMMER SERVICES The Tiger Clinic will be open to all Fremont Federation of High Schools students this summer.

dents to know that they will be open and available for their needs. Jafeth Santos, a junior at Media Academy, thinks that the Tiger Clinic being available during the summer is a great idea. “Most of the Fremont students will definitely be doing something in the summer. Why go unprepared and not take advantage of the clinic being open in the summer? It's great how they would still help and provide for us,” said Santos.




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June 2011

Welcome to Las Vegas Fremont and YES enjoy festive evening at San Francisco Hilton Sharon Saeteurn


Staff Writer

eniors and juniors from Fremont Federation of high schools and Youth Empowerment School shared prom together for a Las Vegas theme prom night at the Hilton Hotel at San Francisco on May 21. Students from the Leadership afterschool program helped raise money for prom by washing cars and selling snacks to pay for the DJ and decorations. Students had four hours to

enjoy their time in “Vegas." They were chaperoned by teachers from both Fremont and YES including all three principles and one security officer. The Hilton hotel provided food, desserts and a place where students could have professional pictures taken. Prom King and Queen were announced towards the end of prom. The Prom King and Queen from Fremont Federation are Juan Ramos, Juan Mora, Laurence Martin, Janet Hernandez, Deziana Torres and Sheila Blandon.. When the clock struck 11, the lights turned on and the music stopped. Some people stayed behind to take pictures of prom.

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Media Academy prom king Juan Ramos and prom queen Janet Hernandez smile for a picture right before dancing together.

FEATURES EDITOR Jazmin Garcia HEALTH EDITOR Linda Poeng Aleanna Santos, asst. OPINION EDITOR Gloria "Jack" Mejia SPORTS EDITOR Leland Moore PHOTO EDITOR Shima Kaid

PROM FUN Clockwise from top: Media Academy seniors Kendriya Powell and Kalah Johnson enjoy chocolate strawberries at the May 21 prom; Tsaiah Clayton, a Mandela Academy senior, chose tuxedo accents to match the dress of his date Mandela Academy senior Stephanie Zambrano; Chaperones included CPAA teacher Kerry Sullivan, former Mandela teacher Erin Stuckey, and CPAA teachers Christine Blakley, Jane Kim and Alison Weir; many girls took off their high heels after dancing for a while; YES senior Denyell Rocha and Media senior Jorge Sanchez get drinks.

MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Jennifer Truong WRITERS Jorge Arambula Luis Arroyo Reese Brown Laudy Cabezas Clarissa Cherry Elizabeth Contreras Kristell Dantoc Edith Echeverria Juan Grimaldo Rosa Gonzalez Sonia Maravilla Tiffany Martin Timothy Martin Jose Ochoa Christian Olivares Alma Ramirez Marcus Robinson Carolyn Saephan Sharon Saeteurn Ricky Vargas ADVISER Lisa Shafer

Media Academy graduates share their plans for next year Jorge Arambula, Chabot College Cesar Sanchez, UC Berkeley Tiffany Martin, CSU East Bay Juan Ramos, UC Merced Joaquin Hernandez, Chabot College Sergio Alvarado, Laney College Juan Grimaldo, Chabot College Sonia Maravilla, Shasta College Durwin Perry, Modesto Junior College Janet Hernandez, Shasta College Clarissa Cherry, Chabot College Jorge Sanchez, Army Thany Ouk, Merritt College Ana Tafoya, Chabot College Latynna David, CSU East Bay

Ronay Kong, Chabot College Jennifer Troung, CSU East Bay Chanthavara Seng, Chabot College Kalah Johnson, CSU East Bay Claudia Alvarez, Chabot College Carlos Ramirez, Merritt College Estela Garcia, Chabot College Evelio Matias, Merritt College Porche Webb, Alameda College Chararath Kong, SF State University Marico Allen, Laney College Sandra Morales, UC Davis Carolyn Saephan, Berkeley College Laudy Cabezas, Chabot College Ana Perez, Alameda College

Edith Echeverria, Alameda Beauty College Rigoberto Matias, Alameda College Eric Alvarado, San Francisco City College Reese Brown, Laney College Geraldine Garana, Northwestern U. (Philippines) Gabriela Peña, UC Merced Yazmin Briceñio, Chabot College Kimberly E-Navas, Chabot College

The following are graduating but we do not have their plans for next year: Roberto Ramirez, Eduardo Lopez, Edwin Librado, Kareem Weathersby, Adam Parker, Joanna Gonzalez, Cesar Fragoso, Jesus Delgadillo, Elizabeth Contreras, Reese Brown, Ricky McLane, Stephani Lopez, Christian Olivares, Erik Mendoza, D'Amontae Warfield

Seniors offer advice

My advice is stay in class! Go to all your classes and participate as much as you can to stay on track for graduation. —Kelly Irvin CPAA

Good luck with the new teachers and enjoy what’s left of the school. —Jorge Sanchez Media

To be your self and do your work now. Don’t do drugs and don’t let negativity influence you.

Stay in school, do your work, don't let anyone bring you down and stay focused.

—Stephanie Zambrano Mandela

—Orfill Najera Mandela

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