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Black Friday vs Cyber Monday – What’s the Difference?

With Black Friday deals already rolling in, its counterpart Cyber Monday is just around the corner as well. While both days share a similar purpose, it’s important to know the differences to get the most out of the annual events.
November 24, 2020

Many shoppers look forward to Black Friday and Cyber Monday as they are a source of large discounts and sales. This year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are occurring on Nov. 27 and Nov. 30, respectively....

How to Stay Safe during Thanksgiving

How to Stay Safe during Thanksgiving
November 24, 2020

With Thanksgiving finally arriving, students should know how to stay safe, especially with temptations from Black Friday and Thanksgiving dinner traditions. It is important to meet with friends and family...

Celebrating Thanksgiving from a Distance


Many students have yearly Thanksgiving plans and traditions that won't be able to occur because of COVID-19. The introduction of video conferencing programs like Zoom create a new way to be around family without in person gathering aspect.
November 23, 2020

With COVID-19 restrictions and growing case numbers in Orange County, many students and their families are finding new ways to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.  Sophomore Kiara Knight normally has...

An Environmental Responsibility for Humanity

Over the last few centuries, industrialization and population growth have resulted in increased carbon emissions, thus increasing global temperatures. Individuals can reduce their carbon footprint and improve the Earth’s environmental condition by adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle, which may include using sustainable alternatives, buying less, eating less meat and recycling more.
How reducing our carbon footprints will impact Earth's future
November 20, 2020

COVID-19 caused a brief pause in the massive pollution and emission issues of the world. Although most industrial powers and daily human life have returned to normal, the impact of the short break shows...

High Schoolers Voice Goals as Future Voters

Many high school students are planning to vote when they are eligible, especially after the recent election.
November 19, 2020

The election has finally come to an end, and it has created dramatic changes for both the nation and the Irvine community. High school juniors and seniors are especially passionate when it comes to politics...

The Pandemic Did Not Dim the Lights on Diwali

Despite the pandemic, freshman Vismaya Sista is still celebrating many traditional aspects of Diwali, such as bursting firecrackers and sparklers. Due to COVID-19 regulations, many families are celebrating themselves instead of with larger groups.
November 17, 2020

On a Saturday evening in mid-November, families gather outside in traditional Indian gowns and sarees, bursting fireworks and making sure the kids each get a turn to hold the sparklers. Moms distribute...

A Visual Aftermath of the Silverado Fires

A HISTORIC SITE. The Irvine Ranch has a deep and rich history first established by the Irvine family to be slowly developed into the urban sprawl it is known as today. Established In 2005, the Irvine Ranch Conservancy works to protect and maintain the open natural spaces from encroaching development and neglect. The Ranch’s 30,000 acres are publicly owned and operated.
Exploring the Irvine Ranch Conservancy in its restoration efforts
November 16, 2020

The Irvine Ranch’s natural landmarks span across 40,000 acres from the Cleveland National Forest to the coasts of Laguna Beach and are home to hundreds of different species. In late October, these sites...

Resilience: Volume 5 Issue 1

Resilience: Volume 5 Issue 1
November 16, 2020

Shelley and Maya Godett Have a Parent-Teacher Relationship

Teacher Shelley Godett and her daughter and math student, Maya Godett, stand together in front of a festive Christmas tree.
November 12, 2020

Math department chair Shelley Godett and her daughter, Maya Godett, have a unique mother-daughter relationship at Portola High that comes with unexpected effects. Shelley Godett is a math teacher and freshman...

Seniors Travel Out of State for Standardized Tests

As seniors scramble to make finishing touches on their profiles and submit college applications, this year’s seniors have been burdened with another difficulty: the cancellation of SAT and ACT tests.
November 11, 2020

In California, approximately 224 out of the 316 testing sites were closed for the October SAT due to the COVID-19 pandemic according to Collegeboard, causing students to travel out of state for open testing...

Teachers Share Their Funny Zoom Moments

Various Portola High teachers share their amusing Zoom-related stories and why they made them laugh. While virtual learning may cause a few mishaps and difficulties, these teachers believe it is worth it to keep students and staff safe.
November 11, 2020

Zoom has played an integral role during the transition to learning models that require increased technology use, and many teachers have had positive and negative experiences on the service. From language...

Student Small Businesses : Stickers by Sydney

This is one of the stickers that Liang sells depicting a personified ramen bowl.
November 10, 2020

Adorable corgis, lively-looking ramen and minimalistic plant terrariums are only a few of the many designs that junior Sydney Liang was busy working on over the summer when she was planning her small sticker...

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