Portola Pilot

Clean-Up Crew Expands

Clean-Up Crew Expands

Ajinkya Rane and Kelthie Truong

October 18, 2019

Special education expanded its program in the 2019-20 school year, ushering in a slew of community projects designed to foster its students’ social development skills and to build community relationships.  Special education’s current projects serve as expansions to its classroom recycling and ma...

Wishes Come True at the Irvine Night Market

Wishes Come True at the Irvine Night Market

Jordan Lee and Shawyan Rooein

October 17, 2019

Warm golden light streams across the lush green soccer fields at the Great Park, illuminating crowds of energetic children and families. As the sun dips behind the iconic Orange Balloon, pop-up tents and food trucks spring to life, and the air fills with the sound of swinging jazz music and a bustling night...

Portolapp Team Splits in Two

Portolapp Team Splits in Two

Kate Hayashi, Assistant Opinion Editor

October 16, 2019

Portolapp’s development team split earlier this month and created two separate apps: Integral and Status. The team made its last update to Portolapp at the start of the school year, so the app will still function but will not always be accurate. “We wanted to make an app that would fit multiple schools, and...

Blocked to Unblocked: YouTube Filter to be Lifted

Blocked to Unblocked: YouTube Filter to be Lifted

Julia Kim, Opinion Editor

October 11, 2019

After wanting to increase student accessibility to online tools for the past four years, the Irvine Unified School District Information Technology department will move forward with its newest project: allowing students access to YouTube on campus.  “It’s something that they’ve wanted to do for quite some t...

NHD Grants Scholarship to Social Studies Teacher for Honoring the Past

NHD Grants Scholarship to Social Studies Teacher for Honoring the Past

Charlotte Cao, Social Media and Marketing Team

October 10, 2019

After sending in an application during the summer, social studies teacher Natasha Schottland was awarded a World War I (WWI) scholarship from National History Day (NHD). From Aug. 16 until Dec. 16, she will have the opportunity to participate in monthly webinars with WWI professors, host discussions wi...

Kicking Off A New Year of Clubs

Kicking Off A New Year of Clubs

Krisha Konchadi and Minnah Tanzeen

October 8, 2019

ASB put held its first club kickoff on Sept. 27 at lunch as a school with four full grades. From clubs like Taekwonmu + Taekwondo club to 3D Printing and Computer Aided Design club, there are a variety of clubs for students to join.  “Some interesting clubs have been the Stop Drowning Club... it...

Counseling Helps Students Find Comfort in College Applications

Counseling Helps Students Find Comfort in College Applications

Helena Hu and Julia Kim

October 1, 2019

In order to provide college application assistance to mostly seniors, the counseling department began on Sept. 4 hosting college application workshops in Room 1002 during office hours on select Wednesdays. The counseling department will continue to host these workshops until Nov. 20 in hopes of answe...

Peer Tutoring Will Continue Despite Funding Shift

Peer Tutoring Will Continue Despite Funding Shift

Kate Hayashi, Assistant Opinion Editor

September 30, 2019

Peer tutoring is still available to students this year, despite losing its funding from Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF). In an effort to fund a service that would be more accessible to all students, IPSF chose to invest in GradeSlam instead, an online service that offers live tutoring primarily ...

Lifting the Censor Bar on Knowledge: Banned Books Week Comes to the Commons

Lifting the Censor Bar on Knowledge: Banned Books Week Comes to the Commons

Maya Sabbaghian, Co-Managing Editor

September 30, 2019

Librarians, avid bookworms and casual readers alike celebrated Banned Books week from Sept. 22-28. The annual campaign, promoted by the American Library Association (ALA), began in 1982 and celebrates the freedom to read and the value of open access to information, according to the ALA.  The Learning C...

Apple Announces New Phones, Watches and Services

Apple Announces New Phones, Watches and Services

William Hsieh, Front Page Editor

September 20, 2019

Apple held an event at the Apple Park campus on Sept. 10 announcing new iPhones, a watch, an iPad and more. There were many improvements, including the arrival of new services. The main announcement was for three new phones: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Similar to the iPhone XR, XS ...

AP Classroom Revamps Students’ Exam Preparation

AP Classroom Revamps Students’ Exam Preparation

Priscilla Baek and William Hsieh

September 20, 2019

AP Classroom is a free online tool being implemented in 24 AP classes on campus this year, according to assistant principal Amy Paulsen. This College Board program allows students to access over 15,000 AP-style questions at home and lets teachers have more consistency in course outlines.  In Aug...

Shifting from Senate to Council

Shifting from Senate to Council

Erin Choi, Business Manager

September 18, 2019

Members of the Student Council gathered in the gymnasium during lunch for their first meeting, marking a crucial initiative toward an all-inclusive jurisdictional process.  Last year’s Student Senate admitted two elected representatives from each advisement to its monthly meetings. Only the selected group ...

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