Portola Pilot

Students Show Spirit for Thanksgiving Season

ASB students show school spirit by dressing up for “Fall Asleep Friday” and coming to school in their pajamas.
November 30, 2020

ASB launched Thanksgiving Spirit Week with dress-up days and fall festival activities from Nov. 16-20. For “Thankful Monday,” students posted what they were thankful for on their Instagram stories,...

Socially-Distanced Justice Movements Bring Activists Together

Black Lives Matter protests became prevalent throughout the country around early June, as evidenced by this local protest which took place at the Irvine Civic Center on June 3.
November 24, 2020

Although social justice movements typically meet in person or in large crowds to protest, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new obstacles for groups while also opening up opportunities for organizations...

Resilience: Volume 5 Issue 1

Resilience: Volume 5 Issue 1
November 16, 2020

Students Must Physically Distance During Breaks

Students are required to be 6 feet apart from each other during all school activities. At lunch, however, students must be extra careful as not wearing masks makes them extra vulnerable.
October 29, 2020

It is 1:10 p.m., and learners sit closely by their friends as they take off their masks to eat and socialize. Usually, this seemingly ordinary event would not be a problem, but amid a pandemic, it could...

Red Ribbon Week Educates Students Through Distanced Interactions

Red Ribbon Week is held every year in efforts to help educate students about drug use. Although events will be distanced this year, they are nonetheless still interactive and help create a supportive school community.
October 23, 2020

This year’s Red Ribbon Week will take place from Oct. 26-30 and include dress-up competitions, trivia, interviews with police officers and staff members for “Say No to Drugs” messages, pledges and...

Boredom Be Gone with Creative Quarantine Hobbies

Freshman Vismaya Sista uses her long periods of free time in quarantine to look around the world, whether it be in a smaller scale of her backyard or the world within the comfort of her car, and capture the stillness of the world around her. She said she hopes her pictures are a source of inspiration for people looking to get into photography.
October 21, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic led to a surplus of time at home, many students spent time catching up on TV shows and staring at their cell phones for hours, while some engaged in unique hobbies and discovered...

Alumni Attend College in the Age of Coronavirus

Among the alumni attending four-year universities this school year are freshman Kiyan Dhanidina (left), freshman Nishad Francis (middle) and sophomore Liz Moerman (right).
October 15, 2020

June 4 marked the first Portola High senior class graduation ceremony after the school’s grand opening in 2016. However, the rippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have redefined college experiences...

Special Education Shops From Home

Students prepare themselves for grocery shopping with the help of a collection of videos created by special education department co-chair Melody Resendez. The videos include specific instructions and helpful visuals to make the process as thorough as possible.
October 8, 2020

With the Coronavirus pandemic limiting almost all education to on-campus or online-only this semester, special education department co-chair Melody Resendez is making sure her special education students...

PHS Ambassadors Find New Ways to Work Under COVID-19 Regulations

 PHS Ambassadors typically give campus tours before the start of the school year, but due to COVID-19 regulations, changes had to be made.
October 7, 2020

Every school year is bound to have a few new students from all over the world. Adjusting to new surroundings can be tough, but with the help of PHS Ambassadors, students are able to feel more welcome to...

First COVID-19 Case Confirmed at Portola High

IUSD will follow procedures for both reopening and closing in case of a COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with the Orange County Department of Education’s guidelines, including the protocol outlined in the above graphic.
October 5, 2020

As of Oct. 5, fewer than two weeks since the return to in-person learning on Sept. 24, there is one confirmed COVID-19 case at Portola High out of nine total across Irvine Unified School District (IUSD),...

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