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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...

Student Performers Show School Spirit for the Holiday Season

Senior Sonia Goyal and junior Amy Chen perform their socially-distanced number called Bola Rebola. All of Dance Company performed the same dance for the video pep rally, but in small groups of five to seven people.
November 24, 2020

ASB will present the virtual winter pep rally on Nov. 30 during advisement with a festive dress code of holiday pajamas and sweaters. ASB chose the theme “‘Twas the Night Before the Rally” to match...

Congressional App Challenge Reports Record Participation

The Congressional App Challenge attracted record numbers of students, who invested unprecedented hours of code into almost 2,000 apps.
November 20, 2020

Students submitted self-designed apps to the Congressional App Challenge on Oct. 19, a Congressional district-wide competition.  The competition, hosted by members of Congress, invites high school...

Post-COVID Learning: Irvine Virtual Academy

Staffed by teachers across the Irvine Unified School District, the Irvine Virtual Academy offers a larger course variety for students to enroll in compared to those traditionally offered at individual schools.
November 19, 2020

Irvine Virtual Academy will become a permanent learning model offered at Irvine Unified (IUSD) schools starting next semester. The IVA administration made this decision after the beneficial impact and...

Peer Tutoring Returns Online

Even virtually, students come together to benefit from one other. Students of all grades can peer tutor others, as long as they are excelling in that course subject.
November 17, 2020

In order to support individuals who are struggling with academics or simply want some extra help, Portola High will reopen its peer tutoring program through Zoom starting Nov. 16.  Students who are...

Resilience: Volume 5 Issue 1

Resilience: Volume 5 Issue 1
November 16, 2020

IPSF Offers Students up to $1,000 for Innovative Projects

Students whose projects have previously received funding but want additional funding can apply again, with IPSF offering funding for the same project for up to three years.
November 5, 2020

The Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s annual Student Innovative Grants Program is offering up to $1,000 for student-led projects, with applications due by Dec. 11. IPSF prioritizes projects dedicated...

Seniors Qualify for National Merit Scholarships

Seniors Faith Kim, Miachanel Nguyen, Parth Shisode, Rachel Yang, Noah Kim, Joon Choi, Raksha Rajeshmohan, Mint Tan, Luke Shen, Saihajveer Gulati, Matthew Wong, Wesley Tjangnaka, Ashley Presnell and Brendon Mye are among the top 1% of PSAT/NSMQT scorers (not pictured are Paul Morenkov, Ethan Hung and Jonathan Notarangelo).
November 2, 2020

Seventeen seniors who received top scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in October 2019 were selected as National Merit semifinalists. Seniors Joon Choi, Saihajveer...

Silverado Fire Prompts School Closures and Mandatory Evacuations

High winds worsened the fire, in turn causing air quality to decrease as thick layers of smoke began covering areas of Irvine. According to the National Weather Service, gusts of wind were blowing at around 45 miles per hour in the wildfire affected areas. This photo was taken in the Woodbury neighborhood at 9 a.m. on Oct. 26.
October 26, 2020

This article is being updated as events unfold, but please reference https://www.cityofirvine.org/office-emergency-management/evacuation-zone-map for the latest evacuation information. ________________ UPDATE (Oct....

Governor Newsom Vetoes Controversial High School Ethnic Studies Bill

Democratic assemblymember Jose Medina represents California’s 61st Assembly District. He proposed the ethnic studies bill to the California Assembly Education Committee in March 2019. The bill would have made ethnic studies a required course for high school graduation.
October 23, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed the controversial Assembly Bill 331 on Sept 30. that would have required California high school students to take at least one semester of ethnic studies to graduate. While Newsom...

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...

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